Archives for January 2011

Jan 30

Made to Crave~ Week 3

Monday, January 31, 2011***If you are visiting this site because you saw it on the Made to Crave live webcast, welcome! I am so excited to be on Lysa’s live webcast this week! (You can catch the webcast 8 pm Monday and 12 pm, 3 pm, 8 pm, and 10 pm Tuesday on the Made to Crave website.)

Made to Crave is the first of 4 Online Bible Studies I’ll be leading this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Online Bible Studies, click here.

If you’d like to read all the Made to Crave posts so far, look in the right side of this blog.  Just below the Bible Study Sign Up, you will see the word “Categories”. Click the Made to Crave link below that. You can catch up on what we’ve been doing during the Made to Crave Online Bible Study.

Below you can see an example of how the study works online.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back soon! I’d love to have you join me and over 2,500 others as we grow closer to God each day through sharing life and doing Bible Study together!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Well, here we are at the beginning of Week 3 of our Made to Crave study.  I hope that so far you have put a lot more thought and action into your relationship with the Lord. I know I keep saying it, but please don’t lose sight of this one thing: The #1 purpose of this study is to satisfy your deepest desire with God. This study isn’t magical. It’s not a quick fix. It’s not about how much you exercise or lose weight. Just take a quick glance at the chapter titles of this book. Go ahead. Do it now. Don’t you see by the names of the chapters alone that this journey isn’t an easy one. Obedience and discipline take hard work and commitment. I don’t say this to discourage you. I say this to affirm that you will have hard days and even weeks maybe. But in the end you will gain. And this time it won’t be pounds, it will be freedom, victory, courage, and a greater closeness with God. Nothing tastes as good at all that!

My friend Danita shared a song by Mercy Me with me. Read these lyrics:

‘You were made for more than this…

You’re beautiful.

You are treasured.

You are loved.

You are His. ‘

Now listen to the song and watch this video. Prepare to be touched by God.


Visit the Made to Crave website to download and print the Fridge sign for week 3. This week’s word is:

PEACE

What a word. Seems I strive so hard for peace. Doesn’t that seem like a oxymoron? Striving for peace?  Why is it that it’s so hard for us to obtain peace? Here’s what I think. It’s there for us, but we refuse it. We choose chaos over peace. We choose not to trust God with the details of our lives and therefore peace does not reign in us. I can say this, because I’ve been guilty of it many times. Too many times. God doesn’t want us to be in turmoil, no matter what our circumstances.

Philippians 4:6-8 says,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Look what peace does. It guards your heart and mind!!!  Hello? That’s what we need to survive, protection over our hearts and minds. So, ladies, let’s accept the peace we are offered through Christ Jesus,  okay?

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Reading and Homework Assignments for Week 3:

(If you are using the Participant’s guide, that’s great, you will love it. This schedule follows the same as the PG, only you will have a little more work to do. I will not be reviewing or going over the PG on my blog. That is for your own personal study.  Same with the DVD.)

Sunday-Spend some time in prayer for yourself and your study sisters about Week 2.  Share in the comment section of this blog or on the new Online Bible Studies Facebook Page where discussions and prayer requests about Made to Crave are ongoing 24/7.

Monday-Read Chapter 7.  Highlight and take notes as you read. When you get to a Bible verse that Lysa mentions, take our your Bible.  Look up the verse for yourself. Underline it and write “MTC” beside it. Think on the verse or passage a moment. Journal or make a few index cards with Scripture or quotes that will keep you grounded and give you peace. ******Begin sending Melissa questions for the Friday (or Saturday) Vlog. Email them to Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org. *******

Tuesday-Complete Chapter 7 Reflection Questions.  Read the questions and record your answers in a journal or notebook. Be honest. These are just for your eyes or whoever you choose to share them with. Share as much or as little as you like in the comments section of my blog or on the Online Bible Studies Facebook page.

Wednesday-Read Chapter 8.  Follow the same directions as on Monday.  Check Melissa’s blog for an encouraging mid-week message!  Post a comment to encourage others.

Thursday-Complete Chapter 8 Reflection Questions. Follow the same directions as on Tuesday. Share as much or as little as you like in the comments section of my blog or on the Online Bible Studies Facebook page.

Thursday Night-Conference Call #2– This week’s call will feature Proverbs 31 Speaker and Author ~Karen Ehman and Fitness Expert and YMCA Women’s Wellness Weekends Director~Denise Hammond. The message this week is “Made for More.” We will follow up with Q and A, so have those questions ready! You don’t want to miss this call. And ladies if you haven’t signed up, it’s still not too late to sign up for these calls. The 1st one was recorded so you haven’t really missed a thing! It’s only $10 for all 4 calls! Call the Proverbs 31 Office- 877-731-4663 to register.

Friday-Read Chapter 9.  Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Friday Vlog!!! Log on to this blog, www.MelissaTaylor.org.  Watch a short video of me answering some of your questions from the week. (Sometimes this post may be on Saturday)

Friday Option: If you want to have all your work done before the weekend, go ahead and complete the Chapter 9 Reflection Questions.  Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Saturday Option-If you didn’t do the Chapter 9 Reflection Questions on Friday, do them today.

