Archives for February 2012

February 28, 2012

Meet New Author Marilynn Chadwick with Giveaway

Hi friends,

Yesterday was the first Monday in weeks that we did not meet together to study Hebrews.  To all my on-line Bible study girls, I miss you so much and cannot wait until we begin our next study in April!  If you are interested in signing up for our next on-line study (we will study my book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner), please register via the on-line studies  and “Subscribe to Updates” links in the sidebar.

Now let me introduce you to a brand new author and very special friend of mine who joined me for an interview in my kitchen to share about her passion for prayer and her new book.

As you know, prayer is one of my most favorite topics, so it is my pleasure to introduce to you my dear friend, a veteran prayer warrior, and the author of this new book.  Her name is Marilynn Chadwick.  Her book is entitled Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars:  Learning to Hear the Voice of God.

Marilynn believes, as do many of you, that God still speaks today.  In this book, Marilynn will help you discover practical ways to make listening to God a natural part of your daily routine.  Her story is about what happens when one ordinary woman decides to pray not only for the needs of her own personal world but also for God’s larger world.  Her personal prayer journey has allowed her to see miracles within her own family, as well amazing miracles as far away as the genocide-torn villages in Africa.

Whether you are new to prayer or have been praying for  years, this book will to take you to deeper and richer places in your prayer life.  Marilynn’s book does not just teach you about prayer, it contains powerful stories and practical methods to grow and transform your prayer life. 

Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars includes  several special features…

A 21_Day Prayer Experiment

Marilynn’s “Chubby Book” Method

An 8-Week Leader’s Study Guide

Marilynn’s A-List of Prayer Lifeline Scriptures

Let’s meet Marilynn…

Thanks for stopping by today.  Marilynn and I prayed for each one of you who God would bring here today.  We are praying He used her message to encourage you and motivate you to take your prayer life to new level.  Please remember to leave a comment with your thoughts for a chance to win a signed copy of Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars.  Please leave your e-mail address so we will know how to contact you!


February 20, 2012

Living a Cross-Centered Life: Hebrews Chapter Thirteen

Winners of Giveaways:

“I Choose Not  to be Offended” Giveaway…copy of Jesus Calling…goes to Breinny who posted on February 3rd at 3:01 p.m.

“Even in the Darkness Giveaway”…copy of Hidden Joy…goes to both Lori who posted on February 15th at 3:25 p.m. and Stephanie who posted on February 15th at 3:50 p.m.

Congratulations!!  Please send me an e-mail to, with you full name and mailing address so I can send you your books.

Lesson 13:  Living a Cross-Centered Life

You made it!!!  We have reached the end of our journey.  How I wish I could hug each and every one of you and spend the day together celebrating this most monumental achievement.  This has been the longest on-line study we have done together, and you have been so faithful to hang in there!  This journey through Hebrews has demanded much of us, and you have no let up.  You persevered to the end.  We now have a working knowledge not only of this challenging book but also of the rich history of God’s people and His priesthood.  I am so proud of you!!  And you can be assured of this:  God will richly bless your faithfulness.

Thank you for investing your precious time in this study.  I am so thankful for each and every one of you!  I will be starting a new study in April on my book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner.  I would love to have you join us.  If you are registered for this study, you are registered for all future studies, including the Hidden Joy study.  If you are unsure if you are registered, just click on the link in the right column that says “Sign up for Wendy’s On-Line Bible Studies.”  If it gives you an error message when you register, then you are already registered.

Please don’t be a stranger from now until April.  Stop by and visit when you have time.  I will continue to post between now and the next study.  In fact, next week I will be introducing a new author who is a dear friend of mine and the wife of our pastor.  She has written an amazing book on prayer that has just been released, Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars.  Be sure to come back and visit for a chance to win a copy of her book.

Now…let’s move on to our study.  With this chapter, the author of Hebrews moves us to the practical.  He spends this last chapter teaching believers how to practically live out their faith.  Warren Wiersbe summarizes it well with these words:  “true faith demands true living.”   

Jesus says it even better:

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 (NIV 1984)

 The author calls us to live lives of integrity.  Friend, we must never forget that we may be the only Jesus some people ever meet.  Our lives must be living, breathing evidence of a cross-centered life.

Let’s begin….

 This Week’s Memory Verse: Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name.  Hebrews 13:15 (NLT).

This Week’s Prayer:

Precious Father, You have brought me such a long way.  This is my last week of Bible Study.  Thank You for all that You have taught me these past months.  Thank You for opening the eyes of my heart to receive and understand the wonderful things in Your Law.  Thank You for the amazing knowledge You have revealed about the history of Your people and about the true meaning of the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice.  These are truths that have changed my life and my faith forever.  Father, don’t let me close this chapter and forget all that I have learned.  Plant these words deep in my heart and enable them to take root.  I give You my heart and hold nothing back.  Take Your Word, the double-edged sword, and pierce my soul.  Mold me and change me to be more like You.  Use me, Lord, to take what I have learned and do great things that will bring glory and honor and praise to You.  Teach me to stand strong in my faith, to be a Light in this dark world.  Give me courage to live out my faith no matter the cost.  I love You, Lord, lead me down paths of righteousness, fill me with everlasting joy, use me, Lord, use me for your glory!!  I ask this in Jesus’ Name.  AMEN

Assignment: Read Hebrews Chapter Thirteen

Homework Questions:

1.  The author of Hebrews presents three pieces of evidence that demonstrate a cross-centered life.  The first piece of evidence  is Christian Fellowship.  Read Hebrews 13:1-6.

