Apr 11

SLL Week 1, Day 4~ Stressed-Less Living Blog Hop!

Welcome to our first Stressed-Less Living Blog Hop! I like to keep my portion short so because we want to hear from YOU!

First time ever doing a Blog Hop or need a refresher?? Pop open The Skinny on Blog Hopping for everything you need to know about our Blog Hops! This video will walk you through posting the correct link:

Here are this week’s topics: {The names in BOLD are suggested titles.}

1.  The Great I Am. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NLT

We have one power packed verse this week! Meditate on this verse for two-three days…how does your heart respond to His message to you? You could even do some “verse mapping” to really digest this verse.

2.  Stressed-Less. What is your goal for this study? What do you hope to learn or how do you hope to grow through this experience? Out of all the studies you could be doing right now…why did you choose this one?

3.  Real Problem. Chapter One. Out of the seven sections in Chapter One, which one hit home for you the most? What is it about that section that made you sit up and pay attention?

4. #Blessed. Stress can cause us to overlook the many blessings God has poured out into our lives. Make a list of five things God has blessed you with. Once you have listed five, try for five more…then five more…then five more. You can add to this list whenever you have something new to add. I.E. I am thankful for the dirty laundry because my family is well clothed. OR I am thankful for the beautiful weather we had today. OR Thank You Lord for my family.

Next week’s topics will be in Sunday’s blog post.

Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier, OBS Executive Team



  1. Charolette Ragsdale says:

    I enjoyed the blog assignment this week. I did #3 real problem. I hope others have a chance to stop by and read blog post #16. I will be checking the others since I love learning from other perspectives. It is interesting to read the different takes on the different choices since we all come from different backgrounds.

  2. After reading the first 6 lines of Tracie’s book, Stressed Less Living, I KNEW this was all from God! Everything she said, fit me to a T. I thought I was super women, super wife, and super mom for the last 10 years. In reality, I have been so weak and the stress is has been very destructive. These last 3 months I have been dealing with severe anxiety and panic attacks. Starting this OBS with all of you ladies has really opened my eyes to know that God is the only one who can comfort me and he has taken control! I do not have control over our daughter Madison’s medical issues, I do not have control over my 2 eldest daughters biological father (who is fighting for custody) and to put it plan and simple, I need to give everything to the Lord and I have noticed a decrease in anxiety and worry! I am so excited to continue this amazing journey with the Lord and all of you ladies!! I am blessed in many ways and those ways are becoming more and more clear each day I dig into this bible study and into my bible :) Thank you!!!

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Hi Tara,
      Isn’t the book so good? This study is perfect for me too.I am so sorry you are dealing with panic attacks. I know the feeling. God is the only one who can comfort and heal us. I will pray for the issue with your daughter’s biological father and I will pray for your anxiety. I am so glad you are here with us.I hope you have a beautiful day, sweet OBS sister.

  3. This is such an amazing OBS! My first of many more to come Lord WIlling! :)
    THANK YOU for all the work that YOU guys put into it to make it such a rewarding experience for the rest of us!

  4. Mary armstrong says:

    God keeps bringing me back to the necessity of having a thankful heart: thru our current study and a previous book I had read, I was encouraged to have a “list of remembrances” ( from Ps 77) that I can go back to, read over, and continue to add more of the things I am thankful for. When stress and anxiety attack, it is as if I allow them to negate all of God’s many blessings in my life. Refocusing on my remembrance list and adding to it helps me to remember how very blessed I am. My mind is renewed, my perspective changed, and I am encouraged to focus on my positives instead of my negatives (Phil 4:8)

  5. This book couldn’t be more timely for me. I love the assignments this week. I have learned so much already. I was extremely calm when my 15 year old son came home yesterday saying his tube in his tear duct was falling out. It is suppose to stay in for 6 months and it only has been 2 months. I calmly said we can call the doctor, when they said it could wait till morning to be fixed. I just started praying and saying my verse this week. They just called and said they can’t see him till 2 this afternoon I am still calm. Colton even asked why I am so calm and I told him about the book. He said I need to read it twice lol. I can’t wait to soak more of God’s word and the book.

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Hi Mary,
      I am so happy you dealt with your son’s issue with LESS STRESS. It is so awesome watching our God work. Reciting scripture is always a great way to deal with stress. I am so glad you are here joining us and I will pray for you today.

