Dec 18

The Gift of Girlfriends

Of the things I treasure most in life, my friendships are right up there at the top!  I love my family more than anything, but often you just can’t beat quality time with a good girlfriend!

Over the years, I’ve done some really fun and meaningful things with my girlfriends!  I’ve found that as life has gotten busier each year, it has been important for me to be intentional on planning times together. When we say, “let’s get together soon,” we better put it on the calendar or it may not happen.

Here are some ideas for a girlfriend gathering:

~ Dinner and a movie

~ Slumber party- complete with jammies, a chic flick, popcorn and M & M’s. These are so much fun! You are never too old and it’s even more fun to do nails, hair, and make up now than it was when we were little girls!

~ Exercise! What better way to multi-task than to walk and talk! Great way to get your exercise in plus some social time.

~ Shopping and lunch or coffee.  You can even buy matching outfits (haha~ you think I’m joking but I’m not!)

~ Hang out at home. Some of the best times happen when I invite a friend over and we just sit out back and talk.

~ Brunch- go out or everyone bring something to share

~ Bible study- Who better to study the Bible with that your best girlfriends? Combines spiritual growth, accountability and friendship.

~ Game Day- Where are my ladies who love football?  My very favorite gathering takes place almost each Saturday in the Fall. Wear your favorite college team shirt or colors and bring an appetizer to share. It’s a football party. (Husbands and kids are welcome~ this one is fun for the whole family.)

~ Game Nights- Great way to wrap fun, laughter, and competition all into one.

~ Concerts- Nothing like going to a concert with your girlfriends. Dancing and singing and acting crazy. (not me of course)

~ Get Aways- Weekend trip to the mountains, beach, or some other destination.

~ Women’s Retreat or Conference-  Some of my best get away memories were at my church’s women’s retreat each year. Great mixture of fun, free time, and a Word from God. Mountain top experiences happened here.

 

You see, spending time with girlfriends doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or even take up that much of your time. It’s important to make the time for friendships. And once you have a friendship that is special, it’s important to nurture it.

OBS featured teacher, speaker, author & funny girl~ Mary R. Snyder last week during a conference call.  She is the author of the book God, Grace, & Girlfriends, which is about the importance of friendships. In her book, we discover tips on building healthy friendships and explore dozens of possible trips, events, and adventures for you and your girlfriends to explore. She shared some of this with us on the call and even invited us to join her, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Online Bible Study Girls on a cruise next October!

It has been one of my dreams to be able to meet up with my OBS sisters!  I know a cruise isn’t possible for everyone, but what a blessing it would be to be able to meet you in person and spend some great quality time together.

Check out the Girls Getaway Cruise here!

If you register, use the promo code Proverbs 31, that way you will be included in the Proverbs 31 and Online Bible Studies special events and receptions we have planned and receive a $100 discount!

Listen to an interview with Girls Getaway Cruise Director, Mary Snyder here.  This interview contains all you need to know about cruising like:

* Affordable cruising

* Details about the cruise

* Special Guests~ Renee Swope, Robin Jones Gunn, Jennifer Rothschild, Comedy Angels, and recording artist, Selah!

Many of our OBS teammates and I will be there!  Hope you can join us!

Tell me friends~ what are some things you like to do with your girlfriends? Share in the comment section and you will be entered to win one of four Girlfriend Sets given by our friend Mary Snyder! Each winner will receive 2 copies of her book and 2 water bottles~ one to keep and one to give away!  Winners announced this Friday!

Also, if you think you can join us for the cruise, please let me know! Half the fun of a trip like this is looking forward to it :)

 

 

Melissa
Dec 16

Girl’s Getaway <3

Greater Online Bible Study Peeps, hang in there. We have one more chapter to read before Christmas, and that’s it. But for the next 2 days, we are going to take a little break. If you needed a few catch up days, you got them. 

For now I want to take you away.

Imagine yourself and your best girlfriends sailing away on the open sea! (notice I changed the color of the font to a beautiful ocean blue?)

Imagine being able to finally meet up with some of your Online Bible Studies sisters and leaders for some quality face to face~get to know you~fun in the sun!

