March 17, 2010

God Created You with PURPOSE!!!

Welcome “Encouragement for Today” readers. I always love a day when my devotional runs because I make so many new friends! Please leave me a comment and let me know you stopped by. You are welcome to comment anonymously if you do not have a blogger account. If you have difficulty leaving a comment, please e-mail me at Deuteronomysix@aol.com. I will select one winner from the comments to receive a Starbucks Gift Card. It is my prayer that you will take the gift card and your Bible, visit your local Starbucks, and spend time with the Lord in His Word pondering and praying about the Truths He has revealed to you today.

Before I begin what God has laid on my heart for today, I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to my dear friend, Sharon Sloan. She loves the Lord and His Word with passion that is contagious. She inspires me daily with her words of wisdom and tender-hearted encouragement. Please stop by her blog today and wish her a happy birthday. Love you, Sharon!!!!

As I write tonight, my heart is heavy for every woman who feels unworthy, unimportant, average, lonely, sad, and without purpose. At one time, that was the cry of my heart…what is my purpose God? How could you ever use me?

But as I journeyed with God through some painful years, He taught me very powerful Truths. For those of you sitting in the place I just described, may you never forget God created you with a special purpose. He says in His Word…

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:13-16

God says in Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.

Sometimes the lies of the evil one tell us we are unworthy and there is no hope for us. But Jesus tells us in His Word that those words come from the one who is the father of lies. Please, please do not listen to him. Instead of believing lies, believe TRUTH from the One Who says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Hear Truth from God’s Word today.

You are LOVED

with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)

You are PRECIOUS and VALUABLE

your name engraved on the palm of His hand. (Isaiah 49:16)

You are WORTHY

for He gave the life of His only Son, Jesus Christ, for you. (John 3:16)

You are FORGIVEN

you need only repent of your sin. (Acts 3:19)

You are REDEEMED

the old is gone and the new has come…in Christ you are a new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

You are SAVED FOR A PURPOSE

one for which He specially created you. (Ephesians 2:10)

Will you believe with me today that God created you for a great PURPOSE…one that only you can fulfill?

If you don’t know that today, promise me you’ll spend time in these verses and ask Your Father in heaven to make them very real to you! And if you have never accepted Christ, please visit our Proverbs 31 web site, and we will lead you through the steps to receive Christ. If you do this today, please let me know as well as Proverbs because we desire to come alongside you on your wonderful new journey with the Lord!

As I close my post, I am going to pray for each one of you that God brings here today…pray that this is a day you will have an amazing God moment…where you KNOW that you KNOW He is working in your midst, listening to the cry of your heart. He desires to heal your hurt and bring you back to wholeness.

I am praying for you!

Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    thank you for the encouragement! i needed to hear this!

    • I’m truly grateful God lead me to your site …I cry pray and ask God to Heal me and give me strenght to let this something inside me that’s been hurting for so many years and causes me… not to focus or move toward I have hard time desiding on what it is or I what i REALLY want to do with my life AT ALMOST 60 YRS YOUNG i GREAT AT HELPING OTHERS because I feel God ‘s place place them in my life to help or i’M TO LEARN LESSIONS from them some good and some not so good I love God I think of how His he’s blessed with me with his grace and mercy that I’m still alive however there so many personal things I wish to achevie in my life that I didn’t get a chance as a child because that as an adult female I just don’t seem to understand what or comprehind which hinders me Yes I’m reaching out to God again again and agian to help me ….I love you and your spirit for what your doing. Peace love and Health
      Michelle

      • Michelle,

        I pray God will begin a deep, healing work within your heart. May His healing balm flow and soak into the marrow of your bones. It is powerful to “hear” the hunger in your heart to heal so that you can serve the Kingdom with all your heart, soul and mind. God WILL give you this desire of your heart because that is His will for you. He will take all the hurt stuffed inside you, heal it and then use it to bring hope and healing to others. I know because that is what He did in my life. I share my story in Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner. If you have not read my book, it would truly be a good place for you to go to find guidance on this journey. There are several other wonderful books by Proverbs 31 authors that can help you in the same way.

        I encourage you to join a Bible study if you are not already in one. Being in the Word will allow God to minister to you and speak to your heart.

        Blessings to you,

        Wendy

        • Hi Wendy something told me to revisit your site again and my heart began to swell with tears as they rolled down my face I somehow feel somewhat relieved..I know that I am blessed I would have never made it through the things Ive been through and It surley by his mercy..I am not in a bible study but do wish to become part of one. I know that God lead to your site…I lession to a programs seeking guildance I pray day and night asking God to help me heal the hurt that has had me chained from a child blessed that I had of the normal deires in life as any one would but deep in side in there is still that child trapped fighting to get out and breath I know what GOD has waiting for me….I have forgiven the childhood trauma with stepfaher but I don’t know if I’m still have this god allful feeling those that know me say your so confident beautiful kind but I don’t see those things in me..I almost train wecked myself with men and started feeling my God what have I been doing to my self my body my mind had been numb so long, slowly there was something that I’m to be doing and God I want to to be the best person use the self to help others by examples but still not happy inside I’m tired of masking I want to be pleasing to my GOD I’m sure where all this is coming from but I thought I read somthing about on line bible study …I would love to be a part..some time’s my spelling is terrlable and my mind looses focus but think maybe this is what I need to do be involved…..Wendy I believe God heard my Cry you are my life line I hope to hear agian as where I may sign up to learn How to really have something I’ve never had how and that is living by the word of GOD loving myself and knowing what it is to have real joy… For it begans here and now thank you my gentle spirit.
          Peace

          Michelle

          • Hi Michelle,

            Thanks for stopping by and sharing from your heart about your pain and your desires for full and complete healing. Bible study is a wonderful way for God to work to answer the cry of your heart.

            We would LOVE to have you join our studies. Visit the right side of my blog. You will see two places to connect. First, look for “Subscribe to Updates” and place your e-mail address in there and click on “go.” It will send you a confirmation so be sure to confirm.

            Second, go to “Sign Up For Wendy’s On-Line Bible Studies.” Put your -mail address in the box and click on “Subscribe.”

            That is all you need to do!!

            Blessings to you,

            Wendy

          • Hello Wendy
            I don’t know if you sent any e-mails to conerning studies so I decided to by and also to say hi…..Latey I’ve been examining my life and constantly in prayer searching for peace and joy from with in….Funny I had a sitiuation with my friend over the weekend which had no clue to what happened without going into all the drama he said it was the tone of my voice…. now this is not the frist time I’ve heard this not just from him but from others …it wan’t until Sunday I was feeling empty and hurt inside I needed to get out I went over to my son’s house, which was good we boned and talked each of sharing our emotioms and it was’nt til then he said mom you know you can be a little winiee and mom I don’t like the way you speak to grandma mom she old … you know that hit me hard and hurt something aweful…I could help but told back the tears Iturn to him emotiomaly and said son I did’nt realize it but you know perhaps I’m holding on to somtime that was said to me during my abuse that …that little girl hurt as she was on top of everything that had happed to her din’t need to hear from her mother that lingered in her mind all those years… with and the abuse caused so much confusion in her life not loving herself or really feeling loved by mom …God know I love my mom dearly but still blaming others for being insecure and being able to move forward with life and let God have it all….Guessed I have masked myself all these year s …my son politly also mention which this Iam a here of Patience…I get rattled here of late …I know God is not happy with my behaviorl I’m feel so bad…..so here I am …I am a wonderful kind hearted women and give so much to other and of my self ….But I guess I too sometime we need to be still and know God has been trying to get my attention…and yes everything: been getting on my nerves….my job I’m stressed my son also said mom tired not to get so emotional pray and just take time out for you!!! I see me now and know I need work and l thought I had forgiven alot of things guess I could’nt the spak in my own eye….So here I am again ..during lent deep in my heart I’ve been praying now I see that God has a Big plan for me and I believe and know something so awesome is happening in my life…
            Peace, love and blessing

      • Hi Michelle, so good to hear from your again. Do not let yourself travel to places of shame about how you have acted or spoken. We all have times where we are unkind and do not speak with the best of tones and words. Recognizing it is the best and first step. Once you recognize it, you can take it to the Lord and be productive with it. I want to encourage you to do my On-Line Proverbs Bible study. We also sell it on the Proverbs 31 web site in its complete form for $10. It is entitled All Things Wise and Wonderful: Applying God’s Word in Every Day Life. But if you don’t want to purchase it, you can do the on-line study for free. Simply click on the link entitled “Bible Studies” on the top of my blog and look for this study. Click on that link and it will take you right to it!!

        I pray this will help you be more consistent with your tongue and your tone as you spend time in God’s Word seeking Him for transformation in this area.

        Blessings,

        Wendy

        • Hello Wendy
          I went to your site and purchased the e-book everything wonderful and wise but I’m not sure if it’s to be mailed or if I’m to down load a liitle confused. Perhaps you can help me …..I did recieved a e-mail confrimation of but as I said not sure where to go from here…. these past few weeks have been difficult for me emoitionly seems as those everythings brothering me sleeping poorly my work Im not focused feeling sad inside however ive been praying for the holy spirit for cleansing inside and out to renew me because I KNOW he’s has something awesome in store for in the mean time it’s been painful for me struggling going into lent season…I don’t feel much like being with people right now, just in prayer and exercising and sheding tears…it’s hard to examine one’s self but each day I’m expecting something .exciting to happen in my life..ITruly believe no weapons formed against me shall prosper…I prayer to the holy spirit to surcome me guild me sooth my thoughts as I try to end this battle of fear and low confidenced. I just want to be free…free to this all pain drepression negativity, I ask how long God?….Never realized so much work needed to be done….Ive been wearing a mask for so long.. ,but I’m determined to fight ..today at work I thought I was gonna lose it but I made it. Again soooo Greatful for this site and to you…I just want to be the women that God has designed me to be….when looking at your blog everyone looks so happy so hungery to love me when I look at myself as I seek Peace and Joy…. mine is coming it is coming this is my year!!

          Peace and blessing
          Michelle

        • hello Wendy could tell me I purchased the e-book on everything wise and wonderful but not sure if I was to down load or it is being mailed..
          thanks again

          • Since you purchased it from Proverbs, I think it should have been downloaded and sent to you immediately. However,we moved out of our old office last week and are moving into the new one Monday. If you have not received it by Wednesday of this week, please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com,, and I will check on it for you. So sorry you have not received it yet.

            Blessings,

            Wendy

      • Wow! I came across this through Google. Both of You have truly touched my heart with your words. For Michelle don’t give up the battle it’s very hard to stand and fight but it’s very well worth the bruising and hurt. You will be able to look back at scars and say thank you God you helped me through that battle!
        Thank You. God Bless!

  2. Sharon Sloan says:

    Dearest Wendy: Please know that I am never awake this late! My normal bed time is 8:30 PM! Two friends and I met to pray this evening (and your name came up!) and I just got in after midnight and was tidying up my post for today 3/17. My blogger updated me that you had a new post, so I popped over.

    Wendy, God's Word here and your words are my perfect birthday gift. Thank you, Wendy. I needed this encouragement from His Word. His Words washed over me here at "Living Truth".

    As always, He meets me perfectly in His Word. Here is the verse He has given me the last few days: Isaiah 30:15 – "This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: 'In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…'"

    I pray daily Psalm 90:17- "May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands." Wendy, I love you. Thank you. May HE bless you to full and in the intimate places of your heart.

    Warm hugs,

    Sharon

  3. tonya lewis says:

    my son and i was just talking about this very thing a couple days ago…in fact 7 yrs ago my son asked me what my purpose in life was that is what led me back to christ.i didnt know then and im still looking for that answer today. ive reached the place where i desire to be used FULLY by GOD.he has blessed so much yet i dont have a clue how to use it all i dont even know where to start. your devotions have played a big part in my life and i dont know what i would have done without them.i have spent much time alone with GOD just learning and growing these past 7 yrs i was so leary of who i could trust so i didnt connect to my church family easily so these devotions became my friend they spoke to me in ways i could understand and relate to they didnt codemn me or look down their nose at me..they just simply spoke to my heart as one friend to another.these devotions helped break a 30 yr silence between me and my mom she didnt want to hear about GOD but i would call her and pretend my computer was down and ask her if shed read the devotions to me, i think she looked forward to it almost as much as i did.they would open up doors to us to talk about discuss and just simply share with each other. she died 3 yrs ago…and im so very grateful that we found something that we could share.thank you very much for the giving of your time to write these devotions……they truely are a blessing!
    sincerely,
    tonya lewis

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    I was reading a daily devotional of yours online (crosswalk.com) and followed a link to your blog. I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your devotions. I am a 19 year old college student attending Texas A&M University. I am undecided and have absolutely no idea what I am going to major in. I have constantly been worrying about what I am going to do with my life and what my future holds. It is through your words that God finally got through my thick skull that He is in control. After searching online and looking at America's top 100 jobs list, I found nothing. Now I realize I need to be still and allow the Lord to show me the path He has for me. Again, thank you so much for using your talent for the benefit of others. I have been blessed by your work.
    Katie

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this encouragement. Your love and passion for our sweet Jesus shines through your words!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Wendy. I have been blessed by the message you shared on Encouragement for Today. As I read the passage you wrote, saying… "Not a single thing in your life will be wasted. God will use your past and your present to prepare you for your future. He has a beautiful plan … a call on your life. He is waiting to reveal it to you." I felt comforted. I graduated from university about two years ago. I have been working and serving in the church during these two years. However, I feel exhausted and stressful and I struggle having to deal with so many issues. The job that I am doing now is not the one that I wanted. My family (who are non-believers) have been telling me that I can get a better job instead of working with a company owned by the church. I have been praying for a clear direction for my career and ministry. May God give me the courage and boldness to embrace the challenges ahead. I need God to lead me and guide me along the path. Thank you for your sharing.

