May 28, 2012

Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: Week Eight with a Giveaway

First, Happy Memorial Day!  I grew up an Army brat, so this day always holds a special place in my heart.  If you serve in the military, are married to someone in the military, or have lost a loved one through military service, we offer prayers on your behalf today.  We are so thankful for the men and women who selflessly serve our country so that we may enjoy the freedom we have in America.  Praying you experience an extra measure of God’s love, mercy and grace today.

It’s hard to believe Week Eight has arrived.  My heart always feels a heavy sadness when an on-line study ends.  Thank you for your faithfulness to read, study, and pray each and every week.  How I will miss meeting with you each Monday, so please continue to stop by and visit.

Thank you again to Noelle and her boot camp team for Hidden Joy books.  I will sign each of your books.  I told Noelle I would go into the office tomorrow (Tuesday) to sign them but forgot that I am flying to Nashville, Tennessee tomorrow.  So I hope you girls are fine with waiting a few extra days for your books.  I will sign them upon my return, and we will get them in the mail to you.

This week we spend time in Chapters Ten and Eleven, and the word for the week is ABIDING.  Spend time this week doing just that…abiding in Christ.  Find time to sit with Jesus and soak up all that He has for you.  Give Him a part of each day and listen for His voice.  Bring Him your questions, your doubts, your hurts…your deepest desires.  As you do, know I will be praying for the Lord to minister to each of you personally through His Word and His Holy Spirit.

I also invite you this week to leave a comment and/or prayer for my dear friend, Bobbie, who you will read about in Chapter Eleven.  I share her story on my video message. She and her husband, Robert, are the reason you hold Hidden Joy in your hands today.  Bobbie learned just a few months ago that she had cancer.  Below is a picture of Bobbie not long after her diagnosis.  Notice her hands lifted, eyes gazing toward heaven, praising her Father in heaven.  Her words to her husband were “You know, nothing has changed.  Our calling is still the same…To trust God, to love people and to grow in godliness.”  Her love for Jesus truly inspires me each and every day.

 

Thank you for blessing Bobbie this week with messages of affirmation and encouragement.  Also, as always, please continue to share your thoughts on your homework and your abiding time experiences.  From your comments this week, I will choose one name to win a signed copy of Marilynn Chadwick’s book, Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars. 

Below please find this week’s video lesson, assignment, and prayer.

Assignment: Read Chapters Ten and Eleven in Hidden Joy, “Abiding in Christ” and “A New Song.”  Complete the Guide for Reflection and Study questions for Chapters Ten and Eleven located in the back of the book.

Memory Verse: “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear and put the trust in the Lord.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the words of Truth You have revealed to me over these last several weeks. Take them, plant them deep within my heart, let them take root and flourish within me.  Bring Your transforming power into my life.  Heal me.  Restore me.   From this day forward, give me eyes and ears to see and hear all that You desire to teach me. Give me an understanding heart.   Help me to trust You in all your ways.  I give You total access to my heart, the heart You created and specially formed within me.  Bring the fullness of Your Spirit into my life; shine the Light of Your Word into my darkness.  Come and meet me each and ever day as I commit to spend more time with You.  I love You, Lord and ask all this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord.  Amen.

Please know I will be praying for you throughout the week, and I look forward to hearing from you!!

Blessings,

Comments

  1. How blessed I am that what appeared to be an unanswered prayer for my daughter as she struggled to pass her physical therapy boards, lead me to you and proverbs 31 ministry. Through your Hebrews scripture study,yor books and current sudy,and other works and studies of fellow contributors my devotion and relationship with our Lord and savior has grown by leaps and bounds.God truly made something good come out of this difficult situation
    I pray in thanksgiving for you and your ministry daily! Please remember my daughter and her challenges she faces! Blessings Cheryl

    • Cheryl,

      I too love your story because it shows how God works mightily to draw us closer to Him through UNanswered prayer!!!

