Archives for January 2013

Jan 15

Greater~Chapter 11, Open My Eyes

As I read Chapter 11 of Greater, I couldn’t help but realize what I should have known all along. That what matters most is not what I think I am or am not. But what matters is what my Father sees in me and what He says about me. Fortunately, God has given us a book full of promises and truths, included is what He thinks about me. I don’t know what I’d do without my Bible, God’s Word written for me. So many times It has been my Source of confidence, strength, and security. I can beat myself up all day long. Someone can easily hurt my feelings. But God’s Word sets me straight.

I love God’s Word so much that the leaders of our Online Bible Study Small Groups gave me Bibles for Christmas. 43 of them. Not so I could have them for myself, but so I could give them away. You see, I can write and speak and tell some really good stories. I can teach life lessons and encourage others. It comes naturally to me. But my words will fade and be forgotten. Only God’s Word will last and can 100% be trusted. And it’s my hope that anyone who needs and wants One, will have One.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.

Isaiah 40:8  ESV


Last year, OBS gave away over $2000 worth of Bibles and books, all donated by our own OBS leaders. They bought them. Paid with their own money. All because they care. They love and believe in the power of God. They are generous with what God has given them, more generous than any group I’ve ever been a part of.

This year the giving continues. And my prayer is that God will Open Eyes through His Word. Eyes that will be open to receive what God says about us.

Our first give away is going on right now. We are giving away 5 purse-sized Bibles, small enough to carry with you anywhere, in a random drawing to those who sign up for the Let. It. Go. Conference Call Series and can list the conference call guests in the comment section of this blog. (warning: you must have good eyes or eye glasses~ the words are small, but the Bibles are awesome for carrying around on the go!)

Let. It. Go. Conference Call Series ~ each call includes interview with special guest and message from OBS Leader, Melissa Taylor

We have a great line-up of 4 women who will share with us what letting it go has looked like for them.  Our guests include:

Candace Cameron Bure~ Actress (DJ Tanner on Full House), producer, NY Times bestselling author, & international speaker

Jill Savage~ author of 7 books, speaker who is passionate about encouraging families, founder of Hearts at Home

Sharon Glasgow~ Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker & Writer, lives on a farm in Virginia with her husband, children, their milking goats, chickens, and organic fruit and vegetables gardens. She knows what it means to let it go and give God the control. Her story is both inspiring and amazing. You have to hear it to believe it.

Karen Ehman~ author of Let. It. Go., Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker Team Director

Just to be clear: To be entered to win one of the purse-sized Bibles~

1. Sign up for the Conference Calls

2. Leave a comment listing our fabulous guests

Comment by Wednesday night 11:59 pm. (this is a change from yesterday’s post, extended an extra 24 hours)

Winners announced on Friday.

And as an added bonus~ each person who wins a purse-sized Bible will also receive another Bible to give away! That way you can share God’s Word with a friend! 

Bibles will be given away throughout the year to those in need of one.

Praying that all of our eyes are open to see ourselves how God sees us.


Greater peeps, we are almost there!  Just one more chapter!!! Now that our eyes are open to God’s Word, it’s time to “Strike the Water” move forward to God’s greater for us! So exciting!!!!


Jan 14

Let’s Go!

If you’ve been around lately then you know we are striving for greater in our lives. And greater is possible. But only if we are willing to truly move forward, let go, and let God.

That’s one reason I’m so excited about our next study. It’s the perfect follow up to Greater.

You are invited to join me, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and lots of ladies from all over the world to participate in our next Online Bible Study, Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman. You can sign up in the right corner of this blog at the very top.  All the information you need to sign up and be ready to begin on February 3rd is here today. Just read on!

If you plan to join me, leave a comment in the comment section. And read this post carefully. There are a few give-aways contained within.

Let. It. Go.

with Melissa Taylor, Online Bible Studies Leader, February 3-March 16, 2013

Everyone who signs up for this study and orders their book from Proverbs 31 Ministries will receive a signed copy of Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman.  Everyone participating in this Online Bible Study will also have access to the entire DVD series, courtesy of Zondervan Publishers.

LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith

By Karen Ehman

Foreword by Candace Cameron Bure(who is also a guest on our Let. It. Go. Conference Call series. Sign up for the conference call series by Wednesday, 11:59 pm EST AND leave a comment in the comment section of this blog post listing the 4 conference call guests, and you will be entered to win one of 5 beautiful compact Bibles, small enough to carry around in your purse!) Not only could you win one of these cute Bibles for yourself, but you could also win a regular sized Bible to give away to a friend. 5 winners announced on Friday!  

Aren’t they oh so cute!!!  And because they are small, it’s convenient to carry with you everywhere!  So, sign up for our FABULOUS conference call series and you could win one of these plus all winners also get a Bible to give away to a friend!  AWESOME!


Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you to:

  • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
  • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
  • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
  • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
  • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God

Sign up today here.

Order your signed copy of Let. It. Go. here.

Are you ready?  Let’s Go!



Jan 13

Greater~Final Week

Here we are in our final week of Greater! Let’s finish strong!

Reflection Verse

O LORD, open {our} eyes so {we} may see…. ~ II Kings 6:17a NIV84

Suggested Assignments

Monday~ Read Chapter 11, Open My Eyes

Monday~ Conference Call with Linda Kuhar! I’m so excited about this call. Linda is my mentor and coach in leadership. I can’t wait for you conference call peeps to meet her. Her story will rock you and move you. Statistically, she shouldn’t be here today. She is a great example of “greater.”

Tuesday~ Complete the discussion questions for Chapter 11 in the back of the book.

Wednesday~ Read Chapter 12, Strike the Water and the Epilogue, These Bones

Thursday~ Final Greater Blog Hop!

Next ::sniffle:: week’s suggested topics ::sniffle:: 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?

Friday~ Closing Thoughts and A Look Ahead


Our next study, Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman begins February 3rd.  Sign up in the top right corner of this blog. Order your book from Proverbs 31 and receive a signed copy by the author! Conference calls will be offered and the guests are confirmed! Hope you will join us for another great OBS!