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Friendship Friday — Interview with Vonda Skelton

It’s my pleasure to introduce my friend, Vonda Skelton, and to give you opportunity to read her insights about waiting on God.  She’s a national speaker for both Christian and secular audiences, a freelance writer, and the author of four books, including Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe and the Bitsy Burroughs Mysteries for kids. Vonda is founder and co-director of Christian Communicators, an organization and community dedicated to educating, validating, and launching women in their speaking ministries. She’s also owner of The Christian Writer’s Den writing blog. She is an actor in film, theater, and commercials, and is currently working on a screenplay. Vonda and Gary have been married all their lives—and they’re still happy about it! You can find out more about Vonda and her ministry at www.VondaSkelton.com

Vonda’s kindly offered to give away a copy of her book, Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe. Leave a comment on my blog and you’ll be automatically entered.

Waiting in the Fast Lane

by Vonda Skelton

Waiting is hard for me. I read of Sarah waiting for Isaac, Anna waiting for the Messiah, and Elizabeth waiting for John, and I’m amazed. Can you believe Sarah waited about thirty years for a baby? Thirty years? I have a hard time waiting for my nails to dry!

But God’s Word is clear that we’re to wait, to be still, to remain in Him.

  • Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
  • Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7a
  • Remain in me, and I will remain in you. John 15:4a

In order to truly rest in Him, we must learn to wait. It’s in the waiting that we hear God’s voice. But sometimes I pray and pray and read His Word, and yet, I don’t hear a thing.

It’s not His fault.

The problem is not in His speaking, it’s in my listening. There He was, just about to tell me what He wanted me to know, but I didn’t have time to listen. Because I didn’t have time to wait on Him.

I had to learn how to wait. I started by reading Psalm 73:23 and then spent ten minutes meditating on the verse, listening for God’s voice. I told God I wasn’t sure how to do this waiting thing, but I was there, just in case He had anything He wanted to tell me.

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. Psalm 73:23

I read the verse again and meditated on the words, you hold me by my right hand. In my mind, I pictured God and me, holding hands. I sat quietly and waited.

I reread the verse. And waited some more. And by meditating on that one short verse and then waiting, I heard His voice! Oh, I didn’t hear trumpets or receive any great revelation about my current problem, but I knew He was there. Just God and me, sitting in my chair in the corner of the living room. As He planted thoughts in my mind, I pursued them, searching for another scripture that would whisper His heart.

Rest . . . wait . . . wisdom . . . peace.

It was a new, sweet experience! Now I’ve learned to cherish our time together. Some days I have to refocus my heart and mind again and again, and other days I hear Him more clearly. But I can promise you this–if I’m really there, He’s really there.

It’s all in the waiting. It’s all in the being quiet and listening. God wants us to rest in Him. He wants to speak to our spirits and let us know He’s really there. He’s just waiting for us.

No agenda, no lists. Just us and God, relating to each other. You’ll be amazed at what He has to say when we’re quiet enough to hear His voice.

I know it will be worth the wait.

9 Responses to “Friendship Friday — Interview with Vonda Skelton”

  1. Vonda Skelton

    Grace, thank you for allowing me to visit with you and your readers. I pray God’s blessing as you continue to bless others through ministry!

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    • Grace

      Vonda, it was a pleasure to have you visit us. We appreciate your godly wisdom!

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    • Grace

      Thanks for stopping by, Arlene. Yes indeed, God is with us during those waiting times. I’m so thankful He gives us the strength needed to hang on.

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  2. Lynne Levenick

    Thank you–I have just heard God speak through you–this is just what I needed today.

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    • Grace

      Thanks for stopping by, Lynne. I’m so glad God ministered to you through Vonda’s words. Blessings to you, my friend.

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  3. Vonda Skelton

    Thank you for your encouraging words, ladies. I must say, the reason I’m even able to share these struggles of life is because God first has to deal with me. And I wish it were a one-time dealing, but I’m afraid He has to remind me quite frequently. 🙁

    I pray each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving week!

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    • Grace

      I believe our most effective ministry flows from our deepest pain. God wastes nothing in our lives….especially the difficulties, it seems.

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  4. Elaine Helms

    Grace, thank you for the platform; and Vonda, thank you for the wise insight. God has much to say to us if we will be still long enough to hear. Great reminder.

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