Archives for October 2011

Oct 31

A Confident Heart~Week 7

I hear you. Loud and clear. You are reading A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, but for some reason you are feeling every raw emotion except confidence. Am I right? Well, maybe not for you, but this girl is gonna be straight forward with you. I’m not feeling confident. That probably doesn’t make you feel so great since I’m supposed to be your mighty, strong, fearless leader right?

Here’s the truth. On our quest for confidence and to stop doubting ourselves, we are looking to God’s Word and His promises for our confidence. Our enemy is not happy about it. I’m not one to point my finger at the devil very often or claim spiritual attack as an excuse for my issues, but this time it is clear. Over 8000 women in this study, working for Proverbs 31 Ministries, giving my life away for Jesus…of course attack would come. It should be expected, but that doesn’t make it feel any better.

Rather than make this a “woe is me” post, I’m going to choose to believe God and His promises. I may not feel good every day, I may not feel God every day, but I know He’s there because I believe Him. I can look back and see His faithfulness and I know He’ll pull me through, He always does.

Last week we studied When Doubt Whispers “I’m Not Good Enough.” This week we move on to When Doubt Whispers “I’m Such a Failure.” (Doubt is a liar by the way!)

Phrase of the Week:

No Condemnation

Verses of the Week:

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

Jesus asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one sir, “ she said.  “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.  “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:9-11)

 

Suggested Assignments:

All week long, check the comment section of my blog and join in the conversation. Also keep up on our Online Bible Studies Facebook page.

Monday- Read Chapter 7.

Tuesday- Review Chapter 7, making notes and highlights to remember. Look up the memory verses in your Bible and write them somewhere you can see them often.

Wednesday- Complete #1-4 of the Reflection and Discussion Questions.

Thursday- Complete #5-7 of the Reflection and Discussion Questions.

Friday-Review the week, especially the prayer on p. 133.

Have a great weekend!  Love to all!

 

Melissa
Oct 28

Friday Vlog Suprise!

Hey girls! It’s Stephanie! Just a quick vlog! Loooooove y’all! Have an awesome weekend!

Melissa
Oct 23

A Confident Heart~Week 6

Happy Week 6 Bible Study Sistas!  When I saw the title of this upcoming chapter, admittedly I took a deep breath and thought, “I don’t know if I’m ready for this.”  In fact I know I’m not. I am struggling with THIS VERY THING TODAY!  Over the past few days, weeks, and even months, I have had the crummy opportunity to let a lot of people down. And not just once, but many times. Not on purpose or intentionally, but it’s happened.  It leaves one person feeling hurt and leaves me feeling inadequate and guilty.  It leaves me greatly doubting if I am good enough. My answer: I don’t think I am.  God’s answer:  Yes you are because I made you and you are mine.

When Doubt Whispers “I’m Not Good Enough” is the title of Chapter 6.  Are you ready to dive into the truths God has for us on this topic?  For me doubt SCREAMS “I’m not good enough”….lol.  As God would have it, my pastor at church spoke some words of affirmation I’d like to share with you. It’s for those of us who do struggle with this exact thing. He said that when you fail, have disappointed someone, messed up (again), no one notices what you do, or just feel like no matter what you do you come up way short, remember and believe this:

1. You are doing better than you think you are.

2. You matter more than you think you do.

3. It’s less about you than you think it is. It’s not about you, it’s about Jesus.

Now I don’t know about you, but I found this very encouraging. Often the reason we don’t get the validation we so desire is because “Jesus wants us to rest in Who He is and not in others and what they think about us. People will affirm you one day and take it away the next.”  ~Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church.

Time to say good-bye to “I’m Not Good Enough.”

Phrase of the Week:

I Am Good Enough.

 

Memory Verse:

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

This week, when “I’m Not Good Enough” creeps in your mind, you say it loud….I AM GOOD ENOUGH! GOD MADE ME WONDERFUL.

 

Suggested Assignments:

Email questions for Melissa or the team to:  MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com.

Visit Melissa’s blog daily and become a part of this awesome Bible Study community. During the week, there are messages, guests, thoughts, and discussions. This is where you have the chance to comment, pray for others, and interact if you wish. Or you can just read the message and scoot! It’s up to you :)

Monday– Read Chapter 6.

Monday– Conference Call #3. 8 pm EST.  It’s going to be another fabulous call!

Tuesday– Write this week’s memory verse in your journal, on note cards, and underline it in your Bible. Post note cards around where you can see this verse often. Go back and skim through Chapter 6 again, reflecting on highlighted sections and key points that stood out to you.

Wednesday and Thursday– Complete the Reflection and Discussion Questions on p. 133-134.

Friday– Check out the Vlog on Melissa’s blog.

Saturday– I’ll be enjoying a great weekend at the YMCA’s Women’s Wellness Weekend in the NC Mountains. Hope your weekend is filled with autumn fun as well!  (I’ll be missing my Gamecocks play…so y’all pull for them for me please. We gotta beat Tennessee this week!)

Have an awesome week ladies! Thank you so much for joining me in this study!  I <3 you!


Melissa