Mar 19

It’s Worth the Fight to Keep the Faith

If you are visiting from the Proverbs 31 devotion, Encouragement for Today, I want to welcome you to my blog. I consider my blog kind of like a community of friends. We gather here, discuss real life issues and also do Bible study together. In my devotion today, you read about a trial I experienced in a friendship. It seems trials are all around us. Some we cause ourselves and some are out of our control, nevertheless, they are trials that can lead our hearts to be troubled and lose faith.

May these words today encourage you. And if you are interested in joining my next online Bible study, that information is here  and I’m also offering a free conference call Tuesday evening,  March 20th. I’d love to have you join me! The information for that call is below. Also, leave me a comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of our next study, An Untroubled Heart, a heart and life changing book by Micca Campbell. Winner will be announced Tuesday at 1:00 pm EST.

 

In my last post, Still Troubled, I wrote honestly about the fear I had in going through my mom’s cancer battle that led to her death in March, 2010. Even though, I still fight the pull to quit, cry, be depressed, be mad at God, and give up hope~I made a choice. Instead of giving way to my feelings of sorrow and pity, I chose to trust and have faith in the God of all creation. This choice wasn’t easy. Admittedly, it’s often a battle. But it’s a battle I choose to keep fighting. The fight to keep faith.

Why do I choose what does not come naturally? Why fight? Because I believe in God and His promises, that’s why. And according to Him, I’m worth the fight!

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.    James 1:3-4

My faith has been tested on many occasions. Sexual abuse as a 7 year old little girl makes no sense. My father moving away without explanation when I was 11 makes no sense. My sister being diagnosed with MS at a very young age makes no sense. Marriage being way harder than I expected makes no sense. Health problems with my children makes no sense. Financial stress when we are working as hard as we can, makes no sense. Anxiety and depression in my life and in the life of one of my sweet kids makes no sense. Difficulty in friendships, occasionally even resulting in ending. My mother suffering and dying way too soon makes no sense Fearing the days ahead makes no sense.  Whether circumstances of life are fair, unfair, unexplainable, or whatever else, there are every day situations that can bring fear and cause our faith in God to be tested. James 1:3-4, offers us some hope here. It might not explain “why” our faith is tested during trials, but it does explain the fruit that can come from being tested. I’ve also found, that it is through these very times of testing, that my dependence on God was realized. I can’t go through my life without Him. I just can’t. It’s too much for me to take, but it’s not too much for me and God to take.

There are times when we must fight to keep our faith. Times when we feel like God has abandoned us and life makes no sense. When we want to just be angry, disappointed, afraid, and hurt…and for good reason, we need to fight and remember the God Who loves us.

Below are a few pointers and a truth from Sheri Rose Shepherd on fighting to keep faith:

1. Don’t share personal battles with people who bring you down, because their negativity will fracture your faith even more.

2. Don’t give up your faith because of how you feel in the middle of a battle;  God is glorified best when there appears to be no hope…He brings new and powerful hope!

3.  Stay in church even when you are mad at God. It truly is where you need to be when in battle. To keep the faith, you need to surround yourself in God’s truth.

Faith battles can birth great things inside of us and give our hearts a deeper and more passionate relationship with God.

Never give up sister friends. Fight to find faith. Fight to keep faith.

Our next online study, An Untroubled Heart, will teach us how to fight to keep our faith. We won’t be fighting alone. First of all we will have the Lord. Secondly, we will have each other. That’s what I love about studying in a group! We can encourage and pray for each other. If you still haven’t signed up and would like to, there is a space in the right column to sign up. All you need to participate is Micca Campbell’s book, An Untroubled Heart. The study begins right here on this blog on March 25th.

For all the details on the structure of this study and the optional and highly recommended conference call series, click here.

And now for our winners. We had so many donated books, I was able to pick 12 winners instead of just 5, like I promised. Yes, 12 of you won a copy of the book An Untroubled Heart and the conference call series. You will receive a personal email from me if you are a winner.

April, Teresa, Linda-ann, Paula, Nina, Rebecca B, Erica, Michelle, Hildi, Valarie, Debbie, and Dawn~ check your email and congratulations to each of you!

