When God Says

When God Says "Wait": Navigating Life's Detours and Delays Without Losing Your Faith, Your Friends, Or Your Mind

by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

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When God Says "Wait": Navigating Life's Detours and Delays Without Losing Your Faith, Your Friends, Or Your Mind by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . .
We’re all waiting for something from God.
And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die.
When we’re waiting, we wonder, “Why?”, “Why me?”, and “How long?”

But the truth? . . .
When God says, “Wait,” He doesn’t tell us for how long.
When God says, “Wait,” we face one of life’s greatest tests.
When God says, “Wait,” we have decisions to make.
When God says, “Wait,” we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way.

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God. . .imperfect heroes like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, Joseph, and others. Their stories will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you navigate the painful, lonely territory of waiting, coming out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. They might even help you learn to enjoy the ride.

This book is about the journey of waiting, the space between answers, and the people we become while we live there. 

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ISBN-13: 9781683220121
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 183,934
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Laing Thompson writes at LizzyLife.com about clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life. As a minister, speaker, and novelist, she loves finding humor in holiness, and hope in heartache. She lives in North Carolina with her preacher husband and four spunky kids, and they were totally worth the wait.
 

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When God Says Wait

Navigating life's detours and delays without losing your faith, your friends, or your mind


By Elizabeth Laing Thompson

Barbour Publishing, Inc

Copyright © 2017 Elizabeth Laing Thompson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-68322-012-1



CHAPTER 1

Wait Is a Four-Letter Word


Miriam's Story

No Ordinary Child

Based on Exodus 2:1–10


Miriam crouches at water's edge, bare knees quivering, thin legs scratched by reeds, heart aching as she listens to her baby brother wail from within a basket. She prays, pleading harder than she has ever prayed in her young life.

And just when she thinks she can no longer bear the baby's screams, she hears voices — women's voices — laughing and chattering in Egyptian. They are coming closer.

Hope and fear surge, lightning through her veins; her stomach roils, the earth tips sideways. Don't faint, Miriam commands herself. Drawing a shaky breath, she bites down on her fist so hard she draws blood. These Egyptians will either save her brother or drown him. Either way, she cannot make a sound. She inches back into a thicker patch of reeds.

A pretty Egyptian girl, not much older than Miriam, wearing the robes of a servant, steps forward and parts the reeds. She spots the basket. The baby cries again, his voice now hoarse, weak. This tiny cry is worse than the rest, a dagger to Miriam's heart. He is hungry.

The servant girl gasps, looks around, flaps helpless hands. At last she tiptoes forward to draw Miriam's brother out of the basket.

Miriam watches his tiny, fat feet kicking as his blanket — the blanket she herself made for him — slips off and falls into the mud. Her arms ache for the feel of his soft, chubby body; she can almost feel him cuddled up warm against her chest, where he belongs. But still she does not move, does not make a sound.

The servant girl, holding the infant awkwardly — away from her body, as if he is diseased — steps away from the water and calls out. Miriam recognizes a few words in the foreign tongue: Baby. Hebrew.

Her stomach writhes. She is going to be sick.

She can't watch.

She can't look away.

Slowly, she creeps along the riverbank after the girl, keeping herself hidden in the tall grass. The servant girl carries the boy — still kicking and squirming but no longer crying — to the group of women clustered at the edge of a shallow pool, giggling and gossiping as they wade in the water.

A tall woman, dressed in royal garb, steps forward. The laughing voices grow silent. Miriam's breath catches.

Pharaoh's daughter.

The servant girl lifts the baby up so the princess can see.

Kick, kick — fat baby feet dangle over the water.

Miriam's legs quake. Her teeth clamp down over her tongue, holding a scream inside. Her fingernails dig into dirt, holding her body down.

Time stops.

The princess reaches a hand toward the baby.

Miriam prays — not words, just anguished need slung heavenward — till she thinks her head and heart might burst.

The baby giggles.

The princess smiles.

Pharaoh's daughter reaches out bangled arms and draws Miriam's brother into her chest, hugging him close, nuzzling his soft hair with her chin, lifting him high into the air over the water so that even Miriam can see his smile and hear his happy squeal.

Hours later, Miriam stands on her own doorstep holding Moses in one arm, a sack of coins in the other — payment from Pharaoh's daughter, compensation for the wet nurse Miriam promised to find.

Mother opens the door. Whimpers.

