When Waiting Wears You Down

When Waiting Wears You Down

March 29, 2017

“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.“ Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)

Devotion Graphic

I sat on the bed and unclenched my hands, trying to pray. From my perspective, the past season had gone painfully wrong.

My work was overwhelming, with deadlines that came too fast and too often. My womb had filled with life and then emptied twice in a handful of months, as we suffered two miscarriages back-to-back. Our daughter visited the ER for a sickness that lingered and broke up our sleep like shattered chalk, and I was wrestling with a physical condition that wore me down every day.

Then, unexpectedly, we found ourselves moving a week before Christmas, which meant a broken lease and high fines, as well as transitioning to a city where friendships would have to be built afresh.

Externally, I was busier than I’d ever been, but on the inside, my soul was barely limping along.

So I did what I always do — I tried to figure out how to fix everything. Maybe if I rearranged my work calendar, or if we saw a specialist or made more money or could get my daughter healthy — maybe then, things would get better. Easier. More hopeful.

But the more I tried to figure things out, the more overwhelmed I became. I started crying out to the Lord, asking the unanswerable question of why: Why were things so hard? Why was there such loss? Why did I feel so stuck?

God answered me, but not in response to my whys.

As I sat and prayed, God reminded me that all the things I was so desperately trying to secure — life, health and provision — come from Him. I can’t heal myself or my daughter. I can’t sustain life in my womb. I can’t force friendships or provide for our family. God alone gives us what we need.

All I can do? Pray. And wait.

I pushed out a hard breath as the tears slowed. Waiting is a recurrent theme in my life, but it has never gotten easier. It’s always painful, because it forces me to remember — again — that I’m not in control. I can’t give myself what I need; I can only ask God to heal, renew and provide.

I sat and prayed that God would change our circumstances, and then I turned to the Word and read verses that declare that I already have all that I need in Christ (Ephesians 1:3, Philippians 4:19). Sitting on that bed, I came to terms with the fact that the Lord has never promised me another child, an easy life, a full bank account or perfect health. But He has promised me more of Himself.

I may have to wait for everything else, but I never have to wait for God.

But why is waiting still so hard? If I have all that I need in Christ, why do I try to fix things instead of waiting for God’s timing? I think it’s because waiting reveals our hearts and how much we want to have control. And in order to wait well, we have to give up that control and stop striving to fix things — and seek Him instead.

Our key verse in Lamentations declares that “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” It’s not easy, but “it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD— to have to wait for God to move on our behalf.

Our difficult circumstances may not change easily or quickly, but as we wait on God and put our hope in Him, rather than hoping in a change of situation, we’ll find that He Himself is more than enough for us.

In Christ, we have all that we need.

Dear Lord, it’s hard for me to wait on Your answer to my prayers, but I declare the truth that I already have all I need in Christ. Help me to trust You and wait with the hope that You are working out all things for my good and Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Where in your life is it difficult to admit you are not in control? Spend some time in prayer asking God to increase your trust in His control over your life and in His provision of your needs.

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Comments

  1. Waiting is so difficult and I am in a period of waiting and praying so hardfor the strength and opportunity to better out lives and serve his purpose.

  2. I have learnt how to wait on the LORD over my special needs daughter but find some other areas am struggling…..need to learn more.

  3. Larisa Calloway says:

    This was exactly what I needed today… I’m still in awe how God gives us exactly what we need to hear, exactly when we need to hear it! Thank you!

  4. Gloriajkinley says:

    Enjoy my devotion it’s very helpful to me.

  5. Thank you for this! It helped me to stay strong while waiting 💕

  6. Stephanie says:

    The Lord truly blessed me with your encouraging devotional. Your message was right on time. His goodness never ceases to amaze me. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and inspiring me to not only endure this season of waiting, but to embrace it with renewed hope and strength. May God bless you tremendously!

  7. Kristin Leach says:

    This was such a great devotional. I would love to read the book. I’ve been waiting for so long to be healed of lupus. I feel like I’ve missed so much of my life. I long to have a career and a family. Praying everyday for God to give me strength for the waiting and hope for the future.

  8. Elizabeth Neels says:

    This book sound perfect for my current situation!!

  9. Encouraging Word! Father, May we find you in our waiting, and may the joy of the Lord be our strength! 💜

  10. I would love to win a book and be blessed by it

  11. Chrystal says:

    Waiting builds character. Between the prayer and the answer is a fail blessing.

  12. Ellen El Hawa says:

    When I trust in the Lord with all my heart … I’m at peace with myself and everyone!

  13. Ellen El Hawa says:

    When I trust in the Lord … I’m at peace with myself and everyone!

  14. I can relate to having to wait on God and trust him with my health and all the pieces of my life that I have no control over.

  15. Our family is waiting… on the Lord for healing for our child’s leukemia.

    • Victoria says:

      Im really intrested on knowing and learing more on how to wait..i just got saved a year ago and still learing that God is in control..Thank you for your words of insperation..God bless

      • Waiting well, Victoria, is a learned skill–that is, you learn it by doing. You can read how others do it, but it comes with practice. You can think you know how to handle it, and then **WHAM** something happens and you struggle.

        How do you prepare, when all is well with your life, to wait well when it isn’t? By living moment-to-moment in conversation with God, soaking in his Word whenever you have a few minutes, by reviewing each day with him (what did I do well? What did I miss?). The closer you are to God all the time, the shorter the wait to connect with him in times of trouble.

        • Shirlee I always love your comments. I needed to be reminded to share my day with the Lord good and bad.

        • Shirlee, your words are always encouraging. Thank you. I’ve suffered with chronic pain for more than 10 years and am really tired. You are correct when you say it’s a daily surrendering.

        • Your comments are always encouraging. God strengthen you Shirlee

    • I’m so sorry! My heart aches for you because my young daughter is going through some health issues also. I hate to see my child suffer and feel so helpless against it. I would take her place in a heartbeat if I could.
      One thing that has made a difference is sharing my struggles with other Christian girlfriends. God has worked through them to encourage me and give me the strength to not lose hope. When I don’t feel I can be strong, which has been often, God is still speaking to my heart; doling out just the right amount of medicine I need at the moment through many people and circumstances. I pray that I always have eyes to see and ears to hear the many ways He is speaking to my heart. I pray the same for you love. ❤️

  16. Thabisile Gumede says:

    It’s never easy waiting on the Lord, but each time I have to wait I always tell myself that He is working things out for my good. Thank you for this reminder .

  17. Candace Frinks says:

    Wow, I had just received a word to “Occupy til He comes. To “work” and “wait”, then I read this devotional. GODS timing is alway Perfect. Thank you for Sharing such wonderful and practical insight to relinquishing over the control we never even had to the one who has had it and allowing the Author and Finisher to complete the story of our lives at His convenience. We need only to “Wait”

  18. Thank you for sharing His message. I really need this reminder right now.

  19. I hope to win this. I am in this bleak situation for almost 5 years.. how long will i need to wait.. how long?

    • I have found that being honest with God by saying in complete frustration and despair “how long God!” How long is this going to take to change?!” I think that reinforces in me that I am waiting on HIM. While He still has to do the work, I find comfort that it’s Him I’m waiting on because of who HE is. Cry out that frustrated prayer! I hope it ushers in healing in your heart. I am waiting on several things to change that I have no control over and have taken years to begin to change, as well.

  20. Teresa Lazarus says:

    I have been waiting for an answer to prayers for almost 2 years. I know He will provide in His perfect timing, however I need encouragement I think your book can provide.. Thank you

  21. I know this feeling if praying and waiting. My husband had been without a paying job for over two years. I have prayed every day for help from the Lord. My prayers have not been answered. Still waiting!

  22. Terry Whitham says:

    This rings so true with me too…..waiting and waiting but having to trust God in all things.
    We lost our haulage business when we had three young children and my motto was ‘refusing to worry proves I trust God’. This relates too to the waiting of the salvation of The Lord for my husband and elderly parents….,,waiting and trying to be patient and trusting in all things!!

    • Carol Chouinard says:

      I waited 10 years for the salvation of my husband. It is very difficult to wait so long for the one you love to know “the peace that passes all understanding.” When he finally did get saved, as Ephesians states, it was “… to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” My heart is with you sister and my other sisters who are struggling with this ache and the pain of illness and sufferings of their children. We truly are “a Cathedral made of people.” When one aches, so does the other. I don’t know you, but I do know your ache. God bless you in your patient endurance, my sister.

  23. i just downloaded your devotion and am very interested in reading your book. Thank you for your thoughts today. They were helpful!

  24. David Links says:

    I have been waiting for two years now for God’s answer to my prayers. Thank you for this devotional. I realize that God has His appointed time to answer prayers and His time is always the right time.

  25. Latoya Shelton says:

    I’ll look love to win a free copy because I’m really interesting to learn more about God

  26. Lord grant me patience, but please hurry!

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  28. Jenmifer says:

    Would love to deepen my faith in the area of waiting…

  29. Tammy Adams says:

    I’ve been waiting and waiting….. my river has run dry. This article was refreshing, so much so, I was chatting on line with 3 other sisters in Christ that were going through the “valley”. I immediately forwarded it to them.
    God is good.
    Thank you for being the vessel for His amazing works.

  30. I would immensely appreciate this book for my daughter who was diagnosed with bi-polar last year. She lost her job, unable to work at the same level of competency as a few months prior. Although in long-term disability, she needs healing in order to return to gainful employment. I’m unable to help financially because I need employment; I’ve been supplemented since last September by my estranged husband. We both have been struggling to wait for provisions in God’s time instead of ours. Hoping this book will help us. Thank you for your ministry.

  31. Bettina Mason says:

    Waiting is super hard! I recently lost my job I December 2016; it was a blessing. God has bigger and better opportunities in store for me, but waiting is so frustrating. Rejected job offers are hurtful. I am so tired of looking for a job. I have so much to offer this world and no seems to know it. To God be the glory! Please pray for me. Thank you for your insight; it has been helpful. With Gratitude, Bettina

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  33. Miranda Dixon says:

    Great devotional! GOD BLESS!

  34. Let’s pray to be better than our problems!

  35. Elaine K says:

    Pretty much describes my life the last year…waiting on God. But one thing your devotional said that was true. Nothing else may change but God always is present. I don’t have to wait on my relationship.

  36. Waiting is such a difficult lesson.

  37. Janel Ann Smelser says:

    Realizing maybe my blessing is in the waiting.

  38. So very close to what has been going on in my life. 5 years of infertility, moving across the state, life busy and full of earthly turmoil, but God is our portion! Thank you for the reminder!

  39. Would love to win this book! Waiting after a divorce 6 years ago for some hope and relief from feeling broken.

  40. Melissa Wilson says:

    You have no idea how this encourages me, Ann! Missing you! And thank you for the gentle reminders of His promises. 💗

  41. God our Eternal Father gives us all we need especially in times of distress and need He is our only hope!

  42. Thank you for sharing this devotional. I would like to win a copy of your book to share with my daughter.

  43. This article reminds me of just what I really do have. God delivers what we need just at the right times.

  44. As always God answers. I am in the hospital and as I waited for some testing to be done in received the email with this timely reminder. Praise God!

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  46. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! This devotional has touched my heart. I, too was a mom who thought she could take control of my son’s situation and try to fix it by researching and taking him to different doctors and other problems that consequently arose with my husband and other son. God finally showed me that he, indeed was in control and that only he can fix the unfixable situations in one’s life. With constant prayer and tears and heartbreak and waiting and family support, things are much better than before but not totally resolved. I have also learned throughout all of this to accept things as they are while waiting on God.
    My sister is now going through turmoil with her son and has uncontrollable high blood pressure as a result of worrying. It is so hard to wait without worrying. I will forward this email to her. I would also ask that those reading this would say a prayer for our families. Thank you and God bless you all.

  47. Lorri Floyd says:

    Have been in a waiting period now for some time. Trusting the Lord for healing, deliverance, and restoration for family members and myself. Waiting is so hard, but I have learned a lot during this time . Would love to have a copy of this book!

  48. Wanda Cocco says:

    Waiting and trusting in God. He is faithful!

  49. Lydia Rush says:

    I woke up at 3:30am this morning and couldn’t go
    Back to sleep. I checked my emails and read today
    Email from you and I know it was The Lord talking
    To me through it. It is exality what I’m going through
    and I need to let go and trust and focus on my Lord.

  50. Tracy D Porter says:

    This was so encouraging and timely. I needed to be reminded of these truths.

  51. Thank you!! This was what I needed!!

  52. Anita Ross says:

    I needed that word. We just came out of a shut-in at our church. Seems like things just seem to be crazy. I know what God can do. Yet I my self think I can fix it. But I know who can. So I just praise him for life it self. And everything else follows. Thank you. Be bless. God be the glory.

  53. Jayeoba Emmanuel says:

    Encouraging

  54. Angela Sen says:

    I lost my job in May 2016 and was devastated but faithful that God was in control. However ten months later, multiple rejected job applications, and pending financial disaster, I have often wondered if God really saw me in need. By His grace these feelings of desperation have not lingered and I believe He is in control, ever faithful and is right here with me. Your post has helped reassure me. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  55. Christine hewitt says:

    I have end stage renal failure ,about to start dialysis…in this I am having to learn to wait on the lord especially when well meaning people question why I am not healed despite prayer. I am learning so much but still much to learn

    • Brittany says:

      My prayers are with you, Christine!! May God by near to you, comforting you always!

    • Yes, Christine, I am praying for you, too. People may mean well sometimes, but can end up being as Job’s friends. May God have mercy on you and lift you up in His tender, yet strong Fatherly arms.

  56. Angela b says:

    This devotional was very needed at this time in my life

  57. God allows us to hear what we need when we need it. It is hard sometimes (lots of times) to stop – and wait – and know in our hearts that it will be in His time, not our time. Going through a lot of transitions, at a point where decisions have to be made. Praying for His will.

  58. Jennifer N says:

    Thank you for this Word inspired reminder. This was so timely and accurate…truly a word from God.

  59. Anika Letisha says:

    I am a 42 years old divorced mom in which I am the proud mother of four beautiful young adults. Three are in college one is in high school. I was a homemaker and home school mom for 15 years. I have been married for 19 years. I prayed, fasted and tried to be obedient to God for most of my life but have failed miserably! Especially during the ending of my marriage. I struck out on my own without the children and got my own apartment. Its been two years since the divorce and I still have trouble making ends meet. I am now living in my car hoping and waiting on God to open up the windows of heaven for me. Thanks for the post. I read every word desperately wanting those morsels of truth to seep in my soul. Please keep me in prayer…keep posting.

    Anika

    • My dear sister! I’ll be praying for God to also open windows of opportunity to help you! Is there family or friends even church family who may offer you help!! These are suggestions, you don’t have to answer. I too am a single mom of two awesom young men. One in college, the youngest graduates this year and off to college as well. I admire you for your strength. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to raise four children and homeschool them. I admire your faith and trust in God! May He bless you and keep you! May He make His face to upon you! Love you my sister!

    • Praying for you!

  60. Liz Kirkindoll says:

    May God receive glory for endured suffering.

  61. Waiting is so difficult!! I’ve been waiting for miracles and this reminds me to put my hope and fix my eyes back on God. Thank you!!

  62. Thank you for sharing such an encouraging message. I’ve been going through a hard time for a long time now. I need to keep waiting and trusting in the Lord. I know He loves me and my family … I just get discouraged at times… Thank you for remind me these truth!

  63. God could not have spoken through you a moment too soon or too late! This devotional was right on time! God is AMAZING and knows what we need when we need it and how to give it to us! For the last year and a half, I’ve been praying and waiting for God to heal a serious infection in my ankle which started from an original achilles tendon repair. I’ve had a total of 5 surgeries, two in this month alone to remove the infection only to find out yesterday the infection is down in my tendon and not just under the skin. Today I will have the 3rd picc line put in for IV antibiotic. I’m possibly looking at the tendon being totally removed with no use of my ankle. I’m desperate for God’s healing hands to fix this. I have made up my mind all I can do is pray and wait on the goodness of the LORD and He will receive the Glory! Thank you for sharing!

    • Oh, Lord, please have mercy on Chanel. If restoration of her ankle is Your design for her, let it be so, if You have other plans for her future, please giver her the strength to endure and hope in Your perfect plan according to Your will. Bless her heart, Lord.

  64. Quandra Jeter says:

    God REIGNS
    …He is still on the Throne…..God is in control….God has a plan. He is an on time God. THANK U LORD THANK u Jesus. Waiting on God….FAITH is is already a done deal…..God got it…..

  65. Fransa Kruger says:

    Thanks so much for this beautiful word. It is SO true. I’m waiting now for almost 5 years for my husband to come to his senses and return to his family. Our divorce was finalized last year. It is so hard to go through this pain and rejection. But then God draws you near to Him and you realize that He knows better for your life and that you can only trust Him. It is just sometimes so difficult to accept that God knows better and that you must only cast your pain and worries onto Him. Sometimes your spirit just feels so dead inside you but only God can make it alive again.

  66. Christie Wood says:

    I’ve been struggling so much while waiting to be released from an overwhelmingly steessful siuation.Sinle mindedly I have prayed,questioned,cried,..now im trying to look at it from another angle..to trust that God is working all things for my good,to wait with patience and trust,to let go of what i can’t control and as the quote goes”to praise Him in the hallway while waitin for a door to open” Thank you for your words,right ones at the right time

  67. Sarah Ann Krouse says:

    This book would be a blessing!

  68. Thank you so much for this message. This is something I also struggle with because I like to be in control. Thank you for reminding me that sometimes the best option is to pray and wait on God. ❤️

  69. Tara McDonald says:

    Thank you for this… I am a School bus dispatcher and a widowed mother of two teen daughters. I really needed this this morning. God richly bless you as you have blessed me.

  70. This speaks to my heart and will meet me where I am at

  71. I’m struggling with this right now. My husband is having a terrible time at his work . His company was bought out a couple of yrs ago and gets changed a lot and a lot of people were laid off and left to go else where. He is struggling there and has been working on his resume . I’ve never lived outside of Ky all my family and friends are here . I know its up to God what happens but I desire so desperately not to move or at least stay in close driving distance to my children and grandson. Help me to give this to Christ .

  72. Sharon Sheppard says:

    It is hard to wait on answers to our prayers. I am very independent, but I find the more I leave my issues with God the more at peace I become.
    Thank you for your wisdom and insights Ann.

  73. I have been applying for jobs with one particular organization for 20 years now. Had 6 interviews in last 2 years. Still unsuccessful. I finally realized it’s not going to happen. But still ask “why didn’t God give me what I want?” I am still waiting though my hope is gone. I would like to read this book. I need to find the hope that God has better plans for me.

  74. Waiting is so difficult and painful at times but then I’m comforted in the fact that in this difficult season I’m blessed to have my God, I cannot imagine going through this period without holding onto to him and crying out to Him.

  75. Mary Fons says:

    I’ll read the book too! Never won a book before. Been focusing on praying for a job for my husband. One where he is seen as a valued team member and a light for Christ. got a job yesterday and I can see his hopes beginning to shine. But when are the changes for me coming? Maybe this book will help in the waiting.

  76. Michelle H says:

    What a blessed reminder that I do have all I need in Christ! He knows my wants, my desires, and what I truly need far better than I do myself. He cares about my hurts, my struggles. He loves me perfectly, just as I am. He provides in His best timing what I need most. Talk about helping me to wait patiently! Talk about hope! Thank you for this.

  77. Sarah Zhuang says:

    Your sharing depicts exactly how I feel. I am so bent out of shape as I grew tired of waiting of His timing. As time passes by, I struggled even more. I grew even more frustrated, insecure and restless. The theme in my life is “Wait. Be Still.”

  78. Ashley Patterson says:

    I feel like this described my life to the “t” definitely need more insight on this.

  79. Amber Vincent says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey. It’s comforting to know that I am not alone in some of my thoughts and feelings at time. Thanks again.

  80. Linda Forcier says:

    This has been such a struggle for me these last few years! Thank you!

  81. Laura Ter Haar says:

    Life is so discouraging with so many things going wrong. My faith in God is dwindling and I need to learn again to trust that he will take care of my needs but it is so hard. Thank u for the verses to focus on in this devotional.

  82. Jenny galante says:

    Thank you for sharing your e x periences it is nice to know when you go though things with others

  83. Waiting can be so very difficult. Thanks for the rreminder that we can only out our hope in Christ.

  84. Momstarr says:

    My husband and I have had to go through many waiting periods and are in one now. We all need to remember God’s hand in our times of waiting.

