November 6, 2017

When You Are Tempted – Suzie Eller Message and Giveaway

Hey friends! Before I introduce you to my friend, Suzie Eller, I’m announcing the winner of “Living So That” from last week’s giveaway. Thank you for taking the time to share your favorite verses to pray, and how you pray them. I will be copying many into my journal … so many good ones.

WINNER of “Living So That” is Lisa S. who posted on 10/31 at 9:19 p.m. Lisa, please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and mailing address.

Okay, now it’s time to meet my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 Ministries author, Suzie Eller. She’s written a beautiful new devotional, “Come With Me: A Yearlong Adventure in Walking with Jesus.” After you read her post, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy. You can find more about her devotional book by clicking here.

Incredibly Loved and Made for More

“When you are tempted, remind the enemy — and yourself — that you are incredibly loved and made for more. ~ Jesus”

We tend to think of temptation as BIG.  

When I think of temptation, I tend to think of BIG things. It’s cheating. It’s stealing something that’s not ours. It’s something news headline worthy, or at least fodder for local gossip.

Yet that’s not normally our greatest temptation. Instead, our greatest temptations come in ways that no one sees. We are tempted to discouragement. We are tempted to give up. We are tempted to look at ourselves and see a mess.

Those temptations may not be defined as BIG, but they pile up like mountains in our heart and thoughts. They get in the way of God’s best for us, and they trip us up.

Just this past week I was tempted.

No one saw it. If I wanted, I could push it down, down, down where I didn’t have to acknowledge it. Rather than be ashamed of temptation, the truth is we all struggle with it. If I pretend that I don’t, I’m lying to myself (and to you).

It started innocent enough. Richard and I were enjoying a rare night out together. He said something, and I disagreed. I pushed back, and so did he. Before we knew it, it sat between us like a boulder.

I was tempted to make him see it my way.

I was tempted to keep talking until he “got it.”

I was tempted to be angry when he didn’t.

I have to be honest. I was more than tempted. I caved in to all three of those things.

Don’t do it.

Oh, no. Not you! Not the Holy Spirit when I’m fully ready to cave in. After all, I’m right (even though he thinks he’s right).

So, I tried to compromise (because I was tempted, so more caving in).

Okay, I won’t say anything more.

I won’t try to make him see it my way. I’ll just be silent. Deafeningly silent. On the outside, we’ll look like the perfect couple enjoying a night out. Richard will reach for my hand, and I’ll hold it. I’ll nod and maybe say a word or two, but we’ll all be aware that I’m still angry. I’ll be so miserable that he’ll be miserable too.

Don’t do it.

There it was again. That invitation to take a different path. To resist temptation that seemed small, but Jesus knew had the power to create a divot in my heart (and relationship) if I chose.

Temptation isn’t reserved for a few. In Luke 4, the enemy tried to tempt Jesus. Some of the temptations were big, but others incredibly small. Jesus met each with the same response.

He faced the enemy head-on, declaring that His love for His Father was greater than a right-now temptation. He refused to be deceived by one who cared less about his Him, and more about the destruction of His soul.

Jesus understands how hard it is to be tempted. When we are tempted in any way, we are offered an invitation. We are invited to remind the enemy — and ourselves – that we are made for more.

That night I had a choice. First, to acknowledge that every temptation is BIG, when it filters into an enemy’s plan for my heart, or my marriage.

Second, to go the other direction of that temptation.

I reached for Richard’s hand, and said I was sorry.

I still felt I was “right,” but being right was less important than a right relationship with the guy I loved. He saw it one way. I saw it another. We are two different people, and that’s going to happen.

Sure, there are times we have to work through BIG conflict to find what is right for us as a family or in a relationship, but in this instance, it really was small. Even if I was right, it didn’t change anything.

However, realizing that I was made for more than a petty disagreement did change something – it changed me.

It wasn’t the first time I’ve been tempted. It won’t be the last. We all face temptation.

Whether it’s BIG or incredibly small (in the eyes of the world), we are not without help when temptation comes our way.  And if we fail – because sometimes we all do – we won’t be tempted to give up or hide, because Jesus offers all of us forgiveness and a fresh start.

Are you tempted?

Look that temptation in the eye. Remind the author of it that you are incredibly loved, and made for more.

Suzie has a free gift for you:

“13 Prayers for Come With Me”, a free PDF to encourage you to accept the invitation to follow Jesus wherever He goes. Click here to subscribe and receive the PDF in your inbox.

Leave a comment for the giveaway

We would love to hear what tempts you and the truths that help you fight temptation. Suzie will choose one name to win a copy of her new devotional “Come with Me.”

Come With Me Devotional by Suzie Eller

Suzanne Eller (Suzie) has served Proverbs 31 Ministries for 10 years. She’s an author, international speaker and Bible teacher, top 100 Christian women’s blogger, and popular media guest. She loves nothing more than watching God work in the heart of a woman.

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October 31, 2017

How to Pray God’s Word w/ Giveaway!

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin with prayer. We want to pray specifically for our friends and family, but we can’t quite figure out where to start.

I felt that way until I spent a few years around some amazing prayer warriors a few years ago. They taught me to pray God’s Word for the people I love. Praying God’s living and active Word is what makes our prayers powerful and effective!

So, over the next weeks and months, I dove into God’s Word and found topics that led to Scriptures that equipped me to pray for my people.

Today, I thought I would share some of those Scriptures with you. But, instead of just sharing the verses, I’m going to personalize them to help you see what I mean when I say “pray God’s Word.”

