February 6, 2019

Praying the Promises of God Series

Hi friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve sat with you, and I’ve missed you! I’ve been planning my daughter’s wedding (yay!) and writing a four-week study on prayer that I’ll be teaching with my pastor’s wife, Marilynn Chadwick, for the next four weeks. Wish you were here in Charlotte to join us!

As I was preparing my lessons, you came to mind. I decided to share a few of the topics over here that I’ll be teaching during the study because I know you girls love you some prayer!

We’ll begin with my favorite aspect of prayer, and that is standing on, and praying, God’s Word. So over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a variety of topics (see below) that arise when we set our hearts on praying the promises of God. Scriptures we need to build our confidence. Scriptures we need when we’re desperate to hear or see God. Scriptures we need to restore our hope and trust in God.

Praying the promises of God series by Wendy Blight

 

Topics for this series:

  • Standing Firm in the Wait
  • God’s Sovereignty
  • The Power of God’s Word
  • Pain and Suffering
  • God’s Provision
  • Release and Surrender
  • Trusting God
  • Seeking Wisdom
  • Hope in the Hopeless

Each week, I’ll cover a few topics, share Scriptures that have spoken to my heart as well as a few thoughts to encourage you.

Let’s start with “Standing Firm in the Wait.”

STAND FIRM

Proverbs 18:10: “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17: “This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s and you will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you …. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'”

Mark 4:39: “[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”

1 Corinthians 16:13: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

Words the Lord brought to mind…

Stand firm in Me. I am the One who fights your battles, my daughter.

Come to me. Sit with me. Be still. I’m with you in the wait. I’m your hope in your battle.

I am the Commander of Heaven’s Armies. I am the Lord your Banner. Call on Me. Trust in Me. I will not forsake you.

Do not fear anything, my child, for I do not give a spirit of fear. Be strong and courageous. You are safe and more than a conqueror. I am your Deliverer!

I’m thankful you’re joining us for this series. Please don’t stop by and run off quickly. It would bless me AND our community if you would take a moment to leave a comment. Maybe share a verse on one of the topics of the day that means something to you. Add to our treasury of Scriptures. Or, share a time when God carried you through a time of need by praying His Word. Your stories will equip and encourage everyone who gathers here.

At the end of our time together, I’ll choose two names from the comments left during this series to win a few fun surprises!!

Join me for Part 2, Praying the Promises – Struggling with Unbelief

Comments

  1. jane bryson says:

    Wendy!! Can’t wait to do this with you! Your studies are always rich and deep. Thank you for your heart and for doing this for us all, Jane b

  2. Marian (Mare) Hindall says:

    Wendy, I love digging deeper into God’s word with you and praying your beautiful prayers. Thank you for all you do.

  3. I am looking forward to your messages. I am really into finding scriptures that help me learn to trust more in the Lord. Isaiah 26:3 says – You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. That verse has helped me fall asleep with assurance many times. I am thankful for God’s Word and for those who love to teach us and guide us into a better relationship with Him. Thank you Wendy! Many blessings to you and your family!

    • Cherie, this is one of my favorites as well! Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes, I like this verse, too. And let’s include verse 4: “”Trust In the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” (NASB) “Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.” (NKJV)

    • Isaiah 26:3 carried me through a tough time of anxiety two years ago. I’m thankful you shared it here. I believe it was for someone who needed it!! I always pray women will be encouraged by every word they read on this page … not just my post … because so many wise and tender-hearted women like you gather here. Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

  4. Marian Hindall says:

    Wendy, I love digging deeper into God’s word with you and praying your beautiful prayers. Thank you for all you do.

  5. Sharon Serrano says:

    Thank you Wendy for this new series. One of the things I’ve learned through you has been praying scripture. Through doing so I’ve learned to pray God’s will. One of the scriptures that God has given me during this very trying season has been Psalm 46.10, Be still and know that I am God. One translation says, Cease Striving and know that I am God. So many times I’ve had to just tell myself to stop striving and allow God to be God over me and my situation.

    • Sandy Scroggins says:

      This verse has brought me through many stressful days and nights. It’s amazing the peace I have once I actually let go and let God 🙂

    • Sharon, means so much to read your words. I will forever be grateful to my mentor and friend, Jan, who taught me to pray God’s Word. It blesses me to know I helped equip you to do the same. And, I love that is has helped you beyond that by learning to pray God’s will!! That is a big concept to wrap your arms around. So good. And thank you for that verse, especially sharing the “cease striving” part, gives legs to what “be still” looks like.

  6. “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11

    I’m learning that when I start my day in prayer with God and reading His Word, I’m more prepared to handle any hurdles that may come my way that day. I’m growing in my trust in God through these prayers by trying to store His Words in my heart. Life can be hard and I cannot imagine having to handle my struggles without Him by my side. After spending time with Him each morning, reading His Word and various devotionals/Bible studies, I truly feel energized, hopeful, and peaceful.

    • THIS verse is key to living powerfully, effectively and victoriously as long as we are on this earth. We are in a spiritual battle and Scripture tells us that. But, we do NOT fight alone. I’m so thankful you shared the verse and reminded us to be in the Word every day, arming ourselves with His Hebrews 4:12 Word!!

  7. Jo Williamson says:

    Thank you for teaching me to pray God’s Word. God’s Word is Powerful, and His Promises stand forever. I thank Jesus you are taking time to teach me about prayer through this study. I will be praying for you! Excited to be apart ! Congrats on your daughter’s wedding!

    • Jo, I treasure your prayers whenever the Lord leads. I love what I do here and am so thankful for Word friends like you! And, thank you for kind words about Lauren’s wedding. We are having loads of fun planning it, but it is like having a part time job … without pay! 🙂

  8. Carol Taylor says:

    I am so glad to have you back….looking forward to your new series and congraduations on your daughters up-coming wedding I will be praying for you both during the planning season.Thank you for all the prayers you have shared with all your girls.

    love and blessings!!!

    • Carol, I’ve missed being here. But, I never want to write content to write it. I want it to be from the Lord and from my heart. Your words really bless me. It’s nice to know I’ve been missed. 🙂

      And thank you for the prayers for Lauren and me. We are having so much fun. It’s now less than three months away so we are finalizing invitations and tasting food for reception and getting her dress fittings done. Lots to do now but mostly can’t wait for that special day!!!

  9. Nita Haddad says:

    Wendy!

    Thank you! I am so excited for this and so needed!

    I want to stand firm in the wait. I know that the Lord is there but I feel so alone. Standing firm in the wait as I watch my adult children continue to scoff at God and their walk away from Him. I watch with a broken heart, my grandbaby being raised by a parent who walked away from the Christian faith she once embraced.

    I want to stand firm in a life threatening disease that continues to break down my body and high levels of pain. It’s hard, it’s lonely.

    I will meditate on these verses. Thank you!

    • Nita, I pray God meets you in your pain, assures you of His presence and draws your children back to Him. May He replace your loneliness with His powerful presence. I trust He will use these verses in powerful ways as you etch them on your heart.

