Sep 23

Friday Friday

Gotta get down on Friday….(You don’t have to click this link….it’s just a silly Friday video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0

Ok, sorry for that.  If you have no idea what I just posted, it’s ok.  Remember I live in a house of 4 crazy kids.  Just bein silly.  It’s the end of a very long week!

We are experiencing some growing pains here at the Online Bible Studies camp. We’ve grown by 4,500 since the last study. We are looking for a new way to do conference calls because SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP!!!  It’s all good problems to have….

Conference Call Ladies….If you’ve signed up, be patient. You will receive an email soon.   Here’s the schedule:

September 27th, 4 pm EST, Love That Lasts, guest Sheri Rose Shepherd

October 10th, 8 pm EST, Hope For The Future

October 24th, 8 pm EST, Good Enough

November 14th, 8 pm EST, “I’ve Blown It”

Other guests (Renee Swope, Leah DiPascal, Ann Noonan, Mary Ann Ruff, and more can be found here. )

You will receive an email the day before the call with the call information.  Remember if you can’t be on the call live, it’s no big deal. We will record the call.  You can listen to recording or download it to your computer.  If you  still want to sign up, click here.  Each call contains a message, interview with amazing guests, and Q & A.

Are any of you interested in leading a group?  If so, Proverbs 31 would like to support you. Today, one of our Gather & Grow leaders and leadership team members, Sharon Sloan, has a give away for any of you who would like to lead a group in your area. She is giving away a Made to Crave Bundle on her blog today.  A huge give away!!!!! And we will be using this in our next online study!   http://histablefortwo.blogspot.com/ Sharon is one of my favorite people in the world. I’m so honored to have her on the Gather & Grow team.  She’s a fabulous leader and if you decide to lead a group, she would be available to advise, encourage, and be there for you .  As a leader, you would receive monthly encouragement and training from P31. You could impact lives in your area.  Check out her blog today!

I hope you have gained hope and confidence from Chapter 1.  This is going to be a life changing book .  Life change is possible.

This week has been awesome.  I’ve loved getting to know you.  Thank you for sharing with me.  It’s been eye opening DISCOVERING the amazing things God has planned for all of us in this study!

 

Blessings and Have fun in the Bible study,

Melissa

MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com

 

Melissa

Comments

  1. Jennifer Renee says:

    Hi all. I haven’t made a comment until now.
    My name is Jennifer and I’m from Washington, D.C. I live right in the city. It was nice to read so many names from the surrounding areas of D.C.
    I don’t have a copy of the book yet and right now I don’t have a way to read it because I’m blind. Here’s a little about why I still want to do the study by reading Melissa’s posts and your comments.
    I want to learn how to stop doubting my abilities. Ten years ago I started a job answering phones for a small weight loss business. All my life that was all I thought I could do as a job because I grew up visually impaired and have been blind since 1991. After a while and as I learned more about the products we sold and how to do more my boss started giving me more responsibilities including being the supervisor of all the other employees. I even gained confidents to go shopping on my own. I would get a store employee to help me. I stopped working in 2009 and now I don’t seem to have the confidence I once had. Again I’m back to feeling like there isn’t anything I can do because of my disability.
    I also seem to doubt whether or not I can do anything for God. I often feel like I’m not as strong as others in church in my walk with Him and in my prayer life and knowledge of the Word.

    • Hi Jennifer! As soon as I saw that you were visually impaired I thought of Jennifer Rothschild! If you don’t know who she is, she is a Christian author, speaker, and singer who is blind! She has retinitous pigmentosa. What does that mean? She sees NOTHING.

      Here is her website: http://www.jenniferrothschild.com

      I”ll be praying for you that God will make a way for you to participate in this study!

      Blessings and prayers,
      Alicia Roark

      • Jennifer Renee says:

        Alicia,
        I learned about Jennifer Rothschild two years ago and have read one of her books so far. I also get her monthly news letter. I almost had a chance to hear her speak when she came to VA.
        Thanks for the prayers.

