Archives for April 2012

Apr 30

An Untroubled Heart~Week 6.5

***Sign up for our next Online Bible Study, I Used to Be So Organized, by Glynnis Whitwer, in the right hand column of my blog. To participate, all you need is the book, I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace.

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Here we are ladies, nearing the end of this study. Let’s finish strong. Let’s finish actively, not passively.  In other words, we have journeyed this far, praying for more faith and less fear.  Just take a look at our Power Verses so far. What have we learned? We’ve learned that the faith is there. God has provided it. Now it’s time for us to take the action and receive and believe it completely. It’s ours for the taking. Let’s access it.

Recap of Words of the Week and Memory Verses:

Week 1:  Words of the Week:  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  (NIV 1984)

Week 2:  Word of the Week: Faith. Memory Verse:  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.   Psalm 23:6  (NKJV)

Week 3:  Word of the Week: Obedience. Memory Verse:  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  Psalm 37:5-6  (NIV 1984)

Week 4:  Word of the Week: Trust. Memory Verse:  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  John 3:16-17  (NIV)

 

Week 5:  Word of the Week:  Your Choice.  Memory Verse:  Your Choice.  (And by the way, you did a FABULOUS job with this!  A++++++)

 

Moving Forward.  We have 1 and a half weeks of study left in An Untroubled Heart.  In these Online Bible Studies, we don’t slow down or wimp out at the end. We don’t quit or give up either. We are strong, full of power, love and self-discipline. We are faithful in our calling, obeying God’s Word. We trust God to see us through. And we press on to the end of the race. We are Christian women, children of God, confident and strong. We have this because our Lord has given it to us. Say it with me, “Yes Lord, I take it. I receive what You have given me and I’m moving forward in faith.”  Go ahead, say it.  Out loud.

 

Week 6:  Word of the Week:  

Abide  

Memory Verse:  

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  John 15:4 (NIV)

 

 

Week 6.5: Word of the Week:  

Courage

Memory Verse:  

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 (NIV)

 

Suggested Assignments for the next week and a half:

Monday- Read Chapter 10, The Love of a Father.  Journal or highlight what stands out to you in this chapter. Share on my blog please, we can learn so much from each other.

Tuesday- Bible Study:  Know It–Stow It–Show It- Complete the questions at the end of Chapter 10.

Wednesday- Review. Skim Chapter 10 again. Finish the questions if you need to. What does it mean to abide in Jesus? How can we do that?  Please share on my blog.

Thursday- Read Chapter 11, Practicing His Presence. Journal and highlight awesome truths. How do you practice God’s presence?

Friday- Bible Study:  Know It–Stow It–Show It- Complete the questions at the end of Chapter 11.

Saturday- Review Chapter 11 and the questions.

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Monday- Read Chapter 12, Living with Courage. Journal and highlight what stands out about this chapter. Share with us on my blog!

Tuesday- Bible Study:  Know It–Stow It–Show It- Complete the questions at the end of Chapter 12.

Wednesday- Are you feeling courageous? How does Johua 1:9 empower you?

Thursday- Check my blog for a wrap up of this study.

 

And finally, last but not least, we have 3 winners from our Fearless Friday contest.  Everyone did such a great job, and as I’ve said before, I learned so much from you. Thank you to all who posted on my blog, Stephanie Clayton’s blog, and Glynnis Whiter’s blog.  Our winners are:  Lori Story, Robin, Still, and Ginny B.  Congratulations! You have won our next study book, I Used to Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer and a private call with me and Stephanie Clayton. We can’t wait to chat with you!  Email me at Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org with your mailing address, email address, and phone number so we can get it all set up!

Keep checking my blog this week, I still have lots to say and I bet you do too!

Blessings Y’all!  Love ya big!  <3

Melissa
Apr 27

Fearless Friday

What a week in Online Studies it has been!

Here’s the real scoop…the REAL reason you picked the words and Bible verse of the week and not me.

I needed to be fed.

That’s it. That is all. I was hungry and needed Food. You fed me.  Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. You ministered to my heart and planted seeds of Truth in my soul. My cup runneth over…

Since it’s worked out so well for me to sit back and be spoon fed, why stop now? “I’m Just Saying…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirts from the Women’s Wellness Weekend where I spoke last weekend. (aren’t they da bomb?)

