January 16, 2018

Living Love God’s Way (plus a giveaway)

Hey friends! We’re one week away from our first 2018 Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study. We’ll be studying my new book, I Am Loved: Walking in the Fullness of God’s Love, which is a journey through the book of 1 John.

On Monday, January 22nd, we begin the first of our 5-week study learning the depth of God’s extraordinary love AND how to live out that love in our everyday lives.

Join the #IAmLoved study at Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

Today, I thought I’d share one of my favorite God stories. It happened a few years ago when God used my friend, Karen, and me on an ordinary trip to the grocery store to live out His extraordinary love.

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God Met Her in the Grocery Store

She woke up that morning with a quick trip to the grocery store in mind. She pulled her hair back in a ponytail, slipped on her flip flops, grabbed her keys and ran out the door.

My girlfriend, Karen, and I also planned a trip to the market that day. As we approached the check-out lines, we found ourselves behind an older woman who seemed to be waiting on someone. She motioned for us to go ahead. Almost immediately, a younger woman scooted past me.

As she did, my heart began to pound. I physically began to tremble. In that moment, the Lord impressed on my heart something so strange … buy her groceries. What? I felt it again … the racing heart rate, this time a whisper, “Love her. Buy her groceries.”

I hesitated but then reached out and tapped the young woman on the shoulder and spoke the words God laid on my heart: “I know it sounds strange, but God told me that we are to buy your groceries.”

She looked at me quizzically and then graciously accepted with tears in her eyes. Not long after that, she and the older women walked out of the store.

A few minutes later, as Karen and I were checking out, the older woman returned to share their story. She identified the young woman as her daughter. Her name was Micah. She shared how Micah’s husband had abused her for years. And, just a few months earlier had walked out on Micah and her young son, leaving them alone and leaving her feeling unloved and unworthy of love.

She could barely make ends meet. She felt abandoned by everyone, but most especially God. Days before our God appointment in the grocery store, Micah and her mother had prayed. Her mother prayed a prayer every mother would pray: “Lord, draw Micah back to You.”

But Micah’s prayer is what astounded us. She had prayed, “God, if You are real. If You love me, show me that You have not forgotten me!”

As her mother shared these words, the reason for God’s urging became so clear. God wanted to extend unconditional love to Micah. In the midst of Micah’s deepest sorrow and desperate cries for love, God responded intimately and personally.

Through tears, Micah’s mother spoke words we’ll never forget: “Micah now knows that God has not forgotten her!”

God provided for her needs. He loved her unconditionally. He answered the cry of her heart.

And God also chose to use us! On an ordinary day, in an ordinary store, performing an ordinary chore, God called us to an extraordinary task. He crossed our paths with one of His girls who needed to experience His extraordinary love.

Yes, it was a great day for Micah! But what a day it was for Karen and me. Our obedience to the Lord’s prompting touched Micah’s life in such a powerful way that she KNEW God was real. God loved her. And He had not abandoned her.

God answers prayer. He orchestrates divine appointments … anywhere … everywhere … anytime … even in the grocery store.

Don’t you love stories like this? I’m certain ya’ll have similar stories to share, and I’d love to hear them! Either where you shared God’s love in a tangible way OR someone shared His love with you. Please leave a comment sharing your story. Click here to leave a comment if you are reading this in email.

Giveaway now closed – congrats Aura Conejos! Please see your email for further instructions.

We’ll choose one of you to win 2 copies of my I Am Loved book and 2 “Loved” bracelets (one to keep and one to give away). U.S. Addresses only please. These beautiful bracelets were created especially for I Am Loved by my friends at Fashion and Compassion.

Giveaway of #IAmLoved and Fashion and Compassion "Loved" bracelet at wendyblight.com.

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I look forward to reading your stories!!

Blessings,

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January 2, 2018

5 Days to Walking in the Fullness of God’s Love

Welcome to those of you joining from my Encouragement for Today devotion, Walking in Obedience.

I wonder what would change in my life … in your life … if we truly lived in the absolute assurance of God’s deep, abiding, unconditional love.

I’m not talking about simply saying we know God loves us. I’m talking about really knowing – deep down, soul-rocking knowledge – that the God of the Universe loves us beyond ways we could ever imagine. And then living every day anchored in that love, even when life’s circumstances and our emotions beg us otherwise.

I want to help you live in the reality of this truth. So I invite you to join me for 5 Days to Walking in the Fullness of God’s Love. It’s a devotional sneak peek into my new Bible study on 1 John, I Am Loved.

Click here to sign up and you will receive the 5-day journey in your email.

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2017

A New Year’s Prayer

A New Year's Prayer by Wendy Blight

I’m so thankful for each one of you … for how you love God’s Word and have come alongside me for so many years to study His word together. Here’s a New Year’s Prayer for you!

Father,

I’m so thankful to walk into this New Year with You. I stand amazed that though You are the King of kings and Lord of lords, You are also my Abba Father. The One who knit me together in my mother’s womb.  The One who knows my heart, my every need, my deepest desires, my scars, and my faults and failures. Yet, You still love me. Thank You that Your love knows no bounds. Lord, in this New Year, I invite You to fall afresh on me.

Father,

You are holy, and You call me to holiness. Not perfection. Holiness. Help me know the difference. You created me in Your image and call me to be more like You. I confess at times, my heart wanders. My speech disappoints. My actions fail. Draw me closer to You. Keep me alert to Your voice. Give me a teachable mind and ears to hear the whispers of Your sweet Spirit. Clothe me with humility. Enable me to submit to Your Word. Use it to penetrate those deep places in my heart that resist change.

Father,

Give me a heart that hungers and thirsts for more of You and Your Truth above all else. Grant me a spirit of wisdom and discernment so I can understand the wonderful truths and promises tucked in pages of Your Word. Give me a Spirit of revelation to discover the secret treasures You have hidden for me. Help me discern truth from lies. Open my eyes to the schemes of the evil one. Keep my eyes forever fixed on You. When I wander, Lord, draw me back. Refresh and refill me with the fullness of Your Spirit.

Father,

As I enter into this New Year. I’m not making resolutions. I’m making a commitment. I commit to give You Your rightful place on the throne of my heart. To put You above all else. Give me the courage to make the decisions that will make that happen.

Father,

You are Faithful and True. I’m inviting You to do a mighty work in and through my life this year. Thank You for Your promise that when You begin a work, You are faithful to complete it. I want to walk step-by-step with You every day. Help me to trust You, even in the hard places. Even when it costs. Help me lean not on my own understanding, but Yours. Help me to acknowledge You in all my ways so that I can obey Your voice when You speak, “This is the way, My child, walk in it.”

Father,

I love You and thank You that You love me. Make my life a living testimony to You. I ask this in the powerful and mighty name of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who will do exceedingly, abundantly above all that I could ever ask or imagine. Amen.

May you have a blessed and joyous New Year!