Archives for August 2012

Aug 31

Get Your Game Face On!

Ok ladies, we better get our game faces on. When you decide to do a Bible study titled UNGLUED, you better watch out.  Any of you been feeling extra unglued lately?  Things falling apart around you?

I tell you, it’s been CRAZY around the Proverbs 31 office. Water cooler leaking, the entire truckload of Unglued books falling out of the back of the truck in our parking lot (no, I’m not making this up!), air conditioner leak in our back room ruining many books, phones ringing out of control, voice mail system gone awry….Nicki Koziarz’ youngest daughter used to call this place Problems 31 instead of Proverbs! She is right!

It’s been CRAZY at home too!  Dog throw up in 5 rooms, ants all over the kitchen, marching band, football team, getting ready for school, 2 funerals this month, grill almost had a gas explosion and we had to call the fire department, everyone’s schedules are colliding, and now I have 5 house guests arriving this week (which I’m super excited about adding them to the madness!), and ya know, I just gotta laugh about it all!

And here in the Online Bible Studies is no exception! The ladies who are participating in Part 1 of our Unglued Conference Call Series, you know! Our links for the calls have been finicky (now that’s a fun word…haven’t used it in a while…not even sure I used it right!), I got muted the other night right as the call was beginning, Lysa TerKeurst showed up at the office to take pictures of the 2 of us together to use in promotion of the study~on the ONLY day of the week I chose not to shower and shampoo after my workout~y’all just wait, you’ll know the picture when you see it~Lysa looks fab and I look…well like I worked out and didn’t shower!  And one more thing…for those of you who saw the Unglued webcast this week, you saw me in a bright blue shirt. Imagine my surprise/shock/freakout moment when I accidentally splashed bleach on it. White spots on the blue shirt did not look so good. Blue Sharpie to the rescue! Like I said, we just gotta laugh.

Here I am with Lysa after the webcast. We have our game faces on. (I look like I’m in a trance~LOL) But, there are no white spots on my shirt!  haha. If you can’t see the pictures in this post, click here.  You can view last night’s webcast here.

 

The truth is, life is full of unexpecteds. There are ups and downs. Life is good, life is unfair. People treat us nice, people treat us mean. We are emotional beings. Our emotions can go all wild on us. It’s not so much what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us.  Our reactions have power. And they affect us and those we are in relationships with. That’s what Unglued is all about, how we can make wise choices in the midst of our raw emotions. We don’t have the power to control others, but we do have the ability to control ourselves.

The Unglued Book

 

Have you signed up for the Unglued Online Bible Study?  You can sign up in the top right corner of my blog.  All you need to do this study is a copy of the Unglued book. We have so much fun in our Online Bible Studies! In this group there is a place for you. During the study, we will have discussions and challenges about the chapters we are reading each week. You will be  highly encouraged to get your Bible out and dig into the life changing Truths from Unglued the best part is that you won’t be alone and you can come here any time of day. That’s the beauty of an online study.

Have you considered doing this Online Bible Study with a friend or two?  Leave a comment today about a crazy thing that happened to you that could have caused you to come unglued. Maybe you did come unglued, maybe you didn’t, but please share it!  I’m giving away two sets of two Unglued books, one for you and one for a friend. Or maybe if you already have a book, you can win and give them to two friends!  Two winners. Two Unglued books each.  Comment by 10:00 pm EST Saturday.

Oh yes we can and we play for Team Jesus.

 

Suit up ladies and get ready to join the team on the field! This is serious biz and we are in it to win it! Team Jesus~that’s us. And our goal is to grow closer to God, find real hope for real life, and NOT come unglued!  Do you have your game face on?

Melissa
Aug 29

The Unglued Online Bible Study Is Here

I am SO SUPER EXCITED about this Online Bible Study and I’ll be even more excited if you join me!  You can sign up in the right column of my blog. 

Here’s what we can expect as we go through the Unglued Online Bible Study together:

Author, Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or react somewhere in between.

What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show us how.

Filled with personal examples and Biblical teaching,
Unglued will equip us to:

  • Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in our
    important relationships.
  • Find peace in our most difficult relationships as we learn to be
    honest but kind when offended.
  • Identify what type of reactor we are and how to significantly
    improve our communication.
  • Respond with no regrets by managing our tendencies to stuff,
    explode, or react somewhere in between.
  • Gain a deep sense of calm by responding.

Wouldn’t we all like to be equipped to handle our emotions like that?!?!  I know I would and that’s why I’m super excited about this study! It has tools I can apply to my life right away!  If you are interested in this interactive Online Bible Study, You can sign up in the right column of my blog. 

And now for some really super super fun stuff! You want to read the rest of this, I promise.

Thursday is the second Unglued Webcast! Lysa is going to tackle the topic of Conflict Resolution. Her guests will be two sensational bloggers we all love, Kelly Stamps and Courtney Joseph, as well as the President of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Dr. Tim Clinton! And guess what? I’ll be there too! And you better tune in, because I’m going to give a shout out to all my Bible study peeps and I’m giving away an Unglued participant’s guide and DVD while I’m live on air! To be entered to win, just leave me a comment at the end of this post . Winner will be announced during the webcast! Yay!