      Please keep us posted on your daughter.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  2. kathleen says:

    Dear Bobbie,
    Be encouraged today knowing that your Heavenly Father has not left you and that you have many people lifting you in prayer. I have added you to my daily prayer list. My mother went through breast cancer and she survived. Joel Osteen’s mom was diagnosed with cancer but she survived as well. God’s word is true and He is no respecter of persons. What he did for them, He will do for you. Keep your eyes focused on Him. He will see you through.
    God Bless you and keep you.
    Kathleen

  3. Wendy,
    I would like to take an opportunity to share with you all the amazing things God has been doing in my life for the past few weeks. He is using the incredible, godly women of Proverbs 31 Ministries to transform my family.
    A little background so you can more fully understand the situation. At Christmas, I moved back in with my parents for the second time since graduating college with the intention of paying off debt and getting to know my little brothers who were 5 and 8 when I left for college. Though I yearned to be back in Hawaii, where I had just finished an internship, God definitely wanted me back in my parents’ home. My relationship with my mom has been incredible over the past 6+ months as she and I both experienced tremendous spiritual healing while I was in Hawaii. She’s the best mom ever. My dad has been disappointed in my life choices as I have chosen to go on project with Campus Crusade for Christ one summer while in college rather than getting a job. I quit a good paying job to take a 4 month internship and sold my car before leaving because God led me to do so. Those are just examples and as my dad does not pursue a relationship with God, it seems foolish to him. He recently has suffered from a bout of serious (yet undiagnosed) depression, drinking a lot and shutting out the world. Things at home were getting bad; My baby brother, age 12, asked Mom if she could divorce him. Of course that wasn’t an option. My mom and I have been praying for a radical conversion for the past 18+ months.
    The following is out of my journal:
    One week ago from today, my mom received a phone call from my dad’s work that he had suffered a heart attack and we needed to get to the hospital immediately. Mom called me at work, told me there was an emergency with dad and told me to get home. I cried and screamed at the top of my lungs begging God to not let my dad go. Then I called my prayer warrior friends for support.
    While I packed her bag in case she needed to stay home, she picked up my brothers from school and tried to get a hold of my sister. We headed to Vancouver, an hour and a half car ride, in silence, uncertain of what to expect when we arrived.
    Dad’s heart had been in A-Fib, beating 220 bpm. By the grace of God, the ambulance crew was able to reach the construction site in time to apply the AED and shock his heart back into normal rhythm before he had a heart attack. When we arrived at the hospital, Dad seemed fine. He was released from the hospital that evening.
    The emotional drain and shock was surprising. We were exhausted! But, things at home have gotten a little better. Dad is less on edge. Mom is doing her best to love on Dad in ways he receives love and affection. Mom and Dad had a good talk on the way home, they actually communicated. Dad has not made a “radical conversion” but I know God has a hold on his heart.
    God’s timing was amazing in it all. The night before Dad’s emergency, I was up reading because I had drank caffeinated coffee at Grandma’s house and, consequently, could not sleep. I was in my bed reading chapter 7 “Surrendering Your Strongholds” in “Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner” by Wendy Blight. Two weeks prior, God had shown me that the strong hold in my life was bitterness toward my dad. I had been asking Him to reveal what was holding me back from a more intimate relationship with him and while at a women’s conference at my dear friend’s church, the fabulous Whitney Capps helped me realize the magnitude of my sin.
    Right away, God began softening my heart. I pleaded with him to give me the ability to love my dad for who he is and to be healed from the emotional neglect and hurtful words while growing up.
    In that quiet moment in my room, while reading about how God freed Wendy from her stronghold of fear, God instantly relieved me from the burden of bitterness. He showed me the battle is not against my dad, but is against the evil spirits, against satan himself. It was as simple as that. My bitterness was gone and an abundance of compassion took over my heart.
    The very next morning, I learned of Dad’s medical emergency and could pray fervently for God to save him, but if he chose to let him go, the peace of God assured me it would be ok. I can only thank my Abba Daddy for rescuing me from the bitterness that drew me away from Him and for offering my dad another chance to know Him.

    Wendy, thank you for your faithfulness to our God. Have a blessed week!

    • PRAISING YOU JESUS for this amazing story of broken strongholds and a new seed planted in Kelsey’s Dad’s heart! You have started a good work and You will bring it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

      Thank you for sharing!!! xo

    • Kelsey, what a beautiful story of God’s grace through your obedience to listen. Thank you for sharing this with us!! I pray He will continue to bring healing and restoration to your family and will tender your Dad’s heart toward God and each one of you. He is a God of second chances!! Your words truly bless me today…to know God used what He taught me in such a mighty way.

      W

  4. Wendy, Your books has helped me in more ways than you can imagine. I have been struggling with my prayer life. I have been feeling that God doesn’t hear my prayers. If God already knows what is going to happen why do we pray. I have gotten so much help from your story. It does give me the assurance that prayers are heard. I than God for you and Proverb 31 Ministries. You have so many wonderful resources and studies. I pray that your friend Bobbie continues to improve through her illness and that se feels the presence of God around her.

