In Need of Hope

***Edit and Correction: The devotion I referred to in this post is not running today as I mention below, it will be running tomorrow. If you click the link for the Proverbs 31 devotion it will take to a great devotion, but not the one I’m referring to in this blog post. I apologize for the error. The devotion this blog post is based on will be up Tuesday, May 10th.  Grace, grace, grace! I need it today!

If you have been or are a victim of sexual abuse, I am so sorry. I understand and in today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, I shared my story. If I could sit with you and let you know that there is hope for you and give you a great big hug, I would. I know firsthand the pain, flashbacks, and insecurities it brings.  It’s not easy dealing with these and often we feel responsible or we feel like something is wrong with us because we aren’t able to live the life we so desire. I’ve had an uphill road to climb, but I have finally found freedom.  It’s freedom I have to claim daily. It’s freedom I’ve fought for. It is through my relationship with Jesus and claiming God’s Word as truth in my life that I am able to live free. I am stained and ruined no more!  “By His wounds I am healed.”

Sadly, living free is not something that everyone experiences. So many are trapped in a cell, held captive, and left living in a world of doubt and fear. Past mistakes, troubled relationships, loneliness, worry, uncertainty, loss, anxiety, insecurity, pain, traumatic experience, stress or ___________ (fill in the blank) can keep us from living our lives fully. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. If you are not living free, I have great news for you.  You don’t have too keep living like this. There is hope. There is help. And once you get it, it lasts forever. The next book we are studying on my blog deals with all of this.

I’d like to invite you to join me in my next online Bible study, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner. Here is a short summary:

Where is God when I am suffering?  Will I ever feel normal again?  Why do doubt, fear, anxiety, and accusations replay in my head?  How can I learn to capture these thoughts and replace them with assurance, wisdom, encouragement, hope, and truth?  These are questions that author, Wendy Blight had after she was raped. These are questions I had after being sexually abused as a child, then living my life trying to fix all the hurt myself through wrong or temporary choices.  Get ready for joy, freedom, hope, and victory girls.

Your story is your own, it’s like no one else’s. You too can come to know, as Wendy has, that “no circumstance is too difficult, no choice too reprehensible, and no pain too deep for God to redeem.”

Sign up for this online study in the right side bar of this blog.  Just type in your name and email address and you will receive all the details you need to get ready for this life transforming study. You will need the book to participate. There is an optional conference call series for a small fee. Visit the Online Bible Studies Info page for more details.

If you’d like to order your book from Proverbs 31 Ministries, you will receive a 10% discount and your copy will be signed by Wendy Blight.

This study takes place right here on this blog, May 29-August 6. We will go through this study together and I promise it can transform your life! The author of Hidden Joy, Wendy Blight, will be working closely with us as we journey together, hand in hand, in our walk to freedom.  I hope you’ll join us!  I don’t want one more person to live another day in captivity! It’s time to celebrate our freedom! It’s yours to be had, let’s go get it.

I’ve been in the mood to give away books I love lately.  Jane V.W.B. is the winner of my last give-away, His Revolutionary Love, by Lynn Cowell. Email me Jane with your information so I can send you that book!

And while I’m in the mood to give away books, I’m going to give away Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner too!  Leave me a comment and you will be entered. A winner will be randomly selected and I’ll announce it on Wednesday.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.

Stained and Ruined No More,

 

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In Need of Hope (take 2)

Ok, let’s try this one more time.

If you have been or are a victim of sexual abuse, I am so sorry. I understand and in today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, I shared my story. If I could sit with you and let you know that there is hope for you and give you a great big hug, I would. I know firsthand the pain, flashbacks, and insecurities it brings.  It’s not easy dealing with these and often we feel responsible or we feel like something is wrong with us because we aren’t able to live the life we so desire. I’ve had an uphill road to climb, but I have finally found freedom.  It’s freedom I have to claim daily. It’s freedom I’ve fought for. It is through my relationship with Jesus and claiming God’s Word as truth in my life that I am able to live free. I am stained and ruined no more!  “By His wounds I am healed.”

Sadly, living free is not something that everyone experiences. So many are trapped in a cell, held captive, and left living in a world of doubt and fear. Past mistakes, troubled relationships, loneliness, worry, uncertainty, loss, anxiety, insecurity, pain, traumatic experience, stress or ___________ (fill in the blank) can keep us from living our lives fully. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. If you are not living free, I have great news for you.  You don’t have too keep living like this. There is hope. There is help. And once you get it, it lasts forever. The next book we are studying on my blog deals with all of this.

