November 9, 2015

My New Book Releases in January 2016!

If you are joining me from my devotional at Encouragement for Today, I am so thankful you are here. If you are looking for the link to the “Praying on the Armor” prayer I share in my devotional, click here.

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And I invite you to read on to learn more about my new book coming out in January 2016, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God.

Sometimes you dare to ask God for a big dream. To pray for something only He can orchestrate.

A few weeks ago, as I sat in the Harper Collins’ studio recording the DVD teachings to accompany my new book, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God (coming out in January), God graciously answered my prayer.

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And today I want to publicly praise God and thank Him for His kindness and goodness. And I also want to thank you, my faithful friends and followers. YOU helped make this all possible. You joined me time and time again here on the blog to study God’s Word. You helped develop me as a teacher. You trusted me to come alongside you and walk with you through God’s Word. We studied the life of David. Hebrews. Ephesians. Prayer. And so much more.

You invested in me. You prayed for me. You encouraged me. You engaged in dialogue with me. YOU BLESSED ME!!

My heart is full, and I can’t think of better people to share this upcoming release with than you! Today I celebrate YOU and thank God for YOU!

As time draws closer, I will share more about I Know His Name and provide a link for a FREE devotional to give you a sneak peek into the book.

Below I share a short description of I Know His Name.

Does God seem like a stranger more than a friend? Do you want to go from simply knowing about God to really knowing God? Do you long for God to become more of a part of your everyday life but don’t know how? In the pages of I Know His Name, Wendy will help you…

  • realize your infinite worth as you explore the nature of the God who created and formed you.
  • live with bold assurance that your God is a personal God who sees you, hears you, and knows you by name.
  • walk confidently in who you are and Whose you are, especially in the midst of a shattered heart or a broken dream.
  • arm yourself with seven tools to pray more confidently and effectively in any situation or circumstance.
  • transform your walk with Jesus as you discover how He fulfills the Old Testament names of God.

The names of God we will study include:


El Roi

Jehovah Nissi

Jehovah Rapha

El Elyon

and four more magnificent names of God!!

As I close today, I would love to hear from you! If you have joined us for past studies, share your favorite. If you are new to my blog, share your favorite name of God. I will choose one name to win a free copy of my new book when it comes out in January!!


October 14, 2015

Thank you for engaging in such honest, rich and wonderful conversation as we studied how God calls us to live lives where He and He alone is LORD over every part of our lives. I enjoyed reading each and every comment. It seems we all struggle, doesn’t it? Whether married or unmarried, we struggle with making our Lord, LORD OF ALL!!

And it’s because, on our own, we cannot do this. It takes a deep, rich, abiding relationship with Jesus to bring us to a place of such great love, humility, and submission. So I thought I would write a prayer for us to help draw us closer to God and better equip us to surrender every area of our lives to Him.

Prayer from My Heart to Yours

Heavenly Father, we humbly come before You as women who seek to walk in a rich, abiding relationship with You and who seek to make You LORD over our lives.   Father, we desire to be one with You, attached to Your vine, filled with Your Spirit.  You are Holy and call us to be holy.  We are desperate to be the holy women You are calling us to be.  Soften our hearts to receive Your Spirit in all its fullness, so it will transform our hearts in ways that enable us to submit and surrender our hearts to You and, in turn, reflect You and Your heart in all we say and do. 

Your Word says that if anyone lacks wisdom, she should only ask for it, and You will give it liberally.  We ask in faith now to be filled with the knowledge of Your Word .  We pray for all wisdom and understanding as we seek to know You more.  We deeply desire to apply our hearts to understand You more so that we can receive from You what You so freely give.

As we open Your Word and meet with you, help us not be wise in our own eyes, but to seek Your Truth in all we say and do.  As we learn Your Word and it fills our hearts and minds, saturate us.  Allow Your Word to penetrate to the deepest places in our hearts, places that we don’t want to let anyone in.

Father, let the peace that passes all understanding, Your Peace, not the world’s peace, guard our hearts and rule our lives.  Give us the desire and meet with You and sit quietly at Your feet.  Give us our daily bread.  Feed us and do as Your Word promises, bring health to our bodies and healing to our bones.

Father, through Your Spirit draw us close.  Fill us.  Change us so not our will be done but Yours in and through our prayers and our lives.  Fill us up with the fullness of Your Spirit so that we may accomplish all that we are asking, for we know that we cannot do it in our own strength.  We know that we can do this, and all that You call us to, only through Christ who strengthens us.

Father, thank You for watching over Your Word to perform it.  Thank You that it will accomplish what You desire and achieve the purposes for which You sent it.  Beginning today, we pray Your Word, believing it and Your promises about it with all our hearts.  I thank You in advance for all You will do in and through us as we walk in obedience to Your command to abide in You.  We know that according to Your Word, You will do even more than we could ever ask or imagine in this simple prayer, and we boldly ask this in the powerful name of Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

I pray that as we pray this prayer, God will begin a mighty work in our hearts … building trust in Him, softening our hearts to surrender our wills to His … so that we can truly make Him Lord over all!! Below please find the winner of my book Hidden Joy. And if you would like to read a sample chapter of the book, we have made one available for free, simply click here to read it.