    • Nita, I join Jill right now, standing firm with you as you pray for your health and your children. Your prayers do not go unheard. God knows your mama’s heart. He knows your desire for restoration and healing in your body. In Revelation 5:8 (I think), God tells us our prayers are in golden bowls in heaven. He is working in and through those prayers in mighty ways and one day that work will manifest itself on this earth in the lives of you and your children and grandchildren’s lives.

      “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

    • Oh Nita, I am so sorry for these trials you’re facing. I can picture Jesus’ eyes welled up with tears… even though He knows the victorious ending… He has overwhelming compassion and crazy love for you, so when your heart aches, His does too.
      Heavenly Father, thank You for being the God of all comfort and compassion. We ask for You to show these amazing characteristics through Your people and supernaturally so Nita’s loneliness melts away. She has raised her children in the way they should go. So all of us around her say with confidence, it’s not if but WHEN they will turn back. You will run toward them, cover them and throw a party. And Lord, we also ask for healing over Nita’s body. Calm her pain. Order her cells to come into alignment with the healing that Jesus’ stripes gives. All of us lower her on her mat, through the roof to You now. Bless Your precious daughter in Jesus’ Name, amen! xoxo

  10. I’m so happy to get your email today Wendy!! Love the new series and can’t wait to learn more with you. God bless you sister.

  11. There was a time not too long ago that I slipped into a depression so deep , I did t believe anything would save me. My dear friend quoted scripture and stressed the importance of depending on God for my next breath. It was HIM, that sent someone (a dear friend) to the park to rescue me from myself and the pills I had just taken. I praise HIM everyday for His goodness and mercy.

    • Oh wow, praising Him with you Chris!

    • Chris, your story is beautiful. Our God is El Roi the God Who Sees! He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He sends his angels (men and women like your dear friend) to do His Kingdom work. He is not done with you yet!! Praising God for His great love for you and for giving you a second chance to live the beautiful life He has given you.

    • A few years ago, i felt the lump and instantly poured prayer into it. Went for a mammogram and the friendly and efficient lady doctor confirmed that yes, it was actually multiple lumps in one. Other than that, it was a particularly tough (with a capital T) season of life, yet i felt no fear over this specific thing and decided to declare God’s healing power at work while making a note to be proactive about physically checking on any changes.

      prayers upon prayers daily. The follow-up visit was coming up and that was the point where they’d made the recommendation to take a sample etc. Through strength in Jesus alone, i’d already decided there would be no trace of lumps by then. The appointment came; multiple lumps in both…but we know the enemy is a liar.

      The third appointment – not a trace of even one lump. O glory glory to our Heavenly Father who has walked me through soooooo many challenges and trials and covered me in the shelter of His mighty hand and showers his beloved children with merciful grace and lovingkindness.

      Dearest Wendy, i admire how you so graciously and clearly walk with Jesus daily, encouraging us through God’s perfect Word and ushering us through lessons with such care, compassion and integrity. May the Lord continue to preserve and refresh you, precious, courageous Woman of God. Love in abundance to you and compassion to any and everyone GROWING through challenges and trails. May God carry you through according to His perfect will.

  12. Thanks for writing and sharing with us ‘Praying the Promises of God series’. The first thing that came to mind is the song which I think is the title ‘Standing on the promises of God’ and all that I can remember is standing,standing on the promises of God. I looked up the word firm ( firmer,firmly ) in the glossary in the back of my Amplified Bible. There were lots of verses. The verse that stood out to me is 1 Peter 5:9. I am also adding verses 8 & 10 from the New Living Translation ” Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the devil,your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion looking for some victim to devour. Take a FIRM stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In His kindness God called you to His eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while,he will restore,support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a Firm foundation.”

    • Oh, I remember that song. I pulled it up on You Tube and am listening to Alan Jackson sing it now. So very good. Standing on the promises of Christ my King!!! No more firmer ground on which to stand. Thank you for blessing us today with this song. And thank you for the passage you shared. Such a powerful lesson for us to remember. Keep watch for our enemy. Stand firm against him and BE STRONG in the faith. And the way we are strong in the faith is by knowing His Word. So thankful you stopped by today!

  13. It is probably the hardest thing to do, stand firm in the wait. Thankfully like we read about the disciples, Jesus was right with then in the storm and so He is with us, and He controls the waves–I dont have to be afraid! Thx for that reminder.

    • YES! He is with us. Will never leave us or forsake us. And, He is IN us. Equipping and empowering us. Calming and carrying us. You are so welcome. Thankful you are joining us.

  14. Darla Hawkins says:

    I love the story of King Jehoshaphat in chapter 20 when he says “We do not know what to do Lord but our eyes are on you”. I have prayed that same prayer many times and God has blessed me with wisdom and patience as I wait on His answer.

    • Oh, I love this picture. Thank you for sharing your verse. And it reminds me of the New Testament Hebrews 12:1-3 instruction to keep our eyes FIXED on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

  15. Janice Bittner says:

    2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NRSVCE)

    15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

    🙂

  16. This is just what I need while I go through the battle of stage 4 cancer with my husband of 45 years. I don’t know how people make it through without the strength of the Lord to hold them up.

    • Sweet Linda, I’m so thankful the Lord used His Word as shared in this post to bless, encourage and minister to your heart. So honored to be His vessel of strength and hope for you. May His presence consume you as you walk alongside your husband, comforting … strengthening … calming … providing for your every need. He is enough.

  17. Hi Wendy!
    I love your studies and your prayers 💕 In this waiting season, God’s word is my anchor, my hope!

    Much love in Christ
    Melissa

    • Thank you, sweet Melissa. You are a long time faithful word-loving friend!!! Your words mean so much. And, I have had those times where His Word is my anchor and without it, I surely would have wandered away. So thankful for His Word and for believing sisters who come alongside to keep us close to His heart and His Word.

  18. Thanks for sharing. I have been struggling with seasonal depression. I needed to hear that God is fighting my battles.

    • Ruth, so thankful God met you here. That is what I pray with each post I write. He is the Commander of Heaven’s Armies. He fights for His children. He is LIGHT in our darkness. May Jesus who is the Light of the World penetrate any darkness that hovers over you with His deep and abiding love and with the reminder that YOU are his blood bought daughter, created with purpose and He wants to use you!!

  19. SusanKelly Garrett says:

    I am inspired by your words and the message you send to us. I wish to gain more insight in God’s plan and learn more of his words so I can live a life that God would be proud of.

    • Susan, God promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him if we seek Him with all our heart. It sounds like you are doing just that. So I pray as you meet with Him here in His Word during this series and in your own quiet time, that He will show up in very sweet and personal ways that will bless you and help you know how REAL He is. I pray you will hear His voice and sense His leading as you ask Him to show you His plan for you.

