Mar 24

An Untroubled Heart~Week 1

Welcome to our 6th Online Bible study here on this blog! I am beyond thrilled that you are joining me, the Online Bible Studies Team, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and 2,600 others from all over the world on this journey to find a faith that is stronger than all our fears.

Before we get started, I’d like to encourage you to join me in a challenge. It is my prayer that all of us would begin this study actually believing that God can work powerfully in each of our lives. Change is possible. Living without fear is possible. Being cared for completely by our Heavenly Father is possible. There is only one thing that could keep these things from happening and that would be our own lack of faith and belief. So, let’s take a risk here. Let’s actually begin this study believing big things for our lives through God and this Bible study.  Are you with me?  If so, I want you to shout it to the world. Give a big cyber shout in the comment section of my blog today announcing that you believe and have the faith that God is going to accomplish great things in you during this Bible study. Even if you do it with a shaky voice and a bit of uncertainty make the choice to try. Will you join me? Here’s my shout out:

I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS IN MY LIFE THROUGH THIS STUDY! I BELIEVE MY FAITH WILL INCREASE WHILE MY FEARS WILL BE PLACED IN THE MIGHTY HANDS OF THE ONE WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF ME AND ALL MY CIRCUMSTANCES. I’M READY TO LIVE A FULL LIFE OF CONFIDENCE AND FAITH!

I can’t wait to read yours!

Now, on to Week 1 of An Untroubled Heart.

Here’s what you will  need:  (for those of you who receive this through your email and can’t see the picture below, visit my blog here)

Bible; notebook or journal to record your thoughts, verses, and Bible study questions & answers; a copy or digital version of the book An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell; computer with internet access so you can visit my blog daily and visit with our Online Bible Study Community; and a cup of coffee (optional…well maybe for you, necessary for me!).  Go ahead and get these ready today so you’ll be ready for your first assignment tomorrow!

 

Words of the Week:

Usually we just have one word of focus for the week, but this week, we have three…all taken from our memory verse of the week (below).

Power~Love~Self-Discipline

Memory Verse:

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7

 

God gave us a spirit of power.  One of the definitions of power is the ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. I like that. It implies that we have the ability to do something, but we have to take action in order to accomplish it. But the power is ours. It’s a power that comes from God. Because of God we have this ability to act.

God gave us a spirit of love. According to 1 Corinthians 13, love is patient and kind. It is not envious, boastful, or proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. This is a pretty tall order, don’t you think?  On our own, I don’t think we are capable of such behavior. I know I’m not. Because of God, we have a spirit of love. Because of God, we can love like this. It’s up to us to accept this gift from God. It’s a choice, because I assure you I don’t always feel like this.

God gave us a spirit of self-discipline. Confession time. I’m not good at this one. I have great intentions, but I can give in and often it doesn’t take much. Why? Because usually I rely on myself. But wait, it says “self” discipline. And yes, when I rely on me…self, I am likely to fall short or fail. But our verse says that God gives us self-discipline. That’s so much different. When I rely on Him and what He gives me, that means it’s possible. It’s there for me. And I have to choose it. I can do a all things through Christ who gives me strength, even be self-disciplined.

I love that God gives us what we feel we are not capable of.  These are available to us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. When we follow His leading each day our lives will more fully have these characteristics. God doesn’t want us living with timidity (fear). Through God, we are able to overcome our fear so that we can live full lives.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well. (comment section of my blog)

 

Suggested Readings and Assignments for Week 1:

Sunday– Pray and ask God to prepare your heart and the hearts of your sisters in this Bible study group. Enjoy today and be ready to go strong tomorrow. Maybe map out a schedule for your week and make sure you have all your materials ready. (pen, notebook, book, Bible, study space and time)

Monday– Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of An Untroubled Heart. Highlight in your book anything that stands out. Share it with the girls on my blog. Write this week’s memory verse in your notebook and also on a few notecards . Place the notecards around your house, in your car, at work, etc.

