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

Comments

  1. Love this Stephanie and Melissa, very creative :)

    I’m just saying…….that I LOVE our current book, I have put fear down and picked up a faith that has allowed me to grow!!! I can’t wait to become organized now that I am not carrying fear around!!!!

  2. I’m just saying……together we have learned we were made to crave God not food, how to have an untroubled heart and I can’t wait to get past saying we USED to be so organized and start saying we are organized again, not to mention learning how to make repairs when we become unglued! Thanks for inviting me along on this journey and walking through it with me in truth!

  3. I’m just sayin’ that I have been redeemed :) fear has no grip on this Jesus sista! She is gonna run free! And I’m also just sayin, that Mellytay, I wuv you!!!!

  4. I’m just sayin’ God has everything under control and the more I believe and lean into that freedom reigns!!

  5. I’m just saying… today is the day in which I leave all my fears at the feet of Jesus. I am trusting Him to know exactly what I need at just the right time. Thank you, God, for showing me your truths today!! I am excited to see what you have planned for me!

  6. I’m just sayin…”Face it , don’t fear it”

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m just sayin’ ….that there is such victory and joy in leaving fear behind and fully trusting in God. He never fails and His Redemption covers our failures.

  8. Danielle says:

    I’m just saying…Jesus has conquered it all and when we let Him, He can help us conquer our fears too.

  9. Kim Smith says:

    I’m just sayin’ if God leads me to it He will bring me through it! I tell myself this all the time when it comes to steping out in faith in the area of running my own business. Praise Him!

  10. I’m just sayin’……. I’m so gald that I have Jesus Chirist in my life, and with Him I can get thru my trails.

  11. Lynnette says:

    entrust your fears to God

  12. I’m just sayin’…that my God will never leave or forsake me/us.

  13. Lamina Schultz says:

    I’m just saying I’m thankful for Proverbs31 and all the beautiful ladies!

    • Kristi S says:

      I’m just sayin’….how thankful I am for you Lamina! Looking forward to another study with you girl!

  14. I’m just saying…… ask and you shall receive

  15. Kristi S says:

    I’m just sayin…that I can wake up every morning with a song in my heart, one so different from last year at this time. So blessed that God said “You can” when others said “You can’t” and to find a group of women who believe in each other. I have found a joy that was once hidden behind so many scars that I couldn’t recognize myself any longer. I’m just sayin’ that I don’t have to let my past control my present…that I can be confident instead of fearful and that when I crave God first, He will provide the healing, the peace, the hope that God has a plan for me and I don’t have to do it alone.

  16. I’m just sayin’…God is amazin’! Just when I think it couldn’t get any better, He surpasses my point of view.

  17. Heather P says:

    “I’m just sayin’…” isn’t God wonderful in the way He cares and provides for us on a daily basis.
    “I’m just sayin’…” that I need to be who God wants me to be no matter what anyone else says or does!

  18. I’m just saying ….that I look forward to what God has in store for me and how He intends to use me. Losing my mom in January has been a really hard and scary journey through the unknown emotions that I have had to face lately. Reading your story Melissa has helped me to get through the first phase of my emotions. I was able to relate to much of what you experienced with the loss of your mom. It truly blessed me in more ways than you can imagine. I couldn’t believe how God brought you to share your story right at the exact moment when my heart was so broken and in fear of what I was feeling and what I still had to face.

    Reading an Untroubled Heart has also helped me to face some of my fears (as well as the help of my grief support groups and constant prayers of my sisters and brothers for eternity).

    I also look forward to many other online bible studies!

    Thank you so much for always feeding us! It was a blessing to know we were able to help feed you too!

    God is so good!!

    Dorothy

  19. I’m just saying… Who’s yo Daddy?!

    Mine is the King of Kings. The Lord of Lords. The Creator of the Universe! The One of who loves me–and You!

    I love you, my sisters!

  20. I’m just saying….fall flat on your face, don’t be ashamed, it’s ok, he will listen!

  21. I’m just saying…I am so thankful for all God has given me. He is an Awesome God!!! Thank you for you blog it has encouraged me today.

  22. I’m just saying…. “Ask, Believe, Receive.”
    I have been asking God to Help me find my way and organize my life. He has shown me all of these nice blogs & bible studies.

    Thank You, God

  23. I’m just saying God always shows up no matter where we are, physically and emotionally! Praise Him!

  24. I’m just saying…woohoo Jesus!

  25. I’m just sayin….I have been so truly blessed by Melissa, all the wonderful ladies I have met through the last 2 studies and the wonderful ladies at P31. You all rock and I thank God for putting you in my life!

  26. “I’m just saying…” God is totally awesome! It is so wonderful to have faith in the knowledge that we never have to become victims of our fears or our circumstances because Jesus is the VICTOR!!!! And also Melissa Taylor (and her helpful crew) are fabulous!!! I am so thankful for the work and dedication they have put into this Bible Study and the investment they make into each of our lives…I’m just sayin’! :)

  27. I’m just saying, what a relief, that I don’t have to handle my fears alone! Thank you Lord!

  28. I’m just saying…God is GOOD! He sent me to this study to get closer to Him.

  29. I’m just saying…Although some fear may still remain when I come up off the floor, I Know God is in Control!!!

  30. I’m just saying….God promises to provide for our every need. That includes our need to discern between needs and wants. He remains by Strength and Provider.

