Archives for May 2013

May 25

SLL week 7 ~ Praises & Prayer Requests

I have made it my goal to read the Bible cover to cover in chronological order.  That’s not to say I haven’t been reading my Bible, I have, but it has been a book here, a word study there, a character study, a topic study etc.  I have never sat down with the goal of following God’s story chronologically from beginning to end.  So I started reading, and just finished the life of Joseph in Genesis.  Talk about a man with some giants in his life!

I am sure many of you know all about him, the guy with the colorful coat.  If not you can read about his life in Genesis chapters 39, and 40-48.  The gist of it is that he was favored by his father, which peeved his brothers, who decided to kill him.  They changed their minds and sold him as a slave instead.  He went to work for a guy only to have the guy’s wife try to seduce him.  Joseph refused the advances and was imprisoned when she falsely accused him of attempted rape, where he remained for several years.   Later he was released by the pharaoh after interpreting some dreams and became the second most powerful man in Egypt, which allowed him to rescue his family from starvation.  From slavery to second in command took approximately 13 years of facing giants!  And yet Joseph never loses faith!

Although our verse this week was written a LONG time after Joseph, I am pretty sure that were he to read it he would say it helped him pull through during some of his dark days.  I can just picture him sitting in prison after being falsely accused of such a horrible crime reminding himself to focus on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable rather than the mess he was in.  He managed to never take his eyes off of God.  He trusted God to handle his problems.  I can almost hear him telling his fellow prisoners, “don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).  He let God work-in His time-and in the end, it worked out pretty good for all involved.

You know something?  It will for you too, if you are patient and you listen for God to lead and you remember that our God is bigger than any giant we might face.  In the end, God wins and that means that as long as we are following Him, we win too.  Isn’t that awesome!

Blessings,

Ginny Blankenship, P31 OBS Teaching Team

Game On

Are you facing any giants this week?  Share them with us so that we can suit up and join the battle with you through prayer.  Defeat a giant or two?  We would love to celebrate with you.  Please share both with us in the comments section.  Members of the Online Bible Study team pray over every comment.

Melissa
May 24

SLL Week 7, Day 5 ~ Take Away & Give Away

 

Well Ladies, we certainly have had an eye-opening week!  We’ve learned the hard truth about how our attitudes really do affect the level of stress in our lives.  However, as we’ve seen this week when we make an intentional effort to fix our thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable we actually do live a Stressed-Less Life!  As we leave Chapter 7 with Philippians 4:8 planted in our hearts, I want to bring one of my favorite scriptures to you that I meditate on daily.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34

Lysa TerKeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries recently shared with me something she has done for years that has helped her keep focused on the day at hand.  Lysa said, each morning she asks, “What is my assignment for today Lord?” and that is what she would commit to focusing on for just that day.  Something about that simple question has personally changed the way I approach my days so that I don’t become so overwhelmed with stress.  I would like to encourage you to try approaching God in and throughout each day with this question as well.

Do you have any verses that help you stay focused on your day and help to wipe out the chaos that can so easily distract us from what God’s assignment is? If you do, write them down, identify them in your Bible, and share them with us. If you don’t, well isn’t it a great day to find some? (Hint, if this seems overwhelming, just Google it! I just googled, Bible verses about stress and Bible verses about peace. It led me to so many awesome verses!)

Leave a comment today and share with us ways you’ve found helpful to stay focused on today and any verses that you find to be helpful in your everyday life. By sharing, we can learn so much from each other and grow closer to God through the power of His Word.

Week 7 Winner!

Thank you everyone for leaving comments and sharing your heart throughout the week.  I have truly been blessed and inspired by all of you!  This weeks winners for the Virtual Mini-Retreat Discovering God’s Will for your life with Christian Life Coach, Linda Kuhar are…..drum roll please…..Kym who commented May 20 @ 2:46pm and Marisa who commented May 22 at 4:34pm!  Congratulations ladies!  Please send me an email at linda@lindakuhar.com to receive your tickets.

***If you missed the Day 1 assignment you can access it here.

***If you missed the Day 2 assignment you can access it here.

***If you missed Day 3 you can access it here.

***If you missed Thursday Blog Hop access it here.

Melissa
May 23

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

CLICK HERE for important instructions and guidelines.

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!

Previous Stressed-Less Living Blog Hops

Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team

Melissa