We Wait He Works


“Life is an uphill battle. But it’s our choice whether or not we make it up the mountain. We can choose to give up or keep climbing to see the view at the top. The view is almost always worth the climb.”-Alexis Wohler.

God put this saying on my heart when I was going through some very tough times in my life. I had to learn to let go of someone that was very dear to me and I’m still reeling from it. I’m still learning how to deal with it the best way I can, by prayer and by leaning on God for comfort and reassurance. Even though our everyday life can seem like an uphill battle, we can still get the reward and joy of climbing to the top of the mountain. We can even enjoy some of the lessons we learn along the journey. We can rediscover God’s plan for our lives and help others out along the way. It is our choice whether we make it up the mountain or not. It’s our choice to keep trying or to never give up. It is our choice to keep moving forward through every obstacle that comes our way.  Or we can choose to move around each and every obstacle that gets put in our path.

It’s our choice whether we look towards God or away from Him. It’s our choice whether we walk or run in life. When we walk we won’t get there as fast as what we planned to or hoped to get there in life, but we can enjoy the views of the beauty around us, learn how to better ourselves and make the most of our lives. When we run, we often miss the beauty of our lives and the joy of everyday life. When we get stressed out that is when we miss the blessings that are bouncing off of us and in and out of our lives daily. You don’t have to be too stressed out to miss a simple blessing such as seeing a friend again after a few weeks of not spending time with them or getting a meal that is hot and fresh. When we run in life, we should always try to remember that life isn’t a track meet where we automatically sprint to the finish line. Rather, it is a marathon. We should take more time to enjoy life instead of running through it thinking we have no time to stop and smell the flowers and the fresh air. Take the time every day to appreciate what you have in life.

When you’re faced with a tough situation, you have every right to think about it to decide whether or not it is worth it to continue down that path or to walk away. Ask God for discernment and calmness throughout the situation. Try not to let your emotions get to you. They can help you by feeling them out, but they are also dangerous if you let them get the best of you. Letting your emotions get the best of you can cost you your friends, family and the person you love because once you let the words come out in the heat of the moment, they can never be taken back. You can apologize for them, but they can never be taken back.

Even though life is hard at times, our hard roads can often lead us to the beautiful destinations in life that we never even dreamed of getting to.  You don’t want to stop doing life just because of one hard day, do you? Life is so much more than the difficulties you face. Life is supposed to be a joy to experience. Not an experience to be dreaded. If you spend all your time dreading life, you’ll never be happy or experience the awesome things that are so often in front of you. Don’t you want to know that you have the inner strength inside you, just waiting to be discovered, even when you’re in a season of walking through the valley of the shadow of death? Don’t you want to allow yourself to keep going no matter how difficult the journey may be and get the reward of knowing that you made it to the top of the mountain? Push yourself and move forward in life even when it seems impossible because as long as you work hard and put your mind to it, nothing is impossible.

No matter how much life puts you down, stresses you out or brings you to your knees, keep moving forward. God will give you the strength you didn’t know you had within you. Just when you think you reached the end of your rope, He turns you around and says to you, “My child, I made you for a purpose. Even though you’re a sinner I still love you as my child and I want nothing less than for you to succeed with a long happy life.” Remember, you have to keep climbing the mountain in order to see the view at the top. The journey along the way can change your life.


Give yourself permission to get away from anything that causes you pain. If it is someone that causes that pain seriously evaluate how important that person is to you. Ask yourself is it worth going through any emotional, financial or mental or even through physical abuse just to stay with them? If you feel God is trying to tell you to try harder to work with them and pray for them, then just ask Him for the clear-cut sign of whether to stay or go. It may not come right away but God will eventually give you the answer you need. If anyone or anything is toxic in your life you need to cut them loose. It doesn’t matter if they’re family or friends or not. If someone abuses you saying horrible things about you and to you and if someone makes you afraid, to tell the truth, that’s a clear-cut sign that it’s dangerous for you to be around them. No one deserves to feel down, defeated or to question their own lively hood just because of someone else. No one deserves any kind of abuse period. No matter how miserable the people may be, it never ever gives them the right to hurt others.

