Aug 17

Is God Enough?

Is God Enough?  No one needed my devotion, which is running today on various sites, more than I did today! In fact, I had kind of forgotten it was running today and when I clicked open my email and saw it, my heart felt like God knew. He knew what I was going through and that I needed to decide today, “Melissa, Am I enough for you?”  And I thought, “Yes Lord, You are.”  I need to remember that.

If you are visiting because you read today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, welcome. I’m happy you are visiting.

Leave a comment today and you will be entered to win a copy of the next book we are studying right here on this blog. It’s going to be a life changer. A Confident Heart, by Renee Swope is our next book.  The study begins September 19th and it is going to be powerful. If you’ve ever struggled with doubt, (who hasn’t???) this is the study for you!  So far this year, 7000+ women have participated in my online studies, I’d love for you to be a part of my group too. :)

To sign up for this study, all you need to do is fill out the form in the right hand column of this blog (the sign up form is right under the Proverbs 31 logo).  Also keep checking my blog (you can sign up for updates on that too in the right hand column (where it says “subscribe to receive posts…” under my picture), because I’ll be giving away more copies of the book and conference call packages.

To participate in the study, all you need is the book, A Confident Heart, and computer access so you can be a part of the online portion of the study.  There is an optional Conference Call series, which I highly recommend. There is a cost for the Conference Calls ($15 total for all 4 calls) and we have a stellar line up of guests for you.  You can sign up for the calls here.  You can listen to the calls live or if you can’t be on live, each call is recorded so you won’t miss anything.  Each call contains a message, interviews with amazing guests, and time for Q & A. More info on the calls soon.  They fill up quick, so if you are interested, sign up soon!

If you have any questions about our next online study, email me at:  MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com .

Read below, a blog post that I wrote a little over a year ago. It was written when I wrote “Is God Enough?” originally. It’s about my son, Dylan. Renee Swope read about Dylan on my blog and was so moved, she included his story in her book, A Confident Heart.

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**The following was originally posted on my blog July 2, 2010.

 

13 Years ago today, my 3rd son was born.  I didn’t know it at the time, but I gave birth to the sweetest child in the world that day.  Dylan Ross Taylor is my child who possesses a great amount of love for others, a smile to share daily, sensitivity towards others, a loyal disposition, and a heart of gold.  This is all true.  If I had to say anything negative about him, it would be that he carries others’ burdens way heavier than a boy his age should.  Well that and he’s a bit unorganized and easily distracted. :) Proverbs 3:5-6 are his life verses that we taught him when he was little as he has grown they have always seemed to fit.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. (NIV) (used purple because that is his favorite color)  Even at his young age, he relies on these verses, a promise from God that when we trust Him and not ourselves, He will provide direction.

It is totally a coincidence that my devotion is running on Dylan’s birthday.  Well a coincidence to me, not to God.  In my devotion I wrote about how God is enough…enough to provide for and get us through any and all situations.  His Word gives us that reassurance.  His Words give us the comfort and security we need. Dylan has also found comfort and security from God’s Word as well as the words people have spoken and prayed in his life.  Let me explain.

Dylan was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder when he was in the 1st grade. Now some of you may think that’s way too young to be given a diagnosis like that, but for my husband and I, it answered many questions.  Like, why did our son cry for hours after being disciplined (simple discipline like getting a card pulled at school)?  Why did he remain visibly upset after hearing the alarm during a routine fire drill at school or seeing a bee in the backyard at home?  Why did he worry so much about problems that weren’t his own?  Why did he have acid reflux so often and there was no physical reason for it?  Why did he perform well on tests with no time limit but bomb on tests with a time limit?  Anxiety.  And with his diagnosis came education and knowledge on how to best treat it and help Dylan.  He began taking medication, which helped a great deal.  We also learned how to adjust various other factors in Dylan’s life. Two things provided Dylan great comfort. One was that his mom’s friends were praying for him.  The other was God’s Word.

When Dylan was 9 years old, he had to have a lot of lab work done involving needles and the drawing of blood. Anxiety disorders and needles don’t go well together in case you are wondering.  He practically hyperventilated just hearing what would be done to him.  His breathing became short and he went into panic mode just listening to the doctor explain what needed to be done. Since we had been working with Dylan on speaking up for what he needed, he decided this was a good time to put that into practice and I’ll never forget it.  He said,”Can we please wait 1 week to do this lab work please?”  The doctor asked, “Why?”  To which Dylan replied, “I’d like to get my mom’s friends to pray for me.”  The doctor replied with an absolute, “Certainly, that’s a great idea.”  We got home and Dylan said to me, “Mom, if you will get all of your praying friends to please pray for me to be brave and unafraid, I know it will work.”  So of course, I did.  And let me tell you what my sweet praying friends did.  They did pray for him, but not only that, they emailed letters to Dylan sharing with him their exact prayers and their words of encouragement.  Dylan believed them and he believed in the power of prayer. He believed that God heard these prayers and a week later, we went to the lab.  When it was time, I could tell Dylan was nervous, but he kept saying, “God is with me and will get me through this. Trust the Lord with all my heart…” At that moment he needed to decide, Is God enough to get me through this. He obviously decided Yes. The nurse stuck the needle in his arm and the blood was drawn.  5 viles full.  When it was over, Dylan exclaimed, “That’s it?  It’s over?  The prayers worked!”

