There is More

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what we are asking the Lord for that we lose focus of everything else the Lord is doing during the wait. The last thing I want is to be so focused on God answering our prayers for babies that I miss everything else He is trying to teach us along the way. I truly believe the Lord is doing so much more in the spiritual realm that we can’t see or understand. It’s not just babies that He is bringing us – there is so much more going on! He is producing faith, patience, perseverance, hope, and character.

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” – Romans 5:3-5

I love how Romans 5:5 in the Message translation is stated above. There are not enough containers to hold everything God is generously pouring out. A song we sing at church has two lines that say, “There is more than our eyes have seen. There is more than our hearts can dream.” Isn’t that the truth? There is so much more going on that we have no idea about. He is generously pouring into us. He is allowing us to experience His endless love. He is refining us to become more like Him. He is working out 10,000 details, while we are waiting expectantly for Him to answer one.

The Lord is doing so much more in us, through us, and with us than just answering our prayers about babies. Whatever you are waiting for, don’t be so focused on the end result, that you miss the whole purpose of the wait. God never makes us wait just to waste time. He is sovereign over waiting. The longer we wait the more joyful our expectancy is! Make the most of your wait. Trust Jesus. Ask Him what He is trying to teach you. Know that He never delays. Believe that what the Lord does in you while you wait is more important than what you are waiting for.

“If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.The longer we wait for something, the more joyful our expectancy.” – Romans 8:25

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38 Comments
  • Grace
    Posted at 07:31h, 24 July Reply

    This is so true! I heard a speaker on a borrowed CD say that what the Lord does in us while we wait is as important as what we think we’re waiting for. I’ve listened to that message several times and probably will need to again. Recently I joined Hannah’s Prayer online. It has been such an encouragement! A whole community of ladies who get it. God bless you, Grace

  • Dee
    Posted at 08:02h, 24 July Reply

    I have found this to be VERY true. While are waiting on what we desire during the wait God is usually trying to work on our heart, increase our faith, increase our patience help us to learn to be content etc., Good post

  • Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    Posted at 09:15h, 24 July Reply

    I love how the message puts things sometimes! There are not enough containers!

  • Jojo
    Posted at 09:54h, 24 July Reply

    Yes, I know he wants us to see the big picture before seeing our own picture come into focus. We just have to keep our eyes and our mind open for whatever comes into view.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:29h, 24 July Reply

    Here you are in Romans again… never can get enough of the goodness in that book!

  • Natalie @messymom
    Posted at 11:01h, 24 July Reply

    Oh I just love this! So encouraging, and I especially appreciate that Message interpretation.

  • Jelli
    Posted at 12:28h, 24 July Reply

    As always, you lend such great perspective. It is so easy to get wrapped up in whatever we’re waiting for that we miss out on the blessings of each day.

  • Jelli
    Posted at 12:28h, 24 July Reply

    You’ve got great perspective, as always. It’s so easy to miss out on the blessings of each day when we’re wrapped up in waiting for something else.

  • Biana @Blovedboston
    Posted at 12:30h, 24 July Reply

    I really love that excerpt – thank you for sharing and your take on it! xo, biana –BlovedBoston

  • Ashley
    Posted at 15:10h, 24 July Reply

    Love this: don’t be focused on the end result. So often we forget that maybe, just maybe we are growing from the journey. And then the end can look different than we intended…and that can be better!

  • Mary Collins
    Posted at 16:51h, 24 July Reply

    When we are feeling overwhelmed by problems or circumstance, it can be difficult to understand why God has put your life in a holding position. But we do need to see what it is He is preparing us for.

  • Shingai from Kamiliko
    Posted at 17:18h, 24 July Reply

    Thankyou so much for sharing your struggle, honestly it’s so hard to trust that God has a plan sometimes when we are so focused on our struggles… This message is personally very timely so thank you, I’m going to mark up that verse in my Bible…

  • Andi
    Posted at 17:28h, 24 July Reply

    that’s true – keeping our eyes on Jesus

  • Andi
    Posted at 17:29h, 24 July Reply

    that’s SO true – maybe instead of just asking Him for stuff – we should be thanking Him for EVERYTHING He’s doing in our lives! 😀

  • Marie with spreading-joy.org
    Posted at 19:50h, 24 July Reply

    Yes we must live in the here and now, knowing the best is yet to come. The struggles and disappointments will often cloud and cover up the multitude of blessings in the day. We have to work to see past those.

  • Roxanne
    Posted at 22:06h, 24 July Reply

    You are absolutely one of the bravest people I know. I’ve lived enough life to know you likely don’t always feel brave. But you ARE very brave.

