Apr 21

SLL Week 3, Overview and Day 1

You ladies are ROCK STARS!!! This Online Bible Study is going so great because of YOU!  Thank you for your comments each day sharing how God’s Word and this study are working in your lives! It encourages me and all of our Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team! We love y’all and pray for you that when you are here, you will experience “Real Hope for Real Life!”

Are you ready for Week 3 of our Stressed-Less Living Online Bible Study?  I hope so, because we are jumping right in!

This week, we have the wonderful privilege to sit under the leading of Stephanie Clayton. Stephanie has been a part of Online Bible Studies for almost two years. She is a regular guest on our Conference Call Series and currently serves on our Teaching Team.

Today’s Sunday post will be a little different. We have a special announcement that we are posting on Monday, so this week, the Sunday post will contain an overview of the week AND the Monday assignment.

And like always, we will have a give away on Friday and you will be entered just for commenting. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win. This week’s prize~ jewelry! That’s all I’m saying :)

Overview for Week 3~ Sunday

Reflection Verse 3

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.    

 Isaiah 30:15  NIV84

Suggested Assignments, Week 3

Sunday~ Get ready for Week 3. Look over your week and plan time for time with God and Bible study.

Sunday & Monday~ Bible Study! Get your Bible, pen, highlighter, notebook, and go to my blog, www.MelissaTaylor.org for your Bible study assignment. Discussion and interaction will be happening in the comment section.

Monday~ Make sure you visit www.MelissaTaylor.org today! Melissa has a very special message to share with you.

Tuesday~ Read Chapter 3 and get started on the discussion questions at the end of the chapter.

Wednesday~ Do you have a dream to write, speak or lead women in ministry? Consider joining Lysa Terkeurst and our Proverbs 31 Ministries team for our annual She Speaks Conference. Keynotes. Workshops. Hands-on opportunities to hone your craft & learn to serve God more effectively. You can even choose a publisher appointment! (based on availability) Oh…and lots of fun & new friends & maybe even a little chocolate. 😉 Registration is filling up so act soon! http://buff.ly/Z8P6IW   Stephanie will be sharing more about She Speaks in the Wednesday post!

Thursday~ Blog Hop!!!


1.  Rest. In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. ~Isaiah 30:15b (NIV)

Haven’t taken the “verse mapping” plunge? Dig into this verse for three days and share with us how your heart responds to His message to you?

2.  Hope From Upstream. Being a parent isn’t always easy and as Tracie shared, it’s even more challenging to follow God’s plan for our kids when you feel like you’re going against the flow. If you are a parent, share some godly advice from upstream on how you help your kids follow God’s will. {Ok, I hope we have LOTS of these since I only have a 3 month old cutie pie, so I’m excited to hear from you!!}

3.  Healthy Tomorrow. Chapter 3. What are some healthy choices you need to make for your life as you deal with stress? OR Share with us the healthy choices you already make!

4.  #Blessed. Add to your #Blessed post, or start one today!

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.

Friday~ Bible Study Lesson and your Take Away for the week! Visit my blog www.MelissaTaylor.org.

Saturday~ Prayer Requests and Praises. Share your prayers with our group! It’s such an honor to come together and pray for one another.



SLL Week 3, Day 1~ Monday, Bible Verse

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

 Isaiah 30:15

Have you ever struggled to trust God? If so, you are not alone. In fact, God’s chosen people, the Israelites, struggled to trust Him. Throughout the Old Testament we see the Israelites wash back and forth between faith in God and denying His power. In the verse above we see Isaiah the prophet delivering a timely message from the Lord. The Israelites were facing an impending battle. They were afraid, and rightfully so. Yet through Isaiah, the Lord called them not to worry or fret, but rather trust God. Did they do it? NO! Sounds silly doesn’t it? But I must admit, I am not much different…

A wise friend pat’s me on the back, and reminds me to trust in the Lord. Internally my eyeballs do the biggest around the world roll humanly possible, outside I smile and thank them for the encouragement. My thoughts and emotions act as if trusting God is something so completely foreign that I could never embrace it as a plausible solution to my turmoil. I tell myself that I just can’t trust in something I cannot see! Or that God can’t possibly understand what I am going through. And yet trust is exactly what Christ calls us to do.

In repentance and rest is our salvation. We can be rescued, saved, and redeemed from our trials, circumstances, and even our sins through the power of salvation. Christ didn’t just sacrifice Himself on the cross because He wanted us to be forgiven from sin, He wants us to be free from sin. So free that upon the promise of His salvation alone, we find rest. Even if battle rages all around us, when the fight looks impossible, His death on the cross can bring us peace. We can trust that He who redeems us from our sin will also raise us from our circumstances.

