Please meet my friend, Yolanda Perry. She is a strong, authentic woman and the author of Worth the Wait. We met online. Sounds a bit suspect, doesn’t it? But we did, and I’m ever thankful. Online blog link-ups brought us together. Her intriguing story and full-of-Jesus-energy writing were too good to not share. I hope you enjoy the hop in her spiritual step as Yolanda shares and encourages women to draw near to God through today’s story.
Stay tuned every 1st Tuesday for another Your Story. To God be the glory as you walk deeper with him.
“This time, don’t wait.”
That was not what I anticipated hearing from God the day I curled up in my place of prayer, broken but confident He would say just what I expected Him to. In the midst of my crying, screaming, wailing…my prayer time came to a screeching halt when I heard those four words echoing in my soul, “This time, don’t wait”.
Three years had passed after my now former husband had returned home following a two year separation. After faithfully waiting, praying and believing he would come back home, God did exactly what I asked. About two years into reconciliation, I wrote and published my very first book titled Worth the Wait. As a matter of fact it was this very day eight years ago that I had my book signing debut…07-07-07. Oh my, seven is God’s perfect number, the number of completion. For me, this was like God saying, “I am sealing the deal!”
What an accomplishment. I was so proud. It was not just because of this book that I just knew would make it to the New York Times Best Seller’s List. I was more so proud of my ability to stand and trust God through one of the most difficult and traumatic times of my life.
Now everything about this time in my life was perfect…UNTIL!
After writing a tell-all book.
After selling hundreds of copies.
After traveling and telling my story of hope.
After three years of bliss…I was separated AGAIN!!!
Back to the drawing board I went. I needed God to tell me what to do…again. Only this time, I was not ready for His answer. It shook me to my core when He told me not to wait this time. Since I had mastered waiting, the concept of not was foreign to me. And then I was clueless about what to do about this book I had written. I could not believe it. He changed the game on me.
Is that even fair? I guess so when it is God doing the changing.
BUT God…He has this amazing way of proving how sufficient His grace is for us.
In the most gentle and clever way, God helped me to understand that I will never fully comprehend His way of doing things.
’My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8 (NLT)
I now realize that even though my marriage ended, that does not negate the fact that God did answer my original prayer to bring my husband home. He just did not tell me he would not be there forever. And though the outcome is opposite of what I expected, God only wanted me to continue seeking Him for His perfect plan, purpose, and will for my life.
Truly God has brought me to a place of healing and wholeness in Him. With ease, I can transparently share my story so others can discover the hope that I have found. For a season, God had me on pause as I grieved the loss of my marriage, for a time of equipping, and so I could be fully available to my children as they, too, experienced this extreme life change. And you are now privy to the fruit of His charge for me to go forth in speaking and writing.
My road to a new normal after separation times two, which led to divorce, has been quite a journey that I am still enjoying to this very day. But over time, I learned a few things:
- It only takes Jesus to make me complete.
- To trust God’s plan, even when it trumps my own.
- Not having to share decision-making is not so bad most times. Ha!
Now what? I wait some more…to see what God does next…as I cling to these words,
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Hmmm…I just wonder, what are you WAITING for???
Well, whatever it is…if it is from God, I promise it is well worth it!
~Meet Yolanda ~
Yolanda Perry is a fun loving mom who loves God, life, elephants, and staying in great hotels. She finds fulfillment in transparently sharing her story and hearing how others are touched by it. Yolanda’s personal mission is to communicate and demonstrate unshakable faith.