August 19, 2019

Back to School Prayer for You

I remember like it was yesterday. The myriad of emotions that overwhelmed my heart the first day of school. First, it was elementary school. Then middle school. Then high school. Now, my Lauren is married … no more school. And, my sweet Bo is entering his last year of college. He leaves Monday.

Ya’ll I don’t feel that old!

It seems only yesterday, I was pushing them around Target in the shopping cart … Lauren in her Belle gown and sparkly shoes. Bo with his Bob the Builder tools strapped around his waist.

A few days ago, I shared one of the hardest parts about being a mama with a few friends. A divided heart. Joy filling one half for the good things that lie ahead. The other aching for that which will never be again.

But, I reminded them, and myself, this is God’s plan. His way.  Mama’s sending their babies off  is the way it’s supposed to be. Whether it’s college or to make their way in this world, God loans them to us for a time, and then they’re His.

It’s a never-ending cycle. Whether it’s kindergarten, middle school, high school, college, weddings or grand babies.

And, times have changed too. It’s scary to send your children out into the world. Schools and workplaces are not the safe places they used to be. My son’s school had an active shooter last spring that took the lives of two students and injured several others (one a manager on his basketball team). It’s frightening.

What brings me peace is knowing God, their Abba Father, is watching over them. His Word tell us that He is El Roi, the God who sees them (we find this name of God in the story of Hagar in Genesis 16:13). His eye is always upon our children. Our heavenly Father promises He will never leave them or forsake them (Romans 8:35-39). He promises He will be with them every minute of every day…

He knows when they sit and when they rise 
He perceives their thoughts from afar 
He discerns their going out and their lying down 
He is familiar with all their ways.
Before a word is on their tongue He knows it completely …

Where can they go from His Spirit 
Where can they flee from His Presence? (Psalm 139)

He is with them.

I read further in Psalm 139…

All the days ordained for them were written in His book before one of them came to be!

Sweet sister, God is in control. Our God, the Author of Life, the Blessed Controller of All Things, the Sovereign God of the Universe, is in complete control of our babies. Hallelujah!

Below, please find a prayer I wrote and have shared on my blog before. I thought I’d share it again. Please personalize it for you and your family to make it your own.

Heavenly Father, I praise You as the Creator of every good and perfect gift … the greatest of those gifts are my children, Lauren and Bo. Thank You for Your promises in Psalm 139. Keep my mind fixed on those promises as I send my precious ones out into this world to live the plans You have for them this next year. Father, please hide Your Word in their hearts so that when they need to recall a Truth, it will be there. Make it their greatest desire to please and obey You in all they say and do? Teach them in the midst of the pressure of being on their own, whether school or work, to trust in You with all their hearts and lean NOT on their own understanding and to acknowledge You in all their ways so You direct their paths. Keep my children pure by leading them to live according to Your Word. Clothe them in humility and teach them to put others first. Father, as You did with Your own Son, grow them in wisdom, and stature, and favor with You and with man? Teach them to wake up each day with gratitude filling their hearts. Living this verse, “This is the day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it,” no matter what their day may hold. I ask this all in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

If this spoke to your heart, come back for my next post. I’ll share specific verses to pay over our children and link them together in a prayer. It’s a prayer my friends and I prayed each week to close our Bible study time last year. God moved in mighty ways as we prayed His living and active Word.

If you want another prayer resource, click here for a more comprehensive prayer I’ve written for our children and our schools.

Finally, please share your favorite verse to pray as you send your kids off, whether to school or for their next steps after high school. Let’s fill the comments with God’s Word to encourage one another as we unite our hearts to pray for our children.

Blessings,

May 27, 2019

Join our summer Online Bible Study!

Happy almost summer!! I want to share some fun news with you. More than share, I’m inviting you to participate!

Please join me, and my friends at Proverbs 31 Ministries, for our summer Online Bible Study using my first book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner.

Of all my books, this one’s most precious to me. It’s the book that shares how God transformed the most tragic event in my life to be a beautiful backdrop to the ministry to which He’s now called me. In the pages of Hidden Joy, I’m gut honest about my anger with God. I question even believing in a God who could allow such horrific events to happen in the lives of His children.

Thankfully, even as I challenged and wrestled with God, He never gave up on me. In fact, as I opened His Word, He drew me closer. God saw the things I couldn’t see. Over time, He revealed them to me. He gave me truths, promises, and even answers to the questions I asked. Not all the answers. But, the answers He gave were enough to restore hope. To help me believe in and trust Him again.

Do these words resonate with you? Do you long to find freedom, hope and healing from events, emotions, circumstances and people that hold you captive? If you long to see the beautiful in the broken places in your life, please join us!

Our six-week study kicks off on June 17 and will help you:

  • Shift your heart from “Why God?” to “I trust you, God.”
  • Diminish the enemy’s lies by replacing them with Truth as you discover God’s character in His word.
  • Intensify your prayer life as you learn how to pray from a place of Scripture declaration.
  • Overcome the feelings of fear and frustration that hold you back as you unlock freedom by claiming God’s promises.

Join us for an online Bible study of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, by Wendy Blight at Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Sign up for the study here.

Many of you have asked if I’ll host more online studies on my blog. Because I’m on staff with Proverbs 31 as the Online Bible Studies’ Biblical Content Specialist, I’m unable to host studies on my personal blog. BUT, I’m actively involved with our Proverbs 31 Ministries’ studies and would LOVE LOVE to have you join us!

Each week of the Hidden Joy study, I’ll do a video teaching with some of my dearest friends. We’ll publish three blog posts a week (I’ll lead the Friday blog post). We’ll have Facebook small groups (they fill up fast) and an amazing Facebook Community page. We also have a teaching series you can purchase for a small charge that takes you deeper into the material we study in the book. Joel Muddamale (First 5) and I will open the teaching series teaching on Spiritual Disciplines.

Invite a friend, a few neighbors, even your Bible study group to join us!!

Giveway Now Closed!

Congrats Janet (ripnred) and Julie Woodman, you won! Please watch your email from my assistant Kim Stewart to get your mailing address. Enjoy!

To celebrate our upcoming study, I’m giving away one copy of Hidden Joy AND one copy of my newest book I Am Loved. Comment below and let me know if you’re joining us for the study and why. I’ll choose two winners this Friday (so the winner of Hidden Joy will receive her copy before the study starts). U.S. Addresses only please.

Blessings to you!

P.S. If you haven’t yet read (or listened to) my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion today, you can read it HERE. I pray it encourages you that your brokenness can be a backdrop to a beautiful testimony.

March 21, 2019

Celebrating YOU for Praying God’s Promises

Friends, what a blessing these past few weeks have been. Soaking in God’s Word. Praying God’s Word. Sharing our hearts and prayers for one another. I absolutely love this community of women. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

I’ll probably be quiet for a while due to the wedding just around the corner, but I will be back!! If the Lord lays something on my heart, though, I will share it for sure.

I pray God continues to speak to, and minister to you, through His Word.

Giveaway Winners

Congrats to Carol Taylor and Elsie (ehkappler). You are our winners!

Carol, you won a copy of my I Know His Name Bible Study book and DVD. Elsie, you won a copy of my I Am Loved Bible Study book and DVD.

Please check your email from my assistant, Kim Stewart, and reply with your U.S. mailing address and we will get it to you within the next few weeks.

I am Loved, a Bible study on 1 John by Wendy Blight.

 

Blessings to you,