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Thursday, September 25

For Proverbs 31 Ministries

I woke up at 4:30 this morning to the sound of rushing wind. I thought it might be storming so I got up and looked out the window. I often have to do this if I hear something outside because Art has that sound machine… I may have mentioned it before. Ahem.

It tricks me into thinking it is raining every night. I love my husband dearly but I will state publicly that I am not crazy about that sound machine. Love is patient… love is kind…

Anyhow, when I looked out the window, I was amazed at how the wind can make trees bend and sway. The wind. These are huge trees. If I walked up to one of those trees and with all my might tried to make it bend and sway I could not. But this rush of wind could.

It almost looked as if they were bowing down in worship. So, this beautiful picture formed in my mind of God walking amongst nature and His creation not being able to resist bowing and worshipping Him.

God is mighty. God is all caring. God is worthy of praise. God is loving. God is able. God is in control. Nothing takes God by surprise.

I was glad to have these solid truths as the foundation within my soul. After watching President Bush address the financial crisis our country is in, my sleep was restless. But something about seeing those trees brought such peace to my heart.

I know beyond a shadow of doubt that no matter what, God is with me. And the security that brings me is indescribable.

But many, many people do not have this peace. Lately, at Proverbs 31 Ministries we have been getting call after call from women in desperate situations. Just yesterday morning we received a message from a woman sobbing. She had planned to take her life but then somehow read a devotion that we’d sent out. Through that devotion she paused just long enough for God to reach her and stop her.

She was sobbing so uncontrollably that my staff couldn’t help but cry as they listened to the message. She was a woman saved in more ways than one.

We also received an e-mail from a lady in Pakistan who has secretly become a Christian and considers our website a life line of hope.

The stories of lives touched, hearts healed, and families restored take my breath away. God is moving.

But the reality of this economy has made things tough for us as a ministry. Needs are way up. Financial provision is down.

Right now we are running our on-line giving campaign at Proverbs 31. Would you consider doing three things:

1. If your life has been touched by this ministry some how, would you consider leaving a comment below today. Even if you want to leave it anonymously, that would be fine. I want to use some of these testimonials in a letter to our regular givers at the end of the year.

2. If you can give, will you? Even if it is just $5, $10, or whatever you can… it all makes a difference. You can read more about our needs by clicking here. You can link directly to our giving page by clicking here.

3. Will you pray for us? I believe in the power of prayer.

Thank you so very much.

Discussion

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    P31 is a really awesome testimony for me. I have been going through a lot this year and the P31 Devotions have really encourage me to keep going! I love getting the devotions in my email. It is something for me to look forward to when I am not able to read it right away. I have often said(and written in my journal) that if it weren’t for God and music/singing that I probably would have killed myself… God has really helped me through a lot and He has brought people into my life to use them. Thank you Proverbs 31 Ministries for your devotions!! Lots of love!!!

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    Good morning Lysa,
    I love the tree analogy. It reminded me as well that God is in control of my circumstances, even when it doesn’t always seem that way.

    The ministry of P31 has been a tremendous influence in my life. Reading your books years ago caused a stirring in my heart for a deeper walk with the Lord and a desire to be a Proverbs 31 woman myself. Thank you for the ministry that your team provides for so many. It is an encouragement as well as blessing!

    I pray that finances will pour in to cover all the needs the ministry has.

    Blessings,
    Jodie

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    I look forward to this every morning, kind of like coffee with a friend. It seems that I am in a “lonely” time in my life and it is good to know that I may be lonely, but I am not alone. I love the laughter, the honesty, the realness of the posts… it makes me get real with myself… and I thank you for that.

    Blessings to you always.

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    Lysa, you have been such an encouragement to me. I will do all three today. God bless you.

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    I came across Proverbs 31 about six months ago, and now I can’t start my day without it! What a blessing! The devotions are wonderful, providing affirmation of the blessings we receive in Christ, a refreshing view of Scripture, encouragement for difficult times, and motivation to grow deeper in faith, prayer life and Bible study. I often forward the devotions to my husband, saying “You’ve got to read this” or “Isn’t this great?” And the blogs are just plain fun – but fun centered on fulfilling our calling as women of God, with families, responsibilities, gifts, challenges, needs, etc. God is working mightily through the ministry of Proverbs 31 – I praise Him for that and pray that He will continue to use His faithful servants to His glory!

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    Lysa, we moved overseas to where less than 1 out of 10 people attend church. A friend mentioned your ministry to me and it is something that blesses me every day. THANK YOU for honest and intimate posts about your relationship with God. It is something tangible I can hold on to while we are so isolated from other Christians.

