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Jan 29

Made to Crave, 2012~Week 3

***Winner of the P31 Woman Magazine give away from Friday’s blog post is:  Amber who posted January 28th at 1:22 pm! Amber, contact me Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org so I can get your information. Congratulations and thank you Heather for your awesome post and the magazine give away!

*Now on to Week 3 of MTC*

Made to Crave is the first of 4 or 5 Online Bible Studies I’ll be leading this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Online Bible Studies, click here.  All online Bible studies info can be found on that page.

If you’d like to read all the Made to Crave posts so far, look in the right side of this blog.  Just below the Bible Study Sign Up, you will see the word “Categories”. Click the Made to Crave 2012 link below that. You can catch up on what we’ve been doing during the Made to Crave Online Bible Study.

Below you can see an example of how the study works online.

Nearly 9000 of us are growing closer to God each day through sharing life and doing Bible Study together! That is very exciting to me!

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Sunday, January 29, 2011

Well, here we are at the beginning of Week 3 of our Made to Crave study.  I hope that so far you have put a lot more thought and action into your relationship with the Lord. I know I keep saying it, but please don’t lose sight of this one thing: The #1 purpose of this study is to satisfy your deepest desire with God. This study isn’t magical. It’s not a quick fix. It’s not about how much you exercise or lose weight. Just take a quick glance at the chapter titles of this book. Go ahead. Do it now. Don’t you see by the names of the chapters alone that this journey isn’t an easy one. Obedience and discipline take hard work and commitment. I don’t say this to discourage you. I say this to affirm that you will have hard days and even weeks maybe. But in the end you will gain. And this time it won’t be pounds, it will be freedom, victory, courage, and a greater closeness with God. Nothing tastes as good at all that!

My friend Danita shared a song by Mercy Me with me last year during the study. Read these lyrics:

‘You were made for more than this…

You’re beautiful.

You are treasured.

You are loved.

You are His. ‘

Now listen to the song and watch this video. Prepare to be touched by God.


Visit the Made to Crave website to download and print the Fridge sign for week 3. This week’s word is:

PEACE

What a word. Seems I strive so hard for peace. Doesn’t that seem like a oxymoron? Striving for peace?  Why is it that it’s so hard for us to obtain peace? Here’s what I think. It’s there for us, but we refuse it. We choose chaos over peace. We choose not to trust God with the details of our lives and therefore peace does not reign in us. I can say this, because I’ve been guilty of it many times. Too many times. God doesn’t want us to be in turmoil, no matter what our circumstances.

Memory Verse for Week 3

Philippians 4:6-8 says,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Look what peace does. It guards your heart and mind!!!  Hello? That’s what we need to survive, protection over our hearts and minds. So, ladies, let’s accept the peace we are offered through Christ Jesus,  okay?

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Reading and Homework Assignments for Week 3:

Sunday-Spend some time in prayer for yourself and your study sisters about Week 3.  Share in the comment section of this blog or on the new Online Bible Studies Facebook Page where discussions and prayer requests about Made to Crave are ongoing 24/7.

Monday-Read Chapter 7.  Highlight and take notes as you read. When you get to a Bible verse that Lysa mentions, take our your Bible.  Look up the verse for yourself. Underline it and write “MTC” beside it. Think on the verse or passage a moment. Journal or make a few index cards with Scripture or quotes that will keep you grounded and give you peace******Begin sending Melissa questions for the Friday (or Saturday) Vlog. Email them to Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org. *******I’m so sorry I haven’t vlogged yet! I’ve issues in the vlogging department. I will TRY to get it up this week. Please forgive the absence of the vlog so far!  Life interrupts my plans, I know you understand that.

Monday– *January 30th, 8:00 pm EST, Real, fun, and fabulous, my good friend, DeAnnah Baker. DeAnnah joined us last year on the conference call series and we all fell in love with her. She has been my partner in crime in this journey we call weight loss…and gain….and loss….and gain….etc for years!  We will be blessed by her honesty and her commitment to never give up on healthy living  AND Stephanie Clayton! Stephanie is a professional counselor and also my partner in Online Bible Studies here at P31. Her insight and wisdom are just what we need! Plus she’s doing this with us, she gets it, but also has the psychological twist that may help us understand why we are the way we are. AND Associate Director of YMCA Camp Harrison, Founder of the Women’s Wellness Weekend, Denise Hammond. Denise was caught up for 14 years with an eating disorder that controlled her life. Her story of how God used her mess to bring life to her ministry will amaze and inspire you.

Tuesday-Complete Chapter 7 Reflection Questions.  Read the questions and record your answers in a journal or notebook. Be honest. These are just for your eyes or whoever you choose to share them with. Share as much or as little as you like in the comments section of my blog or on the Online Bible Studies Facebook page.

Wednesday-Read Chapter 8.  Follow the same directions as on Monday.  Check Melissa’s blog for an encouraging mid-week message!  Post a comment to encourage others.

Thursday-Complete Chapter 8 Reflection Questions. Follow the same directions as on Tuesday. Share as much or as little as you like in the comments section of my blog or on the Online Bible Studies Facebook page.

Friday-Read Chapter 9.  Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Friday Vlog!!! Log on to this blog, www.MelissaTaylor.org.  Watch a short video of me answering some of your questions from the week. (Sometimes this post may be on Saturday) ****Hopefully.

Friday Option: If you want to have all your work done before the weekend, go ahead and complete the Chapter 9 Reflection Questions.  Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Saturday Option-If you didn’t do the Chapter 9 Reflection Questions on Friday, do them today.

Okay, that’s it!  Print or “favorite” this page so you can keep up with this week’s study. I won’t be posting the schedule daily, so hold on to this!

EMPOWERED~DETERMINATION~PEACE

 

Remember, you have access to all three. You got da POWAHHH!  Be DETERMINED to stay committed. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. And discover your PEACE in God, because I guarantee you won’t find it anywhere else.

Have a great week!  Keep believing this time will be different!

 

Melissa