For the rest of you, I’m not leaving you empty handed. Here’s a free gift for everyone:

Next Tuesday, March 20th, at 8 pm EST, we are doing something we’ve never done here in Online Bible Studies. We are going to have a free conference call and EVERYONE is invited! Yes, everyone. Stephanie Clayton will be interviewing me about the fear I faced going through mom’s cancer and the fear I faced once she was gone. We will also deliver a message about how to deal with anxiety and fear and how An Untroubled Heart online Bible study will address that.  You will also get a sneak peak into the conference call series that is an option for the study. This call is totally free, you don’t want to miss it!

If you’ve ever wondered what the conference calls were like or you want to find out what Online Bible Studies are all about, or you just want to hear the message on the call, this is your chance.  The first 1000 people to call in will get to be on the call live. We can only take 1000 live.  For those who can’t be on live, it will be recorded and the recording is available to everyone the day following the call.

Here is the call information:

When:  Tuesday, March 20th at 8 pm EST

Conference dial-in number:  (530) 881-1400

Participant access code: 599269

I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity!

Have a great day! We are just one week away from beginning our new study! I’m so excited and can’t wait to learn more about you as we find a faith that is stronger than our fears.

Love & Blessings!

Melissa

Comments

  1. Ruth Fig says:

    I want to start by saying that God knows all of our needs and this morning He used you to speak to me. I’m meeting with A friend tonight to try to iron out our differences. My friend “Sheila” omitted the truth about something that happened two years ago. Since then our relationship has suffered. In her omission of the truth I looked like I had lied about a situation. I’ve been carrying this hurt for two years. I’ve been feeling anxious, afraid, discouraged and alone for two years. I’ve avoided “Sheila” for two years. Why? Because I was afraid of a confrontation. I was afraid she wouldn’t understand me, I was afraid she wouldn’t let me talk, I was afraid she would turn the tables on me and say I was wrong, I was afraid that it wouldn’t make a difference if I met with her. But in the past 3 weeks we’ve met once to clear things up. Tonight we will meet again. Last night I couldn’t fall asleep because my fears and anxiety were telling me that this upcoming meeting is worthless. I want to believe the best about “Sheila”, I’ve forgiven her, and I want the truth to come out, but I fear she won’t admit it and therefore our relationship may remain without trust.
    When I read your devotional this morning. It put my fears to rest. When I read your blog, it gave me the confidence and encouragement I needed to walk in to this meeting without expectations but with love and forgiveness for “Sheila”.
    Thank you Melissa.

    • Ruth,
      Oh I’m so thankful that the Lord used my words to encourage you and put your fears to rest. I am praying for your meeting with “Sheila”, that you both will be able to speak truth and your relationship can move forward. No matter what happens, I pray for you to give it to the Lord and trust Him. Thank you so much for sharing today.

  2. Thank you again for your sweet words of encouragement. I am so looking forward to your on-line study about the Untroubled Heart. I want so much to have the strength to fight the battle against the evil one, but sometimes I just don’t feel like I have it in me. I’m not commenting so much about having a friend in whom I have differences with, but more on your post about choosing to fight against the urge to give up or give in since your mother’s death. Your words are so inspiring and I can feel God speaking to me through them, but I just don’t feel like I’m “choosing to trust and have faith” like I should. I feel like it’s the devil, a 100…verses me, one. Please continue to do what God has laid upon your heart because it is helping a heart that is in need. Thank you! May God bless you!

    • Tammy,
      Honestly, I’m right there with you. I don’t really feel like I have it in me either. We don’t have it in us, that’s why we need God. I’m so glad you’ll be joining me in An Untroubled Heart. Together we will fight for our faith and choose to not give up. Let’s move forward trusting God and not our feelings! Thank you for sharing honestly. I look forward to what God will do during this study!
      God bless you!

  3. I have just recently found the proverbs 31 web site which lead me to your blog. I love the messages. I am excited to joing the march 20th bible study. I am trying to find ways to bring my self and my children closer to God and I do think this is the way. Thank you for starting your blog :)

    • Thank you Holly for sharing and for joining my next study! I think you will love it! I’m excited to get to know you and journey together growing closer to God. As your kids see you getting closer to God, they will catch it too. :)

  4. Oh how I would love to read this book! I loved your devotion today; I just recently went through a similar situation with some friends of mine- and you described exactly how I felt; the verses in your post were so calming to my soul this morning in regards to that situation- and I’ve been avoiding the conversation; I really needed to read this today; thank you.

