Past into Purpose Series, Post #10: This series is intended to introduce you to the women on the Your Life Still Counts Contributor Team whose inspiring stories of pain into purpose were selected for inclusion in the book. To read the full inspiring story of each contributor, click here to purchase your copy of Your Life Still Counts and be inspired to allow God to turn your past into your purpose too.
Please meet Wendy Blight
Wendy Blight lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the author of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, and Living So That: Making Faith Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life. She is a Bible study teacher and often writes her own Bible study curriculum. She is a speaker and writer with Proverbs 31 Ministries and travels the country bringing the message of hope and healing God brought to her. Visit Wendy at www.wendyblight.com.
My Interview With Wendy
You and I have served in ministry together at Proverbs 31 for many years, and I’m so appreciative of your willingness to share your story with me. But what specifically made you want to contribute your story to Your Life Still Counts?
Wendy: I was excited to be included in a book that would encourage and equip women who feel helpless and hopeless because of something that has happened in their past. I love your message that when surrendered to God, our tragic past becomes a beautiful stepping stone to a powerful testimony.
Thank you friend. So how has God opened doors for you to do ministry or touch other’s hearts since you stepped out in obedience to share your story – not just in Your Life Still Counts, but in your own books and at speaking events?
Wendy: Twenty-nine years ago I spoke three words I thought I would never utter – “I was raped.” Raped by an armed, masked man hiding in my apartment just days after my college graduation. It left me devastated, locked in a prison of fear for over a decade. Once a victim defined by a wounded and scarred soul, I am now a product of God’s transforming grace, a testimony to the power of His Word. Over time, God gave me the courage to step out in faith and share this hard place in my life. And when I did, He used that courage and faith to birth a ministry that has changed my life forever. I left the practice of law to become a Bible teacher, speaker and now author. I LOVE this calling and want to spend the rest of my life pursuing it! And, I don’t miss the practice of law a bit!!
So many of us sometimes struggle to give up something we thought was our life plan, but then come to realize God’s plans are so much better! Has God blessed you in a special way for your obedience in choosing the journey of ministry?
Wendy: The blessing has been being part of what God is doing in your heart and ministry through your new book!! You are bringing so much hope and healing into the lives of women who feel so hopeless and worthless. Your courage to share such a private, hurting place has encouraged women to come out and share theirs and open their hearts to receive God’s healing through His Word and His Holy Spirit.
Thank you so much Wendy. We both definitely share a passion to help other women find healing and purpose. Love how we are kindred spirits. 🙂 In light of your own passions, have you felt called to do anything new lately, such as a new project or ministry endeavor?
Wendy: I am in the process of completing a Bible study on 1 John, which I cannot wait to teach this spring!! And I have a new book coming out in 2016 entitled Unveiling God: Making Him Real in Your Every Day Life. I am also very passionate about writing and teaching bible studies.
If you had to name one thing that you are most thankful to God for, what would it be?
Wendy: I am most thankful for my precious family, Monty, Lauren and Bo.
Family tops my list too, and you have such a beautiful family Wendy. Last question, what are you most excited about regarding how God has turned your past into your purpose?
Wendy: God took what man meant for evil and transformed it into a beautiful calling that has blessed me beyond measure!!
Wendy’s story of how she overcame the shame, pain and stigma of rape is a true testament to how God can use all things to His glory in ways we would have never thought possible. Her story can be found at the end of Chapter 2, in the Her Story section, of Your Life Still Counts. You can also read her entire journey of faith in her book titled Hidden Joy In A Dark Corner. If you have ever experienced the tragedy of rape, or know someone who has, Wendy’s words can bring hope, peace, and healing. You can also connect with Wendy on her blog, and on Facebook and Twitter.