January 1, 2014

Happy New Year w/ “Living So That” Giveaway!

Welcome to LIVING TRUTH! Oh, how I’ve prayed for each one of you who stops by today!! A special welcome if you’re visiting from Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today.

Today I invite you to make a New Year’s Prayer offering…to take first steps toward writing a New Year’s Prayer. As you prayerfully consider this invitation, I would love to hear from you… your verses, the beginning stages of your prayer, or maybe your own prayer that you’ve already written. Please take time to leave me a comment. I will choose two names from the comments to win a “Living So That Package.”

What’s in the package? I thought you’d never ask!! I have a book coming out in March called “Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.”

You can pre-order it from Proverbs 31 by clicking here. If you order by Sunday, January 5, you will receive a signed copy with a personal verse just for you! But remember, it doesn’t come out until March.

“Living So That” will be part of a new collection of books by Thomas Nelson called Inscribed. To celebrate the release, Lisa Leonard has created a beautiful necklace hand stamped with Proverbs 3:3, the verse that inspired our collection.

InscribedNecklace

Not only will the winners receive a necklace, but they will also receive a signed copy of “Living So That” hot off the presses in March 2014!

Living So That March 2014

 

Extra exciting news is that “Living So That” will be the next Proverbs 31 on-line study after Lysa TerKeurst’s “Made to Crave.” So be sure to check out the P31 OBS page by clicking here and be one of the first to sign up!

Friends, God knows that the first day of each new year carries with it a myriad of emotions that often lead to promises and resolutions. We commit to lose weight,  exercise more, be more disciplined, pray more, be a better wife…a better mom, be kinder.

We want God’s highest and best for the next year.

But these promises and resolutions are often grounded not in His Word but in our flesh. We focus on the end result and not on the process. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight and exercise to feel better about ourselves. It’s a wonderful goal to be a “better” wife and mother. It’s admirable to commit to daily Bible reading and quiet time with the Lord. But we must beware of making these things a daily duty we check off.

Committing to a New Year’s Resolution will not bring profound lasting life change. Committing our hearts to God…studying, learning, and praying God’s Word…that’s what will bring eternal, lasting life transformation.

I invite you join me this year in writing a New Year’s Prayer.

To begin writing your prayer, examine your New Year’s Resolution and prayerfully ask the Lord for to reveal the heart issue behind your resolution. Ask Him to lead you through His Word to verses that directly address what you hear.

Listen to God’s promise in Hebrews 4:12:

For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. it exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Perhaps you want to lose weight because you feel unworthy of love due to your past, your present, or choices you’ve made. Find verses on God’s great love for you…His promises that He created you just the way you are because He has a great plan and purpose for your life that only you can accomplish.

Perhaps you want to spend more time in the Word but you are too busy…you just can’t fit it into your day. Find Scriptures on God’s wisdom and priorities. Proverbs is a great place to start.

Perhaps you want to be a better wife and mother, but you have a temper that flares or a tongue that cuts like a knife. Open God’s Word and find verses addressing speech, self-control, and patience. Proverbs and James are great places to start.

Once you’ve found your verses, take each one and personalize it. Then, put them together, along with your own heart’s cry, to make a prayer. Copy your prayer into a journal or notebook. Write your verses on pieces of paper and put them where you can see them throughout the day. Memorize them.

Listen to God’s promise in Isaiah 55:10-11:

The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with My Word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it
.

Friends, Isaiah 55 is God’s promise to YOU. If you pray His Word over your life…over your heart…over your home…He will be FAITHFUL to prosper it and make it bear fruit.

Don’t forget to leave a comment sharing the verses God spoke to you or the beginning stages of your prayer. I can’t wait to see how God has spoken to you!

New Year’s Blessings,

Comments

  1. Judy Redden says:

    It didn’t take long to hear the verses the Lord wants me to not just believe in and think about, but to take action on. Proverbs 3:5-8, Romans 12:1,2, and Philippians 2:3. I’m sure there will be more as time goes but for now to start this New Year this is my prayer.
    Dear Lord, I want to trust in you with ALL my heart, and not lean on my own understanding. I want to acknowledge you in ALL that I say and do, and believe that you will set me on a straight path EACH day. I will not be wise in my own eyes, I will fear you and reverence you and stay away from evil. Lord Jesus, in view of God’s mercy, I offer my body as living sacrifice to you, holy and pleasing to you. I do not want to follow the ways of the world but let my mind be changed and renewed by your love. I want to do nothing out of selfish ambition but in humility consider others as better than myself. I pray Lord Jesus that by your strength living through me that I will be able to put action to my words and not just believe and think them.
    It is in your sweet name I pray. AMEN

  2. Thank you for your P31 devotion.
    I truly want my life to be an offering. Today. This year. Forever.
    Just what I needed, this first day of 2014!
    Thank you.

  3. As I was praying yesterday for 2014, Galatians 5:22-25 come to my mind and as I was praying this morning, before I read your blog, I was praying the words of Romans 12:1-2 over my life. :)

    Heavenly Father,

    I am saddened that there is so much strife in our family, and I know I promised over and over to treat my family and brothers with respect and love. But everytime things don’t work out the way I want them to work, negative emotions from the past arise take over me and I speak words out of anger.

    I pray for your help to change that. To totally let go of the past and of the negative emotions. To commit to you each day, each moment, to walk in your grace. Help us that our family will be filled with love and understanding for each other. I thank you Father, for what you are about to accomplish in our family and to you I give all the glory and all the praise.

    In Jesus Name I pray, Amen

  4. Ernema Boettner says:

    Wendy,

    Thanks for your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions. You gave me one word to pursue this year and henceforth-OFFERING. What a blessing! I pray that I will go about my life as an offering to the One who offered me the best gift of all.

    Appreciate Proverbs 31 site and prayerfully considering how to give to this ministry of the Word. I have been blessed immensely!

    Best regards!

  5. That is my prayer too, this spoke to me so much, actually somewhat what I shared on my blog. My verse for the year is He must become greater; I must become less. – John 3:30 NIV This is the Message version: This is the assigned moment for Him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines. and KJV He must increase, but I must decrease.

  6. Sylvia Schweitzer says:

    The LORD was speaking to me the moment I opened my eyes this morning. I really wanted to stay in bed ; however, His small, still voice was saying to me “Get up and spend some time with Me.” I read your devotional and it was exactly what God was saying to me. Romans 12:1-2 SHOUTS for me to make myself an offering this year. I facilitate a ladies Sunday School class and my desire is for God to use me as His instrument in the lives of the women He has given me. I am 75 years old and I KNOW He has prepared me and is calling me to not ” get weary of doing good.” I have been saved 40 years and have had 10 surgeries in the past 15 years, a blood clot in my lung, a very difficult relationship with our daughter that has been restored after 40 long years of pain and prayer. There have been times I have said to myself “You are too old to teach” but I know that is the enemy trying to discourage me. I am going to meditate on Rom. 12:1-2 and pray it back to my Savior and LORD. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you!

    • LeeAnn Bjortvedt says:

      That is such beautiful scripture! I believe that you are a true gift to everyone that you teach. And you have been given that gift by God. I know what you mean about the enemy trying to discourage you. That is the hardest part of being a Christian. But you have Faith and that is so wonderful! I am going to pray for good health for you.:) Take care and many blessings.

  7. Jemane Dyer says:

    Romans 12:1-2
    The Lord has given us instructions to follow in order to be closer to him and pleasing in his sight. I would like to take these wordsand apply it to my life. Lord, I thank you for your living word that you have layed upon my heart today through these blessed people. I am a sinner Lord and have fallen short of your glory time after time but you have promised not to leave me nor forsake me so I come to you as a living sacrifice offering myself onto you. I want a fresh anointing oh Lord with a renewed and transformed mind so that I can do the things that are pleasing in your sight and walk in your footsteps. Help me to be in constant communication with you so that I will know when you are talking to me Lord. Have mercy upon my life and those of my family and friends. For tgis new year please Lord, help me to remain fixed on you knowing that you are coming soon. Help me to achieve tbe goals I have set out to achieve and bless my family, friends and loved ones. In your name I pray, Amen!

  8. God gave me His word for me for this year from Isaiah 60 vs 1 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” And this is my prayer: The glory of God must shine through me this year. My life must be a showcase of God’s glory. Everything about me this year must speak God’s glory… Happy new year to everyone fortunate enough to see this year 2014. I love you all…

  9. Donna Bailey says:

    This was a perfect prayer to start my new year. I have been somewhat lost after moving from my church and totally awesome bible study group and was wondering how to get back to Jesus. I thought I need a “group” to find HIM but I really just need a Bible. This year I will commit to read each day and bring HIM back to the center of my life.

  10. A friend sent me this prayer last year. It is my reminder that I can face each new day with strength which is not my own. Divine strength which is abundant! Limitless! Lovingly shaping me into the woman, wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and woman of God my Heavenly Father intends me to be. Each day begins anew and each day I am made new through Him who gives me strength! While I do not know where my journey will take me, when faced with the familiar and the unknown, I will go with confidence knowing He is with me in the valleys encouraging me so I also experience the mountaintop moments He has in store.
    Here I am Lord! Send me!

    “God of new beginnings, guide me through the seasons of the coming year. Whatever joy or hardship I face, let me face it standing with you. Whatever building up or tearing down that I encounter, let me take action under your care. For you are the creator of every season. Amen.”

  11. Wendy-thank you from the bottom of my heart for your words and prayer. it was so encouraging to me!
    I’ve been wanting to have a focus word for 2014 and just one word isn’t happening for me. In several ways 2 Corinthians 5:7 has come to me. “we walk by faith, not by sight” and verse 9 “we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent to be pleasing to Him”
    That is my prayer and focus for 2014.
    Lord, my deepest desire is to hear from you and follow your lead in 2014. There are so many distractions and is so easy to lose my focus. I pray I’ll allow you to keep me on the narrow path so that I may serve you. Be your hands and feet. Love others. Share your love and grace to others.
    Thank you Lord for all you have done and continue to do! In Jesus name-Amen!