Tuesday– Bible Study: Know It–Stow It–Show It~ This is where the study gets hard. It’s time to apply and examine yourself. On p. 22-24 of An Untroubled Heart, take the time to answer the questions and record them in your notebook/journal. Y’all this is where you have to stay strong and be willing to face the fire and conquer what’s holding you back. Go for it. Don’t be scared. Share anything you want to on my blog. I really want to hear from you!

Tuesday Conference Call #1. You must pay $14 and sign up to be a part of the Conference Call Series, but I promise it’s worth it! You can join us live or listen/download the recorded version of the call.  8 pm tonight we will be joined by the author of An Untroubled Heart, Micca Campbell. She will be sharing her testimony, why she wrote this book, and what she hopes you will gain from studying this book. I will be sharing a message, “Power, Love, and Self-Discipline.”  This call will be recorded if you can’t be on live. I hope you will sign up and join me! This is my time to connect personally with you :)  I will be emailing the call information to all participants on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday– Read Chapter 2. Highlight in your book and record in your journal/notebook anything that speaks to you. Share it in the comment section of my blog. If you were a part of the conference call series, check your email for the recording information for the call.

Thursday– Bible Study: Know It–Stow It–Show It~ Chapter 2 contains a lot of thought provoking information about Satan’s lies and God’s truths. Things we really need to examine within ourselves and things we need to make decisions about so we can move forward. Not easy, but so rewarding. On p. 38-40 of An Untroubled Heart, take the time to answer the questions and record them in your notebook/journal. Please share.

Friday– Check in to Melissa’s blog for this week’s CHALLENGE! If you are behind, use today to catch up. Do you know this week’s memory verse yet?  Give it try!  Share this week’s victories, concerns, and prayer requests on my blog today.

I hope you will be enthralled by the love of God this week! Keep believing in His power, His love, and His ability to give you self-discipline. Don’t allow the threats of the enemy to take over the peace that God provides. You are worth fighting for. You have an awesome life waiting for you. Believe it and keep studying God’s Word. Plant His Word in your heart. I promise it will take root and produce fruit in due time.

Love you all and I’m so thankful and excited to start this study with you this week. If you have any questions or need prayer, call me at the Proverbs 31 office, 877-731-4663, ext. 200, M-F, 8:30-5:00 or email me at MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com.

Let’s have a great week and get started on this great life-changing Bible study. I believe it, do you?

Melissa

Comments

  1. Looking forward to starting this study and praying for all of my sisters in Christ!

  2. I so want to open myself up so that God can do great things through me! I know that HE can do it if I just stay out of the way. Looking to Him to accomplish great things and build my faith.

  3. I look forward to re-connecting with God & opening up my life to Him, fully & completely.

  4. I am married to a wonderful man that made some less then wonderful choices that nearly ended our marriage. Every day is a struggle to forgive and the fear of the past repeating itself is eating me away. I am committed to my husband and our marriage and I need to let go and let my damaged heart heal. I’m praying that this study will connect me the support and tools I need to let go of my fear and resentment and allow my marriage to be restored.

    • bekah-as I read your post, my heart jumped out to you!! I, too, am married to a wonderful, CHRISTIAN man-both of us our 2nd marriages. Shortly after we were married, he confessed to me that he had been making some less than wonderful choices that nearly ended our marriage, as well! Sweet sister, I so understand the struggle to keep going, to release that fear that grips your heart everyday. I, too, made the committment to stay, to trust that GOD would heal and mend the brokenness and I can tell you that I’m SO thankful I did. I am at such a higher place with CHRIST than ever before and our marriage IS healing!! I would be glad to connect with you if you’re needing/wanting that support. Just let me know. In the meantime, I am praying big prayers for you and for your marriage. This book is amazing, these studies are amazing, and GOD is even more amazing!!
      Praying for you-
      Kendra

      • Kendra,
        I can’t tell you what a relief it was to read your post. I lost my best friend and by brother because of the choice I made to stay with my husband. Sometimes I feel like mayb I was crazy for sticking to my marriage vows. It’s hard for me to share with people since I lost two very important relationships already. I would love to connect with you and I so appreciate your prayers!

