Archives for May 2011

May 26

Gifts

This is a letter I sent out to all who have signed up for the Hidden Joy Online Study as of 5:30 pm EST, May 26th.  Please read in it’s entirety.

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As I write today, I am so humbled and grateful to be a part of this Bible Study Group. I have had the opportunity to interact with a few of you either by phone or computer, and I can tell that God is up to something big here. This study is a gift. It’s a gift I hope you’ve decided to accept and embrace. A gift for you. Take it. You deserve it.

There are so many generous people that are a part of this study. Often someone would read a comment on my blog written by someone who didn’t have the finances to buy a book for this study. Their heart was moved to donate a book. Another moved to donate ten books. Another moved to give twelve. Same with the conference calls. They all said the same thing. This study is going to impact and change lives. It’s time for us all to begin living the life God wants us to live, unchained and free from anything that binds us. Yes, a gift. A gift given because there are people who love you and want you to find the peace you are searching for. Many of the recipients said they had been praying for a way. God provided a gift.  *****I am sorry to report, that as of now, all donated books have been given away to those who truly needed them.  We have done our best to give to anyone who said they couldn’t afford a book.  Many more requests have come in since this letter was sent, and I’m so sorry I can’t give to each and every one of you, but I can’t.  Please don’t ask for a book unless you are 100% committed to doing this study.  We are really trying our best to accomodate everyone, but there is just no way.  If you really want to do this study, save $2 per week.  In 7 weeks, you will be able to purchase this book.  (even less if you really do your homework and search online!) and if you can donate a book, please call me at the P31 office, 877-731-4663.  Thank you so much for the gifts you have given. You have blessed many.

Any book purchased or sent through Proverbs 31 Ministries is signed by Wendy Blight. Let me tell you a little more about that. Wendy signing these books has been a team effort. They are shipped to our office. Some days Wendy came into the office to sign. Other days, I took them to her house at night unsigned and then picked them up the next day all signed. Then I brought them back to the office where Teri, our resource coordinator, packaged them with care, and sent them out. The team preparing the way behind the scenes is a gift.

Wendy doesn’t just sign her name when she signs these books. She gives each person a blessing, signs her name, and lists a few Bible verses. Not just any Bible verses, but verses she has prayed over. Each book contains a different verse. She prays that the Lord will determine who needs what verse and that He will speak hope and love into the recipient right where and when she needs it. Don’t you just find it amazing that she truly cares that much for you? I know Wendy well, so this is no surprise to me. But it takes a lot of time and she cares so deeply that you find peace in your life, that God’s Word can immediately come alive in your life. What a beautiful gift!!!

This study is a great gift you can suggest or give to friends. It’s not too late to sign up. We have ordered more books and are prepared to keep on sending them. Our study will not be rushed, we are taking it slow, and all the posts, assignments, and discussions will remain online.

There are still openings for our Conference Calls. If you’d like to check out the powerful messages and stellar line up of guests, you can do so at: http://melissataylor.org/and-more/ . The cost for the entire series is $15 total. For $15 you get: 4 messages designed to encourage you; inspiration-education-motivation from guests who will be interviewed during the calls; and time where you can ask questions and get answers on the spot. You have the option to be on the calls live or You can download these calls later and listen on your computer, put them on a CD or iPod, and listen anytime. Or you can call in at a later time to listen. I want you to be able to access these calls so the messages can help and encourage you. These calls are a gift. Why not get one for yourself and a friend? Call the P31 Office, 877-731-4663 or visit http://shopp31.com/conferencecalls.aspx to order.

With the beginning of our study only a few days away, I can hardly wait to get started! There is a certain buzz around this study like we’ve never seen before. Our team is praying hard for each of you. We know what God is capable of and we wait with anticipation of what He will do. We are close to 2500 ladies participating in this study. Ladies who are ready to say, “Good-Bye Fear, Hello Hope!”

Thank you and all praise and glory to God for His wonderful and generous gifts. I am especially thankful for the gift of you!

Blessings dear sisters <3

Melissa

 

Melissa
May 25

A Prayer from Wendy Blight

Winners from yesterday’s blog are:  Nanci, Sandy, lisa h, Heidi, and AnnMarie.  Please email me at Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org.  You all won Hidden Joy books!!!  Congrats and thanks to everyone for sharing in the comments.  Now to today’s ultra special letter and prayer from author, Wendy Blight.

When Wendy Blight wrote Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, she had you in mind. Here is a letter and prayer straight from her heart.  We are praying each of you and can’t wait to get started! 

