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. ┬áSo 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



  1. Love the Vlog!! Thank you for looking past our lack of questions and providing what we relly needed to hear. Sounds like God had plan for that one.

  2. Melissa, I just love you!! Your enthusiasm and love for the Lord radiates and flows out of you. It was so great to talk to you on the phone yesterday. I waited purposely to call yesterday in the hope I would get to speak to the birthday girl. You were a gift to my heart yesterday. Thank you so much. Love ya my friend and have an awesome weekend. (I would love to be doing this study with you, but don’t have a book. I’m hoping to possibly purchase one tomorrow when the Christian bookstore sets up in our church.) Hugs!

  3. Hi Melissa, I really enjoy reading your blogs…and I know that I’m going to enjoy your online Bible Study for MTC because I just got my book and I’m so ready! Just from watching the webcasts, reading your blog and Lysa’s blogs, I’ve already put several of the principles to healthy eating that I’ve seen/heard…and since January 12th I’ve lost 12 pounds! The “funny” thing is…I haven’t felt the least bit deprived, and I actually have more energy and feel better from eating just good healthy “whole” foods instead of all the junk and processed foods I’ve eaten for so long.
    I went to donate at a blood drive last night…and they always have snacks and drinks for those giving blood. There were all kinds of cookies, cakes, chips, crackers, etc. but I found a small bag of pretzels and ate about half the bag and drank a bottle of water. Someone offered me the cookies, but I turned them down, saying that I was trying to eat healthier. The lady next to me sat eating one of several cookies, and commented to me “You have to sin every now and then”. I responded with a smile and told her that was my problem…I’d “sinned” far too much in the past, and I’m getting back on the “straight and narrow”. Thank you for all you do to encourage us! God Bless.

  4. Melissa — Thanks so much for your encouragement! I was getting a bit bogged down with the book and answering the questions, but you have spurred me on to continue. I think sometimes the questions make me look a little deeper than I want to look. But — I need that!! I am DETERMINED to keep pressin’ on!! :) KK

  5. Melissa, thank you so much for your upbeat message this morning! I’ve been doing so well on my healthy eating plan since November (28.5 pounds gone!), but all of a sudden this week I totally lost control. So last night I went right to the section in Made to Crave where all of the Bible verses are listed by chapter and went through them one by one, writing out in my journal the ones that spoke to my heart. That exercise, coupled with your smiling face and prayers, has put me back where I belong – with GOD in control. :)

    Blessings to all my MTC sisters! Have a fabulous weekend!

  6. You knew exactly what I needed to hear today. The enemy is feeding me so many lies right now. Thanks for the pep talk and for the prayers! So glad you had a good Birthday…you are so deserving. <3

  7. Rhonda McC says:

    Melissa, I tried to send a question…but every time I did it was like all my questions were about how discouraged I get and every time I started to type them God would remind me of I Corinthians 10:13 “There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.” So, basically I feel like God was telling me there are NO MORE EXCUSES…He always makes a way for us to follow His will and leadership. Hope this makes sense to someone! Loving the study and the videos…they are very encouraging!

  8. Amy (Lehrerin) says:

    Happy belated! I have a question … could you share your egg/spinach recipe for us? I’ve never mixed eggs with spinach and would love to know a good ratio to do so … sounds like a yummy breakfast!

  9. Melissa, Happy (Belated) Birthday! Sounds like God Belssed you with a fantastic day! Thanks for the message today and for keeping us all motivated. Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Well, you have my belated birthday wishes, and my gratitude for starting this, and bringing me into it. This week is a difficult one for me, as the 25th is the birthday of my twins, who I did not get to keep, and are in heaven with the Father. So, I am traditionally very quiet and reserved on this week, as I tend to mourn all over again. Please, no one feel sorry, for I HAVE learned to rejoice in the fact that I will see and hold them again, and that the Father will care for them until my arrival. I have also learned that there is no offense to God if I mourn, and I miss, and I remember, and still, 18 years later I grieve. For everything there is a time. This week, is my yearly time to grieve.
    So, onto MTC- I also this week went to a nutritionist, as I am on this journey because my cholesterol is over 200. Obiviously, I have no idea what I am doing. I learned a great deal from her, and am blessed that I can go back if I choose. I signed up for sparkpeople, I am reading my book, and so far today, I am doing well. I think maybe I am on the verge of understanding. As in, wishing away my fat and health issues simply is not going to work. I will be required to count calories, cholesterol, fat AND excercise. Can’t I just do one or the other? Can’t God just make the calories not count???? Well, guess not. So, this has, for me, been a week of reflection, greiving, letting go, changing my mindset and preparing for my future. Chapter 5 I had to read a couple of times, it was so powerful and inspiring. Wow, I can actually GET closer to God in this journey, HE likes me, even when no one else does. I don’t actually require the approval of the world, for the Father in Heaven says that I am his. It has been a week of revelation for me. Sorry, Melissa, didn’t mean to go all southern talkative on your Vlog :)

  11. Wwithout making changes, the results will always be the same—thanks for the reminder!

  12. For next Friday, while I am thinking about it, do you have any suggestions for healthy snacks or meals? Ones that you have found yummy & filling? Thanks! I am so glad that you were so blessed on your special day!

  13. Thank you Melissa for your words of encouragement and truth! God bless you. Enjoy your weekend!

  14. Hi Melissa! First of all, happy belated birthday! I am so happy that it ended up being such a wonderful day for you. I want to thank you so much for this Bible study. I have been struggling with eating issues/disorders for most of my adult life and I know this is a huge stumbling block to being the person that God wants me to be. I was away from church for several years but since starting this book, I have been led to return to church which is such a blessing.

    This VLOG was so timely for me and perfect for where I am….I actually shed a tear or two because I am one of those who are feeling discouraged and that having trouble truly believing this time will be different. I realize that I have to release that feeling but it is just so scary to me….I don’t know why. You are such a blessing and I know that with this Bible study I am where God wants me to be. Much love!

  15. Melissa, Melissa, Melissa… the Gamecocks? Just kidding… my family are HUGE UK Fans… and my little boy’s first football game in person was against SC. We got beat… and he said, “I can’t believe we got beated by a shicken”. One of those moments I will treasure forever…
    I am so feeling this Made to Crave. I know there are going to be difficult times… haven’t really figured out an exact eating plan but I am just watching how much I eat, and praying when I feel the need to eat more. I’ve lost 13 lbs since the first of the year… 6 lbs this week! Knowing who is in control has made all the difference… thanks for your encouragement! =)

  16. Thank you for posting even though we don’t have questions, some of us are plugging along and not gaining is a victory as much as not losing right now. No extra 10 pounds of winter food fat, that is my goal and to drop some too. So keep posting, and thank you! See you tonight on the Web cast! (it is Monday)

  17. Thank you for your words of encouragement on this blog. I have just read chapter 5 in the Made to Crave book, and I am trying to catch up with this online bible study, since I started late! I have loved the book so far, but still have been feeling discouraged, cause I just don’t seem to know how and where to start. Thank you for posting what you did on this date (and happy belated birthday)…hearing that others feel discouraged helps me to know that I am not alone in this. I want to make a change, just need to do it. Look forward to reading the rest of your blogs and more of Lysa’s wonderful book!