  20. Mary Witherspoon says:

    Wendy, so glad you are doing this series. I feel so weird when I pray because I can not remember things and I ramble and stumble over my words. But I do remember one time that I really just layer down on the floor with my Bible and opened it to my favorite passage in 1 Kings 18. Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel. I prayed part of his prayer. My mom had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I was just dumbfounded and could not comprehend what was going on. Because it had only been 2 years that I had breast cancer and I was feeling everything all over again. He gave me peace about my moms situation and to this day when I hear or read that passage I weep and remember that night. I have not been able to pray like that again. I do not remember stumbling or rambling for words. Have not been able to pray like that again. Thank you once again for doing this study. Mary Witherspoon

    • Oh, Mary. I lived for so long with my stumbling prayers. God honors them all. He doesn’t care how they sound. He cares only about the heart from which they come. And, I love that you have that memory to cling to from that passage of Scripture. And, that is what helped transform my prayer life. Not praying my words but God’s words. Over time my words filled in between God’s words and I became more confident about praying. I am praying for your confidence to grow. And, it will as you stretch yourself learning to pray His Word. I promise!! I’ve watched it happen over and over again in women. It looks different for each of them. And truly God’s Word says the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective. It doesn’t say the prayers of the elegant and clear prayer warriors. 🙂

  21. Donna Whitwood says:

    I am so excited to see what the Lord has to show all of us (you, me and all of us gals) through these upcoming weeks. You peaked my interest a couple of years ago with your interest in the Tabernacle and now I love to study it. Learning more and more about The Bible is just more evidence that is the breathe of God because no human could write something so perfect.

    • Oh, so fun!! I just taught on the Tabernacle at my church on Wednesday night. It’s so exciting to watch God’s Word come alive through that teaching as women see how it all pointed to JESUS!!! Thank you for sharing that with me. I can see your great love for Scripture from your comment. I’m so thankful you are joining us!!

  22. Shelley Sisson says:

    Thank you Wendy for including us and blessing us with this study. As I have told you before, I love sitting with you and learning from you!!

    1 Corinthians 15:58 The Passion Translation (TPT)
    58 So now, beloved ones,[a] stand firm and secure. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord,[b] because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures.

    Many blessings,
    Shelley

    • Shelley, I love studying God’s Word with you as well and am so thankful how you share your passion and giftedness with OBS. My favorite word here is “unshakable” confidence. Oh, how I long for that. Sometimes I feel it and other times I don’t. But, that’s how He wants us to live every day, trusting in His love, heart, character, will and perfect plan for us. And that last phrase, “because we are ASSURED that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures.” The fruit simply comes from the union. When we follow where He leads, work in His strength and power, He does all the rest. So good! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Hilda Hernandez says:

    I am so looking forward to your series. Read “Standing Firm in the Wait”….loved it. The verse that stood out was 1 Corinthians 16:13….”hold firmly to all that you believe.” God has given us so many promises in His Word. When we hold firmly to a promise , not just in our head, but where it counts the most….in our heart because then we can truly say we believe . We will not question the delay to an answer to prayer, or doubt God’s promise. Thank you for your series.

    • What WISE WORDS you shared today. I love this … When we hold firmly to a promise, not just in our heard, but where it counts the most … in our heart because then we can truly believe and not question the delay. That is powerful and something I need to remember while I sit in the “wait room” of God. Thank you!!

  24. Patty Goss says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I am so Thankful you wanted to share this series with us. I too am planning a wedding, but it is my own wedding. God has brought such a godly man into my life, and now it is time to take this next step. There is a relative of mine that doesn’t like the fact that I am getting married. It is basically because of the fact that she could not manipulate him into doing something that she asked him to do. He stood his ground and did what God wanted him to do. I live with her for now until the wedding and she is making it very difficult, but because I can stand on God’s Word, and the man I am going to marry is standing on God’s Word also I know I can endure this because I know that God is fighting this battle. So again I want to Thank you for sharing this because it is helping me to stand on God.
    Blessings,
    Patty.

    • I’m praising God for your upcoming wedding and for how He brought this wonderful godly man into your life. What a gift. And how precious that He stands on the Word with you. I’m so thankful this post came at a time when you needed promises to stand on. It’s a privilege to be a vessel for His Word. And YOU WILL PERSEVERE!! Our God is faithful and His Word is strong. May God richly bless your wedding and your new life together.

  25. Great to see your post in my inbox today! Thankful for how God used it to bring truth to mind and remind me of lessons from the past. I’m in the midst of a couple of waits – a first cousin was just moved to hospice for his last days battling cancer and I’m waiting for direction for the year to come. It’s hard thinking of loved ones saying good-bye and walking through grief and as a planner who doesn’t like surprises I like to know what lies ahead.

    Your words about the wait brought to mind a lesson God taught me 6 years ago and needed to remember again. My grandma was in her last days with cancer and as we waited, I wasted the time with worry. God used James 5:7 to speak to and teach this farmer’s wife heart – “Be patient, then brothers and sisters until the Lords coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.”

    It’s true – farmers do a lot of waiting, but living on a farm has shown me they also do a lot of work in the wait. May we as disciples do the same…today as I wait, I will do the work of prayer so that I can stand firm.

    Thanks my friend! Blessings from the farm!

    • Mema Jeanne says:

      Jill,
      I knew you would be on here with doing a study with Wendy. I am so sorry about your cousin!! God is still on the throne and His mercies are new every day!! My word for this year is WAIT. So much going on in all of our lives, yet it is just wonderful to see we are still here wanting the same things— more of Jesus–every hour!!!
      So. so good to see your name and to read your words—- you have been such an inspiration to me even though we lose contact, God keeps us connected.
      Love you,
      Mema Jeanne

      • It blesses me to see both of your names. We have studied God’s Word together for many years and much growth and change has come. I love that we are friends for ALL ETERNITY!! Hallelujah! One day we will all meet face to face in the new Jerusalem.

      • Mema Jeanne, great to hear from you as well! So grateful for how God connects hearts! And yes Wendy, a relationship with Christ gives life to the famous phrase of “Friends Forever”! So thankful for that!!

    • Beautiful Jill… I am so sorry for this time of wait with your cousin. Hospice days are so hard. I’m praying NOW that as God uses you to bring comfort and compassion to your cousin and to the family, our Papa blankets YOU with tangible love, comfort and compassion. Praying for His presence to be palpable. I love you! xoxo

      • Yes and amen! Beautiful prayers, as always, sweet Noey.

      • Jill Beran says:

        Thank you Noelle. Steve passed away Friday and is celebrating with Jesus now. I leave tomorrow for the 6 hour trip for the funeral. May God continue to answer your prayer and many others in the days to come.

        • Oh sweet Jill… I am so very sorry. We know the reality of eternity. At the same time, we know the reality of the deep loss you and your family have here on this side of heaven.
          Papa, you are right there with the Beran family. Thank You for being close to the brokenhearted… for wiping each tear… for weeping alongside each of them. Bless them with visions of heaven. Give their spirits the ability to see Steve and Grace so alive… completely healed and thriving. Be their strength and comforter on these bumpy roads as they navigate a new normal. In Jesus’ Name we circle them and pray, amen.
          I love you Jill… xoxo

    • Jill, I remember many of the rich posts you wrote during that time of pain and grief. And that time of wait trained you for the waits that continue to come. We need to look backward to remember God’s faithfulness to help us move forward in our new waits. Thank you for sharing. And I’m so sorry about your cousin. So young to be walking this journey. I know your powers are powerful and effective as you pray for your cousin and the family. As Noelle said, may God blanket you in His love, comfort and compassion. A beautiful prayer.

