May 30

SLL Week 8, Day 4 ~ Stressed-Less Living Blog Hop!

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If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read some of the past Blog Hop posts from your fellow Bible study sisters. The links to all of our previous hops are listed below.

This 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!

Next week’s topics:

1.  Trust. “I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” ~Isaiah 43:1b-3a
We have a deep reflection verse this week, so you may want to map it for more than three days! Dig in ladies!

2. Spiritual Vitamins. Chapter 9. We spend a great deal of time trying to keep ourselves physically healthy, but what about spiritually. What are some of your favorite “Spiritual Vitamins”? Which one do you take daily?

3.  #Blessed. 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.

Previous Stressed-Less Living Blog Hops

Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team



  1. Loved my life yesterday. I took time out of my work and and a busy schedule and spent time with my God and my kids. I agree with Lysa, that felt like a successful day. I know getting Gods word in me is huge as well, so my next step is start memorizing and getting Gods word inside of me so it can flow out of me. I feel a peace that I haven’t in a while, I slowed down enough to even take some deep breathes. God is so good and has brought me to a new level. I have had to say no to more things, but now I think before I jump in and put too much on my plate. Thank you for all of this, I never want to be the same again!!!!

  2. I am seeing some progress, but feeling guilt with saying no. Yesterday when I carved out time after school for just my kids and I, I felt the change of pace and it was great. I struggle with reaching out to others verses taking breaks. It felt more calm aside from my nagging guilt. This study is continuing to put the pieces together for me. I am so thankful for that!

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Praise God! It is such a blessing to hear this. You are so loved and you are a daughter of the Most High. Thank you for sharing and I will be praying, sweet sister.

  3. Vanessa says:

    Page 168 talking about how God is our rescuer and He will rescue us from emotional and mental harm as well as physical. I love this chapter, God taught me that I can be one of those adrenaline addictive people and I didn’t realize I was being this way. I am in a position for my work where we live off adrenaline to make the win and about 2 years ago and I had a burn out. I had started back in that direction just in the past couple of months and God used this chapter to rescue me out of that by showing me His truth. Thank you God and thank you Tracie Miles for this chapter, it has forever impacted my life!!


  4. I love Thursdays! I think it has to do with the fact that it is Blog Hop day. I am really enjoying writing blogs as it is something that I have always wanted to do, but never had the time. And now I am scheduling less on Thursdays so that I have time to spend in reading others blogs. They are so encouraging and challenging. I am so thankful to be a part of this group and that God has place all these women on my journey.
    This study has been an amazing journey of growth for me and I’m excited for what God has planned for me today.

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Hi Stephanie,
      Blog hop day might be my favorite. It blesses me big time. I love reading your comments on here week by week. You are also a blessing to OBS! Thank you for always sharing your heart!!!!!!!!!

  5. I am falling behind in the bible study this week, but I always enjoy the blog postings. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to share her thoughts with us this week! May you be blessed!

  6. OMG Melissa, the book just got so good I finished it yesterday. I couldn’t put it down. It has so many highlihted areas in there. I sat down with God yesterday and we had a really great talk. I am going to lean more on HIM and I’ll try and not freak out. It seems the closer I want to be to God the devil riles his ugliness more my way. I also had a chat with my kids and told them we need to do things different. so pray that I won’t be getting so “manic” and we’ll be in more prayer and the Word. So I started reading Job and he had alot happen to him, and it got me thinking, I’m pretty ok compared to Job…. there is nothing God and I can not handle.

  7. Rebecca says:

    I really like what one of these blogs I read said about having to learn to let go of situations we cannot control. That is one of my biggest things-worrying and stressing over little things and needing to realize that God is the one in control and to just let it go to him.

  8. I have found so much to think about and pray about this week! Chapter 8 has spoken deep into my life and the blog posts I have read today have helped personalize this lesson even more. Thank all of you ladies for coming together for this study and sharing your hearts with me and everyone! I am so thankful to God for leading me here and guiding me and all the other ladies through this amazing book and His wonderful word!!!

