OBS Blog Hop, Week 5

Welcome Crosswalk Friends~ visiting from the Crosswalk.com devotion, >>>>>>Greater, by Nicki Koziarz. Feel free to look around and ask about the Online Bible Studies. We are currently in our 5th week of Unglued and will begin Greater November 25th. I’d love you to join me and others from around the world as we study Greater! Sign ups in the top right column of this blog.

***Note to the Unglued OBS Group~ Nicki is giving away a Greater book and Greater DVD. All you have to do is leave a comment on her >>>>>Greater devotion at crosswalk.com.

Blog Hop Topic of the Week:

Pick One, write a blog post, share it with us on Thursday at The OBS Blog Hop.

*The “J” Word (from Chapter 9, The Empty Woman)

*Negative Inside Chatter (Chapter 10)

Don’t be afraid of this challenge. Instead, take it! I can’t wait to read your blogs!

Remember, each time you share your blog on the blog hop, you are entered to win a new blog design! Prize awarded January 7, 2012!


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  1. I shared this the other day, in response to some of the comments on my comment, but I wanted to be sure that all the bloggers see this.

    A blogger’s prayer: http://bit.ly/Smp3YO By Ann Voskamp

    • What a beautiful prayer! I continue to be amazed at how many amazing blogs there are sharing a message of God’s love and power in their lives. Thank you Deanna!

      As a fairly new blogger, I get so nervous every time I post. Thank you for everyone who has encouraged the women who post something here. I may be the only one that gets nervous each time I post, but I suspect that all of the people who post rejoice when others are able to share in their message.

      • Rebecca you write BRILLIANTLY. I’m going to find time this weekend to read all your posts and comment…
        Yes, I get nervous EVERY time I post! What if no-one reads what I write? And then I remember…I write for my audience of one.
        God bless you
        I look forward to reading your blog
        Love
        Nicki

        • Thank you Nicki. Each week as I hit submit, I try to remember I am writing God’s lessons for ME and if that helps someone else, than that is all God’s doing. I am honored, humbled, and overjoyed about the opportunity to share a gift God has given me. 🙂

          • Lizzy Kate says:

            I’m with you… Just posted my fourth blog ever and when I was hitting the post button I felt so nervous and happy at the same time. Nervous because it feels vulnerable, happy because this new adventure of writing feels freeing. Your posts are wonderful! Please keep on! And I’m so grateful for the bible study which has connected all this together.

      • Rebecca – No, you are not the only one. I finally started one and wrote my blog today. Then I wasn’t going to post it because I was too nervous. But then I read your post and decided to do it. Your right… most of us are scared to do it. But like Nicki so eloquently posted…. we write for an audience of one. Who cares what anyone else things. <3 Thanks for the courage!

      • Mary Ritchie says:

        I am trying to learn this blog thing also, but dont believe I am linking right. I did love this prayer. I love reading everybodies comments. I am glad to see I’m not the only person that has these thoughts. I will continue to try and link and see what happens.

      • Practice makes perfect right? It’s kind of like riding a bike, we don’t want to fall and get scabs on our knees; but once we do fall, get those calluses – makes us stronger against any neigh sayers that come along the way –
        but as we seek His guidance on what to write, we bless – even if only one person “gets” it , it is well worth the effort, because that person needed encouragement that moment!

  2. Love blog hop days! So encouraging to read others words and there is comfort in knowing we aren’t alone!

  3. this is completely off topic but may I ask for prayers, please? I have a cardiology appointment tomorrow and am a tad worried about it and everything that lead up to having this appointment. Thank you and God bless!

  4. Reading all these great blogs actually made me jealous. I realized my own words are so inadequate. I pray that the Lord will strengthen me & release me from these horrible feelings of self-doubt & self-loathing. I know the Lord has something to say through me. I just don’t know what it is! But I will persevere & move forward to whatever that goal for my life & words is! I pray the Holy Spirit will give me whatever I need to spread the Gospel. Praise the Lord!!

    • Words are never inadequate when they come from God. It took me a long time to realize I needed to be patient with God for him to show me what to say. many times my ministry is just with my family and those close to me. There is NOTHING wrong with that!!! God is working in you. I hope you can feel it and push down that self-doubt and self-loathing. Praise the Lord indeed!

      • Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I am trying! I know the Lord will work in my so I can say “I am a child of God & I am worthy of all the promises of Jesus Christ!” Praise the Lord!

    • Catherine OBS Group Leader says:

      Elaine,

      They say that admitting a “problem” is the first step in recovery. So admitting you feel inadequate (although you are NOT – God says so) is a beginning to feeling adequate. And realize I said feeling. But we are not to be lead or directed by our feelings but only by the truth that comes from God.

      So take a chance….write your thought…pray about what you wrote….change what you think God is telling you to change and POST!