    • Heather,
      I’m so thankful that you found comfort in the devotion and the verses. Praying for you as you move forward. May He provide strength and confidence as you find the words to say to your friend and trust Him with the outcome.

  5. Jana Payne says:

    I have appreciated your posts & devotionals! I am thinkIng the Untroubled Heart bible study would be good for me. I am struggling to make sense of many things in my life! I was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2010. There has also been much grief that has touched my life. My dad has Alzheimers that is progressing and my mother is in the hospital facing health concerns that have been ignored for many years. I do have a praise that helps me with my hope (I made it through this, with God nothing is impossible), my husband & I have been drug free for almost 6 years and my children have been back at home for nearly 5 years. I would like to be entered in the drawing for the Untroubled heart book. Thank you again for your encouragement! May God continue to bless you!

    • Jana,
      Congratulations on being drug free for 6 years…you and your husband! Also for the return of your children! I love that you are praising God among the trials you face. I do think An Untroubled Heart would be great for you. It’s all about replacing our fears with faith. Thank you for commenting today.

  6. Jen Henely says:

    Thank you for your blog about the trails of friendships. I have a friend I do not know if our relationship will be repaired. I am praying about sending this e-mail to her because there is a lot of fear right now between us. It’s not necessarily a clear cut and dried situation either to work through. All things are possible though and I pray God will give me guidance as to how to go about this. I desire ultimately to be restored as friends and sisters in Christ, but it has to be a mutual desire on both sides. Thank you again for sharing truth and wisdom.

    • Jen,
      I understand your pain. I’ve had a similar situation happen where a relationship may never be repaired. I had to give it completely to the Lord after doing all that was within my power. It hurt and I grieved and unfortunately it didn’t end pretty. But I’m at peace now, only because I 100% gave her to the Lord. It still makes me sad, but I’ve moved on. I just prayed for you. Trust God and do what you can. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Anonymous says:

      Jen,
      I understand what you are going through, I’m having a rough time myself. Relationships are tough and they take time. I think you should keep praying about it and while it may seem so much easier to give up or end the relationship with your friend, I believe trying to restore it out would be the better route. God has placed you two together for a reason and I’m sure if you told her you wanted to work it out she would feel the same. You never know, this situation could ultimately bring you guys closer. I’m sure she really misses you, I know I have missed my friend terribly and it hasn’t been fun. Praying for your situation…

  7. Thank you for the encouragement. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand that all fights and challenges I face in life are about faith. But they are! Since God is calling me to live in total dependence and obedience to Him, then all these things that try to still my focus and deter me from His plans to change and use me are true battles of faith! Since faith is the center of my life and God the Lord of my heart, then there are no battles aside from Him and no area that I need to handle differently than in submission and trust in Him. I am just amazed at what God is calling me and at His great promises!

  8. Amen Abigail!!! God is awesome isn’t He?

  9. Thanks for the encouragement. I am looking forward to joining your study on an Untroubled heart. I would love to win a copy of the book as I don’t have one yet. I want to learn to trust God no matter what and walk in that Peace that transcends all understanding.
    Blessings,

  10. Melissa – reading the words you wrote to express the loss of your mom hits home for me and I’m sure so many others. I lost my mom last July, 2011. She was 61and it was sudden. A woman who faught and won breast cancer then went with me to get a tattoo to prove it was taken so suddenly by Guillian Barre Syndrome! Something we had never even heard of. Like you I was very close with my mom and she was definatly my rock. Moving on without her has been hard but it has to be done. Now I face the fears of my dad wanting to begin new relationships. The fear he finds a woman who won’t get along with my family, the fear of a woman who will take advantage of his age, the fear of me not giving any woman the time of day to get to know who SHE really is and if she is good for my dad. This bible study is coming at a perfect time in my life as I am just beginning to put myself back into church and my new years resolution was to read the Proverbs 31 devotions daily (I may not do it daily but I do read them all!) I’ve been enjoying those so thought why not try my first bible study. I’m looking forward to it and to learning and hearing more from you. It’s always easy when you have someone who you can connect with in some way when walking through these times. So thank you!

