Dream-Reviver Giveaway

I’m so glad you’re here today because I have a treat for you. A special welcome to those who are visiting from Encouragement for Today!

In today’s devotion, When God Seems Late, I expressed my sometimes-impatience with God’s timing and shared how I’m learning to wait for His appointed, just-right time for His promises to be fulfilled.

Knowing Sarah’s story has strengthened my ability to wait, but sometimes it’s really, really hard. In long journeys, we need refreshing and reviving along the way for our dreams. That’s why I’ve gathered some encouraging resources for we who are waiting. There’s even enough inspiration here to share with a friend or two!

If you’re the winner, you’ll receive:

  • Breaking Up with Perfect by Amy Carroll
  • Doing Busy Better by Glynnis Whitwer (she’s got a guest post coming that I can’t wait to share!)
  • She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst
  • Wait and See by Wendy Pope
  • A beautiful embroidered clutch from India (where half my heart lives)

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment telling where you’re from. I get so excited about seeing the hometowns of all my visitors here. If you’d like to share a story about your wait or what you’ve learned while waiting, I’d love to hear that too!

There will only be one winner of the giveaway, but I don’t want anyone to leave today empty handed. For weekly encouragement and a free five-day devotional called “Five Days to Himperfection”,  click here to subscribe to my blog. I’d love to have you on the journey with me from less perfection to more joy!

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  1. Hello I’m from Greenville, TX! Love what you shared via Proverbs 31 regarding waiting. In my own personal waiting I have found that my perspective is limited and it changes how I view my “waiting” When I get God’s perspective on the matter.

    • Good morning, Iam originally from New York. I relocated to Myrtle Beach s gen years ago:. After much begging and pleading with the Lord to find my way back home. I couldn’t understand why I was taken away from my family.. I realized it was to protect me from the anguish and drama. And, I was needed here to help a sick friend. When I realized this I found peace. Gods will made me stop trying and give it up to him.. Very truly yours, Mary Ann

    • Good morning. I am from England and have been so blessed reading your blog. My daughter is 31 and was suddenly struck down six years ago with Chronic Ankylosis Spondilitis of the spine and neck. For two years she could not move her neck from left to right and the disease wore away her hip joint so two months ago neeeded a hip replacement. I have believed for total healing for her and that she will marry and have children. The day before her operation I felt disappointment and impatience with God. Why should our beautiful daughter have to carry a crippling disease. Christ paid the price and took this upon Himself but recently God has reminded me that she is carrying His glory in her body and He is doing a beautiful work of teaching her patience one day at a time. It woul be such a blessing to pass your gifts onto her as we are all waiting for God’s perfect timing in healing her body. Jericho was capture on the seventh day… God’s perfect moment in time by faith and obedience as the armed men listened to instructions every day and only did what was required of them. Writing to you is part of my own obedience in listening and learning.

    • Hi, I am from Wharton, Texas, a small town southwest of Houston, TX. I love receiving and reading the devotionals in my inbox everyday. I have three daughters and I have been buying the new books from various speakers and authors and I am always the last one to read the books because my daughters always borrow them first. It makes me happy that they want to read them, so being last is ok with me.

  2. Hello from Elk Grove, California!
    Yes I am in my “waiting line” for God’s answer to my so deeply personal prayer. I know He knows me but I”can’t wait” to see His plan for me!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    Blessings to you!

  3. Hi! I’m from Bristol, UK. My husband is here training to be a pastor and I’m learning to see God’s will for me in all this!

  4. Hi! I am all the way down under in sunny Australia! We live in a small rural township and I love meeting new faith filled women who encourage others. Thank you! I don’t know if I qualify for your book drawing since I live such a long way away, but I wanted to tell you anyway that your message today about when God seems late really encouraged me. I am in a season of waiting and only last night I was praying the “I’m tired of waiting!” prayer. I so connected with your post. Thanks again 🙂

  5. I’m from Irmo, South Carolina with a God-given dream of a move to Texas! Took me a while to embrace the move associated with the plan God has for my husband and me as I’m a native South Carolinian but the Holy Spirit has given me not only peace but eager anticipation. Now we are in the wait stage—and instead of yelling at the tractor, we’re trying to ride on it with God. 😉 But there are moments when I want to yell, “Hurry, hurry, hurry!” Texas–here we come; just not sure when.

  6. Hi Amy, I am from Hickory, NC and in a season of waiting. I know God is equipping me for HIS plan. I have to remind myself of Philippians 1:6. ~Lisa~

  7. Altamahaw, NC – While waiting on God to answer my prayer helped me to realize that I needed to TRUST (word for the year) Him more. He understands the overall picture and knows what is best for us. So keep praying, trusting, and listening while reading His word!

  8. Hi I’m Natalia, I’m from Bogotá, Colombia, it’s been hard to wait, my impacience have took me to take bad decisions as Sara, this Devotional totally and completely have opened my eyes…couldn’t be more thankful with God for always reminding me he is there on time

  9. Hi! I am from Dickinson, TX. My home and car was very recently flooded by Hurricane Harvey so I can say that I am waiting on many prayers to be answered. My husband, who is our only income, was out of work for 2 weeks because of the hurricane so now we are struggling to provide for our 2 girls (ages 7 and 3) and rebuild our home that we are unable to live in at this time. This is a very difficult time for our family as we wait to see what God has planned for us. I know there is a reason why He has us going through all of this devastation right now so all we can do is continue to pray and wait to see what path He will lead us down next. Thank you for listening and allowing me to share my story. I would like to please ask that you keep my family in your prayers as we try to make our house a home again. Also, extra prayers for my girls as their whole world has been turned upside down. Thank You and God Bless! 🙂

  10. Hi my name is Nichole and I’m from a small town called Brockway in Pennsylvania. It’s about two hours north of Pittsburgh. I feel I’m in a season of waiting because I’m unsure if staying in my hometown is where I need to be or if moving is what’s best. I’ve been praying about it a lot but I’ve received no solid answer for God yet. Therefore I am waiting on Gods timing. It’s so difficult to hang out and be patient at times. I’ve tried to make my own choice but have come up frustrated and disappointed. That’s when I know this isn’t for me to figure out.

  11. Good morning! My name is Mignon and I’m from Dade City, Florida. I loved your de option on Proverbs 31. Those are words I needed to hear! I’m waiting for the healing of my children: heart, mind, body, and soul.

  12. Good morning. I live near Charlottesville, Virginia. Your message today speaks loudly to my soul as I have suffered from impatience all of my life.

  13. Thank you for such a great reminder, I have been married to my lovely husband since January 2003, and we have been praying to the Lord to bless our family with a baby, last year I left my stressful job to start my own business, but it’s been a very slow uphill drive, I also lost my first baby last year, and I felt like my life was in a drought. Financial, physical and this put a strain on my spiritual….however God have me peace when I just could not go on a few months ago, and I turned 40 in September (reading you story felt like reading my life) I am from the Caribbean by the way.