  26. Kathy Jackson says:

    Wendy, Thank you for serving the Lord, loving Him and us! I look forward to your new series and learning more about “standing on, and praying, God’s Word”. Isaiah 26:3 is one of my favorite Scriptures also “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on ou!” (TPT) …if only I could always keep my thoughts fixed on HIM!

    • Yes, Kathy, this is one of my life verses. It has carried me through difficult times of worry and anxiety. Thank you for sharing it. And, thank you for your kind words. I love the family of sisters who gather here. You bless me more than ya’ll know.

  27. Jennifer Kimble says:

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a future and a hope – Jeremiah 29:11 – this verse speaks to me and helps me remember in times of struggle that the Lord is with me and will bring good out of the mess. I am trying to be stronger in my prayer life and am just beginning to pray scriptures in my prayers more and look forward to learning more about this. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    • Well, isn’t this perfect timing? I love it! Answered prayer for us both. And, this verse brings such encouragement in hard times to us just as it did to the Israelites. He was faithful then, and He will be faithful again … always.

  28. 2 Thess. 3:14 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
    I want to remain steadfast in prayer. Thank you, Wendy!

  29. Debbie Sands says:

    Thank u Wendy for planning this wonderful study and your faithfulness to teach His Word. God’s promises helped us stand firm thru a very difficult year. Last year I lost my dear Father, went thru a second divorce with our son, left our home of 20 years to downsize to a 975 ft granny flat and my husband retired which meant a decrease in our income.Thru it all God’s Grace has been sufficient and He has proven Himself faithful once again in our lives. I look forward to this study and encouraging each other thru the battles in our lives as we stand on the promises of God. Bless you and your ministry!

    • Thank you for the sweet words of blessing you sent. And, I’m so sorry for the challenges this season of life has brought for you, but I praise God you know Him and turn to Him and His Word for hope and strength and provision. This is a sweet community of women.

  30. Isa. 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
    This is a good verse to turn to when you are weary and have no strength left.

    • Carol, it is a sweet gift to see this here. This is the verse my grandmother taught me. And, when her mind was failing with Alzheimer’s disease, she could still say this verse from memory. So though she could not remember any of us, she never forgot the Word tucked deep in her heart. Sickness and disease cannot steal His Word away.

  31. 2 Chronicles 20:15, 17 “do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…” See my son has been accused of some things and he goes to the public defender next week with a court date in march. I have been so scared and in fear because I don’t know what is going to happen. As a mom, I want to protect him but I’m learning that I need to let go and let God take care of him because God knows what he needs right now.

    • Kat, what a difficult time for you and your son. I’m so thankful you are clinging to God’s Word and that God has reminded you the battle is not yours and the burden is not yours to carry. I pray against any spirit of fear … for God has given you a spirit of power love and a sound mind NOT a spirit of fear. Your prayer covering and praying God’s Word over him is the most powerful gift you can give your son. Praying God’s favor over him as he heads into court. May truth rise to the top, no matter the schemes of the devil.

  32. Wendy: In receiving this email for your series on prayer, this is exactly what I need to hear. I am in a season of praying the word over my daughter and her new marriage – not yet a year. Two different people coming together – add in the mix that my daughter has a 6 year old, can make things complicated and difficult to manever. I have been praying and speaking the word in my times of intercession. It not only can change their marriage and their interaction, but it’s changing me as well. Her husband is saved but religious – needs relationship with Christ to be real. We are both praying for him in this regard. My go to scripture lately has been Jeremiah 32:27 “The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh, is there anything too hard for me?”

    • Sharon, what a precious story … you and your daughter praying for her new husband’s heart. He has a faith, it just needs a fresh breath from the Holy Spirit to bring it alive!!! Praying this with you because as you are declaring from Jeremiah 32 NOTHING is too hard for the Lord Almighty, the God of heaven and earth who is sovereign over all!! May you son-in-law come to call upon Jesus as His Lord and Savior in 2019!! We declare it, believe it and claim it in Jesus’ name. Amen!

  33. Janice Kesterson says:

    Wendy,
    I am looking forward to this series. You are a blessing to me and I want to stand steadfast in prayer!

  34. Sandy Scroggins says:

    Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

    I am so thankful that I have the Holy Spirit on my side helping me through my weaknesses.

    I was so delighted to receive this email about this study. Thank you Wendy!! I look forward to the next one.

    • Sandy, isn’t this the most precious and powerful verse? We have God’s Spirit … the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead … LIVING IN US!!! He leads our prayers and breathes life into them and, as they blow into the lives of those for whom we pray, He begins a work in heaven that one day will manifest itself on earth!! Hallelujah!!

  35. Wendy,
    I love your study on prayer, This will be a powerful study. Prayer is so important
    For some of us, It is our lifeline. Right after my husband left me I felt so alone.
    Prayer and my relationship with God held me in His love. Proverbs 31 Ministry
    and your books have encouraged me through the darkest times. Psalms gives me
    hope to hold my shield up and trust God to be my defense in the battle, I am not
    able to fight the enemy alone, Psalms 3:3 says But you Oh Lord are a shield about me
    my glory, and the lifter of my head. Thank you 🙏 God bless you,

    • Yes! Yes! He is a SHIELD about us. Our GLORY. The LIFTER of our head. What great and marvelous promises. I love how you said God “held you in His love.” What a precious picture. He promises to never ever leave us. He will tuck us under the shadow of His wing and hold us close till we get through to the other side.

  36. Wendy,
    What you mentioned above about II Chronicles 20 is exactly what God spoke to me last week about a family issue that looked bleak. I spoke some things out to the Lord and my husband, and I knew when I did, I was overcoming the spirit behind all this evil that was coming against me. God took me to II Chronicles about Jehoshaphat and how 3 nations were coming against him and everything looked totally bleak and hopeless. When reading this, I could feel the fear and discouragement Jehoshaphat felt, but he said, “My eyes are on you Lord”. God told him this battle was not his, but the Lord’s and he would not have to fight this battle – God would fight this battle for him. And that’s exactly what happened. They worshiped and praised God singing, “Praise the Lord, for His mercies endureth forever”. And this is what God was saying to me about my situation – “You do not have to fight this battle, I will fight this battle for you”. The peace of God completely came on me when He spoke this to me. All I need to do is stand still and see HIS salvation. Praise the Lord!

    What started out looking like nothing but destruction for Jehoshaphat and his men, turned out to be complete victory. When they got to the battle, God had already caused his enemies to fight against themselves and turn on one another. They all died in doing so. And all Jehoshaphat and his men had to do was pick up the spoils – and it took them 3 days to do so!!! Now that is victory and that is the power of God working on behalf of a person whose heart and eyes are set on Him. We serve a faithful God!!! I will see victory in my situation because God is fighting this battle for me. He is no respecter of persons – He will do the same for whatever battle you are in!!! Keep your eyes on HIM.

