Archives for March 2012

Mar 23

2 Days til Blast-Off!

Ready to get rid of your troubled heart?

Feel like kicking fear to the curb?

Tired of trying so hard to be a good Christian and have more faith?

ME TOO!

Oh, I’m so excited we are beginning An Untroubled Heart  Bible study in just 2 days and I’m even more excited that so many of you are joining me!  Do you know how much I love to study the Bible with friends? Well, it’s a lot!  Thank you so much for going on this journey from fear to faith with me. We have some exciting days ahead.

I want to make sure we are all on the same page as we prepare our hearts and schedules to begin.  Read this email carefully.

1. Each Sunday, I will post suggested assignments, schedule for the week, word of the week, and memory verse for the week. It’s up to you how you order your time and balance it all. You check my blog at your convenience. The posts will not go away and previous posts can be accessed in the “Online Bible Studies Archives” section in the right column of my blog.

2. During the week, I will post on my blog messages related to the study and occasionally a video message. If you want to make sure that you don’t miss a message, subscribe to receive my blog posts. This is different than the Bible study sign ups. The space to sign up to receive all blog posts via email is right under my picture in the right column of my blog.

3. I want to hear from you in the comment section of my blog!  Just like I hope to share with and encourage you throughout this study, I want you to share with and encourage me and all the others fine gals doing this study! This is your Bible study group. This is your online community where you fit it, belong, are love, and valued. Please join in the conversation. We have so much we can learn from each other.

4. My blog, http://melissataylor.org/ is where this study takes place. It will be up to you to check my blog to make sure you are keeping up with the study. Like I mentioned above, if you think it will be hard for you to remember to check my blog daily, you can have it emailed to you. See #2.

5. The Online Bible Studies Facebook page and small Online Facebook Groups are optional, not necessary to the study. The Bible study does not take place on Facebook, although if you are on FB, we will have discussion on the OBS FB page daily. If you don’t have Facebook, it’s no big deal. You are not missing any part of this study. That is just an extra option. Your Bible study group meets here, on my blog.

6. The Conference Call Series is encouraged, but completely optional. Here are a few comments about the conference calls:

 “I think you were awesome on the call (listened just now) and u touched a lot of hurting hearts.  I can’t even express to you how much you have been an inspiration to me and how much God has used you and all the P31 ladies to heal me and to dream again.” ~ VH

“Melissa, I can’t tell you how much I have been blessed by the messages and guests on the conference call series. I hesitated in signing up, but now I will not miss this part of the study. I was so encouraged and motivated. God worked in me through the conference calls.”  ~ DH

“The conference calls are my favorite part of the online studies. Thank you so much for doing these! Even when I can’t make the LIVE call, I love listening to the recording. The calls have helped me really apply the study to my life in a real way. THANK YOU AND YOUR GUESTS!” ~ SS

In case you missed my message and the information about our conference call series, here it is again:

One thing I’ve seen is that the ladies in the online study who participate in the conference call series experience higher levels of success in completing the study and applying God’s principles in their lives. Each call is like attending an event featuring a Proverbs 31 Speaker plus testimonies from guests who understand and share what real life and real faith are all about. Just look at who we have joining us in our An Untroubled Heart Conference Call Series:

March 27, 8 pm EST

Micca Campbell

Micca knows all too well the unpredictable nature of life. As the twenty-one-year-old mother of an infant son, her world was shattered when she lost her husband in a tragic accident. Micca feared for her future and struggled to overcome loneliness. In her darkest moment, God began to teach her His remedy for fear. Micca Campbell is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She was named Mother of the Year in 2004 by ParentLifemagazine. In 2009, she released her first book, An Untroubled Heart. Micca, her husband, Pat, and their children reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

April 9, 8 pm EST

Samantha Reed

Samantha works at Proverbs 31 Ministries as an Executive Assistant, Daily Devotions Assistant Editor, and She Seeks Coordinator. While she has a strong faith, Samantha struggles with fear. She’s often experienced sleepless nights and panic attacks. Samantha’s going to share how God has helped her in this battle and how fighting for her faith was worth it. Samantha is also a gifted writer, which you can check out on her blog.

