November 9, 2015

My New Book Releases in January 2016!

If you are joining me from my devotional at Encouragement for Today, I am so thankful you are here. If you are looking for the link to the “Praying on the Armor” prayer I share in my devotional, click here.

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And I invite you to read on to learn more about my new book coming out in January 2016, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God.

Sometimes you dare to ask God for a big dream. To pray for something only He can orchestrate.

A few weeks ago, as I sat in the Harper Collins’ studio recording the DVD teachings to accompany my new book, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God (coming out in January), God graciously answered my prayer.

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And today I want to publicly praise God and thank Him for His kindness and goodness. And I also want to thank you, my faithful friends and followers. YOU helped make this all possible. You joined me time and time again here on the blog to study God’s Word. You helped develop me as a teacher. You trusted me to come alongside you and walk with you through God’s Word. We studied the life of David. Hebrews. Ephesians. Prayer. And so much more.

You invested in me. You prayed for me. You encouraged me. You engaged in dialogue with me. YOU BLESSED ME!!

My heart is full, and I can’t think of better people to share this upcoming release with than you! Today I celebrate YOU and thank God for YOU!

As time draws closer, I will share more about I Know His Name and provide a link for a FREE devotional to give you a sneak peek into the book.

Below I share a short description of I Know His Name.

Does God seem like a stranger more than a friend? Do you want to go from simply knowing about God to really knowing God? Do you long for God to become more of a part of your everyday life but don’t know how? In the pages of I Know His Name, Wendy will help you…

  • realize your infinite worth as you explore the nature of the God who created and formed you.
  • live with bold assurance that your God is a personal God who sees you, hears you, and knows you by name.
  • walk confidently in who you are and Whose you are, especially in the midst of a shattered heart or a broken dream.
  • arm yourself with seven tools to pray more confidently and effectively in any situation or circumstance.
  • transform your walk with Jesus as you discover how He fulfills the Old Testament names of God.

The names of God we will study include:


El Roi

Jehovah Nissi

Jehovah Rapha

El Elyon

and four more magnificent names of God!!

As I close today, I would love to hear from you! If you have joined us for past studies, share your favorite. If you are new to my blog, share your favorite name of God. I will choose one name to win a free copy of my new book when it comes out in January!!


October 14, 2015

Thank you for engaging in such honest, rich and wonderful conversation as we studied how God calls us to live lives where He and He alone is LORD over every part of our lives. I enjoyed reading each and every comment. It seems we all struggle, doesn’t it? Whether married or unmarried, we struggle with making our Lord, LORD OF ALL!!

And it’s because, on our own, we cannot do this. It takes a deep, rich, abiding relationship with Jesus to bring us to a place of such great love, humility, and submission. So I thought I would write a prayer for us to help draw us closer to God and better equip us to surrender every area of our lives to Him.

Prayer from My Heart to Yours

Heavenly Father, we humbly come before You as women who seek to walk in a rich, abiding relationship with You and who seek to make You LORD over our lives.   Father, we desire to be one with You, attached to Your vine, filled with Your Spirit.  You are Holy and call us to be holy.  We are desperate to be the holy women You are calling us to be.  Soften our hearts to receive Your Spirit in all its fullness, so it will transform our hearts in ways that enable us to submit and surrender our hearts to You and, in turn, reflect You and Your heart in all we say and do. 

Your Word says that if anyone lacks wisdom, she should only ask for it, and You will give it liberally.  We ask in faith now to be filled with the knowledge of Your Word .  We pray for all wisdom and understanding as we seek to know You more.  We deeply desire to apply our hearts to understand You more so that we can receive from You what You so freely give.

As we open Your Word and meet with you, help us not be wise in our own eyes, but to seek Your Truth in all we say and do.  As we learn Your Word and it fills our hearts and minds, saturate us.  Allow Your Word to penetrate to the deepest places in our hearts, places that we don’t want to let anyone in.

Father, let the peace that passes all understanding, Your Peace, not the world’s peace, guard our hearts and rule our lives.  Give us the desire and meet with You and sit quietly at Your feet.  Give us our daily bread.  Feed us and do as Your Word promises, bring health to our bodies and healing to our bones.

Father, through Your Spirit draw us close.  Fill us.  Change us so not our will be done but Yours in and through our prayers and our lives.  Fill us up with the fullness of Your Spirit so that we may accomplish all that we are asking, for we know that we cannot do it in our own strength.  We know that we can do this, and all that You call us to, only through Christ who strengthens us.

