Archives for February 2013

Feb 28

Let.It.Go. Blog Hop Week Four

I can’t believe we’re already in Week Four of Let.It.Go. Time has really flown by! I hope you’ll been enjoying these Blog Hops, we’ve certainly LOVED hearing from you! If you haven’t shared your blog yet, we hope today will be the day!

Joining us for the first time? Click HERE the video tutorial or refer to our Blog Hopping for Beginners post.

This week’s Let.It.Go. topics:

1. Well, that was easy. Check out this week’s reflection verse from I Thessalonians 5:18-26 NLT: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” We invite you to share how this verse helps motivate you to truly be thankful, no matter what, trust God and Let.It.Go!

2. iScream. Chapter Seven. On pages 139-143 in the Putting the Brakes on Busy section, Karen provides several tools to help us trim the fat off our schedules. Which tools will you use on your schedule? What are you able to let go so that you can regain some “schedule sanity”?

3. Serenity. Chapter Eight. Sometimes no matter what we do to try and control a situation…we simply can’t. How has this chapter helped you to discover the difference between what you can and can’t change? OR Can you look back at a time in your life when things were out of your control but you can see how God worked through it all?

4. I know this one wasn’t listed before, but here’s a BONUS topic! 48Hours. Yesterday Melissa gave us a, “48 hour Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge” based on I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT. We would LOVE for you to blog about your experience and share with us here!

A sneak peek into next week’s topics:

1. Sound of Silence. Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.  ~ Psalm 62:1 Many people describe their daily time with God as “Quiet Time.” How would you describe the time you spend with Him? Is it in the morning? Afternoon? Something new or something you’ve done for years?

2. Soul Control. Chapter 9. This was one packed chapter {aren’t they all}. Which of the five controlling methods listed in this chapter did you identify with and how will you get some Soul Control in the future? Will you memorize a verse? Spend time with God? Have a friend keep you accountable….?

3. What-EVER. Chapter 10. How did God speak to you through this particular chapter? Did it help you understand something that happened in the past or maybe help equip you for the future?

Read our previous Let.It.Go. Blog Hops:

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

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Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team

Melissa
Feb 27

48 Hour Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge

Let’s begin by making this personal.  Who’s up for a challenge?

Read out loud our 2nd reflection verse for the week:

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT

Now fill in the blanks with your name.

____________, always be joyful.  ___________, never stop praying.  ____________, be thankful in all circumstances.  ____________, this is God’s will for you.   _____________ belongs to Christ Jesus.

This is not an easy command. It’s challenging. Today let’s take this challenge. It’s the 48 hour Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge.  For the next 48 hours be intentional on being joyful (despite your circumstances), praying a lot (even when you don’t feel like it), and remembering to be thankful (despite your circumstances).

 

Today’s Assignment

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28. This passage includes our reflection verse and more. Highlight or mark verses in this passage that speak to you. Journal how God can use His Word today in your life.

Read Chapter 8, Due to Circumstances beyond Our Control.  

Take Away

What is your take away today?  Share with your OBS Sisters in the comment section of the OBS blog. Also, let us know how you are doing on the 48 Hour Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge!

Blog Hop is tomorrow! Here are the topics:

1. Well, that was easy. Check out this week’s reflection verse from I Thessalonians 5:26-18 NLT: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” We invite you to share how this verse helps motivate you to truly be thankful, no matter what, trust God and Let.It.Go!

2. iScream. Chapter Seven. On pages 139-143 in the Putting the Brakes on Busy section, Karen provides several tools to help us trim the fat off our schedules. Which tools will you use on your schedule? What are you able to let go so that you can regain some “schedule sanity”?

3. Serenity. Chapter Eight. Sometimes no matter what we do to try and control a situation…we simply can’t. How has this chapter helped you to discover the difference between what you can and can’t change? OR Can you look back at a time in your life when things were out of your control but you can see how God worked through it all?

 Have a great day friends! I love you~ you bring me joy, I’m praying for you, and I’m so thankful for each of you!  :)  I’ve already started the challenge!

 

Melissa
Feb 26

What’s Inside Will Spill Out

Hi OBS Group! Thanks for showing up today~ You will be so thankful you did!

