July 25, 2010

Celebration Week for Ephesians Study with The Great Giveaway

Where do I begin? This has been an INCREDIBLE few months!!Thank you for sharing this journey with me. I am proud of you. You have worked so hard! Even if you have not yet completed every week’s homework, you set your heart on gaining wisdom and knowledge and have been faithful to do it. I pray that through this study you have grown closer to the heart of God and that you have experienced Him in new and fresh ways that have changed and transformed your hearts and lives forever.

Time and time again, your comments have brought tears to my eyes. They show how far you have come since the first day we opened His Word. For just a moment, let me pray over you,

Abba Father, thank You for instructing us and teaching us in the way we should go. Thank You for taking each one of us deeper still with You. Thank You that each of these women is a display of Your splendor. I am humbled beyond words for the privilege of walking alongside these beautiful women. As we end our time together, I ask that You continue to counsel and watch over these precious sisters in Christ. Thank You that even now You rejoice over them with singing, You celebrate their faithfulness. Father, I thank You that Your eyes will be upon them and Your ears attentive to their cry. Thank You that You will remain close to those who are brokenhearted, that You will comfort those who are crushed in Spirit. Thank You that though they will encounter troubles, You will deliver them from them all. May they continue to hunger and thirst for Your Word. Bless them as they faithfully continue their journey with you. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Many of you have said that you do not want this study to end, and neither do I!! That God could work this way in the lives of women who have never met face to face reveals the majesty of our God and the power of His Holy Spirit. He connected hearts from Hawaii to Seattle to Canada to Texas to Panama to Florida to the United Kingdom to Austria to Africa to Malaysia and everywhere in between. Although our study is ending, please do not let it be the end of your daily time with the Lord. You have spent this year nurturing your relationship with the Lord. I encourage you to continue cultivating it by daily reading this love letter written just for you. He has fanned the flame in your heart, now continue to fuel it.

I want to celebrate your hard work with The Great Giveaway. To be eligible to win one of our fun prizes listed below, please share your thoughts to one or more of this week’s questions. I will choose five winners. If you REALLY are drawn to one of the prizes, leave that in your comment as well as your e-mail address so I can contact you.

A Starbuck’s Giftcard

A copy of my dear friend (and INCREDIBLE cook), LeAnn Rice’s cookbook, Sharing Grace

A Proverbs 31 Giftcard

A copy of my book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner (to read a sample chapter, click here)

A copy of my new Proverbs Study, All Things Wise and Wonderful: Applying God’s Word to Everyday Life.

My new study will be available soon. Many of you have already e-mailed me about it, and I have you on a waiting list. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com if you would like would like to learn more.

Below you will find questions to reflect on what you have learned. Please take time this week to prayerfully answer these questions.

Questions for the Week:

1.Paul ends Ephesians chapter six calling his audience to “pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.” This refers to praying out of a heart indwelt, illuminated, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Spending time in God’s Word illuminates our hearts and minds with the things of God. It is what teaches us to pray God’s will rather than our own. We learn to “pray” the Bible and plead God’s promises. If you have never done this, here are some hints on how to begin.

a.First Read Romans 8:26-27. Share what this verse speaks to you. Have you ever experienced this in your own life?

b.Invite the Lord to join you as you open the Bible to read His Word. For example pray Jeremiah 29:13 and Jeremiah 33:3: “Lord, You promise that when I seek You with all my heart, I will find You. I want to find you and hear You today. Please reveal to me great and unsearchable Truths and Promises I do not know.”

c.Search the Scriptures, asking God what direction to take in His Word. Perhaps you are struggling with a particular issue. Look for Scriptures addressing that issue in your concordance. For every hurt, burden, trial, need, and circumstance, God has a promise or Truth that speaks to it. Pray from Psalm 119:18: “Lord, open the eyes of my heart that I may see the wonderful Truths and Promises in Your Law.”

d.Write out the verses you find. I challenge you to memorize a few. Pray another verse from Psalm 119:11, “Lord, I am hiding your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.” God delights to fulfill His Word!! Read the following verses and state the promises:

1. John 15:7

2. John 14:13-14

3. 1 John 5:14-15

4. Ephesians 3:20

2.Read 1 Peter 1:4. Share how this summarizes what we have learned this semester in Ephesians.

3.How will your life change or what will you do differently as a result of the time you have spent in this study, immersed in the book of Ephesians?


Let me close our time together in prayer:

Father, thank You for my salvation. Thank You for the great love You lavish upon me… unconditionally. Thank You that You are my Redeemer and Savior, my Deliverer and Provider, my All in All. Thank You that in You I am a new creation having the mind of Christ.

Today, I pray on Your armor.

Father, strengthen me with Your Helmet of Salvation…the Mind of Christ… so that I can stand against worldly thinking and the lies of the evil one.

Father, cover my heart with the Breastplate of Righteousness. Thank You that Jesus defeated the power of sin at the cross and forgave me of all unrighteousness. Jesus died for me sins; He covered me with His blood, and He made me righteous in Your eyes. There is no greater gift!

Father, gird me with the Belt of Truth. I believe with all my heart that Your Word is Truth and it is that Truth and that Truth alone that sets me free. I choose to believe Your Truth and reject the lies of the evil one. I stand against his temptations, his deception, and his accusations. I only want to hear Your voice.

Father, I put on the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace. Make me ready to march into any battle set before me. Fill me with Your peace and help me live in peace with everyone. I choose to be an instrument of Your peace, and I stand ready to give an account for the faith I have in You today. I choose to always forgive and not harbor anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness in my heart.

Father, I hold up the Shield of Faith. I trust and believe You at Your Word that You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Great I AM. You alone are the Author and Perfecter of my faith. I trust You to meet all my needs. I do not have a spirit of fear…but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Finally, Father, I take up the Sword of the Spirit. Jesus is the Word of God living in me. I am Your child. I am filled with Your Spirit. I choose to live my life according Your Word. I choose to believe TRUTH over lies. Pour out Your Truth and Your Spirit over my life. Fill me with all wisdom and understanding. I choose this day to serve You and You alone.