I’d like to invite you to join me in my next online Bible study, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner. Here is a short summary:

Where is God when I am suffering?  Will I ever feel normal again?  Why do doubt, fear, anxiety, and accusations replay in my head?  How can I learn to capture these thoughts and replace them with assurance, wisdom, encouragement, hope, and truth?  These are questions that author, Wendy Blight had after she was raped. These are questions I had after being sexually abused as a child, then living my life trying to fix all the hurt myself through wrong or temporary choices.  Get ready for joy, freedom, hope, and victory girls.

Your story is your own, it’s like no one else’s. You too can come to know, as Wendy has, that “no circumstance is too difficult, no choice too reprehensible, and no pain too deep for God to redeem.”

Sign up for this online study in the right side bar of this blog.  Just type in your name and email address and you will receive all the details you need to get ready for this life transforming study. You will need the book to participate. There is an optional conference call series for a small fee. Visit the Online Bible Studies Info pagefor more details.

If you’d like to order your book from Proverbs 31 Ministries, you will receive a 10% discount and your copy will be signed by Wendy Blight. Call the P31 Office to order, 877-731-4663 or order online on our website, www.Proverbs31.org.

This study takes place right here on this blog, May 29-August 6. We will go through this study together and I promise it can transform your life! The author of Hidden JoyWendy Blight, will be working closely with us as we journey together, hand in hand, in our walk to freedom.  I hope you’ll join us!  I don’t want one more person to live another day in captivity! It’s time to celebrate our freedom! It’s yours to be had, let’s go get it.

Today I am giving away Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner!  Leave me a comment and you will be entered. A winner will be randomly selected and I’ll announce it on Thursday. If you commented on Monday, May 9th, you are entered to win also.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for my Top Ten Ways to Know You Are Worthy list.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.

 

Stained and Ruined No More,

 

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My Heart Hurts For Anyone…

Who is suffering!  I have spent the past 2 days reading comments on my blog, emails, and messages.  Thank you so much for sharing with me, I value your stories and that you would share such personal, intimate, and private parts of your life with me. It is humbling. I have cried tears for brokeness and rejoiced in victories. I’ve also been a little upset that so many are still believing that healing is not for them. Breaks my heart. If that is you, let me just say, healing is for you…..just sayin’.

If you have not read all the comments on the post In Need of Hope, please read them now.  And pray for freedom. Pray for God’s truth to transform any touch of shame, unworthiness, humiliation, insecurity, or anything that makes someone feel unlovable into confidence, worthiness, security, and love.

I am so upset because Satan has lied and too many have bought it and are afraid to move forward in faith, trusting God.  I’ve been there and now I know, it’s not supposed to be that way. There is more to life.

I am upset because I’m suggesting that we study God’s Word together to transform us, and so many have decided they can’t “go there.”  “Go there!”  I want to say.  Because I want you to find the freedom, hope, healing, and joy that I’ve found.  You are worth it.

So much to say. So many thoughts. Not ready to spill them now. I want to give this time and I just don’t have it tonight.

Instead, I spent tonight at South Charlotte Middle School. Yes, I was the proud mama of a runner. My track star, Dylan.  It was his night and he looked so handsome 🙂

For now I’ll announce the winner of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, by Wendy Blight.  That’s our next study.  Did you notice that it says “dark corner?”  That’s because even in the darkest of places, joy can be found.  But we have to be willing to take the risk. To fight. To search. To find. It’s not easy, but you are so worth it.  Join me, ok?  I want this for you, don’t you want it too?  Wendy Blight, the author, had the darkest corner. Only God could rescue her. He can rescue you too.

This study is not just about sexual abuse. That’s my story and many of yours. But this study is about finding freedom to live. Discovering that there is hope. And there is joy.  It’s not a magic pill or potion, it’s found in God’s Word. He won’t force it, we have to grab it. What have you got to lose?

Ok, Sherrie who commented at 5:07 am on May 10th, you are the winner of this book (randomly selected by “random number generator”).  Email me at Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org with your address so I can send you your book.  I look forward to getting to know you through this study! I hope to get to know many of you through this study.

I wish I had more time, but I don’t. 🙁

If you need hope or want to experience God’s Word come to life…transform your life, then this study just may be for you.  You can find the details here.

I hope you’ll join me!

Please keep commenting and sharing. That’s how we can work together, pray for each other, and grow.

Hugs to each of you!

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