Apr 25

SLL Week 3, Day 4 ~ Stressed-Less Living Blog Hop!

Jumping into our Hop for the first time? CLICK HERE for important instructions and guidelines.

This week’s topics:

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.

Next week’s topics:

1.  Transformed. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2 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. Power Surge. We’ve all experienced a power surge, one that brings our appliances into overload, popping circuit breakers, and blowing fuses. Well experiencing God’s presence is a whole other kind of power surge! Share a time when you have felt God’s presence in a profound way, or hear His voice speak directly to your heart.

3. Big Dream, Wee Step. Chapter 4. Is God calling you to make a change? Has He put a dream in your heart that seems just impossible to achieve? What is one little step you can take toward that dream. If you’re not sure, then start by sharing a prayer, asking God to keep your eyes and heart open to His leading.

4.  #Legacy. Ok, we’re doing our #Blessed post a wee bit differently this week in honor of the Proverbs 31 Ministry’s Legacy Campaign! Is there a woman who has impacted your faith and influenced your life with God’s love? Perhaps a friend, sister, mother, grandmother, mentor or pastor’s wife? Check out the link above and share a post lifting up a woman in your life OR add her to your #Blessed post with an explanation.

Previous Stressed-Less Living Blog Hops

Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team




  1. Jennifer says:

    Ladies, would ya’ll please pray for my hubby? He’s having a hard time locating some papers for a re-fi on our house, and he’s being really hard on himself – it hurts my heart. Prayers for located papers and peace in his heart are most appreciated!

    Much love,

    • Lori K (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Praying peace for your husband, Jennifer, and that God will lead him to the exact location of the papers that are needed for the re-fi of your house. Praying and believing that it will happen today. <3

    • Paige Ward says:

      Father, lead Jennifer and her husband to the exact place the papers are. Guide them with Your hand. Bring peace. In Jesus’ name, amen

    • I will say a prayer that your husband finds those important papers . I pray that god leads him right to them. That can be frustrating to not be able to find something when you need it . This morning my pipes under my kitchen sink were leaking and before I walked out the door to go to work I noticed water pouring out of my cabinet under the sink. Water to my sink was not on so I quickly tured off both valves. Called for help because I did not know if any other pipes in the house were having issues. So needless to say I was stressing about what to do. Someone arrived and looked at everything and reassured me it was just the pipes under the sink. So on my way to work I went. When I called my husband at work he asked why I didn’t just call my dad or his to come over. I just pray that god calms him down enough to fix the problem with the sink. My husband does not do well when things don’t go well. I did what I thought was best at the time. So say a prayer for me too.

    • Praying for your hubby. :)

    • Oh girl we are going through a refi too! I know how stressful it can be. Praying for you and your hubby and a super successful refi!!!! Hugs!!!!

  2. praying the papers are found Jennifer and that your husband isnt too hard on himself about this.

  3. I think that Healthy Tomorrow is so very important. I actually started changing my diet about a week before this study started. It is truly making a difference in the way I feel. In the Bible people used to fast all the time for God. It really has made it easier to talk to God, since I’m not giving into my every whim. It has been on my mind a lot that food was the first sin. As we know it also has a huge hold on Americans. So it feels great and challenging to take care of my temple. You can’t take care of everyone else if you’re not taking care of yourself. In this area I believe you need to put yourself before your husband and kids.

    • “you can’t take care of everyone else if you’re not taking care of yourself” – I really like that. I’ve told myself that in the past. Somehow it’s so hard to do. I’m really trying to trust God with this. I know if I get a handle on my stress, I’ll be able to have more time and energy for my husband and that our relationship will benefit. But at the same time all these doubt and fears rush in. It’s hard to let go of the control and hand it to God. But I’m trying, everyday.

      • Barbara Prince says:

        Andrea, I am praying that God will draw you into that place of peace and rest in His presence. The more you allow yourself to rest in Your Heavenly Father and spend some time in worship the stronger you will grow spiritually. The stronger we are spiritually the better prepared we become to handle the stresses life throws our way.
        Love and Prayers, Barbara P. (OBS small group leader)

      • Andrea, you sound so much like me when you say, “if I get a handle on my stress, I’ll be able to have more time and energy for my husband and that our relationship will benefit.” I was thinking about this a few weeks ago and when I started this study God really convicted me of what I was doing to myself by allowing stress to control my life. I was slowly taking time away from my hubby in the present and in our future together. I will be praying for you sis. May God bless you and grant you peace.

