May 16

SLL Week 6, Day 4 ~ Stressed-Less Living Blog Hop!

Best day of the week in my humble opinion…

First time hopping? CLICK HERE for important instructions and guidelines.

This week’s topics:

1.  Seek First. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~Matthew 6:33 NIV. Verse map our reflection verse for three days and share with us how your heart responds to His Word.

2.  I’m A Big Girl! Think of a time when you thought you could do it all by yourself. What happened to make you change your mind?

3. Lay Down My Pride. Chapter 5. How has the issue of pride become a stumbling block in your life? How is the Stressed-Less Living study helping you draw closer to God?

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

Next week’s topics:

1.  What-EVER. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8. Map our reflection verse for three days and share with us how your heart responds to His Word.

2. God is Here. We are always growing and maturing in our faith. At times, our faith grows with one big leap. All of a sudden, things seem clearer and God seems close enough to touch. Describe a time when you experienced God in a profound way and in turn, your faith made a leap forward.

3.  Not my Goliath. Chapter 6. God provides us with what is needed to face the Goliaths in our lives. What are some big things you are facing right now? How are you depending on God’s strength to face these Goliaths?

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

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Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team




  1. It’s 7:15am, I am on-line checking over the weeks events, this is the first time I have checked in all week! I read a little bit of the chapter each night as I am laying in bed, that is how I fall asleep and have sweet dreams. I just love this study, Proverbs 31 ministry and the personal feel I get despite not being face to face. I grew up in a christian home and in a Brethren church. I “rebelled” in my own way feeling so frustrated that God’s word did not relate to everday life. Wow was I wrong! My mother would always love to point out scripture or what God says, but I longed for “just a practical answer”. Proverbs 31 does just that, you bring the bible to our life in so many situations. My mother gave me an NIV life application bible when I was in my early twenties and reading the notes at the bottom was so helpful for me to grow and relate the bible to everyday life. For as old as the Bible is, it certainly is relevant and up to date for all our needs! Thank you to the team and your commitment to reach out and help women all over the world. I am a sporadic but regular church attendee, but feel closer to God than ever.

    • Wendy, I am so glad that you took the time to share this today. It is such a blessing to hear how this study and Proverbs 31 is helping to draw ladies closer to God. I also use the NIV life application Bible and I love how it brings everything together. I pray that you continue to draw closer to God.

  2. Linda Hunsinger says:

    I have always felt….. somewhere in the back of my mind….. that I need to bring the issue of my pride to God and seek his help and guidance. This chapter has shown me just that. Most important chapter for me so far!

    • Donna Harris (Small Group OBS Leader) says:


      Pride is a HUGE issue for me. I am sure there are pride issues that I don’t even recognize. But I am confident that He will bring them to light and help me look at them and draw closer to Him.

      Be blessed sister.

  3. Christine says:

    I enjoyed verse mapping Matthew 6:33 this week and learned a lot not just from that scripture, but from the whole Ch 6 of Matthew, as well as cross references.

    First, looking up the word “seek” gave me a whole new perspective on this command. Some insights into that word from the dictionary & concordance are: to go in search of; covet earnestly; strive after; hunt, pursue, leave no stone un-turned. I always knew I couldn’t just causally seek Him, but doing the word study really opened my eyes to the passion with which I should be seeking Him.

    Second, it also helped me to read the entire chapter to put the scripture into context. I tend to worry a lot about a lot of things, especially eating, so this really spoke to me this morning.

    Finally, one of the cross referenced scriptures spoke to me as well (1 Tim 4:8) and I ended up verse mapping that one too!

    It was all a huge blessing this week!

    • I really enjoyed the verse mapping this week, too. My thoughts (or God… I know I didn’t come up with it on my own) led me to Isiaiah 64… my righteousness is as filthy rags. I’ll have to look up 1 Timothy 4:8. Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

  4. Marla Sjaardema says:

    What stood out from Chapter 6 is page 122 put on the full armor of God all the time. Ephesians 6:13-17 Belt of truth,body armor God’s righteousness, shoes put on the peace that comes from the Good news, so that we will be fully prepared, Shield of faith to stop fiery arrows of the devil, salvation as our helmet, and sword of the Spirit the word of God. We cannot do anything by ourselves. The quest for less stress must be dependent on God alone. Pray! Pray! for all times and every occasion.

  5. Tracy Law says:

    I have had to lay down my pride this week. I have been “in control” or I thought of my life and my husband and our 3 small dogs. Well God speak to my heart this week on the verse Matthew 6:33 to put God first EACH DAY. I thought I was doing this but when I asked Him to open my eyes to my habits, guess what? He was not first. Dogs, coffee, tv and then GOD! After getting on my knees, confessing to God and receiving His forgiveness. I now put him first and with coffee. Iam now, “Being still and knowing that He is God”. Each day this week something has not gone as planned as life does the only “difference” I had a peace to get through it. I did not run to food, or talking, texting to others for help ?? (or venting). GOD is what I need ALL the time 24/7 and I have even had FUN this week. My brother died in June 2009 and NOW I have my peace, joy, and love back! Thank you Tracie for this study and ladies for all your help and prayers. Praise God He is faithful! Amen.