    I just want to share one more thing with you. Yesterday I went to visit my 93 year old aunt who is dying from cancer. She is in a nursing home. She is weak and has a lot of pain. But she never stops praising God. When I went in and gave her a hug she started singning “God of the Mountain”. Later her Pastor came by and we were all singing and praising God. She is a faithful servant of God. I praise God that I have had the pleasure of this Saint for so many years.

    • What a precious story! Thank you for sharing. I remember when my grandmother was 90 and had alzheimer’s disease/ She could not remember any of our names or who were were, but one thing she could remember was God’s Word. She would recite Isaiah 40:28-31 all the time. This is why He asks us to hide His Word in our heart and plant it deep…so it becomes a part of us and we never ever forget it!!

      Blessings,

      wendy

  5. Sheila Payne says:

    Dear Bobbie,
    I want to thank you for all you did to get Wendy’s book published and into my hands. I did not grow up around godly women and therefore, I just felt very unsure about how to reach God. I tried this and I tried that. Wendy’s book really helped me in so many practical ways. She actually asked the questions I was asking God. The books I have read usually seemed to be from a different beginning point than I am. They seemed to be much further down the road. Wendy certainly did a good job starting from the beginning. That is exactly where I needed to start too. I have read her book many times now. So again, thank you for helping get that book into my hands.

    I will be lifting you up in prayer as you go through this difficult time of fighting cancer. I look forward to hearing and maybe even reading your victory story. I am sure God will be amazing you at every turn and using this chapter in your life to bless others.

  6. Hi Bobbie

    Some of God’s most beautiful miracles come to us through pain and tears and struggle. Just think of childbirth? The pain and struggle and tears and then….the tiny baby miracle. The miracles never come softly or with a quiet calm…they always come after a storm or a struggle.
    But… during the storm…the Lord Jesus will carry us in his arms and hold us close to his heart it says in Isaiah 40:11

    He always brings the calm…and the promise…and the laughter…and the joy…and the Blessings…and then the MIRACLE…hold on tight to Jesus…he loves you…he is faithful…he is amazing…God Bless Bobbie and bring healing to her body and strength to her soul as she waits.
    In Jesus name…amen
    God Bless…KathyMills

  7. jackie s says:

    To Bobbie: I cannot begin to imagine what your mind and body is going through right now…but God can and I will place you on my prayer list for God to uphold you, to love you (as He always does), and for God to give you strength during this incredibly difficult time.

    To Wendy and Bobbie: I was searching for a Bible study to do. Initially, I found the Hebrews study, which I did. I then saw the next one had to purchase a book and it was about “dark” problems. I thought – I really don’t have that going on. Well, things changed as the study started – my husband began having more health issues than before, he suffered mentally and struggled, it affected both of us,…and suddenly the pieces and parts of the book and my life came together. God knew when to send His message. We are now focusing more on God to be our strength (we are both Christians), I have almost completed this study, and I know that God will continue to strengthen us as we move through this new part of our lives. The Bible, this book, your willingness to write and get it published,…were all part of God’s plan. Blessings to both of you.

    • Thank you, Jackie. I especially love that you and your husband are growing together. It blesses me so to know that Hidden Joy played a small part in your journey to draw closer to God and His Word.

      W

  8. Bobbie..there just are no words to thank you (and your husband) for the “gift” given to all of us through the assistance you provided Wendy in getting this book out there for all of us who are in need. But know this…you may never know the number of women it has touched or the amazing work it has done in the lives of these women and their families. It is so far reaching…thank you for hearing that “voice” and then acting on it to get this out there…I will be praying for you and asking the Lord to bless you in ways that only HE can and will.

    Wendy and the ladies, I read Friday night that my husband of 32 years (this Thursday) is awaiting to “hear from his attorney and financial advisor” this week concerning a divorce. This has been a very long story of many years of prayers, counseling and pain. Many affairs and yet still claiming to be a man of God. So I am asking (no not truthful) begging for your prayers for a covering of protection from him, it has gotten very demonic in my home and also for strenght and my ability to breathe, stand and come against my fears. Yes my fears. This will be a week that I have lived through so many times and yet here it truly is. I need Godly wisdom and the ability to walk away if need be? I in so many ways still love this man who I prayed for…..a Godly man that the Lord would provide to marry and be with the rest of my life. To say I am overwhelmed and at my end seems so selfish when I think of Bobbie and what she is walking through. But I covet your prayers on my behalf…
    So grateful so very grateful
    Dona