    • You’re right, we do need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others. I have started to eat healthier and exercise, something I lacked for so many years. It is great to know that you are doing the same!

      “So it feels great and challenging to take care of my temple.” I love this line! God Bless You!

  4. Tracie B says:

    Thanks for sharing, ladies. I haven’t taken the dive into the blogging pool yet, but really reading your thoughts and gaining new insight. :)

    • Good morning ladies, I will keep you all in my prayers. I also want to say that anyone who is suffering from parental exhaustion — it is worth it. My children are now 15 and 18. My parental struggles started a long time ago when they wanted to watch certain shows on TV and listen to certain songs that were popular on the radio, use certain language. At my house, “shutup” is a bad word and “bored” is a bad word too. And of course all the other classic bad words, they weren’t allowed to watch tv shows that show disrespect to parents or brothers and sisters which is REALLY had to find on TV these days. They aren’t allowed to listen to songs that promote unChrisitan things. This would be pretty much anything on the regular radio stations. The only songs in my car are KLOVE. this happened so early on it has helped soooo much. Some of the best words and words I will forever cherish are when my daughter told me thank you for not letting her do all those things. In fact she has told me more than one time and my son has as well. My son’s faith humbles me on a daily basis. When his first girlfriend broke up with him the first thing he posted on Facebook were Scriptures that he was cliniging to. It brought tears to my eyes for sure and still does even as i am typing this. Are my children perfect — no but i will never forget those words. We are also blessed that we have the resources to send our children to a Christian school — yes there are kids at the christian school that don’t have good values and listen to bad songs and use profanity but my children realize that. For those of you with young children — start early and hang in there — it will pay off. For those of you with teenagers hang in there too — one day it will pay off. I am so blessed and I thank God every day!!!

      • Thank you for this word of encouragement Marie. I share custody of my son and know that when he is with his dad, he gets to watch anything on TV and listen to any kind of music…and he is only 5. I love it when I have family life radio on in the car and he will ask me to turn it up :)
        I know kids will eventually figure things out on there own, but its a struggle for a parent in the mean time.

  5. Just want to say that I am ver fond of the “verse-mapping” method you teach us.I used to do crosswords,sudoku,etc. as a hobby but I am going to replace it by this!

    • Barbara Prince says:

      Good for you Debbie! Verse mapping helps us to internalize the Word of God.
      Barbara P. OBS small group leader

  6. I have a 2nd grader, almost kindergarten and 2 year old. I am exhausted already can’t imagine the teenage years. My kids are at the point where I am really trying to watch all of the things they watch and hear. The friends they have. My husband and I recently have been asking how we can instill Jesus and teach them more. So we are gonna start at night before bed having devotions and talk to them in morning before day starts. If anyone else has more ideas about raising kids to love Jesus with their whole hearts would love to hear them.

    • Barbara Prince says:

      Karen, those are great ways to start your children on the path to godly living in a godless world. My only advise would be not to overwhelm you children with too much. We did that once. After that I made sure I kept things to a couple of verses and always prayers both in the morning and at bedtime.

  7. Marie (Ree) says:

    The wee step I’m going to take towards
    my big dream, is to start writing again!
    I’ve been so busy at work and so exhausted
    after I get home, that the thought of
    turning on the computer again is just not
    Peaceful. I’d rather read someone else’s
    work as to focus on my own. But I’ve always
    loved poetry and have written some pretty
    Good articles …not to mention the sales assistant training
    manual at work. I’m a good communicator, and
    sometimes better on paper than in person, because
    I take the time to think about what I want to
    say, & not only how to say it, but how the reader
    will perceive it…I often need a 7 second delay
    On my mouth!! So today, I’m asking God to give
    Me my fire back!! I want to be excited again about
    my writing and also pray that I will Nof bs afraid
    to go where He leads!! I want to hear His voice
    Clearly and Take Action!!
    I’m lifting up ALL of you daily as well!!

