God is Moving in the Wait (And a Book Giveaway, too!)

MEME - Lamentations 3 vv 21-24 - Nov 11 2018During the last three months of blogging-silence, life has been anything but quiet. My husband and I followed God from California to Wisconsin . . . yep . . . Wisconsin.

As native Californians, we should have been freaking out when Alan received the job offer in July.

But we’d been praying for years, waiting for God to show us the next step He wanted us to take after Alan graduated. We anticipated a move, but never imagined the Lord would provide my husband with a job he never applied for . . . at a university we’d never heard of . . . in a little midwestern town we never knew existed.

Well, God did all of those things.

Filled with an unexplainable peace, we packed with the help of our two grown sons and said goodbye to friends and family in less than a month.

20181109_132527The Lord provided a home with a fenced yard, an oh-so-rare amenity in our area but perfect for our senior dog, Jazzy (pictured here), and the new pup we adopted the day after I arrived in Wisconsin, Callie (see photo below).

We waited for blessings upon blessings to flow after such a big step of obedience.

A few days after our move-in date, nine tornados touched down in our new small-town.

For the first two months of our Wisconsin life, the Lord gave us plenty of opportunities to get used to midwestern thunderstorms. While He spared our home from flooding (Thank You, Lord!), a few of our neighbors didn’t fare so well.

The torrential rains transformed the creek next to our yard into a river and, for the first few months of our residency, Wisconsin experienced the worst infestation of mosquitos in over a decade.

During this life-altering adventure, my chronic pain has been constant and often difficult to manage. My husband is still recovering from his back surgery, so his pain levels often cause complications. We’re still living in totes and, after our first snow-day on Thursday, realizing California-Winter clothes are not Wisconsin-Winter clothes.

This move has challenged us physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually.

But every time frustration bubbles up, every time we begin to wonder if we heard the Lord’s direction correctly, He reminds us He’s moving in the wait.

20181109_102543The Lord blessed us with Wisconsin friends who welcomed us before we even stepped over the threshold of our new home. My husband loves his new job and his colleagues. I’m grateful for the great team of doctors who are working to help me begin to manage my pain again. We can’t thank God enough for our fabulous veterinarian, who happens to be an Our Daily Bread reader with a staff that loves both of our doggy-daughters.

So, we’re at peace as we adjust to Wisconsin Life.

We’re waiting expectantly for the Lord’s purpose to prevail as He works in and through our new experiences and helps me finish my book.

What book?

Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace will be published by Discovery House Publishers in the fall of 2019.

To God be the glory, the honor, and the praise . . . praise . . . praise!

Though we’ve faced many obstacles, our heavenly Father has been faithful and good through every moment of our transition.

As we face changes or delays in life, we’ll encounter tough times. We’ll grow weary, grieve great losses, suffer from afflictions, and maybe even battle bitterness in the wait. But we can count on God to be with us and for us . . . no matter what’s behind us or ahead of us.

In Lamentations, traditionally ascribed to the prophet Jeremiah, the writer admits his bitterness over past afflictions, confesses his wandering ways and recalls his disheartenment, but calls to mind the countless reasons for his hope (Lamentations 3:19-20).

Whether we’re moving into new territories or stuck at a stand-still during the seemingly endless waiting seasons in life, God’s love will strengthen our resolve.

His compassions never fail . . . never. When we feel we have nothing left to give, the Lord’s mercy revives us. (vv. 21-24)

“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” (vv. 25-26).

God’s loving care isn’t dependent on our feelings of worthiness or our check-list of good deeds. He remains faithful because He is God in all His perfection and goodness.

When we’re right smack-dab in the middle of a waiting season battling trials left and right, we may begin to question ourselves. Did we hear God correctly?

We may feel misguided or cast aside, but we can be sure that we are far from forgotten.

“For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone” (vv. 31-33).

We don’t need to fear change or hesitate when God calls us to move toward the unknown. Our loving Master goes before us, remains with us, and stays true to His word.

Lord, thanks for assuring us that You will never lead us in the wrong direction. Give us wisdom and discernment as we seek You and courageous faith as we follow You. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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Why is it tempting to fear change or hesitate when God calls you to move toward the unknown?

 In what situation did the Lord seem silent, but later proved to be moving in the wait?

BOOK GIVEAWAY:

God Hears Her with Swag pic for giveawayAs I prepare for the Fall 2019 release of Waiting for God, I’m giving away a copy of God Hears Her, an Our Daily Bread 365-day devotional that includes eleven of my devotions.

You can purchase copies of God Hears Her, along with some sweet swag, on the Discovery House Publishers website today!

To enter for your chance to win a copy of God Hears Her with this beautiful swag (a notepad and pen), please comment below. (Winner will be announced at 8 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, November 15, 2018, and must live in the United States.)                                                                                                                                                         —–

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32 thoughts on “God is Moving in the Wait (And a Book Giveaway, too!)

  1. So happy for the two of you to be sharing your gifts in
    One of our Lords garden. Living the words of one of my favorite songs, In the gardens.You are living the words of that song, where He lead me I will follow— and ends with I ‘ll go with Him, with Him all the way. My love to you both. ( I have been down with lots of aches and pain, but have a few good days from time to time. I will keep you both in my prayers,my love to you both.

    • Thanks for your love and prayers, Ms. Jean. I’m praying for you and am so sorry you’re struggling with pain. You have been an incredible encourager in our lives. We love you and miss you!

  2. Something I’m living through right now. Weary from work. Missing Dad. Frustrated we aren’t in our own home. BUT believing God has a MIGHTY plan…I wait. He loves me when I wait….even if it’s a selfish, angry, or even ugly wait.

