Archives for February 2012

Feb 17

A Little Fun is Always Good

Sometimes I think we get so caught up in all we have to do, in our goals, our responsibilities, our roles in life, busyness, and work, that we forget to have fun.  I know I’m guilty of it at times. I get so involved in the daily grind, that I forget to slow down and just have some fun.

I overheard someone recently say, “I don’t have time to have any fun. I have too much to do.”  Oh, how I relate.  I wanted to chime in, “I hear ya sista!”  I really do believe though, that too much serious, too much busyness and work can lead to stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and mental breakdown. Having fun can come in all sorts of varieties.

I know my favorite way to unwind is to sit with my husband in our back yard at our little tiki hut.  It’s a place he built where we’ve hung many memories from our lives. It’s nothing fancy, but from this spot, we can enjoy the outdoors, each others’ company, read a book, watch our kids and dogs play, or just relax. For me this is fun.

I also love spending time with my family where no distractions from the outside world are involved. This can be as simple as going on a hike or playing a game, or it can be something bigger like a vacation. For me this is fun.

Another favorite thing to do is hang out with girlfriends. Being goofy, sharing secrets, watching a movie, playing a game, going out to dinner, meeting for coffee, or even better, having a girls’ get away weekend together. For me this is fun.

I have found I can also enjoy time all by myself.  I love to go to a near-by coffee shop/bookstore, where I can sit and read, write, or focus on the thought of my choice. For me this is fun.

We have been so involved with our latest Bible study, that I can understand how some may feel overwhelmed. I want to remind everyone, that our purpose in MTC is not to lose weight, be skinny, or even begin to exercise.  Our purpose is to learn to go to God for everything. Our peace can never be found in our bodies, it can only be obtained through Jesus. There is only one week left in MTC, and I hope that if anything else, we can say that we want to find our peace in God, not anyone or anything else.

So, back to fun.  Recently, I had the pleasure and privilege of hosting a few of our online Bible study team members in my home.  Some of them were able to come in early and volunteer at the Proverbs 31 Office for a few days. It was awesome working in person with some of the ladies who make these online studies possible. I can’t do this by myself. The online Bible studies team works so hard behind the scenes and I am so grateful for each one who has served in this ministry since it began a little over a year ago. We work hard together, but this week, we also took a little break for some fun together.

Below is a short video clip of me and the team members who could make it. Right before this clip, we enjoyed some yummy food (permissible and beneficial I might add) then we played the Wii game, Just Dance. This was both fun and funny!  I know they had to get a laugh out of watching my 45 year old body try to keep up with any of my “competitors.”  I’ll just go ahead and admit, I didn’t win a single round!  But, the night was not about winning, it was about fun.  Take a look:

***If you cannot see the 2 videos below, click here.

And here’s just a peek at the fun that was had. Check out Stephanie and Veronica’s dance moves :)

Hope you enjoyed that!

***Our winner of An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell is Jennifer, who posted February 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm. Jennifer, email me at Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org with your mailing information and I will send you your book!

If you are interested in signing up for our next study, An Untroubled Heart, Finding a Faith That’s Stronger Than All My Fears, you can do so in the right hand column of my blog .

Finally, a big thank you and super hugs to the Online Bible Studies Leadership Team and the Made to Crave Facebook Prayer Group Leaders. I love you, I thank you for your service for the time you were with us, and I am honored to call you all my friends.

Prayer Group Leaders for MTC on Facebook:
Pamela Vandervoort
Kristi Seat
Wilma Hill
Robin Packer
Kelley Murphy
Kandace Poindexter
Charlotte Bowers
Kim Goldstein
Tabitha Wells
Lisa Kramp
Veronica Herzing
Lynne Koch
Patti Muzik
Megan Smidt
Tricia Davis
Donna Bostick
Heather Bleier
Sheena Wilson

Leadership Team
Stephanie Clayton
Heather Bleier
Lisa Kramp
Veronica Herzing
Donna Bostick
Angie Combs

Big Blessings! One week left, let’s finish strong!
Love,
Melissa

Melissa
Feb 14

Tell Me About Yourself & Win a Prize

Hey Y’all!  How are you doing today?

Here we are in the middle of Week 5, and I want to hear from you. You hear from me all the time. In the comment section, tell us:

1. What is your name?

2. Where are you from?

3. 2 things about yourself

4. How MTC has helped you grow closer to God

5. What will you take with you as a result of this study?

I’m working out with Lysa TerKeurst tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to share your answers to #4 and #5 with her!

 

Ok, that’s it. Keep it simple!  Do all this and you will be entered to win our next Online Study book, An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell.  In fact, visit Micca’s site today, she describes the message of her book and I know she’d love to meet you. Leave her a comment and introduce yourself to her too!

Sign ups for the next study, have begun. Look in the right column of my blog for sign up details.  I hope you’ll be joining me!

Melissa
Feb 12

Made to Crave~Week 5, 2012

Well here we are in Week 5.  Thanks for hangin’ in there with me.  Good for you!  If you are reading this, hopefully you are still daring to believe that this time around will be different.Don’t forget, it took a while for you to get in the shape you are currently in. It will take a while to change.  Since change=change, if you stay committed, not only will you feel better, but you will be more secure in your relationship with the Lord.

***Reminder: This study will wind up in 2 weeks. The MTC book will be finished, but our road to great health physically, emotionally, and spiritually is just beginning. I hope you will continue your Bible study, either here or somewhere else.  An Untroubled Heart, Finding a Faith That is Stronger Than All My Fears by Micca Campell . Through the study of this book, we will be encouraged to lay down our worries, trust in God, and embrace a life marked by peace and joy. Who doesn’t want this?  I hope you will consider joining me. Sign ups for this study will begin in a few weeks, but you can order your book now if you’d like to participate.  Order here, or wherever books are sold. Order early so you will be ready to start with us on March 18th!

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Week 5~Homework and Assignments

Our word for the week is:

BENEFICIAL

Many of you have commented that one of your favorite things Lysa wrote in this book is that everything is permissible but not beneficial. This word has helped me so much in: deciding to exercise (it’s very beneficial for me to exercise), in choosing what to eat (many permissible foods are not beneficial for me), in remaining disciplined (it’s beneficial for me to stick to my plan), in getting back on track when I mess up (it is beneficial for me to forgive myself and get back on my plan…not beneficial for me to beat myself up and quit), and in my prayer life and studying the Bible (it is beneficial to my daily life to remain in God’s Word).

Memory verse:

Lamentations 3:22-24, Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

 

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Reading and Homework Assignments for Week 5:

Sunday-Spend some time in prayer for yourself and your study sisters about Week 5. Share in the comment section of this blog or on the  Online Bible Studies Facebook Page where discussions and prayer requests about Made to Crave are ongoing 24/7.

Monday-Read Chapter 13. 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 truth. ******Begin sending Melissa questions for the Friday (or Saturday) Vlog. Email them to Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org.

Tuesday-Complete Chapter 13 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 14. 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 14 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 15. Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Friday Vlog!!! Log on to this blog, http://melissataylor.org/. Watch a short video of me answering some of your questions from the week. (Sometimes this post may be on Saturday)

Friday Option- If you want to have all your work done before the weekend, go ahead and complete the Chapter 15 Reflection Questions. Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Saturday Option-If you didn’t do the Chapter 15 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~TRUTH~

BENEFICIAL

Remember, you have access to all five. 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. The TRUTH of Jesus Christ will set you free! Much is permissible, but we want to do what is BENEFICIAL.

Have a great week! Keep believing this time will be different!  And indeed it will.  Have a great week MTC gals!  I <3 U!

 

Melissa