Archives for January 2013

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.

Melissa
Jan 18

Greater~That’s a Wrap!

****There is still time to enter! Winner will be announced tomorrow, January 25th!  Read on for details.

If you are still with the Greater Online Bible Study, let me salute you!  Great job. This is a super big eye-opening book! Hard-core. Challenging. Awesome.

We are now at the end of the book, Chapter 12, Strike the Water and the Epilogue, These Bones.   When Elisha struck the Jordan River with his cloak, that was the sign he was ready to step into the future as a prophet in his own right. What does it mean for you to strike the water and move into the greater future God has planned for you? What is your next step? (Question #1 from reflection questions)  Funny how we are finishing the study Greater, but we are beginning our lives of Greater.  How do you feel about going for greater in your life? Are you ready? What are you excited about?  (Question #2 from the reflection questions)

I’m so sad to finish this book for a few reasons. First, Pastor Steven Furtick is the pastor of my church. My family is on fire for Christ because of him. My kids LOVE going to church and volunteer on their own. I respect him so much. I see him live his faith…and his insecurities. This book study has been very special to me. But also, this study has changed me. I’ve decided not to settle for mediocre, I’m going for greater.

Today I’m asking everyone to post a comment. How has Greater changed or affected your life?  Would you leave Pastor Steven Furtick a note in the comment section of this blog a note telling him about it and thanking him for an amazing book? I’m going to compile all the notes and send them to him and I really really really want everyone to participate. Let’s bless and encourage him, ok?   Everyone who does this will be entered to win our entire 2013 Online Bible Study book package. That includes each book we will be studying this year: a copy of Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman, Stressed-less Living by Tracie Miles, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst, and A Confident Heart by Renee Swope. And you’ll also win a purse-sized Bible.

Speaking of purse-sized Bibles, we have our winners from this week’s give away. These ladies have won a purse-sized Bible for themselves and a regular sized Bible to give away. Our winners are:

Nancy Silvers

Jenar ~ email beginning lokua02

Danielle Wright

Lee Hagins

Dana Young

Congratulations ladies!!!  Our beautiful OBS Executive Assistant, Angie, will contact you via email with instructions on how to receive your prize!

There are many more give aways going on over the next few weeks. As we wrap up our study of Greater, we are gearing up for our study of Let. It. Go.  which begins February 3rd.  We have  books, DVDs, and study guides to give away plus more Bibles! Stay tuned!

Thank you all for being a part of the Greater Online Bible Study. I’m so thankful to each of you. Keep in touch or better yet, keep studying with me! Whatever you do, I pray that you have been blessed somehow by studying with our Online Bible Studies Group. You have for sure blessed me.

Love, Hugs, and Blessings!

 

 

Melissa
Jan 17

Greater Hop: Week Six

We truly hope you’ve enjoyed this opportunity to share your personal thoughts and reflections. We can’t wait for you to join us for our next study and our next hop!

This week’s suggested topics for our last Greater Blog Hop!

1. Open. What are your thoughts on this week’s reflection verse?
O LORD, open {our} eyes so {we} may see….~ II Kings 6:17a NIV84

2. Believe. How would your life be different if you believed God’s infinite power and potential was at work within you? If you could do anything for God, no bounds, no limitations, what would you do?

3. Up Next. Now that you have finished walking this journey with us. What’s next for you? What is the most important lesson God has taught you through this study and how will you apply it to your life today?



Melissa