Dec 19

Thank You Confident Heart

To everyone who participated in A Confident Heart Online Bible Study~

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! This study was the most challenging, yet rewarding, study of the year. I am so thankful for the growth and movements of God throughout the past 12 weeks. I don’t know about you, but I was stretched beyond what I thought I could handle at times. Of course that’s when I’m reminded, my life’s circumstances aren’t for me to handle~I need God. We need God. Without Him….well I’ll just say it straight. Without Him I can’t make it. And I (we) don’t have to.

Please grasp the truths on A Confident Heart. Believe them and continue to put them into the application of  your life. Renee Swope didn’t write a book full of words. She wrote a book full of truths and God’s Promises, but they remain words if you leave them in the book. Take them sisters. We need them.

Thank you to my awesome Bible study team, all 8000+ members of this study, my conference call guests, and especially Renee Swope. It was an honor to have so much participation from all of you. I love you and I have a feeling A Confident Heart will be repeated here sometime in the future. It’s just one of those books.

If you ever want to access our study notes from A Confident Heart, just look in the right column of this blog. Scroll down until you see “Categories.” Under that click “A Confident Heart.” All posts and lessons from this study are there.

Moving forward, sign ups for our next study, Made to Crave, by Lysa TerKeurst begin today. You can sign up in the space provided in the right column. The study begins January 16th and more information will be posted in the Online Bible Studies Info page later today.

Love and blessings to each of you. I love that I can call you friend and I hope you feel the same about me!

Melissa
Dec 8

I Have Nothing to Give

It was time for the annual Proverbs 31 Ministries Christmas party.  As we do each year, everyone brings something yummy to share and a gift. We play that crazy game where you draw numbers. Whoever gets #1 gets to pick the first gift then everyone after gets to steal a gift that’s already been opened or select a new one. Two years ago, I didn’t want to go to this party. I love the party and being with my P31 sisters, but money was tight and I had nothing to give.  I decided I wouldn’t go.

I was upset about missing the party, but too proud to tell everyone why I wasn’t going. Then in the quiet of my heart, I heard a whisper…”Give Me at the party.”  “Huh?  God is that You? All of these ladies already have You, what do You mean.?  “Give Me to someone at the party. From your heart to theirs.”

I had a Willow Tree Angel ornament who was bowed in prayer. Yes she was used, but as I looked at her I felt like I was supposed to give her away.  Maybe that’s what God meant. So, I began wrapping her up.

“That’s not what I meant.”  “Huh? Is that You again? Could You be a little more clear?” And He was. These are the words I wrote on the card that accompanied that angel:

“Last night as I was wrapping your gift, God put an idea in my heart and I wholeheartedly agreed with Him. If you are the recipient of this gift, not only are you holding a new ornament, but also a promise from me. It will be my privilege and honor to pray for you every day in the coming year. On your good days and bad days, you can rest assured that you are being prayed for by name by me. I love you. Merry Christmas. Love, Melissa”

 

If you are feeling like you have nothing to give this Christmas, think again. You do.

You can read more about this story and how the gift blessed the recipient, my sweet amazing friend Holly Good, in today’s Proverbs 31 Daily Devotion.

Sweet Blessing Beautiful Friends!

Melissa
Dec 7

Beyond

I’m beyond sad.

I’m beyond lost.

I’m beyond hurt.

I’m beyond confused.

I’m beyond scared.

I’m beyond insecure.

I’m beyond an aching heart.

I’m beyond stressed.

I’m beyond overworked.

I’m beyond tired…physically, emotionally, and mentally.

How do I know? Because I feel it and it happened.

I could go on and on. And then I would be beyond depressed. What good would I be then? Plus it’s Christmas! ‘Tis the season to by jolly, right?

When I’m feeling beyond mixed up like this, I realize that I have to get my mind out of the gutter and on God’s Promises, like Chapter 12 in A Confident Heart so well demonstrates.

I have to be intentional on focusing on some different “beyond” statements or I will be in a pit fast. I know this from experience. Even if the “beyond” statements I’m thinking above are true, there are others that are also true.

I am beyond blessed~ From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16

I am beyond strong~“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

I am beyond secure~ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

I am beyond safe~ Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. Psalm 138:7

I am beyond hopeful~For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

I am beyond loved~But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5

I am beyond valued~ 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. John 3:16

I am beyond important~ See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God.   1 John 3:1a

I am beyond needed~ And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.  Hebrews 10:24-25a

I am beyond forgiven~ Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48

I am beyond found~ “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'” Luke 15:4-6

I am beyond healed~ But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

I am beyond complete~ So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 2:10

How do I know? Jesus tells me so. It’s right there in the Bible, God’s Word. I can’t trust my feelings. They change like the wind. Up one moment and easily shot down the next. His Word overrides my feelings everyday and I need to believe it and live like it.

I began this post quite discouraged, I was sharing from my heart. After searching God’s Word for His view of me, I am ending it quite encouraged. Hope you feel the same!

 

Love you Sweet Friends…to infinity and BEYOND,

Melissa

 

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***Winner of our next online study book, Made to Crave is Lori!   You have 48 hours to claim your prize by emailing Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org .  I’ll need your mailing address.
In case there is a mix up over which Lori, here is the comment you left:
Lori December 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm [edit]
I actually have more than one “speaking” to me this week. However, the main one where the rest stem from is….
When I say: I feel defeated.
God Says: You are a conqueror.
Powerful Promise: In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)
Melissa