I Love Proverbs 31 Ministries!

One of the things I love best about my job at Proverbs 31 Ministries is getting to see first hand the work God does in transforming lives through this ministry. It’s absolutely crazy amazing. And it happens everyday. Check out this video~

Join us on the front lines! from Proverbs 31 Ministries on Vimeo.

I love that video so much because I can relate. I was once, and really still am, a woman who receives much from Proverbs 31 Ministries.

It was eighteen years ago when I first learned about Proverbs 31. My 2nd child had just been born and even though I had a wonderful family and friends, I was lonely. I felt very inadequate as a wife and mom. Proverbs 31 Ministries became my mentor in walking with me daily, guiding and teaching me what a personal relationship with Jesus looked like. I learned how to bring my faith to life for myself and in the lives of my family. I can’t believe I get to be a part of that today. Not only do I work at Proverbs 31 Ministries, but I’m also a monthly partner. I don’t have to give money to this ministry, I GET TO give money to this ministry. And by doing so, I’ve become a small part of bringing God’s peace, purpose, and perspective to the lives of women all across the world. Proverbs 31 Ministries changed my life. My family and I will forever be grateful to God and P31.

Maybe you too have been blessed by Proverbs 31 Ministries.  If so, would you consider joining us? Below are ways you can be a part of all God is doing through P31.

1. Prayer. This is the best thing anyone can do for our ministry. Would you pray for Proverbs 31 Ministries?

  • Pray right now.
  • Pray once a week. (Hey, that’s 52 times a year!)
  • Pray daily.

2. Giving. We are able to do what we do at Proverbs 31 because of the financial gifts God has provided through people like you.  No amount is too small or too big. One dollar helps! When I look at what this community did through Dove’s Nest during our Yes to God study (you all gave over $28,000!!!) all through the combination of small and large gifts, I am still blown away! Never underestimate what God can do through our gifts. Online Bible Studies are possible for FREE to all of us because there are people out there giving to financially support this ministry!

3. Volunteer.

  • Do you live in the Charlotte, NC area?  We need regular volunteers we can count on. Email nicki@proverbs31.org if you can help!

4. Encourage. Ministry can be difficult at times. Our office is always grateful when we hear from our P31 community.

  • Send a card to the P31 office. 630 Team Rd. Suite 100, Charlotte, NC  28105
  • Email a prayer to the P31 office. prayer@proverbs31.org
  • Let us know how P31 has impacted your life. Click here to tell us your story.

 

Thank you so much for being a part of this OBS community. I love y’all dearly!

Here in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. One of the things I’m most thankful for is you. That’s the truth.

Thank you so much for your support! We need you and we truly love our community of women from all over the world. You are a big blessing to me personally and to our entire team and staff.

 

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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!

 

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Hidden Joy~Final Week :(

I tried. I really tried, but I just couldn’t write this week. Everytime I tried, the words wouldn’t flow from my heart to my hand. Many reasons I can think this may have happened:

~Preoccupied.  ~Overwhelmed.  ~Tired.  ~Sad about the end of the study approaching.  ~Working all day and being brain dead at night.  ~Writer’s block.

Who knows?  Or maybe God just thought it would be better if I stayed quiet for a week. 

For me, these last few weeks of study have been like starting the engine of a newly restored car. As the key went in the ignition, I surrendered my strongholds and learned the importance of quiet time and prayer. Then the car begins moving and running smoothly, because it’s being filled with the right fuel:  abiding in Christ.

Abiding in Christ is essential. It’s daily. It’s momentary. If we aren’t abinding in Him, there is an open door for attack. I don’t want to run dry. I can’t run on empty. Life is hard. Life is not fair. Abiding in Christ gives me strength, hope, and the confidence I tend to lose in this world. I need Jesus. Abiding in Christ and His Word are the only ways to live free.

As we begin our final week of study, I want to encourage you to continue with all you’ve learned here in Hidden Joy. Consider some of these options as you continue your journey:

~Join a Bible Study group at your church or in your area.

~Lead a Proverbs 31 Gather & Grow Group. (more info on this soon)

~Sign up for A Confident Heart, our next online Bible study, beginning September 19th.

~Sign up for the Proverbs 31 Daily Devotions, Encouragement for Today to start your day with God’s Word.

~Continue Quiet Time and Journaling

~Get involved in your local church serving.

~And please keep visiting my blog! You are my friends now. Keep in touch, okay? I will keep posting betweet studies 🙂

Hidden Joy~Final Week

Word of the Week:

Promise

A promise is something you can count on no matter what. God’s Word is full of promises you can count on NMW. No matter what your situation. No matter what you’ve done. No matter who you are. You can always count on God and His Word.
Memory Verse:
Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” NIV

Monday- Read Chapter 11, A New Song.

Monday- Conference Call #4.  This one will be tender. We will be talking with “Allison”, the mother of a child who was sexually abused. Their journey will amaze you and inspire you. We will also be talking with Lynn Cowell, Proverbs 31 author and speaker who has a heart for teen girls and their moms! Whether you are a mom or not, this call will bless you and renew your faith.

Tuesday- Write Psalm 40:1 somewhere you will see it!  What does it mean to wait patiently for the Lord? Do you feel like He has heard your cry?  Why or why not?

Continue reading verses 2 and 3 of this chapter. Are you ready to trust God to put a new song in your heart? What does this mean for your life?

Wednesday- Answer #1 and #2 of the Chapter 11 Bible Study Questions on p. 206 of the Hidden Joy book. 

Thursday- #3 and #4 of the Chapter 11 Bible Study Questions on p. 206 of the Hidden Joy book.   I leave for Los Angeles today on a P31 Mission Trip to the Dream Center. I’ll be working with inner city LA and I would really appreciate your prayers. I’ll be tweeting and Facebooking from LA while I’m there.

Friday- Post a prayer for Wendy Blight today on my blog. I know this will bless her tremendously! She has shared with me that this online study has been the highlight of her message since she wrote the book! How amazing is that??? Let’s shower her with blessings. Post your prayer here. I will pass it on and you will be entered to win the next book in our online studies, A Confident Heart, by Renee Swope.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 🙂

Love Y’all!

Melissa

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Hidden Joy~Week 9

As I write this post it’s very late Saturday night…or actually early Sunday morning.  I’m at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. We wrap things up tomorrow. I’m especially blessed to be bringing Stephanie Clayton home with me for a few days. I don’t want to let her go back to Texas, but I’m thankful we have a few days left.  🙂  We have another sweet amazing friend driving up to see us tomorrow and we are having a slumber party at Samantha Reed’s house. Not sure when I’m going to ever sleep again, but it’s so fun hangin out with God and girlfriends.  Wish all of us in this study could have a big ole slumber party! Wouldn’t that be fun?  Ok, let’s get on with this week’s schedule of assignments. It’s a big week, so get ready.

Congrats to Carol B!!!  You are the winner of the journal from Friday’s blog post!  Email me at Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org with your address!

This week will be a little different.  Get your “A” game on ladies, we are tackling 2 chapters!  Don’t be intimidated by this, it’s the only week we have to step it up a bit. We are preparing to finish strong! 

Words of the Week:

Prayer

Abide

 

Select one of the following to be your memory verse this week:

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5

Monday- Read Chapter 9.  Write any comments you have about Chapter 9 on the blog.

Tuesday-Complete all of the Bible study questions on p. 199-201. 

Wednesday- Read Chapter 10.  Visit the blog to comment about it.

Thursday- Complete all the Bible study questions on p. 202-204.

Friday- Catch up day.  If you fell behind, use today to catch up.

Saturday- Visit my blog and share which verse you memorized. Let us know what this week’s verse means to you.

Forgive me for being so brief. It’s late and I need to go night night! LOL! 

Thank you all for working hard this week!  Check my blog and the online Bible studies facebook page for Chapter 9 and discussions this week.  I look forward to hearing about your prayer times and the ways you are abiding in Christ.

I’m so proud of you for making it this far! No matter where you are in the book, I’m really happy you continue to read and study. Don’t give up, even if you are behind. Keep moving at your own pace, that’s ok.  I’m praying you are experiencing the hope of Christ as you keep pressing on in our Hidden Joy study.

Love you!

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Practice Psalm 46:10

This will be short and sweet.

In the comment section, share 3 ways you can put Psalm 46:10 into practice in your every day life.

I’m giving away a journal to use in your personal quiet time. A winner will be randomly selected. To be eligible to win, you must comment in this post. And you must share 3 ways.  Winner announced Sunday!

Blessings Y’all!

 

 

****don’t forget, if you are at She Speaks, come find me!

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