    • Wendy Cooper says:

      You are not alone. There are a lot of people that do not feel confident but we don’t tell others fearing that we are the only ones. I will pray for you that your confidence in the Lord grows and that you know you are God’s child and that He uses those of us who are weak and humble. Moses did not think he could be used by God and look what God did through him. It’s God in us and what he does through us that is great. Please pray for me too as I struggle with this same issue every day. Let’s not allow satan to win and take our confidence. Love, Wendy

    • April in IN says:

      Hello Jen Ren, It is so nice to see a familiar name on here. I do not personally know you but recognize you from Wendy Land….Wendy Pope’s Reading Thru The Word group! I was never one to post too often in Wendy Land, (maybe because I lack confidence??) (Smile) But I always enjoyed hearing from you. I also do not have my book yet for this study, but like you, I will follow along until I get one. Just keep taking baby steps Jennifer toward the Light of the SON….He can give you your confidence back! Philippians 4:13
      New Living Translation (NLT)
      13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

      I will keep you in my prayers as we all try to get past the stinkin thinkin that satan would have us believe about ourselves and develop the confidence that God has blessed us with!
      Have a peaceful day!
      April M

    • Hello Jennifer! It is so wonderful to meet you. I have had mobility issues for years..and a lot of chronic pain. I became permanently disabled 4 years ago. Prior to that I was a very confident person. Now I use a motorized wheelchair and have a very difficult time getting around. My confidence just took a massive nose dive downward. I know that this study will help restore my confidence but this time in the Lord. I’ll be praying for you. Please keep in touch…Maureen.

  2. It has been a week, full of lots of emotions; both good and bad. I am glad at times like this that I am a part of this Bible Study and community, knowing we are all in this together and that I am being supported with prayers, it makes it easier.

    I thank Renee so much for her book, her openness and honesty. I thank you for like the millionith time Melissa for these Bible Studies.

    Praying for everyone in the Study and excited to see what Week 2 will bring :)

    • Elisa Rodriguez says:

      Good morning Veronica,
      I couldn’t agree with you more, this week has been filled with a roller coaster of emotions and feelings of ups and downs for me as well. The questions really made me reflct and resurface many thoughts and emotions that i though I had “dealt” with a long time ago. I here for you and i am thankful that I have the support of soo many beautiful sisters (even though i haven’t personally met any of them) I know in my heart that you are all beautiful. I am excited and i loof forward to nxt week;s reading. I hope to speak with you soon. God Bless You < (This is my little fish)

      • Yep, I am raising my hand as well. I guess that the study was designed to make us dig deep into those feelings. I had a lot of emotion as well. It is good to know that I wasnt alone.

  3. Good Morning, Jennifer! In reading your comment, I can only imagine what you are faced with. However, in your last sentence, I share those same feelings as you do. I’ve been a chistian for 6 years now, I still don’t think my walk is as strong as others, I fellowship with. The one thing I can suggest, read and study the bible more. Participate in corporate worship and bible study, if only it is an option for you. I find this to be the best strategy, in getting to know God’s word more and transforming your life as, christ-like.

    I will pray for you my dear, that God will continue giving you, an desire to learn more about him. In taking this online study, it will give you the strenght that you need to press forward.

    Sincerely,

    Dawn

  4. Melissa, I was dragging this morning and your “silly Friday video” made me smile injecting energy in my day. Blessings to you and yours!

  5. Michele Caséca says:

    Hi Melissa,

    I’m so glad you believe life change is possible. I believe this too, and I’m working on it. This first chapter was a real blessing to me, and so your Bible Study.
    Thank you for letting me be a part of this Study.

    Love you.
    Michele

  6. Melissa, this is what I’ve learned from the first week of online bible study. “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised”. Hebrews 10:35-36

    Praise the LORD!

    Dawn

  7. “So do not throw away your confidence for it will be richly rewarded. I need to persevere so that after you have done the will of God I will recieve His promise.” Hebrews 10:35,36

    Thank you Melissa for doing the Bible study online. I am excited to see what God has in store for all of us as we embark on this journey together.

    I would like prayer to be more confident in who God made me to be. I have a hard time with fear of failure, doubting myself, not feeling good enough, pretty enough, or smart enough… I secong guess myself quite alot! I want to change. Thank you in advance for your prayers.

