We can all pretend that waiting as a Christian isn’t hard because we trust God. And yes, it shouldn’t be as hard, because our hope is in Jesus. But if we get honest with ourselves, we can all say the waiting during any trial can be testing. No matter what you are waiting for, you are waiting for a miracle! How can that not be hard? To NOT get in a place of being impatient, we need to be intentional.
I compiled this list as a how to survive a waiting period. I wrote this in the TWW, which is a term for “two week wait” in infertility. The meaning behind this is it take two weeks to see if you will be blessed with a babe. BUT I believe this list can be used for any waiting period in any scenario in life.
Strengthen Your Spiritual Walk:
- Seek God every day. This one is big because without Him, we worry, we are impatient and we fail. Take the time to seek God in the wait. This step is the most important thing for you to do. Keep your eyes fixed on your creator, not your battle. Doing things like read the word + praying + worshiping, will help you stay connected to your father! He is your life source!
- Start a new devotional. There are so many great devotionals to encourage your waiting time. I am fruitful has a great TWW devotional (I am doing it now.) In The Wait Study is amazing for any and ALL types of waiting seasons, it BLEW my mind and my walk with God. Or you can look for a Non-Fertility devotional like Daughters Of The King or Jesus Calling.
- Start a Prayer/Praise Journal. Get a journal specifically for this season and write down your prayers during this time. There is healing in writing. And don’t only request, but praise God for what you do have.
- Deal with your feelings by journal-ling. THIS IS BIG Y’ALL. In a waiting season, feelings come up. You need to deal with those feelings so they don’t fester and get in your soul! Repeat after me. “I will write my feelings out. I will not push them away.” This is a season God called you to whether you like it or not, you have something to learn here. Start working on yourself and your walk in this season. I find that always comes with working out my feelings. I like to write out the fear or the lie I am dealing with, and find a scripture to OVERRIDE IT. Hold on to your truth! We do not work out all of our feelings in a day. My fears and lies did not get into my soul overnight. I am a broken human. God CAN heal you immediately, but our walks take daily work. Sometimes it takes daily healing to be completely FREE.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
– Psalm 37:4
Strengthen Your Relationship(s):
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? – Ecclesiastes 4: 9-11
- If you’re married, focus on loving your husband through this season. You are not going through it alone. How can you love Him more in this season?
- Go on date nights!
- Do something special for your Husband.
- Catch up with friends and stay intimate. Trials have a way of wanting to make us isolate when in reality it is the time we need community the most! Have some girl time, and open up about your true feelings. You’re not in this alone.
- If you are in a season where you are feeling lonely, rebuke those feelings and step out in faith. God has given us community, and we NEED community. Get involved at church or even an online support system. I have met many wonderful women through an online IG group that have evolved into real friends. Take a step of faith!
- (Que song: No Man Is An Island.)
Do What You Love
Don’t forget about self care! I don’t think we should ever distract ourselves from an issue, we need to deal with it hands on. But I do think it is ok to do the things you love and not let a trial consume your life.
- Bible Journal.
- Get one of those new trendy coloring books!
- Organize that room you have been avoiding.
- Help someone else.
- Send out snail mail! (THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVS.)
- Start a new hobby. (I am have been spending time on my shop!)
- Exercise. (Moderatly in the TWW)
- Get out into nature!
- Go swimming.
- Try a new restaurant.
- Go to a local art museum or do something touristy in your own town!
- Get a mani and pedi.
Waiting is tough but you will get through this! You will overcome, God already Has the victory. Try to enjoy your day to day. God will meet you in the mundane of waiting!
Focus on God + Love others + Love yourself!
What is your favorite thing to do while you wait? Share it with me in the comments below: