Jan 31

Blog Hop, Blogging for Beginners, & Leaving Comments~News You Can Use!

Your turn to share! The skinny on Blog Hops.

I love having the opportunity to share with y’all on my blog as my team and I lead you in this study, but what I love even more is hearing how a study is impacting your life. Each Thursday I give you an opportunity to do just that with the Online Bible Studies Blog Hop.

• I provide you with three or four topics relating to our study. PLUS, I give you the topics in advance with a week to get your post linked. Topics revolve around the chapters and Bible verse from that week.
• You can write and share a post for as many of the topics as you feel lead.
• This is a wonderful way for you to share your reactions and insights with thousands of women from around the world.

Below is a step-by-step video teaching you how to share your post on our Blog Hop. If you have any other questions after watching the video, please leave a comment.

How do I link my post to the Blog Hop?

Y’all, this is very important! To ensure your correct post is linked to our Blog Hop and is not *deleted from the Blog Hop, please watch the following 3:00min tutorial.

Having trouble viewing the video? click HERE to view directly on YouTube.

Wait…what if I don’t have a blog?

Having a blog is required to participate in the Blog Hop. If you don’t have a blog and would like to start one, visit WordPress to get started for FREE. (see Blogging for Beginners below)

*We don’t like doing it…but some posts get deleted…

You can easily avoid having your post deleted by watching the video above. Here are the common reasons posts are removed from the Blog Hop…

• You shared your main blog page and not a specific post. Very easily fixed.
• The link you provided does not work.
• Your post, sadly has nothing to do with the topics provided or our current study.
• The post is SPAM. If you don’t know what SPAM is…then you won’t have to worry!

If your post is deleted you will receive an email explaining why along with an opportunity to repost.

Blogging for Beginners

Do you have a blog? Are you interested in blogging? While it’s not a requirement here at all, we do want to equip you to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone if you are ready. Blogging a great way to process, dream, express, and share. If you are interested in starting a blog, this is what we suggest:

1. Go to WordPress.com.

2. Click on the Orange Tab that says “Get Started.”

3. Enter your information and click “Basic.”   This is absolutely free.

If you don’t want to blog, no pressure at all. But if you’ve been considering it, why not take the plunge?  Go for it. You have nothing to lose. Your blog is private until you decide to share it.

Want to take your blog to the next level or need someone techie to walk you through the process? Contact our tech guru Heather Bleier; fees apply.

Leaving Comments on the Blog

The Online Bible Studies team LOVES it when you leave comments. By leaving a comment you are participating in our Online Community. No one is required to leave a comment but you are highly encouraged. In the comment section, you can leave a comment asking for prayer, discussing the Bible study, encouraging another sister, or asking a question. This is where community takes place.

To leave a comment, scroll to the bottom of the blog post that you want to leave a comment on. At the bottom of the blog post you will see something like this:

{ 205 comments }   Click on this to leave a comment.  (You must be on the actual blog (not email) to leave a comment.)

I hope this is helpful for you!

Leave a comment today just to show that you know how to leave a comment! Or if you have a question, please ask! All comments will be entered to win 2 Let.It.Go. bundles!

 

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Love y’all!

Melissa

Comments

  1. Thank you for your time to lead is they this study. I have to say…it’s really refreshing to know I’m not alone in this issue! I won’t attempt to judge my own weaknesses in taking on to much control but I’m certain there are places I can “let go”. I’m looking forward to hearing from God in this study!

  2. I really enjoyed the video. I love the Dog and Cat comparison. I found myself nodding my head throught the whole video. I am looking forward to giving God his job back!!

  3. Ive struggled with bringing the word into my daily life, but I seem to have found the solution. A friend shared a Proverbs 31 Ministries link on FB a few weeks ago, I clicked the link and subscribed to start receivng these daily messages. It has been wonderful. When I find myself “too busy” to read, up pops my email reminder with my daily message. Its always perfect timing!! This has been a great blessing to me each day!

  4. Donna Reed says:

    I guess I haven’t been involved in a bible study for over a year and I can tell b/c the video and her book as left me wanting more – I enjoyed her video and the book so much that I wanted MORE!!! There we go Ladies a perfect example of control. But I didn’t give in and read the book entirely instead I decided to use the time to pray and reflect on what she said!

  5. Tammy Pugh says:

    Loved the video! My take away was ” HE IS GOD! I AM NOT!”. I know that I have to let go and let God do more in my life. There are times that I do doubt Him and don’t trust. I also see this with my husband, I sometimes doubt him and don’t trust his decisions. I want to be that trusting, obeying child of God and I want to be the submissive wife that God wants me to be. I am so excited to see where God and this bible study will take my life.

