grateful heart monday

Happiness Found in The Waiting Time (A Grateful Heart)

April 6, 2015
*Another snapshot from this special day with my mom πŸ™‚ 

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a blessed Easter Sunday yesterday; we spent our morning at church followed by brunch at The Pancake House followed by a nap while watching Lethal Weapon 4 (the best) and then grilled veggies on the grill. It was a perfect day of celebration πŸ™‚ 

Today’s Grateful Heart linkup is extra special. Why? Because this one will be open for two weeks! (Keep this in mind next Monday as you’ll want to come back here to link up your latest GH post.) Why is this one open for two weeks? BECAUSE I’LL BE IN EUROPE! On Friday Christian and I will be on our way to Milan and then to Paris Monday of next week and I’m only a little bit excited. While I won’t be logging on to EG in that time, I do have some fun scheduled posts to share with you guys this next week and a half. (I have been busy busy busy writing over here, preparing for this time away.) I will also be posting our adventures on Instagram – I hope you’ll follow along!
Today I am grateful for His answers… the answers you didn’t even know you wanted but once you got them, you can’t imagine it being any other way. Sometimes He instills a passion and deep desire in our hearts – something we never knew was possible and something we never would have been able to see ourselves. It’s only once we say to Him, ‘Okay, Lord. Show me.‘ that we are able to see His gifts clearly. However, just because we say Yes and He begins to lead us and show us, doesn’t mean the movement and action is constant on that path. The Waiting Time (capitalized because it’s a real place) is the one I tend to struggle with the most. I am a gal of action… I plan and then I act and then I expect all parties involved to act along with me. So when I’m told to wait? Or worse, when it’s completely silent? I mean truly – Lord, help me.

The Waiting Time is hard, you guys. Like seriously hard. Sometimes painful. Often times frustrating, even scary. It’s an incredibly hard place to be in, to walk, and sometimes it feels easier to just continue walking the path we’ve planned out in our own minds, all the while excluding Him because yeah- sometimes it does feel like we know what’s best. (And um, we would be wrong about that, mkay?) Jesus loves us so much more than we love ourselves (and truly, thank goodness He does because I have some pretty ugly moments) and because He loves us more, walking the path with Him is so much better than attempting to walk it on our own. It doesn’t always mean The Waiting Time will get easier, but I believe once we continue to make Him a part of that time, not only will He bring us hope, but He will bless us with so many gifts along the way.

Have you asked God what plans He has for you? Do you believe with your heart that those plans are in fact gifts? Are you ready for Him to show you? If you are, I want you to close your eyes right now and simply say, “Okay, Lord. Show me and help me to continue to walk with you.” He hears you, and I promise you (I promise!) He will take you by the hand and lead you.

PS- Did you catch my post over at Best Kept Self last week? Come say hi!
What are you grateful for? 

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday! 

1. Link up to your Grateful Heart post, not just your blog’s homepage, and please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or GH button) so that others can link up too! *Any posts that do not have to do with this GH topic or those that do not link back up to this blog will be deleted. 

2. If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog

3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

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  • Oh my goooooosh you leave so soon! I know you're going to have so much fun and I can't wait to see your adventures on Insta!

  • First off…..that photo is gorgeous and just screams spring (and happy memories with your mom!). I am so excited for you and your upcoming European adventures! The waiting time is difficult and full of self doubt and wondering but reading your post brings on a sense of calm….so refreshing!

  • You are going to have the best vacation! I'm so excited for you. Take tons of pics and I can't wait to read all about it when you get back.

  • hahaha Kel!! Would that not be HILARIOUS?! Knowing me, that suitcase is going to be heavy enough haha πŸ˜‰

  • I agree the "waiting time" is something I really struggle with. It's so hard in the age of here and now to now expect instant gratification. Thanks for a lovely and inspiring post πŸ™‚

  • Waiting is the worst. I too, need a plan, a path, an action and waiting just makes me a crazy person. I am praying for you every day sister!
    I hope you have an AMAZING time on your trip!!!! I cannot wait to stalk your Instagram and live vicariously through your adventures!!

  • Ugh. The Waiting Time is so challenging, but for me sometimes I struggle with the start, too. It's very hard to be Type-A and accept that someone else is in control- even though I know that He totally is! πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful European adventure!

  • ​Haha!! I'm pretty sure Christian would freak lol! I'm going to be living vicariously through your travels πŸ™‚

  • okay seriously. Did you and Jesus have a chat and he finally say..okay fine….you talk to her because she wont listen to me?! I hate waiting. I want to know what in the world he wants me to do. What direction to take. what in the world I am supposed to do with my ordinary self to help share how extraordinary he is!

    Thanks for sharing your heart sweet friend!! I needed to hear it.

    Have the best best best time ever in Europe! I can't want to hear all about it! I will be stalking you on Instagram wishing I was there with you! Praying for safe travels!! xo!