    • Mary – what a great example to set for your son: turning to God to and His word to deal with stressful situations.

  6. After all the computer problems I’ve had this week and the fact that I have family coming in from out of town tomorrow for my daughters 4th b-day, I wondered if I was going to be able to share a blog this week. But God is so good and I can’t believe really just how stress-less it was this time to get one done and up! Thank you Lord!! I’m so greatful I get to spend my morning reading everyone’s blogs, rather than fighting my computer to get one posted! Thanks to all of you who saw my prayer request on the last blog here, and prayed for my computer issues <3

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Hi Katrina,
      Happy birthday to your daughter. My daughter turns 4 in 10 days:-) I am so glad your week was stress-less. I will be praying for you today!

  7. I did question #3 and also blogged about day 1 of the 10 day stress detox to tie in with that question; I am #43. I hope to do another blog post this weekend because since reading chapter 1, I have some thoughts on some of the other questions and a daily thankful list I think would be an amazing way to start every day! Happy blog hopping!

  8. I’m almost finished reading the chapter…its great..Today I feel like you said in your book…I just want to feel normal again…I don’t want to feel stressed and worried anymore…I don’t wanna feel out of breath or heart palpitations any more…Lord Help me..I know he will help me but sometimes I just get overhelmed…I don’t wanna feel this way anymore but its like I wake up worrying about situations…I need God’s strength in my life..Thank God for this study..just needed to let this out..

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      I am praying for you, sweet sister. I understand the stress with worry and physical symptoms of worry. It is awful. We just need to surrender completely to Him. He is the only one that can heal us. So glad you are here doing this study. Love and prayers.

  9. I typed a post before and I don’t know what happened! LOL But I needed to make a correction…I did question #2 and also blogged about day 1 of the 10 day stress detox. I am hoping to post another blog post sometime over the next few days because since reading chapter 1, I have a whole lot more to say with the questions! My blog is #43…hope to hear from you all! Happy Blog Hopping!

  10. Janeen Hedeen says:

    I have now read all the blogs so far today and was touched by each. We have so many awesome women in this study. I do not blog but enjoy reading others inspiring words of faith and hope. Thank you ladies.

  11. Jenny Kozar says:

    How wonderful to see so many participating! Cannot wait to get home and snuggle in to read so much goodness!

  12. Ashley Couturier says:

    So excited to be a part of this today!!! What a blessed week this has been! I am feeling the strength in my relationship with God. I am eager to see what He is going to continue to teach me through His word and this book!! <3

  13. Tristine Barry says:

    Hey ladies I did it! I finally got my basic blog up through WordPress and added it to the blog hop links. I am the last one, “Isaiah 41:10” with the butterfly. This is the first time I have done this and my blog is still in the works but I am so thankful to you here at P31 for inspiring me during the last study to do this. I look forward to reading through the other women’s blogs. What a great idea! I am so thankful to this Ministry and for this study, and of course, Jesus!

  14. Sondra Ratliff says:

    I am not a blogger (before now), but here goes. Jesus is the LORD of my life and I thank Him for directing me to this BS. I struggle with anxiety each waking moment. Most of the time I rely fully on GOD’s Grace and Mercies to attempt productivity, BUT sometimes, when I allow my guard and focus to slip…well not good. Praying to gleem as much knowledge as I am able from this study to improve my walk with Jesus as I follow His life-plan for me.

  15. Well, right out of the gate, I am behind on my readings for Chapter 1. However, I did learn about verse mapping. I am using that alot and really am learning alot. Up to this point, I just thought reading it was enough but this really makes you dig into the word. I am trying to really give my stress to the lord. Ladies, let it go and give it UP! Let’s go!

  16. Mary B OBS FB group leader says:

    Great blogs out there. I have a hard time posting comments because I don’t have my own blog link, how do you ladies comment without one? I want to say great but sometimes I can’t post a comment, the blogs don’t let me. :(

  17. Stephanie says:

    Kelly #51…I think you and I are on the same boat. We took different journeys to get to the boat, be we are on a cruise with a lot of other women who are all on the boat with us! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Chapter 1 Hit me right in the face. I overdosed on pills on 3/27 and I am not dealing with my 12 year old really well. I blow up ALOT!!!! I was asked today by my husband to leave the house and get away for awhile until my new medications kick in. I need prayer really bad. I feel this study will help me. Thanks ladies.