  12. Katherine says:

    Wendy,
    Thank you for your devotional his morning. I love the verse from Romans. I plan to write it out and post it throughout my home, car and daily calendar. Last year I committed to reading through the Bible. I completed it Sunday and am so thankful that I fulfilled last year’s resolution! As I read this year The Lord showed me that he is using the lives of our 2 children to refine me! As I try to train them to be kind, loving and generous, I noticed I was lacking in patience and self control. I was drawn to Galations. If I am not allowing the fruits of God’s spirit to shine through me, I will have a difficult time leading my children to exhibit these fruits. So this year, I committing myself to lean into god and focus on the spirit that is within me. With his strength and gracious love, I pray that our family to grow together as we learn to share love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control with each other and those around us.
    Have a blessed 2014 and thank you for sharing your words with us!
    Katherine

  13. Taryne Dismuke says:

    It is as if you wrote the words from my heart. Yes and Amen to the prayer offering from today’s devotional. What came to me during prayer was, Lord, purge anything from me that keeps me from abiding in you. Psalm 51:7-17

  14. I woke up early this morning to watch the sunrise over the ocean and meet with the Lord there.
    After I prayed, I read your words and my heart was overwhelmed, as much of your prayer resembled mine this morning. I offered my day and this year to God, I prayed that He would help me live a life that honors and reflects Him. I know it won’t be perfect, but I also know He loves me and continues to work in me so that I can be transformed into the woman He wants me to be.
    Your prayer spoke to my heart, as I read it, I believe God was acknowledging that He heard my prayer too.
    Thank you…my heart is full in knowing we share the same heart along with so many other sisters.

  15. This is the time…time to walk in the freedom that God already has for me. I have struggled with generalized anxiety disorder for over a year and a half now and I am tired. God is calling me to the richness of His Word. I sense Him calling me to press in and remember He is faithful. He is ABLE. May I fix my eyes on Jesus the author and perfect or of my faith. In my brokenness, I will be healed in Jesus’ name!

  16. Lisa Wine says:

    Wendy,
    Thank you for your prayer and blog post. I’ve been praying for my word and I have two faith and love. Lord I ask you to help me lean and trust more in your path that you want me to follow and to let go of the path I think should be the way to go. Amen

  17. Thank you so much for this encouragement! A couple friends of mine discussed entering a running race and another friend is committing to memorizing scripture. This year I want to follow what God has planned for me most rather than end up with disappointment that I didn’t stick with what I committed to! Last night I saw an encouraging verse: 2 Corinthians 9:8 and this is the beginning of my New Year’s prayer: God is ready to overwhelm (me, my family) with more blessings than you could ever imagine so that we’ll always be taken care of in every way and we’ll always have more than enough to share. (The Voice). So I offer up to God my gifts, family, work, struggles, choices, attitude and ask Him to help me with any hidden unbelief in my life and replace it with trust in His plan. I’m choosing believing God!
    Happy New Year!

  18. Jennifer Luftop says:

    Thank you for your thoughts on giving our life everyday as an offering to God. I prayed the prayer you wrote and meditated on Romans 12:1-2. Although I know I’ve come so far, I also know there is so much further to go! However, I don’t care how far the journey, as long as I know that Christ walks with me, the journey is what matters. I’m super excited about this upcoming year and cannot wait to experience all that God has for me. He loves me so extravagantly! More than I can ever think or imagine.
    Peace and blessings to all in this new year!

  19. Wendy,

    i want Jesus to make a difference in my daily life and actions. Too often I feel like I talk a great talk but my emotions and ideals get the best of me and I seek ‘me’ instead of Jesus. I want to be different…truly… everyday. From the moment I get up until I go to bed. I don’t want it to be about me anymore!

  20. Cheryl Furman says:

    Wendy,
    Thank you for this post and the prayer in the Proverbs 31 email.
    Proverbs 3:5-8 speak to me today. I desperately need to slow down and spend time with God daily so I am a reflection of Him to those around me. My words are hope and trust. My hope is in God who I can fully trust for anything that comes my way. May 2014 be a year of great blessings for you.

  21. Wendy…Thank you for the reminder of Gods word.My New Years prayer is…Lord……Change me..
    Change me when my heart is not in tune with your will.
    Lord change me when my thoughts are not
    True.. Lord change my ugly..jealous…discontent attitude…Lord change me to see Jesus in everyone I meet.
    When I am feeling down..depressed… change me..All things are possible with you Lord…You know the plans for my life..
    Change me to be an example of love..peace..joy…kindness..
    Thank you for the family and sisters in Christ to help us..encourage and sharpen each other.Amen.

  22. I received the proverbs 31 email today with the prayer you wrote. I’m starting today with a 21 day Daniel Fast, praying and seeking God for direction in 2014. I copied the prayer you wrote on an index card and plan on praying it daily throughout my fast. I am so excited to see what God does in my heart and life in the next 21 days and the next 365! Thanks for sharing the good word, sister!

  23. cy5maddux says:

    I am here through Proverbs 31-and just want to say how much I enjoyed today’s devotional. So much more worthwhile than New Year’s resolutions. I loved it and thank you for your insight and obedience to the Lord as you wrote and published it to encourage all of us. Thank you. What a blessing.

  24. Rene' Gossage says:

    Wendy,
    I know it was not by accident that I came across your blog today! As I was thinking about my life in 2013 and thanking God for his many blessings, I began searching for a daily devotion that would fit in my life. I found Proverbs 31 which led me to your blog! Exactly what I needed to hear! One of my favorite verses and the one that speaks to me today is Jeremiah 29:11. I know God has a plan for me and that I have to trust Him and be faithful. My prayer … Lord, I ask that you give me an obedient heart to allow You to use me and do Your will. Change my heart to accept things in my life and to become more forgiving. I know You are in control and I know You have a plan for me. Thank You, Lord for the many blessings I receive from You! In Your name I pray. Amen.

  25. Wendy,
    It is interesting how the Lord works, your devotional at Proverbs 31 was exactly what I needed this morning, it, in turn brought me to your blog. Thank you for the start of what I have been seeking. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and after our 20th anniversary he informed me that he’s just not feeling it anymore. I of course saw this coming, we were married young and had children right away. As time went on we (our marriage) just went on overdrive. We were both so busy and life just kept marching along and I believe that I lost touch with one of the most important parts of marriage and I stopped submitting to my husband. I justified it to myself because we were both so busy and decisions had to be made. So in addition to your beautiful words my New Year’s prayer offering will include asking the Lord to help me submit to the leadership of my husband (Ephesians 5:22-23). Thank you Jesus.

  26. I love the prayer. It is just what I needed to help frame my new year with His possibilities rather than resolutions I can’t keep! I plan to use that prayer along with the verse I chose for the year which is So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

    ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT |

    I serve as our High School Youth Coordinator at church and plan to incorporate this prayer and exercise as we reflect on Christ and His plans for us in 2014!

  27. Hi Wendy,
    Such a beautiful prayer. This year I am not focusing on resolutionsbut a word and God has really been laying the word seek on my heart so I amfollowing his lead.

  28. Christine says:

    Wendy, thank you so much for your devotional and blog post today. I really enjoyed them and they spoke right to me. I really needed the reminder that I cannot change myself, but that only God can. I’m tired of living in defeat in so many areas of my life and I’m ready this year to hand it over to Him! Here is my prayer:

    Dear Lord, I can’t change myself but when I commit to offering my life to you and renewing my mind through your word, You can and will change me. I want a healthy lifestyle of eating what’s best for me and exercising, but I can’t seem to stick with it on my own and it’s discouraging. I know that I focus on healthy living for the wrong reasons and I pray that I care less about how it will make me look, and focus more on having a healthy body and mind that can better serve you. Help me to let go of any negative thought patterns and idols that stand in my way of living in your truth and the best life you have for me. I desire more than anything to spend time with you daily and to do the good works that you have prepared beforehand for me. Please help me to accomplish these things, in Jesus name I pray!

  29. Beautiful prayer. I will commit myself to drawing closer to God every day.

    I’m excited for our next P31 OBS! That’s going to be great. Thank you.

    Happy New Year & may God bless you immensely.

  30. Hi Wendy! I’m so excited that I JUST started devotions TODAY! I’ve been growing in God slowly and in mid-December he changed me!! I’m ready to give it all to God now! Please pray that I will continue to do so through the good times and the bad! I greatly appreciate your blog today!

  31. Wendy thank you ; God brought me to your blog this morning. I am a dedicated Proverbs 31 reader and try to start my day reading the devotion and reading my bible. I wanted to do more this year, something with more meaning and this message just spoke volumes to me. My life verse is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me ; but the verses you included in your message were amazing and pinpointed the feelings I have been having. I will be on a search for more verses pointing to the type of mother and wife and woman I want to be for God and this has helped spur on my journey . Thank you so very much!

  32. This year I distinctly feel that God is changing me and sometimes, it scares me! Thank you for this prayer. It is exactly what I needed to challenge me and put my thoughts into words. The verses from Romans and Hebrews in a new context really opened my eyes. Like Tammy, God has a put word in my heart: intentional.

    I am anxious for what this year will bring.

    Thank you and many blessings.
    ~Amber

  33. My One Word for 2014 is Joy. Romans 12:12 – by joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer….I need to start finding the JOY in life and BELIEVE ( that was my word for 2013) that God truly wants me to have Joy. To be happy with where I am at and not wanting things different. To find Joy in my everyday life and be thankful for what He has given to me…

  34. What a blessing you are in the Proverbs 31 ministry! Thank you for sharing your words this morning! I, too, want to be an offering, not a resolution! God’s will is where is want to be. Blessings!