Her expression leaps from fear to disbelief to ecstasy. She falls to her knees. Miriam rattles off the story, the bargain: care for the baby until he is weaned, old enough to return to the princess and be raised a prince of Egypt. Trembling, Mother takes her son, breathes him in, and rocks him there on the doorstep. She pulls Miriam down into a hug, sobbing, "Blessed, blessed girl," over and again into her hair. Miriam thinks her heart may fly away.

Throughout the day and into the night, family and friends flock to their house to smile on the miracle babe. A celebration breaks out, the likes of which no Hebrew has seen for years. With the party still going, the sound of Father's booming laughter filling their tiny home, Miriam sneaks away and crawls onto her pallet on the floor, dizzy with exhaustion, drunk with joy. Sleep is already tugging her down and under, lullaby waves, when she feels a calloused hand, gentle on her forehead. "Sweet Miriam, you have saved us all."

Miriam pushes up and throws her arms around Father's neck, breathing in his familiar scent, wood smoke and spices.

"Do you know what I think?" he says in a confidential whisper, brushing hair back from her face. "I think God will use our baby to save Israel. One day we will send him back to Pharaoh's household, and somehow, some way, God will use his position and learning to free us all. One day, thanks to you, we will no longer be slaves."

"Really?" Miriam sucks in air. "How long will we have to wait? How many years?"

Father taps a finger on her nose. "I don't know, darling, but when you have hope, time flies."

Miriam bounces up and down, no longer sleepy. "I can hardly wait."


* * *

I hate waiting.

If you haven't noticed, wait is a four-letter word. Coincidence? I think not.

It goes something like this:

God is good. Life is ... pretty good. We have been following Jesus for a while, and many of our prayer requests — at least the most important ones — have been answered. Our faith is strong, the future brightly shining.

But then ... we want something. Something that can't be bought, earned, or achieved. We have done our part — worked, grown, taken risks. Like young Miriam, we feel a promise ringing in our hearts — Surely what I have prayed for will happen, and soon! — but now we have reached the point where the decision is out of our hands, which means it is in God's. And at first that knowledge feels comforting. Our hopes, our heart, our happiness — all in the hands of God:

God the Father, who loves us and wants us to be happy.

God the omniscient, who knows us better than we know ourselves.

God the omnipotent, who has a plan and the power to execute it.

God the Creator, who controls the cosmos (surely this one little request will be easy for Him).

All He has to do is snap His all-powerful, all-loving fingers and ... done. Wish granted. Prayer answered.

So we turn to God with our request, asking Him to do for us The Thing we cannot do for ourselves.

But there's a problem.

He doesn't do it.

He doesn't not do it, either.

He does nothing. (Nothing we can see, anyway.)

God doesn't say no, but neither does He say yes.

God says, "Wait."

Wait, what?

And here's the part that makes it really difficult to swallow: With God we don't get the kind of two-way human conversation we are used to. With prayer there's usually no verbal response from God, no explanation, no "Here's My timeline for your life," no "I hear you and I love you, but I can't give you what you want (yet) for the following loving, logical, and comforting reasons. ..." Instead, we pray and — nothing. Heaven resounds with His silence.

The longer the wait, the louder the silence.

But God is good, so we swallow hard and determine to wait patiently.

On good days, we turn back to prayer.

On bad days, we turn to social media. After two excruciating minutes — a contentment-shattering onslaught of clever stories, airbrushed images, and Big Exciting Announcements — we find ourselves sinking into the abyss: Everyone else is happy. Everyone else is getting the thing I need, right on schedule.

With knotted stomach and burning eyes, we try to regroup, drawing on life lessons we have collected over the years. Our earliest memories (thank you, Disney princesses) sing, "Believe in yourself! Follow your heart! Dreams come true!" Our middle and high school teachers' voices echo, "Never give up! You will get it soon because you are awesome (everyone is awesome!), and awesome people always succeed!" Our Sunday school education encourages us, "Be the persistent widow!" Our adult theology reminds us, "Keep on asking, keep on knocking!"

So believe and dream and ask and knock and ask again and knock again we do. We turn to the Bible, to classic, sublimely comforting waiting passages like "Be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD" (Psalm 27:14), or this, the crown jewel of all the waiting passages:

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart....
Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him.

Psalm 37:3–4, 7


With our faith renewed, we enjoy a little chuckle at our own expense, resign ourselves to wait patiently for a few more days (even weeks, if need be), and offer a prayer of apology for our impatience. In our contrition, we even do a heart check:

Dwelling in the land? Check.

Trusting in God? Check.

