Archives for December 2011

Dec 29

Refresh and Satisfy

I was given a verse today by a dear friend. I read it. I closed my eyes. I could feel the tears slipping through the outer and inner corners of my eyes.

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” -Jeremiah 31:25

I’m tired. I’ve been sick. I’m broken. I’m in need. In my mind, thoughts race. In my head I think clearly. I only wish my head would communicate better with my body and heart.

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

God’s Word has power like no other. And right here in the pages of His Word to us contains this promise to refresh and satisfy.

What a wonderful verse to begin the new year with. The promise that God will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. That’s a promise no one else can make and keep. But He can and He will.

Join me in opening your heart today to receive God’s Word for you. Maybe it’s this verse from Jeremiah. Maybe it’s another one. Please share and let’s begin this year by praying God’s Word over each other.

Thank you for a fabulous 2011!  The online Bible studies we’ve done together, your online friendship, your words of encouragement, and the sharing of your hearts with me have blessed me beyond any descriptive words I could list here! May God bless you and I’m looking forward to an even better 2012!

I’m praying refreshment and satisfaction from the Lord for each of you.

Melissa
Dec 23

For Unto Us A Child Is Born.

That verse from Isaiah 9:6 is indeed the reason we celebrate Christmas.  God gave us what we could never give ourselves…a Savior.  And I am so grateful for that.

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t need the love, grace, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. I was reminded at church last night that God is, God was, and God will always be with me. We can’t say that about anything or anyone else on this earth. God forgives, God gives peace, God loves, God provides. He’s there in the valley with us, He’s there on the mountaintop. He’s there when we make a complete mess of our lives and He’s there when we have success. Who else can we say this about? No one.

For unto us a Child is born.

With Jesus we are not promised that we won’t have trouble, but we are promised He will be there with us. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Whatever is waiting in our future, God is already there. Arms wide open. To love. To heal. To comfort.

For unto us a Child is born.

I want to be more like this Child that God gave the world. But I can’t. I try. I fail. The good news is that He sees my heart. He knows I try and fail, but He also knows I love big. I take risks. My mouth and feelings get me trouble. But my heart is His and it is good. He knows that and He is with me No Matter What.

For unto us a Child is born.

Do I believe this Child is enough? Even if everything else is lost, is He enough?  Yes I do. I’m banking my life on it. I’m alive because of it.

Life is short. My pastor said last night, “The question isn’t is God with you, it’s are you with God?

For unto us a Child is born.

Disappointments are inevitable. The Child given to us is eternal. And He won’t leave us. And He can save us. Because of Him we can have joy no matter what is going on around us. “The joy of the Lord is my strength,” Nehemiah 8:10 says. James says we can “consider it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds.” This is only possible through Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus, Who we celebrate this season.

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas dear friends. May the Lord, Whose birthday we are celebrating, reign in your hearts and bring you all the joy, peace, and everlasting love you need.

Melissa
Dec 21

Info About Our Next Online Study

I am so thrilled to be studying Made to Crave again in my online studies! While the book does focus on food related issues, we will be dealing with all cravings in this study. If you suffer from craving anything and find yourself turning to that instead of the Lord, this study is for you. Food, alcohol, substance abuse, relationships, approval, perfection, exercise, work,sleep…WHATEVER….we will be touching on it all. I can’t wait to begin this journey with you. This is truly one of the best books I have ever read. There is a reason why it’s been on the New York Time’s Best Seller’s list for almost a year! We will begin our journey together and kick off 2012 in the best kind of way. Looking forward to studying with you <3 

Sign up for this online study in the right side bar of this blog. Just type in your name and email address and you will receive all the details you need to get ready for this life transforming study. (After you sign up, you will receive an email from me. Make sure you click the link at the very bottom of that email to confirm your sign up! Otherwise you will not receive the information.)You can order the book almost anywhere books are sold. Call the P31 Office, 877-731-4663 or visit our website www.Proverbs31.org to order.

To participate in the study, all you need is the book, Made to Crave, and computer access so you can be a part of the online portion of the study. 

The study is flexible to meet your needs. It’s all about convenience. I’ll post the week’s assignments on Sunday each week. You can follow my suggestions, or complete at your convenience. If you want interaction and community (which is my hope) then check my blog and the Online Bible Studies Facebook Page daily. Leave comments. Share your thoughts. During the week I’ll post a video blog message plus other related challenges for discussion.

Schedule

Made to Crave is designed to be a six week study.

January 9- Live Webcast by Lysa TerKeurst. 8 pm EST. I will be joining Lysa briefly for a portion of this webcast to talk about the Online study! More info to come.
January 15- Online study officially begins. Week 1, Chapters 1,2,3
January 22- Week 2, Chapters 4,5,6
January 29-Week 3, Chapters 7,8,9
February 5-Week 4, Chapters 10,11,12
February 12-Week 5, Chapters 13,14,15
February 19-Week 6, Chapters 16,17,18

Optional Conference Call Series ($14)

****Sign up information will be online later today, December 22nd.  Click here to sign up.  Once you get to the P31 Shopping page, look to the left and click “Conference Call.”

New York Times best selling author of Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst will be a guest on one of the calls.

Highly encouraged but not required to be a part of the Bible study group

There will be 4 calls. The cost for the entire series is $14.

You Will Receive on Each Call:

*An empowering message from your Bible study leader. (I am dedicated to helping you in whatever way I can. I want to speak Truth into your life as you go through this study. I want you to believe in yourself and know that God thinks you are worth it.)

*Highlights and main point reminders from the study.

*Special guests whose stories will inspire you and knowledge will equip you to stay on track and stick with it.

*Q and A so you can ask the questions you have and get the answers you need.

*An outline of each call before the call takes place so you can take notes.

*A call in number and code to access each call.

*Following the call you will have access to a recording of the call to listen to or download.

 

Optional Resources to supplement your Made to Crave study (note these are OPTIONS, not required)

You can find all MTC resources and descriptions here. The only one you MUST have is the Made to Crave book. All others are optional.

Made to Crave Website

FYI~ I am going to use the Action Plan during my Made to Crave journey. This is a personal choice. The action plan contains a “How to” for those of us looking for healthy information, guidelines, knowledge, and a plan. I will be using the new Made to Crave Devotional following the six week study to keep me mindful and encouraged after the study is over.

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How I Feel About Studying the Bible with Others~and why I’d like you to join me.

It’s changed my life time and time again. I’ve grown closer to God, closer to the ones I’m with, and made lifelong friends. I’ve learned to be content and now I know what freedom feels like. I have hope even when my relationships and circumstances are failing. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the benefits of joining and participating in a Bible study group. Not just any Bible study group, but a real life, real problems, no mask wearing allowed Bible study group. One where you can be yourself and know that you are loved and cared for NO MATTER WHAT.

Bible study has been a priority in my life for years. The women I’ve studied with have become like sisters and have been the Jesus with skin on I’ve needed in my life. They’ve encouraged me, held me accountable, and spoken real Truth to me when I’ve needed it most. Through the books we’ve studied together (all based on the best book, the Bible), we’ve grown in many ways, but especially in our personal relationship with Jesus. Life changing I tell ya!

I want to share this experience with you. If you’ve wanted to be a part of something like this, I invite you to join me and other women just like us, from all over the world as we dive into the Truth that will give us Real Hope for Real Life today.

 

Love and Blessings!

 

Melissa