February 1, 2013

How Do I Know I Am Called? A Prayer for You.

Where is it you are calling me, Lord? What is it you want me to do?

Have these questions crossed your mind? You are not alone. We long to know our purpose.

Looking back on my own journey, I realize that  sometimes we make what is simple complicated.  In today’s Encouragement for Today Devotion, I share  the practical steps God took me through to discover my calling.   They are not hard, but they require a H.E.A.R.T. exercise.

We must…

humble our hearts,

examine our life experiences and current circumstances,

apply our gifts and talents,

read, study and pray the Word of God, and

trust in God’s timing and His answer.

The devotional expands on each of these steps.

God also gives direction in His Word.  Here are some of my favorite Scriptures …

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.  Proverbs 16:3

For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, “plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you.  Jeremiah 29:11-13

God wants each one of us to discover His plan for us. Prayer is a huge part of discovering His plan. As you pray, God will lead.  Look for signs that He is at work in your midst. When you sense Him leading, take the next step.  When you take the next step, trust and obey.

Are you hearing something from the Lord and aren’t sure what? Keep a notebook or journal. Write down what  you hear. Pay attention to what God is doing. Listen to the words spoken by others about what you are doing. Note any verses that capture your heart. Write your prayers and incorporate those verses. Personalize each and every one.

In the 4 minute video below, I share a short prayer for you. If you would like a copy of the prayer, please visit my free resources page or click here for copy.

The Lord wants to accomplish great things through you, my friend. What is God asking you to do in response to what you have heard and read today? What  “next step” will you take today? Do you need to…

Change your prayers?

Surrender your agenda?

Abandon your own plan?

Take one step of obedience?

Accept His timing?

In my devotional, I share how I walked into the house in which I now live  and heard God whisper, “This will be a house of prayer and teaching.” In that moment, I had no idea what the Lord meant.  In fact, I had never really even been in a Bible study, so how could I teach one??? But whisper by whisper, verse  by verse, step by step the Lord led me.  He led me to the day I opened my home to lead a Bible study, nearly 5 years after that first whisper.  And what a precious day it was.  And  our small group of 12 who met that day has grown to a study of over 130 women!!  We have outgrown my home and meet at my church.  We are in our ninth year and have six small groups.  

If you would have told me that was God’s plan for my life when I moved to Charlotte, I would have laughed hysterically as Sara did when she heard she was to have a child.

But  we have a faithful God Who honors His Word and every promise in it. Our God promises Ephesians 3:20 work in our lives. He promises to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever ask or imagine. He has done that for me.  And I know He will do that for you!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I would love to connect with you in two ways today.

First, if you need prayer about your calling or about taking your next step, please share it in a comment below, and I promise to pray for you.

Second, we are forming a new group called Wendy’s Street Team.  I would love for you to team up with me for the publication of my very first Bible study!!  This group will be part of promoting the  “Living So That” Bible study and future Bible study projects. We will have many fun ways for the Street Team to participate and help promote new projects, including sneak peaks at new studies and special perks as the time for publication draws near. To become a member, e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com and put “Wendy’s Street Team” in the subject heading and include your name, e-mail address, cell phone, city and state.  My dear friend and assistant, Lisa Sheltra, will be helping me coordinate this effort.  

Sweet Blessings to you,

 

Comments

  1. I would love for you to pray for my marriage. God has to teach me how to submit.Pray for my calling That I will be bold and meek. I get shy when it’s time to sing solo but I love to sing and I need courage to Lead songs at church.I need boldness on my job there are so many unbelievers and I find my self trying not to offend people with the truth. I really need prayer.
    I Appreciate you for praying for me in the video. I didn’t expect it to touch me like it did. I could see in the video you are serious about Jesus and that’s what really help me to humbly except the prayer and meditate on the words. Once I began to listen to every word, tears began to roll. I knew that this was ordained by God and not just any other blog. God bless you and I will be praying for your ministry. Thank You Jesus For THis Blog!!!!

    • please kept kristal in prayer she just lost her 56 yr old father while planning her wedding in june. She is my daughter and my heart is breaking for her. We are christians so we dont lose heart yet she says the ache seems unbearable and wont go away.. She was very close to him he died unexpectedly, I pray daily for her, her pain is my pain. thank you

    • Cherrese, I am so thankful you stopped by today. May God enable you through the power of His Holy Spirit to submit to your husband in the way He calls a wife to submit to her husband in His Word. May He tender your heart to love and serve your husband. And I pray that, in turn, your husband will love and honor you as God calls Him to do. May you both have a godly mutual respect for each other and may Gid knit your hearts together in unity as you seek to honor Him in your marriage.

      I also pray the Lord will give you boldness and courage as you seek to use the giftedness He has given you in singing and leading worship. May He anoint you each and every time you stand to sing. May He connect your heart with those who are listening in a special way that allows them to powerfully connect to the words and to God as you sing,

      Sweet Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  2. Thanks for the devotional on Proverbs 31 and for your video (part of it was unavailable when I watched it so I need to go back) and for your blog. It is exciting what God does through his willing workers. Thanks for sharing heart. I wrote down your statement,”If you feel rushed, unorganized, lack inner peace, these are signs that you are not in His will or in His timing” as it rang so true with me. I am thinking about retiring from a job I generally love (teaching) in the next year or so. May God continue to bless you and your Bible studies.

    • Eva, thank you for your kind words and prayers. How wonderful that you have had a job your truly enjoy. I pray that as you seek God for your next steps in your career that He would make your next steps very clear. And when you hear from Him, I pray He would affirm it and confirm it and give you great peace.

      Sweet Blessings,

      Wendy

  3. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring devotional Wendy!
    Will be practicing and sharing your H.E.A.R.T. exercise from now on.

  4. Please pray that I can break the stronghold that worrying has on my life. I desire to release my control and submit myself to trusting in His WIll and His Goodness. My heart’s desire is to be a woman who laughs at the future knowing I am secure in Him.

    • Denise, thank you for stopping by and asking for prayer. I pray that the Prince of Peace will infuse you with His peace from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. May He enable you through the power of His Holy Spirit “to be anxious for nothing but by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to Him so that His Peace, the peace that passes all understanding, will guard your heart and mind!” Believe Him for these things. He will be faithful!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  5. Audrey Elizabeth Pace says:

    Good Morning,

    This is the first time I have been on your website. I just watched your 5 minute video on how we might determine our calling. This was after I read your post on H.E.A.R.T. I am so excited to have read that you had trouble determining whether you might be called and for what exactly. I have recently been praying this very prayer! Will you pray for me? I desire to know how The Lord longs to use me. I pray that I might be submissive to His plan and to give up my own attempts and desires and to have a future fullfilled. I trust in Him and long to be a part of His eternal Kingdom. Please pray that I will have the eyes to see and the heart to be led by His plan for me. I thank you for your support in this. My hope is in The Lord. He is my shelter. Love,Audrey

    • Audrey, I join you in praying for everything you asked. God says in Jeremiah that when you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him. He promises: “I will be found by you.” I pray that He would make Himself so very real to you and that you would recognize His voice and understand exactly what He is saying. I pray His leading would be so very clear and that He would affirm it and confirm it for you.