  35. Thank You Heavenly Father for already starting something new in my family. You have been pouring out Your greatest gifts through our immense trials. Thank You for this pathway in the wilderness. Thank You for rivers in the dry wasteland. Thank You for this new season in our lives. Thank You for being near us when our hearts have been broken and thank You for rescuing us when our spirits have been crushed. You have begun a good work and You will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Let me and my family respond by loving You and others with all our hearts, all our minds and with all our strength.

    Thank You for Wendy Blight and her ministry. She shows us who You are Jesus… through the way she lives, the way she loves and her deep thirst for wisdom. Clear the path for “Living So That.” Let every reader untangle their “messy lives” by Your Word as taught by Wendy. Bless Wendy and her family abundantly for her beautiful life, poured out as an offering to You!

    We love You! We praise You! We lift this first day of 2014 and all the days to follow in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  36. Lisa Osterlind says:

    What powerful verses for a brand new year! Thank you

  37. Thank you for this encouragement. I’m glad you wrote for us to have a prayer. I had decided FAITH was my word for the year, but now I’m going to take what you have said and make me a prayer.

    To be continued as I pray and work on my prayer.

    In Gods Love!
    Jeanie

  38. Thanks for sharing this prayer, Wendy! It pretty much sums up my hopes and desires for this new year. Thank you for sharing!

  39. Dear Lord thank you for your many blessings, some in the form of unwanted challenges and others that bring immediate joy. You know what I need to make me grow into the woman you intended me to be. I need your grace and strength even more as I struggle with my daughter’s mental illness. Help me to say the right words at the right time and when to close my lips! Please stand your army of Angels to guard this home and all who enter. In you I can do all things.
    Amen

  40. Thank you Wendy. I’m starting the new year with Proverbs 2:2,4. I pray to learn more and truely know God more, to desire His Word more and more. He is wisdom. The wisdom I need is found in Him- as a wife, as a mother, in my career, as a friend, in all things. He is all I need. I pray to seek Him more in 2014.
    Thanks,
    Paula

  41. I am ever so grateful for your New Year’s Prayer and helpful insight for and about me!! I’ve been struggling with several things in 2013( and prior years) that I cannot and simply do not want to “take with me into 2014!” Today’s words of encouragement from you really “hit home” with me! It is comparable to one “having the wind knocked out of them.” I need/want all my old “winds”(thoughts, actions, pre-judegements, poor, ungodly habits, etc) all to be taken completely from me and replaced with a TOTALLY RENEWED LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS!!! I am so grateful for the prayer you have given me here and I have not only prayed it with my whole heart but I have also printed it so that I may keep it in my Bible and make it a part of my daily devotional. Thank you, Wendy for this “New Year’s Gift-” a gift that you cannot put a price on but one that I pray I will cherish and use all the days of my life because I am sooo very tired of “standing in the way” of all that God has for me in this life!!!

  42. Thank you for your encouragement from the Proverbs 31 daily email post. What an amazing prayer!

  43. Jessica VanMersbergen says:

    Something that hit me this morning was about finding my identity in Christ. I have always asked “how do I find myself again”? And the answer this morning in the devotional was finding Christ and when I do, I find myself because He lives in me and my identity is in Him.

  44. I just read your blog from Proverbs 31. As I sit here on January 1st I am focusing on the verse in Philippians that talks about forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. I am going to NOT focus on all the 2013 failures but focus and reach ahead for 2014. Thankfully our God is a God of second chances and is full of mercy and grace.

  45. This devotion was so for me today for the last six months or so God has been speaking to me about studying Romans 12:1, 2 and I kept putting it off all year and the devotion of this New Year I happen to read today is on Romans 12:1, 2. This just confirms for me that God is trying to share or reveal something to me from this scriptures. I just love to see how God uses others to communicate specifically to an individual when they need to hear it.

  46. I’ve been in the habit of not making New Year Resolutions because it becomes one more disappointment, one more failure…but a week ago as I was doing my devotions and I realized that 2014 contained my favorite, not lucky, but favorite number 14… So I decided to make a list of 14 things I would like to accomplish in 20″14″!! I pondered over it and I was pleased with this list, but for days now I still had one spot left on the list, the last piece alluded me…now after reading your devotional I know what that will be….I will “offer” myself to God each day, give that day over to him, allow him to be my focus that day, to seek his will for me that day, you see #1 on my list is “Seek The Lord with all your heart”, but I had no idea how I would do that, because my faith has been floundering and I put off God because I was not up to it that day…oh yes, that has been my attitude…yet still I want to seek him, but it seems so overwhelming….BUT…I can do baby steps and starting each day with an offering of just me, a fresh new day to unfold as He chooses to unfold it before me sounds very exciting!! I’ll keep you posted on how my “list of 14″ unfolds this year…Lord, I offer this baby step to you today, amen! PS. Thank you Wendy!!

  47. DanielleB says:

    Your devotion this morning was confirmation for me! I too was praying about a word for the year. God gave me two: surrender and accept. My hymn is I Surrender All and my verses are Romans 12:1-2. And Proverbs 3:5-10. I have been reading The Message and God has been using it to breathe fresh life into this weary woman who is tired of being that way! I am so thankful I read your devotion this morning. I am thankful for you!
    Father, as this new year begins I thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for your word! Help me focus my eyes on you and every morning offer my daily doings to you. Trusting in your path and your plan, accepting what you are doing in my life. Help me to not be wise in my own eyes but to seek you and honor you in all I do. Renew my mind with your word. Thank you for Jesus! In whose name I pray. AMEN!!

  48. Happy New Year Wendy! Thank you for your beautiful prayer. It says just what I would want to say. I love it! I used to think that I could not think of the “right words” for a prayer – and I don’t have the most eloquent way of speaking – but in my head it always sounds better. Now I know that God doesn’t care if we have the perfect wording – He just wants us to be sincere and share our hearts and lives with Him. It is really inspiring to read your prayer and know that it mirrors what I want. This past year I have asked God to help me be a woman after His own heart and to read it in your prayer confirms that I am on the right track. Thanks so much and may God continue to bless and guide you this new ear!

  49. Thank you as this on your blog and your posting on the Proverbs 31 Ministry are what I needed to read today. Five months ago, I move 900 miles to be closer to my son and his family. While I know the move was what the Lord wanted me to do, the transition has been far more difficult that I ever imagined it being. I need as you wrote in Proverbs 31 for today to make an offering of my new life here and all that it entails, the good and “the messy”.

  50. Wendy, much of what you write resonates with me. You had a post about marriage at one point that truly changed my perspective regarding the tough times that all marriages encounter. I printed it out, and it sits on my nightstand as a reminder. Today’s post also rang some bells….we should all strive for our “changes” to be lasting ones. The only way to make them last is through turning all of it over to God. My desire for a deeper relationship with my Creator will steer all other decisions. I will strive this year for all of my words, deeds, and what I hold in my heart to be a pleasing offering to Him. Thank you for your inspiration.

  51. Nancy Sternad says:

    “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” Romans 12:1a (The Message) – I like when you wrote “We can make all the resolutions we want, but we can’t change ourselves. But when we willingly offer our lives to God, He will change us.”

    It’s relieving to know their is a higher power and a hope to resolve my inefficiencies and worries, as I cannot handle them alone. My life needs Him, because without Him all hope is gone.

    With God I can move forward in 2014.

  52. Doris Rodriguez says:

    Happy New Year Wendy♥♥♥
    Thank you for your prayers and commitments in Christ Jesus. I pray for a renewed Spirit in me this year. After reading Romans 12 1-2 and reading your advice to “Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it…God brings the best out of you, develops well formed maturity in you” I’m certain this is my challenge for the New Year♥♥♥ In and through the blood Jesus shed for us I pray this to be the new and improved me, Amen♥♥♥

  53. Thank you so much for sharing your devotion on Proverbs 31. I was in awe that you used Romans 12. Just prior to reading my email from Proverbs 31, I read my kids devo from Jesus Calling and the verse for further reading was Romans 12:2. A true reminder that God works in mysterious and glorious ways! I can’t wait to read more of God’s word from your blog! Blessings!

  54. The verses God has given me are:

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

    Matthew 6:33 ~ “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

    Psalm 127:1 ~ Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

    All I have learned points back to this: if God is not the author, then I want no part of it! It’s that simple.

  55. Dear Wendy,
    This is EXACTLY what I needed to read today, this opportunity for a fresh new start. I’ve always had weight-loss goals or something of the like, but this year I will focus on what GOD’S goals are for me, and I can do this by simply asking Him, everyday! Thanks for such a great reminder; looking forward to this awesome study!

  56. Thank you Wendy. Happy New Year to you and your family. I needed this prayer for guidance in my prayer time. I confess I need my heart to be changed from the inside. God has answered my prayers. God bless you!

  57. Psalm 119:57-64 You are my portion, O Lord;I have said that I would keep Your words. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;Be merciful to me according to Your word. I thought about my ways,And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delayTo keep Your commandments. The cords of the wicked have bound me,But I have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,Because of Your righteous judgments. I am a companion of all who fear You,And of those who keep Your precepts. The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy;Teach me Your statutes.

    Heavenly Father, I come to you on the first day of this New Year grateful for your grace and unfathomable mercy unto me. I reflect on the works of your wondrous hand in my life, and I bow at your feet in awe of your sovereignty.

    Lord, you have a heart for me and your love is unfailing. My hearts cry is to be who you require and to submit to your authority. Cultivate a greater spirit of surrender and obedience. Let the fruit of the spirit continually be upon my countenance.

    Lord, I accept that my life is a passing mist. My treasure lies in the promise of eternal life made possible through the gift of your son, Jesus Christ, through whom I have received redemption. Guide me this year in putting you first in ALL things. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight (Ps. 19:14) When I am tempted to retreat into my own strength, turn me back to you and your word. Let my every breath, and step be governed by your precepts. You alone are the answer for every situation, every hearts desire and petition. Let me rest in the knowledge and wisdom that You are more than enough. I rebuke loneliness and restlessness in Jesus name. The Joy of The Lord is my strength. (Neh 8:10) My specific prayer of marriage, I surrender it to your perfect will and timing. (Jer. 29:11) Thank you for drawing your blood line around me, and hiding me under the shadow of your wing. For making beauty for ashes, thank you. For being the God of all comfort, thank you Abba Father. You have kept my feet from shame and condemnation, and my refrain to you is Thou Art my Portion oh Lord! You are Lord of all and the lover of my soul. Thank you for keeping that which I have committed unto you, until that day (2 Tim 1:12).

