Wendy Pope on why "Yes, No and Maybe" is key for today's woman
As women, family, home, work, and church make our lives very full, don’t they? And even when that full life is good, sometimes it feels like we’re still missing something, that there could be more.
With over 20,000 followers on social media, popular author and speaker Wendy Pope knows all about a life full of demands. Yet she still manages to seem as though she is speaking directly and personally to each woman who hears her speak or reads her books, Bible studies, and devotionals. A speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, Wendy also contributes to the P31 online devotional, Encouragement for Today, which reaches over 1 million readers each day, and she teaches thousands of women worldwide online through her Read Through the Word study of The One Year Chronological Bible.
Her newest book - Yes, No, and Maybe - shares how women can find the God of “immeasurably more” at the intersection of the Bible and their obedience to it. As a Bible study teacher, Wendy will walks women through her own journey and the power that she found through truly studying the Bible. She teaches readers how to say “yes” to God and “no” to self and to embrace the freedom of “maybe” that comes as a result of honing and filtering the commitments and priorities of life.
Recently, Hope for Women got to chat with Wendy about Yes, No and Maybe and why those three words are so key for today’s woman.
Q: Just for fun - What is the last thing that you said yes, no, and maybe to?
a) said yes to? My husband, helping him with something for work
b) said no to? To television… I turned off the politics because it was stealing my joy
c) said maybe to? A writing opportunity for P31
Q: As a well-known speaker, you travel around the country with Proverbs 31 Ministries. In recent memory, have you found yourself in a particularly funny – or maybe meaningful – situation while traveling/speaking?
WENDY: The most meaningful moment in my recent travel was on a return trip from Colorado Springs. My plane was delayed and I was very disappointed that I was going to have to sit in the airport all day. I decided to head to my gate to eat my breakfast then read. I noticed there was a flight to Charlotte leaving in the next 15 minutes. I approached the counter to see about empty seats. There was not only a seat available, in the area of the plane I like to sit, but the flight was to land in Charlotte at 3:20. Get it? YNM is based on Ephesians 3:20 and the Immeasurably more God. I had been [at a] marketing meeting about YNM and I was going to arrive home on an earlier flight at 3:20. You can’t make this stuff up. #the320life
Q: You love walking with women through the Word of God. What are some practical ways women can set aside time for Bible study in this hectic always-on-the-move culture?
WENDY: When I was a young mom, reading through the Bible for the first time, I would intentionally get to car line to pick up my children 30 minutes early so I could read. Also, I am not a morning person but I learned to trust God with an early morning quiet time. I set my alarm everyday. I found it was best for me to meet with Jesus before I met with my people. I’ve been meeting with the Lord between 5:30-6:00 for almost 20 years now. It’s the ONLY way to start my day.
Q: What can readers expect from your new book, Yes, No & Maybe? What is your favorite aspect of the book?
WENDY: Readers can expect to be challenged to grow deeper in their relationship with God while experiencing His love and grace as the Holy Spirit gently introduces them to new truths that have the potential to change their lives, making it better than they every thought possible. My favorite part of the book is the section Maybe Welcomes Freedom. It’s where I’m living now, and where God wants all His children to live…free.
Q: Why are these three words – Yes, No, and Maybe – key in revitalizing our relationship with Jesus?
WENDY: Yes cultivates a trust relationship with God. When we learn to trust God, and He knows He can trust us to obey, we become a willing participant in the Spirit’s work in our lives. No will invite revelation from God into parts of our lives that aren’t aligned with His character. Oh, and then there’s Maybe. Maybe welcomes freedom through God. The freedom for radical living, lavish loving, and generous giving. Freedom to consider service opportunities and the confidence to know when to accept and when to decline.
Q: Where have you found hope lately?
WENDY: Oh, that’s easy, my hope is found in His Word, the active work of His Spirit in and around my life.
Thank you, Wendy, for such great insight!
You can grab Yes, No and Maybe HERE.