    • I to am married to a wonderful man. About 14 months ago his less then wonderful choices nearly ended our marriage as well. We have been going to a wonderful counselor but I’m still having a hard time. I’m with you as to why I decided to the this study. I’m praying God will heal my heart, and I can let go of the fear and resentment as well. Just know you are not alone. Praying for you.

      • Sorry that last post was from me not Bekah…it was a reply to Bekah post.

        • Thank you for sharing, Star. I’m sorry that you have to go through it but I applaud you for sticking with him and doing what you need to do to honor your vows. It’s a good feeling to know that I’m not by myself. I’ll be praying for you throughout this study, that your heart will be healed and your marriage restored.

    • Kristy R. says:

      I’ve been there, too. I made the choice to stay for all the wonderful and beautiful things we had shared in our marriage, rather than to leave for the one or two awful things he did. Especially since it was killing him that he had done them almost as much as it was hurting me. We are still working through it, and God is leading the way. It really has strengthened my faith, although it is a daily struggle to give up my fears and worries to God and let him sort through it while I just heal. I’m praying for happiness again in your marriage, strength for you, and forgiveness and a true heart for your husband. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I am looking forward to this study helping to increase my faith a d decrease my doubt. I want got gain Gods power, love and gain more self discipline.

  6. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS BIBLE STUDY COMING INTO MY LIFE, AND HAVING FAITH THAT THIS WILL BE A BREAKTHROUGH IN CONQUERING MY FEARS AND ANXIETIES. I HAVE SHUT DOWN AREAS OF MY LIFE OVER THE YEARS DUE TO (MOSTLY) DRIVING ANXIETIES, WHICH PREVENT ME FROM DRIVING ON THE INTERSTATE, RIDING WITH OTHERS ON INTERSTATE, OR DRIVING OVER MANY BRIDGES. I NEED GOD’S INTERVENTION IN A BIG WAY TO OVERCOME THESE UNREASONABLE FEARS AND LIVE LIFE FOR HIM. PRAYING PHIL 4:4-8 AS MY THEME VERSES FOR THIS JOURNEY. LOVE TO ALL MY SISTERS OUT THERE STRUGGLING WITH FEARS AND ANXIETIES:)

    • Jennifer Rasor says:

      That’s awesome! A number of years ago God prompted me to memorize Philippians 4:4-8 as well. I LOVE it!!! Praying w/ you Allyson!

  7. 2 Timothy 1:7 The KJV of this verse uses “a sound mind” in the place of “self-discipline”. I like this version better, because in the midst of all my anxieties sometimes I wonder if I am going insane. God promises me a sound mind, and I am going to claim that Truth and not the lies satan puts into my mind about my lack of control over my thoughts.

  8. Janet Lutz says:

    I AM BEYOND READY TO LEARN TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT FEARS AND ANXIETIES CONTROLLING ME, AND LEARNING TO HAVE AN UNSHAKABLE FAITH!

  9. Melissa, The kind of fear I choose to live from this point forward is the kind that is a reverence and an awe of my Lord & Father. The fear of the world & everything in it is not a friend to my heart, mind, or soul. I choose to obey & live, & love, in accordance to God’s loving direction & word. His Word will I hide in my heart! I am so lookingforward to this book study, my heart, mind, & soul is ready to live in love, power, & spirit disciplined. <3

    I praise you Lord for this ministry to strengthen women to totally lean on you & encourage & strengthen each woman to support each other & train up the younger generation to live & love in the power of your Holy Spirit. Lord, teach us your ways, fill each of us with the gentle but powerful love that we may love others as you love us & live a life of discipline from a heart of love & not dreadful type of fear. Amen

  10. Angie Fowler says:

    I BELIEVE GOD IS GOING TO DO GREAT THINGS IN MY LIFE THROUGH THIS STUDY!! I BELIEVE MY FAITH AND CONFIDENCE ARE GOING TO BE GREATLY INCREASED AND I WILL RELEASE ALL MY FEARS TO HIM!