  85. Yes, waiting is hard. Because we want it to be all about us, not all about Him. I’ve learned this (and so much more) through our 6 miscarriages. As I wait (near the end of my fertile years), I have had to accept that it may not be His will to give us any living children, but it is His will for me to be filled with Him. Hugs from someone who knows your loss.

  86. So true and so very difficult. Waiting for 3 years now for an answer, but I have grown with God in this time. Thank you!!

  87. Wow, waiting is so hard for me! Yes, like Ann I want to have control and it is so difficult for him to trust in His timing. Thank you for these words of encouragement today. I definitely needed them.
    This really struck a chord with me…
    “But why is waiting still so hard? If I have all that I need in Christ, why do I try to fix things instead of waiting for God’s timing? I think it’s because waiting reveals our hearts and how much we want to have control. And in order to wait well, we have to give up that control and stop striving to fix things — and seek Him instead.”
    Amen! And Lord, please help me to wait on You!

    • Amen, Sistuh!!!

      From someone who is seeking to actually “be” in His presence every moment of each day. That is true freedom. Sounds like you’ve got the recipe…may God bless.

  88. Heather Drummond says:

    I have been waiting for something for a very long time.. almost 20 years and this year I wanted to give up.. say it’s not worth it and was reminded by the Spirit… its not my timing but His. be still and know that I am God psalm 46:10 is my life verse.

  89. I have come to a point where giving up and giving in seem a lot more easier than waiting for His best.
    I want His best for me because I know it will be the best but sometimes I wonder if I might have missed it. Maybe it was presented in a way I never thought or welcomed. or maybe I lost it somewhere and God isn’t interested in me anymore.
    I feel confused, tired, frustrated and a lot more.
    I need to feel His presence and love more that I may stand still and wait for His salvation!

    • Even if you think you’ve missed it, He won’t deride you, but will lovingly reassure you in His time… He IS our Faithful God. I have been in that same pit in the past…so I recognize the place…be encouraged sistuh!

  90. Jennifer says:

    Wow! I needed this reminder today! I’ve been praying to God about an overwhelming situation and wondering why he won’t answer my prayers soon. I have all I need in him and he will give me the strength to get through this situation. Amen!

  91. Rita Teresa says:

    I enjoyed reading your article. In the midst of waiting, I have learned to trust God and his timing. He will always give us what we needs but He is always in control

  92. Mary Christopher says:

    I would love to read this book! Waiting is very difficult for me!

  93. Bridget young says:

    My friend is really struggling right now with the direction God wants her to go. She is in a waiting period. I can tell it is wearing her down and getting her depressed. This book would encourage and lift up her eyes. I know that the devotional really encouraged me.

  94. Phyllis Immanuel says:

    After 63 years of belonging to my Lord and Savior, I am still learning to wait on HIM. Thank you for this timely devotion. I will spend this morning at the hospital for tests on my head.

  95. After several rejections and disappointments this week, and just feeling ‘not enough-never enough’ I so needed this reminder that our Lord is truly enough to cover all my inadequacies, those imagined and the ones all too real. Thank you!

  96. Thank you for this! What a beautifully written devotion.

  97. This is one of the best devotions I’ve ever read and if the book is as have as good as these few paragraphs I NEED it:)

  98. This post really spoke to me. My favorite bible verse is “be still and know that I am God.” This story reminds me to remember that verse whenever I think I need to do more.

  99. Beth Byrd says:

    I have been through many seasons which have been very difficult because of the wit. I’m not got at waiting. Seasons are difficult and waiting is hard. I am learning that I have not control.

  100. I lost my husband to brain cancer 9 months ago. I am still waiting for God to heal my broken heart. I know without him in my life I would not have gotten this far.

  101. Beautiful words for an anxious heart…

  102. Camille Jones says:

    Up at 4:30 a.m. trying to figure out how to fix things that I have no control of. Obviously I need to read this book.

  103. Sherry Seidel says:

    Thank you so much for your encouragement.

  104. I had been waiting for God to heal my family for a long time, but in the meantime , I thought I could help, not so , I ended up divorced, and on my own with 2 teenage girls, long story short, that forced me to rethink that God doesn’t need my help, and through much prayer I realized I have to let God have control of everything and everyone in my life, and so I waited, and God healed my family, I am remarrying my husband onJune 19th of this year, God is awesome, he restored so many broken relationships in my family, and I am so thankful ! Romans 8:28 says all things ,not some things, but all work together for good ,

    • With tears in my eyes, you have no idea how much reading this encouraged me. I have been waiting for my depressed husband to return home and our family be reconciled. Still waiting…on God. Struggling, even though I do believe God will restore! Thank you,
      Shirl

  105. Thank you Ann for this beautifully written devotion. Oh….the questions I have for the Lord when I see him face to face. The first thing I will say is thank you….for my salvation, his unconditional love and for the good and the bad as it has made me stronger. The two words in the Lamentations scripture that jump out at me are “hope” and “seek”. We can’t give up hope…..even if we are barely hanging on. We have to continue to “seek” God and BELIEVE he is working for our good. This is so tough as I am in a season of waiting that has been over 6 years. I will keep you in my prayers. ~Lisa~

  106. Marjorie says:

    Thank you for your post. A message we all need to be reminded of.

  107. This was perfectly timed! I am tired in my waiting but always have Hope.

  108. Thank you Ann for this timely reminder. Waiting on the Lord is not easy, but I’m developing trust muscles the longer I wait.
    Blessings

  109. Alicia M Kieft says:

    This must be God sent today. My phone has not been alerting me of e-mails like this, and in fact, all other messages from this feed hit a different category in my in-box. I identify so closely with paragraph 5 & 6, they could have been written by me. I feel shameful that so little seems to have ground me to a halt (teacher burnout/anxiety/depresssion leading to year off to try to get meds balanced so I can really participate in LIFE) and yet you were going through such heartbreak and stressor well beyond your control. My problem is I’m always believing I need to do MY PART in God’s plan, but have no idea what that is and each choice seems to have left me empty. So here I am again, still lacking energy and mental clarity, wondering if I go back to the teaching position with pay and benefits I’ll never find again -yethe fearing the stress will fully cook me if I go another year and I will get fired before I can finish the 6 years to retirement, or do I cut my losses, sell my house, and go to job that may help me feel more fulfilled again, but at a loss of insurance and $30- $40,000 in pay, probably requiring selling my house.

    I need direction, discernment, and help during the waiting. Perhaps God knows this book is also what I need.

  110. God knows exactly what we need at just the right moment. I’m waiting for so much healing right now, and my faith has been shaken to its core. Thank you for the reminder that Christ is enough,and my hope is in the Lord.

  111. I’ve waited what seems like a lifetime for something….it has literally been 20 years. Throughout that time I’ve had plenty of substitutes, which were not of God. Now I wait again. The scripture today shows me my focus has been all wrong. God is all I need. “Thank you!” Lord and Savior!

  112. Jen Rolfes says:

    Such a beautiful message for those seasons of wait in our lives. Thank you!

  113. I loved this devotion. Waiting is so difficult. I have two young adult sons who have been waiting on their next step in their life journey. For me, it seems they are taking too long to do what they need to do. I need to remember that it’s not up to me. God has these boys in his hand and their next step will come in His timing. Oh so hard to do!! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

  114. I’ve been having a hard first year teaching. Not just the teaching but with my health. I’ve asked why so many times and I’ve tried to fix it on my own.

    • My first year of teaching was very difficult as well, both with the teaching and my health! But God gave me strength to stay well beyond that first year. Now I have been to former students’ weddings and baby showers, spoken at a graduation, and heard that one is now a teacher! I am praying that God gives you what you need as well, both with school and your health. Bless you for entering a field that can be very challenging…but also rewarding beyond belief!

  115. Deanna Stanley says:

    Love love today’s devotional…this really applies to my life right now…God is great all time,,,,

  116. 7 years ago my life changed tremendously, friends, church and finances have changed, my husband’s health and mental and spiritual health was greatly affected. By the world’s standards I could have walked away from it all but I choose to stay and remain faithful to my vows and my husband. Everyday is a struggle but I cling to God and His promises that He is always there.

  117. I needed this reminder! Thank you!

  118. Sterling says:

    This devotion excerpted from Still Waiting was so timely for me today. Our beautiful son went to be with Jesus 10 months ago, and there are days when this waiting for God to make all things right seems unbearable. I want my son back now, and I can hardly accept that my longing for him is not enough to make it happen. I know God is speaking to me when He says something clearly more than once, and what I have heard repeatedly the past two days is that my heart will not find rest in this pain until I can truly desire Jesus more than anything else. I know God understand my anguish as He gave me this mother’s love for my sweet boy, but I also know the best way I can love my son is to love God most. I pray that as He holds me in this long waiting, He helps me to truly love Him most.

  119. 3 years ago I moved out to Wisconsin for a job but lately I’ve been praying to God to help me move back to where my family still lives. I find myself getting frustrated and feeling hopeless. I’ve even tried to take control and then become overwhelmed. I knew God has better plans for me and I needed to be patient but reading this today just encouraged me to continue to have faith in him.

  120. Thank you for reminding you that waiting is a sign of trust! I don’t have control! He is God and I am not!

  121. Wendy westphal says:

    Thank you for the timely reminder that in my life I am not in control!

  122. Nicky Whitmire says:

    This message on waiting really blessed me, I thank God for speaking through you. Sometimes we get caught up and lose sight on what God is doing and how He’s operating but I thank God for showing me that I’ve been trying to work it myself. Lord forgive me for not waiting well and I thank you for the reset. In Jesus name, Amen.

  123. Kim Timmons says:

    Wow – thank you for the perspective. Hits very deep, the change in my thinking must go deep. Thank you for pointing me to the Truth ❤😊

  124. I really enjoyed (and needed) Ann’s article on waiting for Christ today. Thank you

  125. What perfect devotion for today!!! God always knows what we need!!! Thank you for your ministry!!

  126. Waiting is hard, especially when you await change in several aspects of your life at once. I constantly feel stuck and like I’m running in place. I know God has good plans for me; it just feels like I can’t even get the little tasks done to get through my day let alone start fulfilling those. It gets frustrating and disappointing.

  127. I really needed to read this today. It seems all I have done the last 10 years is wait.

  128. This was exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thank you for the giveaway!

  129. Sue Rupard says:

    I certainly needed this reminder today.Thank you Ann.

  130. Debbie Archuleta says:

    Love the devotions that I read each morning

  131. Debbie Archuleta says:

    Love reading the devotions each morning

  132. Chizaram Asia says:

    Blessed be the name of the Lord

  133. Patti Allison says:

    It is 4:45 am and I am awake trying to figure out on my own how to manage my hectic life. Behavior challenges at school, my son’s Crohn’s Disease, being single and working two jobs and then I read the devotional on waiting and trusting on God. There is that sign that says, “I have got this ” signed God and now I rest in that peace and assurance of his ever abiding love.

  134. Judy Ford says:

    “Trust me.” That phrase keeps reverberating in my mind. I am taking a big step towards change in my life that requires me to trust in the Lord for provision. I feel so much rests on taking “a leap of faith” before I have hard and fast assurance of an outcome already set in motion. I will do what I can to prepare, but the rest will be not what “I” will, but “God’s” will. Trust.

  135. Would love to read more on how to wait.

  136. God is Love

  137. My hope is in the Lord. It’s been tough waiting on several needs in my life, but God is always on time!! He is good. And, Praying for others in the meantime is so much sweeter. But, you get the blessing. God is amazing!!

  138. At 66 you would think that I would have learned that premise . It really hit a chord this morning because I do need to wait on Him. Thank you.

  139. Isoken Agho says:

    Life has treated so bad,my family and friends has abandoned me i have no friends now expect Jesus.sometime i ask God questions​ why have you make me go through pains everyday of my life, he never answered any of my questions but with this message i have learnt how to wait on the lord.

  140. Trina Stroud says:

    The scriptures reminded me that I am not in control. When I try to figure things out for myself or ponder as to why it hasn’t happened yet, there is no peace. It was good see that I’m not the only one who goes through that process. I am glad that I can be reminded that all I need to do is pray and wait for God. God’s ways aren’t my ways and just knowing that reassures me.

  141. I’ve been in a season of wait for awhile…and I haven’t always waited well. Thank you for these words today and the opportunity to win this book “Still Waiting”!

  142. Trudy Neubert says:

    I would love to receive a copy of your book. Iust learn to wait patiently upon the Lord! I must stop trying to control everything.

  143. Isoken Agho says:

    Life has treated me so bad.

  144. Lamentations 3:25-26 and Ann’s words were exactly what I needed this morning to redirect me – again – to stop trying to “fix” things (or someone) with my own strength. “God alone is in Control”. … Pray and Wait. Thanks

  145. My heart and prayers go out to all of those who are “waiting”. It is such a difficult world and soooo many are facing the toughest of times.

  146. Maryann Trocchio says:

    Waiting is the most difficult part of my journey,as is trusting that all will be well.” In his name” is my go to mantra,as I struggle to find my way,to not loose hope and believe. My prayers are for strength.

  147. Karen Wood says:

    Thanks for the devotion. God does know exactly what we need at all times. We all need to trust and wait on Him more and stop trying to be the one in control. Thanks

  148. Rosemary Miner says:

    God has been telling me to “trust, hope, and wait.” This devotion really encouraged me further to trust, hope, and wait on God. Thank you for the reminder!

  149. kem friddle says:

    Yes it is wearing me out..

  150. Thank you for this reminder this morning. I am in a difficult season in my life now. Trying to fix things and realizing who actually is in control.

  151. Amanda Smith says:

    Still waiting seems like a good title for my life. There are some things we feel God has promised us. And other things that I just want for my own life. Waiting is hard, especially when I want to control. But, that’s probably why God has me Waiting. So that I am utterly dependent on Him!

  152. Waiting on the Lord is the best decision even tough it’s tough, in the end pays it all off. God bless you all!

  153. I, too, am learning to truly “live” as I wait. Thanks for the reminder

  154. Susan Freeze says:

    In the past I have struggled with waiting. Now I an watching a friend struggle with the same issues. Thank you for this great reminder that God is in control.

  155. Amy Derfler says:

    This is where I am at. I am tired of waiting. And it’s true, God has never promised me a house or private school or an easy marriage, yet I HAVE everything I need in Christ. Thank you for this word today!

  156. What an inspiring word of testimony and of promises! The past 18 months were more than I would have ever envisioned in my family’s lives…but only by the Grace of God did he either move many mountains – in His time – or I felt at times when my fight was depleted did He carry me over the mountains and reminded me to sustain faith, hope and love in all these situations and to so share grace always – despite my situations. Prayers to each of you as my Sisters In Christ. I too would like this book for a precious friend who has had multiple miscarriages and other health challenges. She has a precious spirit but quietly carries a broken heart related to her WAITING while loving those around her…giving of herself always as a nurse and friend.

  157. What an amazing blessing this devotion was to my tired soul! I am going to re-read it and let it sink in all throughout my day!

  158. This was very helpful. It’s nice to not have to control everything and trust God.

  159. Thank you, this is exactly what I needed today!

  160. Rasheida washington says:

    This is where I’m at. I am tired of waiting. God has never promised me that he’d keep cleaning up the financial messes I’ve made or an easy marriage, yet I have everything I need in Christ Jesus. I so desperately needed to hear that and will continue to repeat that to myself when I become overwhelmed and frustrated.

  161. Regina Swartz says:

    God always knows just what you need at the exact moment you need it! I have been in a waiting season for a while now. He spoke to me several times using one word “wait” and he continues to remind me a encourage me along the way. Today’s post was just that. Thank you. Waiting is probably the hardest lesson I’ve had to endure.

  162. Susan Beaven says:

    Just what I needed to hear today.

  163. Lori Jacocks says:

    Loved the devotional on waiting. It is always so hard to wait and to trust in God. I am learning although I am sure that I will have to learn it all over again many times!

  164. Never b4 in my life has it been a daily struggle 2 lose control of things…then to ask for help! Struggling just to get up every day…losing a relationship…no partner in sight for years…praying seems to b hard as I live alone…would like 2 c s.o in my life who is loving…compassionate…as Mary was to Jesus 😊 Lord find s.o for me in Christ

  165. Michelle says:

    God has been trying to teach me to wait patiently for 12 yrs now. I know he has a plan but some days I desperately need his confirmation that he has not forgotten me.

  166. I’m believing God for a house, a husband, financial breakthrough and fullbright scholarship for my daughter. I’ve been praying and waiting and I’m asking the saints to believe with me as I continue to wait to receive from the Lord.

  167. Such a good word today – thank you!

  168. Praying always while in the “wait”…

  169. Janelle Stewart says:

    I do have everything I need. In Hebrew, dayanu – it is enough. For everything you have done for me Lord, I am grateful. And yet, you continue to provide, to give. When I learn to truly trust, like a child, then I will perhaps glimpse your unlimited generosity.

  170. Waiting is tough but God is preparing us for something better I hope.

  171. Janice Elrod says:

    Waiting has always been difficult for me. Thank you so much for this wonderful article.

  172. God’s Word is always right on time. I am struggling to wait, but I am putting my trust in Him. I know He won’t let me down. Thanks for these reminders.

  173. Yes, it is indeed hard to give up control and wait upon the Lord. I would love to read this book to help me thru struggles of watching my kids face delays in finishing their college educations. thanks!

  174. Carolyn G. says:

    This couldn’t have come at a more opportune time! I am finding myself in this same situation of job limbo, even though I did want to go in another direction anyways, health issues that are arising now (apparently aggravated bu stress – ha!) and just when I started to feel financially secure for once, the impending loss of a job came just last month (someone has to win Publisher’s Clearing House, am I right? 😉 )
    Thank you, Ann, for so boldly sharing your struggles and the control issues so many of us moms and women take on because we have to be the ones to figure it all out – now. So hard to wait, but so important to learn to wait on God’s timing….He knows us and our situations and loves us so much to make it all work out better than we could have done and to His glory. I don’t know what my near future holds but praying we all learn to wait on God!

    • God bless ‘ya, Carolyn. Retaining a sense of humor in the midst of struggle. That’s a good thing and also a blessing from the Lord, to laugh. This has been good for me listening to others, my heart goes out to each one and to you. His Spirit is so alive and the family of God becomes alive together. Weeping with those who weep, rejoicing with those who rejoice…you’re precious, sister…

  175. I would love to be blessed with a copy

  176. Definitely needed to read this devotional this morning! It spoke to me, in that my husband and I seem to stay in a constant, difficult season of waiting.

  177. terri burns says:

    I am in a season of waiting. I would love to read this book!

  178. Christine says:

    Thankful for this devo today….the waiting is hard. I believe if we can trust the Lord in the waiting, there is so much fruit that results in that, too. Thankful for the reminder…this was such an encouragement for me today.

  179. It is hard to wait, but I do know that waiting on the Lord is the best thing. I must trust trust that his timining and plans will always be better than mine! Control is a big issue for me, I like being in control, but I need to daily die to the Lord and let Him Control! Would love to read this book!

  180. Exactly what I needed. Perfect timing.

  181. Love the devotionals! Always seem to be what I need! ❤

  182. Love the devotionals! ❤

  183. Thank you

  184. Waiting on the Lord for healing of my husband’s congestive heart failure…so hard to give over control to Him who holds us all in the palm of his hands!
    Bless you for sharing your heart.

  185. Wanda Adams says:

    I so desperately need to learn how to trust and wait on Jesus.I try to fix my problems and everyone elses and find myself overwhelmed. Then people start depending on me,which makes me more overwhelmed. I then tell them to call on Jesus ,but I step back in. Smh

  186. Amber Hoopengarner-Adderley says:

    Thank you for this devotional it blessed me this morning as there are some specific things i am waiting on God to do and it’s so hard to not try and “help” God like he needs my help 🙂 This was a great reminder of what i really need to do! Thank you again, God Bless You!

  187. Gail Honey says:

    I could use this right now.

  188. Stephanie says:

    Exactly what I needed today!!

  189. Amber Hoopengarner-Adderley says:

    Thank you for this devotional it blessed me this morning as there are some specific things i am waiting on God to do and it’s so hard to not try and “help” God like he needs my help 🙂 This was a great reminder Thank you again, God Bless You!

  190. Deborah Stewart says:

    Ann,
    Thank you for reminding me to put all my hopes, fears and trust in our Lord. I have so much on my plate right now from financial worries, toxic people who have just inundated my life, to my son and his troubles at school. To read your words this morning put a comfort in my heart . I may have to go and read it several times today to keep reminding myself to wait on the Lord, HE is right there beside me.
    God Bless and thank you

  191. I just finished saying this exact same thing this morning to my husband. I said, “something has to change in our lives. I feel overwhelmed and stuck, with no joy in my life.” Wow, did God speak to me today! Just what I needed.