Father, thank You for watching over Your Word to perform it.  Thank You that it will accomplish what You desire and achieve the purposes for which You sent it.  Beginning today, we pray Your Word, believing it and Your promises about it with all our hearts.  I thank You in advance for all You will do in and through us as we walk in obedience to Your command to abide in You.  We know that according to Your Word, You will do even more than we could ever ask or imagine in this simple prayer, and we boldly ask this in the powerful name of Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

I pray that as we pray this prayer, God will begin a mighty work in our hearts … building trust in Him, softening our hearts to surrender our wills to His … so that we can truly make Him Lord over all!! Below please find the winner of my book Hidden Joy. And if you would like to read a sample chapter of the book, we have made one available for free, simply click here to read it.

*****The winner of my book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner is ….

Cherie K who posted on 9/29 at 8:25 am. Please e-mail me at with your name and address so I can mail you a signed copy of my book. *****

August 25, 2015

Love Your Neighbor Giveaway with Amy Lively

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

I met Amy Lively at She Speaks many years ago. She attended my session on “How to Start a Neighborhood Bible Study.” At the end of my teaching, Amy approached me, eyes gleaming, barely able to contain her enthusiasm. She explained how she felt that same nudge. She knew God was calling her to step out in faith … to invite. To do a new thing in her neighborhood.

Well, thank goodness Amy obeyed. Because the Lord has taken Amy’s passion, obedience and her very first invitation and transformed them into an amazing book, “How to Love Your Neighbor without Being Weird,” and an international ministry. To learn more about her book and her ministry, click here.


Today, Amy and I not only want to share a bit of her story with you, but we are praying that today’s message will encourage and equip YOU to step out in faith and do the same!

Amy has generously offered to give away a gift package to help you do just that! So in the comments below share who you would invite and/or how you would use her gift in your neighborhood.

Here is a bit more of Amy’s story …

Have you ever thought, “I want to love my neighbor, but I don’t know how”? How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively is packed with practical, adaptable tips and tools for introverts or extroverts, and people who live in big cities or small villages. If you want to get rid of the guilt about disobeying Christ’s #2 command to love our neighbor but don’t want to alienate or offend your neighbors in the process, this book is for you.

Amy wasn’t always a good neighbor – in fact, she says she wasn’t always even a good believer. In Chapter One she tells her story of running from God for 20 years before natural relationships with godly women changed her spiritual destiny—and this happened outside of church, at coffee shops and playgrounds. Once Amy returned to the Lord, however, it was as if Jesus was locked inside her house! She lived in her neighborhood for seven years before she attempted to get to know her neighbors, and even this was done kicking and screaming. She fought the Lord for a long time before finally inviting 89 neighbors over for coffee. This gathering of women in homes became an international ministry called The Neighborhood Café, and this book was also an outcome of her experience in her own neighborhood.

The Neighborhood Cafe

You may be asking, “Isn’t it ‘loving my neighbor’ when I support world missions or witness to my hairdresser?” Yes, it is… but we have globalized the definition of neighbor to include everyone in the whole wide world, conveniently excluding the people who live right next door—the ones who can reject us. Jesus had a different way of loving His neighbor. He simply sat down with His neighbors at their tables, in their homes, and they did life together.

Loving our neighbor means investing in relationships – it’s sometimes messy, but it’s always meaningful.

If you’re struggling to build relationships with your neighbors based solely on religion, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird teaches you six other areas where you can interact and engage with your neighbors: family, government, education, business, arts and entertainment, media. Along with religion, these seven areas have shaped every culture in every generation, and they are active forces in your community today. These areas impact the people living around you, and the influence of the Gospel is desperately needed in each area.

Amy's Giveaway


God knew what sociologists and archaeologists have also figured out: your entire community is safer, stronger, wealthier – and even lives longer! – when neighbors know each other’s names and are involved in each other’s lives. And on a spiritual level, loving our neighbors blesses us even more than it does them. You’ll never lean on God more or see Him more clearly than when you obey His #2 command.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win Amy’s BIG giveaway to help YOU invite your neighbors to get to know Jesus. Her BIG Giveaway includes:

  • 2 MUGS Adorable “Love Your Neighbor” mugs, one for you, one for your neighbor!
  • 10 CARDS to ask your neighbor over for coffee, board games, BBQ – you name it! Invite one neighbor or the whole block, whatever works.
  • 2 COFFEES Single-serve Columbian coffees.
  • 2 COASTERS to put under your steaming mugs.
  • 1 BOOK A signed copy of Amy’s book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird.

I’ll announce the winner Friday in my next blog post.