April 7, 2016

First 5: Fix Your Eyes on Jesus w/Giveaway

“We must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” Lysa TerKeurst, First 5 App.


How do you begin your day?

Eyes fixed on Jesus


Eyes fixed on your “to do” list

Option 2 was me a few days ago. So much to do today, Lord. I’ll feel much better if I just get these  three e-mails sent, my son’s lunch made and a few texts out of the way. Then I’ll meet with You.

That choice affected my perspective for the remainder of my morning. It started with a few choice words to my dog for throwing up under my desk. And next my son for failing to awaken early to do the chores I had asked him to do the night before. And finally my husband. I’ll leave that left unsaid. But you get the picture.

I wish this was a one time occurrence, but I confess there are days I jump out of bed and head into my day with the best of intentions to meet with Jesus later. But later never seems to come … until the next morning.

When the hard stuff hits that particular day, I have nothing. I’m empty. Without whispers from God, my emotions take the lead. Depending on the circumstances that arise, it might be impatience, anger, or unforgiveness. None of them productive or good. And most lead to shouts with the world.

The reason the Lord invites us to meet with Him in the morning is to shift our perspective off that “to do” list and onto Him.

In that quiet, focused place, we create space for Jesus to nourish our souls. When we open His living and active Word, it comes alive in our hearts. It takes root. The longer we linger, the more it remains. Over time it fills our hearts and saturates our minds.

If we begin our day with our eyes FIXED on Jesus,

when our circumstances seem impossible, we remember all things are possible! (Luke 18:27).

when we feel over committed and exhausted, we remember come to Me, and I will give you rest! (Matthew 11:28-30).

when we feel unloved and unworthy, we remember I love you with an everlasting love, and you are the apple of my eye. (Jeremiah 31:3, Zechariah 2:8).

when we feel lost and confused, we remember you will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart; I know the plans I have for you … plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope; I will direct your steps. (Jeremiah 29:11, 13; Proverbs 3:5-6).

when we have tasks that seem too great or beyond our strength, we remember you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! (Philippians 4:13).

when we’re worried and anxious about many things, we remember do not be anxious for anything and cast all your cares upon me! (Philippians 4:6, 1 Peter 5:7).

when we feel alone, we remember I will never leave you or forsake you! (Hebrews 13:5).

If you struggle with fixing your eyes in Jesus, especially first thing in the morning, accept my invitation to meet us each morning for a short Bible teaching on our Proverbs 31 First 5 App.

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Leave a comment today and let me know if you have signed up for First 5 or if you are planning to sign up today! I will choose one winner from the comments to receive a copy of my new book, I Know His Name, and the accompanying teaching DVD. If you want to know more about my new book, click here.

A prayer for you …

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not inviting You into our lives each and every day. For every woman You have brought here, help her FIX her eyes on Jesus. As she commits to meet with You, show up in very personal ways, ways that she will KNOW that it is You. Big ways and small show up. Help her to know down to the depths of her soul how much You love and care about her. Help her to trust You in her circumstances. Give her a word, a touch, a whisper, anything she needs to hear Your voice. Thank You for Your promise that when we seek You with all our hearts, we will find You. Today we claim that promise and invite You to show up BIG as we fix our eyes on You. Thank You that You will do great and mighty works in our midst. I ask all this in Jesus’ powerful Name. AMEN


February 15, 2016

Join Us for a New Bible Study Class w/ Giveaway

Registration Open for New P31 Bible Study Class

If you’re stopping by from my Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Devotion, welcome! I’m so thankful you’re here! We have a new Proverbs 31 Bible Study Class beginning March 7th, and I can’t wait to tell you about it! Registration opens TODAY!

Do you want to move beyond knowing about God to really knowing  God in a deeply personal way?


Do you yearn for more depth in your prayer life?

Do you long to experience more of God’s presence and power in your life?

Then keep reading! I have 3 important things to share with you.

Proverbs 31 Ministries is doing a “new thing,” and we want YOU to join us!

First,  We are starting our first-ever Bible Study Class, and I’m so excited that our first book will be my new Bible study, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God!  I’ll be teaching the class, and we’ll be digging deep into God’s Word to move beyond simply knowing about God to really knowing God in a very personal way.

Oh, how I want you to join us for this exciting 5 week adventure!

Our Bible Study Class will run March 7 – Friday, April 8. Registration is only open for two weeks. It begins today and ends on February 27.

Register here:

What is a Bible Study Class? Proverbs 31’s Melissa Taylor answers here:

Other Frequently Asked Questions about Bible Study Class are answered here:

Second, if you want to get a taste of what we’ll be studying in I Know His Name, please sign up for my FREE Devotional “Five Days to Knowing God More Intimately” here. And you’ll find a peek at a sample chapter here.

