Tuesday, August 9, 2016
I'm so pleased to feature a book give-away of An Unexplainable Life: Recovering The Wonder & Devotion of the Early Church covering Acts 1-12 by Erica Wiggenhorn.
Erica's book is a Bible study for groups or individuals filled with insightful commentary and thought-provoking questions.
Read below how you can submit your name in the drawing to win a copy of An Unexplainable Life.
Here's an excerpt from the book from Erica Wiggenhorn.
What are you waiting for today? Is it a medical diagnosis, a paycheck to arrive, a promotion to be announce, a relationship restored, a prodigal to return, to hear the words, “I’m sorry,” a heart to mend or a healing to occur? We’re all in the waiting room of life--for the first time or the hundredth time.
I’m in God’s waiting room right now too. Again. Truly, I hate it, and I wonder why I have to be here.
Sometimes I think God put me in the waiting room so I’ll finally be still and listen. Perhaps I’ve used the waiting room as an excuse to run ahead of God and take matters into my own hands because my circumstances felt too dire to just sit around and do nothing. When I’m in the waiting room I often stomp my feet, pound my fists, and wring my hands demanding an answer. It’s unfair of God to make me wait.
Yet I’ve noticed something in Scripture. There’s a lot of waiting. Even after the call. Even after a huge miracle of revelation. God tells His children what He wants them to do, but then He locks them up, casts them aside, or sends them away--to wait. Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, and Paul; all of them had long seasons of waiting. Giants of the faith built up over the sands of time. It’s so counterintuitive, but it’s what He does.
And during all of that waiting, He is working in us, through us, ahead of us, and alongside of us, as well as in the hearts of those watching us in the middle of the waiting room. Is it possible we haven’t discovered the reason for our waiting because we’re unwilling to take our eyes off of ourselves? Maybe those watching us haven’t been paying close enough attention, so God continues to ask us to wait--for their sakes.
While I still don’t like being in the waiting room, I can honestly say this go-around is different. While I’d love to ask you to pray that God will provide an answer and direct me to the nearest exit out of here, my request this trip is to ask the Lord for ears to hear what He’s trying to show me, teach me, tell me while I’m here. Maybe that could be your prayer also? Pray, too, that others will hear what He’s trying to show them, teach them, tell them while they are watching you and I in this place of waiting.
There is always a reason behind the waiting, every time. So lean back in your chair and take a deep breath. Listen intently and rest in the stillness.
Wait, did you hear something? I think I just heard Him call your name.
1. What is hardest for you during your time of waiting?
2. What is something you’ve learned while waiting that you could offer to others to encourage them in their wait?
Thank you, Erica, for sharing about something that every one of us experiences. I relate!
Readers, to put your name into the drawing for Erica's fabulous book, please make a comment on my blog or send me an email: KathyCollardMiller AT gmail DOT com.
And here's a new twist: if you tweet the above statement, tell me in your comment (on blog or email) and I'll give you two entries into the drawing!
I will draw the winner Monday evening, August 15th and post the winner August 16th.
Erica is an author, speaker, and the Founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing you the truths of scripture to transform your life. For more information about Erica, her Bibles studies or to connect with her, visit www.EricaWiggenhorn.com
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