May 23

SLL Week 7, Day 4 ~ Stressed-Less Living Blog Hop!

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This 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 7. 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!


Next week’s topics:

1.  Trust. “In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.” Psalm 22:4-5  Map our reflection verse for three days and share with us how your heart responds to His Word.

2. Addicted. Chapter 8. Share the part of this chapter that hit home the most for you. What is your next step?

3. Progress Report. How are you doing so far in your study of Stressed-Less Living? Is there a lesson you have learned so far that has had a big impact on your life?

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

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Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team

Melissa

Comments

  1. Karen R. says:

    I really love reading these blogs! I wish I had the gift of expression but I am not that good with words. Thanks to all who write because I glean so much info just from reading your posts! I love this study!

  2. Keep them coming ladies…I love reading your Blogs- an inspiration to all. Only wish I knew how to set one up and keep it going. In the meantime – I will enjoy hearing how God is working your lives!
    God Bless You all…
    I especially like Linda Kuhar – about the baby bird, and remembering that God likes it when we just take the time to sit in His presence.

    • Teresa, Let me encourage you… if I can set up a blog, you can, too! I use blogspot.com. Some of the other ladies use wordpress. The blogs pretty much walk you through the set up process. I believe in you!

    • I loved that story. God is everywhere, it’s so important to notice these little miracles in our life and be grateful for them.

      Olga

  3. Thank you to all who have posted their blogs, I enjoy reading them and it is great to see everyone in their walk of faith. We all get bogged down with the giants in our lives. I am facing some pretty big ones right now. I do feel a peace however that I know comes from God. This Week has really helped me reach out and find God in the midst of these trials. Thank you to each of my sisters in Christ who are not afraid to tell their story so we can learn and pray for each other knowing that God has an awesome plan for each of us!

  4. Michelle says:

    I’m enjoying reading the blogs this week. I finally decided to jump on board and write my own. I have never written a blog before. It was fun and relaxing!

    • Bree (OBS FB Team Leader) says:

      Awesome news, Michelle! I’m heading over to your blog right now!

  5. Vanessa says:

    On page 154 she says Giants are big. Giants are ugly. Giants are scary. But in God’s eyes all giants are beatable. Because God is bigger.

    As I sat down at my computer today to see what today’s assignment was, my heart was in a desperate place. A place to where all I could pray this morning was one word. “Mercy.”

    You see God called me to step down in my business two years ago to pursue a calling to write and speak. I don’t know if I jumped ahead of God or what happened, but we nearly lost everything. We were about to lose our home and to keep from that happening had to take drastic measures with a lawyer that turned out to be a five year expense that we are now carrying. It seems like we are a lot worse off now than we were before we stepped out on faith.

    My husband is really down in the dumps and does not understand so this makes me feel like a failure and ask myself where did I go wrong?

    We are both facing a really big giant, I’m back working my business after much prayer, fasting, and clarity from God. I realize that this is all my fault and feel like I let a lot of people down, mostly my husband.

    Knowing God is bigger than this giant I have created, all I can pray is one word mercy. Have mercy on me Lord from a broken heart who thought she was doing what was right…

    Vanessa

    • Michelle says:

      Vanessa,
      My heart aches for you this morning. I have experienced this too. two years ago when I was 8 months pregnant and working from home, I got a phone call from my job that asked me to either move to Texas and work from their office or they may find someone else. I had worked from home for years. I did not know what to do. We could not afford for me to lose my job. I was about to have a c-section in 4 weeks. After a lot of prayer, we decided to make the move to Texas in FAITH. We thought it was God moving us in that direction. Worst part, we had to leave behind my husband’s son (my stepson). His mother was very upset…rightfully so. It turned out to be a huge mistake. We moved out of fear of financial disaster…not because God told us to. It was the single worst year ever! Thankfully, when we recognized that it was our agenda and not God’s, I prayed for God to give me courage to walk into my boss’ office and let them know that either they let me move back home by our sweet boy or I would quit. My boss looked at me and said, “you can go but you had better not quit!” It was like the weight of the world was lifted off our shoulders. Today we are back in Missouri and we are so grateful that God made a path home for us after we had followed our own agenda.

      Vanessa, know that we stumble and we fall but also know the more important thing, God is always there with His hand out waiting to pick us back up. He will dust us off and He will point us back in the direction of having life abundantly. I pray that you reach out your hand today and allow Jesus to pick you back up. Allow Him to dust you off. And do not live in shame, doubt, or any other emotion that the enemy has put on you. Get ready to receive live abundantly. Remember, your God is a heart God and He will NEVER forsake you. Lean on Him. God bless you!

      • Vanessa says:

        Thank you Michelle your words have encouraged me today! I’m so glad it all worked out for you in the long run. God is good and I know He sees my heart and that I thought this was His will. I just have to put my emotions behind me and let His truth guide me. Once again thank you!

    • Praying for you!

      • Vanessa says:

        Thank you Lauren!