Delighting in the Lord? Well, I could read and pray a little more, but ... as of tomorrow. Check.

And then we sit back and expect God to grant our request within the next seven to ten business days.

The problem is, we keep adding our own words to these waiting passages, and we have no idea we are doing it. We read them, we think we understand what they are saying, but we don't realize that subconsciously we keep tacking a little asterisked addendum onto the end of them that goes something like this:

"Be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD ..."*

*because He is going to give you exactly what you want really, really soon.

"Delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart ..."*

*and that is a guaranteed formula: If you work hard and love God, then you will definitely, absolutely get your heart's desires — and "desires" includes all of your desires: admission and scholarships to the college you want; the job and salary you want; the guy and wedding you want; the apartment you want; the baby you want; the family you want; the friend you want; the health you want; the house you want; the happiness you want — as soon as you decide you want them ... or pretty soon afterward.


And so, armed with our unintentionally asterisked waiting passages, we wait. We pray. We read more waiting passages. We pray some more. We try not to fidget. We delight in God. We delight in God some more. We humbly remind God that we are delighting in Him (teeth gritted, fists clenched, neck veins popping, but doggone it, if we were any more delighted, we'd have a heart attack). We alter our request to make it sound more spiritual, more like a prayer God would want to say yes to. We read more waiting passages. We get radical, and we fast. We ask friends to pray for us and fast with us.

Time passes. Too much time. More time than we'd ever imagined. As faith fades, doubts bloom. We question God, the Bible, ourselves. The longer God's silence stretches, the more things start to break inside.

I don't know what you are waiting for right now, but we all are waiting for something. If you're like me, you're waiting on several somethings. Sometimes The Thing we seek is not even a thing, but a feeling: peace, joy, relief, release, security, home. For many of us, waiting seasons are the first time our faith has been truly tested. They present risk and opportunity in equal measure, making us ask the hard faith questions, making us fight to find — and accept — the answers.


Yes, No, Wait, and ... Maybe

You have probably heard some preacher say, "When you ask God for something, He gives one of three answers: Yes, no, or wait."

It's a good point, a nice sermon illustration. It makes sense.

But the problem is, yes is obvious. Yes means you get what you want. End of story, end of prayer request. Time to begin offering prayers of thanksgiving.

Yes is wonderful.

Yes is what we want every single time we ask God for something. Yes doesn't happen nearly as often, or as quickly, as we'd like.

And then there's no: Sometimes no is just no. You want to marry so-and-so, but he marries someone else. End of story. Find another guy.

But it's not always that clear-cut. The problem lies between the no and the wait. Because really, it's tough to tell the difference. Sometimes we think God's answer is no, but later — weeks, months, even decades later — the answer we thought was a no turns into a yes, so it turns out we actually had a wait all along.

And to make matters even more confusing, I believe God offers a fourth option — a theologically mind-bending option, which we will explore in greater depth in our chapter on persistence in prayer (chapter 6) — and it's this: "Maybe. Ask Me again; you might talk Me into it." And that answer may be the most maddening — but hope-sustaining — answer of all.


Mr. Letterman Jacket

But back to the quandary of the no-man's-land between no and wait. I have more examples of this from my own life than I can count.

When I was eighteen, I fell madly in love with the most heart-stoppingly handsome, sincerely spiritual, adorably sweet guy I had ever met, who also happened to be a quarterback on our college football team and my closest friend and my ride to church twice a week in his sporty little Dodge Avenger. I spent the first two years of my college career begging God to make this handsome, whole-package guy — we'll call him Mr. Letterman Jacket — fall in love with me.

Two miserably long years later, the summer after our sophomore year, a summer filled with lots of vague but promising vibes, God's answer felt imminent. The two of us were going to join some college friends for a weeklong Christian conference in Paris — Paris! The one in France! The romance capital of the world! And I was sure the time (and place) had come for God to answer my prayer. All summer I begged, "Please, Lord, make things clear by the time we go to Paris." So when the Love of My Life kept asking every beautiful girl at the conference out to dinner along the Champs-Élysées, I had no way of knowing if God's answer was the non! it appeared to be or if it was a wait disguised as a no.

I tormented myself with questions: If God's answer was indeed no, did that mean no just for dating Mr. Letterman Jacket right now, but wait for a boyfriend and marriage, because eventually God would say yes when the right non-idiot guy came along who saw me for the prize I was?

