Memory Verse for Week 1
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
~Matthew 6:33 NIV
Assignments for Tuesday-Friday (Week 1, Days 3-6)
A few sentences that stood out to me from Chapter 1:
“My life had changed around me, and I needed to change my practices in response.”
“I needed simplicity. I needed time to think straight. I needed to refocus my priorities. I needed more order and peace in my day.”
“God cares much more about my character and the condition of my heart than the quantity or quality of my work.”
All of these were written by author, Glynnis Whitwer. I could have written each one myself and I know why. It goes back to our memory verse. When I find life spinning out of control and I feel overwhelmed (which is a lot!), it’s partly because I am not seeking Him first. I’m seeking to get a job done. Seeking to get to an appointment. Seeking to cook supper. Seeking to exercise. Seeking to get to one of my four kids’ activities. Seeking to do my Bible study. Seeking to “do” instead of first seeking what to “be.” I consider myself a good Christian woman. I don’t consider myself to have it all together. If you’ve ever gotten that impression from me, remove that thought quick. I wish I did, but I don’t.
I remember a series at our church a while back. It was titled “Don’t Put Jesus First.” All of the volunteers got a t-shirt for helping out during that series and I told my kids that was the one shirt they were NOT allowed to wear outside the home. The message made sense though. Instead of putting Jesus at the top of your to-do list, put Him in all of your to-do list. Don’t just check Him off and move on. Move on through your day, acknowledging that He’s with you the whole time. Now I know that quiet time with the Lord is important. And maybe that is at the top of your to-do list. What I’m saying is don’t leave Him in your quiet time area when you get up and go. Don’t leave Him at church. Don’t leave Him in your daily devotion book. Take Him with you. Seek Him first all day.
Glynnis expressed in Chapter 1, that “to do all God is calling me to do required me to find new ways to manage my life.” I really believe the best place for us to begin managing our lives is by practicing to seek Jesus first…in all things. Chapters 2 & 3 will help us do just that.
Answer these questions in your journal or if you are brave enough, in the comment section of today’s blog post.
1. Have you prayed about this journey we are on? What did you ask of God? Or if you have’t prayed yet, why not?
2. Can you relate to any of what Glynnis talked about in Chapter 1?
3. Are you hopeful that you can find new ways to manage your life? (say yes! You signed up for this Bible study!)
4. Is there an organized person in you? Glynnis Whitwer believes there is and so I’m taking her word for it!
Read Chapter 2, Information Overload.
Visit http://stephanieclayton.org/ for a message and assignment from Online Bible Studies Team Member, Stephanie Clayton. (I will remind you about this.)
Read Chapter 3, Increased Expectations.
Visit http://glynniswhitwer.com/ for a message and practical weekend application assignment from author, Glynnis Whitwer. (I will remind you about this.)
Someone commented in my last post that she didn’t know how I did all that I do. She thanked me for all the time I spent working on the Online Bible Studies. She seemed to be amazed that I could balance family, work, and online studies so well. (Ok, those of you who know the truth can quit laughing now…) Here is the truth. I don’t do it all. I can’t. I tried at first, but failed miserably. I’ve been known to forget my own child at school (really, this happened AGAIN last Friday!). Between information overload and increased expectations, I can find myself losing it really quick. That’s why God gave me a fabulous team of sisters to help me out.
Meet the Online Bible Studies Team (They are in abc order, so no one can accuse me of picking favorites! Because they will!~ haha)
Heather Bleier~ Heather selects a memory verse each week for our study. She posts this verse on Facebook and Twitter. She is responsible for creating and designing our new Twitter account, which went live today~thank you Heather! She also does some teaching and writing for Online Bible Studies. Heather is a featured guest on our conference call series and will be talking to us about getting our spiritual lives in order.
Donna Bostick~ Donna assists in managing our Online Facebook groups. She is probably the #1 cheerleader for our team, leaders, and Online Bible Studies participants in general. Donna has been a contributor here on my blog for the studies and offers extra help and assistance wherever and whenever it is needed. Her generosity and kindness are shared regular with the ladies of this study. Heart of gold.
Stephanie Clayton~ Steph is my ministry partner in these Online Bible Studies. I honestly couldn’t do them without her. Guided by prayer and wisdom beyond her years, she serves as a teacher, leader, and resident counselor. She is a regular contributor and also is our “go to gal” for professional advice or for crisis situations. Stephanie is a featured guest on our conference call series and will be talking to us about getting our minds organized.
Angie Combs~ Angie does almost anything and everything. She returns emails received at MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com . She also is the administrative coordinator for our conference call and mass emails that need to be sent out regularly. She is fondly known as the “mutinator” of each conference call, because she runs the call behind the scenes by computer and has the power to “mute” anyone at any time! Angie is a fabulous organizer, keeping herself and Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Studies efficient and organized! Seriously, she calls me daily to remind me of something that is needed. She will be sharing her organizational expertise with us during our conference call series.
Veronica Herzing~ Veronica assists in managing our Online Facebook groups. She is our “pinterest gal.” Yes, thanks to V, our Online Studies now has a Pinterest account. http://pinterest.com/melissatayloros/ Veronica also journals her way through these online studies and often shares her journey on her own blog. She has been a blog contributor here as well. She is such an encourager, often commenting and encouraging ladies in this study and sharing on FB and Twitter too.
Lisa Kramp~Lisa has a very big job. She is the coordinator for our online Facebook groups. We currently have over 25 small groups for this study. Lisa is responsible for training and leading our new FB leaders and organizing the groups. These groups would not be possible without Lisa. If you are on Facebook and are interested in participating in a private small group to share prayer requests with and discuss the study with, email Lisa at LisaKrampP31@gmail.com .
Kristi Seat~ Kristi is the newest member of our team. She currently leads a FB group and takes over the OBS Facebook page during our conference calls, so everyone can share in the excitement. She is a constant encourager to me, our team, and all the ladies in this study.
We also have 26 Online Facebook Groups. I will share their names of their leaders with you in my next post.
Please keep these ladies in your prayers. They do not get paid for the work they do here. They do it because they love Jesus, love you, and believe in the power of Bible study.
***If you’ve read this far, you are in luck! I have a friend who is giving away 2 copies of I Used to Be So Organized. Her name is Sharon Sloan and you will love her! She works with me on the Gather & Grow team at Proverbs 31 Ministries. Go on over to visit her, leave her a comment, and enter to win. This book could be for you or for a friend
****Oh yea, I almost forgot! We have winners! Randomly selected from the comments left in the last post, these ladies won the conference call series:
Julie link1122, Jennifer Subotnik, and Julie Tietz you have won! You will be notified by email also!
Hope you are enjoying the beginning of our study! I can’t wait to hear how it’s going so far! Remember to share the answers to your questions if you don’t mind and to SEEK FIRST Jesus, and everything else will fall into place <3
BIG THANK YOU TO LISA BOYD AND ANGIE COMBS FOR FIXING OUR COMMENT PROBLEM FROM EARLIER TODAY. YOU ROCK GIRLS! And thanks to all of you for being so patient.