July 16, 2018

Praying on the Armor of God & A Giveaway

Hey friends!

Today on the Proverbs 31 Ministries Encouragement for Today, These Things Are Not Supposed to Be, I’m sharing a message God laid on my heart as I spent time with Him in the book of Psalms, specifically Psalm 3:3-4. 

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

Even when we walk through the hardest times, our Abba Father never abandons us. He walks with us. He strengthens us. He weeps with us. He ministers to us. Sometimes, He even carries us.

God also protects, empowers, arms and fights for us. He does this, in part, through the amazing gift of His Armor. Paul writes about God’s Armor in Ephesians Chapter 6. A chapter not to be missed!

And, ya’ll know my heart for prayer and how I love to write prayers. A few years back, when I studied the Armor of God in depth, I wrote a prayer to help me pray on that Armor. I’m sharing that prayer with you today. You can download it to your device or print it out to tuck in your journal or Bible.

Click HERE to download Praying on the Armor of God.

Another great way to pray is to pray to God specifically using one of His many magnificent names. Today, I’m giving away a copy of my Bible study, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God. In this study, I share eight of my favorite names of God … where the name came from in Scripture and how each name reveals a different character trait of God and what it means to us as His children.

Giveaway now closed. Congrats Erin Todd please see your email for details.

Comment below to be entered to win a copy of I Know His Name. If you want to move beyond simply knowing about God to really knowing God in a very personal way, I Know His Name is for you!

In “I Know His Name,” I’ve included biblical and historical background insights, practical application questions, and a prayer and memory verse for each chapter. We also created a five-session DVD that provides additional teaching to enhance your Bible study. The Bible study book can be studied individually, or with a small group, and with or without the DVD.

U.S. Addresses only please. Winner will be announced and contacted via email on Monday, July 23.

April 30, 2018

6 Steps to Studying God’s Word (plus a Giveaway)

I’ll never forget the first time someone taught me how to read God’s Word. Not just read it and move on, but read it and really hear God speak to me. It transformed how I read God’s Word. Not all in one day, of course, but over time. I thought I’d share that process with you today.

Let’s use Psalm 62:5-8 for our reading today:

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
    He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
    Pour out your heart to him,
    for God is our refuge (NLT).

Step One

PRAY and invite God into your time with Him … to open the eyes of your heart to receive what He wants to teach YOU as you open His living and active Word.

Step Two

READ the passage. Read it through a few times.

Step Three

LIST the facts … not details, not your thoughts … just the facts. Who is speaking? What is the subject? Where does the scene take place? When did it happen? Who are the characters? What is the author saying? Try not to paraphrase. Use actual words from the passage itself.

Application step for Psalm 62:5-8:

David is the author.

The subject is the character of God.

Wait quietly before God.

Our hope is in God.

God is our rock. Our salvation.

Victory and honor come from God.

God is our refuge. Our rock.

Pour out our hearts to God.

***This is an example. Your list may not look like mine, and that’s okay.

Step Four

ASK what the verse/passage means. Go back to your facts and look for the spiritual lesson or principle the author conveys through the facts. There may be more than one. It’s more of a general lesson, not necessarily a personal application for you (that comes next). Is there a command to obey? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow or not to follow? What do the facts reveal about God’s people? About God’s character? About the culture? About Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

Application step for Psalm 62:5-8:

We need to be still before God and listen and wait.

We find hope in God’s many magnificent names. Rock. Salvation. Fortress. Refuge.

Because of God’s character, we will not be shaken. He is our safe place and protects us from the enemy.

Victory is found in God and God alone.

God wants us to pray and trust Him with our circumstances … fears, trials, doubts, worries.

***Again, this is my example. You may find other spiritual lessons. I’d love to hear yours in the comments.

Step Five

ASK what the verse/passage mean to you personally. Return to step three, take your statements and turn them into questions. What you hear may be for you or for a friend or family member. Sit with your questions and invite God to speak into your heart what HE has for you?

Application step for Psalm 62:5-8:

Do I take time to be still before God? If not, why not?

Where do I turn when I’m weary, overwhelmed, fearful?

Do I let my circumstances shake me to the core, or do I turn to and trust in God?

Where do I place my hope?

Do I know the names of God and what they mean?

Do I entrust God with my heart and my fears, trials and concerns? If not, to whom do I go and does that work for me?

Step Six

RESPOND to what you hear from God. You may not always have a response. Sometimes God is deepening your walk with Him by teaching you more about His character, His people, His history. There may not be a personal action step. But, oftentimes, God will have a personal response for you. He will invite you to take an action step. To put into practice what you have learned.

Application step for Psalm 62:5-8:

If you don’t hear anything, but you sense God is at work, write a prayer. Below is a combination of ways you can incorporate this passage into a prayer.

Heavenly Father, I know You are speaking to my heart, but I’m not quite clear on what You want me to do. Give me ears to hear and a heart to respond. Help me to be still more. Teach me more of Your names, what they teach me about You, and what they mean for me. I am overwhelmed, Lord, but I don’t want to be. I want to trust You more. Teach me how to do that. Direct my steps. My circumstances have me on unsteady ground. I’m afraid of the future. Lord, come to me. Settle me. Set my feet upon YOU, MY ROCK and my FORTRESS. Protect me from my enemy.”

And, if you hear God speaking directly into your circumstances, record the verse, date it and journal what you hear. Ask God to give you the courage to take the steps He is asking you to take or to have the faith to believe what He has told you.

Sweet friend, I pray this has been helpful.

GIVEAWAY – now closed – congrats Katria!

Since we studied several of God’s names today, I thought it would be fun to give away a copy of “I Know His Name,” my Bible study book that studies the names of God. Please leave a comment and share your thoughts on what you learned today. We’ll choose one winner from the comments (U.S. addresses only please).

And, if you have other ways to study God’s Word, please share. We would love to hear your thoughts!

If you are reading this in email, click here to comment on the blog.

P.S. Last week’s winner of the Enough bracelet from Sharon Jaynes is Joyce S.

Blessings to you,

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August 23, 2017

Win a Call from Me to Your Bible Study Group!

Exciting News!

Christianbook.com (CBD), a leading retailer of Christian products, is holding a drawing, and your small group could win a phone call from me. I encourage you to enter. I LOVE to connect with women who devote their time to reading and studying God’s Word. And since you’re here, I know that’s you! On the call, I’d love to answer your Bible study questions, share about my Bible studies, and pray for your group!

Enter here through September 6, 2017. No purchase necessary to enter. One entry per person. U.S. Residents only. One winner will be chosen at random by CBD on September 7, 2017 and contacted through email.

If you’re looking for a Bible study for your fall session, I hope you’ll consider I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God. I wrote this study for any woman who wants to move beyond simply knowing about God to really knowing God in a very personal way. You’ll learn how the very names of God reveal His character and heart. You can download a free sample of I Know His Name here.

Plus my newest study, I Am Loved: Walking in the Fullness of God’s Love, is available for preorder and releases in December. I wrote this Bible study on 1 John for every woman who craves to truly understand, walk confidently in, and live out God’s unconditional, extravagant, lavish love.

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

Each of my Bible studies include biblical and historical background insights, personal stories, practical application questions, and a prayer and memory verse for each chapter. A five-session DVD is also available providing additional teaching for viewing after completing each chapter to enhance your Bible study. The Bible study book can be studied with or without the DVD.

If you’re entering the contest, please leave a comment and let me know where you’re from and about your group!

Blessings,