    Teach me to use every resource and provision you grant wisely. Make me a better steward. Let me be of influence everywhere my feet tread to the Glory of God and for the upbuilding of your kingdom in Jesus name, Amen!

    • Andrea,
      This is beautiful. I love the part in the middle where you rebuke loneliness and restlessness. As I continue to struggle with parts of my life, I feel that I am constantly asking the Holy Spirit to help me stand. Thank you for your beautiful words.

  58. Bernadette says:

    My word for the year is intentional. I want to be more intentional about spending time with God, with my kids, with my friends, and in my actions. I don’t have a particular verse yet, but a friend made me a booklet of sorts with verses on note cards that I flip through each morning while I get dressed and God has been revealing different truths each day through his word. I pray that he continues to reach out to me and that I can intentionally make the time each day to hear from him.

  59. Thank you, Wendy. I had the privilege of sharing your prayer challenge with family and friends. May The Lord continue to uphold you and bless your ministry!

  60. Good Morning, Wendy! Happy New Year to you and your family. I am so glad I took the time to read your blog post today because I found it to be so very inspiring. First off, I wanted to mention that I took the time to start a new tradition this year and encourage my other sisters to do the same if they are interested. I made a blessings jar where I put everything God has blessed me with over the upcoming year and then I will read them on New Year’s Eve this year as a reflection on all the good God has done in my life. Starting the new year off on a positive note is very important to me as it allows me to put the past behind me and focus more on the present and my relationship with God. There are so many verses that came to my mind for my New Year’s Prayer which include Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. Above all else, I want to continue loving myself and others for the good of God’s kingdom and endure happiness, peace and good health in my life through my faith and trust in the Lord. I am optimistic that 2014 will bring many blessings to me and others all across this great world. I encourage everyone to remain faithful in their daily time with the Lord through His word and in prayer. I have found this gives me the most peace in my life.

  61. Vonnie Kronk says:

    Thank you for your beautiful prayer. I pray often daily BUT they are prayers someone else has started & I share them to get the words right since I can’t because of my brain injury accident.

  62. I have always thought that I don’t know how to pray. Is there a right way? A wrong way? I’ve always been the type to read so many daily devotionals that I over do it. I’d love to learn how to have a real relationship with God. I looks forward to being part of your bible study and focusing the new year on just being.

    • LeeAnn Bjortvedt says:

      Hi! Your post called out to me.:) In my mind there is no wrong or right way to pray. God hears everything we say to him. He also sees what is in our hearts. And he knows of every tear. For me, I talk to Jesus as He is our Savior and we are to walk with Him. I just talk to him mostly through journalling. And as I go through my day. I’m reading a great book right now…The Power of a praying woman. It does not teach you to pray, but it helps you go through issues to help you grow cloaer to God! Please let me know if you have any questions:) take care and God bless.

      • Heather Leckey says:

        Journaling is a great way! I sometimes feel like I don’t know how to pray either, and when I’m struggling for words…then I YouTube a song and use that. Laura Story’s songs are good ones that I like!

  63. Lord, this year I claim Matthew 5:16. I will spend the year letting my light shine, not so that others will see me or focus on me, but so they will see the works I have done as a result of knowing You and that will point them to You. I will not cower this year fearing that my actions are not good enough – instead I will trust in You and know that anything I do in Your will with a servants heart You will receive in honor and that is what I will spend the year attempting to do – honor You. This year, I will shine for You.

  64. Thank you so much for this post and the devotional on P31. 2013 was one of the messiest years of my life due to some very bad choices I made. I have been feeling very hopeless going into the new year and really had not wanted to make a new years resolution. Your thoughts on focusing on being changed by God were just what I needed to hear and would love to read your book. I will ask the Lord for hope in 2014. Thanks again!

  65. Jn.11:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

    Dear Father, I long to see Your glory on the earth as in Heaven…Let my faith be increased that I might be a part of what You are doing on this earth. Help me be like Joshua and Caleb who were able to enter the Promised Land because they knew YOU…and that You are strong, mighty and willing! …..

  66. Carolee Aiello says:

    O Lord we thank you for your unending blessings that are all around us. Bless us with ears to hear your quiet voice amidst earthly distractions, and fill us with a heart that reflects your wisdom. Help us to stand in courage and step out as light in the world’s dark places. You Word shows us the way, all we have to do is believe and walk in your ways to glorify You, the Creator of All. May You bless this ministry across nations, that women with devoted hearts to you, would nurture seeds of Your love in places Your will leads us. We are empty vessels without your Holy Spirit dwelling in us to shine hope in a dark world. May the miles we travel over a lifetime, offer the world the sweet aroma of Jesus, as an offering to our Heavenly Father. Hosanna in the Highest!

  67. Tracy in NJ says:

    This is the new year’s prayer I wrote to share with the prayer group from church:

    Behold! I am doing a new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19)

    Father God, on this first day of the new year we come before You with awe and reverence that You would claim us as Your children, and extreme gratitude that while Your children were still far away and lost in sin, Your love for us was so great that You sent Your only son Jesus, in whose name we now pray, to die for us and draw us to Yourself. LORD, we love You. Father we thank you for those feelings of a fresh start that often accompany a new year. This year, help us to recognize those stirrings of restlessness or desire for change within us as Your voice calling each one of us to draw closer to You. This year open our eyes to the new thing You desire to do in each of us. This year speak to us in a way that makes it impossible to ignore Your call Lord and go on living status quo. This year make a pathway in our own personal wilderness of anger, or bitterness, or doubt, or fear, or shame, or disappointment, or disillusionment, or apathy that leads directly to the cross and ultimately to You. This year LORD, create in the wasteland that is sometimes our own life, flowing rivers of unspeakable joy as we come to know You better. Come LORD, as a rushing river that sweeps us forward caught in Your own power to whatever task You have for each one of us in building Your kingdom here and now. AMEN!

  68. My prayer this year is to be the best minister’s wife & court administrator I can be. I always want to be there for my husband! I also pray God places me in the area of ministry at my church where I need to be & to be the Godly mother to my adult children I should be. We begin a new year with new ministerial responsibilities so I am full of excitement!

  69. (Promise of Eternal Life)

    My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29 (NIV)

  70. Thank for this encouraging post. I’ve been thinking about the New Year and what I hope it brings for me. Not wanting to make all the resolutions that I never keep, dieting is usually the top of the list. This year I was thinking that putting more effort into my marriage, realizing the things that drew us together. When I read the verse it really spoke to me and I realize this is what I need to help with all aspects of my life. In the next few days I hope to write my own prayer and continue this throughout the year.

    Holly

  71. Orenda Smith says:

    For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death. Psalm 48:14

  72. Happy New Year Wendy.
    i have had an end of year thay could be described as sweet and sour. today i woke up still not at peace. after a shorr prayer, i opened my new devotional on joy and it nd prayed then the first reading from muand it started with a promise from John 10:10 that the enemy comes to steal but Jesus comes that we may have life and have it to the full.

    then i read an article from a non-follower of Jesus living whatever time she has left on earth, with her cancer, to the fullest.

    my prayer that i will write later tonight will be one of living life to the fullest with thanksgiving and that this fruit will show wherevere i am especially in an office of non-believers.

    thank you again wendy and have a happy new year

    peace,
    Sally

  73. Holy Father, this year I claim Psalms 51:10. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” I ask this so You can change and transform me. Then I will be free to walk in obedience according to your Word and restored to perfect fellowship with You. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  74. Charlotte Autrey says:

    I was sitting in worship at my church last Sunday when I sensed God laying the following on my heart –God-centered, not self-centered life. If I could truly get a handle on living my life that way, it would be a life of true service, kindness, love and Christ-likeness. I look forward to the So That study!!

  75. Dear Wendy,

    What a great way to start the year – with prayer! My goal for 2014 is to draw closer to God as a way of life – to seek Him with my whole heart and to delight in His presence. My word of the year is Delight, and my corresponding verse is Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord …” I know the verse continues, but my focus is to fully know Him as my heart’s desire.

  76. angela taylor says:

    Hi Wendy, This is the prayer I prayed last night to God for the year,
    Dear Lord I thank you for all the was You have changed me this year and only You know the crooked road I have taken to get this far. You have had me teach children bible study and even co- teach an adult study thing I would never have seen me doing a year ago. Thank you from my body soul and self. I only ask that You keep me wanting more of you than anything else like I do now. I can’t wait to see where you put me next for I know I can do it for you will never leave me. You are my hope strength love joy. Thank you Lord for loving me even when I don’t deserve it. TRhank you for you grace to teach me love. But most of all lord I thank you for Christ Jesus and the blood he shed for us. I love You Lord God Amen.

    Angela

  77. Ephesians 3:17-19 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”

    Lord, may this year be one where I am rooted and grounded in Christ to experience the wonder of Christ in me, the hope of glory. May God’s love be my guiding light to direct my steps in righteousness and peace. Praise the Lord that He is my hope in every situation and I can reign in life with the Lord Jesus, overcoming death, Satan and the world and more importantly, my self.

