J9379

Waiting for God

Trusting Daily in God's Plan and Pace

by Xochitl Dixon

If your heart is weary and longing for answers—for healing, for provision, for miracles—Waiting for God renews your hope with strong biblical truth and encouraging Scripture-based prayer. Guided to inhale God’s Word, exhale in prayer, and rest in God’s love, you will be restored, able to worship the Lord even when the wait feels endless. Xochitl Dixon shares her personal stories and the experiences of others to help you reclaim your peace and joy, knowing God has not forgotten you.  

Author Bio:
Xochitl (soh-cheel) Dixon equips and encourages readers to embrace God's grace and grow deeper in their personal relationships with Christ and others. Through daily struggles with chronic pain, she continues to trust God’s plan and pace. Xochitl is a regular contributor to the Our Daily Bread devotional and other publications. She serves as an author, speaker, and blogger at xedixon.com, and she enjoys being a praying mom, traveling, photography, reading, singing, and being married to her best friend, Dr. W. Alan Dixon Sr.

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My Soul Waits, and in His Word I Put My HopeReview by Litteraegaudium
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“Hurry up and wait!” With unknown origins but generally attributed to the American military, this phrase encapsulates contemporary culture. Always bustling, stampeding through life at a pace often well above the safe speed limit and bemoaning any red lights we encounter along the way. We want what we want, when we want it. Manifest destiny, right? The American Dream. Have it all, do it all, be it all—on our own timeline, of course. We are not usually patient people; I know I’m not. I try, but far too frequently I fall short and haste reigns. It’s the waiting that trips us up. It’s also the waiting that offers us peace and fortitude.

When I began reading Xochitl Dixon’s “Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace”, I knew that the timing was God-ordained. I just didn’t realize how much so. It dovetailed nicely with my previous read, “Obedience Over Hustle” by Malinda Fuller. Trust is something I’m really focusing on in my faith walk this year. Some days are better than others. This week has fallen into the “others” category. Sometimes the thing we wait for takes us by surprise and turns us upside down, even when we were expecting it. The day after I began “Waiting for God”, one of my very dearest friends and sisters in Christ went home to be with Jesus. We bonded over shared chronic illnesses, and in the short four-and-a-half years that we knew each other, we prayed expectantly for healing. The Lord worked in miraculous ways in her life, bringing her back from the valley of the shadow on multiple occasions. This last crisis was different, though, and in my heart I knew that the time had come for her to meet Jesus face-to-face.

As I slowly read through “Waiting for God”, my mind hazy with a mixture of grief and joy, the devotionals ministered to my heart. I have had my own seemingly long period of waiting, now over seven years into chronic illness life with a body that fails more each year, and waiting is not on my list of favorite pastimes. You know that a book is written through the power of the Holy Spirit when each Scripture cited speaks to you personally and you find yourself continuously highlighting quotations from the book itself. One of my favorites early on was: “When we focus on living for God, like Joseph, we can accept everything that occurs during the wait as an opportunity to grow closer to Him and others.” That’s what it’s all about! Learning to rely upon God completely, and to look beyond the superficial shell of our trials to see the pearls growing within.

Living with multiple chronic illnesses, some days it can be so difficult to see life from the lens of eternity, the way that God does. Our suffering seems to go on forever, and eternal life with the Lord seems so far away. We know that one day all of our suffering will end, yet that one day can seem terribly long in coming. This quotation from the book offers a new insight: “Living by faith one day at a time is of greater value than recounting the number of days we’ve been hurting or trying to figure out how much longer we’ll have to endure our trials.” Indeed, “He promises peace, even when we don’t experience relief from our suffering on this side of eternity.” Our part is to accept it! In order to do so, we must surrender to Him, which is a recurrent theme in “Waiting for God.”

With a devotional format, “Waiting for God” can be read straight through or on a daily basis. Each chapter opens with “Today’s Truth” and a Bible reading, which in the Kindle version is a hyperlink that conveniently takes you to the Scripture online. Each chapter ends with an Inhale, which is a relevant verse from Scripture, and an Exhale in the form of a prayer. There are also 3-4 discussion questions that are relative to what is currently going on in your life and can therefore be re-explored with each read-through. This is a book to be savored, and one that I would recommend for anyone at any point in their life’s journey. Personal stories drive home the point that we all need to be growing in our relationship with the Lord, regardless of what our waiting looks like and whether we are experiencing a mountaintop zenith or a valley nadir.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own. (Posted on 1/5/2020)
Incredible ReadReview by Beth
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I am only on day 4 and cannot wait to finish this book. Each day there are multiple nuggets to read, digest, and meditate on. I highly recommend this book to anyone in the waiting stages of life. (Posted on 9/10/2019)
Wonderful, real, God honouring.Review by Debbie
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This devotional is so encouraging. It is made so by Xochitl’s honesty and vulnerability and some beautiful phrases like Meantime Mountains.
Just read it, it will not disappoint. Thank you (Posted on 8/17/2019)
Waiting for God made easy!Review by Jani
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Sharing the lives of others that have God in their life minimizes our valleys and gives us courage to continue the climb to the mountain top. (Posted on 7/31/2019)
Wonderful!Review by Jan
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I've read lots of devotionals over the years, but I think this one is the best. (Posted on 7/30/2019)
Waiting on God’s word Review by Lisa
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Sometimes we have to wait on God before we can move on. Only God’s way is the right way. (Posted on 7/29/2019)
Please prayReview by Hope
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Please pray for us who find hope difficult in the prolonged struggle (Posted on 7/29/2019)
Excellent Review by Jay
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Excellent (Posted on 7/27/2019)
Great ReadingReview by Lifeline Prison Outreach
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I just reached on this subject. Would love to share God’s word with employees at worksite. (Marketplace Chaplains) (Posted on 7/23/2019)
5Review by Bethann
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I desires would buy it But not have any left $$ and I surely that really good book... (Posted on 7/22/2019)
Looking forward to reading Review by Blessed
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Need to read it, I need prayers (Posted on 7/22/2019)
I wish I could have got the whole collectionReview by Matt
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I am slowly finding my way to a clean heart
I am slowly learning about God's life
I wish I would have done this long ago
Sometimes I get a headache then I turn to read the Bible
my headache is gone then after reading the Bible
It makes me feel good
I just like to say thank you Daily Bread for your help (Posted on 7/22/2019)
Wise and encouragingReview by Rejoice
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This author willingly and beautifully gives readers rich messages from her life lessons learned through painful waiting times. It’s alternative thinking to hold onto hope in troubling times and explore the rich reservoir of relating to God through faith in His character and record. Her pleasant and sympathetic voice carries the reader through the truths about the goods gained through God’s goodness in the face of troubles. The riches of trusting in Him to carry us. (Posted on 6/29/2019)

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Features & Details

Features & Details

Product Code: J9379
Language English
ISBN: 978-1-62707-973-0
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Publish Date: Jul 18, 2019
Carton Qty: 48
Trim Size: 5.375" x 8"