In quietness and trust is our strength. I love what Charles Spurgeon wrote in a sermon about this verse, “While he was forgetting his God, he was distracted, and all about him were his masters, but when he had told the Lord about his troubles, he came back, not self-reliant, but God-reliant, which is a very different thing and a much better thing!” When we forget God, when we do not trust Him, we allow our circumstances and our stressors to be our masters. They distract us and keep us busy doing things to solve our own problems. But when we lean heavy into the Lord, when we are still and trust Him, we gain strength as we wait on Him to act rather than exhausting ourselves as we attempt to self-rescue.

I want us to take this verse to the next level and work on applying it to our lives this week. So sometime today, we are all going to create a “take a break card”. On the front of the card write this from Isaiah 30:15, “Only in returning to Me and waiting for me will you, (insert your name here), be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” Carry the card around with you this week. Keep it in your purse, in your car, in your pocket, or wherever you will have easy access to it. When you start to stress or worry, take a break and pull out the card and read it. Pray to the Lord about your worries rather than trying to fix things yourself. Write any special answers to the prayers you have prayed, or truth He speaks to your heart, on the back of the card.

Now it’s time to grab your Bible, your Stressed-Less Living book, and a highlighter! Take a look at the verses at the end of Chapter 3 on page 76. I have listed them below as well. Highlight the verses in your Bible and/or write them in your notebook or journal. Say each verse aloud. Look for God to speak to you in special ways about these verses as you move throughout your week.

Psalm 9:9-10

Psalm 32:7-8

Isaiah 30:15

Jeremiah 29:11

Romans 12:12


Tomorrow we will begin reading Chapter 3, The Silent Killer. Talk about a scary title! Can you believe that stress can be a silent killer? It absolutely can, and in this chapter Tracie will share with you more about why that is. But before you read, let me ask you! In what ways do you think stress can be a silent killer? I would love what to hear what you have to say so please leave a comment in the comments section below with your thoughts! Also share which of the verses we looked at today meant the most to you and how you can apply it to your life today!

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  1. Psalm 91:1-16 Great comfort for the day

  2. Stress does seem to have a way of sneaking up on you. I seem to have a way of stuffing the things that seem to much for me , and or,obsessing about what could happen . I thought I was doing ok and had been in this place of panic and anxiety before but God had faithfully delivered me. Recently my daughter was going to be doing a semester abroad and it was,Totally freaking me out! I tried to stuff my fears and I thought I was relying more on God but all I was doing was stuffing the fears. Health issues began to just emerge at what seemed out of no where. As I was forced to see that this was the result of fear and worry I had been stuffing I once again have come to the place of seeking God for the deeper issues of my heart. I am so thankful He never gives up on us and wants to deliver us from this stressed living. The verse that I am holding to most right now is the Jeremiah 29:11 as I need to see that God has good thoughts towards me and thoughts of peace and not of evil,plans to give me a future and a hope! I love that! My 22 year old son committed suicide 4 years ago 3 days after Christmas and this has stirred up so much stress and new fears for my other children. I would appreciate prayers if any one would. I pray Jesus to deliver us all as we seek His face to be freed of this stressful living.amen. Thank you.

  3. Phyllis Nichols Gutierrez says:

    Hidden stress can cause many health problems…my hair has fallen out, skin conditions, irritable bowel syndrome and reflux to name just a few.
    However, one of the biggest problems that I have experienced is isolation. When I am so tense and upset, I do not want to be around others in order to avoid hurting their feelings and/or snapping at them. The isolation can make your stress worse because it sets you up for attack from Satan and creates this vicious cycle. I am learning to pray for guidance and direction, but it is really hard to let go of trying to solve it my self.
    Romans 12:12 really speaks to me at this time. Have a blessed day

  4. I have to admit it I am way behind,,, we when out of town for four day,, with some close friends…so I had little quite time or any time to do what I needed/wanted to do.. So I could choose to stress of what time I have lost in not being able to study ( and truefully I am a little stressed about it)..or accept it and pick up and continue. I know for some when things happen it is easy to say “oh I have missed so much” and not continue : but you would loose much more by not continuing…

    • I am in a similar situation – was sick the first week and tried to catch up on work the second week but am trying to catch up with the reading and journaling anyway — can’t spend too much time on emails and blogs but working on it — stress causes me many issues including lack of or inability to sleep, which in turn increases all my aches and pains in my joints and muscles, and affects my thinking and ability to complete tasks. I am trying to adopt a new “whatever” attitude to stressors that are beyond my control and just let God handle it and pray that things will work out. I know that everything happens for a reason or a purpose in our lives to get us to where we need to be but sometimes its hard to cope with all that is going on.