  11. Wow your email message seemed like it was written directly for me today. I am struggling with a friendship now. My friend has lied to me many times over, and recently has started telling other people untruths about me as well. I have wondered about caringly confronting her, but I just haven’t, didn’t feel that I could. I now know that I can’t let this build up any longer, I need to pray for the right words and have a talk with my friend about what has been going on. Thank you so much for your message and the upcoming bible study.

    • Veronica,
      I’m glad you will be joining me on this next study! Relationships can be so sticky and uncomfortable. I know God will help you find the words you need to talk to your friend. Trust in Him. Thank you for sharing!

  12. So sad I can’t listen in on the conference call :-( Our weekly home church is on Tuesday nights … will it be available as a recorded webcast after Tuesday?

  13. Lisa Buchanan says:

    I hope that I am able to join the Bible Study – plan to look for the book in the library and join in. :)

  14. Lisa,
    Let me know if you have any trouble getting a book for study.

  15. Diane Vaughn says:

    Melissa, Thank you. I have enjoyed your devotions so much. My mom passed away on February 13, 2011. I still find myself picking up the phone to call her to tell her something or ask her a question. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. That is a loss and hurt that never goes a way. Your sharing has made me realize that I am okay and everyone has the feelings I have. Again, thank you.

    • Yes Diane, you are okay! I don’t think we ever fully get over losing someone so close to us. I experience times of sadness and longing for her, but as long as I don’t live there, in that pit, I’ve learned to accept them as part of the process. And of course the holidays, her birthday, my birthday, etc…those are the hardest. Thank you for sharing today. God bless you.

  16. Jennifer Renee says:

    Melissa, I’ve experienced similar situations like the one you talked about in your devotion. I would be sitting at church waiting for my ride home to leave and I’d overhear other members talk about getting together to go out to eat. It would hurt my feelings because these members were also my friends and I felt so left out and unloved by these people.
    I had experiences like this even in high school. It would hurt when the few people I considered to be friends would talk during class about weekend plans and not include me.

    • Jennifer Renee,
      This is when we rejoice that we have God Who is bigger than all of our trials and human relationships. Feelings can be so tender, but they can also be fickle. We are loved by God. You are a beautiful child of God and I pray you feel loved and blessed today. Thank you for sharing your feelings. God cares about things like this.He cares about it all.

  17. Lynne McCleery says:

    Just joined your book study yesterday having found your website through a group at Rest Ministries..(the Sunroom).
    I’m so excited as it seems that both you and Micca have a deep understanding of the difficulties of the Christian life and of the triumphs.
    I relate so much to both of your histories on many levels and look forwarding to the study and reading your blogs.

    Lynne

  18. I can definitely relate to having friend troubles…communication is so important! I have learned that being open, honest, and loving is the best way to forge friendships that last a lifetime. I am so excited about the new study…doing Made to Crave blessed me BEYONG measure! I am looking forward to what God has for me through this next study. Thank you for being a blessing!

    • Donna Bostick says:

      Leslie, thanks so much for moving foward with us with “An Untroubled Heart”. And I too can relate to the “broken relationship” story that Melissa shared with us, as I too just traveled down that road. And yep, it still hurts at times. I would not be telling the truth if I said it didn’t. But I am so thankful that God has provided many more friends who have chosen to speak the truth in love to me. And I have learned that I would rather have one that does instead of 20 that don’t. And I too can’t wait to see what God has in store for all of us!

  19. Donna Bostick says:

    Melissa,
    As always …thanks for being so REAL! You continue to teach me much through God’s words, your words and your example!!

    Father God, I pray your words found in Ephesians over this on-line Bible Study group and it’s leaders. “I couldn’t stop thanking God for (every on of you) — every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask— ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!” (Ephesians 1:15-19)

    Father God, open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to what you want to teach us through Melissa’s study and Micca’s book. Not only teach us your message, but fill us with your courage, boldness and stength to put what you teach us into practice. Make us not only readers of your Word, but also doers of your Word. Go before us. Prepare our heats. Take away our fears. Increase our faith. Help us with our unbelief and fill us with your promises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  20. I just wanted to say that your devotion and your blog post really spoke to me today. I have been battling health problems, which is taking a toll on my mood problems. And lately I’ve been feeling really lonely and alone with no one to reach out and talk to outside of my therapist. And it’s hard when there is no live person to share with. I know God is there, and I talk with Him also, but its way to easy to get discouraged and sink into the depression, and self-pity. I really needed to hear your words today.