  7. Your devotion today was as though God was speaking directly to me. Over the last few weeks I have been wondering why I am where I am, feeling as though I have no purpose where I am, and as though I have nothing to offer. I have been feeling like I have no training or skills in anything specific and no big passion for a career. I've been asking God to show me His purpose for my life. I have been asking God these last few days what God wants me to do with my life. I don't have the answer yet, but I do believe He is speaking to me directly through your devotion – He does have a plan for me and He has created me for something and I am not to lose hope. Thank you so much.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,

    I am Qiu Yun from Singapore. I was struggling with God regarding my future these few days. I have got no idea why God has placed me in a place where my heart would like to serve Him in somewhere else.

    Deep down I know He has a plan for me. Plan to prosper me and not to harm me. Yet my heart is still aching. I was encouraged by your testimony.

    Could you pray for me.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,
    That was uplifting. I'm 54 years old, a single-mother of two teenage kids, with a very wild past. To make ends meet, I teach part-time. I sometimes feel as if God has sort of forgotten me- when I look around me, most people seem to have their act together (happily married, financially well off, loving parents and relatives – things that are not applicable to my life). I love to paint/write and sell my designs online -but there must be more! My dream is of writing and illustrating a Christian book. I pray that this dream will become true, as I have the feeling that life sort of whizzed past me and left me floundering and sort of lost behind ;-)
    It's good news to focus again on God's plan for my life – and that he has a plan!
    Thanks for sharing, barbara

  10. Beth (A Mom's Life) says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words. At 40, I'm still searching for my purpose…why am I here? Or I guess more importantly, I don't feel like I'm doing what God put me here to do.

    Thank you for your prayers.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the encouragment,I needed to hear that.I am still asking Lord what are your plans for me,to me it seems like everyone around me is gifted in some way and I think Lord what do i have…Could you please pray for me..
    Kate

  12. Anonymous says:

    Appreciated your reminder of what I know is truth. (I'm a seminarian). Imagine a similar experience as the one you had in law school… but with seminary and a heart that entered school (and took on loads of debt) to be in the center of God's Will… and currently finds little to no joy in it all…. (that's making a LONG story really short). Yesterday, God very clearly closed a door of opportunity. While I know all the truth of what you wrote… I'm truly weary and waiting for the end of Proverbs 13:12 to "not return void," because right now I'm living in the beginning of the verse…

  13. Anonymous says:

    Dear Wendy,

    Such an encouragement, and in such a needed moment.. i graduated last year, and have been looking for job; doing part-time job in between.. also searching what God wants to do through me.. Thank you for prayers, and may God bless you abundantly! Julia

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,

    My name is Beth. Please add me to your prayer list. My story is similar to yours. I am 50 years old, was laid off from a good job after 23 years, went back to school, graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 with a degree in Social Science in 2009. Lost my parttime job as a church secretary shortly after that. God has blessed me with temp jobs since then, keepling bills paid, paying student loans :0(, but can't seem to get permanent work. God has blessed me with many gifts and no matter what I am doing, I share the good news….but I am not gratified by what I am doing, career wise….I seek His guidance for where I should go and be doing. I feel lost, no permanence and flow for my future?? What is it supposed to be??? email-msbeth11@sbcglobal.net

  15. Dear Wendy

    Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you! Yesterday at work I sat at my desk and wondered "Why am I here?" With an inside feeling that there is more for me to do in God's kingdom. This past January made 3 years I am saved, I am 25, married, live in the Caribbean, 2 kids and lately I have found myself going to work with no drive or enthusiasm as I first started. Since 2008 my husband and I have been trying to get approved for a loan to build our house and we've been turn down so many times. Financially, we can afford it but we've realised that nothing happens before God's timing. Its just recently, my husband started talking about moving and that he feels that better opportunities lie elsewhere. He is an amazing gospel musician (bass guitar) one of the best in this area. But down here there are limitations. There is so much more I would like to say but time is limited. Please keep my family in your prayers. Also, I am a dance instructor at a Christian Dance Theatre my friend and I started. Please pray that the Lord reveals his plan/ the area of ministry for me. Thank you! Diana

  16. Hi Wendy,
    I left a comment on another of your posts a few weeks back on this topic. I was so touched when I found you had posted a prayer for me on my blog, praying that I would find my purpose. Thank you so much for taking the time for that prayer. I am happy to say that I feel so much better about my current place in life. I have done a lot of praying and continue to pray that I may live out God's purpose for me. I may not know yet what God intends for me next week, next month or next year but I know today I'm living the life He wants me to live – being the best mom I can be and a supportive wife. That is my focus – my family.

    Thank you again so much for your prayers and for your blog posts and devotions!

  17. Sally Cupery says:

    I got to your site today from Prov 31's daily reflection reading. THANK GOD! I have been praying for weeks (maybe months or even years) to know or understand what my purpose in life is. I know God uses all our experiences for His purpose. I am currently the manager of the volunteer program at our hospital and appreciate the financial security this job provides for me and my husband (who is retired and now self-employed). I can't say that I worry about the future but I worry that I am missing the boat when it comes to my purpose. I feel that God is calling me into ministry and so I will be meeting with my pastor next week to discuss this. (It's taken me over a year to take this step!) Pray for my courage to follow the path to answer this calling. I love how God leads us to His encouragement when we ask. I did not know you before today. I am thanking God for your gifts and your sharing. Thank you, Wendy.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wendy- Thank You for following our Lord! Your Words were written straight from Him to my heart! What an Awesome and Amazing God we serve…I have been a Christian since I was 7- and i am 42 – the past 2.5 years have been hell for me- a refining by fire as it were…not the hell some have endured, I ended an 18 year marriage to a man I really had convinced myself was the man of my dreams….but he really was too good to be true…cheated on me from day 1 til the last….I was so niave. I have 2 wonderful children…and you know Wendy – God walked with me through each and every day of those rough and rocky roads! He has strengthened me into the woman I am today – a Woman of God! A Daughter of the King! And now I am embarking on a life more devoted to Him, and His will…Thank you for reinforcing this truth…that God Truly works all things for the good of those He has called! Prasie the Lord for you! God Bless You…keep writing my friend! Tdm4him@yahoo.com

  19. came by today from the proverbs 31 devo. Thanks, I needed to read that and this today.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I have just finished a bible study on purpose. What the Lord has revealed to me through this study is that He has a purpose for all of us. He is a VERY purposeful God!! He will reveal it to us as we trust Him to open doors and windows in His time. We need not worry or fret that we will miss it. We must be seeking Him not our purpose and He will show us what it is in many ways!! Again, the timing is not ours, but His! He makes everything beautiful in His time. Thanks so much for your devotion! Wonderful!

  21. Anonymous says:

    my name is teresa. recently i discovered that God has never forgotten me and the love has been so comforting, but…i have not returned that love in a physical manner and am not sure 'who i am' or how i am supposed to honor His love? i'm feeling a bit lost and would welcome any prayers of guidance and purposefullness…is that a word??? :) thanks all…

  22. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your post – it really hit the mark. I've just become fully aware that for the last few years that I have been seeking guidance it has been on my terms, and my plan… not God's. Thanks for the continued encrouagement and prayers…
    Blessings to you.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this post and your devotion on Proverbs31, today. I do not know what purpose God has for me, but I know He has one. – It would be nice if He would reveal it to me, because I know my plans (as perfect as the spreadsheets for the next thirty years may seem to be) don't always work out and more importantly, don't bring fulfillment. The fact that He does have a great and wonderful purpose for me, but that I don’t know it, is frustrating and depressing. Thank you for the reminder to trust in Him and lean not on my own understandings. Could you recommend a book or devotion on finding God’s purpose in your life?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    Thanks,I needed that. I completed all my classes for a masters in school counseling except on scholarly paper. Well, I had kids and didn't look back for 13 years. I found out all my classes expired! God has led me to start over and take all the classes again. (he has a sense of humor).
    Totally not what I expected. Have a long way to go, in many areas, but he does have a purpose for all of us. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Wendy Blight says:

    Hi girls,

    Oh, how I love reading your stories and hearing your hearts. It is not even 8:00 and God is at work in and through His Word…I LOVE IT!! He is so faithful.

    A few of you have asked for resources about how to find your purpose. I can recommend my book, Hidden Joy in A Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God's Story, which takes you step by step through my journey of healing and how, through prayer and His Word, God showed me my true giftedness and calling.

    Two other great resources are Lysa TerKeurst's books, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith and What Happens When Women Say "Yes" to God. You can find both of these on the Proverbs 31 Web site as well as Amazon.

    I will be praying personally for each of your requests and asking God to show up in very real ways as you seek to know His plan and purpose for your lives.

    Blessings,

    Wendy

  26. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement today. I will be meditating on Ephesians 2:10 throughout the day as I open my heart for God to speak to me. Be blessed.

    Kelly Mansfield, MI

  27. Wendy,
    God bless you for your words today. How much I needed to hear God's words of encouragement through those scriptures. I have been dealing with unemployment for over a year, but making ends meet barely with a couple of contract jobs. Yesterday I found out that my current contract cannot be converted to full time work due to outsourcing jobs to India. This morning I received an email letting me know I didn't get a job I interviewed for 2 weeks ago. Trying to pull myself from fear and worry has plagued my life for many years but most especially the last 3 years. I felt very unworthy and that God had somehow made a mistake when he made me. Why am I such a pushover and a worrywart, so fearful of failure? I read those scriptures and feel encouraged. God does have a plan for my life and he won't waste anything. Thanks for this word today. Bless you. Evalyn Elliott, Carrollton, TX

  28. ginny martyn says:

    God is so funny. I just walked away from my quite time with the question on my lips, "Lord what do you want me to do?" I've struggled with this question for years. I've finally surrendered to His plan and not mine. Thanks for this. I felt like you were speaking specifically to me.

  29. Wendy,

    I absolutely loved your devotional for today. So amazing that this would be the topic. I have recently discovered a joy I have for writing. You know as I look back over my life, I can see God's hand and how he has used past events to bring me to this place. I'm learning to enjoy the journey along the way. Thanks for your encouragement! ~ Blessings!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thank you – a million times – thank you!

  31. Wendy, thank you so much for your encouraging words and for making me think things through. I have too often wondered what God has in store for me and how I'm supposed to use my talents (the ones that I'm not too sure of). As a single mom I've had my share of challenges. I am plugged into a great church and I'm blessed with my parents and friends. I love the people I work with and enjoy helping them but I feel that something is missing. I'm only 3 classes away from completing my BBA but don't even know what I'll do afterwards with it (it's been 15 yrs since I was in school). So many questions and no answers yet. All I know is that I have the gift of mercy and it's been evident my whole life. What God wants me to do with it, I have no idea! Where do I fit in His plan? Where do I fit in His Kingdom? How can I help? Where do I go from here?

  32. Christina says:

    Thank you for this devotion. I, like so many who have commented, have recently been praying for God to reveal His purpose of my life to me. I want to honor Him with my life and feel that I have the gift of encouragement and hospitality. Please pray that I will use my gifts and talents to bring glory to Him and not my will be done, but His, no matter how hard it may be or how far it may take me out of my comfort zone! Thank you in advance for your prayers!

  33. Simple stories girl says:

    Wendy,
    Thank you so much for your devotional here and at Proverbs 31. My teenage daughter and I were just discussing this morning what plans God might have for her life. I can't wait to forward the devotional to her.
    Blessings,
    Bettina

  34. Anonymous says:

    Hi!
    What a precious words -THANK YOU- I have a dear friend and pray partner who always says that to me -You have a porpouse in life- and it's not that I don't know, is just something that we don't need to forget. I moved from Mexico to The States 2 years ago and I left my job, now here I am in the process to learn a new occupation. Please include me in your prayers. With Love in Jesus. Carmen.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,

    Thank you so much for such an encouraging devotional! It's amazing how God uses our gifts and circumstances in ways we don't expect him to.

    At the moment, I'm asking God what He wants me to do. I'm aware of what my gifts are, but what I'm to do with them has not been made clear.

    I work well with kids, especially toddlers and kindergarteners. My husband and I just moved to a new town and I've already found an opportunity to help out in the Childrens' Church. I'm looking forward to getting involved with that!

    My biggest question is what I'm supposed to do with my art and writing skills. I'm taking an apprentise course through Christian Writers' Guild, but am still asking God if there's a future in this. So far, I've used my writing to write letters of encouragement for my daughter as she struggles in school. So far, it's helped!

    If using my writing to get my daughter through school, or to encourage others is my gift, those writing lessons are worth the time, energy, and money.

