Is God Enough?

Is God Enough?  No one needed my devotion, which is running today on various sites, more than I did today! In fact, I had kind of forgotten it was running today and when I clicked open my email and saw it, my heart felt like God knew. He knew what I was going through and that I needed to decide today, “Melissa, Am I enough for you?”  And I thought, “Yes Lord, You are.”  I need to remember that.

If you are visiting because you read today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, welcome. I’m happy you are visiting.

Leave a comment today and you will be entered to win a copy of the next book we are studying right here on this blog. It’s going to be a life changer. A Confident Heart, by Renee Swope is our next book.  The study begins September 19th and it is going to be powerful. If you’ve ever struggled with doubt, (who hasn’t???) this is the study for you!  So far this year, 7000+ women have participated in my online studies, I’d love for you to be a part of my group too. 🙂

To sign up for this study, all you need to do is fill out the form in the right hand column of this blog (the sign up form is right under the Proverbs 31 logo).  Also keep checking my blog (you can sign up for updates on that too in the right hand column (where it says “subscribe to receive posts…” under my picture), because I’ll be giving away more copies of the book and conference call packages.

To participate in the study, all you need is the book, A Confident Heart, and computer access so you can be a part of the online portion of the study.  There is an optional Conference Call series, which I highly recommend. There is a cost for the Conference Calls ($15 total for all 4 calls) and we have a stellar line up of guests for you.  You can sign up for the calls here.  You can listen to the calls live or if you can’t be on live, each call is recorded so you won’t miss anything.  Each call contains a message, interviews with amazing guests, and time for Q & A. More info on the calls soon.  They fill up quick, so if you are interested, sign up soon!

If you have any questions about our next online study, email me at:  MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com .

Read below, a blog post that I wrote a little over a year ago. It was written when I wrote “Is God Enough?” originally. It’s about my son, Dylan. Renee Swope read about Dylan on my blog and was so moved, she included his story in her book, A Confident Heart.

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**The following was originally posted on my blog July 2, 2010.

 

13 Years ago today, my 3rd son was born.  I didn’t know it at the time, but I gave birth to the sweetest child in the world that day.  Dylan Ross Taylor is my child who possesses a great amount of love for others, a smile to share daily, sensitivity towards others, a loyal disposition, and a heart of gold.  This is all true.  If I had to say anything negative about him, it would be that he carries others’ burdens way heavier than a boy his age should.  Well that and he’s a bit unorganized and easily distracted. :) Proverbs 3:5-6 are his life verses that we taught him when he was little as he has grown they have always seemed to fit.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. (NIV) (used purple because that is his favorite color)  Even at his young age, he relies on these verses, a promise from God that when we trust Him and not ourselves, He will provide direction.

It is totally a coincidence that my devotion is running on Dylan’s birthday.  Well a coincidence to me, not to God.  In my devotion I wrote about how God is enough…enough to provide for and get us through any and all situations.  His Word gives us that reassurance.  His Words give us the comfort and security we need. Dylan has also found comfort and security from God’s Word as well as the words people have spoken and prayed in his life.  Let me explain.

Dylan was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder when he was in the 1st grade. Now some of you may think that’s way too young to be given a diagnosis like that, but for my husband and I, it answered many questions.  Like, why did our son cry for hours after being disciplined (simple discipline like getting a card pulled at school)?  Why did he remain visibly upset after hearing the alarm during a routine fire drill at school or seeing a bee in the backyard at home?  Why did he worry so much about problems that weren’t his own?  Why did he have acid reflux so often and there was no physical reason for it?  Why did he perform well on tests with no time limit but bomb on tests with a time limit?  Anxiety.  And with his diagnosis came education and knowledge on how to best treat it and help Dylan.  He began taking medication, which helped a great deal.  We also learned how to adjust various other factors in Dylan’s life. Two things provided Dylan great comfort. One was that his mom’s friends were praying for him.  The other was God’s Word.