  31. “I’m just saying……I am thankful for the Lord blessing me with the P31 Ministry!” I love all the devotions, blogs, & resources on for women living for Christ…even practical things like being organized! So…….I’d love to win the book, I Used To Be So Organized!

  32. Anonymous says:

    “I’m just saying……I am hanging on to the life saving ring you tossed me while I was going under during a fierce life storm! Because of this study I now now that fear is, False Evidence Appearing Real! I know that God has sent me the message that His Bodyguards (Goodness and Mercy) are following me. On my face before Him !

  33. I’m just saying….I’d be nothing if it wasn’t for the love of Jesus”. I have been a follower of Glynni’s blog since her days of decluttering and she mentioned your site in her blog and loved Steph message of the reminder to totally give my fears over to the Lord.

  34. Carol Bruntlett says:

    I’m just saying that CHRIST BESIDE ME! CHRIST BEFORE ME!

    CHRIST BEHIND ME! CHRIST WITHIN ME! CHRIST BENEATH ME! CHRIST ABOVE ME!

    I’m Just Saying. That I am moving on with Jesus because He truly faithful to me and
    Jesus and I are seriously kicking some fear to the curb and Him and are are stuck like glue because He is ready to fight for me at anytime so Jesus and I are seriously kicking the enemy of fear , anexity , depression , doubts , lies to the curb and sending the enemy a packin not to come back no more.

    Carol

  35. KAY PARRISH says:

    I AM JUST SAYING JESUS IS LORD , MY LORD AND SAVIOUR . PRAISE GOD HE LIVED, DIED ON THE CROSS AND ROSE AGAIN JUST FOR ME.

  36. Angie W. says:

    I’m just saying that without the love of Jesus Christ I would not be here today. I was broken and battered and ready to call it quits, when he came in and pulled me from the pits of hell. I cannot imagine a life without Jesus in it!

  37. Michelle says:

    I’m Just Sayin I am not the same woman I was 6yrs ago when I left a horrible situation that I was in. My dad came and moved me from Junction Tx back to Amarillo Tx where he lived. It has taken 6yrs to overcome Mental, Verbal, Emotional, and Physical abuse that I went through. I am Just Sayin that I have been redeemed by God and no I’m not where I want to be but Thank God I’m not where I use to be.

  38. I am just saying I am ready for date night

  39. I’m just saying…….proper sleep could eliminate so many issues!
    …….’He is, I AM’…….

  40. I’m just sayin’ that ordering a large water with ice at Sonic is not very exciting compared to the Diet Coke I am craving. However, water quenches my thirst in the same way that Jesus does. I need water just like I need Jesus!

  41. kim johnston says:

    I’m just sayin’ that I have an Awesome God! When the trials in life get to be too much, my God is bigger than my fears. I am so thankful for this study and what it has done to draw me closer to God and further from my fears.

  42. Kim Volk says:

    I’m just saying, “I used to be so organized and now I am not1” But by the grace of God I am little by little getting organization back in my life and a whole lot more peace. I love the articles, Bible Studies, and encouragement from all the Proverbs 31 Ministry team. Keep up the good work to the glory of God!

  43. I am just saying “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”.

  44. I’m just saying…..Praise the Lord for all His goodness to me in leading me to Proverbs31 ministries recently. You are filling needs in my life. Thank you so much.

  45. I am just saying…. Fear is no longer a word I use instead I use FAITH!!!!

  46. Sharon mi says:

    I’m just saying…I am so very thankful that God is who He is and that I am His child! I have had this overwhelming desire these last few days to hug God! Now usually I am wanting Him to hug me (in His lap with His big arms wrapped tight around me)…and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to hug Him because He is way too big and glorious (maybe like hug around His ankle or something)…and I have never felt this way before but…I am just so grateful and I just want to run to Him and hug Him, whatever that would look like. I’m just saying…

  47. I’m just saying…as the great Casting Crowns song goes, “Amen, and it’s still raining.” Financial and medical and relationship storms surround me and swirl me around, but I am at peace. I’ve placed it in God’s hands. would be mighty silly of me to go back and check up on Him.

  48. “I’m just saying… that God is real and alive and he loves you, and me!”
    Thanks for sharing from your heart.

  49. I’m just sayin ……….that it’s all about His grace!!! And when I forget that …. well, its just not too pretty!! He must increase…..I must decrease! And just saying …. I love God’s Stephanie from Texas and God’s Melissa Ross Taylor !!!

  50. I’m just sayin’…thank You Jeus for meeting me where I am. Thanks for feeding me little bites of knowledge that I can digest and grow from. I am learning to leave the fear, worry and what-if’s with you. Having a new teen driver (solo) has really challenged me daily in the trust and faith department…without You I am not sure how I would ever relax.

    OK…honest…I really hope to win the free book…as I just told hubby that I want to read it and join in on the next study…then I saw the part where you also win a free conference call…honestly that seems scary…talking to girls I don’t know about my personal life and fears… I’m ust saying…’being real’!! :)