  78. I tripped, I stumbled, and I fell. Your words give me the courage to pick myself off and start running the race again. Better yet, your words give me a game plan. One I can follow, knowing that your words of encouragement are only a finger tip away. Thanks for allowing God to use you to minister to us in need!! Praise God for new beginnings!
    Cheryl

  79. Jeffery Lynn says:

    Starting the Daniel Plan this year, and I was reading the book preparing to focus on making healthy choices the scripture in Galatians 5:23-24 spoke to me. Lord I know only you can change my bad habits, I, in my power have tried and failed. I am looking at Jesus and his life on earth and asking you Lord to empower me with the fruits of the Spirit as I am changed through your word. Give me love for all mankind Lord, give me peace with each situation I am in, as I choose to make healthier choices Lord give me patience with faith in you for the results you want for me, Lord may I be kind to others always, and with goodness be faithful to reading your word and spending more and more time talking to you. Lord I ask you to touch me with gentleness, and change me from the inside to have self-control over the wrong foods for the body you have given me, along with self-control to be fit for Jesus. In all things I praise you Lord and ask in your most Holy name, Amen.

  80. Thank you Wendy for being here and praying for a happy new year for you and your ministries.
    I have always considered myself a Christian and have always had faith. However over the years it seems I have lost my way somehow. I remember how easy it was as a child to pray and to know Jesus is with me. I feel like i have forgotten how to pray. The life path that I have taken seemed to lead me farther and farther away not closer as I would like. Even as a sinner Jesus has always been evident in my life in the background picking me up when I have fallen. I am so greatful for his Amazing Grace!
    My pledge this year will be to be stronger. The Lord knows I can’t make it on my own. Two plus years ago I had a bout with Thyroid cancer. Totally unexpected (ladies get checked!) I found out in a tiny little doctors office and the world as I knew it crashed. My husband drove us home and during the trip we noticed one of those license plates you see on cars.. IS 41 10…. my Husband, bless him trying to keep my mind off of everything began trying to get me to solve the riddle and concluded suprisingly that it was scripture. .. Isaiah 41:20. “Fear not for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. ” He is my rock and my salvation. I pray for his strength for me, my family and this country. That verse is my mantra. Thank you for listening!

  81. Vida ursic says:

    John15 I just recognized it’s the Father that imparts the fruit process the gift the pruning after our adult sons visited us this Christmas I see how they want to identify with their dad my husband and today I want to identify in asking the father to lead me to be a more fruit bearing woman daughter exalting Jesus and thanking the Holy Spirit who empowers this process More of god being glorified and less awareness of me .

  82. Precious Father I thank you for who You are in our lives. I thank you for allowing me to be here to celebrate a new year and I thank you for bringing us through the pains last year, for being with us through the valleys of losing Mom and having a grandson with special needs. It was a hard year – 2013, and you know Father I was so ready for it to end. Thank you for your love and grace oh how we praise you! Thank you for precious memories. Thank you for blessing us with our first grandchild. May I strive this year to please you as I simplify, as I minister to my Bible study friends and as I minister to my family. May I always be able to show your love no matter what is going on around me. In your most Holy name I pray, JESUS. Amen!

    My verses I am clinging to as I strive for more simplicity this year are: Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness, and these things will be given to you as well”. As I seek first His kingdom, it is my prayer this year that I will simplify my life physically and mentally so that I will have more time to devote to ministry.

    And this is my other favorite for 2014: Hebrews 12:1-2 states, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…”

    May I daily fix my eyes on Him in 2014 no matter what comes my way!

  83. After a horrific year that had God taking 3 of our very close family members home to be with Him, one of them only 31. Not knowing where to turn but His word but really not finding what I needed. Then 2 months after we thought our lives were returning to the “new” normal without our loved ones I had a stroke and could not speak. I could think the words in my head but not get them out. The week before I had been reading in my Bible Be still and know that I am God and I thought all right but when I couldn’t speak the words God really put the words on my heart, now you have to be still, you have to know that I am God.

  84. Teresa Case says:

    Lord, I thank You for Your mercy and Your grace. You pour out on me exceedingly, abundantly above all I could ask or think. I praise You for the amazing privilege of being called Your child, a beloved daughter of the King. As this new year begins, help me to remember that my one job in this life is to make Jesus look good. Help me to honor and exalt You in all I say and do. Help me to remember that my weight loss goal is PEACE and not lower numbers on the scale. Glorifying You with my food choices and turning to You for comfort and help instead of to food is my desire. I leave our children in Your hands, asking You to do whatever it takes to draw them to You, yet asking You for mercy even though the way may get difficult for them. I will trust them — and the rest of my life — to You and Your sovereignty. I love You, Daddy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  85. Hi Wendy,
    What a wonderfully inspirational prayer. I’ve been praying for God to use me and lead me so that I may live my life for His purpose and no longer mine. I recognize that my family is my first ministry but lately I know that I can do more. These past few days, God has been prompting me to lead a women’s small group in my church. It is a big leap for me but amazingly He has been providing scripture and different ways to prepare me for it. This New Year’s prayer is not only encouraging it is providing direction. I must change my thoughts, my priorities and my goals. Please pray that I remain obedient and that it is only God’s approval that I seek. I choose to put Jesus first in my life. I want to know his love for people. I will faithfully continue to read the Proverbs 31 daily devotionals for encouragement in my journey. May God continue to bless all you ladies that bring encouragement to so many of us, especially on those days when it is difficult to keep going.
    Love you all!

  86. Joshua 1:9 ESV / “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
    Thank you God for making the last 18 months of change so doable with your guidance. I am choosing to believe that we are exactly where you want us to be. That you are guiding my family through this season of change in our lives. My prayer is that you will keep me calm and confident as you lead us in our ministry here in our new city. That I will continue to trust you and believe that you are guiding us. Help me to take the time to talk to you each and every day and ask for your guidance as I build my new friendships, volunteer work in our new church and in caring or my family. I do believe you are there with me each and every day! AMEN!!

  87. My focus is on fear not. I am focusing on
    Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    .Isaiah 43:2-5 ESV When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.

  88. Debbie B. says:

    Happy New Year all! :) This is my first time posting on your blog Wendy. I have been getting daily emails from Encouragement Today for some time but only make time to read them once in a while. I read one a couple of days ago and came over to this blog and I love it. I am signed up to do the OBS study “Made To Crave” and this will be my third OBS. I LOVE THEM!!!!!! There always fun and really awesome and Melissa is just the cutest thing. I’m thrilled to see that your new book is next!!! This offering pray is just perfect for me. I received 2 journals for Christmas so I started one of them with this prayer. :) I have copied it down just as you have it written and added 2 1/2 lines at the end for what I need to accomplish in 2014. At the end of the prayer I added to the last line and added two more lines. “Let YOUR LOVE and YOUR WORD shape my life [and the lives of all who come in contact with me. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE THROUGH ME TO ALL!! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD THROUGH ME!!] This is my prayer offering. I ask this in Jesus’ [precious] Name, AMEN!!” Thank you so much Wendy for posting this prayer, I need it and it’s an awesome way to start my New Year. I went to a special prayer meeting at my church last Sunday night, and was told by the pastor that he was hearing from God that I had something that I was holding back on that I needed to do. Something that I have been just sitting back in the shadows and watching, but not really getting into and that I need to be more involved. He was right, it’s all my children and their faith and closeness to God, especially the last two, 16 and 17, that sill live at home with me. I just started going to this church this past summer and have continually asked them to go with me, but have not insisted. They don’t really like meeting people and always feel awkward and don’t want to leave their comfort zones. I finally got them to go to the Christmas Eve service with me as a Christmas present and they liked it well enough. Turns out that my daughter knows one of the girls that sang, from choir at their school. I didn’t make them go this past Sunday, but starting this week I’m going to threaten to take things away from them if they don’t start going. Also another lady told me at the prayer meeting, that she was hearing that I will be a great voice for God this year. That was awesome!! I have started these online bible studies where thousands of women see what I have to say about God, and I’ve been thinking hard about starting a blog of my own. I love to share and can’t think of a better thing to share than God, (and food). I also love to cook!! Also, I don’t participate in Social Media of any kind. I don’t really trust that bad things won’t come of it, but I think God’s been laying it on my heart to get involved to share Him with others. So I’m going to start something, not sure which one yet, and trust God to use it for His good. All of my children have at least one or two Social Media accounts so this will be a great way to reach them too. Again, thank you Wendy for the time and effort you put into this blog, and for the awesome pray. It is going to make my new year a year for SHINING GODS LIGHT!!!! I will also try to read my Encouragement For Today, everyday. :)

  89. Thank you so much for being God’s vessel for Him to speak to me. He lead me straight to this study. 2013 was an extremely difficult year for me. My son Trron died at only 3 years old, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and I had to divorce and send my ex husband to prison. I believe that all of these trials were for a reason, and all part of Gods plan for my life. This year I want to offer every area of my life to Him, to serve HIM. I signed up for the made to crave online bible study, and I look forward to diving into Gods word to find my verses to make my personal prayer! God bless all of you
    Tara

  90. Marsha Aldridge says:

    Thank you for your beautiful blog. As always it hits right home. My verse for this year that will fit so nicely is Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

    Clearly there is work to do on my part but I believe my biggest failure was not holding still long enough for God to speak to me, to show me his path and to shine his light at my feet. 2014 is the year of Jubilee and will be the beginning of a new life.

    After 48 years of being busy busy busy…. I will be still.

  91. Jeanie Kelley says:

    Dear Jesus, As we come to the beginning of 2014 I am humbled that you have given each one of us a second chance at this life. Trying our best to live up to what you are wanting of us. My focus verse Lord is Psalm 119:15 which says I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. Lord help me to meditate on you daily with your word and way. Lord I pray for each woman represented here. Be with each one as they go through their lives. We love you Lord for all you have done. I pray in your name, Amen.

  92. I love God so very much, and totally give Him everything, even my deepest secret Yanna fears. So when I saw this during my daily time with God I wrote it down everywhere. New calendar, journal, paper in my pocket. “Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait upon the LORD!” Psalm 31:24. I love this. I trust Him, I wait. To know He knows to encourage me to be strong and my heart needs to take courage is the best God ever. He knows us. He really knows us. Happy New Year and may God’s Face shine upon you and your loved ones. Be strong! Let your heart take courage as you wait!

