July 25, 2014

A Call to Share God’s “Liquid Love” Giveaway

Welcome Encouragement for Today friends!! I’m excited you stopped by to visit. Please be sure to enter the Giveaway at the end of the post. I’m also sharing my free five day devotional, “Five Days to a Faith-Full Life.” It goes along with my newest book, Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life. You can receive the free devotional by clicking here.

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Before I share what’s on my heart, would you please pray for me? This is our Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference week! And at 2:00 today (Friday), I teach a session on Writing Bible Studies. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.

Today in my Encouragement for Today devotion, “She Met God in the Grocery Store, I share a story about when God called me out of my comfort zone to love a stranger in a way I never had before. If you want to read it, click here. So I thought I would dig a bit deeper into what God’s Word teaches us about loving others…especially when loving them feels awkward, uncomfortable or is just downright difficult.

God makes it very clear in His Word that we are love others. And that sounds good, but sometimes it can be really hard. Especially if showing that love makes us uncomfortable either because it’s someone that isn’t easy to love. Or it’s taking us out of our comfort zone, as with my story.

But God’s command is unmistakable.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart….love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

You and I are called to love. Not with a false love or a love we muster in our strength, gritting our teeth every step of the way. That love must be “sincere” Romans 12:9. In the King James, it says love must be “without dissimulation.” This word in the Greek is anupokritos. It means “true, unfeigned, without hypocrisy.”

Friend, God calls us to the real thing. Just like Coke; nothing compares to the “real thing.” Sorry all you Pepsie fans. :)

But we aren’t called to love with this “real” love in our own strength. If we were, we could never ever do it. We are too selfish. Too judging. Too self-centered. We are called to love with a particular kind of love…God’s love…the love He deposited in our hearts when we said “yes” to Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

1 John 4:7 says, “Let us love one another, for love comes from God….”

God has given us an amazing resource from which to draw. WE DRAW FROM HIS LOVE! It’s a sacrificial love. The kind of love that moved Him to sacrifice His One and Only Son.

Read the words of Romans 5:5: “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” God’s love is a fruit of that Spirit. Galatians 2:2

To grow His love in us, God will continually challenge us to love beyond our natural capabilities. To love those who might be considered enemies. To love those who have hurt or betrayed us. To love those who make us uncomfortable. To love those who are strangers.

For this to happen, we must rid our hearts of toxic feelings, thoughts, fears, and emotions. I love the words of Beth Moore on this topic. She says that when we empty ourselves, “the liquid living love of God will not only surge through our hearts; it will splash on anyone nearby!

Hallelujah! Sweet friend, who does not want more of God’s “liquid love” surging through her heart?!

Join me today in taking a small step of obedience? Let’s ask God to open our eyes so that we can see how He wants to use us to splash some of His LIVING liquid love on someone today.

 

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GIVEAWAY:

For a chance to win a signed copy of my newest book, Living So That, AND a book of your choice from our P31 bookstoreshare your prayer asking God to open your eyes and use you or share how God has used you to splash some of His amazing liquid love!

Blessings,

Comments

  1. Gretchen Scoleri says:

    Lord, so often I am so busy with my to do’s and my agenda that I don’t listen to You or hear your still, small promptings. Help me to look beyond myself to reach out to love others you put in my path.

  2. Nancy S. says:

    I was called to extend a hand of thankfulness and caring to someone who was recently injured in an accident. I literally got up from the bench at a softball game to make sure I extended my hand to her to let her know I was glad she was alright. That really was what I should have done no matter what, but my heart is slightly tinged with jealousy of her, I am jealous of her confidence, looks and her lifestyle. I tried to let go of these things and just express my joy that she was okay. Since that moment, I saw an appreciation and humbleness in her that I had not seen before. Accidents will do that to you…or maybe she was always like that I just was clouded in my judgement of her. Jealousy can definitely make it difficult to see a person for who they really are. Thanks.

    • Isn’t it beautiful how when our hearts change and we respond in love it often moves the other person to change as well!! That’s how love, grace and compassion work in God’s economy!! Such an inspiring story. Thank you!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  3. Pam Schaeffer says:

    Wow, Wendy. Your devotional really spoke to my heart today. I prayed yesterday that God would open my eyes to see what is my purpose and who he wants me to love. I am in a situation right now where I know I need God’s liquid love to flow in my heart, because in my own efforts, I am struggling to love a person who has hurt me. Thank you so much for your encouragement and reminders of God’s love flowing in our hearts. I will be looking for opportunities today. I loved the story you told and pray that I might see God’s love flowing through me make a difference in someone’s life.

  4. Thank you for the wisdom on loving others.
    A girlfriend and I were just talking about this.
    “Dear God, please show me how best to love the
    Difficult people in my life in the way that you have
    Ordained. Please show me what your love looks like ! Amen”

  5. I pray that God will use me to love my husband that doesn’t know Him. He’s made poor choices and is struggling with himself. His actions make him unlovable but I know that God has called me to share His love.