    God Bless you all and hope you have a good Friday

  8. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised! Hebrews 10:35-36
    Awesome study time this week! My 7 year old son had fun helping me memorize this verse the other day too-he took his job very seriously! Thank you Melissa for all the work you have put into this and continue to put into this study! You and your team are in my prayers! :) Happy Friday!

  9. Jennifer Rasor says:

    “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” ~Hebrews 10:35-36

    Happy Friday!!!

    ~Jen

  10. Rosanne Huber says:

    Thank you for leading this Bible Study. I looking forward to growing stronger in my faith. Everyone have a wonderful weekend. I pray that I will have a more confident heart at the end of this study. Our family has been having a difficult year and there and I am having a lot of doubts, and fears. So, thank you.

  11. “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10:35-36

  12. Hope all is well. I joined the study hoping I could fit at least this in. I just got my book yesterday and hoping to catch up. Ithink it will be a really good thing for me. Lotta catching up…

  13. This week’s verse about not throwing away my confidence because of the great and glorious compensation of reward that it carries… has been a huge help to me as I am facing this upcoming back surgery. Knowing I will get to live the rest of my journey here on earth in a non-crippled body is the goal. It doesn’t pay to rehearse the details of what all obstacles have been thrown into my path to keep me from having this surgery, but suffice it to say fear and intimidation are right up there. Of course this verse has far more application than just this surgery, but for now I will use it to get me on and off that surgery table in victory, and then back home peace! And now I have a whole host of sisters in this Bible study who are standing with me!

  14. I am really enjoying this bible study. I has allowed me to realize how confident I truly am. The memory verse is a plus for me as well. I spoke to me heart. I realized that God has changed somethings for me everday this week. I am so look forward to next week. I also love the video post. Thank you for writing this book, I feel you wrote is especially for me. Pray my strength in the Lord grows stronger and stronger each and everyday.

  15. Enjoying the study. The scriptures are so good and the daily reflections.

  16. April in IN says:

    Happy Friday Everyone….I missed out on the day of formal introductions…so here goes. My name is April and I am from Batesville IN. I am a mother to three girls (ages 32, 26, 11) and have four beautiful grandchildren (ages 12, 8, 7, & 5) . That’s right, my oldest granddaughter is older than my youngest daughter! (: I am also the wife of a pastor. “Pastor’s wife” is a role I really struggle with. I don’t feel qualified to be the wife of a pastor. We “pastor wives” are suppose to have it all together, right?? NOT!! I too struggle with a lack of self confidence and feel I do not have as much knowledge of the Bible as every one expects of me! I’m a good listener, but find it very difficult to confide in people about my own insecurities. I tend to hide my insecurities pretty good….even from family. I don’t want my girls to be as insecure as I am, so I really try to mask my own lack of self confidence around them. I am more of a “behind the scenes” type person. You probably won’t see me posting too often….lots of times I will type something, then think “that sounds stupid” and delete it before I post it! :) Hmmm, wonder if this will get posted?? :) Like many other people have mentioned on here….I have let my guard down around people that I thought were “friends” only to find out they weren’t true friends after all. So I listen but don’t speak too often. Thank you Melissa for doing this study and I pray that through this study of “A Confident Heart” that many of us will become more confident in who God created us to be.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    April M

    • April in IN says:

      I did it…I posted! Now I sure wish there was a “delete” button!! :)

      • April, you did awesome with your comment. I am using this Bible study and the blog to help me increase my confidence in sharing with others.

        • Sounds all too familiar. Good to know that others feel the same way as I do.

          • Me too, I will sometimes go to write something to someone and second guess myself and delete it!! I really want more confidence in all areas but especially with prayer. Such as being able to pray out loud for people and having the right words. This study is coming at such a great time, have been through a lot this year and it compliments the message at church right now also.

    • Right there with you, April! Your words stuck an all-too familiar chord in my heart!
      Your motivation to grow God-confidence for yourself and your daughters is wonderful!!! Go, girl!!! You are an inspiration to many!