    • I love that truth, Crystal. God loves us even when we’re struggling in the wait, even when we’re “selfish, angry, or . . . ugly.” Oh, what a wonderful Savior we serve! I pray the Lord will continue to your peace, as He strengthens your resolve, guides your steps, and provides as He sees fit. Hallelujah!

  3. God has surely blessed you in the waiting. So nice to read your encouraging words again on your blog. I would love to win the book set!

    • Yes. God is good, so good! Thanks for your encouragement, Tracy. I thank God that we’re on this road together, Sister.

  4. As always Xochi. ..

    Just what I needed to think about here in my own Wait!!

    Bless you all and be sure you remain in my Prayers Constantly .. Just Love both your little dogs.

    Thank You Lord for such Faithful sisters.

    Love from your friend on UK… Lynda Dixon ♡

    • You are such an inspiration in my life, Lynda. I love you. I shared how God is using you to ignite my faith in one of the chapters of my new book. Thanks for loving me so well, sweet sister! And thanks for loving God with such contagious joy! Hallelujah!

  5. Your writing always touches my heart! Always inspiring and encouraging while being up front and open about struggles we all face from time to time. I’m looking forward to all your future posts too! Praying for God’s continued blessings over you, your family, and in your writing.

    • Thanks for your ongoing encouragement, Rebecca. I’m so glad we’re on this journey together. It’s exciting to see how the Lord is working in and through the lives of His beautifully diverse people! Hallelujah!

  6. So glad to read your encouraging post. Your words here have been missed!! I needed to hear once again that God is always active, always watching, always remembering when we feel like He’s forgotten. He shows Himself in so, so many ways. It is my prayer to be evermore aware of those ways and give Him the constant praise He deserves and I need to express. Thank you for this post. Keep on writing!! May God stir and warm the hearts of your readers. Hallelujah!

    • Thanks for your kind words of encouragement, Colleen. I hope my next series, “The Power of Heart-Deep Joy,” will spark grateful worship in our hearts over the next few weeks. I love you and am praying for you, Sister.

  7. As always it seems your blogs are just what I needed to read that day. As I
    read this today it was through tears for a loved one (my son) with many wrong turns taken. You’re blog and God’s word has brightened my day as it has many times.
    God bless you,
    Judy Picton

    • Judy, your message blessed my heart. Being a parent of teens and adult children is a tough but rewarding job. It’s a blessing to know we’re not alone when we’re facing trials that seem impossible to bear. — Lord, please captivate our children’s hearts. Draw them nearer to You. Please be our peace as we place our loved ones in Your mighty and merciful hands. Please deepen their love for You as they receive the depth of Your perfect love for them. May Your name be glorified in and through the testimonies You’re building in and through their precious lives. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

  8. I think it is wonderful, the Faith you have to follow where God is leading you. So many times I question myself, is it really God’s will or my idea. But discovered that God has made good things happen in whatever circumstance I am in life.

    • Dana, thanks for sharing with such transparency. We all question ourselves, Sister. You are definitely not alone! Isn’t it wonderful how He brings good in the midst of our toughest trials? Hallelujah!

    • Thanks for your ongoing encouragement and prayers, Jennifer. I’m praying for you and am so thankful for your friendship, Sister.

  9. Moving always seems like such a scary time. So glad you have found peace in your move. Blessings to you and your family.

    • Thanks for your blessing, Debbie. I appreciate you and am grateful we’re on this journey together. Thanks for being a part of my blog family, Sister.

  10. I only moved a few blocks from my previous home, but I feel overwhelmed with the unpacking, etc. Your post makes my difficulties seem tiny by comparison with yours. Of course I’ll keep praying for you every day.

    • I appreciate your faithful prayers, Janet. You are such an inspiration, Sister! I pray God will continue to bless your transition season. I’m grateful He never compares us to others. He cares about us as if we were His only children. He cares about our struggles and never minimizes them. What a loving and compassionate Lord we love! Hallelujah!

  11. We always fear change, because it’s the fear of the unknown, and we listens to our fears and Satan’s whispers of fear. We forget that God sees the whole picture, and that He is always good!

    A principle I have recited several times came from a missionary who wondered if they had really heard from God because it seemed that their ministry wasn’t bearing any fruit, but was actually failing. They learned that God doesn’t call us to be successful, but He does call us to obey. We tend to think that God’s calling and success are synonymous. But they are not, because we can’t see what God is doing behind the scenes, and some results don’t appear where we can see them. And sometimes it is all about just obeying God’s voice. Regardless. Knowing that we can trust God that He is in control, and He is always good.

    • Amen! Thanks for sharing, Becky! Thanks for reminding us that “we can’t see what God is doing behind the scenes.” We often forget that He’s ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His vision is not as limited as ours. Hallelujah!

  12. I was so happy to meet you the other day at your appointment. I think you have become my new encouragement in my crazy life.

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Patricia. I am looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us, as we trust Him with our “crazy” lives! I love you and am praying for you, Sister!

    • Thanks, David. I’m looking forward to connecting with other Wisconsin writers and supporting one another as we serve the Lord with the words He gives us to write. Thanks for the warm welcome.

  13. Xochi, I have been waiting during your “Waiting” time to once again read your encouraging words! I have missed your blog and I truly know that God has placed you all in a new territory for His use. I always look through “Our Daily Bread” and dog-ear your devotional writings so I can anticipate when my family and I will be reading and hearing your encouragement for our lives. Thank you for being a blessing to my family through your inspiring words. May God continue to work in you as you spread His love.

    In anticipation of your inspiration!
    ~Jana Engelmann~

    • You made my day, Jana! Thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement. I am so grateful for your kind heart. To God be the glory! The Lord is so good to us! I look forward to growing with you as we continue seeking Him daily and loving Him and others with courageous faith.