When Dylan was 9 years old, he had to have a lot of lab work done involving needles and the drawing of blood. Anxiety disorders and needles don’t go well together in case you are wondering.  He practically hyperventilated just hearing what would be done to him.  His breathing became short and he went into panic mode just listening to the doctor explain what needed to be done. Since we had been working with Dylan on speaking up for what he needed, he decided this was a good time to put that into practice and I’ll never forget it.  He said,”Can we please wait 1 week to do this lab work please?”  The doctor asked, “Why?”  To which Dylan replied, “I’d like to get my mom’s friends to pray for me.”  The doctor replied with an absolute, “Certainly, that’s a great idea.”  We got home and Dylan said to me, “Mom, if you will get all of your praying friends to please pray for me to be brave and unafraid, I know it will work.”  So of course, I did.  And let me tell you what my sweet praying friends did.  They did pray for him, but not only that, they emailed letters to Dylan sharing with him their exact prayers and their words of encouragement.  Dylan believed them and he believed in the power of prayer. He believed that God heard these prayers and a week later, we went to the lab.  When it was time, I could tell Dylan was nervous, but he kept saying, “God is with me and will get me through this. Trust the Lord with all my heart…” At that moment he needed to decide, Is God enough to get me through this. He obviously decided Yes. The nurse stuck the needle in his arm and the blood was drawn.  5 viles full.  When it was over, Dylan exclaimed, “That’s it?  It’s over?  The prayers worked!”

Don’t you just love that story?  I do. I printed all of those prayers from my friends. We still look at them today. They are Dylan’s (and mine) reminder that God is faithful.

I know many of you (me included) have experienced or are experiencing circumstances that leave you distraught, afraid, or uneasy. Life is hard and often our only real choice is to trust God with all our heart and rely on Him. That alone is enough and I pray that you believe and trust in that. God is enough.

In honor of Dylan’s 13th birthday, if you leave a comment, I will pray Dylan’s verses for you by name today.  Have a great day and thanks again for stopping by.  Love and blessings!  <3

 

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Leave a comment today and you will receive a double blessing. #1, you will be entered to win a copy of A Confident Heart.  #2, I will pray Proverbs 3:5-6 for you personally.

Have a FABULOUS, CONFIDENT,  “God is Enough” Day!

 

 

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I Know and yet…I Still Doubt

She called me last week. Defeated. Annoyed. Frustrated.  “I can’t do this.  I don’t think I can.  I’m a screw up. Please don’t be disappointed in me. Are you mad at me?”

He came to me last night. Rejected. Broken hearted.  “She broke up with me. I really liked her too. I feel sad. Why did this happen? What did I do wrong?”

She called me from the waiting room this morning. Alone. Nervous.  “I’m scared. What if they find something they can’t fix? What if something bad is wrong? Or what if they don’t find anything and we never know what’s causing all this?”

He came in from football practice. Down. Angry. Deflated. “They pulled me off of defense. I was the captain. What if I don’t get playing time? This is my life. I’ve worked hard and they don’t notice what a difference I’m making. What if I never get my chance?”

I crawled in bed, the end of a long long week. Worried. Insecure. Invisible. Doubtful. “How can I handle all this? My heart is breaking for the things I cannot fix. I feel forgotten. I try to take care of everybody in my life…not doing such a good job at it though. I’m letting people down. I don’t feel validated, in fact what I do goes unnoticed. I’m not doing real good in any one area of life. Maybe just maybe my life isn’t going to get any better, then what? He told me I was not normal. Could that be true?”

Does any of this sound familiar to you?  I’m guessing, YES IT DOES!  Why? Because these are all real life examples of people filled with doubt and insecurity…both of which ARE NOT FROM GOD.  And if it’s not from God, then we cannot trust it.

How hard to understand that we can’t trust our own thoughts. After all, don’t we know ourselves better than anyone else?  Uh, kind of, but guess what?  Your enemy knows you pretty well too. He’s familiarized himself with your doubts and weaknesses and so that’s where he attacks.

This has to stop. It’s time we stop believing the lies that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough because we are.

God’s Word says:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine.” ~Isaiah 43:1

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

“He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” ~Psalm 126:6

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today…The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” ~Exodus 14:13-14

Here’s the kicker for me…I KNOW ALL THIS! I totally know better. So, why is it so easy for me to get distracted and allow those doubts to take over? Oh, I get so mad at myself sometimes! But, because I do know the Truth, I am able to come back to it. Hopefully as I seek God’s Word daily, I will be quicker to remember what He says and not what my own thoughts dictate. My thoughts are often not in line with God’s Word. Only His Word can be fully trusted. I need that reminder everyday, many times a day.

I’m fortunate in the fact that words, specifically written words, are my #1 love language. If you want to love me in my love language, write me a letter. It blesses me more than anything else. I hold on to those special letters people have written me. They are in my Bible, on my wall, at my desk, in keepsake folders. I feel wrapped up, loved and safe when someone has written down something meaningful or encouraging to me. Maybe that’s why I love Facebook, Twitter, and blogging so much. It’s all words! And maybe that’s why my Bible is my most prized possession.  God’s Words, His Love Letter to me is everything. I don’t know what I’d do without it. And that’s where I am able to put out the doubt fire in my heart. “Doubt and hope cannot live in our hearts at the same time.” (Confident Heart)  So, when doubt creeps in, God’s Word pushes it out.