Don’t you just love that story?  I do. I printed all of those prayers from my friends. We still look at them today. They are Dylan’s (and mine) reminder that God is faithful.

I know many of you (me included) have experienced or are experiencing circumstances that leave you distraught, afraid, or uneasy. Life is hard and often our only real choice is to trust God with all our heart and rely on Him. That alone is enough and I pray that you believe and trust in that. God is enough.

In honor of Dylan’s 13th birthday, if you leave a comment, I will pray Dylan’s verses for you by name today.  Have a great day and thanks again for stopping by.  Love and blessings!  <3

 

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Leave a comment today and you will receive a double blessing. #1, you will be entered to win a copy of A Confident Heart.  #2, I will pray Proverbs 3:5-6 for you personally.

Have a FABULOUS, CONFIDENT,  “God is Enough” Day!

 

 

Melissa

Comments

  1. Grace Lane says:

    Hi Melissa,
    Proverbs 3:5.6 is one of my life verses. I have prayed it for my daughters and friends. Thank you for sharing Dylan’s story. I can see how he is a blessing to your life and to the lives of others.
    May the Lord continue to pour out His love upon you and your family.
    Grace :)

  2. Thank you for the story on Dylan. What am amazing little boy. Please pray for my anxiety. I am trying desperately to stay off of medicine and rely on my faith and feel so guilty when it doesn’t work. My head knows that God is enough but oh, please pray that my heart will soak in the message. Thank you.

  3. Jennifer Rasor says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart and Dylan’s story. It is very encouraging to me and the depression and anxiety I go through! Looking forward to “A Confident Heart”!

  4. Dylan, you are an amazing young man, and truly an inspiration even to us adults who don’t like needles either! Thank you, Melissa, for sharing his story! Can’t wait for the next study to begin!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this today Melissa! God is enough and is timing…well he knows thats for sure. Much love to your whole family!

  6. Dear Melissa
    I loved your post today. What a wonderful example that God is enough and may God bless you and your family. It is amazing how God´s promises are always truth and always available for us to take them in our daily life. I have been strugling with some issues myself regarding my marriage and believe me that remembering that God is always enough is what makes me continue in this journey trusting also that God is in control and has his time to deliver his promises to us.
    Please tell Dylan I will be praying for him also and that I wish him a Very Happy Birthday!

  7. Colleen G. says:

    Thank you so much for this Blog. As I read it I couldn’t help but think how I am starting to pray for a “life verse” for each of our children (me too). One to carry us all through this beautiful life.
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    -Colleen G.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for your blog!!!

    Been looking at that book…would be fun to win it!!! :)

  9. Thank you for sharing your heart. The timing was perfect! Thank you!

  10. shawnia holler says:

    What a great message. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Birthday Dylan. – I am praying for Gods comfort and peace to be upon you. Your an amazing young man. May our Lord bless you in all you do. Love Shawnia and Family. Phil.4:13

  11. Hi, I am interested in the bible study you will be having. How does it work?

    sounds wonderful. Is there interaction? Please let me know information on this. thank you

  12. I loved this story about Dylan! I am an elementary school teacher and remember having a sweet little girl in my classroom that had this same type of anxiety diagnosis. I prayed for her a lot and she had a successful year! God is so good and faithful. I needed to be reminded of this as I deepen my own trust in God that He is enough! Please pray for me to remain patient and trusting with my life and plans that God has for me at this time. Thank you for sharing and I pray for God to bless your family abundantly and exceedingly more than you could every think or ask for.
    Lynette

  13. Thank you Melissa for the reminder that God truly IS enough! Too often we forget that truth when we’re caught-up in our individual struggles. I loved the beautiful words you wrote about your son Dylan, and so closely identified with his anxiety issues. I’ve never been diagnosed with anxiety, but have had bouts of depression and believe that I also suffer with anxiety at times too. I’m also terribly afraid of needles and feeling out-of-control in my life. I loved how tenderly Dylan was touched by your friends praying for him and reaching out to him with their written prayers for him. I love how strongly he was able to face the lab with needles, knowing he had God’s Word and Promises safely tucked into his little heart and soul through his prayers and those of others to confidently carry him through his fear.

    Dawna

  14. Thank you for sharing Dylan’s story. It’s a good reminder to not trivialize the anxieties of others, and that God truly is enough. I have come to enjoy a saying Lori Wick wrote in one of her books “When you come to the place where Jesus is all you have, you find that He is all you need”. Thank you for your ministry!

  15. Thank you for sharing Dylan’s story again – this was my first time to see it. I LOVE those verses. I have already given away TWO of Renee’s book and if I am blessed enough to win this one, I already know who I’m giving it to :) A sweet friend that I met at She Speaks. I KNOW she would love to have it!