Or did it mean no to a boyfriend and marriage and a first kiss, and yes to a life of celibacy and single-serve microwavable meals to be enjoyed in the company of my library of books and my houseful of cats? (I'm not making fun of crazy cat ladies here. I am the crazy cat lady. I adore cats, books, and — foodies, hide your eyes — I have been known to enjoy many a microwaved meal.)

Confused? So was I ... and it certainly wasn't the last time.

For many of us, waiting is unfamiliar terrain. New territory. We have forgotten how to navigate it — or maybe we never learned to begin with. And it's not entirely our fault. This world we live in is all about immediate gratification:

Fast food!

High-speed Internet!

Overnight shipping!

With speed as a cultural priority, it's no wonder wait feels like such a bad word. We don't believe in waiting.

Waiting is a waste of time.

Waiting is boring at best, agony at worst.

Waiting is the worst possible place to be.

A place? Yes, a place. Because waiting isn't just something we do; it's a place we live — usually against our will. It's a stage of life, a journey we take, a crucible for the heart.

The good news? We are not the first people to journey through the waiting wilderness. People in the Bible had to wait on God, and most were just as confused as we are, just as mystified and unhappy. Think for just a moment about some of these people, whose stories we will explore in the pages of this book:

Miriam, who may have expected God to use her baby brother to do something spectacular, but if you had told her how many years she would wait before seeing her hopes fulfilled, her people freed, I wonder how she would have felt, what would have happened to her faith. She spends decades — decades! — in slavery, waiting and wondering, before a burning bush finally lights a fire under Moses, and Miriam gets to dance out of Egypt, an aging woman leading her people in a song of praise.

David, who is anointed the future king of Israel when he is just a teenager, but spends years hiding in caves in the wilderness, fleeing his enemies, before claiming his promised throne.

Naomi, who loses her husband and two sons; devastated, she renames herself "Bitter" and goes home to wait for death to set her free. Yet God gives her a new family, a second chance.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Wait Is a Four-Letter Word: Miriam's Story: No Ordinary Child 9

Chapter 2 Pitfalls on Road Trips: Sarah's Story: The Day of Decision 21

Chapter 3 Survival Skills for Spiritual Waiting: Hannah's Story: Year after Year 37

Chapter 4 Lies about Waiting: Naomi's Story: Waiting to Die 57

Chapter 5 When Prayer Becomes a Battleground: David's Story: The Dreams We Had 77

Chapter 6 Squeaky Wheels and Little Old Ladies: Jacob's Story: Until You Bless Me 93