    Robin

  36. Debbie G says:

    Dear Wendy,
    Just last year at SheSpeaks, God started to reveal His plan. I thought I was there only because someone invited me, but during our second night of speaker evaluations, He spoke directly to me, saying this is exactly where I was supposed to be. (I assumed that Lysa and the others just didn't realize that I was not really supposed to be there!) Anyway, after telling me this, He "changed" my 5 minute talk, telling me to share what He had done in my life, redeeming from a pit of worthlessness and adultery. I had two choices, share this story, or stand there and not say a word. So, I shared, as hard as it was, to say those words out loud. This year at our Women's Retreat, He asked me to share the message again, in front of 250 women from my church. I realized it was a secret that still had power over me, so once again, I shared. It was amazing. I opened my mouth, and God's plan of love and redemption for each of us, no matter where we have been, poured out of my mouth. If I could spend the rest of my life in that moment, I would. I know it is the beginning of what He has for me. I am processing through Wendy Pope's session from last year "What To Do In The W.A.I.T." I know that He has me in a season of preparing, and that nothing I can do will speed up His timing or force His hand. It is an exciting place to be right now, with a glimpse of the hope and the future He has for me.

    Thanks for your post today…it is beautiful. I am sharing it with a young lady in my life who is searching these days for what God has for her.
    Debbie Giese

  37. Karen J Lukes says:

    Your words affirmed what God has been showing me. He can take my past sins, decisions, sometimes mistakes and still use them all for His Glory. I am praying He will use my talents
    and education for His Kingdom. It may look different than even I would expect!

  38. sagreen125 says:

    your devotion was so what I needed, I feel like my husband and I went down this path God was leading. It seems like how is God going to turn it around. I feel like God was directing me and leading me on this path, and a dear christian friend pulled the rug from underneath. It has been really hard. I have forgiven her. But I feel like I dont' know what God is doing.
    But I needed to be reminded that He is working even though I can't see. And to spend more time seeking just Him. His truths not the enemies lies. Thank you for sharing that word

  39. Tyler and Connie Boyd says:

    Your devo email today, in the Lord's style, I felt was written just to me and like the Lord was answering prayers and questions that I prayed and asked about yesterday. We have a huge life and financial change ahead of us, one that we'd felt the Lord had been leading us to and all of a sudden I realized the numbers aren't adding up. In my time spent with Him yesterday and today, He's reassuring me that there's a new path ahead of me and to completely trust in Him as He knows best and will always take care of us. His plans our better than ours, of course! Anyhow, THANK YOU for your encouragement. It's much appreciated.

    Have a blessed day.

  40. I will be turning 40 this year and I have been praying alot about what my purpose is. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

  41. agape13c says:

    Wendy, I came to your blog today for the first time through Encouragement for Today. To make a long story short, I am 63 years old this April. Ten years ago I was Director of Education for a local church and loved every second of it. For whatever reason the pastor did not like me or my ideas. I ended up leaving that position and he black-balled me so I have not been able to find another position even though I am highly educated- Master of Religious Education, Magna Cum Laude. I really felt like I had found my call from God but the enemy stole it. Now I am floundering, looking and waiting and praying. Where can I go from here? Your prayers are more than welcome. Thank you. Janet

  42. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this devotional today. My husband and I are in the midst of recovering from financial ruin. We lost our house, business, and almost our marriage in the last year. We have relocated and are starting to put the pieces back together, but we have faced obstacles all along the way. Just when I would have expected understanding and love from friends and family we have faced ridicule and criticism – we have definately learned who we can trust and depend on. I have been struggling with the whys and what nows and trying to find purpose in all we have gone through. Thank you for reminding me that this struggle won't last forever and there is a reason for it all. These words came at just the right moment.

  43. scrapr57 says:

    Thank you Wendy for your devotionals and I so….look forward to your facebook moments to read! I was just struggling with God's purpose for me and had just finished "Purpose Driven Life" study.

    As I had to write at the beginning of the study what I thought His purpose was for me, I thought it was to help the youth with their struggles in life, then upon completion I was asked to serve in Children's ministry for toddlers.

    I came across your blog and it is so encouraging to read each one. To help me with my struggles and know that I have a purpose.

    Thank you for your blog and words!

  44. Hi Wendy,
    Love the devotion today. I think it is something we all struggle with from time to time. But God is good….all the time.

  45. Priscilla says:

    Thank you for your devotion today. I'm not sure where and how I fit into God's plan yet, but I believe He has one for me.

    Like you, I love to write and teach the goodness of God's Word.

    Many blessings to you!!

  46. Anonymous says:

    Dear Wendy, thank you for your encouraging words. I find myself in the midst of not knowing what is my purpose. Just recently, I lost my job with a great company because I was have issues with my manager. But in losing my position it affected every other area of my life. It's as if there was some kind "spring cleaning" going on. I'm grateful for the handful of folks that have been there for me the last few weeks but now I sit here empty, broken, discouraged, jobless, sad, lonely, before God wondering where do I go from here? Why did all this happen? What am I suppose to do now? I will take your advice to ask and wait for His answer. I know there is good to come out of all these things that have happened to me, I just wish I knew what that purpose is. Please pray for me that the answers I am seeking He will reveal to me.

    Thank you!

  47. karen Dawkins says:

    I know my purpose… YEA!!!! Now I'm asking God to show me how to live it. :)

    There's no greater joy than walking the life God designed. It's so hard to let the baggage go, the self-doubt, the worry, the fear. Yet, when it's finally gone, there's truly NO GREATER JOY!

    God bless.

  48. Thank you so much for sharing this! I had tears in my eyes the whole time I was reading it! I really needed to hear this. :)

  49. Anonymous says:

    Hello Wendy,

    I am in this exact place. I am unsure of what God's plan for my life is. It was ironic that you mentioned women who feel they are average. I've felt "average" for too long. I feel like I'm just going through the motions of each day with no purpose. My desire is to know God for myself. To have a life changing experience in Him where my life will never be the same again and I will know that it is because of Him. Thank you for allowing God to use you today if only just for me. I am going to meditate and pray on today scripture and see what happens in my life. Be blessed.

    Catherine
    Jonesboro (metro Atlanta), Georgia

  50. Sharon in San Antonio, TX says:

    Reading your devotional today was my "God moment." I was moved to tears as I knew that God was speaking to me through your post today. This occured, mind you, after I had asked God in my morning prayer to show me a glimpse of His glory. He did not tarry. He is so faithful!

    You are in my prayers, too, sweet Sister-in-Christ. Thank you for sharing your inspiring testimony. May God continue to bless you and keep your eyes and heart fixed on Him.

    Sharon

  51. Anonymous says:

    I so needed the ministry of your words today! Being in ministry myself, somtimes the road gets long and lonely and you wonder is this what you called me to. Thank you for the reminder HE see's the begining from the end!

  52. TexasStar_929 says:

    I am a fan of your's on Facebook (joining from the Proverbs study), and saw the post about this this morning–WOW! Definitely what I needed this morning! Thank you so much! May God Bless You!!

  53. Kimberly says:

    Wendy

    Thank you for this post. It was a blessing to know that I am not alone in my struggle to figure out what God has in store for me. At 45 I thought I would have it all figured out but I don't and even though I have a job that I am good at it does not fulfill me. My greatest desire is to walk out the purpose in which God intended for me only I don't know what that is. I have prayed and continue to pray to Him for guidance. I have learned to surrender myself to Him on a daily basis. I know He is doing a work in me – preparing me for whatever it is He has in store for me but I am impatient. Ready to run the race although I have no idea where I am going. Thank you for admonishing me to slow down and let Him lead me in His time, not mine.

    I pray you will continue to be blessed as you put forth His word to those of us that are seeking in such a way that it can continue to penetrate the deep recesses of our hearts and minds and bring us closer to our individual destinies and collective victory.

    God bless.

    Kimberly

  54. Anonymous says:

    On the days I struggle to get things done I wonder if this is God's purpose for my life. Recently I came to the realization that God wants me to be a blessing to others every day. This is my purpose. Thank you for your wonderful words.
    I am sorry I missed your Bible study. Will you be having another one soon?

    Terri tltheriot@clearwire.net

  55. tiggerdaisy says:

    Wendy,

    You truly bless my heart! Thank you for your encouragement!

    Prayers and blessings,
    Rebecca

  56. Anonymous says:

    Toi in Altamonte Springs, Fl….thanks for todays post. This is my heart's cry….what is my purpose?????????? It hurts so great to know that I'm uncommon, to know there's so much more, to know my value & worth in and because of Christ BUT to not know specifically my purpose. I thought I was seeking it His way, and that showed me nothing; so, I started seeking purpose my way and that proved unsuccessful I'm so frustrated, but encouraged because I know He hears me and responds in the simple things. Please pray for me because I don't just want to know, I want to be equipped and living it out…..

  57. GOD has brought me to a place where I can see why I had to suffer through trials and why my life had so many challenges. I was in foster care and a childrens home as a child and there is sexual, physical, and emotional abuse in my past. I am going on my first mission trip this summer to the Ukraine to work with children.I want to share with them the reason for the hope that I have. There were many times when I felt so hopeless, until I knew my Savior. I have visited children's homes and shared my testimony and shared my hope. I have so many stories and am speaking at our church in two weeks. I need prayer for this. Speaking to a large group is my biggest fear. I have been asked to do it two other times, with overwhelming response afterwards. People keep encourageing me that I need to do it more, but When I stepped up on the stage I felt like I was stepping off of a cliff. It is so uncomfortable to me. GOD is calling me to do more with all that HE has done in my life, but It is hard to overcome this fear. Please pray for me for Wed. March 31st, and for my trip this summer. Thank you for sharing your heart for our savior.
    Deborah Pinnell

  58. I loved, loved, loved reading this today! Just the other day I wrote something on my blog about how I felt God used past experiences (my education) to help me in my current state as a mother. I was doubting my purpose of why I started down that path only not to finish it and He revealed an answer…a bold answer. (http://apkweber.blogspot.com/2010/03/friday-feelings.html)

    Thank you for being faithful to write as the Lord lays things upon your heart as it has touched me today to remember my purpose.

  59. Anonymous says:

    I really enjoyed your post today. I have been trying to find out what it is that God wants me to do for some time. In my life I have been a stay at home mom, worked in HR, been a secretary in an Admissions Office at a local college, done catering, craft shows, worked in retail, and gave tours of a potato chip factory. I am now in my dream job of owning my own store. My husband who has a full time job, also makes furniture along with my father and we sell it and other gift items in our store. I really thought this is where God wanted me, each day it seems as if someone is coming thru my door that needs ministered to in some way and it is very rewarding to see how God can use me to meet their needs. With the economy going down, my sales have also gone down and we may soon have to close up shop because I haven't paid rent in months. I know that God has something planned, I just wish that I knew what it was. My husband and I joke about if God wants us to stand on our heads and paint houses pink we would do it, we just need to know what God wants.

    Thanks

    Pat
    tappie@woh.rr.com

  60. Thank you Wendy for the reminder and encouragement with your post today. I really needed to read & BELIEVE God's promises to us-HIS Daughters! I have truly been struggling in this area of "finding my purpose". I have been out of work for two years now after leaving a position as a secondary SPED teacher. But as I have read here today, like so many other, it was not for me. It literally drained me daily and I was not a very pleasant person to arrive home to my family after school was over. But now, two years later, I am in the same boat and somewhat stressed because life is pressing in with bills, kids wants and my husband trying to find his "own way" too. So again, I say thank you for this post and the scriptures. Jeremiah 29:11 is one that I truly stand on that helps me remain steadfast that this is all for not and God will make a way!

  61. Anonymous says:

    I read your post on Proverbs 31. I would greatly appreciate it if you would pray for me to find my purpose. We have just relocated for the 3rd time in 6 years for my husband's job promotion. Each time we do I have to find something new and my pay gets worse. I am really feeling hopeless and frustrated as to what I should do next and what God wants me to be doing. Thank you for your prayers!Kerri

  62. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this wonderful devotion. I have often wondered what are my gifts/talents because I do not see any emerging that I can relate to. I prayed and asked God to reveal my gifts/talents so that I can see my purpose. please pray for me. I really need your prayers. In the meantime though, I will read your devotion and be blessed by it.

    Thank you. May you have a highly blessed and deeply favored day.

  63. Lucy Munoz says:

    Thank you Wendy for this post today and the reminder that we are made for a purpose. Yes it is so easy to run away with the thoughts of the evil one, thoughts that tell us we are not worthy, the one that has us second guessing the amazing, true unconditional love our Lord and Savior gives us.
    I feel it in my heart, I know the Lord is still working in me and I know he has a purpose for me. I have come to discover the gifts he has so grasciously given me, I'm waiting and asking for revlation in His due time to know how he wants me to use these.

  64. Horse Prairie Chatterer says:

    Came here after reading you devo on the Proverbs 31 web site. Your blog and devo mesh very with te current Bible study our group i Horse Prairie is study, "A Grand New Day", WOF. Last week we focused on is there isn't any reason why God wouldn't show you why you are here. There are none, only our self doubts and the lies we believe. I like the concept that everything so far has been for a purpose, and our past is as much of who we are as our present and future is. Thanks also for the encouragement that our"success" and "purpose" isn't based on how much we have, but in what we can do to glorify God. Thanks you for praying for me.
    Bev

  65. First Covenant Preschool says:

    Dear Wendy,
    THANK YOU for being used by God to be His voice on earth. Twenty-five years ago I had two small children and a workaholic husband. Oh and did I mention that we didn't know it, but one of those children had ADD? I was angry, exhausted, and a terrible mother who went to bed crying and praying to be better only to wake up and fail again. Fast forward to today and God has placed me in a Christian preschool where I minister daily to struggling mothers with encouragement and prayer and practical wisdom. Just yesterday a mama came to me asking for help with her active 18 month old and wanted to know if I would meet with her husband as well for counseling. God is using all the pain and failure I experienced for His glory and He has redeemed me from the pit. There is nothing better than knowing that everything in your life has a purpose and can be used by God!