      Sweet Blessings,

      Wendy

  6. Lynda Ndovie says:

    Wendy,

    Just today I was telling my friends that I have this strong urge to preach or teach young girls and it is so overpowering. Somehow I kept thinking, maybe its just my imagination. But today when I read proverbs 31 (I rarely do nowadays due to pressure of work); I found your article. May God bless you for confirming my calling. Include me in your prayers as I submit myself and seek the face of God for direction.

    • Lynda, isn’t it wonderful how the Lord affirms the call He has laid on our hearts. I pray for God to open doors for you that only He can open!!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  7. I have been a singe mother of five since 1998. My first husband left us when I was pregnant with our fifth child. He has had no contact with our children since then, and pays little to no child support. I know God has taken care of us, because I could not have done it alone. My children are now 23, 21, 18, 17 & 14. In 2010 I went back to school and I will be graduating in May with my Associates Degree in Parlegal Technologies. Even though I have not graduated yet, I got a job at a law firm just before Thanksgiving in 2012. Previously, I work fast food jobs, sometimes two at one time. I am so thankful to the Lord for making tis accomplishment possible for me. I have a heart for single parents. I would like to find a way to minister and encourage those that are in the situation I was once in. Pray for me that God will show me a way to use my testimony to help the single parents in my community.

    • Woah! You are an inspiration and you have a story to tell! God has provided and been so faithful. Praying that he continue to bless and watch over you and provide a platform of women who need your story. Thank you for the encouragement. God is able and God is faithful.

    • Paula,

      Thank you for sharing your story. It is SO full of HOPE!! And, having practiced law, I am so excited for the lawyers with whom you will be working to have such a gifted, godly woman in the midst. God has given you a place of ministry there as well. :)

      But I join you in praying for God to open doors for you to share your amazing story. It is such a testimony of perseverance and trusting God even through the most difficult and darkest of times. He is SO VERY FAITHFUL when we surrender everything to Him.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  8. Thank you so much sharing for sharing such an inspiriational message. Would you please pray for me I am seeking the Lord for His plan and purpose to be accomplished in my life. I just graduated from college and looking for a job. I know the Lord has one for me I just pray the He would open the right door for me. Thanks again for your love and concern.

    • Zeresh, congratulations on completing college. I pray for great favor over you as you begin to knock on doors for a new job. Praying the Lord will direct your every step and open doors only He can open and close doors only He can close. I pray that you will sense His Presence day and hear His voice saying, “This is the way, Zeresh, walk in it,” when His plan for you comes across your path.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  9. Hi Wendy,
    I am called to write a book about my life for God. I am making notes and just having difficulty getting it started in the business of the everyday stuff. Thank you for Prov. 31. The devotions are a good afternoon oasis for me at work while I am eating my meal, or at home in the morning. Lynne >

    • Lynne, I am so thankful you enjoy the devotions. You and women like you are why we write them! I pray the Lord will enable you to carve out time to write your story. And as you write, I pray His words will fill the pages with every word you write. And may He bless every word!!!

      Blessings,
      Wendy

  10. Thanl you sp much for your inspirational message! GOD Bless.You for being there in my.time of need

    • Liz, you are so welcome. God knows what we need when we need it! Praising Him for allowing me to be a vessel.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  11. Sheila Payne says:

    I am so thankful you followed God because I am one of the ones that He has blessed through your obedience. I have never gotten to be physically in your class (but I am still praying that will happen someday) but I have been blessed by your on-line studies. I know that must be physically and emotionally a huge investment of yourself. Thank you for being God’s loving servant to me. I can’t wait to be part of the Street Team too.
    Big Hug,
    Sheila

    • Sheila, I always love hearing from you. And thank you for the kind letter your wrote to Proverbs 31 and the donation you gave. Your words mean more to Wendy Pope and I then you will ever know!! We are both so thankful to call you friend.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  12. Thank you for an amazing devotion. I often find myself wondering how to hear God. And yet, I saw His magnificent work in orchestrating our move to a different town 2 years ago. So, I know He does it…I love the H.E.A.R.T. tool. I function much better when I have something practical TO DO. Sometimes it’s hard to just set back and …..well….set :)

    Blessings to you.

    • You are so right. It is hard to sit and “be still” before God. Yet it is what He asks us to do because that is the only time we can REALLY hear Him! Praying He will open your schedule and your heart to just “set” and spend some precious one on one time with Him!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  13. I am home from work with a broken ankle this morning and was directed to your prayer and blog through Proverbs 31. I am suffering from depression and know the answer lies in surrendering my agenda. I have a daughter in rehab., a close friend who was buried this week, but I could not attend the funeral due to a blizzard in our area, and a broken ankle. I want to find God’s calling for me but am sad and scared. I know God put you in my path this morning. Please pray for me. Kim

    • Kim, how strange. I am home with a broken ankle too and found this site today too after praying. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate and things that will make you sad or scared. Just remember that God is all powerful and so loving. He will never leave you and will change your circumstances or give you the strength you need to get through them. He is with you and will help you. I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you.

    • Kim, thanks for sharing your heart with us. Sometimes the hardest times are when God slows us down because of injury or sickness. I pray that during this time, you will have some precious alone time with God. Open His Word and invite Him to speak words of Hope, Joy, and Love into your heart. He will be faithful. Reading the book of John would be a wonderful place to begin. Psalms would bless you as well because many of David’s words are written from a place of darkness. Yet He finds hope and joy in God. I also pray perfect and quick healing for your ankle!!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  14. Wendy,

    I would appreciate your prayers. I don’t know what my calling is. I feel like if I don’t find out soon I will miss the work I am supposed to do. I have spent years trying to figure it out. I am not a person whose talents are abundantly clear. Thank you for your prayers.

    • Dot, I encourage you to go through H.E.A.R.T. Find what it is that brings you great joy. Examine what it is that you do that brings a good response from otters. These are great ways to find your giftedness and your calling. I pray God will give you eyes to see and ears to hear what He is showing you. I pray that when you discover it, the Lord will open doors for you to exercise your gifts and give you the courage to go through the doors!

      Blessings,

      wendy

  15. Thank God for your life. I am encouraged whenever i see women being used of God to reach out to others and it tells me I can still be used of God too. Have been praying lately to really know what exactly my calling is and also, what kind of business i can engage in so i can have some time to take care of my 4 kids instead of doing 7am-7pm job that makes me unhappy sometimes. Please pray along with me. Just yesterday I though i felt God leading me in a particular direction of business which I need stronger confirmation, but most importantly, i want Him to help me discover my area of ministry. I don’t want to clock age 40 and not know exactly what He is calling me to do for Him. Thank you for being an encouragement.