Chapter 7 The Friends Who See You Through: Ruth's Story: The Longest Day 107

Chapter 8 Finding Joy in the Journey: Mary's Stone Treasured Things 125

Chapter 9 When Faith Starts Fading: Gideon's Story: Mighty Warrior 145

Chapter 10 Navigating No-Man's-Land: Joseph's Story: No Good Deed. 161

Chapter 11 Gifts Waiting Gives Us: Martha's Story: Joy in the Mourning 181

Chapter 12 Are We There Yet?: Abraham's Story' So Many Diamonds 197

Notes 219

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When God Says "Wait": Navigating Life's Detours and Delays Without Losing Your Faith, Your Friends, Or Your Mind 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Timely
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book really helped me see my wait more positively- with meaning and purpose. The author makes you feel like you are chatting with a friend through a clear, bible based perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! A must read!
toReadistoEscape More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was not my favorite bible study book. The writing style had a sarcastic tone that I found annoying. The beginning of the book dragged and didn’t have a lot of substance. As the book went on I found some of the words comforting, not enlightening or new perspectives on the bible stories. I think I am a tough critic because I have already read many books on waiting for answered prayer. 
This book was Average. Who would like this book….. Someone struggling with waiting on answered prayer might find comfort in this book. If you haven’t already read several books on waiting for answered prayer this book organizes bible verses referencing waiting and patience all in one place.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Amazing Perspective on Waiting Patience is not a quality that I naturally possess; it is a struggle for me at every turn. So when an opportunity came to read and review this title, and as I am experiencing a season of waiting at this very moment, it was a given that I should read it and add to my arsenal for times where I must wait. Reading this book is like talking to a friend across the table with a good cup of coffee cradled in my hands. All those thoughts I have been too scared to voice? She addresses them. Without judgment. Not only that, but she allows me the freedom to ask my questions and reminds me that God is big enough to handle them. There are so many places where I could relate to the material and felt comforted knowing I am not alone in my struggles. Thompson's frequent reminders that "God sees. God knows. God cares." were a balm to my soul and directly refuted the lies that the enemy would have me believe. And the simple statement that "everyone waits" for something at some point in time, that it is not a punishment from God, helped me to look at my own waiting through a different lens. Packed with additional devotional material including Bible passages to focus on, journaling prompts, and a prayer focus, this book is an excellent tool for those of us who struggle with waiting. There is a lot of excellent, Biblical information here, plenty of experiences readers can relate to, and ways to refocus our thoughts on truth when the wait seems endless. This is a book that will remain on my keeper shelf, and I plan to reread it often when I need some encouragement in the wait. I cannot recommend it highly enough! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review, and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Superlibrarian More than 1 year ago
I loved this book more than I thought I would. I'm not waiting for anything special right now but I thought the advice was practical and profound. I love the Bible stories that she chose. Her humor was refreshing. I took lots of mental notes and would recommend this book to any of my Christian friends! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
TLPPA More than 1 year ago
When God Says 'Wait' is a book that you will read once, because the cover or the title catches your eye, but is also a book you will hold on to and read again and again based on what you are going through in life. Elizabeth Laing Thompson has done so many things right with this book, it's hard to know where to start. Most importantly, this book is grounded in Scripture. Check that, this book is FILLED with Scripture. A friend and mentor of mine tells me all the time (literally ALL the time) that I need to match my "say-so" up to God's "say-so." Since I believe this is true, why would I take or even want ANY advice that isn't grounded in Scripture? What Thompson does in this terrific book is take an aspect of waiting that we might be discouraged by or need help in, and brings us to the Bible for help. For example, in her chapter on Survival Skills for Spiritual Waiting, she takes us back to the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel. She provides the story, from Scripture, explains the story in plain English, and then shows us what we can take away from that story that will provide us with survival skills. Just in this chapter alone she provides 8 survival skills, all backed by Scripture (numerous Scriptures, not just one verse). She also ends each chapter with something she calls Waiting Room Reading. In Waiting Room Reading she first provides a topic for further study - that is, additional Scripture we can read to understand more about Hannah's story, in this example. Then Thompson provides Journal Prompts - questions for reflection to help guide us in journaling about the topic. Lastly, she provides a Prayer Prompt, which is Scripture we can pray through. Sure, there are personal anecdotes in the book, and modernized applications to things like social media, ice cream, football, and New Jersey(!) but understand that you aren't taking advice from Elizabeth Laing Thompson in this book. You are taking advice from the Living Word of God. You are learning to match your say-so with His say-so. And trust me, you can't go wrong when you do that! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
DebReads More than 1 year ago