    • Lisa, thank you so much for telling the story behind the 2 Chronicles verse. You bring it alive for us and it makes it all the more powerful and real when we see it at work in another man’s … another nation’s … life and circumstances. KEEP OUR EYES ON HIM. Reminds me of Hebrews 12 where the writer tells us to keep our eyes FIXED ON JESUS! He is the author of our story. He perfects our lives. He knows them from beginning to end and walks with us every step!!! We just need to focus on Him and His Word.

  37. Wendy,
    When you mentioned the scripture in II Chronicles 20, this is the exact verse God spoke to me last week regarding a situation that looked very bleak regarding a family issue. I spoke some things out to the Lord and my husband and knew I was overcoming a spirit when I did this. God immediately put some verses out of II Chronicles 20 in front of me about this battle is not mine to fight. He will fight this battle – I just need to keep my eyes on Him and I will see His salvation.

    As I was reading about Jehoshaphat and the three nations coming against him and how bleak and frightening it looked, you could sense his hopelessness and feel his fears, but he said to the Lord, ‘My eyes are on you’. God fought that battle and turned those enemies against one another until they all were dead. So by the time Jehoshaphat and his men got there, all they had to do was pick up the spoils – and it took them 3 days!!

    What looked like was going to be destruction for Jehoshaphat, turned into God is faithful and will always fight our battles if we keep our eyes on Him.

  38. Carmen Flores says:

    Missed you as well my friend..so looking forward to getting to the “meat” of Gods Word..something I know that God has so very well gifted you to do to His Body..thank you so much❤️

  39. Valerie Artis says:

    I am so very grateful to have found your email this morning. I just finished, along with my church, reading a book by Bob Sorge,” Reset: 20 days to a consistent prayer life”. It includes praying the scriptures or “PrayRead”. Your series is an answer to prayer, so that I can continue to grow in my prayer life. Thank you Wendy and God Bless you and all that your hands find to do for our Heavenly Father and His children. Love , Valerie

    • Oh wow! This gives me chills. Honestly, to see God so clearly answer both our prayers. You seeking to learn more about prayer, and me writing a prayer study and praying God would draw women who want to go deeper in prayer. He is knitting our hearts together, along with all the women here, across miles and countries, continents and oceans. How pleased our God is to see so many women hungry for more prayer in their lives!!

  40. I was so glad to receive your email this morning, Wendy! You are so blessed with the gift of teaching.
    Gal.6:9 “ Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
    Looking forward to this series

    • Thank you for your kinds words about my teaching. A great encouragement as I continue to teach and write. And thank you for this verse. It’s one that has crossed my path often this past year. Watching God work in the wait is sometimes hard but also so beautiful.

  41. Eileen White says:

    Thank you, Wendy, for sharing this study series with us! I know it will be a blessing to us all. Thanks for all you do to serve the Lord.

  42. Nancy Griggs says:

    Thank you so much Wendy. I am in a time of need right now and I am standing on His Word and praying it over my situation. I choose to put my full trust in Him and believe He will provide for my every need.

    • We stand with you, Nancy. Praying for God to move in mighty ways as you pray His Word back to Him … a Word that He honors … that will not return void … that will accomplish what He desires … that will achieve the purposes for which He sent it!! I pray you will see the fulfillment of His promise in sweet, intimate and mighty ways!! And I pray you awaken each day with a fresh filling of His love and strength. He is enough, sweet friend, for all that you are walking through.

  43. I stumbled upon (perhaps God ordained) this blog. Thank you for doing this study. It is absolutely what I need right now.
    Blessings💕

    • Oh, I do believe God brought you here. We prayed for Him to bring to this study those who need a Word from Him. I’m praising God right now for His faithfulness. I’m asking Him to minister personally to you and speak into what burdens your heart right now.

  44. Roberta Nelson says:

    Hi Wendy and the readers out there! A verse that lifts me up when I am struggling, waiting not so patiently, or just feeling lost is Psalm 94:19 (The Voice), “When anxiety overtakes me and worries are many, Your comfort lightens my soul.” I gain this comfort by going to God in prayer and reading His word. There we find His promises to us. That is how I am able to stand firm in my trouble. The NIV translation ends with, ….”your consolation brought me joy.” Even in the darkest moments, He is with us and consoles us. We can find His joy in those moments as well.
    Thank you for this study, Wendy.

    • Oh, yes. Love this. “Even in the darkest moments, He is with us and consoles us. We can find HIS JOY in those moments as well.” It’s here we can know TRUE joy. Not the happiness and joy based on our circumstances but the JOY that abides in us through the HS. The joy that bubbles up from deep within us, even in the deepest of pain because He meets His children there in the most intimate, personal and precious of ways. Thank you for sharing the Voice translation. We don’t see it much, but it is a fresh way to read God’s Word. Blessings to you, sweet Roberta. Thankful you stopped by today and shared from your heart.

  45. What encouragement these verses bring! As an only parent of a 19 year who is stretching his wings (thankfully NOT in destructive ways!), I find it hard to balance letting go while still offering support and encouragement–without him thinking I’m bossing!! The verses reminded me that I can stand firm in the wisdom and knowledge that age and experience have brought, but mostly in the love and protection of our Heavenly Father. Thanks for your always-encouraging words, sweet Wendy!

    • Oh, I so get your struggle here. I have a 26 year old and a 21 year old. One way I offer support and prayer (in a non-bossy, intrusive way) is through texting. Each Monday, I send a group text letting them know I love and am praying for them and send a verse the Lord lays on my heart. Sometimes it’s a very short text. But, sometimes God lays a bit more on my heart. Now I include my husband, kids and my daughter’s fiance. It’s spirit led and non-intimidating.

      Thank you for your words of appreciation. They bless me as we gather here each week.

      • That is a great idea! We live in the same house, but it seems our paths hardly cross for extended amounts of time!

  46. Alana Morgan says:

    Wendy! I’ve missed you! Here is one of my favorites…”This I call to mind and therefore I have hope…the steadfast love of the Lord will never end, His mercies will never cease, they are new every morning…GREAT is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations3:21-23

    • I’ve missed you too! We have been Bible study friends for years now, and I’m so thankful you are still here with us. This is such a sweet, sweet passage, filled with God’s promises. Thank you for sharing.

  47. Thank you Wendy for sharing this study with us. I am looking forward to adding these precious scriptures to my arsenal of truths!

    • I love your words, “an arsenal of truths! That is exactly what they are. Ready for us to use at God’s command or a Holy Spirit nudging. Thank you for joining us for this series.

  48. This will be a great study, thank you! Cannot tell you how many times I’ve prayed this promise… For I did not give you a spirit of fear, but one of POWER and love and sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7.

    • Oh, girl, me too. After my attack, I lived for over a decade locked in a prison of fear. Freedom came when I truly came to believe this promise (and others about fear) and began to weaponize them and use them against Satan. Letting the Truth take over the fear that had held me captive for so long. Hallelujah that our God is greater than our fear!