  6. Every morning before I start my day I read my devotional Encouragment for Today. There are some days that when I read the devotional I have a “moment”. Today was one of those mornings. Your testimony about your encounter with God in that moment at the grocery store brought tears to my eyes and bumps to my arms. I can tell you that I have had those urges, and that I have brushed them off doubting myself as to if they were truly from God. I prayed your prayer this morning hoping that God will give me the courage to be a light for someone today and everyday that He needs me to do that. Praying that you can insipre the people you will have in your class today, just as you did for me this morning. God Bless you Wendy!!!

  7. It is so easy to just go about ignoring others and just living for ourselves not taking the time to be obedient to ignore God’s plans for me , to become uncaring, and hard hearted. I want that to change in my life. I want to be an example of kindness, not bitterness, joy not unhappiness, thankfulness, positive not negative and on and on. I want to be an example of God’s love unto others. I would love to read this book and begin that change I need so desperately.

  8. A challenging day ended in an interesting way…going home from a particularly tough work day, I stopped for gas. As I was pumping a quiet voice spoke from the other side of the pump, “Excuse me, ma’am, I ran out of gas and I don’t have money to buy any. Can you spare a couple of dollars?” I answered honestly, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any cash.” As I swiped my card I sensed that this was a God-given opportunity, so while my car was filling I walked around and swiped the card again and told him to pump his gas. With tears he thanked me and I wished him a Merry Christmas. I thought, Wow, God, that was fun! I guess He wanted to entertain me a bit more, because no sooner had I replaced my gas cap than a young man came up from the next bay and said, “Excuse me, ma’am,could you spare a little cash so I can put some gas in my truck?” After a slight hesitation, and I admit to looking around to see if I was being played for a fool, it sank in that God was trying to turn my day around and bless me by allowing me to bless these individuals He put in my path. As I swiped my card once again the young man and I chatted about God and how there are no chance encounters. I started toward my car with my heart overflowing and heard him say, “Can I give you a hug?” I don’t know if God has angels with empty gas tanks, but I think He chose a delightful way to give me the hug He knew I needed after a long difficult day!

    • Marna, I just love how you responded to God’s whisper to your spirit to give…and then He did it again!! What a beautiful picture of obedience and the blessings that follow in return. Thank you for sharing. And almost always when we respond as you did, God gives us opportunities to share His Name and the reason behind our act of generosity. Sometimes we are the only opportunity for people to meet and experience God that day.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  9. When my son passed away suddenly last November we found out he had more insurance than was needed for his burial cost. I felt God urging us to reach out and help others in need. We talked to our pastor and he gave us some names to help others who needed it. It was such a blessing to us and I pray that it was a blessing to them. I pray they knew they were loved by God through someone who cared enough to obey God. We wanted something good to come out of something sad. We know that God is good and He loves us all!!

    • Glenda, my heart breaks for your loss, but I am absolutely amazed at how, in the midst of your grief, you reached out to share God’s love and generosity with another. I know they were blessed and felt loved and provided for. God met their need in the midst of one of your greatest times of need. Thank you for this beautiful testimony of generosity. :)

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  10. Ashley S. says:

    Love this simple prayer! Open my eyes, Lord, so I can see how You want to use me this day.

    Letting God use my money, time or presence in someone else’s life. Hoping I will hear HIm today! :)

  11. I answered God’s call to help rebuild Tupelo MS with Eight Days of Hope. I was blessed to witness the homeowner where I worked be baptized after receiving Christ. Praise God for loving through us and allowing us to be channels of blessing.

    • Wow! That is so cool!!! Angels were rejoicing in heaven that day…not just for the new believer but for you, the woman whose servant heart lived out God’s love and generosity before the homeowner’s very eyes.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  12. Valerie says:

    Just for THIS day, Lord, put upon my heart to be selfless. Grant me the words to say, the gestures to make, the attitude that makes it all possible for me to love another human being the way that You would, Lord. Allow me to listen to the whispers that I hear from You, so that I might act upon them, instead of ignoring Your call. I ask this in Your gracious name, Amen

  13. Lisa S. says:

    Occasionally, God has me step out of my comfort zone in the area of prayer. I can particularly recall a time when the Holy Spirit urged me to pray with two young ladies whom I did not know. I was self-conscious and fearful. I literally could not leave the church parking lot because the urging was so strong. I had no idea what to say, eventually, I put my flesh aside and prayed with these young ladies. Of course God gave me the words in that very moment to speak into their lives. The young ladies were grateful for my words of encouragement. Upon leaving, I felt like I was on top of the world. Too often I forget that God doesn’t ask us to do something that He hasn’t already equipped up to do. Although at the time I was apprehensive when God asked me to “move,” in the end I was so blessed and uplifted that I contributed to the Kingdom of God. However, since that encounter, about two years ago, I’ve become stagnant and allowed my flesh to limit me, partly because of major life changes that happened around the same time. I’d love to win a copy of your new book “so that” I can regain the confidence and boldness to step out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. Thank you Wendy for sharing your story.