Carol Davis

Carol is no stranger to fear. As a single mom working full time in Christian radio, she is one busy woman. She is candid and honest in her sharing about how God has seen her through tough times like a divorce and raising a child alone. She’s also honest about her fears of remaining alone and providing for the needs of her daughter.  You can read about Carol onher blog and listen to her each weekday at noon on 106.9 The Light. Her testimony will have you laughing and crying, but you will also be thanking God for the opportunity to know her.

April 17, 8 pm EST

Robin Rohrbach

Robin suffered every mom’s worst fear, the death of her child. Hear her amazing story of how her family pulled together, going through ten years of her daughter’s illness and eventually her death. Robin lives in Georgia with her husband, Chris and daughter, Jenna.

Lelia Chealey

Lelia is a wife, mom of 3 and became a {very young} grandma of 2 before she turned 40 in 2010. She is a woman who has an ugly past that only God can handle all the details of and she will tell you He still finds her usable. His grace enables her to write and speak of His greatness despite all she’s been through. Most in Lelia’s shoes would keep her secrets to herself, yet God is using her story (which includes abortion and adultery) in a most amazing way.

Above saying “I do” to Gene Chealey, having his babies and becoming a Grandma, trusting God has been the best thing this woman in Nebraska has ever done. She loves Jesus, family, friends, reading, exercise and a cup of cappuccino with cool whip on top.

April 24 8 pm EST

LaGena Lookabill Green

LaGena Lookabill Greene had a bright future ahead of her. After graduating in the top 1% of her class, she attended college on an academic scholarship and graduated with honors. By age 25 she had been featured as a model on the pages of GlamourSeventeen, and Cosmopolitan magazines. As an actress she had guest-starred in 25 prime time television shows and 5 films. After a marriage proposal, she had sex with her fiance and contracted AIDS. Through his betrayal and abandonment, LaGena turned back to her Lord, who has miraculously sustained her for 25 years. Her inspirational story has been featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, The Today Show with Katie Couric and The 700 Club. Today, LaGena is happily married to the love of her life, Danny. They reside in North Carolina.

 I hope you will prayerfully consider signing up for this conference call series. I’d love to have the honor of personally speaking with you during the study.

A Free Gift For You:

We recently had a free conference call that everyone was invited to be a part of. The message was “A Faith Worth Fighting For” and featured personal stories and an introduction to An Untroubled Heart. If you were unable to be a part of this call, you are in luck, because it was recorded.  If you’ve ever considered signing up for our conference call series, this would be a great way to listen for free and see if you are interested.  Feel free to call in and listen via phone or click this link to listen via computer or download it. Enjoy and please share with your friends! Phone: 530-881-1499, Code 599269. Link: https://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/playback.html?n=-17-65-67-17-65-6777-17-65-6770-17-65-67-17-65-67-17-65-679387083-17-65-67104-56-68%3B1ODEzMDk4MDg%3D1
To sign up for An Untroubled Heart Conference Call Series, Click here.
Our first call is Monday night and I will be sending out the call information to all those who sign up on Monday morning.
Ok, ladies, that’s all for now.  Love love love you and can’t wait to grow stronger in our faith together!  Check back here on Sunday for our official Bible Study Blast-Off!
Have a blessed weekend. “See” you Sunday!
Melissa
Mar 21

Quit Talkin’ and Start Walkin’

In other words, let’s apply action to our lives.

We’ve talked about wanting to make changes. We’ve talked about wanting to make time for prayer and Bible study. We’ve talked about getting in shape and taking care of ourselves. We’ve talked about fighting for a faith that is stronger than our fears. We’ve talked about a lot of things.

It’s time to quit talkin’ and start walkin.’  Ever heard the saying, “talk is cheap?”  Well what that means is our words aren’t worth a whole lot unless we are willing to do what we say.

How are you doing in this area?  If I’m honest, I’m just doing ok. I’m full of good intentions and you know about that road paved with good intentions right? Well, I’m ready to get off that road. Who’s with me?