  93. Thank all of you for your wonderful words of inspiration and encouragement. Lately I have found myself praying for the Holy Spirit to fill me from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. For me, this comes from a strong desire to be filled with God’s strength, wisdom and conviction. The verse is Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” Not by my strength or will, not with your help, but through Him! Through His strength!

    Lord God,
    You are my awesome Creator! The Maker of my body and soul. You know me from the inside – my strengths and my weaknesses, yet You chose me!

    Lord, I want to do Your will. I desire to do it, but I am weak and easily give up and lose my way. Strengthen me with the Holy Spirit today so that I may do so through Your strength. Give me my daily bread so that I may be reinvigorated and refreshed.

    Thank you for caring for me!
    Amen

  94. Martha T. says:

    Your devotional and the blog posting today are very good! I really like the verses that you shared from Isaiah 55.

  95. Mychelle Sloan says:

    Thank you so much Wendy,
    I do not make resolutions, I do have a plan to memorize more scripture this year.
    Your devotional really touched my heart. Life can be so overwhelming just getting through the next minute at times. This was a great reminder.
    Really looking forward to your new book, thank you.
    Lord bless you and keep you in His care daily,
    Mychelle

  96. I received a New Year’s poem that will be my prayer…

    Wishes for the new year

    Faith that increases, walking in light;

    Hope that abounds, happy and bright;

    Love that is perfect, casting out fear;

    This will insure a happy New Year.

    Peace in the Savior, rest at his feet,

    Smile on his countenance, radiant and sweet.

    Joy in his presence, Christ every near!

    This will insure a happy New Year.

    -Frances Ridley Havergal

  97. My prayer for 2014 is Jeremiah 29:11-13. My son died in 2011 and this year I am concentrating on my healing and relationship with God to help me move forward. My prayer is:

    God, I know you have good plans for me this year. Plans to prosper me and to not harm me, plans to give me hope for the future. God I will call upon you and come to you in prayer and know that you will hear me. I will seek you with all of my heart and find you. Help me to move forward this year and to honor Jeremy with my life.

  98. Meg Derosier says:

    Wendy

    Thank you for your devotional this morning! It didnt take long for the Lord to bring to mind a verse for me for this year I also have a word for this year as well.

    Here is my prayer: That I may seek the Lord with all my heart and draw closer to him. I pray that he would heal me of my itching and my jaw problems and that this year would be a year of new beginnings!

    The word that he gave for me is Seek!

    • Meg Derosier says:

      Oh and Here is the verse that he gave me Psalm 27:4!

      One thing that i ask from the Lord, this only do I seek; that i may dwell in the house in the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and the seek him in his temple.

      Also I am adding to my prayer that I may be quick to forgive,

  99. Ephesians 3:20 “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (MSG)

  100. Not too long before the end of the year I realized that I give “lip service” to believing in prayer — I ask people to pray for me and I say that I believe in prayer but I don’t pray . . . I do pray during the day but stop and listen to God prayer is not done daily. So my prayer for the new year . . .

    Holy Father, help me to pray every day and in that prayer time help me to listen. Just last Sunday the pastor made a comment about You being ready to listen more than we are ready to pray. Please help me not be this person. Help me be ready to pray and ready to listen each and every day in a time of quiet.

  101. Monica A. says:

    What a perfect prayer to start the new year. I want to try to live by Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

    Happy New Year!

  102. Today’s devotional was right in line with my own preparations for the new year. I love how God confirms a message to me using completely unrelated sources!! At our church service last night, my pastor challenged us to enter the new year with the Word as our top priority. Referring to John 1:1, he reminded us that “In the beginning was the Word” – and he encouraged us to make sure that our steps forward remain in line with God’s Word. As I was sitting in Starbucks earlier today, I decided to use John 1:1 as my verse for the year. This afternoon, I read today’s devotional – and it confirmed by decision to apply John 1:1! I want to keep God and His Word as top priorities in my life – in the beginning of each day, I want to ensure that God is guiding my steps. My prayer for this year will focus on John 1:1 – by starting with the Word, I can incorporate all of God’s promises into my daily life. Thanks to Proverbs 31 for pouring into my life in so many ways – devotionals, online bible studies, She Speaks, and radio spots on K-LOVE! Many blessings for 2014 – and beyond!! :-)

    • Heather Leckey says:

      I love that you picked a verse and will use it all year! I think I will do the same thing!!! Thank you!

  103. Tanya Tomasovich says:

    Your post today was a wonderful way to start off the New Year! Thank you! I pray many times during the day, and I also attend weekly bible study group as well as do daily bible readings on my own. My all time favorite verse is Mt11:28-30, Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” “For my burden is easy and my yoke is light.” My life with Jesus is truly like this, and I live it, and it works! For example yesterday around 5:30 pm we took our dog for a quick ride to Giant Eagle so I could run in and grab a few necessary items. The store was so busy it being New Years Eve, and the lines were long! I called my husband John to tell him I was in line but it was going to be awhile. He told me the hummer wouldn’t star at. He called our neighbor Bobby to give us a jump. When I got out side( it was so cold, in the teens.) Bobby was giving our vehicle a jump but our car wouldn’t turn over. My husband is on oxygen, but was out( they didn’t deliver it). Anyway as I sat in our car, I prayed to Jesus to just let it start so we could go home. When my husband jumped in, he wasn’t looking good or berating well. I gave him two baby aspirins as I was worried about his heart. He has a heart condition, asthma, and emphysema too. He ended up calling tripe A. Bobby waited with us. When AAA finally came they tested our battery and said it was fully charged. The three guys were under the hood, checking out what they could. I was inside with my dog praying now for my husband, for him to be ok. Totally didn’t care about the car at this point. Long story short, a tow truck was being dispatched. Bobby would drive me, our dog, and the groceries home. John had to wait. I did not want to leave him but I trust in our Lord! John went to wait inside the lobby of the eagle where it was warm at least( but they were closing soon.) he waited, it took awhile, and the store closed, he had to go out in to the cold SUV to wait. When he got inside he tried turning it over, and it did! He called off the tow truck, called me, told me what happened and said he was on his way home. The good Lord had answered both my prayers, He kept my husband safe, healthy, and brought us home safe! Thank you Lord Jesus! He always provides for us, those who believe in Him, and ask him for help. We are not rich in material possessions but we are rich in the Love and Faith of our Lord and Savior! … And that is what is important! Thanks be to God!

  104. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. Just this past year have been learning to truly pray God’s Word as my own. As one who struggles with praying, learning that God is so okay with us using his Word to personally talk to him. May God continue to bless the Proverbs 31 ministry this next year. Has been a great blessing to me!

  105. I just wanted to enter in and to say thank you for the prayer you wrote in the devotional. I’m working on strengthening my prayer life. My spiritual resolutions are to pray out loud together with my fiancé and to have quiet time with The Lord. I will be writing down your prayer to use throughout the year. May God bless you and your work.

  106. LeeAnn Bjortvedt says:

    Hi ladies. I am so looking forward to this new book!:) My word for this year is forgiveness. I have a lot of things I am holding onto that are completly unecessary in God’s eyes. I desire a pure forgiving heart as God has for His children. I need to put the past gently away where it belongs and live each day to its fullest! Here are some of the scriptures that are my inspiration…..Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:15. My favorite, that touched my spirt the most is, Matthew 18:21-22. In this conversation with Jesus, Peter asks if he is to forgive 7 times and Jesus say no, sevent times seven. Basically as long as it takes! And to forget is an important part too! I am going to enjoy each moment to its fullest and pick up my cross and carry it along side Jesus Christ!

  107. Wendy – I woke up today with my head swirling thinking about all of the changes I want to make in the new year and not knowing where to begin. After reading your message and reflecting over what you had written, a peace came over me knowing that I don’t have to have all of the answers. I just have to be willing to offer myself to God with an open heart & soul asking Him to guide me to His will. Last year my goal was to read the whole bible. Yesterday I finished. Although I didn’t understand everything I read, I know God guided me throughout the year as I did my daily reading, reflected and prayed. This year I’m going to delve deeper in the word and see what God has planned for me.

  108. Heather Leckey says:

    Dear wonderful Lord,

    Please be with me this New Year. Like really, WITH.ME. With my baptism being in 2013, my sister’s baptism in 2013 too…this will be the first whole year where I want to be all about you. I want to think of you where-ever I go, whatever I do, whomever I’m with. Please help me speak your word to others and be as loving as possible.

    Help me in March when I begin this book study, as I know how much I will learn. Currently, you have been with through A Confident Heart as I am in week 5. I learn a new thing about you every morning. Please help remind me that as long as I am broken, that I am beautiful.

    My goal is pray every single day. I want to have you in my heart. All of you, with me.

    Amen.

  109. I want to be a girl after God’s will. I want it to be evident in my life. I want this to be a year of change and intentional growth.

  110. Phil 4: 4-8 speaks of gratitude to the Lord for all that He has given and prayer for everything which is my heart’s cry. Only the Lord has the ability to save my family and draw us into right relationship with Him. My deepest longing is for my family to desire God above all else.

  111. Marilyn in East Texas says:

    ” You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace, the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

  112. My prayer is from Micah 6:8,
    Dear Heavenly Father, help me today to move in your strength not mine. May I do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with you Father.

    In Jesus Name,
    amen

  113. Wendy,
    I am sitting here now, kids in bed, with my loving husband in the hospital. He is a cancer patient, who now has an infection. We have been praying constantly for him and his healing. This week has been hard, so hard. I commit this new year to the Lord, who I believe is making sense of our currently messy life, and who is working hard to straighten everything out. It’s hard to remain strong, hard to let go and know that God is taking care of the future when the future is scary. I am so tired of being afraid of everyday, of fearing more bad news…I just pray for some small touch of hope in the coming days for my husband and our family. Something. Your prayer is beautiful and meaningful. We need hope now, we need encouragement now. Everyday of this year. Thank you.

