Dec 18

The Gift of Girlfriends

Of the things I treasure most in life, my friendships are right up there at the top!  I love my family more than anything, but often you just can’t beat quality time with a good girlfriend!

Over the years, I’ve done some really fun and meaningful things with my girlfriends!  I’ve found that as life has gotten busier each year, it has been important for me to be intentional on planning times together. When we say, “let’s get together soon,” we better put it on the calendar or it may not happen.

Here are some ideas for a girlfriend gathering:

~ Dinner and a movie

~ Slumber party- complete with jammies, a chic flick, popcorn and M & M’s. These are so much fun! You are never too old and it’s even more fun to do nails, hair, and make up now than it was when we were little girls!

~ Exercise! What better way to multi-task than to walk and talk! Great way to get your exercise in plus some social time.

~ Shopping and lunch or coffee.  You can even buy matching outfits (haha~ you think I’m joking but I’m not!)

~ Hang out at home. Some of the best times happen when I invite a friend over and we just sit out back and talk.

~ Brunch- go out or everyone bring something to share

~ Bible study- Who better to study the Bible with that your best girlfriends? Combines spiritual growth, accountability and friendship.

~ Game Day- Where are my ladies who love football?  My very favorite gathering takes place almost each Saturday in the Fall. Wear your favorite college team shirt or colors and bring an appetizer to share. It’s a football party. (Husbands and kids are welcome~ this one is fun for the whole family.)

~ Game Nights- Great way to wrap fun, laughter, and competition all into one.

~ Concerts- Nothing like going to a concert with your girlfriends. Dancing and singing and acting crazy. (not me of course)

~ Get Aways- Weekend trip to the mountains, beach, or some other destination.

~ Women’s Retreat or Conference-  Some of my best get away memories were at my church’s women’s retreat each year. Great mixture of fun, free time, and a Word from God. Mountain top experiences happened here.

 

You see, spending time with girlfriends doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or even take up that much of your time. It’s important to make the time for friendships. And once you have a friendship that is special, it’s important to nurture it.

OBS featured teacher, speaker, author & funny girl~ Mary R. Snyder last week during a conference call.  She is the author of the book God, Grace, & Girlfriends, which is about the importance of friendships. In her book, we discover tips on building healthy friendships and explore dozens of possible trips, events, and adventures for you and your girlfriends to explore. She shared some of this with us on the call and even invited us to join her, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Online Bible Study Girls on a cruise next October!

It has been one of my dreams to be able to meet up with my OBS sisters!  I know a cruise isn’t possible for everyone, but what a blessing it would be to be able to meet you in person and spend some great quality time together.

Check out the Girls Getaway Cruise here!

If you register, use the promo code Proverbs 31, that way you will be included in the Proverbs 31 and Online Bible Studies special events and receptions we have planned and receive a $100 discount!

Listen to an interview with Girls Getaway Cruise Director, Mary Snyder here.  This interview contains all you need to know about cruising like:

* Affordable cruising

* Details about the cruise

* Special Guests~ Renee Swope, Robin Jones Gunn, Jennifer Rothschild, Comedy Angels, and recording artist, Selah!

Many of our OBS teammates and I will be there!  Hope you can join us!

Tell me friends~ what are some things you like to do with your girlfriends? Share in the comment section and you will be entered to win one of four Girlfriend Sets given by our friend Mary Snyder! Each winner will receive 2 copies of her book and 2 water bottles~ one to keep and one to give away!  Winners announced this Friday!

Also, if you think you can join us for the cruise, please let me know! Half the fun of a trip like this is looking forward to it :)

 

 

Melissa
Dec 16

Girl’s Getaway <3

Greater Online Bible Study Peeps, hang in there. We have one more chapter to read before Christmas, and that’s it. But for the next 2 days, we are going to take a little break. If you needed a few catch up days, you got them. 

For now I want to take you away.

Imagine yourself and your best girlfriends sailing away on the open sea! (notice I changed the color of the font to a beautiful ocean blue?)