In Chapter 7 of Let. It. Go. we learned that what’s inside of us will spill out. So therefore if we’ve been filled with junk, junk will spill out. Junk like harsh words, negativity, impatience, frustration, depression, anxiety, anger…you get the picture. By the same token, if we are filled with good stuff, then good stuff will spill forth. Stuff like kindness, patience, understanding, compassion, forgiveness, love, gentleness, sweetness, and all other excellent things. This is why it’s so important to spend time with God, in His Word every day. Of course this won’t make us perfect, and even on those days (especially on those days) we spend time with the Lord, we may still lose it or get down, but we will have been equipped to handle our situations and schedules much better.

Check out these 2 video clips (which were really supposed to be 1 video clip, but technical difficulties arose…)

If you can’t see this video, you can click here to view it directly on You Tube.

Again, click here if you can’t see part 2 of the video above.

Sorry the message stopped so abruptly. My phone shut down and is not allowing me to tape any more. Ugh.

Will I despair? No way. I’m in God’s Word and I’m sharing it with my OBS sisters!  Not going to let a technical glitch, stop me today.

Where were we?  Oh yea, spending time in God’s Word.

As we look at one of this week’s reflection verses, Psalm 31:15-15a (turn there in your Bibles now), we soak up the fact that we have a God that we can trust. He is ours. He is mine. He is yours. Then David writes, “My times are in your hands.”  In other words “all of life’s circumstances are under God’s control.”  (Life Application Study Bible)

Right now I feel like my schedule is packed. Often it changes at a moment’s notice throwing off my entire day! (Example:  I came down the stairs the other morning, heading for the coffee maker and then to quiet time. There was a foul smell in the room. I turned on the light and there was doggie diarrhea all over the carpet. My quiet time had to wait and I had to gag my way through cleaning it up before the rest of the family awakened.)

That could have ruined my day. I could have complained my way through the rest of the day because my schedule had been thrown off. Instead, I chose to listen to worship music. I might have missed my scheduled quiet time, but I had some flexibility in what I listened to. I could keep my woe is me pathetic attitude or I could trade that in for praising God and remembering that I don’t have to fret, complain, or worry, my times are in His hands. His very very capable hands.

If I wasn’t spending time in God’s Word, I don’t know if I would have chosen that route of praise and worship. That’s not what I felt like doing at the time, but it sure did feel good later!

Since we are in Psalm 31 this week, I want to explore what’s around Psalm 31. I did this in my quiet time and it was such a blessing.

Today’s Assignment

1. Open your Bibles to Psalm 31:14.  Read Psalm 31:14-24.  Underline what speaks to you personally. Journal about it as if you are speaking to God Himself.

I found this passage so encouraging. God is on my side!!! He’s there to fight my enemies and I can be strong and take heart because my hope is in Him. (v. 24)

2. Oh let’s keep reading. Look what’s next, Psalm 32.  Any of you struggle with forgiveness? Do you wonder if God could really forgive you?  I know I’ve had that question before and the Bible gave me the wonderful freeing answers I needed and desired. Yes! We are forgiven!

Read Psalm 32:1-11. Mark the verses that you are thankful for the most. The ones that are jumping in your heart right now. Take a few moments to pray or journal.

Wow! I acknowledge my sins, I confessed, and I’m FORGIVEN!!! No more record of that sin. The Lord loves me unfailingly! (v. 10b)

3. Read Psalm 33:4 and Psalm 33:20-22.

Think, pray, and journal on that!!!

Once you have completed #1,2, and 3, answer this in the comment section of this OBS blog.

Are you filled with hope today?  Are YOU filled with hope today?  Are you FILLED with hope today? Are you filled with HOPE today?  Are you filled with hope TODAY?

I’m on fire ladies and I hope you are too!  God’s Word has power.

If you or anyone you know does not have a Bible, please let us know. Email Angie, our lovely executive assistant at Angie@Proverbs31.org. Depending on the demand, I can’t promise one to everyone, but I can try my best. Please be honest. We want to give Bibles to those who really don’t have one.  We want God’s Word to be available to EVERYONE!!!!

Be blessed! Love y’all!

Melissa