135. Autumn Miles // Waiting Well
Autumn Miles is the founder of Autumn Miles Ministries, an organization devoted to spiritually challenging the way women think. She is a dynamic speaker, has authored three books and is the host of “The Autumn Miles Show.” Autumn has shared her story of overcoming abuse and her message of hope in Christ to many prestigious media outlets. She is a passionate advocate for domestic violence victims, women in ministry, and adoption. Autumn married Eddie Miles in 2004 and has four beautiful children, two biological, Grace and Jude, and two adopted, Moses and Haven. She and her family reside in Dallas, Texas.
Tune into this episode as Autumn shares all about the power of waiting well!
Psalm 91:16 “With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Romans 4:17 “As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.”
Romans 4:1-3 “So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Hebrews 10:25 “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Isaiah 61:7-9 “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
Autumn Mills’s Testimony
- Autumn Mills lives in Dallas, Texas.
- Autumn Mills grew up in a Baptist home and her dad was a pastor.
- Autumn Mills was in an abusive marriage. During that time, she became scared of God.
- One night, Autumn Mills was thinking about ending her life when she encountered the spirit of God asking her “Do you remember me?”
- Autumn Mills opened her Bible and the Lord spoke to her and in that moment, she repented and recommitted her life to Jesus.
- Autumn Mills got divorced a year later.
- God called Autumn Mills to a ministry to reach women like her.
- Autumn Mills remarried and now has 4 children.
Autumn Mills’s Journey to Adoption
- Autumn Mills felt called to adopt a child when she was a teenager.
- Autumn Mills got married and had 2 children with her husband. She felt the call to adopt, but her husband did not at the time.
- Autumn Mills started praying for God to change her husband’s heart.
- A few years later, her husband had a dream about adoption and knew it was time to adopt.
- Autumn Mills and her husband have now adopted 2 children.
Praying for Your Spouse
- The Holy Spirit is much more effect and powerful than we are.
- If it’s God’s desire, He will work on your spouse.
- You do not want to coerce your spouse into anything.
- Take all of your frustrations to the Lord.
- Too often we take problems onto ourselves, and we need to remind ourselves this is not our problem; this is God’s problem.
- Your spouse is not too stubborn to overcome the beautiful messaging of the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit knows your spouse better than you do.
- As women, we need to let the Holy Spirit work and not nag our husbands.
- You do not want anything too early. If you get it too early, you and/or the enemy will destroy it.
- Anything that comes premature is not ready for you and you’re not ready to handle it.
- You waiting period is giving you something (a new perspective, deeper faith, a new objective, etc.)
- Your wait is adding to your maturity as a believer.
- Waiting seasons are Biblical because God is wiser than we are.
- Jesus had to wait to start His ministry.
- Waiting seasons are necessary to develop us or develop the thing we are waiting for.
- Contentment is found when we encounter Jesus as our Living Hope.
- That thing (a spouse, a baby, a new house, etc.) is not going to make you happy.
- We have to make sure that the thing we are waiting for does not become an idol in our lives. The idol will never satisfy the way God does.
- God is the supreme avenue to contentment.
The Power of Praise and Thanksgiving
- We connect with the Lord through prayer.
- We things come on us that are too much to handle, praise and worship radically transforms the way we feel and think.
- Praise and Worship should be the first response, not the last resort.
- King Jehosophat looked to God first and God defeated his enemy.
- The Lord inhabits the praise of His people.
- When we praise God, we can tangibly feel God’s presence.
- Praise and worship have the power to overcome it and it has the power to overcome
- Praise and worship is a lifestyle.
Living in a Place of Victory
- The attack of the enemy on people who work in ministry is massively substantial.
- God’s Word says that we will overwhelmingly conquer the enemy.
- Just because we believe it, doesn’t mean we feel it.
- Faith and fear are going to coexist.
- What will we do with fear? Will we submit to it, or will we push forward in it?
- God is asking us to step into a place of victory and to take territory for His name.
- Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave. We are His children and we have the victory.
- We have to be set apart from the world.
“We know all about God, but we do not have a relationship with God.” – Autumn Mills
“All of this power that the Lord has for us, is for the taking.” – Autumn Mills
“It is okay to remind the Lord of His promises to you.” – Autumn Mills
“There are plans of God that are not even created yet.” – Autumn Mills
“Your waiting period is actually giving you something.” – Autumn Mills
“Waiting seasons are Biblical because God is wiser than we are.” – Autumn Mills
“Contentment is found when we encounter Jesus as our living hope.” – Caroline
“We underestimate the supernatural presence of the Lord in our life willing at any second to come in and overcome whatever it is we are facing.” – Autumn Mills
“The Holy Spirit is so disrespected in our world today.” – Autumn Mills
“God is asking us to step into a place of victory to take territory for His name.” – Autumn Mills
“Faith and fear are going to coexist.” – Autumn Mills
“Instead of your shame, God will give you a double portion.” – Autumn Mills