March 31, 2014

Invitation to New Online Bible Study and Giveaway

To celebrate the last week of registration for the P31 Living So That Online Bible Study, we’re giving away books, books and more books!! Keep reading so you’ll know how to enter to win!

And if you’re joining us today from my Encouragement for Today Devotion, welcome. I’m so excited you stopped by for this special invitation and giveaway!

First, here’s a short message (4 minutes) from my heart about our Living So That study.

 

Register for the Living So That Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study 

Click here to register for our Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life study that begins April 6th.

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Our conference call guests for this series are…

Pastor Derwin Gray (pastor Transformation Church in Charlotte, husband, father, author of Limitless Life – our next P31 Online Study)

Emily Maynard (soon to be wife, mother, entrepreneur, and past Bachelorette who will share a powerful testimony to God’s faithfulness)

Marilynn Chadwick (wife, mother, author of Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars, and prayer warrior extraordinaire)

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To give you a taste of the book before we begin, I’ve written a free five-day devotion companion, “Five Days to a Faith-Full Life.” Simply enter your-e-mail address below and you’ll receive your first one today!

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Free Download of Living So That’s Introduction and Chapter One

For a sneak peak at Living So That from the InScribed Studies Collection, click here to read the Introduction and portion of Chapter One.

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Buy a copy of Living So That

If you purchase your copy from Proverbs 31 by Thursday April 3rd, you’ll receive a signed copy! Click here to purchase. You can also purchase Living So That from the following retail outlets.

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And today (3/31) is the last day to buy the Kindle version of Living So That for the crazy low price of $2.99!! Click here to order.

 

Learn More about Inscribed Studies

Living so That is part of the Inscribed Studies Collection from Harper Collins Christian Publishing/Thomas Nelson. To learn more about InScribed Studies, bulk purchase promotions for your church or small group, and  other books in our Collection visit our InScribed Studies Website and our InScribed Studies Facebook Page.

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Thank you for stopping by today! For a chance to win a copy of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner (my first book) or Living So That, please leave a comment by Thursday April 3rd letting us know any or all of the following…

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You signed up today.

Your prayer request.

How God has used a trial in your life to be a backdrop to a testimony or a ministry.

Your favorite “so that” verse!!!

Winners will be announced Monday, April 7th. Looking forward to digging deeper into God’s Word with you on April 6th!

Blessings to you,

January 10, 2014

A Marriage Prayer for You

(If you left comments in response to the last two giveaways ($50 gift certificates and “Living So That Gift Packages,” the winners are announced at the end of this post. Please respond by Monday Jan. 13).

A warm welcome to my Proverbs 31 friends visiting from my Encouragement for Today DevotionWho Sits on the Throne of Your Heart?  I’m so excited you stopped by to visit.

Since my devotional delved into a tender place in my marriage, a place that was very hard to share, I thought I would write a marriage prayer today. Monty and I have come so far since those early years of our marriage. We have traveled down smooth roads, tackled rough roads, survived deep valleys, and danced on mountain tops. But through it all, we have remained together. I couldn’t imagine sharing my life with anyone else in the entire world!!  Every rough road and every valley, though hard to walk through at the time, has strengthened our marriage and drawn us closer together. This year we will celebrate 27 years of marriage!!

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I pray God will use this prayer to bless and encourage you. If you visit my Free Resource Page, you will find a longer marriage prayer. To access that prayer directly, click here.

My Marriage Prayer

Heavenly Father, I come before You today praising You as the giver of every good and perfect gift. Your word tells me that all my days were ordained for me before I lived a single one. You knew before time began that we would be joined together as one. You gave me my husband as one of those good and perfect gifts. But marriage is hard, Lord. It’s messy. Sometimes I feel _________(alone, unappreciated, disconnected, jealous, neglected, angry, bitter, misunderstood, hurt, betrayed, etc). I don’t like these emotions. I know they are not healthy and not what You want for me as a wife. So I come before You today for direction and help. I know that I cannot change my husband, so I invite You to help me change the only thing I can and that is ME. Lord, please change me.

