Archives for June 2011

Jun 26

Hidden Joy~Week 5

For me, this is the week of the “aha moment.”  It’s the time to move. Time to take action.  Time to quit waiting and settling.

Ladies, it’s time to get off our mats.  It’s time to answer the question, “Do you want to get well and are you willing to do whatever takes to get there?”

We started this journey 4 weeks ago.  We were hopeful and motivated.  We were ready to be fixed…I mean healed :)   Only now, many of us are discouraged. It’s taking time.   The newness has worn off and we are realizing…”Wow, this really will take some action on my part.”  If you feel this way, this chapter is for you.

Last week, we focused on not giving up.  This week we are going to focus on not sitting still.

Words of the Week:

Move

Whatever

Sunday– Those of you who signed up for Renee Swope’s 7 Day Doubt Diet, visit Renee’s blog for details. The diet begins today.

Monday– Read Chapter 5, On the Mat in your Hidden Joy book.  Highlight the parts of the chapter that stick out to you or you want to remember.  Share on the blog today how this chapter speaks to you in your life.

Monday– Conference Call #2.  It’s still not too late to sign up for these awesome calls! Just call 877-731-4663 to get signed up. Only $15 for the entire series. Each call is recorded so you will never miss a thing.  Tonight’s call begins at 8 pm EST.  Our guests are Dr. Kris Colangelo and Stephanie Clayton.  Kris will be sharing her personal journey through doubt, discouragement, and pain but also how her faith has sustained her through it all. You will love Kris and I can’t wait for you to hear from her.   Stephanie will be moving out of the role of professional counselor and into the role of victim/survivor. Yes, we will hear Steph’s story tonight. The message on tonight’s call is: It’s Time to Go: The Faith to Move Forward.  If you signed up for these calls, look for your email with all the information and outline by 4:00 pm EST today.

Tuesday– Wendy Blight opens up Chapter 5 with this sentence, “What I truly desired was a new beginning.”   What is it that you are desiring in your life?   Take your journal and write about your desires.  Your dreams.  Your prayers.  Then speak them outloud.  Give them to the Lord.  Then ask God what He desires for you.  Write down what you believe the answer to that question is.  Write it down in your journal.  Compare your desires with God’s desires.  Do they match?

Wednesday– Answer questions 1-4 in the Bible study section of Hidden Joy. (p. 188-190)

Wednesday– Check the blog. We’ll be having simple lesson on blog and social media etiquette.

Thursday- Answer questions 5-6 in the Bible study section of Hidden Joy.

Friday– Pray the prayer with Wendy on p. 190.  Catch up on anything you might have miss this week.

 

Thank you for being an important part of this group.  I am praying for you and love you <3

Melissa
Jun 24

A Prayer and A Few Winners

The Prayer from Hidden Joy, Week 4:

Heavenly Father, it is so difficult to walk through darkness. You feel so far away. I feel so alone. Father, thank You for Your promise that You will never leave me or forsake me and that there is nothing in all creation that will ever separate me from the love I have in Your Son, Jesus.  Thank You for Your promise that You will bring good out of anything that enters my life when I love You and trust You to use it for Your purposes.  Lord, I cling to that promise now. I also claim Your promise that You have a plan and a purpose for my life, and it is to prosper and not to harm me, to give me a hope and a future. Walk ever so closely with me during this darkness, Lord, and show me treasures.  Thank You that You will bring beauty from ashes. I ask all these things in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

This prayer is so appropriate for me today.  While I may feel distraught, fearful, or scared, I know that God is in control and I can trust Him to take care of everything.  I have to.  We have to.  :)

How perfect that along with our study next week, we also have the opportunity to begin a 7-Day Doubt Diet next week.   Hope you signed up for Renee Swopes doubt diet on her blog.  This doubt diet is a little sneak peak into our next study, A Confident Heart, which begins mid-September.  It will be the perfect follow up to Hidden Joy.  Renee and I are praying that the doubt diet will give you a boost as you proceed through Hidden Joy.

Now to something exciting….our 2 winners of the advanced copies of A Confident Heart.

Sherri C

and

Nicci Ramirez

Congratulations!  Email me at Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org and we’ll make arrangements for you to get your awesome book!

Ladies, I ask for your prayers today.  That’s all I can say.  Just pray.  Someone amazing and special needs your prayers. And honestly, so do I.  Feeling very weak and weary.  Trusting God because I know with Him all things are possible.

Melissa
Jun 22

Time to go on a Diet..a doubt diet!

Everyone experiences doubt at one time or another. For some it’s worse than others. That’s probably the category I’d be in. It seems like my natural tendency is to doubt before I accept and receive confidence. Even though I know where my confidence is…in Christ. My doubt is a strength and my confidence is a weakness. It’s supposed to be the other way around! I want to reduce the doubt and soooooo….I’m going on a doubt diet. I’d like to invite you to join me!

Watch this: (if you can’t see a video below this, click the title of this post and that should help)

We are NOT gonna settle for doubt, no way no how. Join me, Renee, and thousands of others who struggle with doubt by signing up for the 7-Day Doubt Diet. It’s easy and it’s free. How cool is that??? And just by signing up for the doubt diet AND commenting on my blog that you actually signed up, well you will be entered to win an advanced signed copy of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope. Just follow the instructions in the video or below. This does not take the place of our Bible study at all. It will supplement it for one week. Do the doubt diet as your morning devotion and do the study as…well your study! It’s time to fight off doubt and get started now so we can find our Hidden Joy!!!!

If you are interested in participating:

Visit Renee Swope’s blog and sign up for the 7 Day Doubt Diet.
Comment here on my blog today letting us know that you signed up for the Doubt Diet.
You’ll be entered to win. 2 Winners will be selected and announced on Friday.

Hang on sistas! Treasures are your to be had! Beginning with the reduction of doubt.

Love you bunches! And I’m praying for you. <3

Melissa