Archives for July 2011

Jul 30

Hidden Joy~Final Week :(

I tried. I really tried, but I just couldn’t write this week. Everytime I tried, the words wouldn’t flow from my heart to my hand. Many reasons I can think this may have happened:

~Preoccupied.  ~Overwhelmed.  ~Tired.  ~Sad about the end of the study approaching.  ~Working all day and being brain dead at night.  ~Writer’s block.

Who knows?  Or maybe God just thought it would be better if I stayed quiet for a week. 

For me, these last few weeks of study have been like starting the engine of a newly restored car. As the key went in the ignition, I surrendered my strongholds and learned the importance of quiet time and prayer. Then the car begins moving and running smoothly, because it’s being filled with the right fuel:  abiding in Christ.

Abiding in Christ is essential. It’s daily. It’s momentary. If we aren’t abinding in Him, there is an open door for attack. I don’t want to run dry. I can’t run on empty. Life is hard. Life is not fair. Abiding in Christ gives me strength, hope, and the confidence I tend to lose in this world. I need Jesus. Abiding in Christ and His Word are the only ways to live free.

As we begin our final week of study, I want to encourage you to continue with all you’ve learned here in Hidden Joy. Consider some of these options as you continue your journey:

~Join a Bible Study group at your church or in your area.

~Lead a Proverbs 31 Gather & Grow Group. (more info on this soon)

~Sign up for A Confident Heart, our next online Bible study, beginning September 19th.

~Sign up for the Proverbs 31 Daily Devotions, Encouragement for Today to start your day with God’s Word.

~Continue Quiet Time and Journaling

~Get involved in your local church serving.

~And please keep visiting my blog! You are my friends now. Keep in touch, okay? I will keep posting betweet studies :)

Hidden Joy~Final Week

Word of the Week:

Promise

A promise is something you can count on no matter what. God’s Word is full of promises you can count on NMW. No matter what your situation. No matter what you’ve done. No matter who you are. You can always count on God and His Word.
Memory Verse:
Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” NIV

Monday- Read Chapter 11, A New Song.

Monday- Conference Call #4.  This one will be tender. We will be talking with “Allison”, the mother of a child who was sexually abused. Their journey will amaze you and inspire you. We will also be talking with Lynn Cowell, Proverbs 31 author and speaker who has a heart for teen girls and their moms! Whether you are a mom or not, this call will bless you and renew your faith.

Tuesday- Write Psalm 40:1 somewhere you will see it!  What does it mean to wait patiently for the Lord? Do you feel like He has heard your cry?  Why or why not?

Continue reading verses 2 and 3 of this chapter. Are you ready to trust God to put a new song in your heart? What does this mean for your life?

Wednesday- Answer #1 and #2 of the Chapter 11 Bible Study Questions on p. 206 of the Hidden Joy book. 

Thursday- #3 and #4 of the Chapter 11 Bible Study Questions on p. 206 of the Hidden Joy book.   I leave for Los Angeles today on a P31 Mission Trip to the Dream Center. I’ll be working with inner city LA and I would really appreciate your prayers. I’ll be tweeting and Facebooking from LA while I’m there.

Friday- Post a prayer for Wendy Blight today on my blog. I know this will bless her tremendously! She has shared with me that this online study has been the highlight of her message since she wrote the book! How amazing is that??? Let’s shower her with blessings. Post your prayer here. I will pass it on and you will be entered to win the next book in our online studies, A Confident Heart, by Renee Swope.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday :)

Love Y’all!

Melissa

Melissa
Jul 24

Hidden Joy~Week 9

As I write this post it’s very late Saturday night…or actually early Sunday morning.  I’m at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. We wrap things up tomorrow. I’m especially blessed to be bringing Stephanie Clayton home with me for a few days. I don’t want to let her go back to Texas, but I’m thankful we have a few days left.  :)  We have another sweet amazing friend driving up to see us tomorrow and we are having a slumber party at Samantha Reed’s house. Not sure when I’m going to ever sleep again, but it’s so fun hangin out with God and girlfriends.  Wish all of us in this study could have a big ole slumber party! Wouldn’t that be fun?  Ok, let’s get on with this week’s schedule of assignments. It’s a big week, so get ready.

Congrats to Carol B!!!  You are the winner of the journal from Friday’s blog post!  Email me at Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org with your address!

This week will be a little different.  Get your “A” game on ladies, we are tackling 2 chapters!  Don’t be intimidated by this, it’s the only week we have to step it up a bit. We are preparing to finish strong! 

Words of the Week:

Prayer

Abide

 

Select one of the following to be your memory verse this week:

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5

Monday- Read Chapter 9.  Write any comments you have about Chapter 9 on the blog.

Tuesday-Complete all of the Bible study questions on p. 199-201. 

Wednesday- Read Chapter 10.  Visit the blog to comment about it.

Thursday- Complete all the Bible study questions on p. 202-204.

Friday- Catch up day.  If you fell behind, use today to catch up.

Saturday- Visit my blog and share which verse you memorized. Let us know what this week’s verse means to you.

Forgive me for being so brief. It’s late and I need to go night night! LOL! 

Thank you all for working hard this week!  Check my blog and the online Bible studies facebook page for Chapter 9 and discussions this week.  I look forward to hearing about your prayer times and the ways you are abiding in Christ.

I’m so proud of you for making it this far! No matter where you are in the book, I’m really happy you continue to read and study. Don’t give up, even if you are behind. Keep moving at your own pace, that’s ok.  I’m praying you are experiencing the hope of Christ as you keep pressing on in our Hidden Joy study.

Love you!

Melissa
Jul 22

Practice Psalm 46:10

This will be short and sweet.

In the comment section, share 3 ways you can put Psalm 46:10 into practice in your every day life.

I’m giving away a journal to use in your personal quiet time. A winner will be randomly selected. To be eligible to win, you must comment in this post. And you must share 3 ways.  Winner announced Sunday!

Blessings Y’all!

 

 

****don’t forget, if you are at She Speaks, come find me!

Melissa