Thank You, Father, for Your mighty weapons. Thank You that You have already won this battle. Thank You that in You I am a VICTOR. Thank You that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You that You who live in me is greater than he who lives in the world. Today I live in complete and utter dependence on You and You alone. Father, fill me with the fullness of Your Spirit. Father, use me to do Your Kingdom work. Father, show me Your Glory!!! I ask all this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Since we have She Speaks this weekend, I will not be able to get a post up by Monday morning. So please check back in the middle of next week to learn the winners. I am speaking Friday morning and covet your prayers!

Although our study has ended, I hope you will continue to stop by my blog. I plan to host a Proverbs study, using my new curriculum soon!

Blessings to you,

Comments

  1. Cindy Bultema says:

    Hi Wendy :)
    I just LOVE your teaching, writing, and heart for the Father! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! I am THRILELD to hear you are speaking at She Speaks on Friday. I'll be heading to NC this week from Grand Rapids, Michigan. As I spend time in prayer this week preparing for the conference, I will be sure to lift you up in prayer! May God use you in specific and powerful ways for His Kingdom purposes!!
    Blessings to you!
    Cindy
    *She Sparkles*

  2. TinaPiper says:

    Hi Wendy, I have discovered so much from this study. I think the thing I realized the most was the power that I have since I have the Holy Spirit living in me. It's the same power that led Jesus to speak, to preform miracles and to go to the cross. Iam co-heirs with Him and that is truly amazing. I also have never prayed the armor of God over my children. My children to attend public school and I was told by a dear friend to pray the armor over them. But I didn't know what that quite meant. I am actually going to be right down that part of Ephesians 6 and posting it by their beds at night. So that I can pray with them. It is so awesome how Paul wrote to Ephesians (and to us) that we are no longer slaves to Satan and that we can overcome anything he wants to throw at us as long as we have the Holy Spirit in us. http://www.tinamarie1021@yahoo.com , http://www.tiredbutblessedmommy.blogspot.com

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy!
    This bible study has been such a blessing in my life, I can't even begin to explain it. My time spent in the word has truly opened my eyes to how much God values us and how much he loves. Question 5 from the Week 2 Lesson has been life changing. Question 2 instructed us to read Ephesians 3:12 and Hebrews 4:16. You asked if we weren't approaching God's throne with confindence, why were we not? I never realized I approached that I approcached God in prayer as a scared abused stepchild instead of a LOVED child of the King! I've learned that God's loving is unconditional and that although we fall short, He's still there and STILL loves us. Therefore we don't have to be timid or scared in our approach. I could go on and on :). I so love God and I love you Wendy for letting God use you these past few weeks. Thank you.

    Mimi
    myrlanded@gmail.com

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good Morning! Still finishing up the homework from last week, so I will get to these questions as soon as I finish the other ones. I have loved this bible study and it has really helped me get into the Word daily. My day always goes better when I have had my Bible time in the morning.

    One topic I would like to get others' opinions on and was surprised that there weren't many comments on it is what everyone thinks about the verses about marriage and how a wife is supposed to be for her husband. I've had some recent conversations about this with a friend so I know this must be something that God wants me to dig deeper in and within myself. What do other women think? In this modern day and age are we as wives supposed to obey our husbands always? If we disagree with him do we keep our thoughts to ourselves? I am trying some different things in our relationship, but I do struggle with the idea of losing my identity or who I am, but maybe who I think I am isn't what God has in plan for me? Again, any opinions, thoughts, places to lead me to learn more and dig in will be much appreciated!

    Make it a blessed day!

    Kory
    kory@kmtel.com

  5. BrandiLeigh says:

    Good Morning! What a great study. I know I have grown from it. God put something on my heart a couple of years ago and I started it but just dropped it because life got busy. It is mini devotionals for women. I feel called to encourage women. I have actually started a blog for it after starting this study. It is still a work in progress, but I am relying on God and his direction for it. I want to be faithful. The blog is http://hislightcafe.blogspot.com/ I need prayers for guidance and wisdom for His will.

    This week, question 1a. about Romans 8:26-27. I have never personally experienced this. I have a friend and an aunt that have a prayer language. Is that the same thing? When this happens do you hear it?

    I would love to win LeAnn Rice's Cookbook! Cooking has always been one of my passions.

    Love & prayers~
    Brandi

  6. Shawnia Holler says:

    I thank you for all you have shared. You are truly a blessing. The prayer that you ended with was SO POWERFUL! It is amazing how God works. I am so excited to start your new study. May our awesome God bless you in all you do. With Love and Prayers, Shawnia. Phil.4:13

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed doing the Bible Study. This past school year I have been involved in BFS for the first time in my life. Your Bible study format reminds me of BSF which I love. I love digging into the Word. I find that I finish the questions before it's time for the next set and I get anxious for the next ones to come. This year I have tried to memorize scripture (which I find very difficult to do,) and I am having problems, but I have memorized some. I read the comment above about putting the armor on the bedpost for teaching it to her children. I don't have children, but I am going to do the same thing on my bedpost.
    Thanks for your study. I had emailed to see if it was permissible to use your material in the prison ministry I am involved in. I didn't hear back, but have used it (given credit to you) and the women have really enjoyed it as well. Thanks so much.
    Marilyn

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for doing this study. I have over the past year or so felt a conviction from God to use my talents specifically to reach out to others and speak the message of freedom and hope to others who may feel hopeless. It is so wonderful that one of my gifts is one I love so much-painting. I am so thankful for a way to share his word with others even after I am gone. Also I get so tongue tied it's great to have a way to share what he has done for me without messing up my words! During this study while immersed in his word I got the inspiration for my next painting. I am excited to take the scripture for this painting and dig deeper throughout the bible through individual study as you suggested today in question 1-c.
    Thank you so much!
    shannon
    shannonscj@yahoo.com

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    I love this bible study and would like to share it with my small group. I have not been receiving the questions in emails,I have just printed them off the blog. WOuld you please send me the 6 weeks worth of questions in an email so i can have our small group do them also. thanks so much for conducting this bible study over the internet, this is a first for me. Suzie
    msgehrig@comcast.net

  10. Good morning, Wendy,
    Like a lot of other women, I'm truly sad this study is finished. I looked forward every week to get in front of my computer and "soak up" all the knowledge I could about our Father and just how immense His love for us is. With the help from this study I was able to fully understand how valuable I am to Him, and how much power and authority I have in Him, and as a result I have developed this hunger to truly seek His Kingdom and obediently follow His Master Plan for my life.