  9. This week has seemed so stress free. School is out for my boys and me! Activities for the summer have not started. I was feeling guilty reading a book for pleasure in the middle of the day. Then Satan struck last night about 3:00 am. I woke up worrying about my boys’ new school that they are starting in August . Did we make the right decision? Is it going to be too challenging for them? Friends? the commute? Satan was al up in the middle of my head! I quietly got out of bed, as not the wake the snoring sweetheart beside me! Opened my book finished the chapter then sat with the verses at the end. I turned it all back over to God! Found peace in reading the word, his book of promises to us, a love letter! Thank you Lord for the peace you gave me! I was able to crawl back into bed a drift back to sleep. My mind no longer filled with stress of our new adventures into Junior High School.

  10. There is so much packed into this book and this online study! Then when I read the other ladies comments and all they are living and getting out of this it is wonderful! We not only have The Lord but each other! I am so blessed and don’t want the study to end. I am excited to know it does not have to that a new study begins and I can once again be in community with sisters in Christ. God is so good! I love the verse at the end of this chapter: psalms 38:9 ” You know what I long for, Lord; You hear my every sigh.” What an awesome God and that we can sit;or stand ;or work ; or just be, and He is with us and wants us to be reaching for His love and care. Amen

  11. I’m totally behind the Bible study but I am enjoying what I get out of it! Just love the last blog and I shared it with a lot of my friends and blessed them as well! Trust and let God do his job! Be blessed today!

  12. I have been spending a good amount of time with this week’s verse, Psalm 22:4-5! This verse makes it seem like such a simple equation for how we are to live our lives with God…God + our trust= we are delivered. God + our trust= we are saved. God + our trust = no disappointment. Working every day to trust God and give Him my stress!

  13. Sherri J says:

    Learning to say no has been a hard idea for me to comprehend….a perpetual people pleaser- I don’t like to disappoint but I have been so rushed this school year. I am working on this over the summer so I can say “No” when school starts and they want volunteers for this or that.

  14. I read #7 and what a great reminder … How we feel when others are in pain, especially our children, is just how God feels for us (and more) when we are hurting & crying out in pain.

  15. Nancy Dye says:

    Page 171: “His desire is that we come to understand the importance of walking with him every day, because that is where we gain our strength . . . You do not have the power within to maintain the strength needed to persevere and you will soon find that real rest and relaxation seem unattainable.” I need to awake EVERY DAY, think of these words, and go to God with the stresses in my life on which I need his guidance, strength, and the right words to speak to them when necessary.

  16. Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

    I don’t blog yet 😉 but is has blessed me so much to read everyone’s comments on here and reading other blogs. I really appreciate everyone that shares anywhere. I have been inspired by seeing God move through this OBS big time. Thank you, Jesus!

  17. Stephanie M says:

    I love Blog Hop Thursday!!!!!

  18. Lori K (OBS Group Leader) says:

    I don’t blog yet either. Who knows, maybe I will take the plunge during the next study. I have been blessed by reading the comments shared on Melissa’s blog and reading the different blogs. You all rock! <3

  19. I love reading others stories. I still struggle with feelings of guilt, yet I feel peace in putting together the pieces this study has taught me. I think understanding and accepting ourselves for who we are is so important. God has made each of unique and we each have a purpose. I have tried so hard to figure things out and did not see that I need to seek him and he will show me my path, I am learning to trust and let go…which is very hard for me. A work in progress.

  20. I love reading what others get out of reading the same material I am reading. Hearing their testimonies and such. I never seem to get through them all. But I truly love them. Thanks ladies for giving me more perspective.

  21. So thankful for this week’s chapter, it really helped to open my eyes to some areas I need to change. Now to depend on God’s strength rather than my own to make that change, it’s the only way to make it last! I felt like such a load was lifted when I committed to stop trying to do so much and start focusing on the things that really matter-they are the desires of my heart anyway so I’m not sure why I try to add in other things. Some of it’s for praise, some of it’s for a feeling of productivity, but none of it is worth the consequences-I end up feeling strung out, worn out, and of course, stressed out! Had no idea this chapter would even apply to me, but thankful for Tracie’s wisdom and words in helping me to become a better wife, mother, and most importantly, child of God!

  22. Marylyn Marin says:

    This is my first time reading this website. I was just looking at the daily reading and some how I hit something on the screen and here I am. It is just how wonderful GOD can provide what you need to learn . Reduce stress. Just what my doctor told me I had to do. I will read the other lessons. Thank you. Marylyn


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