Archives for January 2012

Jan 17

Empowered

Yesterday I returned from a trip that until the very last minute I didn’t know I would be able to take. I had the honor and privilege to cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel and back with Premier Christian Cruiseline and the Girl’s Getaway Cruise. (I will have lots more about this at a later time.)  It was a time I won’t soon forget.

I have a new fire in my heart. I feel unstoppable.  Empowered. Full of love and compassion. I have the urge to bless others as much as I can. Renewed. Refreshed. Ready. Strong. This is not from me, it’s from God.

It was such a blessing for me to find out upon returning from my trip, that the Bible study began without a hitch! (Rare indeed!)  It was even a bigger blessing for me to read your comments and see how you have already begun sharing with me and each other. I love our community here so much.

If you are sticking to our “suggested” assignments for Week 1, then you have read the intro and Chapter 1 and are beginning to dig into your reflection questions for Chapter 1.  What do you think so far?  Are you feeling as EMPOWERED as I am?

Empowered is our word of the week. Don’t let it intimidate you. Remember our power is not from us. It’s not willpower, it’s God Power.

I’m praying for each of us:

~that we will dare to believe this time is different (no matter what your craving is)

~that we will give up, surrender, get closer to God by distancing ourselves from other things that might be permissable but aren’t beneficial.

~that we will not focus on a number, but we will focus on healthy choices…one choice at a time.

~that God will give us the desire to be healthy.

~that even though it won’t be easy, we will be EMPOWERED.

 

Can I hear an “amen” from my sisters in the group?

 

Remember how Jesus drove Satan away. He quoted Scripture. Ladies, in the midst of attack, do not give in by retaliating, taking out your fear and frustrations on yourself or others, but by going to God’s Word.

Our memory verse for this week (which I forgot to post yesterday) is:

1 Corinthians 10:23, “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissable”—but not everything is constructive. (NIV)

Allow this to EMPOWER you.

And if you need a little more empowering, watch this…a blast from the past…last year’s theme song in MTC and me making a fool of myself, yet again lol!  Enjoy at my expense! (if you can’t see the video below, click here to view on my actual blog)


I hardly know what to say after that….but I bet it’s stuck in your head for the rest of today! “I Got Da Powahhhh!”

The point of today’s message is to remind you that you are empowered by God, His Word can get your through, and you need to add a little song and dance to your day!

 

Big Blessings Y’all!  I love ya way big! <3

 

Melissa
Jan 15

Made To Crave, Week 1, 2012

Here we go ladies!  I hope you are ready. No more excuses. No more putting it off. It’s time to get serious, make some changes, and most especially grow strong in your relationship with the Lord.

This time WILL be different.

Quick explanation: I’m not sure what you envisioned the Online Bible Study to be like, but you will not be spoon-fed here. You will do the work on your own, at any time of day, and at your own intensity. I will be your guide and serve as a resource, encourager, and sometimes teacher, but the workload is all yours. (and mine too, because I’ll be doing the study with you!)  I’M SO EXCITED!!!!

 

MadeToCrave.org:

Visit the Made to Crave website to download and print the Fridge sign for week 1. This week’s word is:

EMPOWERED

Each time you are tempted this week or you become discouraged, remember that your power comes from God. We are empowered by Him. You have the power girl!  Yea you do!  Say it like this, “I got da powahhh!”  (it’s just funner that way!)


You May Want to Copy and Print the Rest of This Post

Reading and Homework Assignments for Week 1:

Sunday-Read the Introduction chapter.  Highlight and take notes as you read. Anything that jumps off that page and empowers you, write it on an index card or in a journal. Share in the comment section of this blog or on the new Online Bible Studies Facebook page where discussions about Made to Crave have already begun.

Monday-Read Chapter 1.  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 or empower you.

Tuesday-Complete Chapter 1 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 2. Follow the same directions as on Monday.  Check Melissa’s blog for an encouraging mid-week message!  Post a comment to encourage others.  If you have any questions for the Vlog on Friday, email them to Melissa.  Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org.

Thursday-Complete Chapter 2 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 3.  This is the chapter where Lysa talks about how important it is to have a plan! Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday. (you see a pattern forming here?)

Friday Vlog!!! Log on to this blog, www.MelissaTaylor.org.  Watch a short video of me answering some of your questions from the week.

Friday Option: If you want to have all your work done before the weekend, go ahead and complete the Chapter 3 Reflection Questions.  Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Saturday Option-If you didn’t do the Chapter 3 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!

I’m so glad we have gotten started!  It’s time to quit making excuses, giving in, feeling guilty, resolving to do better and then mentally beating ourselves up for not sticking to our resolve. It might not be easy, but we can do it.  I’ll be praying for you :)

Blessings and Lots of Love!

Melissa
Jan 11

Boot Camp or Kick My Booty Camp

First, if you received this in your email and would like to view the video clips or leave a comment, click here.

Yes, I did it!  Just like I announced (or rather got roped into) on the Made to Crave webcast Monday night, I actually got up at 4:45 am this morning and attended 5:30 am Boot Camp, which I have renamed Kick My Booty Camp because that is what it did!  My work out partner was Lysa TerKeurst and she both challenged and encouraged me as I suffered my way through the one hour and ten minute long class.  Although I did at one point (or maybe 7) think I was going to throw up, pass out, or die, I’m super pumped that I did it and I made the commitment today to do it three days a week through the end of February!  Talk about No More Excuses, I have the author of Made To Crave as my accountability….ummm, can you say pressure?

Here’s a little before and after video clip. I hope you enjoy the no make-up, zits and all side of me :)  My daughter said, “Mom, I cannot believe you are going to post that for everyone to see!”  I had to laugh.

It was crazy torture today, but I feel so great now that it’s over. Are you considering beginning a new exercise program or is there something you already do? I’d love to hear about it!

We are getting close to our kick off date of January 15th! I’m so excited to be on this journey with you. I’m excited mostly for what the Lord has in store for us, but also excited for us to learn from each other.

Our winner of the blog give away, 1 Made to Crave book and the Conference Call Series is: Becky, who I have already contacted by email. Congrats Becky!

Our winners of the MTC Action Plan Participant’s Guide are: Shawn Adkison and Patsy Black. Congrats to both of you, I will be contacting you via email for your address.

I WILL be leaving on a Girl’s Getaway Cruise with Lysa TerKeurst and Glynnis Whitwer on January 12th and won’t be returning until January 16th. Your Week 1 Assignments will be posted on Sunday, so get started when you can!

Love you ladies and I can’t wait to get to know you better as we dig into God’s Word on our goal to crave Him above all!

Big Blessings!

I’m so excited we are

Melissa