  • Hebrews 13:1 says to love one another as brothers and sisters.  Share places in your own life where you observe and or experience the “brotherly” love spoken of here.
  • Why does such love fail to exist in some churches, communities and relationships?
  • Hebrews 13:2 says to show hospitality to strangers.  Read Matthew 25:40.   What does this verse tell us about helping a stranger?
  • Practically, how can we offer hospitality today?  What keeps us from doing this?


2.  Read Hebrews 13:4. 

  • What is another way of loving one another according to this verse?
  • List ways we can honor marriage (Hint:  read Ephesians 5:21-33 and 1 Peter 3:1-7).
  • Do you struggle with any of these words as you read them?  If you do, invite the Lord to show you if there is any place in your marriage where you are not honoring His will and His way for you and your husband.  Listen prayerfully to His answer and then comit what you hear to Him in prayer and ask Him to change your heart.  Watch and see the wonderful things He will do.


3.  Read Hebrews 13:5-6.

  • What is the author’s teaching?  How does it relate to loving one another?
  • Read Exodus 20:17.  Write this Commandment below.
  • How does Colossians 3:2 guide us in living out this call from the author of Hebrews?


4.  Read Hebrews 13:7-9 .  The author of Hebrews now moves on to the second piece of evidence of a cross-centered life:  Honoring our Spiritual Leaders.

  • To what does the author of Hebrews call his audience in these verses?
  • Who are some people in your life who have set a Christian example for you?  How do you remember them?  Take time today to pray for those people and thank God for the influence they have had in your life.  Maybe even write them a note of thanks and blessing, telling them how they have impacted your faith.
  • What is the warning in Hebrews 13:9?  What should be be wary of today?


5.  Read Hebrews 13:15-16.  What are the two sacrifices we can offer God?  Choose one of these and apply it in your life this week.  Share with us later in the week how God uses it to bless you and honor Him.


6.  Read Hebrews 13:17-18.

  • According to this verse, what is another way to honor our leaders? 
  • What emotions and thoughts does verse 17 elicit as you read them?  Do you agree with the author’s instruction?
  • Why should we trust our spiritual leaders?  Read James 3:1.  How does it relate to this discussion?
  • To what does the author of Hebrews call his audience in Hebrews 13:18?
  • Would you prayerfully consider praying for a Christian leader today?  It may be a national leader or preacher,  your own preacher, a Sunday School teacher, a Young Life Leader, a pastor, or a worship leader.  After the Lord has laid that person on your heart, contact him or her and let him/her know you are praying.  Let him/her know you will cover them in prayer for a certain period of time.  Keep in communication as you pray.  Watch and be amazed at what the Lord does in and through your obedience.


7.  Read Hebrews 13:20-25.  The author of Hebrews now presents the third and final piece of evidence of a cross-centered life: Spiritual Lordship.

  • Read John 10:11-14 and 1 Peter 2:25.  Share how the Hebrews passage and these passages make Jesus more personal.
  • What does the author of Hebrews pray for his audience in Hebrews 13:21.  Write what this verse means personally in your life.
  • Read Ephesians 2:10.  What does this verse teach us about oursevles?


8.   It is only when we fully surrender our lives to Christ and make Him Lord over all that God can work in and through us to enable us to be the women He knew and created us to be before time began.

  • List some ways God “perfects” and equips His people.
  • Personally, how has God perfected and equipped you?  Was any part of this process painful?  How?
  • How is God now using that equipping in your life?


9.  Read Philippians 2:13.  Share what it says and how it relates to this discussion.


10.  Take a deep breath, sweet friend.  We are on our last few questions!!  Let us spend the last few questions remembering.  In Hebrews 13:22, the author of Hebrews instructed us to “pay attention” to what he has written in this letter.  Please take time to do just that…to reflect on what you have learned.

  • How has the year you have spent in Hebrews affected your love for Jesus?
  • What difference has spending the last nine months in Hebrews made in your life?
  • Write down one or two new truths from this study that you have learned and have applied ( or will commit to apply) in your daily life.
  • Describe one way your life is different because of this study.

Let me close our study with a prayer:

Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me into this fellowship of women.  Thank You for the spiritual truths, promises, history lessons, and warnings that You have taught me over these past seven months.  Thank You that You are faithful even when I am not. 