  6. Carissa D. Huffman says:

    Wow! I really never thought of myself as prideful–but, I do see that I don’t deem parts of my life worthy of his interest. And, I do whine or complain about things not going my way. PRIDE. Ouch, that’s me–proof that I really need a Savior. I am really learning a lot about why I get so much stress in my life–I let my faith and trust in my Father slip.

    This is such a blessing!

    Carissa in eastern Iowa

  7. Michele says:

    I’m still behind. I haven’t finished reading the chapter yet, but am pression on!

  8. Reflecting on the verse this week, the word “seek” stood out. Seeking is not sporadic – it is purposeful – it is ongoing – it is a priority. Seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness reinforces to me that this is not my home. This life is fleeting – over in a blink of an eye. These verses come to mind: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
    “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

  9. Hurray! I made it on the blog hop on time this week! This week has been a doozie, but I have found that the bible study, along with God showing me some incredible stuff, has really made what would have been a bad week a very good one. Maybe not as the world would view it, but definitely as I would view it with a God ‘redirected’ focus! Thank you for everyone who works on this study so hard!

  10. I love this study. I just have so many family issues that I let them get in the way of my “God time”. Hubby and I raised five children of our own and between them we raised raised three of their children. We had five grand kids at once but that lasted only for about three years. Then we kept three and what a bittersweet time it has been. I love them so much. I am now a great grandmother and the issues are starting all over again. However now their mother who is grandma too, can take care of that situation I need to keep accountable in this study with all you lovely ladies. I need to remember to seek Him first and then my perspective on life will change and I will have new wants and not see things through rose colored glasses any more. Yes these children are precious and I would not change any part of the past if I could as far as raising them goes. I love them all. However, here it is ladies, I am not as young as I was when I raised my own and times change, cultures change and i believe the society now days makes it so much harder to raise children properly. Too much outside influence. I must admit that I have been very remiss in teaching them about Jesus and His sacrifice for us all. I have decided to follow him and close the door to the past and open it to the Word of God and teach these little ones what they need to know to help them make it through this world. Oh I am sure the enemy will be lurking around like a roaring lion waiting to pounce on us all. I will teach them to put on the whole armor of God and be ready to fight the enemy of this world and our spiritual warfare. I covet your prayers for my family and our struggles. It is so hard to not worry about tomorrow and live each day as it is. Thank you God for giving me my life, my salvation, my family, my home, my blessings, my hubby and all these lovely ladies on this OBS. Thank you for their prayers for the sisters in Christ and especially for the OBS leaders who sacrificially give of their time to help guide us ladies to a better knowledge of you and how to apply that knowledge to our lives. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

    • Jean, you do have your hands and your heart full. I’ve thought about you and your situation several times this week. Well, perhaps it’s God’s whispering. Today’s culture is a tough place to raise children. Think of it like baby steps; you can’t accomplish everything at once; you can plant little seeds of Christianity in the children here and there. Don’t blame yourself or have self-doubting ideas about yourself. God has so much more planned for you , but He is really putting you to the test and the reward He has for you will be great.
      Dear God, I pray that You would lift Jean up, show her your loving kindness. Help her every baby step along the way. Bless her household with Your peace; make her what You want her to be. Show her thy way O Lord. May God’s peace and love come to dwell in Jean’s house now and forever. Thank You Lord Amen

  11. I love doing the verse mapping,It has helped me gain a better insight to the scriptures and some of the scriptures it has made me really have to dig deep into them but it has helped me in my understanding of them.Thank you ladies for this study.

  12. Pride…I had to give that one some attention. I don’t think of myself as a prideful, self boasting person. My recent prayers have been for God ” to please make me what you want me to be”. I was offered an opportunity a couple days ago to pull together a presentation for an outside company and speak to 250 people. I have never done this! I prayed for God to stand beside me and it was a great presentation and I was totally at ease. I felt a sense of pride in what I had accomplished; but on reflection I realized it was God there all the time. he was making me what he wanted me to be, he gave me strength and set me at ease while I went through the presentation. He stood beside me and guided me. God did a great presentation today, and I know He is beside me and has filled my heart with peace. Thank you OBS leaders and sisters, love you all.

  13. I didn’t realize my self-doubt is as bad as thinking to highly of myself. This is very eye opening!!

  14. Dawn H. says:

    I put together a Blog and I’m not sure I did quite right. But, yea for going out of my comfort zone! Pride – I despise it! But, dang, I have it!!! Man, if this chapter did it hit me up side the head – HARD!!! I mean my jaw literally dropped to the ground! I never thought about my complaining and my lack of self-worth being a pride issue, as a matter of fact, I looked at it as an exact opposite! Whoa! I have written all over this chapter. I have taken Proverbs 8:13 and have torn the verse apart studying it, committing it to memory. I literally got sick to my stomach when I realized that feeling sorry for myself was a source of pride. I have been praying for God to take it away – I don’t want it! I want God to be my source of pride and Him alone! Thank you for this study. Thank you for helping me wipe the planks from my own eyes, instead of laying blame every where else. Thank you, thank you! I am truly blessed by you!!!!