A Soul That Longs for More

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Hi Yes Girls!

Don’t you just love the cover photo above for Chapter 1? It was created by P31 OBS Small Group Leader Stephanie Solberg. She has graciously shared this with us and given us permission to use it too. I made it my Facebook Cover on my personal page! Thanks Stephanie!

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We are beginning this week reading Chapter 1, A Soul That Longs for More.

When I first read the title of this chapter, it caused me to pause and reflect. You see, I’m one who used to struggle greatly with contentment. No matter what I had in life, I wanted more…or at least something different. I tried and tried to get my life fully together so I could be used by God. It never happened.

Actually, that’s not 100% true. It’s true that I never got my life fully together, but I have been used by God. God never needed me to have it all together, because He has it all together. I can depend on Him for what I need, and trust Him to provide.

In Chapter 1, Lysa TerKeurst writes:

You are a woman perfectly equipped to say yes to Him. Notice I didn’t say you are a perfect woman. But if you are in the thick of living with all that life throws at you and you simply whisper yes, you are equipped.  You don’t need perfect circumstances to be a woman who says yes to God.

Isn’t that great news to start our #YesToGod study?

Today, read Chapter 1.  While you read, underline, highlight and make notes in your book. This helps me so much, especially when I go back through the chapter looking for highlights.

Yes to God Ch 1 Book highlights


Reflect on this week’s memory verse from Deuteronomy 6:5.

 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.


What exactly does this verse mean to you? How do you love the Lord with ALL your heart, soul, and strength?

One thing our OBS ladies have grown to love is something called Verse Mapping. If you want to read God’s Word in a fresh and very personal way, verse mapping is for you. Click here to visit one of P31 OBS’s best friends, Heather Bleier, who gives us some great tips on memorizing scripture and verse mapping. Then try verse mapping Deuteronomy 6:5.

Please share in the comment section if you used any of these techniques with our memory verse this week, as well as share your take-aways from Chapter 1.

  • Do you have a soul that longs for more?
  • Are you willing to do whatever God says to do?


A Few Reminders

  • Use the hashtags #PalmsUp and #YesToGod on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram when posting about the study this week! It’s been so fun seeing all the talk on these sites so far! Keep it up! Plus, each time you share, you are blessing others with a godly message. So cool!

In tomorrow’s lesson, we are going to DIG DEEP into our Bibles as we seek a deeper relationship with God. If you want to get a head start on this, you can look over the questions at the end of Chapter 1. We will also be writing out a personal commitment this week, which I am already praying for all of us as we prepare for this.

I love all of you YES GIRLS!  Take care and keep those #PalmsUp!

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  1. I love the idea of verse mapping…it just makes sense! I can’t wait to try it with this week’s verse.

    • Oops…my name is Brandi not Brando.

    • I know, RIGHT? 🙂

    • I agree – I’m going to start with our key verse today!

    • brittany jacobson says:

      So do I am going to check into verse mapping I’ve never actually done.it.my self before

    • Kelly H (OBS Small Group Leader) says:

      This year was the first time that I had ever heard of verse mapping!! I have spent my whole life studying the bible and this was new to me. I have to tell you, I am obsessed with verse mapping now and cannot look at a verse without mapping it!! Let me know how your first experience goes!!
      Kelly 🙂

      • I LOVE the idea of verse mapping! I have never heard of it before but it makes more sense then just memorizing verses. I am really excited to get started.

        • Yea makes so much sense! I’ve been memorizing verses and while they have been immensely enriching, I think verse mapping will be a great way to look at scripture too! Thanks for sharing this. I’ve shared the blog on verse mapping to my sisters and friends!

    • Me too! There is so much to discover.

    • Regina Bates says:

      I took away from chapter one a lot of different things and I truly enjoyed the chapter. I have to say my key takeaway was about how we do not have to be perfect to say Yes to God and this is something I truly struggle with I always feel I am falling short as if I am not doing enough and that hurts my relationship with God so this chapter helped me realize I do not need to be perfect because he is perfect 🙂

    • Does anyone know ifnwe have access to the dvd online formthisnstudy?

  2. I have been struggling with being good enough. Thanks for the reminder that it’s about what He does not me that matters.

    • Beth, you are not the only one that struggles with being good enough. I too have been struggling with that very thing for a long time. After much prayer and spending time alone with God, I finally said Yes to him when he directed me to quit my job and step back and gain perspective on my life. I have been using that time to dive deeper into his word. I have attempted to read the Bible completely through on several occasions just to put it aside for some other time, but this time I am not only reading the Bible but really absorbing what it is telling me and what it tells me is that even in my weaknesses, my self-doubt, God’s love for me can never be taken away. . . .it is unconditional!

      So girlfriend here this, you are good enough because you were perfectly made by the one who loves you unconditionally.

      • Jeri,
        That is really good! Thank you for sharing.

      • Thanks for sharing Jerri!

      • Kelly H (OBS Small Group Leader) says:

        Such wise words!! Thank you for sharing them with all of us;)

      • Teri Beaver says:

        Thanks for sharing Jerri. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Thank you so much for sharing that, Beth and Jerri!! I am one of those who have struggled all of my life with not being good enough. I can SO relate! And Jerri, thank you for your words of wisdom! God bless you both!

      • Amen praise God for encouraging words

      • Melchorita Fahey says:

        Well said Jerri! Thank you so much for sharing your words of encouragement to us. Beth and Jerri, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your path.”(Proverbs 3:5-6) God bless you both!

    • brittany jacobson says:

      You are good enough more then good enough you lack nothing in Gods eyes

    • Beth, I too have and still do struggle with not feeling good enough. If you never read Renee Swope’s book – A Confident Heart – I strongly suggest it. To me is was a comfort to see that I was not the only one struggle with this.

      Secondly, I have this “story” (cannot remember where I got it from) hanging near my desk so I see it often. It’s message boils down to this:
      “You are twice mine; Once because I made you and once because I bought you.” ~God.

      To me this was really an eye opener, God doesn’t need me to be perfect nor does He want me to be perfect (if I was – what would He do with me then?). He created me with love (Psalm 139:13-16) and even after all the terrible things He knew I would do God lovingly paid the price to buy me back from my sins (John 3:16).

      Beth, I hope this helps a little. As I said I have struggled with confidence on many different levels and am just now starting to make the change of looking to God rather than trying to fix it myself.

      • Heather, I love the “story” Twice his!

      • Heather, thanks for sharing the “story” Twice mine. I will be saving this as well as other “jewels” I find while reading the comments from other “Yes girls”. Here are the Bible references for your “story”. Genesis 2:21-22 “So the LORD God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. He took one of Adam’s ribs and closed up the place from which he had taken it. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib and brought her to Adam. 1 Corinthians6:20 tells us “You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.” I am thankful that Jesus paid the ransom for my sin. He(Jesus) gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. 1Timothy 2:6

      • I love..love…love the story! You are twice mine statement made my eyes teary because it is so much truth…How awesome that God knit us in our mother’s womb and knew exactly who we are, but He also bought us with the blood of His son. Well I want to be completely his and surrender it all to Him. Oh yeah…I want to be a Yes girl for God!

    • Beth, I’ve struggled for many years with the feeling that I was not good enough. Lately, anytime those feelings bubble up to the surface the phrase “My grace is sufficient” comes to mind. As soon as I repeat the scripture to myself a feeling of peace washes over me. Think about it….when we feel we are not enough–His grace is sufficient—when we lack the words to say–His grace is sufficient. His grace is sufficient (enough) no matter the circumstance. No matter what He is asking us to do, all that we have to do is say YES! The way is prepared and He has already equipped us with everything that we need.

      [2 Corinthians 12:9 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.]

  3. amy black says:

    I am so enjoying this book. I so long for more. more. more, more of jesus.. closeness., direction and to hear His still small voice. I’m #palmsup and pumped.. ready to dig deep into His word and let it permeate my soul.. love all you girls. from chapter 1, I am taking away that circumstances will NEVER be perfect, life will never be perfect and no time like the present for Him to use me in extraordinary ways ,.. I will no longer wait to say yes to Him the time is now and I SAY YES. YES LORD. I am so ready.. Much love and many blessings.

    • #PalmsUp

    • Stephanie Simpson says:

      I feel the same way, in that I see that I don’t have to be perfect and it is what God wants for me to do that is important and a beautiful thing. I pray that through this as I learn and with my #PalmsUp that I will overcome my own insecurities, that I will begin to Him. I am soo excited and it is exciting because already I am reminded that God knows me already so it is just me that is keeping Him out.

      • Kelly H (OBS Small Group Leader) says:

        You are so right. We have a tendency to keep God out of our lives instead of allowing him in. The wonderful thing is that he is right there with us all along and is patiently waiting for us to extend a hand to him. Keep your #palmsup girl, because amazing things will happen;)

    • Palms up

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      Awesome. It is so easy to be distracted and forget who we serve. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Katie b. says:

    To me this verse means that I have a total submission to God everyday. Not relying on my own human understandings but find strength in knowing that all that comes my way is filtered thru God and he would never let anything pass that I could not conquer. Not to say it will always be smiles ang giggles, the tears and valleys only strengthen my love and reliance on God. I do long for more, in the sense that I wish to understand more of his word and applying it to daily life. It is a challenge to stand strong in faith as the fallen world continues to try to pull you down. As a parent, I feel as though even more is at stake, for I must be an example to my children and teach them that being different than the society norm is more important than conforming. I like the verse mapping, I love how you analyze often and write those thoughts down. Might even spark you to start a conversation with others and have the opportunity to witness to them. It is a choice to say yes to God daily; however, I am ready to go down that path and am excited about the joys and challenges that await me.

    • Katie being an example to those children is important. I know mine are grown now and married. They really do mimic what we teach them – the good, the bad, the ugly. I love these studies and how they help you to learn to mimic and be more like Him. I have found my grown children chose christian spouses and they both are in church – that’s all God. But even today they are watching, listening, and seeing what I am doing. My prayer is that people will see Jesus in future generations because of my faithfulness. I’m long for MORE and glad you are too! #PalmsUp

      • Christina S says:

        I am with you Katie! I love the verse mapping idea. I’ve never tried that before, but I’m going to. I have a hard time memorizing. I also agree with you about how more is at stake with your children watching your every move. Lately I’ve been feeling God tell me to focus on what my children are seeing in me. I am working towards teaching my kids of God’s love and being an better example. It’s so hard, I can only do that with God’s strength each day.

        • I’ve had a lot of personal struggles with letting God have control of my life. I’m a new mom with a 6 month old and have been doing a lot of soul searching and thinking really hard about what I say, how I say it, what my interactions with my husband are like, etc. because the reality of the impact that those things can and will have on her and so many others is finally truly hitting me hard! I am a big part of the example for her future as a woman, mother, and wife… I want and need to be a positive and Godly example for her!

    • Shana Hodge says:

      I needed the reminder today that everything that comes my way has been filtered through Him first. It’s been a week of yucky news in my house and the enemy wants me to feel isolated and alone. So easy to think that God must not care to allow so many bad things at once to happen. I know in my heart that He sees and He cares but my emotions tend to think otherwise. This has been a week of hanging on and trusting God to do what only He can do!

      • It has been a yucky week at my house too! Oh man, the loneliness I have felt this past week! However, every time I feel alone, I have prayed “I am a woman of faith, I think faith, I talk faith, and I walk in faith!” I just keep going and praying!

      • Agreed. Even when I wonder why in the world that God allowed this to happen…he is still in control, and I must still “choose” to trust in Him.

      • Laura Benjamin says:

        Shana, my church has video of their services online: go to crossroads.net and go under media and choose the video God is a Streetfighter. This guy was in a car accident that broke both his daughters femur bones on vacation, got home and the house had been broken n, his car was dead in the drive(needed $700 fix), the furnace broke and a few other crazy things happened all within a few weeks….he talks about how we have an enemy, but God fights for us…I found it very encour aging. God bless!

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      Katie, this is good. I love it. I absolutely LOVE what you said about a parent. Such a responsibility that God has trusted us with. Thanks for sharing. Amen Sweet Sister.

  5. Don’t you just love the way God orchestrates the messages we hear to all sing one song? My husband and I are also listening/reading Rick Warrens Purpose Driven Life, the revised version, together (for the second time) and day nine was on obedience. We had a guest speaker at church yesterday and his message was on, yep, you guessed it OBEDIENCE! Our church is held is a high school auditorium and my husband is the set up/break down crew leader so we get to church a couple of hours before it starts. After everything is ready I usually have about 45 minutes before I man my post as a greeter so I found a quiet place and read chapter one. AMAZING! During the message the pastor held up his bible that had been given to him by his dad. It was old, tattered and had a rainbow of highlighted verses. I could help but think ” I wonder what he would do if God asked him to give that away?” I thank God for women like Lysa and all the women involved in this study that are obedient to Gods nudging and have a heart to stay on the right path, His path!

    • Jenni I wonder what I would do if asked to give mine away. When I read that I thought WOW! I love my Bible and it is so marked up and continues to be marked up through these precious studies. We thank God for women like you that have joined to say #YesToGod. Thanks for sharing today. Hugs.

    • I have thought the same thing about mine since reading that. Could I be obedient in that instance? If God asked me to give away MY bible, could I or more importantly – WOULD I?
      I have several bibles in my house, different translations and ages. But MY bible I received when I was 8 years old after being baptized. It’s taped together, highlighted and full of sermon and bible study notes, covered in coffee stains from a quick swerve on the way home from church and yes, even scribbled in by my children. It’s pages are torn some are falling out I have “favorite” verses marked along the edges with painters tape – the same way people use tabs to mark the books – so they are easy to locate when I want one. I have slept with it, cried over it and even (I confess) thrown it across the house in frustration and anger when I felt God had abandoned me. It has moved into a dozen homes and no matter what we lost in the move, it was always there. It dutifully lists all the deaths and births in my life since I received it. It has song lyrics, poems and even a love note to my husband written in it (when you’re the PK how else are you going to pass notes in church?!? no one is going to question you passing off your bible to someone else!)
      I would have a very hard time handing my bible over if God asked me too. I would like to say I would do it without hesitation, that I could & would “say yes” in that moment, but I admit it would be a struggle.
      But I guess that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? If obedience was easy it wouldn’t be a sacrifice and without sacrifice – without saying yes, even when it’s hard or makes no sense to us – we can’t give God our all as we are directed to in this weeks verse (Deut 6:5 – And love the Lord your God with ALL…)
      That “all” is the key for me – it’s every bit without hesitation or reservation, it’s also the hardest part for me. To just do without argument, without question, without holding back – I struggle with that in my every day life. I too wonder how many times I have said no to God instead of saying yes. I really feel that is something I have to ask forgiveness over and work on. It never occurred to me before that it was a form of disobedience/sin to not say yes. But as I sit here and reflect on this, I realize it is. If my child were to tell me no, or actively ignore me when I ask them to do something I would discipline them for disobedience. Yet I have done the same to God many times and never thought twice about it. This is something I will be doing some thinking and praying on today.

      • Letitia King says:

        Really good thoughts on obedience and sacrifice. Thanks for causing me to reflect even more…

      • My bible was given to me by my dad and I would have a hard time parting with it if God asked me to give it away…but there would be another bible and if my bible lead someone to God and his light it would be so worth the sacrifice.
        Great thoughts on obedience and sacrifice Niki…thanks for sharing and opening my heart to reflect and pray on just how many times I’ve said “NO” to God.

      • Lisa Hay says:

        Hi Niki,
        Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I struggle with the same and realize I may have said, “No”, to God more times than I thought. I guess that’s what this study is about. Working on ourselves to be ALL IN with God!

      • Jennifer L says:

        Great post Niki. Thank you so much for sharing it. I enjoyed your perspective on it.

      • Shana Hodge says:

        I was thinking the same thing when I read Deuteronomy 6:5. I had to stop on the word LOVE. It’s a command to love Him yet so often I don’t love Him like I should. Snub my nose at Him because something hasn’t gone my way. I sat here and cried at my disobedience and selfishness. Eye opening!