  66. Teresa Henry says:

    Wendy,
    Your post was a blessing to me this morning. I have sat on my bedroom floor all morning wondering what I am doing….what I am suppose to do…have I taken on too much and will not do anything well…I have been discouraged even though the Lord has blessed me beyond belief. It is only 7:35 am and so far I have snapped at my son, got annoyed at someone else, my daughter asked me if I was mad at her…and why…because I am worried and fearful…that I am inadequate, unable, and not called to do the things that are on my plate…am I stepping out of where God wants me to be just so that I don't disappoint others? I am wrestling this morning…and just getting my thoughts out of my heart here…Sometimes being a single mom overwhelms me and I can't see in front of me.

  67. Anonymous says:

    I am sitting at my office desk with tears in my eyes as I read your blog. I desire to know what in this world God has me here to fulfill. Thank you for sharing your great encouraging words! I thank you so much that you have committed to pray for me. Aleshia

  68. Leah DiPascal says:

    Wendy,

    What an incredible devotional today! Thanks for reminding me that nothing in my past was a waste of time and that God is using each part of it to prepare me for the future. Love you sweet friend :)
    Leah

  69. Such a timely word for so many of us who needed to hear this message today. Tears filled my eyes as I read your last line. Thank you for praying for me.

  70. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your blog post and devotional. I am in this very place and have been praying to better understand God's plan and purpose for my life.

    Several years ago I was working a job I disliked and praying for direction. Just last year I lost my job due to outsourcing and I experienced serious health issues. In the midst of this turmoil, I trusted that God had a better plan for me. I know he can use these difficulties to move me to a better place where I can serve him more fully.

    Nevertheless, a year later, I am still praying and seeking God's direction for my life. Thankfully, my health concerns are under control, and I am attending evening classes at a local community college while searching for a job. Although I am taking all of these steps, I feel unsure of my direction and doubtful of my worth. I want to be useful to God and to my family but don't see how I can be. I want to identify a clear direction so that I can pursue it will all my heart, not a half-hearted enthusiasm.

    I appreciate your words of encouragement and your offer to pray for those who post a comment to your blog. I will continue to pray, and I am encouraged to know that you, too, will be praying for all of us who post here.

  71. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing those powerful TRUTHS! God used your words to encourage my heart at a time when I really needed it!

  72. Anonymous says:

    I really need prayer! I've been praying a lot lately, almost begging God for answers and guidance. I'm so frustrated with my job it's getting harder every day to go. Some days I really want to walk out. I was able to go to school two years ago, and absolutely loved it! I feel I'm compassionate and nurturing, and people who know me recognize that. My desire is to become a nurse, and serve God that way, but I also wonder if it's just my desire or his will for my life. Also, Nursing School is a huge committment, would require me to leave my job and rely on one income, possibly involve a move to another town, and all these alone require a lot of trust that God will make it work out,but pile them on top of each other….well, I've never been good at handing control over to God. Also, if this is God's will for me, why isn't it easier? Another Christian author and speaker says that when you step out to do something good, the devil is going to come against you. But she also says that what God orders, God pays for and finishes (I probably don't quote her exactly). Can you please explain? Thinking over these two statements only makes me more hesitant to make a decision. Yet I don't want to stay frozen in indecision forever, useless to God. Thanks for your insight.

    Another Wendy

  73. The "Quiet" One... says:

    I can't even begin to express how timely this was. I get the Proverbs 31 messages daily and honestly don't always have time to read them all. I'm so glad I took the time to ready today's. I needed that more that I knew! Thank you and God bless you.

  74. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,

    Todays devotional is just what I needed! I have been in Bible College for 6 years and I am almost done. Now that I am at the end I don't know what I want to do. I am too stressed at my current job and the thought of having to start all over is overwhelming. I have been second guessing my choice of degree and wondering how am I going to get a job that I love and feel fulfilled? But, today I received encouragement from God's truth! He has already prepared the way for me. Just last night I was sifting through craigslist jobs and other ministry databases to only find myself questioning my education of choice. I have realized this morning that He has it all in His hands. I need to stop stressing and searching under my pretences. I will slow down, pray and listen for His plan for me. Like I said in the beginning, this is just what I needed! Thank you for sharing the prompting of your heart with us today. ~ LeeAnn Graff ltguitar@yahoo.com

  75. redheadkate says:

    Wow, Wendy! I always love your devotionals because they hit me right where I am.

    I relate to so much of what you said. I'm a CPA with the requisite training, background and experience…but after 11 years in the profession, I feel that God made me to do more than crunch numbers. Really have been struggling with what that looks like on a practical level.

    After I attended the Encouragement Extreme event in Greensboro, I wrote out a list of my talents and abilities and realized that I am not using many of them. Since then I have been seeking out opportunities to be used by God in the areas He gifted me.

    I feel like there is something out there outside of accounting for me…but don't know what it is. I really need direction.

    katehinson AT yahoo DOT com

  76. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful devotion today and right on time for me. I feel so stagnant & have no idea what God's purpose is for my life. I was in a very stressful job, I feel God moved me to a more relaxed setting; however it is too quiet & frankly I am bored. I know God's timing is right for what I need, but I can't see myself in this role long term. I'm dealing with lots of mind/emotional issues, which I know is the devil. The devil convinces me I have no talents. I long to feel God's touch & hear Him speak to where he'd have me go & what He wants me to do for Him. Love in Christ, cindi

  77. Lisa Anne Thomas says:

    Wendy, your devotional for today really hit home. I have been struggling with what God wants me to do with my life, and what talents He has given me. In reflecting on your devotional, I found that God gave me the talents of writing and teaching. I have started a blog with some of me writings, and I have actually started on several book projects. I don't seem to be able to finish any of them, though, because I am afraid of failing. I ask that you pray for me, so that I will have the faith I need to do the work that God has laid on my heart. God Bless!!

  78. Wendy,

    Thank you for your Proverbs 31 Encouragement for today. I wanted to share with you how God prepared me to use my gifts during a time when I was really struggling. In July '08, I had to call off my wedding, which was only 3 months away, to an amazing, Godly man because of an entanglement with Satan on my end that by the grace of God I was able to escape from and seek God with all my heart for renewal and cleansing from that terrible mess. My former fiance displayed tremendous amounts of love, forgiveness and patience with me, but with God's leading he requested that we take time apart with little contact in order to rely on God and not on each other. It has been almost 5 months now, and for the first 3 months it was an incredible struggle for me not to have my former fiance in my life, I was extremely depressed, withdrawn and while God was doing amazing things in my relationship with Him and teaching me to rely on Him, I was doing nothing with myself. Last month, I kept getting the idea that I needed to get involved in junior high ministry. I have no idea where it came from, and I thought God was crazy for putting this idea in my head. Who was I to question Him though? So I put in an application to volunteer at my church and what an amazing blessing it has been! I have connected with so many kids, am leading a small group, and am very active in the ministry. Not only that, the leaders of this ministry are incredible, Godly mentors who have provided me with such love, prayer, and encouragement during this time. God TRULY DOES provide for us in our time of need if we will let Him. Better yet, my former fiance has forgiven me and while we are still separated, he had told me that he still hopes to marry me one day and hopes we can start a committed relationship again soon.

    Praise God!

  79. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for your words today! At 48 I still don't know what God has planned for my life. I know he has filled me with a deep love for others and compassion for hurting people. He has grown me in my patience, understanding, and controlling my tongue and my thoughts, hopefully, so I can be an example. Most of all, though, I believe God loves me, I trust that He will take care of me, and that He will guide my steps. I pray that he will continue to soften and open my heart and strengthen the areas (my areas) that are weak, prideful, stubborn, so that I can learn and live out His purpose for my life. Thank you, and God bless!!

  80. Heather S. Deaton says:

    My spiritual gifts are encourager and intercessor. I am still searching to see exactly how God wants me to use these gifts for His kingdom. When someone requests prayer, I pray. When he nudges, I send a note of encouragement to someone, but I feel sure that He must have more. I am seeking to live in His purpose and use the gifts he has given me. I would truly appreciate your prayers as I continue my journey seeking to live His purpose in my life.

  81. Wendy,
    Your devotional and post were like God speaking to me. I am currently on my road to completing a long and challenging journey for breast cancer. At the age of 41, I still can hardly believe that I have traveled this road. I had surgery two weeks ago and am giving myself a few weeks of working part time to hear God's voice on His next step. Thank you for your reminder and your words! Many blessings on your next steps.

  82. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    As so often happens with God's Word, it hits just when and where I need it. That was the case for your devotional today. You see, I recently was fired and am struggling to find out what God has in mind for me. Please pray for me that I have the patience to wait and LISTEN to what He has in mind. God Bless!
    Barb

  83. Anonymous says:

    Hi!!!

    thank YOU sooooooooooooo very much for this Encouragement Today. I have been seeking God and praying for God's direction and purpose in my life. I am in a season of transition now. I will be graduating this year, and really have no clue what to do. I mean, I do, I would love to go into the ministry but I didn't know if God was calling me to the marketplace with my Chemistry degree. I wasn't discouraged, but I am in a place of seeking God. And when i read your Encouragement Today, I began to tear…… tears of Joy, Love and Peace just flooded every bit of my heart. It was God telling me "my Child, my Love, I love you. I love you….."

    I just want to say THANK YOU for posting such a timely Encouragement. I am trully blessed!!!!

    Please continue to pray for the direction in my life. I need a Rhema word from His Word.

    thank you again..

    in Him,
    Lover of Jesus

  84. Anonymous says:

    I am encouraged by your testimony. I know now that all I have been through and lived with in my past was not for nothing. I grew up in a broken home, always wondering if my parents were going to divorce or not because of all the verbal and pysical abuse my alcoholic father bestowed on us, mostly on mom. I have been married for a number of years now and find myself in the same predicament minus the alcohol. i don't have a clue what this is suppose to teach me and lead me to, but I know it's for God's purpose in me. I will wait on the Lord no matter how long, hard or hurtful it may be. Oh and it's harder to understand because we are both Christians(at least my husband says he is, just doesn't act it out at home with me during disagreements). It's never cival and always fearful. He says he wants my respect, but it's hard to respect anyone who's so mean to you…he's not always mean, just when we disagree and I am not allowed to speak my opinion. I am at the point right now that i am numb in my heart towards him, tell him i love him after he tells me, because i am afraid he'll carry out his threats if I don't. I feel wrong to be doing so, but i do deep down love him, just don't want to let him have my whole heart for fear he'll crush it again. i try to be as cheerful as I can with my children. It's so hard. Please pray for me and my husband's relationship and us to talk disagreements out in a civilized manner.

  85. Anonymous says:

    Hello Wendy: This devotional is so timely in my life. I often ask God why he has me in a corporate enviroment when the desires of my heart are to work in a more defined kingdom job or ministry. I am trusting him that everyday I am living out my purpose for this moment and that I may be of encouragement to other women. Please keep me in your prayers, because as a woman who is 40 years old now, I often think about when will the doors of opportunity open up for me so I can see clearer what God has planned for my life. I sometimes feel like time is running and I am stuck on a treadmill going no where…

  86. I read your blog today. I know God has a plan for my life, but it's difficult to see right now. I could use your prayers.

  87. Anonymous says:

    I emailed you because my computer was acting up and then I figured it out. Its amazing and comforting to know that I am not the only woman trying to figure out what God wants for her. Being 35 I keep waiting for life to start and mean while it passes by. Thank for your words and your prayers. Its amazing how an all knowing God can forget our past but our limited mind can't let go of it.

  88. Anonymous says:

    Hi,
    Please pray for me. Your words today touched the deepest part of my heart. I was at a job that I totally hated, I dreaded going into work every day, though it paid very well I was so unhappy. April of 2009, I had just had enough, I quit. Beginning of this year, I also ended a two year relationship. I need to hear from GOD, i need to find my purpose in this life. I feel lost, unloved and broken inside. I know he is a faithful, Miraculous GOD. Thank you for the reminder!

  89. Anonymous says:

    It still amazes me how God will find a way to speak to you to reassure you that He hasn't forgotten about you or your purpose. I have really been wondering, doubting, hoping, and every other emotion possible, about the purpose God has called me to do. Please pray that God will reveal His plan to me and provide clear direction as I step out in faith! Thank you for your words and being obedient to share the truth Wendy!

    Melissa R.

  90. Anonymous says:

    Thank you sister for your encouragement today I have been going through some dificult times in my marriage. I sometimes want to give up and ask I'm standing and trusting for nothing. and I read your post and know that God has plans for me Romans 8:28. Somtimes I feel so sad, lonley, not worthy and God gives me signs everyday, that he loves me. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND THAT HE REPENT AND COME BACK HOME….

  91. Thank you for your precious words today. I am very blessed to have read them today. I struggle with the plans God has for me. I feel like I keep making choices that feel like God's will, but they take me away from the desires of my heart. Thank you for reminding me that God will use the experiences and skills that I have learned and that hope still remains. Jesus is my hope :)

  92. Anonymous says:

    Your devotion today really hit home for me! I too received a law degree (George Mason Univ) in 1992, & have worked in the legal field since (& before I went to paralegal school first) and I don't feel this is my purpose, in fact I am bored!! But I don't know what to do, what my purpose is and I just pray that God will make my purpose evident to me soon!!