    • Angela, I join you in prayer for all that you have asked. Remember, He promises that when you seek Him with all your heart you will find Him!!! I pray He will speak clearly and show you those wonderful plans He has for you, plans to prosper and not to harm, plan so give you hope and a future!! He will withhold no good thing from you!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  16. cindy mchaffie says:

    O to be used by God like you. Please pray for my husband and I that we would know what are calling is. Also that I would know what gift and talent he has given me that he has a plan and purpose for our lives. To be able to mediate on his Word day and night. Love what God is doing with your live glory to his is name. God bless and thank you xxxx

    • Cindy, these are wonderful prayers and God does have a great plan and purpose for you…one He is waiting to unfold. I pray He will give you eyes to see, ears to hear, and an eager heart to respond to all that He reveals to you!! And I love how you prayed not only for yourself but also for you and your husband as a couple. How wonderful!!! Praying for you both now.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  17. Thank you for this post and for the prayer in particular. It expressed exactly what I feel and what I want to pray. I am at a crossroads in my life and not sure what path I should take. I grew up in a cultic church believing in the Lord and loving him but always fearful. I was also taught obedience/submission to the man in everything regardless of how he treats you.. and that divorce except for adultery will send me to hell. I have been married for 19 years and my husband has been verbally and emotionally abusive with me often, physically a few times, and my heart is closed off to him. Part of me wants to leave, but part of me is afraid. I don’t want to hurt my children/ make them torn between us and I don’t want to displease God. I feel pulled to do something for the Lord and serve Him but I don’t know what. Our church also believes women aren’t allowed to teach and must be completely submissive/obedient to the husband. I know in my heart that is true but only possible when the husband is Christ-like and loving to the wife. When both are that way, the relationship will work but one can’t do it alone. My husband seems to be trying now because he does not want a divorce but I cannot trust him. I know God wants marriage to be for life so I struggle with guilt, etc. I have recently really discovered God’s grace and my value in HIS eyes and it has made me feel differently but the voices of my past keep burdening me. I want to live in God’s will and be what he wants me to be. I have been praying for wisdom. understanding, help in listening and obeying and your prayer is just what I need to keep praying. I believe in prayer and am asking for yours and for anyone else reading this to please pray for me too. Thank you so much and may God bless all your efforts for him.

    • Laura, I am praying for you! I read your post and after visiting Wendy’s Resource page I wanted to share her marriage prayer with you. You can find it here – http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/MarriagePrayer.pdf
      I trust God will give you the wisdom and strength to do what He needs you to do. Asking Him to help you see and be the woman He created you to be. May you know YOU are loved by HIM!
      Blessings to you!

    • Laura, thank you for sharing your story with us. I agree with Jill’s beautiful prayers for you…

      May the Lord be the Rock you can run to as you seek what His plans are in your difficult circumstances.

      May He be the Strength of your heart and your Portion forever.

      May He give you a great measure of wisdom and discernment as you seek Him about your marriage.

      May you KNOW you are loved with an everlasting and unconditional love. God will never leave you or forsake you!!

      May you see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and know with your heart who He has called you to be and may He use you mightily in His Kingdom as He reveals His plan for you!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  18. I would like prayer to surrender my agenda i dont trust God bc it feels like He allowed some messed up things to happen to me so where as before i was like ill go anywhere you want now i dont know im not sure His intentions imean if i say yes is He just gonna jack me up. I dont get Him and honestly sometimes i feel safer doing things my way. At least i know i wont fall with God who knows He could let anything happen to me. He doesnt promise i wont get messed up

    • Hi Jubi,
      Im sorry to hear that you have had some unfortunate things happen to you. I pray that your heart will stay open to God’s voice and plan for your life. He loves you and although life can throw us some disheartening things God’s plan is not to hurt you but to bless you and fill you with hope and a good future.
      Jeremiah 29:11

    • Jubi, having been the victim of a violent crime, I so understand where you are coming from as you shared this post. For so long I did not trust God and was so angry with Him, wondering how He could have allowed such a horrible thing to be done to me. It was not until I really took time to study His Word, the Bible, that I began to realize God did not have anything to do with what happened to me. It was a bad man’s evil choice because we live in a fallen world where there are bad people. But God is good and is ready and waiting to be the One we run to when we have been hurt by those in the world.

      He wants you to come to Him with your questions, with your doubts, with your hurts. He will be faithful to speak to you, but you have to open His Word and see what He has to say…to learn His character. My book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner tells my story. I encourage you to read it. God will meet you there. You will find all the Scripture that encouraged me and helped bring healing and transformation.

      I am praying for you to hear His voice as He speaks to you, to receive His Love as He reaches out to you, and to find His Hope and Healing as you trust Him day by day.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  19. I feel my calling is to write, but have never attempted it, and in school creative writing wasn’t my favorite. But every day I feel the urge to write about how God can change anyone’s life if you let Him. Everyday there are stories, dialogue and characters running through my head, I have pages and pages of notebooks filled. I have many excuses why I don’t write, but the words and stories are getting more frequent, I pray my tendency toward complacency subsides. But I don’t think God is going to allow that.

    • Lynn, this is so exciting!! God is filling pages and pages. I pray for opportunities to share those stories…maybe on a blog or small speaking engagements or magazine articles or a book. I pray He would open those doors that only He can open to use this giftedness for His Kingdom!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  20. THANK YOU – such a timely devotion for me. Last year I stood in my kitchen and felt God pulling me home, to get my home in order and take care of my family (husband). I have always worked outside the home since we were married 33 years ago and when my children were small. I’m afraid to take the step because it will be a reduction in income. I also feel that God is wanting me to open my home for Bible Study/Teaching. My prayer is that I will hear His voice and not look at what I can have if I work a little longer. I love your teaching, you have helped me grow in so many ways. Sweet Blessings to you and your family.

    • Darlene, I pray for courage to walk in obedience to what you hear. I heard that same thing 12 years ago when we moved here. I quit practicing law and attended my first Bible study. Within a few years, I opened my home to 12 women to start a study. And as I shared now we have 130 plus women and the on-line studies have over 6000 women!! This is work that only God can do. But it takes taking that first step.

      I pray you will hear His voice, Darlene, and that He will clearly direct you when, what, and where. He will be faithful!!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  21. Virginia Bautista says:

    I came to the USA to start up a Hispanic Ministry but I have been through a lot of interruptions. One of them is my deep desire to get my license as a dentist, since I am not allowed to apply for my accreditation in this country unless I go back to school for two years to dental School,and did not get accepted twice. I was planning to do Ministry and dentistry at the same time. I practiced dentistry for 22 years before coming. Maybe the Lord wants me to give up dentistry. But I don’t find out how to start ministry. Maybe it is not the time. I was ordained Minister in June 2011 by Bishop Bonnie Etta in Maryland. I chose to come to Rochester NY because of the Dental School. Maybe I did not stick to God’s plans. Oh help me Lord to find my calling!!

