Don’t Settle For Ishmael….


It’s funny how we sometimes want something so badly that we try to make our own version of it. Sometimes it works. Like if you see a trendy new blouse but can’t afford to buy it… it is possible to make one that looks the same and can be just as good as the original. That doesn’t work with everything. Some things we just can’t do or make on our own.
I saw a quote this morning that fits my life so perfectly right now. I feel like it was advice straight from God. It said this, “Don’t settle for Ismael… when God has promised you Isaac.”
People have been trying to do God’s job and fulfill His promises in their own strength since the beginning of time. Abraham and Sarah are two of the most recognized for that very thing. They wanted a child so badly but they were way beyond their baby making days. Yet, God promised to make their descendants innumerable… just like the stars in the sky. They were tired of waiting for God to keep His promise so they decided to help Him out and try to make it work. Surely a child shared with her maid would be just as good and they would be one big happy family… right? So Ishmael was born and the drama came with him. Imagine their surprise when the true child of promise came along a while later. So much pain could have been avoided had they waited for God to fulfill His word.
The same is true today. Only heartache comes when we put ourselves in His place and try to do His job.
Today I encourage you to wait for your Isaac…
Trusting In Him,
Shirley

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About Shirley Ann Washam

I am an extremely blessed, divorced mother of four AMAZING children. Above that, I am a child of God! I pray that He would use this blog to speak through me to those who are hurting and discouraged. My goal is to share whatever is given by our LORD to uplift and encourage those who, like me, are blessed beyond measure, but still sometimes find themselves struggling to find answers and need a little encouragement. If you are in need of encouragement, I pray that you find it here, in the words that He speaks through me.
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