  93. Melinda Papador says:

    I am 53 years old, a Christian for 20 of those and still can't figure out what the Lord has for me to do. Would you pray that I would hear His clear direction? My heart yearns to do His will and to be His ambassador to those He puts in my path each day. I don't like living like this…without a purpose. Thank you so much!

  94. Anonymous says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses! Thank you for your devotion today. I try not to struggle with where I'm supposed to be, but having job frustrations right now, so waiting on the Lord to give me a "sign" that I need to move away and move on. I understand that what I have been through is all from God, and praise him daily for keeping watch over me and keeping me on the straight path towards him. Dori
    dori_cox@hotmail.com

  95. Wow! I can relate to your story (the beginning part) so much. Like you, I strived to succeed in high school, college, graduate school, and career. I have been highly successful in my career and have almost achieved the very top of the ladder. Problem is, I don't like it. I am unfulfilled, and I have been for YEARS. I long for time to spend with my family, to do projects at the house, to go to school events with/for the kids, etc… I long to do something I enjoy. I am so incredibly BORED with my job, the drive, the whole nine yards. I have a wonderful, good paying job that anyone would love to have and would think I am crazy for wanting to give it up. I want desparately to be able to leave my job and figure out something else to do, but I have no idea what that is. Neither me or my husband can see a way that we could lose my income (I know God can work anything out, according to His plan, though.) As I told my husband, I used to be able to tell you what I would want to do, but now, I am so unfulfilled that I can't even pull out of myself what I would want to do or what my dreams are. I feel like my major purpose is to provide income for my family. That's what I do–day in, day out.
    I have been praying and concentrating on several Bible verses (some of the ones you mentioned) because I KNOW that God has a plan for me. I have been continually asking Him to reveal it to me, and to open and close doors so that I may know and do what I am purposed to do. I would appreciate and covet your prayers, as I know that you can relate.
    I have been SO blessed by Proverbs 31 ministries and all the contributors. Proverbs 31 Ministries, is, in itself, an answer to prayer for me, because I just happened to come upon it as a link when I was looking at a career site targeted for Christians.

    Thanks again for your wonderful devotion. I am so encouraged today!

  96. Anonymous says:

    Please pray for me, I am earnestly seeking Gods plan and will for my life. My husband (18 years) recently came back from a military deployment..which while he was gone I found out he had been unfaithful to me off and on for several years with a coworker and another time early in our marriage.After returning he was offered a job in another town 200 miles away..he took that job and insisted that the kids and I move with him…I was hesitant, but really want our marriage to work…we moved…3 months into the move he announced that he no longer has any desire to be married to me or be committed to me, he loves me but is not in love with me..he feels numb toward me..he plans to move out…it's been another 3 months now and he's still here, but we merely coexist, marriage by name only..we don't fight, but he avoids me and refuses any counseling….now I don't know what to do…we have 3 children, I don't have a job and we have no family or friends here…I haven't found a church that I am very comfortable with yet either…I have no idea what God has planned for me… I just keep praying for direction and a change in my husband's heart…Thank you for the words today reminding me that there is a plan, God just hasn't revealed it yet!

  97. Anonymous says:

    Your devo grabbed my attention because I entered law school in 1988, worked hard, earned good grades, made law review, was hired by a large L.A. firm. Then God intervened and I ended up working for a Christian organization as their general counsel. I left when I had children, 3 in 3 years. Just about the time I was yearning for my professional talents to be used again (my youngest was in first grade) I found out that I was pregnant. So here I am, mom of toddler again, but this time I'm in my forties and struggling with serious issues with my oldest son and a recently reconciled marriage that is still very hard. I needed to be reminded that none of this was an accident, and that all of it is part of God's plan. Sometimes in the midst of so much "to do" I feel so meaningless. Thank you for speaking truth to combat the lie I've been believing. Thank you for reminding me that God's word has the antidote for my feelings. God bless you.

  98. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your encouragement. I have a well paying job that I am miserable doing! I feel stuck as I'm the sole breadwinner in our family. I've been praying earnestly for years that God will allow me to do something purposefull with my life and feel joy. I covet your prayers.

  99. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    Thank you so much for your devotion today. I was very encouraged by the verses you listed and plan to study them in further depth.

    I would appreciate your prayers for me as I seek God's purpose for the next chapter of my life. I have been a stay at home mom for many years. I have no regrets about this as I know this was God's plan for me during this time. But as my kids are growing up I know it's time to focus on something different. I am trained as an elementary school teacher, but I do not feel led to go back into teaching. At this point I'm really not sure where the Lord is leading me – go back to school, work from home?… I would really like to do something that focuses on my gifts, and I realize that I need to discover God's unique purpose for me.
    Thanks you for your prayers,
    Karen

  100. Anonymous says:

    Wendy:

    I read your devotion today (found through Proverbs 31 facebook link). Oh! God's perfect timing! I am struggling now with major decisions and I desire to do God's will. No decision I make will make all involved happy…not even me, but how to know what will make God happy?

    Please pray for me.

    I look forward to hearing more of your teaching..I will certainly follow your blog now.

    In Christ's love,

    Susan

  101. Anonymous says:

    I want to thank you for your words of encouragement. It’s nice to know that you are not alone in your thinking about your life. I so desperately want to know my gifts and talents that God gave to use for His kingdom building. Currently, I work as an administrative assistant. Lately, like you, hate this job. I feel so unappreciated, used and abused, but I tell God how thankful and grateful that I have a job where others do not.

    I believe my gifts/talents are to serve, but I like coordinating and organizing events. I get such a kick out of it. Recently, I assist our First Lady with the production of our annual Black History play. She wanted to assist to ensure everyone and everything was in place. She told me I had great organizational skills. She is the third person who has said that. I’m investigating in becoming an event planner. I pray that this is of God not my desire because I am frustrated with my current position. I am that you pray for me please that I hear from the Lord for His will not mine.

    LaViett Carse

  102. Wendy,
    Thank you for this post and a great devotional, as well. I hope that your daughter is doing well. Please update us, as I'm sure everyone would love to know. God bless you and your family.
    Love,
    Traci

  103. Anonymous says:

    I too desire to find my place that serves God and brings joy to me and others through me.
    Please pray that God's "desire to heal my hurts, wounds, and illness and bring me back to wholeness" will come about soon. It's been so long in coming. I pray God will help me remain faithful persistent and believing!!!

  104. I love that God has used everything in my life to move forward in Him. I trust in Him but I get so busy that I miss my time with Him. I would like to move into something different than I am doing right now. But, I let the busyness of getting through the day be my excuse to not sit and wait upon the Lord to impress on me His will. Thank you for the reminder that I can't hear Him if I don't listen. I can't be used by Him if I am used up by everything else.

  105. waldenbunch says:

    Your devotions was for me and my husband today! At the age of 48 he has surrendered to ministry and God's call on his life in that area. It involves going back to school online, finishing his degree, continuing to work and serve in the local church, and be patient as we see what God has in store. He is being tested in the flesh but we know God will sustain us. I know He has a plan and we must surrender to whatever that is, no matter how different or radical it might be. Scary stuff. Thanks for the reminder of God's faithfulness today.

  106. Wendy,
    Thank you for the devo today and your post – God is whispering to my heart through your words. I know He has a plan for me, but I've been feeling a bit stuck and just in that place of wondering what it is. My analytical mind tries to hard to figure things out at times and when I fail to find answers I can find myself getting down. Anyway thanks for reminding of this critical truth today!! Blessings, Jill

  107. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for today's reminder of God's faithfulness and the encouragement. I got to the line But in the end, I hated it. And I thought Lord, she's describing my career! While I enjoyed the education0 the actual work has not gone the way I envisioned. I too have asked over the years, "I find no joy in what I do. What is it You want me to do?" I haven't even shared this with my Bible Study group. Thank you for your prayers for me.

  108. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    Thank you for your honesty and openness. I ask for prayers in this area also. God has given me a wonderful man after two failed marriages. I want more than anything to take the next step in our relationship but I want to make sure we do it in God's time not ours. Please pray that we will know what that timing is and act only in God's will.
    Thank you,
    Kelly

  109. Anonymous says:

    I have MS and a few years ago, as I watched people from my small church, go on missions trips at different places across the globe to orphanages, my heart ached as I prayed to God, "Lord, what can I do?" He answered me and said, "I want you to use the gift that I gave you." And that was to crochet. So I started a ministry called "Afghans for Orphans." Before I knew it, I had sent blankets to orphans in Bulgaria, Ethiopia and a few other places that I do not remember. Our youth Pastor, who is in charge of the missions trips in our church told me, "You really need to go on one of these trips and hand the afghans out yourself!" So, being on disability with very little funds, I trusted in the Lord to take me to where He wanted me to go. So far I have been on 2 trips to orphanages in Guatemala!!!! And I pray that I can go again. There are so many of His little lambs out there that need to feel the warmth of Jesus' love.

  110. Nikole Hahn says:

    I never felt accepted growing up and in my young adult years thirsted for love and acceptance. I don't know what a normal family should act like and at times, when I hear stories of family moments from good families, I wonder, "what does that feel like?" For a moment, I feel heartbroken and sad all over again, and then, I realize, "What an awesome Lord I have who is in my life and has become my Father! He loves and accepts me for me and helps me up when I fall." So when I see happy family moments, I find myself rejoicing in their moment, glad that they shared it with me, and hopeful because there are more whole families than broken ones.

  111. Arista Leon says:

    I've always been a singer and even though I tried to hide it under a lamp, people would always ask me to sing. After a while, I grew worried that I would become boastful and proud and the Lord would take that gift away. Well, decades later, He's calling me to use my gift for Him FEARLESSLY. This year as I turn 30, I'll be recording my very first album. And even though it's not a Christian album, God has told me that I can reach the unsaved with my life experiences and how He's gotten me through them and continues to do so to this day. Thanks for reminding me that this was all designed before I was born :) The album comes out later this year and is produced by Tate Music Group (a Christian agency). Praise God!

  112. Wendy, thank you for sharing this message today. I read the Proverbs 31 devotion and I am in tears. I am at the point in my life where my whole career has gone as I have planned and desired. I am now at the point asking what you did, "Lord, why do You have me here? I find no joy in what I do. What is it You want me to do?". I am fighting to not try to "take control," but instead sit back, ask God, and wait for Him to reveal what is next. This was a good reminder to me today that HE is in control of my life – not me. I long to use my gifts to glorify God and have not felt satisfied in my career as having done so.

    What love God has for us in this truth, and what peace it brings! Psalm 139:16, "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed" (NLT). It's not up to me – God already planned it all!!!

  113. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    This morning, sitting at my desk here in my office reading your blog made me tear! You spoke directly to my heart! I've been praying on this for 2 weeks and He hears me! This morning he spoke to me through YOUR 'good work'.
    Thank you…Thank you…Thank You!
    Many blessings to you and your loved ones

  114. brennabsmith says:

    Did you write this specifically for me? Were you in my home last week when I had a little breakdown over not knowing the path I was supposed to take? I am currently working for a company I love in a job that I enjoy but it is not something I'm passionate about. In order to be promoted to and stay in this position, I agreed to further my education. This position requires a degree in Accounting but my degree is in Communications. I am pursuing my MBA with an emphasis in Accounting in order to fulfill the requirements for this job. No other company could give me the family environment,flexibility and fully paid benefits and I am honored to work for and with many people who attend my church. I have felt at a crossroads b/c I want so badly to pursue a job that allows me to use my talents in Communications. My dream had always been to teach within this area of study at the college level. My path feels like it is taking me in the opposite direction from my dream and it is scary. I don't know God's plan for me but I do know that he can work his miracles in whatever plan I am on at the moment.

    Wendy, thank you for your devotion today. I'm no closer to knowing if I'm pursuing the correct path, but I do know God has his hand on me no matter what happens.

  115. Anonymous says:

    hello,
    i came on to your blog after reading "encouragement for today". today is day 45, husband w/o his much loved job. not because of the economy, but because of an insecure, vindictive, snake of a woman boss!
    who felt threatened by his success and recognition within the company. do i sound bitter? i don't mean to! just trying to explain where i'm at today in my life.
    i began my quiet time this morning reading the word and journaling, i'm not a stranger to the message, yet today i had many philosophical questions…the day felt like such a summer day, seasons come and seasons go..another day another month,i began to ponder the meaning of life.it seems so fleeting so futile! what is it all about,Lord? i'm a day older, how am i living it? living it right? am i in the word? i try to be. is there a purpose to it all? am i on the right track?
    it seems everyone i know has figured it out, as to their purpose, but me! I find myself on my knees many many times a day! friends and colleague whom we thought were exactly that disappeared. my husband's "team" became non-existed…the woman boss bribed them all w/bonuses to stay w/her…
    we don't understand it all! what is the purpose of the Lord to bringing us here? some days we feel exuberant w/possibilities, new companies talking big, who boast of this compensation or that. and when it's time to write it down on a binding paper they stop communicating.
    your devotional today helped me understand that none of all the drama that is going on in our lives is wasted! not the ones in the past not the ones in the future…the verses you had quoted, jer.1:5, ps.136:16, and jer.29:11, gave me such hope, i can't wait to share it w/my husband. thank you for your wise counsel, today. may the Lord bless you, richly!
    and yes, we could so use your prayers…

  116. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for today's message Wendy!!! I sooo needed to hear that. I felt as though you were speaking directly to me; it filled my heart and my eyes with tears. I have been searching for a job for almost two years now. At 56 yrs old, and no college degree, it's difficult to compete in this high unemployment market. I pray to God daily for His divine direction. I want to do His will; I'm just having difficulty knowing what that is.

