May 20

SLL Week 7, Day 1 ~ Bible Verse

Hello to all my awesome Online Bible Study Sisters!  It’s Linda Kuhar here again teaching Chapter 7 Overcoming Your Giants.  All I can say is I’ve highlighted just about every line in the entire chapter.  It’s that incredible!!  But before we dive in the book study, let’s soak ourselves in the word of God to prepare our hearts for a life-changing week.  This week’s reflections verse is…

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8

As many of you know, I’m a Christian Life Coach so guess what that means?  I like to challenge you from time to time.  So lets roll up our sleeves and let’s get busy this week in God’s truth.

  • First, let’s pray and ask God to examine our hearts and minds as we mediate on this verse.
  • Next, grab your journal and write out Philippians 4:8.
  • After reading quietly over this verse several times, write down anything that you are putting in your mind that is not true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable or worthy of praise.
  • Finally, ask God to help you refocus your mind on things excellent and worthy of praise.

Sisters, I wish I could tell you the above exercise is the “magic” formula to a brand new mindset, but it’s not a one time thing, it’s a life long change that takes hard consistent work.  For me personally, I struggle every day with a negative mindset, however when I’m willing to face my giants and make a change, it is readily available to me.  It just requires an attitude of determination and faith to know that God has my back.

I want to challenge you to join me this week in fixing your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable.  Leave a comment today and let me know if you accept the challenge and if so what are you going to do to keep yourself accountable.

This week we will have 2 Winners for our Friday Giveaway!  I will be giving away 2 Tickets to my upcoming Virtual Mini-retreat Discovering God’s Will for your life!  Click here to read more.  Remember every time you leave a comment your name goes into the drawing!

Melissa

Comments

  1. Danielle Trevino says:

    I accept the challenge. I will reflect back often on the verse& keep it with me. I will be reminded to be more prayerful concerning my reactions& thoughts. I will do my best to be more hesitant before I speak. I will continue on with this incredible study :)

    • I have been working on this with my counselor. I am learning how to “Self Talk” my way out of negative thoughts. What helps me the most is reciteing the serenity prayer each time I catch myself thinking, dwelling or obsessing over negtives. I am going to add this verse to my tool box of “Self Talk”.

  2. Rebecca says:

    This week I am in need of this bible study more than ever. I am about to let go of a staff member who I love dearly. I have given her many chances and see that the role she is in is not the role that brings out the best in her. I want to let her go in a loving way, but am feeling so conflicted in my heart and soul. I selfishly am worried about how it will affect me and my business. I feel very non Christ like in that regard. I always worry about what others think, and most times base my decisions on others instead of what is best for all. I pray that God will give me the words and the heart of Jesus when I tell her. I am also trying to trust in The Lord… That all things He will do for the good of those who love Him. I love this book and pray for all the women who are engaged in this bible study.

  3. I accepted this challenge…as soon as I did I’ve been struggling with it. It has been really hard. I HAVE to stick with it because I believe that it’s really gonna change things in my life.

  4. Fadwa Morrison says:

    This is such a really hard time for me and it’s funny that when I read what we are studying I’m finding so many things that I was doing that day and it’s amazing. The self loathing and being prideful hit home. I didn’t know I was being prideful until I thought back on what I said and then when my youngest came home from Praise Dancing–she was saying the same thing to remind me—stop that. It’s not about you when you are trusting and believing in God. There’s no “I” in Team and that’s hard to stop. Self Loathing is something I’ve done a long time since being a child–I’ve stopped it but it creeps up ever so slightly. Thank you.

  5. I have been writing notes on the palms of my hands of words and scripture that come to mind for me to have readily available. I like it.

  6. Better late then never… I accept the challenge, I need to have a more positive outlook and stop thinking so negatively about life and my circumstances. I am watching my parents struggle in their lives and it is our time as their children to be their support system and to allow them to lean on us like they have done since we were babies. Lord guide me and help me to change my mindset and to focus on the blessings that you provide on a daily basis.

  7. I am up to the challenge! This challenge actually blended perfectly into what I was working on last week. I have been struggling with a situation in where 2 extended family members seriously wronged my family and boy have the negative thoughts been flying around in my head because of it. Well, last week, for the first time ever, in my quiet time with God I kept hearing “The Lord’s Prayer” over and over. I thought what am I suppose to do with that right now? Then I realized I was to say The Lord’s Prayer whenever those negative thoughts started in. So that’s what I have been doing and it does help!

  8. I accept the challenge. I am facing two changes in my life, I am dealing with a difficult neighbor and finding housing in a senior community.GOD WILL DO WHAT IS BEST FOR ME> . I WILL NOT LET NEGATIVITY GET IN MY THOUGHTS!!!!!!!!

  9. I’ve been so blessed by God over the last 6 weeks. I had been praying for two years to get out of a tough situation at work. Well, He came through and gave me the best job I could have imagined in this season of my life. My heart, though, has been telling me to let others know that it is because of God that I have been so blessed. I don’t know if anyone else experiences this “God shyness” as I think of it. I feel self conscious about praising His name and works to others who may think I am being preachy. So, I feel like that is my giant. Well, I did praise him to one person and I was a bit too prideful,about that.
    Today I overslept. I was awoken by the phone ringing, and it was a wrong number. I headed off to work an hour late. On my way I witnessed an auto accident. The car in front of me was hit by someone pulling put from a side road. Being a nurse, I stopped and helped out. It was 30 minutes before the police got there. I was there for two hours. Injuries were minor, but a mom and her little boy were taken to the hospital to be checked out. After an hour the rescue squads arrived. This all happened on a back road and my cell phone was the only one that got any service. The police officers’ radio was going in and out, he had no computer service and his cell didn’t work at all. I waited with the other driver and when her ride came we hugged me she said she couldn’t figure out how I came to be there and appreciated that I stayed. I told her that God puts us where he needs us the most and today I was there for her and the other driver. God meant for me to oversleep today. He works in mysterious ways.

  10. sue fisk says:

    I’m so glad I found this online study. I have studied with BSF for the past 7 years, and know that I need to continue in bible study during the summer months as well. This is a perfect verse for me to start with, and I appreciate that you lead us to work and apply the verse to our life. I have started my journal and know the situations where I am not acting or thinking honorably and where my feelings and actions are not admirable. Thank you for coaching me in a way to change them.

  11. I think this is why God gave me my husband. He balances me out well, but when he is gone so often God reminds me I must lean on Him and that my husband is the leader in my household but I must always first lean on Him no matter what. I struggle with acceptance and confidence. Even in my children I struggle with this. God sent me a wonderful sermon that opened my eyes to God. So amazing. I tend to allow myself to negatively respond to rejection with shutting down and depression. So blessed for this study and for Gods word.