Waiting with Purpose When Dreams Are Delayed

A Conversation with Best Childs Howard

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We’re all waiting for something. It might be a spouse or a baby. It might be healing or a home. Regardless of what we're waiting for, it’s easy to feel discontent when things aren’t going as planned and our dreams are delayed—especially when questions of 'Why?' and 'How long?' remain unanswered. In her conversation with Sharon Betters, Betsy Childs Howard reminds us that God uses seasons of waiting to teach us patience and make us more like Himself. Yet there is an even greater treasure to be found in our waiting rooms. Sanctification is not the only purpose God has in mind. When we wait faithfully with unmet longings, we become a powerful picture of the bride of Christ waiting for the day when He returns and God’s kingdom reigns.

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Betsy Childs Howard is an editor for The Gospel Coalition. She previously worked at Beeson Divinity School and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. She is the author of Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed (Crossway, 2016) and the children’s book Arlo and the Great Big Cover-up (forthcoming from Crossway in 2020). She and her husband, Bernard, live in Manhattan where he is the pastor of Good Shepherd Anglican Church, which they planted in 2017. You can follow her on Twitter and at betsyhoward.com


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