  • The waiting is so so hard! "because He loves us more, walking the path with Him is so much better than attempting to walk it on our own."–isn't this so true! It's such a comfort knowing He is there with us and NEVER gives up on us, even in the time of waiting.

  • The Waiting time is kind of the worst. I feel so stuck there right now, and I'm trying to be patient and learn from it, but it's certainly difficult. On a lighter note, I can't wait to see your vacation photos!

  • Waiting is seriously THE WORST. oh my goodness!! But lady, I sure do love this post!! I have learned the hard way… esp lately that waiting PAYS OFF! Sometimes, as hard as it is, you just really need to sit back and WAIT and the best things you need are shown to you!! LOVE your soul!!

  • Ashleigh

    I love this! Thank you for hosting this grateful linky! Have a wonderful week!
    Please come share and link up with me tomorrow starting at 6p! xx Ashleigh @SimplyWright

  • Wishing you a wonderful trip!

  • So much to do to prepare, so little time! I will be SO ready for that french wine (and macaroons) haha

  • Thank you, Anne! πŸ™‚ This brought a smile to my face.

  • Thank you, Ashley!! I will for sure, can't wait!

  • Absolutely, I agree!

  • Yes, the instant gratification that is ever present in 2015 certainly doesn't make it easier. Although my parents would probably say I was born this way, haha πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for reading, Brittany!

  • Meg, you and I would make one excellent team if we were ever on a planning committee! haha!! (Thank you for the prayers… I owe you an email update soon!) XO!

  • I love SO much that our posts always speak to each other, Liz. Every time I read one of yours I think, I swear she wrote that with me in mind (I mean, you always do, right?!) πŸ˜‰ Prayers for The Waiting Time you're currently in… remind yourself it won't last forever, it won't last forever. XO

  • Thank you so much, Llinos! πŸ™‚

  • Oh I hear you, Audrey!! And I stand right there with you in that (wonderful) type-A-ness.

    Thank you!

  • haha!!! (That's how I feel a lot of the time when I read YOUR posts. I love how God uses our own situation to also speak to others!) Thank you for prayers regarding travel… I will be both praying and drinking a glass of wine to get me through πŸ˜‰

  • Sometimes, when "it" clicks in my head, I wonder why it wasn't able to click earlier… sometimes as hard as I try to see or understand, and then in the moment I finally get it and nothing on the outside has changed, it's just my mind gets it, I think- wow, am I really that slow?! haha!

  • I'm so sorry you're going through that, Brittany! Seriously, the WORST. I actually just wrote a 5 day series kind of on this topic.. more so about being creative and the creative process. I'll be sharing it next week, maybe it will help?!

  • You know what they say about patience… haha πŸ˜‰ Sometimes, in my moments of frustration over The Waiting Time, I realize I'm really just acting like a huge brat… and then tell myself to knock it off. Chocolate also helps, ha. XOXO!!

  • Your outlook is always so inspiring. I hope you have the most amazing trip, and I can't wait to read and see allll about it πŸ™‚

  • I'm so glad you had such a wonderful Easter! And I am so excited for you for Friday…I will be thinking of you all the time you're away. You are seriously going to have such a blast!!!
    The Waiting Time is a trial. It's soooo hard for me to let go too, and to not try and control everything. Waiting to hear what God has to say to me, waiting to hear His voice in the quiet, waiting for the things I think and feel I deserve Right Now…that's hard. Your reminder that He is with us in those moments makes me think of the 'footprints' story. He carries us in those waiting moments, the difficult times! I don't always acknowledge the wonder of that but I'm thanking Him for it right now. Thank you for the reminder, sweet friend!

  • It sounds like you had a great Easter and I'm so glad! I'm so excited for you and your trip. That is going to be so much fun! Take lots and lots of pictures but mostly just have a great time. πŸ™‚ thanks for this post really spoke to me heart!

  • Thank you, lady! I'll be ready to share as soon as I get back, can't wait!

  • I LOVE the footprints story πŸ™‚ There's another version of it that involves dancing and it makes me tear up every single time.

    Thank you, Rebecca! Can't wait to share all in a few weeks!

  • So glad, lady πŸ™‚ And thank you!!!

  • I am currently in "The Waiting Time" and this spoke volumes to me today. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. I am so excited to live vicariously through your trip! πŸ˜‰

  • Yes, such a struggle. But worth it in the end. Needed to read this today. Safest of travels and the best of fun on your trip!!

  • Yes, I can't wait to read it!

  • Sharon

    Life might bring crazy things, but the thing that I am most grateful for is that God is always listening to me. No matter what, even when I can't find the words to say, He hears.

    This is my first visit to your link-up, and I'm so glad to join this community! Hope you're enjoying your trip to Europe!


  • I'm so glad you connected to it, Linds πŸ™‚ If we're all in that waiting time together, I figure we can at least encourage each other through!

  • Hi Sharon!! I'm so glad you stopped by last week! πŸ™‚ Hope to see you again soon!

  • Thank you, Ann! πŸ™‚