    Thanks for sharing your heart.

  21. Hi, I just recently signed up for your online Bible Study as I struggle with allot! I am currently on medicine for my thyroid as I was having anxiety attacks (just like having a heart attack) I felt like I was going nuts in my anxious times! I still occasionally have anxious thoughts and try to calm myself down with breathing deep!
    I was excited that God brought you to me, because my son is divorced and his new wife got married not yet a year ago and kept it from us all! I confronted him on this issue and he lied to me, in fact I know he is married! He had two children from his privious marriage and didn’t tell too many people of his second child, the circumstances with his first wife was very bad, he recently told his wifes family of the second child, God has worked that out for us! Now I am having the faith that he is going to work out “his marriage” and that they come forward instead of us having to be the bad guys! This is hard as Christian parent’s we feel that God wouldn’t want us to hold out on telling the truth, it isn’t our lie but I feel the burden of this cuz of my son lying! So in our case it wasn’t a friendship it is our son and his wife and him DO NOT feel it is wrong to lie! Please pray for this all and thank you Melissa for the Bible Study to help me overcome my fears and anxiety and family issues!
    In Christian Love,
    Rhonda

  22. KAY PARRISH says:

    I LOST MY BEST FRIEND IN 1975 . ONE DAY WE WERE THE BEST FRIENDS AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE NAMED IN OUR WILL TAKE CARE OF OUR CHILDREN IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO US. THEN I LEARNED ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT , FULL GOSPEL, AND THE CHARSMATIC MOVEMENT. HER HUSBAND WAS A DEACON IN THE CHURCH WHICH WE WERE ACTIVE. WHEN I DECIDED TO BECOME INVILVED IN THE FAITH WALK I WAS LONGER HER FRIEND. IT SADDENS ME EVEN TODAY. WE KNOW SPEAK IF WE SEE EACH OTHER IN A STORE OR SOME WHERE BUT NO LONGER PHONE CALLS . I WOULDN’T TRADE MY CHRISTIAN LIFE I LEARNT ABOUT FOR THE FRIENDSHIP BUT I WISH IT HAD BEEN DIFFERENT. I ALSO RELATE TO STRUGGLE AND FEAR. I AM NOW 67 YEARS YOUNG AND IT HAS ONLY BEEN IN THE LAST VERY FEW YEARS THAT FEAR OF SOMETHING HASN’T ENTERED MY LIFE. EVERYTHING YOU MENTIONED I CAN RELATE TO. BUT PRAISE GOD SINCE I FOUND PROBERBS 31 MINSTRIES NOW ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO THINGS HAVE CHANGED ALOT. I PRAISE GOD. FOR THAT. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BIBLE STUDY. I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY BOOK FROM AMAZON YET. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS KAY

  23. Michelle says:

    Hi! Iam really looking forward to your online study- I am constantly coming to your site for encouragement. I am struggling with issues from my past and can’t seem to let go of them even though I have sought forgiveness in prayer- anyway, I feel like this study will hopefully point me in a new direction of thinking! Thanks!
    Michelle

  24. Melanie Shannon says:

    I so love your devotions and grew so much during MTC bible study. Looking forward to this next study. Working to determine my gifts and my place in our local church, I struggle to not let my fear of failure or rejection stand in my way. Don’t have my book yet but hope to have soon. Can’t wait to see the awesome things God has in store for us. Praying for you and all the women in this study.

  25. “When obstacles that aren’t dealt with come between two people, they can eat at our hearts, little by little.” Your whole post today spoke to me, but that line really hit me hard. I had a misunderstanding with a close friend over a year ago & things have been awkward & strained ever since. I felt that I had done what I could to try & fix the problem, & since have just been praying for her & that our friendship could somehow be healed. I have known for awhile that I should really caringly confront her about the issue since it was never resolved & continues to eat at my heart, as you wrote, but I have been afraid of her reaction. I know her personality & don’t think a confrontation, however grace-full, will go over well since she believes she did nothing wrong. But I still feel like it’s going to be necessary in order for me to have peace & be able to move on, whether we are able to rebuild our friendship or not. I’m just praying now for the right heart attitude & the right words going into our conversation. Thank you for being God’s “push” on my heart to deal with this.