      • Shannon (from New York) says:

        Hi Niki,
        I enjoyed your post. Sacrifice is exactly what I was left thinking about after reading this chapter. I couldn’t help but think about Abraham and his willingness to obey in giving his son as a sacrifice. While I love my bible, I totally could hand it over if the Lord willed it. It’s giving my every ounce of my being that I struggle with. There’s just something about not holding on to just a little bit that is hard for me. This leads me to have to share about something I’ve struggled with recently…
        A few years ago I asked the Lord what He thought about me getting involved in direct sales. He very clearly said, “Go ahead, I will bless whatever you put your hand to. But, don’t get too attached!” I remember looking up and saying, please don’t tell me I’m going to have another baby! (This was right around the time our 7 year old was born. We have children ages 27, 25, 22, and no typo there…7.) Well, shortly after our conversation, the Lord put me back in school working on my masters in education. Ironically, I swore I would never go back to college. Well, the semester before completing my degree I landed this teaching job in a home school academy. This was perfect because we home school and I could not go to work full time, but was hoping to use my degree. This was 2 years ago. After completing my degree I gained more responsibilities at the academy and decided it was time to let go of my direct sales business. Now, I am not boasting in myself, totally in God… He completely blessed me in the sales business. So much so, that it was extremely hard to give up… so, after 4 months of surrendering, I took it back. I was psyched! I spent money to get the business going again (which I did not have to do the first time around). Actually, I spent more money than I made the second go at it and I have had nothing but customer issues, packaging issues, I dread working the business! It was the beginning of last week that I decided I am done and I said yes to God! It was Friday evening that I learned of this bible study. Now, I’m not big on coincidence. I totally believe God’s hand orchestrates. If this isn’t a God thing, I don’t know what is!!!! Thanks for sharing and listening:)

      • “That ‘all’ is the key for me – it’s every bit without hesitation or reservation.” Niki, I loved these words! Without hesitation or reservation. This is so hard for me. I think, for me, the reason why I don’t just act without hesitation is fear. Did I hear God correctly? Will the end result of this action make me uncomfortable or unhappy? What if I don’t like the reaction I get? What if it makes people not like me? (Now that I type these thoughts out–wow! How self-centered am I?)
        I really liked what Melissa said through the phone conversations tonight. “Before we can say yes to God, we must believe that God ALONE is enough.” I must get to the point where God is everything. In Him I find my value. In doing His will I find my strength, purpose, etc, etc. It doesn’t matter what others think of me. It doesn’t matter that I’m not comfortable. What matters is I’m giving Him my all without reservation or fear. I cry, more of you, Lord, and less of me!”

        • Fear is my stumbling block as well! It really just hit me as I was reading through Chapter 1 where Lysa said, “We all feel a tug at our heart and a stirring in our soul for more, but we are often afraid to venture past our comfort zone.” (pg. 12) Ummm… “comfort zone” was the definition of my life for a very, very long time, and I have slowly worked my way outside of my comfort zone little by little over the past several years (listen to me… I… ha!… GOD has slowly worked me out of my comfort zone!). It’s made a tremendous difference in my life, but I still struggle with it.

          I used to coach volleyball and the head coach there used to tell the girls during conditioning and training, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” That’s something I need to do more in my life, most specifically in my spiritual life!

      • WOW Niki, what perspective. When our childre are disobedient or ignore us, we are quick to discipline. We hope it teaches them to think about what they have done or not done. I think of all of the times in my life I have been disobedient to God or ignored Him. I am thankful for His unconditional love and Him not giving up on me. I am facing many emotions and it is good. God is working on me and I am excited and fearful at the same time. I am thankful to have the insights of others on this journey to becoming a better servant! They will make me reflect and grow.

  6. It occurred to me yesterday just how far I have drifted from my desired relationship with God. Sure, I pray, read the bible and talk about my faith. But I don’t feel God. And, I did at one time. I miss that closeness; that knowing in my heart that God loves me and I am his precious daughter. And, just like a doting earthly father, he wants to fill my life with love, joy and abundance. I want that feeling back! This week’s memory verse reminds me that God wants all of me. Not just my 15 minutes in the morning and foxhole prayers throughout the day. When I approach life with the understanding that I am in God’s presence at all times, I experience what Lysa describes on page 16 — “You come to realize that God uses every circumstance, each person who crosses your path, and each encounter you have with Him as a divine appointment.”
    To love God with my All means handing over to Him everything that happens throughout my day and trusting in His divine guidance and wisdom. I am so very ready for this journey! Thank You!!

    • Beautifully said. I, too, have allowed my intimacy with God to be weathered, stripped and tossed. I have allowed circumstances and others to “steal the joy” that is rightfully mine BECAUSE I am a child of the King. I am ready to take it back. I will fight for it.
      We are moving forward. We are gaining ground. WE are on a mission. We are taking back what God has promised us, what He so desires to give us.
      I am so proud and excited to be a part of this MOVEMENT! Ladies, not only are we going to be changed. WE are going to change our world! God bless you!
      HAPPY, HAPPY Monday to you all! God is good!

      • Crystal your message is very inspiring, thank you. I found my life crashing down wen I had tried to do things my own way for years. One day I said “God I give up I cannot do this without you. I didn’t know what to do next but promised I would start by asking Him. Now I’m focusing on my relationship with God and saying “Yes!” I cannot express how a mustard seed of trust resulted in infinite grace and peace from the Lord. I am so humbled and grateful for this life – #Palms up!

    • #YesToGod – Happy, Happy Monday to you Nanci and Crystal and glad you two are here. Let’s take it back girls together and we will change the world one woman at a time who will change her family and we can change the world to be all that God wants it to be. Thank you both for sharing this morning. #PalmsUp

      • Linda Paver says:

        #Palms up!!! Oh, Nanci, Crystal, and Debbie, how I love your shared thoughts this Monday morning:-) I could have written those comments myself. One step at a time is all we need to let God be in control of who we are and how we say “Yes to God!” Saying yes means not only “head” knowledge but living from the heart which is my biggest struggle. I want God to truly have control of my heart so “yes” is always on the tip of my tongue! Lord, please give all of us in this study the strength and courage to have a willing heart for you starting right now.

    • Thanks for reminding me I am in God’s Presence All the time! This stood out to me . It is no surprise but it just jumped out at me, so I wrote it in my notebook. Thank you ! Liz

    • Cheryl T says:

      I can relate to this. I feel like I have drifted so far from where I used to be with God. Where once I was excited to spend time with Him and say YES to what He told me to do, I have let the “cares of this world” (job, parenting, etc.) grow up and crowd out my focus on Him. I am ready to be #PalmsUp – totally surrendered to God, renewed in my first love.

  7. Thank you for this study. I’m struggling with listening to God over my desires of the flesh. Being a stay at home mom and feeling overwhelmed at times I just want to veg out at night once the kids are in bed. I love how last night alone I listened to what God said instead of ignoring him. After a long week away w 10 kids and 8 adults, I wanted nothing more then alone time for me. God planned though something different which was alone time w him then my pillow. So I never turned the tv on and instead listened. I am praying that I can continue listenjng to him and saying yes. Confirming to this world and desiring perfection in my kids and life is the hardest thing I struggle with. Thank you for this study and for you girls!

    • Thank you Kim for sharing your heart. Life does seem hard sometimes when we are raising our kids. Mine are grown and any of us with grown ones will tell you it is over in a flash. Try to just focus on today. Do you have a local MOPS group? Some of our ladies are involved with that who have small children. My son and his wife are expecting this month. I’ve told them to realize that what ever is going on at the time it won’t last – getting up at night, dirty diapers, terrible twos, teenagers. Try to enjoy them. You’ll look back one day and they will be grown and we say how did it go so fast. Hang in there. Come here for support. Look for that MOPS group in your local area. But most of all, stay with the study and it will give you some me time alone with God. #PalmsUp

    • I can completely relate to your heart, here. I too am a SAHM with two very young toddlers, a 20 month and a nearly 3 year old. I know that one day it will get a little easier, but that doesn’t make the days any less draining or exhausting. Something my husband and I have committed to is a 30-day no TV challenge, and it had helped us tremendously! We are reading more scripture together, I am getting more things done so I don’t feel so overwhelmed in the day time and am learning to pace myself. The time with God fuels my spirit and helps me to have an awareness of His presence and strength in even the little things He calls me to do each day. Often I have felt like I’m not doing a great big work for God, but learning to say ‘Yes God’ in the everyday, simple things, is helping me realize these are SO very important to Him and also to my spiritual walk and growth. Praying you see Him and feel Him in a close, everyday moment walk, and that I will do the same, with palms open to receive His direction and provision!

      • I’ve never heard of bible mapping. I love the idea!! I currently journal verses according to three questions: what does this verse tell me about God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit, what does this say about me (as a child of God), and finally, what can I do to apply to my life what I have learned from this verse? Bible mapping will be a great precursor to the journaling – thanks! The first chapter has been a huge gift, as I have recently said “yes” to God in something I feel very I ill equipped. I’ve been relating to Moses a LOT lately! LOL! Things I took to heart? Lysa says, ” Saying yes to God isn’t about perfect performance, but rather perfect surrender to The Lord day by day.” Also, ” Being a woman who says yes to God means making the choice to trust Him even when you can’t understand why He requires some of the things He does. It also means that once you’ve said yes to God, you refuse to turn back, even when things get hard.” I needed these words, as I am still wrestling with His call 😉

        • Laura Benjamin says:

          That’s exactly how I felt when God called me to Fostercare! I said, I feel like a Moses…I had the temper to boot, but God uses these things to refine us and skim off the selfishness in our lives. It’s okay to wrestle, I do, too…but even though its hard, obey…His grace will get you through.

  8. Jennifer Cone says:

    Am already amazed with this study! I am also in a book club in my church that started this past Thursday. We read chapter 1 of the book Radical by David Platt. Can I just say how God knocked my socks off when my new bible study and the book club selection collided?!?!? LOVE when He lets me know like this that I am where He wants me to be 🙂

    Also, did anyone else click home on the verse-mapping blog page? The post is about our memory verse for this week…Deut 6:5.

    Have a great day!

    • Love how He shows up in those mighty ways and yes when you click it takes you home to Heather’s post a few months back on our verse this week. Love it but Heather and God took us there. Who knew we would click on home! Now hopefully our sisters will read this and they will toooooo. #PalmsUp

      • Andrea Dillard says:

        I have read Radical and Follow Me by David Platt. Follow Me convicted me that I live in my own little bubble and need to make a radical change. I loved it when I read the part on radical obedience in chapter one of our study. Put a big ole’ pink box around it. Loving this so far. andrea

    • Linda Paver says:

      Love it! Love it! Love it! The same thing happened to me yesterday during my Sunday School class and pastor’s sermon. Isn’t fabulous when God shows up to confirm we’re on the right path?

  9. As I read Chapter 1, this sentence stood out to me:

    “Saying yes to God isn’t about perfect performance, but rather perfect surrender to the Lord day by day.”

    I am so thankful that I do not have to do things perfectly! I do not have to wait to have just the exactly right perfect words to say when witnessing. I do not have to wait until I make the perfect cake in order to give one away. I do not have to have a perfectly spotless house in order to invite a group of friends over for Bible study.

    I just need to be willing and open, saying YES! to God. Yes! I am willing to do whatever you ask. Yes! I am ready to go wherever you wish. Yes! I am yours. Use me as you will.

    • #YesToGod – yes, yes, yes. THANK you for sharing. God does not need us to be perfect, He needs a willing vessel.

    • Stella, Your comments mirror my feelings. We have this drive to perform and for many of us, we never seem to be able to achieve what “we” expect from ourselves. That is just plain pride! I have missed many opportunities to encourage others because things were not perfect in my life and my circumstances. The Lord is not looking for perfect women, He is definitely looking for those who will surrender and say “YES”. I am encouraged by the amount of women who are enrolled in this study and want to be willing to step up to the plate and give the Lord the glory and honor that He so richly deserves. Let’s go girls!

    • I highlighted that very sentence, among others, in my book. The word performance stood out to me….it’s not about me, it’s not what I do, it’s what HE does through me when I surrender to the Lord! Good stuff!!!

  10. I’m so glad to be back into OBS. I said “yes” to God yesterday in a big way. It was a situation when I and many others were overcome with grief, and I know I had some fear as well. God spoke to my heart to do something so very important yesterday, and despite all sadness and fear, I said yes. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but I am blessed for doing it. I am blessed that God lead me in the right direction and gave me the strength to,take the steps. So now, more than ever, I am a yes girl. God bless!

  11. I am so excited about our study. I am giving it my all this time. Here lately seems I’ve been a disappointment to myself, others, and mainly God. I want to love Him with all my heart, soul, and mind. I going to dig into the verse mapping and can’t wait to see where God leads. Have a bless day everyone.


    • Excited with you Amy. Thanks so much for sharing your heart. Dig and God is going to bless. #PalmsUp

    • I can relate Amy. I really want to give it my all! Seems that I start okay, but as the stresses and “stuff” of life get in the way, I lose my momentum. Going to strive to keep Him first. I am adding you to my prayer list! Can’t wait to see what God has in store for you (and me) as well as every other lady in this study! 🙂

    • I completely understand where you are coming from Amy. I have four little ones watching me all the time and I know I have not been the example they need, therefore I am disappointed in myself. We pray together, read our bibles together, talk about God all the time and yet when I pray sometimes I feel as though my prayers don’t even reach the ceiling. But I am tired of that and from now and I am working on saying “Yes God” “Whatever you want God” because all I want is a closer walk with Him! It has been so ecouraging to read everyones posts and I am so looking forward to the next six weeks!

  12. I can’t believe the struggle I’ve gone through in the past 18 hours of my life alone. I got so beat up by the Enemy yesterday that in my brokenness all I could do was curl up on the couch and go to sleep. I had tried to be a little more productive yesterday, but as I was folding towels the pain began to make me feel as though my chest would explode. It was indeed a #PalmsUp moment of surrender for me to give it over to God, no matter what! I’m about to read chapter one today. I’m already being encouraged by the different excerpts and posts that ladies have made already.

    • Kara it is time to end that struggle. We don’t have to struggle if we give it to Him. The enemy will try to attack all of us during this study. I had a couple of days last week I felt the enemy trying, but I talked to a couple of these Jesus girls and felt better just telling them how I felt. Go read that chapter. I’ve read it four times and found new things to highlight each time. Do some verse mapping with the verse and see how good God makes you feel today. #YesToGod

      • Debbie and Ladies –
        I had that same thought about the enemy yesterday and what a number he did on me today.

        What a horrible day!! It started well as I mapped out our Deuteronomy verse. I noticed that I replaced the word LOVE with TRUST. The word TRUST has been on my heart for a variety of other issues recently (relationship, my daughter) so TRUST is the word that I mapped. Anyway, I prayed God would help me to trust him more so that I could show my love not just give it lip service.

        Next thing I know I am sobbing in my kitchen, crying out in frustration at God’s lack of help. In frustration I shouted that my daughter has not heard back from an interview a week ago, that she has no direction, that her own frustration with not having a clear path may cause her to relapse, that her lack of direction affects me and my relationship, that the man I love may leave me because of the chaos in my house, that I hate working an off–shift and being so disconnected from my home and family … on and on I went, crying and sobbing. I got ready for work and wanted to take aim at the nearest tree and in my crying fit almost did. Got to work only to remember that I am off today.

        A few hours later and my daughter heard back from her interview that they hired someone else. However, another prospect called her and there is a job fair tomorrow morning. My sweet love called me from Base and the sound of his voice reminded me that he isn’t going anywhere – chaos and all. Then I thought of all of the things that I have been able to overcome since my divorce. The house I thought I would lose – I still have. The income that I worried would be insufficient still pays the bills. The godly man I never thought I would find, I found.

        I share all of this because on the drive home it occurred to me that even in the midst of my temper tantrum, my Heavenly Father loves me. It also occurred to me that just as a whiny child incurs the wrath of a frustrated parent, so too can I and I don’t want that. So this evening, I humbled myself and asked for forgiveness – for shouting, for doubting.

        Thank you “yes girls” My palms are up once again – first to give Thanks and Praise to the One who loves us even when we’re brats and two to slap the enemy !!