  14. Dear Heavenly Father, please use me today to be a blessing to those around me. Please open my eyes to the needs of others. Father, help me to teach my children to really love and serve others and provide us with opportunities to do so. Help us to glorify you in all we do and show us how to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you, Father. In Your name we pray, Amen.

  15. Elaine Segstro says:

    I pray that God’s love may shine through me in my actions. In my teaching, I look for the lost and lonely students, and try to be a friend and listening ear. Some of our friends have gone through hard times financially, and we try to help them out by treating them to a meal or treating them at a restaurant. Blessings and strength to you this afternoon!

  16. Wow!! This is so right where I am at … uncomfortable, awkward, afraid and downright disobedient but I so desperately want to be what God calls me to be … loving the way Jesus did. Authentically. Lavishly. Simply. Generously. I am so sick of myself getting in the way, I want more of Him.

  17. I hope this encourages someone else to obey God and let Him use you to splash His love onto others! There’s nothing like it! Just this week, I was walking at night, a rare treat as my two small children were with grandparents :). I don’t usually make the most of that time, honestly. I start my walk praying, but then my mind wanders. But this night, I prayed the entire walk. I was feeling so blessed, praising Him for all He had done in my life when I walked by my neighbor and saw her on her balcony. “Hi,”. So easy to say without giving too much of yourself, or diverting your own plans for a quiet night alone. The next words came from The Lord through my lips… “You feel like some company?” She said yes. I went up and within moments, she poured out her heart. How she knew it was time for something more with God. Things weren’t going as she hoped and planned, she knew she needed a closer relationship with Him. God gave me some truths to share and rather than say the typical, “I’ll be praying for you”, I said I wanted to pray WITH her. Right then. As I left, I knew God had allowed me to be used, being at just the right time and place with His praises on my lips rather than worldly thoughts. Just a couple of nights later, that same neighbor called me with incredible news… She had been talking with another neighbor that’s hurting. She said she did something she had NEVER done before… She prayed WITH her right then! She said she never does that because she never thinks she can do it good or say the right things. I told her that’s what Satan wants her to believe, so she won’t do it! He knows its power! What a joy and privilege to be a small part of that work in her life and to see the fruit so quickly…. Glory to God! Let your liquid love pour in me and through me, dear Jesus.

    • What a beautiful example of EXACTLY why God calls us to obedience when we hear His call. You modeled something so powerful and significant with your neighbor and it touched her deeply. Your courage to stop and pray gave her the courage to do the same. And she knew exactly how to do it, because she experienced it through you. I LOVE your story!! Thank you for sharing.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  18. Dear Lord ~ Open my eyes today to those who I come in contact with and those around me. Fill me with your love and help me to be bold. To be your hands, feet and mouth. To reach out where I can. To show your love, your unconditional love through me. In Jesus name I pray ~ Amen

  19. When I read your piece written for proverbs 31 today I began to weep. I feel like I had that relationship with God many years ago .I think of the time when I visited a Bible school in Lenox Massachusetts when I was a new believer. One girl who had just started studying there had very little money. She was admiring my new shoes very much. I felt that God was calling me to give her those shoes, which I did, subsequently driving home barefoot for two hours but happy to be used by God to bless someone. Later that year, I felt God calling me to go to that Bible College but I said “no” & married my husband, an unbeliever, because I thought he would never come to The Lord without me. Well, although we love each other & have 4 beautiful children, he still has not accepted Jesus into his heart 32 years later & I live with the consequences of that choice….being divided on so many issues. I yearn to be back on that higher plain with God and was hoping that your book would help me get back on track. Since I just work part time during the summer, funds are low but I actually have time to do some reading. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  20. Amber Chapais says:

    I pray Lord that loving anyone today, anytime would come easy, especially if the person does wrong to me or to anyone else. Please Lord, give me the strength to know the difference, give me wisdom to figure out how to be loving to everyone I come into contact with. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Thank you so much for a chance to win such a great book by such a great writer. Wendy, you always encourage me. Thank you again.

  21. Kristie says:

    I pray that God will give me the faith and trust i need to help someone in need instead of running. It is easy to hide from people and turn the other way. I never know when that time may be when i need to step up so i just turn the other way. I pray God will change my heart and let me be a example. I pray blessing for a Friday

  22. Janis Burden says:

    Dear Wendy,
    I want to thank you so much for these words and your unique prayer that I will try to say every morning! I read some passages every morning before I get out of bed to get my heart and head right with our Lord before I begin my day. This story I just read from you brought tears to my eyes. It is as if our Lord was speaking to me so that I may grow more with him and do his will. I have been asking just for this very thing more and more lately and I am seeing some big changes inside me. This message to me is so amazing and just the thing I needed to be reminded of today and everyday! Your message coincides with my life right now. Again, amazing how our beloved Savior speaks to us if we have an open heart and open ears! I don’t have any stories to share with you or others (yet.) What I do know is that there have been times that I do feel that “little” nudge to do something out of my comfort zone to help someone else. Thank you again for this message! Bless you!