If someone does that openly and constantly to you, get away as fast as you can. As hard as it is to walk away from them, especially if they are your family member(s), you have the inner strength to walk away from them. Confront them about the way they treat you and tell them “you have no right to make me second guess myself and to treat me as though I have no place in this world. You have no right to treat me like this just because you are miserable.”  Hopefully, after telling them how you feel, you will find some closure look in the mirror. Hopefully, by the grace of God, they might understand how their misery, anger, and bitterness towards life and those they say they love, all of it affects so many people. Pray that God changes their perspective and their life for the better. Life is too short to be that miserable.

No matter how much you know it’ll hurt you to say it, and how much you might be afraid of standing up to the person, just do it. At that point, who cares if you end up hurting the other persons feelings. Look at how much pain they already put you through. They never cared how you felt and they probably won’t care that you’re trying to calmly tell them how they affect you and your life. If they don’t listen to you, that is their problem. Not yours. It is ok to be afraid to stand up to them because of the abuse, but being able to stand up to them can bring you so much peace and strength within your heart, your soul and your mind. Don’t let them scare you into not standing up for yourself. You deserve to be treated right by anyone in your life, especially by your family.

You will not only feel free, you will feel lighter. You will feel less upset and as though you can breathe again. You might even feel as though you’re a new person when you’re not around them anymore. It is extremely hard to walk away from someone especially if they’re abusive to you. You might think you will be able to help them and to even change them. Guess what, you will never be able to change them or their views of the world or their ways of treating you. But the good news is you have every power and every chance to get out of that situation while you can. You have to want to walk away from it though too. You and God are in control of your life. He can help you through it. He will get you out of it if you call on Him and ask Him.

No matter how hard the other person’s life may be according to them, it doesn’t give them the right to bring you down with them. You have every chance and the right to tell them to back off and stop using their misery on you and to stop dragging you into their self-induced pity party or anger party. You have every right to stand up for yourself. The smartest thing you can do if they continue to attack you in any way is turn and walk away. God will give you the strength that you didn’t even know you had within you to face the situation with grace, pose and calmness instead of anger. Ask God to guide your words, heart and soul and that He helps you stay calm. God will hold them accountable for what they’ve said and done to you. Just as He will hold all of us accountable. Wouldn’t you rather have God have the final say with them than keep saying anything to them yourself? He will make a way when there seems to be no way around or out of the situation.


Don’t let things get you down in life. When one door closes, God always opens another one. When a door closes, then praise God in the hallway. Ask Him to remove the doubt that Satan keeps putting into your head. Keep praising Him and enjoy the adventure and thrill of life. No matter what you do in your life always remember that you couldn’t have made it this far without Him. No matter what obstacle you may be facing He will always help you through it. Daily surrender is key especially when you feel overwhelmed. Pray no matter where you are or what you may be doing. Show Christ’s love in all you say and do. Many people may ask you why you have a lighter attitude than others about life and your circumstances they may ask you why you’re so happy or content with life. Your answer can be telling them that you have God on your side and in your life and that you want to glorify Him in all you say and do. They may even ask you how they can get that feeling of knowing He is with them.


That feeling of peace and calmness that envelops me after the realization that no matter what I’m going through that God is with me and still cares for me and wants me to succeed only makes me want to glorify Him more and to show others the goodness of my Lord and Savior through my words and actions. At times I want to give up on my passion for writing, but then He gives me that fire back in my heart that I know can only come from Him. I know the words are coming from Him and are able to flow from Him to my mind onto my page. I know it is only through Him that I am the writer I’ve become. I know through Him I will only become more skilled in my craft and my passion for writing will only continue to grow. I know that no matter what full-time job He lines up for me, I will take it and work at it with all I have within me. He is the one who has the reigns of my life already so why not continually surrender to Him? I know His ways are better than mine and He has a better plan for my life than I could possibly fathom.