  192. Ive been waking up to fear every morning,(early morning hours) trying to learn to run to Jesus because no-one (not even my husband) wants to be bothered that early and they dont know what to do with me anyways,and its really not fair to them…Its hard and over-whelming at times but ive realized that the reason fear is there to meet me every morning is because it knows too that i need to run to God and it wants to stop me,ive always tried to run to things and people to help me feel better but God wants me to run to Him,overwhelming as it may be,im where i should be,after all im the one who prayed for a more intimate relationship,Gods just being who He is,FAITHFUL…theres no-where else or no-one to run to so early in the morning,He is so wise…

  193. Kimberly says:

    I needed to hear this!!

  194. Christine Jones says:

    This devotion was what I needed to read today. I’ve been asking for change but still trying to fix it myself. Thank you for speaking to my heart and reminding me to be still and wait.

  195. Kassi S. says:

    Thank you for this encouragement today!

  196. What does it mean to wait on God instead of waiting for things/circumstances to change? Aren’t they the same thing?

    • The difference is in the focus, posture and the object of your attention – rather than fretting over circumstances, you turn to God in faith and trust that He sees the beginning, the middle and the end, and has everything in control and is actively and lovingly working everything out for your good, His purposes and His glory.

      Oftentimes what that looks like is very different from what we would like or think. We don’t like it nor do we want to hear it, but it very often includes suffering. We want the glory of Easter Sunday without the suffering and death of good Friday. God speaks to us loudest through suffering. It is the way of the cross, the way of Jesus. Yet in God’s economy, nothing is wasted. He is refining our character and sanctifying us by revealing things in our life that need to be relinquished to His lordship.

  197. Linda Kissell says:

    Thank you for you encouraging words. I am going through a hard year myself. After reading your story, I realized that I have not fully turned the control over to God. As a matter of fact when I thought things were getting better, this week turned out to be a big disaster. I am desperately clinging on to hope and prayers right now.

  198. It’s incredibly hard to wait. I am reminded to BE STILL and know that I am God.
    Great read…. would love to read the book

  199. Deborah B. says:

    I just finished saying this exact same thing this morning to my husband. I said, “something has to change in our lives. I feel overwhelmed and stuck, with no joy in my life.” Wow, did God speak to me today! Just what I needed.

  200. I am in a season of change and waiting. This post really spoke to me and confirmed my need to relinquish the allusion of control. Surrender has brought a peace that has alluded me for weeks. Thank you for the reminder and speaking truth. God bless!

  201. Great devotion. I would love a copy of this book.
    Thank you

  202. Tracey Marilyn Goddard says:

    Pefect timing.
    Thank you

  203. Good devotional – a reminder to focus on Jesus and not my circumstances.

  204. Cindy Elsheimer says:

    I am in a difficult situation in my life right now. This devotion really convicted me as I want to ‘fix things’.

  205. Danae Babcock says:

    As I sat this morning making my need to do list my mind was reeling. I need to change this, rearrange this etc. Oh but God quickly reminded me in this morning devotion that I need to wait. I have all things in Christ that I need. In reviewing the morning notes and the devotion again I was hit with that I do not have to wait for God. I need to remember this and put my hope in Him.

  206. Waiting for 20 years for the salvation of my husband.

  207. Judith Borck says:

    I have turned my waiting into becoming more like Jesus: specifically more thankful and loving! Praise be to God.

  208. Madalitso Chemir Phiri says:

    I too am in a period of waiting…thank you so much for this post, its such a great help and a timely push into the right direction…may the Lord bless you as you are a blessing to others

  209. I really needed this today. Thank you for the encouraging words. As much as I know God is in control, waiting is hard for me too.

  210. Today’s devotion was exactly what I needed. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past two years after a late miscarriage in 2015. The Lord has really been laying on my heart lately that He is enough and I need to focus more on him and less on my desire for another child. I most certainly will be reading this book!

  211. DebBie Bartels says:

    The word “enough” was God-given years ago by a co-worker while on my sick bed; August 27, 2011, husband said, “I no longer love you” after over 30 years of marriage/ministry (no divorce yet)… God IS in control as I wait on Him! Not once has He ever stopped loving me; HE will never leave me nor forsake me! Your dev’l was timely–THANK YOU!!!

  212. I needed to hear this encouragement this morning. Thank you.

  213. Thank for this word today. It blessed my heart and reminded me that God is in control! I will worship Him while I wait.

  214. I have a friend right now who is struggling with waiting on the Lord. I want to be a help to her. This book would be a great resource to us.

  215. Beverly Hardy says:

    It is so important to wait on God, but not always easy.

  216. Lisa Tomarelli says:

    This is exactly the reminder I needed today. Waiting is a recent theme for me, and it draws me closer to God because I continue to cry out to Him these days. I hadn’t realized this as a benefit to the waiting! God wants me to continue to cry out, regardless of whether I am in a waiting period or not.

  217. Ronda Morgan says:

    This devotion is just what I needed to see today. I want to learn more about how to wait with hope and relaxing in God’s provisions. I do appreciate all of my blessings but it is hard to wait in hope for the things I think I need to make my life perfect. Praise be to God and thank you for this devotion today.

  218. I love reading these daily devotionals – it’s a great way to focus on God before I start my day!

  219. Waiting is hard! Sometimes I think God isn’t listening at all and I become weary of praying. Then I just feel empty and cold. Good thing I have sisters in Christ praying for me!

  220. MJ Ungry says:

    It’s early Wednesday morning. Your devotional on waiting for God spoke volumes to me. The two-year anniversary of losing my husband to suicide will be here in a few days. It’s been a rough, hard journey in so many ways — spiritually, emotionally, and financially. I haven’t had control over my life. I know God loves me and the healing will come slowly.

    • Brittany says:

      MJ, my prayers are with you. I can’t imagine the heartbreak you are experiencing, but I know that the same God who created the entire universe is there to lift up your chin and wipe away your tears. My heart goes out to you!

      Blessings,

      Brittany

  221. What a great devotional! I struggle a lot with waiting and wanting control. I need to be reminded of this so frequently. I would love to have this book!!

  222. Stephanie Keenan says:

    My husband and I have been waiting 5 years for God to give us a child. With two tubal and 3 failed tries at IVF. But I have just realized that my focus was not on God. I am now turning my focus on God and what he has done me. He is awesome and I know what ever God has for me, it is for me

  223. Gwendolyn Trevillison says:

    Thank you for this devotional today. I really needed to read this because Im in a waiting period and Im exhausted, This morning I was asking the same questions. I havent been working since January and Im might get evicted soon. Been going on alot interviews filling out alot of applications it gets discouraging but Im not going to quit. Again thanks I needed to be reminded who is in control. Have a nice day

  224. For the last two years we have been fighting a battle of addiction and mental health that has taken hold of my now 16 year old daughter. It is getting harder to wait and to trust and sometimes even that mustard seed sized faith seems impossible. But then I am reminded to “be still….be still and KNOW that He IS God” even when I can’t FEEL it – the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, the God who never leaves us or forsakes us, the God who is working things out according to His purpose, my redeemer, who LOVES us and her and is not finished with us yet, the God who is not willing that any should perish and tells us that if we train up our children in the way they should go and when he/she is old they will not depart from it.

  225. I cannot speak of what I’m waiting for, but suffice it to say, it is desperately needed. Safety and happiness depends on it. I want to do this on my own, but I need to step back and let God. Thank you for the reminder.

  226. My mother and I took custody of a drug baby/special needs baby at age 4 months old. He is now 30 months old and I am still waiting. You see, I took him to my church the 1st Sunday I had custody and laid him on the alter and told God I could not fix him but HE could. God spoke and said, “I will heal him.” Thats been 26 months ago. He can not see, walk, sit up , hold anything in his hands, he has seizures and still has to take a bottle because he can not eat with a spoon. Although he is improving the WAIT is hard. I lean on God alone for this struggle and I have a grandson a month younger than this child and 2 more grandchildren I can not enjoy because baby “B” is a full time hands on child. He can not do anything on his own. He can roll over but thats all. God is good and will heal him! Thank you Jesus.

  227. Ashley Dent says:

    I would love to read your book! This devotional really hit home, thanks!

  228. I have been learning about waiting patiently and strengthening my faith in this season.

  229. I constantly try to control situations in my life- my kids, my boyfriend, my job, etc. Really, I try to say the right thing or do the right thing to get the outcome I want. What I need to do, and am slowly learning, is trust that God is in control and will have the final say no matter what I say and do. What a relief! He is not dependent on me. Praise the Lord!

  230. This has been a difficult day, week, season on my life. I would love to see and read the encouragement this book could offer me and my family.

  231. This was such a good reminder this morning. Thank you!

  232. Michelle says:

    Waiting is hard to do but the reminder of trusting in the Lord and lifting our struggles to him in prayer is such a gift. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book!

  233. Great deco today! I find encouragement to keep praying for The Lord to work on me and in all circumstance may I keep my focus on Him: “Our difficult circumstances may not change easily or quickly, but as we wait on God and put our hope in Him, rather than hoping in a change of situation, we’ll find that He Himself is more than enough for us.”. Thank you!

  234. I may not be able to control my circumstances, but my circumstances do not have to control me. Every circumstance that touches my life has been filtered through God’s fingers of love. My painful circumstances will not last one moment longer than God knows is necessary to achieve His eternal purposes in and through my life. These words are so comforting to me. Sometimes I get so weighted down by the circumstances in my life, that I cry out, “I can’t take it anymore.” Then I remember what God says in 1Corinthians 10:13 “there hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.” Thank God for His Word and his promises!

  235. Monyette says:

    Through a lot of losses in my life and most recently a husband that hates me to the core and sadly I don’t know why! But waiting and patience have not been my strengths but over the last eight years as a caretaker all i knew to do was take control. Now it’s worked to my detriment bc I’ve lost my family my marriage my best friend and the only man I believed loved me and I loved.

  236. This morning’s devotional really reminded me of the fact that God is in control of my life and I can not do anything without his say so. Can’t wait to win and learn more!

  237. Tonya McCoy says:

    Waiting and not rushing headlong into something is one of the hardest struggles for me. I know that God has the plan and he didn’t place me on the planning committee, so I continue to struggle to wait on him. This book would be great.

  238. My husband and I are waiting on answered prayers. We have been praying for a child and have undergone IVF and IUIs. I’m in a bible study with several women in the same situation which has helped. The devotionals I receive every morning are the first thing I go to to help remind me to trust in Him. I would love to read this book to encourage me!!

  239. Oh Ann! I so appreciate your perspective on waiting– and already having what we need in Christ. I want things to happen fast, now, on my time frame and I feel overwhelmed when I can’t make them happen. I begin to feel like I’m not good enough or smart enough or working hard enough. This devotional was like breath into my soul. Thank you.

  240. Waiting on the Lord to move in the hearts of my adult children. It’s been a particularly rough couple of days. But I know He is faithful, and His word will not return void. Praying for all the lost prodigals out there.

  241. Thank you for today’s devotion. It is what I needed Waiting for Gods timing is hard. But He is enough.

  242. Mary Kay Barstow says:

    After 59 years of waiting and seeing God, time after time, provide exactly what was needed, you would think it would be totally easy to wait on Him! Trust issues and human imperfection run deep. Praise Him for continuing to be patient with me!

  243. I needed this reassurance today Thank you I would love to win this book

  244. I’ve cried and cried in the waiting and​ truly praying and just like this devotional reading says- I have asked the”Why’s”

  245. Christina nowak says:

    I would love this book as I’ve finally left my life’s plan in gods hands…took me awhile.. I try and be patient with his timing!!!

  246. Beverlie Jones says:

    How does a control freak who thinks she has all the answers wait??? In my current circumstance I keep saying “God will provide.” But do I REALLY believe that??? Deep in my heart I know I do but my actions are showing something else as I find myself trying to “fix” my situation. Lord I need you.

  247. God is amazing …. Thank you Lord for your words to lift up our spirit and continue to wait on You Oh God….

  248. Why is it when we need something we always try to do it ourselves first and go to God as a last resort?

  249. Thank you for this message. I needed the reminder. And I reslly identified with trying to fix and manage everything!

  250. I’m a little confused….God never promised us an easy life, a bigger bank account, more children, life w/o sickness….Doesnt the bible say otherwise?! Doesnt it say that God will supply ALL our needs? Doesn’t it say that by His stripes we ARE healed? Doesnt it say that He gives us the desires of our heart? Which is it?! Why cant we be mad when our prayers arent being answered? Especially when what we’re praying for is clearly from the bible?!!! I will NEVER be happy in my current situation & I dont think I should have to be. I want/need the situation to change.

  251. Lisa wragg says:

    I’m in this waiting period and to be honest some days it feels so overwhelming. I don’t have a clue what God is doing, I have so little direction and as a single mom stepping and trusting and waiting seems harder and harder every day. Navigating this waiting and resting is so much harder then I thought. I thought I was ready for all these leaps and bounds and steps turns out I’m still learning so much. I really needed this devotional today and a reminder from God that I am to keep waiting.

  252. Kathleen says:

    So much waiting in our lives…so much pain. BUT God… Thank you for these words.

  253. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this devotion. I have often found myself in a period of waiting…always asking or seeking the next thing instead of finding contentment in all circumstances. I have been given much and am in a season of my life where I seem to not be able to have more children (have two) and only work part time to be a sahm. My youngest starts K in the fall…I am struggling with this time of waiting to see what my next “phase” will look like. This book looks like the perfect support to focus on the gift of waiting instead of looking at it like a burden.

  254. Elizabeth says:

    This devotional spoke to my heart today. I am in a season of waiting. I feel God is telling me to wait – patiently, quietly, and expectantly. It is hard to do. This devotional encouraged me to have hope that God is working in my situation even if I can not see his hand at work.

  255. waiting on answered prayers for my children to walk with the Lord,health situations and financial difficulties..Lord we have faith you will provide and heal…and move mighty mountains in their hearts..we seek Your face and WAIT!

  256. Emily Rupp says:

    Wow. I needed this. Currently in a season of waiting, I have to remind myself everyday to trust God and not try and take control…. it’s hard.

  257. God Bless you for all you do !

  258. I too have been waiting! This is just the thing I needed to keep on praying, trusting and waiting! The book is added to my reading list.

  259. Rhonda Walker says:

    I must to honest. I don’t read the read the messages everyday but today must have been just for me :-). I took control of trying to get a job for my son. The next day he informed me he didn’t want the job. Even though I think it’s what he should do this message just reassured me God has the situations under control. I will step back and wait on him to motivate my son. Not me! Thank you.

  260. Lindsey Wolfe says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion today. I always rush to work because I can’t wait to open my coffee mug and read what God has in store for us each day (through this devotion). I am such a control freak and it’s humbling to know that God doesn’t promise us everything we think we want or need no matter how much I try to maneuver it, but He does promise more of Himself. I am going through a season of waiting where I know God is working, but I can’t see it yet. Thank you for your perfect timing of reminding me to just keep trusting, hoping and praying.

  261. Nancy Rahn says:

    Thank you for the daily devotion. It was a good reminder to be patient while waiting

  262. thank you for the encouragement

  263. Renee Viscusi says:

    My 17 yr old and I have not been getting along. He is doing poor in school, disrespectful to my husband and I and mocks us in our Christian walk. I respond just as negatively with mean comments about his choices. I know the Lord has a plan for my son but I need peace in our house and I am very impatient.

  264. Teresa Biby says:

    Perfect message! I need reminding that it’s always HIS plan, not mine.

  265. Waiting patiently has always been a struggle of mine. Thank you for the reminder that God has always been there for me, and trusting while I wait can be a big blessing!

  266. Sarah Taylor says:

    I would love a copy of this book! My husband passed away in December. I’m sorting out different things in my life and waiting has never been my stronghold. I’m finding out God is working even when I don’t see it! God is amazing!💕😊

  267. Very timely devotional, would love to read the book! Struggling with waiting. Trying to “Be still and know that I am God.”

  268. This week we found out that my friend may soon need to move to hospice care. She is losing her battle with cancer and it seems our prayers are not being answered. Yet 3 months ago an unexpected bundle of joy arrived. Her first granddaughter! What a gift she had been. Waiting is hard and we always want more time together. Praying for grace as we walk this last days together.

  269. These words have been a precious reminder as we have a son who has taken himself out of our life. Our pastor has been preaching for the past few weeks on surrendering our lives to God and that is so connected to waiting. Thanks.

  270. This past late November my family and I moved from New England to North Carolina. My adult children and grand children t was but never the less I consented. From the veery day we arrived it Our home was not livable so we were bounced around for the first 2 weeks. The very first night I took of in the car contemplating to take my life. I was devastated and after all these months I am still struggling to get through a day with rage or crying. Thank you for this word. I will take a deep breath and give it another try today.I was a strong believer but staying focused has been truly difficult for me these past few months Thank you

  271. Margaret says:

    Waiting is difficult. I have been struggling with being underemployed for over 2 years, nothing is working out. It has put a strain on my marriage and my self worth. My husband does not attend church with me and I long for him attend with. Me again. At the same time I have grown closer to God. He has sent me countless devotions and sermons and His Word and Spirit to comfort me. There are still times I collapse in a heap, but God picks me up and dusts me off I gain the strength to carry on. I would love this book to gain new strategies to move forward.

  272. Sally Ondiek says:

    Waiting for God to answer my prayers has always been hard for me. This was a great tinder that he is always faithful.

  273. My waiting to know something has become obsessive. Thank you reminding in the now and with Jesus, I have enough. I am enough.

  274. Im at the stage in my life where everyone around ne is in a relationship, getting married and having kids and I’m still single. I find it beautiful that were growing up and entering new chapters in our lives but its extremely difficult because I sometimes feel left behind or that I’m just at a standstill. My prayer is that God will make me whole and give me the strength to trust him even more during this single season.

  275. Waiting is another way that God helps us to humble ourselves (rather than Him doing it for us) and seek His will. My story is very similar to yours–except I had 7 miscarriages in 2 years, 2 of them very late 2nd trimester miscarriages. At the time I was in residency and then fellowship after medical school so was making peanuts per hour and working 60-100 hour weeks (quite literally 100 hours). I couldn’t stop working or the work I’d done would not come to fruition (ie, getting a good job in my field), but I did gain some much-needed perspective that straight As and hard work are not God’s currency. That was a tough pill to swallow for this type A. Waiting on Him and His timing in that season (which was a very long, dry, wilderness type of season) grew me and eventually helped heal me and my marriage as well as taught me to be a better parent to my one child. God also eventually blessed us with 2 beautiful girls when I had no hope for more kids. He is SO GOOD that way!

  276. Stephanie Gaff says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience and faith. 3 Years ago God gave me a Word of knowledge that I forgot about for 1 year and then He brought it back to my attention, which I was not real thrilled about initially but turned my heart toward it. I was then so excited and ready to go. I have seen Him work in ways through timing and the Spirit strongly moving my literal steps, that still amaze me as I write this. But I am still waiting to get to the final destination. His goal. Forward 3 steps and back 2 or so it seems. When things look like they are moving okay, I tend to not press into God as much and then things seem to stop. Like you said, we are not in control and He is teaching me to rely on Him alone. I know He is bringing it to pass and need to re-focus on Him and believe in His faithfulness. God Bless

  277. I have been taught to pray for the qualities for my husband since I was 12 year old in Sunday School. After almost 30 years, I am still praying to God for that desire in my heart. I also lost my job six months ago and really wonder what is God’s plan for my life. I keep praying while I wait for God to reveal His plans for my life. I keep reminding myself of Habakkuk 3: 17-19. While I sit in this limbo seeking employment and desiring marriage, waiting can indeed feel very long and lonely.

  278. Wow, I just had this similar conversation with my brother last night. He is moving and things haven’t happening the “standard” way most people think when your moving to a new state. He has had to trust he heard from God and not tell everyone what was going on and just wait. I’m still growing in this area.

  279. Traci C. says:

    This piece spoke to me bright and early (and pre-coffee besides) this morning. This is where I am in my life and it’s hard. So very hard. I am praying and trusting that the wait will end soon. Thank you for this message. My heart needed it.

  280. Lisa Huinink says:

    This resonates so well with me, as many of your devotionals do. I too been learning to give over control, and find waiting so terribly hard. I became a Widow 2 years ago, and my 16 year old Daughter struggles with anxiety as a result. I never know if she will get to School from One day to the next or not. I want desperately to find some sense of normalcy, but instead am worn down – unsure how to support her with her issues. This speaks dear to my heart … I would love to read thoughts on “being still & waiting in the Lord”. Thank you

  281. Valerie Staton says:

    This was very timely for me today. I have been waiting on God for so long about my health and finances. I am starting to see some hope, but often I feel like giving up. The same with my grown children who have lost their faith and their way. It seems the more I try to encourage and hope the worse it gets. It is a reminder that God will meet all of my needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Also he hears my prayers as I seek him, I need to be patient and continue to believe and to hope.