        • Hi Traci,

          I too am learning how much TRUST has to do with LOVING the Lord with all of my heart. Thank you for your transparency. I wish I could give you a big hug right now. I’m praying for you and I’m so thankful to be with you on this journey. Here’s to keeping our “palms up” even in the midst of our emotions.
          Hugs & prayers

  13. J. James says:

    You asked,”Are you willing to do whatever God says to do?” I am, but I have a hard time hearing God some times. I think I hear Him, but then I question if it was really Him. I hope to gain an understanding from this study of how to discern His voice from all of the chatter in my head. Then I will be more equipped to do whatever He asks me to do! I am ready!

    Thanks for the study!

    • I find the more I study, the more I know it is Him telling me what to do. It is hard to describe until you get to that point, but you will know. I think when we are finished with this study you’ll know it’s Him! #PalmsUp

      • I felt like God was speaking to me this past weekend – I was in a Bible book store and I hadn’t gotten my book yet. I was at the cash register purchasing something else and I overheard someone asking a clerk, “Where can I find the book ‘What Happens When Women Say Yes to God'”. For me to overhear that it reminded me about getting the book and I felt the Lord had me hear that. I thought that was neat and I should get the book! 🙂

      • Thanks for that response Debbie, i have the same ‘issue”. I fnd it very hard to distinguish God’s voice from my own. Well, in some cases its real easy lol but you know what I mean. I seem to read several devotions daily, a certain amount of scripture, bible study after bible study and it ends up thats all I’m doing – reading and not incorporating into my life. I love all of the readings and find it hard to cut some out so I can focus and “chew the cud” on those i stick with. i know FOR SURE this one is a keeper. #Palms Up

    • Sue Shockley says:

      I too have so much doubt when it comes to hearing God. I sometimes wonder if I am so manipulative that I could even fool myself into thinking God said it when really I just want it to be that way! LOL!! But, seriously, I am always questioning and doubting. I have a hard time trusting others and myself. I am lifting up all of us “doubters” today and praying for God’s assurance and clarity to flood our hearts!!!

      • I also struggle with discernment. I have had more than one person tell me when they are in doubt they go to the bible and search to see if what they believe they are being asked to do is in keeping with scripture. Taking it to prayer and trust in God’s response. I have found this to really aid in my final choices. For myself it helps to take the ‘self’ component out of discernment. I ask myself: “Is what I think I need to do in agreement with God’s Word?”

        As for those spontaneous tugs I just do it and give God the glory. (oh, sometimes those tugs tell me “No” so I don’t go there.)

    • J- I feel the very same way and that is why I signed up for this study. I do hear Him more and more as I am learning to listen for His voice, but I also know that I am missing so much. I know this study will help all of us continue to grow in this area. We moved back to the area we now live in about 4 years ago and we have yet to find a church home. We have visited some, but haven’t found the right one and we find excuses not to go today but “next week”. Last week, we said we were going to go and then we didn’t. So this week, I said Yes to God and we didn’t allow any excuses. We visited a new church and the sermon was on the very subject we were discussing on the way. I don’t know if this church will be our new home, but it felt good to be there and I certainly got something out of the sermon to think about this week. So glad we said Yes! and did not allow the enemy to talk us out of it. Changes are coming already!

    • Linda Paver says:

      J: I call that “Is God really speaking or is it God ‘according to Linda'” It’s a struggle and I hope this study helps both of us discern what God is saying to us!

      • I can relate to this in so many ways. I have a hard time knowing if God is speaking to me or if it’s my own self talk. I’ve decided to start asking myself some questions when a thought enters my mind. Is this an action or thought that would honor God and live the way God wants me to live. Would this make my Heavenly Father proud. If I can answer yes, then I obey without hesitation. PalmsUp!

    • J James – Thank you for voicing something I struggle with as well. I just wrote to a friend in the study – it’s not that I’m saying No, it’s that I’m not hearing the call! I’m praying that both of us find ourselves more connected to the voice of God through this study. God bless! #palmsup

    • I also struggle with discernment. I have had more than one person tell me when they are in doubt they go to the bible and search to see if what they believe they are being asked to do is in keeping with scripture. Taking it to prayer and trust in God’s response. I have found this to really aid in my final choices. For myself it helps to take the ‘self’ component out of discernment. I ask myself: “Is what I think I need to do in agreement with God’s Word?”

      As for those spontaneous tugs I just do it and give God the glory. (oh, sometimes those tugs tell me “No” so I don’t go there.)

  14. Perfection……..there was only one. This is where I miss the mark all the time. I hold myself to such a high standard, but not God’s standard. I am my own worst critic. Jesus loves me…….I want to cling to that all the time. This is my first OBS and I am very excited…..Looking forward to what GOD has in store for me.

    Also, excited about verse mapping….

    • Hope we are so excited you are here. Eph 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You are His masterpiece, His creation. Don’t criticize yourself but look to Him, to strive to be more like Him and as you grow and realize the depth of His love for you, you will be able to look at yourself as that beautiful masterpiece you are. #PalmsUp

  15. After reading the first chapter I realize that I wasn’t fully saying yes to God but yeah God! I realized that I was allowing God to be ruler over some of my life and situations but not over all. As I read the first chapter it amazed me that I as I was in prayer and worship all I kept hearing was, “with my hands lifted up and my mouth filled with praise” then to read your blog yesterday only for you to inform us that when we say yes to God our palms must be open ready to receive. I realize that there will be a shift…a change that must take place. I”ve been waiting on God to show up and do something awesome in my life and realized that He hasn’t changed locations…He’s waiting on me. Longing for God will cause us to thirst and hunger after righteousness. We will began to chase after Him as if our life depends on it. God has given “Fresh Invitations” we only need to accept. So excited about this study…I truly believe that lives will be changed casuing an affect on marriages, careers, relationships, etc. “With my hands lifted up and my mouth filled with praise…Yes God!”

  16. The thing that stood out most to me in chapter 1 was on page 18: “…radical obedience is not really that radical. It is really biblical obedience – but we’ve strayed so far from biblical obedience that it now seems radical.” I want to follow Christ in whatever He asks of me, I don’t want to miss out on His plans.

    • #YesToGod – AMEN!

    • That stood out to me too, Adrienne! Sometimes I think we (I) can get into a habit of using exaggerated language. “Doing that would be radical. I don’t know if I can.” But really we (I) need to refocus and call it what it truly is: simply obeying God. I appreciated how Lysa ended the chapter by reminding us, “Whatever God says do, do it.”

  17. In the pre-dawn hour this morning my husband and I went out for usual run and I prayed for The Lord to tell me about Deuteronomy 6:5. As I started to concentrate on the verse, the words ‘pay attention’ came to mind. Although we were on our usual route, it was dark out and I could still miss something and trip. How thankful I am that He answered me and kept me safe at the same time and within a breath or two of asking!
    Happy day everyone!

  18. I’ve finished chapter 1 yesterday – loved it! I need to submit daily to God, being obedient! Saying yes to God means it will be messy – the good, bad and ugly all out there. I do long for more and I’m willing to give it over to God. Recently finished another study — and I hear God talking to me because they are along the same lines. He is stressing for me to say ‘yes completely’!

    • Lauren Beach(OBS Team Leader) says:

      Martha~ Good for you Sweet Sister! Keep those palms up and receive his love and all he wants to give you! Continue listening to him and continue saying YES! I will be praying for you and I love that you are longing for more. The Holy Spirit is moving in you.

      Blessings~ Lauren

  19. folakemi says:

    You see, we have become so familiar with God yet so
    unaware of Him(Pg 14 para 2)………………… ‘ I am very guilty of this. And I am sorry.’ I will not want my friends or family or even colleagues at work get so familiar and yet react as if I am not there. God help me to be VERY and Permanently aware of your presence in my life in Jesus name. kemmy

    • Lauren Beach(OBS Team Leader) says:


      I too have been guilty of this. Keep those palms up and keeping saying Yes. You already have taken the steps and he is very present in your life because you said yes to him with this study.

      Hugs & Blessings

  20. I’m so excited about this study. I feel like this has been where God has been leading me for the last few months. Our church recently completed Rick Warren’s new book and I am reading “Anything” with another small group. I am completing this study with a very close friend. God is clearly trying to get me to “Say yes” and be willing to do “Anything”. Not sure what that will mean but waiting with palms up. 6 months ago I was trying to do my spiritual life alone, and through reading “What on Earth am I here for” has encouraged me to join with other godly women to connect and learn about God. I am so excited-if not a little scared-to see what God does in my heart and life. I heard Lysa at a women’s conference at my church in May and am so excited to hear what God has to say to me through her words.

    • Well God already helped me deal with a situation I should have dealt with a long time ago. For many years I struggled with my mother-in-law’s love to give my kids stuff. Instead of telling her in love that it was too much I would vent to others and my husband. Well today I sent a text that was meant for my mom to her. It wasn’t mean but not gracious and loving. So I did what I should have done a long time ago and called her to talk about my feelings. She was very gracious and loving. Made me feel guilty about not being honest with her from the beginning. It’s so much easier to say yes to God when he tells you the first time.

  21. “I emptied it of some old church bulletins and other papers, took a deep breath, sighed, and placed it in the man’s hands. ‘I’d like for you to have my bible,’ I said.” pg 10

    WHAT??!!! This example of saying yes to God spoke volumes to me. I can minister to the homeless, shower kindness on those who are not so kind, give generously as God leads me…but give my bible away? So often I get comfortable with my obedience. I know there are areas in which I can improve, but all in all I do a pretty good job…right? I think it is time for me to move beyond my comfortable obedience. Radical obedience here I come! #PalmsUp <

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Hey Serena, I agree–,”but give my Bible away? ” I love my Bible with all it’s notes and I don’t know if I would have obeyed that little voice inside that day if it would have been me. Love what you posted about obedience. “Comfortable obedience”/”Radical obedience” that’s awesome!!!

      • I can so relate… I recently learned a little lesson after our puppy (who is a miniature horse) literally ate my favorite study Bible that my husband had given me a couple of years before we married. Needless to say it had sentimental value, not to mention the notes and underlined verses! I was blessed to find a “like new” copy of the same exact Bible via EBay and it has been a labor of love “breaking it in”, I cannot tell you how many times I thanked God for letting me find the replacement.
        So, when I read this line above I felt a knot in my stomach, boy what a firm resolve we must have when saying “Yes to God”
        Thank you Serena for pointing this out and your comment about it as well

        • We had a dog for 18 years who chewed a brand new pair of shoes when he was a pup. I loved those shoes…clearly I am still getting over it! I can’t even imagine if that had been my bible. What a blessing that God led you to a new one just like it. Hopefully, as we continue to “love the Lord our God with all our hearts” our hearts will be stronger as we progress through this study. It still won’t be easy to do something radical, but I’m hoping to be strong enough to say “YES” to whatever God asks of me.

  22. Carol Thompson says:

    I am looking forward to going through this book with everyone. I teach aerobics for Body and Soul, this book was a resource a few sessions ago. I was able to share some of it with the ladies in my class which was a lot of fun. But it will be different going through it with everyone.
    I spent the last few days at a Body and Soul workshop– learning routines, praising God and getting to know some of the teachers. I met a young lady who is struggling right now, unsure if she will be able to find a job by the end of the month when her current job ends. I was able to share with her a few of the things our awesome God has done for me over the years. So this morning God said to send her the E-book version. I pray that she may join us, or at least go through it on her own. May God reveal Himself to her in a way she has never known. #palmsup #expectingtoseehim

  23. Angie M. says:

    A Soul That Longs For More-I am loving this study and it’s very hard not to read ahead! I started reading ch. 1 after some afternoon plans fell through. (My plans were to read it before bedtime) Talk about divine appointments! Reading this book is exactly where God wanted me to be at that time. The first idea that touched me was the part that read “she saw Him through my obedience.” I don’t have to say anything-just be obedient and that will point others to Christ. The second thing was the man’s favorite verses: Proverbs3:5-6. God has been impressing these verses on my heart for awhile now. I see them constantly! I even saw them on the back window of a car! I know God is using this study to bring me closer to Him and to trust and obey Him.

  24. Debbie Hollingsworth says:

    To love the Lord completely and know Him is to honor His mighty power. Fearing, honoring, respecting Him for who He is. My king, my savior, my comforter, my healer, my Lord, my friend, my provision maker, my source of strength, my source of peace, the one I run to, the one who holds me, the one who lifts me up, and the one who blesses me. 🙂 <3 He is the one who holds my future in His hands and has good plans for me. #Palms Up! Ready to receive what He has for me to do and what He is has been waiting to bless me with.

  25. “When you look at your everyday circumstances through the lens of God’s perspective, everything changes”. Lord, help me today to use your lens and your discernment and not my own. Blessings for your todays “Yes Women”…..palms open, eyes up!

  26. What this verse means to me is that the Lord only asks that we give what we have to him. That we give our heart, our soul and our strength to our God. Some day that may be more or less than others but we meet him where we are and we give him what we have through our love for Him.

  27. Kodi Chapman says:

    I’m loving this Bible Study already! I struggle with “having it all together”. My downfall is looking at other women thinking that they seem to have it all together & I just can’t seem to get there. After reading the 1st Chapter, I’m reminded that self doubt is just Satan’s way of trying to get me to say no to God. Well, I’m saying Yes to God. I’m believing God can use me to Glorify Him! My husband & I lead a college Bible Study class at our Church….we just keep it real! Well, real for me is that I’m a unorganized tired wife, mother, teacher, etc….but I’m a child of God! I needed this reminder…. Thank You!

    • Kodi…you are not alone, girl! I think MOST of us feel the same way! And yes, we are His kids….and we don’t have to have it all together to say “yes!” We are not perfect but we know a God who is! So glad you’re here!

  28. Can’t wait to try verse mapping. That is something new to me. The first chapter of the book was over before I knew it. I have always been a “hi-lighter”. I chose a pink one this time to match the flowers on the cover. I believe and receive so here I am Lord with my #Palms Up!

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      You will love verse mapping Brenda, I had never heard of it before I started these OBS’s and I love doing it, it makes the verse come alive for me and gives me so much more insight to what God is trying to tell me in the verse!! Happy Verse Mapping!! 🙂 ♥

    • Lovin’ the pink. 🙂 My journal for this study is pink. I am writing with a pink ink pen and highlighting with a pink highlighter. 🙂

  29. I tried praying Lysa’s short surrender prayer to God this morning before I got out of bed. It really helped to adjust my attitude for the day and to “see” God in the midst of daily life. Saying yes to Him is still very difficult but I feel that this chapter challenges me to reject a mediocre relationship with God to pursue an excellent one. It’s very easy to slide into a comfort zone when it comes to faith but God is not interested in comfortable Christians. He is constantly pushing me out of my comfort zone, to my protestations, but He is doing it to help me grow. I wil be praying for a lot of growth during this study, for myself as well as for all the other ladies!

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Hey Julie welcome back to this study, thanks for praying for all of us and I will be praying for you also. I love what you said “this chapter challenges me to reject a mediocre relationship with God to pursue an excellent one.” I think that is what most of us really long for. That is that hunger we have, that void we want to have filled— to have that excellent relationship, that close relationship with our Father!!! You are a blessing Julie ♥

  30. How many times have we missed our own surprise party? I have been withholding not only from God, but from my family as well. Been so overwhelmed and trying to stay afloat. This idea and the word picture created helped me realize how much God grieves when I withhold from him. Then I miss out on His best for me. Not doing life alone anymore. I’m giving God all my heart, my soul, and my strength with palms up.