      God Bless You,
      Catherine

  5. Internal negative chatter is crippling to our self esteem, relationships and self-worth. Satan attacks with negativity. He wants us to doubt ourselves and others. He attacks me the most the closer I get to God. He knows right where to strike, too. My past. He attacks me relentlessly about it. Songs, smells, people, he uses them all. A song will come on the radio and remind me of a time or person. I feel happy for a little while, then I miss that time or person and wish I could go back, maybe change things that I said or did. Especially if I am at a particularly stressful time in my life. I start the “if only’s”. If only I’d said this or if only I’d done that, my life would be different. I don’t want it to be different, I love my husband and kids and the life we have made together. But when I’m down or arguing with my husband, the devil attacks! He makes me wonder things and long for things. He makes me get obsessed with thoughts. He reminds me of the things I did wrong, too. The people I have hurt and the people who hurt me. He tells me everything was my fault and I start to believe him. THAT’s where I fail. I listen to him instead of focusing on God. At night when I am trying to sleep and can’t, he attacks. That is when I grab my comfort cross and try to listen for God’s voice. He will wisper to me and say “You’re forgiven, let it go”. He reminds me of my blessings and His love for me. He helps me push Satan away from me and let His light shine through me. Call out to Him! He will fight for you, you need only be still.

  6. I have been so blessed by reading everyone’s blogs, prayers, encouragement, and the book itself. What strikes me here is that so many recognize (including myself) that we write and respond with our blogs for an audience of one. What is amazing to me is that even though we are together in this we still write either to solidify something in our own hearts and lives and/or to praise and thank the One who gave us our very life and breath.

    I am so aware of what I struggle with and am very aware that the enemy would love for me to feel isolated and alone even though I am not alone. Alone takes me places I don’t want to go. Writing, speaking, and sharing my imperfect life with others is what keeps me grounded and keeps from going to the darkness where the enemy plays.

    Though I too struggle with writing (posting) I am reminded that the Spirit is the one that gives understanding and that it doesn’t matter if my writing is clear and organized or disjointed and all over the place. By doing so the audience of one is recognized and acknowledged for what it truly is…One Body (with many members).

  7. I’m having problems linking my post. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I’m going to try again.

  8. So, I started writing this blog only last week. I am finding so much healing in this. My writing is becoming therapeutic. But not just my own writing, I am thoroughly enjoying each and every one of you that are sharing their testimony and thoughts. My heart is doing the pitter patter dance right now. What if nobody likes it? What if they think I am just some crazy? What if…? What if…?

    As someone mentioned above, I too do this for One audience member. If my words can help just one person that’s here on earth, then at the end of the day, I have succeeded.

    My blog for today is not complete. I only have part 1 and hope to post part 2 after lunch or possibly after the kids go to bed tonight. This girl has a lot to say today and I couldn’t just put all my thoughts into just one post.

    But I want all of you to know, that your words have helped bring me out of some very dark days here lately. Your encouragement and your lights are shining so brightly! Praise God for all of you!

    • Congratulations on stepping out and trying something new! It’s very scary but lots of fun and VERY therapeutic. I have been writing all my life but only recently started a blog and an online critique group through Proverbs 31. I never let anyone read what I write and now it is there for everyone! I pray your continued encouragement and know you will touch that one person that needs to hear you!

    • YaY for writing!! Its such an awesome outlet!

      • For a real challenge go to http://www.NaNoWriMo.org. It is a novel writing challenge where you write 50,000 words in one month. It starts November 1st. I love doing it!

        • I don’t know if my writing is quite up to par to try and write 50,000 words!!! Good for you though!! That’s an awesome thing to achieve!

          • I agree Amber, I looked it up, and then saw the requirements and said no way!!

          • It is a huge challenge. The closest I have gotten in 8 years of doing it is 43,000. I really want to make it to 50,000. My kids are older and my job is less stressful so I am hoping I will make it. I have lots of friends cheering me on so that helps. 🙂

  9. God has been whispering in my ear for 20 years to Let It Go! I hope
    and pray that we will all be brave and not listen to the Devil and
    all that chatter inside, but say STOP! inside our head and pray to
    God for help, it IS his battle, not ours, we know from experience
    that we will just mess it up anyway if we try to be in control by
    ourselves-so why not -why not let God have his way with our
    hearts and minds. (sometimes I sing that old Supreme’s song in my
    head-“Stop in the name of Love”.

  10. I just have to share something with everyone that reads these – I finished chapter 9 last night of Unglued and then came to work this morning to retrieve my e-mails and low and behold – there was “Don’t Quit” (the daily devotion from Proverbs 31) – I had read what Lysa stated in the devotion before in her book, but somehow it meant more to me this moring than it had when I had previously read her story about the mountain climbing. When I left our church parking lot last night after a “very unsuccessful” AWANA class – my words to God were – how do you know when to just give up, quit, throw in the towel? I have spent many weeks thinking that I wasn’t making a difference, like I should be some place else, doing something more for God, that I wasn’t making a difference in the current postions that I was in – AND THEN – came the “Don’t Quit” – I thought – OK GOD – I hear you, I guess as long as I’m obedient to what I feel like you want me to be doing and am where You want me, I have to accept that You will handle the outcome (one of the five key points that was stated in another previous chapter of Unglued) – I know that Lysa said that she learned a lot from her previous writings to how she writes today – but sometimes the things she says and writes out is like she is sitting right her in my bedroom talking to me aobut some of the same struggles, dilemans and ordeals that I’m going through – Freaky!