Imagine being able to escape from the real world for just a bit~leaving all your cares behind for a few days~ to spend time with like minded girlfriends~ hearing some powerful messages, worshiping on the water, lots of free time, and having all the time you want to spend with Jesus.

Imagine eating amazing meals and lots of yummy food without one interruption.

Imagine visiting the Bahamas and a private island for a day each.

Imagine watching the sun set over the beautiful blue ocean.

Imagine that you could be there.

Let’s not imagine anymore. Let’s do this.

Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Studies is taking a cruise and we want you to join us!

The 2013 Girls Getaway Cruise has invited Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies to join them October 3-7, 2013!  We are letting you know now, so hopefully you can plan accordingly!

It has been one of my dreams to be able to meet up with my OBS sisters!  I know a cruise isn’t possible for everyone, but what a blessing it would be to be able to meet you in person and spend some great quality time together.

Check out the Girls Getaway Cruise here!

If you register, use the promo code Proverbs 31, that way you will be included in the Proverbs 31 and Online Bible Studies special events and receptions we have planned and receive a $100 discount!

Listen to an interview with Girls Getaway Cruise Director, Mary Snyder here.  This interview contains all you need to know about cruising like:

* Affordable cruising

* Details about the cruise

* Special Guests~ Renee Swope, Robin Jones Gunn, Jennifer Rothschild, Comedy Angels, and recording artist, Selah!

Many of our OBS teammates and I will be there!  Hope you can join us!

Come back tomorrow for some other awesome girlfriend time ideas, a video message from me and Renee Swope, plus some fun prizes for you and a girlfriend!

Melissa
Aug 11

I Am So Much More Organized

When we first started this journey together, some of us admitted that just like the name of the book, we could say, “I Used to Be So Organized.”  And then there were those of us who felt a little different, “I Was Never Organized.”

Now as we close on this study, it’s so awesome to hear most of us saying, “I Am Going to Be So Organized” and “I Am So Much More Organized Than I Used to Be.”

This journey has been important to me personally. As someone who is very busy and has experienced quite a bit of anxiety in my past, reclaiming order in my life was very important. I needed it. The cluttered places in my mind spilled over into other parts of my life. This only increased my anxiety and stress. I am so happy to report that I’m much more relaxed. I have really focused on the calm and order. And planning. And my schedule. And writing down more things on my calendar. It’s made a huge difference! I’m looking forward to implementing some organizing in my papers and bedroom soon. I’ve already made big changes in my office.  Moving right along…all the while keeping it real.

I want to thank each one of you for joining me on this journey. I wouldn’t want to do this alone and I consider studying with each of you a huge blessing in my life. With each study, I come closer to God. And with each study, I love making new friends.

I also want to thank the awesome guests on our conference calls:  Heather Bleier, Angie Combs, Stephanie Clayton, Eileen Koff, and still to come Glynnis Whitwer.

And most especially, I want to thank Glynnis Whitwer, my beautiful friend and amazing author of I Used to Be So Organized. It was 7 months ago that we were enjoying ourselves on a cruise deck in the Gulf of Mexico and she shared the message of I Used to Be So Organized with me. I knew then that I just had to read this book. I needed it. The more she told me about it, I knew also that I had to share this message with others. Thank you Glynnis for writing this book. It has made such a difference in so many lives. I love you friend.

I’m not sure what your plans are for the future, but I want to invite you to join me for my next online study of Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Unglued. I only select book that I believe in. They have to have a foundation of Scripture and a message that we can apply and is useful. This one is one of the best. It’s raw. It’s emotional. It’s real. It’s applicable. It deals with handling relationships and emotions. If you are interested in signing up, you can in the right column of my blog.

And just because the study is over, it doesn’t mean the fun will end. Please keep coming back to my blog! (You can sign up to receive my blog updates to your email and that might help. Just enter your email address in the blank provided in the right column.)

Unglued bundle winner announced tomorrow. You can still enter to win here.

Video blog coming Monday~ providing study info, Facebook party info, Unglued webcast announcement, and more big give away announcements. Plus a few bloopers I’m sure :)

Hip hip hooray for another great Online Bible Study!  Thanks so much for being a part of it!

 

Melissa