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Hi Julie, that really hit home with me also. How many times have I missed it!!! satan wants us to miss it so he creates a fear in us to not move forward and be obedient. I will be praying for you Julie. You came to the right place to say YES to God. I pray God will bless you mightily through this study!! ♥

    • Hi Julie, I like the analogy of the “surprise” party also. I, too, began to think about how much God grieves when I do don’t as he asks. I think of my own children and WOW, the pain we experience as earthly parents when our children disobey or ignore us. I have a recent 18 year old high school graduate who is getting ready to go off to college, generally a good kid, but we have had some struggles on her trying to assert her independence. There are still rules and expectations, but none of that seems to matter. Some days I just feel like I am going to pull my hair out and other days I just get so upset, I think I may explode. Then I started thinking about God. He doesn’t just have me as a child, he has the whole world so I began to think, multiply my frustrations over the population of the world and we have an awesome Heavenly Father who continues to love us beyond what we certainly deserve or can imagine. I know I will be trying a bit harder to be obedient and say YES to GOD whenever I can!!! I don’t want to think about it grieving or being disappointed in me. It definitely brought a new perspective to me. #YestoGod #PalmsUP

  31. Brenda Adams says:

    I am constantly struggling with perfection. I know I am not nor will I ever be perfect and that holds me back to the nth degree sometimes. My head knows that I have grace and not works. My heart knows it too. It’s when I start getting overwhelmed with stress and lack of time that it starts kicking in and kicking my tail! I will break into this mode of ” I have to everything and I have to be everything and it ALL has to be perfect! I just want to love the Lord with all my heart, soul and mind. I just want to honor him in all I do. When the Bible says to do all things as unto the Lord I feel like I have to do the best I can in whatever it is. This is where I have a hard time drawing the line. Today I am just saying yest to the appointments that he has for me. I am going to try not to think about everything I have going on this week(YIKES!). Today is today and I do not want to waste it worrying about tomorrow. Pray for me today to just be able to love my Lord and say yes to him! I will pray for you all as well. Have a blessed day in Christ!

  32. Leigh Ann says:

    I’m new to verse mapping but really like it. It commits me to really get into the text and seek understanding. For today’s verse, I worked through the guidelines Heather provided, and also checked the internet for dictionaries….I found the Holman Bible Dictionary. Maybe it can be useful for others. Have a GREAT day with GOD !

  33. I was curious to see what today’s memory verse looked like in the ultra cool & modern message version, and so here’s what I found: “Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!” What a radical idea! To love God will everything that I have?! Mind boggling if I take that literally!!!
    I am reminded of a definition of “love” that I read – especially in the context of marriage…where you “love” even when you don’t feel like it, where it’s an attitude more than a feeling. To love God…even when my circumstances aren’t so great, or my mood isn’t the best, or my family isn’t doing exactly what I think they should be doing…I’m just grateful that the Holy Spirit is present to help me love God, that I don’t have to do it in my own strength that He has promised to give me His strength…
    Loved starting out my day with the prayer that Lysa prays : God, I want to see you. I want to hear you. I want to know you. I want to follow hard after you. And even before I know what I will face today, I say yes to you, Lord. Amen.
    Have a blessed start of the week, ladies!
    A ‘yes’ girl

  34. Loved chapter 1! My soul is longing for more. But am I willing to do whatever God says to do? I really need to put that to the test. I love Lysa’s morning surrender prayer and that “our desires turn into real action”. I’m looking forward to being more aware of God’s presence this week and journaling what that looks and feels like. Thanks for the inspiration to verse map – that’s new to me and sounds like a fun way to learn and interact with this week’s verse! Looking forward to the calls today, Kim (@kimstewinspired).

  35. I love the idea of verse mapping! That is one thing I will be trying. And wow, I have a heart yearning for for more of Jesus in my life, but I am beginning to realize I have not really given up control to Him. It sounds great as long as His plan goes along with what I want for my life, but to give it all up…that scares me terribly! I have a long road with some big steps ahead of me. Total surrender? I am not sure what that looks like yet, but YES GOD I am ready for You to take me where you want me. #PalmsUp. 🙂

    • Amy,
      I am like you in that I have never been able to give up total control to God which I have come to realize means that I have never put my entire trust in God. It is something I am working on and praying about and He led me to this Bible study. I know he wants me to say yes and to put my total trust in him! It scares me terribly also but something I have definitely learned along the way in my life is that every time I think I have things under control, something happens to show me I don’t. I have tried to take on the difficult times with God and without God and they go much smoother when you are trying to put your trust in God. This weeks verse says to “Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your strength!” Let’s surrender together and see where God takes us!! #YES TO GOD

  36. Lena Keys says:

    The verse mapping sounds very interesting I cant wait to try it. I do have a problem with
    remembering scriptures. I see therewill be a lot of different things involved in this next
    six weeks. Lord help me to give my full attention to this bible study that I may learn &
    receive whatever you have for me. Lord God give each of us a mindset to be attentive,
    receptitve, & open minded to get all that You have for us in this bible study. AMEN

  37. Melissa,
    I love this book and have even taught it to others! I’m so excited to be studying it again with al of the online ladiez!! I have said Yes to God and will be leaving for Kenya on August 8 for ten days on a mission trip! I will be speaking/ preaching for a group of women and Pastor’s wives! I will take you and this study with me! Praise God for His perfect timing!

  38. Im so excited about this study. This is something that I have needed for a long time. Verse mapping is awesome. I can’t wait to go through all the steps and see what God will reveal through His Word. Yesterday I went to church and the pastors message was on listening to God. How awesome is that! More affirmation that this is where I need to be!

  39. I am really looking forward to the verse mapping this go around. I want to saturated life with God’s Word. It’s gotta be easier to say YES when you know HIS Word!

  40. Verna Miller says:

    I’ve signed up but am not receiving any emails. Any ideas?

  41. This is my second time doing this study but it feels so new to me. I found myself highlighting many other things in my book that I missed the first time around. Deuteronomy 6:5 is such a wonderful passage. I love how it’s quoted in Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:30 too. It just goes to show how Jesus truly did REVEAL the Old Testament. I fall so short in my daily life when it comes to loving God with all my heart, soul, and strength. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t want to honor Him in ALL I do though. Ever since I re-dedicated my life to the Lord, the joy and peace I am experiencing is beyond explanation or understanding. My heart and soul understand it but it’s hard to put in words. I think it means I need to be willing to live FULLY for the Lord. When I hear His voice, I should not only listen but I need to obey. So many times I settled for the listening but didn’t go beyond that because of the fear in my heart. The thing is, I know what it’s like to live for myself and I know where it got me and I don’t EVER want to be there again. I recognize God’s ways are FAR better than mine and obeying Him is far less painful than living through the mistakes I’ve made along the way. Still, the Lord used those mistakes to bring me to where I am today and, for that, I’m thankful. Loving God with all my heart, soul, and strength is a lot easier than experiencing the consequences of my choices when I did things my way. That’s just what I’ve learned these past 2 months. God is so faithful. He gives each of us a new heart and a new start when we honor Him and follow Him. 🙂

  42. I love the link for verse mapping. Thank you Melissa! It’s given a name to what I have done with other verses plus some new pointers. Yesterday I was #palmsup as I worshiped my Lord & Savior during our morning service & during our Choir Praise & Worship concert in the evening. Oh how freeing & heart filling is was to focus on all God has done in my life & committing to say #YesToGod more each day.

  43. Marie Thompson says:

    Good morning! This is a reread for me…not a “re-study”…I have already marked things that I didn’t mark the first time through. I find myself only saying yes when it is comfortable…that is what needs to change in my life. So, that is my prayer for all of us, as well as for courage and boldness.
    I love the verse mapping concept. I really have a hard time memorizing scripture, using my age as an excuse. But I sense that will no longer work!!! Thanks for all the encouragement I am already seeing!!

  44. Dorothy Palmer says:

    My #palms are up! From what God has for me in this study. Has well as what He has for me on my spiritual reteat with my church this week!

  45. I love what Lysa said on page 16 of the paperback book: “God absolutely loves to take ordinary people and do extraordinary things in them, through them, and with them.” Guess what??? I’m just an ordinary person. Imagine the possibilities I may have to further His Kingdom. WOW! I had to sit and praise and thank God after reading that. I did this study awhile back but reading it again has brought fresh insight and new meaning to God’s and to Lysa’s words. I have on my dashboard Lysa’s prayer from page 14: “God I want to see You. God I want to know You. God I want to follow hard after You. And even before I know what I will face today, I say yes to You!”
    I am starting my day absolutely EXPECTING to see Him today. Blessings to each of you as you, too, see Him today.

  46. Hello I just had a question about the study. Are we just doing one chapter per week? I did chapter 1 yesterday but I did not know if we do a couple chapters a week or just the one chapter. Just thought someone could fill me in thank you!! 🙂

  47. Christine says:

    I just got done reading Ch 1 and verse mapping Deut 6:5 and loved it! My soul is longing for more and I am ready to Yes to God! I loved the notes you made in your book from page 13, showing the contrast between the things clamoring for attention in our hearts, verses scripture that tells us to love the Lord our God with all our hearts. I made the same notes in my book as a reminder! There are many things “clamoring for attention” in my heart that I need to repent of and surrender so that I can love the Lord with all of it!

  48. Never having done any study like this, I am anxious to see where the journey takes me. The oddest thought keeps popping in my head every time I read or think about saying Yes, and will I listen or not, etc.- No Deposit, No Return… I am of the (young) glass soda bottle generation, so I get it’s origin; but I guess if I’m not willing to put down a small deposit (reading this book, participating in this study?), in the end I reap no reward, or the return? So I’ve made this my mantra because nothing more brilliant is sticking in my head! Looking forward to this journey!

    • As I’ve read over the comments today, and checked out verse mapping? I started to pull out my blank recipe cards to use instead of index cards. But then I was curious to see if there were any cool free templates online, and of course there are! I like the idea that it is a “recipe” because I feel like I will truly be fed, and all my life, just like with cooking, I have sampled many recipes, but don’t seem to find the one that “tastes” the best. God will be my new recipe, and writing the verses on a fun card makes me more aware of how fun this journey will truly be with everyone! So if you want to jazz up your verses, look online for templates to print out!

  49. Kim Bridges says:

    I love, love, love the verse mapping! I’m an index card and spiral notebook queen as it is. I have index cards all over the place with scripture, thoughts and To Do lists on them 🙂 I’m so excited to spend time with other sisters in this adventure and life change.

  50. Patti Jo says:

    I thought my palms were up and my heart was open. I was then exposed to the Beth Moore “hair brush” story Friday afternoon and after reading Chapter 1 2x…I heard the still small voice urging a resolution to a family situation…and I had that struggle time…surely, you don’t mean that Lord. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
    Mat 25:40 was the very next thought in my head… it means saying yes, it means changing the status quo of our household, it means rocking the boat and not part of “Patti’s perfect Plan”… yes, to all that is what the small voice said. So hubby and I discussed it and holding hands we are saying yes. I’m so scared. I’ll need help and encouragement along the way so I think that’s why I’m here. Thanks for this study and this place to grow and develop

    • Prayers for you, Patti! Congratulations on already saying yes to God in an area that was very uncomfortable for you. I love that you and your husband said yes together while holding hands. Beautiful!

    • Love the hair brush story! Another perfect example of saying “Yes!” to God.

  51. Good morning, I just wanted to share what was in my heart last night when I started reading the book and joined the bible study……I was having a hard time in my spirit about a week ago and I just cried out to God to help me find something for my soul I was sad, felt incomplete and just needed a refreshing. I tried to read books I already had, I listened to different sermons on line but i was still feeling empty and frustrated. I started searching online for a womens blog or website with some inspiration and where I could maybe talk with other christian women about some of what I was feeling. I searched and searched and came up with nothing! Well, I went to the library last week and I was looking for a book that just stood out that I could read and get “refilled” I saw Lysa Terkeurst’s book Becoming more that bible study girl, and I checked it out and assumed that it would just be on the side of my bed looking at me until I had to return it…..well I opened it and started to read and what she was saying just spoke to me because it sounded like she could relate to everything I was feeling, so I went online and looked her up and was so amazed that I found Proverb 31 ministries!!! I was so excited, I started watching her on youtube and reading more of her blogs. With all that being said, God answered my prayer and I now I’m apart of this bible study and looking forward to seeing how God is going to use me. Thank you and God Bless you.

    • Shina: my experience has been when you are sad and empty its the best place to be to let God fill you up with happy. Glad to know you and I have shared a seat in the same boat…may you be filled today and come back for more tomorrow!

    • Isn’t it amazing how God can orchestrate events in your life to reveal Himself to you? The God of the whole universe made sure that a certain book was on a library shelf for you. We are so loved by Him!

    • Shina,
      the God who created the universe paused just for you. He knew exactly what you needed, and made sure you received it! Blessings from a good God.

  52. Hello Meliissa…..
    I did this study with our small women’s group at my Church a couple of years ago. It was wonderful!!
    BUT, I am looking forward to doing it again in a much deeper way that I can also bring to my ladies.
    Praise to our Lord, our most magnificent King!!!!
    Jackie MacGregor

  53. In studying the verse (Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength) and what it means – I think that it should be followed with “in all things and despite all circumstances”. Like if you just lost 2,000 words of your book or your husband walked out on you (which is what happened to me almost three years ago). I absolutely love this verse however sometimes I struggle with what this appears like from the outside. Does it appear like you are unaffected by anything that happens to you? Does it appear that you don’t “feel” enough or that you’re hiding your true feelings by just turning it all over to God and His will? Then, on the other side, can you do this and still “feel”? Or, when you “feel” the pain or suffering then are you taking it back and really NOT strong and giving the situation over to God?? Finally, I wonder if I just think too much and just need to DO it instead!! ;-).

    • Amanda Green says:

      I have struggled with this as well, but I think I have come to terms that for me it means that I am human, and I feel the pains of this world, but I love and understand God enough to know that he CAN handle this and he is bigger then anything in the world. One of my favorite verses is “HE that is in me is greater then he that is in the world” Just admitting that you hurt like everyone else, but you have a GOD unlike anyone else that will fight the battle, and heal the wounds.

    • Debi Schuhow says:

      Marlene, sometimes you will feel a peace that is beyond understanding when you obey. Praise Him when you do as it is a gift. Most of the time I still feel scared, angry, irritated when I obey God. But our feelings are not necessarily reality. The feelings swirl around in our humanness despite the obedience. What helps me is to talk to God about my feelings, and when my feelings are not in alignment with scripture I try not to give my feelings too much credit.

  54. First online bible study and excited to see where it takes me. Read first chapter yesterday and looking forward to going back over it today. My initial take aways from chapter one is “outside our comfort zone is where we experience the true awesomeness of God”; “women who say yes to God expect to see him,hear him, and be absolutely filled by his peace and joy”. I’m already outside my comfort zone Lord, but continuing to say Yes to wherever you take me expecting to see you, hear you and be filled with your peace and joy!

  55. I SO LOVE the idea of verse mapping (and I have said that for the last few studies) but I have not really tried it. This study, this verse, this day I am going to do it! I really want to start saying YES to Him in everything!

    I DO have soul that longs for more, I know…I feel it in every fiber of my being. I know I have tried to fill that longing in a variety of ways, forgetting that there is really only one way to fulfill that longing. I have seen myself allow God to do that in baby steps, but I keep a part of me away. Why am I SO afraid to give all of me? I have heard our reflection verse before, but that little word ALL, wow, it is just poking me with a stick! That is the real way to satisfy the yearnings and cravings of my soul. Just love my Savior ALL of me. PRAYING through the weeks ahead during this study and beyond that I I work to allows give it all! Oh yes, I sure have a soul that longs for more….and I am going to say yes to God more and more and more to fulfill that longing!

    Whatever God says? Oh boy! That sounds SO scary! The enemy is quick to jump in my head and start a list of all the things I might NOT want to say yes to. But I am going to shut out his ugly voice! I DO want to say yes to everything God has to say to me! I want to intentionally say YES, YES, YES!!! I will.

    Lisa 🙂

  56. Amanda Green says:

    Yesterday in a church we visited ( we just moved so we are searching for a home church) the pastor spoke about allowing God to use you, and opening your heart and hears to hear Gods plan for you, or calling, and during the closing prayer I prayed aloud to God asking him to show me my calling. Then yesterday afternoon I got a facebook post from a friend telling me about this online bible study, and asking if I wanted information on it. I said YES, I am always looking for creative ways to keep me in the word and learning. LITTLE did I know that GOD would was speaking to me. I started to read about this study and decided to read chapter one, see what I thought and go from there, well God directed this into my life, he is telling me first I need to Love him with all my heart, soul, and strength and be PALMS UP, and ready so that I can hear his calling. AMEN. I feel so thankful that God acted so quacking in placing on my heart direction for me. I feel in my heart he wants to use me some where, he just needs to prepare me for it.

  57. I’m so excited to begin this journey of living each day saying “Yes!” to God. Just finished reading Chapter One and have so much bookmarked and highlighted. Started my journal today, too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this available and leading us through this study. May God richly bless you!