Our next study, An Untroubled Heart, is not going to be a fluffy fun Bible study. It’s going to require that we not just say we want a faith stronger than our fears, but that we apply the action it takes to live with a faith stronger than our fears. If we apply what we learn as we go along, we will be inviting the Lord to do big work in our lives. Isn’t that exciting?  I want so much more from God and I know He has it, I just have to choose to receive it, believe it, and apply it.

This study begins right here on this blog, March 25th. It’s not too late to sign up. Check the right column of my blog to do that.

A great way to quit talkin’ and start walkin’ is to participate in our conference call series. One thing I’ve seen is that the ladies in the online study who participate in the conference call series experience higher levels of success in completing the study and applying God’s principles in their lives. Each call is like attending an event featuring a Proverbs 31 Speaker plus testimonies from guests who understand and share what real life and real faith are all about. Just look at who we have joining us in our An Untroubled Heart Conference Call Series:

March 27, 8 pm EST

Micca Campbell

Micca knows all too well the unpredictable nature of life. As the twenty-one-year-old mother of an infant son, her world was shattered when she lost her husband in a tragic accident. Micca feared for her future and struggled to overcome loneliness. In her darkest moment, God began to teach her His remedy for fear. Micca Campbell is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She was named Mother of the Year in 2004 by ParentLifemagazine. In 2009, she released her first book, An Untroubled Heart. Micca, her husband, Pat, and their children reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

April 9, 8 pm EST

Samantha Reed

Samantha works at Proverbs 31 Ministries as an Executive Assistant, Daily Devotions Assistant Editor, and She Seeks Coordinator. While she has a strong faith, Samantha struggles with fear. She’s often experienced sleepless nights and panic attacks. Samantha’s going to share how God has helped her in this battle and how fighting for her faith was worth it. Samantha is also a gifted writer, which you can check out on her blog.

Carol Davis

Carol is no stranger to fear. As a single mom working full time in Christian radio, she is one busy woman. She is candid and honest in her sharing about how God has seen her through tough times like a divorce and raising a child alone. She’s also honest about her fears of remaining alone and providing for the needs of her daughter.  You can read about Carol on her blog and listen to her each weekday at noon on 106.9 The Light. Her testimony will have you laughing and crying, but you will also be thanking God for the opportunity to know her.

April 17, 8 pm EST

Robin Rohrbach

Robin suffered every mom’s worst fear, the death of her child. Hear her amazing story of how her family pulled together, going through ten years of her daughter’s illness and eventually her death. Robin lives in Georgia with her husband, Chris and daughter, Jenna.

Lelia Chealey

Lelia is a wife, mom of 3 and became a {very young} grandma of 2 before she turned 40 in 2010. She is a woman who has an ugly past that only God can handle all the details of and she will tell you He still finds her usable. His grace enables her to write and speak of His greatness despite all she’s been through. Most in Lelia’s shoes would keep her secrets to herself, yet God is using her story (which includes abortion and adultery) in a most amazing way.

Above saying “I do” to Gene Chealey, having his babies and becoming a Grandma, trusting God has been the best thing this woman in Nebraska has ever done. She loves Jesus, family, friends, reading, exercise and a cup of cappuccino with cool whip on top.

April 24 8 pm EST

LaGena Lookabill Green

LaGena Lookabill Greene had a bright future ahead of her. After graduating in the top 1% of her class, she attended college on an academic scholarship and graduated with honors. By age 25 she had been featured as a model on the pages of GlamourSeventeen, and Cosmopolitan magazines. As an actress she had guest-starred in 25 prime time television shows and 5 films. After a marriage proposal, she had sex with her fiance and contracted AIDS. Through his betrayal and abandonment, LaGena turned back to her Lord, who has miraculously sustained her for 25 years. Her inspirational story has been featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, The Today Show with Katie Couric and The 700 Club. Today, LaGena is happily married to the love of her life, Danny. They reside in North Carolina.

 I hope you will prayerfully consider signing up for this conference call series. I’d love to have the honor of personally speaking with you during the study.