  14. From Acworth, Ga (just north of ATL). Oh the waiting that I have done-some well, but most, not so much. My college daughter is now in a waiting period, and I am praying that she does it better than I would have back then.

  15. Good Morning! I’m Janet from Columbus, Indiana. Being patient can be a struggle, I have to keep reminding myself who is really in control.

  16. Hola i am from Penuelas Puerto Rico
    I have been waiting and i dont know if He has forgotten me .
    My dreams have all vanished and feel i have none.
    Raising to grandbabies alone. The processing is draining and difficult .
    Waiting on His answered prayer makes feel like a toll on me. Just turned 58
    So am at a lost. Feel so much like Sarah ,Job had much more faith then i .
    Love the babies is the vision of the whole journey i can’t seem to wait upon .
    Perhaps trying to hard to see the why instead of enjoying the waiting process .
    Just My Thought…

  17. Hi, I’m from Kaikoura in New Zealand 🙂
    I’m waiting on the Lord in so many areas of my walk with Him, your message about your own and Sarah’s wait is a timely reminder of patience needed and our Lords faithfulness 💕
    Thank you.

  18. Hello Amy, I’m Grace from Nigeria. This post was timely for me.

    I’m currently in a season of waiting and boy is it stretching. Waiting for the dreams God has placed in my he to come to fulfillment and it just seems so far. It’s a struggle I’m in right now. Learning just to be patient and to trust His perfect timing. Sometimes it’s hard especially when it seems like everyone else is moving and I’m still. Or when I have to explain things to people and I just feel stupid. But today I started to ask the Lord for strength to wait and to focus on what he may be teaching me during this season.

    Thank you for sharing.

  19. Bunnlevel, NC
    What a beautiful devotion! Not only does it help me see the beauty in waiting patiently for Gods timing for the future but also the timing of things that have happened or happening currently in our lives when we think it’s too late.

  20. Dear Amy, For the past year I have been caring for my elderly in-laws. Currently I am waiting for direction & help in the next phase of care giving as it can be an exhausting job for one person. I wouldn’t trade this last year for anything as I have learned much about the omnipotence of our great God. Being a senior myself, it’s time to share the privilege of care giving. Blessings from Wooster OH

  21. Cleveland, Tennessee
    We are waiting for my husband’s new job! We have been waiting close to 10 years for it to happen! We are standing for our “tomorrow” to come to pass. The journey has been hard but has brought us closer to together and closer to God! We know it happen soon because God has promised this new job to my husband! Than you for the awesome reminder in today’s devotional! It was perfect timing!!! 😉

  22. Good morning. I am from Jacksonville, FL. Waiting is so difficult for me and I have often asked God to provide me with a time line (that would make waiting so much easier).

  23. Delton, MI….Oh do I know how it feels to wait on God. My husband and I waited for a house to buy for a long time. After ours sold we had to rent a house that was miserable to live in and sucked our savings dry. I couldn’t believe that God wanted us to struggle like that. When we finally found our home we live in now, I knew that we weren’t ready to recognize the house he had in mind for us. We needed to change our perspective and wants to line up with His.

  24. Hi Amy. I am from BURLINGTON NC! Love reading your DEVOTIONS and your blog! Thank you for your heart for Jesus! It is refreshing to my soul! Yes of course I am waiting on God’s perfect timing in my life! Aren’t we all waiting on something all of the time?! Enjoying my journey while I get there 🙂 Blessings!

  25. Thank you from Jonestown, PA! You’re devotion for today on waiting is on point!! I know I’ve been very impatient with God’s timing only to realize that truth….He’s ALWAYS on time!! May God continue to bless you as you minister to others!! ❤️

  26. Thank you for this post. I wish waiting were easier, praying I will learn to be peacefully content with what God has given me!

  27. I’m from Landis, NC. I’m an educator quickly approaching retirement but I know this is really just a transition for me. I’m excited (and impatient if I’m honest 😉) to see what God has planned for my “what’s next.” I have a heart for art and creating but too often my blessed life has kept me too busy. #trustingGod #loveGodsizedadventure

  28. It is so hard to wait sometimes it almost will drive me crazy. I know His plan is best for my life and that I need to slow down and take in all that He is doing to grow and mature me in the process.

  29. Aurora, IL ( by the way, no part of Wayne’s World was filmed here) =)

    I am waiting for something big that seems impossible to me. I know it will happen in God’s perfect timing but I’m teetering on the edge of losing hope. I love God so much and I’m working on increasing my trust of Him. Thank you for your devotional today and for reminding me of His perfect will and timing for all of us.

    • Hi Pamela,!

      As I was scrolling through, your hometown caught my eye. My daughter is a freshman at Aurora University! We live a couple hours south, so missing her. Nice to meet you ☺

      Dawn

  30. Hi Amy, I’m from Londonderry, NH

    My waiting journey involves my physical healing from multiple illnesses. Waiting has always been hard for me. Waiting to: get married, have babies, open gifts, basically self focused and not so much God focused. My heats desire is for that paradigm shift to disrupt my plans and embrace .Gods. His ways are higher than my ways and his thoughts higher than mine

  31. Hi, I am from Port Huron, Michigan. I was moved by what you wrote. Thank you for the reminder of God’s timing never be our timing and that patience is an ever-learning process.

  32. Hi from Alexandria, VA. Still not a distinguished waiter! I continually lean into Him. Knowing that even though I may not love the wait He loves me and wants the best for me. I know His plan is better than my little mind can even begin to fathom. When I can feel myself getting anxious or worked up I immediately turn to Him in prayer. Yet not my will but yours be done Luke 22:42

  33. I’m from Memphis, TN. I used to say the home of Elvis Presley and Graceland, but I have found that the new generations aren’t familiar with Elvis. Lol! Now I say, “Home of the Blues and BBQ!”
    My learning to wait came first with raising our daughter who decided that living the life God wanted for her…wasn’t for her. My husband and I prayed, cried, and cried out to God. We finally gave up trying to change her. We gave her up to God to change. It took time. It seemed like FOREVER! We stepped back, and let Him do what only He could do. He is AMAZING and AWESOME! He moved mountains. He took people out of her life that were undermining His plan. He brought people into her life that encouraged her, and brought her back spiritually. It was worth the wait! His work in her was worth every second, minute, hour, day, month and years of wait! Praise God! There have been many more “learning to wait” times, and there are more to come. I use this as my witness of what God can and will do. It was not a walk in the park, but God was with us every step of the way.
    Thank you for your work, your wisdom, and your witness. You give me the confidence and confirmation that I need, that all women need, to carry on through what each day brings.

  34. Hi Amy …I am from Hamilton New Zealand. I am currently waiting for guidance about a new position in the company I work for .
    Love all the blog posts
    Thanks
    Bev

  35. A needed reminder for me as I have prayed for a godly mate for my daughter but have not trusted that our Lord would answer

  36. Hi! I am from Kittanning, PA….a small town north of Pittsburgh.
    This message today is exactly what I have been praying for/struggling with in so many areas of my life.
    Thank you for reminding me I am not alone and that we need to TRUST in HIS timing…..
    God Bless!