*****The winner of my book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner is ….

Cherie K who posted on 9/29 at 8:25 am. Please e-mail me at with your name and address so I can mail you a signed copy of my book. *****

October 11, 2015

Is Jesus Lord Over Your Marriage?

**** Winner of Glynnis’ book announced at the end of this post****

What does it mean to call Jesus “LORD?”

Just after Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, He said, “You call Me ‘Master’ and ‘LORD,’ and you are right, because that is what I am” (John 13:13). Jesus then follows that statement with these words:

“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).

So what does Jesus’ title “LORD” really mean in our lives?

As I researched, I struggled with where God took me.

“LORD” is from the Greek, “kyrios,”  and means ruler and owner, one that has authority over us.

When we call Jesus LORD, we are confessing, with our mouths and our hearts, that we believe Him to be the ultimate authority over our lives. In the first century, an ordinary servant obeyed his master’s direction without objection. He addressed his lord with complete and utter respect. No matter what the master asked of him, he obeyed … period … no matter how tired, how difficult, no matter the consequences, no matter the pain.

This really made me think … when I address Jesus as my LORD, do I respond with this same attitude? Am I saying to Him, LORD, you have authority over every area of my life and no matter what You ask, I will obey. 

Oh, how I wish I could say that!!! But I don’t. And what God brought me face to face with was my marriage. Most especially, in my role as Monty’s wife. What I found is that I fall so short.

God’s Word gives me clear instruction:


“In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands” (1 Peter 3:1). Personalizing this verse, it says: Wendy, in the same way, you must accept the authority of your husband.

Now, did you notice the four little words that precede that instruction: In the same way? What way? To what is Peter referring?

We must go back a few verses to 1 Peter 2:18-21 to find our answer. This is where Peter addresses the relationship between slaves and masters:

“You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you – not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow His.” 

So, in the same way slaves accept the authority of their masters, we who are wives must accept the authority of our husbands.

Don’t run off yet, please. I know I wanted to!! It’s hard to read these words. But God gives us more teaching on this topic. And we need all the teaching to understand His initial instruction to us.

So, what is that “example” we must follow? Pay attention. The words are VERY POWERFUL …

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead He entrusted Himself to the One who judges justly (1 Peter 3:22-23).

As wives, we are to submit, to accept our husband’s authority … NOT as one who is “less than,” but as one who submits and respects out of honor to God.

And guess what, God calls husbands to submit as well. How do we know that? Because back in Ephesians just before Paul tells wives to submit, he writes these words to husbands and wives:

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). Both husband and wife are to submit to each other to honor Jesus and His role in their marriage.

Husbands are called to …

“give honor to your wives … treat them with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life” (1 Peter 3:7).

“be considerate as you live with your wives … treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life.” 

Oh, my feathers ruffled a little when I saw the word “weaker.” But rather than get angry, I did a word study of “weak” to determine exactly what Peter meant when he used it here. When Peter used the term weaker here, he refers NOT to moral stamina, strength of character, or mental capacity, but to physical and emotional strength. The Greek word for weak here is asthenestero and refers to physical and emotional weakness.

Friend, I see this as God calling men to be tender-hearted and loving toward their wives, honoring who God made them to be. Peter goes on to tell husbands to treat their wives this way so that nothing hinders your prayers.

Oh, these can be difficult words to read as a wife. Or at least they were for me.

And if you think the commands in Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 are too difficult to obey, you are right … they are … in our own strength! The good news is that with God’s Holy Spirit living within us, empowering us, we are more than able!! Not only are we able, but God promises when we do obey that BLESSINGS FLOW FROM OUR OBEDIENCE!

These verses today caused me to pause and ask if Jesus really is LORD over my marriage. And although my husband and I both believe in Jesus. We pray for each other and our children. We attend worship. Do Bible studies. We both love the Lord.

But, as for me, I confess I have not allowed Jesus to fully be LORD over my heart and my attitude as a wife.

In fact,  I have a long way to go!! My sharp tongue, my controlling behavior, and my unwillingness to submit in certain areas (especially when it comes to our kids) really show me that I need some one on one time with God in this area.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what area of your life you struggle with making JESUS LORD OVER ALL. Leave a comment today and share your hard place. I will choose one name to win a copy of my book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner. Leave your comment before Tuesday at midnight. I will announce the winner on my blog with a prayer for us Wednesday morning.

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***** The Winner of Glynnis’ book, Taming the To-Do List, is

Nancy who posted on September 29th at 9:08 am. *****

Congratulations, Nancy! Please e-mail me with your full name and e-mail address so that I can send you your book!