Embrace the Process.


“Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”

- Psalm 27:14


I used to feel unproductive if I wasn’t working on a major project every day, but now I know that working on myself and my relationship with God is the most productive thing I can do.

I’ve been working on an idea lately for an activity-based devotional. I’m very passionate about the idea and believe it will help people grow closer to God.

But working on this book has been a repetitive cycle of stopping and starting back up again for almost 4 years now. Every time I start working on it, I sense God telling me it’s not the right time so I stop.

And that's when things can get very confusing.

I’ve had moments of doubting whether it was God telling me to stop working on the book or my lack of fighting through the resistance that occurs when you’re working on something important.

Why haven’t you finished the book by now, Maggie? Are you sure you’re hearing from God? Maybe you’re just not focusing.

Those are the thoughts that try to overwhelm me. As I said, things can get confusing.

Last weekend, I was thinking about my journey over the last few years, and I realized that I looked at the book to give me a sense of purpose in my waiting season. Working on it made me feel productive.

I stopped building my fashion company 4 years ago. It was my dream since I was a kid, and without it, I honestly don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing.

The world tells us that if we aren’t “making things happen,” then things will never happen. Building my dream was my way of making things happen.

So for the last 4 years, I’ve been waiting for direction from God. At times, I feel like a failure and that I should be accomplishing more, but then I’m reminded that true success is defined by our obedience to God.

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” - Mark 8:36

Yes, I could just do my own thing but for what purpose? Temporary gratification? If waiting has taught me anything, it's that nothing good ever comes from jumping ahead of God.

I often have a fight with my creative mind and my desire to do something, anything other than what I’m doing now to pay the bills. And most of my ideas have to do with helping other people.

But what I've realized is that my purpose comes from God alone. Purpose doesn’t come from a project, a relationship, or a career. True purpose comes from God.

It was on my heart to share my current challenge with you today. I don’t know where you’re at in your walk with God, but I want to encourage you to continue praying and keep waiting.

Sometimes God has to perform open-heart surgery on us for us to step into His purpose. And as you know, major surgery often requires a long recovery process. But when you've fully recovered, you're better and stronger than you were before.

If you’re a better person today because of what God has been doing in you, that’s success. Embrace the process.

What we try to do for ourselves won’t last, but what God does, will.

“Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”

- Psalm 27:14

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Do great things with God.

- Mags