    • I can relate to this. Stress has really zapped my energy, motivation, and passion I’ve had for things. I like how you put it…asking for your fire back. :) I need to pray to God and ask for my fire back too. :)

    • Barbara Prince says:

      Heavenly Father, I ask that you help Marie as she begins to seek you in her desire to write. Place a passion in her heart. Fill her Lord with your Spirit. Fill her heart with the words you need her to communicate. As she seeks your guidance each day let her know that You are always there, always loving and helping her. Grant her strength and courage dear Father. In Jesus name I ask, Amen.

    • When I read this I almost thought it was me who posted it :) I love to write but like you said after a long day at work it is hard to think of even turning that computer on. I will be praying for you that you fire may return! God Bless You!

  8. This morning just reading all the post, and studying the scriptures and even though it is raining here and dreary,and there re so many things that I need to get done, I just feel so uplifted and energized ,thank you all for this OBS again,and will be lifting you all up in my prayer’s.You all have a Blessed day

  9. Christine says:

    I did my first verse map on Is 30:15 and it was a wonderful experience. Thank you for this study. I’ve spent more time with God these past few weeks than I have in a long time. I can sense Him speaking to me through his word and especially through Isaiah this week.

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Hi Christine,
      That is so awesome. Verse mapping really helps to break down scripture and experience God! Our God is sooo good and I am thankful He is speaking to you today. Blessings, sister:-)

  10. I wish I had a blog! I love reading everybody’s! Speaking about a healthy tomorrow….I have done a few things to change how I react to stress in my life. I have been on a weight loss journey for a couple of years now with Weight Watchers & exercise, and have lost 54 lbs! I am 6 lbs from my goal. * YAY!!!* But I believe that I feel better, and react calmer to stress when I make healthy food choices, such as fruits and vegetables, instead of chips, candy, fatty stuff. Although it tastes good going down, that is just ANOTHER stress added to my life when I make poor food choices!

    I also do cardio-kickboxing. I’m telling you, there is NOTHING better than punching & kicking that bag when you have a lot on your mind! :)

    I decided long ago, that I needed to do a few things in my life for ME! I spend my entire life caring for others, doing for others, that we forget about US (as moms, wives, sisters, daughters, aunts, friends!!), and we need to be taken care of too!!

    • Barbara Prince says:

      Good for you Andrea! I can feel your energy in your writing. Now, go ahead and start a blog page. You can do it!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! I am just starting to work on my health…really work on it. Reading your post gave me another kick in the right direction. :) God Bless You!

    • Oh! Start a blog!! You will enjoy it :)

  11. I must admit, I’m a bit nervous about starting a blog. I guess I feel that I don’t have enough to say, let alone interesting things to say, to justify starting one. So the comment section will have to suffice for now till I get over myself. 😉

    I’m a mom of an 8 year old daughter, 6 year old son, and a 4 month old daughter. For my infant daughter, I sing nursery songs like “Jesus Loves Me”. I also have “Praise Baby” playing on in the background from Pandora radio. As for my older kids, I purchased a Kid’s Devotional from Barnes and Noble. It goes my date and has different themes. We do this at bedtime before we say prayers. I must say that it triggers a lot of questions that at times I don’t know how to answer them. But I love the questions and discussion and that they are curious to learn more about God. My prayer is that by doing this at a young age, they can take it with them when then they are older and still walk with Christ.

    Here are my list of blessings for this week:
    – healthy children
    – a 4 month old who naps and sleeps pretty well at night
    – a husband who let me know how much he appreciates me
    – friends I made even though we are only living here in PA for one year and can count on them to help out
    – thankful for the sunshine today, even though it’s cold (what’s up with that, Mother Nature?! :) )
    – thankful for God’s Word to heal me and calm me
    – thankful for being a child of God
    – thankful for this study. God led me here and am glad I took the plunge to do it.

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Hi Kim,
      Your post was so awesome and encouraging. You could absolutely blog if you feel God is calling you to do it! Pray about it and God will direct you and help you with the right words to say! I encourage you to seek God on this blogging opportunity because I did love your post. Prayers and love!