  26. I have lived my life full of test of faith. I am 32 years old and married to a man that has a heart disease. We have over a million dollars in medical debt, but my husband is alive. We may be facing foreclosure but our God never leaves us abandoned. I am losing my job due to a a lay off the end of June, God will open a door. Throughout every single trial and test of faith, our faith grows stronger and we grow closer as a married couple with 3 children under the age of 9. I know that if God be for us who dare be against us. We can do all things through Christ who gives us a multitude of strength. Thank you for the verse James 1:3-4 it is exactly what I needed to hear. I would love to have a chance to win and do the bible study. Expanding my faith is the most important thing in my life because when all else fails, my God still stands. Love your blog.

  27. Good morning! I AM visiting from Proverbs 31 ministry and I’m so thankful to have found your blog! What wonderful insight and inspiration, I while I am at work right now, I am looking forward to digging into it a little deeper later on. I’m not sure if I’m too late for your contest of your next study’s giveaway but what an incredible blessing that would be for whomever the lucky winner is!
    My husband and I have taken a HUGE leap of faith recently, after I accepted an amazing career opportunity just 8 weeks ago, we have decided that I need to be home with our little ones and I am leaving the workforce again already. This will be a big financial strain on us as we really are in need of the second income (which is why I took the job to begin with); but are finding it pressed upon both of our hearts to have me home again to care for our daughters and our home and our family. It is scary when I think of all the “what ifs” that may happen, but I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to put all my trust in God and looking forward to the amazing testimony we will have to draw on and share to give others hope and faith. Blessings to all of you!

  28. Jennifer Grayson says:

    I can’t wait to start the bible study ! ! Thanks for making this happen.. Oh got to get a book too !

  29. Talarie Giddens says:

    Melissa,

    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your heart with all of us. I look so forward to this bible study. I lost my mother 7 years ago this past week and it is still a tough truth to accept. I know she’s in heaven with our Heavenly Father and I would have it no other way… but that doesn’t take away the emptiness I feel in my life…where she used to be. God carries me many days when I am unable to carry myself…I miss her so deeply and though I try not to question God – I struggle with it. I appreciate you being so open with your mother’s illness and the journey you have traveled–and showing your faith and encouraging others to do the same. God bless and keep you!

    Talarie Giddens
    Hahira, GA

  30. I’m looking forward to the upcoming study of An Untroubled Heart – with a mix of hope and doubt. That mix of hope and doubt is pretty much the state of my heart after the death of my son. I feel like kind of like Jacob who’s been wrestling with the angel of God. But I’m limping, not done yet, and don’t perceive the blessing at this point. My troubled heart is what I’m bringing to the study – along with doubts, questions that probably don’t have answers this side of Heaven, and hope – always hope. Because even in this darkness, He just won’t let me go…and I just can’t let Him go. Thank you for sharing your heart, for sharing Jesus in your blog, and thank you for you for leading this study. Hoping I’m able to get home from work in time to make the conference call tonight!

  31. Orenda Smith says:

    I love the studies you have.I am hoping this time I will be able to join this one. I am working on getting the book. Hoping I can win one. God will open the doors to make it available for me to join with you ladies in this study.

  32. Your message made me realize how much I need to trust the Lord is ALL areas of my life. I struggle with fear in my relationships, that I would be rejected and unacceptable. I eagerly look forward to your study in order to realize I can trust God to bring me the joy and acceptance He has for me. People may leave my life, but I have a Friend who is closer than a brother, my Lord Jesus! Thank you for your insights and lessons which you willingly share.

  33. God has really worked in me after doing the Made to Crave series, to the point that I had a friend tell me that she had to read it because of the changes she has seen in me. I am so excited to begin An Untroubled Heart study! I am excited for the things that God has in store for me. Yesterday my husband and I were walking through our military clothing store when we came upon some dog tags. I picked up a set and read “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” I told my husband that I really liked that. Then I read the same verse here on this blog. Made me smile. Coincidence? I think not.

  34. I believe my heavenly father has begun his work in me! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. I’m ready to step out of fear! I am excited to start this study. I prayed that I would find a bible study and I know in my heart this isn’t a coincidence. I’m ready for wounds to heal, and trust God with my heart!!

    • I couldn’t have said it better…I co-sign with Lily…Let’s begin today to renew our minds.

