November 12, 2014

Living So That Lesson Four: Trials Come So That

“It was June of 1986, just days after my college graduation. I walked into my apartment to find an armed, masked man standing at the top of my stairs. The afternoon he spent in my apartment transformed my life forever.  For days and months following my attack, I wept before God, shaking my fist, asking God, How could You sit on Your throne in heaven and allow the horrible things that man did to me? Night after night I lay in my bed, tears soaking my pillow. Questions plagued my mind. Why didn’t You protect me? Why didn’t You warn me? Why did You abandon me? Well-meaning friends would tell me that God had a purpose, that He would bring good out of it. I knew they meant well. But how could they utter such ridiculous statements?” [Excerpt taken from my book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story]

I believed with everything in me that despite all the well meaning words from my friends and family that no good would ever come from what happened to me that day. There would never be any purpose in the vile acts that man committed against me.  And that belief guided my life for the days and months following my attack. In fact, that belief landed me on a mat upon which I sat for years.

You see, when I was raped, I was unfamiliar with the Bible. Oh, I had read it now and again, but I did not know God’s Word. I had no idea that the Bible had the answer to every question I asked God. And some of those answers were found not only in one place in Scripture, but were truths and promises spoken by God over and over again.

Once God equipped me with the Truth, understanding, healing, hope and finally transformation came. My trial…my test…became my testimony.

Sweet friend, being equipped with Truth enables us to face our trials from an entirely different perspective. We see our circumstances not through the lens of our pain and the fog of our emotions. Instead, we see them with a fresh view…through the lens of God’s love, His character and His Word.

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How I wish I had that perspective in June of 1986. But I am certain if I had, I would not be writing these words today.

My heart beats with great anticipation for this lesson and especially for you to meet a dear friend and hear her story, so let’s begin!

Video Lesson

This week I’m replaying a November 2012 video of an interview I did with a woman I loved like a second mom, Bobbie Wolgemuth. In fact, I call her my spiritual mom. I shared her story on my blog a few years ago.  To read it, click here.  At that time, I asked friends and family to pray for Bobbie as she went through chemotherapy for Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer.  When she came to visit her two daughters that year, I knew it was a divine appointment for me record her powerful story.  She is a living example of how to not only survive but to thrive, even in the darkest of times, with JOY and HOPE.

It’s now November 2014 and a few weeks ago my precious Bobbie passed through the heavens to be with her Savior. The words she spoke in this video carry even more meaning today. I pray her words…and especially her closing song… bless and encourage you.

This Week’s Memory verse

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

This Week’s Prayer

This week’s prayer is from Psalm 62:1-8 (NLT):

I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.

So many enemies against one man—
all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
They plan to topple me from my high position.
They delight in telling lies about me.
They praise me to my face
but curse me in their hearts. Interlude

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.

This Week’s Homework:

Read Chapter Four of Living So That. The schedule below is a suggested schedule. If something different works better for you, use it.

Each day answer the questions in your assigned reading (Going Deeper questions are optional).

Wednesday: Read Part One (Why Does God Allow Trials)

Thursday: Read Part Two (God Is All Sufficient)

Friday: Read Part Three (That You May Believe)

Saturday: Read Part Four (Confident Faith to Endure)

Sunday: Read Part Five (The God of All Comfort)

** And don’t forget to share your Call to Action for last week for a chance to win a copy of Marilynn Chadwick’s book, Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars. **

Blessings,

November 5, 2014

Living So That Lesson Three: Pray So That

Oh, how I LOVE our topic this week: Pray So That! But before we jump in to today’s lesson, thank you, thank you for continuing to share your heart and your thoughts this week.  Your sharing blesses not only me but also every woman who stops by on our Living So That journey.  You ask challenging questions, dig deep below the surface and present powerful truths, pray beautiful prayers, and share honestly from your hearts.  This is what Bible Study is all about!!!

I don’t want us to forget, as we embark on this week on prayer that God Almighty, the One Who is all-powerful, the One Who created the heavens and the earth, Who raised Jesus from the dead, makes His creative, resurrecting power available to us through the gift of His Holy Spirit. This precious gift is ours because we are His blood bought baby girls…those who died to self and have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Tuck this promise deep in your heart, sweet sisters, and never let it go!! The Spirit of the Living God lives in each one of us. And what takes my breath away is that God desires not only that we have His Spirit but also that we be filled to the fullness with that Spirit.

All we have to do to receive this fullness is to ABIDE and PRAY…pray for His Spirit to come alive in us and invade every part of our being. We need simply make ourselves available for a fresh filling each day. And when we do this, the supernatural experiences He will grant us, the ways He will use us, will blow our minds!

Friends, will you join me this week in pursuing more than we ever have before a Spirit-filled, Christ-empowered life. Let’s prayerfully come before Him each morning and invite Him to use us this week. Pray for the opportunity to bring hope and healing to one broken and hurting person. And when He opens that door, let’s walk through boldly and confidently, knowing we are His vessel, empowered by His Spirit to be used by Him.

May God receive all the praise, glory and honor for the fruit that results from our time together studying  prayer!

Show us your glory, Lord, show us your glory!

This Week’s Video Lesson.