    • Don’t stress girl, just keep truckin!

  5. Tiffany Stephens says:

    My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11; I love the verse even though I don’t think I truly trust in it. I try to work out my own problems and that never works! I think I am not worthy of God’s plans for me. I want to be worthy of His plans for me….I want to not be completely freaked out all the time. My husband and my daughter just this weekend told me that when I am stressed “the beast” emerges…I don’t want to be “the beast” anymore. I want to have more joy…. I love these OSB studies and my FB group! Thank you for letting me be a part of this!!

  6. The verse that spoke to me this week is Isaiah 30:15
    “In returning and rest is your salvation,” in returning to God from our evil ways and repenting our sins or in Matthew Henrys Commentary, In the thorough reformation of our hearts and lives and submission of our souls to God and a complacency in him is where we can rest and we shall be saved.
    “In quietness and trust is your strength,” keeping our spirits calm and sedated by a continual dependence on God, and his power and goodness; we must rely on God in confidence that he can do what he will and will do what is best for us and that is our strength.
    I like to think that I put all of my trust in Him in everything but then my mind starts putting doubts in my head and I try to control all things in my life that I think I can (though I never can control them). I need to learn to quiet these thoughts in my head and pray and keep thoughts of God in my head to leave no room for the bad thoughts and I need to pray a lot more than I do.

    • Ignore these thoughts. They are not yours. Do not act upon them. The battlefield is the mind.

  7. Fadwa Morrison says:

    I want to apologize for not being as diligent as I should be with our training. I’m learning things but am having a hard time keeping up. I’m enjoying learning how much stress has attacked me spiritually, physically, and mentally. Thank you for creating such a book and place where we can learn to let it go and let God handle it. Thank you.

  8. Penny Price says:

    Stress the silent killer. It sneaks up without warning. This book and study is helping me to understand how to cope with it.

  9. Michelle says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite verse. It helps me to remember God has my back and I don’t have to worry.

  10. Stress is always there. Plain and simple. But how we handle it is what can cause us the harm. Some people talk about their “stressors” – in fact, talk too much! Other people keep too much in and need to talk! I think that the harm that is caused is when we do not take the time to be with God, give Him our stressors, and realize what we can and cannot control. And only then do we truly feel the stress life. If we do not take the time to “air” it out with God, that is when we begin the horrible spiral that can be as little as eating too much, not exercising, or not sleeping enough. All of these SMALL things can lead to HUGE consequences.

  11. totally stressed says:

    Stress is definitely a silent killer. I have been dealing with stress with past hurts and then current situations with my son. It has made me feel like a total failure and that I don’t have the right to live. I am having problems with this study because I don’t feel like God doesn’t even know I exist.

    • stay encouraged….you are special and worthy of God’s love and blessing! Keep praying. Thinking of you!

  12. Leslie K says:

    I really needed to hear this today. Stress has become so wound around my everyday life I didn’t realize how much so. It has likely been 10 or more years since I have truely felt peace. This study is already helping me so much, I look forward to see how much I have changed at the end of it.

  13. Sometimes stress blinds us so much that wr stay in the moment. Learning to slow down and think it through has been something I have been working on. God doesn’t want us to be stressed out. He wants us to trust in Him in all that we do and are.

  14. Psalm 9:9-10 I love the way The Message bible reads… “God’s a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times. The moment you arrive, you relax; you’re never sorry you knocked.” It made me think of how I’ve tried to make our home our family and any who visit, a place of comfort and refuge. It doesn’t mean that the problems have gone away, but we can close the door to them by coming home. This is how God wants me to view him – a time and place with him that closes the door to the external/internal problems of this world and enter into his place of comfort and respite – a safe haven, home.

  15. LOVE the verses for this week!!!! I so needed ALL of these! However I can’t seem to leave Romans 12:12. Patience is not a virtue that I carry out very well. This verse reminds me that I need to rejoice as well as be patient in my times of worry/stress and to never stop praying! God is telling me to slow down, pray, and He will get me through my troubles.

  16. Michelle says:

    Isn’t it funny how God sends what you need at just the right time? The message this week was just what I needed to hear! Thank you, God!

  17. Wow! Such an amazing verse and it really hits home. I’ve been trying to do room h lately and the things that matter to me the most- God and my family have suffered because of it. I haven’t been as good about keeping up with the readings, but I am trying and I do learn so much from all of you- I’m so blessed to have this study in my life! Thank you!