Such an excellent book! We all have experienced disappointments in our lives and many periods of waiting, some significant and life changing. Reading this book will help you to navigate through these times. It will also help and encourage you to not just survive, but to thrive. Lessons learned from the twelve biblical characters studied in this book are combined with current folks waiting on God for their hearts desires. This is so well done and proves once again how very relevant the Bible is for us today! As your personal journey of waiting takes you through the struggles, the tears, the petitions, the prayers, the longings and the unplanned road trips of faith, you can still choose joy, patience, gratitude and hopefulness. Always remember...God sees, God hears and God cares. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When God Says Wait by Elizabeth Laing Thompson Life is hard at the best and really hard when we are waiting for that direction or answer. This is very well written and a reference that I will keep at close hand! We will never have all this answers this side of the veil. In this book the author uses scripture to apply to our lives during all those times we “wait”. Highly recommend!!
JenniferKPowell More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I can’t say enough good things about it. Having waited through the agony of breast cancer treatment a few months ago, I can identify with the despair that we all go through in these in-between times. This book gave me practical advice for surviving and thriving while waiting for that next thing – whatever it is – in my life. Each chapter begins with a person in the bible who went through painful periods of waiting and then goes into how to rely on God through that process. The chapter called “Lies About Waiting” really hit home with me. I believed some of these lies about getting breast cancer and dealing with the aftermath and treatment. The author’s explanations from scripture helped me be freed from some of the lies I still believed now, months after treatment ended. In the chapter “When Prayer Becomes a Battleground”, I took this advice, “If you are stuck in your walk with God, waiting for a blessing that won’t come, try bringing gratitude and praise into your prayer life…Praise reminds us of his power; gratitude reminds us of his goodness. Together praise and gratitude protect our hearts and restore our hope.” Yes! Praying and keeping a gratitude journal have made all the difference both now and when I was in treatment. The author’s advice for staying off or limiting social media when in a waiting season is sound. How often do we post about it instead of pray about it? She says, “Post less, pray more. Pray first, post last.” I love how the author reminds us that God gives us a break in our journey and often buys us “spiritual ice cream”. I have felt those moments of favor and gift in the waiting journey. All we have to do is look for them. This book helped me heal some of the lingering wounds I didn’t even realize I had after going through breast cancer. I’m grateful for it and will definitely recommend it to everyone I know who is waiting through something. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SusanS More than 1 year ago
Early in my Christian walk I learned God may answer a prayer with yes, no, or wait-but He always answers prayer. It took me longer to learn the full meaning of "wait". I soon learned that God is never late; He is right on time. However it took a long time to learn being right on time also means not being early. Elizabeth Laing Thompson gives example after example of Biblical men and women who had to "wait" for God's answer to prayer. Her book is easy to read and several times examples and thoughts from her personal life echoed in my heart as I recalled thinking or feeling the same thing. I really like how this book challenged me to read familiar scriptures with new eyes and added new depth to my understanding. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with learning to wait. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
catangel2 More than 1 year ago
Whether you have been a Christian for many years or just a few days, there will come a time when we have to wait for God's direction and guidance. It can be a short wait or one that seems to never end. Our faith and hope in God can become doubt and fear, but Elizabeth Laing Thompson helps us navigate our way in this book. She uses characters from the Bible to show how they waited and how God work. She also shares experiences from her own life. I believe this is a must read for everyone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
PamMooney More than 1 year ago
An inspiring book written with empathy and humor. The author is so encouraging and her personal experiences really touched me in a way that I felt she was writing from the heart. I found the waiting room reading to be so helpful and a big part of experiencing the message of each chapter. I enjoyed the familiar and relatable real life experiences as well as the bible stories. I especially liked the chapter on finding joy in the journey. A nice reminder not to lose the happiness and opportunities you have now while "navigating life's detours". Whether you feel you are in a "waiting season" or not this is a wonderful book full of lessons and reminders of the role faith plays in our lives.
grapes63 More than 1 year ago
n our society, there is the idea it is better to move forward. Hurry! Make any decision just make one. Not many people talk about waiting and how to do it. To talk about waiting means a belief in the power of prayer. It means believing that you are not in control of your life, but God is in control of your life. It means praising God and learning more about His attributes. In "When God Says Wait" by Elizabeth Laing Thompson, there are chapters with journal prompts to help a person come to a better understanding on how to endure while waiting for God to give you what is best for your life. The journal entries are simple. I felt no anxiety about trying two or more of them. I had the chance to write and think about the pitfalls you might fall into while God is equipping you with patience. One is depression. The chapters are about Bible heroes and heroines. There is Mariam, Joseph, Mary and Naomi, etc. The author also shares her life in the chapters. While these people were waiting and enduring painful situation, they learned to go on with their lives. This brings me to one of the points I really liked. Always make use of your journey. Perhaps, taking up a new hobby or hobbies might help. I laughed, for some reason, when Elizabeth Laing Thompson began to play the Oboe again. Her experience caused me to think about learning a new craft like sewing or jewelry making. After all, a watched pot never boils. Also, God is making us wait not to torture us but to teach us wonderful spiritual lessons along the way. I truly enjoyed reading about the author's life. She comes across as a very real person and a fine example as you wait for God to work His way in your life.