Okay….we’re off!!!  Today’s message is taken from the live Bible Study I teach here in Charlotte. Because of that, it is 37 minutes long. I just couldn’t summarize it. So many good truths from God’s Word to share. I hope you don’t mind. So set aside a bit more time to listen this week.

This Week’s Memory verse:  

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16, NIV)

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This Week’s Prayer:

Father, thank You for the gift of prayer. I invite You to speak a fresh Word to me this week. I don’t want my prayer time to be a religious ritual that I do each day. I don’t want it to be another thing I check off my “to do” list. Teach me to pray with power. I want my prayers to be effective and bring results that will glorify and honor You and You alone. Feed me Your living and active Word. Plant it deep in my heart so that I can recall it and pray it with my tongue. As I speak Your Word and hold it before You, I trust You to honor it…for it is Your Word. Thank You that Your Word, when prayed, will not return void but will accomplish what You desire and achieve the purposes for which You sent it. Thank You that it will prosper in everything for which it is sent. Give me the courage to come boldly before Your throne of grace. When I arrive, Father, met me there. Fill me with Your presence. make Yourself known to me. Draw me close. Be at work in my midst. Show me Your glory, Lord. Show me Your glory! I love You so much. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen 

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This Week’s Homework:

Read Chapter Three of Living So That. The schedule below is a suggested schedule. If something different works better for you, use it.

Each day answer the questions in your assigned reading (Going Deeper questions are optional).

Wednesday: Read Part One (Pray Continually)

Thursday: Read Part Two (Watch and Pray)

Friday: Read Part Three (Riches in Christ)

Saturday: Read Part Four (Help Me with My Unbelief)

Sunday: Read Part Five (Remain in Him)

Blessings,

October 29, 2014

Living So That Lesson Two:  God Spoke So That

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Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourselves. Your favorite t.v. shows brought back great memories. So many old shows! And, of course, lots of new shows as well…a few I want to check out.

I’m thinkin’ we should do this same activity with books over Thanksgiving…on our week off. What do you think? I’m always looking for new books to add to my reading list.

Your comments have filled me with such joy…reading each and every one has blessed me more than you will know.  It’s refreshing to hear what God’s living and active Word is teaching you. And so beautiful to read your prayers for one another.

And what’s exciting is that our Bible study continues to grow because you are inviting friends.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Women can still sign up, so if you have a friend or friends you would like to invite, please share this post and encourage them to sign up by subscribing to the blog to receive the weekly lessons in their inbox.

Reminder Instructions:

Each week we will have a video lesson, a memory verse, a prayer and a homework assignment.

Each lesson will remain up all week so that you can access it on your own time.  Remember if you want to receive the video lesson and assignment in your inbox, you will need to subscribe to my blog.  To do that, look at the top right side of my blog and find “Sign up to receive Wendy’s blog posts in your e-mail.”  Simply type your e-mail address in the box and click “Subscribe.”  You will then receive each week’s lesson in your inbox each Wednesday.  And if you want to see the video, you will have to subscribe to my blog or visit it directly.  The video will not show up in the e-mail. To get to the web site from the e-mail, click on the title of the post.

This Week’s Video Lesson.

Okay….we’re off!!!  Below please find our video lesson for God Spoke So That.

This Week’s Memory verse:  

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good purpose. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV, emphasis added)

This Week’s Prayer:

Father, help me not to live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from You (Deuteronomy 8:3). Fix these words of Yours on my heart and impress them in my mind; help me to tie them as symbols on my hands and bind them on my forehead. Equip me to teach them to my children, talking about them when I sit at home and when I walk along the road, when I lie down and when I get up (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). Make Your word a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:9). Thank You that Your way is perfect and Your word is flawless (2 Samuel 22:31, Proverbs 30:5). Help me present myself to You as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and correctly handles the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Help me not merely listen to the Word. Enable me to do what it says (James 1:22). When I read Your words, help me to eat them and digest them. Make them my joy and my heart’s delight (Jeremiah 15:16). Thank You that though heaven and earth will pass away. Your words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35. Be with me this week as I open Your Word. Bring it alive in my heart. Penetrate my soul. Bring change, Lord. Bring great life change. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen 

This Week’s Homework:

Read Chapter Two of Living So That. The schedule below is a suggested schedule. If something different works better for you, use it.

Each day answer the questions in your assigned reading (Going Deeper questions are optional).

Wednesday: Read Part One (The Word)

Thursday: Read Part Two (Established in the Truth)

Friday: Read Part Three (The Word as Spoken through Luke)

Saturday: Read Part Four (The Word as Spoken through John)

Sunday: Read Part Five (The Word as Spoken through Paul)

Winners of GREAT GIVEAWAY~

Now it’s time to announce the winners of our GREAT GIVEAWAY!

Winners of Lynn Cowell’s book Magnetic

Noelle who posted on 10/6 at 8:00 am

Tresie who posted on 10/6 at 2:59 pm

Winners of Inscribed Necklace

Jane Bryson who posted on 10/18 at 6:13 am

Debbie who posted on 9/10 at 1:20 pm

Winners of Inscribed Collection of books

Pam who posted on 10/20 at 12:14 pm

Charlotte Askew who posted on  10/18 at 8:36 am

If your name is listed above as a winner,  please send your full name and e-mail address to deuteronomysix@aol.com by Monday, November 3rd, and we will send you your gift!

Blessings to you!