Thursday, January 15, 2015

While I'm Waiting

In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” I Samuel 1:10-11 

Do you ever have days where you feel like Hannah—praying God would remember you in your misery? Then waiting…and waiting…and waiting for an answer.

You might even wonder—Does God hear me? Is He ever going to fix my situation?

Just as God came through for Hannah (1 Samuel 1:19-20), He will come through for you. His timing is perfect.

Corrie Ten Boom once told a story about asking her father questions that weren’t appropriate for her to know the answers at her age. Her father replied with a question of his own: “When do I give you your train ticket?” She said, “Right before the conductor asks for it.” Her father, in his wisdom, said something like, “Then trust me to give you knowledge when the time is right.”

Our heavenly Father is similar in that we think we have the answers to our problems and in our prayers often include those answers. We’re mystified when the answer doesn’t come in the way or timing we expect. We grow impatient during trials and maybe even start despairing, when all we have to do is trust God to get it right!

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you: therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18 

My latest book, While I'm Waiting, delves into waiting on God to answer prayers. This book originated from some of my blog devotions over the past few years, put together for the first time in a collection. This 31-day devotional will inspire the reader to wait on God patiently and reverently to answer prayers according to His perfect timing. I share some of my struggles, hopefully in a relatable way, to encourage and bring hope even in the most difficult circumstances. The devotions show that it is possible to walk through the valley and not despair while praising God and choosing contentment during trials. As Jim Elliot once said, “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.”

While I’m Waiting Kindle version is available on Amazon for 99 cents. A print version will be available in a few weeks. 

Click HERE to purchase.

Endorsements for While I’m Waiting
“Hope. It’s a foundation of our faith, but a difficult concept to live out. Author Laura Hodges Poole understands that, and this devotional gives us the roadmap for the path from despair to hope. She writes from the perspective of someone who has traveled that road. Her honesty and humility draws us in, while her wisdom shows us how living in hope truly is possible. This book will have a coveted place on my bedside table and will be a resource that I return to again and again.”
            ~Edie Melson, Co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and author of Prayers for My Soldier

“Author Laura Hodges Poole knows first-hand about the power of love and the gift of faith. With every inspirational word, she generously shares her innermost self. Laura openly writes about her personal trials and tribulations…the grief of losing her dear sister to suicide and the deep abiding love she has for family and friends. No matter the circumstance, Laura manages to draw from a well of love and hope. She eloquently expresses the depth of her faith and her very intimate relationship with God. Laura has “died to self” and trusts in our heavenly Father to guide her every step of the way. While I’m Waiting gives witness to Laura’s commitment to our loving Creator and her heartwarming devotion to Him.”    
              ~Dolores Ayotte, inspirational author of Up The Down Ladder: Simple Ideas to Overcome Depression and book reviewer

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