Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Learning to Wait - Part 2

Finally I am back! We are still talking about the exciting times of waiting and today I again want to talk about learning of waiting again. But before we do that let's remember again what we've talked about thus far.
Let us remember the verse in Isaiah 40:31 "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." I love this verse sooo much. Let us trust in the Lord, let us soar like the eagles... have you ever seen an eagle soaring up in the sky... oh there freedom and strength! I'm getting excited here!!!
Furthermore let us remember that Waiting is good and it is the preparation time because Quality takes time!

So far so good. And as we discussed last time there are three stages, the preparation, the fulfilling and the sharing. Well now, we know that we are called and it seems like we need to wait for our calling to happen like David had to. Remember that he had been annointed years before he acutally stepped into his calling? But what did He do during this time? He waited on the Lord!
The trials and testings happen within the waiting time and it is then that we have to stick to God. We will be tempted for sure and we will be tried, but if we stick to the Lord and continue walking with Him single minded he will provide for sure!
Therefore welcome the testings and allow God to work on you so that you may grow! Why that? Well, because God is building up a basis, a strong fundament!
This implies that we need to be faithful and obedient. Oh yes I know, we don't like this word... obedience, but believe me being obedient to God is the best thing you could ever do and there's blessing if you obey. And I can tell a big story about this one!

Hence, during my waiting time when I stick to God, I am faithful and obey I also need to serve faithfully! And what happens then? Well, waiting is good for a few things
Waiting = GAINING WISDOM. While we are waiting and sticking to God, we follow him and learn more about him in His word and therefore gain wisdom.
Waiting = LEARNING DISCIPLIN. While waiting I can learn patience and I learn what it really means to follow God because he is my source of wisdom and confidence!

And once stepped into our calling and fulfilling time we know how to walk with God, we know Him, we can take wise decisions and He can count on us because we are not blown back and forth by the wind!

I can only encourage you to stick in there and Learn to Wait!

Until next time... xoxo Ramona

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Ok, before I continue with my series about the exciting times of waiting, I have to share these lyrics by Brooke Fraser with you. They totally fit into the waiting time, being patient, being faithful and trusting... so enjoy.
Love. Ramona

There's distance in the air and I cannot make it leave
i wave my arms' round about me and blow with all my might
I cannot sense you close, though I know you're always here
But the comfort of you near is what i long for

When I can't feel you, I have learned to reach out just the same
When I can't hear you, I know you still hear everyword I pray
And i want you more than i want to live another day
And as I wait for you maybe I'm made more faithful

All the folly of the past, though I know it is undone
i still feel the guilty one, still trying to make it right
So i whisper soft your name, let it roll around my tounge,
knowing you're the only one who knows me
You know me

Show me how I should live this
Show me where I should walk
I count this world as loss to me
You are all I want
You are all I want

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Learning to Wait - Part 1

I am still talking about the exciting times of waiting. Last time was a little introduction. We learned that dreams are important and that the waiting time is preperation time. Therefore we have to keep in mind: Waiting does NOT equal ideling time away!

Today we'll talk about the 3 phases of life in the exciting times of waiting.

1. Preperation time
During this phase we are being prepared for the great plan God has for our lives. We know we are called for something (and I am not talking about our everlasting calling to be salt and light!). We might not be ready yet to fulfill this calling but God wants to use this time to prepare us and shape us. During this time God can also test our endurance. Are we the right person to be used by God or do we just squander life? Or are we standing firm in God, waiting for him, following Him, putting our whole focus on Him, being single minded. This time is crucial and it is here we make the big decision whether we really do follow or not. There are no grey areas with God. It's either fully completely surrendered or not. Are we willing to give everything to follow God?
It's in this phase we have to ask God to examine us, if we really want it. It's when we ask God search our hearts and shape us.

2. Time of fulfilling
During this phase, we are living out God's calling for our life. We are within the calling! Sometimes it just takes a while to get to this phase. Look at David's life. He was called to be the King years before He became the king, but he waited on the Lord to fulfill it.

3. Time of sharing it
In this phase we share with others our wisdom, what we have learned and we shape others.

All these phases are sooo important and the one thing is that we always should follow God and examine our hearts every once in a while if we're still on track. Ask God to put His finger on areas where you are weak and let Him show you these areas so that we can grow. We should always strive for being closer to him, being more like him. This healthy discontenment where we always want to grow is a good thing.

So remember out of these phases where God shapes us: Quality takes time!

So click back on my site soon for "Learning to Wait - Part 2"

In Him, let us grow!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wait a Moment... the exciting times of waiting

As you know the title of my blog lately has been the exciting times of waiting. Not only is this the phase I am in right now but also it was/still is the series we're talking about at you(th) at the moment.
Therefore I decided to start a little series here, recapturing what we talked about at you(th).

Today I will just start with a few basics... the verse we will try to keep in mind is from Isaiah 40:31 and it says

"But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high
on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk
and not faint."

I love this verse. Those who trust in the Lord will soar like the eagles! Wow.. eagles can fly high... they reach for the sky. And sometimes that's what we should do... have dreams, trust in the Lord that he will make those dreams come true. So here are three things about dreams:
1. A DREAM is like a protection for my life
2. Have the WILL to succeed
3. A DREAM gives us te WILL to serve which we are called for

But we also know, that dreams do not come true in an instant. It needs time often and God wants to use this time to prepare us for His calling for our lives.
Therefore this time between now and the fulfilling of you dream and God's calling can be the most important time of you life. Why? Because it is this time where you gain experience and your character is formed! This time can be used by God to form you, sharpen your character and make you the person he intended you to be and makes you able to fulfill your dream and His calling!

So, summarized let's remember the following:

Waiting is good! It is the time of preparation!

Well, that's it for today. Come back to my blog soon to learn more about the exciting times of waiting!

Till then... love. Ramona

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Soundtrack of my Life

Again I am amazed and astonished by the power of music... I mean... sure we all know that but sometimes the most simple things that we've known about all our life strike us...
Do you know this feeling when you are listening to random music and all of a sudden a song comes up and with it memories, situations, pictures, people, smells?
Today was such a situation and it was a song that I have listened to many times but all of a sudden I remembered how I was listening to it while biking down to UCSB, the sun trying to get through the fog or in the afternoon when it was really warm... and I felt like I was there again with this song.

Do you have music that you only or especially liten to when being in a certain situation. Like for example music you prefer when you're angry or sad, happy?

Or you listen to a worship song that you've listened to many times before and in that very moment it starts talking to you as if it were written only for you in this moment and it makes more sense and you found new ways of worshipping God, drawing nearer to him, getting one step closer to Him and the plan he has for your life.

And this is how the soundrack of your life ist formed... the music of life while becoming what God wants you to be.

With these words. Love. Ramona

Monday, April 7, 2008

Letting go

Today I'll share a little poem or well it's not really a poem, more an aphorism... it's in German though... sorry for you English readers...
Anyway it is about letting go of things to be completly free:

Man möchte einen schönen Tag,
eine glückliche Stunde festhalten,
aber man verliert, man muss abgeben,
jeden Abend den Tag loslassen:
Nur wer lernt loszulassen statt festzuhalten,
der kann frei leben;
glücklich und entspannt, ohne Angst.

Alles Liebe. Ramona


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