The Grace of Waiting

Learning patience and embracing its gifts

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Author: Margaret Whipp

Publisher: Canterbury Press

ISBN: 1848259778

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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This wise and beautiful book draws on the experience of unchosen waiting – in sickness, in old age, and in the struggles and frustrations of everyday life – to explore the challenges of waiting and the skills it demands. A lifeline for anyone who finds themselves in a time of waiting, chosen or unchosen, or accompanying others through such times, it shows how the paradoxical gifts of patience point to the God who kindly waits for us. Beginning with an introduction exploring practices for spiritual formation as we wait, it explores four vivid metaphors for life’s waiting times: • Wilderness – the practices of surrender and struggle; the gift of sustenance • Winter – the practices of resilience and rootedness; the gift of renewal • Winepress – the practices of constancy and compassion; the gift of consolation • Womb – the practices of nurture and noticing; the gift of newness and naming A book of grace, depth and beauty, destined to become a modern spiritual classic.

Only the Brave

Determined discipleship

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Author: Cris Rogers,Sim Dendy,Lisa Holmes,Krish Kandiah,Cathy Madavan

Publisher: Monarch Books

ISBN: 0857218964

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Am I Enough?

Embracing the Truth About Who You Are

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Author: Grace Elaine Valentine

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0785216154

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 8812

Have you had enough? Young women today are constantly told they are not enough for this world—not pretty enough, not smart enough, not exciting enough, not spiritual enough, and just plain not good enough. The barrage is constant. The consequences are real. The damage often feels permanent. As a young woman herself, Grace Valentine has felt the pressure of trying to survive in a toxic culture, let alone thrive. But she’s had enough. With an engaging combination of honesty and humor, Grace uses her story to confront the lies the world tells us every day—lies such as: You are beautiful because a guy told you so, Love must be earned, You should forget your past, You will never be enough, and more. Am I Enough? is a line in the sand. It’s a declaration that we will never be enough for this world because we were not created for this world. Instead, Grace reminds us that we were created by Someone better for something better. We can choose the One who has chosen us—the One who says: “You are enough for Me, My child. Come as you are.”

The In-Between

Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing

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Author: Jeff Goins

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 0802485057

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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We’re an “instant gratification” generation—but most change happens gradually. Many of us spend our lives searching and longing for something more than what is in front of us. Whether it’s traveling abroad or chasing cheap (or expensive) thrills, we’re all looking for the medicine to satisfy our restlessness. And so often we're looking in the wrong place. The In-Between is a call to accept the importance that waiting plays in our lives. Can we embrace the extraordinary nature of the ordinary and enjoy the daily mundane—what lies in between the “major” moments? Learning to live in this tension, to be content in these moments of waiting, may be our greatest struggle—and our greatest opportunity to grow.

SCM Studyguide Pastoral Theology

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Author: Margaret Whipp,Michael Byrne

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334045509

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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The SCM Studyguide Pastoral Theology designed to support undergraduate courses for the training of clergy and lay pastoral workers at an accessible introductory level. The book aims to develop pastoral wisdom and integrity through a critical integration of theology and the human sciences. Introducing key themes in theological anthropology and pastoral practice, it shapes a creative pastoral vision which is deeply rooted in a Christian vision of what it means to be human and what it takes to care. Working with case studies, the book will introduce broad frameworks of understanding of issues such as growth, loss, and sexuality, together with critical perspectives on important aspects of practice such as language, power and boundaries. The book provides an accessible overview of key concepts in pastoral theology, offering key entry points for further discussion and study. Each chapter includes discussion questions and/or reflective exercises at the end of each chapter together with a short bibliography. Throughout the text, key summaries of learning will be indicated by boxed Practice Points.

Embrace Grace

Welcome to the Forgiven Life

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Author: Liz Curtis Higgs

Publisher: WaterBrook

ISBN: 9780307499660

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Learn to let go of your guilt, fear, and regret by turning to God in this book by the bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible. The forgiven life. The grace-filled life. It begins with an embrace. Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, treasures you. He is waiting for you to embrace him in return. To accept the gift he's offering you. To listen for the whispered words you've longed a lifetime to hear: You are loved. All is forgiven. From the Hardcover edition.

A Gift of Grace

A Novel

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Author: Amy Clipston

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310561884

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the “English” way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Rebecca Kauffman’s tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her "English" sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife. Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica’s rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.

Still Waiting

Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want

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Author: Ann Swindell

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 1496419006

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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What if God wants you to wait? Most of us know what it’s like to wait for God to change our circumstances. But, whether we’re waiting for physical healing, emotional breakthrough, or better relationships, waiting is something we usually try to avoid. Why? Because waiting is painful and hard. The truth is, it’s also inevitable. In Still Waiting, Ann Swindell explores the depths of why God wants us to wait by chronicling her own compelling story of waiting for healing from an incurable condition. She offers a vibrant retelling of the biblical account of the Bleeding Woman that parallels her story—and yours, too. Let Ann help you see the promise that is hidden in the ache of waiting and the hope of what God can—and will—do as you wait on him.

Giving Thanks

The Gifts of Gratitude

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Author: M.J. Ryan

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 9781609253356

Category: Self-Help

Page: 128

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An illustrated guide to gratitude. MJ Ryan has taught us that everything goes better with gratitude! In 1999, she wrote Attitudes of Gratitude, a popular, best-selling book that extols the benefits of living with a grateful heart. When we let ourselves feel and express our appreciation, we feel happier, younger, and healthier. Now Ryan has taken the essence of living a grateful life from the original book and paired it with beautiful and evocative images in Giving Thanks. From the book: Gratitude connects us to others and feeling gratitude allows us to be our best selves -- in good times and in hard times. When we are truly grateful, we can count on living the life we want. With the "gratitude movement" sweeping the country -- from left to right, from conservative to progressive, from mainstream to alternative -- people are looking for ways to express their gratitude. This impeccable book is a colorful map of the geography of gratitude, and it offers a wonderful opportunity for readers to learn a variety of ways to be grateful. It is also a beautiful "thank you" gift in itself.