  282. I need this this morning as I try to understand why we have yet to be blessed with a baby when do many other families have it come so easy I want nothing more then to have our own. This however reminds me that we have so much already and if I just wait on God’s timing perhaps he has it in the cards for my husband and I too!

  283. This devotion is so timely. I just had a conversation with some friends about control vs surrender. Waiting cause us to be patient and believe that whatever our circumstances God is working it for our good! Thank you!

  284. I had end stage renal problems. Prayed God would heal me. I ended up on dialysis. Prayed for a kidney. It took months waiting on God to provide a kidney. Waiting was hard. He gave me the kidney and It’s working great. When I look back and see how God worked everything out I am amazed. He allows us to go through the hard times to grow us. He’s working behind the scene. His ways are best.

  285. Thank you for this reminder today. It’s very pertinent to my life right now. Praying for a part time job but for now enjoying being a full time stay at home mom. I keep looking at the bank account and trying to figure out how to fix the problem instead of remembering His timing is perfect.
    Loved this “I may have to wait for everything else, but I never have to wait for God.” Pray that I will grow in trusting the Lord for His provision in my family’s life.

  286. Jennifer says:

    Wow, this spoke to my heart this morning. I struggle with this on a daily basis and it’s what has renewed my relationship with God. I am a type A person and so I’m constantly trying to control everything but I’m slowly learning that isn’t possible. I’m trying to learn to wait better, things will come in His timing, not mine. In the meantime, I’m trying to enjoy this season of my life.

  287. This devotion is exactly what I’ve been going through. My scripture this year has been “Be still and know that I Am God.” I am learning to surrender and be completely dependent on Him for everything.

  288. Cheryl Cantilli says:

    This hit my heart this morning. Why is it so hard to wait? I know that the Lord is in control and I am not. I just have to wait on his timing which is always sweeter than I can imagine.

  289. Erin Bernhard says:

    All I can do is just laugh. I have no more tears. While I continue to not understand the process of waiting, I try to find scriptures through His Word and devotions for things in my life that I have either messed up or missed. I’m worn out and tired of carrying the burdens.

  290. Im at the stage in my life where everyone around ne is in a relationship, getting married and having kids and I’m still single. I find it beautiful that were growing up and entering new chapters in our lives but its extremely difficult because I sometimes feel left behind or that I’m just at a standstill, I starr to wonder will I ever find love abd be in a relationship with someone who wants to build and grow old with me. My prayer is that God will make me whole and give me the strength to trust him during this single season, because its hard.

  291. Juan de Dios Brondo says:

    Dios es bueno y me ayudo bastante la palabra de este dia bendiciones a todos desde Monterrey Mexico

  292. A van booven says:

    This was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. While I do believe that God takes us through certain seasons of waiting throughout our lives, I also believe that he gives us the tools we need and glimpses of hope. We have to be willing to pull ourselves out of our own self-pity to recognize these amazing graces. I admit it’s a very hard thing to do, and oftentimes it’s easier to wallow in the why’s and what it’s. But God meant us for more. Before we know it, God will have answered our prayers in ways we couldn’t imagine, and to me that is a mystery worth waiting for.

  293. This is a recurring theme in my life as well. Thank you for the reminder to wait on the Lord and that He is all we need.

  294. Tammera Williamson says:

    In recent months everything in my life seems to have gone out of control and I am overwhelmed. I was waiting for an answer to prayer but the answer wasn’t what I was expecting. So, I’ve been trying to fix it all. This devotion reminded me that I already have it all. The waiting will be hard but I realize I need the peace that comes with letting go more than I need things fixed my way.

  295. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. Just what my weary spirit needed to hear today.

  296. Ginger Richerson says:

    I have been in a season of waiting for several years now and yet another situation as arisen with my daughter’s health. I would love to read this book.

  297. W Crocker says:

    Waiting has been an aspect of my walk with the Lord for so long that I found myself beginning to use it as an excuse to become apathetic and indecisive. Reading this has reminded me of what TRUE waiting is, and that also includes time & communion with God, even as He helps us deal with the hard stuff. I can see that I’ve allowed myself to passively ‘control’ through numbing my emotions in various ways, including walking away from the only One who deeply loves me & can truly heal me. I relate to the main character’s struggle so much!

  298. Debra Dancel says:

    Your writing about how you felt when life was crashing around you brought to mind times when I felt the same way. Looking back as I waited, I realized that was actually a time of greatest growth. It was a time I remember when God’s closeness was more tangible. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my turmoil and crying out brought my directed prayer to a closer relationship with Him. Just as we might comfort our crying child and whisper that we are near, He was assuring me that He is near. We are not alone and although we may feel our prayers aren’t being answered, we can be assured He heard us and our prayers are not falling on deaf ears. Sometimes our waiting is the answer so all can work together for good. His sight into our situation is not ours, but He is working for us, knows His plans for us, good and not evil. He is such a good Daddy all the time. Be blessed

  299. Thank you so much for your vulnerability. You are a very courageous woman, relying on God through everything. Waiting/surrendering is definitely a challenge for us, especially when the storms come…I am going through a big one now in my life too. Your perspective through the scriptures brings me renewed hope this morning for the journey ahead – thank you !

  300. Thank you so much for this devotion. I struggle daily with trying to control what is happening around me, in the name of “helping” my children, family and career. But instead it usually means I am drained, anxious, angry and I miss out on the blessings I already have in life. This speaks volumes to my heart and is something I need reminding of every day. God is the provider of everything, all life, and I need to remember that he can and will take care of all my needs, in his own way and his own time.

  301. Like so many others, I am struggling with waiting right now. I struggle to write it down in a way that even adequately expresses how this weighs on me. God has me in a period of transition right now. God has assured me that I am right where I am supposed to be, but this situation is highly stressful and is affecting my health, my mental health, and my relationships. I know He is at work in all of this, and I trust Him to bring me through it, but the wait is a constant struggle. I’ve been praying about the struggle of waiting, and I woke up this morning to this devotional, which was another way God is assuring me that He will bring me through this in His time. I desperately need help in the waiting, and I thank you for your words. I would love a copy of your book!!

  302. I was praying to God this morning then read this devotional and it is so timely for me as I’ve been going through various health issues the last couple of years. Here recently I feel God telling me to just wait on Him, trust in Him, focus on Him, which can be so hard. So this morning I was venting my frustrations to Him about things ( my husband made me feel really bad earlier this week about being sick “all the time “) then I read this and once again it was another reminder to keep my focus on Him. Thank you and also thank you for reminding me that God doesn’t promise us perfect health I am so tired of being told if I will pray hard enough or if I had enough faith I could be healed, it’s so discouraging at times.

  303. Sherri Smith says:

    This devotional truly touched me as I have been experiencing a similar “need to be in control”. I have been through broken marital relationships where trust has been violated. I have worked my entire life, obtained my doctorate degree and I ask God, “why do I struggle still?” I know He has a plan. Waiting is never easy, however, trusting God is the only “One” who I can.

  304. My husband and I are in a season of waiting. We would like to read your book to help us stay focused on doing God’s will, not ours, and to wait quietly but expectantly.

  305. Julie Forrest says:

    How encouraging! Loved today’s devotional! I am starting a Life Group for women dealing with infant loss, as I have. I would love to do a bible study with this book!

  306. Wow, this so spoke to me. As I opened this devotional, I thought, “What could God possibly say to me here?” I mean, I’m not in a season of waiting. But, as I read, it resonated with me. I hate waiting for the kids to recover from their illnesses (this was recent) and I have wondered over and over again recently when life is going to get easier, better, more relaxing, etc. Yeah . . . I am waiting. And I’m impatient. This was a good reminder to me to rest in the Lord, to sit with Jesus in the waiting. That it’s okay. Thank you.

  307. Jessica Bass says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion. You have no idea how much I needed it. The obstacles— many of the same– are in my life and waiting is not my strong point!!! Thank you for this!!!!🙏🏼🙏🏼

  308. I needed this dropped into my life today…..this could have very well been my story. THANK YOU for your openness to share HOPE and encouragement to those who are facing similar battles!

  309. Waiting is hard! I learned that while out of work or a year. I also learned a lot more and enjoyed some sweet times when I rested in His peace and waited on His timing!

  310. Ann-Marie says:

    Looking forward to reading this

  311. Erin Niebla says:

    Man this one got me right in the heart. Waiting has been the theme of my life the past four years. We’re waiting for a pregnancy, funds to pursue adoption, and my husbands immigration papers.

    Waiting has been the most difficult thing God could ask me to do. While it has been excruciating, it has taught me so much. I though God was waiting for me to “do” the right thing or say the right thing. Now I know that he isn’t trying to teach me a lesson, but that this is a painful opportunity to grow closer to him.

    The most convicting part deals with control. I’ve been the person so said “God just isn’t talking to me.”; which isn’t true. When I asked him what one thing I’d me requires, it was giving trying to control and trusting him. It couldn’t have been a clearer voice in my heart.

    While I still would love those things to happen, I pray for God’s help in letting go and walking with him.

  312. “I may have to wait for everything else, but I never have to wait for God.”

    When I saw the title of this post I thought, “do I really need to read this? I’m not in a waiting game right now. I have everything I want right now!”

    But that phrase was so key for me. I’m waiting for rest. I’m waiting to feel re-energized and I keep wondering why God isn’t coming through or why the self care lessons take so long to learn. Our church is in the midst of a huge transition so work is incredibly difficult. I needed this reminder that God is here! He is my strength AND my song. He’s carrying me and he’s carrying our church body. He is faithful. Thank you!

  313. Whitney Mullins says:

    Man, do I love control. It often gets me in trouble whether I am trying to take care and “watch over” a parent that has a life long disease, setting rules for a parent for a lifestyle change that is fully capable to do on their own, or just trying to micro-manage my own life so that I feel in control of everything. I am often left tired and disappointed. This devotion has renewed me this morning to know that I am nothing, I am nothing without Christ. I can try to micro-manage my family and my own life only to know that when trials and tribulation come, that I can’t “fix” what the Lord already has control over.

  314. Alyssa Allison says:

    I have had a rough past few years. With the death of my sister and the responsibility of raising her three children, newly married, struggling with narcolepsy, and not even 30…..I am feeling so worn to the point where I want to give up. These past couple days have been some of my hardest. I’ve gotten into a rut where I so tired, I even forget to pray. I would love to read this book so I can gain hope. God’s timing is perfect and I know one day everything will be okay. I know this morning when I was feeling drowned by my thoughts, I opened up my email and ready this post by Ann. It’s amazing how God works through people when others need it most. Thank you for such encouragement.

  315. My daughter and I really need this book and the thoughts in this devo are healing to my soul. Thank you

  316. Jessica Dorsey says:

    I am also waiting for our IVF to work… trying to stay positive and give it all to God. Ultimately it is up to Him.

  317. Linda Gerber says:

    Thanks for the devotional today. It is hard to wait we want things to go our way now. We want situations to be fixed now. But God doesn’t work on our schedule. We have to learn to wait on Him. It’s not easy waiting. But it helps us to grow spiritually. I know that God hears our prayers. God hears our prayers and He will answer in His way and in His time. We have to trust Him and wait on His timing.

  318. Cindy Nelson says:

    I always try fixing things. I worry about my daughters in college, about getting out of debt, about my husband and I living to see our children get married and having grandchildren. I want control and I just don’t have it. A hard lesson for me to pray and wait on the Lord.

  319. That is exactly what I needed to read this morning….waiting on a new job opportunity has become very difficult. But I need to remember to trust in God and seek Him. If it’s in His plan, then He will provide at the right moment.

  320. Waiting… the thing I am still learning.

  321. Carol Godfrey says:

    It is so hard to wait. I have been unemployed since October. It has been so hard to stop worrying and to put my faith in God. Thanks for reminding me that it is all in him timing.

  322. What a great devotional reading today….I needed to hear these words. Waiting has been a real teaching tool for me throughout my years….but I haven’t always been a good student. I continue to work on trusting in God’s timing and knowledge of what I need and when I need it (or IF I need it).

  323. Teresa Gostynski says:

    I also have been waiting on the Lord. I’ve been praying that both of my children would return to the Lord. It’s a mother’s prayer,
    but something I desire with my whole heart. I know He is working
    On both of them. He is always faithful.

  324. Sharon Contat says:

    That was so inspirational. Thank you. I will share this with all four of my daughters. This was truly a daily dose of inspiration that I needed. Waiting is difficult. I need to remember how God’s timing is not my timing and that its also in front of me that I have all I need. I’m lucky to know I can rely on God for everything, I just have to remind myself of this. Thank you

  325. Thank you for sharing your perspective on waiting well. I found this particularly interesting as I had recently participated in the Bible study for the book Wait and See. I am looking forward to continuing my waiting journey with your book.

  326. Jocelyn Varghese says:

    So glad I read this devotional this morning. We have been waiting for God’s timing to increase our family. Thank you for another reminder to just wait silently.

  327. Michelle Gilbert says:

    I’ve only been subscribed to the devotional for a couple months, but in that time God has used it to remind me of His truth more times than I can count. This post, and particularly this phrase, came at the perfect time this morning: I may have to wait for everything else, but I never have to wait for God.” Thank you for sharing your heart!

  328. To wait well…if only as easy to do as to write.

  329. Jocelyn Varghese says:

    So glad I took a moment to read this devotional this morning. We have been waiting for God to increase our family…
    It’s been very difficult for me as I constantly see everyone else around me increasing their family one by one.
    I know God hasn’t forgotten us. Thank you for another reminder to silently wait.

  330. I am currently in the middle of a difficult time of waiting. It seems nothing is more painful than watching your children make wrong choices no matter their age but I will pray and I will wait upon the Lord. Today’s reading was just what I needed.

  331. Thank you for this timely reminder to be persistent in prayer and patient in the waiting. It is refreshing to be reminded that we are not alone in our journey!

  332. Dorsi Cupp says:

    Thank you for offering this give away!

  333. This Type A, OCD, controller can’t wait to read this book. Sometimes you just say….boy his was written for me 🙂

  334. Deena Maga says:

    This is so good!!, this is excalty what I needed becuase I am going through a season, of waiting right now. So I could understand the idea, of wanting to have something so much but it not being done on our time table but, God’s.

  335. Susie Montgomery says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart. I have been waiting for a house to sell. My friends keep asking, ” Have you had any bites on selling”? I say, “No, but it is God’s house and he knows what is best and I will patiently wait until he brings just the right person to buy it.”
    When my youngest son was 3 years old, these words of wisdom came from him. “Mama, waiting isn’t hard, it just takes a long time!” I have thought of that often.

    • I love that. I hope I recall that “waiting isn’t hard, it just takes a long time!.” Out of the mouths of babes. A scripture the Lord gave me when we had our condo on the market. “We throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” It was perfect…a beautiful condo, my seller truly believed it would sell overnight. Five months later, “SOLD.” His timing was perfect, just like little dominoes, everything fell into place. His Word is True, every time.

  336. I want to remember that Jesus needs to be the first one we call on in times or need. To stop picking up the phone trying to reach someone when Jesus is a prayer away, always waiting for us to talk with Him!! He will fulfill an void beyond our expectations compared to any earthly person.

  337. Glorianna kilgore says:

    This encouraged me so much!

  338. Thank you for the thought provoking post. It is amazing how the things I am struggling with will be topics that appear on proverbs 31! It helps me to be able to dig deeper than just my initial problem and see what the underlying cause is. Generally God has something to teach me and is trying to get my attention, “Wait, I say on the Lord” Psalms 27:14

  339. I have been in a season of waiting and praying for over 15 years. I’d love to read this book to be challenged and encouraged.

  340. How meaningful this devotion was to me and how I struggle with waiting on the Lord. And now my son and daughter-in-law are in a season of waiting and I am praying they will wait on the Lord patiently and He will give them the desires of their heart. Would love to read and share this book!

  341. Stephanie says:

    Love this post! Its very helpful.

  342. Thank you for this reminder.

  343. Love this! Needed this reminder!

  344. John Kelley says:

    Excellent word!!!

  345. Oh my goodness, yes!! Waiting has been such a theme in my life (and a thorn in my side!!!)
    And now my daughter seems to be in a period of waiting.
    I would love a copy of this book that we could both read.

  346. Definitely what I need to hear every day. Thank you!

  347. I’ve been in a waiting pattern for 4 years. Desperately longing at times and surrendering to Jesus at others. Thank you for the opportunity!

  348. Being patient and waiting for God’s timing has always been difficult for me. I always felt I needed to be in control at all times. While I have accepted God’s timing for our special needs daughter over the last 21 years, I have been struggling over patience and waiting for improvement in my own physical and mental health over the last several months. My Christian therapist said the one thing that I would learn from this experience would be patience. Waiting and putting my trust in God has gotten me through many “dark valleys” lately.

  349. So timely! … We are currently waiting for our vehicle to get out of shop. It’s been in there for almost a month now and as a result we are struggling and falling behind financially. With seven children to care and provide for,this situation has been weighing both my husband and I down. Giving God complete control has been a struggle… Thank you for this reminder, I am praying the above prayer wholeheartedly. -Amen

  350. Thank you. I needed this today. My husband is going in for 2 MRIs on his back and hip. He is 31, we “shouldn’t” be dealing with this yet in life, we are too young for these problems. And yet this is the path God has us walking down. We have been praying for healing since last fall. God can heal him, but for some reason he has chosen not to. It requires us to wait, to pray, and to diligently trust in God. I can’t fix this, I can’t control the situation, but I can talk to God who is in charge and give him my worries. So today is another day of waiting, trusting, and giving control back to God where it belongs. Thank you for sharing your message, it is exactly what I needed today.

  351. Today’s devotion spoke to me, almost as if I was reading impart from my own journey… I have thing’s to walk out with God. Thank you Ann Swindell for today’s devotional writing.

  352. Janice Bedenbaugh says:

    A great devotional! I am going through a period of waiting and needed to hear this. Thank you.

  353. Kimberly says:

    This devotion was right on time as I’m struggling to overcome a difficult time in my life. I’m a doer so my natural instinct is to fix It however I realized that only God can. I have to wait on him to guide me through this season.

  354. I would love to read this book. My husband and I have been waiting on a promise for 7 years. I have not been able to have children yet but we continue to stand on the dream he has placed in our hearts. Back in January we did a round of In-Vitro but it was unsuccessful. We were devastated, but, on this journey we have learned to trust God to a whole new level. We plan to do invitro again but until then we are choosing to hold on to the promises and trust that God has a good plan for our family! ❤

  355. Waiting is very hard. I know that God has great plans for me and has placed me in the situation I am in for a reason. My husband blindsided me after 33 years serving me divorce papers. I pray for him as well as for me, that God is in control and he will do what he knows is right for both of us. The waiting is hard and my heart is broken.

  356. I have been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and I have had two surgeries and am waiting to start chemo and radiation. Several years ago I battled an autoimmune disease and won that battle. I am struggling with finding myself back in the position of having to go through another fight. I know God is with me all the way….

  357. As I continue to wait struggling through many life battles such as my mom’s cancer, a very difficult situation at work, an accident that broke a few bones and then my dad was assaulted and has a traumatic brain injury. I know this sounds like a lot but the Lord has been there every step of the way. I may never know the reason for all of this but I will continue to press in to my Lord who gives me strength to get through each day and the One that is in control of all of these things.

  358. I would love to receive a copy of this book. God is speaking to me very clearly through Ann.

  359. I really needed this today. I am in a season where there is so much I am believing for. Thank you for this!

  360. Why is waiting so hard? Well, it is. I love that your devotional tackles this. Thank you.

  361. I at times question why do I have to wait most times for a long time but I remind my self during these time to not cast away my confidence in God because there is great recompense of reward. He knows what is best for me and so it is necessary to give up on being in control of my life. I do at times feel a need to ask Him to rush as waiting is challenging. Thank you for your encouragement.

  362. Kim Love says:

    This article was especially helpful for me today. My husband suffers from depression and is in a particularly difficult season. I am also struggling with figuring out where I fit and how when it comes to schedules, work and family. I truly love this reminder that I am not in control of any of it, and I am not guaranteed anything but God’s love and provision. Thank you so much for this reminder to be patient and content, and to turn to Him in all things.

