Imagine waking up and saying “Good Morning, Holy Spirit” as you read these 31 devotions. After inhaling through a focused Scripture verse, as I reader I exhale through a beautifully written prayer from author Xochitl Dixon. Each sentence is a movement on its own‒like a well‒versed worship song. When read together as a prayer piece, the impact is powerful and lasts throughout my entire day.
From the very first sentence of the very first chapter, it’s clear this is no normal devotional. Xochitl Dixon doesn’t hide behind easy answers in Scripture, and she doesn’t act like life doesn’t have pain. No, she is writing from a place of experience with pain while trusting God. Her hard-earned confidence in God’s grace is woven into every word of this devotional, and will leave you challenged to consider where to find God in your own life, when He seems absent.
author of Perfectly Abnormal: Uncovering the Image of God in Chronic Illness and editor of Whispers in the Pews: Voices on Mental Illness in the Church
In her stunning devotional, Waiting for God, Xochitl Dixon beautifully demonstrates that waiting for God is the first step in learning to blossom and walk daily with God. Inspiring, uplifting, and filled with hope, this is a devotional collection to inhale and savor, and then exhale and share. Five stars!
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Waiting for God is like immersing yourself in a 31-day spiritual retreat. Through deeply personal stories and perfectly partnered scripture, Xochitl Dixon both encourages and exhorts . . . taking us with her into a deeper, more resonant, vibrant relationship with our Lord and his Word.
author of The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional
A difficult situation of injustice sent me into despair and depression many years ago. During that time the words from a classic devotional book fed hope into me. Xochitl Dixon’s Waiting for God is such a book. She weaves biblical teaching into her own or others’ experience to water and feed the reader’s parched and weary soul.
International speaker and author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus
By the time I reached page 25 of Xochitl Dixon’s Waiting for God, I wasn’t just soaking up the contents for myself. I was already planning to buy copies for friends.
author of The Methuselah Project
In Waiting for God, Xochitl Dixon offers a great resource to help us learn how to be patient and stay strong in our faith as we surrender to God’s plan and pace.
award-winning, bestselling author of more than 100 books for women and children
Written from a place of deep understanding, Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Place offers timely encouragement to the soul-weary traveler in need of rest. Don’t rush this book; savor it.
author of the devotional book Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen
In Waiting for God, Xochitl Dixon beautifully captures both the struggles and the victories as she shares from her heart the burden‒and reward‒in clinging to God and His promises, even when prayers seem to go unanswered.
author and teacher of various Bible studies, including HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me and Legion: Rediscovering the God Who Rescues Me
Xochitl Dixon’s Waiting for God perfectly describes the “faith drought” I found myself in as a caregiver to my mother for over nine years. Her words call to the hearts of those who are tethered to the daily care of others, encouraging us to connect with God and trust Him through our journey, from beginning to end.
Author of Sunshine for The Soul, Morning Devotions to Warm Your Heart, DaySpring 2020
In Waiting for God, Xochitl Dixon has the audacity to wade through real pain and let the reader linger there. She offers no false promises of miraculous deliverance, nor soothing platitudes. Instead, she delivers messages that are real to life, and true to The Good Word. She writes of joy amidst suffering, of growing closer to Christ through pain, and of transformation through tribulations. She presents the reader with thirty-one lessons of the one true gift and ultimate fate‒an eternity in the presence of God.
Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Public Speaker
Heartfelt, honest, raw and encouraging. That’s what you will find when you read Waiting for God. Xochitl writes with passion and biblical clarity. She also writes out of the overflow of her own life of trusting God in spite of her ongoing physical pain. This is no surface level devotional. Get ready to dive deep into God’s Word and find Him to be all-sufficient, even as your pain, suffering or waiting remains.
Sr. Pastor, Community Church, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
There are seasons in life when God calls us to synchronize our walk with His pace. We can’t rush the process or hide from this, as we learn to inhale and exhale with each step. This remarkable testimony is shared through each devotion by Xochitl Dixon. Beautifully written from the real-life experience of trusting God through chronic illness.
