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Barb Roose is a speaker and author who is passionate about teaching women to live beautifully strong and courageous so that they experience God’s great adventure of faith and purpose for their lives. She’s the proud empty-nest mom of three and whenever possible, Barb prefers to eat dessert first.

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  1. I love your post today! It lifted my spirits which has been challenged for some time. Unfortunately I can no longer walk, run or do my daily yoga routine. I tripped and broke my pelvis a couple years ago. The fall also caused a brain injury.It has changed everything. Our plans to travel, camp and enjoy our senior years aren’t going to happen as planned. Thank you for your encouraging words.

    • Oh Rita, that is a lot of life change to adjust to. Praise God for how today’s devotional encouraged you – and I pray that God continues to grow that encouragement in your heart throughout the week.

    • Rita,

      Sweet sister prayers. You have had a bunch of life changes to adjust to. Asking God to send encouragement your way. May He show you where He can use you. Prayers for more good days ahead.

      Blessings 🙂

  2. What wonderful, incredibly helpful advice for me. My list of what I am waiting for is so long these days. I feel selfish at times but nothing I am waiting for is extravagant by any means (like waiting for someone to fix my bathroom). I do volunteer as much as I am able and then some. Patience has never been my strong point. I have felt like it was wasting time. But as I get older, I see the benefit and it has been something I have been working on. I need to let God do what God does best and pray for guidance.

    • Madeline, thank you for sharing your experience, your insights and that powerful wisdom of what you’ve learned from God. Your words will encourage many today!

  3. Very meaningful post – especially with my favorite verse (Isaiah 40:31) and also because I needed to read this post about being patient. I’m afraid I’m very impatient. I really loved the phrases “waiting on God is always worth it” and also “you can save a lot of time waiting on God.”
    To answer the question “where has the waiting been heavy?” still waiting for a prodigal son to come back to us and to the Lord. It’s been heartbreaking for the last several years.

    • Thank you for sharing your comment! As a fellow impatient person, your honesty encouraged me. I’m praying with you over your prodigal. So grateful for a God who never loses track of our loved ones and He holds our hearts while we pray and wait for them to return to Him and us.

  4. Oh so good, Barb! I’ve been waiting on directions & timing for a new year in ministry. Word finally came down & my feelings are hurt. I can choose to wallow in my disappointment or I can look around & see how God wants me to serve others while I continue to wait on what I’m waiting on. Choice B is SO MUCH better!!! Blessings (((0)))

    • Hi Ruth! Thank you for stopping by (in)courage today and I’m so glad that God used today’s devotional to encourage you. My heart aches for the disappointment that you’re processing, but I’m so proud of your decision to let God use you AND know that He has more blessings waiting for you.

  5. I have been waiting for reconciliation or at least redirection for just over a year now. I was doing okay but then the last couple of weeks took a hard turn and for some reason I’ve really been struggling. Unable to sleep at night, feeling weighed down by the anxiety of it all, wondering if it’s EVER going to come, and asking God, “Why is it taking so long? What are you waiting for? What do you want from me?” I’m consumed with thoughts of this relationship that ended so badly and needs mending. I want to be rid of it! How can God use me in this situation? I feel like everything I’m doing is just a distraction from the real issue that’s constantly gnawing away at me on the inside. It’s always just below the surface. My heart hurts.

    • Dear Angela, I’m so glad that you are here with us today. We see you and your heartache over something that means so very much to you. Praying that you experience God’s promises that He sees you and He hasn’t forgotten about your situation. You are loved deeply and fully by God.

  6. Barb, I am so thankful that your daughter wasn’t hurt running over the tree stump! Hate her car doesn’t have the seat belt, but God saved your daughter from harm, so I know He will provide her with the seatbelt! He does work in mysterious but oh so marvelous ways!

    • Kathy, I agree! It definitely could have been worse. We are practicing our waiting for God’s provision and grateful for all the ways that He is providing in the meantime.

  7. What an amazing reminder: “Don’t try to cherrypick the fruit of the Spirit.” After all, in Galatians 5:22-23 is ‘the fruit (not fruits) is all of them!’

  8. I’m with you. Amazon prime that patience over here if you don’t mind. *sigh* What you shared, Barb, is a far better way. It’s too easy for me to try to make something happen, but usually that something is just a mess! Thank you for the alternative- pray to see how to meet other’s needs in the waiting room.

  9. Barb,

    People who know me well will tell you I have almost no patience. It’s hard waiting on God’s timing. Like you I want what I want now. When we slow down & wait that’s the time we can see the needs of others around us. During our waiting times we can get out & help others in some small way. For me that looks like volunteering at Loaves & Fishes Food Bank.

    Prayers for everyone to get the answers they are waiting for from Jesus.

    Blessings 🙂

  10. This is the first time I have read one of your articles and it was just what I needed. I need to let God grow patience in me and shows me how to help others .