A Free Gift For You:

Last night, we had a free conference call that everyone was invited to be a part of. The message was “A Faith Worth Fighting For” and featured personal stories and an introduction to An Untroubled Heart. If you were unable to be a part of this call, you are in luck, because it was recorded.  If you’ve ever considered signing up for our conference call series, this would be a great way to listen for free and see if you are interested.  Feel free to call in and listen via phone or click this link to listen via computer or download it. Enjoy and please share with your friends! Phone: 530-881-1499, Code 599269. Link: https://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/playback.html?n=-17-65-67-17-65-6777-17-65-6770-17-65-67-17-65-67-17-65-679387083-17-65-67104-56-68%3B1ODEzMDk4MDg%3D1
To sign up for An Untroubled Heart Conference Call Series, Click here.
To purchase An Untroubled Heart book, Click here.
Ok ladies, it’s time. Let’s quit talkin’ and start walkin’!  I’m ready. And just to show you one way I’ve applied this already, is my commitment I recently made to exercise. Enjoy this make-up free, sweaty, stinky look at me, Lysa, and Kelly after our boot camp workout this morning:


If you cannot see the video above, click here. And if the video is appearing sideways, forgive that too. Work in progress with the editing videos, lol!

How do you plan to put your words into action? Please share with us today in the comment section of this blog. Thanks Ladies!  Have a wonderful day and take note of each and every blessing in your life today.
Melissa
Mar 20

Let’s Chat By Phone…Tonight!

I am so excited about what is going on in Online Bible Studies tonight! It’s going to be a great time that we can connect via phone and it’s free!  (long distance charges may apply depending on your phone company, but there is no cost for the call…read on.)

During each online study, we offer a conference call series, that features amazing guests, a powerful message designed for instant life application and change, prayer, and a time for Q & A. Each call deals with topics covered in our current online study. There are usually 4 calls per study. There is the option to be on the call live or listen later to the recording. The cost for this series is $14.00.

Well tonight, March 20th, for the first time, we are offering a free live call!

I will deliver a message on fear and the upcoming study An Untroubled Heart. Writer and Online Leader, Stephanie Clayton will be joining me on this call and we will be discussing how we were able to let go of some real paralyzing fears and live life again. You don’t want to miss this call.

When: Tuesday, March 20th at 8 pm EST
Conference dial-in number: (530) 881-1400
Participant access code: 599269
There is a 1000 caller capacity, so call on time or you may miss out!

If you’ve ever wondered what the conference calls and online studies were like, this is your chance to find out. Or if you just want benefit from a great message that has potential for growth and change, this is your chance. The call will be fun, informative, and hopefully you will find it inspirational and helpful in your life today.

I look forward chatting with you tonight. Remember it begins at 8 pm EST and we only have space for the first 1000 callers.

Big Blessings Y’all!

 

***Our winner of the book give away from yesterday is Cynthia Keebler! Congrats!

 

If you’d like to Facebook this information to your FB friends, here’s a ready made post for you:

Free Conference Call TONIGHT! Proverbs 31 Speaker, Writer, and Online Bible Studies Leader~ Melissa Ross Taylor will deliver a message on fear and the upcoming study An Untroubled Heart. Writer and Online Leader, Stephanie Clayton will be joining Melissa on this call and they will be discussing how they were able to let go of some real paralyzing fears and live life again. You don’t want to miss this call. When: Tuesday, March 20th at 8 pm EST
Conference dial-in number: (530) 881-1400
Participant access code: 599269
There is a 1000 caller capacity, so call on time or you may miss out!

 

Ready-made Tweet for Twitter:

Free Conf Call w/ P31’s @MelissaRTaylor on fear, grief & #AnUntroubledHeart.Tonite at 8 pm EST, (530) 881-1400, code: 599269 Join us live!

 

I really feel like this call is going to reach many broken, hurting, and fearful women all over the world and Micca Campbell’s message in An Untroubled Heart could help them. So, let’s spread the word so God and faith can replace our fear and help us move forward. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa