My Interview with Rachel Olsen

We are taking a break from Made to Crave today to officially introduce our next Online Bible Study on this blog.  And I thought there was no better way to tell you about it, than to sit down and talk to the author of our next study myself.

Rachel Olsen is the Senior Editor for the Proverbs 31 Online Daily Devotions, Encouragment for Today.  She is also the author of our next book, It’s No Secret, which you will begin to recognize around here as, INS 🙂

Melissa: Rachel, I have so many women who don’t want MTC to end. Why is your book, INS, a good follow up to MTC?

Rachel:  We’ve heard these last few weeks about the importance of water, fiber, and Omega oils from the webcasts.  And we’ve learned to use Scripture to fight our food temptations. But the main thing we’ve learned is that we’ve got to crave God more than food.  Our emotional, spiritual, and even physical health depends on us developing an appetite for God’s presence and His Word – becoming doers of that Word, and not just consumers of that Word. It’s No Secret is a girlfriends’ guide to help us do exactly that.

Melissa: For women who didn’t do MTC or even for those who have never done a Bible study  before, why is INS a good place to start?

Rachel:  Our lives feel busy and complicated and sometimes disappointing. We have crammed schedules, unpaid bills, interpersonal conflicts, or unmet expectations that weigh us down.  Sometimes we wonder, “What’s a girl to do?”  And, “How can God help me deal with this?” It’s No Secret answers those questions.  What’s more, you’ll be digging into God’s Word to discover His answers for yourself.

Melissa: What value will women who read INS walk away with?

Rachel: They will:

*Grow spiritually, despite life’s setbacks.

*Tame the impulses that keep us striving.

*Handle petty conflicts or criticisms with grace.

*Relax unrealistic expectations in favor of emotional stability.

*Find satisfaction in yielding wholeheartedly to God.

Melissa:  Any other thoughts to share with our readers?

Rachel:  I’m really excited Melissa, that you are gathering women online to study my book together.  There is a strong sisterhood message in It’s No Secret:  Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know.  We need sisters to process life and God’s Word with.  So, I’m convinced we’ll grow closer to one another, as well as closer to Christ through this study.  It’s gonna be fun!

Melissa:  Rachel, will you be able to join us on the conference calls?  Not only the INS calls, but also would you join us on the last MTC Conference Call on February 24th?

Rachel:  Yes!  I should be able to both!  I look forward to joining you on the last MTC call as well as one of the INS calls!

Melissa:  Hey, Rachel, think you could sign a few books for some give-aways?

Rachel:  Yes, I’d love to sign books for give-aways!

Ok, then, it’s settled!  Our next study is It’s No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know by Rachel Olsen.  I hope you’ll be joining me!

This study will begin on March 20, 2011.  If you purchase from Proverbs 31 Ministries, you will receive a 10% discount.  Call the office toll free: 877-731-4663 and order today! You can also order the Conference Calls at the same time if you want to 🙂

Blessings Y’all!  Hope you are having a great week!

Leave a comment today and you will be entered to win an autographed copy of It’s No Secret.

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Living God’s Word Is So Much Better Than…

…just knowing it.

If you are visiting here today from the Proverbs 31 Devotion by Rachel Olsen, welcome to my blog!  And for you regulars, you know I’m glad you are here today. I love my little community of friends here.  (and for my subscribers, I know you received this yesterday, thank you for hanging in there with me and my many mistakes! Today is the day I meant to post this!)

When I was a young girl in 3rd grade Sunday school class, our teacher would challenge us to memorize Bible verses.  There was always some kind of candy/yummo/chocolate prize and so of course I had to win.  If it was connected to food, then I was there. (seriously sad how food motivated I was!)  Since the deal was only the first person to memorize and recite it aloud could win, from the moment our teacher began calling out the verse, I would start flipping in my Bible to find it.  And y’all I kid you not, 9 out of 10 times I was the winner. I even memorized all the books of the Bible that year. And I ate a lot of oversized Hershey bars as a result. I learned some of God’s Word that year and it brought me knowledge and candy. Years later I learned how to live, I mean really live, God’s Word, and it brought me peace, joy, contentment, and freedom.  There’s a big difference between having knowledge of the scriptures and having them come alive in your life.

The next online study taking place right here is It’s No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know, by Rachel Olsen. One of the main reasons I’m so excited about studying this book is because it truly does reveal biblical secrets waiting to come alive in our lives. This book moves beyond just sharing scripture with the readers, it shares how to make them come alive so that we can live them. And when we live out God’s Word in our lives, we experience a freedom like never before.  This study is fun yet practical and the perfect study to do with a few girlfriends. Which is what I plan to do right here on my blog and you are invited!

To sign up for this powerful 6 week study, just send an email to: For all the information on this study, visit the Online Bible Study Info section of this blog. The study and atmosphere here is friendly, encouraging, and challenging as we strive together to learn more about becoming the women God created us to be. I would love for you to join me!

So, now that you’ve learned about this awesome new online study that can help bring God’s Word alive in your life, go check out my friend and author of It’s No Secret, Rachel Olsen’s blog today. She is talking about who you are in Christ! I’m headed there right now!


And come back here tomorrow because I feel like giving something away and you just might be the winner!  Plus for all you sweet healthy MTC Gals, we are right in the middle of our last week of study and I have a message for you!

Y’all have a great day!

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The Wendy Wrap/Rap…A Must See

Last week when I did my “cooking” demonstration….you know the eggs and spinach deal…well, someone commented that they wanted to know how I tied my scarf.  I was not surprised by this.  It had been just a few months ago that I had asked my sweet awesome friend, Wendy Pope, the exact same thing.

Instead of showing you myself, I decided to invite Wendy (who by the way is my special guest on the 2nd of the It’s No Secret Conference Calls) to show you herself. Oh, this is good.

So, here it is….the infamous…..Wendy Wrap!  You must watch this, not only will you learn the Wendy Wrap (how to tie your scarf in a really cool way) but you may even hear a Wendy Rap…haha…..ENJOY!

Could I sound any more country?????  Geez!

And you must tune in tomorrow when I’ll be showing our bloopers!  We had major technical difficulties and the outtakes are quite funny, so come back and have a laugh at our expense!  And don’t forget to check out Wendy at her finest, teaching and leading thousands through God’s Word!

Love and Blessings Y’all!

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