  18. I am going through so much stress and God answered one of my prayers by leading me to this bible study. Reading the study, praying, and reading the posts is giving me strength I need. My loneliness is going away, I feel I have met so many new friends! Looking forward this week study.

    • I agree…when I have prayed for God to help me through my stress and he answered that prayer by letting me read my emails and take notice of this Bible study opportunity and act on it—I signed up, ready, willing and eager!

  19. After reading chapter 3 and shedding some tears of relating to raising my young adult sons I turned to the scriptures at the end of the chapter and psalms 32:7 became very personal. I went to YouTube and played “you are my hiding place” I closed my eyes as I was listening and this song, this verse, from psalms became my prayer. As the song was playing, I wept as I felt the stress and worries of today being lifted from my shoulders. I know God is in control and He will instruct me and teach me, and watch over me for He is my Father, my Lord, MY hiding place.

  20. Stephanie L says:

    Stress can effect your health in huge ways. For me it cause me to go I to adrenal fatigue which caused thyroid problems I will live with the rest of my life.

  21. Michelle says:

    Over the past couple of years my life has become so stressful and chaotic that I somehow lost “me” in all of it. I became the stress. I gave up fighting it and just became it. I’m sure friends have distanced themselves in hopes of me changing. My children walk on egg shells and my husband and I have a hard time in our marriage. It was only recently…since April and since I went to my Beautiful Women’t conference at church and started this online bible study that I really feel like I’m getting my life back. I’ve connected with God and my true “heart” feelings more than I have over the past decade. I have gone from being a robot to remembering who I am in Christ and that He is in me. Jesus certainly is not sitting at the right hand of God stressed out and moving around like a robot! If He is in me and I in him then I have got to reclaim that! I have got to reclaim His promises over my life! I’m so happy to be filtering out the crud that has been adhering itself to my body for the past several years so that I can live for Him. God is so good and I am so blessed to have stumbled upon this bible study that the good Lord put in my path. He knew that the stress was beating up my body daily and causing medical issues and THAT is NOT the life he intended for us to have. God bless you all!!!

  22. Romans 12:12 really spoke to me. Right now we have a lot of upheaval in our life – my husband is traveling a lot over the next two months with work, finances are rather crazy, we are still waiting on our income tax refund and we really need it for some vehicle repairs. I have hope we will begin to see some light soon. I have spent lots of time in prayer. Plus we can rejoice over things also. My youngest two have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We may have the opportunity for a new career.

  23. Reading and BELIEVING the word of God is so powerful and life-changing. Love the scriptures chosen for the chapters of this study.

  24. I want to address “Hope From Upstream” – Being a parent is the hardest job I have had to do. I have adopted a son with special needs (Did not know he had special needs before the adoption). That does not matter at all. God has blessed me with such a beautiful child. We have had seizures, diets, drugs, and finally surgery. He is seizure free now for 7 years. (Still on one medicine but hey). We still continue with PT, OT and speech therapy on a weekly basic. I have to say that this is so so hard for a marriage. My best advice is open communication. ALWAYS. Share with each other your thoughts and feelings. Than Pray it up to the LORD! I am so so blessed. Where ever my son goes, he lights up complete stranger’s world. He has taught me to help other parents with similar journeys.
    I am so bless. I did not know what God was doing, but now looking back I do!

  25. The next thing I need help on is a “healthy Tomorrow”. I am trying to rest and loss weight. Trying to take care of myself and loving this study. So on to cutting back on food and watching what I eat since I now know it is an emotional Patch.

  26. Now: The Bible verse that has touched me is Romans 12:12. Repair in our confident hope, Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. This was like a AMEN.

  27. Elaina Willard says:

    This chapter has spoken volumes to me. Stress is a silent killer, and I have been watching it kill me and other family members for years. I, myself, internalize things – thinking the are the normal stresses of life, and it crept up on me a few years back. I had been telling everyone that “I just couldn’t do this” “It was killing me”, etc.. and then my health took a devastating turn (which should/could have been fatal). I was diagnosed with a RARE type of aneurysm on the artery to my stomach (which surfaced when I had stomach pains) which is in fact a silent killer. I know it was God who pushed me to continue looking for answers when the pain wouldn’t go away – because this would have killed me. I am case 109 who has survived such an aneurysm, most people die before anyone knows what happened.

    I have been blessed in many many ways, yet I still haven’t been able to let go of stress. To give it to God and leave it there.

