Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Chosen: A Mindset Journey (e-course review)

As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, I signed up for Chosen: An Online Mindset Journey to Walking in Your Worth, an 8-week interactive e-course for purpose-driven women who want to get their mindset right as they walk into everything God has for them, as I am ACTIVELY evaluating where the Lord is leading me in my teaching ministry. My greatest desire is to honor the Lord in all that I do. I believe my calling is to encourage women to serve the Lord in their everyday life, with or without a ministry or business.

The focus of this course is to move the mindset mountains that are barriers to walking in our worth, essentially to put our focus on the Lord and the truths in His Word rather than the lies we (and others) often tell ourselves. I'll admit that my biggest struggle is feeling that I'm not good enough because of past failures and because I'm not a "perfect" Christian. I question whether I'm the right person to be teaching and encouraging others to serve the Lord when so many times I've failed to walk the straight and narrow. This course reminded me that if God calls me, He will equip me.

I must remember that He is a big God! Acts 17:24-25 says: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.


I turned my photo of Cascade Mountain reflecting in Johnson Lake into a line drawing & traced it to create this page reminding me not to make God too small - He is The Creator of all!

The lessons in this course have been great reminders:

*to set my mind on things above instead of on Earth.

*that God is God and we should come before God with an understanding of who He is - Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings, our Heavenly Father.

*to do what I'm called to do TODAY and God will reveal His purpose in me as I continue to follow Him. I don't have to figure it all out before I'm walking in (& toward) my purpose.

*that my identity in Christ will be called into question when I'm poised for purpose . . .  the mind battle can be strong when I feel God calling me to step out of my comfort zone and into His purpose!

*that because of God's grace and mercy and sacrifice of His son on the cross, I do not have to walk in shame! 

*that I am a masterpiece, "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God Himself, and through Him I can do all things.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, which included a weekly audio message and workbook, live Q&A sessions, and a private Facebook group to interact with other class participants. I was privileged to be a "guest expert" during the live Q&A one week as I shared the story of my adult life before Robbie and how God is calling me to write a new retreat curriculum to help others heal from the hurts in their past. I also now feel confident and ready to schedule my next illustrated Bible journaling workshops! (Check out my Upcoming Workshops & Events page for more details.)

Now that the live run of this course is coming to a close, it will be available as a self-paced study HERE. I highly recommend it!

4 comments:

Sandra said...

A throughly interesting post and one that's really made me think

Karen said...

It sounds as if the course more than met your expectations!

Carla 362 said...

Melissa your guest appearance was so inspiring and it really helped me evaluate how I saw myself. It's been lovely to do this course with you and I feel rejuvenated with my faith, Carla

Patio Postcards said...

It is wonderful when a course works the way you had hoped it would. It sounds like you got a lot out of it - just as you put a lot into it. Don't we all have past failures we would like to shed & forget about.