  363. I don’t think I have ever added a comment before, but thank you for this particular devotional. I needed this desperately this morning. My husband needs a liver transplant, I work full time as a caregiver just to pay for insurance. I am worship leader and Sunday School teacher at church. I feel like I am pulled in 1000 different directions with people needing help and trying to meet my own obligations. I know my husbands situation is of his own choices but I have been feeling like “where does it end” “why don’t You answer my prayers” This made me stop to look at how He truly does answer my prayers. He truly is sufficient and supplies all I need, I just need to let go of the wheel and let Him drive ALL the time.

  364. Tiffany Dagley says:

    This is such a needed topic in our home right now. We have tones of things going on with my hubby’s businesses but we are teaching our 17 yr old daughter this very thing. She’s a junior, volleyball player and is in the recruiting processes. Waiting for emails from coaches, watching the coaches follow your webpage but not email, hoping to hear back from schools you’d love to play for, etc. She’s nutty at times and get discouraged. We pray for her to rest in the truth that God is in control and has an incredible plan for her. His plan may not be her plan or her timing but it will be so much sweeter!

  365. Carmen N says:

    *sigh* Struggles with waiting and trying to let go of control of my life … those are common themes for me. The longest wait time was 12 years but I still haven’t learned that lesson very well.

  366. Jennifer says:

    My husband got a pay cut at the beginning of the year. We were already having problems in our marriage, issues with my teenage daughter and a diagnosis of returning cancer in my mother only this time in her brain. Everything just seems to be piling up on us and I feel as though the devil is working overtime on our family! We have been praying continually for a new job opportunity that will get our bank account out of the negative. Financial struggles are hard on a marriage that already has issues, but we’re making it. This devotion came just at the right time. I know God sees our struggles but, as the devotion stated, it’s so HARD to WAIT! I’m going to claim thiese verses over our lives today!

  367. So many people in my life could benefit from reading this book right now. Everyone is waiting for something. Waiting for clarity, waiting for guidance, waiting on an apology, a promotion, a child to be healed, etc. Its so very hard

  368. Sharon Carter says:

    Waiting…it seems is all I can do. My life was shattered when my 6 year old son was killed in a car accident and then only 13 months later my 21 year old daughter died from cancer. I ask God every day for direction, for strength, for courage to simply function. He reminds me that He is with me and has been the whole time.

  369. This has definitely been the theme of most of my adult life. Thank you for this post!

  370. Good Morning – was so blessed by this devotional. Sometimes we get so caught up in our wants and needs that we forget that God has the ultimate control and all things happen according to his will. he is faithful and will never ever fail us.

    thank you
    Carmen

  371. Brenda Hall says:

    I sat and prayed that God would change our circumstances, and then I turned to the Word and read verses that declare that I already have all that I need in Christ (Ephesians 1:3, Philippians 4:19). I NEEDED THIS TODAY!!! Thank you! I am a control freak and it is so difficult to let that go. I only have ME to depend on so I feel like I have to fix everything……. I would LOVE a copy of this book!!! Thank you for the chance to win one!

  372. Kimberly Dickson says:

    I am really touched by the devotion for the day. I too, struggle with waiting and trying to be in control of the things going on in my life. I know that I need to put Christ first and ask Him to strengthen me in the areas that I am weak.

  373. Angela Vazquez says:

    Always a hard thing to do. Slowly learning that life does go on if we just allow God to take over. He will provide a solution.

  374. Waiting is very hard. I know God is in control. After 33 years of marriage my husband blindsided me with divorce papers. I pray daily for him as well as me knowing that God has this and has a plan. It just hurts so much right now and I am so heartbroken but God has a plan and I must wait and continue to have faith.

  375. Beverly Moss says:

    Waiting through so many difficult situations right now. Thank you!!

  376. Susan janerico says:

    God is trying to send me this message of understanding my waiting season. It has been such a long wait. Waiting to know real joy in marriage. He has something planned for me which will glorify him. I need to value this waiting time. This book seems perfect for me now. Thank you!

  377. Jennifer M. says:

    This devotion could not have been more on point to what I needed to read today. My relationship ship has taken a turn for the worst. And I know God will provide. But it is ever so difficult to stop trying to fix things yourself and instead trust, obey and WAIT on Him. For His timing is not ours, but it is perfect timing. As the tears flow through this post I pray for Him to just take over.

  378. I too am waiting for healing. After 30 years my husband left me as well. Waiting is a slow process and I try every day to leave it in Gods hands but I find it hard to actually let go. I pray every day for patience as I know that God has a plan for me. Bless you and thank you.

  379. Sharon Nelson says:

    I have always struggled with waiting. It is one of the hardest things I am learning. I take it one day at a time with God’s help

  380. Beth Thomas says:

    Waiting isn’t easy for anyone! Seems like there is always one area of life that I am told to “wait” on. I am praying that God will help me be content in every situation, just like Paul. I don’t want to miss the beauty and joy of where I’m at right now, because I was so focused on that “thing” I’m waiting for.

  381. Cheryl Schock says:

    My life has been all about waiting. I’m 46 & still waiting to meet & marry a godly man. I’m still waiting to be a mom. I’m still waiting to get a full time job with benefits. I’ve been job hunting for the right job for 7 months now. I’m still waiting to be debt free- which seems to be impossible without a full time job. Now I’m waiting to figure out where I’ll be moving to once the people I rent from sell the house I live in. God is all I have. If I tried to figure it all out, I still wouldn’t come up with the right answers. Yes, it’s hard to trust God at all times & not try to fix things, but he gently reminds me that he is in control & can be trusted even though none of it makes sense to me. Thank you for this devotional- it’s good to know I am not alone in my struggles. I would love to win a copy of your book.

  382. Jorden Warr says:

    Such a hard concept to grasp sometimes! We try to fix everything ourselves when we really need to trust in God. Thank you for this thought provoking post ❤️

  383. I needed to read this today! I’m going through a divorce. There are several decisions I need to make. I know God has a plan for me….I must be patient and listen to Him. Thank you, Proverbs 31, for your words of wisdom and reminding me of God’s Wise Words!

  384. Garnettia L Hooker says:

    this message felt like it was straight from Heaven to me… My stress level is so high I am being attacked from within. I wake up from nightmares afraid to go to sleep. exhausted every morning and so many problems i feel like i am being buried alive. Thank you for sharing this message. it all goes back to trusting our heavenly father to take care of our needs.

  385. I was humbled how God brought this devotional today as an answer to prayer. I felt so similarly to you in the beginning. A chaotic time, knowing God is there but finding it hard to pray and reach out. I too am waiting on Gods provision and He is clearly telling me to wait but the waiting is so hard. Thank you for your writing.

  386. What a wonderful reminder. Thank you for today’s devotion.

  387. Lesha Frye says:

    God was right on time with this today as always! Thank you God

  388. i had to post here today!!! i am a male and i don’t know if you realize the impact of your daily devotions on men as well as women!!!!
    your stories devotions scripture applications are sooooo timely!
    Today especially because i have been waiting for God to intervene on my behalf in the middle of a mom in the hospital financial chaos, (bill collectors constantly ringing my phone) in a new house but no job, have apprised for and interviewed at countless employers (at least 45) and this morning i awoke in my bed literally asking God to take my breath away and end it all…a close friend (whose friendship was literally severed 3 months ago) sent me a text and a link to a video about exhausted emotions using Paul’s experience in the storm surviving on broken pieces of a ship) and then i open today’s deveional on “when the waiting wears you out” How could anything be more aligned with my current experience and my friends video!!!! it reminded me that my focus MUST be on Christ and not my current situation!!!! just two days ago while in the hospital i heard the scripture ringing “seek FIRST the kingdom and HIS righteousness and all these things will be added”…& like the author i am at peace KNOWING my vision of Christ and HIS abiding presence is the REAL answer and necessary answer!
    Thank you for writing to the believer and for the believer i am sharing this with my friend because He needs it as well

  389. Danyall S. says:

    Amen Sister! As I read your word’s of wisdom, I reflect on my own life and I find myself in the same place as you share. I praise God, He allowed me to read your blog this morning, because last night I had to come to the point, when I had to truly surrender my desire and give up on doing it on my own. “Thy will be done “, was my prayer yesterday.Then, I read your blog this morning and I know God has the best for our future! Hearing another woman’s thoughts and feelings about what I am dealing with makes the difference. So, I thank you for sharing. Hope you have a blessed week!

  390. So timely! Definitly what I needed to hear right now….God is good! Thank you for this.

  391. I am praying for a while now for healing of my sons headaches and neck pains and am trusting God for healing. Also praying for healing of Glaucoma in my one eye. I am also extrememly busy and find it hard to cope with everything, jumping from the one thing to the next that has to be done. No rest for the weary! God will make a way – in His time. 🙂

  392. As a military spouse, I’ve waited a lot! From having a child to, a stable income, to time lapsed apart from spouse, to moving…I’ve been there! Your book would be interesting to read. Thank you.

  393. Thank you for this encouragement. Waiting is always so hard…your words will help me shift my perspective, placing my hope in God alone, not necessarily the answers to my situation!

  394. So Manu Health issues going on right now in my family from cancer to amputations, Lord please let me hear Your voice whisper in my ears, before I go crazy😢😢😢😢😢

  395. So Manu Health issues going on right now in my family from cancer to amputations, Lord please let me hear Your voice whisper in my ears, before I go crazy

  396. Learning to Be Still & Wait on GOD:)

  397. Ann Crews says:

    Hurry up and wait…to live. This must be a struggle for many, it certainly is for me. At 56 and still facing so many unrealized hopes, dreams, and plans, and realizing that tomorrows are running out is often discouraging. But God’s Word and assurance in Him lifts me up and helps me continue. I’d love to read the book. Thank you, the article was beautifully encouraging.

  398. Thank you for this message. I have so much going on right now with no answers. I was trying to pray last night and just kept drifting to the problems facing me. I just apologized to the Lord and finally went to sleep and dreamed of scuba diving under a glazier, a place I had been many times. I think that describes me today. A teenage daughter on the verge of not graduating who when confronted, says I know I am crap. I tell her no, she is not crap but her attitude needs to change. I am moving against my choice. I am sick. Just overwhelmed. So your verse helped me knowing I am never in control. It is hard to wait and not know the outcome but Jesus has my back. Thank You,

  399. Catie Vela says:

    Still waiting…I’ve been waiting for some things for many years and I find myself trying to fix things or hurry them along. The Lord is teaching me right now to exhale. Stop holding my breath, stop focusing on the wait, and to rest. And it’s not easy. But I’m learning one day at a time to exhale and rest.

  400. God is saying to you today, “Everything will work out. I’m in control. I know how big your dreams are and hear me clearly; I will not fail you.” Thank y’all so much for your words of wisdom. I believe the book would help me lots in my walk with God.

  401. Anqoinette says:

    How do you wait when you feel like all hope is lost? That’s a ruminating question I have! I desperately want to wait and I know that I control nothing. But it’s hard not to think you have some sort of control especially with your health. How do I wait, trust, Hope and believe?

  402. This would make such a great gift for my daughter.

  403. Shirley Wilson says:

    Need to read. I am one who is always trying to fix or figure out even though I am assured God is in control

  404. Vicki Martone says:

    Thank you for that timely devotional on waiting. I have been waiting for almost 11 years for healing for my daughter who was raped/molested by an older girl on the Praise Team from age 14-16. I have been waiting on my prodigal son for 2 years to turn away from the stronghold of homosexuality. Both are far away from the Lord and from us. Because we are in the ministry, my pain is most of the time silent. I know the Lord has reminded me to be still and know that He is God and it is something that I remind myself daily as I take up my cross to follow him. Today, I felt encouraged by your words.

  405. This looks like a great book! I look forward to reading it even if I don’t win!

  406. Dorothy Jackson says:

    As my little family has been in a constant state of limbo for almost 7 years (and we still are), I find this article fitting in some ways. It doesn’t matter how strong we think our faith is, we are still human and we will falter! But Praise God for His patience and understanding! I know that once we get to place He wants us to be things will become more clear and the limbo won’t be so much of a burden or at all, because we’ll have given it all to Him! Thank you Lord for your undying Love!

  407. Thank you Proverbs 31 Ministries for these daily devotionals,I cherish them.

  408. Waiting is the hardest thing ever -all of life’s circumstances bring anticipation of some type -learning to lean on Jesus’s word would be the best advice anyone could receive 😀👍

  409. Your words touched deep this morning! Thank you for your honesty. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this world when it comes to those kinds of hurts. I’m holding onto Him everyday!

  410. Suzanne Smith says:

    I’ve been waiting 11 years now. But my rewards may not be here, but in heaven.

  411. It difficult to admit I’m not in control of the decisions my loved ones make. I’ll just trust in Jesus as I wait, hoping to win one of Tyndale Publishing House’s giveaways of Still Waiting by Ann Swindell 🙂

  412. Monique ROUTHIER says:

    I have been going thru a situation in my life for a number of years waiting on the Lord.
    It has not been easy but today I can say I see His hand in it as I’m being taught different things in my Christian walk.

  413. I am currently in the season of waiting on a new job……it has been very discouraging…..this was a very timely word for me…thanks.

  414. Mary Nevarrez says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your story thank you for sharing. All we can do in this life is wait on the order. In Jesus name Amen loved your story Ann. Thanks again

  415. I just added the Lamentations verse to my circled promises that I pray tot he Lord. Thank you, it is very timely for me.

  416. This came at a time when waiting has been especially hard for me. I to am in the process of leaving a place that I’ve called home all of my life and leaving cherished friends. God is good and I trust Him completely but the human side of me gets very impatient and my personality is to fix it myself. This article has ment so much to me this morning. God sends his angels when we need them.

  417. Connie Sharp says:

    I love the daily devotionals. They always seem to be just what I need to hear at the moment.

  418. Bethany Platt says:

    This devotional just filled my soul and calmed my spirit. You looked straight into my heart and wrote the words I needed to hear. I too am going through a similar situation. I’ve been hit with high stress after high stress since Thanksgiving, some good, some bad, but all overwhelming. The anxiety and the noise was so loud, but God used you to whisper to my worn out and exhausted soul. Thank you so much for reminding me that I cannot do it on my own and that I need to give the control back over to God. I’m just making a bigger mess. God bless!

  419. I believe this book would be a timely blessing for me!

  420. I’d love to read the book. I agree- even though we go thru seasons of waiting quite regularly it never really gets easier. I want to learn how to wait well and ”healthy”- how to remain hopeful even though God, as the devotional mentioned, did not promise to us certain things, but still remain hopeful for them believing that it might be in His will and if He still does not- how to remain content and not lose hope for other things or get bitter.

  421. Marcia Dial says:

    Hello. I had to accept and once again, find myself remembering in this place that God IS God – he already knew, that he never sleeps nor slumbers and it is offensive to him when I do not turn everything over to him and go to sleep, that his thoughts of me are always for my good, that I cannot look at the facts to dictate my faith, that wilderness experiences are in his Word and as Jesus did, I will fight with the Word! Through divorce, breast cancer twice, loss of dad and mom( and there’s more), I’ve still got victory because I can ‘be still and know that he IS God’!

  422. Monique ROUTHIER says:

    I have been going thru a difficult situation for a number of years waiting on the Lord .
    I can say today that I can see the hand of the Lord in it all.

  423. Leah Fisher says:

    With Gods help I’ve been working on being content. I’m always trying to fix or work things out. He is in control and only He can fix! God knows best and I need to wait on His perfect timing. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

  424. Marcia Dial says:

    Hello. I had to accept and once again, find myself remembering in this place that God IS God – he already knew, that he never sleeps nor slumbers and it is offensive to him when I do not turn everything over to him and go to sleep, that his thoughts of me are always for my good, that I cannot look at the facts to dictate my faith, that wilderness experiences are in his Word and as Jesus did, I will fight with the Word! Through divorce, breast cancer twice, loss of dad and mom (and there’s more), I’ve still got victory because I can ‘be still and know that he IS God’!

  425. April Biamonte says:

    My bible study ladies often “hear” from God, they feel his prompting and nudges. I pray and wait and still don’t feel his presence. They tell me to just “be still” I think this is why I continually try to do it on my own. I want to wait for His timing and guidance but just don’t ever hear it…

  426. Amber Romero says:

    I’d love to win a copy this would be great!

  427. This spoke to me so much this morning. We are in limbo about a home loan to purchase a home out of state. We are moving from an area that has been home all of our lives and the stress has been enormous for my husband and me. We are leaving long lived friends and moving to an area of Un known. I am a fixer and it’s hard for me to let go but this devotional has helped me so much this morning. I know God is in control all the time and knows what is best for our family. I just have to give in and let go. And I have.

  428. Waiting in the flesh is not easy for us. I have found as the devotion says when we give it all to God and try not to take it back the answer seems to happen more quickly. Give the glory to God.

  429. Ada Curry says:

    Your message today spoke to me while sitting in the room waiting for the doctor to come in. I’ve been in terrible back pain for 2+ years after a fall . I’ve had a hip replacement and still in terrible pain with arthritis and medicines not working. But God is my Hope.

  430. Beautiful message

  431. Marilyn Rickerson says:

    I really enjoyed this devotion. Would love to win the book. Life is hard and it is hard to wait, to be still. Thank you for offering this book.

  432. Kayla Newton says:

    Waiting is so hard. I have to remind myself, a lot, that it will be in the Father’s time, not mine.

  433. I love control. I love knowing exactly whats going to happen. I love familiarity. It’s just something that soothes my soul. But, right now I’ve been bumped to the backseat (kinda forcibly) by God and I’m thankful for that I(even though I I went kicking and screaming at first) I’m learning to trust him more and to actually I build a relationship with Him. I’m learning in this season to be content with what I have instead of focusing on what I don’t have. I’ve finally come to terms with knowing that if it was meant for me, I would have it.

    No good thing is being held from you by God.

  434. I loved this devotional this morning and it spoke to me in so many ways. Much of my life the past 5 plus years have been spent waiting on my circumstances to change. I work so hard to provide for my children on my own, but much of the time, I feel like I am just treading water. I would love to win a copy of this book. God Bless you all.

  435. Fred Lindsey says:

    I been struggling with a lot situations and circumstance in my life. Not realizing that I was trying to control
    them?? I was impatient and wanted a quick fix to all my problems! But I soon realized I didn’t have the
    answers and that all I needed to do in the first place was acknowledge God for who he is truly is. Because
    he’s the answer to every situation and nothing is to hard for God if I TRUST and BELIEVE,He can to do anything but fail!!

  436. I am also in a place of waiting and learning to be content in the circumstances in which God has placed me. I know that the grass is not really greener on “the other side” and that the Lord has me here for a reason. I’d love to hear the message of this book!

  437. Waiting is never easy. Would love this book. 😊 Thanks for the chance.

  438. The past 9+ years have been a time of waiting and seemingly unanswered prayers. I would like the chance to receive this book as I seek to keep God first and renew the faith I had lost and must now rebuild. Thank you to the author for writing on a topic that speaks to many people including believers.

  439. Paula Singleton says:

    This was just what I needed to hear today as I go to my doctors appointment and get the results of the CT scan on my lungs. I have been nervous and anxious for this day to come and asking “why me”. I needed to hear that God didn’t promise me good health but he did promise to be here beside me as I go through this journey, that might include cancer. Perfect devotional for me today. Thank you!!

  440. I have always been a control person. It is not only in my nature but, also, control was necessary in my occupation. I am retired now and get frustrated when I am not in control. My job was predictable; life in retirement is not. Waiting is a new experience for me. It is a challenge sometimes but I can do all things (including waiting) thru Christ. He will sustain me and help me to grow in this new aspect of my life.

  441. Ramona Gonzales says:

    Such a timely message for me as I deal with incredibly bad tax news. I feel like my life is just continuously spiraling out of control and I am frightened, angry, and hopeless. I would love to buy this book, but I can’t afford it! A free copy would be MUCH APPRECIATED!!

  442. Kathleen barrera says:

    I would love a copy and could really use this at this time in my life.

  443. This post was so timely for me. I struggle so much with control and trying to “fix my problems” and “figure things out” on my own. And to no avail! I am daily practicing placing my entire trust and control back into the hands of Jesus. This was just another helpful and encouraging reminder to continue doing so. Thank you.

  444. Melissa Vincent says:

    Wow… reading this was amazing as if you were in my head…..

  445. Elizabeth says:

    I am so overwhelmed and overloaded by the trials that I am facing. I know that I must wait patiently on the Lord, but it would be awfully nice to see light at the end of at least one tunnel.

  446. Michelle Kelly says:

    Ann, what a beautifully written devotion. You truly have a gift. Your story touched my heart especially because I too experienced heart crushing miscarriages before finally holding my baby girls in my arms. We waited seven years for a move that would take our family across the country and back home. I would love to read your book!