  11. Shawnia Holler says:

    I wrote this morning but I wanted to share with you something. I read what you wrote and your prayer with my daughter Sadie she is 11yrs.old and my son Kyle who is 9yrs old. We did an bible study on it. We took notes looked up sciptures and they both did a skit. It was AMAZING! Thank you so much for all you do. May our Awesome God bless you in all you do. With Love and Prayers, The Holler Family. Phil.4:13

  12. aquie2009 says:

    I'm just so thankful that I decided to sign up for this study group. It brought me so much closer to God and his word. It really had me read and focus on what I read by reflecting and answering questions about what I had just learned. I took to heart all that we read and try to learn ways I could apply it to my way of thinking and my life every single day. I loved how things were all tied into each other to show God's word was the same before, today, and in the future. That nothing returns void. I took to Ephesians so much so that my second favorite bible verses are "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10. I thank him everyday for saving me and every other Christian sister and brother…He's such a great and awesome God that we serve. I'm praying that we all continue to go deeper into his word and that he keeps on blessing us with wisdom, peace, and joy. Blessings to all.

  13. Wendy, I know about anger, sadness, discontent, frustration, and other emotions. I can recognize when I am in them and usually go to the Lord and give them over. Until this study I had not realized the bitterness that I have in some areas of my life. Oddly enough, I have never been bitter about having cancer. However, there are other areas of my life that, in studying Ephesians, I realized I hold bitterness in my heart. This is an area of concern that will hold me in study and prayer as I continue on from this study. While this has been very uncomfortable I thank you for your part in revealing this to me. It is still painful, as it is so new. I will find contentment. Grace and peace to you, Becky

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    As the other's have posted, I would like to thank you for this study. While the book of Ephesians is somewhat familiar to me, your study made me see the scriptures in a new light and at a different angle. Your study questions really made me think. In response to your above question, what will I take away from this study, it would have to be in reference to a study question from a few weeks ago that asked about our achievements for Christ. While I have been a christian since a very young age, I have been timid about steping out as boldly as I should. So I had a hard time pin-pointing an exact thing I have done. While I've tried to be a great friend, daughter, wife, and mother, I struggle to think of a specific answer. Your question has me determined to seek harder for the direction the Lord is giving me to do His work. I want to be able to look back and know that I made a difference for His kingdom. There are a few thoughts that seem to filter through my mind, one of which is involvement with a pregnancy center. Since my early teenage years the pro-life decision has always been a passion of mine (though I'm not sure why). So I will continue to pray and seek answers, I ask that you would please pray for me as well. Thank you for being faithful to His calling in your life, and for helping all of us women draw closer to our Heavenly Father.
    I would love to participate in your next bible study as well, my email awelch34@yahoo.com
    Thanks again, and good luck this weekend at the conference, I will keep you in my prayers.
    ~Ashley

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy. Thank you for this Bible study. I love the verse in question 2. My inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, unfading, and waiting for me in Heaven. I look forward to your next study. God bless you!

    Jill
    jillhoke@yahoo.com

  16. Hi Wendy, I didn't get in on the Ephesians study but, sure would like to get in on the one in Proverbs. I so admire your faith in the Lord and the tenderness you have for others and for each one who writes you here. I am struggling in my walk with the Lord, it's like i just don't have the closeness with Him that i used to have. It feels so weird when i pray and i used to talk to Him all the time but, it's just not the same. I do love Him and want to serve Him but, i just can't seem to get back on the right track and i'm not sure how. I attend church faithfully and enjoy fellowship with the church singles group. I've been divorced for 19 years so i've been alone a long time. My 35 year old son lives with me and he is not a Christian. He does not like to talk about God but, every once in a while the opportunity presents itself that i can approach him. I lost my job to Mexico 2 years ago and because of spinal problems and many other physical problems stemming from that, plus a recent diagnosis of Graves disease i am trying to get on disability here in Michigan. In the meantime i am living off of the remains of an IRA which is dwindling rapidly. I'm usually a pretty positive person so i really don't often let stuff bother me and i think it may be my son and his attitude more than anything that tends to get me down. He goes to school full time and doesn't work or help with very much. I tend to back away from his attitude and temper. My mom who was my best friend died 3 years ago and even though my dad and i are close i miss her a lot. Don't get me wrong she is much better in heaven with the Lord but, i still miss her. I'm an only child and my dad is always telling me i talk too much or i laugh too much and that's starting to bother me too. He wants me to visit and just sit and stare at the walls with him and i'm not made that way, i'm a talker. He watches news and sports which sports are okay but, i like to comment on things i see and he doesn't want me to talk so i end up going home so he can watch his tv in peace. I'm not a crier and i don't go around feeling sorry for myself, things are just starting to get to me. Even though i don't consciously worry about money i guess it must be in the back of my mind a little bit. I am going this week to see if i can get help from the state till my disability goes through so if you would pray about that i would appreciate it. I'm a writer and i've tried journaling but, just can't seem to get my thoughts down on paper when it comes to that. Do you ever get so much stuff going through your head at once that you just don't know where to start? Maybe that's the problem. I'm not usually good at sharing with someone, even close friends face to face when things are bothering me and i'm not a whiner. I usually just keep it to myself and pray about it but, something is broken somewhere and i don't know how to fix it. I don't know why i just told you all that i really don't make a habit of dumping on people but, i do appreciate the time you spend on here with all of us and i will be praying for you. I'm also looking forward to your study in proverbs. Thanks Wendy and God bless you. diki

  17. Hi Wendy, it's me diki again. I was wondering since i missed all of the Ephesians study is there anyway i can pick up the ones that i missed to do on my own. You make everything so clear and understandable and just catching this last one makes me wish i could have got them all. Thanks Wendy.
    love and God bless, diki

  18. Wendy Blight says:

    Dikki,

    Yes, you can scroll down and find all prior lessons and homework questions. Let me know if you have a problem.