    • Alma Medina Fielder says:

      Virginia, I too have stared a Latino Ministry and am seeking The Lord for confirmation on my calling. This devotional was wonderful as was the prayer. Unlike you Virginia, I am not ordained and waiting for it to happen. I have been seeking The Lord for a few years. But have intensified my seeking since I received my Doctorate in Ministry in July 2012. I know He has a plan for me. I would just like for my pastor to hear it. I will pray for you and perhaps you can pray for me. Wendy, please pray for me. I believe I am called to preach and teach. But where can I do it if my pastor doesn’t give me the opportunity to do so? Thank you, Wendy for this devotional and for your prayers.

    • Virginia and Alma, if the Lord has placed a calling on your life to preach and teach, He will provide a way for it to happen. It may be small steps of obedience at first…sharing it in small groups, small speaking engagements, blogs, articles, etc. I pray for both of you that He will open doors for you to exercise your giftedness.

      Virginia, as for dentistry, that is your career and your training. Are there other ways you can work in dentristy? Since you like to reach, maybe you are supposed to teach others about dentristy. Is that something you can do? Is there a Christian Dental Society? Maybe you can work for them or speak for them. I pray the Lord will show you the way in which you should go by placing people across your path who can help direct your steps. I also pray He will speak through His Word in very clear ways as you seek His Will.

      Blessings to you both,

      Wendy

    • Virginia and Alma, if the Lord has placed a calling on your life to preach and teach, He will provide a way for it to happen. It may be small steps of obedience at first…sharing it in small groups, small speaking engagements, blogs, articles, etc. I pray for both of you that He will open doors for you to exercise your giftedness.

      Virginia, as for dentistry, that is your career and your training. Are there other ways you can work in dentristy? Since you like to reach, maybe you are supposed to teach others about dentristy. Is that something you can do? Is there a Christian Dental Society? Maybe you can work for them or speak for them. I pray the Lord will show you the way in which you should go by placing people across your path who can help direct your steps. I also pray He will speak through His Word in very clear ways as you seek His Will.

      Blessings to you both,

      Wendy

  22. Donna Lee Little says:

    Wendy this was perfect timing for me today. As only God can do. I have been praying and asking God this exact question. I moved to a new home and town this summer, and I don’t know what God’s plan is, BUT has the dark spirits been on attack. Ever since my husband died in 2010 it just seems that everything has went upsidedown. One of the worst was(I say was because I am believing it is done, bound) the spirit of lack. I was so afraid I was going to lose my home, my insurances couldn’t be paid for my home or van, my hydro, food etc. But then one night I woke up and I had left the TV on, and there was a Christian program talking about the spirits of the devill AND one is the spirit of lack. I prayed right there and then for that spirit to be broken off of me and my family. I would be so blessed and humbullied to have you pray for me. God bless you Wendy, and thank the Good Lord you waited, listened, and do the plan He has for your life. You have been a blessing in my life many times.

    • Donna, I am so sorry you lost your husband. May God continue to be your greatest comforter in this loss!

      I love how you are seeking and listening and praying so powerfully. You are in the best place you can be as you walk in obedience to these spiritual disciplines. I pray God will bless you mightily as you walk in obedience, seeking His will. I pray He will provide for you every need during this time. I pray you will hear His voice and know what “new thing” He wants to do in your life!!

      Blessings,

      wendy

  23. Our children are growing up and I find myself wondering what God wants me to do…I feel stuck in a rut with my Christian life at times, and yearn to find ministry opportunities, but I don’t know where, when, etc. Please pray that follow God’s leading in whatever He decides for me and not for what I decide for me. Thank you so much!

    • Val, I felt the same way as our children were growing up and we were becoming empty nesters. People don’t require as much from us and we seem to have a little more time. I, for one, felt lazy if I wasn’t being “productive” in that time. This is a time for refreshing. Be still and know that HE is God. Sit in His presence and listen to His still, small voice. God will give you your direction, don’t rush it, it’s okay. This is a time for you and God to enjoy each other, don’t be so eager to hit the ground running. Find yourself in Him like never before.

    • Val, I really encourage you to look at what you enjoy doing and the gifts God has given you. What brings you great joy and what things do you do that bring positive response from others? When you see what these things are, walk in those things. Find ways to exercise and use them. Pray for God to open doors for you to use them. Contact people you know who can help you use them. I am praying that as you do this, God will speak very clearly to you and that He will open doors for you to do His Kingdom work. I pray as you seek how you can serve Him best that He will bless and establish the work of your hands and your heart!

      Blessings,

      wendy

  24. Wendy, your devo, this post and prayer take me back to She Speaks…again God uses you in a powerful way!! Thank you for sharing this and encouraging my heart once again. My prayer request would be along the lines of persevering…I believe God has given me a vision for the calling He’s given, but recently things didn’t unfold like I expected and that can leave me doubting and wondering if I’ve heard Him correctly. I will continue to check my heart and remember that sometimes rejection is God’s way of protection. Printing off your prayer and looking forward to all God will do thru it!! Thanks for being a wonderful example of one who walks in obedience and lives the message she shares!

    • Jill, you speak wise words, “rejection is protection!” I pray you will trust God with every door He closes and every door He opens. I pray your heart will be sensitive to His leading and willing to surrender your plans to His. You have such a beautiful heart for God. I have no doubt He has great plans for you, sweet Jill. His timing is always perfect.

      blessings,

      Wendy

      • Wendy, I always appreciate your words…those directed to me here, but also your response to all the comments – thank you for taking the time to respond and teaching us some more! Those “wise words” came from Renee at She Speaks…the memories this post triggered brought them back!! Thank you for your encouraging words and powerful prayers!! Yes, His timing is perfect – reminds me of a quote from a friend, “Every no is one step closer to God’s perfect yes!!” Blessings to you!

  25. I would so appreciate your prayers that God would reveal my calling to me. I have sought after it for so many years, but I still haven’t grasped what I was meant to do. Thank you so much for taking your time to pray for others. It’s really beautiful.

    • Kristine,

      I pray that as you seek God for His call on your life, He will make it ever so clear through His Word, through whispers from His Holy Spirit, through the words of others and through noticing what brings you great joy and fulfillment. And as you seek Him for this, I pray He would begin to open doors and relationships that will allow you to follow what you hear.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  26. I would love for you all to pray for my sister. She came to me a week ago and told me that was pregnant and that she was probably going to have an abortion. However, she has been very indecisive since then about what her heart wants to do. I have shared with her my thoughts and feelings based upon God’s word. I encouraged her to pray and seek his guidance. I would just love if you all could pray that the Lord give her wisdom and that his Holy Spirit would penetrate the deep hardened places of her heart. She needs our God in so many places that are broken inside of her.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hey Andrea,
      I’m just reading this now, but have already said a prayer for your sister. Asking God to draw her near, tender her heart and hear HIS Truth. Trusting He will work in all of this!! Asking Him to give you courage and wisdom as well.

      Not long ago, a friend of mine shared her story, perhaps it’s something you could share with your sister. The post titled, “My Abortion Story” can be found here – itsalmostnaptime.blogspot.com/2013/01/her-abortion-story.html?spref=fb

      Praying and Trusting.