Sweet sisters in Christ,
 

Even before we knew your names, you were on our hearts.  Melissa and I have been praying for this study for months, and now, praise God, we know you by name.  Although we are giant in numbers, our Father in heaven knows each of you by name as well.  This is your divine appointment with Him.  He knows the cry of your hearts.  He is celebrating this incredible gathering of bold, courageous women. 
 
I know many of you are skeptical, doubtful, and especially fearful.  That is where I was when I began the journey in Hidden Joy.  Melissa and I both have been exactly where some of you are right now.  We KNOW how you feel, and God is okay with how you feel.  We want you to come to this study with all your questions, doubts, and fears.  God WILL answer them with TRUTH!!  As the weeks go by, TRUTH will reveal the lies Satan has used to hold you hostage.  Little by little, freedom will come!!!  God’s Living and Active, Powerful, Life-Transforming Word will be at work in your midst!!  Change will come.  Joy will return.
 
Yesterday, God moved my heart to pray for you for an extended period of time.  As I prayed through tears of gratitude, my fingers typed the words flowing out of my heart.  Please find a prayer, written especially for you, below.  Pray this prayer over the next weeks and months of our study.  Every time you feel like you are sinking back into your old ways, pick up this prayer and PRAY fervently.  God will be faithful.  We are walking alongside you, praying it with you.  You are not alone!!  Remember … there are over 2000 of us!!!
 
If you get a chance, stop by my blog, www.wendyblight.com.  The prayer is posted there as well.  Please say hello and share a bit about yourself so I can can know you better. 
 
I love you all and can’t wait to visit with you on the Conference Calls.
 
Sweet Blessings,
 
Wendy Blight

Our pray for you, please let’s pray together:

Heavenly Father, as we begin our journey, we stop first to recognize You, and You alone…our Creator, our Redeemer, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. You alone are Almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords . 

 Today, we bow humbly before You, acknowledging that without You healing and wholeness are not possible.  In You, and You alone, we live and move and have our being.  You alone are Truth. You alone are Healer.  You alone are Hope and the Way to freedom, peace, joy, and a full life. 

 We gather because You ordained it.  You drew each and every one of us from across the globe, each in our own way.  We thank You for every heart represented here.  You created each and every one of us…gave us breath and life. 

 Oh, Father, so many who gather here are broken and wounded…feeling hopeless and alone.  Some cannot believe they will ever feel joy or hope again.  They have lived for months, years, even decades shrouded in shame and darkness.  They have given up on themselves and even on You.  But You know that, Father.  You know every heart…every thought…every doubt…every hurt.  Your Word says that NOTHING is hidden from Your eye.

 Today we come before You in power…together… as one body…one sisterhood in Christ.  We boldly come before Your throne of grace with the strongholds that hold us captive… doubts, hurts, shame, guilt, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, fear, hopelessness, depression… and surrender them ALL to You.  We know Satan desires to keep us captive in those strongholds.  We know that he wants us to believe that hope, joy, peace, healing, and wholeness will never be ours.  But You teach us in Your Word that Satan is a “liar and the father of lies.”  So today stand on the Truth in Your Word that we have the mind of Christ.  We claim that mind and ask that You help us to take every thought…every lie, every fear, every nightmare, every deception of the evil one… captive to the obedience of Christ.

 Lord, wash Truth over each one of us.  As we read from Your living and active Word, soak it through and allow it to penetrate to the marrow of our bones.  Speak Truth and Life over every woman.  Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, shed the shining Light of Christ into each heart.  Give wisdom and discernment beyond our years to understand that which we believe we cannot understand. 

Father, Your Word says we are…

 Created in Your Image

Loved Unconditionally

Holy

Set Apart

Made with a Purpose

The Temple of Your Holy Spirit

And most of all Lord,

WE BELONG TO YOU!!

So many of us do not “feel” this way today, Lord.  Our eyes may read the words, our minds may have even learned the words, but because of what has happened or is happening in our lives, we just can’t BELIEVE the words.  Help us with our unbelief.  Father, teach us these Truths as if for the first time.  Show us in very real, powerful, and personal ways that these are TRUTHS from Your Word, and they will never change no matter our circumstance.

We beg of You, Father, through this study, to teach and remind us how valuable we are…that we were bought with a price….the shed blood of Your Son, Jesus.  We are Your own…sealed for eternity.  Father, enable us to stand in that shed blood and walk confidently forward…every footstep leaving a red stain to remind us we are not alone.