    I promise you, when you begin to dig in the Word, much of what you shared above will dissipate. God will fill You with the healing power of His Word. He will wash His Word over your feelings and emotions and transform them. He says in Proverbs that His Word is health to our body and healing to our bones. Check back with me and let me know how you are doing once you dig in to the study. Being in God's Word is the answer…the only answer…to all you are feeling. God is FAITHFUL, sweet friend!!

    Blessings,

    Wendy

  19. Wendy Wagner says:

    Thank you for leading us on this journey. Looking forward to more wisdom being passed on. God bless you.
    Wendy Wagner, wtwagner@gmail.com

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the encouragement in this study, I did not get all of the lessons, but quite a few of them and feel like I benefited from your teachings. Thanks Again!

  21. Anonymous says:

    This has been a transforming study and I really want to encourage Dikki who commented to take the full six weeks to go through it slowly. This study has really helped me to recover after a rough couple of years, and I am looking forward to the Proverbs study!

    One last thing, I was encouraged by TinaPiper's experience of doing last week's study with her kids, but my kids are 13 and 16! Strong willed boys who say they are Christians but push the definition of Christian as hard as they can. Has anyone else tried doing this with rebellious teens?

    Once again, thank you Wendy, for a fantastic journey through Ephesians. You really got me digging into God's word in a way that I am not used to!

    Terri Bhat

  22. kdveiten says:

    Wendy,
    In answer to question #3, I now realize the importance of daily time in God's word. I felt a real difference in my whole day after mornings that I didn't start with my Bible time. I will continue cultivating this life-sustaining habit thanks to you and your Bible study on Ephesians.
    If I had a choice in prizes, I would probably prefer to get a copy of your new Proverbs study, although I would be thrilled with any of them.
    KVeitenheimer@gmail.com

  23. Wendy,
    Thanks for a great Bible study these last 6 weeks. I have really enjoyed digging deep into God's word.
    A few things I have learned is that I need to worry less and trust God more. God can do more than I can imagine or give him credit for.

    Also I didn't realize the people I had not forgiven when we studied Ephesians 5. I really had to work through this section. God helped me see who I was holding bitterness toward. It was a real eye opener.

    One last thing was the prayer that you prayed on today's lesson. Today I have read the same passage three times which tells me God is trying to make a point. In my devotions this morning I read John 17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth". Then I saw it later in another book I was reading and then in your prayer as I read it tonight. Also in my devotion I read Phillipians 4:13 and again in your prayer. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I need to remember God is my strength and my all. All I can say is WOW!

    Thank you so much for everything,

    Deb – Ohio

  24. Anonymous says:

    Good morning Wendy.
    Thank you so much for the amazing study of Ephesians.
    I can say this was my first Bible study and it has forever changed the way I read scripture and I am excited to do more studies.
    With each lesson I grew closer and closer with the Lord.
    I was a morning student waiting on my teacher high above to speak to my heart on a daily basis.
    WOW – A great way to start the day.
    Many blessings to you – Colleen
    VaGeyers@aol.com

  25. Anonymous says:

    Wendy:
    Along with others, I am so sad our study is over. I can't event count the number of studies I have done in the past 22 years of my walk, but this one has been life-changing! In response to question 3 above, this study will change my life in the following way:

    My aha moment in our Ephesians study happened in Chapter 2, verses 8-10 and your statement: "we are not saved BY good works but FOR good works".

    I am a do-er. My love language is acts of service. I was raised as a child and through my young adulthood in a faith that required a lot of "doing" to be in right standing with God.

    I realized through our study that I still hold onto that mentality….that if I can do more, do things better, then I will be right with God. I had such a revelation in this study of the grace of God that is lavished on me!! That He chose me, that I am His princess!! And that it is ok that he created me specifically to be a "doer" – not to earn His love but to show His love!!!

    I am so grateful for your obedience to our Heavenly Father in using your gifts, Wendy!!

    I am extremely interested in the new Proverbs study.

    God bless you this weekend.

    Peace and blessings,

    Denise
    deniseboswell@sbcglobal.net

  26. LyonsLady says:

    question d) memory Scriptures….very important for all of us to do…..

    A Proverbs 31 Giftcard

    A copy of my book,Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner
    Both would be a BLESSING

  27. Anonymous says:

    My comments refer to question #3. I have really looked forward to my time studying the word this summer. I pray that God will help me give him my firstfruits every day. Our minitster's sermon Sunday was about firstfruits and I want to continue to give God the first part of my day. As a working mother, that is really the only quiet time I have in my day, but waking early isn't always easy. But, during this study, I felt excited to start my reading and studying each morning. Thank you Wendy for providing this opportunity. It has really help me grow and learn. Blessings to you.
    triciath@ptd.net

  28. Jerri Frost Bragg says:

    Good Morning!
    I always print out the Bible Studies so that I can take them home with me and work on them each evening! I have so grown accustomed to this and look forward each evening to delving into God’s word to see what he has in store for me! I would love to receive the information on the new study that you will have coming out I hope soon!
    The first question referencing Romans 8:26-27 talking about not knowing what to pray or how to pray……the situation that I just came out of left me feeling hopeless at times and really not knowing to say to God or how to ask for something that mean so much to me! I can even remember asking God why he put me in that situation and where was he!
    Since being out of that situation for a month now, I have learned so much by concentrating on God’s word and using these very Bible Studies to help me thru the deep pain and hurt! I am so grateful that a friend of mine introduced me to you on Face Book. The scriptures that you reference have spoken so loudly to my heart and have helped me learn the things I need to talk to God about!
    Thank you so very much for how you have spoken to me!
    I would love nothing more than a copy of your book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner!
    God’s Blessings to you!