I’m unfortunate in the fact that words are my #1 love language. If you withhold them from me, I fill in the blanks….and it’s usually not good. You can use them in a negative way and you can guarantee to kill me. My heart is ruined by negative words. I am down and defeated more than anything else could do. Words can build me up or words can tear me down. I crumble and cower under defeating words.  So easy. So profound. I have to guard my heart with the Word of God or I am ruined. I need God’s Word to keep me in line…to keep me grounded…to keep me believing the Truth. To keep me confident.

Our next Online Bible Study begins September 18th. (yes the 18th..I know I keep messing that up…it’s the 18th!)   I invite you to join me and so many other wonderful ladies as we get together to learn, grow, study, encourage, and pray our way through A Confident Heart, by Renee Swope.

Y’all have a beautiful day!  And oh, yea, I almost forgot…MIRANDA WHITE. You won a conference call series. Send me your information: Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org.

Bye now!

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Don’t Be Talkin’ Bad To Yourself…K?

Why oh why do we beat ourselves up way worse than anyone else could do? I don’t know about you, but I do a much better job at tearing myself apart and doubting what God can do in me than anyone else could ever do. 🙁

Not proud of that. I know better. God is bigger. And I believe Him. Now I have to start living like it.

If you are here via the Proverbs 31 daily devotion, welcome! I’m glad you stopped by.

Has doubt ever plagued you? Do you struggle with negative thoughts? If so, my next online Bible study, might be perfect for you. You can sign up to join me in the right side bar of this blog. The sign up space is right below the Proverbs 31 Ministries logo. I hope you’ll consider it. We are studying A Confident Heart by Renee Swope.

So far this year, over 7500 women have studied online here. We have grown closer to God and even developed friendships here online. The next study is going to be one that so many of us could use….A Confident Heart. Who doesn’t need that? I know I do.

For years, and even still now…I convince myself I’m worth way less than God does. What a slap in the face of God. It’s wrong. He created us. He made us.His Word says we are wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) We have purpose and value. (Jeremiah 29:11)  How could we ever believe any less? We should not be talkin’ bad to ourselves. God doesn’t. In fact, like our key verse in today’s devotion says, “There is now NO CONDEMNATION in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) Do you hear that…NO CONDEMNATION. None. Nada. We are free from that. So, don’t be talkin’ bad to yourself…K?  K.

A Confident Heart Bible study will help us with this. As we search and learn God’s Word and apply it to our lives, we will become more confident. We depend less on us and others and more on Jesus. Author Renee Swope will take an active part in our study. We will also have a team of amazing Godly women who are dedicated to sharing with you and guiding you as you study along online. Those of you who have studied with me before will be so happy to know that Stephanie Clayton will be back and sharing her joyful and wise insight. I am so excited to get this study started!  For more info on this study, click here.

Last week, I got real with you. I shared how I felt “Worried. Insecure. Invisible. Doubtful.” I’ve learned the only way I could ever fight those feelings were to turn to God’s Word because truly I didn’t get my tank filled in this world…through people or accomplishments. I’ve tried. Oh yes I have, but it didn’t work and it will never work. But God and His Word do fill me up…I just have to trust Him and go to Him. That’s the hard part! It’s not a one time fix though, it’s daily. I need Him every day or those negative thoughts and feelings creep back in. That’s why participating in a Bible study is so helpful. For me, it helps hold me accountable, mindful that I need the Lord, and reminds me I’m not alone. I’ve learned so much through the shared stories and encouragement of others.

I don’t want anyone to have to endure one more second of this stinkin’ thinkin’! So, today I’ve giving away a copy of Renee Swope’s book, A Confident Heart, and a Conference Call series…. the whole package. I believe in this study and how it can change lives. I hope you will join me! Winner will be announced on Friday.

We will begin Sept. 18th. This study is all about convenience for you. I’ll post weekly assignments, but when you complete them is up to you.  Ladies who have done my online studies in the past or the conference calls, please comment and let everyone know how the online studies have helped you.

Finally, thank you so much for the sweet peeps who have mailed and emailed me amazing words and cards….you really spoke to my heart and you will never know how much it meant t me. Thanks.I shared my heart with you last week and you responded. Thank you.

My love to all. Hope you’ll be joining me in this online study! Send any questions to MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com . Angie (our lovely Bible studies admin assistant) or I will respond as soon as we can.

So y’all…you may entertain negative thoughts… but please never adopt them. You are worthy of the best.

Super Huge Blessings,

Melissa

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