    • Heavenly Father,
      In Jesus’ Name, please bring an army of angels to Dona’s house. Protect her from the enemy. It sounds like the enemy has some sort of root in her husband and she doesn’t feel safe in her own home. Please place Christ-seeking and Christ-abiding advisors to give Dona Your wisdom so she is protected. Give Dona the ability to be still and know that You are God. This must feel like an earthquake… like a fire… but give her the fortitude to wait to hear Your voice and give her the courage to act on Your call. I lift her husband to You. I actually don’t know what to pray over Him, so Holy Spirit please intercede! I bring my prayers to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
      xoxo

    • Dona, I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. You wrote: “To say I am overwhelmed and at my end seems so selfish when I think of Bobbie and what she is walking through. But I covet your prayers on my behalf…” Oh Dona, what you are going through may be different than Bobbie’s or someone else’s struggle, but it is still just as heavy of a struggle. It sounds like you have been through years of pain already, and it must all be so devastating. I pray that Jesus will hold you so close to His heart that you will hear the steady rhythm of His unfailing love for you! May He help you to see yourself through His eyes as precious and priceless and not through the vibes you get from an abusive, unfaithful husband.

    • Dona, I agree with these prayers. You have a strong faith, sweet friend. Stand firm in God and His Word. Claim His protection. Plead the blood of Jesus over your home and your heart. I pray the Armor of God over you now and for, as Noelle prayed, an army of angels to surround you during this time.

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  9. First Dona I will be praying for you. God will be with you and protect you encourage and strengthen you. Living in that type of environment is not easy, I was in a similar one years and years ago. But God will walk with you thru the darkness and pain so you can reach the other side where t here is light and peace and healing. Know you are not alone.

    Wendy, I too hate to see our study come to an end i have grown so much in the past few weeks , there are even chapters I need to re read and scripture to read. Thru your book I was able to see parts of my life that were hidden and the cause of problems I now see and am dealing with. If it hadn’t been for Hidden Joy I would not have looked into the dark corners. But thanks to the light of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I see where the problems were and how to get them into the light and out of my life. Thank you for so much.
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    Bobbie, I will be praying for you during your time of healing. God is with you bringing you comfort and strength even when you wonder where it is. Thank you for your faith in helping get this book in print. There are so many women that have been touched and transformed because of this wonderful book. While its true you may never know how many women have found and needed this book at just the right time in their lives. It is amazing how one little action on our part can affect someone else we may never meet. Well I’m one such woman – And I thank you.

    • So thankful the Lord used Hidden Joy to shine a light into those dark places in your life and bring His Hope and healing!!! I pray He will continue His mighty healing work in your life so that you will be a shining testimony of the power of HIs Word and Spirit.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  10. jackie s says:

    Ladies,
    I just had to post again and let you know that I will be putting you on my prayer list – so many women hurting, but so many women that trust in God.
    My prayer for myself is that I am directed to a new Bible study. I don’t know what it will be, but it will be something that God is wanting me to read and/or share. If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to post. Love to you all.

  11. Precious, beautiful Bobbie… you inspire me to no end. You know it takes an amazing woman to get her husband to take on a new client when he wasn’t taking on any other clients 🙂 That made me laugh! Oh Bobbie, seeing you with your hands raised in the midst of your storm… trusting God NO MATTER WHAT… singing hymns to your Jesus, when it would be so easy to be asking God “Why?” You have sown seeds that are now flourishing by fighting for Wendy’s story to be told. Women who have endured unimaginable acts of evil are being set free… what the enemy intended for evil… God is using for stories only He could author. There are women like me who haven’t endured that type of tragedy, but I have my own story- and through the wisdom in Hidden Joy, I am being brought to a new level of faith. And, as each of us are set free… free indeed… we share it with our corners of the world… and those people share it with those they influence. YOU started this incredible ripple effect… you many not find out the true significance until heaven… but THANK YOU! And, a huge thank you to Robert!

