Sharpening her ax.

Do you ever feel like you’re waiting for something to happen? For God to move? For a promise to be fulfilled? For your Jericho to fall? For Pharaoh’s heart to change? For affirmation of your purpose? For the heartbreak to end?

I certainly have.

In these seasons I feel as though it’s filled with endless waiting and no movement. That God is not working and there is no progress.

Yet I still have the faith to declare He can do the impossible.

I know God is not a magic genie, but sometimes my prayer life says otherwise. I can declare in full confidence, “I know you will fulfill this promise. I know you will move. I know Jericho will fall. I know you can melt Pharaoh’s heart.”

And He can.

But my lack of prayer life shows I want them to happen instantly and without any work or sacrifice on my part.

We are always waiting and seeking for what’s to come, but we forget what is here and now. We forget that our lives are not just about the result, but are joyfully about the process that leads us to the result.

[Hebrews 10:35-36]

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere, so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

If God has whispered a promise into your life, what are you doing to prepare for that promise?

I recently wrote a letter to my 2018 self. As I’ve talked with God lately He’s told me I’m in the midst of a training grounds. That I am waiting for what’s to come, but that does not mean sitting idly by, twiddling my thumbs.

That this season is to prepare the warrior woman within me for what’s to come.

And every time I am reminded of this season, I picture the vision I had for someone else in a similar season as me.

They were in the midst of white war tents and there was a battle ensuing all around them. They stood in the middle of the battle, covered in armor and sword in hand, watching. They were clothed in strength, having trained for this bigger battle, with many many smaller ones.

[Luke 16:10]

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”

So my letter to my future self declares that 2017 Ariane is sharpening her ax. That although this season is tough, the waiting is tiring, the disappointments are frustrating, and the end nowhere in sight – that 2017 Ariane will not fail 2018 Ariane.

That if 2018 Ariane is to receive all the promises the Lord has spoken, she will be ready. She will not be unprepared, because 2017 Ariane is using this time to wait in expectation, to use her time wisely, to sharpen her ax and polish her armor. To steady her feet on firm foundation, so that when God comes to answer & fulfill all His promises, she is ready.

The woman I want to be one day is a Prayer Warrior. A Warrior Woman. A woman filled with strength and dignity. With beauty and humility. A woman worthy of the promises and purpose the Lord has declared over her life.

But I cannot become that woman without training. I cannot win big wars if I cannot handle small battles.

This season is filled with small battles. Small discouragements. Small lies spoken by the enemy. But the more I fight and conquer these small battles, the more training I will have for the future wars the devil has in store for me.

Today I was reminded that “nothing good comes easily.” The best things are worth the wait, and are sometimes just around the corner or after the next lap around your Jericho.

[Hebrews 11:1]

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for, & assurance about what we do not see.”

I cannot see how the Lord is working or preparing. I cannot see the mountains He is moving or how He is melting Pharaoh’s heart. But that does not mean He is not at work. And if I stop fighting & training now, I will never see all that He has promised, and experience immeasurably more than I could’ve ever asked for.

So I must keep sharpening my ax.

[1 Corinthians 7:34]
“An unmarried woman is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body & spirit.”

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