      • I so resonate with you April and everyone! This is my first online Bible Study. I am also a pastor’s wife and I’m expected to be confident at all times. Since I am thought of as someone who has a lot of Bible knowledge, I get intimidated as I do not believe I know as much as people think I know (my love has always been theology since I came out of a cult 15 years ago). All that to say, I desire to grow in my confidence as a child of the King, all to the glory of God. I’m excited for what God is going to do in and through this study for all of us!

    • April, welcome to this study and congratulations on having the courage to press “Submit”! :-) I think we all struggle with having the courage to openly share, but you’ve chosen a safe and loving place to test the waters, which is wise. Many times when I write a post, I hear the discouraging voice in my head say “no one cares what you have to say” or “that’s not really valuable” and I am tempted to delete it. With God’s help, I’m getting a little bolder now. I pray He nudges you to step out and speak His encouragement to others, and helps you build the confidence to know that it does matter, and you’re doing His work when you lift someone up! :-)

  17. Mary from TX says:

    Therefore do not cast away your confidence which has great reward
    For you have need of endurance so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise!!

    Cast away, throw away, waste. Truly words to think about. This verse be with me for a long while.

    Have a wonderful weekend all. Confidence up!

    Mary

  18. Hi Melissa. I am new to the online bible study world. I am a busy woman from Vermont raising 3 young, special needs, grandchildren while trying to help their mom as much as I can. God blessed my husband and I with these kids 7 years ago and your new study…well lets just say that without the Lord, I would not have the confidence to face all that I do. I hope that I can be a valuable part of this new found community. My book just arrived and I can’t wait to really get things going with this. I am praying for all my sisters in Christ out there who share my struggles and who, as well, trust in the Lord with all their heart. God Bless and thanks again!

  19. I am so thankful for this bible study and the opportunity to do this online. It could not have come at a better time for me. I am 42 and pregnant with some health issues that have led me to need to stay at home finish up this week and next working and then not return to work until 8 weeks after my baby is born. I thought this would be perfect. It turns out that God had more in store for me and has continued to reveal his plan for me in so many ways. I am talking to others about starting a foster home for girls 16 years and older who will turn 18 and still be in foster care with no where to go then starting a home for these girls 18+ and also for pregnant girls. (A need for confidence to start the new venture). As we talk about this I think, these girls need their own confidence to grow in their lives too (another need for confidence to begin my first leading of a group sometime in the future and to minister to others that may not have Christ in their lives). I have struggled with my confidence for as long as I can remember and this has brought me hope in so many ways. I am so thankful for the opportunities, the life and promises that God has given. I cannot wait to see what HE shows me as we move along in this study. My hope for everyone else is that they can see what God is calling them to do and have the confidence to move on it. I am going to try to trust HIM this time around. I know it will be better!

  20. Enjoying the bible study. I am not very computer literate, so I’m also learning how to use blogs. This is my first on line bible study and it’s very helpful. I can go at my own pace and I like reading what other people think.

  21. Through the years my confidence has dwindled to nearly nothing. This relocation has been the “breaking straw” for me. I continue to read elsewhere about other’s struggles and triumphs in new places/cultures and seek to draw courage, confidence and inspiration from their triumphs and growth in God-confidence!

    Clinging to this new life verse – Hebrews 10:35-36: So do not throw away your confidence; it WILL be richly rewarded. You need to PERSEVERE so that when you have done the WILL OF GOD, you WILL RECEIVE what HE HAS PROMISED.

  22. Debbie from La Marque TX says:

    A very dear friend of mine suggested we do this study together. Once I read the information on it, I knew it was something I needed to do. I struggle with self doubt, low self esteem, low confidence level, etc. So far, the first chapter has been great. The questions really make you stop and dig deep. This study is a good thing and it came along at just the right time–a real God thing!

  23. “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that you when you have done the will of God, you may receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10: 35-36
    Amen, may it be engraved in all our hearts ladies! I know I need to recover hope and confidence in Christ in my heart. Thank you Melissa for doing this study, God bless you and each of one of us participating.
    Hoping to receive the book soon! I live in South America, and this week I was able to complete the assignments and read chapter 1 as it was posted online – grateful for that provision as the questions were really insightful and made me think a lot. Praying for grace and confidence!