Desiring God

Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

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Author: John Piper

Publisher: Multnomah Pub

ISBN: 1601423098

Category: Religion

Page: 411

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Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God! Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential. Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure. Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy. Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.

What Are You Waiting For?

Learn How to Rise to the Occasion of Your Life

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Author: Kristen Moeller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1936740613

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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What are you waiting for? Do you find yourself waiting for the right moment? The ideal relationship? The perfect job? Are you waiting for your “real” life to begin? Do think that the gifts of life are right around the corner? That one day you will arrive and everything will be okay? Do you endlessly search, yet never seem to find? Through the sharing of authentic personal stories and profound life lessons, Kristen Moeller explores our pervasive human tendency to wait for life and to look outside ourselves for answers. So we don’t try; we give up. We sell out and we forget who we are. We are afraid to succeed, afraid to fail, and afraid to say we are afraid. But as Wayne Gretzky said, “You'll always miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don't take!” Kristen Moeller's mission in life is to inspire you to get on the path, move forward and take the shot.

Birthed

Finding Grace through Infertility

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Author: Elizabeth Hagan

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 0827203128

Category: Self-Help

Page: 192

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When infertility painfully interrupted Elizabeth Hagan's plan to start a family, the path of grace offered her another way. Instead of giving birth to a child, she birthed herself instead. Along the way, she learned you can't control how fast your dreams come true, if they come true at all, but you can find grace for embracing your life in the present tense, grief and all. Through her new book Birthed, Elizabeth Hagan offers her story as a companion and guide for living through your own pain and loss. For the one in eight couples who face infertility, you will know you are not alone and a long season of grief does not have to destroy your marriage or your friendships with childbearing friends. For those friends and family members of infertile couples, there are no "one size fits all" answers to a fertility journey-medically, emotionally, or spiritually-and the worst thing you can say is nothing at all. Adoption is never the complete solution to infertility, and through it all, pain can never be fixed, only lived through. So allow grace to help you begin to live today in the present moment.

Present Over Perfect

Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

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Author: Shauna Niequist

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310343046

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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LIVE A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTION Instead of pushing for perfection A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth. Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us. In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

Grace Harlowe ́s Golden Summer

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Author: Josephine Chase

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3734026970

Category: Fiction

Page: 180

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Reproduction of the original: Grace Harlowe ́s Golden Summer by Josephine Chase

Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays 2016

The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy

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Author: N.A

Publisher: LiturgyTrainingPublications

ISBN: 1616712171

Category:

Page: N.A

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This book is the essential pastoral resource to help you prepare the liturgy each day of the liturgical year! If you are a priest or deacon, liturgist, music director, worship team member, religious educator, or simply interested in more information about Catholic liturgy, this publication will be an invaluable tool

God Is the Gospel

Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself

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Author: John Piper

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433518414

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 This book is a cry from the heart of John Piper. He is pleading that God himself, as revealed in Christ's death and resurrection, is the ultimate and greatest gift of the gospel. None of Christ's gospel deeds and none of our gospel blessings are good news except as means of seeing and savoring the glory of Christ. Forgiveness is good news because it opens the way to the enjoyment of God himself. Justification is good news because it wins access to the presence and pleasures of God himself. Eternal life is good news because it becomes the everlasting enjoyment of Christ. All God's gifts are loving only to the degree that they lead us to God himself. That is what God's love is: his commitment to do everything necessary (most painfully the death of his only Son) to enthrall us with what is most deeply and durably satisfying-namely, himself. Saturated with Scripture, centered on the cross, and seriously joyful, this book leads us to satisfaction for the deep hungers of the soul. It touches us at the root of life where practical transformation gets its daily power. It awakens our longing for Christ and opens our eyes to his beauty. Piper writes for the soul-thirsty who have turned away empty and in desperation from the mirage of methodology. He invites us to slow down and drink from a deeper spring. "This is eternal life," Jesus said, "that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." This is what makes the gospel-and this book-good news.

Chasing Your Destiny

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Author: Kara Mankey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781543285604

Category:

Page: 132

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Do you ever feel like you're walking through the motions of life? While deep inside you know you were created for more, but what? How do we find where we fit, our role, and purpose on earth?For years, I had the misconception that my destiny was a single assignment. I wanted to figure out my purpose and check it off my list as completed.What I discovered is I couldn't have been more wrong. Chasing Your Destiny is a reflection of the ups and downs, the messy side of everyday life. Journey with me, and see how the Lord took me through seasons of learning patience, humility, sacrifice, courage, balance, faith and love. You'll learn no matter how much we mess up, God is for us and not against us. Each lesson you'll gather a new treasure that'll help transform your character to be more like Christ. You'll then realize your true pieces of gold are nothing this world can give. God's desire isn't just for us to be saved by grace, but to thrive in a close, intimate relationship with Him.God has a master plan and He wants you to be a part of it. Your life is an adventure waiting to be discovered. This book is a call to action. Go. Embrace life and Chase Your Destiny!Kara Mankey is President and Founder of Unfailing Love Clinic in Decatur, Indiana. She has a Master's degree in Nursing and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Kara has been on mission trips to Coast Rica, Haiti, and Kenya. One day she plans to lead mission teams from the clinic to serve around the world.