February 6, 2017

My Morning Prayer (+Cindy’s winner)

Happy Monday!

Mornings now don’t look like they did when both my kids were at home. Our mornings were busy, and sometimes all I had time for was a quick prayer. So, I thought I would share the prayer I often prayed on those busy mornings. It brings back sweet memories.

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My Morning Prayer

Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your Truth and not my feelings.

Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You.


Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning.

That is truly amazing, Lord.

Thank You for meeting with me today and wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love. I can’t wait to meet with You again. I ask all this in the powerful and majestic Name of Your Son, Jesus! Amen.

Please don’t fret if you can’t spend extended time in the Word each morning, reading and praying. God simply wants us to give Him our first thoughts of the day … whatever that looks like. Maybe it’s meeting Him in our First 5 App. Maybe it’s reading your favorite devotional. Maybe it’s spending time with a few verses before you jump out of bed. Or maybe it’s offering a morning prayer. He loves it all!!

I’d love to hear YOUR favorite way to meet with God in the morning. Please leave a comment and share with us.

If you are looking for encouragement on how to have a quiet time, click here to check out “Quiet My Anxious Heart,” a free on-line study I did a few years ago.

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January 17, 2017

Remember Who and Whose You Are

I love the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). The story of the little shepherd boy who defeated a 9 foot giant with only a sling and a stone. This past year, I felt as if I was against a giant. A giant so big, I felt helpless to battle it.

God took me back to this familiar story. What could I learn from this little shepherd boy He tapped to become the King of Israel?

The words I heard: Wendy, through this story, I am reminding you of who and Whose you are.

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Before David ever stepped foot on that battle field to fight Goliath, he knew who and Whose he was. We see this first through the words David spoke to King Saul when he volunteered to fight Goliath.

“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:34-37).

The shepherd boy remained undaunted because he remembered his personal experiences with God. How God faithfully provided for him as he watched over his sheep. David refused to allow the words of his brothers, King Saul or anyone else to define and direct him. Instead, he went back to the last place God had been faithful. The last time God provided for his every need.

As children of the Living God, we too should never allow someone else’s words or opinions define and direct us. We must STOP listening to the words of man and return to the last time God was faithful. Recall His faithfulness. The times we remember Him acting, moving, and providing on our behalf.

We again see how David remembered who and Whose he was through the words he spoke to Goliath:

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:45-47).

David measured Goliath not against his own strength but against the strength of his God. In the physical realm, the 9 foot giant should have won the battle. But he didn’t. David won and won big! He won big because the Commander of Heaven’s Armies was on his side. And He’s on our side too, my friend! Sometimes I forget this.

Whatever our obstacle … fear anxiety, sickness, financial struggles, marriage, rebellious children, depression … we do not fight alone. The Commander of Heaven’s Armies is on our side. He is for us and with us. His very Spirit indwells us to equip and empower us. He promises that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us.

The key is remembering who and Whose we are.

We have a cloud of witnesses behind us who knew this same truth. When Abraham acknowledged and depended on God, God made him the father of many nations. When Moses acknowledged and depended on God, He parted the Red Sea. When Joshua acknowledged and depended on God, the walls came tumbling down. When Daniel acknowledged and depended on God, the angel of the Lord shut the mouths of lions.

Is there something in your life over which the Lord wants to give you victory? Do you believe it’s too big for God? Reread the story of David and Goliath with fresh eyes and an open heart.

And then pray David’s prayer with me:

Father, today I come to you feeling overwhelmed. Powerless. Weak, feeling as if I can’t breathe. Like I can’t take that next step. I want to curl up and hide from the world. But, Father, I know those are lies. So, in full confidence, I come to You, the Commander of Heaven’s Armies, knowing who and Whose I am. In my weakness, You are strong. In my fear, You are brave. In my anxiety, You are peace. In my sadness, You are joy. In my despair, You are hope.

Today, I remember your faithfulness …  the last time You walked me through a hard place. You used it to mold, prune and train me. Through it You ensured I depended upon You and Your alone. You used it for my good and Your glory. Keep that memory ever before me. I want to trust You here again because I know You are for me.

This is YOUR battle. I know You are on my side. I trust You for victory. Empower me to walk through this in Your strength and power. I ask this in Jesus’ mighty and powerful Name. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer with me today, please let me know.

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.

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How do you begin your day?

Eyes fixed on Jesus

OR

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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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

Blessings,