  24. I have had several issues to struggle with this week. But each time something else gets piled on, I say to myself… “I will not throw away my confidence; it will be richly rewarded. I NEED to persevere, so that when I have done the will of God, I will receive all that He has promised.”
    There are other scriptures that I have focused on this week, too. They are: James 1:2-4, James 1:12, Galations 6:9, Romans 5:3-5, and Proverbs 3:26

    God is good!! I pray that we all persevere today!!!

    • thank you muriel for the idea of personalizing the scripture. it is so impacting when it is in the first person.

      • Cindy Gammons says:

        Thank you so much for the scriptures you posted. They are wonderful. I needed those. I wrote them down in my notes so that I can go back and study them. Thank you again!

  25. So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to perserve so that when you do the will of God, you will recieve what He has promised.

    I finally got this verse down. Praise the Lord!!!! This has been a very revealing week for me. Working through the questions made me think and a few times this week, I had to definetly recite the verse to get me through.

    I’m looking forward to next week and am praying for all of us to recieve what God has promised.

  26. Lori-Kim Phinney says:

    This week was a difficult week emotionally. This study has brought up so many emotions, so many memories (and it’s only just begun lol) that sometimes it’s hard to put them into words that don’t sound like babbling. Hebrews 10:35-36 came in handy though this week. I am on my church’s worship team because I love to sing and for year everyone who has heard me has said I can sing (some are people who have put out records of their own so they know a lil more than the average lay person), but for years I haven’t believe them. So this year I have started to accept what they say not as wishful thinking, but as fact. It’s hard because I’ve always lacked confidence in more than a few areas in my life. Well I started practicing a special I’m going to sing probably in a month, maybe a bit sooner and when I was standing there and people were coming in for the main practice and I was still practicing my song with the pianist that verse went through my head. I have it on my door at home and when I came home that night I saw it and smiled. I’m not sandy patty (but I still want to sing as high as her when “grow up” lol) or any other recording artist – I’m still struggling to be a confident Lori-Kim Phinney. But it’s coming – slowly.

  27. Neika Piitsburgh PA says:

    Hi Melissa,
    My girlfriend and I are doing this study together and I’m so glad that I decided to join. I work days and nights as a nurse so commiting to a study at my church is very challenging. So far I’m loving the book. I just moved to PA and trying to adjust to new surroundings and my daughter that is 12 is really missing her friends in South FL where we are from. I need that god confidence to continue to set the correct behaviors for her. It’s tough and I want her to see that with God all things are possible . I refuse to throw away my confidence!!! Awsome week 1.

  28. i am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this online study, but i must admit that i have not been very disciplined with this thus far. i read the chapter and answered the questions but did not work very hard at the memorization piece. i hope to make some progress with the memorization piece this week.
    thank you to muriel. i love the idea of personalizing the verse: “I will not throw away my confidence; it will be richly rewarded. I need to persevere, so that when I have done the will of God, I will receive all that He has promised.”~teri

  29. Cindy Gammons says:

    I am so excited about doing this on-line study. I actually ordered “A Confident Heart” several weeks ago. I saw it advertised on Proverbs 31 and I knew God was speaking to me and I was supposed to order it right then. I had read 8 chapters when I saw that Melissa was going to do a study. I was so excited because I had already told a friend it would be a wonderful book to study together.

    I have been struggling with self-doubt, trusting God, Patience, waiting on God and Confidence. I am 46 years old, I was saved by the Grace of God in my early 20’s but never realized what that meant in my life. God got a hold of me about a year ago. I have been to the “pit” and back. It has been a hard year. I am still struggling. I am so happy God chose me for this journey. It has been difficult. And I have seen God’s promises. But there is a mountain in between.

    “So do not throw away your condifence, it will be richly rewarded…….when you have done the will of God you will receive what He has promised.” Confidence, trust, believe God, patience, waiting on God…….I know that is His will right now. I must learn to trust God and turn my life over to Him. Just when I am on track, something happens and I fall off again. God is patient. I pray this book will lead me to be a more confident person and to trust and believe God with my whole heart and throw my self-doubt away.