But wait, there’s more! (do I sound like an infomercial? ~haha, but there really is more, so read on!)

During the webcast (starting at 8pm EST), there will be some partying going on — Facebook and Twitter parties! Whoo-Hoo, I love me a party!

Facebook Party info:

Two ladies from my Online Bible Studies Team, Lisa Kramp and Kristi Seat, will be hosting a Facebook party! You can join their party by following this link and clicking the Join button in the top right. Once the party starts, they will be posting different questions throughout the webcast. You will be able to see comments that others are leaving on the posts, but you will need to refresh the page every once in awhile to see any new questions they ask. Be sure to read all the comments and comment back to others!

For participating in the party, you have a chance to win some cool Unglued stuff! Just look at what Lysa’s letting us give away …

2 Unglued Books

2 Unglued Audio Books

2 Unglued Participant’s Guides and DVD Combos

1 Unglued Conference Call Series

Twitter Party info:

So what if you’re not that into Facebook parties and want to hang out on Twitter? That’s awesome too! Be sure to follow the hashtag #ungluedbook and look for your Twitter hostess @AngieBCombs — she’ll be asking questions and picking winners for even more giveaways.

Webcast:

So join me at http://lysaterkeurst.com Thursday at 8pm EST to watch the webcast and on Facebook for a chance to win one of many, many prizes!

Special Price for One Week Only:

For one week only, visit the Proverbs 31 Store and order the Unglued Participant’s Guide and DVD Combo for just $32.00!  The DVD alone is $26.99, so this is a really good deal!

Here’s a sneak peek at Session 1 of the Unglued DVD:

If you can’t see the video, click here.

Whew!  Were you able to get all this?  Here’s a quick run down:

Sign up for the Unglued Online Bible Study which begins September 23rd.

Comment on this blog and you could win a Participant’s Guide/DVD combo. I’ll announce the winner live on the webcast.

Attend the Facebook and Twitter parties for fun during the webcast and lots of giveaways.

Purchase the Participant’s Guide and DVD at a special price.

If you are receiving this through email, click here to leave a comment.

Thanks for visiting me today. I look forward to all the fun we are going to have while we learn not to become Unglued!

Big Hugs and Blessings to You!

Melissa
Aug 23

Where Does the Time Go?

Here it is 4:32 EST on Thursday afternoon.  This blog post should have been written hours ago.  Busyness has consumed me and there hasn’t been much I could do about it.

Remember a few days ago when I told you I had to get my quiet time in first thing in the morning because that was the only time of day within my control?  Ummm, yea. Well, I’m pooped!  (That means “worn out tired” here in North Carolina.)  Unglued orders for the book, conference calls, questions, and information just about have me coming Unglued!  (just kidding)  It’s really all very exciting, but my day is already gone and I still have a lot to do!  I did have my quiet time today though. I read John 3. And I prayed for you.

I have found myself watching carefully the time lately. I don’t want to miss anything and I want to make the most of everything. After all, just yesterday, it was August 10, 1993, and I had this beautiful baby boy. I named him Blake. In the blink of an eye, he went off to college. 19 years passed quickly.  Just like this day did.

So, here I am finally writing to you.  Have you signed up for the Unglued Online Bible Study yet?  It begins right here on this blog, September 23rd. Oh my, it’s going to be F-A-B! (That means “fabulous” here in North Carolina.)  There are already almost 4000 people signed up and I expect that number to double. Why? Because there are a lot of us Unglued people around here and we need God’s help!  Thankfully Lysa TerKeurst wrote a book to help us out.  You can sign up in the right column of this blog.

Happy News!  We have 4 winners of the Unglued Conference Call Series. I want to thank all of you who commented. I read every one and I wish I could give away more. Ok, here we go. Randomly selected by the random number generator, our winners are…..Loretta Kostyo, Kim Montaini, Tonja Mettlen, and Kristin-ahjkflores@_____.  CONGRATULATIONS!  I sent you an email with all of the information to participate in the calls.

It is not too late to sign up! Part 1 of our series kicked off this week. We are reading through the book of John and working on establishing productive quiet times. During these 4 calls, we will begin preparing our hearts to receive and soak in all the Unglued study has for us. Good habits will hopefully be established during this time.

Part 2 of the Conference Call Series begins September 24th.  These calls will contain deep discussion about the chapters in Unglued, challenges to grow you and your relationship with the Lord, messages based on the assigned reading, a special guest interview, plus time for Q & A at the end.

Information about both Parts of the Series can be found here.  (Just FYI, the special for purchasing parts 1 & 2 of the series will only be good for one more week.)

Let me clarify? The Online Bible study is free. You need the Unglued book only. The conference calls are completely optional.

I must go now. It’s after 5:00 and I have a band concert to attend.  This is Dylan’s first year in the marching band at Providence High School. They are presenting their program tonight and I’m so excited!

Blessings Y’all!  (That means “blessings to all of you” around these parts)

And Bless Your Heart.  (I won’t tell you what that means here in North Carolina~lol)

Oh my, now it’s 5:11~ Where does the time go????  Anyone feel like this?  :)

 

 

Melissa