  23. Jennifer Carr says:

    I pray that God will take my eyes off of me and my technology and my laundry and MY to-do list and put them on what He sees. Thank you for your encouraging story that reminded me even when I hear or feel that awkward tug, God has His reasons and I will always miss out on the blessing He has for me through helping others if we ignore it.

  24. Jennifer McClure says:

    First, I have prayed that God uses you and speaks through you today. May He bless your words and the ears that hear them!
    Secondly, I have to admit that I often function out of fear. There have been times that I have NOT moved when I have heard that small voice telling me to step outside of my comfort zone. But recently, I have been pulled into an arena where I have been asked to speak and encourage 3 different women on God’s love when it comes to the difficulties in their marriages. I kept thinking, “I am no ones counselor! Lord, what will I say?” And then the quiet voice , loudly reminded me, that it’s not me, but God using me and giving me the words to say! These “counseling” sessions have popped up from time to time, and each time I am greatful to be an encouragement to someone because of God’s ability to use me, and it has increased my desire to study His word more…to become more equipped and useable! I even had the opportunity to encourage one of their spouses. Although afraid, the quiet voicesaid to give him my copy of the CD series, Kingdom Family. Will he be offended? I don’t know him like that! What if this is me meddling, not God helping? All of these thoughts flooded my mind. But the spirit just kept pushing to offer it, and I did. I do not know the outcome of it. But he did receive it kindly,and I pray for them and God’s use of that CD message.

    • I pray for many opportunities for you to be Jesus’ hands and feet as He calls you to use your God-given gift of encouragement!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  25. Annette Bland says:

    Dear Lord open my eyes and heart to receive your incredible love. Allow your love to shine thru me and splash on to others, all the glory given back to you and your kingdom. Please impact all the presenters and attendees of Proverbs 31!She Speaks conference this week with your love and may your kingdom be glorified. Amen.

  26. My prayer; God show me how I can be a vessel of your love in the lives of those that offend me. It’s easy for me to love and be loving towards my family and friends and those who make me feel comfortable. But I know my true test comes thru loving when I really want to ignore, tell off or even pluck at times (just being honest).

    Amen!

  27. Conika Collins says:

    OMG! before I say my prayer which will be my prayer each day of the rest of my life according to God, I wanted to share that this blog was a confirmation from God for me. I’m at work now and trying not to cry, shout, or… I’m just trying to keep my composure. I love when God speaks so clearly to me, I’m awed each time.

    Yesterday, a thought came to me about community service and what I wanted to start doing to impact others lives. But ideas continued to flow. I was excited about starting a new adventure. This morning I shared with my husband, that “I’ve thought about started some community service projects and I don’t want to call it a vision or purpose, I’m still praying to God for confirmation”. As I was coming into work thoughts were flowing about the things that I could do to help others and the last definite thought was to reach out to families that are having trouble feeding their family. The Proverbs 31 woman email came up and WOW, confirmation. I’m so excited that God wants to use me in that way.

    I really don’t have a lot, but God gave me clear direction on what to do. Please pray for me and my new purpose.

    Now I pray, with all of my being, that You Lord open my eyes so that I can see how You want to use me everyday for the rest of my life. Give me the ability to see the world through the lens of Your heart, to recognize Your divine appointments and to have the courage to say, “Yes”. In the name that is above all other names, my Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen!

    • Amen and amen. I’m so honored to be a small part of what God is doing in your life. God’s Word says that He has gone before you, so He will mark out the path. I pray He gives you eyes to see open doors and gives you great courage and favor as you walk through them!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  28. It is interesting that in the last few days of my prayer, I have been meditating and praying on this matter. I have prayed that God would show me where he is working and help me to come along aside of him in his work. It reminds me of a bible study I did years ago by Henry Blackaby called Experiencing God. This devotion just brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad you were obedient.

  29. Thank you, Wendy, for your devotional today, “She Met God in the Grocery Store”! It really spoke to my heart for I delight to see all the “ordinary” ways the Lord may choose to demonstrate His love and draw others nearer to Him, and bless us in the process. A regular prayer of mine is that the Lord would bring about those encounters and conversations with others wherever I may go and make me to see and seize every opportunity presented. I was praying this very thing this morning just before I read your devotional. I cried throughout remembering our faithful God and what He’s doing even right now with an older neighbor of mine. He brought us together, seemingly by chance, through a common interest and love of cats last year. It’s not a relationship I normally would have pursued but all He’s done couldn’t help but make me realize He’s put us together for His purpose. So I’ve continued to pray for my neighbor and for God’s insight. A couple of days ago the Lord spoke to me in a vision where I saw myself with this neighbor at a farmer’s market. Just an imagination? Well, the Lord prepared me. Prior to the vision, I had already extended an invitation to my neighbor to come over for coffee and dessert. As she was leaving she asked if I had ever been to a particular farmer’s market and if I’d like to go sometime. Our God is so awesome and I will continue to pray to see and seize every opportunity He places before me. May He be glorified in all!!!