Executive Director Women’s Bible Cafe
In Waiting for God, Xochitl Dixon introduces us to people who have refused to waste their seasons of waiting. She teaches us that these seasons can draw us to Jesus. In this wonderful book, we encounter a God who is faithful. And we find that abundant life isn’t only on the other side of waiting, but can be found now, no matter what we’re waiting for.
Bible Study Teacher and Worship Leader, Community Church, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Waiting for God is rich with words of gentle encouragement. Through authentic personal stories of experiencing God in the midst of pain and doubt, Xochitl Dixon becomes a friend that seems to be right there in the room with you as you read. The reflection questions are the cherry on top that allow God’s truth to sink even deeper into hearts that are ready for real trust in their day to day lives.
speaker and author of Scriptless: What I Learned About God on the Las Vegas Strip
Waiting for God is a must read for anyone who is waiting answers to their prayers. Xochitl Dixon clearly shows how pain can be used for pruning our hearts. She asks probing questions, along with the scriptures and prayers at the end of each chapter, that will help anyone hurting and waiting to see God’s love and provision in their situation.
Doctor of Psychology, Founder of Moms Encouraging Moms, Author at LifeHack.org
Encouraging, wise, insight-full, and intimate stories—Waiting for God possesses the power of the Spirit that rests on believers when we are weak, to not only make us strong but also draw us closer in His love. A well-written, thorough, and practical gift, Waiting for God magnifies to us of the innumerable gifts God graces us with as we wait on Him. As Xochitl Dixon unpacks these blessings amid pain that she has experienced in her life and relationships, and with others in discomfort and even agony, she gives us this gift of a book that assures us of the certainty of God’s rich watchfulness, care, and faithfulness for each individual’s life.
Our Daily Bread executive editor, VOICES; author and speaker
Waiting for God is needed for our time and culture of instant, fast-food, self-serve, no lines, one-click purchase, same day shipping. There are no short-cuts to godly patience and sanctification. Waiting‒and suffering and pain within these seasons‒is often the cauldron God uses to shape us and mold us into the likeness of Jesus. Get this book today, don’t wait!
Sr. Pastor, Community Church, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Xochitl Dixon’s insightful devotional, Waiting for God, is born out of her intimate journey with pain and tears and waiting. But it’s also full of rescue and healing. And great joy. Through her writings, she shares God’s glorious plan for each of us, revealed as we seek and trust Him, day by day. Steeped with stories of encouragement and comfort, and sprinkled with His promises, Waiting for God will stir the reader’s heart to find true rest in the waiting room.
Cozy Mystery Author & Contributor to Guideposts’ Every Day With Jesus and All God’s Creatures
With perceptive insight born of long-suffering, Xochitl Dixon draws the reader to sit at God’s feet and wait on Him, trusting that our pain–and the pain of those we love–is never in vain. With optimism and compassion, she breathes the truths of 2nd Corinthians 1:3-5:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. (NASB)”
So step into the pages and inhale God’s truth and exhale along with the heart of one who walks a painful path, knowing that our God is faithful in the waiting and the suffering even when we cannot see the end. You will be blessed by the words God has given her to share.
author of Pesto and Potholes and the Black Diamond Gothic Regency series
“I can identify with every person in this devotional. I love how Xochitl Dixon uses herself, people in the Bible from the past, and present day testimonies to bring us all together in the every day trusting of God.”
God has used Waiting for God to draw me closer to His heart. He compassionately leads us during seasons of waiting or trial. If you need a tool to help you focus on God’s goodness no matter what season you’re in, order Waiting for God by Xochitl Dixon.
Xochitl Dixon willingly and beautifully gives readers rich messages from her life lessons learned through painful waiting times. It’s alternative thinking to hold onto hope in troubling times and explore the rich reservoir of relating to God through faith in His character and record. Her pleasant and sympathetic voice carries the reader through the truths about the goods gained through God’s goodness in the face of troubles. The riches of trusting in Him to carry us.
(Review on Discovery House Publishers posted 6/29/19)