 

Today, you will receive a double treat. First, my sweet ministry partner and friend, Stephanie Clayton, wrote a blog post that is fabulous.  It is perfect for this week in study and is great Food for thought and Food for your soul.  Check this out:

 

Taking a posture of fearlessness…

The hard cold wood presses into my nose. Uncomfortable, falling face down, planked in prayer. Taking a posture of fearless desperation before my Savior.

The unknown will put us in positions we otherwise might not take. Bent in submission as we search to know His will. Face down as we press the full length and extension of who we are into hearing Him.

I love this scripture from Leviticus 9:24, “Fire blazed forth from the LORD’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.” It is such a beautiful picture of a posture taken in reverence to God.

But for a girl who likes to be in control, face down can be difficult. As I place my fears on the offering table, I am hesitant to walk away. What if He doesn’t notice they are there? Or worse, what if He notices but does nothing about them?

And yet I choose to offer them anyways.

A worry sacrifice I give.

Handing Him the unknowns. Not because I want to…but because I should. What I want is control. Courage and might to fix things. But instead I offer up my worries. I choose to trust what He will do with them. I shout for joy at the glory He will make. And I fall face down fearless at His feet.

A posture of fearlessness. Not taken because life is perfect. But taken because the best place to fall is in the flawless of arms of Jesus. Arms of perfect love that cast out fear.

I want to give you three clearly defined steps to posture yourself for fearlessness.

1. Get still. Still enough to look at your fears. Ask God to reveal any fear that continues to hold you captive. Prepare the fear offering for the Lord. Decide what fears you are willing to sacrifice today.

2. Shout for joy! Praise Him because He will not squander what you offer to Him. Thank Him because He will come down with fire and consume those worries until they exist no more!

3. Fall face down. Literally. Get on the floor before the Lord. Get uncomfortable in His presence. Humble yourself before your God. Accept His healing and the freedom that He has brought you through Jesus.

When you get up will you still have fear? Probably. But it’s no longer yours to handle. The unknown is His. You have offered it to Him. And He is a gracious God who accepts that offering. He will take care of you. Let’s choose to trust Him to do so.

Thank you Steph!  I want to posture myself for fearlessness and I definitely know I need healing in the area of fear. Thankful for a Lord who gives me freedom at no cost to me. The cost was all on Him. Love my Jesus! Love my Jesus Bible study friends! Seriously Steph, thank you for this message.

 

Now, here’s where your double treat comes in.  The first treat was what she wrote.  The second is I am giving away 3 copies of our next book in Online Bible Studies book, I Used to Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer! Yay, we just love gifts! But you’ll have to work for this one.  Here’s what you need to do:

 

1.  Hop on over to Stehanie’s blog and leave her a sweet comment about what you took away from the message she wrote.

2. Hop over to Glynnis Whitwer’s blog and thank her for writing such an amazing book! If you are doing the next Online Study with me of her book, let her know.

3. On my blog, in the comment section for this post, finish this sentence:  “I’m Just Saying ______________________.”

 

You have to post on all 3 blogs to be entered to win a book. Along with the book, you also win a private conference call with me and Stephanie Clayton where we will just have some fun girlfriend chat. And if you aren’t a talker, that’s okay, we will pray for you! (We will do that anyway!)

Isn’t Fearless Friday awesome???

Love you ladies and thanks again for blessing me this week!

 

 

Melissa
Apr 26

You Make a Great Leader!

Inspired. Amazed. Impressed. Informed. Encouraged. Blessed. Full. Touched. Proud.

These are just a few words that describe how I have felt as I’ve read the Words of the Week, the Memory Verses, and the reasons you selected then.  You make fabulous leaders!

If you have not done the assignment posted earlier this week, you still have time.  You can find it here.

If you haven’t read the comments from this post , oh girlfriend, you must visit right now!

All those words I opened up with, well, that’s how you are going to feel.

 

I can’t wait to keep growing and learning because you took the time to share!

Thanks so much~Love you <3

Melissa