  11. Fear has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember… like a bad friend that’s so familiar they are hard to let go of even though you know they are no good for you. God has been working on me for years now facing up to some of my worst fears, beginning with the near divorce from my husband (which by God’s grace instead of divorcing brought us to Christ and was the beginning of our relationship with Him and each other).

    Five years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’ll never forget the words my doctor used to describe it aggressive and invasive. I had lost my Dad to cancer 3 years earlier… this tapped into so many fears for me: fear of death, fear of not being there to raise my children, fear of being a burden to others, fear of needles, surgeries, hospitals, unknown and on and on. This was just so BIG! But God had so prepared me for this trial with a bible study I was in that I knew He was assuring me that when my need for Him increased His grace would also increase. I learned alot of lessons on God’s faithfulness- and frustratingly the lack of my own.

    I am physically doing well, but have struggled since spiritually in fully trusting God again. I know he’s there, I know he’s faithful, I know if ever I am in a heartbreaking situation He’ll faithfully provide… but I’m fearful that trusting Him will sign me up for another trial. So, I am cautiously excited about this study. Praying that I will come to know and trust God more and let go of all the fears that hold me back.

  12. I AM SO READY TO TRADE MY FEAR FOR FAITH! God has made it very clear to me that I need to “Wait for Him”. But sometimes during this Waiting Season I feel overcome with fear, which I know is not from God. I was so happy to see the Memory Verse for this week!

  13. I am soooo excited! I am believing and expecting God to show up in my life and all the precious sisters in the Lord on this journey in a way He never has before through this online Bible Study. (my first) Hugs in Him…

  14. I am so excited to be a part of my first online Bible study!

    GOD IS GOING TO OPEN MY HEART AND EYES TO REMOVE MY FEARS SO THAT HE CAN DO WONDERFUL THINGS THROUGH ME!

    GOD IS SOOOO WONDERFUL!

  15. I am fully completely believing that if I open my heart up to God throughout this Bible study and beyond, amazing things will happen in my life!

  16. Sherry Owen says:

    This is my first on-line Bible study and I too have already started reading the book. At first, I felt as if my small fears were so outweighed by the experiences the author and so many others have faced; however, I know God wants us to glorify Him even in the small things. I pray for the self-discipline to be faithful and consistent throughout this study, allowing God’s power to permeate my life in every way, big or small. Thanks so much for your ministry!

  17. So excited to be doing this study… also my first online study. One question about the conference call listed at 8 pm tomorrow evening… what time zone is that? Even though I can listen later, I really don’t want to miss listening live!

  18. Looking for God to give me strength during this study. Facing my fears is something that I have put off for almost 10 years. I know God can do what His word says He can do. I believe that he did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  19. I CONTINUE TO ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TOTAL CONTROL OVER MY LIFE AS I CONTINUE IN HIS CALL. I WILL NOT ALLOW FEAR AND ANXIETY TO COME BETWEEN PRESENTING THE MESSAGE TO THE MANY THAT ARE SEEKING HIS PEACE AND FREEDOM FROM THE BONDAGE OF ABUSE. I STAND IN HIS STRENGTH. I look forward to all that God has for my sisters and I as we continue to allow the Lord to work in us through Melissa and through the words in An Untroubled Heart. God Bless

  20. Amber Chapais says:

    i believe and have faith the God will change everything through this bible study.. :)

  21. I believe in God’s amazing power and I pray that he will use this Bible study to make big changes in my life so I can live a life of peace and teach my children how to live in faithfulness to God!