    Abba,
    I can only imagine the smile on Your face when You wrap Your arms around Your daughter Bobbie. I can hear You whispering in her ear, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” I can hear Bobbie’s voice in my mind singing, Job 1:21 “The The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Lord, Bobbie is someone who exemplifies Malachi 3:10. She brings her ALL to You. She is tithing her faith in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. She is tithing her energy by singing hymns instead of grumbling. She is tithing her efforts by having Robert post praises instead of spreading fear. I ask in Jesus’ Name that You would open the floodgates of heaven for her! Put Your healing hand on her body. Whether You use the chemo or Your perfect touch, take away every last cancer cell from her body. Quiet any amount of nausea, fatigue, mouth sores, neuropathy… any of those side effects that want to come in and take over her body. In the times when she doesn’t physically feel well, let her feel Your presence like never before. Let her feel Your fingers tenderly stroking her cheeks. Wipe away any tears that may come. Protect her from any fear. THANK YOU for Bobbie. THANK YOU for Robert. THANK YOU for Wendy in our lives because of this amazing couple. I lift them to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

    xoxoxoxo

    • Thank you, sweet Noelle, for praying for my dear Bobbie. I agree with these prayers and expect God to answer them in His Ephesians 3:20 way!!!

      I love you!

      Wendy

  12. Angel P says:

    Wendy, Bobbie, and all other women in this group,

    Job well done my good and faithful servants. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing the love and pray to get through this study and truly be set free.

    Wendy, thank you for taking the first step off your mat and writing your story that I too my pick up my mat and be healed. Your truth and honesty of not being “the perfect” Christian kept me grounded as sometimes I feel I don’t measure up. (something I am dealing with in Renee’s study right now). It was reaffirming to know I am not the only lady who has bad days. I have learned so much about prayer and reading God’s word from you. Things I should have learned as a young Christian, but I did not have anyone to teach me. Thank you for your willing spirit. Safe travel and I am praying for you new adventure in publishing you bible studies.

    Bobbie, thank you for following the Holy spirit’s lead. You are obviously God’s girl as you were in a place to influence you husband. Thank you for trusting God enough to step out and help get this booked published. I am forever changed by the decision you made. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough. I am praying for complete healing and restoration for you as you battle cancer.

    To all the other ladies, thank you for sharing your stories and giving me the opportunity to go before the thrown of God with you for all the needs place on the alter. I have toughly enjoyed “meeting” each of you and have been blessed by your stories. I pray continued healing and blessings as we go out our separate ways. God bless you and I love you.

    • You are so very welcome!! You ladies have blessed me beyond measure these last few weeks!! I love knowing that God will continue to do His work long after we say our goodbyes this week. And when we meet again, I look forward to the updates!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  13. Kathy S says:

    Bobbie – Thank you for letting God use you to get Wendy’s story published. It was meant the world to me these last few months, as I have recovered from the abuse in my past. In God’s amazing timing, this book and this study were placed in my hands exactly when I needed it. I had been working through the effects of the abuse with a Christian counselor, but Hidden Joy spoke to me in ways my therapist never could have. Because Wendy’s story is similar to my own, what she went through and learned spoke right to my heart. If it wasn’t for Hidden Joy, I would not have yet (and maybe never) reached the point of forgiving my abusers. But I did forgive them and now feel so free! I am now in a fairly good place and wondering what God has for me next, praying that He will use my story for His glory. Then this week I read the chapter on abiding! It was so exciting and reassuring to me to read Wendy’s journey of discovering what God had planned for her life. I will continue to abide and pray that God will show me what He has for me.
    Wendy – Can I ask you to pray for me as I abide & wait to see what God has for me to do now? I feel ready mentally but physicallly I know I am not there yet. I already suffer from chronic pain, and the effects of having to deal with remembering the abuse have taken a great toll on my body. In my head I want to jump in full go and serve, but my body says “no way!” Please pray for patience and peace in the waiting as my body heals, and for wisdom to know when it is time to “go”. Thank you for doing this online study. I have gained so much from it! It breaks my heart that it is “over” and time to say goodbye.

    • Kathy,

      I am praying now for God to do a mighty healing work in your body physically. As you continue to be in His Word, KNOW AND BELIEVE what it says….His Word is HEALTH to our bodies and HEALING to our bones. It is like medicine as we ingest it. Each time we open and read it, God will do a bit more of His healing work. One day, you will be fully healed, ready to do the work He has called you to do. Do not hurry the process. Remember, He knows the plans He has for you. He will guide and direct each step as you seek Him.