  58. I am willing to say yes to God! #PalmsUp! This morning I woke up earlier than normal and was thinking and praying. God’s Spirit brought a verse to my memory, “do not be unequally yoked”. And I thought about it, I’m not unequally yoked with my husband, but do I see myself as God sees me in this yoking…in this team? I have been believing lies. It was if Gid was saying for me to see myself as He sees me, no better and no worse. Then God’s Spirit brought another verse to my memory…when Jesus said, come to me, all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest…my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

    I’m saying yes to God that I will take Him at His word! That I will see myself as He sees as He proclaims in His word…no more, no less. And today I will look at ways that I can be a good partner being ‘yoked’ with my husband and that I will stop fighting against it or giving up, but I will choose to work beside him in ministry and in life.

    I appreciate how God illustrates spiritual truth through illustrations sometimes. I’m also looking forward to this OBS and to see what else Gid asks of me.

  59. Amanda Green says:

    I am so sorry for the misspells, I have a 3 year old tugging at my arms right now asking to do his preschool games lol 🙂 Bless all you ladies on this adventure and I cant wait to grow, and see how you all grow as well!!

    • Melissa Taylor says:

      I love that you are doing Bible study and have a 3 year old tugging on you at the same time! You are in a blessed season of life! It goes fast so embrace it! I’m so glad you are doing this OBS with me and our awesome OBS community. Give that sweet 3 year old a hug from all of us!

  60. Andrea Dillard says:

    I already write verses on index cards and keep them in a mini photo album, but I love the idea of taking it to the next level with key words and all the other info. I learned in link. Thanks. andrea

  61. #palms up for me so ready to receive <3

  62. I read Chapter 1 yesterday and then went back and re read this morning. It’s amazing how much I missed. Every time I read parts I’ve highlighted I find something else. Some deeper meaning and some deeper feeling. I have struggled with saying yes to God my whole life. I am a control freak, and seriously can handle any situation better than the God of the Universe. Riiiiiiighhhht!;) It is going to be so hard for me to really Say YES to GOD all the time. But I WILL SAY YES!! No more only saying yes when I want to, or when I feel like it. Chapter 1 really gave me hope that just because I am so imperfect doesn’t mean that I am hopeless. I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to surrender it all to God. I feel like God is really asking me to REALLY TRUST HIM. I can say I fully trust Him all I want to, but sometimes my actions say other wise. I am EXPECTING to experience God in a way I never have before. I’m so excited! #Palms Up!

    • I can relate to struggling with perfection and wanting to be a control freak all the time. It just didn’t occur to me that in order to receive from God, I have to surrender myself first! What I’m finding is that the more I surrender and depend on God, the more I get to see His glory and miraculous works. So admitting my imperfections is an act of strength instead of weakness. I will pray for you to experience God mightily during this study!

  63. Started the study today with my best friend- we’re in Australia so we’re a day ahead…but we’re absolutely loving it…sat for hours discussing the chapter and what it means for us! Really excited to be on this journey together and with the rest of the OBS group!!!! Thank you so much Melissa, God Bless x

    • Amanda A.G. says:

      That’s great… One of my best friends actually told me about this study also. It is a wonderful blessing to have Christian friends to walk along side us in our journeys, especially true, genuine friends who share our faith and always tell us and seek the truth in love.

  64. This is my very first bible study EVER. Only two days in and I am already getting so much out of it. I have never tried, or even heard of Verse Mapping before…..I started out this morning and wow, what a difference it makes in really grasping and benefitting from the verse. One thing that has stood out to me so far in the verse is the use of the pronoun “your”. YOUR God…..YOUR heart….YOUR soul…..YOUR strength…. All of these things belong to me and are mine, through God. And most importantly, God is MINE! Wow! That concept just adds to the message for me. So much more good stuff in there to be mapped out. Just loving it. Thank you.

    • So glad you are loving your bible study experience. I joined my first one a few years ago and have been hooked ever since!

  65. This is my first P31 online study and I am really looking forward to it! I can already feel a shift as God is preparing me….seat belt is fastened!!! I have never done/heard of verse mapping prior to reading this post and have decided that I will do this with our weekly verse. I read through the post on Heather’s site and love it! Very excited about adding this to the study to dig even deeper!
    I read through chapter 1 yesterday and what really stood out to me was about how much is at stake when we miss the “yes” to God….The story Lysa shared about giving her bible away really spoke to me. Wow – she will never know the complete impact of that one yes until she reaches heaven….inspiring!!

  66. How wonderful to start this study! I visited the site about versemapping and am ready to begin. Index cards are ready. 🙂 I truly related to the comment in the book, on page 16 that says, “Being a woman who says yes to God means making the choice to trust Him even when you can’t understand why He requires some of the things He does.” Wow, that really is true. I find myself asking, “Why, oh, why?” when I should be saying, “God, I don’t need to know why, I just say YES to You.” 🙂
    Thanks again for the opportunity to be a part of this study and fellowship with these great women.

    • Tammie Earp says:

      I liked this comment too. I’ve been going through a lot the last 5 years that I don’t understand. Instead of turning to God, I’ve been angry. Praise God that he never abandons us and keeps drawing us back to him. I’m learning to say “I trust You even though I don’t understand” and to cry out to Him when I can’t take/do anymore. When I remember to do this, I experience a peace in the midst of the storm. #Palms up and saying Yes to God, in spite of the fear and releasing the control back to Him!!

  67. Okay, chapter 1 was INCREDIBLE. I think I practically highlighted the whole chapter! Haha I would like to know what secret device Lysa placed inside my brain to know all my thoughts! Especially when she wrote on page 13, “”Yes, Lord. I want Your patience to invade my desire to fly off the handle.” “Yes, Lord. I want Your perspective to keep my emotions in check.” “Yes, Lord. I want Your provision so things don’t seem so overwhelming.” “Yes, Lord. I want Your courage to do what I feel You calling me to do.” “Yes, Lord. I want and need more of You in every moment.”” All 5 of these things I have been praying for lately and it was so simple to just say yes to God, yet I was missing that point completely! It’s always the simple things that I have no clue about until God hits me with them and I’m like oh my goodness, duh! Anywho, that’s my little thing to share from chapter 1! I can tell the rest of this book is going to be incredible! I am going to give verse mapping a try this week. I am awful at memorizing scripture, so hopefully verse mapping will help me! 🙂

  68. Darlene O. says:

    Like the idea of verse mapping will try it today with Deut6:5. Special verse for me as it is the law used in the parable of the Good Samartan which was the theme of the first message I gave as a lay person in my church when our pastor was on holidays July 14,2013 an awesome experience.

  69. Good morning lovelies – As I pondered our verse in Deuteronomy, I was struck by how similar it is to Proverbs 3:5 – especially the beginning. LOVE the Lord with all your heart (Deut 6:5) TRUST the Lord with all your heart (Prov 3:5). I always love God but do I always trust Him? When I worked through the questions last evening I realized that my biggest obstacle is letting go, relinquishing control, to being OK with the unseen and unknown. Then I thought how silly I am to think that my Heavenly Father would ever let anything come into my life without giving me what I needed for it. Today as I read and prayed, I prayed for childlike faith, for faith that does not question or second guess or analyze a situation from every imaginable angle, for faith that doesn’t swim around waiting for clearer waters, for faith that hasn’t been marred by hurt or disappointment by others, for faith that simply ACCEPTS with gratitude the blessings God has just for me.

    Did you see the picture on Heather’s site? WOW!!! That is how I feel when I pray – like I am sitting in conversation with Christ. Now that I’ve “seen” the picture, I want to LISTEN and HEAR God’s word and teachings not just dump all of my burdens and troubles at his feet. Conversation is after all a dialogue between two people and that means that I need to do my share of the listening too 🙂

    Oh ladies, I can already tell God is going to bless us beyond our wildest dreams. Happy Monday fellow “Yes girls” #palmsup


  70. Tracie P. says:

    I definitely love finding out how to map a verse. Wow, after breaking it down into what it means to me I find more truths than I ever would have without trying this. I’m sold on this study tool!

    • Tracie…so excited that you tried and loved verse mapping! It’s one of my favorite things, too 🙂 So awesome that we can study the word together. Praying that He will continue to pour revelation on you as you continue to dig deeper in His Word!

  71. Amy-Beth says:

    The Bible verse to me means letting Go.. To really let go. When reading this chapter I had so many light bulb moments. I really like it when you said God doesn’t want us to be all together. Depending on God to provide has been a real issue with me. I live on a VERY VERY tight budget. So to let go with all my heart,mind ,soul and budget is very scary. Don’t we always think we know how to handle things better then God??? Saying Yes is the first step to Loving God with “ALL” my heart, soul and Strength.(and Budget) <3

  72. Like several other ladies out there, this is my very first OBS and I am so excited to begin. I have read through chapter one twice now, highlighting passages that spoke to me and journaling about them. I am now anxious to go back and try verse mapping on my next read through. I have to say I have also noticed God speaking to me in amazing ways lately. I have grown a lot in this area (listening to God) over the course of the summer as I have battled through anxiety. God has really breathed new life into me and I am ready (I think!) for this next chapter of my journey with Him. I think God has been speaking to us about the next goals HE has for us. It was almost funny, during church service this weekend there was a posting in the bulletin about taking a class to become a small group leader, for a moment I had thought about it. Then when I had trouble sleeping last night my husband said to me…”Have you ever thought about starting your own small group?” We agreed to pray about this every day this week to see if this is where God is leading us! And if it is, I”m asking God to prepare me to say YES!
    Sending you all blessings for a beautiful start to your week!

    • We are glad to have you join us. Doesn’t God work in mysterious ways? Starting a small group will definitely take work, but with God’s strength and blessing, the rewards will be absolutely worth it. Praying for you and this next chapter of your life!

  73. YAY for day 1 of #YesToGod. I started reading chapter one last night and am already feeling the effects of saying YES no matter what. There are no doubt times God has been calling me, maybe screaming is better here, but I have reluctantly said a big NO…. not anymore, I want to be a straight up YES GIRL 🙂

    • Me, too! It’s exhilarating. Like having a cold shower and an iced coffee after a 5 mile run. Although I have never done that. 🙂

  74. Charity Hall says:

    I have been so encouraged, challenged, and blessed to be a part of this online Bible study! This is my very first online study and I am loving it. I have read the first chapter, and what really spoke to me was the “A Party in Your Honor”, pages 17-18, and “The Road That Leads to Blessing”, pages 18-19. I know there have been many times that I have missed God’s blessing for me because I have lacked obedience, so I want to learn to truly say “Yes God” in every area of my life, holding nothing back. The times in my life where I have done this I have seen God do amazing things in my life and strengthen my spiritual walk with Him. I’ve also learned that saying “Yes God” doesn’t necessarily mean He will change your physical location, but He will change your heart location to learn toward Him and His Word. As my heart is turned toward God and I am saturated with His Word, my spiritual eyes will be open to the direction and opportunities to speak God’s Word to others. “Thank you Lord for it is all about You and equipping me. I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to be a vessel given completely for Your use every moment of every day. Cleanse me, fill me, use me, change me to be more like You. I can do nothing on my own, but ‘I can do all thing through Him who strengthens me.(Phil. 4:13 ESV)’ Amen.”

  75. Loved the first chapter.I loved the “Don’t stumble over fearing.that you wont be perfect or that you are sure to mess up.Saying yes to God isn’t about perfect performance.Wow hit me right in the face.

  76. Nancy Silvers says:

    Loved Chapter one….makes me so sad to think of all the missed opportunities to touch peoples lives because I said “no”. Not just the ones immediately in front of me but the ones that could have been touched by the ripple affect. I touch one, they touch one, and so on and so forth. I am #PalmsUp and #SayYesToGo for now on. Lord, help me to hear your voice and to step out in faith that you will equip me to do whatever you call me to do. To touch the lives you put in front of me each day. To fill me with your stength and boldness as I say YES LORD today and always. Amen
    I have my journal ready, will be writing key phrases in it from chapter one and I am going to Verse Map Duet 6:5 I want to KNOW God’s word in such a deeper way and I know verse mapping will certainly do that for me 🙂 God Bless!

  77. Theresa S says:

    Are you willing to do whatever God says to do? I know that within my heart there is a yearning to have the freedom to do whatever God wants me to do! There is also a fear of not knowing what will happen when I do what He calls me to do. I struggle with approval and it is something God has been working to change in me. That what I do or say is for His glory and to please Him and Him alone. My biggest challenge is with in my own home with my husband who’s not quite walking with God. When I speak what God wants me to say about the choices he makes for the house, his business or his thought patterns, I am bombarded with dis-approval most of the time. I take that to heart and I shouldn’t for I am only saying words that God is leading me to speak. When it comes to other people outside my family I am taking greater steps to speak as God calls me to, to come out of my shell and walk in not needing to approved.

  78. This Monday morning I struggled out of bed, my to-do list weighing on me heavily. Once up, I wanted to go to this list and get “doing”…but I wrestled myself to do my quiet time first. What a blessing to start the week this way! It re-focused my heart, mind, and strength to the things that God has for me today…and the to-do list seems way less of a burden! Giving thanks and praise to the One who holds me through this day…

  79. Amanda A.G. says:

    First, verse mapping is right up my alley. I AMA teacher, so working with words and Scripture like school is the way I think. I even thought I could get a recipe box or just an index card box to store the cards to review them later.

    Then, in thinking about Deuteronomy 6:5, in order to love theLord with my whole self, (my heart, soul and strength,) I want to go to bed and wake up each night and day focused on serving Christ above everything else.

  80. Sharon Serrano says:

    Reading this today reminds me of a song we sing in church, “tengo hambre de ti, de tu presencia, de tu fragancia de tu poder…hambre que duele que debilita que desespera por ti”. So in english it would say I am hungry for you, hungry for your presence, hungry foe your fragrance, hungry for your power…..its a hunger that causes weakness and makes me desperate for you!!!!
    Its in spanisg but enjoy!!!!!

  81. Hello.. I definitely have a soul that longs for more. That is how I found Proverbs 31. Something is missing within me and I know that its my lackluster relationship with God. I have fallen off the wagon of sorts. I used to read my bible everyday..but when I sit back and think about when I read my bible.. was I really READING it and asorbing all that he has to say to me? I don’t feel like I was , I feel like I was just going through the motions and that is why even though I was reading my bible and praying I still felt unsatisfied. I am hoping that by taking this online bible study it will have a major impact for me to truly understand, hear, and receive Gods word and what he is telling me. I want to hear him and feel his presence all around.. I mean.. what better way to live!!!! I would like to beleive I would do whatever God says to do.. and put all of my faith and trust in him but I would be lying if I said yes. I am hoping that with me developing a deeper understanding of him that my faith will overflow and I will openly hear and receive his words palms up!!!!

    • Good morning, Makeeta! So happy you are here seeking God with all of us! The word says we will find Him when we seek Him will all of our heart (Jer. 29:13) and that as we draw near to Him He draws near to us (James 4:8). So keep pressing in sister! Keep seeking, keep praising, keep worshiping….you shall surely find yourself in the middle of His sweet presence! Blessings! 🙂

  82. First of all, I am so excited about Verse Mapping! I have never done it before, and I cannot wait to see how this brings the Word alive in my studies and life. One of the things that I have been praying for in this new endeavor is for God to help me with time. I have the time, I just do not use it terribly wisely. I am praising God today, because I reclaimed an hour of precious sleep time (precious to me) for my God. For me, that hour was my sacrifice of praise. I am so grateful to God for helping me with this. I had to take the first step in asking God for His help knowing full well that He is faithful. And of course, I had to be sure not to bee line right back to bed after my shower. God is so good!

  83. Sandy Juergens says:

    I want to be the Radically Obedient woman who makes the choice to say yes to God!!!

  84. Chapter 1 has been absolutely convicting to me. I loved page 17-19 when Lysa likens our lives with God to a surprise party. WOW. I am already feeling huge changes in my life. I am fully palms up in this and giving myself to Him. After reading Deuteronomy 6:5, I looked at my Bible before I closed it. On the opposite page was a study section on homeschooling. We pulled our 2 older children from public school after Christmas after being strongly pulled to do so. I ended up pouring through my Bible, doing an in-depth look at homeschooling and finding so many answers to places we have been struggling. I am so excited to see how saying Yes to God is going to change every aspect of my life! It feels crazy wonderful for my control freak self to give Him the control. So peaceful and exciting. I didn’t drag myself out of bed this morning. I layed there long enough to nurse the baby and tell God that my day is all His. I have accomplished more in an hour this morning than I did all weekend with 4 kids at home! And I am in a great mood!