  37. My husband and I have been waiting upon God for so many prayers to be answered. In the middle of a very difficult season of waiting he also lost his job. We both feel so alone and forgotten right now. We know the promises of God and believe that he will be faithful, but the waiting is hard. We live in Melbourne, Fl.

  38. I am from Urbanna Va., I waited eleven years for my son with autism to stop his aggressive behavior. I prayed and prayed, finally my prayers were answered. I am blessed to have such a beautiful child. Waiting was painful, but Oh, so worth it.

  39. I was transplanted to beautiful Colorado in the city of Broomfield 2 years ago. I am so happy I found your blog. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  40. I am from Houston TX and now live in the hill country in Ingram TX. My major waiting experience was waiting for my husband to be.I cried and prayed for my future husband in college. I prayed continually and persistently for my future husband. At times during the wait I became very impatient,frustrated, and discouraged. I felt like I couldn’t be really happy until I had found him. Finally when I was 24 years old, I gave it all to God. I knew then it would be fine if I stayed single or I married. My whole attitude changed. I was now enjoying life to its fullest and not fretting about what I didn’t have. A year later, I did meet and marry my husband. We both say it is by God’s grace that we have been married for 44 years. Thank You, Lord.

  41. Hi! I am from Arkansas. I am in that waiting period now. I know God has a special purpose and plan for my request and your words this morning just reinforces what I know. Thank you and have a blessed day. Still praying and waiting.

  42. I was transplanted to beautiful Colorado in the city of Broomfield 2 years ago. I love where God has brought me. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  43. I love your devotions and how you always tie a modern-day experience! I never realized the number of years Sarah had to wait before getting pregnant. I have a niece who has been waiting for healing fot going on 4 years. Your devotion gives hope; thank you!

  44. God didn’t bring me a husband until I was 36, well after my younger sister and all my friends were married. He didn’t bring me a child until I was 42, an age at which many of my peers were becoming grandparents. (In fact, my husband jokingly suggested that we name our son Isaac because of my resemblance to Sarah!) God’s had many lessons for me about waiting and His perfect timing!

    Granville, Ohio

  45. Hello from Reading, UK. waiting on and believing God for so many things but top on that list is for God to bring my family together to live under one roof!

  46. Thank you, Amy, for sharing. I look forward each morning to see what God wants me to learn from you and other writers from Proverbs 31 Devotions. I am from Bartlett, Tennessee. I waited for a few years for God to bring a prodigal home and God changed my heart and taught me so much during my wait. I found out that I had a lot of confessing to do my self. I also found out that I could not change my loved one, as much as I tried, I could pray and love them through the hard times. Hate the sin, love the sinner. I thank God that He is so faithful and He loves us too much to leave us where we are, but we must wait on His perfect timing and have an open heart to see what He is trying to teach us. Proverbs 3:5-6

  47. Hi from Hickory, NC! I am also in a season of waiting and trusting the Lord. My husband began a new job out of town in January. We thought our home would sell quickly so we could all move to his new location, but it hasn’t yet. Praying each day to trust Him in his timing and provision! Oh for grace to trust a Him more!

  48. From NW Louisiana, where we say ya’ll and hey.
    Learning to wait ,when you know your in a season of transition, you know your not there yet but you know it’s not time yet to go to where God has called you to be. so learning to be content where we have been planted was hard at frist,then we began to learn to trust Him more, we just rest and relax through each door He opens and we know He is our provider and He has are backs. We just need to keep close in His Word and walk with thankfulness. We will get there. It’s His plan. t.

  49. Hi..I am from Ashton, Michigan. I am waiting for my new season to seem right. A disability keeps me from physically going back to special education. They are giving me a rough time. Waiting to see if I can qualify for disability so I have an income. Dealing with more physical issues ongoing. I need peace and patience to get through it all.. Please Lord..hold me up in this new walk!!

  50. Hello, Amy! I am from Staten Island, New York. Thank you for your devotional on Proverbs 31 this morning. I’ve also been a perpetual struggler with waiting on God’ timing, but your blog has helped me reaffirm to myself that God is always faithful and that my life is better off in His hands than in mine!

  51. I truly enjoyed the Encouragement for Today regarding trusting in His timing. I’m from Chinquapin, North Carolina and would love very much to win your Give Away.

  52. Good morning 🙂 I live in Carthage, NC. In regard to God’s call for me, I began with preparation while waiting. I distinctly recall moving into a ‘waiting well’ phase while remaining in the mode of preparation. Little did I know a ‘waiting better’ phase existed. It does and it includes more preparation. As of this date? Well, I think I shall deem this season, “Waiting still” and will continue to prepare. Thank you for the opportunity to share!

  53. I’m an Army wife so from all over! While our life is constantly changing I am thankful for your podcasts and emails! They always touch my heart. Currently we are in Clarksville, TN.

  54. Good morning! I am from Kernersville, North Carolina.
    I absolutely love Proverbs 31 and have been so blessed by so many of your individual blogs, websites, and podcasts. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us.

  55. Thank you for this post. My heart was really struck by the phrase “in his appointed time”. What a great reminder that God’s plan and timing are perfect. I am in a season of waiting and have been for some time, but this strengthened me. Thank you from Denver, CO.

  56. Hi I’m from Texas city Texas. Found your blog through Proverbs 31 this morning. Thankyou for the timely reminder. How I needed to read that! Blessings! Christina

  57. Good morning! I’m originally from Huntsville, AL but currently live near Atlanta, GA. I’ve only recently realized I have a major issue with trying to “help God”. I tend to get excited and run ahead, all while God is calling after me to “Hold up! Hang on! WAIT!!!”. Right now, I’m trying something new – being still. WOW! Is that hard! Stillness sure does feel like unproductiveness. Thank you for the reminder this morning that that’s totally not the case! God is always working, even when we can’t see that He is. Be still, and know… (Psalm 46:10)

  58. Hello, I’m from Palouse, Washington. Your words were so encouraging to me today as I consider all of the dreams and promises that I’m anxious for God to fulfill. ❤️

  59. Hi! I’m from Atlanta, GA and Traverse City, MI. I have spent 1/2 my life in each place, so I feel that I’m from both 🙂 Which leads me to why your post was dead-on for me today. I JUST wrote in my journal this morning about how I want to rush the process I feel God is leading me through but I know the best thing to do is wait for HIM to open the doors instead of me trying to force them open.

  60. I live in Christian County in western Kentucky. My husband and I live on his family’s small farm surrounded by groups of horse and buggy Mennonites, and I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful setting.

  61. Good morning from Tampa Florida. I so appreciate your words today on Proverbs 31, thank you for making it wasy to understand Gods timing is perfect in all situations.

  62. Good morning from Columbia,SC! Prayfully waiting ( not always patiently) for a godly wife for my son that will want to be part of our family and a job situation my family is involved in.