      Blessings,

      wendy

  14. Bobbie, I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. I pray God will give you strength and healing. My friend’s friend, Kristen, recently had to have a double mastectomy because of cancer. Before this surgery someone had emailed her that she hoped she would have joy that day. Kristen felt so angry, “How can I have joy in the midst of this?” But she started reading God’s Word and James 1:2-3 became powerful to her: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance…” I just felt like sharing this with you. Thank you also, Bobbie, for answering your heart concerning Wendy’s book. It’s so amazing how God works things out.

    Wendy, thanks again for answering God’s call to your heart to write this book and to lead this Bible study. I have learned so much. You have a special way of presenting God’s Word as a gold mine waiting and even longing for us to discover its fathomless riches. I love that. 🙂 Also how you stress how available the power of the Holy Spirit is to us if we will choose to tap into it. I know I need to trust more in God’s power and in His willingness to send it to me and through me.

    As I read the final chapters and how you followed God’s leading, I have a question… Wendy, how do you KNOW it’s GOD that’s telling you to leave one thing and do another? Satan sometimes comes as an angel of light, and at times it can be so difficult to discern. You know what I mean? Perhaps it’s my lack of trust that confuses me sometimes or makes me fearful that it’s not GOD telling me? Maybe I just have a lot of trust issues I need to work through. Gotta get rid of those strongholds of fear and distrust… Sometimes a vicious circle… I love Jesus so much and yet I doubt. Then I feel like that grieves Him so much, and it breaks my heart to hurt Him by my lack of trust. And yet I know He understands. Anyway, you wrote how you searched God’s Word for direction on what to do next, but are there specific Bible verses that especially made you confident it was God telling you to step away from the Bible study you were in?

    • Trudy,

      Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement! I just love your description of how you now look at God’s Word…as a gold mine waiting and longing for you to discover its fathomless riches. Wow!!!!

      A very wise friend shared with my husband and I that one way to know whether God is calling you to leave one thing and go to another is peace. If you feel a sense of peace where you are…a contentedness, then don’t leave…even if another door is open. Just wait for that sense of urgency, discontent in your spirit (not your circumstances), expectancy (for something new and different), desire for change (like a call). This combined with being in His Word, listening for His voice, and praying for His leading will give you that discernment you are seeking. Then if you still are not sure, pray for confirmation from God that He is calling you out.

      I hope this helps!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      • Thank you, Wendy, for this insight. Yes, it helps. I feel God calling me to write, and He has opened doors to publication, but sometimes my insecurities flood in and I come up with all kinds of excuses to God why I am not qualified. Writing a certain book just keeps pressing in on me and won’t leave me, and the only way that urgency leaves me is when I’m working on it. I seem to keep running away from it though, telling God that I will give up writing if I can glorify Him better somewhere else. And yet, when I try something else, the door closes. When I’m researching and writing, I am at peace and time flies by. Maybe God is trying to tell me something, but I’m not listening. Thanks, Wendy, for following your heart in writing a book and in doing this Bible Study. Please pray that God will break down all my excuses and give me a passion to follow His will, no matter what.

        I just wrote a blog post where I tell about your book and share one statement from each chapter that especially resonated in my soul. I hope that’s ok for me to quote that much from your book? Do I perhaps need your express permission? You can check it out at my website under the post “Finding Joy.” Direct link – http://trudydenhoed.com/2012/06/01/finding-joy/

  15. Julie S. says:

    I’m so thankful for this study and every woman here. This book has put joy back into my life. After a 2.5 year struggle where I felt hopeless and lost I now feel renewed, empowered and hopeful. I know God has a plan for me and I keep warning my hubby it is big! Thank you Wendy for your book and encouragment. Bobbie, I am thankful for you and your husband helping to get Wendy’s book out there…it has renewed my life and love for the lord as I know the lives of many others. I pray he holds and comforts you as you battle cancer. Thankfully the battle has already been won for us all in heaven <3. God has a plan and it is good! His love and mercy endures forever! I will pray for you as you continue to walk in his way! Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14

    I am waiting on him and listening to his direction for me. I am praying his plan for my life and all of yours ladies! This past week a family I used to nanny for had a need for a dryer. They have triplets and never had good laundry epuiptment in the first place…hand me downs and for a family of 6 they did not work well. Well the last few months it has been on my heart to give them our old front loader washer and dryer. We were blessed when we built our house and were able to get new. I gave them our old set as a gift of love. God has blessed me and we are supposed to do his good deeds! I didn't want anything in return, just wanted to help and be like Jesus! She sent me the best message I could have ever received thanking me and telling me she knew that the gift was from God and thanked me for being Jesus to their family. Wow! That makes my heart sing for joy! That is what it is all about! Showing love to others and being like Jesus! I'm so thankful that He is leading and has made me new in Him <3