  117. Nancy M. says:

    Oh Wendy, I see by the comments above mine that I am not alone in my "dream for a dream." Just yesterday I wrote that on Lysa's blog, when she asked us what our dreams were. "My dream is to have a dream," (or something like that) I wrote. My comments on Lysa's blog brought me to my knees, once again, tears streaming from my eyes (it was one of those "ugly" cries), pleading w/ God for a dream, to ignite the fire of passion (for ANYthing), to reveal His purpose to me.

    I was fired last May from what I termed the "greatest job on the planet." In in the fall I began a quest for purpose w/ a wonderful women's Bible study grp, for not only my "what's next" but my "big picture" purpose.

    I know God has a plan for me, to prosper & not harm me, for HOPE & a future. I trust that. I DEPEND on that. I also know that he's preparing me for those plans. And I wait, immersed in the Word, on my knees in prayer, and I wait.

    I think I am looking for a lightening bolt, expecting to wake up one morning w/ the joy of a fiery passion in my heart for something I never considered before, some obscure cause that God has appointed only me to solve, angels serenading me along my merry, excited, passionate way.(Ding! A-ha moment!!) Instead, I am starting to see the slow, careful, nurtured growth that God is tending in my heart. Little opportunities here & there, to impact the lives of my young grandchildren (yes, even Grannies seek purpose!), volunteer op's in the church office, stuff like that which wouldn't happen if I was still working F/T.

    Perhaps I am looking for a big, high-visibility, dare I say "sexy" purpose, when God has something completely more subtle & discreet in mind for me. And with expectations like these, am I really trusting God in all of this? Am I really giving him the control that I say that I am?

    Jeepers, Wendy. I hope you had nothing scheduled today w/ all this reading I & the other girls are giving you. I just want to thank you for allowing God to work in such a mighty way thru you today, to give me & so many other gals, the encouragement we really so desperately needed to hear.

    Continued blessings on your ministry.

  118. Anonymous says:

    I'm struggling with my purpose and what to do to earn a living. I'm a single mom of teenagers. Thanks for your post.

  119. Anonymous says:

    Dear Wendy, I am a recent college graduate still on the path to finding my purpose. I was directed to your blog through a Proverbs 31 devotional, and I just wanted to thank you for the blessing it was to me.

    Praying for my purpose,

    Felicia

  120. Girly Girl Mommy says:

    Thank you. I get the Proverbs 31 emails, and don't always read them the day they arrive, but I felt God's whisper today to take time to open it up. Wow. You spoke words straight to my heart that I know God desired for me to hear. I know I'm in the place that HE fully intends for me to be, but my husband's employment decision, one we prayed over and feel is also where God wants him at this time, has not been able to provide and we are really struggling and wondering why he can't catch a break and what God would have us do now. He asked me last night to pray if God is leading us to sell out home (in a wonderful area and at a terrible loss) so we can not have such financial burdens. I have really been struggling with that thought and in my prayer I keep comming back to two words "trust Me." I don't know what that means now, but I know that He has a plan for us and being reminded that this difficult season is all a part of that plan and that it serves a purpose is a reminder I needed. Please pray for us as we seek understanding of what He is calling us to.
    In Christ,
    Kelly

  121. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,

    I'm 54 years old and have a very good, secure job from which I hope to retire in about 4 years, as my husband is 10 years older than I. I've been praying a lot lately that God would show me what my purpose is in life, other than wife, mother, grandmother. My fear is that I won't know it if He does, and I won't follow it. My greatest desire is to do His will always. Your devo today was wonderful but your blog post was outstanding….thank you so much for it.

    God bless you always
    Deborah

  122. Hi Wendy, thank you for heeding Him and delivering a powerful devotional. I am believing Him for supernatural things and it seems like I cannot hear Him regarding next steps. I have an idea but I would love His confirmation so that I can be like Peter and get out of the boat. Please stand in faith with me that I will have confirmation of His purpose for my life at this time. May He continue to bless you and yours in all you do.

  123. I recently have honed in on my purpose and what God has called me to: advocacy for those that have no voice. This would mean being an advocate (primarily for women/children) that are impoverished, exploited, trafficked, abused, etc. Encouraging them, loving them, making sure they they know the redemption of the Father. I am inspired and excited about your post. The Lord's timing is impeccable!

  124. Wendy, thank you for the wonderful words. I am like so many others and do not know what God has in his plans for me, but I know it is more than sitting behind a desk like I have for the past 26 years at the same company. I know I just need to "Be Still and Listen". Until I do, I may never know, so I will continue to study God's word, read Proverbs 31 devotion everyday as well as several other devotions I follow and keep a journal of my journey with God. My goal is to never forget, "Not a single thing in your life will be wasted. God will use your past and your present to prepare you for your future. He has a beautiful plan … a call on your life. He is waiting to reveal it to you."

  125. Anonymous says:

    I am in a similar place…pray for me. I need the Lord to help me hear him clearly. I do not want to invest another hour into a plan that I made for myself. I want his plan for my life.

  126. Ahipara Girl says:

    I've just started receiving Proverbs 31 daily devotions and todays was especially important. i've belonged to three churches in my 20 years as a Christian, I was saved at 20. Always overlooked or denied to serve in church ministry, I battled with rejection and jealousy/resentment because everyone else got picked but me. I continued to outreach into my community but being part of a ministry and belonging was my desire. I finally was given a post after talking to our pastor (one that would listen). Its been hard because as the worship leaders wife, everyone says thats my ministry. but thats humbug, i love his ministry but i know God has put a fire in my own belly to seek and save the lost, to help those who are suffering and see lives restored. patience is something i am always challenged about in my own life. it is easy to let the devil speak inferiority into our lives if we are not careful. i must walk with God daily or I am lost. thank you for your kind words and love today.

  127. Anonymous says:

    What a blessing your devotion was to me today. It was truely Jesus speaking to me through you. I came home today from teaching at a public school and have been doubting my effectiveness. I am older and this is a second career and I am wondering what I am doing there. I am not always patient with them and feel like I am already going through the motions and it is only my secong year. Like you I spent a lot of money to get this career and now I have been given the opportunity to apply for a state civil service job. I need prayer to decide if I should stay at teaching or go onto a new career at the ripe old age of 56. Pray for me. I need to make a decision soon.

  128. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I so loved your post today. I have struggled for years with what my purpose is and how God can use my gifts and talents. I feel I have the gift of hospitality, leadership and administration. I thought for a while I was using those gifts at a church as an administrative assistant to the senior pastor. I recently lost my job and have felt unworthy, untalented, not needed, too old and rejected. It was a double wammy when the church did not want me any more…. After all, I was working for God. I am fighting bitterness and depression. I have been praying daily for direction and guidance. I love to create and make things pretty. (My degree is in Interior design) I would LOVE to find a job in interior design- it's my passion- what makes me tick. But I don't see how my passion helps the lost find Christ. Thanks for you prayers.

  129. I've been reading your Encouragement emails, and they inspire me daily. I have a degree in Christian Ed, and an associate in Music, but have recently been studying IT technology. I really want to stay in line with what I'm called to, and need to hear from God on whether to continue the IT studies or not. Please pray for me and thanks so much for the devotion today!!

  130. kalea_kane says:

    Wendy, as soon as I settle in my desk, I read my daily dose of Encouragement for Today. Let me tell you that your message was exactly what my heart has been crying out for. Of course I had to work, so I read, prayed and raced to Proverbs 31 once I got home so I could re-read your message.

    Last week, I began to ask God to help me be the servant that he created me to be. I will be honest, I am not sure what God has planned for me. I have gone over my life and really there are so many incidents that have taken place, but I cannot see the tapestry at this time. I only see the threads.

    Last week I worked our pledge drive, and more than ever I felt the need to communicate with God and find out his will and his design. I have this pleading in my heart that I do not waste another moment that God has given me. Still though, I struggle with wondering about that call.

    Last week, I began again to re-read His word, and have been asking the Lord for a fresh new vision of His word. I have also been asking that He help me see His vision and design for me. Thank you for giving us all encouragement. I have added this message to my study for today.

    God bless you and yours.

    Thank you for using your gifts to help so many of us.

  131. Anonymous says:

    Would love to have you cover me in prayer – our church is going through a very difficult transition, and I'm feeling very challenged and tormented. I feel the Lord's peace one day as I put my trust in Him, and struggle through the next day feeling lost and alone. I keep hearing the words from Esther, that I am here "for such a time as this". I am just unsure and fearful – am I following His will or my own?

  132. Purplette (email to:redjamjar@rocketmail.com) says:

    Reading about your life in Encouragement Today -has touched a nerve in me. Somehow, I relate to that. After completing a Degree in Science and accomplishing a postgraduate diploma in Medicine and Surgery, I migrated to Australia, completed another Certificate in Microcomputer technology and landed a well-positioned job in a big Pharmaceutical company. Yet I am not happy. I would not say I hated it for it provided income for my family. However, I do not have complete joy and every morning I wake up, I dread coming to work! I’m in a church with a lukewarm approach to ministry and a few projects I initiated went down in smoke. I reached my golden age status last year. Now I am really worried that I have missed so many opportunities to make an impact in my church and community. I have not given up and I hope that you will help me in prayers so I would not ever reach that point of total frustration. God bless, appreciate it,
    jette villanueva

  133. We are doing a radical change in our life from being married to a computer networking engineer to a seminary student. I am still trying to find my place in all these changes and I really needed to hear your devotion today. Thanks for the wonderful reminders of God's truth.

  134. Anonymous says:

    I was so encourged by you devotional today, I am going though the exact same thing you dealt with. I am forty years old and have been saved for a few years now. I desperatley want to know the call of God on my life, I am tired of living without knowing my purpose. I am praying that God will use my past and present job to prepare me for my true purpose. Pray and come into agreement that God will reveal this to me.

  135. What a blessing this message is. I happen to be at a crossroads. Widowed just under two years with my oldest graduating next spring trying to make a wise decision about the future. Both your devotion & blog have encouraged me today. Thank you!

  136. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for your encouragement! Most days it is only because of God that I am able to survive through the day, with no real reasons as to why. Your message is the reminder that I needed to keep going and to know the He knows why I am here and what my purpose is. Thank you so much!

  137. Thanks so much for this beautiful writing! I don't always read the Proverbs 31 devotional, but God led me there a few minutes ago. At the end I saw the link to come here and was prompted to check it out. I needed these words more than you know. The last 2 days I have been at the point where I want to go home. I didn't want to be here anymore. I know that is not what God wants for me, but I have been struggle with issues in my life that I seem to have no way out. Because of those issues and more I have also struggled with my self-esteem. God has spoken to me before and asked me who I am going to believe. The last couple of days it has been hard to believe the Truth. Thanks for the medicine!

  138. SheriYates says:

    Amen!!

  139. Anonymous says:

    Hello Wendy,

    My sister-in-law forwarded to me the devotional and from there I clicked on the blog. I'm 27 years old and ask the question now more then ever, God what do you want for my life. Your devotional was encouraging. The last year has been very difficult for me. I found out that my strong Christian husband wasn't as strong as I thought he was. He had an affair. I didn't see it coming. We have only been married for since July of 2007. We are currently separated (the second time)I had moved back into the house for only about two months when I found out that he had been with her again right before I came back home and he only told me when he found out she was pregnant. She has since lost the baby. My husband asked for a disolusionment. He thought it would be the best thing to do, but since then he has done nothing, no papers, no divorce. I started to get my hopes up that we could still reconcile, he said he wanted to get healthy again and get back on track and that things were over between them. But I don't think that's true. He hasn't gone to any counseling and what little he has done isn't enough. Recently I went to the house to collect mail and found a Valentine card. It wasn't from me or his mother. I believe the relationship never ended and he has lied about everything. I don't know what to believe anymore and as much as I don't want to have a ruined/failed marriage, I don't know why he hasn't followed through with the disolusionment. And to make matters worse, I'm jobless. I'm 27 years old with a failed marriage already and I'm jobless, living with my parents. Where did I go wrong? I thought I found myself a good Christian man to spend the rest of my life with. I never could have dreamed he would do something like this. I knew marriage wouldn't be easy but I figured finances or health would be issues, never infidelity. I really am trying to focus on deepening my relationship with Christ but to be honest, this time in my life is the hardest I've ever experienced. I long to know where God is taking me and what my purpose is. I don't want to give up my biggest dream of having a loving, respectful husband and a family to share together. My cousin just had her first baby (girl) and as much as I was happy for her, it also hurt to know that isn't in the near future for me. I want God to heal me and restore me. I know he is teaching me through this to rely on him and trust him, that he will never fail me but often times I feel so alone with nothing but my hurt. I wish God could have taught me some of these lessons a different way. A way that wouldn't hurt as badly.
    Aside from all the hurt I have moments, brief, where I feel content, like things will be alright. I thank you for your encouraging message. Often times we have already heard these things before or know that God cares and will never leave us but we need reassurance and a gentle reminder. Thank you for that reminder!
    Continue the good work. I pray we all find God's grace, assurance, and path for our life. And we live it with zeal!
    Gentle Listener.