  49. Leanna Hagen says:

    Dear Sister Wendy,
    How I have missed reading your blogs! I do have a testimony as well as a passage of God’s truth which faithfully saw me through my “valley”. I was going to college more than 700 miles away from where I lived, and I struggled to connect with like-minded students. When I finally did so, the first year on campus was so much easier and I felt so much safer. But God never meant for me to put so much trust – so much hope – in those relationships. The Christian student group I met with slowly broke apart, and then the one person I loved the most suddenly moved away (physically and emotionally). It devastated me and many tears were shed. But God sent an angel, and that angel directed my thoughts and heart toward the Psalms. As I turned another page in my Bible to Psalm 16, I knew I could not go any further. And so I began memorizing the entire chapter, and day by day I grew more and more in the confidence of the LORD! The passage I began with is from Psalm 16:7-11 which reads (NASB), “I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely. For Thou wilt not abandon my soul to Sheol; Neither wilt Thou allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay. Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fullness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.” I now have a journal LOADED with other personal testimonies as well as cross-references and definitions, etc. from this prayerful passage of scripture! Needless to say, I am forever a PRAYER WARRIOR, and standing with y’all in agreement against the enemy of this world! May Almighty GOD be glorified! AMEN! AMEN!

    • Thanks so much for sharing this Leanna. May God continue to bless you richly, in this study and otherwise. 🙂

    • Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you for sharing this powerful testimony. I love that God gave you this psalm, and you didn’t just read it. You dived deeply into it and absorbed it into your heart and mind. You didn’t use ingest it, you digested it. It truly became part of you. His living and active word came alive in you, penetrated your heart and soul and changed you from the inside out. Thank you for taking the time to share your story here. I pray it blesses and equips others to do the same.

  50. Marilyn in East Texas says:

    “Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.” Psalm 116:2 NLT

  51. Hi! I am thankful for this series. I have “little” physical things going on that could be scary. I get told, “You are getting older, and these things happen.” So many?!? 🙂 (I am 62 years young 🙂 I wait on God and determine to rest in His love and knowledge. I am also waiting for other things – relationship resolutions for one. God is good all the time! May God richly bless everyone who is participating, and give our leaders wisdom for this study. Because of Jesus, Cindy

    • Oh, friend, I understand. Praying God helps you to take those thoughts captive to the obedience of truth. May His Word be greater than your worries and fears in the “wait room” of prayer. May His presence be full and real.

  52. Lisa Sheppard says:

    Wendy, thank you for your bible teachings!
    You have such a way of helping me dig into God’s Word! During the OBS-Breathe you mentioned the verse Isaiah 26:3”You will keep in perfect peace those who’s minds are steadfast because they trust in you”; this verse has given me hope and strength when I feel anxious. Thank you for how you remind me to put my hope and trust in Him bc He is fighting my battles!

    • Lisa, so good to connect again here. You are so welcome. I love the gift God has given me and the women He has gathered on this blog who love His Word like I do. Thank you for sharing this verse, as you know it is one of my life verses!!! So thankful we do not fight alone. He is our Shield and Defender.

  53. Wendy,

    I was so blessed with the nuggets in I am Loved through the bible studies at Proverbs 31. I can’t believe the Lord is directing you to do something on prayer. I am searching out the word relinquish and then, my heart was crying out to be taught more about prayer. I will look forward to seeing where God is leading us to.

    • Joy, it’s always a blessing to have our OBS friends join us here… especially love that you went through “I Am Loved” with us!! What a rich word to study … relinquish. I’m praying as you continue to seek God on that word and prayer, He will reveal to you fresh new truths and promises that will transform your heart and mind!

  54. Philippians 4:1
    “Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.”

  55. Marie Chandler says:

    I really needed to see your email today. Thank you so much for providing this study.

    • You are so welcome. God knew what you needed. Thankful to be His vessel to encourage you. Hope you continue to join us for the next few weeks. He clearly has you here to minister to you through His Word and prayer.

  56. Miranda White says:

    Hey, Wendy, I am so glad you are doing this study. I love your bible studies and I have read almost every one of your books except two. I really am glad you are doing this study because I have been trying to learn how to pray the promises of the Bible. Matthew 21:22 whatever you ask for in prayer you will receive if you have faith. I have prayed this promise a lot and now I know the importance of real faith not just saying I have faith. this study is going to be a godsend for me .thank you so much for this study

    • Miranda, love you are still here studying God’s Word with us. Thank you for your kind words about the studies God has laid on my heart. Thank you for sharing Mathew 21:22 and your thoughts on the difference between real faith and just saying we have faith!! And Romans 10:17 tells us that to get real faith we must be in the Word of God. “Faith comes from hearing, hearing the Word of Christ.”

  57. Tammy Barnard says:

    Oh Wendy. How thrilled I am that you are teaching this. How exciting! Thank you for this blessing. I have taken my notes. I love the “Words the Lord brought to mind”..excellently done. I think of the verses you had here today, I think my favorite is 2 Chronicles 15,17…we are all battling something..so it fits well dear friend. Thanks again for letting me know of this series..if you ever come to Amarillo..please let me know..I’ll be front row..Tammy Barnard

    • What a warm and kind greeting! Thank you so much. And thanks for sharing the verse that spoke to your heart. So true, we are battling something but the battle is NOT ours; it’s the LORD’s!! Thank you for sharing and for your kind words. Love that you are joining us.

  58. I LOVE praying Scripture and seeing Him answer so specifically….truly faith building.

  59. Julie Woodman says:

    2 Corinthians 20:15 has always been a scripture that I have meditated on and prayed through during difficult times.

  60. Natalie Malec says:

    Exodus 14:14 was a breath of life when I had no fight of my own. Knowing God was doing all the fighting for me gave me the strength to stand firm in my faith

    • I love that you shared God’s Word was a “breath of life” for you. What a precious visual. When we feel like we are desperate, even feeling like we’re dying inside, He will breathe new life and hope into our hearts and lives. Thank you for sharing.

  61. Donna Torrado says:

    Wendy, you know how much I loved your “Living So That” book and the impact it had on my approach to prayer. I am excited for this. Thank you.
    I have the word Courageous for my word in 2019 so 2Chronicles 15:17 speaks to me. The verse I have is 1Chronicals 28:20
    Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and take action; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor abandon you [but will guide you in the construction] until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord

    I am holding on to this verse because of a difficult situation I have going on and I will now add your Scripture to it.
    Thank you for this!
    Donna

    • Hi Donna! Yes, so good to see you share here. You are another one of my faithful Word lovin’ girlfriends!! Thank you for sharing your word for 2019 and the verses God has given you to gird that up as you commit to live more courageously.

  62. Judy Bannister says:

    I love the words from the Lord at the end, especially. Really blessed me tonight. Thank you for these reminders. God bless you –

  63. Vida Ursic says:

    2 Chronicles 15,17 is Holy Spirit timely this eve. The office I work in has a needed change taking place but we are in close quarters so I have been praying consistently w a bit of fretting in my heart knowing how awkward and confrontational it might get when an employee will be asked to change or resign. I am the believer in e office and haven praying for the Lord to be glorified and the others to see ITS Jesus who has shown up to settle and bring order. Also their salvation. Thank you.