    Blessings and love ladies!
    Julie

    • Julie, what a beautiful story!!! Thank you for sharing it with us. We do not have to be wealthy to share God’s love with others in practical and financial ways. We just need to be available and listen. You showed them God is our Provider…that He knew their need and provided. May He continue to show you ways to bless others, Julie. You clearly are attuned to His Spirit in that regard, and He will give you many more opportunities!!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  16. Jessica Joy says:

    Dear Bobbie, Wendy, & others,
    The last couple months have been amazing in my journey with the Lord. I have learned that the more I have sought the Lord, the more I have heard from Him, and now I expect to hear from Him each time I read His Word. About two and a half months ago I was finishing up a study on the book of Esther and I began praying for God to direct me to another study. I receive Proverbs 31 devotions each day, but on one particular day I checked my junk e-mail and saw a request from Proverbs 31 to “join an on-line study”. I read about the “Hidden Joy” study and instantly connected with everything that Wendy was saying. I knew that God had prompted me to read the email and lead me to join. I instantly invited several of my girlfriends to join and my sister and sister-in-law agreed to do the study along with me. I ordered 3 books for us from the Proverbs 31 site. When I received the books in the mail, I randomly gave the books to my sister and sister-in-law and dropped mine in my desk drawer. As I opened my book to begin reading it, I flipped open the front page and realized that Wendy had signed my book and written two verses, John 15:5 and Psalm 46:10. I instantly started shouting because God had been using Psalm 46:10 to speak to me over the last year as I’ve been waiting on Him in regards to restoring my relationship with my “previous” fiance. The other two books had completely different verses written in the front of them so I took this as a complete confirmation that the Lord wanted to speak to me through this book. God is so faithful to deliver His Word in the most amazing ways! Thank you so much and I can’t even begin to tell you how the book has blessed me and confirmed so many things that the Lord had previously been speaking into my life.
    Bobbie- I pray that the Lord is your shelter, your strong tower, and that you continue to abide and trust in Him. “He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen” ~Deuteronomy 10:21

    • Jessica, you will never know how much your story means to me. You see, I pray over every verse I put in each book and then trust God to take that book to the woman who needs the verses He gave me. Sometimes I wonder, does it really “work?” Does God really do this? And YES, HE DOES!! Your story shows me that He does hear my prayers. He does give me the verse. He does carry it to the very woman who needs to hear that Word from Him. Thank you, thank you!!! May you continue to hear His voice, and may He continue to draw Him closer to His heart as you seek to know Him in His Word.

      W

  17. Bobbie, my grateful thanks to you for obeying God’s call to push for the publishing of Hidden Joy. I want to let you know that this book have helped me tremendously in my walk with God, especially, at a time when I am still going through brokeness and pain. How I wanted so much to experience Wendy’s physical and spiritual healing , and I know that it’s possible if I abide in His Word, have a seeking heart for Him and pray. Through her story, I understand God has a purpose and plan for our suffering. Jer 29 :11.

    Dear Heavenly Father, we know you love Bobbie and no matter what’s going on in her life, you will never leave her or forsake her. Thank you for her life that is used to bless many, and her wonderful testimony of faith in you, despite her sufferings. Pray that she will feel your presence very close to her at this time; your grace and strength be sufficient for her; and the treatment will destroy all cancer cells in her body without side effects; and the Holy Spirit ministered to her Words of comfort and hope.

  18. And thank God for this opportunity given to Wendy to explore the possibility of publishing her in-depth Bible Studies so that many many more could have access to the study of your Word, and grow in their relationship with you. Pray that she will have a safe trip and a fruitful discussion. Continue to give her health, strength, wisdom, joy and confidence in the Lord, as she serve and use her gifts for your Glory.. In Jesus precious Name, I pray, Amen.

  19. Sweet Bible study friends,

    First thank you for your kind words of encouragement and heartfelt prayers for Bobbie. I know she will be blessed by each and every word. I will be sending the link today so that she can read them as she feels up to it.

    Also, your stories have overwhelmed me and brought tears to my eyes as I see how God has used Hidden Joy to speak into your lives. Your stories show me the truth of Romans 8:28… God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose!!! Every story I read is another layer of healing balm on the deep wound that was left from my rape. What is so cool is that it really is no longer a wound but a beautiful scar God uses to bring Hope to His children and glory and honor and praise to Him.

