God continues to speak, even when He is saying ‘wait’

Although it has been almost a month (!!!!!!!!!) since I left for SheSpeaks, I am still processing all that I learned. There was so much to take in that it was impossible to expect otherwise.

When I boarded the plane to North Carolina, I knew that I would be moved. That I would meet women who I would form a connection with. (Hi Friends!!)

But my heart was also all aflutter with wonder at WHY I was going. Clearly, the Lord’s hand had been upon my going. And that could only mean one thing: Be prepared – ’cause the Lord is gonna move some stuff! And that thrilled me beyond words.

I’m still wondering what that stuff is gonna be. There are no clear answers just yet. For now, I am just sitting and waiting for His direction.

And I’d be lying if I said it was easy.

It’s not that I expected the Women of Faith women to come knocking on my door. But honestly, I don’t know where to begin. How to even look for open doors.

Frankly, it surprises me that it surprises me. After all I’ve been through, I know that things don’t always fall into our laps. But maybe a little crumb could fall? Something, anything, God-breathed to push me along in the right direction.

Still, there is silence.

So, for now, I wait.

And I will surrender to that, and know that even "Wait" is a God-breathed command.


  1. Beth (A Mom's Life) says

    I am waiting as well. I keep praying for God to show me what he wants me to do/be and in the meantime, I wait.

    I am assuming that I am not ready for whatever it is he wants me to do so while I am waiting I am trying to read the bible and pray more to prepare myself.

    Like the song says, “…the way-a-ting is the hardest part.”

  2. Elizabeth says

    patience and humility i am learning in my own life are the 2 things most difficult to do and pray for… hang in there!

  3. Jen at I should be cleaning says

    Beautiful writing!

  4. A few years ago, I ached for growth in my life. Feeling dry and hopeless I begged God for the umpteenth time one day just as I was walking past a barren jacaranda tree. He whispered to me, “Just as that tree holds the promise of bright green leaves and brilliant purple flowers, you hold the promise of growth. It’s there waiting to break through at the appointed time.”

    God does not waste one syllable of our prayers. He hears and answers them all.

    Be encouraged, my sister.

  5. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    Karla, Thank you for sharing your heart with us. It is obvious that your heart is looking towards heaven, as your blog title states. I know it is hard to wait. I actually wrote my post, yesterday, on waiting on the Lord. I said that is my mantra right now “We are waiting on the Lord”. My husband, as of friday, is without a job. So, we are waiting to see what happens next and to see how the Lord will provide for us. I know the situations are different, but the idea is the same. As a believer, we know that He is in control and knows the plan. It would be nice if He could reveal the plan to us in our timeframe. Oh, how I wish that I knew the plan. So, take courage, be strong, and know that He has something incredible planned to bless you! You are already ministering to others through encouraging post and sharing our heart, like today. If you want to see what I wrote about “waiting on the Lord” you can go over and see my Monday’s post.

    Isaiah 40:31 (Amplified Bible)

    31But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.(A)

  6. Melissa @ The Inspired Room says

    I was in that place almost two years ago, waiting in silence, and yet when God started to move, WOW, it was amazing to watch!

    Right now my husband is waiting in silence for his next career move (he is in ministry) and gosh it is quiet. But I know God is at work, even when it looks like he has forgotten us.

    Praying for the crumbs!!!


  7. R.L.Scovens says

    Alot of times our stength is in our waiting…

  8. I can identify with you on the waiting. There’s a ministry I’ve desired for years, but it hasn’t opened up for me yet. I’m involved in other ministries, but that “one thing” is where I believe my niche is. I even become jealous at times of a particular friend who seems to get placed in every single ministry she wants to do. It is hard not to look around, rather than focusing my eyes on one face…the Lord Jesus.

  9. The Nester says

    Putting you in my birds of a feather right this very…

    I’m trying to type faster than my sister to get this to you first! I’ve given up on checking my email until I get my new dumbputer.

    Miss you! I hate that I hate the “wait” answer. I want to be one of those mature women who bask and rest in the “wait”.

    your blog looks fantastic–I don’t know how to get my reader on this computer so I read only my sister’s blog and my own if I have the time. Ordering a new computer in a day or two!! WoooHooo!

    Hope all is well. Come see us again soon!

  10. ThreeGirlyGirls says

    I feel ya girl! I felt so empowered and ready to go after I left She Speaks, but I’ve been waiting on God too. I feel like I’m going turtle speed!!!

    I don’t know if anyone has suggested this to you or not, but do you have local Mom’s groups in your area? They are a good place to start putting letters out for you to speak at their meetings.

  11. Karla, in 2002 I felt exactly like you do after the She Speaks conference. My book proposals, on which I’d pinned my hopes and dreams, were all rejected. I was bewildered, hurt, just didn’t know where to turn or what exactly I was supposed to do. Exactly one year from the date I received the last rejection of my book proposals I started teaching a writing class just because the opportunity came available. I had no idea that the class had anything to do with God’s plan for my life or my writing. Now, five years later my first writing curriculum has been published with many more to follow and my publisher sends me all over the United States to speak about writing. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever see myself doing this stuff.

    Even though you’re waiting right now without a real sense of direction, rest assured that God is moving and eventually He will let you in on the plan!

  12. Samantha @ the Listener's post says

    I’ve been in the waiting pattern since last year’s She Speaks. Although, I have to admit, I think something’s on the horizon…but we’ll see.

    I wanted to share these verses with you – they’ve sustained me many a day as I sit and wait and “tend the sheep” until He calls me further:

    “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation waits an appointed time; it speaks of the end adn will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2-3

    It’s coming, friend. God’s timing is never late – it just seems to us like it is. Don’t lose heart, though, because the One who has called you is faithful and He will finish what He has started in you!

    In Him,

  13. Mommy Cracked says

    It’s so hard to wait, isn’t it? But I know the Lord has big plans for you. Hang in there, my friend.

  14. lukabella says

    Sometimes God’s timeing can be a little tricky. I sometimes wonder if He forgets how much laundry I have. Anyeay,I hope He has spoken. If not maybe the silence is what you are meant to hear. jenn

  15. Elizabeth Channel says

    You know, His timing is never what you think it would be. But He always comes at the right time and so much of the time it’s in such a big way you would never have expected.

    I’m so thankful to have found your blog!

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