Feb 14

Let.It.Go. Blog Hop: Week Two

Hi there ladies, my name is Heather Bleier, your Blog Hop hostess. Welcome back to week two!

Did y’all check out the blogs from last week’s hop? If not you can check them out HERE. It was great to see so many new bloggers joining us. We look forward to hearing from y’all again!

First, a quick refresher, this video gives you step-by instructions for adding your link to our Blog Hop. For more, refer to our Blog Hopping for Beginners post.

This week’s Let.It.Go. topics:

1. Prevail – Have you ever made plans only to have God completely redirect them? Share how His plans blessed your life or the life of those around you. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” ~ Proverbs 19:21 NIV11

2. Let go, girl! – Chapter Three. “When we willingly accept our lot in life, welcoming all that God is trying to teach us through it, we lose the drive to over control, to micromanage in an all-out attempt to appear perfect and ensure everything is “just so.”” pg 54 Let.It.Go. We all have things we need to let go of and allow God to take control. Write a prayer giving God control over every aspect of your life.

3. Stand by Your Man – Chapter Four. Karen shared five biblical “dance steps” for letting our husband lead. Which ones do you find the easiest to follow? Are there any you find a wee bit more challenging?

Scroll down for a sneak peek at next week’s topics, scroll to the very bottom of this post.



Next Week’s Topics…

1.  Domestic Diva. Not everyone feels very domestic when it comes to keeping our home in or, but our reflection verse reminds us that we don’t do everything. Instead, we take charge of managing our home. How does this verse change your perspective of joyfully taking care of the home front?
She watches over the activities of her household ~ Proverbs 31:27 HCSB

2.  Tin-Pot Pampers. Chapter Five. Let’s face it mom’s, we either micromanage our kids or do everything for them; we can’t help it, they’re so gosh darn cute! But not everyone here has kids. Moms, what insights can you share with everyone from what you’ve learned from both your experiences and by reading this chapter? Is there a victory you can share about how you’ve nurtured your kids by letting go?

3.  Hampering Home. Chapter Six. Ok, I was going to share a little picture of my home…but it’s beyond messy at the moment {6 week old baby takes precedence over that pile of books I’ve needed to sort and put away for 6 weeks}. Sometimes the dust bunnies just keep multiplying because there’s no one to sweep them away. How did you find Chapter Six helpful for taming your home by sharing the responsibilities?

4. Put your hands up! It was only three short years ago that I got married to my best friend and just seven weeks ago that we welcomed our first child into the world. Sooooo…these two chapters seem to fit a much later time in my life. I know not everyone here has kids or is married. But we can still walk away from these chapters with some wisdom. What is the one thing from these chapters you hope to hold on to for the future??

See you next week!!

Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team

Melissa

Comments

  1. I love reading through these! What a blessing our stories are! God is using our stories to tell the magnificence of His story!

  2. I see a LOT of us ladies chose to blog about “Prevail”. its so interesting how this one word effects all of us differently! I’m enjoying reading through everyone’s blog before work/school!

  3. Jennifer N (OBS Leadership Team) says:

    I am already loving next week’s topics! Can’t wait to see what everyone shares.

  4. I am SO SUPER IMPRESSED with this group of OBS ladies! Y’all are amazing! The blogs posted this week and last week are just fabulous. Thank you to those who are sharing your Let. It. Go. thoughts with us. You are blessing us with wisdom, truth, inspiration, and encouragement. Thank you for being so honest and allowing us to peek into your world how God is working in your lives. We all grow when we share honestly. You are ministering to me today big!

  5. Melissa Ellis says:

    Seriously loved Chapter 4… and I just started a blog!!! Hoping I can keep up with it but I loved that I could jot my thoughts and that you lovely ladies will get to read and comment. Loving my first OBS!

    • Jennifer N (OBS Leadership Team) says:

      Yay on the blog! So excited to see what you share! Glad you are enjoying the OBS–it has been such a joy in my life since I ‘stumbled’ upon it 5 studies ago!!

    • Nicole DeWeese says:

      Congrats! I have been thinking about starting a blog lately, but I have no idea how to get started and what to share. Good luck :)

  6. I was hoping to get some thoughts written up before today. This will be the first ‘Blog Hop’ that I’ve missed since the start of the ‘Greater’ study :( I’ve been sick all week with what I thought was a head cold, turned out the flu. I did want to say that I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s thoughts…might take me a couple of days, but I will get to everyone’s!!! Thank you to all the bloggers that put your hearts out there for us to read! When you share, it helps me to identify & not feel like I’m the ‘only one’ who may feel a certain way..thanks again and looking forward to reading them ALL!!
    God Bless

  7. I am loving this study! So many things to think about. I love the analogy of the dance for our marriage. The hardest thing for me is backing off and not controlling. We have set up some very bad habits in our 30 years of marriage. The more controlling I am, the more he backs off and becomes passive. I realize I have used criticism and manipulation to control my environment. As I am trying to back off and allow him to lead, he assumes there is criticism behind it. That is my own fault. But with God leading me, and with perseverence and prayer, I know we will get there. I am already seeing him grow, not only in his role as leader of our family, but growing closer to God. And it is so amazing to see! God’s way is really so much better than my way! Why am I so slow to realize that?!

  8. I am a survivor of child abuse, and incestuous abuse. After the childhood I had, I knew, absolutely knew, that I did not want, could not handle, would not know how to raise, a child. I decided to have a tubal ligation.
    It’s not easy to convince a Dr. to do such a procedure on a woman who has never had a child, but after hearing my history, and meeting with me several times in counseling sessions, my doctor agreed. I was 34 years old, a college graduate with a good job, I had traveled, had a great apartment, good friends, I knew what I was doing. We scheduled the procedure.
    Before the surgery, I took a week off from work, and went “home” to visit some old friends. I’m not going to sugar coat what happened while I was having “oh so much fun” with my old friends. I got pregnant. That week, I had a dream about going to the movies, and the door was one of those revolving ones, and I sneaked into the show just before the door stopped spinning.
    I am convinced that the dream about sneaking through the door just before it closed was God stepping into my life to save me from myself.
    I have the most beautiful, courageous, ambitious, awe inspiring 14 year old daughter. She has made me a far finer person than I could ever have hoped to be. I know that God redirected my plans, and I am grateful from the bottom of my heart every single day.
    It wasn’t easy, there were times I was sure I wouldn’t pull it off, there are still days when I wonder how I will manage her teen age years and beyond. But, those are the fears of every Mom. Not just survivors.
    God showed me that my past was not my future.

    • Wow, Shelly! What an amazing story! I am so sorry for what you had to go through but to see where God has brought you from and what He has brought you through is such a testimony of His love. Thank you for being open and sharing about your choices and your daughter.

  9. Oh Shelly. What a journey you have traveled and what faith you have to recognize that God gave you that dream and helped guide your path. I am so glad you are studying with us and staying strong in your faith and spiritual life. God bless you and your daughter.

    Erin Cuomo, OBS Group Leader

  10. Nicole DeWeese says:

    Its amazinging to see how God is working in each of our lives. Jesus can bring purpose and comfort through our struggles and most painful life experiences. For me, I get too caught up in my emotions and hurt that I fail to listen to the Holy Spirit. I am learning to use my moments of hurt and disappointment to ask God what He wants me to see or learn from this. I am also learning to be patient and pray daily for my spouse. I need to put my expectations on God, not my husband. I pray that God strengthens my heart. I am learning to depend on my relationship with God so that He can transform and renew the way I preceive my husband.