  29. Jerri Frost Bragg says:

    I also wanted to add that I am so grateful for the Prayer on The Armor of God! I was never taught that and I so long for that in my life! Thank you so very much. I pray it every nite when I go to bed knowing that I am surrounded by God's protection!
    Have a Terrific Tuesday! Blessings

  30. Anonymous says:

    This bible study has been a blessing to me also. I have actually done many of the questions referencing the NIV and the MSG bible. I love how the MSG bible explains things in a more laymans terms. I have been a christian for a long time but every time you start something new, God has something new to tell you. I have learned so much that I don't know what exactly to pinpoint. I love the armor of God section. This was what my mom had taught me 40 years ago, growing up. It is just as relevant today as it was then. I also have a 13 and 16 year old that I would love to do this study with. So Teri above – let's just do it!!! I will be praying for you. I know it will be a challenge but through Christ we can do it. Wendy – I struggle here because there isn't a whole lot of bible studies going on so I would love your proverbs study. But then again, taking my husband out for a starbucks treat would be awesome too. Just saying. :-)
    Nanci
    kelbla@aol.com

  31. Hi Wendy,
    I posted up above but forgot my email address. It is dvolkman@bright.net.

    Thanks again for a wonderful study,
    Deb – Ohio

  32. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,

    How has this study changed me?

    I had not been digging in His Word. Because of my lack of spending time with Him, the root of bitterness had grown in my heart and everything out of my mouth was negative. This study allowed me to let go of the bitterness and to seek God again!

    Each day while answering the questions God gave you for us, certain verses leaped out at me. These verses were the beginning of a devotion that I began leading with a ladies group at church. I would not have followed through with my desire of helping women grow in Him had it not been for this study!

    I was filling my life with Christians and this study reminded me to seek those who don't know Him and spread the Good News!

    The most important growth I have had during this study is the desire to know Him more. Your study was a catalyst to spending more time with my Father!!!!

    I was able to quit beating myself up over past sins. I learned how God mentioned sins in the Bible not to condemn us but for our protection!

    And I hope to begin parenting in a different way! So often I am quick to punish rather than train. Thank you for opening my eyes.

    Prayers for you at She Speaks. I knew I was supposed to go, but didn't commit in time. I'm still growing as I know we all are!

    I look forward to the next online study!

    You said to post a comment about the prize drawing. Because I want to continue digging in His Word and I still need help in preparing devotions for the ladies group at church, I would LOVE the Proverbs study!

    Thank you. Thank you so much for the time you gave to God in preparing the study and providing it online. My life is changed because of your service!

    Kelly Greenhaw
    kellyacg@bellsouth.net

  33. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, I absolutely have way too much overflowing from me to begin thanking you properly for this unbelieveable experience! I have thoroughly loved joining in with all our fellow sisters in Christ this past 6 weeks.

    You asked us to come up with an example of how this study has changed us…well, as a new christian all I can say is "in every way possible". I have so many "new" and amazing things going on in my life every where I turn. Believe it or not, even the grass outside seems greener (bascially everything seems more beautiful than I had ever noticed before). I can't believe I have lived in this wonderous world for so long (46 years) and had never really understood what a miracle it truly is until recently…honestly. I have to admit though, I'm not sure this new outlook on our environment is from this study or from my "new" eyes and senses since being saved. All I know is every day to me is such a gift…and I am now able to realize it.

    I do contribute many, many new things to this precious bible study though. For instance, I've began building a new relationship with my stepdaughter (Amy) that would never have been possible without our time spent here. Plus, I'm getting remarried soon! My husband and I have decided to re-marry as a christian husband and wife couple so we can participate in the marriage that God truly intended it to be; dedicating our lives and our marriage to our Lord.

    Wendy, I am able to look at every little thing as a blessing…even unfortunate situations (it's truly amazing). I'm always the one in the house now reassuring everyone that we might not understand the "whys" behind some things, but that we can rest assured that God is in complete control and we have no need to spend time fretting and worrying about anything. He has all the answers and I feel positive that only good will eventually come from any situation in God's sweet time.

    Also, during this study I took one of those inventory test to figure out my spiritual gift. Now I can see how God and Faith (my spirtual gift) has brought me to where I am today, even though I never realized what was going on at the time. When I look back across my life I can now see events, situations, people, etc., that God had to have placed in my life as part of the bigger plan He has had for me from the very beginning.

    This study also introduced me to my Concordance in my bible. Before this study I had no idea how to use it or even what one was for (it actually looked daunting to me before this study). But, let me tell you what, I have used that concordance regularly ever since you required it as part of our homework assignment.

    I could go on and on…but I'm sure you can see that my life will never be the same. I have been drinking in every moment spent in this study and taking in every word you spoke and wrote, as well as every comment written by each person involved in this study. No Wendy, my life could never remain the same (thank goodness), it will only continue to get better because now I see and know things I never knew before! Thank you for that.

    A BIG THANK YOU to every one for being so loving and supportive and encouraging throughout this study. Sharing experiences, opinions, thoughts, etc., with each and every one of you has truly been a blessing!

    God bless you Wendy!

    Tammy from Pennsylvania

  34. Anonymous says:

    Dear Wendy,
    Thanks again for doing this study. I can't even remember how I happened upon it or why I felt so draw to do it. I believe it was all God at work. My husband thanks you too…I have learned a lot about forgiveness and I needed to desperately. I have been able to fully forgive my husband and move forward with our future together. Without this study who knows how long I would have held onto the anger and bitterness I had towards my husband for the mistake he made?? It is amazing how God as used this study to help mend my marriage more quickly.

    I have also come to a point of simplifying my goals. If feel like I have to do some many different things to be a better, happier, more at peace person. All I really have to do is focus on God. I need to spend time each day reading the word of God, praying and praising Him for the blessings He has given me.

    Overall, this study has just led me to place of greater peace and optimism for the future. In the past I have struggled with depression, anxiety, negative thoughts and I see now that the devil has been at work in my life, robbing from me the joy and peace God intended. I truly feel like something has changed in my life, that I am beginning a new chapter. God has brought me to this place and for that I am forever thankful.

