God is Working While We Are Waiting {You Are Free Book Review}

I used to hate waiting because it felt like such a waste, but now I see the wonder of waiting. This gift of delayed blessings, of postponed provision, has forced me to have faith that God is working in my waiting. Christian Woman | Encouraging Words | Prayers for Daily Strength

I ask you to think of today’s post as a duet—two distinct voices harmonizing within a melodious freedom message.

I compiled a selection of my favorite quotes from Rebekah Lyons’ new book, You Are Free, and wove them into my own freedom story.

The style of our music is call and response.

Rebekah’s words (in italics) set the tone and carry the melody.

My voice is a response. An echo. An agreement.

The beginning this piece is contemplative, picking up tempo as we go, rising to a crescendo at the end.

The freedom anthem we sing is not our own composition.

It is the original work of the Great Maestro, the One who spoke creation into existence.

The One who loved us enough to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to set us free.

Freedom is for everyone who wants it—the lost, the wounded, and those weary from striving. It’s for those who gave up trying years ago. It’s for those who are angry and hurt, brilliant and burnt. You are the church, the people of God. You were meant to be free. YouAreFreeBook.com
Image Credit: House of Belonging

The life of the believer hangs in the balance between the now and the not yet.

My soul abhors the space between the now and the not yet. I have spent most of my life in this barren place. Longing for the fulfillment of not yet; despising the lack of now. Would God allow me to waste away in the space between, or is there purpose in my exile?

The fires of passion and zeal burn quickly, but start to fade when we don’t see evidence of God’s provision and blessing immediately. 

I long to experience God’s promise fulfilled, yet I waste away in the waiting. I fear my zeal will consume me, my passion will flame out and leave me charred—worthless. I am stuck at the DMV of life and would give anything to hear my number called over the heavenly speakerphone.  God, where is your blessing? Where is your provision?

Here, in the waiting, God gently responds:
I am working on your behalf even now.
In the tension, I hold you.
In the waiting, I walk with you.

I have grown weary in waiting; the space between has become my enemy. Yet, I  wonder if waiting is a gift, a treasure from above preparing me for not yet. God is here with me as I wait; He wouldn’t ask me to endure if not for some greater purpose.  Can I trust that He is working in my waiting?

When we abide in Him, He brings us into a fruit-producing life that feeds and nourishes others.

Not yet calls to me, but when I strive for it, I stop abiding. My desire to have it all distracts from all that I have.  I believe God wants me to lose myself in the precipice between now and not yet.  To leave myself behind in this barren place so my life becomes other-focused.

God cares more about our presence than our performance.

My passion for God threatens my position of submission before God.  My desire to perform for God prevents me from experiencing the provision of God. I need not yearn for the not yet because there is much to be learned in the now. Waiting is preventing me from proving my worthiness. Maybe that’s the reason God has forced me to linger here!

I used to hate waiting because it felt like such a waste, but now I see the wonder of waiting. This gift of delayed blessings, of postponed provision, has forced me to have faith that God is working in my waiting. Christian Woman | Encouraging Words | Prayers for Daily Strength

Here, in the waiting, God gently responds:
I am working on your behalf even now.
In the tension, I hold you.
In the waiting, I walk with you.

I used to hate waiting because it felt like such a waste, but now I see the wonder of waiting. This gift of delayed blessings, of postponed provision, has forced me to have faith that God is working in my waiting.  He longs to hold me, to walk with me, to work for me—an impossibility—until I cease striving.  Waiting teaches me to stop striving and start surrendering.

Shift from wanting to accomplish big things for god to wanting to simply receive small things from God.

I long for not yet because I have big things to accomplish for God.  I struggle to embrace now because I fear I am not yet good enough.  I believed the lie that tomorrow will be better and wasted today wishing it were over.  God did not rescue me so I could work for His approval; He rescued me because He desires me to be free.

The secret to strength is weakness.

Waiting makes me feel weak. But God tells us His power is made perfect in our weakness—His strength is connected to our weakness. It is all beginning to make sense to me! The light is breaking through the clouds and I see the beauty of waiting.  God knows the wait weakens us; the not yet teaches us to depend on Him.

Freedom is contagious. Freedom helps us set others free.
We are nothing without Him. We are everything in Him.
This is your calling. You are free. Go. Set others free.

God is working in your waiting. He is holding you and whispering, “trust me,” in your ear. The space between now and not yet isn’t meant to be feared, loathed, or skipped over.  It is meant to teach us that there is freedom to be found in a season of waiting.  Freedom to rest, freedom to trust, freedom to set others free!