  114. Wendy, thank you so much for today’s Prov. 31. It is everything I am feeling, but couldn’t put into words. The verse that comes to mind is: Ps. 37:4-5 “Delight thyself and, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.Commit thy way onto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass” My desire is to be the offering.

  115. Looking forward to the quiet time this week to meditate on these verses and write my New Years prayer… “Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:2, 11 NIV)

    • Thanks for sharing your prayer – it mirrors what I want also. I pray that I will have an undivided heart and draw nearer to my Lord and Savior this year. Lord help me to be a woman after your own heart. Thanks you Lord for Your faithfulness and love. Jeremiah 29:13 says if we will seek him with all our heart, we will find him – and that is my goal this year.

  116. Phil 4:13 comes to me with this prayer…My family and I have several challenges ahead in this year with health issues. I am praying to God to relieve my pain and not allow it to turn worse as I have to teenagers depending on me as their single mom. I know that God can answer prayers and I hope this is one that fits within His will.

  117. I was so discouraged earlier. I made all of these “resolutions” and broke them all. I decided that before I went to bed I was going to read all of my daily devotions from Proverbs 31 Ministries (I won’t delete them until I read them & they were backing up). I brought my iPad to bed. I looked at my two-year-old son and he had fallen asleep with a book of Bible verses tightly clutched in his hand. I just sat here and cried. When I was feeling sorry for myself for a few slip-ups, my son was clinging to God’s word. I believe that God showed me this to remind me of what is important – staying close to Him. After I posted a sweet pic of this on Facebook, I sat down and read all of my devotions. The last one was yours. It was exactly what I needed. I read the scripture over and over again. Then I prayed your prayer from the bottom of my heart. I want to give myself to the Lord daily. It is my sincere hope to make time for Him every single day. Thank you for reminding me of what is important, just as God did moments ago. Praise His holy name!!

  118. Dedra Greene says:

    I read your email this morning about doing a scriptural based prayer. I wrote down scriptures about anger and bitterness. In the mean time I ended up getting in an argument with my husband. My prayer was born after this argument. The Lord gave me these scriptures for my prayer: Ephesians 4:31-32, Proverbs 10:12-13. I prayed a prayer asking the Lord to increase my understanding of my husband and along with that to have compassion. I asked the Lord to help me to forgive the way Christ forgave me. You see sometimes I get angry with my husband, so angry that it is so hard for me to let go of my anger. The anger is shown in a silent attitude. A bad attitude. I need the Lord to keep me from holding a grudge.

  119. I just finished reading your devotional message about New Years, and I do understand the whole resolution thing, being that I seem to of never completely kept one! And after reading the prayer you wrote, I have a different perspective on our need to change from the inside out, by offering God our heart and to be in his company more often everyday!! Thank you so much for your encouragement, will look forward to your new book and bible study also……Luan S.

  120. Stephanie says:

    Isaiah 58:11 is my verse / prayer for 2014. I can’t see God with my natural eyes and sometimes doubt that He’s really guiding my life but He always let’s me know He’s with me at just the right moment when I’m about to seriously start doubting His presence either through a worship song or creation or another personal way. It increases my faith and trust in Him and I long to daily grow closer to my Creator, my Savior, my Heavenly Father, My precious Jesus.

  121. Thanks for your devotional. I loved how it reworded a very familiar verse and brought to light the little moments of every day that build into the total sacrifice. So my resolution is to commit all the little moments and challenges through out my day. I like how you said to write out a prayer and start the day with it to keep us focused. Thanks

  122. Just what I needed to start 2014! I read the P31 devotion late last night and knew I had to come back to it this morning to spend some time in that prayer and my own after the kids were off to school. 2013 had it’s challenges as every year does. We struggled financially as my husband is a small business owner and i work only part time in an effort to stay home with our 4 children. I allowed that specific struggle to affect so many other areas of my life, particularly my relationship with God, my relationship with my husband and our family focus on God. I know that so many aspects of my life depend on my relationship with God so I am spending this day creating my own prayer of offering, creating (or rather cleaning an existing) area where I can spend time daily in the Word and creating a schedule for myselfto regain lost ground in my relationship with my Savior know that is the only way to recover what has been missing in other areas of my life. You are a blessing Wendy!

    • Amber Donnelly says:

      I am so excited for the chance to start fresh for the New Year! It’s a new beginning for my family and I. My focus is on Jesus and how I can be used to bring people to Christ. I am volunteering at the senior center this year, along with my kids. Bringing joy to others and showing my kids the value of putting others before themselves is a gift that will be used throughout their lives. We have so much, it’s time to give of our time and money!!

  123. I worked in my prayer last night. Faith is my word for the yea and part of my prayer.

    Dear Lord, my Jehovah Jireh, the One who will Provide for me. I pray that my faith will help me Know what I ask for I will receive and to be certain of what I can see. I pray even though I may not see, I will believe and I will ask and I will receive. You are the only one who can complete me and fill the holes in my life. I pray that if I have more trust in you, my family, my friends and I will have better relationships and will grow closer to you. I know that with you I can move mountains if I just believe, trust and have the FAITH. 2014 is going to be a great year for my family and myself. We are going to have the FAITH that only You can provide and we will not lack for anything we NEED! Thank you for being born in a lowly stable and most of all for dying on the cross for my sins. You are all we need! Amen.

  124. I just read this post this morning. Yesterday, I posted my New Year’s post. God also has me paying attention to the process and not just the end goal. I choose a word each year that hopefully will define the year. This year, my word is STEPS. I don’t want to miss what God is doing along the way. My verse is Psalm 37:23, “A man’s steps are established by the LORD, and He takes pleasure in his way”. My initial prayer for this year is that the LORD establish my steps so that it brings Him pleasure.

    Happy New Year!

  125. Thank you for your devotion. I struggle in the area of prayer: not knowing what to say or if what I’m saying is the right thing. Your prayer helps me and teaches me. Your devotion also helps me and teaches me where to look in the Bible to find verses for the other areas of my life I struggle with: being a better Christian, better wife and better mom. I do regularly recite my favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you, plans to give you hope and a future, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” If I had to choose a prayer offering for the New Year, I would have to say that verse would be a good start. Happy New Year and many blessings to you!

  126. I pray that 2014 is the year that I become the wife and mother that God wants me to be – not so quick-tempered, more patient and intentional…not just “going through the motions” of life!

  127. Thanks so much for this devotion. I really love the Prov 31 Ministries. I am so glad I found you all. This devotion was really what I needed this New Year. I have started so many selfish “resolutions” that have failed misrably. I am commiting to offer my life to God this year and let him change me. I have always had a hard time with God’s love because of my past, but I am letting it go and letting God fill me. I think of this verse:

    Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    I am a conqueror through Christ!
    Thanks again for all the Proverbs 31 ministries do for others! You guys are amazing.

  128. Wendy,

    You always amaze me with the words God puts on your heart to share. I was talking with my children about what we should focus on to change in the New Year. I was thinking more of worldly things example, making there beds, cleaning there rooms, but after reading your message yetserday God put it on my heart Psalms139. Also, I felt the instruction to teach the whole chapter to my children . We will be learning a verse a week, so that we can focus on it. This weeks vs. is Psalms 139:1…you have searched me , Lord and you know me.

    Thank you for you heart for caring for the woman and our hearts,

    Blessings, Melody

  129. Ann Souza says:

    I am so grateful for this ministry! I love and need the daily encouragement! I am praying for a fresh start this year, 2013 had been tough! I am looking forward to the new year and this post was a great way to start. I’m always seeking new ways to connect with my family. It is difficult with the ‘busy’ lifestyles around us. Your daily ministry lets me know that I’m not alone. I pray for God to continue to bless and protect all of you.

  130. Thank you Wendy! Your words have given me the encouragement that I needed to make a positive change in my life. After losing my Dad last year, my faith has strengthened tremendously. I need now to continue my journey and make my life more of an offering to God. Your prayer is the best way for me to start off 2014! May God continue to bless you and your wonderful ministry.
    Thank you!

  131. Rosemarie says:

    Desiring the BEST YEAR of MY LIFE. Father to Worship YOU, to Esteem Others, to Tame My Tongue, to Fear YOU, to Count the Cost. I offer all this to you for a BRIGHTER, HOPE FILLED YEAR.

  132. Denise Akkerman says:

    I LOVE the offering concept and what came to my mind was adding to my prayer that my offering would be pleasing and acceptable to my Lord! Thanks, Wendy, for the encouragement and challenge.

  133. Working on my prayer but focusing on being more intentional in sharing God with my kids and respecting my husband. Thank you for pointing me to James and proverbs to control my tongue.

  134. Stephanie says:

    Your devotion is exactly what I needed today, I am ready to make some changes in my life this year and the verses and prayer you included are so inspirational. God bless and I look forward to reading your book in March.

  135. kph wildcat says:

    Thank you for this beautiful new years offering prayer. It was definitely what I needed to read and imprint on my heart and soul as we begin another year. More of Him and less of Me is something I desperately seek but fall short on every day. I get bogged down by daily life and forget the bigger picture. I will keep my eyes and heart on the Son! Blessings to you and Proverbs 31 ministry.

  136. Thank you for this post and your devo Wendy! God has much on my heart for 2014, but one thing I’ll specifically share here…taking care of me. As a wife, mom to 5 and women in ministry I often busy myself taking care of every one else, but God has been reminding I’ll do better at that when I first take care of myself – physically and spiritually.

    A few verses that come to mind – 1 Timothy 4:7-12 “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (vs 8) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself. You have been purchased at a great price, so use your body to bring glory to God!” and 2 Corinthians 10:5 – “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”

    Printing off your prayer and adding my own. New Year Blessings to you!

