Archives for April 2011

Apr 29

INS Super Challenge

Before we get to the Super Challenge (which I am so stinkin’ excited about!), first I must announce the winner of Wendy Blight’s book. The winner was randomly selected from all those who left comments over the past 2 days.  Drum Roll Please……rat a tat tat tat tat tat  (lousy drum roll that was)

The winner of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, by Wendy Blight is:

JENNI DAY!  Congrats Jenni :)   You have won the next Online Bible Study book!  Send me an email so I can get your information!  Now you have a new book and you get the P31 devos to you inbox every weekday!  This must be your lucky week! 

Thank you to all who commented over the past 2 days about the Proverbs 31 Daily Devotions and P31 Woman Magazine!  I’m so glad that God is blessing you through these awesome resources. For those of you who signed up and subscribed for the first time, I pray you will love them and that God will speak to you through the messages you will read.  Thanks for continuing to help spread the news about Proverbs 31!

Now on to the INS Super Challenge!  If you are participating in the INS Conference Call Series, then you already know about the challenge and hopefully you have been giving it some prayer and thought.  This was something God placed on my heart and I felt so compelled to share it with all of you.  I knew He was asking me to take the challenge but I think He may be asking you to consider it also.  Of course that is between you and Him, but I’m at least going to share it with you.

The It’s No Secret Super CHALLENGE
Are you up to it?
Here are 9 Challenges based on the 1st 9 chapters of INS. We will discuss these over the next few weeks a little bit, on this blog and on the Online Bible Studies Facebook Page.  Discussion will be limited, but please feel free to take it and run with it yourselves!  Start a thread on the Discussion Board on our Facebook page for example!  Comment to each other here as well.  We still have one more week of study and that will be our focus, but at least begin thinking about which of these challenges God might want you to really commit to and focus on.  I suggest picking 4-5 total, but that’s up to you. You know what you need to work on, so you can decide.
1.  Challenge: Chit chat with the Lord.
Have you responded to God?  Communicate with Him daily.
2.  Challenge: Follow Christ with your actions.
What is Jesus worth to you?  What is God asking you to sacrifice, give, or do?   Do it.
3.  Challenge: Drop the pride.
Have you been focusing on God and helping others rather than trying to get ahead?  Who can you help get ahead instead of grasping at something you deserve?
Extra Challenge:  Not to think so much about ourselves. Give up worrying that you might miss out on something.  Record the unexpected joy you found when you did this.
4.  Challenge:  Controlled Reactions
When you are emotionally hurting:
DON’T numb with food, shopping, dieting, decorating, or margaritas.
DON’T become angry and fight back.
DO let God fight the battle for you.
5.  Challenge: Focus outward, be generous.
No room for greediness.  Have generousity as a foundation of your character.  Who can you bless by sharing with someone in need?
6.  Challenge:  To find the blessing in any and all situations.
When trouble comes your way, what do you do?
Hebrews 13:5
Isaiah 45:3
Find a treasure in a dark time (past or present).  Write it down to remind you of God’s faithfulness.
7.  Challenge: Practice real love.
Where do you find your worth?  How do you rate others?
1 John 3:18-19
Record your experience with practicing real love.  (1 Cor 13 style)
8.  Challenge: Take off the mask.
Do you ask for help when you need it?  Why or why not?
What are your reasons for keeping to yourself and not asking for help?
Get over it.  Ask for help when you need it. Be real. Take off the mask.
9.  Challenge:  Institute a real Sabbath rest once a week.
Are you doing this really?  Are you ready to do it?  Let’ do it.
10.  Your choice
11.  Your choice
12.  Your choice
For me, God has made it clear to work on #2, #4, #6, and #9.  I’m not sure how or what He’s going to do with it but I’m up for the super challenge!
Are you with me?  Are you up for a challenge?
Melissa
Apr 28

Sign Up for Encouragement and Win!

Today is the last day to be eligible to win our next Online Bible Study book. The book is Hidden Joy in A Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story, by Wendy Blight.  In this study, “Wendy tells candidly of how she would often replay to herself fears, doubts, anxieties, accusations—and how she learned to capture those thoughts and replace them with assurance, wisdom, encouragement, hope, and truth.” I cannot wait to read this book with you! If you are in need of healing or living a completely free life, then this study is for you.

I’m giving this book away today.  All you have to do is sign up for the Proverbs 31 Daily Devotions or subscribe to the P31 Woman Magazine.  Or if you are already a subscriber, suggest or give it to a friend. Tell me about it (either you signing up/subscribing or suggesting/giving it) in the comment section of my blog and you will be entered to win Wendy’s book. It’s that easy. You have until 8 pm EST today to comment. Winner will be announced tomorrow.

In case you missed my little promo vlog for Proverbs 31 Ministries explaining exactly how to sign up for these awesome resources, watch this now.  (email subscribers, to view the video you will need to click on the title of this post at the top of the email. That will take you to the blog where you can watch.)

Have a fabulous day!

Melissa
Apr 27

Need More Encouragement? Here it is! (give away alert)

Read carefully. Give Away Alert!

How often have you needed a little extra encouragement and motivation to get you started each day?  I don’t know about you, but I find that is often the case for me. Life can be tough, and sometimes a Godly perspective is just what the doctor ordered!  I am so thrilled to tell you about a few things that provide me with the daily and monthly encouragement I need and the way you can have them available to you too!  And the best thing about them is they are based on God and His Word so you can trust them.  Unlike the advice we receive from a television show or a grocery store magazine, this is stuff we can count on!

Please watch this little homemade vlog by me about Proverbs 31 Ministries:

(email subscribers, if you cannot see the video clip above, click the title of today’s post to take you directly to my blog and you should be able to see it there.)

If you are not already receiving our daily devotions or monthly magazine, I hope you’ll consider signing up! The devotions are absolutely free!  For the magazine, we ask for a small donation of at least $15 for a year’s subscription and it will be mailed to you each month , but any donation is appreciated!

Were you inspired to sign up for the daily devotions or subscribe to the monthly magazine? If so, please leave a comment here and tell me that you are signing up today! For anyone who signs up for the devotions or the monthly magazine between now and Thursday at 8 pm, you will be entered to win our next online Bible Study book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner by Wendy Blight.  Wendy will personalize it just for you and sign it! If you already receive these items, encourage your friends to sign up! If one person signs up because you encouraged them to do so, leave me a comment and tell me who you got to sign up (or give them a gift subscription) and you will be included in the drawing too. Remember, these are new subscribers. I wouldn’t encourage you to sign up and be so excited about this if these things didn’t make such a positive impact in my life and the lives of others! I hear from women every single day whose lives are impacted by our devos and magazine.  Don’t wait to get in on having more of God’s power and confidence delivered to you or your friends today! Order for yourself or give to a friend. :)

Hope you are having a great week ladies! Thanks for letting me share something so dear to my heart with you!  I <3 P31!  I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning!

INS ladies, get ready….the INS Super Challenge is headed your way (coming Friday).

Blessings!

Melissa