  • Jonathan Key
    Posted at 23:27h, 24 July Reply

    The best is yet to come. A really great reminder for sure. I love this part and it stood out to me: “There are not enough containers to hold everything God is generously pouring out.”

  • Melissa
    Posted at 14:36h, 25 July Reply

    Awwww what a beautiful post. Thank you for the reminder. There really is beauty in waiting. God has beautiful plans for you. He is preparing both of you guys for all the surprises He has line up for you guys. God bless you both!

  • Marissa
    Posted at 18:38h, 25 July Reply

    Yes… He is always do more than we are thinking or guessing… We just need to plug in to Him and step back from our little circles

    Marissa

  • Vickie
    Posted at 19:19h, 25 July Reply

    So true!! I learned many years ago when preparing for mission trips that the times when we couldn’t see clearly what God wanted to do, that often it was a growing time. I came to claim 1 Corinthians 2:9–“But as it is written: What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind — God prepared this for those who love Him.”

  • Chari
    Posted at 22:14h, 26 July Reply

    Yes, God is always blessing us! Even when we don’t see it!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 00:56h, 27 July Reply

    LOVE this post, Caroline! So encouraging! YES, it is so true that God is doing so much behind the scenes and under the surface!! He has been teaching my family and me SO many valuable life lessons through our severe testing and trials that we have actually reached the place to be thankful for the trials themselves. God loves us too much to allow us to go along without ever being taught what we need to know. He is a faithful God Who is absolutely interested in every, single detail of our lives. Thank you for sharing this wonderful truth!!

  • ellesees.blogspot.com
    Posted at 05:53h, 27 July Reply

    waiting patiently is so hard!! it’s something i work on very often, because just when i think i am patient enough, i am tested.

  • Adriana Renee
    Posted at 10:04h, 27 July Reply

    I can definitely relate to this! Sometimes I am so consumed in what I’m asking Him that I don’t focus on all the other areas He’s working in!

  • Pary Moppins
    Posted at 10:09h, 27 July Reply

    This post was so appropriate for our family right now as well. We aren’t waiting for precious gifts wrapped up in a baby shaped package, but we are waiting (sometimes not so patiently) for our house to sell. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy the journey and be in the moment.

  • Pary Moppins
    Posted at 10:10h, 27 July Reply

    This post is very appropriate for our family right now as we sell our house. Thanks for the reminder to be patient and enjoy the journey.

  • Pary Moppins
    Posted at 10:10h, 27 July Reply

    This post is very appropriate for our family right now as we sell our house.

  • Elle Spann
    Posted at 10:50h, 27 July Reply

    love this. it is so hard to remember sometimes, but is SO GOOD. He does immeasurably more than we could imagine.
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

  • Cris
    Posted at 16:46h, 27 July Reply

    I’m so grateful I found your blog and started stalking your fertility posts. I also have fertility issues but right now, we’re not pursuing anything. We’re just letting the Lord lead us. Love reading your blog. So excuse me as I go back to your older posts. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this to the world!

  • Alicia
    Posted at 20:09h, 27 July Reply

    The waiting is the hardest part for me because I’m so impatient but He uses the waiting to work on my heart for sure!

  • patricia umeh
    Posted at 06:24h, 28 July Reply

    nice post.thanks

  • Lindsay
    Posted at 10:42h, 28 July Reply

    this is so true and such a great reminder. I’m looking forward to getting inspiration from your blog!

  • Mickey
    Posted at 11:20h, 28 July Reply

    I know that God always answers our prayers, we sometimes have to be still enough to hear it. Beautifully written post.
    Mickey

  • Janet Yarwood
    Posted at 11:53h, 28 July Reply

    What a beautifully written post. Although I’m now blessed with my little monkey I remember praying impatiently for babies. It’s a hard time but God is good and he has a plan for us.

  • Candace
    Posted at 08:42h, 30 July Reply

    What beautiful encouragement and faith you have shared here! Unfortunately, patience is not a virtue I excel in. These are much needed words for me. Love this: “Whatever you are waiting for, don’t be so focused on the end result, that you miss the whole purpose of the wait.” I think I’ve missed a lot of purposes over the years from focusing on my goals :).

  • Neely
    Posted at 14:58h, 03 August Reply

    this has been so true in my life lately

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 19:36h, 04 August Reply

    Encouraging!

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 09:41h, 02 September Reply

    This is so perfect! Infertile Myrtles is really struggling with the wait right now. I’m going to share this with them immediately. Thank you for writing this and putting those verses right in front of my face. Love you!

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