Archives for January 2008

Jan 30

God’s Voice

Just today, I added a new link to the side of my blog. Maybe you’ve noticed it. It’s called “Got Jesus?” As I was typing the description under the title, I went deep into thought (not something I do very often!). I typed, “Knowing God’s peace, perspective, and purpose begins with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” That’s true. I know it for a fact. There is no peace without Jesus. And with my perspective, which is often skewed, I often get a false message because my perspective can be wrong (oh my gosh, did I just say that…I hope my children aren’t reading this!). I’ve also learned over the years that God’s purpose for me is much higher than my own. God is able to do far more through me than I could ever ever do. Yet, I still try to do so much on my own. That includes listening to the wrong voice.

Last weekend at the Southbrook Women’s Retreat I read an excerpt from the book Becoming A Woman Who Listens to God by Sharon Jaynes. Here it is:

My voice says quit.
God’s voice says be committed. Matthew 5:37

My voice calls for instant gratification.
God’s voice says to exercise self-control. Galatians 5:23

My voice says look out for myself because no one else will.
God’s voice says love others more than myself and think of their interests above my own. Philippians 2:3-4

My voice says get even.
God’s voice says forgive. Matthew 18:21

My voice says get my own way.
God’s voice says be a peacemaker. Romans 12:18

My voice says glorify me.
God’s voice says glorify Jesus Christ. John 17:5

My voice calls for pride.
God’s voice calls for humility. Philippians 2:3

My voice says look good on the outside and no one will notice the ugliness on the inside.
God’s voice says be pure on the inside and the outside won’t even matter. Proverbs 31:30

My friends, do you know the only way to tell the difference between your voice and God’s? It’s by developing a personal, ongoing, and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and knowing the TRUTH of His Word. And it really is simple.

If you don’t know Jesus, click the “Got Jesus” link on the side. And if you do but you’re struggling with hearing God’s voice, create some quiet time and just look up a few of the verses listed above. God’s voice is the only one that matters. He loves you so much and would love to spend some time with you now.

Have a wonderful day!


Jan 29

Southbrook Women’s Retreat

In one word…Fun!!!! Oh my, what a wonderful weekend I had!!!! I had the pleasure of speaking this weekend in Black Mountain, NC at the Southbrook Women’s Retreat. Southbrook is a wonderful church located in Weddington, NC (I think…or Waxhaw:)…anyway, what a great group of women. There was plenty of laughter and lots of love among us. It was a time to retreat from the busyness of the real world and take time to soak in the fuel that fills us up….God and girlfriends! And we truly got a lot of both!

Southbrook ladies, if you are reading this, I hope you’ll post a thought or story about how this weekend filled you up. Or what you took away from the weekend. Or how God touched your life this weekend. Or how a friend impacted you. Anything really.
I can tell you that I was blessed big time! I felt so welcome and comfortable, like I could tell y’all anything (“rah rah”)…..seriously though, we equipped ourselves to chase away the “pirate” (Harella….little pig little pig….just kidding sweet Harella!) and most importantly, we gave up our insecurities and the lies of our minds to make way for the Truth. Ladies, don’t let that pirate come back….hold tight to what you know and believe it. Arm yourselves with the Truth…your Treasure Chest (God’s Word) and live your life to the full! Like Jesus said:)
This was the first speaking event that I brought someone with me. My super sweet friend, Amy Woods, came with me. We had such a great time together. From shouting rude comments out in the hallway to loudmouths and then eating dark meat KFC on the way home….we had a blast. Plus, Amy was such a huge help to me. She worked the book table and helped to keep me calm. She prayed for me before my first session and was instrumental in keeping me grounded and focused all weekend long. Amy, I just love you to pieces. Thank you so much for coming with me and for all of your help. You are a wonderful friend!Oh how I wish women everywhere had the opportunity to attend a retreat like this one. I hope the pictures posted above can give you a little glimpse into the true beauty of this event. I will never forget the stories, faces, and testimonies of the ladies from Southbrook. I will be praying over your “hearts”. Please remember how much you are loved and that there is absolutely “no condemnation in Christ Jesus”……Bless Your Heart…..You Are Beautiful….Beware of Pirates…..You Are a Princess….and you have touched my life! Thank you my friends:) Please keep in touch. Much Love,Melissa ***I started a new blog… It is for those of us struggling with weight and self image. Please check it out and participate if you’d like encouragement on living life to the full!

Jan 24

Rice and Beans Night

Yes that’s right. It was “rice and beans night” last night. In case you didn’t read my last post, once a month we have rice and beans. On that night we write letters and draw pictures for our sponsored Compassion child, Maria. If you haven’t read about her, please read the previous post, she’s a doll.

Honestly, my family does not like rice and beans. Well, I take that back. My husband and I like rice and beans. Hayley Grace likes rice. Dylan likes the taste of it all, but hates the texture. Hayden and Blake hate it all. We have rice and beans to remind us that for some, this is just about all they have. Even though rice and beans is not very popular around here, you don’t hear anyone complaining. They know if they do, “Mom will go on one of her ‘well now maybe you can imagine how Maria and the children in Ecuador must feel each day’ tirades.” It’s one meal I fix that there is just about as many leftovers as we had to begin with. I wish I could send the leftovers to someone who would appreciate them.

Even though the food isn’t a big hit, this ritual we have is quite meaningful. We not only talk about the needs of Maria and her family, but we also talk about how blessed we are and how much we have. We talk about the prayer requests that Maria has. You see, not only do we write to Maria, but she writes to us too. We pray for her as a family. The kids all pitch in from their allowances and we send the letters and $32 a month to Ecuador. It is such a blessing.

Well, as you can see from the pictures, we have quite a lot of leftovers from our rice and beans dinner, so if you are hungry, come on over! I’ll serve ya a heapin’ helpin’ of R and B! They are quite tasty!