  30. Lord, I pray that you open my eyes and help me to hear your voice as you speak to me today. I want to be used by you. I get so caught up in my daily routines that I drown out your voice. Lord, I want you to use me. Help my to be obedient to you. I want others to see you and your great love in me.

  31. stumble armored says:

    Dear God, it is difficult for people to comprehend how you love them. Show me where and how I can represent, every day, amen.

  32. Alicia Bazzel says:

    I pray that God will shine his light into this world through my actions and that people I encounter will be led to Him through me. That he will bless me with the fruits of the spirit and I will be able to share his love with everyone I meet.

    I have been that young mom in the grocery store and your story touched me deeply. I hope to someday be the other mother, sharing Gods love with someone who needs it as much as I once did.

  33. How odd that as I was driving into work this morning I asked the LORD to show me the way to someone that is in need of Him. . . If it is only an encouraging word to offer a student, a staff member on campus, I thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve Him in that way. May the LORD bless you and Karen that God continues to use what you did for Micah to know more of His special love.

  34. Lord help me to let down my guard and do away with my own selfish feelings so that I may be filled with Your love and guidance. What an honor it would be to be Your light in this dark world– what an honor it would be to splash Your love onto others around me. Lead me in the path You would have me take each and everyday. Help me to not go in the way of selfishness. Thank you for the words of inspiration you have sent my way today through Christian friends, Proverbs 31 devotions and this blog. It was no coincidence but Your work in my life. I am grateful for Your continuous love.

  35. TX Country Girl says:

    This word was very timely for me! Thank you for sharing what God placed in your heart! As I go back to the college campus in such a short time (yikes!), I will be reminded to take the opportunities and notice God’s leading to do (or not do) certain things. Like you, so many times I have felt a nudge and very definitely saw His reason later. One thing I have learned though, we may not get to see the results of our obedience when we wish or even here on earth. It is enough to know that you have obeyed Him and sought His face. Blessings on you today!

  36. I would love to shower and help Gods love flow through me more as I work as an end of life nurse. To have them see Jesus is there at all times. To be able to provide for there needs and be an example of His love at all times. That my words and actions reflect His love at home, work and out in the community.

  37. I’ve been praying for several friends, and some reassurance for myself that God has forgiven me for not being everything I should be on a regular basis. I got off track for a few months, I’m back on the right track again now just feel ashamed to have gotten off at one time.
    I want to walk the walk again, and let others see Christ in me. My husband says God understands and forgives when we ask, just having trouble still forgiving myself.
    I love the Proverbs 31 site, thank you for being here for all of us….

  38. I ask the Lord to guide me from the negative influences in my life and to lead me towards his will. Help me to be a good influence to those I come in contact with. Help me be a lighthouse for the Lord. AMEN

  39. Vicki Phillips says:

    I have been through a very rough 2 years with family issues. I have clung to my Lord and at times questioned the waiting. Some things I may never understand but I do know He loves me and will see us through. He alone is our greatest defender. I have prayed for God to grow me…So that is what He is doing! I love garage sale’s. Me and my friend Mary go often together. Her husband teaches Dave Ramsey’s Financial freedom class and are very strict with it and teaching me and my husband the same,she holds me very accountable when it comes to spending!! When at a garage sale a month back there was a electric piano for sale for only $10. I did not need it but was very drawn to it. I started to get it she questioned me on the why I would and I had no answer. So I walked away, but could not let it go. She gave me all the words about spending and how I did not need this. Again I walked to the car and opened my door. I stopped and said NO I have to buy that piano. So I opened my trunk and put it in. It sat in my spare room I never even played it and I fianally put it away saying I would pull it out this winter for something to do. 2 weeks ago we had a garage sale here at our house. She organized it for us [I hate the thought of someone going through my junk!] then I remembered the piano.. Why not try to make some money! So It was in excellant condition I looked it up on line it was worth $120 so I put $40 on it. The second day I put $30 and it sat their. A older lady came by and was looking at it intently and Mary walked over and she said it was her grand daughters birthday and she wanted something special. You could tell she did not have much. Mary talked with her and said how about $10 she broke down in tears explaining how hard things were living on a limited income. We gave her some other things to bless her. That is when I realized the Why I had to by that piano that day. It was never about me. It was about The Lord blessing a grandma so a grand daughter could be blessed. Thank you Jesus and to God goes ALL the glory. So thankful for these devotional here!

  40. Lord ~ I pray you continue to open my heart and soul as I continue to prepare myself for what you have planned for me as I enter this next season of life. I pray I able to do your will and touch others.