  63. Hello, hello, hello! Sending well wishes and blessings from San Antonio, TX! I just wanted to say thank you for this devotion as it very closely related to the ‘wait’ I have been experiencing for a good while now. I really needed to hear this (and most likely will continue to hear it). Also, it reminded me of a song that the choir sang in my church when I was a kid. For anyone interested, it is called “While You Wait” by Joe Pace. It could not be any more fitting for someone waiting patiently on God to bring something to pass, so check it out! Thank you again and have a blessed day! <3

  64. I’m from Victor, IA and am waiting to be a song writer although perhaps I’m there and I’m more waiting to figure out ways to find time to get them finished. Anyway, thanks for the reminder from tractors and Sarah.

  65. Buford, Ga

    I have learned one thing while waiting, worrying doesn’t help and will not speed up God’s timing! I just wish I knew how to stop worrying so much and be patient!

  66. Hi Amy. I am from Pahrump, NV (a rural town an hour outside of Las Vegas). After beginning my walk with the Lord, I waited 11 long years for Him to fulfill my desire to be married. My husband and I have been married now for 25 years and he was sure worth the wait! I can so relate to the struggle of waiting on the Lord when His timetable doesn’t match my own. Yet, as you pointed out, He is always right on time.

  67. Your devotions always bring a light in the world that seems to be getting darker and darker. Thank you for sharing your spirit and your heart.
    Kalispell, Montana

  68. Waiting – yes, it is hard and I do question God. Our daughter is 38 years old, unmarried and without children. My greatest desire and hope for her is find a godly man and have children. Will it still come to pass or is this not the plan God has for her.

    All in Your time, Lord,

  69. Hi, I am from Nitro, West Virginia and today’s message was very meaningful to me as I have been going through a very difficult period and had prayed this morning for a very clear answer as what I needed to do about a problem I was facing. Everything had said be patient & wait. Also my spirit was low and I was sinking. Thank you for all of your blogs, everything I read or listen to is enjoyable & spirit lifting. May you be blessed.

  70. I’m from Napa, California.
    Yesterday I realized that in my waiting, I have lost sight of Gods willingness to do a miracle on my behalf. My waiting room has left me believing that God forgot there is one more patient out there.

  71. I’m from Trinity/Odessa, Florida but someday I’ll have a farm and my hubby will be driving that tractor in front of you at the fast food restaurant. 🙂 God has promised our family a farm even though it seems like an impossible dream. Your devotional today was on point. It was exactly what I needed this Monday morning as I sit in a cubicle, type away on a computer and start my forty hours for the week. This is not where God has me forever. It is a season and I want to be in his perfect timing.. even though it is so incredibly tempting to yell… “hurry, God, hurry!!!” Thank you for your encouragement today.

  72. Hi I am living in Colorado but am originally from Queens, New York. I am 54 yrs old and I struggle with the wait to hear God speak to me.

  73. Hi! I’m from Ambler, PA! Thanks for sharing your post today – it’s a great reminder that God holds the keys to all things and His timing is perfect!

  74. Hey, Amy. Enjoy that upcoming birthday! I always love reading what you write, especially the tractor story today! I’m from a tobacco farm in Gibsonville, NC, Go John Deere! Go! I said Go Faster!

  75. Good morning! I’m from West Virginia – only about 60 miles from our nation’s capital. I would love to receive this free gift! I’ve been waiting for quite a few years now for my daughter to be healed. About six months ago, however, the doctor only gave her another year to two to live. You can imagine my anxiety in thinking that this healing isn’t going to happen. It’s the hardest thing in the world for me to wait. I’m a very impatient person, and especially when it comes to my daughter’s life!

  76. Hi, I’m from Pawleys Island SC. I felt like God promised me something almost 30 years ago. There are days that I don’t understand why it hasn’t come to pass, as I am getting up in age. I stand on the fact that God is a man of His word. If it truly was Him, and not just my desire, it will come to pass in His timing, which is perfect! Blessings!!!

  77. Pearland, Texas

    Waiting is so difficult, and yet He is always faithful! I have to remind myself to “review” the evidence and see that He knows best in all things. His timing is always perfect! And His answer is always more than I could imagine!

  78. hello from Gaylord Michigan, I felt like God had something for me, and in my impatience I kept after Him , telling Him He needs to hurry up, I have a life to live after all. little did I know He was teaching patience and wisdom. I have learned to wait ,quietly, and to know the little prodding’s to share my faith in the right situations!

  79. I am from Rolla, Missouri BUT when I met you I was in Marysville, Ohio. Your words have been such encouragement to me in so many times. I feel like God has me from one season of waiting to another, but He has been so good to provide blessings along the way. I know the wait is always worth it!

  80. Memphis, Tennessee

    Trusting God in the waiting process is strengthening my faith in Him. Although it’s really difficult with my most personal prayers, I’ve learned to trust His timing for me.

  81. Melbourne, FL. I am actually waiting to be a mother. I have been married for nearly 6 years and so thought it would have happened on day 1!! Thank you for this reminder. That God is God and I’m not. He is the God who sees me and His plans and timing are perfect! God bless you!!

  82. Hi! I am from Ada, Oklahoma. How hard it is to wait on God’s timing and trust His plan! I pray for the strength daily to wait in Him and for peace in my wait. Thank you for this mornings devotion!

  83. I think most women have a longing of a heart-dream, big or small. Thankfully, God understand women well. I’ve been waiting decades for a heart-dream. I find myself, this morning, holding it up, once again, to a faithful God to calm my anxious demand and give it back to Him. Independence, MO

  84. Greetings from sunny and hot Tampa, Florida. I think we all struggle with “waiting” in some form or another. Thanks for the great example and story this morning! ❤

  85. I love in Nampa ID. Waiting is not one of my favorite past times but the older i get i understand how important it is.

  86. Hi! I’m from Telford, TN. My waiting journey began in a decision to leave a full-time job and pursue a personal business. I am still waiting on how this is going to look for my family (husband and 5 children) because it’s not going as fast as I had hoped. I am learning God’s timing not my own. The funny thing is, since leaving my job I have learned that I am a match for someone who needs a kidney. (go figure….didn’t see that coming) Now I’m waiting to find out if I’m healthy enough to give it to him. So I’m learning that maybe my plan was never God’s plan. Either way I’m taking it one day at a time.

  87. I’m from Frankfort, Indiana. My impatient wait would be for my health. I’ve been struggling with chronic pain, swelling and sickness for almost a year now. About all I can get done is go to work. I come home and I’m exhausted and ready to sleep, although, there are nights that I can’t sleep, even though I wish I could because I’m so worn out. Most signs point to a certain arthritis, but my doctor can’t run the test he wants to run because my insurance won’t pay for it unless a specialist in that field runs it. So I’ve waited since April to get into the specialist, just had my appointment last week, and said specialist tells me I don’t think you have this. I think it’s the medicine you’re on. Except, I’ve been on most of this medicine for ten years, why would it suddenly decide NOW is the time to wreak havoc with me. I would like an answer for the pain so I can get back to my life caring for my kids, my husband, my grandfather, and my farm. I know God wants me to be patient, but man this is getting old.