    Andrea from WI
    afeutz53@yahoo.com

  35. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy My response is to the very first question on Romans 8:26-27. I have a crippling disease and prayed for years for God too heal me and help me so I could do his work. NOTHING..But then one day I read a book on how to pray and found out I was praying the wrong way and the Holy Spirit showed me to pray God's will and not mine. So I started praising him for what I could do and the help he had given me and to just hold my hand through the storm. I kept saying each day…"Jesus help me keep my eyes on you…and not on the waves of the storm" and then suddenly GOD came with my breakthrough. Now I can do so much more and I am not in a wheelchair or using my cane much. So when we learn to pray the bible with the HOLY SPIRIT…God shows up….HE JUST SHOWS UP…NOW I AM CRYING. i was also sexually abused as a child so I would love a copy of your book. I read the sneak chapter and was hooked. BUT I also love my coffee so if you choose someone else for the book I would take the STARBUCKS. I have been soooo blessed with this journey and am planning on purchasing your Proverbs study and hope to get well enough to travel next year and come to your conference. That is my goal. Blessing to you too Wendy and to all you girls. Anyone of you are welcome to e-mail and keep in touch. Love and prayers to you all.
    Kathy In Illinois
    lkm1956@wbnorriselectric.com

  36. kirstenjoy13 says:

    Good luck during She Speaks! It will be awesome! I'm looking forward to your next study!

  37. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Thank you so much for taking the effort & time to share God's truths with us.. Praise God that He use your gifts to serve the community.

    I have learnt much from book of Ephesians. Thank God I am called to salvation and ought to live worthy of my calling and that is live a life of good works as we are His workmanship created to do good deeds. I need to pray/wait and ask God to reveal what are my gifts that I may use them for His Glory. To comprehend the depth, height, length & width of His love, I need to seek Him more, so that my love will grow deep, because if we seek Him, we will find Him. Also, it enables me to know His will/plans for my life & grow in Christlikeness. I must not forget His power that raised Christ from the dead is able to also transformed me – take away bitterness, unforgiveness & have more compassion & love, etc. Lastly, I must be guarded at all times & use His armour to pray against the devil, my first time knowing this, as He will always try to discourage us, when we fail to live up because of our old nature still in us.

    Yes, I would like to continue bible study on Proverbs..as there is much wisdom in there.
    My wish – either one of your books.
    laurayy0103@gmail.com

  38. Hi Wendy
    Thank you so much for this great study. I appreciate your willingness to share what the Lord has laid on your heart.

    I have read Ephesians many, many times but never took the time to really study it. The key is we need to study and apply God's word to our hearts.

    My answer for #3 – Do more independent Bible studies. I have a goal to do one each quarter this year. This is the 2nd one I completed and I have one half done. I need to keep my goal of memorizing scripture, but now the goal will be to memorize so I can pray the scripture.

    Thank you again for your teaching. I will pray for you for this weekend.

    If I had a choice I would like to win one of your books.

  39. Anonymous says:

    I wish we could discuss all of this together. I was hit right off with question 1 about praying. I don't have a prayer language–if I understand what it means. I don't speak in tongues. I really wonder, however, if this is what these verses refer to or does Jesus intercede and we don't hear it? I am still learning to pray. I haven't graduated to praying in a group. Also the verses about praying and asking for anything and God will give it to you is confusing. I know there is more to this than just asking and receiving. I have a son with type 1 diabetes and I am still begging God to heal him on this side of heaven. It has been 9 years. I know from your book Wendy you talk about a friend that died from cancer and you had prayed for her healing. I really don't understand these verses except to know that I am sure the problem is on my end and not God's. Can we just spend several weeks with you right here? teaching?
    I think if I were to win your contest I would pick the Proverbs 31 gift card. All the gifts are great, however.
    Sheila Payne

  40. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Thank you so much for leading this study on Ephesians. To answer question 3, the one thing that I've realized and will try to change is my unforgiveness toward myself and the guilt and shame I have about my trauma. As Paul says:

    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Eph 1:4

    Holy and Blameless. I no longer need to hold on to the guilt.

    (and thank you, Wendy, for pointing that out to me a couple weeks ago)…

    I'd love to win a copy of your book so I can further my healing…

    Blessings and peace,
    LB

    Ms.Bee79@yahoo.com

  41. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Thank you for the study on the book of Ephesians. I would love to participate in the study of Proverbs.

    Lisa
    valleyla@earthlink.net

  42. Danielle says:

    O, sister, I hope you know how much I truly love you! You are such a blessing to me, and I can't thank our Father enough that He has used you in so many wonderful and amazing ways. To God be the glory for all that you partake in for His kingdom.

    A few years ago, I was really struggling with some stuff and God showed me how much I worry. I actually don't just worry, I obsess.

    Through prayer and talking with others, God lead me to 1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

    As I read this scripture over and over, and began to memorize it, a peace filled me. Through the years, God has stirred it in my heart and filled my mind with it's promises.

    I'm still a worrier. I may always be one… but I can conquer that worry with the truth that if I would just humble myself and realize that worrying and being anxious won't do anything–I don't have the power to change our circumstanes, but God does. He always does. If I rest in that, in the fact that He cares, I'll have peace no matter what we are facing.

    I can't thank you enough for this study, Wendy. I'm hoping to use it again with my mom and aunt who I do bible study with.

    See you on Friday, Precious Sister! I can't wait to hear you speak!!

    sojournerdkj@yahoo.com

    I'd have to say a copy of your new study would be great. OR, a copy of your book. I know I've got my own–all highlighted and marked, but there is someone I know who could use it!

  43. Robin in VA says:

    In response to Kory about obeying your husband, yes this is a hard subject to discuss sometimes. For a very long time, I was praying God change my husband, and if my husband would …(fill in the blank)… then I could obey and be happy. Then I realized that I am responsible for me and my relationship with God. I am responsible for doing what God tells me to do. When I trust God and do what He commands me to do in His Word The Bible, that is all I can do. I don't believe that means losing myself in anyway. In obeying our husbands, we are obeying God. Now, if your husband is not a Christian or doing something against God's will, I believe we have to put it in God's hands and God will direct us. When I started obeying God and put my husband in God's hands, God changed me. Yeah, can you believe it, I was the one who needed to change.:) When I trust God with my husband, God takes care of him. I have learned to truly TRUST GOD PERIOD. I still struggle with this from time to time. I am human :). I read Beth Moore's book "So Long Insecurity" and I have to say it changed my life. I quote Proverbs 3:5-6 almost daily, because I want God to guide my days. I also remind myself, almost daily, to TRUST GOD PERIOD.