    • You just reminded me of a huge blessing I received recently! I had done inductive Bible studies with a youth group about 14 years ago. I never thought I was making a difference either. A couple of months ago, I got a beautiful facebook message from one of those teens, who is now a new momma herself. She thanked me for being there for them at that time in their lives and told me she too now works with the youth group at her church!!! I cried tears of joy! So DON’T QUIT!!! It may be years before you hear or see anything from your ministry…but rest assured, God’s Word never comes back void!!!

      • Erin Cuomo says:

        What great testimony to God’s work in your life! You are lucky enough to have had this experience. So many times we touch people and change people by following God, but we don’t know firsthand the impact we have. That’s ok too! It is not our job to see results, it is simply our job to do God’s will. When we get a glimpse at results, it fills our hearts though! Thanks for sharing this with us Vicki and for the reminder that we have the ability to impact others’ lives every single day! God Bless you!
        – Erin Cuomo, OBS Group Leader

    • Oh, Shauny, as I was reading your blog, it took me back to the days when I was a leader and had my three kids in our kids program (SonLight); There were plenty of days (0for about 8 years) when I was so tired, emotional, and didn’t think what I did made any kind of difference; Oh, now I see how the enemy was trying to get me so discourged as to give up or have a bad attitude (and I know I did too much mumbling and grumbling along the way); I wish I could erase those moments – what a foot hold I gave the enemy; But as time goes on, with every year I walk with Him, I learn more, and as I learn, and understand more, I do better; Life is a process; It may seem so nonchalant to say oh, just let it go as time goes on, but He is so amazing with Grace, to allow us to learn along the path we take;

  11. Just wanted to thank all of you beautiful sisters in the Lord for your blogs and your encouragement. I could say so much about negative chatter and how the enemy has recently attempted to destroy all I hold dear to me…but I don’t have a blog yet! Reading yours has blessed me in so many ways. And I don’t feel like I’m fighting this battle alone anymore! I just might get moving on this blog thing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time!!!
    Blessings to you all!

    • Priase God Vicki!! you are never alone – so many go thru so many different emotions and “stuff” – we all have baggage of some sort don’t we~? Keep focused on Him!
      He is our Deliverer!

  12. I just found your blog. We’re almost finished reading Unglued, and are planning a special party in the next two weeks to celebrate this book. I have greatly enjoyed this book, and used so much of it in so many areas of my life!

    I joined the blog hop and look forward to reading the other blogs who participated. =)

  13. I am enjoying “Unglued” so much. It is giving me much advice about how to handle situations. I am thinking about having a Ladies Retreat at our church and teaching them some of the things that I have learned. Good stuff! 🙂

  14. Never thought I would blog but I enjoy writing about what God is doing in my life. Doesn’t matter is anyone reads it; blogging just reaffirms His presence in my life.

  15. Blog Hop Days are the BEST!!!!

  16. I love reading all the blogs. They are truly a blessing. Thank you all for sharing.

  17. I just posted my link to my blog! What a week, but thankful I am still here and I finished!! Yay!

  18. Catherine OBS Group Leader says:

    Mary,

    WOW! That is some great insight. I love how you find truth in God’s word and He directed you to the scripture reminding you where to find the truth.

    Isn’t it amazing what we’re learning. So many things when we (I) thought we were going to learn to control our temper. There is so much more than that.

    Blessings,
    Catherine
    OBS Group Leader

    Blog spot wouldn’t let me comment. So this is for blog 46

  19. I enjoyed all of the blogs that I read. We all have insight that can help each other. The one that is close to my own heart is “Infertility&Negative Chatter by Courtney Boyington” I have been in a similar situation about no being able to have children.

  20. Elaine Ledlow says:

    Awesome Blog Hop just trying to catch as many as I can.

  21. Hey OBS Ladies,
    Although it’s Saturday, we in the path of Sandy just got power back on Friday November 2nd so I am dedicating my morning to “catching up.” Seems I’m a week behind. Ah well! I read through some blogs this morning, trying to get my head back in the OBS game after a fairly stressfull week. I’m probably misspelling her name but Heike’s blog hit home. I was also impressed that one blogger was able to stop and rethink and reword her response to her husband’s comment over a saw dust pile. See how little it can take to pull us off track? Yet she used the tactics Lysa has given us and was able to continue on that day in Peace. This is change in front of our faces! I’m using the tools this book has given me. I am not a master craftsman on any level yet, but I can see real change, and it is good.

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