Imagine being able to finally meet up with some of your Online Bible Studies sisters and leaders for some quality face to face~get to know you~fun in the sun!

Imagine being able to escape from the real world for just a bit~leaving all your cares behind for a few days~ to spend time with like minded girlfriends~ hearing some powerful messages, worshiping on the water, lots of free time, and having all the time you want to spend with Jesus.

Imagine eating amazing meals and lots of yummy food without one interruption.

Imagine visiting the Bahamas and a private island for a day each.

Imagine watching the sun set over the beautiful blue ocean.

Imagine that you could be there.

Let’s not imagine anymore. Let’s do this.

Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Studies is taking a cruise and we want you to join us!

The 2013 Girls Getaway Cruise has invited Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies to join them October 3-7, 2013!  We are letting you know now, so hopefully you can plan accordingly!

It has been one of my dreams to be able to meet up with my OBS sisters!  I know a cruise isn’t possible for everyone, but what a blessing it would be to be able to meet you in person and spend some great quality time together.

Check out the Girls Getaway Cruise here!

If you register, use the promo code Proverbs 31, that way you will be included in the Proverbs 31 and Online Bible Studies special events and receptions we have planned and receive a $100 discount!

Listen to an interview with Girls Getaway Cruise Director, Mary Snyder here.  This interview contains all you need to know about cruising like:

* Affordable cruising

* Details about the cruise

* Special Guests~ Renee Swope, Robin Jones Gunn, Jennifer Rothschild, Comedy Angels, and recording artist, Selah!

Many of our OBS teammates and I will be there!  Hope you can join us!

Come back tomorrow for some other awesome girlfriend time ideas, a video message from me and Renee Swope, plus some fun prizes for you and a girlfriend!

Melissa
Sep 15

Thank You :)

To All My Friends Who Have Studied With Me This Year,

Let me just say a big whopping “Thank You” to each of you. Because of you, these online studies have been a huge success. By the end of this year, over 12,000 people will have participated in the online Bible studies that have been featured on my blog. They have grown so much, instead of me leading them by myself, I had to get a team! God has moved in amazing ways in so many lives, including my own. I give all praise and thanks to Him and Him alone and I stand humbled and in awe of His mighty work and power.

Here is what a people are saying about Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Studies:

“You have encouraged me to be the woman God has created me to be and accept His calling on my life.” ~ Kelly

“I have been inspired to grow and learn in spite of the fact that my life is far from perfect; in spite of the pain that we sometimes must endure.Thank you for everything you do.” ~ Leslie

“I now know my God as friend, accept His grace and forgiveness, and have a true love of studying His Word and having a relationship with Him through it. Most of all, I’ve learned to choose relationship over religion. I’ve been inspired through this online study to find my worth and trust only in Jesus. I’ve also been inspired to be a good wife and mother.” ~ Mary

” I was surviving but not thriving when I first joined your online Bible study. Through the studies I was given something I didn’t think was possible, hope! Hope in my marriage and hope in a relationship with God. Both were nonexistent before.” ~ Angel

“Thank you for your dedication to the online studies. You have made studying the Bible fun! I’ve been encouraged to hold on to hope and not slip into despair. Plus I’ve made so many new friends. I never expected that from an online study. I also love your facebook page!” ~ Joyce

I would love to have you join me again in study. For those of you already signed up, welcome back. This is going to be another fabulous time of growing confident in God’s promises for our lives.

If you are interested in signing up for my next online study, A Confident Heart, by Renee Swope, you can do that in the right column of this blog (under Bible Study Sign Ups).

You can also get more information here .

Visit the Online Bible Studies Facebook page.

Send any questions to: MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com .

Hope you are having a super day wherever you are.

Love and Many Many Blessings,
Melissa

Online Bible Studies Team: Stephanie Clayton, Angie Combs, Heather Bleier, Christi Wilson, Lisa Kramp, Breinny Mosella, and Danielle Boyd.

 

******Katie M.  You are the winner of yesterday’s prize, His Princess: Love Letters From Your King. Congrats!  Send your address to:  Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org.  Thanks!

 

Melissa