    If God tells us to do something, I believe he is working on the other side as well.

    I hope this helps in some way. I know what I want to say but sometimes I have a hard time getting the words to come out right.

    Thanks Wendy for another great study.
    I enjoyed the Proverbs study a while back and I have enjoyed this study as well. THANKS!!!
    trbrendel@htcnet.org

  44. Anonymous says:

    Thank-you so much, Wendy, for this study. Although I haven't posted any comments until now, I wanted you to know I really enjoyed and appreciated this study. As for this week's questions, Romans 8:26 & 27 are especially meaningful to me as praying in tongues has been a real blessing for me since I was babtized in the Holy Spirit years ago. The Holy Spirit truly helps me pray when my words fail, and I sense His presence even nearer when I pray in the Spirit. Also, Ephesians 3:20 is one of my very favorite verses. God has been revealing to me lately, who we are in Him and it's been Amazing as I'm comprehending more and more who we are in Christ and the authority we have in and through HIM!! God Bless you! ~ Laura,eaglesoar4031@msn.com

  45. Hello Wendy,
    #3. This bible study has changed the way I look at my relationship with God becasue I know that I can trust that when I spend time with Him in His word He will bring me peace and rest. I have been searching for so long on how to find it. I also need to be more diligent on doing it everyday becasue I tend to wait until I am almost at a loss.
    Thank you again for this bible study, you are an amazing woman of God.
    If I get chosen for a draw I would love to have your book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner. I know that God has something for me to learn from it. I know that God sent me to your site (don't remember how) but when I read the sample chapter then emailed you, God blessed me through you because of what you had answered me in your email. Thank you again for that, I never thought I was going to get an answer :).
    Melanie a_mcraig@telus.net

  46. ising4him says:

    Wendy,

    Thank you for this Bible Study. Though I've been a Christian most of my life, I'm still amazed at how much God loves me. In Ephesians I saw how God mapped out our lives. From the beginning of time, He had a specific purpose for each of us. He created us with His very hands, forming us in our mothers' wombs. He sent His Son to die for us that we might live. And that same power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that is in us, strengthening us and empowering us to carry out God's will for our lives. And He goes even farther, equipping us with His armor to fight the battles that are before us. He has us covered from beginning to end! Oh, what wondrous love is this!

    Thank you again, Wendy, for following the Lord's leading and heading up this study. I can't even begin to tell you how much you and the entire Proverbs 31 ministry has helped me over the past year. I'm so grateful to God for you all. May the Lord bless you and continue to use you for His glory.

    Dale
    ising4him08@ymail.com

    PS I wouldn't mind either of the gift cards. :)

  47. Anonymous says:

    I have enjoyed this Bible study a lot more than I thought I would. I wasn't sure what to expect from a blog study, but was pleasantly surprised. This study has reminded me of all that I was created for in Christ. That I have a right to be different for him, a right to forgive quickly, a right to love unconditionally, a right to make every effort to live in peace with those around me especially those in my church. This difference is what will bring others to Christ to experience Him for themselves.
    Thank you Wendy for being obedient and sharing this bible study in a blog format, many have been blessed because of it.
    God Bless! asimersky@hotmail.com~Alecia

  48. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    To answer #3, this study has taught me more that you can imagine. It has reinforced God's love toward me, and also that He made me just the way I am, and for a reason. It has renewed my love affair with the Lord, after a few years of "dry" time. I also loved the teaching on being filled with – controlled by- the Holy Spirit.
    This study has revealed to me more of the inexaustible character of God. I have grown so much closer to Him this summer, and can't believe it is over.
    Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your sisters in Christ. It is an investment that I know will pay huge dividends.
    Sincerely,
    Lisa jlcook5@gpcom.net

  49. Elizabeth says:

    The verses on prayer in Question 1 this week have me reflecting. I have often read these and even memorized a few of them and not really thought them through. Initially I was really confused and at times a bit frustrated when prayers were not answered the way I asked or in the time I asked. Sheila, your comment is oh so familiar to me and Kathy I thank you for you testimony. My mother-in-law challenged me a few years ago in this area. She asked me to look at my motive for the prayer I was praying. All the way down deep. Was it even a little bit selfish or was it all about God, His glory and His Name? I have to say that when I pray for God's will and His glory to be know in the situation that I'm praying for that I worry less about the time and the details and more about the fame of His Name. Then I start relaxing, enjoying and watching for a miracle. When I pray selfishly I get frustrated that results are not happening the way I'm praying and often I give up praying and start doubting. I don't know if this makes sense to anyone else, but that set of verses has set me to relection on prayer and motives this week.

    This is also the challenge I have been given through this study. To pray more intentionally with the power of the Spirit in me. To pray Scripture and to take the time to pray.

    I don't drink coffee, so any of the other prizes would be great if I win. I'd love a copy of the Proverbs study. Thanks again for this study Wendy. I also want to be a part of the Proverbs Study. My husband and I are also getting ready to open our home as a ministry to pregnant teenagers and I would love your permission to use the Ephesians Study with the girls that God sends to us.

    God Bless!
    Elizabeth
    manymyles@hotmail.com

  50. I am deeply moved my the verses in Q 1b: Rom 8:26-27. I have experienced times in my life when I was so confused and hurt that I couldn't find the words to pray. These verses were a great source of comfort in those times because I no longer felt inadequate or ill-equipped to go to God. I can actually see the blessing in these experiences now, because I feel I have drawn closer to God and can relate to Him on a different level now that I realize I don't have to always know what to pray; I just need to pray and be in His presence.

    As for the last question about what we will do differently after this study: I have decided to accept a request to teach a high school Sunday school class. Our study on spiritual gifts in chapter 4 coincided with a spiritual gifts lesson in my Sunday school class, and I was reminded that every assessment I have ever taken says my main gift is teaching. However,I never felt quite "qualified". I enjoyed part-time teaching of my own SS class, but lately I feel I have been nudged to do more. Then I had two separate people involved in youth ministry in my church approach me about teaching a girl's class. So I will start this fall! I think this study played a large part in showing me how God has equipped me for this job. Thanks so much Wendy, and all of you who have commented!

    I would love a copy of your book All Things Wise and Wonderful, as I love studying Proverbs.