    • Kim, Great post! Is it always wonderful to read how God is blessing others. Very uplifting! :) God Bless You!

  12. Phyllis Wiley says:

    Thankful for the blog I read this morning – Jamy Whitaker. Just something I needed to think about and be thankful for – looking back at the women who have made a difference in my life! Thank you Jamy!

  13. Thanks for all the blogs today. I’m going to try to read a handful this week. There are always so many that there is no way that I can read them all. I really appreciate everyone’s willingness to share!

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Hi Denise,
      Same here! Blog hop day is one of my favorites. I love just soaking in my sister’s joys, hurts, and God moments. Such a blessing! Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing that!

  14. I am enjoying all these healthier ways that I can change and manage stress. I personally have started eating better and am thankful for this online bible study that allows me to get into the word daily! :-)

  15. The verse that I really enjoyed this week and actually had to use it today, to start my day. Romans 12:12, be joyful in Hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. This is exactly what I needed today.

  16. Due to ALL the stress since 3/30/13 that seems to never stop or never seems to move. And yesterday the dentist deep cleaning and hammering to push a bone from a tooth removal back in place. So today I decided after my husband left enough is enough! I turned my phone off, took my medicine, got my book, and went to bed. Just ate soft lunch and going back to bed. Our three dogs know mom needs a break they have been on the bed with me and sleeping. GOD is a blessing to have me in this study right now. Thank to all the ladies!

  17. Oh yes, I have a peace knowing God is working so I don’t need to.

  18. Just finished my first ever blog. I’m so excited to read all the other blogs. Very encouraging. So thankful I found this study!

  19. This book has me thinking and rethinking my reaction every time, especially whenever things get tense. I am thinking to myself to stay calm and not stress out. Then i try to think of one of my posters that I made up and picture myself sitting on the beach and saying one of my fave bible verses to myself.

  20. Healthy Tomorrow – I need to turn off the tv and move. I’m stuck or maybe I’m burned out. I love studying God’s Word. But I am having trouble staying focused. Things happen and I react. I like the verse mapping and I’ve not heard of it before, so I’m going to step out and start now. I co-lead a small group and we are taking a month off. In this time I’m seeking God’s wisdom and help in what direction to go. My chronic illness’ have been making it difficult to do things for God at night. So I’m going to verse map Isaiah 30:15!

    • Tracy, I will be praying for you. I think we all go through that moment where we feel stuck or burned out. God will pull you out and get you all fired up again! I have been thinking about trying the verse mapping as well, I would love to hear how it went for you :) God Bless You!

  21. Chapter 3 was a trip down memory lane – a lane filled with debris from tornadoes, earthquakes, downed trees, potholes, brambles, blind twists and turns, many surprises (good and bad) – AND bonding, laughing, exploring, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleless, and self-control. We not only survived – my children and I still speak to each other. They even speak to their step-dad. Miracle in itself.

    Tracie’s memories of her teen girls really spoke to me. I remember my daughter being upset, because she was the only one who wasn’t going to……wherever, whatever. Even after I asked for names and phone numbers to find out what in the world these parents were thinking, the list never materialized.

    She did not want me to drop her off at the front of the school. I think she was afraid someone might find out she actually had a parent. Imagine. Her option was to be dropped off there, or she could walk from home. She never walked that I recall.

    When subjects of a serious nature needed to be discussed, we would go visit my parents (an hour away), and I would talk, lecture, suggest, warn, encourage..and they would hopefully listen. For not so serious talks, I would ask if they wanted to go to the mall. Either way, they were a captive audience.

    The Bible was our textbook – God our teacher.

    Honesty was always something I tried to stress. I remember telling my two daughters they needed to tell me if something happened—no matter how horrible—and we would deal with it together. I didn’t want them to think they were alone with problems that would continue to spiral out of control without adult intervention. There were times when I would rather have not known certain details. But, at the end of the day, honesty wins. (Even now I cringe when they call, and I detect something in their voices that tell me “something is wrong.”)