    • Andrea B says:

      Kimberly, don’t forget that he’s always there when we need him. Matthew 5:3 says ” You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule” Pray for less for less of you and more of God. Don’t forget that he will never leave or foresake you. Hang in there. I will add you to my prayer list.

      • Kimberly,

        I will pray for you as well. You my sister are not alone. God is with you even when you don’t feel Him.

  19. I am so happy to be joining this bible study. Tell me I don’t need help with stress… trying to find time to do the bible study is stressing me out. Reading this first chapter I can hear God not whispering but yelling in my ear; This is you, you need this!! Writing bible verses and posting them on my bathroom mirror is becoming great constant reminder and blessing. Can’t wait to see how God speaks and what blessings come from this study.

  20. Kathleen says:

    I’m just learning to blog. Next time round will be better. I enjoyed seeing and reading some of your blogs. Thank you so much for this fun opportunity. I am blessed by the sharing.

  21. First off, I love OBS! Even though I went to a Christian school, was involved in Christian groups and Bible studies, I have Never gotten into one like this before! It’s so exciting! I Love the guidance, for digging into God’s Word. I’m not proud to admit this, but I’ve tried to read the Bible, before, but… Well, I got bored, pretty darn quickly. Having guidance, like this, is awesome! Thank you! Keep it coming!
    I apologize if I write too much…
    What really hit me, this week, was reflection question #6 (p. 41, Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles). I just want to let you guys & ladies know that Peace is Possible! My notebook answer to this question: “The difficult situation was only a few days ago. I realized that I had failed the NCLEX-RN, for the third time. (The NCLEX-RN is the exam you must pass to receive your RN license, enabling you to practice as an RN.) It’s almost been a year since I graduated college, with my BSN. I thought, for sure, that God wanted me to be an RN, so that I may serve Him through serving others (one of the reasons why I want to be an RN is that I have always Loved helping others!). However, failing the NCLEX-RN has been quite a blow to my already-beaten-down self-esteem. I surprised myself, with my reaction, when I realized that I had not passed, for the third time. Instead of letting my “raw emotions” (thank you, Lysa Terkeurst) and anxiety rule over my mind and body, I ran to God. There was no hysterical crying, no feelings of hopelessnesss, and no feelings of worthlessness. God had granted me Peace. It was one of the most Amazing feelings I’ve ever been blessed to experience–Better than alcohol, pills, and caffeine. There is NO let-down, with the Peace that God grants to those who ask for it and are willing to recieve it. God is so great! I can and will endure.”

  22. Carla Keller says:

    I’ve just missed a day do a post and reading others, and feel behind today. But the past two days have been very traumatic for me. My husband who had hip replacement surgery in September, fell for the 2nd time and dislocated the hip once again, which meant a trip to the ER and staying for several hours while they worked with him to get it back into place. We are so thankful that once again the doctor and nurses were able to “pop it” back into place!! And then my sister’s daughter is in the hospital with seizures and severe memory loss-she is 24. So, I am asking for prayers for my family.

    • Oh Carla,
      I am so sorry to hear that. Praying for God to surround you with peace, strength and courage & healing for your family members!

    • Andrea B says:

      Carla, I am praying for a edge of protection around you and your family.

      • Carla Keller says:

        Thank you Vashti and Andrea. This is definitely a most trying time for me and my family. I know the devil is trying so hard to take control of the situations and of me, but I keep holding on because I know that God is with us.

  23. Just another way of being stretched, thank you for the opportunity to blog. It’s the first I’ve done it and it was kind of fun :-)

  24. After reading the first part of chapter 1, a door opened and I realized that my level of stress had become my new normal. I was so caught up in this daily routine, I lost site of blessings and realizing that I was trying to control the things I can’t. Praying daily about keeping this new perspective is helping me make changes.

  25. Wonderful chapter this week! I found the comparison of being on a merry go round to be exactly how I feel. The new normal for me has become a stressed life. I do not wish this to be true anymore! : )

  26. Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

    I have LOVED reading all of your blog posts today. So inspiring and encouraging. Thanks to all that shared.

  27. Andrea B says:

    I am little lost, but I started my reading and really enjoying it. A quote from the reading that resonated with me was “it seemed life had become a job instead of a joy” this is so true.

    Matthew 21:22 “You can pray for anything and if you have faith, you will receive it.” I can relate to this because in the last few months I have been praying for financial blessing and really turned it over to our Heavenly Father and I must say I have been receiving it.

