Archives for February 2013

Feb 25

Chapter 7, When Your Schedule Screams

Welcome to Monday, I’m so glad we are in this study together!

Haven’t the video teachings by Karen Ehman been such a blessing during this OBS? Wow, I just love listening to her teach! When I read the book, I hear her voice talking to me~ Do you do that too?

In Karen’s video message to us this week, we will learn about Soul Control.  Check out this week’s video:

If you can’t see the video, click here to see it on You Tube.

Soul Control~

  1. When we speak God’s truth to ourselves.
  2. When we realize that life isn’t fair and sometimes the wicked do prosper and the righteous are flailing.
  3. When we pause to remember our place and God’s place.
  4. When we idle our brain before we engage our mouth.
  5. When we stop mid-sentence to realign our thinking with God’s Word.
  6. When we realize only God has sole control.
  7. Gives us a fresh dose of perspective amidst the turmoil of life, can transform a control freak woman into a woman after God’s own heart.
  8. Not only changes us, but can change other people too, if we will learn to back off and to let God work in their life.

This week we will be practicing how we can obtain soul control. Point number one says that soul control is when we speak God’s truth to ourselves. In order to do this, we have to be in God’s Word. Then the other points can happen. But before they can happen, we must begin with #1.

Today, let’s by speak God’s truth to ourselves. And let’s begin with one of this week’s reflection verses:

“But I trust in you, LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands.”  Psalm 31:14-15a  NIV

Get your Bible out. Look this verse up yourself. I just did and guess what? I’ve been here before.

Let It Go Ch 7

I trusted in this verse while I was caring for my mom during her cancer battle 3 years ago. And here I am trusting in it again.

Do you mark up your Bible? I hope so! Take a moment and underline this verse in your Bible today. Use any pen or highlighter. For me, I use what’s handy…I’m not one of those color coordinated Bible markers. If you are, I’m sooooo jealous! Now, I’m going to mark it up again.

Let It Go Ch 7 Verse

I love marking the date and a few notes in my Bible. As I look up this verse today, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness in the past and it gives me hope now.

 

Today’s Assignment

After you watch Session 4 from Karen Ehman and look up Psalm 31:14-15a, complete this:

  1. Take Psalm 31:14-15a and write it on 3 different notecards. Post these cards in various places around your home, office, or car.
  2. In your journal, write what this verse means to you.
  3. Read the verses around this verse. You may discover other awesome treasures. I know I did.
  4. Read Chapter 7

Share With Us

What is your take away today? Please share in the comment section.

Optional
Monday Evening~ Optional Conference Call #2. Our guest is the lovely farm wife and Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker Team Member, Sharon GlasgowSharon’s blog is one of my very favorites…ever!  Sharon has a story to share about times when her circumstances have been far from being in her control. She’ll let us know how she and her family relied on God in loss, in uncertainty, and even through all of them living in the shed for a year. (Yes, the shed.) Amazing woman of God! You can order the conference calls here. Orders include our first call (via recording or download) plus our next 3 calls (and their recorded versions as well). All calls are recorded and you DO NOT have to be on the live call.

Have a great day! I look forward to chatting with you in the comment section! Week 4, let’s go!

Melissa
Feb 24

Let.It.Go. Week 4

We are half way through our current OBS…how can that be?  As we move through Let. It. Go. it is my hope and prayer that with the principles that Karen Ehman is teaching us, we would commit to pray. Pray how God wants to use them in our lives.

Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve noticed many of you are realizing you need to make changes in your lives. Change is never easy. It requires intention, effort, and commitment. For me, when I’m doing a Bible study, God will reveal to me how He wants me to respond. The next move is up to me. Will I be obedient?  Or will I just skim over the changes I know I need to make and hope I’ll start doing better?  Honestly, I’ve done both.

Let it Go pin, chapter 6

 

(Pin created by Veronica Herzing, can be found on our Online Bible Studies Pinterest Board.)

I have decided, I’m not settling during this study. I’m not going to skim over the changes that God is pointing out that I need to make. I want greater for my life. I want God’s best for my life. I can’t get God’s best alone. But I believe God can do His best work through me when I listen to Him and follow through.

Are you with me on this?  Are you willing to do what it takes to Let. It. Go. and walk in faith?

Moms and married ladies, domestic divas, you had your fun in the past few chapters. The chapters throughout the rest of the book are for ALL of us! Let’s jump on board and decide to finish the last half of this study strong!

This week’s chapters have especially spoken to me and got my attention. These are the chapters where I heard God say, “Melissa…I’m talking to you.” To which I replied, “Lord, I’m listening.”