    Thank you, Tracie, for the honesty, insights, and truth you are sharing with us through your book.

  22. First I just want to say thank you for this blog hop!! I have loved reading the blogs people post, they have really encouraged and inspired me! I love to write but was always a little scared to share what I had to say. So this has really helped me to get out of my comfort zone. I love the topics for this week, I chose healthy tomorrow because I am trying…no…I am getting healthy! This might sound funny to you all but there is a quote from Yoda (yes, my hubby is a Star Wars fan) that always comes to mind when I want to say “I am trying.” It goes like this, “Do or do not, there is not try.” So no more “trying” for me…I am just going to do it!

    Thank you, Tracie, for this wonderful book and all your honesty and insights. They are truly blessing me, convicting me and getting me moving! :)

  23. Love reading orhers’ thoughts. Wish I had enough time to read them all! We are trying to eat home cooked meals at home more. AND I found a lady near by who cooks home cooked meals. She’s a good friend’s mother. It’s $10 a meal and big enough to feed me & my hub twice! Talk ab a HUGE stress reliever! It has been so nice not to worry ab cooking or spending the $ going out & eating greasy food in restaurants. Stress relief & healthy living all rolled up in one! :-). #Blessed

  24. Carry Me
    By Josh Wilson
    I try to catch my breath
    It hasn’t happened yet
    I’m wide awake in the middle of the night scared to death
    So I prayed God, would You make this stop
    Father please hold on to me, You’re all I’ve got

    Carry me, carry me, carry me now
    From my sinking sand to Your solid ground
    The only way I’m ever gonna make it out
    Is if You carry me, carry me, carry me now
    God carry me, carry me, carry me now

    Jesus calm my heart
    Come near me please
    Lord don’t let these worries get the best of me
    Oh I believe, that You’re still here with me
    Cause You meant what You said when You said You’d never leave

    Josh Wilson wrote this song when he was under so much stress and anxiety that at one time he thought he was having a heart attack. How well I can relate to the song and his stress.

    • Rose, what beautiful lyrics! Thank you for sharing them! All I can say is Wow! God Bless You!

    • I found the song on youtube and just had to post it on facebook :) Thank you again for sharing!

  25. I don’t blog but I love reading all of the blogs others post.. Thanks for all that you share. Lets me know I am not alone in my struggles. And helps me realize that I am blessed more than I think. This study is such a blessing.

  26. Please keep me in prayer.. I feel like I have reached my breaking point. I am mentally, physically and emotionally tired. I do not think I can take much more, the stress I feel has physical started to show. I am feeling resentful towards my husband and children. I do not get any help unless I throw a tantrum like a two year old..I am in a constant state of being angry which I am tired of. To sum it all up I feel utterly alone and drowning…God be my life raft.

    • Marisa, (((HUGS)))

      Father I lift up my sister to you right now and ask that You give her peace. Hold in Your arms and comfort her in this stressful time. Father, let her know she is not alone in this. Provide what she needs to make it through. Above all may Your Will be done. Through Your Precious Son Jesus, Amen

    • Just prayed for you Marisa..

      • Praying for you Marisa. He is with you and so are we! You are not alone. I understand feeling dark places, they can be scary. A good friend once told me, no human can feel one single emotion forever. He’s still there. Lord, we pray that Marisa would feel your spirit. Please show her that you are with her and that you are at work.

  27. Stephanie M says:

    I just love Blog Hop Thursday! I always learn so much from the blogs of other ladies!!! I didn’t think I was going to get to participate today because I was behind, but I ended up finding some quiet time this afternoon / evening and got it done.

  28. http://heidigirlsccmjourney.blogspot.com/2013/04/is-there-hope-in-lifes-storms.html?spref=fb

    Started my first blog ever! Wow exciting but feel so blessed to share my journey with you all as I do this study with you too! I love it and it’s been a huge blessing to me…. God Bless u all

  29. Martha F. says:

    Hey to Janna …. Blogger # 80—–
    I hope you see this post. I tried to comment on your blog & it wouldn’t allow it….said I was trying to comment too fast. Lol
    Anyway, I enjoyed your blog…God will bless you in your writing as it brings Him glory.


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