  41. Being a single mom has been a source of great pain in my life and the life of my children. We have struggled financially and most of all emotionally. For me it’s never been about the difficulty in fact other than making less money than most people I know I have been able to manage life’s circumstances pretty well. However the emotional side I have not managed well. The anger, bitterness and fear were at times so consuming that I had to shut myself off emotionally just to function. I pretended that everything was ok and that I had it all together. I convinced most people. I didn’t want God to use my story to help others I just wanted him to change my circumstances. I didn’t want anyone to know that every time my children pulled out of the driveway with their dad and his new wife that I died a little inside. That every time they experienced something with them that I couldn’t afford to do for my children the heart ache felt as if it was drowning me. I shared this with no one. Not wanting to look weak. But one particular day another mother and I sat watching our daughters sporting event. Out if the blue she announced that he was going to leave her husband. As she explained the reason to me my heart broke for her an her children. I knew that what she was going through hurt but I also knew that it was a hurt that could heal. This marriage could be saved and their family didn’t have to go through the pain that mine had. I couldn’t sit by and not say something. I shared with her the pain that comes with divorce. I shared my broken heart as I had never done before. She listened and thanked me for pointing out things that she had not thought of. The pain of sharing her children with another woman as I have had to do so many times was not something she had not considered. A week later we were sitting in the same place watching our beautiful girls. She leaned over and said “I’m not going to leave my husband.” I felt Gods hand in the circumstance. I would not have shared my pain on my own. You would think that I would have changed that day but I still cover over my pain and pretend that I am ok. As my husband prepares now to marry for a third time the pain of seeing my now grown children go off to spend time with a new woman is just as deep. The hurt is just as sharp.
    Lord heal my hurts. Strengthen my faith so that I can share in other peoples pain, even if it involves me not looking perfect. Help me to let down my walls and heal past wounds so that I can be used by you to love those around me with your love. Amen

  42. Kristine says:

    Dear Lord, I’m not electronically savvy, but if You need vintage hard work, use me. I’m not fashionable, but if You need uniquely comfortable, use me. I’m not outgoing, but if You need sensibly soft-spoken, use me. I’m not exciting, but if You need civilized dependability, use me. Lord open my eyes to how You can use me, just as I am. Amen

  43. I pray a lot that God will use me to help someone else. Pray for me to hear Him & obey Him when He shows me or tells me what I can do.
    Thank you.

  44. AnnMarie Dixon says:

    I prayed the prayer at the end of your devotional that trust that when the opportunity presents itself that I will be like Jesus and pour out his “liquid” love on someone who need to know that He is there for him or her.

  45. Wendy, I LOVE this devotional! It is so perfect for something my aunt is going through and dealing with right now…my grandfather (her father) has Alzheimer’s and is starting to have dementia as well. Currently she is his caretaker (though he still highly functional) and he is becoming increasingly difficult as a result of his illness. He will demand that she drive him to the grocery store to buy groceries that he does not need (as he still has the items he wants to buy) and gets irate when she will not drive him and is irate because he is not allowed to drive himself anymore. She regularly takes inventory and buys what he is running out of and as soon as she restocks his groceries he gives just about everything away to the neighbors or the neighborhood kids (no one outside the family is aware of his illness yet). Then he demands to go to the store for more grocery once he has given away the ones she bought him. The list of difficulties she is having with him goes on and on (paranoia, accusing her of stealing from him, insisting neighbors come into the house while he is in the shower and steal from him and then let themselves out, even though my aunt is there and can verify that no one else has been in the house). He is very trying and has a strong will.

    She goes to church almost daily (when she can get a free moment), reads her Bible and tries to draw strength for the next day. The Bible is truly her daily bread for getting through another day of caring for her father. This post is so perfect that I have forwarded it to her in the hope that it will encourage her, offer her comfort, and strengthen her.

    Thank you and God bless you!

  46. Lord,

    Let your will be done in my life. I know that everything that happens you can use. I am ready to be used and to help others get through. I want to change their lives by showing them Your character. Lord allow me to be filled by you and out pour unto others. Lord let my actions speak love and allow my words to point to you. You are the light of my world Please guide me when I stumble and falter. Use my mistakes to show that there is an unrelenting forgiving God. Thank you for changing my life Lord and always being with me.

  47. Giovanna says:

    I pray that I may be brave like Daniel and Esther. I pray that God lets me see what He sees, hear what He hears, and most importantly, to think, to perceive, and to feel what He feels so I can be brave and carry out His orders and serve Him faithfully and with faith knowing that it was not in vain. I want to be more like Jesus and less of me. In Jesus name, amen.

  48. Lord, my prayer continues to be to open my eyes and heart so that I can be used as a vessel to help others see and come to know you. Let me share your love to those in need. I pray that I may bless others as you have blessed me. In your holy name, Amen!

  49. Kathi Whittamore says:

    Lord God, open my eyes to your understanding of what you want me to do in my daily routine whether I’m at work or on the weekends. Show me how You love even those that are difficult to love so I can be an example of You to them and shower them with Your love. Use me to reach out to those that are hurting and have gone through similar things I have so that I can tell them what You have done for me, what You have brought me out of, that there is hope when they feel they can’t go on. Take me deeper in You Lord in the name of Your Precious Son, Jesus, AMEN!