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    Your honest and transparency has helped me remain true to my committment to God. In a church and a city where there is compromise upon compromise, this ministry and especially the website and blogs have blessed my life more than you. You have become my best friends even though you don’t know me. You’ve stood along side me when you didn’t know that you were. That’s what you are doing with the website and the blogs. You are being a Barnabas to the rest of us. Grabbing hold of us and saying “You can do it through Christ”. Thanks so much!

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    Just a reminder for everyone to go a see FIREPROOF this weekend. As the movie states never leave your partner behind

    Let’s not leave our spiritual partner behind either.

    I have been touched by Proverbs 31 Ministries in just the last two days when I stumbled across your website, I felt the desire to support the ministry yesterday and will gladly support them again when I have a closing as I’m a Realtor in the FL Market, and I will pray for Proverbs 31 Ministry.

    The Tide Always Comes In!

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    My husband is without a job right now. We know it is only temporary and something is already lining up but this month, even with me taking on a second job, we will not be able to make ends meet as we should. But it is temporary. I have great peace about it. A lady in our church is about to lose her house and car as the husband who has left is not helping her and her son. There is a serious finiacial crisis. But God is present. When I read your e-mail yesterday my first thought was I cannot give but God told me heart differently. So I will, as little as it is but I know it will go further than if I used it myself. Your ministry is a blessing and I am praying you have the same kind of peace I have in my current situation.
    Blessings!

    In His Graces~Pamela

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    Proverbs 31 ministries has enabled me to become closer to a Proverbs 31 woman and define what that means for MY life .. not perfect, but better. You all have also made me “think outside the box” and not be so fearful to step up and step out.

    I WILL pray for the ministry, tyhe staff and the giving levels and will put a link on my blog today.

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    Thank you for your ministry. God uses you and your team to speak to me – more so than you can imagine – especially since “My Secret.”

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    I stumbled across your ministry about 6 months ago at a very low point in my life. My 17 year old son had overdosed and I felt so helpless and alone. I felt like I was not meeting anyone’s needs. I was empty. The words of encouragement made me stop and think more about God and his love for me. I also felt like I had a friend in Lysa and she made me laugh when I needed to laugh and cry when I needed to cry. I am sure that it was truely a God Thing that led me to Proverbs 31 and Lysa’s daily blog.
    Thanks to everyone in the minstry.

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    Count on it, Lysa, all of it. I wanted to tell you that last night, for the first time ever, I heard you speak on AFR doing like a one minute devotion. It was awesome to put a voice with a face and reading your blog. Your devotion was encouraging also, to rejoice with others and not let envy creep in, in a nutshell. You, Renee, Marybeth, and all the other ladies have a special place in my heart because I am always encouraged by the words you speak. They all lead back to God and the relevance in daily life is awesome! I visited the website and was my heart sang when I saw I could make an online donation. I can’t promise much but I can promise that after payday, I’ll send what I can (what Steve says we can, LOL!). And you always have my prayers. This is an awesome ministry and I’m so glad to hear that the woman was saved in more ways than one and really encouraged by the woman in Pakistan. I cannot imagine having to hide my belief in Christ! God is just so far reaching through your ministry. It’s no wonder even nature bows to worship and praise Him!

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    Lysa, I could never express what P31 has meant to me. The ministry and all of you gals mean so much to me. As my husband and I sat down last night to discuss partnering with you financially, I was struggling to hold back tears. My life has been changed by God through your ministry, but also even more impacting has been the friendship and love you have all showered on me. You have no idea the effect that has had on my life. When I’ve struggled so long with feelings of insecurity – to have all of you reach out to me in such meaningful ways and shower me with God’s love – I have met Him in a more intimate way and my love for God has increased as I’ve watched it demonstrated and lived out through all of you.

    I pray for P31 and you girls by name. I wish I could adequately express how God has used you in my life. You aren’t a detached, “out there” ministry – you are hands-on….His Hands…bringing hope, life and love. Thank you for the many times I’ve been the ‘one’.

    I wish there was room here to share the amazing story of how God clearly spoke to us to partner with you now ( ask Holly, she knows the whole story), but I have already sent a message to sign up. I wish we could give even more, but I pray that as I read this morning in Luke 9, that God will multiply “only five loaves and two fishes”. I can’t let what I would see as a ‘small offering’ blind me to God’s power. Little becomes much in the Master’s Hands. As Beth Moore says, “no matter what your ‘only’ is, when you bring all of your ‘only’ to Jesus, it’s huge!” Praying God will multiply the givings beyond your wildest imagination.

    Love to you today my friend.
    Hugs,
    Joy

    PS. Moment ago I just received a phone call “out of the blue” offerring me a part-time job, two days a week, 9-6 at a Christian Bookstore. Mmm…interesting. Is this God providing for us because of our willingness to give? I mean…I JUST sent that message minutes ago registering to become Monthly Partners. Seeking His continued direction.

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    Praying faithfully in the Triad…what a powerful testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness. And to think that is began through one ‘ordinary’ woman’s dream to reach the world for her beloved Saviour. Extraordinary!