  35. Thanking God for the big changes and He accomplishes through each one of us attending this study for His Glory! Praise God! Praying for His wisdom and discernment and His power through the Holy Spirit within to enlighten us that we may know and understand all He has in store for each one of us through Jesus. No fear…Instead, strenghten spirits, faith and confidence in His power and love for us all.

    Love in Christ,
    Nancy

  36. Kristina says:

    Today at church I was convicted because I haven’t been in the Word daily the last couple of months and God spoke to me and said that I need to make time for Him and I was feeling led to find a study that would help me. I prayed he would help me. Well, I still receive your emails from a previous study I did with you. I checked my email when I left church and their was your email today for Week 1 of this study. God answered my prayers and showed me what He wants me to be doing, just like that. This looks like the absolute perfect study for me right now! I have been having a lot of anxiety, worry, and fear going on in my life right now. I know God is control, and very thankful for that, but for some reason I have been feeling so overwhelmed by my fears and anxiety lately, even though I know God is there. I am really looking foward to this study and I am praying God will reveal some answers to me that I and my family are seeking as well as that He would help me to rely on Him and seek Him daily and not allow fears and worries take over. Thank you for all you do and for being so obedient to God and providing such a wonderful resource to women like myself!!!

  37. I’m believing that God is going to make some big changes in my heart and mind during this study. I know that He is bigger than any fears I may have.

  38. I have been encouraged and spiritually fed by the Proverbs 31 Ministry when I found myself all alone in another state, in a tiny studio apt struggling to make ends meet in FL after a series of living disasters. I stumbled upon the healing words of this ministry….eventually moved back home to Mooresville NC and imagine my surprise when I discovered that the ministry has it’s roots in Matthews, NC! This blog and the many other women who write and encourage have continued to help me grow and trust the Lord in this very trying and scary portion of my life. As I evolve and become more of the powerful woman of God I know he has created me to be, I am proclaiming in BOLD FAITH THAT HE IS TAKING EVERY TRIAL, EVERY HURT, EVERY CHALLENGE I HAVE EVER FACED AND USING THEM TO FURTHER HIS KINGDOM! I TRUST MY FATHER TO GIVE ME THE STRENGTH AND FAITHFUL ACTIONS TO OBEY HIS CALL ON MY LIFE AND OVERCOME MY FEARS AND FEELINGS OF UNWORTHINESS. I am so excited to learn and grow through this wonderful and powerful study of God’s unfailing love!

    • My family moved to Colorado back in 2004 to be with my husband’s oldest daughters’ family. Since then, her family has moved to Canada. My roots are in NC and I long to go back home. We are struggling also making ends meet every month. My goal is to be able to move out of this state next year about this time. I know that God has his plan working and I am glad to hear that you were able to move back home.
      God Bless!

  39. Lynn Temple says:

    I am a believer and my christian faith in my life has had its ups & downs like a roller coaster. I pray daily asking for different things. I am now hearing God asking me to be still and listen. When I 1st heard that in my soul it made me take a couple steps back thinking, Have I not been listening or have I just been complaining? I was telling my oldest daughter that I have so many hurts in my life that I have been holding on to them which is causing anger. God is working with me on this.

  40. Trina Kerr says:

    The LORD has healed me in many ways and I am feeling impressed upon to find HIS vision for me, to walk forward, and live fully within HIS love and power.
    Just the other day He truly spoke to my heart saying, “Do put limits on Me.”
    I am learning that and experiencing that He is a God without limits and can do anything with a willing heart, mind, and spirit. On that day, when He spoke to me, I was visiting my son in Buena Park, CA and I received a FREE ticket into Disneyland! We had a wonderful time and were doubly blessed by the LORD’s generosity. This particular gift comes after several years of struggle in my marriage, separation, domestic violence, and fully relying on Him to heal and restore the years the locust have eaten.
    I look forward to learning more…

  41. So excited to get started tomorrow! Ready to put my fears behind me! Thank you for this study!

  42. I believe I am going to break through my fear of not losing more weight and the fear of not being able to cope if I do lose the weight. I believe this because I believe that God will be my strength and my shield and I believe God delivers on His promises!

  43. I am going into this Bible study feeling excited to see what changes God has planned for me. I have lived In fear of the ” what if’s” most of my life. Then my worst fear happened, I lost my son. I have needed God more than ever, now. It is a continuing journey. Thank you for this Bible study to help me along my way through!

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