We pray Your protection over every woman…over their hearts, their minds, their homes, their workplaces, and their relationships.  Satan does not want healing to come.  So we tell him now, “SATAN, FLEE in the NAME OF JESUS!”  And Your Word says that he must flee.  You are our Rock and our Deliverer.  You are our Strong Tower.  To You we run, and You will protect and defend us just as Your Word says.  You, Father, are Faithful and True.

Abba, Father, Your Word tells us that You have a plan and a purpose for our lives…a plan to prosper us and not to harm us…a plan to give us hope and a future.  Many of us cannot see that plan right now.  A future seems impossible.

But, Lord, Your Word says “What is impossible with man is possible with [You].”  As we journey through each chapter and what we read seems possible for others but not for us, make it so that we will believe this TRUTH and never forget it”What is impossible with man is possible with You, and Lord we can do ALL things through You who strengthens us!”

Give us eyes to see and ears to hear all You want to speak to us.  Direct our every step.  Shine Your Light down the path and make it clear. We surrender all to You today!

In the name of Jesus Christ we ask these things, believing wholeheartedly You will be faithful to bring them to pass.  And, Father, whatever happens in and through our time together we do it all for the glory of Your Name.  AMEN.

Melissa
May 24

5 Important Things, HJ

Hello HJ Ladies! (Hidden Joy Ladies),

Aren’t you getting excited? I know I am! I can hardly wait to get this Bible Study started! (singing the Black-Eye Peas here…Let’s Get It Started….)

A few IMPORTANT items I’d like to discuss with you that could impact your experience while doing this study.

  1. Interaction. Ladies, don’t just sit through this study, get involved! Remember, we are a group. Use my blog, www.MelissaTaylor.org, to interact with others on. Comment, respond to the comments of other group members. Share your celebrations, prayer requests, frustrations, meaningful verses, etc as we go along. I promise the more you are involved, the more you will get in return! I hope to see you participating A LOT!
  2. Conference Calls. While these are optional, if you ask anyone who has done them before, they are so worth it. The people you meet on the calls (our special guests) are hand picked because of their story/life and their willingness to share openly and honestly with you. Check out the line up, http://melissataylor.org/and-more/, it is top notch. There is no way to cover everything in a written blog, so these calls really allow us to engage in our study and go a little further, even allowing time for question and answer at the end. You will be challenged with an extra message on each call and you will be prayed for on each call. We pour our hearts into these calls to assure that you receive excellence. If you are not completely satisfied, we will gladly refund your money. If you can’t be on the call live, they are recorded so you can call and listen later or download it to your computer. Call our office and we’ll be happy get you signed up for these calls. 877-731-4663 The cost for all four calls is $15.
  3. Believe. We are claiming Isaiah 43:19 and believing that God is beginning a new thing in us. Start there and be open to what God can do in your life. Pray against doubt. Think of this study as your new beginning, your first step to hope, healing, and freedom. You deserve it and you are definitely WORTH IT. You will never hear me say this will be easy. You will continually hear me say to not give up and that God loves you more than you could know. You are not what you’ve done. You are not what has been done to you. You are a child of God who deserves a life lived fully. Jesus came so you could have that life. (John 10:10) Don’t be robbed of that anymore.
  4. If you don’t have your book yet…DON’T FRET! It’s okay. We are taking this study at a slower pace. Each post will remain online so you can view it whenever is convenient for you. Catch up will be easy if you fall behind. We received a new shipment of books today, which Wendy is signing tomorrow, and then we will send them out. We will keep ordering as many as we need.
  5. Make sure you sign up (if you haven’t already) for the study on my blog in the right side bar under the words “Bible Study Sign Up.” The sign up for the study is different than signing up to receive my blog posts. When you sign up for the study, you should enter your name and email. Then you will receive an email in return from me. At the bottom of that email is a confirmation link. Make sure you click on that link to receive email updates about the the study.

We get started this Sunday! Until then I am praying for all of you daily as you prepare to study God’s Word through Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner.

Thank you so much for doing this online study with me. I look forward with great anticipation all that God will accomplish in our lives. I vision the chains dropping off as we walk ahead in freedom.

My love and prayers to each of you,
Melissa

If you’ve read this far, you are IN LUCK!!!  Leave a comment today telling us how you want to be a part of this study or how you are suggesting this study to a friend and you will be entered to win a book!  Giving away 3 books today!  Winners announced at 11:00 pm EST Wednesday night!  Yay!  So excited!

 

Melissa