Waiting and the Gift of Unanswered Prayer

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this is the start of my newest article for them.
You can read the whole of the article here!

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I have been praying the same prayer for healing for more than twenty years.

If you’ve been praying for one particular thing over months or years or decades, then you know how exhausting and difficult it can feel to keep returning to God with the same petition.

I was just a child when I developed trichotillomania — a hair-pulling condition — and while it’s not a life-threatening condition, it has been life-altering for me. Imagine not being able to stop pulling out your own hair, even though you hate how it makes you look — and feel. That’s been my daily experience for more than half of my life.

I’ve been asking God to do what no doctor, therapy, or medication can: heal me. I have tried various therapies and supplements, and I continue to seek to walk in healing, but there’s no clear “cure” for trichotillomania. I know that if I’m going to be healed, I will need a gift of grace from God himself. And while I wholeheartedly believe in God’s ability to heal me, I also know that he hasn’t healed me over these last two decades. Not yet.

Therefore, I wait.

Why Waiting Hurts

 If I’m honest, waiting is something I would prefer to avoid on any level, from waiting for a prayer to be answered all the way down to waiting in line at the grocery store. Why? Because waiting elicits the feeling of helplessness — of having to rely on someone else to act on my behalf.


Waiting forces me to come to terms with my own weakness.
It’s what waiting does to all of us: when we can’t work harder to get what we want, or when we can’t manipulate life to turn out the way we want it to, or when we can’t pay enough money or get enough help to achieve what our heart desperately desires, we are left with the truth of our own insufficiency: we are weak.

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And we aren’t in control. Not even a little bit. We have to rely on someone else — on God — to act on our behalf.

It’s difficult and humbling to come to terms with our own inability to make anything happen. When we have prayed and longed and hoped and begged and done all that we can and still — still — there is no change in our circumstances, we are forced to stop our striving and simply wait, in large part because there is nothing else for us to do. We must stop and pause and look to God to act. And in that waiting, at the end of our proverbial rope, we will become aware of our inability to attain anything of lasting value on our own.

Read the rest of the article here, at Desiring God!

Still Waiting by Ann Swindell

Pre-Order Freebies for Still Waiting

 

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Step 1. Pre-order the book from your favorite retailer (and save your receipt)!

Step 2. Email us a copy of your receipt at StillWaitingtheBook@gmail.com

Step 3. We will send the following freebies your way before April 4th!


Order 1 copy of Still Waiting and receive:

Still Waiting Pre Order Freebies 1 copy

-A downloadable Gracelaced print of 2 Corinthians 12:9
This is an exclusive print, created by Ruth Simons for the release of Still Waiting
-An e-copy of the Waiting with Hope Devotional, written by Ann Swindell
-A discount code to Wilfred Wax (Ann’s favorite candle company!)
-Three Still Waiting iPhone lock screens featuring quotes from the book

 

Order 2 copies of Still Waiting and receive:
Still Waiting Pre Order Goodies 2 copies

-A downloadable Gracelaced print of 2 Corinthians 12:9
This is an exclusive print, created by Ruth Simons for the release of Still Waiting
-An e-copy of the Waiting with Hope Devotional, written by Ann Swindell
-A discount code to Wilfred Wax (Ann’s favorite candle company!)
-Three Still Waiting iPhone lock screens featuring quotes from the book
-A digital copy of Deeply Rooted Magazine


Order 5+ copies of Still Waiting and receive:

Still Waiting Pre Order Freebies 5 copies

-A downloadable Gracelaced print of 2 Corinthians 12:9
This is an exclusive print, created by Ruth Simons for the release of Still Waiting
-An e-copy of the Waiting with Hope Devotional, written by Ann Swindell
-A discount code to Wilfred Wax (Ann’s favorite candle company!)
-Three Still Waiting iPhone lock screens featuring quotes from the book
-A digital copy of Deeply Rooted Magazine
-One exclusive Still Waiting candle, created by Wilfred Wax specifically for the book! (2 oz)*

*Quantities are limited and we may sell out quickly!

Remember, all you have to do to claim your pre-order freebies is email us a copy of your receipt at StillWaitingtheBook@gmail.com. We will send the following freebies your way before April 4th!

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**Gracelaced print is for personal use only and many not be reproduced, altered, sold, or shared for profit. Artist attribution is required if image is shared online. 

 

 

Still Waiting Cover Reveal

I’ve been writing a book this past year, and have spent the last few months crystallizing edits with my powerhouse team at Tyndale. It’s hard to believe that nine months have passed since I signed the contract; we have less time than that before it releases in April of 2017!

One thing that I’ve loved about the process of seeing this book come to life has been the excitement generated around the cover. I’ll share more later, but Tyndale walked me through a really helpful and empowering process when it came to designing the cover of this book. Although their design team creates the cover, as an author I had a clear hand in the tone and feel of the design, which I was deeply thankful for.

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The cover matters so much to me because as much as we say otherwise, the truth is that we really do judge a book by its cover. Whether we’re perusing the stacks at a bookstore or clicking through pages online, it’s the front of a book that initially draws us in or pushes us away. My hope is that this cover will draw you in and thrill you as much as it has thrilled me!

I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Here it is!

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Isn’t it beautiful? This cover encapsulates so much about Still Waiting in one image. I’m amazed at how the design team captured both the beauty and the ache of trusting God; they nailed the feeling of yearning, and yet the rich colors point to the vibrancy that can be found even in waiting seasons. The handwritten title adds a softness to the cover without being overly dramatic.

In short: I love it. LOVE IT.

This cover blew me away the first time I saw it, and I’m so thankful that it will be the “face” of my first book. I’ll be sharing more about the book-writing process in the months ahead, but I wanted to let you be the first ones to catch a glimpse of the cover!

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Oh, and if you want to pre-order Still Waiting, you’re in luck. You can pre-order it here!

So, what do you think? Do you love the cover as much as I do?

Additionally, if you’re interested in writing, too, make sure to check out the course that I offer, Writing with Grace. Registration just opened TODAY, but it won’t be open for long! Click here to learn all about the class:

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