  88. Hello from Manchester, Kentucky! I love reading your blog posts and devotions on Encouragement for Today! You’re truly a blessing. Thank you for allowing God to use you to reach and teach women like me. God bless you and have a wonderful day!

  89. Morning! I’m originally from Monroe, LA but I’ve been in NYC for the last few years for school then work. I’m currently (and thankfully) plotting my escape back to my lovely south; the country girl in me is long over the big city!

    Thank you for your devotional this morning; it reminded me to keep my eyes focused on God during this season and continue to be patient even though I just want to scream “RIGHT NOW PAPA, RIGHT N O W!”

    Please keep me and My Niko in your prayers for patience and an increased relationship with God as we both grow with Him during our season apart ♥️

  90. Thank you so much Amy from Minneapolis MN area! Yes, a long awaited dream in my marriage of 30+ years has never left my heart…and hope. Some times it seems so hard but I know God is totally good.

  91. Hi from Cicero, Indiana. Waiting for the restoration and the giving back of what the locusts have stolen and been given.

  92. Hi Amy, this is another Amy (who also struggles with perfectionism) and I’m from Houston, TX. I’ve been waiting for answers/direction/healing for chronic health issues. It’s been the most challenging and most difficult time of my life and honestly, my faith has taken a pretty good beating. But I am still clinging on to the Lord with a mustard seed of faith and continuing to wait on Him to provide.

  93. Hi! I’m from Wellesley, Ontario, Canada. I really appreciated your blog today. The issue of waiting to see God’s will in my husband’s and my careers has been an ongoing challenge. God is in control though, and knows the details – our strengths, our weaknesses, our ages, our abilities, our hearts…. We can definitely relate to Abraham and Sarah! 🙂

  94. I am originally from Northern California, but after marrying fourteen years ago, we have lived in Virginia, Australia, and now Texas. As for waiting on GOD’s timing…my husband marvels at my patience, but to be honest, it is less patience, and more stubbornness. I just refuse to give up on anything or anyone. If GOD says he’ll send me a letter in the mail, I will go out to the mailbox every day, in all types of weather until I am 99 yrs old and beyond ! My husband I did not marry until “late” in life. I was 34, and he was 38. We had each prayed for someone to love for many years, but remained single until GOD had put us in each other’s path. My husband worried that we might not be able to have kids at such an advance age (HA!), but I had absolute faith that GOD wanted us to have children. So out popped child #1 the first year of our marriage, child #2 the following year, and child #3 the year after that. We have had no luck since then, and I am now 48, but only GOD knows what the future holds. Another example of waiting: My husband left his well-paying job to pursue an advanced degree in his field, which he obtained with honors. However, when he tried to return to his field of work, no one would hire him. They wanted the young, up-and-comers straight out of college. My husband tried for over FIVE years to get a job with absolutely no success. So I, who had always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, relinquished my role, and became employed full-time outside the home to support the family. I did this for five years while hubby parented our three children in the home. At first I was resentful–This was NOT how I pictured my life! But what a blessing it was!! My children have an unusually close bond with their father and have greatly benefited from all the one-on-one quality time with him, and I will fully admit that he was a better stay-at-home “Mom” than I ever would have been. Now my husband is employed full-time, but that period of waiting was highly stressful as this family of five lived on less than $22,000/year. But we are a family who feels blessed regardless of any hardship that we may be going through. GOD is always good, and knows what is in our best interest.

  95. Hi Amy
    I am from Simsbury, CT. I love reading your blog. I love this topic of waiting. Work has been crazy and I just send my baby away to college. Reminding me that he is always here has helped a lot!
    Blessing to you always!
    Barbara

  96. Hi there! I am from Bartlett, TN. I love your post on waiting. So hard to do, but I have been through it many times. I was married for 13 years and wondered if I was ever going to have children. Then my husband divorced me and I wondered if I would ever have a family at all. God is good. I truly believe it was divine intervention that I was not having any children during my first marriage, but He sent me another husband and a beautiful baby girl less than a year later – in my 40’s! Thankfully, I did not wait as long as Sarah. He must have also supplied her with abundant energy to keep up with Isaac as well. I know I need it! He has always been faithful – even when I don’t understand – I know He knows best!

  97. Plantation FL we have been suffering unjustly for years and went through Irma the Lord knows we need this badly and still are waiting over 6 and half years later for God to do all he promised thanks for the amazing chance

  98. I’m from Thomasville, GA. While waiting for my next full-time opportunity, God has taught me patience, and I’ve learned to praise him even when I can’t see the plan. God also made sure I was available to help diagnose my Dad when he had a rare inflammation disorder.

  99. Brenda Boles, Lubbock, TX. I so enjoy your words of encouragement. Please keep sharing. Blessings to you and your family.

  100. I am from Le Grand CA. It has been a long time dream of ours to move out of CA. We are still waiting for God’s timing. Thank you for today’s Proverbs 31 devotion on waiting. Sometimes it feels like we have been waiting forever. But we know God has a plan

  101. You are such a blessing, Amy – I love that you are so real and upbeat…and Southern!
    Love to you from Another Southern gal – Commerce, GA!

  102. Hi Amy! I’ m living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I too am currently waiting on the Lord for many things. Thank you for sharing your encouraging words, pointing us to trust and wait with joy on our King. 😇 Beth

  103. I’m Deanna from Indiana! (That’s the rhyme I use to help people remember my name!) I have been in a waiting period for God to expand my speaking ministry and sometimes it seems so hard. Some days I feel like maybe I’m not meant to do this and just about the time I think that, someone calls to see if I am available to speak at their event. I loved the blog you wrote on “when your calendar is empty” because God does use us in different ways at different times and allows us down time to relax and prepare even when we don’t see it. I believe now He is preparing to use me in ways I thought may never happen. I don’t know but I do know that He has placed a lot of positive things in my life, opened doors and the Holy Spirit is jumping around in my soul so much so that I feel like I’m going to burst! Thank you ALWAYS for your encouraging words. I love that I met you, that you have given me such a positive coaching experience and insight and suggestions to help my ministry move to a new level. I also love that you are a true woman of God. I love ya!