  30. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
    Wow – following a week of some incredible physical pain this touched my heart and helped me not to give up. I have been battling very hard in my heart and mind – not a very confident person, always thinking I have to please everyone – to the point that I will push myself when hurt even to meet others needs or expectations. You see, I have been dealing with an injury that happened May 1 to my achilles tendon and during the process of trying to stretch that out other muscles and tendons have torn significantly and I am back to being laid up in pain, but only at night and on weekends as I need to continue to work to pay bills. I was so ready to just give up on any hope of a break in all of this – I have been so overwhelmed, yet I know I also must simply trust He knew this was going to happen – I know He has a plan and I know He knows where I am – I just pray for a more pliable heart a confident heart a knowing He has it and me and together we will make it through all this…thank you ladies for sharing

  31. Hi everyone!
    I am from Lexington, NC and this is my 2nd study with Melissa. I learned and grew so much in the last study and when I saw this one, I knew I had to sign up. I use to have a tone of confidence in everything I did. In 2008 my life was literally turned upside down and I lost all confidence in myself among other things. Prior to then, I had a very strong faith and felt confident in my walk with God. After 2008, when I should have been running towards God, I ran from him. Slowly, I have gained most of my confidence back in him but still lack it in most of the areas in my life. I am looking forward to this study and am praying that God will return the confidence I once had. All things are possible through him. He has shown this to me many, many times. One example is that my husband was agnostic our whole relationship (13 years) but he got saved in September of last year and will be baptized tomorrow. He answered one of my biggest prayers!!
    I look forward to getting to know you ladies and will be praying for all of you!!
    Blessings and Love,
    Karri

  32. Hello ladies… I am just now joining in the “A Confident Heart” bible study and I am kinda excited about this. I have been a christian for 50 years and, at 70, I am now on the downhill side of life. We moved two years ago to a new area and I am having difficulty finding my “niche”. I have lost my confidence, I feel blue all the time and do not feel like I fit anywhere. My husband is in very poor health and I am his sole caregiver – which I must say, I do enjoy. But it makes me so sad because our life together has gone by so fast. I love the Lord. I want to serve Him but there is no place for me anywhere. I have volunteered for different tasks at church but there are always so many people involved I usually end up just sitting down. I have taught bible studies and sunday school in the past but those jobs are all taken also at my church. I know that God is in control and He is doing something in my life that I am not aware of yet. But I am very lonely. While most if not all of us will never meet I look forward to doing this study with each of you. Thank you so much for letting me vent. God is so good!!

    • Carolyn, I hope that the time you spend with the “Confident Heart” seekers is enough to take away your loneliness. Do you live anywhere near a college?
      I was just thinking that you would make an awesome “foster grandma” to some young girl (or guy) who may not be able to go home very often, but could use someone to talk to. My daughter met a woman much like yourself who was using the campus facility for a morning walk. The ended up meeting twice a week to walk together and what a blessing it turned out to be for both of them. Maybe this isn’t your “thing” either, but just thought I’d throw it out there. Keep seeking God and He will give you something. Until then, keep doing what you are doing; being a loving, serving wife may just be what God has for now. I hope that if and when the time comes, I can step up to the task of caring for my own husband. . . we need more examples of self sacrifice, like yourself. God Bless You!

  33. Just picked my book up at the post office yesterday . . . I am really excited now!!
    I am sure that chapter 2 will have just as much for me as chapter 1 did. It’s a good thing I started a new journal with this study because I have written so much that I might need to get another one before we are done. I always do my best thinking in writing. I use writing as a tool for prayer, as well. One of my somewhat “quirky” methods of prayer lately is sending a text to God. I simply type my prayer and hit send (of course, I don’t exactly have a # in my contacts, but I KNOW He gets it!) This works particularly well when you are in a public place and just want to talk to God. . . It’s great, I make my requests and praises known and look really cool in the process! :)
    I sent my daughter the verse from week 1. She is a junior in college and recovering from anorexia nervosa. Last year at this time she was in the hospital. Through all that God has allowed her to experience, she has found her call in life, now she simply needs the confidence to follow through. I wish I could say that I have been a great example for her in confidence, but I have not and that is why I am here. I wish I would have thought to check out the Bible sooner on this. . . who knew there were so many passages on confidence?
    “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