  447. I’d love a copy of this book ….

  448. Whether I have been standing by a loved ones bed saying goodbye, waiting for a loved one to come out of a critical surgery, or waiting to see a smile on my daughters face again after her miscarriage. Waiting is hard, it always has been. God is good and His answer will come…

  449. Vicki Pate says:

    What a great and so often needed reminder. Thanks. ❤️

  450. Shelley Martindale says:

    I could really use a resource like this. Been struggling with waiting on what God wants for me for quite some time now.

  451. I’ve been praying for some health situations with myself, kids and mom. I’ve searched soooo many sites in ways to praying more effectively. And it’s true and hard, accepting that God’s timing is not our own, that even though we grow up, we’re still those little kids that want what they want when they want it. Patience is one of the virtues that is so difficult to achieve, specially when it comes to our children’s health. But I’m trusting in the Lord, that He will answer my prayer in his timing. Many blessing, love the blog.

  452. Michelle Keltz says:

    5 years ago, as I prayed for the answers on how to leave my toxic marriage of 16 years, God told me,”Don’t give up, I’m to done yet”. So I stayed and I’m still waiting for His healing of this marriage. Don’t get me wrong, He has definitely been working hard on us, but the marriage I dream of, and believe He wants for me, is still in the distance. Maybe that marriage isn’t going to come in this lifetime, I don’t know, but my “one word” for this year that I received from God was “wait”. How ironic…or perfect, is that!! So I wait… and pray…and watch as God changes me. I’d love to read this book!!

  453. This was such a blessing to me, and was exactly what I needed at this moment and time. Thank you.

  454. Mary Butler says:

    Been 10 years waiting and I’m still waiting !! Love to win your book !! I won’t give up on God He hasn’t given up on me so I’m still waiting and in His time I will see results 🙏

  455. Rosie da Best says:

    I pray to get a copy of “Still Waiting”. I am in need of knowing how to wait and to also teach and encourage others at my church to do the same. I have been married for nearly nine (9) years and had suffered five (5) miscarriages. My family and I are hopping and praying daily for God to answer. Still nothing. I am currently waiting patiently for the joy of the Lord.

    • Hi Rosie,
      I am so sorry for your miscarriages, that has to be very painful & disheartening.
      I lost my Beautiful 18 year old daughter Chelsea in a car accident, April 3rd, 2007.
      To this day, I still can’t wrap my brain around it.
      When we lose a young child or have a miscarriage, we lose our future. When we lose a adult, we lose our past.
      Live each day to the fullest with the Lord as your anchor. He has a plan & maybe adoption is part of that plan.
      When things aren’t going the way I want them to, I’m reminded of the Garth Brooks song that says, sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. In His timing & His way, He will. Just keep on leaning on Him & His promises. Gods blessings to you always.🙏 Roxanne

  456. Misty Williford says:

    Wow. I know things happen for a reason. It never fails, just when I think God isn’t listening or not there, he shows me a little sign that he is. We have been struggling financially, with death in the family, divorce, turmoil , etc. for several months now. I keep praying for help, but then this daily devotional comes across my email. Reminding me what I need to do.. wait… it is so hard! I just don’t know how to sit and “do nothing”. Thank you for these daily devotionals to remind me to keep God in perspective.

  457. Debra Fleming says:

    We can not rush God. And, he does not need our help. Fast, pray and be still!

  458. Thank you for sharing your story, it’s encouraging.
    The book sounds like something We could all benefit from reading.

  459. Lisa Laqua says:

    Would love this book. My wait has been years.

  460. Eve Moretti says:

    Inspired

  461. Deborah Seary says:

    My husband fell away from faith seven years ago, he gets angry if he even thinks I am thinking of God. We moved to a new area away from church and friends. I am very isolated in my faith. Since moving I have been diagnosed with a life changing condition that means I am not able to carry on working. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  462. God always finds a way to get the message we need straight to us.

  463. We are all waiting through Lent. Perfect timing for this book.
    Thank You

  464. Thank you for this devotional! I definitely needed it this week.

  465. The devotion really touched me. I am waiting for circumstances to change in my life and is hard to understand why and I can’t see it changing. This reminded me that God us working on it and I need to go one day at a time and trust him. Thank you

  466. Thank you for this devotion! It was definitely needed this week.

  467. Wow did I ever relate to this daily devotional and story! God has done so many miracles in our lives but I’m still waiting for Him to heal me. I am a fixer too. I try to fix everything but I rarely do and it’s not until I give up that control and give it to God that He is able to do what He needs to do. I’m still waiting for healing from a chronic pelvic pain condition and I’ve seen more specialists than you can count on two hands in the last 5 years. I know He has a plan for me and so in the meantime when the pain gets to be too much or keeps me from doing normal things, I’ll just draw closer to Him and trust that He’ll get me through it.

  468. Thank you for your wisdom and may God richly bless you.

  469. To know that I have everything I need in Christ is so wonderful to know but it is so so hard to get that truth to the bottom of my heart n truly believe it during long, hard waiting periods in life.

  470. Joanie Woodruff says:

    I really need this…..debilitating illness keep me from enjoying life.

  471. I would love a copy of this book as I, like many others, am going through a time of waiting. It’s very difficult but today’s devotional was very encouraging. Thank you.

  472. Cassandra says:

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder that we do not need control or fix everything but draw closer to our God while he handles those trials or difficulties​ for us. How the flesh of us woman, like Eve, just want to be in control. I am in a long season of waiting and am finally letting it go to God. I believe in his promises for good in me and my life and will continue to wait on him and his timing.

  473. I will definitely sound like Negative Nancy here, but unfortunately it does not make the wait any easier. I can know God’s truths, but I still struggle with the wait.

  474. MysMarDuRant says:

    Thanks for this reminder!!

  475. Ashley Jarrell says:

    The title of your book is very appropriate at this moment because I have been waiting at the dmv for several hours! But during this I was able to read the devotional for today and I very much appreciate your sharing. There are a lot of things going on in my life and I always need to be reminded! So thank you😊

  476. Annette A says:

    Waiting is so hard. Praying for strength for all of us who are waiting and for all to feel His Holy Presence during these difficult times…….

  477. I really needed this reminder to wait on God. But, I am in pain from loss, rejection, and hurt. Everyday, I am so overwhelmed because these feelings weigh me down. Some days. I cannot move until I realize Jesus is there. It helps but the waiting…for healing, for change, for hope…is hard and my path is unclear. I will try to memorize today’s verse and your touching story. Your story and the comments above remind me that I am not waiting alone. Thanks! Hugs to all.

  478. Thank you for sharing your heart. Waiting for God to answer and hopefully the way that we want is one of the hardest things to do. We want what we want and we want it now. We are so spoiled!!

  479. Thank you for what you shared; The Lord gave me a promise years ago and His ways are not our ways His timing we do not understand, living one day at a time. As we wait on the Lord He is my all and all my Strength and song learning to Trust Him and Lean not on my own understanding. No waiting is not easy. Blessings to you and your family.

  480. Karen Privett says:

    God knows best!

  481. When I am waiting, I recite “In His Time.”

  482. I’ve been waiting for almost a year for my prayers to be answered, and learning how to wait. I am trying to learn what it means to wait well. I read Wendy Pope’s Wait and See, and loved. I try to apply it to my wait everyday. It’s hard to wait, and not to think of back up plans. I feel like back up plans keep me from truly trusting God, and that I’m still trying to be in control. I pray for everyone that is waiting. It is so hard.

  483. In His Time.

  484. Waiting. I’ve been doing a lot of waiting over the last few years trying to believe in a marriage that was crumbling before my very eyes. And now I wait and wonder and hope it can be renewed. So. Hard. Thank you for this much needed reminder that the control isn’t mine.

  485. Thank you for the reminder that our ways are not God’s ways and His timing is always perfect.

  486. I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for God to answer some of my prayers. It’s hard. I guess I’ve allowed myself to become a little disheartened in the process. I needed to hear this today. Thank You!

  487. Waiting. I so needed this devotional this morning. I am currently separated and find myself often tying to reason out my future. Thank you for the reminder that the control isn’t mine. In Christ Alone I give my trust.

  488. Susan Bricker says:

    Ann’s book is truly amazing. I have had the honor of being on her launch team for “Still Waiting”. I feel so blessed after reading her story. She shares in a very raw and authentic way, honestly sharing her own journey and that of the Bleeding Woman. Still Waiting is filled with the grace and blessings of the Lord during our times of waiting. Waiting for healing, breakthroughs, release, we all wait. I know Ann’s book will touch countless lives with her inspirational and honest words.

  489. Kelli Anderson says:

    This spoke to my heart today. I am on the verge of loosing my job. I want desperately to grab the reigns and “fix” things. I am reminded that I need to wait upon the Lord, and trust that He had already taken care of. I just need to let Him guide me. Thanks.

  490. I have been through a big trouble because of a wrong decision I made. It affected my job, my health and most of all my family. I was about to give up. Thinking I cannot be forgiven and that God has forsaken me because I cannot seem to hear Him. The waiting for His answer is too much to bear I wanted to end it all. But my Pastor and a friend said not to lose hope instead wait on Him. He said “You might not know, you are just one step away from the victory lane”. Now, things are beginning to get better. Now, I can see God did not leave me but He is telling me to have faith and wait.

  491. I have been through a big trouble because of a wrong decision I made. It affected my job, my health and most of all my family. I was about to give up. Thinking I cannot be forgiven and that God has forsaken me because I cannot seem to hear Him. The waiting for His answer is too much to bear I wanted to end it all. But my Pastor and a friend said not to lose hope instead wait on Him. He said “You might not know, you are just one step away from the victory lane”. Now, things are beginning to get better. Now, I can see God is always there and He is telling me to have faith and wait.

  492. Britany Nash says:

    Thank you for this encouragement today! I try to remind myself this daily, but patience is so hard sometimes. We also are waiting for a second child, and have been trying for quite some time. I know God’s plan and his timing are perfect. I’m trying so hard to give up control and let Jesus lead. Such a hard thing to do when we think our own plan is best sometimes.

  493. I am in the waiting period now and this is such a timely reminder. Thank you for sharing.

  494. I am in the waiting period now and this is such a timely reminder. Thanks for sharing

  495. Emily moser says:

    Just what I needed to hear this morning.

  496. Andrea Hanse says:

    I love the emails, it’s such a calm within my chaos! 🙂

  497. I would love to receive a copy of still waiting. My child does suffer with an illness and I feel at a stand still.

  498. Thank you for reminding us to be more patient. We serve an amazing God who Loves us beyond what our minds or hearts can fathom. He provides generously always! He continues to give, even when He gets nothing in return.. We need to say ” Thank You Lord!” for being the sole provider for our everything… He is the reason we have Hope! Let us not forget, its not about us, but about HIM!

  499. Praying as we wait for successful IVF and successful relationships! Thank you.

  500. Marilyn Sloop says:

    Waiting is the hardest thing. I wait for a while then find myself trying to speed up the process. Even when I know God is in charge, I still get impatient.

  501. Carol Chouinard says:

    Waiting…for what? I don’t know. But something. It is apparent there is something off on the horizon, but just far enough away to make it invisible. Because I’m not ready yet for whatever “it” is. That’s alright because “for everything there is a season.” In the meanwhile, the waiting is a learning process: knots in the stomach, trying NOT to anticipate the “it.” It seems that somehow I have achieved a habit of anxious anticipation that He is making every effort to work out of me. When did those knots begin? Years ago, I’m thinking. Maybe a sort of PTSD result of earlier experiences. Not even realizing the knots of anxiety and anticipation have been ever present, until He showed me He wants me to be “free.” In the meanwhile….the working out of…in the midst of…and in the midst of.waiting… Obviously, I need all the help He can provide. This was a blessing. Thank you.

  502. While trying to find some encouragement for my friend I came across your devotional. I try to fill my “Time of Waiting” by keeping busy in trying to solve and fix other’s situations when I feel out of control in my own life situations. I find more and more that I need to be still and know that He is God! My husband’s health (Epilepsy)… God is in Control!, Our daughter’s health (Stroke @ 5) …God is in Control! Our daily provision…God is in Control! My struggle to stay healthy and strong (and to be anxious for nothing) in whatever life brings our way… God is in Control!
    Thank you for being obedient to God’s calling and sharing your heart with all of us, with me!

  503. Thank you for the reminder to trust and wait on God,Its the hardest thing to do.But im learning to do just that.

  504. Lynne Price says:

    Still waiting!

  505. Delilah DeJesus says:

    I am so happy that I have been faithful in reading proverbs 31 I will admit there was a season where I stopped for a long period and it was a trying period every time I read the devotional for the day it always ministers to me every trial I face to know I’m not alone and to wait on God’s timing. Thank you for being bold enough to share your pain and struggle with all who read proverbs 31

  506. I too am “Still Waiting”. But have not given up hope. God encourages me everyday through His word.

  507. Cynthia Fox says:

    Excellent devotional this morning and very timely! I’ve been so discouraged waiting a very long time for God to open doors and move in a very difficult situation. I needed a reminder that God is in control and He provides everything I need!

  508. Jenny Royer says:

    I have so much trouble waiting for the Lord. I’m a fixer, and so I want to fix things. I’m slowly learning that if I wait – His fix is so much better!

  509. Perfect timing.
    Thank you for this message. I needed it so desperately today.

  510. Kristin Kraus says:

    Romans 5:4 perserverance, character & hope

  511. Ramelle Collins says:

    I feel so defeated, alone & depressed. I am trying so hard to believe in Jeremiah but it so hard when l am separated emotionally & geographically from my family.

  512. Loved this devotion! Thank you for the insight and encouragement!

  513. Lori Haley says:

    I can identify with this story since I am in a process of waiting for a new job and I will admit sometimes I wonder if God is there or He cares because I feel like I have been waiting for such a long time. I am weary from this and worried because our finances are dwindling.

  514. Linda Hotchkiss says:

    This was exactly what I need to read today! I know waiting is hard but I believe God has a plan for me. The time she in my life when I have put total faith in God, my life and situations got better. Not because of something I did but because I waited and let God!
    Thank you for this devotion today!
    Linda

  515. Patrick Darius Makoyo says:

    Amen! that’s encouraging because when you for so Long even your faith Shake’s start thinking that God does not hear and answer your prayer but when you release that God is faithful to those who love him and finish the good work that he has started in you.May the Almighty God bless you

  516. Thank you for the reminder. I’ve never been good at waiting. I need to remember this and reflect on the scriptures that remind me of this.

  517. Leann OConnor says:

    Thank you for todays devotional. It was just what I needed.

  518. Teresa McEachern says:

    I find that God whispers His promises to my heart to give me hope in hard situations. If I keep my eyes on Him, it gives me peace when I trust in His goodness. But if I take my eyes off Him and focus on the circumstances I get frustrated, asking why it’s taking so long for Him to do what He has promised – when the purpose of the promise is to give me peace because it is going to take awhile for the answer to come. God is good!

  519. I read the inspirational reading about wanting and it opened my eyes. I am s single Mom of 2; one is a cop the other a a freshman in college. I knew it wouldn’t be easy with my medical issues and being alone but today’s reading opened my eyes. It’s all about Gids timing.
    I would love to read Ann’s book but funds are low. I’d be honored if you choose me. God bless

  520. Samantha Jones says:

    Love this new book. Is relevant in so many of life’s situations. Thank you Jesus

  521. Sharon Beasleychr says:

    I am the same; I want to control others & my circumstances – that’s always my first choice. Recently God reminded me I was doing it again. I remembered some hurtful things from the past and had to forgive my _____ for them and ask God to forgive them and then release them back to God to do whatever He wants to do in their lives. Things have calmed down for now, but this is about a longterm project she’s trying to help me with. She has been a help despite some of her trying to control me. Maybe God has done what he wanted to do, but I may have to wait a lot and hate waiting too. I’ve been seeking God a lot and He’s helping me. Praise Him

  522. Thank you for your transparency and your truth. I more than needed to hear this today. Even though I am striving to press my way through the things God has called me to do, and balance family, work, and ministry I know that I am in a waiting season. And yes I have found it hard to wait. I am a encourager but have not many to encourage me. Again thank you so much.

  523. Juanita Routh says:

    Living alone and homebound with a very large acoustic neuroma. Fighting loneliness and depression. Waiting on God to supply my needs daily is a must. Need some encouragement.

  524. Carol Babcock says:

    I would love to win this book!

  525. The hardest thing to do is wait. I live in my home that I own. I’m married, have one adult daughter and sixteen year old daughter. My niece who I raised since she was six is living with me along with her son daughter and husband. She has been blessed to be pregnant with triplets that are due on her belated brother anniversary of his death, July 27. All natural no medical intervention. Needless to say we are getting pretty crowded at the house. I need to surrender this to God and wait patiently for a resolution. I know it will happen even if sometimes I get discouraged. Thats when I have to reach out and surrender it to the almighty God.

  526. Your devotion in waiting is applicable to me and I will mark this message “important ” because I Know I need to re-read this daily! Thank you for sharing this🙂

  527. Cathy Juley Ledvina says:

    My older son has been struggling with his career. He went to college and barely squeaked through to earn a degree in business marketing. He is on his 3rd job in less than 3 years. He just is not sure it is what he wants to do with his life. He got a business degree because his father told him that was the best thing to do. I know his heart and was pretty sure that he should have majored in something else. He loves helping people! I just want his struggle with this to be over. I am having a hard time letting go and letting God. This really spoke to me today. Thank you so much for sharing. I will pray knowing that I am not in control and give it all to God.

  528. Sometimes it is easy for me to pretend I am waiting well, that I am not still trying to manipulate life to go in my favour but then I catch myself constantly fantasizing about that exact thing and realize I’m not… it’s hard to accept that things may never happen how I want but God is still good in that decision, no matter how it makes me feel.

  529. Shellie Driscoll says:

    I have been in a long period of waiting…again…. and it’s the most frustrating thing in the world. I’m trying to understand how to just trust and seek God for God and not worry about him changing my circumstances. I’m having a total disconnect on how to do that. I think this book could really help me make this connection.

  530. Kaitlyn Harrison says:

    Waiting can be extremely hard for me. I like to think that I’m in control of my life. This message really hit home for me and was very encouraging. I would love to have a copy of Still Waiting.

  531. Im trying not to wait

  532. Thanks

  533. Tiffiny Palm says:

    Wow. I needed this today I hate waiting and have been in a waiting period for 3 years it honestly sucks. But reminded that I am not in control and God has given me everything I need in Him. I have been fighting Him with where I am at personally and with where He has us as a family. I want things to be different but as was shared the best thing I can do is pray and ask for His healing, His renewal, His provision.
    Forgive me Lord for being so stubborn and hard headed. Forgive me for not trusting you and forgetting that I am not in control. You have a better way and Imjust haven’t been seeing it. Thank you Jesus for being gracious and patient with me. Thankful that you never change!

  534. Thanks for the encouragement

  535. Steve Wheat says:

    Our Father wants only the best for His childre…

  536. Kenia Bastian says:

    My life lately has been asking God “why”
    Why this and not that. Why can’t my prayers be answered asap. Why do I feel like nothing I do changes or helps my circumstances. This really spoke to me and reminded me that God’s way and timing are far greater than mine. That he provides me with what I need in every season of life. It reminded me that even though waiting is so difficult, I can find rest and comfort as I seek Him in all things. So when stresses fill my day, I will stop and thank God for all I have, continue praying knowing that He is faithful and fill my time with His word.

  537. Kelly Larrea says:

    I lie en wait!

  538. Waiting is SO VERY HARD! And not knowing that you will receive what you’re waiting for the way you want it is just as hard 🙂

  539. Thanks for the encouragement.

  540. Sandra Guerro says:

    Sounds like this book would be a healing salve in today’s world when everything is so fast-paced and everyone seems to expect instant gratification.

  541. I need to get it through my thick skull that I am not in control of my marriage or my husband’s attitude/spiritual life. I want to be more intentional about praying for him during this time of waiting. I wait on the LORD to change His heart because I believe and have hope that things CAN change.

  542. Diane Chapman says:

    Thank you for sharing from your heart. I so needed to hear this

  543. Linda Ethel Branich says:

    This was just what I needed!

  544. Janet Tyler says:

    It is strange how God sends us a message just when we need it. I have waited over a year for God to answer my prayer. One day He tells me It is done, Be still and know that I am God. That was a few months back and I’m still waiting. I know God has a plan and He is molding me for His work. We want to be in control but God shows us He is everyday. Loving My Jesus.