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    Lysa, I so enjoy your beautiful website. It is a bright spot on a very often dark internet. It is a joining force of people of like-minded faith, which is encouraging to know that we are not alone – a common tactic of the enemy. Keep up the great work!

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    Lysa,

    P31 has been an answer to my prayers. Thank you for all the work you ladies do! It’s amazing and uplifting and I truly appreciate you sharing your stories. I want to be able to share the love of God with people and sometimes feel like I don’t have the right words. All the devotions help me find inspiration, teaching moments, and scripture verses to share with others. My own faith journey has been blessed as well. God is truly amazing and knows what we need, just when we need it!

    May your work and lives continue to be Blessed.

    Jodi

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    I’m praying for you Prov31 ladies. Your ministry is amazing and is being very instrumental all over.
    Thank you for serving and for following in obedience to our Lord Jesus!

    BLESSINGS TO YOU!

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    Aloha Lysa,
    Your ministry has helped me cope with my move to Hawaii. I didn’t want to move to paradise. My husband is in the Navy and returned to sea duty. My family is on othe East Coast. I have never been that far from family. It is still very hard, but there was an article in P31 magazine that spoke to me. It was written by you, and God spoke thru it, and I knew everything was going to be alright. It’s still hard living here, but I don’t feel alone. The devotions help too. I will be donating at the first of next month (Oct.) Thank you for all of your faithfulness to God, because of that you have truly blessed me.

    Bekah

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    Lysa, you are such a blessing to me with your honesty, quips, and humor. I truly look forward each morning to see what you have to say to me.

    THANK YOU for your time spent with us each morning!

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    Thank you for everything you do, Lysa. I have been truly blessed by you and Proverbs 31 Ministries.

    Blessings,

    Michelle in CA

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    Several months ago, I was at a point in my life that I wanted nothing more than to leave my husband and take my four children and try to start over. I turned it over to God, never having fully trusted him, but I turned it over to him, and felt peace that truly passes understanding.

    I remembered Proverbs 31 Ministry’s radio blurbs I used to listen to on AFR, so I went to the website. I was desperate–I couldn’t tell anyone of what I was going through. But there it was–the “Send Prayer Request” button! I poured my heart out, clicked that button, and I know without a doubt that I was prayed for that day! I also signed up for the Encouragement for Today email. For the first two weeks, almost every message was about how I AM worthy of God’s love, that he has a plan for me, and that I need to keep trusting that his way is the best way.

    I am indebted to Proverbs 31 Ministries. I wish I was in a financial position to give, but I can’t. I don’t even know where the rent that’s due next week is coming from. But I know God will provide for me, and he will provide for this blessed ministry that I am so thankful for.

    I love you, sisters!

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    The past 5 years I have been in a state of depression and anger. I did a Google search to help find a way to release myself from the pain and God lead me to you. I read a devotion that was on the Proverbs31 website. After reading it I had such a sense of peace. Although I still struggle with the bad days, overall my outlook has improved. I am still amazed that my web search ended up here. Since then I have tried it again, and P31 never shows up. So, yes, I believe our Lord lead me to this website so I could begin to heal.
    Thank you for being the Lord’s instrument. May God bless you all and your work for Him in abundance.

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    Lysa, I came across one of your books at a time in my life I was crying out to God to help my marriage. That was 3 years ago. Reading that book caused a stiring in my heart to draw a closer realtionship with him. I never realized that my realtionship with him was on a personal level. I always thought it was the amount you knew. Your books have drawn my realtionship stronger to our Lord. Your words helped me understand that I needed to pray for my husband.

    I receive the P31 daily devotional. As the above lady mentioned it is my coffee with a close friend. I print some out and make a folder of the ones that I pray over. The daily devotion is a good way for my day to begin at work. There are many times I will go back and read them if I find my day is going off track. Your ministry has touched my heart in many ways and in many words that I cannot express. You have brought me closer to God and I “thank you” for that.

    I will pray for your ministry to be blessed with an offering that will continiue to bless hurting women and women who do not know our Father in Heaven. I will pray that your team will continue to touch the lives of many that need your prayers, words of and encouragement and wisdom.
    God Bless your team and your family,
    Heather McDonald
    Ft Worth TX

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    Lysa,
    I have been struggling with depression for years. Just this year, one of my friends started forwarding me the P31 devotionals. After a bit, I told her to stop sending them… because I had signed up and was getting them myself.
    That led me to your blog, where within about a week of my reading your blog, you wrote about God using your experience of abortion, your testimony, your full testimony to help others in the same place.
    I sobbed as I read it. Not because I have gone there, but because I have gone other places. Been abused, raped, molested, and rejected by so many people who were important to me in my life. I had been hiding it for so long, and it was leading me down a very bad path… depression, turning to suicidal thoughts, to being hospitalized for depression and suicide.