  16. I remember this devotion vividly! Tears welled up and trickled down my face the first time I read it and did again just now! Precious, absolutely precious! Dylan is now 14 and I pray his faith remains strong. Reading your devotion Is God Enough moved me deeply. It is a question I ask myself pretty often – He is, of course, but the decision to make it a reality in my life is sometimes a daily choice. Knowing I am not alone, but have sisters (most of them I will never see this side of heaven) facing the same choice, is somehow comforting! We are not alone. My go to verse is that He will NEVER leave me nor forsake me!

  17. I know God is enough I say…really?…but I worry…I wish I didn’t but I do…and that makes me wonder…because if I truly had that in my heart and not just in my head then I wouldn’t worry like I do. My prayer is to really grasp that in my heart. God has been so good to me…answered so many prayers…and yet it is more as if I wonder…like a child…is He really enough today…this day? in this circumstance? I know what has brought this pattern about from what has happened in my life as a child…it has always been so easy to believe for others but a little more difficult for me in my own personal life….

  18. Hi my name is Aida, and I just happen to check out Proverbs. As I continue to read I knew u were talking to me, because I want to change jobs, but I am do afraid of failing or not being able to tackle such thing. I want to be a teacher but that’s on a hold because I don’t seem to pass math classes, so I ask God to help me get a secretary position in the county I work for. I have apply bu nothing has come thru. My friend told me yo speak yo the principal so that she can put in s good word for me. I will continue to pray for that position because I know God wants me to get a good job with good pay.

  19. Thank you for this story about your son. We are dealing with possibly the same thing with my daughter & have been to several doctors who haven’t put a dx on it. I’m encouraged.

  20. What a beautiful story. Dylan’s faith and his ability to rely on God in every circumstance is truly inspiring to me. Please tell him that even though he’s young, his experiences can encourage others in ways he can’t even imagine. What a blessing!

  21. Thank you for this story! It truly is something I needed today… (=. Thank you for the work that you do and for providing encouragement and hope. I trust you touch many people’s lives and truly help to bring people to know our amazing Lord.

  22. Bless you! I have a Dylan and his name is Allen, who will not be 13 until February. “Been there and done that” in every sense and sentence, we are connected. This morning I will be meeting with my Mom’s in Touch Group to pray for our childern this morning. I will bring this devotion with me to share. I ask my son every week how we can pray for him – it is powerfuls stuff! Our God is great! and I thank him everyday for my sweet little boy with a love and understanding of God.

  23. What a young faith that brought forth powerful and strong presence of God into manifestation. I love this faith that Dylan has it has trigger’s me to trust more on God no matter the circumstances.

  24. Lisa Thompson says:

    Thank you for sharing your story of your son. I too, have been blessed with wonderful kids, and watching thier struggles in life, praying with them and for them. I would love to do the online bible study, I think that it would be so helpful as we are going thru some life situations that I find myself wondering (and casting BIG shadows), I did buy the book, now I just have to sit down and read it…hopefully this weekend will give me a breather and I can start! Looking forward to developing a more confident heart. Blessings to you and your family!
    In HIS love,

    Lisa

  25. Sue Holbrook says:

    Melissa,
    I am a grandmother and this week I’ve been taking care of my two grandsons while their parents are away on business. This involves taking them to school in the morning which is the hardest part of the day. The older boy (14) has sensory integration dysfunction and is prone to huge emotional reactions and he had one this morning on the way to school. Once he settled down, I assured him I love him and wished him a good day. On the way home, I was distressed and asked God what I need to do to help him through these times. Your devotion, which I happened on totally by accident (really?!?) gave me a huge answer. Honestly, even though we’re a Christian family, I don’t think we’ve ever shown Andrew that he can pray his way through these emotions. Thank you for opening that door to my understanding today. I’ll share it with him and his parents tonight.

  26. Thank you for a very touching story, for it truly touched me just when I needed it. I thank God for he truly is all we need. I have had panic and anxiety disorder for over 10 years. I will pray for you and your family and ask that you pray for me and mine. Thanks for your work, God is good.

  27. My goal this year is “no child left behind”. As a grandmother, I feel a sense of urgency to share with my grandchildren these wonderful life lessons they are not learning from their parents (who I’m also praying for). Let’s show kids early how to walk with God daily. It’s the only foundation they will need . Thank you!

  28. Thanks for Sharing Dylan’s story.He is an amazing young man.Please enter me in Renee’s book giveaway
    Enjoy your online ministry. I will share with friends,family and contacts.

  29. Thanks so much for Dylan’s story.He is an amazing young man. I shared story with my niece she has son with some of same health problems.Please pray for my grandson Phillip he has been diagnosed with ADHD at a very young age
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter contest for the book.

  30. Thanks for sharing that story, it reminds me that God’s promises and His faithfulness is always there, we can bank on that but at times we need that cushion of confidence of others to support us and remind us He is there and has heard our prayers. I love it that about our God He supplies us with the faith we need and many get to watch His glory be displayed. He is a faithful God in whatever circumstance we go through and when we trust in Him He always comes through and we can take that to the bank!