  140. Anonymous says:

    Dear Wendy,
    This made my day when I read this. It brought tears to my eyes because I have been seeking God for direction and purpose for a long time.I feel like I'm just out there somewhere. I feel like I'm wasting time. I know He's blessed me with many gifts but I don't know how to channel them or combine together. At times I feel high and excited and other times I feel low. I haven't received any major breakthroughs. Please include me in this prayer. I truly appreciate it!

    Waiting on Him,
    Mz.Yessi

  141. Think I am a first-timer with responding to a blog – but here goes. . .

    I am thankful that each day, whether I read them or not, that I receive Encouragement for Today in my email box. Many days I just hit "delete" because I just can't possibly read all the various messages I receive – but today with a heavy soul, I opened today's encouragement at 10:21 pm – WAY past the beginning of my day – but hungering for a word from Him. All I can say is Thank You –

    Thank you for heeding the Holy Spirit's call to write – for sending words of encouragement to my email box when my life seems so terribly complicated and unfair. At 47 years old, I'm married (20 years) with three sons, sliding through each day lately, but only barely. My husband and I lost half a million dollars in a Ponzi scheme. We now live with his parents, and my heart aches more than when I lost my own mom just a few years ago.

    I am getting ready to send in a resume to a company I have no business applying to, but my husband said it's necessary – so I am pressing "send" later this evening. I'm scared to leave my uncredentialed teaching job at a small Christian School – hate the thought of landing the other position and leaving my "babies". I'm so confused how God can give and take – and how I am to gracefully accept today.

    I want to be a supportive wife, and honor the Lord through honoring my husband, but any more change seems nearly unbearable. Even as I type this I know God is the one who opens and closes doors, and I may not be even offered the position.

    Thank you for reminding me to trust Him with the PAST, to believe Him for the FUTURE and to simply SURRENDER my TODAY by believing He will equip me. It's "appropriate surrender" and I covet your prayers.

  142. Stonefox says:

    Hi Wendy, I haven't commented on your blog before, but the Starbucks card did the trick :) These truths are so powerful, and are very timely for me right now. I have been wondering lately how in the world God will ever use me, since the circumstances of my life have changed drastically. I have been in a season of repenting (particularly of self-righteousness) and these truths are just so fresh to me now. Thanks for sharing them today, they are just in time!

  143. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I was inspired to come to your site because I get the daily emails from Proverbs 31 and your devotional touched me to my core today. I am struggling with knowing, accepting and understanding my purpose. The career path that I thought I was supposed to take is not at all coming to fruition. I see everyone around me succeeding and I'm not. I have put a lot of time, money and effort into it and it is very painful for it not to work out. I am trying very hard to not let this define me. I still have a very powerful longing for it to work out, but I am also ready to move on if this is not it because I would like to finally have some success in my life. I am 39 and will be 40 in December and I have this crazy idea that I wouldn't have to struggle in my 40's anymore. I just can't turn 40 and still be trying to find myself. It is just unfathomable. Ok, wow. I've said a lot. But I mainly want to thank you for your strong words of wisdom because I feel like you have been there and that you have given me a plan of scripture that I can follow to surrender to God's will and find some guidance. God bless you because you have helped me and I receive the prayer that you prayed wholeheartedly and I look forward to come again and visit after finding my way.

  144. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy, thank you for your wonderful, blessed devotion. I am in awe how God has spoken through you and how many peoples lives are touched by your story. I to feel like I have no direction, but accept God has a purpose for me, I am 35 years old and live in South Africa, I just returned from working a year in the States and I grabbed the first job that came my way and it was not for me, so left it and now i"m back to square one. Your story and everyone elses story has given me so much encouragement and determination. Thank you!

  145. Wendy Blight says:

    As I have read over your comments, I am amazed at our God…how His timing is perfect. So many of you have been seeking God for purpose, have been wondering what God is up to in your circumstances, and He used this devotional and blog post to show that He heard you!

    Our God is faithful. Friends, I wrote this months ago, submitted it, waited for it to be approved, and then waited for it to run. God chose the day…March 17th…just for each one of you. He wants to be sure you know that He hears the cry of your heart, and He is at work in the midst of it.

    My mother-in-law Carolyn passed away Friday, and her memorial service is today. I will take a break from everything for today to be with family and friends, but I promise you I will return tomorrow and continue to pray over each one of these…pray for you by name. I have already done that for many of you.

    Thank you for sharing your hearts with me. As I said, I love a day when my devotional runs because I make so many new friends. It is truly a blessing and an honor to pray for you.

    In Christ,

    Wendy

  146. God's timing. My devotional from P31 didn't appear in my inbox until today. A day late? No. The Lord is expressing and confirming His message to me.

    You wrote: "Sweet friend, God brought you here today. He wants to remind you of a precious Truth. Hear it and never forget it…before time began, before God spoke the world into being…He had you in His heart. God chose you to be His child. God has a perfect plan for your life. No one else has your plan, your family, your gifts, your talents, your heart, your education, your past, and your present … NO ONE.

    He chose you to use you to do great things for His Kingdom … things that only you can do.

    He is preparing you…even now.

    But to be used by God, you must TRUST Him with your past; BELIEVE Him for your future; BELIEVE He has a plan for you; SURRENDER your life to His Plan, and BELIEVE He will equip you to do what He has called you to do."

    The verse from Jeremiah was the key verse in my personal daily devotional today as well. I have been struggling, wondering what God's plans for me are and where I should be focusing my efforts. I think I will just focus on Christ and obey Him in the present moment, trusting Him to guide me into whatever His future plans for me hold.

    Thanks for this encouragement.

    Sorry to read about your mother-in-law. Stopping to pray for you and all your family now.
    Prayerfully,
    Joy

  147. Jana Floyd says:

    Your devotional really ministered to me this morning. A friend FWD it to me. We have been reading a book at work called "Monday Morning Choices". I think my manager intended it to motivate us, but it has made me feel like an underachiever and that I have sadly missed fulfilling my potential in life. Your message spoke directly to my heart, reassured and reminded me that God has ordered every step and I am not waste. Thank you for being available. I really needed this.

  148. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, I needed this word from the Lord through you this morning. In February, I turned 53 – rather late in life to be dealing with these issues. I believed I was following the Lord back in 2003 when I set out to earn my first college degree. The plans that took me there fell through, and today I am in debt and wondering "why?" There is much darkness in my life at the moment: debt issues, problems in my church, the need to find employment… While I believe God has a plan, I am struggling to remain hopeful. I'm feeling very weary.

  149. Anonymous says:

    Thank you I needed to hear those words that God is working and he has a plan. :) May God Bless you!

    StephanieD

  150. Cheryll Messam says:

    Thanks very much for your faithfulness in bringing exposure to such a topic of insecurity for many persons (even in our Christian Family)…the matter of PURPOSE. Our heavenly Father indeed has Purpose and Meaning for each of us. However it is discovered carefully through following hard after God, wanting what He wants, being patient with God and His timeline in manifesting His answers, and being patient with self, as through time and many wobbly days God brings manifestation. I have been blessed by your sharing. I pray God's continued blessing on you, your family and your ministry.

  151. Wendy, Thank you so much for sharing this today. I needed to hear it. My husband and I seem to be coming out of a very long valley and are looking forward to seeing God's plan for our future and how he'll use these past experiences. I loved your statement about trusting and believing at the end of the devotional. I'm going to post that here at the computer.

    I haven't been on blogs too much for a while now, but I have always enjoyed the encouragement that you give and the genuine desire of your heart for others to know God. I still think of your family and pray for your daughter. I hope she is doing well.

    Julie =)

  152. Kat Farmer says:

    Wendy,

    Wow – your devotional was such an encouragement for me. I'm a graduate student at SMU right now (studying advertising) and sometimes I ask myself the same questions. Why am I here? Why am I collecting all this debt? Etc….but your email was a real encouragement and a reminder that He has such a great plan for each of us. It's refreshing to be reminded of something so amazing. I look forward to staying updated with your blog!

    (Go Mustangs!)

    In Him,
    Kat

  153. Yep, a little behind. Just read your devotional from yesterday but THANK YOU for your work, allowing the Father to work through you. This is very timely. I feel the Father tugging at me, preparing me for something. I want this more than anything, as I'm not happy at what I'm doing right now. Of course, I feel guilty because shouldn't I be content? But, anyway, I want whatever the Father wants me for because I know ONLY THEN will I be truly happy. He knows me best after all. Thank you your encouraging and thought-provoking devotional…it's a keeper that I will need to read time and again. The Father bless you and yours.

  154. Anonymous says:

    Wow, thank you so much, Wendy. This absolutely blessed my heart today. I have been searching and praying for my purpose in life for years, it seems. I know God has something planned for me but haven't quite figured out what that is yet. Please pray for me. I want to serve Him and do His will. I don't know if I'm expecting this huge transformation in my life or if He already has me where He wants me but I just keep feeling there's something "more". Thanks so much for your words of encouragement!!!

    LeeAnn S

  155. Missy Culpepper says:

    Thank you for writing this and following the Holy Spirit's prompting to share your heart on this.
    I taught for a while, and after many student loans, I find that I don't want to teach anymore. I don't love it.

    My current job is a federally funded program and the grant is being revoked come September. I go around to 5 counties worth of schools to spread the message of abstinence before marriage. So for the past 2 years I have felt that I was a part of something awesome- spreading God's truth about sex before marriage and the importance of this principle. I did it undercover but I was doing it nonetheless :)

    My husband graduates college this month (PTL!) and is currently on the job search. We live in a depressed area so the prospects are few.
    We have been trying to conceive for 10 months now.
    Needless to say- our lives are up in the air. Only God knows the plans he has for us but we are trying to remain faithful and not give up hope about our future.
    I often wonder what my purpose is in all of this. If I am missing the mark, not listening for God hard enough..if I am just lazy and should try to teach again even though I don't love it…
    Lots of questions.

    Thank you for lifting us up.
    We believe God is the giver of all life and all good and perfect things. We just need an extra boost at the moment.
    God bless you!
    I am asking God today to bless you and your ministry and to reveal to me what my expensive training was for :) I am glad you found your niche!

  156. Thanks for your encouragement. I have wondered for years what my purpose here on earth is. My husband said he felt called to be a music teacher when he was in middle school. I always thought my calling was to be a good Christian wife and mother like my mother was. I am crying as I type this because I feel so unworthy. My faith has really been shaken since the miscarriage of our first child in November. Even though the pregnancy wasn't planned, we were so excited. I know I can get pregnant again, but I'm scared of the same thing happening twice. I finally graduated from college at 27 with a degree that is probably worth nothing. There are so many things that I want to do, but I feel like I can't do them once we start a family. Please keep me in your prayers as I try to find my place in this world. Sometimes I feel so lost and alone, but I know God is there.

  157. Thank you Wendy for your Encouragement Today. Like many other blogger posts on here, I am at a time in my life where things are up in the air and I am totally following God. I know what my purpose is now and in December of 2009 I truly decided to trust God and follow that purpose. My talent is for teaching and I love to teach on a college level. It has meant leaving the private industry and taking less money, but God has been faithful. He has opened up doors for me and is continuing to let me know to walk this way into an unknown field.

    Your article today was a great encouragement to continue to trust the Lord and seek his guidance because He designed me and knows exactly what he has plannned for me.

  158. Anonymous says:

    Hello Wendy,
    I was blessed to read your posting sent to me by a friend. I have been wondering my purpose for a few years, but now with your encouragement will study and pray for the good Lord to reveal my next steps in life. I truly believe that my steps are order by Him, but I need to slow down to listen and wait to take a step.
    May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you strong for us that need an intercessor.
    Peace & Blessings
    Karen O.

  159. The Lutz's says:

    Thank you so much for your Proverbs31 message today! It is so what I needed to hear. I've been struggling with not feeling like I have a purpose or direction in life right now. After four years of college, I taught for 2 years before becoming a stay at home mom. I love being home with my 5 month old, but I struggle daily with feeling inadequate. Recently I've had a few possibilities begin to take root for future work, but none are really using my degree.

    It was encouraging to hear from you that what, on surface level, doesn't seem to connect our past to our futures, is completely intertwined down deep. I know God has a plan for me and I need to prayerfully seek out his wisdom and guidance. And I need to stop thinking that my degree or education are wasted! Only He knows the plan for my life, but I need to trust in Him! Thank you for that reminder and encouragement! It is what I needed to hear today!

    - Melissa

  160. Hey Wendy…
    I just wanted to stop by and encourage you to keep writing because your blog is world wide known! I sit in my room right now in Estonia wondering about my purpose but I know that God uses me some day for something BIG in His eyes. It may not me big in the eyes of people but I know God has something is store for me!
    Thank you for your encouragement! Riina

  161. Danielle says:

    First, let me say I love to see the out-pouring of all these Sisters in Christ as they share their hearts with you, Wendy. What a blessing it is to witness this.

    Second, I heard about your M-in-Ls passing from Wendy P blog post this morning. I'm sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your husband, and family. May God bring you the comfort and peace you need.

    Also, I wish you had email notification for your updates! I get Wendy's through email so it's easier to read. I'm not on the computer all that much right now and I am missing the fact that I get to read your updates.