  545. Thank you for this message that God is alwais faithful and His timing is perfect. Our strengh is renew when we wait for Him.

  546. Laura Smith says:

    It’s been a long, long time. Well, to me anyway. I know God loves outside of time and Have waits for just the right time to answer our prayers. Oftentimes He answers in ways we would not have expected and yet in the waiting He is there. Yes, He is there. Waiting, I believe, for us to acknowledge Him, surrender to his plans and His timing and praise Him no matter what! My word for this season is Hope. Even if He doesn’t do what I want, when or how I want, He knows best. Father knows Best. My hope is in Him alone!

  547. Natalie Lopez says:

    Wow this message was so meant for me! Waiting has been so hard for me lately! With my marriage falling apart and everything that is effected by that in my life. I so desperately was trying to get myself out of my situation and trying to fix all my struggles. I’ve been so overwhelmingly frustrated because nothing that I was doing was working I seriously just need to be still and find peace and satisfaction that Jesus is all I need and just trust him!

  548. I really needed this devotional this morning. My husband and I are currently separated and I feel like I’ve been in a waiting season. I’m going to refer back to this devotional often!!!!

  549. Donna Albright says:

    I’m reminded of the scripture that says, “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength and shall rise up like eagles and run, not grow weary!” Trusting Him for the next step. We’re not alone in the journey!

  550. Kristie Speers says:

    I would love this book.

  551. I am also undergoing a waiting period in my life . I am waiting on God for a Job. Its been so difficult and today’s message was so encouraging .. especially the truth that God had Himself fully to us had rekindled my faith. I may have to wait for many things in life but the truth that I don’t have to wait on God was like a tap on my head.. Amen.. hoping to hold on to His control from now on

  552. Waiting is the hardest thing to do. My mind constantly tries to figure out what I need to do to fix things, make things better. It never works. I usually end up making it worse. God is working on me to teach me to wait. Physically, financially, and emotionally. The last 12 years have been tough but the past 6 months have been horrible! I am so thankful He is there and I don’t have to wait to talk with Him and rely on Him!

  553. Marcia Savage says:

    I trust in the Lord my God to give us all we need in his eyes and time!
    Give me strength to wait upon the Lord!!🙏🙏

  554. WOW do i relate to this! I’m totally a “control freak”. I have always tried to control every aspect of my life (Career, relationships, etc) and it never pans out haha I laugh at it now because as I get older (24) I’m progressively learning to turn things over to God & TRUST! Who knew it would be hard to trust the one who created you but sometimes, it is! I wonder – will this turn out? what if it doesn’t meet my needs like i think? how could he provide in another way? Thankfully Gods teaching me patience too haha not in my timing, but His.

  555. Would enjoy winning the book! I am waiting on God; sometimes weary and confused…..

  556. Thank you. I’m so glad I saw the post on FB. I’m in a difficult season and while I eagerly await a less painful one I’m realizing that my renewed focus on Him allows me to escape what isn’t and what was for the goodness of what is (I still have much to be thankful for) and what will be.

  557. How do you wait on God when your precious child is very ill and there is nothing you can do

  558. Oh how this spoke to my weary heart today. I’ve been in a season of waiting and my goodness but that seems to find me trying to jam God into my plans. Remembering to pause, to be still, to pray and then yes, to continue waiting is crucial. Thank you!

  559. Bret King says:

    I have serious health issues and I wait all the time; on doctors, for appointments, for my precious Jesus to lift and heal me. All in His time. God bless and keep you.

  560. Simohetta Wright says:

    I enjoyed the article about waiting. I too have a hard time with waiting. But I know that my God is faithful. He continues to work all things for my good and His glory. I give Him praise.

  561. Denisa Kerr says:

    Urrently waiting in so many areas. Hard not to give in to fear or the fixing of things and hard to “wait” for my body to heal itself. This post gets down to the real issues. Thank you!

  562. Frances Otegbola says:

    It is amazing how God talks to us in miraculous ways. This devotional is God whispering to me. I do need to give up the stressing out and leave everything to the Lord, because in the end, He is in control. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Ann.

  563. Cathy Wells says:

    I am sure there are many spouses who prayed for their loved one to be saved and it hasn’t happened. I prayed for what seemed like an eternity over the course of 12 years or better. Sometimes more than other times asking all the while why it couldn’t happen. Always hearing from others its in God’s time, it is just over the next mountain, hold on good things are about to happen. Well I am sadden to say I have stopped praying because my loved one has passed. Yes his life was affected by the prayers but I still have doubts of his true salvation. I now wish I could pray for him again but God has reminded me that He is in control and I cannot worry about the past. God has spoken through my pastor’s sermons saying He wants me to draw closer to Him. Not to grieve and stop praying but to live and pray for others who are going through the same circumstances. To show others His ways and to help them to understand His Word. Rejoice in their victories as though they were mine. God gave a mandate to man to glorify His name and to teach others about His love and His commandments. God gave us hope in allowing His Son to die so we might live with Him through eternity. If I can help just one other person go through tough times and help them celebrate the knowledge of salvation then I will know that I have achieved what God created me for. It will all be done by waiting for God to work in His time.

  564. Elaine Segstro says:

    It’s so hard to give up that control. I so appreciated your devotional today reminding us of God’s peace and that He is ALL that we need. Bless you. I would love to read your book.

  565. This is perfect timing… I feel as thought waiting is my lot in life so this is a fresh reminder that Jesus is enough.

  566. Maureen Payton says:

    This devotion today was right on time. I’m in the midst of waiting and God has been revealing that I need to wait patiently and his Grace is sufficient. It is so very hard for me not to be in control, but this trial is forcing me to lean into God and understand his ways are not my ways.

  567. Sylvia Johnson says:

    Thank you for such a needed reminder.

    May God bless you and r
    Everyone who
    Reads & shares it, as led to.
    With a tug to my heartstrings…
    Sylvia

  568. waaooo what a powerful and blessed message I was just on the verge of giving up . but for this I will wait because I know he will show up on time in my case .I will love to read this powerful book but for now so many issues .

  569. Patricia Houston says:

    Thank you for your encouragement. I am 69 and have had several periods of waiting for God. I am in that place once again and your devotional was very timely. It is good to be reminded that God has a an and a purpose in our times of waiting through hard circumstances.

  570. Ann,
    I am thankful to the Lord for these words he gave you. They are timely and soothing for me in this season. I have so much that I want to wrench control of, because I can’t control other people and I don’t trust that they will ask Him and listen to Him to do what is right (work and church messes are really challenging me right now…and I want to wait on Him but He doesn’t say that’s easy either). And ultimately I know the waiting on Him is what He is using to change and shape me, what He is using for His glory and my good.

    Thank you, I just needed that reminder right now!

    Amanda

  571. These were encouraging words that I needed to hear. I’m going through a period of unemployment, and waiting has been very hard.

  572. Megan Oberst says:

    I’ve been in a period of waiting for about seven months now. It’s supposed to be a joyous time leading up to a wedding as the bride to be, but there have also been some rough moments. Through these months I’ve been told that it will be hard to have healthy children with medications that I need to be on, my fiance is currently working in Germany and has been for nearly a month, and my heart is still trying to heal from past mistakes in other relationships when I feel I should be over them by now. It has been hard to wait, but I was encouraged by the verse at the top of the story you shared, “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.“ (Lamentations 3:25-26) I may not be perfect at waiting or expressing what I feel are the right words to say to the Lord, but I know he hears my prayers and the waiting period will bring strength in the end.

  573. I most certainly find it hard to give up control when it comes to my children; how they behave, my worry on if I’m raising them well, if I’m making the best school decisions for them, the list can go on and on. I am in a start of a season of understanding and learning what trusting really looks like. It’s scary but so freeing at the same time. I meditate on the promises of God, and ask Him to show me that those promises are for me.

  574. Mary Jones says:

    Waiting, especially for circumstances beyond our control, is very difficult. It takes a mature faith to develop the ability to wait patiently for God to do whatr is best for us.

  575. Thank you Ann for your timely words!
    I am in a waiting period in my life…Waiting, while clinging to God’s promises for my marriage. My husband filed for divorce right before Thanksgiving, and I have yet to be “served.” Meanwhile, I am learning to give my control over to God, and to just trust in Him. I am “standing” for my marriage and will not give up.

    It would be a blessing to receive “Still Waiting,” as that is what I am in the midst of.

    Thank you and God bless!

  576. Thank you for this devotion. I am in a wait myself. please pray for me.

  577. Donna Oickle says:

    This encouragement came at a time where I need it once again . I had a fall almost 2 years ago . I worked for seven months of being in pain and came the time where I could no longer work . I’ve been off work for over a year and am on an ease back return to work . I was doing fairly well and now I have a little set back. I need to let God more in control of my healing and his timing of this . He is our great physician!

  578. Michelle DeLaHunt says:

    Thank you for your encouraging devotion today! May the Lord continue to bless and keep you moment by moment, day to day.

  579. Karolina says:

    I’d love to read the book. I agree- even though we go thru seasons of waiting quite regularly it never really gets easier. I want to learn how to wait well and ”healthy”- how to remain hopeful even though God, as the devotional mentioned, did not promise to us certain things, but still remain hopeful for them believing that it might be in His will and if He still does not- how to remain content and not lose hope for other things or get bitter.

  580. Jennifer says:

    We are waiting for healing for a little girl in our community who is dying of cancer. Come, Lord Jesus, come. May we be patient with Your timing.

  581. The timimg of this devotional is in God’s perfect timing. It was confirmation of a word of encouragement that i was sharing with my neice just this morning who was complaining that a situation in her life was not working out fast enough and how her trying to fix it herself was only creating a bigger problem for all involved. The other amazing insight drawn from this devotional is I have been praying for clarification on a message I have been assigned for the Last 7 sayings of Christ for this coming Good Friday. My word is Affection and Christ even in his hour of death took no thought for Himself but his concern and focus on making sure we were cared for.

  582. Grace Dovalina says:

    It is Waiting and Wanting instead of Waiting and Resting that is my challenge. I think the book mentioned will be a big help to me.

  583. Thank you for the devotional. Waiting is not easy, but God tells us to wait many times in His Word. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  584. I am currently in the season of waiting on a new job……it has been very discouraging……I really need more keys on how to wait patiently all the while trusting God’s timing is perfect.

  585. Catherine B. says:

    Thank you for your devotional today. I know God brought me here and your words were just what I needed! It’s lunch break and I was sitting in the bathroom crying because I, too am in a period of waiting. Desperately wanting and waiting. I had just sat down at my desk and thought to myself “maybe if I quit my job, that would somehow make everything better”; and then I felt pushed to come read today’s devotional. Thank you so very much for the reminder that I can’t change things right now, I can’t speed up the waiting. I’m not promised another baby, less grief, a different job, or a life with friends that live close by; but I have everything I need in Christ. I really look forward to reading your book. And I’m not sure if you are still going through all of these things that you wrote about, but I’m praying for you.

  586. Heal, repair or restore…Yes, daily prayer. So difficult to wait.

  587. This sounds like a good book

  588. Anna Miller says:

    I really appreciate this! Thank you for sharing! It encouraged me greatly!

  589. Brittany says:

    Waiting is so very very hard. Even though I know, with my whole heart, that God is in complete control and his plans are far better than mine, the difficulty of waiting never lessens. Today, I pray for peace for myself and all others who are waiting to be fully content knowing God is in control and his timing is perfect.

  590. I migrated to Canada. I have been looking for a job for 4 months while living at a relative’s place. Now the pressure is on from my relative for me to find a new place and move out. I was able to find a cheap apartment with gods help but it will be only available in 2 months’ time. In the mean time don’t know the reaction of my relative about the time line.
    Ann’s today message really touched me. I thought there was some thing wrong with me that was why god is not answering my pray. All my life I had to wait for very thing. Very thing have been very slow to receive, usually late. Other’s used to get high flying jobs etc. overnight, I have had to work hard in thank less jobs for years and then some cases lose that job also. I have seen only others successed. Sometimes they are less than honest and do very well. I am an average intelligent person with big dreams, this does not help either.
    But now I know secret to success in mylife is begin god centred. Pray that I can daily be more focus on god and use my god given success to bless others.

  591. Di Almond says:

    Thank you for making resources available to some who may not be able to purchase. The daily messages are such a help to me.

  592. Thank you for your words on waiting. Waiting can cause anxiety and lead us down the wrong path of thinking, but waiting on the Lord causes us to feel hope and know in faith that all things will happen according to His will.

  593. Christina says:

    This devotional really helped me to remember that during my period of waiting, God is still there for me.

  594. Sheri tucker says:

    I can really relate to this. My mother in law has brain cancer. It’s hard to not want to have answers now. We are and will continue to trust in our Lord and wait patiently for the answers.

  595. Janet smith says:

    Only yesterday complaining about hope and waiting for breakthrough on some issues going back to the familiar place whrn i brcome frustrated that nothing changes. Im usually thankfull to the Lord for all i have and what hes given me but some things dont seem to be on the register in my perception

  596. Shirley Clausell says:

    This blessed me today. I sat in my car not knowing what to do my job. Than i open up an email my friend sent and read it. Waiting is hard but its the right thing to do. I was anoit the quit my job but i must trust God and wait.

  597. Laura Punke says:

    Waiting is my biggest struggle right now. I know that God’s plans are perfect but the uncertainty of what those plans will be is so painful. I’m struggling to find a balance between putting my hope in God to hear my request and just flat-out obsessing over what I want Him to do for me. How do I keep my trust focused on Him and not just the outcome that I’m hoping and praying for?

  598. God knows what we need and he totally provided this for me at the exact right time! Thank you for your honest and raw words. This really helped me today.

  599. Rosa Harding says:

    Thanks for the helpful devotion. I’m going through a waiting time myself. God bless you.

  600. Kathy Davis says:

    My husband and I were unable to have children. We had three brought into our lives unexpectantly to adopt, only to have all three taken away by the birthmothers changing their minds at the last minute. We are trying to wait for the Lord’s answer as to what it is he needs us to do, but I have a hard time waiting. I want to give away all the baby stuff we bought because I’m tired of looking at it and I did give some to a Pregnancy Help Center sponsored by our church, but I just can’t give it all away, just in case…………….

  601. Stephanie Tollett says:

    I’ve been pleading with the Lord for a desire so deep in my heart and no answer as of yet. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for over 10 years. I had a moment yesterday where my reliance in the Lord was not present and I pleaded and begged and screamed to the Lord to give us an answer. If it’s not His plan to grant that desire then to take it away. It hurts too much. Then I read your devotional TODAY. After I had my moment with Him and it’s like He is answering me and telling me it’s ok to be upset and frustrated but to trust on His plan. For His glory and my good. Thank you Lord for these words on this day at this time! I love you Abba Father.

  602. Lisa Swab says:

    Thank you for this encouraging devotion! I would love to read your book.

  603. In a waiting period for my husband to find a job and finding out his unemployment has run out. Waiting to see the good God has in store. But so hard. I can relate to wanting control ovet situations. Thank you for sharing

  604. Brittany tucker says:

    Would love to have a copy of this book! Waiting on the Lord is one of the toughest things to do in this life.. but surrendering our desires to the Lord constantly keeps us on our knees and teaches us thy will not my will be done.

  605. Sue Bellanca says:

    Waiting creates anxiety in me and I struggle daily to overcome this negative behavior. Only through my Lord Jesus Christ can I overcome this fear, and I pray daily for His help.

  606. Lesley C Rhodes says:

    I struggle with wait constantly. The not knowing takes over my life sometimes. I’m going through a terrible divorce to a man I love so much , but have allowed him to control my every moment. Didn’t marry this man that he has turned into. I would have never ever gone there.

  607. Darilyn Wilson says:

    My relationship with my husband is at a low point. I noticed he was distancing himself from me almost 8 years ago. I have talked to Christian counselors and their answer was to give God control, allow Him to work and stop trying to fix it myself. This is the same advice. So I’m waiting, trusting and giving God control daily.

  608. Miriam Miller says:

    Probably like everyone else, I have such a hard time “waiting” on anyone, mainly God. I like to control, especially the outcome of my life. I am trying to learn to pray, seek, and wait…but boy is that hard to do. I am learning to believe that God can do all he says he will, in his time.

  609. Hola Ann, our Lord definitely has the right timing for everything and for each of us. I am struggling with life in general and as I prayed today your email came in. I was about to delete it but hesitated and said to me self I might want to read it. I continue my prayer and meditation….I was overwhelm with the Holy Spirit that lifted me from the gutter that I was in and my prayers became not only powerful but they were Within me. As I read your declaration it was as if we were walking hand in hand with life’s mishaps and sadness. Tears came out uncontrollably! God also revealed it is timing. We all have a purpose to follow and only he can leads us to eternal life! Amen! In faith and in prayer both of our lives will improve with god’s blessings. i feel ashamed and have not shared my anguish with anyone. Thank you for being brave and thoughtful in sharing. I truly feel we are never alone! Amen God bless

  610. Candice Allison says:

    Wonderfully written. It’s so hard to wait, but it builds faith, and when the answer comes it’s all the more sweeter.

  611. Kim Wilson says:

    I so needed to read this message today…I am also a “fix it myself” person and have an extremely hard time letting go. Thank you for sharing God’s wonderful reminder with us.

  612. Needed today and every day.
    I struggle between understanding what it means to wait on God and his timing versus feeling like if I should work toward fixing the problem(s) in any way I possibly can. If I don’t work to fix, then am I really handling well what God has put before me to handle? Or am I just “waiting on God” to fix it all up and not actively participating in this life I’ve been given?
    I struggle continuously to find the balance in this. Advice?

  613. Tami norman says:

    Sounds like book for me in my season

  614. Danielle says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for your transparency into a very tough season in your life. I can so relate to having a weary soul. I really appreciate what you shared and will definitely be saving this article.

  615. Perfect timing! It feels like the past 10 years has just been a season of waiting…it can be a struggle to focus on Him and not try to fix things myself. I would LOVE to have the chance to read this book!!

  616. Charlene Davis says:

    Would be such a blessing to read this book. My husband has been in constant pain for 7 years, and the doctors can not help. We are still believing and waiting on God to send answers and healing.

  617. Patty A. says:

    This book would be an answer to many, many prayers in a very long waiting period.

  618. Cassandra says:

    This is something that I prayed about just this morning! I truly believe this devotional was my “confirmation” about waiting patiently on the Lord.

  619. veronica juarez says:

    i would like to win this book im waiting on the lord in some situations

  620. How I needed these words today! You spoke right to my heart..I am going through a season in my life that is very difficult for me. And just when I think no one understands you remind me that God does! I am looking forward to reading your book for more much needed words of encouragement !

  621. Apryle D says:

    I would love to win this book

  622. Sometimes I still don’t know why God kept me in valleys of waiting. What I do know is that He was always there and always providing. Thank you for the reminder.

  623. Wow! This post really spoke to me heart, and was so encouraging. Thank you!

  624. Tami Schaufler says:

    I would love to share this devotional with my daughter and her husband who are trying to have a baby for over a year now.

  625. Oh dear! I wrote out today’s verse in several bible translations this morning. About one dozen times. I really needed to hear it/see it/read it over and over until my mind calmed down. I am 10 weeks into concussion recovery and it is getting difficult to remain patient…I just want to do! Thank you for today’s message is so timely for me!

  626. Josie Rivera says:

    I real needed this today. I get very anxious and forget that God is in control. It’s all on Him time and not mine. Thank you for sharing this story.

  627. Michelle Weaver says:

    Leaving a comment for a chance to win Still waiting..

  628. I’ve had some “why” questions that I’ve struggled with over the past two years. I’m having to learn to “just trust” and to “just wait” for God, in His perfect timing, to help and to change some things which I really thought wouldn’t go wrong in my life. I really thought that because I did what I was suppose to do that everything would turn out right. I’m learning that it doesn’t always happen that way.

  629. I am going through a long season of waiting. I am in the beginning stages of a dating relationship and I find myself longing for more time with this person and time permits for him as he has an unpredictable work schedule and we are about an hour away from eachother wthout traffic ( about 3 hours in traffic). We spoke last night about this and hes looking at the big picture of him moving out of his current living situation next month and being more available to me and I am looking at the here and now of wanting my needs met and not considering his feelings and desires of coming home from work and just wanting to relax and not have to drive more. I have always wanted to be in control and I have realized that when things don’t go my way or how I see they should go, I have an attitude and get in a mood. I am not happy about it and do not know how to change this. I am hoping the book helps me wait for Gods timing and god plan for my life alone or with him, however he leads us. I know that the Lord is all I need however I am having a hard time feeling it and getting these unmet emotional needs fulfilled so I don’t become so easily disappointed, taking things personal and offensively and just let things happen as God has planned.