    I love the way that Tracie explains how God wants and tells us to give the stress to Him. I will hang on to Romans 12:12 and Isaiah 30:15

  28. Isaiah 30:15 means for me that God can rescue me from my anxiety and my severe depression. I need to trust God, he is the only one can help me to be strong. I know God will control and teach me to be better person. My prayer is God please help me to forgive my bad toughts ( sometimes to kill myself), and remind me that you need to be first in all that I do during the day.

  29. Stress is definitely a silent killer. It robs you of joy in life, but sneakily. Like a thief in the night. I currently suffer from General Anxiety Disorder. The Readers Digest version of why is because a lot of things and big changes happened in my life, building I top of each other over the course of 2 years (e.g. husband doing 2 combat tours in Iraq with the Navy SEALS, arduous Master’s program, and taking care of two little kids while he was away). Anyway, my body couldn’t handle the stess anymore and finally shut down, in the form of debilitating panic attacks. It’s gotten a bit better, but I do have some bad days. In fact as I write this, I have a huge knot in my chest and can’t pinpoint the source. Something I’m working on and is study is helping me discover it.

    Stress not only is detrimental to your physical health (e.g. Heart palpitations, knots on chest, difficulty breathing, etc) but as I mentioned before it robs you of your joy. It can also negatively affect your relationships. It’s impacted my marriage. My husband has explained to me the frustration he has of seeing this stress consume me. He is supportive though and knows it can’t be turned off like a switch.

    The verse that resonated with me the most is Isaiah 30:15. I so desperately want The Lord to take this from me and feel His peace, yet I find myself subconsciously not trusting or believing that He can actually do it. It’s crazy, I know! I fear that I e allowed this to become my new “normal” and don’t know how to get back.

    I’m thankful for this study and would appreciate your prayers to help my unbelief and to allow the peace of Jesus to wash over me. Thank you, my Christian sisters! :)

  30. Tiffany Stephens says:

    I am behind so I am posting for Monday on Thursday.. :( I haven’t read chapter 3 yet but will tonight but after reading today’s blog…my favorite verse has always been Jeremiah 29:11…I know in my heart that God always has a plan for me…a plan that I might not know or think I want…but he know His plans for me…to give me hope and a future…even when things are at their darkest. He will pick me up and give me that hope even when I don’t think I deserve it. I also think the silent killer is always stress related…I eat when I am unhappy…I have chest pains when I think I can’t take anymore…I have headaches and back aches when I don’t sleep because I am up worried about something that I truly don’t usually have control over. I feel like after reading chapter 1 and 2 that Tracie was writing this book about me! I am truly enjoying this OSB…not only enjoying but truly learning from it. Thank you!!

  31. I am finally playing catch up after getting behind. Sitting here reading Chapter 3.
    Ok. Just looked at the book. I was supposed to be reading Chapter 3. Somehow I started Chapter 4. Guess I needed it more? I AM SCARED to death to let go and let God. I don’t even know how. I let go and let God once and my entire life changed. New name, new life, new location. It was all for the good, just as my favorite bible verse says..Jeremiah 29:11. Why am I so scared now? It’s immobilizing. Guess I will find out more in next weeks study! Guess I need to go backwards now and check out what I”m supposed to be doing. I’m so organized! lol

  32. Stress for me is constant, I keep in prayer and look to God for comfort.

  33. Stress can be a silent killer because of what Tracie said–we tend to think that it is a normal part of living..we learn to just cope….we try different stress relief strategies such as a good massage, talking to a friend about our stresses, watch tv for awhile, sleep to avoid the stress, eat to comfort the stress, etc. But these are only short term “bandaids” that cover or mask the problem but dont truly address it. I have learned this myself many times over! We need to lean on God to help us through. To not just cope and get by, but to truly heal our hearts and minds and put us at ease so that we can enjoy life! And that is why stress is a silent killer—we let it build up, alittle each day, every so silently, nagging at our hearts, to the point where we eventually become weak and break!

    I like the Romans 12:12 verse. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

    I can apply this verse in my life by knowing that God may not always answer one of my prayers right away. I must be patient and TRUST that He is actively working in my life every moment, every second of the day and HE WILL answer my prayer in His own time. I have to be patient as hard as that may be. I must keep praying and trusting in Him.

  34. I’ve just returned from our vacation and I am playing catch-up, as are many of my OBS sisters here. Tracie wrote something in this chapter that made me bolt upright in my chair, “God knew we would one day find ourselves in a pit, whether deep or shallow, and that we would all need to be redeemed by his love and renewed in our spirits.” Oh, AMEN! I find that the pit may be shallow, but my feelings and stress over it can run deep. Simply because I don’t run to God first!

    I am clinging to Romans 12:12 this weak. “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Yes, Lord!

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