    • Andrea, we are praying for your sister…please let us know what is going on with her if you check back here. Agreeing in prayer with Jill for God to tender her heart to hear and receive Truth and for a desire to dig deeper into what she hears. Praying God will take hold of her heart and bring heart transformation about her relationship with Him and with this precious life she is carrying. Praying for you as well. May He guide you when to speak and when to be quiet. When you do speak, may He guide your every word. He will be faithful. Continue to seek His face in this difficult situation.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  27. Barbara Keane says:

    Wendy, I just found your website today, through proverbs 31 ministries. You truly have touched my heart. Please pray for me. I do so much want to hear God’s calling for me. I spend time daily in scripture, but I believe my prayer life needs a little help. I just don’t feel that I revere God enough. I feel like my prayers are more about what I want out of life and not what Gods wants in my life. I believe that because of this, I am not listening to that “still small voice”, telling me what HE wants.

    • Barbara, it would be my joy and delight to pray for you to go deeper still with God in your prayer life! In fact, I have an on-line study on my blog on this very subject, and I encourage you to do it. The study is 4 weeks, and would be a great first step. There is no cost, and I am including the link below. Remember God’s promise that when you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him. I pray this promise will come true for you in amazingly powerful ways!!

      http://wendyblight.com/bible-studies/cultivating-a-heart-of-prayer/

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  28. From Pam Whetstone (she had trouble commenting directly and sent her comment to me)

    I’ve been reminded of Psalm 1:3: He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. !

    The Lord has put a restlessness in me that I know is from Him! I want to be used by Him supernaturally. I’ve been praying to really hear his voice in the next steps for my life and to be used by Him in a passionate and purposeful way. Pray for me as I determine where to go from here!

  29. Every time I check your blog it speaks directly to my heart. Today was no different! God has called me to open a school but I know for a fact that I am not capable, but He is more than enough. I’ve spoken to people and so many things have dropped into my lap that it scared me! I wasn’t sure what to do next, so I prayed and asked for His perfect timing. All I here is “Now”! Well, uh, help! This devotional gave me the perfect directional words…..Accept His Timing! This devo has been so encouraging to help me take that next step of obedience. Please keep me and my new school in your prayers. Thank you so much!

    • Samantha, how wonderful to hear what you are doing with this school!! Thank you for sharing your story, and it blesses me more than you will know that God used the timing of this message and its content to encourage you as you move forward!! He is so very faithful.

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  30. Looks like you have a lot of gals to pray for. The Lord had me memorize Eph. 3:20-21. I know He is up to something, but fear does get in the way. He had me go to Proverbs 31 “She Speaks” Conference in 2008. I have a broadcasting background. I love The Word and I love to teach it. That’s all I know. I am a single parent and know my number one ministry and job is that of being a mother. I covet your prayers for clarity. I only want to be in the center of God’s will. Pray that I will be obedient to His call no matter what it is. Thank you.
    Kate L. – Los Angeles

    • Kate, I join you in praying for God to open doors for you to use the giftedness, passion and training He has given you in His perfect timing. And I pray He will open doors that only He can open and close doors that only He can close. And when you hear His voice, saying “This is the way, Kate, walk in it,” I pray He will affirm and confirm it in very real and personal ways. And I pray for patience as you seek Him in all of this.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  31. I need prayer to hear and to know when the Lord is talking to me and not my spirit. And would like prayer to know if it’s the Lord’s will for me to be a realesate agent or a truck driver. And for me to know if my the person I’m in love with is the 1 God has in place to marry and spend my life with. I would also like prayer for me to grow more mature in my walk with Him! Thanks and God bless your ministry.

    • CM, thank you for sharing you prayer requests. As I read through your prayer requests, I want to encourage you that the more you grow and mature in your walk with God, the more the other two requests will become easier. So my prayer is that you will discipline yourself to spend quality time with God in His Word and in prayer. I pray that as you do, He will meet you each time and show you that He is at work in your obedience. As your relationship deepens, you will hear His voice more clearly and know the way in which He is directing your paths.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  32. Hi Wendy, I have been getting the Proverbs 31 Ministry emails for a while, but I seldom get to read them. It’s funny how I was compelled to read yours today-I am having a “calling crisis!” Thank you for outlining what God is saying about how to find our calling. I tried for several years to hear from God, starting one business and one career path after another. I feel I may be called in a couple different areas, but I realized today after reading your devotional that I will know what I’m called to do when God is ready for me to know! As you can see from my blog, I am truly trying to let go and let God. I’ve made the commitment for a year long blog journey trusting that God will show me what I’m good at. The problem is that I like too many things, so I would ask for your prayers that God will help me narrow in to what I’m meant to do.

    Thank you so much-this is beyond a blessing for me today to happen upon your writing.

    • Kathleen, I join you in praying for God to give you specific direction as you seek various paths and interests. May you clearly hear Him say, “This is the way, Kathleen, walk in it.” And as you seek after Him and His plan for you, I pray He will bless and establish the work of your hands and use you mightily to do His Kingdom work.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  33. Colleen G. says:

    Good morning Wendy. Thank you for your beautiful prayer. Your words are amazing!!! It is my hearts desire to find my calling in this world. I pray everyday that He will direct and lead me to my purpose and would appreciate it if you could pray that for me too. Thank you again – Colleen

    • Colleen, agreeing in prayer with you for all you have asked. Praying the Lord will direct your every step and confirm each one in very real ways so that you will know you are following His path.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  34. Wendy,
    I remember when I read your book and how it spoke to me in such a tangible way. I would love pray for the calling God has on my life. I know it is to work with women who are held captive by their past either by traumas or choices they made or both. I was held captive…and now I can see all that I went through as a gift to share hope, encouragement, and prayer to others who can’t move past their pain and hurt. I have started a book. I have started a blog. I have started a non profit. But starting and doing and following through or knowing what to do with it all seems to be a wall…maybe it is fear that what I think is my calling is not what others will see.

    Thank you!

    Blessings, Teresa

    • Teresa, i just love stories like yours!! You were once held captive and now are free. Your heart’s call is to bring others to that same freedom. I am so impressed with the steps you are taking to ensure this assignment from God will come to fruition. May God mightily bless and establish the work of your hands as you write and serve women in this ministry.As you walk on this path, do not look to the left or to the right, keep your eyes focused on God and on the call He has revealed to you!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  35. Your devotional touched emotions in me that have been
    kind of gnawing at me lately. I would be so thankful
    for your prayers for contentment and direction in my callings.
    I know right now, I am called to be home with my three small
    children and what a joy it is. As they are growing,
    I catch myself wondering about my callings outside of being a mom.
    I have a background in professional ballet and still feel like I might be able to
    use it in the future, but it gets me down because I really don’t
    know what that could look like. Thank you for your devotional and your prayers.

