Archives for June 2011

Jun 21

Hidden Joy~Week 4, pt 2

Emotional.  That’s the best way to describe me this week.  My heart is alive and full of love, concern, compassion, and a little sadness.

I believe in each one of you.  The doubt and questions you have are normal. It is expected even. When the enemy sees that you are choosing to trust God, he will fight against that.  But don’t allow it to steer you away. You made a commitment, keep it.   I feel like as the leader of this study, it’s partially my job and divine appointment to give you some motivation and encouragement.  Don’t stop. Don’t quit. But don’t stay where you are.

There are treasures in the darkness.

So that….

You will know that God is God and you can’t do it on your own.

Please hear one of the most candid and straight from the heart messages I’ve ever put on a vlog. Y’all I almost even cried a few times! That’s because I believe in this message or hope and healing from Wendy Blight and I believe that God’s hope and healing is available to each one of you.

(if you can’t see the video right here, then click the title of this post and it will take you where you can view it.)

So now you’ve heard my heart. Now I’m going to give you the rest of the Week 4 assignments.

Monday and Tuesday can be found here.
Wednesday- Complete Chapter 4 Bible Study Questions #1-3 on p. 185 in the Hidden Joy book.
Thursday- Complete Chapter 4 Bible Study Questions # 4-6 on p. 185-186 in the Hidden Joy book.
Friday- Read Wendy’s prayer on p. 187 and pray it from your own heart.

Have a great rest of the week!

Melissa
Jun 19

Hidden Joy~Week 4, pt 1 :)

I can hardly believe I just typed the words “Week 4”!!!  What?  Where has the time gone?

We’ve tackled a lot in the first 3 weeks together, and we aren’t slowing down now!  So stick with it. You aren’t in this alone and the best is yet to come!

This is going to be short and sweet. I wish I had time to post the whole week like I usually do, but I don’t. It’s been a busier than usual week…a great week, just busy.  So, I’m going to give you the Words of the Week and Monday’s andTuesday’s assignment to get your week started. Thanks so much for understanding.

 

Words of the Week:

Treasure

So That

 

I’ll explain later, but maybe you can start to examine why I chose these 2 words!

 

One of my favorite verses of ALL TIME, kicks off Chapter 4:

“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”  ~ Isaiah 45:3

 

Monday and Tuesday- Read Chapter 4, Treasures in the Darkness. In fact, we are going to take 2 days for this one. I think we will need it.  Read it once Monday and highlight portions. Then read it again on Tuesday, making notes in your journal of what God is giving to you as you read.

As always, I’d love for you to share your thoughts on Chapter 4 and the way you are going to take this information and move forward. How do Treaures in the Darkness apply to you personally?

 

Much Love Sistas!

Melissa
Jun 16

Is God Enough?

Hi Friends!  As we proceed through Hidden Joy, I am praying that you have felt yourself moving a little closer to God and realizing your worth and value in this world.  To move forward we have to GET UP and move, not sit in our pit. For me, getting closer and choosing to trust God wasn’t easy. I used to wonder why that was.  Why could some people trust Him so easily and their problems didn’t bother them, yet mine seemed to weigh heavy and paralyze me at times? I struggled with this until one day instead of asking God a question, I asked myself one.  “Is God Enough?”

You can learn my answer to that question in a devotion I wrote last year.  As you read, ask yourself, “Is God Enough in my life?”  Sisters, I am praying you will examine that question in your heart as you move ahead in the light and understanding of our Lord and His great love for you.

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“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

Is God enough? It’s a question that my life circumstances force me to keep going back to. What I’ve concluded is that not only is God enough, but He has to be enough. I’ve also concluded that it takes effort on my part to keep myself aware of this.

As a young child, I didn’t realize my need for God, but I did realize that I had a need that was not fulfilled. I was sexually abused when I was seven years old. My dad left our family when I was eleven. Both circumstances left me devastated, and I didn’t understand how God could bring healing at that time. I spent many years trying to heal myself and make myself feel better. Nothing worked.

As I grew older and began to move from being a Christian who simply believed to a Christian who was actively involved with Jesus, my life began to change. Because I was having conversations with Him directly and reading His Word consistently, my life was challenged. I learned that when the hard knocks came, and they would, I needed to ask myself one question in order to move on. “Is God enough?”

When a friend betrays me, is God enough?

When I need to forgive someone for something that seems unforgivable, is God enough?

When my child is having issues that are out of my control, is God enough?

When my marriage is on the brink of destruction, is God enough?

When I am not forgiven by another person, is God enough?

When my mother is dying of cancer, is God enough?

When others don’t recognize my value, is God enough?

When I am struggling professionally, is God enough?

When someone I love uses words to hurt me, is God enough?

When I am in debt and don’t know how I’ll pay my bills, is God enough?

When I am reminded of something I did in the past, is God enough?

When the world is in turmoil, is God enough?

When my health is declining, is God enough?

When I am let down and disappointed in my life, is God enough?

Just last night, I sat in my room crying. Here I was again asking, “Is God enough?” I opened a box full of personalized Bible verses that someone very special gave to me. I began reading them out loud to myself. Verse by verse, I began combating the thoughts that were paralyzing me with self doubt. What I discovered is the conclusion I always come to when I ask myself “Is God enough?” Yes He is.

I could lose everything in life. There’s not anything I have here on earth that is guaranteed. If I lost it all though, I’d be okay because no one can take away my identity in Christ. Whether I live in a mansion on a hill or a shack in the swamp, I have my Jesus. Whether the world is for me or against me, I have my Jesus. When I am knocked down, I get on my knees and there I find my Jesus. His Word is planted deep in my heart and I believe it all.

When life becomes more than you think you can handle, don’t quit. And certainly don’t believe the lies you may be entertaining in your head. Instead, ask yourself, “Is God enough for me?” The answer could change everything.

Dear Lord, help me to realize that the secret to being content in all circumstances is You. Help me to be aware of Your presence in my life at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Would you like your own set of personalized Scripture?  Visit my friend, Proverbs 31 Executive Director and the “She Cooks” lady herself, LeAnn Rice’s blog where she has these Scriputures in a downloadable document for you.   Insert your name into the verses.  Print them. Cut them into strips and fold them.  Place them in a pretty box (or whatever you choose).  Draw one out whenever you feel like it.  I always pray before I select one and ask God to give me the Word He wants to speak to me at that moment. And there you have God’s Word just for you :)

Have a blessed day sweet friends!  Don’t forget to do your Bible study questions in the Hidden Joy book. So important to do those!  I believe that’s where your life will be changed, by working through them. I know some of them are hard, but you are worth the hard work!  Hope and healing are on their way into your life.  And I’m praying for you.

God is enough.

Melissa