  22. Sarah Paige says:

    I BELIEVE GOD CAN DO ANYTHING! I am so excited to begin my first online Bible study and I am ready for to watch God change our hearts. :)

  23. Taylor H says:

    I am so excited about the online Bible study and I am excited to see the changes that God WILL make in my life thru this study. I pray that God uses and molds me as he sees fit. I pray that he he wipes all my fears away!

  24. Sheena Wilson (OBS Bible Study Leader) says:

    Chapter One has already pulled on my heart strings! I’m so looking forward to what is going to do in this study!

  25. I am excited to start this study. As I read Chapter 1, even though I have never been married, I found myself able to relate to the feeling of abandonment by God. I have also had some anxiety issues. I am starting to learn to “let go and let God.” I know this study will help with that!

  26. I am so excited to be a part of this study to allow God to tear down the walls of fear with dealing with my health issues, finances, and finding a job. To release everything to Him and learn to follow his will for my life. I know each of us is going to be blessed by this study. I am so READY TO LET GO OF MY FEARS!

  27. Im blessed to be in this study. I had read this book in February when fear gripped me. My husband has prostate cancer and was not seeking treatment due to his mom’s bladder cancer. He wanted to get her settled in a home before treatment. Through much prayer and crying out to the Lord. He has made the decision to get help. This book and Micca Campbel encouraged me. I’m reading it again with this group to continue to be encouraged and to share with others. Thank you for doing bible study. What version of the bible are you using for memory verse?
    Thanks

  28. After reading chapter one, I come expecting to recieve deliverance from fear! I’m believing that God will show me exactly what He wants me to learn and I trust that He will reveal Himself to us all! I recieve the power He has to offer, His merciful love and the self discipline He will teach me!

  29. Kelly Goddard says:

    One of the hardest things for me to accept after losing my son was the fact that life was supposed to go on. How could that be when I felt like there was nothing to look forward to. My world as I knew it has stopped suddenly and I could not imagine spending the rest of my life with out my son here with me and the rest of the family. God gave me the future I could not see, with out him guiding me thru my grief I would still be in a state of denial. In the first chapter of this book I so related to a part that said ” God met me in my pain and carried me to a new level of Grace. With each encounter , my future grew brighter, and I was able to pick up the pieces of my shattered dream and with Gods help rebuild my life” Thank You Lord!

  30. I AM ASKING GOD TO RENDER ME OF MY FEARS AND TAKE CONTROL OF MY LIFE, SPIRITUALLY AND MENTALLY. GOD BE WITH ME IN MY HEART AND MIND WHILE I VENTURE THROUGH THIS STUDY WITH THESE WOMEN. Today I prayed for a sign from God as to how to help heal myself…then the link to this bible study “fell into my lap”…I am looking forward to taking an amazing journey with God and of you ladies.

  31. I declare that God is going to do BIG things in my life thru this study! I declare that fear will be abolished and faith, power, and love will replace it! I believe that God can do this and I can’t wait to have results!

  32. Debbie S says:

    I’m so grateful for this study. I lost my brother 11 months ago due to a brain stem hemorrhage a year before. It was an agonizing year of self doubt in decisions I had to make, sorrow in watching him suffer and the back and forth of high hopes for his recovery and fear of losing him. God has been with me through my grieving and answered my prayers regarding my son who is two months sober. However, I often live in fear that my son will relapse. I know in my heart that God is taking care of him, but the anxiety and fear takes over completely when I can’t get ahold of him on the phone. The timing of this bible study is perfect! Jesus is teaching me to let go and enjoy his bountiful blessings in my life. I have to be reminded that only God knows how many days we have on this earth and we cannot control that, only enjoy the gift of each day.

  33. I believe God is going to do great things in my life. I expect to be brought closer in a daily walk with Him through this online bible study.