    • Sarah, I had these same feelings as I was raising Bo and Lauren, wondering how God could use all that was percolating in my heart. Enjoy where you are now, raise your sweet babies, and keep your heart open to hear from the Lord. I pray that He will continue to pour into your heart and mind during these years all that He plans to use later. I pray that along the way you will keep your eyes and ears open for small opportunities to say “yes” to God as you build your calling and giftedness. And I pray you will be content every step of the way, knowing you are walking in obedience to what you hear. He will show you the plans He has for you. Stay in His Word and continue to pray and serve.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  36. Please pray for me. I’m facing divorce after 33 years and I felt my call was wife & mother. But I have failed as a wife. Now I don’t know what to do. I am praying for marriage restoration, and am trying to believe Jeremiah 29:11, but right now it doesn’t seem that His plans are to prosper and not harm me, and give me a hope and a future. I can’t hear God speaking to me, and I’m reading the Bible and praying. I don’t know what to do next, and I so desire to follow God’s plan for my life, but if I can’t hear Him speak, then I can’t do what He wants me to do. I’m not even sure of what my gifts are. Thank you for your devotional and the video of your prayer!

    Pam

    • Pam, first please do not define yourself as a “failure” as a wife. That breaks my heart and I know it breaks God’s heart as well. Ask forgiveness for whatever it is that burdens your heart regarding your divorce and accept God’s great gift of forgiveness. He not only wants you to walk free of this burden but also needs you to so that you can return to hearing His voice. He is speaking, but the sin of unforgiveness hiding in your heart blocks your ability to hear. Accept His forgiveness and begin again to search for His next steps for your life. He does have a great plan and will reveal it. Dig into His Word and ask Him to show you where He is leading as you begin a new role in life. God is a good God and so very faithful. He wants only His highest and best for you!! Trust Him.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  37. Please pray for me. I am a single mom with 2 boys ages 11 & 13. My oldest son is on the Autism spectrum and has a lot of sensory issues. My youngest is ADHD. Needless to say they keep me on my toes. I know that they should be my number one calling but I feel so inadequate! I just realized that I have been searching for God’s will for me and it is right here infront of me. I am just too afraid! I suffer from anxiety and depression which makes me feel totally inadequate to be the mom that god has called me to be.
    Thank you so much for your devotional today. I appreciate your prayers.

    • Alison, Praying for you this very minute. May God give you grace upon grace. Love to you.

    • Alison, sweet friend, thank you for writing and sharing your heart with us. First and foremost I want you to know that God has hand-picked you to be the mother of these two boys because He knew YOU would be the very best mother for them. There is much He has given you that is just what these boys need. And every time you feel inadequate, remember that it is in that place that God will rise up and do His most powerful and effective work in and through you..

      Make Philippians 4:13 your breath prayer: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Remember He called you to this role and in His Word He promises that “He equips those He calls.” Claim these promises for yourself. Invite Him to bring them alive in powerful ways.

      Walk confidently that you are not alone. I am praying for God’s peace to wash over you from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Praying Philippians 4:6-7 over you!!

      Stay in His Word for wisdom and encouragement and continue in prayer for strength and direction. God will provide all you need!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  38. Pray for me. I needs God’s guidance regarding my marriage and what to do next .My husband and I seperated a couple months back with no plans of coming back togather , this has been an ongoing cycle throughout our marriage and im tired we have children togather and Im trying my best to raise our children up in the Lord but my husband is an unbeliever and its makes it very hard for our family to move forward and be pruductive.

    • Marie, I pray the Lord will direct your every step regarding your marriage. I know His desire is for healing and restoration so that is what I pray for you both. I pray the Lord will do a mighty transforming work in your husband’s heart that leads Him to surrender His life to Christ!!! Below is a link to a marriage prayer I have as a free resource on my blog. I pray it will bless and encourage you as you seek God’s face in this situation.

      http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/MarriagePrayer.pdf

      Blessings,

      wendy

  39. Dearest Wendy,
    I am an Army veteran and ever since I completed my committment to the Army and re-entered the civilian life I have been clueless as to what I want to do with my life. In 2007 I took a year off to finish my Bachelor’s degree (in a generic field of study). In the recession of 2008 my husband lost his job and so we were both unemployed. We moved to Texas to look for jobs and since that time I have no idea what I want to do with my life or what I want to be “when I grow up” (I’ll be forty this year and the lack of direction is very scary and frustrating for me). I am in my last semester to complete my Master’s degree (in a vague field of study) and have just been taking classes and moving from one job to another without a sense of direction. Last week I went in for a job interview and the woman interviewing me commented on the fact that I was almost finished with me graduate degree. I proudly agreed that I was in my last semester and I beemed at my own sense of accomplishment. Then she asked, “What are you going to do when you complete it?” I sat there with my mouth hanging open….uh, uh, uh. I have no idea what my calling is, what God would have me do, how He plans to use me. I just know that I am like a leaf in the wind and I don’t know how to focus on a plan or a direction for my life. At forty, that is scary (to be clear, my husband and I have not been blessed with children yet so we are not being negligent as parents in providing for a family).
    Wendy, where do I begin to even know how to map out or formulate a plan for my life, my future, my career. My job in the Army does not translate to the civiliann world so the time I invested in the Army and the job training the Army invested in me is all for not. I have applied for over twenty jobs this year alone (I have a job I am just looking for a purpose & career not just income for sustenance) and my military experience is outdated and my college education is to general. I understand this is a problem of my own making but I never realized that decisions I was making would lead me to dead end. Please pray for me.
    A woman of faith who is still lost in life…

    • Sandra, thank you for sharing your story!! I want to encourage you to go through each step of the H.E.A.R.T acronym. As you work though it, invite the Lord into the process. The jobs you have had in the army have developed skills in you. Ask God to reveal those skills to you and help you to put them on paper. Combine those with the natural gifts and talents He has given you (what brings you joy, what are you good at, what do others notice and compliment in you). As you examine all of this, it will give you direction on a calling/career/job.

      God does have a plan for you. That is a promise from Him!! And He is for you and for that plan and wants to help you walk in the fullness of that plan. Praying as you seek Him, He will give you eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand all that He reveals!!

      He is a faithful God. Trust Him!!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  40. Beautiful friend…
    I love how you are always seeking to love God… and by doing that, you pour out into others’ lives. Thank you for your HEART! I have taken this wisdom to HEART and I constantly thank God for the gift of you! With love, me

  41. I was reading this yesterday but didn’t go and hear your prayer till today, I suppose God was drawing me back to hear your prayer, and did post I needed prayer for what my calling is on your Deuteronomy6 email. I feel I need to make the next move, but I don’t know what that looks like and I want to hear the Lord whisper to me. I nees that next step of obedience. Forgive me Father, I need to hear your still small voice and act on what you are saying to my heart. Thank-you for being faithful always, Jesus you are my Lord. In your name, I pray, Amen.

  42. I’m not sure what my spiritual gifts are. My sister–in-law told me I have the gift of listening to people. I know I want to do more in ministry, i.e, go back to school. I don’t know what I am supposed to do.