Okay, that’s it!  Print or “favorite” this page so you can keep up with this week’s study. I won’t be posting the schedule daily, so hold on to this!

EMPOWERED~DETERMINATION~PEACE

Remember, you have access to all three. You got da POWAHHH!  Be DETERMINED to stay committed. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. And discover your PEACE in God, because I guarantee you won’t find it anywhere else.

Have a great week!  Keep believing this time will be different!

Melissa
Jan 28

No Friday Questions? Really?

Did you hear them yesterday? The Angel chorus in Heaven, led by Mom and Jesus singing Happy Birthday at 10:00 am? I sure did! Oh y’all! Thank you so much for all of your very sweet comments and birthday wishes on my blog, FB and twitter. I read each and every one. I thanked God for each and every one. I love you and appreciate you so much. And now, on to today’s post.

Fridays will be typically reserved for your questions and my answers in a Vlog….that is if you have any questions.

This week you all were very quiet in the question department. And that is A-OK with me.  So since you didn’t have any, I decided to share what I felt like sharing. I have a message here on my gratefulness to you. I also share a message to some of you who are feeling very discouraged. Take a listen:

How has your MTC week been? No matter how you feel, I hope you won’t give up. I’ve been saying “Dare to believe this time will be different”, but I also have to add that you need to “make the changes necessary to produce different results.” We all can come up with great excuses that this won’t work. But ultimately the decision is up to us. Remember, we said from the very beginning that this would not be easy. Not easy. Hard. Ugly. But worth it.

Go through the chapters of this week and read the Scriptures that speak God’s Truth in your life. Believe those words. Dear dear sweet friend and sister, believe. You deserve better. You were made for more.

Now go. Have a fabulous weekend. You are a blessing to me <3

Melissa
Jan 27

10:00 am, 44 Years ago

Oh wow. This one is gonna be a hard one to write. I want to keep it upbeat (because it’s my birthday) but it’s also kinda sad for me. I’m sorry, but I have to go there.

44 years ago today, I met my mother. And every year since, she has sung “Happy Birthday” to me on my birthday. But not this year.

It’s times like this that I just can’t believe she’s not here anymore. I mean, really???? Mom is gone? No no no no no.

Last year, I knew that it would be my last birthday with my mother. So I spent my birthday at her house. Here we are:

Isn’t she absolutely beautiful?  Even though I knew it would be my last birthday with her, I don’t think I really had a handle on what that meant. Just a little less than 2 months later, she died. Yes I know she’s in a better place. Yes, I know she’s with Jesus. And I’m glad and thankful for that. But oh my how I miss her. I want her here with me. (selfish) I am in big time tears as I write this today. I look at the picture and I have such a longing in my heart to be with my mama.

My mother loved to wish me Happy Birthday at exactly 10:00 am because that was the time of my birth.  Today at 10:00 am I believe she, along with the angel chorus in Heaven, will sing to me.  I like that thought so please don’t tell me any different :)

Ok, I’m done with the grieving portion of my post. Well maybe.

John 10:10. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ Jesus

I love this verse. The thief (Satan, our enemy) would love for me to dwell and mope over the fact that my mom isn’t here. And believe me I could!  He wants to steal, kill, and destroy my birthday celebration.  Well keep reading. Jesus came so that we could HAVE life.  And not only have it mildly, but LIVE IT TO THE FULL.  Sure I’ll miss Mom this year, but I also rejoice that I have so much to live for. Sure I’d like to go back to that day in the picture above when we were snuggled up in her bed, but I also rejoice that I had a fabulous mother for 43 years. And she lives on in me. In my kids. And her sweet dog Maggie is now my sweet dog.

I realize this post is a lot of rambling, but I needed it. Thank you for being my sounding board.

Ok, just so no one feels sorry for me today, I want you to know that I am celebrating big this year!  My family has been hushing around keeping secrets. All I know is that steak is in my future :)  All other secrets are being kept from me.  That makes me happy.  (FYI, My sweet hubby, Jeff, asked me what was on my healthy eating plan. My only request, no desserts. Yep that’s right. I don’t really like sweets that much anyway. Put the candles in the cow, I luv me sum beef! And more than that I love my family!) I’m celebrating with my husband and kids  today. I also share this day with my co-worker, Teri. P31 always makes a big deal of our birthdays. Only they try to make it a surprise, every year.  So, I have no idea what they are doing! On Friday, one of my favorite girls outside of our immediate family (seriously like a 2nd daughter to me) in the whole wide world is coming to visit for the weekend. And on Friday night, we are going to my BFF’s Denise’s house to celebrate with some more of my favorite people. Games, music, family, and friends. Life is good. See, I’m livin’ it up!  I can miss my mom and still carry on.

Today is my birthday and I am so thankful for so much.

10:00 am, 44 Years ago, I was born.  God had a plan for my life and it is being fulfilled.  He loves me. He accepts me.  He knows me.  And I bet He even sings Happy Birthday to me.  Yes at 10:00 am, 44 years ago, God was pleased with His creation.  Born to my mother. Living for Jesus. And made for more. Living life to the full.

Happy Birthday to me.

Melissa