  104. Amanda from San Antonio, TX. My heart’s longing has been for a Christian husband that loves the Lord. I have prayed for him since I was 16 and am now 44. I constantly feel like God is late, or that I have done something to deserve loneliness. It’s hard being patient. I am a single mother because I tried to rush God’s plan, I love my daughter with all my heart. I am also working on my Masters in Counseling because I just sat around when God was telling me to go to school. 🙂 Only a few more classes and I’ll be done. Waiting gone God is hard, and I wish he would call me on my phone and tell me “Just 1 more year!” or “Never gonna happen for you”, I could accept that, sometimes it’s the not knowing that hurts worse than the waiting! 🙂

  105. Dear Amy; A big “hello” from the small rural town of Holden, Louisiana! I LOVE your devotionals, and have been reading them for a so long I can’t remember when I started. Encouragement for Today has been a daily Godsend, in so many ways. Here are some examples of how your devotionals and blog have helped me start my day off in the right frame of mind: 1– Often, the subject hits directly on the issue I’m struggling with at that very time, sometimes (I had gone to bed the night before thinking about it.) 2– Right after a friend has shared a problem with me I have found encouragement for her in your devotional, and immediately sent her the link so she could read it for herself, or called her to share what I’ve read, and where she could find it. 3– I have even shared a few with my husband because we occasionally read our devotionals allowed. (I don’t do this when we’re upset, or angry, or to “teach him a lesson.) Only when things are serene with us, as a means of sharing time together. Especially when we’re sitting quietly and not communicating. And I subtly let him know am “beginning” my daily readings, and not repeating something I’ve already read. It’s interesting that, we’ve been married 40, I’ve been a Christian since age 12, am now 57, and I still benefit from younger women who have answered God’s call on their lives. To wrap up, let me say that years ago God gave me two visions of ministries for Him. These have remained steadfast in my heart, and it’s been hard at times, wondering if they’d ever happen. And praise be to God, they have recently begun to come to life! Thank you for your Sisters in Christ around the world!

  106. I live in Seattle, Washington. But where I’m FROM, originally, is a little town called Glide, in Oregon. It was the most beautiful place to grow up in! Right by the Umpqua river, with a myriad of things to do in the great outdoors.

  107. Hello and good morning, I’m from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. I’ve been waiting on God’s promises for quite sometime, and at times am completely discouraged, then I come across with a great hope revival devotional like yours today and am encouraged to keep waiting in faith for God’s time. Bless your heart.

  108. I am from Dover, PA. I’ve gotten myself into trouble that probably could have been avoided had I waited on God’s timing rather than “helping” Him out. My first marriage is an example and it was a disaster I could have avoided had I waited on the Lord for His choice rather than my own selfishness.

  109. Hi Amy,
    Thanks so much for your sweet encouragement on the P31 email devotional today!
    I’m from Dothan AL.
    Looks like a wonderful give-away with some treasured resources!
    Thank you, Beth

  110. Thank you for the encouragement today. I am just now rediscovering my dreams and this devotion was perfect timing. I am from Auburn CA:)

  111. Hello! I am from the beautiful coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina! One of the many instances in my life where I had to wait patiently on God is wanting a renewed and restored relationship with my biological father. After years and years of praying about the restoration of our relationship and putting forth tons of efforts on my own, I finally put it all, I mean ALL, into His hands. Thirty-two years later, I was blessed to have spent my most recent birthday with him (he has never attended a birthday party or celebrated a birthday with me and my brother – we are twins by the way) and we speak and text on a daily basis. I am so grateful on how God healed my heart and past hurts and how we can look forward to a blessed future.

  112. Fairfield, Ca – and make me realize that I am always waiting (I think we all are, at least for something) and in the process of waiting for both little & bigger things – mostly the bigger things, I ten to focus on the waiting rather on everything that is currently happening around me. Have to remember to appreciate & enjoy the all the moments that occur during the waiting 🙂

  113. Wow, this devotional for Proverbs31 today is exactly what I needed for today. Thank you so much for sharing these words of encouragement. With my own “significant” birthday approaching next month I also feel like there are expiration dates to some of my longings and prayers. So many times I’ve cried and pleaded asking God to “do something.’ But then I am reminded that God’s timing is better than my own, even when I don’t understand it. God always brings me back to who he is and that he can break through these impossibilities. He is the God that can turn my “what ifs” to “even if.” Thank you Jesus that you are always in control and you call us to trust you even if we don’t understand.

  114. I live in Rock Hill, SC, but like you, I have half of a heart–or dare I say even more– that lives far away in another part of the world. My body is in SC but my heart resides in Trujillo, Perú. <3

  115. The city associated with the area I’m from & still live in is Henderson, NC. I live in a rural “township” called Townsville. We are in the most northern part of Vance County & NC, @ Kerr Lake, about 5+mi from the NC/VA line. I love it! It’s so peaceful. Our neighbors have become a second family. 😊

  116. Hello. I now live in Greenville,SC. Am from NC and grew up in a military family so have lived in many states. I love the South best. I am waiting for many prayers to be answered in God’s time and way. He has always been faithful. I am encouraged by your words. Thanks.

  117. I’m originally from Manchester, England but I’m now living in Wichita, KS. I love your blog and your post with the tractor analogy and waiting was perfect! Thank you for your inspiration!

  118. I’m from Stonecreek Oh, living on a farm that my grandfather and father used to own…I can just picture that tractor going thru the local drive-thru….lol!

  119. “God may seem like a tractor in the road, slowing down our dreams, but He knows the entirety of our story from beginning to end.” – Love this, Amy! I, too, find myself wishing God would hurry, hurry, hurry. Knowing He’s sovereign and wise just doesn’t seem like enough sometimes. PS. – I’m from the beautiful mountains of Appalachia! 🙂 Thanks, dear!

  120. Hi! Loved your story today. This is the second time someone has talked about waiting in the past week… to be honest, I feel like it IS something God is trying to tell me, but while that should be exciting, it’s making me a little nervous about HOW LONG I’ll be waiting. I just don’t know if I can keep waiting. Waiting well… it takes daily effort! Thanks for the encouragement. I’m from Kansas 🙂

  121. HI. I am from British Columbia, Canada. I have spent the last 20 years of chronic illness waiting on God. How do I serve hi him in this. Waiting on jobs when there have been changes. Waiting for strength. Waiting most recently for our congregation to vote to see if my husband remains in his job as a pastor for another year. Waiting in hospital waiting rooms for loved ones. Waiting for a grown child to commit to Jesus…etc, etc, etc 🙂
    Have I learned to trust perfectly in the next situation? No. But I have learned that He is Faithful and Good all the time. And every waiting room is for His glory.

  122. I’m from Raleigh, NC! We’ve been waiting about two years for a baby, which has been hard and painful, but also an incredibly sweet time of seeing God provide and bless this season. Thanks for the encouraging word today!

  123. Hi! I’m from San Diego. I consider myself a pretty positive person and one that turns to God ALOT. I’m also one that wants what I want when I want it; hence lots of manipulating while I wait on our Lord. Right now while I try to stop my own works and wait on Gods timing in regards to two of my children, I will be signing up for as many words of encouragement & devotions that I can!! Thank you!!

  124. I am from San Diego, CA. I am originally from Oregon though and my heart longs for home and I am in the waiting process to see when I can go home or if that’s where God intends for me to be next. As for now hes said I am to stay here which is very hard for me some days. He is working in me as I wait I know.