  34. Kari McClain says:

    I AM BELIEVING THAT MY STRUGGLE WITH THE FEAR THAT I WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH, THAT I WILL FALL BACK INTO SIN, THAT MY HUSBAND WILL GROW TIRED OF ME, THAT MY CHILDREN WILL LEAVE ME, THAT I AM A FAILURE, WILL BE GONE AND I WILL LEAVE IT ONCE AND FOR ALL AT THE FEET OF JESUS AND BE FREE TO BE THE WOMAN THAT HE CREATED ME TO BE!!!!!!!

  35. I am excited to see what my God has in store for me through this bible study! 7 years ago, when I became a new mother, fear and anxiety gripped me and held on tight for to many years. Today, it has a much looser grip on me but there are still fears and anxieties lying dormant in my life. God answered my cries to take the fears I had away. I know all it takes is one thing for them to awaken again. I am certain this study will aid me even further to i know that I will always be prepared for the battle ahead that fear and anxiety seems to enjoy bringing to my life!

  36. The thing that stuck out to me the most when reading the introduction and Chapter 1 of “An Untroubled Heart” was how much faith she had in God to get her through this, even though she questioned Him, and asked WHY?? This is something that is so comforting to know because I felt myself relating to her SO much when she explained how she always fears that something bad is going to happen or feared that someone close to her would die, this happens to me ALL the time! I always worry that when something is going good then that must mean that something bad is going to happen because I don’t believe that I can be happy, or should be able to be happy. Happiness didn’t seem to be a big thing in my family so I feel like I don’t deserve it sometimes. I live in fear just as Micca shares about in her book. But reading her story and how she was able to get through it, even though she still has fears from time to time. It helps so much to know that God will NEVER leave me, and he didn’t leave her, even when something unthinkable happened that she had always feared.

    I love reading your comments and seeing the support that there is on this group! Thank you for everyone who is sharing, you really bless me and help me! All of you! And thank you Melissa for hosting these wonderful studies!! :)

  37. I can not believe God’s timing, on second thought yes I can. As I embark on the journey of reading this book I got a letter in the mail yesterday about my future in the realm of finances that wanted fear to flood me like a tsunami.Plus there has been a breach in my relationship with my sister. Help Lord. But wait a minute I just finished reading Psalm 139. Heart be still and trust.

  38. Merlene Carter says:

    Please pray for me?

    Thanks,
    Merlene

    • Father God, I lift up Merlene to You – asking for peace, protection of her – place a hedge around her & her family! We know we can make it through all things with You giving us the strength to complete all things! I thank You Lord for Merlene & look forward to growing closer to You in this study. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

      Sending hugs your way too, HL

  39. Borrowing your shout out & adding a lil’ to it:
    I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS IN MY LIFE THROUGH THIS STUDY! I BELIEVE MY FAITH WILL INCREASE WHILE MY FEARS DECREASE & WILL BE PLACED IN THE MIGHTY HANDS OF THE ONE WHO HAS TAKEN CARE OF ME AND ALL MY CIRCUMSTANCES. I’M READY TO LIVE A FULL LIFE OF CONFIDENCE AND FAITH!!
    Thanks so much for bringing this all together!

  40. God already helped me overcome one fear, dogs. My only thought if I saw a dog from 100 yards away is “He’s going to come eat me for lunch”. However, my counselor got a therapy dog in his office, so I had to get over it or find a new counselor. I worked with Chewy (the dog) and got over it. Completely!

    Now, I have to work on something much bigger. You see, I lived in New Orleans in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. I didn’t have to think long when asked have I ever felt alone. I was a student at the time, and I moved home to Alabama. No one here understood how I felt. It is seven years later and I still think, “Oh I have that…no wait, I don’t either.” I lost everything except four days worth of clothes. I feel somehow different since Katrina. Like she changed me fundamentally. I don’t like it. I’m hoping to recover a lost part of myself through this study.

