Oct 5

Join Me For a Girl’s Get A Way Cruise!

We are going to take a little Confident Heart break to talk about how much fun it could be if we could all set sail on a Get A Way Cruise just for us girls!  I’ve read your comments and you’ve certainly heard about my struggles! Don’t you think it would be great to take a break, cut loose, and have some fun for a change?  Not only will it be fun, but it will also be a time of spiritual renewal.

I will be there and I’d love to have you join me! I’ll be speaking and telling ladies all about our awesome online Bible studies! I’d love for you to be there so you can help me tell how great these studies are! I’ll be teaching how to start, lead, and maintain an online study. So many ladies want to know how we do what we do, so I’m going to share!  And there’s more than just me—

We have Lysa TerKeurst, Chonda Pierce, Angela Thomas, Shari Braendel, Donna Gaines, and P31’s Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer, just to name a few.  Along with the incredible Bible teaching, laughter, and worship you can join in the fun with the Hats Off Hat Contest (I’ve heard the prizes are amazing) and the Not-So-Talented Talent Show.  It is going to be a BLAST!!!!

All this plus beautiful ocean, awesome food, sunshine, and girl time! What could be better?

You can save $100 off your cabin with the code LYSA. You can even stretch your payments over 12 months. You can book a cabin with $100 down and 12 payments of $66 per month (that’s per person for a 2 person cabin).

I hope you will at least look into it, I WOULD LOVE for you to sail with me! Visit the Girl’s Get A Way Cruise website and  call 1-800-889-5265 to talk to a cruise consultant.

Let’s go girls!

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,

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!


Jul 20

Quiet Time~You Need Space

***This was originally posted in January, 2011.


Many years ago, I was trying to establish a daily quiet time. There was only 1 problem.  There was no quiet place in my house.

We have 6 people living here, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a den, a kitchen, and a laundry room.  For me, in order to have  a quiet time that I can have consistently, it has to be early in the morning.  I can’t use my own bedroom because my husband is still sleeping. I can’t use the den because inevitably one of the kids will wake up and want mom for something. When I’m having my quiet time, which equals my time alone with God time, I can’t be disturbed. So, my creative husband, knowing how badly I needed a space to call my own, created that space for me in a very unlikely place.

My quiet time area, or Mama’s Cubby, as it is lovingly referred to at our home, is located in the back of our…laundry room.  Yep, my sweet space is shared with a washer and dryer.  “Lovely” you might say, sarcastically. It’s not the ideal space, but it works. And it’s worked well for ten years.

I think every girl needs her space. A space where you can call your own and you cannot be disturbed unless the person needing you is in severe pain or bleeding. (that’s our rule!)  So ladies, I’d like to share with you, my quiet time area…my cubby…my space:

Just beyond the washer and dryer, lift up the clothes, hanging to dry after being washed, to reveal my space.  This was nonfunctional space. A small narrow area that could not be used for anything really. So, Jeff, put a piece of wood between the 2 walls to make me a desk. On the wall in front of the desk, I have posted pictures, verses, and other inspirations.

Here is a closer look at my work space today. My Bible, my journal, and my cup of coffee.

The wall in front of me.  Pictures, artwork, and many index cards affixed with tape containing verses that keep me going.

Here is one of the index cards with my Grammy’s favorite verse. She died a few years ago.  She was a major influence in my life.

Not everything in my cubby is spiritual.  Here is a newspaper article about the Brad Paisley concert that I attended.  :)

And Duran Duran.  :)  (don’t judge me for my taste in music)

Well, lookie here.  My contract that I signed with L.A. Weight Loss 4 years ago.  (great and healthy plan btw…I lost 20 pounds. Unfortunately, when it was all over, I gained the 20 back.  Plus 25 more. Not the plan’s fault. )

I love this.  I know it’s hard to see. It’s a note that my oldest son, Blake, left me to find in the morning when I go to my space.  Can you read what it says?  “Mom, Have a Great Quiet Time This Morning…”  Ain’t he sweet?

That same sweet child, who is now 17, is pictured here with my cutie pie husband.  I love this pic.

And here’s another note of encouragement. This one is from my youngest, Hayley Grace.

Blake wrote this about 5 years ago.  It states what our family believes. I love this because, I communicate this to our kids and hope they get a little of it.  But Blake took it one step further and wrote it all down. We had this on our fridge for about 2 years.

This picture is hanging up in my space. It’s when Hayley Grace was born. This was the first time she met her brothers.

Here is what this space is really all about. A place where I can go and everyone knows not to interrupt me.  I read the Word of God, study it, and discover how it applies to my life. I treasure this.

These are my notes on the Made to Crave study.  I’ve already started preparing.

And from the chair I sit in as I have my quiet time, if I turn around, this is what I see. Clothes hanging up to dry. Beyond these clothes are the washer, dryer, and storage spaces for our family.

I am sharing this with you to hopefully inspire you to find a place of your own. Maybe you already have one. But if you don’t, look for one. You need your own space.  A place where you can meet with God, do your Bible study, pray, and think.

So where do you have your quiet time?  Where do you find some uninterrupted peace and quiet?  If you have a space, please comment and tell us about it.  And if you don’t why not?  What’s keeping you from it?  Kids?  Time?  Space?

Maybe we can share ideas and encourage each other here.

You need your own space. You deserve it.  So find it and claim it!

Have a fabulous day!   :)

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