  125. I am from Atlanta,Georgia. I am still waiting for the man I felt that I heard the Lord said I would have(Godly man).And I feel my time and “face,etc. is long gone. Is there really a man who will still appreciate the good inside of me????????????????????????????????

  126. I live in San Jose, CA and am a transplanted Texan. My family of origin still remain in Austin, Texas where I return every year to visit. I in a place of waiting for God to move in my husband’s life that he would experience God’s healing love. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  127. Hi I grew up in Albany,NY. Married and moved to Pennsylvania for about 25 years. Then 3 years ago we relocated to Campbellsville , Kentucky. Such a big change for us but I do love the slower pace here.My husband and I have been in the waiting mode for quite awhile for a few things. Sometimes I well during the wait other times not so good (LOL) However, I do enjoy reading your blog and email I get. Thank you for sharing it does help.

  128. Hi! I am from Andrews, NC
    Thank you for reminding me that God’s timing is always perfect and that I have much to learn while I wait.
    Much peace and joy to you!

  129. Hi, from Wabash Indiana. I’ve felt called to speak and teach for so many years and the waiting on His timing feels impossible at times. Especially when it seems I move a few steps forward and then backwards twice as many. But I’ve definitely learned the importance of waiting on him and not manipulating the circumstances (not that I don’t still do it on occasion).

  130. I have happily put down roots in a small town in Pa called Duncannon. I love your posts Amy! I have gotten alot from the them past few years!!

  131. Hi! I currently live in Maricopa, Arizona. Its a little city outside Phoenix. I arrived here from Oshawa, Ontario via Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    I am currently waiting for direction on pursuing more education or changing jobs. Feeling stuck

  132. I am from Newport North Carolina 😊I moved here from California I came to visit friends and while I was walking down steps from this very small plane at a very small airport I heard the Lord say this will be your new home 😳I’ve never lived anywhere but Cali . It did not happen overnight it took 3 years and many test and trials before I arrived here 😊I have loved every moment here it’s been 4 years now .
    Margie

  133. I’m from Rome, GA (I met you at our women’s conference last year at Northside Church). I had to learn how to wait when we were desperate for answers and solutions while we were in a heartbreaking season of sickness (cancer diagnosis) and loss (job and home). Now, 5 years later, we are answering the call to ministry and hubby will graduate from seminary in May. Eager to find out what God has for us! 💙💙💙

  134. I will be attending your speaking engagement this month at Harman Memorial Baptist Church. I am so excited to meet you and to experience your message. Safe travel mercies are prayed for you. See you soon.
    Grace and Peace,
    Kaye Keen
    Grundy,Virginia

  135. I’m from Cincinnati,Ohio.One of my dreams is to get married.I will be turning 28 soon.Some days are harder then others waiting for the right man to enter my life.In the mean time I’m working on improving myself,an I need to improve my relationship with God too

  136. Dear Amy,
    I am from Hampton,SC.a small rural town. I am a retired school teacher who enjoys reading daily online devotionals. Your message on patience today really hit home. My patience is often in short supply! Waiting is not my strong suit!

  137. Hi, my name is Lara and I am from Oxford, AL – I can tell you God is teaching me to be patient and wait. I am the person with a 20 pg to-do list everyday, taking care of my 10 yr old son who has multiple health issues, homeschooling, dealing with adult children and grandchildren, dealing with my parents who are aging and they are worse than the kids, plus a few other relatives……due to all the medical financial issues I may be losing my house the first time I have ever felt at home….my heart is breaking. I soon may be homeless but I feel like God is working on something I just need the answer now…..but I am waiting.

  138. Hi! Twin cities MN (more specifically Elk River). Honestly I’m always waiting for the next exciting thing. We are now done officially with having kids and I feel empty and sad but happy at times to just enjoy what we have now and relish each age. My baby turns 3 tomorrow and she’s such an answer to prayers that I didn’t even realize I was praying. God is so good.

  139. My hometown will always be Waverly, Ohio, but currently live in Batavia, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati. I am really bad at waiting! I feel like I’ve been stuck in it for a long time. I would really like to move on from this season.

  140. I’m from Port Charlotte, FL. I’m currently a single mother, raising 4 of my children, while waiting for God’s Mr. Right.

  141. Good Evening, my hometown is Jackson, MS. As my 30th birthday approaches, I believe that this will be the most exciting birthday that I have ever had and winning this giveaway would be an awesome gift! This is because I have truly grown in this season and year. My wait began about 2 years ago when I experienced a heartbreaking break-up. I was lost, hurt, depressed, and at my end because it seemed like everything had fallen apart. During this time I found the presence of God like no other. I began to journal for peace. I began reading inspirational books for pleasure again as a way to date myself. My devotion time gave me life. One of my favorite and spirit altering devotions was “Wait and See” in which I completed on 8-11-16. And most importantly I learned to worship, praise, and pray on a deeper level. I NEEDED this because I struggled to believe the promises that I had heard from God. I had become so impatient with the process that hearing the word “wait” was like ripping my heart out. One of those promises was that Carroll is my husband and that we will have to work to become better but I have to wait on the right time. But as I began to grow I realized that God wants the best for me so he WILL prepare me and the promises for the perfect time, I had to learn to wait! As I waited I wanted to date and I wanted to move forward but he was hiding me from the wrong guys, hiding me from harm much like a seed. The farmer plants the seed and covers it with soil, nurtures it, and when the time is right the seed will blossom into the flower that he intended (lol I think that’s an analogy I read on Proverbs31, cudos to that blogger lol). As I learned to wait, I began following Proverbs 31 because it fed my spirit daily. As I grew, I felt in my spirit that it was important to learn what the character of what a Proverbs 31 woman should display if one of the promises was to be a wife and in order to wait well you have to practice faith in the wait by working. Before I knew it things were turning around, after being broken up for a while Carroll and I got back together Sept. 2016. During this time I found my spiritual gifts and how important it is for us to be in tuned with God, his plan, and how to walk in his way. It’s no coincidence that before the year was out “When you need a helping hand” by Amy Carroll spoke life into me. As I thought back feeling alone lit a fire within me and I vowed that if I could help God’s children in any way, I will. During my time I didn’t have many people that I could reach out to that could speak life into me spiritually, and honestly, I can see that God wanted me alone with him; so I am grateful for devotions and blog posts! I am happy to say that my boyfriend and I are flourishing, I am waiting on that ring but I am able to WAIT in better spirits. As I wait I can focus on working, being used for greater purposes rather than focusing on the wait. I am better than ever, I live life more freely, and most importantly my relationship with God is amazing! Seeing him show up, believing him, trusting him, and hearing him speak to me warms my heart like no other; BUT the work is not done. Much Love, keep the greatness coming, Ashley!

  142. Hi Amy and Ladies,
    I’m from Denham Springs, Louisiana.
    I don’t have a problem with waiting. My problem is sitting still during the wait. When something I am waiting and praying for is delayed, I bounce off to something else. In doing this, I sometimes miss the lesson and purpose of the delay.