  630. Bernadette Marquez says:

    Thank you for the chance to win your book.

  631. Bev Massi says:

    excellent encouragement, battling illness for 11 years. You really lifed my spirits.

  632. I want to win!!!

  633. Ashley Case says:

    This book is definitely something i need to read. Im very impatient when it comes to god answering my prayers. Often i want to step out and try to fix things on my own instead of waiting and trusting in god.

  634. Jill Brantley says:

    The hardest thing for me to do is wait…

  635. Yvonne Lee says:

    Yes I agree waiting on God for me shows my heart and wanting to be in control and oftentimes the things I am believing for are not His plans for me.

  636. Susan G. says:

    Thank you for these wise words. Waiting…is one of the hardest things we have to learn to do, for the things we may want or need. I’m growing in trusting Jesus for these things and especially in His timing. I have found I have more peace in my heart and joy in my life when I let Him be in control. 😉
    Bless you!

  637. Yvonne Lee says:

    Yes I believe it is an area of wanting control in my life. But what I want is not always His plans for me.

  638. I really need this book, i have been waiting for too long i am starting to loose hope.

  639. Lorraine says:

    I too have learnt that waiting us hard but this is often the time we turn to God more. So waiting has purpose. God’s timing not ours.

  640. Such a good reminder – it’s so hard to trust the Lord in a season of waiting.

  641. This is sooooo good. I can appreciate many of these moments that you are writing about and have plenty more to fill in the other spaces. Thanks!

  642. I would love this book! God has had me in “the waiting place” now for just over 5 years…some days are easy and I have grown so much closer to God…but some days are just hard!

  643. Thank you for the blessing of these words. I feel as if they were written about me and my current circumstances. I am in a season (seems to be a very looking season) of waiting. My husband and I have recently moved countries leaving behind our dear family and friends. I have recently suffered 2 back to back miscarriages. I am seeking employment that will give me the freedom to be a mom to our 4 year old son as well contribute to our families finances. This morning I woke up to another day of feeling tired and despondent. I found it hard to pray and spend time with the Lord when my stomach is in knots and anger and frustration are bubbling below the surface. And then I read your words and how they have comforted me. God is trying to teach me to be patient. I would love to read your book to learn more about being patient and waiting on God and his goodness. God bless you and your time waiting. X

  644. I just finished reading article re: waiting My daughter is going through divorce now. Husband is non believer, has been bullying her and psychologically abusing her for close to five years. They got married when she discovered she was pregnant. Never developed a loving married relationship as God intended. And my son in law is walking in darkness and so close with the enemy that it is frightening. They share custody of my four yr old grandson, who I have cared for since he was born so that my daughter could return to work. My grandson already loves the Lord. As my daughter and I have been raising him up in The Word, teaching him about God and His Son, our Lord Jesus. Now that my grandson is being shuffled back and forth between households my son in law seems determined to undermine my grandsons faith. To make matters worse, my son in laws family are all non believers. They claim they believe in God, but their lives do not reflect any clues of His presence in their lives. With all that said, I fear for my grandson. And I have prayed that God would show His power in a mighty way. But God tells me to wait, that He is in control, that no evil will befall my grandson. I’ve prayed fervently for my son in law, that he would repent and give his life to the Lord. No sign of that happening. God recently revealed to me in scripture that He will no longer strive with my son in law, but has turned him over to the evil one. So… I wait for God and His perfect timing. My son in law continues to harass my daughter- almost daily- threatening her at every turn, uncooperative in the shared custody of my grandson. God promises that only good will come to those who put their trust in Him. And so we wait on Him through the persecution. And we believe and we praise Him Because He was persecuted! And He calls us to persecution. And He promises us victory!
    I hope I win this book! I know it will bless me as I go through this time of trial.

  645. Elizabeth Appiah says:

    The more I learn to wait on Him the more My Father filled me with His strength, power and love. His love enable’s me to understanding in waiting patiently on His timing in all situation and circumstances in my life. He’s in control. I don’t mine waiting. Thank you Father for your amazing love you’re more than enough for me.

  646. Thank you for this encouraging reminder in our uncertain situation right now.

  647. This book looks amazing!! The period of waiting in any circumstance is humbling, trying, and so painful. The amazing this is, even through all of the struggle and pain, God is still good and He is growing and stretching us in the waiting time. My heart has been aching to be a mother for the past two years, and month after month goes by without having my desire fulfilled. Infertility is one of the most painful things a woman could go through, and without the Lord as my rock, I would not have been able to walk this journey this far. I am so thankful for the ways that He has shown His goodness to me in this waiting time, and how He is working everything out in this for His glory. ❤️

  648. This is just what I needed to hear today. I would love to have a copy of this book. I still after many years try to control, and have lost all hope for some areas of my life.

  649. Theresa Cunningham says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. I think everyone could learn from knowing more about how to wait upon the Lord

  650. My husband and I have struggled financially for several years and at times we are overwhelmed but I know he will provide for and restore us. I know this because I waited 13 years of our marriage for my husband to come to know Jesus and it was worth every year. My relationship with God is so much sweeter and we both learned and grew so much through it all and others were encouraged too!

  651. Janell Fields says:

    Ann’s devotional on waiting on God’s timing is just what I needed! Thank you so much!

  652. Gaylene Sawdy says:

    Thank you for your comfort from this devotional. My daughter and I are estranged for over a year. She got married without inviting me. She is my only daughter . Before her I had a son that died of a heart defect. And then their was another baby who didn’t make it to full term. I’ve been waiting for life to get easier for 32 years. I just keep trusting my Lord and God.

  653. Julie (Thyberg) Coffman says:

    Waiting and wondering is the hardest part. Knowing that you know these things about God being in control and sustaining you and meeting all your needs and being all you need and then putting them into practice is two different things. Praying for God’s will in in my situation isn’t easy and still nothing has happened. I feel as if things are standing still and won’tever change and perhaps they were meant to stay this way. I have been praying for God to show me something so that i still know and feel secure that i am on the right road and He is still working in the background somewhere in this situation. I would love to receive this book and read it on this subject and gain insight to know and learn things and become closer then I am now to Him. Thankyou for a chance.

  654. The book seem to be an interesting read that will shift ones mindset and teach one to trust, be still and wait on the Lord. One really need to pray for wisdom, knowledge and understanding of how God works. There is absolutely nothing that will last that we can do without God. His time is not our time, but we need to trust and be patient with Him. I love God.

  655. Mandy Gardner says:

    Would love to read this book!

  656. Thank for this devotion. A great encouraging reminder as I wait on the Lord for answered prayers !

  657. Thank you for your post, it is what I needed to hear for my situation right now. It would definitely be nice to win the book! 🙂

  658. Keyonna Surratt says:

    This devotional TRULY spoke to my IMMEDIATE situation!! I cried tears of joy and praised God for giving me more of His promise and more HOPE in Him!!
    This is a waiting season in my life and although, I know God’s plan for me is FAR GREATER than what I’ve imagined and what He’s shown me is THE TRUTH, it’s still hard and scary at times.
    I just pray that I am able to wait well! I’m fortunate to have a support system that encourages me to give all of my troubles to God and focus on the good in my life at this moment!!
    There are still dark days, but before nightfall I can see the sunshine!! My God is in charge and He has never lost a battle, you can’t fire him and he won’t retire!!! the enemy is DEFEATED and I have the victory!!

  659. Crystal Korzep says:

    I hope and pray that I could receive this book. The Lord knows

  660. It’s been years I’ve been praying and waiting for healing/restoration of my marriage. I am so weary. Doing my best to believe the words written here – that I already have everything I need.

  661. Anita Alfonso says:

    I would love to read this book! I’m struggling with my ability to “wait” when it comes to finances. I feel all of my insecurities creep up when funds are low. My childhood theme was “lack”, never enough. I really wish to be free from this mindset. I know the Lord provides for all of my needs, but I still feel compelled to “do something “. Help!

  662. Sheila Brandenburg says:

    Following my fathers death, i became the administrator of his estate. Many property assets, but no money. As the debt load grew, my siblings began to attack in anger. I was becoming increasingly depressd and isolated. I began to trust in the waiting, and the provision of god. Its not complete, but I see gods work in my life as i trust more.

  663. so appropriate that the devotion today was on waiting. That’s been the theme that God has been sharing with me — He is in the waiting. Boy, I needed this devotional – thanks Ann.

  664. I’ve been waiting and trying to fix it all on my own trying to do this or that in an effort to make it better but I’m not at peace I’ve prayed and just need an answer and this message came just in time. I need to wait on God and not allow my can do, need to fix it attitude get in he way if this,or I will miss Gods plan for my life for what I have prayed for over 17 years Lord for give me the waiting is hard but I’ll trust that you know the plan for me and my life better than me.

  665. Indeed it is difficult to wait on His timing when we feel like we should be the strong sure one to handle anything that interrupts our plans for a quiet, simple and organized life. As time reveals what the future holds, we can look back and reflect on how things have and will continue to unfold his gracious and merciful blessings!! Thanks for the inspirational devotion.

  666. What a beautiful reminder that I need to be patient and wait for God to give me His answer!

  667. By nature we are not a patient people, so thank you for this reminder that God calls us to wait on his timing and his provision.

  668. Irene DeLuna says:

    I am waiting for the lord to move in the life of my 4 children. I raised them in the church and we were also doing ministry, street ministry, preaching, teaching in the church but do to certain circumstance in my life, like my husband went through back surgery was given pain meds then he got hooked he then became a pill popper, our insurance had lapsed, so no more meds for him so he then started going to the streets to buy drugs it started with just buying pills too then gradually started with meth, then it was heroin, My husband had now become A junkie a full blown heroin addict in our home in the church the lies the deceit! Then he started cheating and I found myself angry with God and everyone around me I was embarrassed and ashamed that I fell into depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD I found myself blaming God because he, The lord told me to leave him and I said no God, you must be wrong you are a God of restoration, a HEALER, a redeemer so I held on for almost 10 years of my life now mind you I had been with my husband since I was 20 I left the church, I got sick, loss my job I finally had filed divorce I felt so alone and abandoned I lost sight of who I was, my parents had to come live with me to take care of me and my children. I was bed ridden taking about 23 different medications, couldn’t focus that I lost my children to this world. My parents oh my goodness they prayed for me every day and didn’t leave my home until the lord answered them. While I went through this time in my life my 4 children had front row seats watching my life unravel before their eyes that they too backed away from the church and God. That where was this God I continued to serve while I was going through this until I couldn’t go anymore. My oldest daughter stated that I choose my husband over my children and then she cursed me and said it was my fault that they suffered as long as they did, because of someone I couldn’t let go of. That I allowed a man to destroy me and my home. My beautiful baby girl how sorry I am for hurting her my beloved-ed daughter and my 4 children. My Valerie doesn’t speaking to me and I am forbidden to see my grand children and was told not to come near her house and for me to get out of her house and was told never to come back. My Vanessa barely speaks to me but doesn’t come to my home but that OK because I go to her house and I do see my grand children occasionally, My Veronica, my heart the baby, my baby girl there are no words that can tell her how sorry I was I am for being so selfish and hateful and ungodly. She speaks to me but only if I go looking for her or call her but she doesn’t make the effort but that is OK I will go to the ends of the earth for her she just doesn’t even know it. And My SON Michael hes the last gift of my children and the only boy and I want the world for him and the lord to heal him and to restore him completely My boy also suffered just as I did due to watching his mother fall apart and also was diagnosed with the same but even worse and hes 12. And I am asking for the lord to begin to restore my children they are all struggling with life and not knowing who God really is.

  669. Thanks for this post… we are walking through this right now, felt like reading my own story xx

  670. This season is still taking ahuge toll on us please lift some of the burden and please pretty please pick us we are still in dire dire need and waiting HELP!

  671. Look forward to reading this book

  672. BJ Paturel says:

    My husband, Wayne, of nearly 25 years died of ALS on February 24, 2011. I’m still waiting for life to happen. What does that look like for me? I honestly haven’t a clue.
    I’ve moved closer to family but have very few friends and I do not like it. Not at all. Being close to family is good. But my heart needs more.

  673. Gabrielle Wanless says:

    Fingers crossed would love to win.

  674. SarahJeanne says:

    Many similar experiences and situations ❤️ Praying that God’s timing is in my favor.

  675. Wow I needed this today!! Waiting on God to move in my daughters health care needs.Thanks for this!!!

  676. That’s good!

  677. Gina Fox says:

    I have never been able to get pregnant and it has been very difficult at times to deal with. I have learned how to trust that God has a plan for my life and that everything happens according to His Will.

  678. Casey N. says:

    It is always great to know that God is in control but we do need reminders….thank you for this!

  679. Jewel Soon says:

    An area of my life that is hard for me to relinquish control is over my health– both physically and mentally. I have some chronic health issues that I can’t figure out and it causes discomfort and pain. Moreover, I have negative thought patterns including self-loathing, insecurity/comparing myself with others, and anxieties that stem from childhood trauma. I wish I could be healed and whole instantaneously but I know this is a waiting process. I want to experience the joy of living in the abundance that God has and to be delivered and free from my shackles…

  680. What a wonderful devotional for the day! One that needs to be read daily! I’d love to give this book to my friend, who is in a constant waiting period!

  681. Rebekah Lawrence says:

    I am so in need of this book right now. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  682. I wait on the Lord…
    Would love to read this book

  683. Thank you for this, waiting is really hard for me. I pray for patience daily….

  684. Gail Barbour says:

    I needed to read this devotion, today. It was right on time. Oh, how I need to wait on the Lord. I need to learn to not be in control. I need to always remember that God is in control. But, I admit that I sometimes forget. This book would be excellent for me!

  685. Stephanie says:

    God has been so present in my life for the past eight years that it took me a while to see it. I struggled with loss and Job changes. Learning how to be a grown up in such a broken world. But I find my self in a place of literally running in place and I find it hard to pray. I find it hard to ask those critical questions of what is next. I am a fixer too and I can see me taking leaps and God catches me every time. Thank you for this!

  686. Sheryl Kopadt says:

    Great article!

  687. Teresa Carstens says:

    Wonderful devotion. Just what I needed to hear today as I am also in a “sit and wait and pray” period of life.

  688. So hard…so very hard to wait for my husband to regain that fire he once had for the Lord 🙁 This book will for sure be a blessing!

  689. Having difficulty waiting for acceptance letter for my daughter to college. Trying hard to give up control.

  690. Kerry Mccune says:

    Wow, sometimes I get so impatient that I forget I’m not in control. And then I read this and it reminds me that I need to turn more to Christ and rely less on my own strength!! Thank you for writing this!!

  691. I haven’t been waiting,I have been doing it all by myself. How I have failed miserably.The devotion couldn’t have come at a better time.

  692. Waiting has always hard for me, alwaying thinking I have to fix it, even though I know that without Him I can do nothing. Thank you

  693. Patience and waiting is so hard. Thank you for the reminder that God is in control!

  694. Lynda Sullivan says:

    I’m in a period of waiting and I’m not even sure if it’s something spiritually worth waiting for. I think it is but I don’t know God’s plan. Thank you for your vulnerability which leads me to be comfortable sharing my heart.

  695. Linda Stout says:

    Leaving a comment to win devotional

  696. Ashley Wright says:

    I’m still waiting for so many things – would love a copy of your book.

  697. Waiting is the hardest part but praying is easy I seem to always be praying for patience in the waiting.

  698. Right now, I need to surrender all the control of my personal life to God. It is difficult to just be still. But I am confident that this is the path that God wants me to take: obedience.

  699. Ingrid McCants says:

    I truly needed this word today! I was tailor-made just for me. I can only imagine how the book will be!!!!

  700. Jami Friend says:

    Love to read this new book!

  701. Waiting! Patience! Two of the things I struggle with the most. How easy it sounds to ‘give it to God’ and how peaceful it sounds; but instead I’ve let my period of waiting overwhelm me to a point of deep anxiety and doubt in not only God’s plan, but His mere existence. This past season has been a dark one for sure, but with the love and patience of family I am hopeful again and fully committed to delving into more spiritual study on waiting. Very excited to read more on it! Thank you P31 for being there with resources that are truthful and hopeful 🙂

  702. Thanks for this encouragement that I’m not alone and the Lord is working on me for my good. I’m going through a spiritual growth season where my wants and ambitions are put on the back burner for what God’s timing as well. Like Laura Story’s song.. Blessings <3

  703. Lauren Sneddon says:

    I would love to read the Still Waiting book. As I sometimes feel I’m still waiting for my life to start. I’ve been a Christian for most of my life and wouldn’t pick any other path.

  704. Megan Brown says:

    Such a wonderful devotion this was to read today! Spoke right to the heart of my ongoing dilemma with impatience.

  705. Chris Robertson says:

    Waiting has always been a struggle for me. This book looks so good!

  706. Currently in waiting and it’s gotten the best of me. Would love this book it would be perfect timing ❤

  707. Sarah Morgan says:

    Waiting is very hard…especially when you are in a struggle that you want fixed as soon as possible. I have just been in this situation…going through a struggle the past 5 months and just this past Sunday it started getting better. It was in God’s timing…not mine.

  708. What a perfect reminder to have and keep me grounded and sane in days that don’t always make sense.

  709. So hard sometimes to find comfort and peace in whatever the circumstance. My biggest challenge right now is how to help/encourage our adult children to step out into lives of their own…they can’t just keep waiting for something to happen, and I don’t think we can let them, but how do we know that taking (or forcing) that next step is really God’s will?

  710. Entered!

  711. Debbie Jolley says:

    I am waiting for the restoration of my marriage. My husband of 23 years wants to separate. For 5 months we have lived together but separately. The Lord has sustained me but honestly I am getting tired of giving and giving and getting nothing back. Yet I will trust in God. He is my rock and my salvation. He is my hope.

  712. Melissa Campbell says:

    I would love to receive a copy of this book. I am currently in a season of waiting and struggle with trusting God to provide reverting back to needing to control my circumstances.

  713. Michelle says:

    This book would be perfect for me right now.

  714. Much needed wisdom for today, thank you for sharing!

  715. This sounds like a really interesting book!

  716. Chantelle says:

    This book would be perfect for me and to also share with my small group as there are several of us in situations where it feels we have been waiting for a long time and are wondering when (or if) God’s timing is going to bless us with what we desire. But no matter what, God is all we need and I praise him with all my heart! ❤

  717. Patty Baker says:

    I am “still waiting” to get this book, it sounds amazing!
    Thank you for the offer,
    Be blessed 🙂

  718. Waiting reveals what’s really in your heart. We all have things we’re praying for. Sometimes God tests those things by removing it from our life to see if we will still praise Him despite those things. It’s not because He doesn’t care, but quite the opposite. It’s because He cares and He only wants what’s best for us. He wants us to live a pure and holy life before Him. He always tests our faith and He rewards us afterwards, sometimes despite our lack of faith, because He is faithful.

  719. This spoke SO much to my heart! I am currently in a waiting period, and it can be so hard. But this devotional and the verse provided are a wonderful reminder and peace maker for me, and I’m so sure many others!!

    God Bless 😊

  720. Can’t wait for the study to start!

  721. Robert Dixon says:

    The Lord Jesus Christ showed me my calling is ministry for the homeless and those who feel like they don’t belong or God doesn’t love them. While waiting for my daughter to be healed of cancer I have a new found understanding of waiting for the Grace of God to manifest itself and the peace that comes with it. I want to share that peace and knowledge to those I encounter through my ministry. This book would be a wonderful tool for spreading that message.
    Thank you and blessings to the writer and publishing team and to God be the Glory for this ministry.

    Minister Robert Dixon L.Y.I.F.T. Ministries.
    LIVING YOUR IDENTITY IN FAITH THINKING

  722. Waiting. Patience. Giving up control. These are some of the most difficult things for me to do…daily! With prayer and faith I find that my days seem a bit easier to manage; knowing His plans are far greater than mine!

  723. Deb Chrapowicki says:

    I have been praying this for days,”Why does waiting wear me out?” I have been praying/waiting for doors to open concerning my destiny in Christ. Since my divorce four years ago many doors have closed in areas that I had served The Lord in. I believe He is leading me in a new direction for my life. I have seen small opportunities leading me to believe that I am following His direction for my destiny. Still, the waiting is hard on my emotions and physically. All of the counseling I have received concerning this has encouraged me to stay the course. This devotional spoke right to where my heart had been crying out to my Lord. Thank you

  724. I’m not sure how I started receiving these daily devotions I finally decide to read them and this has been truly a blessing. Keep spreading Gods word through your stories and testimony

  725. Linda Marler says:

    So very true!