Friday, August 24, 2012

Faithful Friday - "Yes, No, or Wait"

My days have been mixed up this week because our schedule has been different, so Friday really slipped up on me! But… is Friday and that means it’s time for Faithful Friday!

As I was riding my bike last night, I was reflecting over the past few months with our family.  As I was thinking, I was remembering the prayers and hopes our family has had and I just felt the Lord gently remind me that even though He doesn't always answer my prayers in the way I (or we) hope or want, He’s in control and not to worry.  And just to trust Him.

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.     Philipians 4:6-7

When we pray, don’t we all desire for our requests to be answered in the way we want? I mean it would be nice to hear God answer “Yes”. But….sometimes (often times), His answer is a gentle “No”. Last week, we actually got a “No” answer. And it was a blow because we had hopes. But God really does know best. Sometimes that “No” is a temporary one, because it’s not His timing. And God’s timing is the best because He knows what’s ahead.  And because His timing is what we want for our lives, we still praise God when He answers "No". 

But you know, sometimes I think that the hardest answer I get from the Lord when I pray is “Wait”. Those are the times that I wonder what God is doing. I mean I’ve been praying and waiting a long time, Lord! What are You up to here, Lord? I feel like I’m not getting any direction as to what I should do (or not do). Those are the times that it would be nice if God just would send a big neon sign or something. (Wouldn’t that be great)? And it seems like we’ve been getting a big dose of “Wait” lately. But still even though it’s hard, we praise God in the midst of the “Waits” because we know whatever God has planned for us is much better anyway.

One thing I know, whether the answers to our prayers are yes, no, or wait, God is God. He never leaves us. He cares and He knows best. And that is what we can take comfort in and we can rest assured that we are resting in His arms. And that’s a safe place.

  Do you have something to share for Faithful Friday? We’d love for you to join us. Link up with Joy here and grab the Faithful Friday button while you’re there. We’d love to come visit you too! 


I’m also linking up with Lois of Walking on Sunshine for Foodie Friends Friday with a recipe from my aunt’s church cookbook. It’s called Mary Jo's Potatoes.  (I have no idea who Mary Jo is.....I guess she's a relative of the lady that submitted the recipe, but I wanted to give her credit).  :)   Jason loves for me to fix this, so we have it fairly often.

Mary Jo's Potatoes

1/2 stick butter, melted
2 Tbsp. diced onions
2 lb. frozen hash browns
8 oz. cheddar cheese (grated or shredded)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups sour cream
1 tsp. garlic salt

Mix all the above together.  Put into 9" x 13" pan and sprinkle with bacon bits.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.


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Today is also our Airplane Day.  Wanna know what our Airplane Day is?  You can read about that here.  Twenty three years ago today, we became parents for the first time when Colt, then 5 1/2 months, arrived on a plane from South Korea FINALLY to be home where he belonged, with his family that had been waiting and loving him for so long across the miles!  That was a wonderful and beautiful day for us.  We sure do love that boy, well he's a man now.  I'm so thankful that God chose to grow our family the way He did.  That's another one of those "Wait" answers that I spoke about above.  And the "Wait" was definitely worth it!  Happy "Airplane Day" Colt!  We love you!  We're so glad you're our son!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I would LOVE for you to join me for Pinned it, Made it Monday too!  Have a great weekend!  :)

♥ Tammy ♥


Trace4J said...

Good Morning Friend
Oh what a wonderful post.
I so think those exact things.
Someone shared this with me this week.
What peace there is in knowing that. Especially in those times I am crying out to the Lord and waiting is not what I selfishly want to do.
Just knowing he always hears our prayers and always loves us. More than anything.
Hugs & JOY in HIM

retha said...

Waits can be very difficult.

Robyn ♥ said...

I needed to hear/read this today. It's hard but I have faith. Thank you!

cucki said...

good afternoon dear friend,
sweet post..
have a lovely blessed friday.
hugs xx

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


Really good post! I love that..."Yes," "No," or "Wait."

I love you! 8! Thanks for participating!

Joy :)

Lois Christensen said...

This looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed your post on yes, no or wait. Do you ever find yourself looking back on the "no's" from God and realize that He was right? Amazing. Hope you have a nice weekend!

Penny said...

Thanks for sharing this post today... the timing of it couldn't have been better.... I needed to be reminded of it's message....
The recipe looks yummy... I will have to try it out soon. I hope your weekend is a great one!

Raggedy Creations said...

Loved your little "devotional" or "exhortatio" Tammy. God always knows best even though we don't think so.

Potatoes look good, think I will have to try them. Are they anything like Cracker Barrel hash brown casserole? Have a great weekend.


Dawn said...

I love this idea and I will post a faithful friday next week!
This was a great post. Wait is always the hardest answer, but God proves over and over to be faithful.

I want to try the potatoes too :)

Marlys Folly said...

Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

Maxine Evers said...

Thank you for all of the inspiration in your Friday posts. They are so uplifting.

arkie said...

Yes is always an answer we think we are ready for but wait and no can be even better for us. Thank goodness God know what is best! No worries there! Happy Airplane Day to your family!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Colt.
I think all of us have difficulty being patient when praying. The older I get, the more I can look back and realize that God was/is always by my side and knew/knows best.
Many of the women at church make this potato casserole and we love it. I have also used cream of potato soup instead. Hope you have a very good weekend. It's a pleasure to have met you.

Holly said...

What a sweet post. is so hard to "wait." I too have a hard time with that but guess while I am "waiting" the good Lord is giving me a lesson in patience. Love the airplane day story. What a special blessing. The potatoes sound delicious. I am a potato girl so I know I would LOVE them. Have a great evening!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

First of all yum. We would love that dish around here. Second, I really struggle with this when it comes to my kids. I need to really sit back and pray for them. I should do more of that and less talking I think sometimes. Maybe I should give God a chance and the space to speak to them.

Tina Leigh said...

Oh Sister....have you been peeping in my windows?! Have you been reading my journal?!!

I know I'm not the only one going through such times but it sure feels like it! Thank you for's encouraging to me!

Catherine said...

Dear Tammy, Your potatoes look delish! What a wonderful addition to Foodie Fridays! And just in case I'm not able to get online tomorrow, I want to wish you a very happy birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Blessings, your friend, Catherine