In 2005, Glynnis and her husband, Tod, adopted two little girls from Liberia. The girls were eight and ten, but were the size of five-year-olds. They had never been in school and never seen running water. The deprivation they had experienced was significant. But Glynnis, Tod, and their three sons were convinced that with enough love and time, the missing pieces would be filled in.
It quickly became apparent that other issues were brewing. The challenges facing the family were immense, as they learned the older daughter had a cognitive disability and severe hearing loss in one ear. The younger girl’s issues ran even deeper with past abuse and neglect, causing significant emotional damage and life-altering behavioral issues.
Expecting some challenges, Glynnis had cut back on her work, teaching, and public speaking for a period of three years. But three years wasn’t going to be enough. So Glynnis said good-bye to travel, a public teaching ministry, and book writing, certain she would have to travel and speak for a publisher to believe in her.
Life was hard in the Whitwer home, as they faced one diagnosis after another and traveled from therapist to therapist and doctor to doctor. The emotional trauma of the younger daughter affected all of them, and Glynnis maintained her focus on her family for years.
Although Glynnis longed to serve God through her work at Proverbs 31 Ministries and through her book writing and public speaking, it seemed He had other plans.
God could see something coming that Glynnis never saw. He saw the world of the Internet opening up opportunities for women to minister from home. No longer did authors have to travel and speak to get a book contract. Emerging were new ways to write, teach, and minister to women that hadn’t been available before.
As Glynnis submitted her dreams to God, He repackaged them and gave them back to her. God opened up opportunities for her to move to an executive position within Proverbs 31 Ministries even though she lives two thousand miles from the home office. God established COMPEL Training, where Glynnis gets to teach monthly to over fifteen hundred authors, and He has blessed her with multiple book contracts so she can fulfill her dream to write.
In one of the sweetest acts, God gave her the title executive director of communications. Now, that might not seem so special on the surface, but when Glynnis was studying public relations in college, her dream job was director of communications for a company. Although Glynnis never told anyone about this dream, God obviously never forgot. She is convinced the addition of “executive” in her title was a wink from Him … almost as if God was saying, “See, Glynnis, I got you.”
God won’t waste our wait, and neither should we.
How are you currently handling your wait?
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Wait and See: A Six-Week Study to Waiting Well
Content different from her best-seller Wait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans, Wendy teaches readers how to wait well by studying the lives of six individuals in the Bible who either waited well, or did not wait well.
This Bible study kit explores how we can view God’s pauses as opportunities to know Him better. The Wait and See DVD provides six ten-minute teaching videos from Wendy Pope that correspond with the participant’s guide. The entire curriculum is covered during the Bible study, and there is no outside homework or additional reading. This Bible study kit is ideal for small groups to explore living peacefully during faithful waiting.
This Bible study kit includes Wendy Pope’s Wait and See, a leader’s quick-start guide, a participant’s guide, and the companion DVD.