Speaking and Singing


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Wendy is available to sing and speak to your group or church on the following inspirational, hope-centered topics. Wendy can also speak on other topics upon request.

 

 Are you willing to hear the voice of God in your life?

So this is what it’s like? I thought. I don’t even feel sick. Wanting desperately to have hope but feeling utterly hopeless, I started to cry. My heart wasn’t open to anything. “Wendy, you will be healed.” It was a voice, distinct, audible if only to my breaking spirit, but heard nonetheless. What? Besides cancer, am I now having dementia, too? I sat there, mentally taking it in.

At 17 years of age and just diagnosed with cancer, I wasn’t expecting to hear the voice of God, much less His promise that I would be healed. I am convinced this is the way the Lord speaks to us. He comes to us at times when we least expect it. I’ve had three different occasions in my life when I heard the “audible” voice of God – and each time was completely unexpected but much welcomed.

Wouldn’t you love to have a relationship with Christ where talking with Him and possibly hearing His voice is a natural experience and one you desire each day? I will encourage you to get to that place through biblical tools that will empower you to walk alongside your Lord and visit with Him like a best friend.

 

 Trial = Triumph

“Would you please remove your hat, Wendy?” I couldn’t believe my ears, and my legs turned to spaghetti. I barely felt it as I removed my hat and he covered my gorgeous bald head with that sparkling crown. The lights lifted, and my parents later said my eyes got as big as golf balls and my mouth dropped open like a drawbridge. Perhaps I was simply inviting people into the castle of the Snow Daze Queen! Whatever my reaction, it took me a few more seconds before I discerned that everyone in the gymnasium had rose to their feet, applauding for me. Thank you, Lord, I silently praised, for allowing this dream to come true!

I had just endured five months of three rounds of chemotherapy, four days of full body radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. Never in a million years did I ever think I would be crowned Snow Daze Queen at my high school, but I was. The Lord gave me a triumphant spirit to fight my battle – and a triumphant reward afterward.

What are you battling in your life right now? Is it hard for you to even get out of bed? Guess what? The Lord is standing there with His hand stretched out to get you up, dress you in His spiritual armor, and help you fight your struggles. Let’s go “shopping” at God’s boutique and find out about the armor He gives us. When we are done, you will leave “dressed” in His fashion so others will ask you where you got your attire!

 

 How do you put H-O-P-E in your life?

Wherever you are in your life right now, grow in your hope in the Lord, grab your fork, and be confident in these words from theologian, author and professor J.I. Packer: “Optimism is a wish without warrant; Christian hope is a certainty, guaranteed by God Himself. Optimism reflects ignorance as to whether good things will ever actually come. Christian hope expresses knowledge that every day of his life, and every moment beyond it, the believer can say with truth, on the basis of God’s own commitment, that the best is yet to come.”

I am passionate about hope! Without hope, what’s the point? Isn’t our faith all about the hope of Christ and our eternal destiny to spend eternity with Him? I will give you four words from the word H-O-P-E that will give you encouragement, strength and joy. It’s my desire that you will be uplifted and refreshed in your spirit. Let’s take this journey of finding H-O-P-E together!

 

 Open Adoption: growing your family within a family

A friend sent me a poem that paints a wonderful picture of what adoption is all about:

Legacy Of An Adopted Child Author unknown

Once there were two women who never knew each other. One you do not remember. The other you call mother. Two different lives, shaped to make yours one. One became your guiding star. The other became your sun. The first gave you life and the second taught you to live it. The first gave you a need for love and the second was there to give it. One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name. One gave you a seed of talent the other gave you an aim. One gave you emotions, the other calmed your tears. One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears. One gave you up—it was all that she could do. The other prayed for a child and God led her straight to you. And now you ask me through your tears, the age-old question through the years: Heredity or environment, which are you a product of? Neither, my darling, neither; just two different kinds of love.

Both of my children are adopted and my husband and I have open relationships with both birth moms – and I can honestly tell you, I wouldn’t have it any other way! We have been open about their adoptions since the day they were born, and we have kept their birth moms as active in their lives as possible. It has been a blessing to add two more families to our family, and we love them just as much.

Maybe open adoption seems intimidating, but I have learned that it’s really about the mental and spiritual well-being of your child, and prevents a lot of issues and questions they develop and grow. I will share my family’s story with you and walk you through our journey so that you can have hope as you consider or continue the process of adoption. God has a plan for you! (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 Take solace in being a daughter of the king!

“I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)

This verse doesn’t say there might be a chance we can be His daughters. It says we will be His daughters. Every woman on this Earth is a daughter whether they have a daughter or are a daughter themselves. We can all relate to the desires that a mother has for her child, and I will help you focus on that hope.

I will give you some snapshots from my journey, not to focus on my story but to encourage you in your position as a daughter of the Most High King, the Lord God Almighty (Jehovah). I will give you an inspirational word for each letter in the word H-O-P-E so that every time you see it, you will remember your crown of hope as a daughter of the king. We will conclude by looking at the birth of that king over 2,000 years ago, and how it is still relevant to us today as His daughters.

 

 My Climb / Your Climb

“I encourage you to get by yourself and look down at the ladder of your life – as of today. Do you see Christ anywhere on that ladder? Was He on one rung, two, three, all the way, or not at all? I would venture to guess your ladder is broken in places, but what did you do in those places of brokenness?”

Two nights after brain surgery, the Lord spoke to me and told me to write a book. Hence, “My Climb” was born. I used the broken ladder as an icon for my life. I love this idea that while life isn’t perfect, it continues to move upward as we get closer to the time when we spend eternity with our Heavenly Father. We will take some time to look at your life; where you came from, where you are today, and where you want to see yourself in the future. The Lord has a wonderful plan for you; you just need to be open to where that may take you. What is your story? What direction are you headed on your ladder?