Apr 29

SLL Week 4, Day 1~Bible Verse

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, pleasingand perfect will.

(Romans 12:2 NIV)

Hello OBS sisters! It’s Jennifer Newsom, the leader for this week of study. I am so ready to start this week. How amazing is the title of the chapter we will begin reading tomorrow? Chapter 4~Time for Change. Who is ready for change? Then grab your Bible, journal, pen/highlighter and your SLL book! Let’s renew our minds together!!

Starting four years ago, the stress kicked up in my life. It had always been there simmering in the  background, however, it would finally spill over. I started nursing school 11 years ago with two small toddlers. It doesn’t get much more stressful than that, or so I thought. After finishing nursing school, I went on to work and train in different departments, becoming Charge Nurse and House Supervisor, before finally settling in the Emergency Department. That would soon set a pattern of how I handled life–fast paced and constantly replaying worst-case scenarios. We welcomed two more children into our lives during this period-complicated pregnancies and deliveries. Then came 2009-the year that nearly knocked me off my feet (Click here to see the first part of Our Story). The very next year we jumped into homeschooling our four children.

Even though it was tough, all this drew me closer to Jesus. Little by little, I began to learn that this life is full of daily problems–Jesus Himself mentions that in Matthew 6:34 and I needed to hold onto the One who promises to never leave nor forsake us. It was His Word that sustained me during that time, and as the stress rages on, it is His Word and presence that sustains me now. I have a deep passion for Bible study and a deep passion to see others comforted and transformed through His Word. That is my prayer for you as we study this week.

Notice the commands and key words in our reflection verse this week:

  • Do not conform 
  • Be transformed
  • Renew your mind

If you have a Bible dictionary handy-grab it. If not, you can head over to http://www.studylight.org/, a free online collection of Bible Study Tools, including Hebrew and Greek word studies (LOVE!!).

  • Look up these three words to learn what they mean.
  • Look at the verses surrounding our reflection verse.

It is so important for us to change old thought patterns and ways of life by renewing our minds. We can do this by going to God in prayer, studying His Word, and applying it in our lives. Now, take a look at the “Stress Busting Scriptures” in the back of Chapter 4, (p. 90 in the paperback), and write them down in your journal. Listen for Him to speak to you through them.

  1. Romans 12:2
  2. Matthew 18:3
  3. Joel 2:12-13
  4. Psalm 118:8
  5. Psalm 25:1-2

Each Friday, we will have a giveaway on the blog. All you need to do to enter is share in the comment section and you are entered each time you share. This week’s giveaway is Bible study tools (Bible tabs and highlighters) and a Real Life Devotional Bible, which contains devotions by our very own Proverbs 31 Ministries Team!

Your turn to share:

In the comment section, share with us how God spoke to you through these verses. Can’t wait to hear what God is speaking into your heart!! If you are receiving this via email, click here to go straight to the blog and leave your comment!

Have a wonderful first day of study!

****Conference Call Gals, I will be a guest on tonight’s Stressed-Less Living conference call along with my OBS team ministry friend, Amanda Gibson. Melissa will also be delivering a message titled 3-D Change.  Hope you will join us!



  1. uncteal says:

    I really really like the verse from Psalm 25:1-2

    “Oh Lord I give my life to you. I trust you, my God. Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.”

    I have had several people try to bring me down and make me feel bad about my work or my contributions to a friendship. It has brought me down so much at times that I have cried and felt empty. But now I have realized that those people arent worth my time or energy if they are working against good. I have tried to be nice and create good relationships with those people but to no avail. So I can pray for them to have a change of heart but I cant change them. And that is what has taken me awhile to realize…I cant CHANGE them. THey have to but I can pray for them. I try to focus on what pleases God and be the best person I can be. But I cant possibly please everyone. I tend to be a people pleaser—I want everyone to like me but sometimes some people are hard to love or be loved by. So I trust God with my life and he has my life in his hands. I think the part of the verse that says dont be disgraced means no matter what, I have to be true to myself and not do anything against my values just to please these people. And by trusting God, there is no way I can be defeated by them. God is what it means to WIN!!!

  2. Tammy Elsworthy says:

    The things that r speaking me today r
    Amplified Bible (AMP)
    Psalm 25

    [A Psalm] of David.

    1 Unto You, O Lord, do I bring my life.
    2 O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me.
    And the amplifed version of romans 12.2 which i put on our group page
    Rom 12.2 commit everything to him
    Joel 2.1-2 Keep coming to me
    Ps 118.8 Trust and take refuge in God
    God is good and trustworthy, these stress busting scriptured come at a good time as i am quitting smoking next sunday and pls pls i really need to win the bible this week.
    Bless u all

  3. Mindy Corradi says:

    Psalm 9:9-10 spoke with me because I know who I can trust and turn to in times of need. My Lord and Savior is reliable, trustworthy and true.

  4. ok so I am a little behind but I finally with God’s help found the time to make up. I was on Chapter one but grace, oh sweet grace of Jesus, I have found my way to finish all the chapters from 1 to 4. wow is all I have to say. Ms Tracie really knows life and the way I feel in it. I too am having a hard time with where God has me. For so long (20 years) I was on the road with the carnival and I felt a sense of worth because i was contributing to the family. 5 years now I quick so I guess you can say at the age of 40 I am a retiree. I am still adjusting to life with kids (7) and 1 husband full time. I keep leaning on God and making sure this is where He wants me. I am dealing with my anger problem and life apparently life cooping skills i was never taught growing up. i am learning as I go.This book is so helping me understand where God wants me and where I am to leave things in His hands and where or what I am to do. Can not wait to get to the next chapter and see where Tracie takes us next. God is really using her to speak right to my heart. This book couldn’t come into my life at a better time… Thanks Ms Melissa for leading this study. God Bless you for your time, energy, and thought power through this study. I have been reading the blogs. I finaly got caught up on those too. Just thanks you just doesn’t seem to say what my heart wants to tell you, but i guess i will leave it at that…. Thanks again

  5. Heather says:

    OK so I’ve gotten a bit behind due to busyness at work and some health issues at home. I was tempted to give up trying to do this study right now but I knew I had to keep going, for it has so many gems of GOd’s wisdom that I need in my life now more than ever.

    Anyway, the verse that spoke to me the most was Joel 2:12. The part about turning to the Lord with all you heart and rending your heart and not your garments. In other words, I must have an undevided heart that sets nothing up before or equal to God for about 2 years now I have struggled with turning to food for comfort, strength, or as a treat to look forward to each day, rather than allowing God to be all those things.

    I have had a real hard time overcoming this. I have read Made to Crave and agree with all the author says in regard to food in relation to our walk with God. A lot was going on during the in between study of the book so I didn’t get to participate in that. But I know what I need to do, what God is calling me to give up, but I am having a hard time getting started. Enough of this defeat, I am ready to work and to pray like crazy to get to victory through Him. Here’s to finally obeying what the Lord has been telling me. No wonder I have felt unrest in my life, it comes from not obeying a word from God. I know if I take this action to get closer to Him He will reveal Himself in ways I cannot imagine. I am so ready for that!