Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope HardcoverLouie GiglioPassion Publishing / 2016 / Hardcover$7.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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holly5 Stars Out Of 5great bookJanuary 9, 2019hollymy family have really enjoyed this Advent devotional book.
linda5 Stars Out Of 5bookDecember 27, 2017lindaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5enjoyed this book over the advent season.
joyceg5 Stars Out Of 5I'll use it againJanuary 12, 2016joycegQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ive had numerous devotionals over the years. This one has fresh ways of stating some things. Ive experienced losses this year. Perhaps finding this book was God-timing. I will use it again next year
Alison5 Stars Out Of 5An Advent book to slow our hearts & bring hope.December 9, 2015AlisonQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Waiting often feels like wasted time. I want something to happen and I have trouble remembering that God can be working without me, or that waiting is part of the plan. I grow impatient as things dont look the way I want them to or arent happening fast enough. The other day the Lord asked my husband and I to send a letter to someone. As I prayed for that letter, I realized that I had no idea what outcome would be best. I had no idea what timing would be best. So, I prayed instead that the Lord would use this letter however he wanted and that he would help my heart to wait. I still dont know what the outcome is and realize that I may never see the full picture of what the Lord is doing. My heart is reminded that outcomes are the Lords business, not mine. My heart is asked to trust and wait.
Waiting is hard for my heart. To wait well often means that I have to acknowledge how little I know of what is best. I have to name that I am not the best author for my story. Jesus tells the best stories for me. I have to trust the Lord that he knows better than I do what is good for me. I appreciate Louie Giglios words, The best things in life take time. And the payoff of doing things Gods way is always better. But the enemy is crafty and determined to deceive us shouting that the wait is a sign that God is not good. (5)
Im reading Louie Giglios Advent book, Waiting Here for You and it is a gift to my heart this year. Each day I get to read Scripture, a short reflection, a hymn and a prayer of response. It is short, but the effect is deep. Instead of doing more or striving more, it is slowing my heart to sit and trust. It is the reminder my heart needs that Christmas is the holiday for the suffering, for those who wait. The commercial version we see around us breeds anxiety and chaos, making it almost impossible to find God in the midst of so much noise.
From the beginning, the Christmas story has been one of fulfilled longing. It reaffirms our faith and gives us reason to celebrate the goodness and nearness of God. As we struggle with our own sense of silence and strain to see God at work in our messy lives, Christmas urges us on by reminding us the God will come through on His promises. (5)
As we draw near to Christmas, Im asking the Lord to slow my heart down. Waiting is not wasted time if we wait for the Lord to act. Christmas is for those who have longings, for those who wait, for those who suffer. Christmas is the reminder we all need that God is near to the brokenhearted, that he offers to share our burdens and make them light, that he is God-with-us.
Christmas is about waiting and hoping in God. If we are willing to ask Him, God will give us the grace to slow the pace. And He will help us remember how loved we are and how faithful He is. If we wait expectantly for Him, God will lift our eyes and draw near to us. He will remind us that waiting is not wasting when we are waiting on the Lord. (5)
*If youre still on the hunt for an Advent book for yourself, Id highly recommend this one by Louie Giglio. The readings are short, but the impact is profound if youll let it sink into your heart. Thomas Nelson and BookLook Bloggers have provided me with a complimentary copy of Waiting Here for You, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
RachelGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect Advent Devotional for AdultsDecember 3, 2015RachelGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am absolutely in love with this devotional. I love Louie Giglio, so I was very excited to get this book. When I actually ordered it, I didn't realize it was a devotional, but when I opened it up I found out that's what it was. I received it in perfect time to start it, as it starts on November 26th. I started it that day and have continued with it for the last several days. It is an excellent devotional. In each section he speaks to the difficulties we all face this time of the year. Whether it be fear or wondering where God is. Each section has a verse, something to reflect on, something to meditate on (usually the lyrics to a song) and a prayer to pray after each lesson. With Biblical truths that will help you through any of the issues you are facing this Christmas season, it is most sure to please. A great gift that could be used anytime of the year, not just at Christmas.
I was blessed with a copy of this devotional from Book Look Bloggers program in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.
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