        • I am inspired by your stories! God was there waiting for you, even though you went off the paths He intended. While it is hard, you give me faith in my situation where I am not sure which direction I am supposed to go. I know God will be there when I stop and ask Him to lead!!!

  6. Just wanted to pop in here as I don’t have a blog for the purpose of my own bible study, but wanted to share what I’ve been doing this week with our key verse. I decided to concentrate on one aspect each day (one day for ‘true’, one day for ‘noble’, one day for ‘right’ ) and expand on each of these – I had decided that I wanted to know more about whatever is true, noble, etc. so that I could literally concentrate and think on these things as God instructs. It’s been a great exercise for me! Thanks again to all for a great study!:)

  7. I did a word study on each word in our memory verse- writing definitions, synonyms and antonyms. It really opened my eyes even more as to what our thoughts should be. Writing out antonyms was the most powerful because those words reveal what you are thinking about if you are not thinking on right thoughts. If you have time do this exercise. You won’t regret it!

    • Michelle says:

      I did this with the word abide. I learned a lot from it too. I think it is a great idea to do it with the power verse words. I am going to do it. Thanks for the idea!

    • I’ve never thought about antonyms. I did really enjoy Linda’s exercise on MOnday, where we wrote what wasn’t pure, honest, etc. Thanks for a good idea! I may use that next week in my verse mapping.

  8. Kristen B (OBS team) says:

    I have been learning so much from studying our reflection verse as well as Philippians 4. They are full of such great things! I have also been working on memorizing the verse this week which has been helpful as well. This has been a great chapter and a great week of study for me!

  9. DebbieK says:

    Thank you so much Melissa for introducing me to Verse Mapping. It has opened a whole new world to me. Such an awesome way to dig deeper into the scriptures and get new revelations from God.

  10. Jessica Z says:

    Since I don’t have a blog up right now…I love my runs. I continue to hear God speak to me while I am running. Today I totally lost track of time as I was working on my overdue wedding album. When I finally did get out for a run, I spent my time running away from the impending storm. As usual, I was listening to a message while I ran, though as my life is dramatically different than it was a year ago, this message was on parenting. It was a short message, and so as I came to my last mile, the message was over and it was just me and God. Some days I feel like I am running away from impending storms, and so today felt quite fitting. As I ran, exhausted from running a faster pace to finish my short run before the storm, I asked for strength. I could hear the thunder roll around me and watched the threatening clouds darken. The wind was picking up, and small rain drops scattered on the ground. I remembered a few days before, where I was crying out to God to be my strength because I couldn’t face this challenge alone. I remember hearing that fear is a small thing with a big shadow. Then I felt this sense of His strength carrying me. And I was reminded that sometimes instead of carrying us higher, God takes us deeper, where we are required to depend on Him even more. Where our faith is challenged, and yet as we go deeper into the Living Water, we have just enough strength to carry us through. Where our tinsel strength is developed in the midst of the winds of the storm as we feel tossed around, and yet we are growing stronger. When my sweet husband sent me a text asking if I wanted him to come get me, I felt even more peace, knowing I have a wonderful, god-fearing man walking beside me in this life. I knew I was almost to safety, and I knew that I was increasing my strength. God is good. He is strong. He is faithful. Even in the toughest of storms with the biggest giants in our paths, He is there!

  11. Katrina says:

    Been reading some really great blogs this week and every week! Thanks to all the ladies who share for us. I pray that the Lord will multipy the blessings back to you for all the ways in which you’ve blessed all of us by sharing.

  12. Melanie says:

    I love reading all the blogs!!! Thanks to everyone who takes time to write them. I feel so uplifted by your words and encouraged by the words and wisdom from the blogs. I need strength and guidance each day and in times of stress situations. Please pray that I would find the strength to let God have control. I want to feel God’s direction and know that I am on the right path.

  13. It is so nice to see the responses and encouragement here. I love the verse mapping and did the verse also. I am so blessed by this new way to see in more depth God’s Word. This chapter is wonderful also. It is so easy for me to see the giants and start evaluating the angles and what might be coming due to the giants. God is faithful to keep leading me away from this and he is using this book and this online ministry to help me. Thank you!

  14. Read a few of the blogs! What insightful women you all are…just finished reading chapter 7…found myself journaling through every paragraph… Tracie’s opening pep talk sounded similar to my own daily chat with myself…and the reference to Prince Caspian made my heart fill with joy! (Love Chronicles of Narnia). But the last 3 paragraphs on pg 151 about “An Attitude Like His” brought me to tears…especially the paragraph about His promise of grace and of falling or failing and getting right back up to ask His forgiveness and trying again. I never give up because I know Jesus loves me and I have always felt that my mistakes have taught me valuable lessons… lessons that are a part of God’s plan for me. I will keep on moving along on my journey with Him and to Him because I know He makes all things work together for my good which is ultimately his good!

  15. There are many verses I love in Philippians. This one from 1 Corinthians 12:9 calms my soul.

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    I love reading what other people are doing to reduce stress and stay focused on Him.

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