  6. Tammy Pugh says:

    For Challenge 2: This is a goal of mine for 2013 and beyond. I want the word to come alive in me. I want to learn more. I want to know that my heart is wrapped in scriptures so that I won’t doubt anymore. Sadly, even though I know scripture, was raised in church, was brought up in a bible believing home, I cannot say that the Word has ever been alive in my heart. I truly desire that! I will be using index cards for my verses and will carry them in a photo album in my purse so that I can read them at every moment that I have, waiting in lines, stopped at a stop light, a few minutes before I have to go back to work, whatever moments I have I want to use them for the glory of God.

  7. God called and He’d like His job back. Such a simple phrase that resonated with me today. So many things I think I control. And I don’t. He is in control, He is God. Even the tiny things, he wants us to turn over to Him! I’m very excited to learn and re-shift my daily perspective with this OBS!

  8. This is my first online Bible study, and I am excited about it. I’m hoping it is one of many changes I will make this year to get myself healthier, stronger, and closer to God.

  9. Vicki Kemerer says:

    This is also my first on line Bible study, I enjoyed the video very much, it was like I was sitting at the table with them. I am ready to give God his job back, I am really tired of trying to do His job and mine.

  10. This is the 3rd OBS I have done. The 1st was Crave, then Unglued. They all seem to compliment each other so nicely!I never realized how much of a control freak I am until I started to read this book! I am hoping to learn alot about what God’s word has to say about this to me and to learn to apply it to my daily life. We have been having some marriage struggles and no doubt some of them have been caused by my wanting control of too much! Asking for prayer to follow through and that the Lord may soften my heart as the weeks go by. Thanks!

  11. I have always believed that I did not have control over alot of circumstances in my life. Somehow I controlled myself to actually think that was true! However, this should be quite a journey — I am confident that by the end of this OBS, I will be able to give God his job back.

  12. Great analogies – like the comparison of dog/cat theology. Sad in this moment -I act/treat God more like I am the cat and not the dog – thanks for the opportunity to learn and see – and now the place to make a choice to change!!

  13. Daphne Smith says:

    This Bible study is already making a huge impact in my life. I had something happen about an hour ago…that really upset me and hurt me. As I felt my emotions rising and about to boil over, I heard Him speak to me. I felt the need to go online and do my assignment today for this Bible study. He reminded me to trust Him, now in the midst of being disrespected, hurt and upset by someone else. Instead of having an immediate reaction to this person who has hurt me (as I have done in the past), I am going to read his Word, pray, and seek his direction, because I know He will lead me in the right direction and I know that He will take care of this situation, if I just let Him.

    • Nikki Briggs says:

      Hi Daphne, I can relate to being in situations like that, and have done the same thing… when hurtful situations or feelings creep up on me, I turn to Scripture for relief, guidance, direction. In the last couple of weeks, I was dealing with a difficult and frustating situation and every message I read or Scripture I came across, I felt it was meant for me… God was speaking to my heart. It’s a wonderful feeling and a breath of fresh air knowing He is always with us, and all we have to do is acknowledge Him and let Him in to do the work.

      • Daphne Smith says:

        Thank you Nikki. Yes, it is a very comforting feeling knowing that He is always with us each day and that we can always lean on Him for strength and wisdom. I will definitely be spending more time in His Word tonight looking for guidance and encouragement.

  14. I’ve already gained so much personal insight from just the first chapter of this book! I took the three memory verses and copied them to a Word document, so I could make them much larger. I put the text from Colossians up on the wall above my desk–I need a reminder to treat even the most mundane, routine tasks as a way to serve the Lord while I care for my patients.
    The text from Proverbs will be taped to my bathroom mirror during the week, so I am reminded of the mindset I need to establish before I even head out to the rest of my house.
    The text from Psalms will be my book mark–again a great way to get it in front of me every day.

  15. Tammy Pugh says:

    My control quotient was 42. Not something to be proud of, but definitely a marker for where I need to get away from. I know that I have a lot of work to do and a lot of things to let go of.

    I have issues with letting God do what he has planned for my life. Sometimes I think it is because I have not immersed myself into His Word. I want to be overwhelmed and excited by the words of God so that they may change my life.

  16. Joan Board says:

    Loving this bible study so far and it’s only day two!!

  17. My control quotient is 31. That suprised me!

    Challenge 2:
    I struggle with having peace that God will handle a situation without my input. I usually have the answer of the right thing to do, before ever checking with God.

  18. I know we are a few chapters into the study but I thought I would try the free blog. I’m a little nervous on getting started. I set up the free blog but I don’t know how to move through it. I’ll see how it goes.

    May God lead me in Peace through the study group.

  19. Edwina Cowgill says:

    Melissa,
    Thank you for leading this Bible study. In only 2 weeks, I’ve learned so much about myself and areas where I need to Let. It. Go.
    Blessings,
    Edwina