  34. Olayinka Okunola says:

    Hi everybody, didn’t post the memory verse last week as I was at a training seminar and didn’t have access to the internet. so here goes:
    Hebrews 10: 35-36, “So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. So then persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised”.
    Looking forward to this week’s study. I know that by the end of this study I will not be the same person.
    Good luck everybody!

  35. Hi my name is Kim from Louisville KY. I, like a few others I noticed,did not post in the blog last week. I am married with 2 children a boy soon to turn 6 and a girl soon to turn 2. I work full time and struggle with many things and confidence is one of them. I look forward to growing towards being a more confident woman along with all you fine ladies and look forward to reading your posts.
    Thank you!

  36. Peggy Ann Kennedy says:

    I also did not post my memory verse–So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. So that when you do the will of God you will receive what He has promised. This week has been rough, I noticed that I wanted to cling to my old beliefs because they have been so ingrained and habitual. Then yesterday after reflecting on the last verse in question 7, Jeremiah 17:7, I realized I do love God and my faith may be as small as a mustard seed but God is trustworthy and will bless the little faith I have until it become large faith and yesterday was a great day. Thank you again for all the encouragement.

  37. I read chapter two yesterday and it was the EXACT same thing that my pastor preached in the morning. I couldn’t belileve it. Even down to the “yada”. I was amazed. I love when that happens because I know that God is talking directly to me. I find chapter two very comforting. I did have that close relationship with Jesus last year but some how I let it slip away. I have to go back to the intense fellowship that I once had with Him which was the best thing in my life, ever. It changed me. I have to go back to His Word and spend more quaility time with the Lord. This study is helping me head back in the right direction. Looking forward to discussioin questions!

  38. As long as we live in the light of His truth, before long, there can be no darkness because everything we do will be in the light. Being authentic and transparent are rare gifts and I encourage you to embrace yours, Melissa.

  39. Amen Connie! My computer is going in the hospital. After it is operated on I will be able to participate more, espeically on Facebook. Being disabled, I rarely go out. I enjoy the long healthy discussions that Im sure will transpire and are already formulating in my mind! Love to all of you ladies. I hope that this Bible Study has been a blessing to you as it is for me. I pray for you often. M

  40. I just heard the coolest thing on the radio yesterday when I was driving. It’s something we all know to be true, but it’s just the way the minister said it. He said that whatever kind of hell we happen to be going through in our lives is the ONLY hell we, as Christians, will ever experience. Praise be to God! That just put a whole new perspective on things for me.

  41. Dorothy Namigadde says:

    This week i have moved forward my confidence is growing,i have had many problems in life with my family history ,my health and my life in general where i had to depend on other people yet am educated in the process i lost all the confidence in life,i had reached un extent where i couldnt even share in asmall group but as this study is going on am regaining my confidence i can share in the small group i fellowship with,thanks alot

  42. I just got the book this week so feel I’m behind and rushing to catch up. I’ve just gotta testify about what the forward of the book did for me!!! As I read it I cried and cried and cried….I said that’s me!!! I had ALREADY been telling my husband that “my love cup” was either empty or needing filled. I couldn’t believe when I read the words about needing “the heart shaped cup filled”! When I read about never being tossed by your daddy or hearing words of your worth, I said that’s me! I can relate totally! Even though I spent 10 years on my own believing for God to restore my marriage and dug into God Word more than ever, I never reached that place where God was truly “my all”. I need to hear acceptance/worth from others or I feel like a failure. So I believe this bible study is a God send! I truly am hoping through it I will come to a place where God is truly all I need and have the confidence in Him to go forward in life no matter what others say or do around me! THANK YOU for being so transparent/real and I look forward to what God has in store through this study!

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