  85. I was blessed to see that Deuteronomy 6:5 was the starting verse for this study. It is a verse I had memorized long ago and continued to meditate upon throughout the years. But for some reason it fell new and fresh this time around. Even though I knew it from memory, I still went ahead and put it on an index card. I have been using the index cards and Heather’s concept of verse mapping for some time, although I am excited to utilize a few of her additional tips with verse memorization. And with this verse, even though it is already memorized, I look forward to how the Lord transforms my heart through meditating on this verse. For me, I have come to learn thus far that loving the Lord with your whole heart, soul, and strength cannot happen on my own. I am not capable of loving God…but God is capable. It is only through his love poured on me that I have the love to love him. Out of the overflow of the love that I have accepted from God am I able to love him in return. Praise the Lord I am not alone, for he is with me, equipping me, giving me the love and strength I need to love him. And oh what amazing love he deserves!

    • Tammy B OBS Small Group Leader says:

      Mary –

      Isn’t great how even though we memorize verses at different times in our life God can reveal an even deeper meaning to us? I was thinking on this as well and how when I memorized this verse as a young girl, although I was hiding his Word in my heart, I really had no clue to depths of His love for me or how to really love back. The growth we experience and the fact that He never gives up on us is truly a blessing!

      Thanks for sharing!

  86. Hi ladies,
    My name is Tiffany. When it comes to verse mapping I am the queen of rewriting the verse! Since I’m doing the study, I like to keep the verse close, so this weeks verse is written in my spiral notebook with the rest of my notes. I love the idea of concentrating on the verse through out the day, and writing out what it means to me. This is a new approach I think I may try!

    As for the daily questions today – I have a soul that does long for more in my relationship with God. I feel that I am missing out on something very dear, and that I must make the effort to add more from God into my life – by doing this I will accept and be willing to do whatever God says and urges me to do.

    God bless each of you!

  87. I am sooooo excited to see what God has in store for me! I am ready to say YES!

  88. WOW! I LOVE how God reaffirms things to me all the time. I am always listening to an online Christian radio station and just as I was reading today’s post, Lincoln Brewster’s “Love the Lord Your God” came on. It is Deut. 6:5 set to music — almost word for word. I know that was a “God thing.” I have my #palms up, so I received that as a gift directly from Him.

  89. I do have a soul that longs for more and I am willing to do whatever God says to do! I say yes!
    I love verse mapping. It has helped me so much to dig deeper into God’s Word.
    My take aways for ch.1: If you want radical change/blessing, you have to be radically obedient; that saying yes to God is what my soul is hungering for; I don’t have to be perfect or wait for perfect timing to say yes to God; that I need to embrace a bigger vision for my life through obedience; and that the God of the universe wants to use ME! Wow Lord, thank you!

  90. This, too, is my first OBS. I signed up because I need to get fired up, find the passion with God. I’ve had glimpses of Him, moments in which I knew He was right beside me, but I seem to keep myself at arm’s distance. I struggle with complacency; I KNOW God is there, I KNOW He’s taking care of me–what need I worry about? And I know this isn’t a bad attitude to have, but when it keeps you from strengthening your relationship with God, from pursuing a deeper love and understanding with Him, that’s the problem. I do all the “right” things: read my Bible daily, pray, attend church and Bible study. In two weeks, a women’s Bible study through my church will be started and I will be leading. I have the knowledge, I have the understanding, I have the words to say and the verses to give–but sometimes I feel that I’m playacting, and that scares me. So, I’m honestly getting started, still feeling that nonchalance and complacency, and I’m praying that in saying yes and surrendering to God, every day–I awoke this morning with the simple prayer that my yes to God truly be yes–He will take this obedience to seek Him and turn it into heartfelt love that seeps out of every pore.

    Though I don’t know anyone else in this study, I pray not only for my own heart, but for all of you who have made this commitment, and for our leaders of this study. To see the huge impact it’s already made (even before it officially started!) is truly of God, and I’m grateful to be part of this life changing study, because, though I’m not feeling it right now, I KNOW it will be life changing, because I’ve told God YES!!

    • Olivia, welcome to OBS! So happy you’ve joined us. Just wanted to tell you God loves you so much right where you are at. He sees your heart and your yearning and your Yes to Him and He want to radically bless all of that. Lord, I pray that you would fill Olivia right now with the knowledge of how much you love her and how much you desire for her to draw near to you. Lord, let your Spirit make known to her and guide her in the specific ways you would have her let go so that she can completely open her heart to you and connect in a way she’s never known before – in a way she’s never even deemed possible. Show yourself to her in a big way through this study, giving her the faith and trust she needs to begin letting down her guard so that she can experience that connection her heart is longing for in you. And I just thank you and praise you for all the work you’re going to do in her heart and in her life through this study and all the OBS gals. In Jesus name, Amen.

  91. Thanks for the verse mapping link! What a great idea! This is the first I’ve been introduced to that method and I’m really excited to give it a try!

  92. In reading chapter one. I realize I have lost my perspective on how mighty God is. Dealing with a child with mental illness has completely broke my heart. I am now facing difficult choices on places for her to live. I have done it for 3 years. God is wanting me to let go and have her go to group home. I have to love God with all my heart in turn I will be able to trust Him more with my decision . Listening to His voice at times is difficult especially when I don’t like the answer. Lord help me to say yes to your voice daily.

    • Tammy B OBS Small Group Leader says:

      Mary –

      I think we all struggle with those times when we don’t like or didn’t pick the answer we receive. Letting go of our own will and desire is just so darn hard. Something I do when I get stuck in these moments is remind myself that HE is the God of the universe – I’m not! It’s a rather simple way to look at it – but I’m a simple girl and I seem to get it more by breaking it down this way. Once I accept that – I work to trust that whatever his plan – although He may not choose to reveal all the details to me…..it’s the best plan there is and I work to be obedient in it.

      I will pray with and for you that each day we both(and the rest of the group participating) say YES daily to Him!

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      praying sweet sister. What a hard decision. Cling to Jesus.

    • Debi Schuhow says:

      Mary, as one who has watched my daughter deteriorate over 12 years due to drug addiction I can relate to the difficulty of letting go. I had so much guilt over my daughter’s decisions, I so much wanted to prevent her from the pain she was experiencing and would continue to experience.
      Father God, please guide Mary to the living situation you have picked out for her daughter. Release Mary from guilt, if any, and help her to realize that she is loved despite any past decisions. Help her to understand that You can overcome mental illness. A touch from you can accomplish so much more than medications and years of therapy. Help her to understand that you have foreseen this situation and her daughter’s mental illness and you have foreseen the answer. Infuse her with Your Grace to trust You for her daughter’s care and future. Amen.

  93. Melissa Taylor says:

    Yes Girls! I’m so excited reading through your comments this morning. I bet there is a celebration going on in Heaven right now because you have said yes to God!

    Love you and I’m praying for you!

  94. I just made a comment to a friend that I was stuggling with memorizing and really connecting with scripture. I love this idea of mapping.

  95. Christine says:

    I’m a newbie also, I just finished “Stressed-less Living” on my own because I was too late for the study. I cannot tell you how much it helped me get re-focused! I have been looking forward to the Yes study since I first heard of it!
    When I read the theme verse yesterday, I could not help but think about Zachariah 4:6 also, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty”. So we are not to love the Lord on our own power, in fact, we can’t do this without the Holy Spirit! We must have #palmsup to the Holy Spirit so HE can work in us so we CAN love Him with everything!

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      Welcome, Christine. You are going to love it here. I am praying all of our minds are renewed and we learn to say YES no matter what He asks!!!

  96. Patricia Davey says:

    I do have a Soul longing for MORE because I know I have been lost and now I am Found ….Yes Lord I WILL DO WHAT EVER YOU WANT…..

    I will try that Verse mapping it looks like a great way to really dig into your word


  97. I was so excited to start this study. I am going through a very challenging time in my life right now. It is so hard to know what to do and to just give it all to God. I am currently in Wales with my fiance and my children are back in America. It is so difficult to be away from them. I will have to return to America soon as I am not allowed to stay in the UK longer than 6 months and I desperately need to get back to my children. I am so scared to go back though because I have no home, no job and no friends or family that I can stay with and my soon to be husband cant go with me. We have to wait for immigration to approve is visa. My exhusband was not a Christian and always tried to lead me astray but now being with a Christian man, he keeps telling me just to trust that God will provide. And he will help me all along the way as well.

    It is so scary to say Yes to God when I am so scared I will have no place to go to. This study is exactly what I needed to help bring me closer to Him and give me strength through Him.

    • Sometimes trusting God does not come easily but if you do, He will bless you. He will provide for all your needs.

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      Oh sweet sister, Kim

      Please know OBS is praying for you. God is a God of encouragement because He is good so keep seeking Him with your whole heart. When Joshua went into the promised land, God told him over and over to not be afraid or discouraged. He also said, “DON’T LET MY WORD DEPART OUT OF YOUR MOUTH.” Keep speaking God’s truth.
      “Worship is….entering into God’s presence expecting His love, peace, and joy to overtake you no matter how you feel at the moment. It’s proclaiming that He is bigger than anything you face.” Stormie Omartian

      ~~~ Let that above really soak in. Our God is bigger than anything you could possibly imagine or think of!!!!!!

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Praying for you Kim that the Lord will provide all your needs!!!
      Matthew 6:8 “Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”
      The Lord is watching over you as you trust in Him Kim. So glad you said Yes and are here with us in this study!!! 🙂 ♥

  98. I love how God always speaks and confirms His message in more than one place. Yesterday in Sunday School one of the verses we read was Deut. 6:5 which is this week’s memory verse. In previous verses God had spoken and given the Ten Commandments. He had just instructed Moses and the people on what to do and how to live as they journeyed to the land He would give them to possess. Just as He instructed them, He instructs us. He has a land for each of us to possess, a destiny, a purpose, and He is so gracious to tell us what we need to do to get there. In verses 3 and 4 God repeats the command “hear.” He speaks and we have the ability to hear what He is saying. Our memory verse, Deut. 6:5, is our response (or what our response should be) to Him and His words to us. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with with all your strength.” When we say “yes” to His instructions to us, when we choose to walk in obedience no matter the costs or circumstances, when we lay down our will for His, this is the response He desires. As we surrender and obey, #palmsup, we are loving Him with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength. Teach us surrender, Lord, and give us courage to obey, trusting that the words You speak and the instructions You give are birthed out of amazing Your love for us. Let our response be loving You with our whole selves. Let our answer be “yes.”

  99. This is a hard one for me. I want to love my Lord with all my heart with all my soul and with all my strength. I am learning and I know I have changed from where I use to be and I thank him that he is with me and working in me. So I am EXPECTING;
    To hear from God.
    To learn to love him more.
    T0 give all things over to Him. (Cast your cares)
    To Go to him first. (For him to direct me in all I do)
    To use his word as my power.
    To trust in Him completely.
    To BELIEVE in Him unconditionally.

    I pray that this study will change me into the loving person and trusting person God wants me to be. HELP ME LORD in Jesus name I pray. Amen

  100. I have been struggling with how to say yes to God with chronic illness. I have many physical limitations and some days I don’t have much to offer. I hope that this study can help me with where I am, as I have so many overwhelming circumstances. I know that God sees me and is with me in my struggle.

    I did say yes and obey when He asked me to quit my job because of health issues, so I know that He will work things out in his timing. I want to be a ” palms up” kinda girl, even if….

    Looking forward to learning more about how God can use me even in the worst of situations!

    • Kim, I have health issues that led to many changes in my life. It’s hard to see how God is working in our situations sometimes…but He is. I’ll be praying for you.

  101. I didn’t realize I was struggling with trust and fear in God until I read the first chapter and started reading through the questions and diving in. I have to learn to let go and let God! I thought I had gotten to the point where God was in control of my life. I still haven’t let him lead me in the dance, I have been trying to lead. Imagine me dancing with God and stepping all over his toes, not a pretty sight..LOL

    I love the verse mapping. Thank you!

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      When Joshua went into the promised land, God told him over and over to not be afraid or discouraged. He also said, “DON’T LET MY WORD DEPART OUT OF YOUR MOUTH.” Keep speaking God’s truth.
      “Worship is….entering into God’s presence expecting His love, peace, and joy to overtake you no matter how you feel at the moment. It’s proclaiming that He is bigger than anything you face.” Stormie Omartian

      ~~~ Let that above really soak in. Our God is bigger than anything you could possibly imagine or think of!!!!!!

  102. I have felt the call to grow deeper and increase my intimacy with my Lord and savior for some time. But I have struggled with tangible ways to do that every day. Too often my morning quiet time ends and I forget to look for God in the rest of my day. I get distracted by life’s “everything else” and it isn’t until the next morning that I come back to God. Today I realized that when I am at work and I’m orchestrating the chaos that is my job I carry a folded piece of paper in my pocket to use to jot notes throughout my shift about things I need to follow up on or remember to take care of. Whenever I have a free second I can pull out that list and tackle or address something on it. It struck me that I can carry God with me that same way during the weekdays when I’m not working. I have my folded piece of paper with today’s verse and my first mapping attempts on it ready to go in my pocket. It is a “tangible” reminder for me to keep coming back to him throughout the day.

    I was also touched by reading the context of our verse, specifically the verses following. It stood out to me that God wants us to surround ourselves with him, to talk about His commands everywhere and all the time and to put them in places where we will see and remember them. I pray that I can bring more God into my day.

    • Tammy B OBS Small Group Leader says:

      Rachel –

      I work outside the home as well and my office has little post it’s or pieces of paper posted on my phone, my computer screen and even on the opposite wall of where I look across from my chair as a means to reminder me of little cues – like guarding my heart- thinking about how I speak – and being the light! Putting something in my pocket is an AWESOME idea though as I’m often out of the floor of the facility I work in and this would be another reminder when I’m not in my “safe haven” Thanks for sharing!

    YES LORD…….

  104. It is so freeing to know I don’t have to have to have my act all together and perfect – God will use me right where I am! He will provide me with whatever I need to handle anything He has planned for me at any given moment!

    • Suzanne P. says:

      Hi Beckey, well said, I couldn’t agree more. I think it is very easy to get into that mode of working to become something perfect so that God can use us when actually he wants to use us now, he just wants our willingness and #open palms. Thanks for your post, Suzanne

      • Thanks Suzanne. I have to keep reminding myself that God doesn’t expect perfection. He even tells us that His strength is made perfect in our weakness!

  105. Two things I had to share:
    First, from my Facebook page:
    #YesToGod – Loving starting “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” on my Birthday! Had to share a website I found researching Deuteronomy 6:5: http://skipmoen.com/tag/deuteronomy-65/. I love Skip Moen – he’s so insightful. I especially like the idea of the concentric circles of heart, soul and strength – so much different from the way I used to picture it! That portion is an the bottom of the page.

    Second: Margaret Feinberg introduced me to a concept she calls “The Sacred Echo” – she wrote a wonderful book about it, pointing to the fact that when God has something to share with us, He “echoes” in sermons, Bible studies, conversations with friends, to ensure we get the point. I had one of those happen yesterday between the sermon I heard and the Bible study I did, and it really hit home that God has some changes for me in my prioritization of the things of the world v. His best for me. Would you please pray for me for clarity in the specific areas of life He would like me to change? I’m not 100% sure of what He wants me to do where, and I want to want to be obedient to His plan for me! 🙂

    Much love,

  106. mari beth says:

    Struggling to remember to keep my palms up and accept the gift God gave me when I said yes to the gift of my daughter Grace.. She is enough to try the patience of a saint with the stomach flu. In many other areas I have said yes to God because I love him.

  107. I love this verse mapping! So I combined Deuteronomy 6:5 with my daily devotion verse Psalm 127- and one way to love The Lord with all my heart, soul and might is to remember that everything I have is a gift from God and everything I do can be centered in the Lord!