    • Vida, thank you for sharing a beautiful story about how to bring God’s Word and prayer into our workplace. What wonderful encouragement!! Your prayer for others to see JESUS as the mediator and one to bring order and settle hurt and unrest is what we need to do more of in our secular world.

  64. Mema Jeanne says:

    Sweet Wendy,
    I am just WAITING for what the Lord has prepared for me in this season of studying with you again! He is so good and faithful, and His mercies are new every morning.
    Blessings,
    Mema Jeanne

  65. Wow! What a great Bible study. I love what you posted about “waiting.” I needed that.

    When I found out I had leukemia (a word by the way I can now spell and never thought I would have to) Psalms 91 became my “go to” Psalms – praying these scriptures. Standing on them. Also Mark 5:34 and Jesus words “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” I still stand on this verse today and pray it often.

    I hope one day you will bring your study to your online Bible studiers!

    God bless you.

    • So precious to see what your rhema (personal) words from the Lord are. Psalm 91 holds great meaning for me as well as I walked through a difficult back surgery with my daughter. And I stand with you praying Mark 9:24 … that your faith has healed you!!! His blood has healed you!!! You are FREE!

  66. Kim W Tate says:

    Come to me. Sit with me. Be still. I’m with you in the wait. I’m your hope in your battle.
    This is the Word I need to stand on!

  67. Mary Mccauley says:

    Be still and know that I AM God… & Joshua 1:9. It can be hard to stand and wait, to be still. To be a Mary in a Martha world. Thank you Wendy for the encouragement.

    • BE STILL. Stop striving. Know me. All so good. Thank you. Joshua 1:9 is the verse the Lord gave me for my son when He was a young boy. Now He is 21, and it is his life verse. Thank you for sharing with us today.

  68. I think this is something I need to remember. I think remembering how He is for us and we should not stand on our own. Thank you for sharing these.

    • Tracy, so true. He does NOT want us to stand on our own and rely on ourselves. He died on the cross so we don’t have to. He wants us to call on His name. Lean on Him. Fight in His power. Go forth in His strength. Thankful God met you in His Word here.

  69. Sue Hillard says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I love your studies on prayer and His Word. You have a beautiful way with words🙏🏼❤️

  70. THANK YOU Wendy, I am LOVING your timed and precious insight. Thank you for sharing. I love your specific topics with Scripture wrapped around them♥️🙏

    • Your words are answered prayer. It’s the Lord’s perfect timing. Thank you for joining us. I look forward to lots more perfectly timed appointments because He is the One leading us.

  71. Marcia Whaley says:

    I love this:
    2 Chronicles 15, 17: “This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s and you will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you …. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’”

    Such a wonderful reminder that God is always with us, even when we think He is not.

    Thank you!

  72. Tammy Percival says:

    This hit home for me this morning Wendy and I’m so happy I checked my email because this message was meant for me and my mom. My mom suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm on Monday! There were no warning signs and from the beginning we were told the numbers are against her ! I am standing in faith that my God is not a God of numbers or statistics. She will be healed in the name of Jesus! Even now my God is working this together for His glory! The scriptures and this email are His confirmation of this truth! Praise God she is showing improvements every day and while she has not yet regained consciousness she is resting in Him for the recovery road ahead! Thank you Father for your words and for these promises for the strength you give us and for the healing you are already at work on and for the family scars that are being healed during this trial even now!

    • Praying Isaiah 53:5 over your mom… by Jesus’ stripes, she is healed! Lord, let her walk into alignment with this truth in JESUS’ Name, amen! xoxo

    • Tammy, my heart aches for your sweet mama and the journey she is walking. But, I am praising God for the word He gave you that our God is bigger than numbers and statistics. HE IS JEHOVAH RAPHA God our Healer!!! Standing in agreement with you, Noelle and all those praying for her … that she will be fully healed in her brain, mind, body and soul. God is working it all to draw His children closer to Him and for His Kingdom glory!!!

  73. Robin Janiszewski says:

    Thank -You so much Wendy!
    These verses are so timely, and help strengthen my faith and trust in our Saviour. Especially lately since I have been having some undiagnosed health issues. I need to look to Gods word MORE!
    Thanks again!
    Robin

  74. Hope Beach says:

    Wendy, thank you so much for this timely blog. My bank account was compromised today and I’ve been dealing with that all morning! I refuse to give in to fear but will be of power, love, and sound mind that God will provide for my every need until this is totally fixed!! ❤️🙌

  75. Wendy, thank you for this series. I love learning from you. You have such a way with presentation that just speaks to me. At this time in my life I can feel God calling me and making changes. The verse that stands out to me is Psalms 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. I’ve usually been the type of person that had to always be busy but now I want my time with God and sometimes it’s most of a day (thank goodness I’m retired). I’m also working on being gentle and quiet, that is so not like the old me. Thank you for leading so many of us to God.

    • Thank you for your kinds words. You know I LOVE teaching and coming alongside women to pray God’s Word. Be Still. So hard, but the best place to be when we’re seeking to hear God’s voice … to know when and where He is calling us. I pray you will hear His voice clearly and that He will affirm and confirm what you hear.

  76. Wendy, thank you for sharing this! I’ve always loved learning from you and reading your words. 2 Chronicles 20:15,17 hit me the most. I’m in a period of wait and am full of fear a lot of the time. So this verse about not having to battle, because God will brings great peace. Thank you for sharing this! So powerful and right on…the timing!! 🙂

    • Yes! Your God is fighting for you. And remember, He does NOT give us a spirit of fear. He gives a Spirit of POWER, LOVE and a SOUND MIND. Praying you will take those fearful thoughts captive and replace them with TRUTH!! GREATER IS THE ONE WHO LIVES IN YOU THAN THE oNE WHO LIVES IN THIS WORLD!

  77. Thank you Wendy! I’m so happy you are doing this study. Winter is such a good time for nesting with a study. I’m looking forward to time together. May the Holy Spirit prepare our hearts and minds to receive, absorb, meditate and be changed by your study.
    With a grateful heart.

  78. I so want to learn how to pray God’s word! Thank you, Wendy, for offering this series. A verse I lean on so often is, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

    • Oh, I love that God is using this series to answer a cry of your heart to pray His Word. He promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him when we seek Him with all our hearts!! He desires to take you deeper in prayer. I cannot wait to see how He grows you!!! And, thank you for sharing Provers 3:5. Such a great verse to remind us to keep our eyes fixed on Him.

  79. Thank you so much for posting this. I’m doing a 40 day sugar fast (this is my last week). I have been attacked so hard. My 15 yr old for hit by a car last week, I found out I’m being sued by a creditor (I lost my job during Hurricane Harvey) and bc of tax changes we now owe a lot. Lord help us. I heard you on Graceology podcast and you changed my thinking. I began devouring his word and trying to trust. Yesterday I was served and had full peace. I went before Him asking for help but trusting He has me no matter what happens. Today after reading this I feel like I’m where I am supposed to be. I’m not alone, not forgotten and He will fight my battles. Thank you for posting and I’m glad I subscribed.