Many of you already do this, so I would be grateful if you would share any tips you have or verses you’ve personalized for your friends and family in the comments below.

It’s always a gift to share what God has taught us with friends. It’s what I LOVE about this community God has gathered here at wendyblight.com.

I’ll use my my family prayers as an example so you can get the feel for how to personalize your prayers.

Heavenly Father, I lay my family before You today asking:

Our love for each other will grow deeper and stronger the longer we walk with you and that it will abound more and more and reflect Your character. Help us be patient and kind, not boastful or proud. Help us always think the best of, and seek the best for, each other. (1 Cor. 13:4-7; Phil. 1:9-11)

You help us live in unity, putting each other’s needs before our own. Give us oneness of heart through the beautiful thread of Your Holy Spirit that binds us together in Jesus. (John 17:11, 21; Phil. 2:1-5)

We would have the mind of Christ and acknowledge You daily, no matter where we are, together or apart. Help us take every thought captive to Your Word, replacing lies with truth. Despair with joy. Grieving with hope. Anxiety with peace. Hate with love. Rudeness with kindness. Disrespect with honor. (Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 2:11-16; 2 Cor. 10:3-5)

We will live each and every day in the fullness of Your Spirit and in the abundant life You promise. (Eph. 5:18; John 10:10)

We will be confident in who and Whose we are, never looking to others for affirmation of our value and worth. Knowing down to the marrow of our bones it is found solely in You. (Psalm 139:13-16; Eph. 1:3-4, 7-8)

We would hunger for more of You and more of Your Word. That nothing else would satisfy us more than spending quiet time alone with You. (Psalm 63:1; Matthew 4:4; John 4:13-14, 7:37)

We would daily take up the Armor of God to protect us from the evil one. Keep us alert to Satan’s temptations, schemes, and lies. By the power of Your Spirit enable our hearts to fully submit to You so we can confidently resist the devil by speaking one Word alone … One name… Jesus. (John 8:44; Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7)

We would be strong, courageous and bold in a culture hostile to You. That we would never be afraid to share our story and the hope we have in You. (Joshua 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17-20)

You give us servant hearts. Hearts that seek to serve the least and the lost. Give us eyes to see the ones who need an encouraging word. Give us ears to hear the stories of those who need a listening ear. Give us patience to love those who drive us crazy. Give us a generous heart to share our blessings with those who have needs much greater than ours. (Mark 10:44-45; John 15:12, 30; Gal. 6:2; Hebrews 13:16)

You give us hearts of gratitude. Awaken us each morning with Your joy filling our hearts, no matter what the day may hold. May we anticipate divine encounters with You throughout our day … to see where You are at work and join You. (Psalm 118:24; Romans 15:13; Col. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:18)

You develop in us prayerful hearts, ones that seek You in all things and for all things. Hearts that are tender to Your voice and leading, ready to pray wherever and for whoever You ask. (Phil. 4:6-7; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:16-18)

I pray these verses bless and help equip you as you pray for your friends and family.

Now it’s YOUR TURN.

If this is new to you, in the comments, please share the verse(s) that spoke most to your heart. If this is how you pray, share your favorite verses to pray and give examples of how you personalize them. I will choose one name from the comments to win a copy of my book “Living So That:Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.” It has an entire chapter devoted to (you see a picture from that chapter above, “Pray So That”)!

I’m so grateful for each one of you. Thank you for meeting together with me here. I only wish we could be in the same room together sharing our thoughts and our hearts.

October 16, 2017

Living Water … A Prayer for You

Happy Monday friends!

First, thank you, thank you for sharing your most comforting scriptures in my last post. Your generosity to take the time to share your scriptures, stories and encouraging words blessed me more than you know. Many were beloved and familiar scriptures, and a few served as wonderful reminders of God’s truths and promises I’d forgotten. I absolutely love seeing the comment page FILLED with God’s living and active Word.

This past week, I spent time with a friend. I sensed a heaviness in my spirit each time we talked. When we had a moment alone, she shared that she was going through a dry time in her faith. It wasn’t a crisis of faith. It came down to desire. Each time she tried to sit down for quiet time, she confessed she felt nothing. No desire to open her Bible. No desire to pray. She wasn’t sure why; it just wasn’t happening.

After our last conversation, the Lord led me to write her a prayer. The prayer I’m sharing with you today. I pray if you’re walking through a dry time, it will bless and encourage you.

I think we all experience this at one time or another. Thankfully, our God is so patient. He’ll wait for us. We need to just do it! I told her I prayed this prayer would be a good place for her to start. I pray the same for you.

 

Living Water

Abba Father, Your Word promises that whoever believes in You will have rivers of living water flowing from her heart.

I’ve given my heart to You, Lord. I’m Your blood-bought daughter. My name is engraved in the palm of Your hand.

I’m thirsty. I long for Your living water to flow in all its fullness through me today and every day You give me on this earth.

Holy Spirit, fill me afresh right now. Fill me to overflowing with the fullness of Your Peace, Presence, Love, Joy and Hope.

Just as you ensure a spring is constantly renewed with fresh water to keep it pure and flowing freely, renew me today.

Awaken me each day with a deep and abiding desire to meet with You.

Give me an unquenchable thirst as I sit at Your feet.

Ignite a passon in me for more of You and more of Your Word.

Convict me.

Minister to my heart.

Encourage and equip me.

I love you, Lord, and ask this in Jesus’ most precious and holy name. Amen