    God Bless you all!
    Donita
    donita@conwaycorp.net

  51. pro356mom says:

    My takeaway from the questions this week was a wonderful sentence you used in 1c “For every hurt, burden, trial, need and circumstance, God has a promise or Truth that speaks to it.” To answer Q 2, this study of Ephesians has taught me the Truth of who God is, and using His Word as He intends us to, that we will be empowered to know Him better and will be prepared to stand firm against the enemy. The first 3 chapters explain so clearly why God chose us, how He empowers us, for what purposes, and how deeply He truly cares for us. This is confirmed throughout the Old and New Testaments. This study also helped me to see that having God’s love, I am empowered to share it with others. I especially love Paul’s prayers in Eph. 1:17-19 and 3:16-19 for how we can pray for others. In chapters 4-6, Paul outlines how we can strive to live in the likeness of God – to love as God our Father and to forgive as Jesus Christ. Again, these truths are repeated throughout the Bible. What a blessing we have in His Word. I pray that we all use it as the gift that it is — a personal love letter from our Heavenly Father to each of us and our armor in the battle for righteousness over evil. Thank you Wendy for keeping me so deeply in His Word these past seven weeks!

  52. Julie Church says:

    WOW! I don't think there is anything I can add beyond what these wonderful women have said. Thank you for the study, doesn't begin to express my gratitude for this opportunity to study Ephesians and have these conversations with fellow Christian women from around the globe. I am just sorry that it is ending. I'd love to do it all over again and spend more time and have more conversations on each book. There are two things that I take away from this study: 1)Forgive myself because God already has and 2)Show love to my husband more than I already do. Thank you, Wendy. Can't wait for the Proverbs study. Is it going to be online? If I were to win a prize I would want a copy of the Proverbs study or the cookbook. Love in Christ, Julie

  53. Anonymous says:

    I am thankful to God for this on-line bible study and it's my first time doing on-line. Studying God's Word is always a blessing. I can't say that I understand everything, but for those that I could comprehend, it has impacted me. As I am physically very tired after each day's work plus I am not not like before, I am truly thankful I need not travel to another place to do a bible study.
    Like some of you have commented, you wanted to use your gifts for His Glory. I hope it's not too late for me. Lately, I have a great desire to grow deep in Him also because of many trials/difficult times. I had comtemplated working flexi hours or part-time, so that I can have more time to seek the Lord, find out His plans & live a more balanced life; the silence & solitude. I am still waiting upon the Lord and pray for that power to work in my life to just trust Him completlely.
    I would like to re-do the study again myself as there is so much richness in there & the questions/prayer helps me to comtemplate too.
    Thank you so very much Wendy for your love for God & His people to take this time to share with us. Many may not comment but I am sure deep inside they are thankful to God & you.
    Laura

  54. Loretta says:

    Wendy, I haven't commented much on this study for a couple of reasons. One is I am usually far behind and just catching up and the other is I have so enjoyed reading what the other ladies have had to say, that there wasn't much I could add to it. I just loved soaking everything in. It has been wonderful to see what God is doing in all our lives. Thank you so much for doing this study. I took so many wonderful things away from it. One of them is realizing anew the depth of His love for us. Other nuggets related to seeking Him with all my heart, being more respectful in my marriage and being more diligent in training my kids from the Word. I needed reminders in these areas again. I enjoy your online studies so much and it so nice to see returning names posting up there. I love to see the growth God has brought about in so many of us. Thanks again.

  55. Loretta says:

    Sorry I forgot to include my email address
    LWood4him@aol.com
    Thanks

  56. Joannah says:

    I have enjoyed this study so much! Thank you for all you have done to bring it to us. I think the greatest thing I will take away from it is the concept of the armor of God. I was distressed one night recently and I couldn't relax and fall asleep. I began to meditate on the armor of God and I perceived the Lord's strength and protection upon me. My distress lifted and I was able to fall asleep. If I am ever blessed with children, I will follow your example and teach them to pray the armor of God for themselves.

    mrslabrador@verizon.net

  57. Wendy..thank you from the bottom of my heart for this powerful study in Ephesians. Many times during this study I've experienced Isaiah 61 moments down in the valley and up on the mts. I praise God for the lessons of faith I have gleaned …bless your precious heart Wendy for touching mine. Looking forward to our next time with our KING!

  58. Kimberly says:

    Wendy:

    I really enjoyed this study. Every week I could not wait to hear you discuss the lesson and receive a new lesson to expand my knowledge and understanding of God's Word. Also, I developed a deeper understanding of the Armor of God.

    The verse that keeps staying with me is Ephesians 3:20
    Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

    This verse lets me know that with God I can do anything I just have to have the faith to believe. He is God Almighty, Mighty in Strength and Power and he has given us the same power therefore, I can do all Things through Christ that Strengthens me.

    If Paul can rejoice and keep his eyes on Christ while being in prison and still proclaim the victory, then so can I. I have to just remind myself this life is temporary, my goal is to be with Jesus and to keep focusing on HIM that my situation or problems.

    Thank you the lesson, it has really been a blessing to me.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, thank you so much for your dedication and commitment to this Bible study. This is the first on-line study for me. I have really enjoyed it since I am unable to leave my mother to attend studies like I used to. Thank you for being God's instrument and being usable for His glory.

    I have become lax in my prayer life so I have recommitted my life to doing more praying and lifting friends and family to the Throne of Grace. Also to pray the Armor of God over people who need this covering in their lives.

    Thank you to all the sisters in Christ who have commented as we have gone through this wonderful book. May each and every one of you be richly blessed as I have been and I too pray that we will all continue to grow in the Lord as we seek to follow Him.

    Fannie in Kansas – fgoldsmith@cox.net

  60. kirstenjoy13 says:

    I forgot to put my e-mail address! That would stink! My e-mail is kirstenjoy13@gmail.com and I would LOVE to win the P31 Giftcard :)

  61. Anonymous says:

    Great Bible Study thank you so much for all the time and energy used. I love Ephesians. The full armor of God is so important to put on every day. mcsprayerlady@aol.com Proverbs Bible Study can't wait. Marilyn Sable

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