I used to hate waiting because it felt like such a waste, but now I see the wonder of waiting. This gift of delayed blessings, of postponed provision, has forced me to have faith that God is working in my waiting. Christian Woman | Encouraging Words | Prayers for Daily Strength


This is just a small glimpse into the heartfelt message of Rebekah’s new book.  Most of these quotes are pulled from her chapter titled, “Free to Wait.”

The truth is we all long for more freedom.

In You Are Free, Rebekah invites you to:

  • Overcome the exhaustion of meeting others expectations and rest in the joy of God’s freedom.
  • Release stress and anxiety to uncover the peace that comes from abiding in God’s presence.
  • Find permission to grieve past disappointments and find strength in your journey toward healing.
  • Throw off self-condemnation, masks of perfection, and step boldly into God’s purpose for you.
  • Discover the courage to begin again and use your newfound freedom to set others free.

Christ doesn’t say you can be or may be or will be free. He says you are free.

Freedom is for everyone who wants it—the lost, the wounded, and those weary from striving. It’s for those who gave up trying years ago. It’s for those who are angry and hurt, brilliant and burnt. You are the church, the people of God. You were meant to be free.

Freedom is for everyone who wants it—the lost, the wounded, and those weary from striving. It’s for those who gave up trying years ago. It’s for those who are angry and hurt, brilliant and burnt. You are the church, the people of God. You were meant to be free. YouAreFreeBook.com
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I am happy to announce that I have an extra copy of You are Free: Be Who You Already Are to share with one fortunate reader.  I will wrap up this giveaway on February 28, 2017.  Best of luck!

It is an honor and a privilege to help Rebekah launch her new book.  I am grateful for the opportunity to support other authors and enjoy the work of promoting their books. I did receive an advance copy of the book from Zondervan publishers in exchange for a thoughtful and honest review; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Head on over to YouAreFreeBook.com to grab a free sample chapter and order your copy today.  While you are there, be sure to click on a few of the share buttons (your friends will thank you)!

Do you have a freedom story to share? Was there a particular line of our duet that stood out to you more than the rest? I’d love to chat about it in the comments…..

This Article has been shared at many of my favorite Faith & Family linkups.

Sarah Koontz

About Sarah Koontz

  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

52 thoughts on “God is Working While We Are Waiting {You Are Free Book Review}

  1. “Here, in the waiting, God gently responds:
    I am working on your behalf even now.
    In the tension, I hold you.
    In the waiting, I walk with you.”

    Oh, how my soul needed to read this today. Thank you, dear friend, for sharing. Thank you so much. <3

  2. This is perfect for me. I continue in some ways to be sitting in this place of waiting as I look to God to show me what is next. I’m waiting for the next big thing instead if repeating the prayer, “here I am, send me.” I like how you describe this space as between the now and not yet. It is an okay place to be and I need to remind myself of that. Thank you for these words and for the giveaway.

    1. Yes, we have to remember that waiting is a teacher not an enemy. It was so very helpful for me to re-read Genesis & Exodus at the beginning of this year. I shared some thoughts on how God asked Abraham, Joseph, and Moses to wait in a recent newsletter titled “When You’ve Grown Weary of Waiting.” Here’s the link, I pray it is a blessing to you in your season of waiting.

  3. Oh my word…what does freedom mean to me? That’s a big question!! It means living as if I actually believe all things are possible, God has a purpose and plan, and nothing can keep me from it.

    This book sounds fantastic.

  4. I’m going straight to my Kindle to at least download a sample of this book. Just this morning I read about it on Ann Voskamp’s site too. Thanks for sharing this, Sarah. Blessings to you this week, friend.

    1. Betsy, you would so enjoy it. The premise of this book is not “how to get free” it is “how to embrace the freedom you already have.” Rebekah’s writing style is very much like the cover of this book—clear and easy to understand with a few decorative flourishes. Her life is messy and complex and relatable, you would definitely connect with her.

  5. I’m so glad that God continues to work in our waiting, even when we can’t see that any progress is being made. We can trust his actions behind the scenes. Thanks for sharing these quotes.
    “Here, in the waiting, God gently responds:
    I am working on your behalf even now.
    In the tension, I hold you.
    In the waiting, I walk with you.” Amen.

    1. Lisa, this book was packed with memorable quotes. Rebekah shares many more on her YouAreFreeBook.com site. Thanks for stopping by and soaking up her words and mine.

  6. Freedom is having the ability to be open and honest with those around us. Freedom is having the strength to know one’s self. Really, I think I’d learn better what freedom is from her book! 😉

    1. Megan, I love your definition of freedom. And I definitely think the book helped me expand my own definition of freedom. My favorite takeaway from Rebekah is that freedom is worth sharing.