  108. This is going to be an exciting study….can’t wait to get further into this study…..this is just what I needed…thanks ladies for doing this online bible study.

  109. I learned about verse mapping during the Stressed-Less Living study, and I found myself memorizing so many scriptures and recalling them to others in discussions! I love it! So, yesterday I wasted no time in getting 4 of my 3×5 index cards and getting busy. I post one on my bathroom mirror, one in my car, one at work, and I share one with my husband.

    When studying the scripture, I couldn’t help but suspect that God had a divine purpose for the order in which he listed his commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your HEART and all your SOUL and with all your strength.” (Dut 6:5 NIV)

    The HEART is stated first, which is the organ that keeps us alive and provides all the essentials to the rest of our body to keep us functioning. Without it, we would die.

    The SOUL, which is sometimes referred to as the mind, is the part that leads our behaviours and habits.

    Our STRENGTH is our body, our flesh. I love that He listed this last as it is truly the weakest part of our beings.

    These were just some thoughts I jotted down while verse mapping yesterday, and I would love to hear any input you may have to this thought. I am thankful for this study, excited about the reading and the scripture studies, and I pray for you, the Proverbs31 team, and all the participants who the Lord our God is thouching through this ministry. Keep your #PalmsUp!

  110. This is my second time reading this book and I am realizing that God is speaking to me in so many ways, even differently from the last time. I know He will use this book and now this study again for His greater glory and for my good. I am so humbled by all your posts here, ladies. I am so humbled that God is allowing me to be a part of His change. I want to change and say YES to Him everyday! Please God, help us all do that!

  111. Yup, I am a higlighting freak! I love it. Different colors, all that fun stuff. I read the first chapter last night and I felt like I was highlighting the WHOLE thing. Wednesdays I am going to post on my own personal blog about my reflections and such from the current weeks activities…that way I can compile them all into one. Obviously sharing on here, FB and Twitter.

  112. It is so good to see all you ladies here who are participating here in the study. I need a lot of prayers right now and feel so far from God. I have helped out others and feel like me and my family has suffered for helping others who have taken advantage of us. My church I feel has even turned against me because I felt I had to do what is right. I have become a NO person and feel that I have so much bitterness and hurt. Pray for me ladies to become a YES girl.

    • Suzanne P. says:

      I am praying for you now, Mary Beth. It sounds like perhaps you have tried to be a YES girl in the past and feel that you were taken advantage of…I pray for all of us that we can be YES girls with open palms and open hearts, with real freedom that comes from above. Suzanne

    • Lynda Floyd says:

      I do understand what you saying, and life can cause us to shut down. The sad thing is when we shut down it takes His joy away. I have been dealing for almost 3 years of terrible abuse. There are days that I have no words, I try to pray and find myself just sitting in the middle of my bed. I have nothing that will come forth, and other days I just cry. I know that when I cannot pray, the Spirit that lives in me is praying for me. The same goes for you, know with all your heart that God is watching over you. He knows every tear that has been shed, He knows every emotion and heartache you have suffered. He loves you just as you are, He already knew what was going to take place before it ever did. You might be a no girl to people, but your a yes girl to God, or you would not of posted here. I will keep you in my prayers and ask God to just personally build a relationship with you. Thats truly what its all about, our walk with Him, one on one. God bless you.

  113. Suzanne P. says:

    Do you have a soul that longs for more? That question resonates with me. I am just finishing a degree that has been a long time goal of mine and said to a friend I hope I can keep the “stirrings” away. She wrote back with a chuckle confirming that she has dealt with the “stirrings” all her life too, although might have given them a different name. The conversation here and the bit of reading that I have done is causing me to re-examine the “stirrings”, perhaps that is another name for a “soul that longs for more” and the real question is how that longing is channeled. When asked last week what I want to share it was easy for me to reply that I have come to a point in my own “grief journey” that I want to be able to “comfort others with the comfort God has comforted me” (II Cor 1:3-4). So now has I close an academic journey I want to put heart and soul into this spiritual journey and see where God takes me….#palms up. Suzanne

  114. Wow what awesome testimonies already. I already love what God is doing with this study and the verse in deu 6:5 just goes along with me wanting to DIG DEEP ! What awesome confirmation from God that I am where I am supposed to be in searching for a deeper and stronger understanding of a wonderful God, so excited for the journey I will take with the YES girls and my God!

  115. As I read chapter 1, I kept asking myself if I could do what Lysa did….could I give away my Bible? Up until reading this I don’t think I could/would but I’m praying for a change in me. I want to always say yes to God. No matter what He asks me to do. Thinking about whether or not I would have done what she did I realized that if I can’t say yes to God for the little things then there’s no way I’d say yes to the big things. All that is behind me and with strength from God I am going to be a Yes girl!

  116. Hey I just read the 4:8 principle before this study he suggest carrying a verse in your pocket everyday for a day and read to memorize after one year you will have 52 vs committed to memory

  117. Lynda Floyd says:

    Chapter 1 touched my heart, I have so many notes. I will start off with when she gave her bible to the man. I thought the same way, oh my goodness I could not give up my bible. All my personal prayers, notes, highlights, as she said, ever pictures my kids drew in it. But as I read more, I realized that every prayer, note, picture and highlight is set in my heart. God gave that to me, and if I was able to share that with someone else and see the outcome what a blessing. We don’t always get to know what takes place after we minister to people. But what a blessing she got from both people on the plane. I wonder to myself, who else heard her speaking to this man, but did not go to her. I am so blessed to be in this bible study group, so excited to be a yes to God girl. Have a wonderful day full of love and joy. God bless you all.

  118. I have just read this study and I am amazed how God’s word is so real and applicable to our lives. I just read earlier today about how God’s grace IS sufficient for you, This goes right along with it.. When you say yes to God you are experiencing God’s grace and it is IS sufficient for you. I am excited about this study and hope to learn lots from it!

  119. Michelle Romero says:

    I woke up this morning with Deuteronomy 6:5 in my mind and on my tongue. I’m so excited to start verse mapping today. Thanks!

  120. TABITHA JONES says:

    I read through the first chapter for the second time yesterday and it has really made me stop and think. I have really been on fire for the Lord this past week so I was so excited when I realized our study started yesterday. We were in revival last week and the Lord really worked on me then. I have been holding back and not doing totally what I should for him but during the revival I said YES to God about some things and I have felt like it has changed me totally. I have been soaking in his word this past week. It seems every free moment I have, I have had my bible in my hand and it is such a good feeling.
    I started my day today by praying the prayer that Lysa said she prayed before her feet ever hit the floor and I hope I can live and be exactly what GOD wants from me.
    I am tired from a week of revival and the everyday activites and work that I have been doing but it seems when it comes to focusing on his word he take all the tiredness away. It is just like our verse for this week we Love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind. He will take care of you if you do his will. God is so good. I am looking forward to say YES to God more and growing in his word.
    I pray for each lady in this study and hope you all have a blessed day.

  121. I certainly have a soul that longs for more. I’m always wanting to work more hours to get this and get that. Now I have myself in a bind where I have to work everyday that may church small group meets and nearly every Sunday. Its my fault, I did it to myself trying to be “fulfilled”. Then I ran across this online bible study group and thought it would be a perfect way to try to get my NOT SO PERFECT life as best as could be for GOD. I want to Say YES to God in all that I do. I’m just having a hard time learning how.

  122. I said Yes to God two years ago. He is now slowly revealing the next fragment of my journey in serving Him. He hit me over the head with Proverbs31 and I know that this Bible Study is his whisper to keep me on track. Sometimes, we have to patiently wait with #palmsup, but he never fails to answer how we can serve him. Will you be emailing soon about the blog hop?

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      Awesome. This OBS community is where my crazy on fire relationship with Jesus Christ started. STay on track sweet sister.

  123. Stephanie says:

    I’m very excited to dive into this book and God’s word! I’ve never done verse mapping before and I’m anxious to see how it will help me to keep God’s closein mind throughout my day and week! I want to learn to hear God’s voice over my own doubtful thoughts. I said yes to God when I made the decision to dedicate myself to being a homemaker instead of going to college. I find myself often dwelling on how I said yes to God then but I’m ready to see what God calling me to do next! Big or small I’m #palmsup so God can hand me whatever he has in store for me!

    • Absolutely Stephanie!! I actually completed my nursing degree and worked for many years as a Registered Nurse, before God “called” me home. We homeschool our four children now and I have been blessed to be able to be a part of this amazing ministry. Praying He blesses your obedience to Him and KEEP saying Yes to Him girl!! Blessings!

  124. Mari Hafner says:

    When do we see the DVD for lesson 1?

  125. Thank you so much for this study! It is exactly what I have been longing for! I recently had a situation that had been bothering me and I felt God was telling me to take a step and He would see me through. Guess what? He did! I don’t doubt Him, but I have not trusted Him like I should. I hadn’t thought that telling God “no” was a sin, but if my boys tell me “no” or ignore me there are consequences. Maybe God has been using this real-life example to get my attention. I am going to tell God “yes”, because He has never let me down. I haven’t read my whole Bible, I don’t have Scripture memorized, and I fail God daily. I have been so focused on MY insecurities and ME being intimidated that I haven’t stepped up and done what God has urged me to do. It’s not about me! IT’S ABOUT HIM! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I am starting to believe that He only asks us to take the first step in obedience, and He will take it from there. We just have to be open to Him and say, “YES!!!”

    • Kelly H (OBS Small Group Leader) says:

      Rosa, AMEN!! 2 sentences stuck out at me as I read Chapter 1.
      “Being a woman who says yes to God means making the choice to trust Him even if you can’t understand why he requires some of the things He does. It also means that once you’ve said yes to God, you refuse to turn back, even when things get hard.” page 16.
      One of the biggest struggles that I have had is when things did get tough for me, I always wanted to try to handle them on my own. It wasn’t until these last few years that I have discovered that when I turn to Him, when I give him whatever is on my heart, that I truly feel whole and capable of anything.
      You are on the right track and I am so excited for your journey.

      • Tammie Earp says:

        Thank you for putting in the line “once you’ve said yes to God, you refuse to turn back, even when things get hard.” Things have been hard and I have turned my back. Thank you Father for forgiving me for this and drawing me back to you.

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      When Joshua went into the promised land, God told him over and over to not be afraid or discouraged. He also said, “DON’T LET MY WORD DEPART OUT OF YOUR MOUTH.” Keep speaking God’s truth.
      “Worship is….entering into God’s presence expecting His love, peace, and joy to overtake you no matter how you feel at the moment. It’s proclaiming that He is bigger than anything you face.” Stormie Omartian

      ~~~ Let that above really soak in. Our God is bigger than anything you could possibly imagine or think of!!!!!!

  126. Nicole Fellows says:

    Woke up with Brandon Heath’s song in my head…can’t remeber the title but the part in my head is “Still wonderin’ why I’m here. Still wrestling with my fear But oh… HE’s up to something”.it is called wait and see….so I wait and see!

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      I wrestle with fear too. Surrender. Trust. I know easier said then done but I promise the MORE real quiet time you spend with God the more the fear starts to decrease. As God increased that lying fear decreases. I know because it is one of my strongholds 🙂 Thanks for sharing sweet sister.

  127. Denise Darnielle says:

    I have used verse mapping in Breaking Free by Beth Moore she actually recommends it in her study.. Very helpful.. Thanks God is already moving in this bible study… Amen

  128. I am saying “YES”! This is scary and exciting! Saying Yes means being open to whatever God has planned for me….and for me to take a step in faith and follow. After reading Chapter 1 and Lysa’s experience on the plane, I wanted to share something with the YES Girls that happened just this morning shortly after I arrived at work….On Friday last week one of my co-workers told his sister-in-law had a massive heart attack on Friday (90% + blockage) and the family had been called in…the doctor’s didn’t expect her live long. Now this co-worker and I have worked together for many years and he very seldom shares his personal life. God had put me in the right place at the right time on Friday. This morning he comes in my office and sits down and tells me his sister-in-law woke up from her coma on Saturday night. The nurses & doctors have been running tests on her and the blockage has reduced to 40%! She told her family she talked with God and he told her it wasn’t her time and she needed to go back and take care of some things and to bring her family to Christ. She has vowed to lose weight (she’s in a nursing home due to morbid obesity) and use this opportunity as God has instructed her. Now the wow part for me is…….my co-worker and I have never talked religion! We sat here for 30+ minutes talking about the things God is doing and how amazing it is! He shared with me that he isn’t very religious and has left the church; that he avoids his sister-in-law because she “preaches” the Bible to him. He is now talking about finding a church and taking his grandson!! PRAISE GOD!!! I think I just took my first step! Thank you Jesus!

  129. I really love the chapter that talked about how “radical obedience” isn’t actually radical at all, but that it is just Biblical obedience. How we have gotten so far from our Biblical foundations, that obeying God as described in the Bible sounds radical to most people. I don’t know about you, but I have witnessed this so often. I think it is so sad, too. BUT, instead of becoming discouraged over our present condition, I will choose to do what the Lord tells me is right and pray that my life may used to glorify Him.

    • Amen Casey! I wholeheartedly agree. The lines have been blurred so far this days. Jesus says men will know we are His disciples if we follow His commands and we have love for one another. These days it is so hard to get away from being me-centered, instead of focusing on what God wants us to do.

  130. I’ve never heard of verse mapping, but I’m getting my hot pink index card ready now! I’m going to use Deuteronomy 6:5 as my starter.

    My favorite take away from Chapter 1: Every day counts, and every action and reaction matters!

    How we act and react has such a great influence on those we come in contact with every day – family and co-workers!

  131. To love the Lord with all of my heart, mind and strength means to me, to continually grow in my relationship with Him. As my Pastor said yesterday, to put first things first. He is my “first love” as Revelation puts it. I try to seek Him above seeking other things. Like David, I think upon Him when I lie down. Like Deuteronomy further says, I remember His words and commands and I talk of them when I rise up, when I walk along the way. It means to continue to grow in my relationship with Him first and foremost.

  132. I started using index cards for memory verses but i didn’t continue. Thank you for bringing this back to my remembrance. Please pray for me and my memory and anyone else who is having the same problem. As some of the ladies mention they will use Deut.6:5 for the memory verse, i am included. (Love the Lord your God)with all your heart, your soul, your strength, Did anyone notice your is used 4 times in that one verse.(NIV) I’m just so Thankful that he is our(your)God. To me it means total surrender to God. Yes by the Grace of God i say Yes.

    • Prayers for you Delores and others with memory issues, I declare in Jesus name, we remember everything we need to by His Spirit within us ~ Amen
      Thank you for pointing out the “your” being said 4 x… I had not noticed it until I read your post.

  133. To love the Lord my God with all of my heart, mind & strength to me is to follow Him with all I am, to do all I can do, to very best of my ability… I often fall so very short, but I know His grace will sustain me, and I just get back up and try again 🙂
    I have never heard of verse mapping, but I’d love to try it!
    God bless all of my 20k + OBS sisters!

  134. My soul absolutely longs for more. This has felt more acute since my daughter was born. I’m now a stay-at-home mom (which I absolutely cherish), but sometimes I wrestle with the idea that I’m not making a bigger difference in this crazy world. I’m sure I’m not the only one who can get dragged down by the mundane (but oh-so-sweet) days of diapers, spit-up, and late night feedings. God definitely used chapter 1 to show me His eye is on this sparrow! Looking forward to going deeper with this new verse-mapping tool!

  135. In regard to the Memory verse in Deut. 6:5…Hear and obey…not one without the other. When we read God’s Word, it enters us to make us what in the “natural man” we are not! Just reading the Word without a “doing” and a “being” is only going to help us be full of the Word. What the Lord had been talking about before this verse was hearing the commands and then doing (obedience) what it says to do. The only way to fulfill this is to give your entire self to The Lord with all your “baggage” and let Him change you…love Him enough to surrender what you are, think, do, feel, love, hate, on and on…and then through immersing yourself in the Word and spending time with Him, you will begin to “take up” His thinking, His feelings on things, loving what He loves, hating what He hates. Giving yourself to the Lord and loving Him with all your heart, your soul, and all your strength…you will receive life (the way it is supposed to be lived)and the ability to live that life with His strength. Giving up my “baggage” for His yoke is an EXELLENT exchange…His peace for all my turmoil, His thinking and guidance for all my indecision and crazy “low living” thoughts! WOW! The exchange is in the doing in this verse…Love Him with all that I am…my heart, my soul, my strength!