    I am so very thankful for this journey we have taken together. As I said in the video, please continue to stop by and visit!! Feel free to look over the other studies we have done. You can find them under my “Bible Studies” link located at the top of the web site. Stop by and visit and let me know how your thirty day challenge is going!!

    Praying God will take you deeper still with Him as you seek to know Him more.

    Blessings,

    Wendy

    • Julie S. says:

      Wendy,

      I just got a stone for my garden with that verse from Romans :)! Love that! Thank you for all you do, you are such a blessing! Praying that God leads you and reveals his awesome plan for you and that Bobbie continues to rest in Him who gives us strength!

      Blesssings and love,
      Julie

  20. Savannah says:

    Dear Wendy, thank you so much for this book. I have no history of sexual attack or abuse, but a lot of verbal and physical abuse from my mother, and a huge amount of fear and worry due to my childhood. I grew up in Central America where our house was broken into numerous times, where men would stalk our house, where men were trying to get into the house while we were there. We had to leave one house and city because it got so bad. I used to wake up and see my dad patrolling the house with his gun. From the time I was 10 I was so afraid to take a shower because I was afraid that someone was coming in, and my fear of being alone at night became very bad, especially after I was married and had to be alone occasionally. Strangely enough, none of this affected my sister at all. She used to think it was an adventure and she has no trouble living alone in Russia, and my other two siblings are okay, so I don’t know what it was with me. So I want to give you a big thank you for the book. I will read it over and over and I will be sharing it with others. Some things that jumped out were the chapter on strongholds, making God’s Word your all, breath prayers (I chose the love is patient prayer too at this time!), abiding and seeking God, and praying scripture, which I have done for several years and is really wonderful. Thank you for your online studies, I will be going back to the ones that you had before the Hebrews study, which was the first one. Thank you so much, Robert and Bobbie! I wish I could order from Proverbs 31 but I think that I might have to pay customs to get it to Canada, as that is the case with most things from the US.

  21. Monique says:

    Bobbie & Wendy,

    Thank you so much for Hidden Joy. Through this book I finally get why I need to be in the Word and the transforming power of it. I am still working through my broken place and this book has been such an encouragement to not give up.

    Father, I thank you for these dear women and I especially lift up Bobbie. I ask in the name of Jesus for healing from the top of her head to the very tip of her toes. Lord you have said that by your stripes we are healed and therefore, I ask that you remove the cancer from every part of Bobbie’s body. May Your peace and comfort reign in her heart and mind, throughout her home and with every member of her family and friends. I ask that you bless her with renewed strength and joy. Thank you Father for hearing this praying and for being right next to Bobbie. We know that those who hope in you will not be put to shame. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

  22. Wendy,
    I am so thankful for your Bible studies and for Proverbs 31 Ministries! I am sad to see this study end, as I was with the Hebrews study. I will be looking forward to the next study you offer. I am so thankful to you, Bobbie, and to God for putting it upon your heart to stand behind Wendy and help her story to be told to help so many in all different circumstances and ways. I will be studying with this book very frequently and I have already recommended this study to others (for health issues, marriage issues, and just wanting to be closer to the Lord) This study is so wonderful how it can be applied to many different circumstances.
    Bobbie, May the Lord bring you comfort and peace as you battle through this and may He hold you close and shower blessings on you and your family. Thank you so much and stay strong. Stand on the word of the Lord and know you are loved! You are loved by the Lord and by all of us who have found a deeper peace because of the support you gave to Wendy to help bring us all into a deeper relationship with the Lord!
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

  23. Dear Bobbie,
    Thank you for taking a chance on a new author. Wendy’s book Hidden Joy has been more than just life changing, it has been heart changing. Through her words and encouragement, I have been able to heal in a way I didn’t think was possible. God has truly worked through Wendy to touch the lives of thousands of women and I look forward to the day when she touches tens of thousands…millions for Christ.

    Father,
    You see all things, You know the secret places within our hearts, minds, and bodies because You were there knitting us together tenderly in our mother’s womb. We ask You now to knit Bobbie back into perfect health. Carve out everything that would bring her discomfort so that she can continue to encourage others. We thank You for walking with her through this experience, knowing You will NEVER leave her side. Amen.

    • This brought me to tears… picturing God knitting Bobbie’s body back together into perfect health. How beautiful Heather! Amen. I stand in full agreement. xoxo

  24. I really liked your post.Really thank you! Really Great.

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