  7. Thank you for the many truths shared here. Waiting does teach us so much. I know in my own life the Lord has repatedly shown me His faithfulness and helped me to know more of His love. Thank you for sharing so much from this book of Rebekah Lyons. It is very encouraging. I have been receiving her interviews on the freedom journey and really enjoyed all that was shared. May your soul be refreshed in knowing the Truth that sets us free in all of life.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and soaking up this freedom message! I pray you are encouraged and do hope you grab a copy of the book. This truly is just the tip of the iceberg.

  8. I loved her first book & would love to read this one as well. Freedom to me is living in all that God has for me. Unlimited by me 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity.

    1. Oh Joanne, I need to get my hands on Freefall to Fly. I’ve not read it yet. You will truly enjoy this book, especially if you already know Rebekah from her first book. Love your definition of freedom!

  9. Thank you for this review of Rebekah’s book and all the quotes you shared along with your thoughts, Sarah. It sounds like a great book. I just watched her video and I’m really pulled in. To me, freedom is to be free of all shame and insecurity that hinder me from being close to Jesus and to be given wings to fly freely in Him and for Him. Blessings to you!

    1. I stumbled onto Rebekah’s ministry a few months ago through a FB live giveaway she was offering. I was pulled in by her smile and obvious love for her readers. She is very approachable and relatable (as I’m sure you can see through her videos). I do hope you take the time to read her book.

      Your definition of freedom reminds me of Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

  10. Sarah- Yes! I’m not good about waiting and God is working patience into me;) I love this line, ” Waiting teaches me to stop striving and start surrendering.”
    Yes it does, it’s hard work for me to give up my belief that I hold control.

    Rebekah’s book looks so helpful!
    #TellHisStory

    1. Patience is my nemesis! I truly do struggle with this whole issue of waiting, I believe that is why Rebekah’s Free to Wait chapter spoke to me so. We have never been in control, yet we fake ourselves into thinking we have. So grateful that God’s truth sets us free!

  11. What does freedom mean to you?

    Uh, that’s a bit of a general question. The way I’m tempted to answer it is to snark back and say “Freedom from what?” Sin, death, sickness? Totalitarian government? Or perhaps “Freedom to do what?”

    Personally, the biggest freedom that matters most to me is this: freedom to tell the truth. Once that freedom is established, all of the other freedoms naturally fall into place. Once people establish a rock solid foundation of scriptural truth and then have the freedom to apply it where needed, things start changing for the better. Once people reject the truth and demand that others cater to their interests, everyone becomes captives trapped in a dark prison.

    Recently this really came home for me when I was dealing with a forum website that banned all discussion of religion, including Christianity. They were effectively shutting out the gospel. Due to other aspects of the site, a large group of transgender members appeared, which caused other openly Christian members of the website to be openly ridiculed and abused with no defense. Eventually the only response we had was to flee.

    Offsite, after my falling out with them over this, many of the transgender members came back and apologized to me, and it’s became a space where I can reach them with the truth. The freedom to speak the truth in love heals relationships. Praise the Lord!

    1. Sarah, thank you for sharing a piece of your story and vision for freedom with us. I am sorry for what happened to you, yet I can see God at work even in the midst of it. That is the beauty of God’s freedom, it does not mean that we are no longer surrounded by oppression, it simply means that we are free to rise above it. God bless!

  12. Thank you. I am so beat up at 69 years old from my own have tos and should’ves and if onlys and all that. I am FREE because Christ set me free. Thank you.

    1. We’ve all been stuck in line at the DMV, haven’t we Donna. It’s like the worst place in the world, exactly how I have viewed waiting for most of my life. So glad you stopped by!

    1. Me too Sarah! It has been helpful for me to re-read Genesis & Exodus recently. I shared some thoughts on how God asked Abraham, Joseph, and Moses to wait in a recent newsletter titled “When You’ve Grown Weary of Waiting.” Here’s the link, I pray it is a blessing to you as you search for the beauty of waiting.

  13. Oh yes. The “not yet” is a difficult place to be. The waiting seems to be where God does his best work in us, though, huh? I feel like life is just one big wait after another! It will be so wonderful to know if full one day and hopefully never have any more not yets!

    Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.

  14. Thank you for offering this giveaway. I need to read this book. Freedom means to me resting in God and knowing that He has me exactly where I need to be. Oh but there are so many important facets to freedom. Blessings!

    1. What a beautiful definition of freedom. Freedom to Rest is a chapter in Rebekah’s book. The thing we’ve got to wrap our heads around is the fact that rest requires diligent and consistent effort.

  15. Freedom to me is living a Christ-focused life, centered in His love and peace. I am free in His grace and mercy. I am free to live the life He intends by following His word, truth, and will. Sarah I love this blog post and I am eager to read Rebekah’s book. You are both amazing writers and truly live to share the gospel and love of Christ. What a blessing! Powerful truths and so many gold nuggets within this post! Thank you!