I Know His Name Five Day Devotional Companion by Wendy Blight


Third, we have a giveaway!! For a chance to win a signed copy of my book and DVD, leave a comment and let me know you stopped by. And if you plan to join us on March 7th, let me know that too! I’ll announce the winner on Monday, February 22nd in a new post. If we get over 250 comments, I will give away 2 sets!!

Thank you again for stopping by, and I hope we’ll see you on March 7th!


February 1, 2016

Adonai Sal’i: God our Rock w/ a Giveaway

If you’re stopping by from my Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Devotion, welcome! I’m so thankful you’re here!

I can hardly contain my excitement about our new Proverbs 31 Bible Study Class that begins March 7th. We’ll be using my new book and clips from my teaching DVDs, “I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God.” Click here to learn more and stay connected with me through my blog for reminders on when and how to register.


If you’re a bit curious about what we’ll be studying, below are some great ways to get a taste of what you’ll find tucked between the covers:

Sign up for my FREE 5-Day Devotional “Five Days to Knowing God More Intimately” here.

Download a sample chapter here.


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“I Know His Name” takes us on a journey through eight magnificent names of God.

Below is a peek into Chapter 5.

God our Rock

Hers is a story of heart break and hope. She longed to have a child, a son, to carry on the family line. But Scripture says of this woman, “God had closed her womb.”

Who was this woman? Her name was Hannah. Her culture labeled her barren. A failure … a social embarrassment. Her inability to conceive left her broken and empty.

So as was common in her culture, her husband took another wife, Peninnah, who could conceive. This broke Hannah’s heart. Peninnah ridiculed Hannah year after year, shaming her to the point of deep despair.

Even though Hannah’s husband loved her deeply and devoted himself to her, despair turned to desperation. When she couldn’t stand it anymore, Hannah traveled to the tabernacle, the place where God dwelled. She humbled herself before Him and offered a deal. If you give me a child, I will give him back to you to serve you all the days of his life. When Eli, the priest, saw Hannah praying, he comforted her and joined her in prayer, asking God to give her the desire of her heart.

Hannah’s was a prayer birthed from sorrow and suffering. She laid her soul bare before the Lord. She so longed for a son that once born, she was willing to sacrifice him and give him back to the Lord.

What an example for us! To not remain stuck in places of bitterness, unforgiveness, and despair. Emotions that hold us hostage and drag us down to dark and desperate places.

Instead, we must turn to our Father in Heaven. In Him alone we will find peace and hope, as Hannah did.

God met Hannah in this desperate place. And she met God in a very personal way.

Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel. When he turned three, Hannah honored her deal with God. She brought Samuel to the tabernacle and gave him to the Lord.

Hannah prayed these words as she surrendered her child to God:

My heart rejoices in the Lord;
    in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
    for I delight in your deliverance.

 “There is no one holy like the Lord;
    there is no one besides you;
    there is no Rock like our God (1 Samuel 2:1-2).

The Voice says, “there is no rock as solid as our True God.”

It was in this dark and desperate place that Hannah had a personal encounter with God our Rock.

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This name in Hebrew is a transliteration of the Hebrew word “Tsur” and is used to symbolize an immovable foundation. It depicts God’s constancy, strength, power and presence. He is our solid foundation … unshakeable … the underlying reality of all that we know to be good and true and real. In every trial, we can know that He is our Rock.

These words are NOT adjectives to describe God. They are His attributes. Expressions of His character.


And the great news!

Hannah’s God is our God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. So when you’re having a hard week. When you feel is as if you’re on sinking sand. When life overwhelms. When you feel adrift amidst it all, call upon God our Rock!

When your mind shouts lies:

Don’t cry out to God. He’s not there.

You’re not worth it. He’s not listening.

Swallow that pill

Take that drink.

Listen to the Truth:

Cry out to God your Rock. He is there.

You are Worthy. He is listening.

Feed on the Bread of Life.

Drink the Living Water.

STAND on the Rock.

PRAY to the Rock.

“Thank You, Lord, that You alone are my ROCK and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2

“Thank You, Lord, my ROCK,  that You alone can lift me out of this slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. You alone can set my feet upon a rock and give me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2

Anchor yourself to the Rock.

Meet more magnificent names of God in my new book “I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God” releasing TOMORROW! To learn more about the book and how to get a copy, click here.


Thank you for sharing part of your day with me. I have prayed for every person who would stop by today. For God our Rock to speak to you in a personal way through this post.

For a chance to win a copy of “I Know His Name” and the DVD teachings, leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. If we reach over 200 comments, I’ll give away two sets!

I’ll announce the winner on Monday, February 8th in a new post.