The Conlectio Newsletter
Your Waiting Has Meaning
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Hi friend!
There are so many seasons of waiting. When I was single, much of the waiting conversation revolved around finding a spouse. But after being married for almost nine years, I’ve seen clearly that waiting is required of us in every single stage of life. Waiting is difficult because it requires trust. We can’t see the end game; we don’t know the outcome. We’re standing still (or so it feels like) until the next step if revealed to us.
Waiting doesn’t feel productive, but it does some of the most profound soul-work we will ever experience. We’d like to make the most of the wait – fix things. Do stuff.
I know what it means to be a ‘fixer’. I want to amend my circumstances, get them under control, or revise my schedule for the least amount of difficulty and disorganization. Looking in Scripture, we see some examples of how our forefathers (and mothers) handled those hard seasons of wait.
Sarah tried to fix her barrenness through Hagar.
Peter tried to fix Jesus’ death by forbidding Him to go to the cross.
But David…
“David learned to wait on God in a beautiful and strong way. Like Sarah and Peter, David was a man of weakness and strength. He committed adultery and murder, but he confessed both these sins and is called a man after God’s own heart. We learn three things about how to wait from David: wait with courage, wait in hope, and bow to God’s timeline.”
 (Linda Dillow)
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So here is how we can wait well, because we all need to do this at some point - or rather, many points in our lives. 
1. Wait with Courage
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14)
David was a shepherd and a king, but also a warrior. It’s the warrior’s heart that calls out here. He is summoning himself to stand up and be strong. This is a call to battle! We have to fight emotions and despair to wait on God, summoning our heart to the front lines and saying I WILL see the goodness of the Lord. And this is faith. Lisa Bevere once said that faith and fear both give weight to the unseen. Fear believes only what is seen and doubts the unseen. Faith believes what is unseen and doubts that what is seen is all there is. 
We choose faith because God is good.
2. Wait in Hope
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:5, NLT)
“The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ means to twist or stretch, and includes the idea of the tension of enduring.” This connotation invokes two images: connection and tension. As we wait, we have a constant tension that keeps us connected to God. Have you ever been out to eat while starving, waiting for your food to arrive? Every time the server comes out of the kitchen you watch to see if they are coming to your table. A silly illustration –  but we wait the same way on God. Are we focused on His face, awaiting an answer, a change, to our situation? Trials give us a direct line to God to watch and wait, hoping in His salvation.
3. Bow to God’s Timeline
But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God. My times are in Your hand.” (Psalm 31:14-15)
David’s circumstances were more horrific than many of us could ever imagine. My circumstances are in no way comparable to what David and so many other saints have dealt with. Even so, there are trials that I have faced and am still facing and my response is within my control. Do I hand these things over to God and say, “My times are in Your hand?”
Whether I think they are or not, they are. I just need to live in that thought.
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary.
And to her who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:28-31)
We hear this passage so much it’s easy to ignore how powerful it is.
Those who wait… rise up.
Those who wait… gain new strength.
Those who wait… run tirelessly.
Those who wait… walk with God.
Your waiting has meaning when you bow it to the Lord.

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On Social Media This Week
  • Instagram: @phyliciamasonheimer (also shared to FB)
    • Monday: Ask Anything on FB/IG
    • Tuesday: The Conlectio +
    • Wednesday: Verity Episode: Discerning Theology in Worship
    • Thursday: Day in the Life
    • Friday: Book and product recs (IG)
  • Instagram: @willowsbendhomeschool
    • Monday: Homeschool Co-op + homeschool book list!
    • Tuesday: Homeschool Q/A
    • Wednesday: Farm and Nontoxic tutorials (as I can!)
    • Thursday: Off
    • Friday: Off
  • I was honored to join She Reads Truth on their podcast this week talking about Leviticus!
What I'm Reading
  • Before I share my list… Each month I like to “reset” my reading list to the books I actually WANT to read. This usually means 1-2 audiobooks (Audible or Libby) and a pile of nonfiction books I can peruse at will. Here's what it's in my stack this October.
    • A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (audiobook)
    • On Christian Liberty by Martin Luther
    • The Calling Journey (I forget the author - it's a workbook)
    • Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
    • Loving Your Husband Well by Lisa Jacobson
    • The Messiah Comes to Middle Earth by Philip Ryken
What I'm Loving
  • My Sunday Planning Routine: I have streamlined this to the point I look forward to it every week! It's kind of involved, but it is relaxing and a great way to jump into the week's responsibilities. I shared it on Instagram and saved it as a highlight if you missed it!
  • Lotta from Stockholm clogs: Ok, I met my September goal and YES I grabbed these adorable clogs! They are pictured in the very top of this email. I think narrower feet will find them more comfortable, but I am willing to sacrifice comfort for cuteness. These are so cute!
  • Our church's EQUIP gathering: I was asked to join a panel for this gathering our church hosted and I loved the format so much I thought I would share. We gathered for pizza at round tables, each table a mix of generations (e.g. we had teens, thirty year olds, and fifty year olds at the same table!). The focus of this particular gathering was spiritual disciplines: how do we make time for meeting God? How do people do it differently? How can we circumvent the common roadblocks like distraction or laziness? Our panel shared how we individually go about bible study, prayer, and seeking God, and the tables discussed questions together. Then we prayed together and concluded. All in all it was about 1.5 hours and a great way to practically apply our faith and connect to other believers!
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On the Farm
  • Perpetua had her vet check up: Apparently, last week my update on Perpetua cut off, so here's the full story! Perpetua is doing much better. The vet thinks her abscess was caused by a spider bite and said we did a great job cleaning it up (gross as it was!). She is on the mend and so much happier, though she is still healing.
  • Apple picking time: We have two apple trees on the farm and last fall we pruned them for the first time in probably years. One of the trees actually lost a branch due to the weight of its apples! This year, they bore the MOST beautiful harvest. I can't wait to make applesauce and apple butter and apple pie!
  • The pigs went to the butcher and we expect to pick up our bacon and pork this week! My parents kept them at their property this time because we didn't have space to expand their pen. It worked out better that way!
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In Our Homeschool
  • I posted some books from our last week of study on my @willowsbendhomeschool Instagram. I hope to continue sharing read alouds we have loved as a place for easy access - Instagram is the easiest place for me right now (typing them up is a lot more work than taking a picture). 
  • We start Cycle 2 Week 5 this week. We are studying Joan of Arc, the 100 Year's War, and nature cycles. 
  • I read some advice to integrate one thing YOU love into your kids' homeschool each week. I added a nature walk, which is so simple yet hard to schedule around my work time/weather/commitments. It's been a great decision!
  • A few movies we've loved for our medieval studies:
    • Camelot: (1967) We did watch this musical with the girls and skipped through a few of the steamier scenes (they aren't that bad but for young kids maybe) 
    • Robin Hood: The animated Disney version is always a classic.
    • Joan of Arc: This is the animated Hero Classics by Nest Entertainment.
    • Brave: We love this sweet story of a mom and daughter's relationship.
for the awakening, 

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