  16. My maiden name means ‘take flight’ in German. I am horrified of heights, yet my spirit longs to fly high because I crave creative freedom. The ultimate freedom to me would be writing and making art full-time. I pray this is a dream God will make real for me soon. That’s what I’m waiting for now! Thank you for hosting the giveaway and introducing me to this book.

    1. I couldn’t agree more, Sarah. Creative freedom brings such joy, the freedom to do what you love day in and day out is a tremendous blessing. Work hard in the waiting, it’s worth it!

  17. Overcome the exhaustion of meeting others expectations and rest in the joy of God’s freedom…Release stress and anxiety to uncover the peace that comes from abiding in God’s presence…Find permission to grieve past disappointments and find strength in your journey toward healing…Throw off self-condemnation, masks of perfection, and step boldly into God’s purpose for you…Discover the courage to begin again and use your newfound freedom to set others free.

    All.Of.This. – Yes! This is what I need. Thanks, Sarah, for the opportunity to enter this drawing. Blessings!

  18. Wow! This looks like an amazing book. I spent some time on Rebekah’s website, and have been so inspired! I am so thankful Sarah, that I found your website and Facebook page not too long ago, and now have been led to another amazing woman of God. I am definitely going to be purchasing this book! Freedom to me is being the exact person God created me to be, no holding back!!!!!

    1. I’m so happy you found my little corner of the internet too, Rachelle. I recently discovered Rebekah myself, and am enjoying her beautiful writing and authentic storytelling. Enjoy the book and continue living the life that God called you to live, no holding back!

  19. I am in this season; and the longer I’m in this season, the more frustrated I become. Just last night I was listening to Steven Furtick. He said to ask, “What am I missing?” What is God trying to show me that I’m not seeing. I asked that question last night, and today reading this post answered that question. THANK YOU!! I’ve spent many days and prayers seeking what’s next instead of what is.
    “God knows the wait weakens us; the not yet teaches us to depend on Him.” This! There has been a word that has been coming up for me A LOT lately – grace. Reading this quote brought it ALL together. ” And He said to me, “My GRACE is sufficient for you, for My STRENGTH is made perfect in WEAKNESS.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 It is this grace, I believe that will see me through this “space.” I asked God, “What am I not getting. Why am I still in the wilderness?” I equated it to the Hebrews out of Egypt. He assured me the Promised Land is closer than I think. Now I know. Again, thank you for this ON TIME word. I pray the Lord continues to instill and pour into you so you can pour into others. Peace and blessings!

    1. Courtney, I am so happy to hear this! I am grateful to have been an encouragement to you as you seek to embrace the now instead of craving the next. Unfortunately, we must learn to embrace our weakness before we can learn to depend on His strength for all things. I’m a stubborn girl, and I hate weakness, yet the Lord has encased me in it and is teaching me how to thrive in spite of it. I will be praying the same for you.

  20. I don’t know if I’ve heard of her before?! Thanks for introducing her to me! Seems like it is going to be a great book! Honestly freedom is a “want’ for so many and I’m so glad it is freely given!

  21. I signed up to follow Rebekah! She has such a warm and inviting personality! I’m hoping to carve out the time in the near future to read this book! Thanks, Sarah, for a great review and for getting me to chew on some thoughts about living free!
    Hugs,
    Lori

  22. Sarah,

    I love this post! I have been in several different seasons of waiting in my life over the last 10 years. It can be so difficult! In both career and relationships I have wondered where I’m supposed to be and why I don’t feel like I’m moving closer.

    The best example I have is of being single at the age of 30. It was really difficult for me (especially where I was living) but I finally found a way to be content in singleness. I submitted to God, knowing that singleness may be the path I was supposed to take so that I could focus on ministry for him. Within days I met the man that would become my husband. He is more perfect for me than anyone I could have asked for. And he takes care of me so that I can take care of others (much like your husband).

    As I got to know my husband, and his life before me, I realized that just as God was working in my heart to prepare me for marriage, he was also working in my husband’s heart. If we had met at a different time in our lives than we would not have been ready.

    Thank you so much for sharing this Sarah! I love the style (read and response), the feel of a song or poetry, and the honesty and humor you bring 🙂

    1. My husband and I both reached a similar place of “acceptance” with our single existence before we married. I’m so grateful we learned to be ok on our own before we learned how to be ok together. God truly does want to prepare our hearts for marriage, to teach us that our partner will never satisfy, and the importance of sacrificial love. Thanks for stopping by, I so enjoyed writing this piece and I am glad to know you enjoyed reading it.

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