  50. I came here via Encouragement for Today – the blog posts always touch me just where I need it. My recent Liquid Love moment – I was impressed to stop by the flower shop. My daughter and one of her friends were once again experiencing broken hearts. Both are in relationships that are on again/off again (so I could be buying flowers alot!). It breaks my heart to watch! I bought the flowers because I am proud of how they support and encourage each other during all the ups and downs. They aren’t afraid to say to each other “That’s not right. That’s not love! You deserve better!” Two weeks later, the flowers are still holding their bloom. And I am thankful I could reach out in love instead of criticism and scorn.

    If I am so lucky to win – my second choice would be Hidden Joy.

    God bless you with wisdom and confidence during today’s program. May the message reach those who need to hear it and give them hope and purpose . God has brought them to that session for a reason.

  51. Brenda S says:

    Lord, thank you for pricking my self-centered heart today and making me see beyond myself. Thank you for the courage to pick up the phone and offer myself in service to my family……even those who don’t treat me well…….especially them. Lord, please let Your light shine through me into the darkness of all the past hurts and current dysfunction and may all I do bring glory to You. In the name of You precious Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen!

  52. Brenda S says:

    Lord, thank you for pricking my self-centered heart today and making me see beyond myself. Thank you for the courage to pick up the phone and offer myself in service to my family……even those who don’t treat me well…….especially them. Lord, please let Your light shine through me into the darkness of all the past hurts and current dysfunction and may all I do bring glory to You. In the name of You precious Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen!

  53. Roselyn B says:

    Lord, thank you for working in my life and pricking my heart to remind me that there’s others out here in this world that need your light and reminder that you do love them and are hearing their cries. Thank you God for using me in such small ways as just a note, smite, or just a simple word to them. Father I give you the praise and glory for I can’t do anything without your leading. In Christ name Amen

  54. Heavenly father, give me your ears to hear your words and help me to obey them. Father please provide me your eyes to see all those you put in my path today as you see them, and give me your heart to treat them as you would. In Jesus name, amen.

  55. In a world where stresses always seem high, and there are never enough hours in the day, I find joy and comforr knowing I have a Savior who has everything under control….even me! I look forward to reading this book soon!

  56. Good to read this story again Wendy!! How did your talk at SS go? I was praying for you and trust God was speaking loud and clear!!! Here’s my prayer for today -

    Open my eyes Lord to see what and who You want me to see. Open my ears to hear Your directions and open my heart to follow Your lead. Use me Father to do what You created me to do. Tender my heart and help me be sensitive to Your Spirit so that I can listen and obey. Thank you for choosing me and using me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  57. Margaret says:

    Lord open my eyes to the story of what you have done – and to the fact that you have done so much for my sake. Surprise me again with all that you are doing in my life.

    Open my eyes to those around me, so that I can bless them as I have been blessed –

    We are blessed to be a blessing.

  58. Susan Gruener says:

    As we were traveling yesterday from our state to a neighboring state, we stopped at a burger place. They put an extra burger on our order by mistake (that we paid for), but we all were full and so we took it with us. We decided to give it to someone in need and we weren’t even out of the parking lot when three people walked by (one pushing a store shopping cart with his belongings in it). I rolled down my window and called to the lady and said we had an extra burger as I held out the sack to her. She said “thank you and God bless you”. I had never seen God work so fast when we decided to give something away! We had our 10 year old grandson traveling with us, who knows the Lord, and saw the Lord at work! :) It surely was God’s love all over the place…blessing those people, showing us again how He listens to our every thought and word, as well as a great teaching message for our grandson!
    It made my whole day!

  59. Farher, give me Your eyes to see others as You see them…stir my heart to compassion, love in action. Grant me boldness to put feet to my faith…for Your glory! Amen.

  60. Courtney J says:

    Lord, I pray that you will open my eyes to see more of you and less of me. Open my eyes to the blessings you’ve bestowed upon me. Let me focus on You, seek your face, and trust Your plan. Even though I’m in need, bless me to be a blessing to others, and not to keep the blessing for myself. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  61. Father God, thank you for allowing us occasional glimpses of how You use us to make a difference in others’ lives. What a joy! And thank You for the prompts from your Holy Spirit. Please help us to be sensitive and obedient to them. Use me as often as possible to shine Your light on others and draw them to You. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

  62. Father God, I pray you help me identify the pride and selfishness in my heart and empty it to make room for your love. Guide me and stop my judgemental speech and fill me with your love so your light can shine through me. I know I can’t do it on my own and its only through you. In Jesus Name, Amen

  63. Wendy, I work in a special education summer program and I have been rising extra early for my quiet time, I ride to work in total praise and thanksgiving, usually listening to KLOVE. I arrive early to let “the liquid living love of God” splash all over all staff, students and parents! What a blessing it is! ps. Love Beth’s analogy…gonna use it! Thx! God bless!

