Sunday, February 21, 2010

Waiting Well Devotional

I'm going to be quite open and honest here and share a dream of mine. 

A passion really. 

I am a writer and I have a journalism degree. I've always thought about writing a book and last year I decided I wanted to write a devotional book about waiting. 

During my time of waiting I soaked up everything I could get my hands on about waiting - books, sermons, songs, articles, and Scripture. 

I nearly became obsessed with finding a reason for my waiting, finding the purpose in my waiting and how to get through my waiting.

I would have loved to have read a book specifically written to encourage me during my waiting.

So far I have written an outline. I have ideas for devos (many taken from this blog). I've put thoughts together here and there.

I also haven't touched it in about six months. But I will again - hopefully not too far down the road.

And I've decided I'd love your input and feedback since I know many of you reading this are or have been in a season of waiting.

I'd be honored if you would share with me any of the following:

1. What you are currently waiting for or have waited for in the past?
2. What was/is the hardest part about your waiting?
3. What did you learn or are you learning during your time of waiting?
4. What does it mean to you to wait well?
5, What would you want to read in a devotional book that would encourage your heart as you wait?
6. Anything else that would help me as I come up with devotional ideas for my book.

Thank you friends, readers and fellow waiters...

5 comments:

Just Believing said...

I am not surprised at all you are a journalism major and writing a book you are amazing and I will be one of the first to buy your devotional!!!


1. What you are currently waiting for or have waited for in the past? We waited for a baby...then after fertility treatments we waited for what to do next then we waited for our daughter through adoption


2. What was/is the hardest part about your waiting? the hardest part was not knowing...the thought of possibly waiting 5 yrs scared me yet i knew it would only happen when God said it was to be so...but sometimes i thought what if God says I have to wait 10 yrs for a baby i will die!

thankfully God said 3 and a half weeks ;)


3. What did you learn or are you learning during your time of waiting? that God is always working ALWAYS WORKING

in may my best friend celebrated her son's first bitrhday i couldn't go i was so deeply sad...little did i know that my daughter was already 5 months along in her birthmothers tummy...its amazing that God had it all orchestrated out yet here i was being sad
4. What does it mean to you to wait well? wait well to me means waiting with expectation...not just believeing but with expectation of good things to come

5, What would you want to read in a devotional book that would encourage your heart as you wait? what God says about waiting and waiting songs


6. Anything else that would help me as I come up with devotional ideas for my book.

Leah said...

1. What you are currently waiting for or have waited for in the past?

I was in a constant state of waiting as I was struggling to get pregnant and start a family. I waited for almost 2 years.

2. What was/is the hardest part about your waiting?

The hardest part for me in the waiting was the lack of control I had over the situation. I had to completely give up all control and trust that someone else was in control of the situation and that everything would turn out the way it was supposed to. The other hardest part of waiting was feeling like my life was standing still, while everyone else's was moving forward.

3. What did you learn or are you learning during your time of waiting?

I've learned that I can't stress and be sad about the circumstances I have no control over. Instead, I need to focus all of my energy on the things I can control. I learned that I need to just let go and put trust in something much bigger than myself.

4. What does it mean to you to wait well?

It means to not stop living my life while I'm waiting. It means to continue doing things I enjoy and am passionate about.

5, What would you want to read in a devotional book that would encourage your heart as you wait?
Not really sure at this time. Other people's stories perhaps. Their epiphanies.

Karen said...

Helo. I am fairly new to reading your blog but thought I would answer.

1. What you are currently waiting for or have waited for in the past?

We are waiting for a baby. We have only been "actively trying" for a year and a half. I know in IF terms that isn't very long. However, I do have known medical issues that are apt to make this a long road.


2. What was/is the hardest part about your waiting?

I think there are 2 really hard things about waiting. One is having no control over the situation. I do tend to be a control freak and have to remind myself regularly that God is the one in control, not me. That is a struggle everyday. The second thing is the fear of the unknown. Just not knowing what God's plan is can be very difficult. I think C.S Lewis says it best, "We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will be."


3. What did you learn or are you learning during your time of waiting?

I'm learning to let go...to give it up to God. I struggle everyday but I try to remember that His plan is for the best.


4. What does it mean to you to wait well?

Waiting well means trust. Trusting in God's plan and remembering to live my life while I wait. Not to just sit around waiting for what I want...actually living the life God gave me.

5, What would you want to read in a devotional book that would encourage your heart as you wait?

What God says about waiting, patients, and trust. Also stories about others who have waited.


6. Anything else that would help me as I come up with devotional ideas for my book.

Becky said...

I believe God will use you in a mighty way to encourage others in their season of waiting!

1. What you are currently waiting for or have waited for in the past?

We are waiting to have our first child, currently we are in the process of adopting internationally.

2. What was/is the hardest part about your waiting?

Not knowing when it will end, wondering how much longer.

3. What did you learn or are you learning during your time of waiting?

I have learned to trust God, I have learned His plans and timing are better than my own, in fact they are perfect.

4. What does it mean to you to wait well?

Waiting well to me means trusting and believing God is able to do "immeasurably more than all I could ask or imagine." It also means not allowing myself to become bitter or resentful. For me, though, it doesn't mean I have to throw a baby shower, or even go to one, go to church on Mother's Day, or take part in other events that are terribly painful. It does mean my husband and I go to a park with our Bibles and enjoy some time together on Mother's Day. For me it means taking my pregnant friend to lunch to give her a gift and celebrate with her privately.

5. What would you want to read in a devotional book that would encourage your heart as you wait?

Stories of God's perfect plan unfolding in His perfect timing.

6. Anything else that would help me as I come up with devotional ideas for my book.

Anonymous said...

I am waiting for several things and in my waiting I have become rather depressed, even with all the joys I have (unexpected pregnancy of my now 1yr old after 6yrs of passively trying-no funds/insurance to pursue medical help), and finding myself pregnant again (told by a dr that bf would be birth control enough so he wouldn't do a pg test a few months ago and no AF due to bf should have meant no cycle). Anyway even with being overly joyed I find myself very depressed some days & slightly depressed others.

The other night, after not really talking to God in a little while I realized that everyday there is something to be grateful for and to focus on that in a positive way. And since then the waiting has been easier (when I remember to do it) and I find myself less depressed on those days.