Let. It. Go. Week 4

Reflection Verses

“But I trust in you, LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands.”  Psalm 31:14-15a  NIV

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”~ 1 Thessalonians 5:26-18 NLT

Bible Study Assignments

Sunday~ Prepare your hearts for Week 4 of our study! Get those Bibles ready, because we will be spending a lot of time in them this week! Decide where and when you will read, study, and reflect.

Monday~ Haven’t the video teachings by Karen Ehman been such a blessing during this OBS? Wow, I just love listening to her teach! When I read the book, I hear her voice talking to me~ Do you do that too?  Video #4 today and read Chapter 7, When Your Schedule Screams.  Check the OBS blog today for discussion and Bible time.

Monday Evening~ Optional Conference Call #2. Our guest is the lovely farm wife and Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker Team Member, Sharon Glasgow. Sharon’s blog is one of my very favorites…ever!  Sharon has a story to share about times when her circumstances have been far from being in her control. She’ll let us know how she and her family relied on God in loss, in uncertainty, and even through all of them living in the shed for a year. (Yes, the shed.) Amazing woman of God! You can order the conference calls here. Orders include our first call (via recording or download) plus our next 3 calls (and their recorded versions as well). All calls are recorded and you DO NOT have to be on the live call.

Tuesday~ Get out your Bibles and let’s have some fun! Visit the OBS blog today for reflection and Bible time.

Wednesday~ Read Chapter 8, Due to Circumstances beyond Our Control.  Have your Bibles ready, we are going to dig into some Truth today. Visit the OBS blog for details.

Thursday~ Blog Hop! Don’t you just love reading these blogs from your OBS sisters? I know it’s practically impossible to read them all (unless you have lots of time on your hands~if you do, you are lucky!), but pick just a few. You will be blessed! Thank you to all of you who are participating in the hop this week. You are sharing God and your faith and life. Thank you SO MUCH!

Topics this week:

1. Well, that was easy. Check out this week’s reflection verse from I Thessalonians 5:26-18 NLT: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” We invite you to share how this verse helps motivate you to truly be thankful, no matter what, trust God and Let.It.Go!

2. iScream. Chapter Seven. On pages 139-143 in the Putting the Brakes on Busy section, Karen provides several tools to help us trim the fat off our schedules. Which tools will you use on your schedule? What are you able to let go so that you can regain some “schedule sanity”?

3. Serenity. Chapter Eight. Sometimes no matter what we do to try and control a situation…we simply can’t. How has this chapter helped you to discover the difference between what you can and can’t change? OR Can you look back at a time in your life when things were out of your control but you can see how God worked through it all?

 

Friday~ We are going to finish this week strong. Today is all about you and God. Visit the OBS Blog for your assignment.

Saturday~ Prayer Requests & Praises. Bring them to the OBS blog today.

****The OBS Blog is at http://melissataylor.org/.

 

Praying for each of you as you open your hearts to God and what He wants to do in your life!

Melissa
Feb 23

Prayer Requests & Praise, February 23, 2013

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.                                                                                   James 5:13 (NIV)

How amazing is it that God hears us each time we talk to Him?  There isn’t a thought that goes through our minds or a word spoken from our lips that escapes Him.

Jesus tells us that in this world we will have trouble. (John 16:33) That the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) Hearing this should serve as a warning to get prepared, not to scare us. If we were all alone, that would be scary, but we aren’t and these verses don’t end here. When you continue reading John 16:33, we learn that we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. And in John 10:10 there may be a thief in our lives, but we can be confident that Jesus has come so that we may have a full life (not a fearful one).

Thankfully, we don’t have to worry or fear. We have a faithful God who provides us with a way out. (1 Corinthians 10:13) We can cast our burdens on the Lord, and he will take care of us. (Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7)

In this Online Bible Studies group, we pray. We pray when there is trouble, we pray when we celebrate blessings. And we consider it an honor.

How can we pray for you today? Do you have troubles?  Are you celebrating blessings?

Let’s join together, virtually hand in hand, and lift up each other to the Mighty One who loves and cares about each and every detail of our lives!

Here’s my request:

Please pray for my son, Dylan. He is 15 years old and struggling right now. I want to tell him that all mom’s friends are praying for him :)  And my praise is that Proverbs 31 Ministries has a new office! We report there next Monday for the first time and we are so excited! We have been renting the same small space for 15 years. Now we are purchasing a fresh beautiful new home for our office and we move in Monday! Our new address is 630 Team Rd. Suite 100, Matthews, NC  28105.  Come visit us if you are in the area!

How can I pray for you?

Love,

Melissa

Melissa