    I have help now, medication and an incredible Christian counselor… and I did at the time I was reading your post. But I was still hiding, and still believing that God could never use that part of my life. There was no way that He could ever use the pain and hurt for good. There was nothing good there. But, it prompted me to write my friend who first turned me on to the devotionals. I sent her the link to your specific post. She called me and we set up a date to get together one evening that week. For the first time, we spent not only some just good “friend” time, but shared our whole testimonies with each other.

    We were able to share everything about ourselves with each other. For both of us it was such a freeing thing, to know that there was someone who knew everything and didn’t reject us, but loved us and stayed by us… not because they were paid to (like a counselor) but because they really loved us… It’s made a world of difference in our friendship, and a world of difference in each of our lives. It’s helped us to support each other in times of need. And it’s helped us to reach out to other people as well… to minister to others, even when we are scared about it.
    Sharing my testimony with my friend got me to the point of being real on my blog, sharing where I really am at. It got me to the point of being really honest with my counselor. It has gotten me to the point where I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Not that I might never be depressed again… I don’t think I will ever be there, but that I can handle it, in God’s strength, and I don’t have to be afraid of it, or who I am, or of my past. God is in control of it all, and He will use it for His glory… the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    I would have never gotten to this point without the devotionals, and without coming to the P31 website, and reading your blog.
    Thank you so much for your ministry, for your heart for women in all walks of life. I am still struggling, still hurting, still falling flat on my face some days, not recognizing God’s hand at work… but I am still clinging to Him… still getting your devotionals and reading them and praying through them every morning. And God always speaks to me through them, and the scriptures and questions. He is an incredible God, and He has used your ministry in an incredible way in my life.
    I am praying for you all,
    God bless,
    Heather

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    God has abundantly used P31 to touch my life and deepen my walk with Him. The devotionals are great but I love even more getting to know the women behind them through their blogs and even meeting them at She Speaks.

    I went to She Speaks two years ago. I was an absolute mess. I cried through my book appointment with MaryBeth. Seriously, I did. Lysa must have heard all about it. She got word to me that she wanted me to go to the prayer room.

    I tried. I would wander past, go in, and leave right away. Finally, I stayed and Luann prayed for me. She Speaks was the start of healing and change in my life.

    I struggle with depression. I’m 39 and the first time I remember wanting to die, I was 10. P31 loved on me so much during that conference that something shifted inside of me. I went 18 months without a depressive episode. (Yes, I was still taking meds and going to counseling, but . . . .)

    This year I went to She Speaks again. I have never been so encouraged. I have always seen myself as the little girl with her nose in a book because she didn’t have any friends. I felt like a nobody.

    At She Speaks I was so warmly welcomed. Lysa even took time to tell me how different I was and that my blog title “God’s Work In Progress” was so evidently true in my life.

    This year I was in the middle of things. No standing and holding up walls. I felt loved on even more than before. I always told God that no one sees me. I was seen. Over and over God used P31 to affirm that He sees me and other people see me. Not only that, but He and others love me.

    I came home and within a week I had to make some medication changes. That has thrown me for a loop this summer. But P31 has consistently been praying for me. That means the world to me.

    I want to give but I can’t give much. Still, my little with your little might add up to a lot. God, please rain down pennies from heaven on these women because you know that they have hearts for you and the women they help.

    Amy Brooke

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    Proverbs 31 Ministries touched me and helped in my everyday walk with God. The stories and devotionals are so real, what everyday people go through and deal with and it offers help. I can easily relate with these women and get encouraged through their writings. God has spoken to me so many times through these woman and I have found so many life’s answers here. God bless you’ll and the ministry.

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    I missed this post yesterday, but I do enjoy the blogs, I’m behind on the devotions, but have them archived.
    Its quite interesting, your post that is, as you mentioned the sway of the trees and them bowing and worshiping God…I say this cause my 4 year old daughter and I are taking cover in a closet RIGHT NOW for the possibility of a tornado. I think its missing us, but its a scary feeling and it goes to show GOD is the only one in control.

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    Before getting introduced to P31 I never received a daily devotional in my email box. I never attended a writer/speakers conference until this summer. I never looked at blogging as a ministry. Not until now. I enjoy receiving the magazine, devotionals and getting to know what I’m supporting via blogs. The women that God has chosen to speak for P31 are reachable, real and refreshing. They all have blogs and let you get to know the heart behind the face. It’s a good thing to be a part of this ministry and will be one that will always get my support financially and prayerfully. It’s definitely a God-focused ministry that is so encouraging. Thanks for blessing me.

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    Some many mornings God has used Proverbs 31 devotionals to meet me just where I am and minister to my needs for that day or week. I am so thankful for the fellowship and encouragement of this ministry.