Jan 28

OBS is Awesome! News You Can Use~

I’m sorry I haven’t been back to my blog in over a week! Life has been crazy~ I kind of feel like I say that a lot, but it keeps getting crazy a lot. Can y’all relate? I promise I didn’t forget you or that I have a big winner to announce. I’m still here and I am going to announce the winner by the end of this blog post.

Will you be joining me for the next Online Bible Study?  Even if you have signed up already, keep reading~ prizes on the way! In case you haven’t heard, Online Bible Study is AWESOME!  We read great books with life changing messages, we encourage each other as a community, we read God’s Word and discuss what it means in our lives. I absolutely love these studies and what they have done for my life personally. And I’m not the only one who feels this way. I get this all the time. Emails, messages, and letters from women whose lives have been changed. From women who have grown in their confidence. From women who have learned to let go of their past and begun living freely for today. Women who have learned to trust Jesus. From women who have found real hope for their lives. This isn’t just another plain jane Bible Study. We mean business. We love and care about each other, we share joys and trials, we pray for each other. We are in this together.  I hope you will join us.

For our next study, we are reading Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman. It’s all about giving up control, stop trying to fix everything, and start walking in faith. Any of you control freaks out there?  Anyone struggle with picking your battles? What about panic or anxiety?  Does peace or chaos rule your heart? This book is for us! Notice I said us~ me included. I need this message.

All you need is the Let. It. Go. book, which Proverbs 31 Minsitries is getting 1000 more by Friday~ smiles! So many people want to read this book and participate in the Online study, it’s sold out everywhere and on back order. For those of you still waiting for your book, Zondervan Publishers has graciously provided a pdf of Chapter 1. No need to sweat out your wait, just click here and start reading Let. It. Go. 

You can sign up for this online study in the right corner of this blog.  You can Order your Let. It. Go. book here. The study officially begins Sunday, February 3rd.

Each day this week, I’ll be highlighting a difference aspect of our study so that you will understand how it works and be aware of all that we offer.

Coming up this week:

Tuesday~ Facebook Small Groups, Facebook Page, Twitter, Pinterest

Wednesday~ Conference Calls

Thursday~ Blog Hop, Blogging for Beginners, Leaving Comments

Friday~ Frequently Asked Questions

Make sure you visit every day, we are giving away some BIG prizes all week long! (hint: 10 Let. It. Go. BUNDLES! ~DVD, book, and participant’s guide) Beginning today!

Leave a comment with a question you have about Online Bible Study or the Let.It.Go. book.  If you don’t have a question, maybe you can offer some Bible study advice or answer someone else’s question. Everyone who leaves a comment by 10 pm EST tonight, Monday, January 28th, will be entered to win one of 2 bundles. 

*****And now for our big winner!  Last week, I asked Greater OBS participants to write a note to Pastor Furtick letting him know how Greater had impacted your lives. Wow! What a testimony of God’s provision and faithfulness! Thank you to all those who commented and wrote to him. If you commented you were entered to win the entire set of 2013 OBS books.

Our winner is….drum roll please…..Jennifer Y, email beginning sunnyday. You have won! Please send your address to our awesome OBS Executive Assistant, Angie Combs with your address. angie@proverbs31.org

Love you my sweet friends! Thank you for visiting my blog today. Whether you sign up for the study or not, I hope you’ll come back and visit often.



  1. I’m thrilled about this bible study. I have neen working at letting go and letting God for years. So grateful you are offering it.

  2. This will be my second OBS! Very excited and wish I could do the conference calls this time as well. Ladies, if you can do the calls they are SO worth it!!

  3. How do we join a facebook small group for this Bible Study? I am a member of facebook, but am confused about having a small group within it. Thanks for any info.

    • Dottie (OBS small group leader) says:

      Welcome Sherry! Just simply friend Lisa Kramp on FB and let her know you want to be added to a small group :) I did my first study without being in a small group and I highly recommend being in one! It certainly helped me with the next studies :)

  4. Melanie Shannon says:

    OBS are the best. Read the blog, leave comments & get active in your facebook small group!!

  5. Carissa D. Huffman says:

    I LOVE the OBS ladies!! I have a full time job, a nearly 4 year old son, and I am not the best at organization, so trying to do traditional Bible study is not very realistic for me. I feel truly cared for by these fine sisters in Christ. Sign up for a Facebook group–it costs you nothing, and gives you a nice smaller community to share your insights, your needs, and your prayers with one another.

    Thanks to Melissa, and all the beautiful sisters who make this possible! You guys bless my life almost daily!

    Carissa in eastern Iowa

  6. I just moved 7 months ago and so dearly miss my past Bible study groups and still just figuring out where we fit in at the new location. I’ve not done a OBS before but am looking forward to connecting with other sisters in Christ and encouraging each other as we walk through this life!

  7. Karen Coffman says:

    Got my book in the mail yesterday. So excited to start!