  41. I am definitely excited about this study. I have battled with fear and worry most of my life. I love the Lord and I do believe he will protect me but I have been working on this for years. Also this study came just in time. My husband woke me up this morning and 3am and told me he was not sure he wanted to stay with me. I am devasted although he did this to me one time before a couple of years ago. He battles with depression but refuses to get help and he has also been cheating on me. Although he is not sure he wants to be in this marriage he also does not want to leave. Please pray for me that I say and do the right things. I am praying that God will direct me because I have no clue what I am doing and that through whatever happens I will just trust God and not fear the unknown.

  42. I to have battled fear most of my life. The fear I lived with since my daughter was born 18 years ago is that she would one day leave me and not want to have anything to do with me. I lost my first 2 children due to being born premature, so when my daughter came along I held on tight to her and in the process became a little controlling. We have had a rocky relationship, you could say we are also codependent on each other. My fear of her leaving came true right before Christmas of this past year. She left for a couple of days and stayed with friends from school. I learned that my world did not stop, God was in control, and I didn’t die. She came back home and things have been so much better, I think it was good for her and for me. Good for her because she was able to appreciate her family more, good for me because it made me rely on the Lord totally. I know that I have to give each day to the Lord before I can even get out of bed because if don’t then I am walking in my own strength and not His. I am still fearful especially as she gets ready to go off to college. I am so thankful for this study, I am trusting God to help me leave fear behind and in its place give me enough faith so that when the time comes I can walk on water.

  43. I believe that God is doing great things in my life, He has brought this Bible study to me at a time I feel I am in desperate need. He is never late, it just seems so sometimes. I lost my husband 10 months ago today to cancer. I really appreciated Melissa’s writing about her Mothers’ passing and her season of grief. I have been busy busy busy….trying to not feel the overwhelming loss and fear of life without my best friend and husband. I get up every morning, take care of things that must be done, but it is all so wrong??? I don’t know how to do this living thing without my husband. I know how to survive, I am a competent business woman and God has blessed my practice, but my joy left with George. I lived in Isaiah 54 immediatly after George’s passing. It gave me peace, but I have lost some of that peace. While George was sick, he was my priority. There were no questions about what I was to do. Now I struggle trying to find my purpose. Why am I still here? I do not believe God would have me to stay without a purpose and He would have peace and joy for me as well. I believe He has lead me here to fine my way. Perhaps to face my fear of grief…..

  44. I know I am jumping in late, but God has clearly shown me I NEED this study. I tried to run from it in fear of facing my fears…but here I am finally ready to surrender and let God teach me.

    I surrender my desire to protect myself to the Lord and am willingly allowing Him to step up and be my defender and protector as I walk through painful places and uncharted waters. In the good and the bad I am choosing to trust Him and place all of my fears in His hands so I can live with power, love and self-discipline.

    Thank you, Melissa, for leading us in this study.

  45. My apologies for being a little late to respond but, better late than never I hope!

    I know and trust that God is going to do great things with me through this study and that through Him anything is possible. I have a long list of things I am afraid of, some bigger than others, but the point is I don’t have to suffer through any of them if I just learn to trust Him.

    Thank you, Melissa, and all the others for facilitating and being a part of this study!

    Blessings to all,
    Judy C

  46. LaToshia Jordan says:

    My most highlighted word this week is realizing that our adversary knows the Word of God and will twist it if you dont know it. I am so glad to know this. I want to encourage all of us to memorize the Word of God so we can speak to the devil ad Jesus did to make him leave.. I am loving this book be blessed

  47. Michelle Moodie says:

    I can feel them again :’) They became weak for a while there….but they just filled my body again. My belly, my chest, ..the flutterbies are back!..of creativity & hope & inspiration. The overwhelming feeling that I love so much, that came upon me the instance I started reading through Melissa’s blog. The Lord fills me with this feeling that my body almost can’t contain as it excites within me. Praise the Lord. Blessed with hope & love & joy. I believe! I believe that God is increasing my faith, reducing my fears, He is doing big things. Amen

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