Archives for November 2009

Nov 30

Return to Worthy ***give away alert :)

I haven’t written in a few days.  It was Thanksgiving.  It was the last weekend of college football.  (AND YES SOUTH CAROLINA BEAT CLEMSON WHOOOO HOOOO!!!! sorry, just sayin.)  My daughter had a friend from out of town spend the weekend with us.  I had tons of laundry to do.  The Cannons stopped by and I didn’t think they’d ever leave! (LOL, Rhyne, Sara Anne, and MC…we LOVE having y’all over and we need to do it way more often!)  I cleaned the Proverbs 31 Office.  Went to church.  I went to 3 different grocery stores (Aldi, Wal Mart, Harris Teeter) to make sure I got the best deals for my family.  And so on.  And so on.  And so on.  As you can see I have lots of excuses for not writing.

But my #1 excuse for not writing…..I got sucked into reading previous comments on my blog and I couldn’t stop.  I read for hours.  During those hours, I got very angry.  I cried.  And I rejoiced.  Two weeks ago, a devotion I wrote , Stained and Ruined, stirred a lot of emotions.  Hundreds of comments flooded my blog.  Hundreds more flooded my email, both at home and at my office.  I received phone calls.  Way too many of us have been affected in some way by sexual abuse.  I am praying about follow up writings here on my blog to that devotion.  Over and over I read stories of women hiding in shame.  Wearing masks so that no one knows.  Struggling with their self worth.  Struggling because no one would believe them or talk about it.  Abuse by family members, even fathers and mothers.  Some still wondering if they could ever truly claim and believe they are free in Christ.  I know some of these feelings far too well.  Freedom in Christ isn’t just granted once, it must be claimed daily.  Sometimes more than that.  An those who aren’t in your position, don’t understand. It’s real easy to say “Get over it” when you’ve never been through it.  I have soooo many things running through my tiny little brain as a result of this devotion.  Not sure how God will help me process it all, but He is working, I know that.  I feel a calling for us all.  I keep hearing the words, Return to Worthy. That’s because from what I read, there are too many of you still not feeling worthy.  But you are.  And I’d like to help you know it!

My other #1 excuse for not writing.  I’ve been entering email addresses into my data base.  After that is done, I will be emailing My Top 10 Ways To Know You Are Worthy. So if you are still waiting on that, just a few more days I think.  I’m entering them in here and there, when I have the time.  I never dreamed there would be this many to send out.  I thank you for patience if you were one of the ones who commented on that blog post and you are still waiting.

On a fun and happy note.  Please visit  my sweet P31 sister, Karen Ehman’s blog over the next 12 days.  She is doing a “12 Days of Christmas” Giveaway.  She’ll be introducing you to 12 different Proverbs 31 Ladies.  Each day the featured guest will be sharing some of her favorite Christmas traditions and giving something special away.  If you like great ideas and free gifts, this is for you!  Hop on over there each day for the next 12 days, leave a comment, and you just might win a prize!  Yours truly will be featured on Wednesday, December 2nd!

So, worthy friends, I’m praying for you.  Thanks for walking this oh so special road called life with me.

Blessings and Love,

Melissa
Nov 25

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

I have been trying to get a new blog post up for the past 2 days!   Each time I start, I get interrupted by life.

Tonight I am so exhausted!  I worked in the Proverbs 31 office until 2:00, then had to pick up kids from their friends’.  After that, I went to the grocery store for a few last minute items for tomorrow’s big meal.  Since being home, I’ve fed my family, set up 2 Christmas villages and 4 Nativity scenes, set the table for 17, and checked on the turkey to make sure it would be thawed by tomorrow.  This working girl is extremely thankful, but also very tired.

Instead of trying to stretch my brain to write an insightful blog post, I decided to feature another blogger.  I think you will not only enjoy his article, but also be inspired and challenged!

So, take care, Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy!  I’m thankful for each of you :)

From BlakeOnline:

We need to put on our “contact lenses” this Thanksgiving to appreciate our blessings, click here to read about it:   BlakeOnline

Love and Blessings,

Melissa
Nov 23

Today

I’ve learned that the most important day of my life is today.

Yesterday is in the past.  I can’t change it, it’s done.  No need to fret about it.  I can just learn from it.

Tomorrow hasn’t happened and I can’t control what may come my way.  There’s no need to fret about it.  Jesus says not to worry, does no good.  So I won’t.

But today.  That’s a different story.  Today I have some control. Today I can still make a difference.  Today I have choices.  I can choose to make a difference.

Today yesterday doesn’t matter.  Today tomorrow doesn’t matter.  One is finished and one hasn’t begun.  Today I have hope.

With all that’s been shared and posted here in the past week, I know for a fact that we need hope.

When my husband and I were having big time marriage problems, I asked him, “Is there any hope for us?”  He replied, “an ounce.”  I rejoiced in that.  And immediately went to the Lord and asked Him to multiply it.  That day, I had hope.  And today, tw0 years later, I can tell you that the Lord did multiply it.  We are still together and rely on God everyday to meet our needs.

Today is an amazing day.  If you are here today, rejoice.  If you are here today, God has a reason and purpose for it.  Today is a great day.

And today, I want to announce the winner of the book I am giving away.  Carol Tan from Singapore is the winner of Wendy Blight’s book, “Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner”.  Congrats Carol!!!!  I pray the Lord will bless you as you read and study Wendy’s story.

I hope you all know how much I care about all of you.  The Top 10 List is coming….to all 2000 of you who have requested it!  And please again I want to let you know, I am reading each and every comment posted.  I wish so badly I could respond to all of you and hug you.  I pray you consider me a friend and will visit my blog often.

Today, be blessed!

Love,

Melissa