Waiting is one of the most difficult of all the spiritual disciplines.
In our hurried, driven, fast-paced culture we have lost the art of waiting well. If there’s a long line at the grocery store or coffee shop, we sigh and wonder if it’s worth it. We use microwaves and Instant Pots. God, however, is in the waiting. He uses delay in our lives to sharpen us and set the stage for His future plans. We see this in the Psalmist David’s life.
David was well-acquainted with waiting. Many Bible scholars feel he waited at least seventeen years before the fulfillment of God’s promise to him that He would be King. We feel the struggle with David when he cries, out, “How long, Lord, Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?” (Psalm 13:1-2).
How did David make peace with God and settle His soul? We find the answer at the end of Psalm 13 where David writes, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:5-6).
I find tucked away in these verses three choices that David made as he waited:
- He chose to trust.
- He chose to rejoice in what God had promised.
- He chose to praise.
Friend, waiting is a part of our spiritual journey. But as you choose to trust, rejoice and praise God, He will use the season of waiting in your life to bring about His perfect plan.
Becky Harling and her husband, Steve, are veteran church ministry leaders. Both certified by the John Maxwell team, the Harlings have a heart to see pastors and other ministry leaders grow their influence through incarnational listening.
Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the joy of interviewing Becky Harling, a renowned speaker and multi-published author, whose life mission is to awaken hope by pointing people to Jesus. And we could all use hope, couldn’t we?
Welcome, Becky! I understand your new book, Listen Well, Lead Better, was cowritten with your husband, Steve. Please tell us about the book.
Listen Well, Lead Better helps leaders at any level consider how well they’re listening. Since listening is 80% of good communication, leaders might be sabotaging their own influence with their listening skills. In Listen Well, Lead Better we share ten good listening habits that if practiced will insure greater influence.
Becky and Steve Harling
That sounds fantastic! What inspired you to write this book?
I realize in today’s world we have many leaders who are doing all the talking. They are focused on coming across as “the expert” rather than listening to understand. Read More →
Your CAN authors have good news to share as well as opportunities for readers to engage!
Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible has been named a finalist in the adult non-fiction religion category of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! The book is the brainchild of CAN member Dr. Sandra Glahn. INDIES recognize works by individual authors and independent publishing houses, including academic presses such as Stanford University. More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians. Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 15, 2018.
Vindicating the Vixens
Heather L.L. FitzGerald is excited to share that The Genesis Tree, Book 3 of The Tethered World Chronicles, has been named as a finalist in the Realm Makers’ Realm Awards in the fantasy category! Realm Makers is committed to “help[ing] foster excellence in the speculative arts, whether fiction, film, illustrations, or whatever way we can imagine to tell our stories.” Winners will be announced at the annual Realm Makers’ conference in July.
The Genesis Tree
April 18 – Becky Harling be interviewed on ten of Moody’s radio stations in Chicago including Gary Chapman’s show and Chris Fabrey’s show.
April 20-21 – Becky Harling will be speaking at Midwest Bible Church in Chicago on How To Listen So People Will Talk.
April 27-29 and May 4-6 Becky Harling will be speaking at Word of Life Christian Conference Center on Who Do You Say That I Am?
Cindi McMenamin will be the keynote speaker for the South Mountain Community Church (Draper, UT) women’s retreat May 4-6, 2018, speaking on her newest release Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You (Harvest House Publishers).
Becky Harling has a new book releasing February 6th titled, Who Do You Say That I Am? This new Bible study considers the challenging questions Jesus asked and answers those question by considering His I Am statements.
12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband by Cindi McMenamin
What do you do when your marriage isn’t broken, but it doesn’t seem to be growing, either? Noted author and speaker Cindi McMenamin shows you the small changes you can make to touch your husband’s heart in a big way in her Feb. 1 release from Harvest House Publishers: 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband. McMenamin, who has been married 30 years to a pastor and introvert, is hoping this book will help wives regain the joy and sparks they once experienced in their marriage. The book includes biblical insights, stories of marriages that have been transformed, and practical ways to recapture your husband’s heart.
“Author Susan G Mathis did a wonderful job with this dual timeline novel, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy. Beginning in 1851 Ireland, you could “see” what was happening. The family forced to make a difficult decision. You could “feel” the ship creaking and swaying on the sea. The fear and the hope were evident. Then in the modern day, you sensed Maggie’s desperation and witnessed her spiritual growth.
I thoroughly enjoyed the historical information that was woven throughout this book. Maybe because I have Irish ancestry it meant more, but it was all so well written that you were there. Despair turns to triumph as both women learn to trust and lean on God. If you enjoy historical fiction, or stories with Irish legacy, I highly recommend this book!” —V.B. Sluiter
Marti Pieper here! Welcome to up-and-down Mount Dora, Florida (where the temperatures bounce almost every day), and an author interview with the lovely Becky Harling. I first met Becky at a conference three years ago in nearby Orlando, although we’ve been cyber-friends much longer than that. At the time, Becky had broken her ankle and was having lots of adventures driving a motorized cart for the first time. I had an adventure of my own when I returned the cart to the rental counter for her (no lives were lost).
Let’s hear from Becky about her books and her life—both of which are filled with exciting adventures.
Welcome, Becky! We’re so excited to have you here on the CAN blog. Please tell us about your book.
The secret to great relationships is learning to listen attentively to others. Most of us know how to talk but few of us really know how to listen well. How To Listen So People Will Talk gives readers practical tips to help them become listeners who make others feel valued and loved. When you learn to listen well, your marriage will grow stronger, your parenting will flourish, your friendships will thrive and your influence at work will increase. It’s a win-win for everyone! Read More →