  143. Hello my name is Keshia my hometown is Opp,Al
    What I have learned in waiting for God is you have to have patient endurance,you cannot rush His process and He knows what we need and when we need it we have to fully trust him.

  144. Thank you so much for the devo today, It was spot on what I really needed to hear. I have been waiting for the manifestation of a dream God gave me a few years ago, to be honest, It has been very hard to wait, I could totally relate when you talked about impatience. I have learnt so much while waiting,Initially, i went full ahead and started planning how I would fulfill the dream, but over time, I learnt that surrender to God’s will and yielding to the Holy spirit helped really show me which path God would have me take , so knowing that it’s God’s plan for me and He will bring it to pass and the Holy Spirit helping me express the fruit of joy while I wait has really helped me during my wait period , Rolake, Lagos, Nigeria

  145. I live in Queen Creek, AZ…but big parts of my heart live in Durango, CO (my oldest son), New York, NY (my second oldest son), and Ortonville, MI (most of my extended family).

  146. Hi! I’m from Windsor, SC. You sure hit the nail on the head for me. I have several prayers I’m still “waiting ‘ to see answered!

  147. Thank you, Amy, for sharing this. I often tell my husband I feel like Sarah is the Bible character I relate to because waiting is so hard, and so long. I have to remind myself not to rush and pull a Hagar. So tough. I feeel like I’ve been waiting forever to move, and it just hasn’t happened.

  148. What an amazing giveway!! I’m from a small, extremely rural, town called Thousandsticks, Ky… It’s literally in the sticks and is the only place in the world with that name! I’d love to win this bundle! I love your books and have really been wanting the “She’s Still There”, by Crystal. Thanks for the opportunity. Blessings!

  149. Hi Amy,
    I’m from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada! And I love your blog!
    In the wait I have learned, and am continuing to learn, that God is trustworthy. I can trust Him with my hearts desires, and He takes good care of my prayer requests. He knows and He can handle it all….no problem!

    As a side note in letting go of perfection, sometimes when I’m frustrated at myself and or I can’t get something right, I get that little thought in my head that I’m trying to be perfect again. It’s a little aha moment where He says it’s okay, I don’t need to be perfect, just be me.

  150. Good morning! I’m from Darien, WI.

    I continue to be in the waiting stage with regard to one of our adult daughters. I’ve seen God working in what I see as baby steps, but I know complete physical, emotional and mental healing will come in His perfect timing. Thanks for the reminder.

  151. Good morning from Hammonton, NJ! My husband and I are trying to have a baby and the waiting is exhausting but knowing that God’s timing is perfect and His plans are better than anything we can imagine help me get through the periods of darkness. Our hope is in Him. Prayers would be appreciated! Thank you!

  152. Good Morning! I am from Madison, MS. Patience is a real struggle for me. I suppose the Lord is trying to teach me patience when he tells me to Wait! I know he is telling me to just be still and know that He is God! I certainly could use prayers for patience!

  153. Hi from Palm Harbor, Florida! Waiting helps me see that what I’m waiting on is not always God’s best for me. Slowly He changes my desires to align with His. Thank you, Amy, for this encouragement!

  154. originally Fletcher, NC 🙂
    I am still in the process of waiting. There are two big desires on my heart that I’ve been waiting for to become true for at least 7 years already. At the moment I am a bit weary but I am trying to make myself persevere (with a good, not a bitter, attitude). At moments these desires seemed so real and ”approved by God” but at the moment I feel like I am in dark.

  155. Thank you for what you do for your posts on the 18th was a great blessing to me!!! God knew I needed that!
    Dexter, Mo!

  156. Hard to say where I am from. Have always considered Arizona home – both sets of grandparents retired here and as an Army brat we always came back here. Even when I left for several years I came back!

    I am waiting for God to either reveal how He can use me in my extremely limited home bound state or provide at least partial healing so I can do more. (Also hoping it will be His will to get me out of the big city and back to a much smaller community.)

  157. I am homeless at the moment.
    My pastor husband retired and we have been visiting our children and traveling but I am ready for a nest again. And ready for God to do something new in me and my life…in my late life!!
    I need a fresh purpose, new relationships and His leading as to where we should go!
    Thanks!

  158. I’m from a small town in New Hampshire. Groton is about 600 people and sits almost entirely on top of a mountain.

  159. Hello. Your post was incredibly encouraging and came at the perfect time. I’m waiting for another child. We’ve been called to adopt through foster care, but things aren’t lining up as quickly as we hoped. It’s so tempting to take control of the situation and try to add to our family biologically, but I am trying to stay focused on the blessings in store when we follow God’s plan. I have often wondered why God put this dream in my heart and led us here if He wasn’t going to follow through, and your post couldn’t have been more perfect at addressing those doubts and reminding me to stay the course. Thank you! By the way, I am from Effingham, Illinois.

  160. I am from Georgia. I am a single mom waiting for God to lead me in a new career path to help my family. I am confident that He will do so.

  161. I am from Buffalo NY. It seems to me most of dreams have been blown away with the wind. When I was younger I wanted to be a singer but shyness & no self-confidence got in the way. My dream now is to live in the country, see the ocean, fly in a plane. Who knows, maybe one day one of them will come true.

    God bless you!

  162. Hey!! I am from Big ok Dallas Texas!!! I really needed this devotional!! About waiting wow!!! We are waiting currently… we found out our 7 year old home has aspergillosis mold and had to move out, pay a large amount of money to have our house deep cleaned.. HVAC DUCTS cleaned and all.. my husband is immunocompromise, my 18 month old son has had 7 ear infections in the past year, bronchiolitis… now receiving a breathing treatment and my son that is 4 years old has been diagnosed with migraines. So to say we are in a state of waiting is understatement.., Why God has been a very familiar question I have been asking a while… But God knows all! Like Isaiah says… don’t need to panic… God has his grip on me!!! A strong one on our family!! Have a great day!! Excited to read your 5 day devotional about Himperfections!

  163. South-Central Kansas! I love the part about the tractors. They’re everywhere where I live, too!

    I also love how you tied them in to what you were teaching. I have a dream that I believe God has given me peace about, but every time some trouble comes, I feel like that dream is in danger. And that’s when God steps in and assures me that my dream will come to fruition when he knows I am ready, and to just trust him with the timing…and with the trouble that I’m facing.

    Thank you for your wonderful blog post! I was almost in tears — so good!

  164. I’m from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and I just am so blessed to have stumbled across the Proverbs 31 Ministries website a few years ago. Everyone that has any connection to this ministry has been such a blessing to my life and I am so grateful to be able to connect with you all.

  165. Greenwood Lake, New York. A beautiful small town where I returned after living a few years in Naples, Florida. I was called to return home after a passing of a close family member, and it is really here my life has started in Christ. So glad to have found your blog!

  166. Princess Anne, MD – I am in a time of waiting and have had to lean on the provision and direction of Jesus through it all. Life can be so overwhelming at times but with Christ all things truly are possible!

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