    I'm glad I have a few minutes today so I could hop on and read your post. It truly blessed my heart and met me right where I needed it to. I actually got to post an update to my blog recently, and it's about where I feel God calling me. Thank you for reminding me that God has a purpose for us all and to each is given what they need to fulfill that purpose.

    I love ya, sister and I'm praying!

  162. Thank you for your words. The topic was so fitting for what I am currently feeling, almost uncanny really. I am in architectural school and lately have been feeling more and more discouraged about it and afraid it all may be futile. I feel I have come too far to stop, but am worried that when I finally am out in the field I will realize it isn't for me.

    You are so right, though, about everything in our lives being for a purpose. I just wish I knew what God's purpose is for me or what gifts I have that I can use for His glory. Please pray for me if you can. This is the first time I read any of your teachings but I will be sure to visit your blog frequently!

    Thanks again.

  163. Thank you for your post. I graduated last year and still cannot get my first full-time job. I'm confused about what God wants me to do both now and for my future career, will you please pray for me?

  164. Anonymous says:

    It would be great if someone could be praying for me. I was stalked for 5 years in Chicago, all while going to college. I slept in trains, parks or where ever I could be safe. I survived by God's grace. Now, I am at a point in my life where I am just trying to learn how to be normal again and still strive for all my dreams. Im having a hard time finding a sense of belonging. Please pray for me. -Jae

  165. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for being open and diligent in your study of the bible. I looked up some of the verses you had listed in the devotional today. I'm hoping for seasons of refreshing and direction. It's encouraging to hear again how perfect God is in creating us for a purpose. How much he loves us is unfathomable.
    Michelle

  166. patricia e says:

    Wendy,
    Thank you for this study ~ I find it so amazing that God has provided me with these gifts at just the perfect time in my life ~ each of these gifts (your study is one of them) have provided me encouragement and guidance ~ each have touched me ~ thank you again from the bottom on my heart ~ :)

  167. Anonymous says:

    After living most of my life feeling unworthy and unloved by God (my mother died when I was 8), I finally came to my senses, and heard God calling me–that he could use me. I was dealing w/ my husband's infidelity at the time, it was still fresh after a little more than a year had gone by, and he was still laying around, drawing deeper into anxiety. I decided to go to church for the first time since we'd left the church after news of his affair broke. I heard the minister as if God were talking directly to me. He would clean up the mess in my heart and do great things for his glory. I was light-hearted inside, joyful even, for the first time in 34 years.

    I was amazed at how I felt. I'd NEVER felt like it in all my life, and I was a preacher's wife, for goodness sake! It was great. But then, after almost two years of being faithful, reading and studying God's work, praying, doing my best to keep my family together, I snapped one day. Over a hole my dog snagged in the first new coat I'd bought in years. I went nuts, asking God why I wasn't good enough for even a new coat–why I'm not good enough for anything. Also, after I've been a stay at home mom for seven years, and no medical insurance, we don't have the money for medical care. My teeth are breaking, making me feel and look horrible. I have some issues that I know a doctor needs to see, but I'm not going if I can't pay. Am I looking at all the wrong things? I am back to feeling the anger and hurt, and I want my joy back. I want God to speak to me like he did that day I was sitting on the back pew. I miss it terribly.

    I keep praying, asking God to show me what I'm supposed to be doing for him. I occasionally feel this nudge to have a women's conference. I feel no more worthy to head up a women's conference than a hamster. I am unorganized, late to most everything, my children won't listen to me, my husband would actually be jealous of me spending time and energy on a special project and make my life at home miserable–I could go on and on. But I keep feeling the nudge.

    I don't know what to do. I really, really don't. When I read things like this post, I cry like crazy–I guess I'm being impatient, waiting on God. I am not a courageous person, either–I'm afraid to get the ball rolling on anything I'd like to do. It's not right, I know. God doesn't want me sitting around on my hands. I just don't know what to do.

    Thanks, Wendy–I'm sorry I've vented. I don't do it often. Thank you for this post.

  168. You do always have to wonder what God has in-store. I wonder that every day it feels like at times. Some days I feel like I know and some days I just ponder what I have to offer that he has created me for. And then there are days that are so frustrating beyond believe that I want to cry. I know he never said that life would be easy but he did promise life. I recently got engaged and my fiance' and I just plug along one day at a time and try to be there for each other when trouble hits. Maybe someday it'll jump out to me what I was made to do! A friend of mine sends me these from time to time and she just happened to send me yours today.

  169. Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for the great devotion. Somedays I need to remind myself that God has a purpose for me. Sometimes I believe the lies and let them get me down. What helps me is when I read my bible daily.

    Deb
    dvolkman@bright.net

  170. Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for the great 4 weeks of this study. It was great reading in Proverbs. Now every time I speak or do something I want to think about how others may feel and how I might influence them. This is tough to change my old, imbedded habits but with the grace of God all things are possible.
    I heard something one time, it goes something like this…
    What you say is what you do, and
    what you do is what you say
    That is true because how you say something is probably what you are doing too. Like if you are talking bad or watching bad things, or around people that are a bad influence towards you, you are probably doing those same things too.
    So we could use our positive talk and walk that path that God wants us to go.
    Please keep up the great work you do.
    God bless you and your family.
    Lynette

  171. Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. I am in that "wandering" stage what it is God's will and plan is for my life. A few years ago, I felt led to go back to school. In August 2006 I completed and received my MBA degree. We too obtained debt for doing this. I have since gone on interview after interview only to be told "we selected someone else". Just today I was told that again from an employer that I just knew was "the" place for me. Now I'm back wandering "now what God." Everytime I send out my application, I pray over it and tell God I want HIS will not mine. I would like for you to help me pray for the right place to be. I keep looking for more money, but I want the right place, with the right people as well as the right pay. Thank you again for your post and may God continue to bless you and your family.

  172. Anonymous says:

    Wendy-
    Clearly, you have touched many people with your posting on this subject, but I feel that it was written just for me! I identified so much with your statements. I am 28 years old, asking the same questions you did! I have spent 10 years in law enforcement, specifically child abuse. I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration…and the loans to back it up, sadly! :) Earlier this year I took a demotion & large paycut in order to have more time w/my young children, whom I long to be with all of the time. I am now the lowest paid, highest educated secretary in my office! :) I have been baffled for the past few weeks as to what God wants me to do and filled with regret over loans and an education that appear to be useless to me right now! It is comforting to read your story & to be reminded of the truths I already know….but somehow forgot!

    Sarah

  173. Anonymous says:

    i just read your post today i will be giving my testimony for the first time this thursday to a group of women i attend MOPS with, its abt how i was lost and broken and depressed and god healed me and made me whole again! he gave me life.
    i feel this is my calling to give women HOPE in christ he wants them to come to him so he can make them whole again! he wants us to put all our cares on him. please be praying for all these women who have been and are broken and hurt and depressed
    heart4him
    ericag98@yahoo.com

  174. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    I was intrigued by your story because when I was in college I always planned on going to law school. However, once I graduated I felt like my world stopped and my plans to attend law school didn't make sense or feel right. I'm now getting my teaching cert. but still feel lost as to my purpose in life. I loved the truths that you have shared with us today and I plan on going over these until they are etched in my heart. Thank you for your encouraging words and being such a blessing to all of us!

  175. I am sitting here welled up with tears. I KNOW without a doubt God led you to write that just for me. I'm a 1st year law student at SMU who has just finished the monstrous brief, and like you I am questioning why I'm here. I've been questioning since the first semester. Last semester, I was at a Christian Legal Society meeting and a lady gave her testimony of how after she finished law school and got the dream job she knew it wasn't for her and I just burst into tears. All I could say was Lord I don't want that to be me, place me where you want me right now. I've been feeling an artistic pull on my heart the last few months but as you know after even beginning to accumulate the debt, the thought of transitioning to a place where income will be unknown instills a paralyzing fear.

    I know why I approached law. Two reasons, one my father was a gospel singer/songwriter and after he passed away we were left with questions about the rights to some of his songs. Two, I sing, write songs, dance, and act, but I never really thought I great enough at either one of those things to have future in it. So I decided, law, entertainment law I can learn about copyright and be help people that are doing what I love even if I don't have the opportunity to do it. But somehow those reasons don't hold up for me anymore. I've never been so unsure about anything in my life.

    I don't want to make a move without God's clear direction, so I have withdrawn yet because I don't know exactly what it is I would do if I left. But I also know this wondering, this feeling that this is not for me, is sticking around much longer than I expected. Its more than the frustration of the workload, this feeling began long before that. I honestly don't know what to do and what to pray anymore. I'm trying not to be anxious and to listen for his direction, but I can't hear. I am clinging to Jer. 29:11, oddly enough before I read your article I posted it as my facebook status for encouragement. Still, I need peace about this in my spirit. I need to know that I'm either here for a bigger purpose or that God allowed me to come here to put that final nail in my lawyer plans and push me into following my heart. I enlist your prayers. Thank you for sharing your story.

  176. Sylvia Goode Basham says:

    Wendy, you can tell it's busy around here since I'm just now getting here to comment on your devotional. That was so encouraging when I read it that morning. I have been working on a talk "Believe! It's Not Just for Christmas Anymore!" that is the same topic.

    It's funny how even though I feel like I know my purpose, I still have doubts about God using me as that instrument. I know there are others who need to hear your message (evidenced by the 175 comments!) Thank you for taking the time to share that which God has revealed to you. Hope Lauren is doing well….

  177. Anonymous says:

    Hello, I love all the Proverbs 31 devotions! They always inspire me and I have forwarded them on to others. I enjoy writing. I have always done this for many years. But over the last few years I have had the privilege of leading a small ladies group in my church called Leading Ladies. This year God gave me the opportunity to hold my own ladies retreat with another local church of about 13 women. I was so nervous but I know now it was in His plan. I realized that weekend God is opening the door for me. I say this because I know I am called to speak. I had the fear for many years I could not do it because I had no education other than being a high school graduate and I am not a Pastor’s wife. I am over that fear Praise the Lord! I desire to receive from leaders the structure and the wisdom in speaking at church events. I have been serving under a ministry in and out of my church that speaks to women. This would mean so much to me to win the scholarship to the She Speaks Conference. I believe this will teach me and draw me closer to the will of God for my life. I cannot afford to pay for the conference. I am in the process of having fundraisers now for my kids to do their dreams and mom has to be put on the back burner sometimes.  But I am so hungry and humble for direction in my faith walk that I know coming to this conference will help me to spread what I learn with many other women. I have a story to tell and I know God wants me to get it out. I am a miracle to even be alive and to have a successful marriage and family at that! I know it’s all in God’s timing for when He wants me to speak and the doors of opportunity are opening up even as I type. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship. If I don’t get it, I know God will bless the one who does receive it. And may she walk out her purpose and calling to be the woman of God she is called to be!

    Serving HIM,
    Robin Shockley
    Sfam34@charter.net

  178. Pamela Gama says:

    What a wonderfull thing to be encouraged by.I never thought i would readsuch a thing like this.I am a teen and my life is like a life of an old women who is suffering a lot.But i thank you very to inspire me with this words.I dont know what led to read this.And i dont know how to thank you , but if i knew you i would do something nice you never will happen in your life.You made me realize who am i.what am i.A HuGE KISS TO YOU.

    • Pamela, I just love how the Lord brought you to the post to read it and hear how much He loves you as His beautiful creation!!! May you believe every word with ALL your heart and walk in confidence knowing you are His child created with a purpose for His Kingdom.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  179. Hi wendy,

    I dont understand why God have created me like this, why cant be some one other than me(my friends, other people of other country, you) or someone very lucky in life terms of job, career, love family etc. i been working hard for my family just to give them better life but i am having issue reaching my goals and Other can achieve it very easily. god even gave them a lot and there are lot of people thats in need.. Why giving me a very difficult life to live, why didnt i wake up from a very wealthy family which i dont have all of this burden.

    I am tired of my life…..

    • Sweet friend,my heart breaks for you. You sound as if you are in a dark night of the soul. I pray the Lord will meet you in very real and personal ways in your hurting place. He promises that when you seek Him you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. And please know God created you just as you are…He loves you…He has a plan and purpose for your life exactly where He has you. I pray God will enable you to lift your eyes off your difficult circumstances and place them fully on Him. I pray as you open you Bible, God will speak amazing words of encouragement to you. I pray that for those places where you are wondering where God is, He will show you in ways that amaze you!!! I pray He will provide for your needs specifically…not just money but also peace, joy and hope. And know that not many achieve things easily. Sometimes we don’t see others pain when we compare our insides with their outsides. Jesus says to give your burdens to Him. I pray that you do and see what He will do!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

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  181. I thought about the verse today that Jesus said, “The Truth will make you free.” God is good, wise, and all powerful, and that is what makes me free. The truth of the matter is that the devil did not just happen.God knows and loves us so much, that He wants us to be just like He is. This is what the devil is all about. The devil shows us what not to be about. The devil tests us.That is why he has been with us from the beginning of our creation.The devil was in the garden. The book of Amos is the only place in The Bible that spells it out.God says as the smith forges tools, which have purpose, He has created the Waster to destroy. It’s funny but you cannot even type that word without capitalizing it. Spell Check only recognizes it as a title. Think about it. How much must God love us if He sacrificed the creation, and His Son for us.We must be a very special creation to Him. Now, all we need to do is to ask Him what our specific purpose is.What we can do here before we enter the real paradise of the spirit world.

  182. Dan, once more. Specifically, Isaiah 54:16.

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