    I LOVE the 3rd Serenity “Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change…”

  28. Ok…so I took a leap…and made a mistake…I am not a blogger by trade. I played around a bit a couple years ago and thought I could do this so followed the instructions to link,,,and put in the name of the title vs my name. LOL…Help…

  29. Great blogs so far ladies! I look forward to reading some more later.

  30. Whew!!! This has been a tough week! I started this study off with the greatest attitude and promised myself that i wasn’t going to let anything get in my way. When I do this, that boogar Satan likes to mess me! This was my family’s first week back to the “routine” after Spring Break and we struggled! I wanted to be that mom that rose before the sun, had breakfast on the table, greeted my husband and kids with a smiling face and drove them drove them to school with an encouraging word! Instead, it was all I could do to get myself out of bed! Ugh! BUT…the Isaiah verse popped up everywhere! Not only did I have it pasted everywhere, but so did God! Thank you Jesus! This study has me thinking and praying and trying and breathing and praying and breathing and praying!!! I am ready for the next chapter!!

  31. Patricia says:

    I’m enjoying my book thus far. Sneaking around on every break trying to read a few pages is thrilling. Nonetheless, I’m a slow reader so I’m really trying to finish tonight. Good Night y’all.

  32. What a time to start this study. Everything always happens at once. I am already behind with reading this week. I’m thankful we are only doing one chapter at a time. I am so desperately looking for peace in my life that I know only God can provide. My biggest challenge is removing stuff from my life. Most of the stuff however is my daughter’s who is 8. Who knew they have so much? I’m truly looking for simplicity and my prayer is my husband will get on he same page with me one day. Soon I hope. Well off to try and read before I fall asleep.

  33. WOW!! Look at ALL the blogs I get to try to read at some point!! How awesome! I love reading about others experiences and thoughts on our studies. So many don’t even know how even a sentence or two can change a perspective or make someone feel ‘not alone’! LOVE this! :)

  34. I have been blessed this week by this bible study and all of these blog sites. I noticed that I have reacted better this week to my husband. I was able to forgive more quickly and not stress as much over what would have usually bothered me.

  35. THANK YOU, Heather Bleier, for the great instructions and encouragement to start a blog! I tried to start one a couple of years ago and just stopped. Yesterday I devoted most of the day to designing a blog and will work on my FIRST post ever today! I’m really excited to start blogging and can’t wait to read what other bloggers have to share! Blog Hop…such a cool idea! Thank you, leaders, for challenging us to do and try new things in this bible study!

  36. Linda Schneider says:

    The Great I Am…this has been an awesome first week but not without some stress.
    The first lesson is exactly what I needed. I give God the glory for directing me to this online Bible study. I am being challenged every step of the way and I have the comfort from Isaiah 41:10 that I am not walking alone. Thank you, Tracie and Proverbs 31 for this opportunity to grow in ways I have done alone.

  37. Awesome first week! I feel like for the first time in a long time I can take a much needed deep breath of relief! I can feel the peace making its way in, and I feel God’s hand in this study. After reading blogs and comments, I know I am not the only one. Awesome study! Thank you to all the great leaders and supportive participants! God bless you all!

  38. Kimberly says:

    I noticed the common thread among our verses this week is the message of God is an active God…He is “about” and “doing” and “lisenting” and “hearing” and “holding us up”. Yes, the world around us is falling apart, there are people who set out to intentionally hurt and destroy us, our sins throw us into a pit of destruction, but GOD is ACTIVE and ALIVE in the midst of all this turmoil. Each morning, sometimes minute by minute, I have to ask myself….how am I going to react to these situations. What I’ve learned is that I need to ask for and accept the peace that only God can give. The life changing, life sustaing Peace that permeates through my soul. And, at that moment, decide if I’m going to trust God or the master of deceit named Satan. I’m choosing God!