At times I’m very uneasy about singing a song at church. But then He has others reassure me that I know how to sing and can sing any song well. He gives me effortless power in my voice at times, that I honestly didn’t know I had. He is the only reason I sing every day and every week. He is the reason I get in the zone when I sing. He is the reason my voice soars on songs such as “Give Us Clean Hands” “Power of Your Love” and God of Wonders” and “Worthy of My Praise” just to name a few of my favorites. He is the reason I am who I am today. He is the reason I’m alive and I want to glorify Him more and more every day by shining His light and by being His example.

Now that I’ve shared about my faith walk, my main point is this: Life is too wonderful to not know God exists. It is too beautiful to not know He exists. Listen to Him when He says to you “my child. I’m here for you. If you feel like you can’t take it, no matter what your obstacle may, then give it up and let me have it. That is what I’m here for.” He didn’t bring you this far to abandon you and He never ever will. He wants you to bring things to Him in prayer and He wants to hear you call out to Him no matter how you may be feeling.

He didn’t give you the abilities He has given you, for you to not use them to the best of your ability. Figure out what your unique abilities are and figure out how to use them for the good of everyone around you. Maybe it’s being a friend to people you just met, maybe it is being a good listener, maybe it is finishing the tasks that other people are afraid to finish or taking up the tasks that others won’t do at work. Maybe it’s cooking for the homeless and helping out at your church. Figure out what brings you joy, whether it is in a volunteer position or a full-time position and go after your passion. No matter what abilities you have, God can and will help you use them to impact His world and His people. At times you will be amazed at the good things that happen when you work for God in life. There will be days when you can only turn around and look up to Him in awe saying, “God, I know that was all you. Help me to glorify you in all I say and do. Help me to be a light towards you and to point others towards you. Help me to live in peace and to live for you all the time. Thank you for always being with me no matter what happens.” Glorify God throughout your life and have peace because He is always with you.

jesus in the garden

Remember the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan while He was fasting in the wilderness?

Mathew 4: 1-11 says, 1 “When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,  and they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’]”8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”

Jesus was again tempted by his own disciple Peter, twice. He actually called Peter Satan because he said that Jesus would never go to the cross. He said straight to Jesus’ face, “never Lord. This will never happen to you.” Jesus replied, “get behind me Satan!”

The whole story is found in Mathew 16:20-23:” From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

That’s a pretty bold claim to make and I’m sure it got Peters attention as much as it does anyone who reads that story and hears it told in church. The fact that Jesus was comparing His disciple to Satan and his henchmen or minions, if you will, is a scary thing to think about. He was telling Peter that he was trying to tempt him to not go to the cross and not die for all of our sins.   Then as if the first time of Jesus telling Peter to not tempt him to not go to the cross wasn’t bad enough, during the visit to the mountain for Jesus transfiguration Peter again attempts to delay Jesus going to the cross by telling him that he will put up three shelters. One for Jesus one for Elijah and one for Moses. They surely must have been celebrating seeing Jesus in all His glory. Who wouldn’t be completely stunned if they saw something like that? They literally saw Jesus get transformed into the triune God before their eyes.

Anyone of us would fall to their knees in awe at that sight. It would be wrong if we didn’t fall to our knees in the sight of our heavenly father and at the sight of Jesus. He let the disciples see that sight as a privilege. He also told them not to tell anyone what they saw on the mountaintop. How hard that must have been for them to not tell anyone what they saw. But the amazing and ironic thing about Peter wanting to build the three shelters was the fact that He wanted to stay on the mountaintop, not only to enjoy the view and be a witness to one of the coolest things to ever see, (Jesus’ transfiguration). He also wanted to delay what was going to happen. He wanted to delay Jesus having to go to the cross. He was excited and told Jesus that it was good for him, James and John to be on that mountaintop. He may have never thought that he was acting selfishly though either. When we want to stay and enjoy something, whatever it may be, it hardly ever crosses our minds that we are acting for ourselves and not for the good of others around us.

Peter probably didn’t even mean it in that way either. He probably just wanted to stay there with Jesus longer. But then again, after witnessing something that awesome, I think we can all agree that we would want to stay up there on the mountain with Jesus too. After all you can’t go up on Mount Sinai and not come back down a changed person.

The fact is that Jesus let them see that sight in order to change them. Think about your life. What sight has Jesus let you see that has changed you?