Archives for May 2012

May 15

Thank You <3

Hey Bible Study Friends!

Thank you so much for ANOTHER great study. An Untroubled Heart was so powerful and it was such a comfort and joy to go on that journey with each of you. Your presence in this study matters and makes a difference. Whether you commented on my blog, emailed me, left me a comment or message on Facebook or Twitter, or silently joined me from wherever you are, I am grateful for your participation.  There were many days that your prayers or posts encouraged me…and not only me, but so many others.

Thank you Micca Campbell. Friend, your words and your message were life changing. God was all over and in that message. Thank you for sharing how He has worked in your life and gave you the faith that fought off your fears. It was amazing to read the comments on my blog as we progressed through this study and see the unfolding of God’s work in the lives of women all over the world. Girl, thousands of women are freer today because you wrote An Untroubled Heart, me included. Thank you so much!

As we move forward, I pray all of you will continue in Bible study somewhere. These online studies have a beginning and end, but I’m a firm believer that being in God’s Word daily should never end. These online studies are just one of many ways to seek more of the Lord in your everyday life. Please continue :)

If you would like to join me for my next Online Bible Study, consider yourself officially invited. We will be studying  I Used to Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer. It will be a little different than previous studies (no end of chapter questions to answer), but I think you will love it!  I’m one who has NEVER been organized so this one will challenge and hopefully change me in great ways. I’m real excited about it! I’m ready to declutter my life and mind and bring on some more peace!  Want to join me?

If you are interested in signing up, you can read about it here. Don’t delay. We begin in just a few weeks and you will need to order a book to participate. We will also have a conference call series featuring author, Glynnis Whitwer, Online Bible Studies Team Members Heather Bleier and Stephanie Clayton, and more.

I pray whatever you do next, your life is blessed and you continue to fill yourself up with faith from God, not allowing fear to control your heart ever again! Love you all dearly and I look forward to our paths crossing again in the future.

Lots of Love and of Blessings!

 

Melissa
May 8

Living With Courage

In my last blog post, I talked about how so much of what we ask God for has already been given to us, we just need to take action.  I also posted a link to a sermon from my pastor, Steven Furtick of Elevation Church which brought home this message stating that to “wait” on the Lord doesn’t necessarily mean to sit still. Wait isn’t passive, it’s active, like a waiter or waitress, “waiting” tables in a restaurant. I know this to be true. I was a waitress for years, and the last thing I did was sit still. I served. To “wait” meant to serve. So perhaps waiting on the Lord means we should actively be serving. (If you missed this message, you can watch it here.) I assure you, it is worth your time.  Just read the comments in my last blog post. POWERFUL!

We have 3 winners from the last blog post. Randomly selected, the winners are:  Donna Mahoney, Cynda, and Anita.  I am emailing you to give you details, but you won an advanced, unedited copy of Pastor Steven Furtick’s last book, Sun Stand Still.  Thanks to all who posted their top 3 points from Pastor Furtick’s message. They were great!

I don’t think it’s any coincidence, that our focus last week was accessing the power, peace, faith, security, comfort, forgiveness from God that we already have and this week the opening paragraph of Chapter 12 says this:

We don’t need to go looking for what we already possess.

I am not ahead in this study. I am doing it with you. When I read that yesterday, you could have knocked me over. We don’t need to go looking for what we already possess

Then if you keep reading chapter 12, over on p. 221, we get to the word “wait.” Micca Campbell writes, Wisdom revealed itself in one word: “Wait.”  Waiting doesn’t mean to sit around passively. It means to wait on God’s peace for direction as we move forward in obedience to His Word. Again, I am blown away by God’s timing!!!   The same message, different source.

Could it be ladies that God is really trying to make sure we get all this?  Anytime I get the same message from more than one godly source, I consider it a confirmation that God is trying to tell me something. In this case, I think He is trying to tell all of us something. Isn’t this exciting?

So, next question:  How do we access what we already possess and how do we wait on God while moving forward in obedience?

Answer: We live with courage.

Micca explains this well on p. 226-227. She proposes that we can allow our anxiety to prevent us from moving or we can face our task with courage. Then she asks, “How does one find courage when they’re trembling in fear? Sometimes it comes down to deciding what is more important–the thing we need to do or yielding to our fear. You see, courage is not absence of fear as you might think. Rather it withstands fear. Courage means being brave in spite of fear or hard circumstances. In other words, you and I have to experience fear in order to be courageous. We must use our fear like a step that enables us to reach our faith….Courage is being brave enough to move through our fears.”