    • Keep examining those gifts and talents God has given you. Grow and develop them. Pray for the Lord to open doors and bring you into relationships that will allow you to use these gifts and talents. He will be faithful, sweet friend!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  43. Thank you for this blog post. I would like to request prayer. I am a 27 year old woman from Texas, my vocation was a school counselor, but now I stay home with my son. I love women and love the idea of ministry.I am currently facilitating a women’s Beth Moore Bible study. I am scared to death weekly before the study but feel great peace once the study is over. I’m sure it is partly due to relief! And due to the feeling that I have served God and that feels good. However, I am extremely shy. I love women but I feel I am better one on one encouraging them. I know I am a gifted encourager. I have always been told that and I see that gift clearly. My desire is to love women and encourage them. Yet my shyness prevents me from being bold and able to speak in front of a group. I need to know am I called to lead women’s Bible studies and need to push through the shyness or is that God letting me know, I am better suited for one on one women’s ministry, a back ground person. Because I do not speak well publically I wonder am I the right women for this job, however, no one else has done it, and I feel its really important to offer the women of the church an opportunity to study the word in ways that many of them have never done before. So basically am I called to this even though I feel I am not the best person for this. And second please pray for my husband, Justin. He has been unemployed for two months and he is struggling to find what he is made for and what he is made to do. Please pray for a job opportunity. Thank you for this opportunity to ask for prayer.

    • Erin, it sounds like you are doing EXACTLY what God has called you to do. The women in your study are so very blessed to have a leader like you….a women with a passion for what you do, a gift of encouragement, and a heart of great humility.

      Sweet Erin, walk confidently. God will continue to equip you and make what you are doing come more naturally. And I want to share something with you that I hope will encourage you. I am a speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and teach a Bible study to over 100 women in Charlotte. Every morning I wake up to teach or speak, I have a stomach ache and feel nervous. I wonder if women will even listen and if they do, why. Yet, God gives me what I need to do what He has called me to do. And afterwards, I feel so good….fulfilled. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have doubts because I do. But I recognize they are lies from the evil one.

      When we are nervous and uncomfortable, it keeps us relying on God and not on ourselves. If you see that you are effective in what you do, trust God you are in the exact right place. He is using you!!

      And I pray for the Lord to give your husband great favor as he seeks employment. May God open doors that only He can open for your husband!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  44. I just wanted to say, I have been on a forty day fast and the Lord has revealed so much to me on my call. I received your devotion via email from Encouragement Today and it was a confirmation all God has placed on my heart to “walk worthy of the call I have been called” . Please pray for me as I continue to take the journey to answering God’s call on my life through writing and encouraging women to answer their call from God. Thank you so much for your ministry and the words you have written to encourage me to do the same.

    • Darla, thank you for your words of encouragement. I join you in praying for God to direct your every step as you continue to seek His will for your ministry of encouragement to women. How very pleased the Lord is to have such a faithful servant ministering on His behalf with such fervor and faithfulness!!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  45. Hi Wendy

    I know it was no coincident to navigate to your site. I left florida in 11/2007, moved to Charlotte, NC after a separation from my former husband. I prayed for confirmation from God for the first time in my life and stepped out on faith. I mark on my calender my move as a New Beginning,I moved to charlotte, then through a hair dresser, asked what church she attended, she said “New Beginning Community Church”. I knew again I was being guided. I joined that church, sing on the choir, volunteer became very active. It was a challenge to find work,of which I did a lot of temp service. Now to make my story short, I lost my apartment due to finances. I thank God he gave me a loving son, who cares of whom I am living with in lithonia, georgia. Charlotte, NC is my dream home and I am praying for God’s favor to shower down financially on me. I am praying for a home in Charlotte to be a foster parent.

    • Mary, thank you for sharing your story. Your testimony shows us how God speaks specifically as we seek His will and call for our lives. And I join you in praying for Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider, to provide for your every need and make a way for you to return to Charlotte and become a foster parent.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  46. Wendy,
    I requested your prayers for my daughter 2 weeks ago as she was taking her exams for Physical Therapy Certification. It was due to her failed attempt last year that I was led to yor site and studies, which have impacted my life greatly!
    Her attempts again, proved to be unsuccessful, despite her best efforts and numerous prayer partners. Today as I went through my emails I came across your devotion, Praise God! We are struggling to see where he is leading Katy. She has agreed to try one more time. Therefore, I am requesting prayer and spiritual advice on her behalf, I was so hopeful that she could see God at work through all this. Her next test will be the end of April. Please keep her in your prayers.

    • Cheryl, I am so sorry she did not pass again. . I join you now in praying for a successful next attempt on this exam. But since she has struggled so much with her exams, my prayer is that the Lord will make it very clear if He is closing this door and leading her in another direction. May He open doors only He can open and close doors only He can close.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  47. Feeling both excited and unsure about my calling. Please pray and would love to chat.

    • Praying now for the Lord to direct your steps as you seek Him for direction on your calling. May God make your calling clear as you pray and work through the H.E.A.R.T. acronym. He knows the plans He has for you and cannot wait to unfold them before you, Gillian.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  48. Thank you so much for sharing with us how to pray about our calling. And thanks for sharing your testimony. It’s an honour to be used of God and He has bless you with much fruits, as you obey and do His Will. I am not sure what i have in mind is a calling. As I enter the next phase of life, I have thoughts of wanting to either apply for no pay leave for a few months or work less days, as I have a hunger for His Word and time for reflection. Most days, I was either so tired after a day’s work or just feeling weak/sick, that I couldn’t find enough time to read books or do my on-line study (Proverbs 31 Ministries), besides the church Bible Study. It would take much courage to make a decision on my job, as I fear not having enough savings for my retirement. My faith is very very small. Yet, living life as it is, is not fulfulling and I am still waiting on the Lord.

    • Laura, what a wonderful idea God has laid on your heart. A time of refreshing, even if a temporary time away, will refresh and renew you and fill you!! I pray He will direct your steps with clarity so that you will know what exactly He is calling you to do. And if it does involve less work, I pray for great favor and understanding with you boss and those with whom you work. And until that time, I pray He will help you carve out time to be with Him…a little bit each day so you can hear His voice and sense His precious Presence. He is so pleased you hunger for more of Him.

