5 Simple Ways to Use Intentional Waiting to Your Advantage

Intentional Waiting

Advantage One – Intentional Waiting Helps Us Renew Our Strength

Many people are busy as in busy-to-weariness. This leads to weariness and fatigue. Summer is a great time to pull aside to renew our physical strength.

Intentional waiting takes intentional planning for times of physical rest. Our bodies need “down time” to heal and rejuvenate. In order to have endurance to finish our priorities well, we must purpose in our hearts to allow our body time to rest.

Here are 4 practical ways we can renew our physical strength:

  • Slow down and take a break from our regular routine.
  • Sleep or take a nap.
  • Relax with physical inactivity – read; relax on a porch swing or hammock.
  • Relax and enjoy low exertion activity – walking or swimming.
Waiting Determines Our Resolve
Waiting Determines Our Resolve

Advantage Two – Intentional Waiting Determines our Resolve

When we determine to intentionally wait, we resolve to take the time to contemplate decisions before us. When we make up our minds to thoughtfully consider specific details, pros and cons, research, and our feelings regarding this information, we allow ourselves time to become mentally well-rounded which leads to wholeness.

Our mental health is often overlooked, but it vital to consider if our current self-care includes time to: observe, study, and reflect on decisions that have a huge impact on our lives. Resolve leads to wholesomeness.

Here are 3 practical ways we can determine our resolve for mental well-being:

  • Quietness – five-minute break from interactions and responsibilities; a walk.
  • Reflection – introspection that examines our mental and emotional processes.
  • Refreshment – interaction that rejuvenates our soul (reading, painting, photography)
Waiting Restore Our Equilibrium
Waiting Restore Our Equilibrium

Advantage Three – Intentional Waiting Restores Our Equilibrium

Intentional waiting can restore our emotional equilibrium when we take the time to process our emotions. Unprocessed emotions can lead to irritation, frustration, and an unrestrained mouth. When we practice emotional self-care, we exchange negative emotions for positive emotions.

When we grasp the importance of emotional self-care, we will take the time to calm and steady ourselves through journaling.

It is vital we do not bottle our feelings up inside. Journaling is a safe way to process our emotions in an authentic way without hurting anyone else’s feelings. It is important to be honest with ourselves, practice self-forgiveness, extend forgiveness to others for their short-comings, and come to a place of peace about the situation we are processing on paper.

If we can come to a place of thankfulness, so much the better, but gratitude might need to be cultivated in our hearts, minds and emotions over an extremely trying and difficult situation.

Waiting Improves Our Spirit
Waiting Improves Our Spirit

Advantage Four – Intentional Waiting Improves Our Spirit

Physical, mental, and emotional healthiness are all important for our overall well-being, but we will not experience wholeness without intentional waiting before the Lord. Waiting before the Lord allow the Lord God Almighty to commune with our spirit man.

Being still before the Lord allow us the opportunity to:

  • Be in His Presence.
  • It removes us from tornadic-like chaos to a peaceful state.
  • It enables us to pour out our hearts in prayer.
  • It creates space to hear from God through His Word and in His still small voice.
Waiting Brings Wholeness
Waiting Brings Wholeness

Advantage Five – Intentional Waiting Brings Wholeness

Wholeness is so rare today. Intentional waiting unifies our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts into one. Wholeness does not take place without a determined heart attitude to press through the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings we may possess.

The benefits of choosing intentional waiting to renew our physical strength, resolve for mental well-being, restore our emotional equilibrium, and improve our spirit will lead us to wholeness.

God Bless You
God Bless You!

Prayer of Blessing

I pray the Lord will richly bless you – spirit, soul, and body – as you intentionally wait upon Him. And may you find wholeness in Him.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:23 NASB

Recommendations:

For insights in how to enter intentional waiting through God’s Word, prayer, and time in His Presence – in good times and through persecution – our character grows as we intentionally wait on Him: 3 Steps in How to Wait on the Lord – Strength with Dignity

For more information in how to enter into rest – spirit, soul, and body: How to Enter Intentional Rest – Strength with Dignity

References:

10 Emotional Self-Care Ideas to Practice Daily. Published by Lish on Mind Her Way. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from 10 Emotional Self-Care Ideas To Practice Daily – Mind Her Way

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

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26 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways to Use Intentional Waiting to Your Advantage”

    1. I’m so glad you were encouraged, Deborah! Quietness and reflection are so important to our well-being – spirit, soul and body.

    1. I’m so glad you were encouraged, Liv! God enjoys us spending time and waiting before Him. He finds great pleasure in our company.

  1. I read this while sitting in the sunshine on my deck, leaving the “to do” inside on my office desk. I was having restless guilt, and then I read your words. It came to mind that intentionally waiting produces authentic productivity. Thank you for affirming I am okay to stay still and renew in the sunshine!

  2. I love the word “intentional.”

    In a world of mental and physical busyness, thank you for showing us additiona ways to intentionally wait.

  3. I’ve had to be so intentional especially about my mental well-being in this season of waiting. I appreciate your practical ways to work on this…through quietness, reflection, and refreshment. I go back and forth between all three of these as God leads me during this waiting season. Thanks for sharing at our One Word linkup! I’ll share this post tomorrow in our Facebook group.

    1. It does take intentionality to keep ourselves in a good place mentally, Lisa. I’m so glad there isn’t one “right” way to do mental well-being, but different ways help us in different seasons, so it’s important to be self-aware. And God is faithful to lead us. May the Lord give you grace in this season of waiting, Lisa.

  4. Lisa, Such great information here and wise words on intentionally waiting-which is not easy! But your tips lend purpose to the wait making it more pleasant and productive. I like Advantage #3, because I know how damaging unprocessed emotions can be. Thank you for encouraging us to be intentional, redeeming our wait for God’s glory and our own well-being!

    1. I’m so glad you were encouraged, Donna! Redeeming our wait for God’s glory and our own well-being does take intentionality!

    1. I’m so glad you were encouraged, Paula! I know we are both in a journey of intentionality this year.

  5. Hi Lisa, I love this post. It is so practical. One of my previous posts a few ladies let me know their words for 2022. So many of those words and my own, Surrender, is reflected in your post. I think the Lord is speaking to us clearly in this season. God bless! Tracy (Visiting from Tell His story)

    1. Surrender is such a deep word, Tracy! The Lord has been faithful to speak, guide and affirm us in this season.

  6. Hmm. I think I need to be more intentional when I’m waiting! The intentionality is often missing when I find myself in a holding pattern.
    Visiting from Let’s Have Coffee #22

    1. Aww Kym, holding patterns aren’t fun, but intentional waiting can be life-giving. May the Lord give us the grace to be more intentional in our times of waiting.

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