  39. I FOLLOWED THROUGH!!! Without FEAR of failing, knowing God is working in my life and I haven’t been left behind! And for the record, I ACTUALLY MADE IT TO THE BLOG HOP!!! Yay! I am no techy and these kinds of things really frazzle me but it was meant to be. So many things are changing in my life. GOD IS GOOD – MY 7yo SON JOINED THE CHURCH AND IS BEING BAPTIZED TODAY while family and friends gather together to welcome him into God’s mighty kingdom! My life has been a long and treacherous road. I have learned that the road I travel is the one that God has placed before me and I must walk this walk. But, I know that my God is there with me every step of the way. I am so blessed to be among women who love the Lord and know He does all things well. This week I have put my heart into each and every scripture, learned to “verse map” (love it!) and trying to memorize (which is truly difficult for me to do), reading more of the bible than I ever have, actually realizing through these scriptures I am understanding what God has to say to ME and what I am to do with my life. I have carried such heavy burdens, with a shattered heart for too many years. The only way for me to survive was to give it all to God and ask him “Please take this burden that has shattered my very being, broken my heart fearing it will never mend, I need you to heal me because I cannot get back what was taken from me. I cannot change those around me. I can only change me but I cannot do it alone. I am tired of being afraid. My trust is in you.” I am no longer afraid to face this world. I have to TRUST that God is THE GREAT I AM and He will carry my burdens, mend my broken heart, and through it all my life will be as it should be; how He meant it to be. I am here for a reason. I have a purpose. I FEEL AWESOME!!!

  40. Grace Lahr says:

    What a great week. God has touched my life, making it clear I am in control
    of the stress in my life. He is always there, we never receive a busy signal, or
    you must wait in line. We share, He hears. I am His child, He is always listening. Never ever be afraid. He will give us the answer. God Bless everyone.

  41. Michelle Alexander says:

    I have loved how reading the book this week and applying the scriptures in my daily life as well as really taking the time to understand the sciprtures has allowed me the freedom to feel okay to “Say No” to things I otherwise would have felt obligated to do. For example, I knew this weekend was going to be filled with many activities and today I decided it was simply OK for me to say no to a play-date with friends in order to allow myself and my family time to relax and rest. Today has truly been a refreshing day. Not only is this mama less stressed but my daughters are enjoying the time alone with family. Hope everyone has a great week and I for one am anxious to dive into week 2’s lessons.

  42. I had started typing out this blog I added after I read the first few pages of the book. It had been on my heart for some time now and it seemed like a good time to share it. I hope it goes along with what everyone else has posted here. Now it’s time for me to check out some of your blogs :)
    God Bless You!
    Love, Crissy

  43. I dont have a blog so how can i do the blog hop

  44. Liz Bryner says:

    I finally was able to participate in a blog hop on the actual day. It’s been overwhelming for me to do this. It’s hard for me to not start at #1 and read each and every blog. And when I tried before I would feel so guilty. Last week, I read a blog that mentioned that the extras in our OBS studies where not supposed add stress but help us. So this week I had a plan (see Melissa – I did my Sunday assignment), I read the blog by my wonderful small group leader Kara and then went on a random number generator site and told it to find me 3 random numbers. That is the ones I read. No guilt, no stress, and an item crossed off my to-do list. It is going to be a great day!

  45. I got alot out of this chapter this week by assessing the stress in my life. There are so many things that I need to change and do different in my life. One being to deepen my relationship with the Lord and trust Him in all areas. I also need to be a better manager of my time so that I am not taking my frustrations out on my family. Thanks for this great chapter.

  46. I just want to thanks to you ladies for pray for me. Today I feel better to deal with my problems, and I can accept all my problems, but hte firts problem that I have is I push myself to the breaking point to accomplish all my goals at all cost. I found the personal stress self assessment that I don’t know how to control over all my problems and I need pray an talk to God more about all my problems.’
    Thanks Ladies for your support. God bless you.

  47. During the past two weeks after beginning the study I have really noticed how Christ is working in my life. Things that would really bother me, what my husband would say, or my children’s behavior – I gave them to Christ and I feel a relief. I can look at things and realize I can’t control it so why let it bring me stress. I have a lot more peace.

  48. My week started out very on a bad note. I can tell everyone is praying because everyday I have felt better. Thank you all for the prayers.
    God is so awesome.

  49. Bummer that I missed the blog hop. But I still did a post. Just late and that is my fault. This week’s study was a huge breakthrough for me and it all came down to this morning. Next week I will do things more timely and that way I can participate on time! Blessings All!

  50. I’ve been extremely challenged to apply all that we are learning this week. Yes it’s been stressful, but thanks to this study, I’m learning what and how to manage it. Thank you so much for doing this study!!!! I have a long way to go, I know that, but I’m excited to see where this study will lead me!!