jmcnutt More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to tell you how much this book has encouraged and inspired me! It is so easy to become "stuck" when waiting for God to move us out of , or change our circumstances. We often are left feeling alone and we may start to question our faith and our purpose. As you move through the chapters this book is a great reminder that every character in the Bible has walked this same journey, and God has always used that time to achieve His will for their growth and His purpose and He still does for us. This book is a keeper and I am grateful for the inspiration it has provided for me personally. I highly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and I was under no obligation to post a review.
jess_baker_614 More than 1 year ago
Waiting is something that we all struggle with. From waiting in line at the grocery store, to waiting on God to move in our lives. I am constantly telling myself to have patience, but how long will I need to wait and why is it so difficult? When God Says Wait provided me a good opportunity to step back and really focus on what waiting is all about. Each chapter provided a glimpse into the life of someone in the Bible who had to wait. I liked how the author put the story in her own words rather than just typing in the verses direct from the Bible. It made it easier for me to connect with these people. My favorite section however was the Waiting Room Reading at the end of each chapter. It provided the opportunity for self assessment and further study. The chance to step back, look into God's Word and allow Him to speak to your heart. I think this a great tool for anyone to use, especially those of us who want everything now! I hope it speaks toy our heart and gives you comfort in waiting. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
LynlovesGod More than 1 year ago
If you're in a season of waiting, do yourself a favor and read When God Says Wait by Elizabeth Thompson. Written in a warm, encouraging tone, Elizabeth gently guides you through the difficult, sometimes seemingly endless times, of waiting. Both funny and deep, Elizabeth touches on the myriad of emotions and conflicts that come with waiting on God, and also on the gifts waiting for you in the wait. Each chapter ends with Waiting Room Reading, which includes the following: For Further Study, which encourages you to dig a bit into the Word of God; a Journal Prompt; and a Prayer Prompt. I highly recommend this book to any woman patiently (or maybe not so patiently!) waiting on God. Many blessings! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This would be a great book for a Bible Study, as it contains such practical advice when in The Waiting Season of Life. I loved that each chapter relates waiting to a certain Bible character and uses scripture to back it up. I liked reading it one chapter at a time so I could soak up the advice. A beautiful book to share with others who are waiting for answers from God. I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 When God says "Wait" by Elizabeth Laing Thompson, © 2017 Navigating life's detours and delays without losing your faith, your friends, or your mind When God Says "Wait" Published March 1, 2017, by Shiloh Run Press ~ Today is Release Day!!! My Review: Worship will minister to you in ways you don't even know you need. It will fill holes in your soul you don't realize you have, gaps you can't fill yourself. When God Says "Wait," 44. So much J*O*Y awaits us when God's best appears to us ~ at just the right time. With gladness of heart, so joyful to know God has our steps before us and He leads us gently. Studying God's Word goes beyond "stories" as we may chide: "Now why did you do that?? Why didn't you W*A*I*T?" Have you ever done that? But... we have the outcome of their actions written out for us. They didn't know what was going to happen when they took things into their own hands. Enjoy Elizabeth's exploration of choices made by Miriam ~ joyful that she waited by the bulrushes! And Joseph being in the position to save his family in their time of need. David, redeemed from his choices when he sought forgiveness and was given grace. Not without heartache and loss. Do we rush ahead of God in our decisions, selecting our plans as good enough? ~* This book is about the journey of waiting, the space between answers, and the people we become while we live there. *~ This "story map" will be of benefit in our own lives, our dear ones, and those around us. We all want to be on the path chosen specifically for us individually. Rushing ahead likely might detour us. "I write fiction for tweens and teens, and Christian inspiration books for women." ~ author Elizabeth Laing Thompson ***Thank you, Barbour Publishing for sending me a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Barbdrab More than 1 year ago
AsI read when "When God says Wait" it was gratifying to know that others feel like me when I feel my prayers go unanswered. This book puts your feeling in prospective based upon the author's "unanswered" prayers and that they may not be answered but is saying wait!There are many Bible references to back the author's personal stories. This book can be used as a reference as needed in your life. I book marked several areas to go back re-read later. Four simple sentences jumped out to me - "God sees. God hears. God cares. And that's the truth." Each of the chapters end with Waiting Room Reading - it consists of: for further study, journal prompt, prayer prompt and a Bible quote. I did not use this information yet but I expect to when I take the time to re-read this book - especially during this season of Lent. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