  64. Michelle Partin says:

    Lord, thank you for your presence. Please help me to see those who are in need of that same presence in their lives and help me to share your love with them. I pray for the strength and the words in that moment. Allow me to be obedient with grace and love. You are my rock Lord and I am forever grateful for your love.

  65. This devotional was sent at the perfect time. I left my career in February 2013. A career that I loved and that easily provided for our family. We really felt God calling me could to stay home with our 3 boys and let my husband focus on his business and provide. Needless to say, after 1 1/2 years, we are struggling! Much doubt and worry has crept into my life and I was just telling my husband that it is hard to have FULL trust in The Lord right now. I obeyed his nudging of over a year and felt so much peace in our decision….but now I question if I really heard his voice. Lord, help me to be patient and wait for your timing. Help me to listen to your small, subtle promptings in my heart so your light can shine through me. Amen.

  66. Patricia Frazier says:

    By your sharing how uncomfortable and awkward it may feel to respond to Gods promptings I see that I’m normal and I need to push past these feeling to be obedient in sharing his love. I also recognize, because of your story, that I need to share the source of the prompting so that the recipient of Gods blessing would know that it is from him. Thank you for sharing this encouraging story!

  67. Cyndi Booth says:

    Thank you Lord for your blessings in my life! Open my eyes to see you and my heart to feel you. Give me peace that I may share your peace with my husband and have your spirit in our home. Guide me to know what to say, what to do and how to share you with him. Fill our hearts and minds with your love and give us hearts to love each other as you desire. Inspire us to grow in you as we grow closer together. I believe and receive this in Jesus name! Amen

  68. Debbie Mitchell says:

    Dear Jesus please give me the ability to show your love to others like you’ve shown it to me. Amen

  69. Dear Lord,
    thank You for Your redeeming unfathomable love toward me. May Your perfect unselfish love overflow from my heart to touch those around me today. Please open my eyes and grant me Your sight, to see those in need who come into contact with me, so that You can touch their lives through me. May I be available and willing to be Your hands and arms and feet and may I be attuned to the promptings of Your Holy Spirit to guide me to Your will today and every day of my life. Reach out to others today Lord, I want to love as You love.
    Amen

  70. Dear lord
    I know by placing my worries in your hands and trust that you will provide and help me see that by opening up my heart to you and helping others during my own struggles you will show me the answers. This devotional was sent at the perfect time. My father unexpectedly passed away and I was filled with anger and guilt. I had just gone through multiple knee surgeries and laid off from my job of 10 years while recuperating on disability. l wasn’t happy and struggling internally and with god and felt him calling me to stay home with my daughter till she started kindergarten. I accepted my dream job 6 months ago only to have my old company threaten to sue for non compete and lost it my husband was unemployed and I wasn’t sure where to turn so started praying and feel The Lord will help me find my next Job the bills are accumulating and I was starting to panic. As I went back to school shopping I felt the lord ask me to buy supplies for others. I can barely buy my own but felt there is a reason imam being called to help. Lord, help me to be patient and wait for your timing. Help me to listen to your small, subtle promptings in my heart so your light can shine through me and show me your will and unconditional love and support. Amen.

  71. Last night at my prayer group we prayed for my sister, who is facing some heart problems. Today I woke up knowing that just praying for her wasn’t enough – I needed to go see her. I drove 45 minutes and talked to her about the Lord. I hope it blessed her!

  72. Friends, what a precious gift to read your stories of times when God has called you out of your comfort zone to share His liquid love. I absolutely love the beautiful hearts God has gathered in this place. You truly bless and inspire me!! And your prayers inviting God to use you to do more in your sphere of influence is so exciting. How pleased God is when His girls cry out to experience more of Him through sharing His love.

    I will announce the winner of our Giveaway (copy of Living So That and a book of your choice from P31 bookstore) on Sunday, August 10th right in my next post!

    Blessings,

    Wendy

  73. Dear Wendy,
    I am so sorry- I missed this post. So, instead of praying for your SS (but I did pray… just not written here!) I am going to praise God for what He did in and through you…

    Heavenly Father,
    She Speaks is such a gift. It’s a time for all of us attending to experience YOU… through each interaction, through the teaching, through the worship and through new and lasting friendships. Thank You Abba for the lives that Wendy touched. I know those ladies will never be the same. Thank You for planting seeds in each woman’s heart. Lord, as the time passes since SS, let them not lose any of the revelations. But instead, let each woman, including Wendy and the P31 ladies, have hearts of fertile soil so that Your revelations grow deep roots and produce amazing crops. We trust that this is already done and that You are working this through!

    Thank You for Wendy in my life… and for those of us who couldn’t make SS this year. Her liquid love has made impacts on us that our words will never be able to adequately express. Bless her growing ministry… show her favor on each study she writes… with the publishing companies… with the venues in which You have called her to teach… guide her every step and show her how to rest when You are calling her to be still. Cover her family with Your perfect peace and protection.

    We give You all the praise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

    I love you, friend!

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