First, I want to confess my role in this mess in my marriage. Search me, Lord. Know my anxious thoughts. Test me. If there is any offensive way in me…if there is any part of this mess we are in that is my fault…reveal it to me. Open my eyes to see it. Humble my heart to confess it. Tender my heart to change it. Father, I ask You to forgive my ________ (anger, bitterness, jealousy, prideful attitude, self-pity, etc) Thank You that You forgive me…that though my sins are like scarlet, You make them white as snow. You remove them as far as the east is from the west.

Lord, help me to walk confidently in who I am in You. Thank You, Lord, that I am a display of Your splendor! My value and worth is found in You and You alone. My husband is a gift in my life, but my identity and worth is NOT in Him; my identity and worth is found in You. Heal any part of me that has forgotten that or doubted that. Restore to me the JOY of my salvation. I am Your child. I am filled with Your Spirit and Your glory. Help me to walk in the fullness of who I am in You.

I surrender my marriage and my husband to You, the giver of the gift of marriage, more specifically the gift of my marriage. I ask the following of You for my husband and me:

Heal our hurts.

Knit our hearts together as one.

Bring us into unity and agreement in all things.

Move our hearts to respond to each other with humility and unselfishness.

Equip us with the mind of Christ and enable us to acknowledge You daily as Lord of our lives and our marriage.

Help us not look to each other for affirmation, but look only to You.

Grow us daily in spiritual wisdom and discernment.

Humble our hearts to serve each other with a sacrificial love.

Develop in us praying hearts  and unite us to pray as one.

Cover us daily in the armor of God and protect us from the guiles of the evil one.

Bless and establish the work of our hands and our hearts.

Bind our marriage with unbreakable chains and blanket us with Your great love.

Heavenly Father, I give our hearts, our minds, our marriage and our family to You and trust You to do a “new thing.” Help my husband and I forget the old, to forgive what has been in the past. I trust You to make a way in the desert. Flood our marriage with Ephesians 3:20 blessings, Lord…do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ever ask or imagine.  I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I pray this prayer meets you in your tender place in your marriage. If you would like prayer for your marriage, or you would like to leave a prayer for your marriage or someone else’s marriage, please share it in a comment today. I promise to pray for each and every request over the next week. And I will choose one comment randomly to win an Inscribed necklace to celebrate the release of my new book coming out in March 2014, Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.  To see the necklace, click here.

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I’m so thankful you stopped by today. As I close this post, I’m praying for the Lord to draw every woman here who needs this encouragement…this prayer. And if your marriage is GREAT right now, praise God and join me in praying for the comments left today. Let’s storm the gates of heaven on behalf of marriages today. No marriage is hopeless because NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!!

******Winners of $50 Proverbs 31 Gift Certificate

Angela B.who posted on 12/26 at 5:44 p.m.

LaKeisha who posted on 12/21 at 7:48 a.m.

******Winners of “Living So That Gift Package”

Karen Conner who posted on 1/1 at 8:19 a.m.

Carolyn who posted on 1/1 at 10:44 a.m.

If you are one of the four women listed above, please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and mailing address so I can send you your gifts.

Blessings,

April 23, 2013

A Legacy of Faith

When our  Proverbs 31 Ministries Executive Team shared the idea of a Legacy Campaign.  I was thrilled!  What a beautiful gift  to honor women in our lives who have impacted our faith.  It led me to think about my legacy of faith.  God reminded me of the many women who prayed for me, encouraged me, and challenged me in my walk with Jesus.  It began with my Grandma Wally, who prayed for me to know and love the Lord from the time I was a small child.  And throughout the years, God strategically placed women in my path who shaped not only the faith I live but also the faith I will leave as a wife, mother, friend, and Bible teacher.  Names flooded my mind.

But there is one woman who has influenced my walk with Jesus more than any other. Her name is Jan Harrison.  This is Jan..

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Isn’t she beautiful!

She came into my life at a time when I felt so very far from the Lord.  You see, just days after my college graduation from Baylor University, I was raped by an armed, masked man hiding in my apartment.  The days and years following my attack were some of the most traumatic and difficult times of my life.  I lived those years locked in a prison of fear.