    • This brings tears to my eyes. I will share your story with Gwen. We prayed before the podcast that God would draw the women who needed to hear this story to speak hope into their story. I’m praying that as you continue to soak in His Word your understanding will increase and your trust deepen. You are not alone. You are not forgotten. Just keep pressing into Him. He will be present and faithful and will provide.

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  80. Thank you Wendy for all these beautiful words of life from His Word. And bless you (and your daughter) as you plan your daughter’s wedding! My granddaughter is planning her wedding too! 😉

    A verse that He brought to me is Psalm 18:19 and every time I see it it does something to my spirit. I’m do not understand the full meaning of this verse for me, but I know it is good!
    “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
    Bless you for all you do as you encourage us women to grow deeper in God’s Word.

    • Susan, thank you for sharing a verse that we don’t see very often. When I read this, I imagine God rescuing us, like He rescued David … from running scared, from being persecuted, from being misunderstood, from feeling forgotten, from hiding in dark caves. He rescues us and brings us into His glorious presence, held in His hand, tucked under His wing, renewed with His hope, filled again with His peace. All because we are His children, and He delights in us!!

      It’s my joy to share God’s Word. And thank you for your kind words of blessing for Lauren an die as we plan her wedding. I’m sure you know because of your granddaughter walking the same journey. It is so much fun!!

  81. My dear and precious friend… your wisdom on prayer and God’s word is always a breath of fresh air to our spirits. Thank you for this life-giving post and this whole series!
    When my husband was facing a long battle mentally and spiritually, God highlighted this verse as a promise to me. It held me through a 3-year wait:
    The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” -Haggai 2:9
    Praise Jesus… through OUR prayers (I still have yours saved on my voicemail) and God’s promises through His word, we are living the reality of this promise.
    I love you Wendy! xoxo

    • Noelle, seeing your name here is PERFECT. I have learned so much about prayer from you. You are a pillar in my faith walk. Thank you for sharing your story and your verses. I remember claiming those verses and declaring them over you and your family!!! His Word is life-giving and life-transforming!! I love you too. 🙂

  82. During a recent season of not being able to sleep for more than two hours a night, a dear friend of mine shared that Psalm 3 is always an encouragement to her. It brought me comfort then and still does today.

    • Thank you for sharing Psalm 3 and how God used it to minister to you. There are several scriptures and promises the Lord gives us about sleep. He is the giver of peaceful rest!!!

  83. Wendy,

    This is the perfect study for me right now. Still going thru seasons of trial. I try to remember a study from awhile ago on Ephesians. Prayers to always strap on the armor of God for protection. Thank you for your words of prayer when my mind goes blank.

    • Donna, so thankful God timed this perfectly for you. May He meet you in very real ways through His Word during this trial. YES! Praying on the Armor of God is our best protection. And, praying God’s Word is perfect for when we don’t know what to pray on our own.

  84. Thank you so much for your labor of love! Im so excited to study more and to increase my prayer life!
    Proverbs 3:5

  85. Dawnielle Alden says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am slowly learning to grab a hold of God’s promises and who He say’s not only I am, but others as well. I and other precious women I interact with have struggles with accepting that we are loveable and just how much God loves us. I am leading our Women’s Group through your “I Am Loved Study” currently. We only meet once per month.

    I need to learn to pray them over myself and others. I can’t wait for the book God is birthing in you about sharing what He has put in you and taught you about praying scripture over our lives.

    • Dawnielle, thank you for taking friends through “I Am Loved.” That means so much to me. 1 John is a beautiful book to bring women to a place of knowing who they are in Christ and how loved they are simply because they are a child of God!! May God continue to bring His promises alive for you in life-giving and life-transforming ways!

  86. Linda McCamey says:

    What is it about prayer that is so mysterious Wendy? Maybe it’s supposed to be that way. I don’t know. But I do believe God wants us to pray and that He answers. It’s my weakest “link” in my spiritual walk. This should be a good good study.

    • Oh, Linda, it is mysterious!! And, the more we dig into and it do it, the more we marvel at how He works in and through our prayers. Moves in ways that leave us stunned and awed. But, also moves in tiny ways that reveal He truly does care about the smallest of things. Jesus DIED so we have this privilege. Both God and Jesus are waiting for us to come to them!!!

  87. Thank you Wendy for this study

  88. Terri Medders says:

    Dear Lord, Help me to always put my faith and trust inYou for I can do ALL things through You because you give me strength. Amen

  89. One of the times God got me through by praying scripture was last winter, right before Christmas I had a week of severe chest pain and shortness of breathe (very odd for a 31yo). I thought it had something to do with my heart and I was scared, but then God brought to mind to passages, one I had memorized at 19 Psalm 73:26 and also 2 corinthians 4:16-18. Both deal with the heart and the idea that even if the physical heart fails, God is my portion, strength and life. I clung to those verses and had a peace like none other!

  90. Wendy, it has been about a year that I subscribed your email however, embarrassingly i’ve just started really reading. I have 2 children who are 10 and 5, 10 yo is a boy.. I’m beginning to experience a little bit of pre-teen behavior even though he is still my baby at the end of a day.. he wants my company, he needs me, etc.. I want to build a better relationship with God so that my relationships with my husband, my kids, friends will be good. I am looking forward to listen, pray, read on I AM LOVED. just wanted to say thank you. I will be back…

    I also wanted to ask you a question, will it be possible to send you an email or something?

    Thank you.

  91. Hi, Evelyn! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing. I am 62 years young, and last fall I had very different feelings in my chest which I first described as an anxiety attack, but had never experienced one before. I prayed and it went away after some time. Then in January 2019 I experienced two lesser versions. I again prayed and they went away. When I went to a urologist for a different concern, he said he heard I had an irregular heart beat. Wow! I finally addressed the matter a couple weeks later. I was put on a heart monitor for 48 hours, and there are some irregularities, but I am assured they are nothing serious. The verses you shared will help me rest in God more deeply. I have been through several “minor” things since turning 60 and am told “You are getting older and these things happen.” Not fun to hear over and over again. 😀 These verses you have shared will help. I must go back to them often. Praise God! May continue to richly bless you!

  92. Thank you Miss Wendy for sharing and giving us the ammo to stand strong. I really need this.

  93. Wendy, thank you for sharing this series with us. I love your insight on the word. It truly blessed me.

  94. I’m behind (literally starting right now), but I couldn’t have read these words at a better time. These words you wrote were what my heart needed to hear today. Brought a tear to my eye.

    Do not fear anything, my child, for I do not give a spirit of fear. Be strong and courageous. You are safe and more than a conqueror. I am your Deliverer!

    Love,
    Me

  95. Cecily Bornemann says:

    I’m a little behind in doing this with you but I wanted to let you I’m learning to let God fight my battles for me because He knows what’s best.

  96. Debbie Passow says:

    Thank you for doing the series.I really enjoy reading them. This is the verse that speaks to me 2 Chronicles 20:15, 17
    This verse helped me when I was going through a really rough time. Even when nobody else was with me. The Lord was always with me.

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