Episode Summary:

Your past doesn’t define you. Your present doesn’t define you. But who you choose to trust does define your future. We all experience a “meanwhile” in life. Those interminable and challenging moments when God is strategically laboring behind the scenes, yet we find ourselves questioning. Waiting on God to rescue, to answer our prayers, to work in the lives of our loved ones. But God never asks us to do anything that won’t benefit us. Today we’re going to be talking about how to embrace the benefits of waiting upon the Lord.

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Quotables from the Episode:

  • A “meanwhile” in our lives is that time period between the onset of crisis and the time when we can see God’s visible intervention.
  • We are strengthened and our faith is refined in the waiting rooms of life.
  • You get to decide how you will wait in the waiting rooms of life—will you wait on God and his answers, or will you seek things and places that never satisfy?
  • “If it’s not good, God isn’t done.” Elizabeth Elliott
  • Nobody wants to go through painful times in life, but our pain is a platform God can use to reach others.
  • The Bible is not so much for inspiration as it is for transformation.


Scripture References:

  • Isaiah 40:31 NIV “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
  • Lamentations 3:25 “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.”


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About Carol McLeod

Carol McLeod, authorCarol McLeod is a best-selling author and speaker who encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. Her commitment to reach women “by any means available” has resulted in a thriving social media presence, 2 top podcasts, an inspiring television program, and even her own mobile app. Carol’s 15th book, Meanwhile: Meeting God in the Wait, examines the life of Joseph of the Old Testament and what it means to truly wait well. Her best-selling book, Rooms of a Mother’s Heart, won the 2022 Director’s Choice Award from the Blue Ridge Writers Conference. In 2021, Carol was honored to receive Oral Roberts University’s prestigious “Alumna of the Year” award for distinguished service to God.




Book Giveaway

Meanwhile: Meeting God in the Wait by Carol McLeod

In conjunction with this post and the podcast interview, Carol is giving away a free copy of her book, Meanwhile: Meeting God in the Wait.

Leave a comment below sharing with us one thing you learned about strengthening your faith in the waiting rooms of life and you will be entered into the contest for your chance to win a copy of her book.

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Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson


"Meanwhile" moments are those challenging periods between crisis and divine intervention. They are opportunities for growth, resilience, and unwavering faith. In this podcast, Carol McLeod and I talk about embracing the benefits of waiting upon God.