I praise You as the Holy One of Israel, Jehovah God, the One Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Thank You for revealing the secret things about Your One and Only Son, Jesus Christ.  I praise Him today as my Savior and my Great High Priest.  Thank You that by the shedding of His blood, You made a way for me to enter into Your presence.  Stir my heart, Lord, to desire more and more of You…to daily enter into Your  presence. 

Father, Your Word says to be still before You.  Help me to do this.  Help me to stop striving in my own flesh and to rest in You.  Your promise me REST.  You promise to keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is steadfast because she trusts in You.  Help me to fix my eyes on You and You alone, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.  Help me to trust in You and in all Your ways.  As I empty myself of me, fill me with more and more of You.  Father, give me the fullness of Your Peace and Your presence…transform me from the inside out. 

And as I leave this study, Lord, give me a hunger and a thirst to stay in Your Word.  Continue to lead me through Your Holy Scriptures.  Continue to teach and remind me of Who You are and of Who I am In You.  Never let me stop learning.  Never let me stop growing.  Let Your truths and promises take root and grow wild and free in my heart.  Let them consume me from the inside out.  And as I change and grow, open my eyes and my heart to see where You want me to take me.  Use me, Lord, use me to do Your great kingdom work.  I ask all this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

With great love and admiration for each and every one of you,


February 15, 2012

Even in the Darkness: New On-Line Study with Giveaway

***If you are one of my on-line Bible Study girls participating in our Hebrews Study, please click here to go to the Hebrews Chapter 12 lesson and video message.***

***If you left a comment to win a copy of Jesus Calling from my last devotional, the winner will be announced next Monday so check back with me.***

If you are visiting here today from my P31 Devotion, Even in the Darkness, welcome!! I am so thankful the Lord brought you here today. I am trusting He brought you for a reason. Maybe you too find yourself locked in a prison of fear.  Perhaps darkness shrouds your heart.  Maybe you feel that all hope is gone. 

Friend, don’t believe these lies!!  God wants His highest and best for your life.  He brought you here today to speak into your darkness!  He has powerful truths He wants to teach you, amazing love He wants to reveal to you, and everlasting hope He wants to offer you.  

Twenty-six years ago, just days after my college graduation, an armed, masked man hiding inside my apartment raped me. For years I lived locked in a prison of fear, unforgiveness, and hopelessness. Being a victim defined my life and left me physically void. I believed that this man stole my every hope and dream.

But  God!!!  God’s love and His Word set my heart free! I learned that within the confines of God’s story, His Holy Scriptures, nothing had been stolen from me, but rather everything given to me. My life, which felt so hopeless, so out of control, was in reality full of hope and in complete control… God’s control.

My book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, shares how God healed this broken place in my life and worked mightily not only to restore all that I had lost but also to give me abunantly more than I could have ever asked or imagined.

If you want to find this kind of Hope and live in full and complete freedom from that which imprisons you, please join me for my newest on-line study through my book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, the Transforming Power of God’s Story.  It will begin mid-April and run through the last week of May.  My prayer is that through this study, you too, will see that the Bible is not merely a book but a living, God-breathed letter written especially for you. It transformed my life and infused me with a new power…a joy…that I had never experienced before. 

If you want to read/download a sample chapter from Hidden Joy, look in the right column and click on the link, “Download a Sample Chapter,”  just below the book’s image.

If you are interested in learning more about and/or joining this study, please do the following,

First, sign up in the right column of this  web site just below the Proverbs 31 logo where it says “Sign up for Wendy Blight’s on-line studies.”  This will ensure you receive an invitation at the start of this study with all pertinent details as well as information about future Living Truth on-line studies.

 Second, at the top of the right column, sign up to receive my weekly posts in your email so you can receive my video messages along with any other  information and/or encouragement written for each week’s lesson.  I usually post once a week.

Third, leave a comment (sharing a prayer request or your thoughts on the devotional or the on-line study) to be registered to win a signed copy of Hidden Joy.  Please be sure to leave an e-mail address so we can contact you if you are the winner.

In a few weeks, Proverbs 31 will announce the start of this and  other on-line studies.  If you decide to join us for the Hidden Joy Study and purchase your book from Proverbs 31 Ministries, we will send you a personalized, signed copy of Hidden Joy.

I want to leave you today with encouragement from God’s Word.  Each verse is taken from a chapter of Hidden Joy.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  Ezekiel 36:26

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping it will become a place of springs where pools of blessings and refreshment collect after rains!  Psalm 84:6

I will give you treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.  Isaiah 45:3

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

Let me close us in prayer today,

Heavenly Father, You led each woman here today because You have a powerful work You want to do in her life.  I pray that as she continues seeking You for hope and healing in her life, You will give her eyes to see and ears to hear your every Word and leading.  Thank You for Your promise that when we seek You with all our hearts, we will find you!!  I pray that each woman who stopped here today will experience You in a powerfully personal way today.  Touch her in a tender way so that she knows You hear the cry of her heart.  Thank You in advance for all You will do in her life today and from this day forward.  We ask this in Jesus powerful and Holy name.  Amen!!