This is a priceless book for each of us who are waiting on the Lord! Whether one wants to be healed, find a job or new career, meet their spouse, or have a baby after a long period of infertility, there are suggestions from the author showing what helped her when she was waiting…for Mr. Letterman Jacket, for a baby, even having a party. Would you like to trade what might be a painful time of waiting into using it to God’s glory instead? The author writes in a conversational tone about her own times of waiting, some of which were years in length, and shares examples of people in the Bible. Twelve stories from the Bible are used, real people waiting for real events, from Miriam waiting for her brother Moses to release the Israelites from Egypt, to Abraham, waiting for the Lord to keep him from sacrificing Isaac and for many other of the things the Lord promised. This reader appreciated seeing their waiting times through different eyes. Each chapter begins with the author telling the story of these beloved people, many of whom are in the ‘faith hall of fame’ in Hebrews 11. She continues with examples from her own life and what she has learned through the biblical examples. At the end of each chapter, the reader finds ‘Waiting Room Reading’: For Further Study – the location(s) in the Bible from which she took each person’s story; Journal Prompt – questions or suggestions for the reader to think about, journal about as a result of reading that chapter; and Prayer Prompt – scripture readings, many from Psalms, to begin our prayer(s) following that chapter. A treasure chest of helps is in each chapter discussion, such as Pitfalls on Waiting Journeys (of which there are places throughout the book that address each of the pitfalls), and Survival Skills. Each of these skills sound like no-brainers at first – but when one’s emotions are caught up in waiting, these skills may not the first things to come to mind – or may even be activities that we give up on during the wait. One of the things the author shows from Bible stories that help bring peace to my heart is that “God sees. God hears. God cares.” Scripture verses are gems for any day, especially when the lies of the enemy threaten to take root in our hearts. We also read about the results of the Bible man or woman, or the author, has experienced through using these suggestions. A suggestion for future readers: For me, like many others, brain fog is frequent symptom that blocks clear thinking especially when under stress, including the stress of waiting. I plan to go back through with a couple large index cards to make notes of suggestions, most importantly scripture verses the author shares that speak to the reader. Putting a list one’s a smartphone may be useful, also. It is possible to have joy while we wait, even if we don’t ever receive what we are waiting for on this side of heaven. We can use this time well, and have beautiful, blessed spiritual results. I highly recommend this book! It is a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to have peace – even hope and joy – in the journey of waiting. The author writes, “Let’s take back this time. Let’s use it for God instead of letting it go to waste. Let’s give what we have as we wait for what we want. Let’s not waste the wait.” (pg 178) I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
delsiek51 More than 1 year ago
I am thankful for the message shared in Elizabeth's book, "When God Says Wait." Even though I have already weathered many of the issues she shared, I still found comfort in her stories and the Scripture passages. I loved the Bible story examples and having them applied to our daily life struggles. It does't matter what stage we are in life, no one is exempt from experiencing a "waiting" period. And to have an author that so completely understands is heartwarming. I also think "When God says Wait" would make a wonderful small group study. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
In chapter one of "When God Says Wait" author Elizabeth Lang Thompson reminds us that 'wait' is a four-letter word and goes on to tell us the story of Miriam, the young girl who saved her baby brother from being killed by Pharoah. We know that this baby was Moses and he in turn saved God's people from Pharaoh's tyranny by leading them out of Egypt. Miriam's family was delivered but she had to wait a long time to see this happen. Eleven more chapters are each devoted to a beloved person of the Bible that encountered delays, detours, and heartaches while waiting. I love that their stories are used to give us hope in the challenges that we face. As believers we pray and we are often rewarded with an answer right away. It may be yes or it may be no but we do receive an answer. But then there are times when our prayers aren't answered so quickly. This book reminds us that God will answer them, in His own time and His own way. We just have to wait. I appreciate that Lang has included the scripture that correlates with each Biblical story and that she also includes a Journal Prompt to help us express our thoughts on our own struggles. She also shares a Prayer Prompt to help us better express our wants and needs in our talks with God. This is a book that I will use again and again and I believe that it will be a valuable resource in my daily worship time. 'When God Says Wait" is a 'keeper' and I heartily recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is divided into 12 chapters with each chapter focusing on a different Bible character who waited for an answer to prayer. Included in each chapter is the author’s real-life, day-to-day and year-to-year challenges in waiting for answers to prayer. The writing is relevant for today, reveals our own human weaknesses, and adds touches of humor along the way. Each chapter ends with additional Bible references, journaling prompts, and a prayer prompt. This is wonderfully written book that I will read and read again. It would be an excellent resource for a women’s group study on prayer or for an individual’s study. I highly recommend this book The Biblical insight is deep and challenging. I love that at the start of each chapter the reader gets immersed in a situation in the Bible and it comes alive - I felt the anxiety of Miriam as she placed Moses in the water, felt the pain of Sarah and Hannah as they longed for a baby and the joy of Ruth and Naomi when Ruth returned from a night at the threshing floor. I very good read and it will help you not only gain insight into these Bible accounts but how you also can wait on Jehovah to handle things for you-through patience and prayer you'll see the answers he gives to you and directions on how to go. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was not obligated to review it.
Sylvia17 More than 1 year ago
I really needed this book. I am NOT a patient person! Elizabeth Laing Thompson weaves beautiful descriptions of stories shared in the bible, and combines them with real-life experiences as well as suggested lessons or practices we might apply in our own lives. Her sense of humor and humble examples from her own periods of waiting made this an enjoyable and easily relatable guide. Each chapter closes with additional suggested readings, journal prompts, and prayers specific to each type of waiting we may experience. This book offers true comfort and wisdom making it a wonderful addition for both individual and group study! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.