Whatever God is calling us to do, He gives us this promise from Joshua 1:9:  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

It’s time ladies to live our lives in a way that allows us to reach our God-given potential. Live out our dreams, pursue our passions and walk in faith.

It’s been a blessing to join you in this study! You have taught me so much! Thank you!

Just because we may be done reading this book, doesn’t mean the message stops. No, no. The message is just beginning. How are you going to live out your faith in your life courageously? Please share in the comment section a risk you plan on taking. Thanks!

 

 

***To sign up for our next Online Bible Study, just fill in the blanks in the right column of this blog. We will be reading I Used to Be More Organized by Glynnis Whitwer. More details here. Study begins May 27th.

 

Melissa
May 2

It’s Already Been Given to You: Take Action

Dear Lord,

You know I love You. I want to trust You. Depend on You. Honor You. I’m struggling though. You see, I’ve been living with fear and doubt a long time. I’m reading Your Word…admittedly not every day, but a lot of days. I’m praying. God I’ve asked you for more confidence, more faith, for help….but I don’t feel it. I want to live a full life, like so many others I see in this Online Bible Study. Why do others seem to get it and I don’t?  I’m scared now that this study is coming to an end. I still have problems! What if my heart is still troubled, then what?  Father, please give me what you’ve given to so many others. I want faith. I want peace. I want confidence. I want security. I want joy.  I’m just saying….You know my thoughts anyway, so I’m being completely honest.  I love You Lord. Waiting and waiting on an answer from You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Is there a sister out there who can relate to this prayer?  Come on, fess up, don’t be shy….

I hope today’s message will enlighten you.  Do you realize, that if you have invited Jesus to live in you and be your Savior, that every single thing asked for in the prayer above has already been given to you?  It’s been wrapped up with a nice bow called the cross.  It’s yours for the taking. God gave it to you. So maybe the question isn’t, “God, when are You going to give me these things?”  but maybe it’s God’s turn to ask you, “My child, when are you going to receive and take these things that I’ve already given to you? When are you going to open up the package of faith, peace, confidence, security, joy, etc and actually claim and use them in your life?  I’ve done My part. I provided you with an Answer…My Son, Jesus. Now it’s your turn to accept, believe, and receive, and live fully.” 

Ladies, I don’t typically assign a video/audio message, but I thought this one was so spot on for where we are in our study, especially as we are nearing the end. So, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever soothes you (coke zero for me…just saying!), sit back~with a pen and paper…you will want to take notes, and soak in these Truths from my pastor, Steven Furtick from Elevation Church. It will only take 47 minutes and 15 seconds of your time and it’s well worth it!  The message is titled, What Are You Waiting For? (Get your own goat) and you can watch it online by clicking the title in this sentence.  Or if you’d rather listen via iTunes, you can find the podcast here. Currently it’s the number one selection, titled What Are You Waiting For?  (And just FYI, the guy, Buck, who Pastor Furtick brings on stage at the end, that would be one of my boot camp trainers~he just kicked my booty this morning so don’t feel too sorry for him!  LOL!)

Sweet friends, I don’t want to see this study end with you still paralyzed with fear or in a pit of despair. That’s not the way God wants it. What you want has probably already been given to you (not always, but often). It’s time to take action and access what He’s given you.  Start by listening to this message.

I believe in Truths behind this message so much, I’m going to host another give-away.

In the comment section, give me 3 main points from Pastor Furtick’s message and you will be entered to win one of 3 copies of Pastor Furtick’s book Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For The Impossible.  ***Note, these books are the Advanced Reading Copies that were given to me before the book was actually released. They are technically uncorrected proofs of the book. With that said, I also own the real book, and the contents are the same.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, so you have plenty of time to listen to the message.

I love you Online Bible Study Friends!!!!  And I’m praying for you as we near the end of this study and prepare for the next. We got this because God has got us! Untroubled Hearts Unite Under God!

 

****Sign ups have begun for our next study, I Used To Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer. Sign up in the right column of my blog and order your book today so you will be ready to begin May 27th!  You can read about it here. More info coming soon.

 

Melissa