      Blessings,

      Wndy

  49. Hi Wendy,
    This is my first visit to your blog, and the topic is so appropriate. How do I know I’m called? Just this week I have had so many women encouraging me to write (which is my dream). I often write articles for our local MOPS group’s newsletter. This week my mentor mom asked me if I’d ever thought about writing and suggested I attend the She Speaks conference. I had never heard of it and started doing some research, which is how I ended up here. Reading about it got me so excited, but like all things in life, it’s complicated. I’ve suffered from a chronic illness for 7 years. This past summer, after being hospitalized for a week, God dropped a book in my lap about a diet that could help my condition. I’ve been following the diet faithfully for more than 7 months now, and have been “in remission” for the longest stretch of time in 4 years. I really felt like he led me to this diet and has given me the discipline to follow it. The diet is grain-free, sugar-free, starch-free, and lactose-free. It has been an incredible blessing to me, but as you can imagine, I spend a ton of time in the kitchen, and I can’t really eat out or travel very easily. The book says to follow the diet strictly for 2-3 years. Is God really calling me to attend a conference that requires travel and quite possibly no access to a kitchen when he has also led me to this diet? Have you ever felt like God asks you to do contradictory things? I know it’s my own fears tripping me up. Fears that I’m just not ready – I don’t have an established blog platform with thousands of followers, I don’t have some fancy writing degree, I don’t have a PhD in any subject that qualifies me to write as an expert. Fears that my illness will flare back up, and that I’ll end up on medications I don’t want to take, or back in the hospital. I also have two young children ages 3 and 6. Shouldn’t I just wait until they’re both in school full-time? Surely then I’d have more time to devote to writing. I definitely have perfectionistic tendencies and I always want all of my ducks in a row (can you tell?!), but I know that isn’t usually how God is most glorified. He’s certainly used my weaknesses to show His awesome strength many times in the past. I know, “He’s got this,” if it is in fact His plan and purpose for me. My fear is in stepping out of that will, in hearing incorrectly, in running ahead of His timing. Thank you for offering to pray for a perfect stranger! Please pray that I would see and hear clearly where God is leading and have clarity and peace in the direction I should take. Pray for courage and faith to walk in whatever my calling is, and to be free from anxiety about my health.
    Thank you again!
    Heather

    • Heather, thank you for sharing your heart and your fears. They are all SO natural. All feelings many writers and speakers have…especially those of us without degrees or specific “qualifications.” I felt the same way my very first She Speaks. I would have backed out if my church had not paid for it! :)

      But the only qualification we need to step out in faith to write and/or speak is the call given by God…the anointing, the giftedness and the talent. From the little bit you have shared, you have the giftedness…identified by you and by those God has placed around you. So She Speaks is a natural next step!! We would love to have you join us.

      So I am joining you in prayer for ears to hear exactly what God is calling you to AND for a courageous heart to receive it and obey what you hear!! He wants to bless and establish the work of your hands.

      As for your diet, you can request meals that are dairy free and gluten free. They will do their very best to accommodate your requests when you let them know ahead of time. I cannot eat dairy. Some women who come are vegan. They will do their very best. There are also restaurants close by and in the restaurant if you need to supplement a meal or two. Call and do a bit of research at the hotel and to our office and see what you learn.

      Yes, there is a time and place for everything…a season for each call. But it sounds as if your heart is ripe and ready for something like She Speaks. So I will pray for God to give you clear direction through His Word and His Holy Spirit. Gather a few good friends around you to pray for you as you seek His face in this. He will be faithful!!!!

      Sweet Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  50. I would love for you to remember me in prayer about what God’s calling is on my life. That would mean much, much more to me than you could ever know. Thank you an God bless you.

    • Donna, praying the Lord will order your steps as you seek to know the call He has on your life. May He reveal His will through His Word, through a realization of what brings you great joy and delight, and through the wisdom and discernment of His Holy Spirit. Praying for eyes to see and a heart to discern what you hear.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  51. Hi Wendy Thank you so much for that powerful prayer it really help me. I had been asking God what is it he have for me to do. Just saying that prayer sum it all up of what is in heart. I know God has a plan for me and my prayer is to find out what it is. I enjoy all of your devotions that you send. I pray that God will keep using you in such a powerful way. God Bless

  52. Wendy thank you so much for praying for me with this beautiful prayer. I really needed this prayer and this devotion from you today. I need prayer in my marriage and also I am starting a new job on 4/8/13 and will be having a job interview on 4/4/13 so that might be another job offer. I just pray that the Lord bless my marriage and give me a sign as to which job to choose. I am also waiting for some results on my blood work. Very beautiful prayer thank you again it really touched my heart! God Bless. I will be praying for all the other requests on your blog. love and blessings!

  53. I have been asked to take a leadership role w/women’s ministry at church this fall. I also have a fledging small business. I have done both types of work in the past and immensely enjoy both. However, I developed a disabling health problem 6 years which causes physical limitations and constant pain and much time to manage. The woman I am talking/praying/considering this with is well aware of my situation. We do not have the money to hire help with household responsibilities, especially with the economic slump adversely affecting my husband’s business. I am perplexed as to what God wants me to do about both these opportunities as well as several family situations.

  54. Donna Attaway says:

    Wendy, thank you so much for this beautiful post and prayer. It is an encouragement to me, hoping to start seeking the Lord more so I can find my true calling. God Bless

  55. I do need prayer about my calling. I know I am called to help the poor and to be a mother but not specifically how. I guess I need prayer about next steps and for patience. Thank you

  56. Wow! This post is from February but for some reason, my blog sent it out again today. I have no explanation other than that I trust some one or many of you needed to read it today. So I am praying now for the Lord to meet you where you are and use it to speak into your hearts and give you encouragement and hope. He knows the cry of your heart, and He uses the most creative ways to answer it.

    Blessings to each of you!

    Wendy

  57. Kristi Veitenheimer says:

    Wendy, thank you for this beautiful and perfect prayer. It feels like you wrote it especially for me!

  58. Sheila Payne says:

    I love your prayer and I want to pray exactly what you have prayed for me. I just get so stuck when I get afraid of what God will do to help me become the person He created me to be. Usually growing in your faith means pain and suffering. Pain and suffering to me means loss of loved ones, health, lots of hard things. I can pray this prayer but I know in my heart I don’t fully open my hands to Him. I need to trust Him. I want to trust more than I fear.

  59. God has called me to do something really big and it’s way out of my comfort zone. I am not a speaker or a teacher by “trade” but yet that’s what I’ve been told God is calling me to do…to “teach” the young women. I don’t consider myself a good example to be teaching anyone. I need boldness and probably lots of other things too but that’s the biggest right now. People that know me would tell you that I am extremely shy, not bold. I love reading your posts and Bible studies! Thank you and God bless you!

  60. Was wondering about the date, but God knew I needed to hear this again. Really struggling to know what God wants me to do. Health problems keep getting worse & so far no one has figured out what is going on with my hips that keeps me from being able to sit for more than a very short time. Know God is at work but need to know what He wants me to do.

  61. Wendy…I am so grateful that this devotion was shared with us once again… I truly needed to hear these words again today…as we walk with Jesus to Victory and give praise to Him who gave us a new life with Him…I pray that I will continue to seek His way for my life and will pray the prayer you have shared in moments of doubt…a Blessed Easter to all! May we rejoice in His resurrection with love and gratitude as we live out His plans for each of us!

  62. I believed it’s God divine work that caused this mail to be blasted again. I was invited to help out in a ministry and was not sure if i should and all the scriptures are so useful for me to reflect and pray over. I am so grateful for all your prayers, encouragement and your posts. God certainly is using you to bless His people..You are a treasure. Continue in the good work you are doing. .

  63. Thank you!!

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