  8. I am excited to do this – my first OBS. Do we have to be online at a certain time of the day?

    • No Tammy. That’s the beauty in these studies. It’s so flexible and there’s ladies from all over the world! Just check Melissa’s blog daily and keep up with the reading and assignments. You can post comments any time! Let us know if you have any questions. We’re here to help! Enjoy!
      Beth A. (OBS Group Leader)

    • Dottie (OBS small group leader) says:

      Hi Tammy and welcome to our wonderful community! You do not have to be online at a certain time :) That is the wonderful thing about this study! You read the assigned section at your pace. You can come here anytime and post your thoughts, questions, etc…again, at your pace and schedule :)

  9. Lisa Grissinger says:

    I have participated (and I use that term loosely) in the last two studies. I have met some friends on my small group Facebook group and have had “good intentions” with the reading, but I have not really used the study the way I should. LET.IT.BE. is going to be a focus for me and I am really going to be asking my study group buddies to help keep me accountable. Thanks for doing these Bible studies Melissa!
    Lisa :)

  10. Terri Palmer Webster says:

    I am so excited to begin this study!!!

  11. Melissa ~ I love your OBS studies. You do such a wonderful job digging deep into the books the ladies from P31 have written. I would love to win one of the prize bundles. Thanks for all of your hard work & for the giveaways. ~ Mary

  12. Kristen (OBS group leader) says:

    It is so AWESOME to come on here and read of so many new ladies joining us! I just love it! If any of you are looking to join a facebook group I would love to have you. You can look me up on Facebook. My full name is Kristen Barkdull! Also, my e-mail is kristen_lee_68@yahoo.com for anyone that needs it. You can e-mail me ANYTIME about ANYTHING. I would be happy to answer any questions you have or just offer words or encouragement or whatever you need!
    Welcome to all the new ladies and welcome back to all the seasoned OBS ladies! I cannot wait to get this started!

    Love and blessings to each and everyone of you!

  13. mary armstrong says:

    Looking so forward to this study…have my book and have been getting a jump start on reading….never done an online study…thankful for Wendy Pope posting it on her FB page! Thx you all!

  14. Heather McDaniel says:

    I am loving that I can take part in the OBS!!! We do not have a car and I felt so blessed when my friend Denise asked me to join the group! I am so excited that I get to take part in a study and I get to do it from home!
    Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  15. I don’t have any questions, but I just wanted to say I love this group and am really forward to Let. It. Go. Letting go and letting God is something I need to do more!

  16. Hilda Quintanilla says:

    Can hardly wait! Need book!

  17. Christina Greenfield says:

    I’m so excited to do this online study. This is my first study online and with you! I have my book and read the foreword. Should I begin reading? Should I be finished with Chapter 1 by the time we start or will that be for the following week? Thank you in advance!

    God Bless
    Christina Greenfield

  18. Hey Everyone,

    This is my first online bible study. I used to be part of a group of women who got together once a week and it was amazing. Very inspiritational and made my week better. I have since moved and haven’t been able to find a group so hopefully I can do it online. Look forward to sharing with everyone :)


    • Dottie (OBS small group leader) says:

      Welcome Sonia :) I have been greatly blessed through OBS and I pray you will be, too.

  19. Hey everyone!! This is my first OBS and I am so excited!! I got my book this weekend and I am ready to dig in and learn how to Let. It. Go. And let God take over. Thanks to Mary Gay for recommending this bible study.

  20. Cindy Holland says:

    This will be an exciting experience studdying online!
    I am currently out of work and need to get the book for your study.

    I completed the Kelly Minter Living Room sessions:
    No Other Gods
    Let it Go

  21. Cindy Holland says:

    Oops the 2 study was Ruth so sorry for the error.

  22. Frances Luna says:

    I’ve already begun reading the book, in anticipation of the obs. I am such a control freak reading the book a couple of times want hurt. This will be my first bible study so I am very excited to learn, share and change with others!

  23. I am a member of facebook. this is my first OBS however not my first bible study. I know this is meant for me. you have my scripture Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, PTL

  24. Vernita Salter says:

    Hi Melissa, I hope this is where I am suppose leave comments for giveaways. This is my first online study. I am on facebook and pinterest. I received my book today. Vernita

  25. I am super excited about this Letting Go Bible Study! This is such a divine intervention for me! I look forward to meeting new bible study buddies on the Facebook small group! And I will try Pinterest!

  26. Tabitha Kyser says:

    This will be my first Online Bible Study. When I show it on the Proverbs 31 page I had to sign up. I am so excited about 2013 and what God is doing!! I do have a facebook page, but I have not started or been a part of a small group. I am interested in joining one.

  27. Hello! I have received the email and I’m super excited about the bible study!

  28. Amanda Reich says:

    Here goes nothing. My first one. I’m determined to stay with it. :)

  29. Hello, I’m excited about the Bible study course. I still have to get my book so I hope I can pick it up in a bookstore this weekend.

  30. Looking forward to starting this Bible study.

  31. Julie Hart says:

    I’m really looking forward to this Bible study…and making some new friends at the same time! Special thanks to Melissa and those who make it happen.

  32. Susan Bradford says:

    Hey Melissa – I am so excited to start another Bible Study, and this looks like a great book. Thank you so much for your work and for bringing Christian women together in such a special way. Love to you all, from ND!!

  33. Tara Geib says:

    This is my first bible study and I am very excited! Thanks for offering such a great ministry!