  137. Loved the words of the post. In the new year I am focusing on the word Love.

  138. Thank you Wendy, for a concrete plan of how to pull these thoughts together. The life verse I was given a few years ago, as I re-dedicated my life to the Living Saviour after a severe struggle, was 2 Corinthians 5:17, along with the symbol of the butterfly. Last year he wanted my full attention and complete trust, so Joshua’s ongoing theme of “Be strong and courageous. Your God will never forsake you” and “My God will meet all your needs”…and I moved across the country all on my own when every other job door slammed shut.

    This year I know he’s been patient with my backsliding from study and service, but he keeps nudging me to act. He’s given me Philippians 3:13-14 to forget the past and stop looking back, and focus my attention on God and the work of his kingdom. I will keep transforming my mind so I can be who he needs me to be. There are other verses I’ve been drawn to, but those are the main ones.

    Happy New Year and God bless you!!
    Linda

  139. Beth Williams says:

    Wendy,

    Wow–what a powerful prayer! That, in some ways, has been my prayer for a few years. I start out ok, but like most life hits and I fail. Working & praying harder this year to become a Woman After God’s Own Heart@!

    God Bless!

  140. Erin Hill says:

    This prayer is exactly what has been on my heart this past week. I have felt “stuck”. I am looking forward to the study!

    Thank you!

  141. Here is the prayer I posted on my blog for New Years.

    Dear Heavenly Father:

    I really want to thank You and praise You on this last day of the year. For each step my feet took in 2013. For my health and my family’s health and protection that You graciously provided. Thank you for my husband, three little girls and each day I was given with them and also with my dad. Thank You for each day I walked on Your creation. Thank You for all Your provision provided to me in 2013, but truly blessing me.

    Yahweh, thank You for accepting me the way I was and for changing me day by day with a desire to become like Jesus that You and You alone placed in my heart. Thank You for forgiving me when I fail and I fail often. Thank You for grace and for showing me how to apply grace to others. Thank You for my salvation! Thank You for adopting me into Your family and making me Your own. Thank You for making me a daughter of the King and a fellow heir with Your Son Jesus. Thank You that I can approach You and Your throne in prayer. Thank You for making a way for me to do this and for desiring me to meet with You daily in prayer not just presenting my wants, needs, but to truly sit in Your presence and soak up You. Lord instead of being quick to ask for something from you let me in 2014 and beyond be quicker to give thanks to You rather than ask.

    Thank You for the inheritance that You have stored up for me in Heaven! That it is secure and moth nor rust does corrupt. Thank You for eternal security and for the opportunity to read the whole Book and to know the ending. Thank You that nothing, and Your Word says nothing can separate me from Your love. I thank You for loving me and for providing a way for our reconciliation!

    Lord in 2014, I begin a new year and journey, but You have already been there and You know what lies ahead of me. In 2014, Lord help me to be faithful to record and remember your faithfulness. Each day you provide to me is a gift and I want to make sure that I thank You for them and that I am reminded of them often. Lord, I want Your Word to be the light in my life to illuminate the path that I am to walk in 2014. I trust You Lord and I am following hard after You.

    Abba Father, I want to thank You most of all for Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for sending us a Savior. Thank You.

    Until Next Year,

    M

  142. Wendy,

    Today during my devotion time these three verse stood out to me and echoed what I was desiring in my heart for this year.

    1. Psalm 86:11 NKJV
    Teach me Your way, O Lord;
    I will walk in Your truth;
    Unite my heart to fear Your name.

    2.Psalm 16:11 NKJV
    You will show me the path of life;
    In Your presence is fullness of joy;
    At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

    And this wonderful promise from Psalms.

    3.Psalm 33:11 NLT
    But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.

    Thank you for your inspiring post!

  143. Thank you for your P31 devotion about a New Year Offering. I found myself nodding “yes” as I read through it – yes, to the times that I’ve started a new year with grand resolutions, “yes” to the many times that I’ve fallen very short of following through on those resolutions and then “yes” to the desire for this year to be different. One where I offer myself to Him and allow Him to make the changes that are needed in my life in order to help me rely on Him.

  144. Wow! What a wonderful message! You hooked me with the bible verse and you didn’t let up! I have a lock-in with the church youth group that’s going to focus on “You Only Live Once”, the catch phrase with young adults right now. I want to challenge them to examine how their one life can impact others and how they can live out loud for Christ. I’m definitely going to use Romans 12:1! Thank you for sharing His word! I have always liked 1 Corinthians 6:19 also! When you keep in mind that you were “bought at a price” and what a price it was, you are more likely to make good choices!

  145. I stand amazed at your beautiful prayer offerings and your thoughtful comments and words of encouragement!! I have not had time to answer each one, but please know I have read each one and am trying to work through them one by one.

    Friday, I have another devotional running for Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today and will announce the winners of this giveaway (necklace and signed copy of Living So That) and my last giveaway (two $50 gift certificates to P31). So please stop by to see if you are a winner!!

    See you Friday!!

    Blessings,

    Wendy

  146. I received a daily devotional with a link to your website and news about your book. I’m so glad I did! Sounds like it’s just what I need for 2014! Praise God. Thanks you for spreading Gods word and love.

    • Thanks so much!! I am excited for the book to come out. Keep checking in over the next few months because we will have some great giveaways surrounding its release!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  147. Thank you for your blog… I fellt it speak directly to my heart. Thank you again, I look forward to reading your new book.

  148. Wendy: Thank you for the lovely Marriage prayer. I am going to print it out and paste it in a book that I keep things that inspire me. Thank you again. Georgia

  149. Sandy Anderson says:

    Father, I thank you so much for your never ending love for us your children. Whether we know that you are with us or if you are still missing us the most your love for us is declared over and over again. May 2014 bring more mercy, more grace and more life abundantly found only in You. I thank you that you are a God of not just second chances but 3rd, 4th, 5th, and many chances only always welcoming us back home into your arms into your embrace. I thank you that nothing, or no one can ever remove me from your arms. I thank you that you say I am the apple of your eye. I thank you that before time existed that you knew every detail and how many hairs were on my head. What dad could match such love. I thank you that you spared nothing for us to get to know you. I thank you that according to 1 Cor. 10:13 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. I thank you that you have always provided our way out of things, if we only ask. I love you so much and I ask that you will continue to grow me, heal me, and show me how much you love me more an more in 2014, so that I can show others that same love. Teach me to show others how much you love us. In your holy precious name I pray this. Amen.

  150. Katie Laven says:

    Came over from P31 email devotional. Beautiful, powerful marriage prayer, thank you!

  151. As my children grow up and are starting families of their own, I feel the strong need to be that role model and matriarch of my family. I struggle with this daunting task. I am a worrier by trade and it is so difficult to feel that I cannot control everything and or fix everything. This trickles down into my marriage. My husband has had health issues and employment issues due to the economy that have physically and emotionally drained me. I often feel that there is no one I can go to and just empty it all out. I need to get better at giving it all to God.
    So my prayer is simply
    Be still and know that I am God!

  152. Genesis Corniel says:

    Wendy,
    I ask that you pray for my parents marriage. They’ve been married 27 years and they have no relationship. They don’t trust eachother with their finances, they’re selfish and I don’t see unconditional love. I love them but, its a poor example of a relationship and its tough to live in. I’m 23 and have been with my boyfriend for three years and as we speak about marriage for te upcoming year, fear does cripple me because I don’t want to be like that or carry the characteristics they show. It’s a bit tough even as youth leader at my church and God loving young women. I do think about the what ifs because of how I’ve been raised. Please pray for them and I. I intend on getting the book, it sounds awesome! Blessings

  153. I love the marriage prayer.. I have been married for over 23 years. and we have been through soo much .. cancer numerous times and other increcible health challenges.. plus much financial loss and hardship. We cling to God’s promise to never leave us or forsake us.. I appreciate the work you do for so many.

  154. Susan Gruener says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Hebrews 4:12 is one of my absolute favorite verses. The Word is so powerful! Thank you for this encouraging message today.
    Blessings!
    Susan

  155. Stephanie says:

    What a beautiful prayer for every marriage! I would certainly request prayer for my marriage. We have been in a season of trials and tribulations ever since my husband assumed the role of caregiver for his 95 yr. old Mother after his brother passed two years ago this past Christmas. Although I am so grateful to The Lord for his many blessings in the midst of this difficult situation, my humanness gets in the way as I watch my wonderful husband who was forced into early retirement, slip into a place I can’t seem to reach. I realize there is so much he is not saying. I pray that The Lord would give us strength and encouragement. We know this is only temporary but what happens after is also of great concern. I am thankful that through it all, I am certain of this, we both love and will continue to serve our Lotd Jesus Christ.

    • Praying that in the midst of this trial, the Lord would draw you both closer and open your husband’s heart to share the burdens on his heart. I pray God will bless your generous hearts and spirits to care for your mother-in-law.

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  156. Wendy – The marriage prayer is just beautiful! I am a newlywed almost at 1yr. This is a second marriage for both of us. We both came from broken pasts and even more broken marriages…God was not first.
    For both of us today, God is at the forefront of everything we do. We both know that it was Him who brought us back together after 23 years and Him who allows for this marriage due to our faithfulness to Him. We are blessed beyond means!!
    So the prayer speaks volumes! Not a day goes by that I do not look at my husband and give all the glory to God!
    I am so grateful to have come into contact with your blog and look forward to reading more from you. Thank you

    • Bonnie, what an absolute joy to read your story!!! I love reading that God is at the forefront of everything you do. Praise JESUS!! I pray He will continue to bless your marriage in Ephesians 3:20 ways and use you to mentor and encourage other couples!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  157. This book sounds intriguing – would love to read it and the necklace is just beautiful! Happy New Year to you and thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!

  158. Robin Clements says:

    “Father God, in addition to the prayer of agreement that Wendy has prayed, I lift up Susan, whose husband was tragically killed in 2005, but thru your mercy & grace, you sent her another helpmate & they were married Jan 1,2014. May you bless them & all the other couples who recently have entered into covenant with you & each other. May theirs literally be a marriage made in heaven for their time on earth. Bless their families to be one in You as you reveal the unbreakable covenant of Holy Love in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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