Then in 1998, my husband’s job brought us to Charlotte, North Carolina.  We arrived with a 4 year-old, an 8 month old, and a yellow lab named CJ.  Oh, how I hoped this would be a place of new beginnings, a fresh start.  But it was not.  In fact, being away from all that was familiar and comfortable, took me to a darker place…one filled with more fear, more despair, more self-pity.

But God!  He opened the door for me to attend a Bible study.  A real Bible study.  Not a book club, not a discussion group.  But a place where our only tools were a Bible and a notebook.  The first day, I witnessed something I had never seen before.  A woman standing before me who LOVED, absolutely LOVED the Word of God.  She possessed incredible Bible knowledge.  I had never met anyone who loved and believed in the power of God’s Word as much as she did.  Her passion was infectious.  I found myself writing fast and furiously to record every word she spoke.

Her love for God’s Word increased my desire to be in the Word. Many days I would go beyond my homework and dig deeper to learn more.  I wanted what she had.  I saw a confidence I longed for; a peace I needed; joy that  I had never experienced, and sweet relationship with the Lord that I never knew could be had.

We prayed together.  We met together outside Bible study.  She gave me tools to help me go deeper in prayer and the Word.

What made her different from other women in my life?

Jan INVESTED her heart in mine.

She helped me to see God’s Word is living and active meant to speak to us today.  Jan taught me to pray God’s Word.  And when I began to put into action all that she had taught me, it transformed my life.  As I began to immerse myself in prayer and the Word, the Lord freed me from my prison of fear!  He healed me from all that held me captive!  Through Jan, God transformed my heart and mind in a way that opened my eyes to see the giftedness He had given me.  The giftedness to teach His Word.

Jan has left  a legacy of faith.  But her legacy doesn’t end with me.  It goes on and on and on as she  invests year after year in so many women.

And then a few years ago, this woman who began as my Bible teacher and has since become one of my dearest friends, suffered a heartbreaking loss, one no mother should have to bear.  On October 5, 2010, their family changed forever when she and Frank lost their only son, James Harrison Franklin IV.  Once again, Jan lived her faith out loud for all to see.  Through her example,  I learned the meaning of of what it means to grieve with hope.  Although the loss of James rocked their family to its core, Jan found hope in knowing that this separation was only temporary.  She reminded me in our first conversation, “take heart, Wendy, James is absent from the body but present with the Lord!”  (2 Corinthians 5:8)  We shared several conversations during that time, and I stood amazed at  the strength of her faith…how she continually found HOPE in the midst of her grief.  How she found ways to honor God in and through her indescribable suffering.  She found hope in Philippians 1:6,

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you, will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Her son, James, died while in Africa, ministering to the least and lost.  He laid the foundation for a ministry,With Open Eyes, a global missions organization dedicated to serving those in need and equipping pastors to reach the “unreachable” with the message of the gospel.

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James had a fearless determination to spread the message of Jesus. Where did James get that passion to share the hope of Jesus with the least and the lost?  He watched his mom live it out before his eyes every day.  Jan left James a legacy.  And now James has left a legacy in With Open Eyes.  If you would like to learn more about With Open Eyes, click here.

Is there someone who has left a legacy in your life?  Someone who has lived out the Bible and strengthened your walk with Christ.  Honor her this month with a donation to Proverbs 31 Ministries.  We will send a card to her letting her know you are honoring her faith and through your donation, you will be helping us reach millions of women a day with the truth of God’s love.  Click here to find out more.

If you have a special woman who has impacted her faith, I would love to hear about her.  Will you  honor her by leaving a comment below?

I will choose one name from the comments left to win a copy of  Jill Beran’s book, Letters from Leanne – The Beauty of a Spiritual Mother-Daughter Relationship.   Jill and Leanne’s story shows how lives are impacted and faith grows when generations connect. As you read about their friendship you will be encouraged to find a mentor, or be one!  If you want to know more about Jill, please visit her blog by clicking here.  Also, you can purchase her book on Amazon.  I will announce the winner on May 1st.

*** WINNER OF HIDDEN JOY GIVEAWAY IS…***

Shawna who posted on April 12th at 2:34 pm

Congratulations Shawna!  Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your home address.

Blessings,