  136. Jane Hogan says:

    I have already read the entire book, I just could not put it down. In chapter one I did feel as if how could I say yes when I have been such a failure in my own life. I took at all of the mistakes I have made and contiue to make and wonder to myself “why would you want somelike me to say yes to you Lord? What could I possibly have that would even be close to being used by you.” I have always felt unworthy of love ever since I was a little girl and that has never changed. I do believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I have been baptised, but have not really gotten deeper because of feeling so unworthy. I am praying each and everyday for more of my Lord and I really do want to say YES TO GOD.

    • I too have a hard time believing that I am worthy of God’s love, with all the mistakes I have made how can he even want me around. I have never felt good enough. But I came to realize that how I feel and what I know do not always agree. I try not to let my feelings control my thoughts. I know with my head, that we all go through situations in life so God can use us to connect with people in similar situations. God loves us all. You are worthy of his love and through this study I hope that you will truly start to believe how much you are loved and worthy! 🙂 Praying for you Jane!

  137. I read chapter 1 yesterday after church. I cried and cried. My husband was so confused 🙂 I read the first couple pages and he completely understood my tears. I love my bible. Just as Lysa, my bible has brought me through some tough sad times. It is written in and highlighted. Would I give it away? I have said yes to God and I am now listening with an intentional purpose.
    I have never tried mapping of verses. I usually just write a verse on the index cards and memorize that way but I think making the verse more personal seems like a great idea and I am going to try it with the verse this week. Palms up! 🙂
    God Bless,

  138. Thank you so much for this study…it’s exactly what I’ve needed. I’ve realized lately just how far I’ve drifted away from God. I still attend church, read my devotional and pray but something has been missing. I miss that feeling I get when I am near to Him, the comfort of knowing He’s by my side. I am ready to restore those feelings and delve deeper into His word. I also feel like I don’t know a lot of what’s in the Bible, like I’m missing things. I pray that with this study I will learn more about the word and how to apply it to my life.
    I’ve also realized that as of lately I’m not being a very good example for my son. I want him to desire a relationship with the Lord, for him to allow God’s word to guide him and strengthen him and I don’t feel like I’ve been doing that myself…children lead by example.
    I LOVE the idea of verse mapping and I am going to do this with our verse for this week. I think it would be a really great idea for my family to do together, then at the end of the week sit down and discuss what the verse meant to each of us.
    In Chapter 1 when Lysa said “you don’t need perfect circumstances to be a woman who says yes to God”, that hit home. I often find myself making excuses as to why I can’t go to small group or saying that I just don’t have time…circumstances may NEVER be perfect. I start grad school in a few weeks and will continue to work full-time and raise my son…I’m a single mother and pray that this study will bring me closer to the Lord and allow me to rely on Him to get me through the next two years. My soul definitely longs for more!

  139. Janet Jackson says:

    I’ve never tried verse mapping before! Really looking forward to starting with this weeks verse! 🙂

    I never thought about not needing words to tell people about Jesus. I get it now after Lysa’s comment I NEVER spoke to this lady about Jesus, she saw Him through my obedience.

    Through this chapter God is making it quite evident to me that he wants ALL of me EVERY SINGLE PART, not just some of them…that word ALL was repeated to me five times in Prov. 3:5-6 and Deut. 6:5 ~ ok God, I get it now!!

    Help me God to say YES to you through perfect surrender each and every day! God, I want to see you. God I want to hear you. God, I want to know You. God, I want to follow hard after You. And even before I know what I will face today, I say yes to You. Amen.

  140. Dena Lambert says:

    So many of you have already written what has been on my heart. I have been a child of God since i was 9 years old. I was raised and brought up in church and have gone every time the doors were open, so to speak. I have always been very active in my church and i still am, however lately my passion has not been in it at times, and i have been struggling with giving up my wednesday and sunday night teaching position. Eventhough i have been active in the Lord’s work and have a relationship with Him i haven’t felt the closeness of the Lord that i once did. This is my first OBS and i have been so excited to get started in this study and to say “Yes to God”. I am more than ready to get the “Joy of my salvation” back, and to have an obedient relationship with my Lord! The main thing that stuck with me as i was reading this morning is the part about obedience is more than just “not sinning”. It is having the overwhelming desire to walk in the center of God’s will at every moment. Radical ovedience is hearing from God, feeling His nudges, participating in His activity, and experiencing His blessings in ways few people ever do. I have my #PalmsUp and i’m ready to receive! Verse mapping and journaling are new to me but i like the idea of both and i started journaling this morning for the first time, and i can’t wait to start verse mapping!
    Have a GREAT Monday everyone!

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      Dena, I love your post. It sounds a lot like me. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

    • Debi Schuhow says:

      Yes, it is so much more than refraining from sin. It’s the heart change that desires Him. I found it helpful to ask God to create His hope in me, to refashion my heart to one that finds satisfaction in Him and not the things of the world or what I think will satisfy me at that moment.

  141. Sally from Group 31 says:

    I LOVE verse mapping! I’m a wiggly sort of Jesus Girl….an aspiring Be Still Girl….verse mapping allows me to DO something (search, write, explore) while gaining the benefits of uncovering the hidden treasures of God’s Word.
    This verse reminds me to be undivided…in my thoughts and actions. I have a guy who advises us in business. We have a business goal…when I try to figure which task to manage next he always reminds me to be sure that they are in line with my goal. Isn’t it the same with God? We are to be sure that what we are doing is in line with HIS purposes for us!

  142. 1) The memory verse means to me: I need to love Him with ALL of me (heart, body and soul) with the strength that He gives me.
    2) I have not Verse Mapped yet. I do understand that it could enhance my understanding in doing it this way (also could make it stick in my memory longer/ easier to recall.
    3) I have this book on my Kindle Fire and do not know how to highlight. So much in this chapter is good! The most amazing part of the chapter was when she said yes to God and gave that man her Bible! The blessings to follow with her just giving away her much loved Bible as God asked her to was so totally AMAZING! See what happens when WE are obedient and follow God! It is unthinkable for us as humans to fathom what the effects can be when we do one simple deed! Amazing, we can do so much when we work WITH God.

    • Hi Kathy,

      If you hold your finger down on a word, and then drag it, you can highlight. I use my Kindle too. Hope this helps. 🙂

  143. So excited about this study ~ “re-dedicating” my life again. I am grateful for the Blood of Christ covering the sins of my youth; struggling as I see my adult girls ignoring the Lord and following the lure of alcohol, lust, etc. Always wishing I had led a different life when they were young; it is a heavy burden to see them not wanting to change and denying a relationship with the Lord. I often feel guilt ridden. I wish to somehow leave this guilt behind with the Grace of God. Seeing them as they are keeps my past ever before me.

  144. Jimmie Diane Million says:

    WOW! My first day has been amazing. I have read so many things that are now written on my heart. If the first lesson is this eye opening I can’t wait for the rest. One thing really stood out .”Tell the whole world about Jesus. Using word’s only if necessary. I’ll be meditating on that from now on. I believeenough came to mind to write a book. The mapping. That’s awesome. I’ll be doing that from now on. I have so many thoughts on my mind aand in my heart right now I’m excited to see where it goes from here. .PALMS UP!!!:

  145. Mary Tullila says:

    1. Love the Lord with my heart…giving ALL of it to him, all the fears, the anxietys, the doubts, the rejections and yes praising Him for all the transformed Joys & watch him USE our stories to enlarge the kingdom! With my mind thats been affected by loss etc…RECLARIFY the best & toss the rest. With my spirit…guarding, renewing, transforming for the rest, the best of eternity to come!
    Short answer..I’d have to blog the rest lol

    2. Heard about verse mapping from Stressed study but havent used it completly yet. I think I had better lol

    3. When Lysa talked about going outside our comfort zone..I was reminded of many memories. Me at age 42 & newly widowed from suicide loss. At that time I was HEAVY in service to God & that event shut me down. Everything that was in my “comfort zone”…GONE. The only way out for me was to rediscover exactly where and with whom was my greatest COMFORT during suffering. He’s been healing me..to once again take the lessons & TELL of it. Take the blinders off suffering…and use it for good. His Glory, not mine.
    Broken yet not destroyed….#PalmsUp !

  146. My soul has felt parched at times, too. I think what struck me the most about our Bible verse from Deuteronomy, this morning, was the word ALL – as in – nothing else can take first place in my heart, soul, OR mind. And then, I started thinking about the verse in the New Testament (sorry, I just can remember the address for it off the top of my head) where Jesus tells the man to forget his brother and mother and come follow Him. Oh My Soul! That’s the kind of deep devotion and adoration I long to have with our Jesus. That!

    I can NOT wait to begin verse mapping this week’s verse. I long to know how I can apply that right into my day to day.

  147. Courtney says:

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5. This is an amazing and powerful verse! I love the Lord with ALL my heart, soul, and strength by totally surrendering to him. I trust him with my life, my heart, my soul, and my entire being. I know that He is my everything and will not fail me. When all else is uncertain, my God is always a constant and never changing.

    I love the idea of verse mapping because you can personalize the verse and make it more real in your life. This verse is especially fun because this is a great verse to help you write a love letter to God; telling me how you love him, trust him, and saying yes to whatever He ask!

  148. YES! My soul longs for more with God. I am ready to do whatever it is He asks. I will admit fear though. You know this year has been one of the hardest of my life and I’ve watched my whole world crumble around me. Daily I think to myself, that’s enough. I’ve had enough, especially in my marriage. And in my head I wish that life was different, that my husband was different, and that he hadn’t just given up. He has given up, daily I want to give up, where does that leave things? God hasn’t given up. I can feel that as strongly and as real as anything. So I’m saying Yes, I want more with God because He fills up where nothing else can.
    I am going to give verse mapping a go as well. I’m intrigued by it. 🙂

  149. I am just so thankful for this study! LAtely God has really been working on my heart to walk in deeper obedience to Him. Each morning on my walk for the past couple of weeks, I have prayed to Him and talked with Him about my desire to be more obedient to Him. Little did I know, that I would sign up for this study when i first began praying about deeper obedience. And it wasnt until I read the first chapter of the book this morning and realized that this book and study is all about obedience. I smiled and laughed to myself and said “Thank You God! All along You were leading me to a study about obedience as an answer to my prayers.”. I am amazed at how well He knows us and how He reveals Himself to us and how He answers our prayers.

  150. I am very excited about saying Yes to God. I want to become closer to God. Not just to know about him but to have a relationship with him.

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      Such a HUGE difference. A difference between life and death. Amen, Tamara! Thanks for sharing.

  151. Ramsey Stepp says:

    A few things from what I got out of this Chapter:
    You don’t need perfect circumstances (or religious attitude or knowledge) to be a woman who says yes to God.
    Look @ a loss as a sacrifice of praise to God
    Saying yes to God:
    ~ see life like few others – sense God’s presence all around me, all the time
    ~ don’t be afraid to be honest with God
    ~ making a choice to trust Him & refusing to turn back when things gets hard

    I tried a little bit of verse mapping: I circled individually, “all your heart,” “all your soul,” and “all your strength” above each of those parts I wrote “Lord, I give you my heart.” “Lord, I give you my soul.” “Lord, I give you my strength.”
    I think what God is trying to tell me in that verse is it’s ok to give my all to Him; it’s ok to trust Him from the very depths of my soul; He loves and appreciates me when I’m weak and He loves me when I’m strong.

  152. Debra M. says:

    I want to try the verse mapping also. I have been looking for a way to study verses and this sounds interesting. Yes, my soul longs for more. This bible study just sort of fell into my lap as I had never heard about them before. I believe God knows I have been longing for more and he showed this to me. My take away from this chapter comes from what Lysa wrote “Oh, dear friend, the call to become a woman who says yes to God is the fresh invitation your soul is looking for. We all feel a tug at our heart and a stirring in our soul for more, but we are often afraid to venture past our comfort zone. Outside our comfort zone, though, is where we experience the true awesomeness of God”. This hit home for me because I have that longing and have for years but never acted on it. This past year I have decided to act on it after praying and giving it to God and found us a new church, we became members and now serve at church (something I would have never done before). I also took my 15 year old daughter to the Image of God Woman’s Conference that was held in Middleburg Hts, OH a few months ago. The theme was “Worth more than Gold” and featured Britt Nicole. It was awesome to spend the day with my daughter and share the love of God with her. When we left, she said “can we go next year” so I am hoping this becomes a yearly event for the two of us. This is also something I would have never done before, maybe in my mind I might have said “I would like to do that” but never acted on it. So over the last year, I have been saying Yes to God and want to continue doing so. #palmsup!!

  153. I have a desire to try to speak to and listen for the word from the Holy Spirit before acting on things that happen throughout my day. I am so “all in” for God! I just hope my family not being so involved does not hinder my relationship and my future calling.

    • Family has always been a factor in my not going all in with my faith in God. But you know what, I have been patient with them, and I am beginning to see changes. I pray that we all experience a deeper relationship with God thru this study, and many of us will say Yes to the plans He has for each of us.

  154. madelyne lovelady says:

    Wow what a obs this is going to be. My soul has always longed for me but when times get hard I always push back and tell him no that I will handle it. I am going through alot of change in life with work and home life right now and I know that this is all part of of his little plan that I only get a one word detail about. I am so grateful that my group 30 leader Kris Danko leader drew my name for the calls and I am so excited. I am willing to say yes to whatever God has planned for my life and I will no longer hold back.

  155. Lisa Hay says:

    Something I noticed about out verse from Deuteronomy is that Jesus quotes this verse is Mark 12:30 however he adds “with all your mind” to it. I find that interesting! I think maybe my mind is the one I really need to rein in at times because this world provides so many distractions that cause my mind to wander from Him. I”m sure the world Jesus was in was progressing beyond the world setting in the time Deut. was written so maybe he added that in for a reason. He was speaking to a teacher of the law and they were thinkers so that may have been why he added it also. I just thought it was an interesting addition and something I need to work on in my life. Even when I’m praying sometimes my mind starts wandering on the things have to get done that day or any number of things and I have to stop and apologize to Him. I have to tell him I’m sorry for not giving him my undivided attention. This is to me what loving him with all my mind entails – giving him my undivided attention. I am loving this blog and study so far very much.

    • I find that my mind also wanders too. I can be reading my bible and right in the middle of a verse the world invades my thoughts. Praying that this study will help me to stay focused on Him and learning how to memorize scriptures so that i will be able to share them with others.

  156. I read the first chapter of the book, and i must tell you i had tears in my eyes. I can remember loving Jesus at a young age, but thru the course of my life, at times I wander away from Him. But i always knew He was there for me, especially in the rough times. More recently He has been tugging at my heart to “say Yes” to Him. but i keep saying…I don’t have the confidence to step out for Him…always been the quiet, shy type. I know that God wants to use each and everyone of us. The first chapter of this book has me on fire, and I am looking forward to what I and all these woman are able to do if we just say “YES” to God!!!

  157. I am very excited about the idea of verse mapping. I have been memorizing verses for awhile, but haven’t figured out how to apply their truths to my life. Maybe this is just what I need so that they will be living words and not just words on a page that I commit to memory. Have already started on this weeks verse and discovered that Jesus added “with all your mind” when he was teaching on the greatest commandment.

  158. I have to be honest – I’ve never thought of mapping scripture but as the Lord has been promoting me growth in my through his Word this is truly a beautiful way to not just reading and knowing scripture but living and sharing it. Thanks for this – I’m going to share this with the ladies in our Bible studies this fall!

  159. Our key verse this week is one of my favorites. I love the idea of verse mapping and can do it if I schedule it into my day. I am a preschool teacher so when the kids are here my focus is on them! 🙂 Chapter One was a great read and I long for more in my relationship with God and saying yes even when it means changing me or going outside of my box or comfort zone is a challenge because I tend to like to be in control. Palms up, here I am God! Use me! Mold me!

  160. I started reading Chapter 1 and before I was half way, I was overcome with a sensation in my heart; I had to kneel down and pray. One of the lines that stood out for me is, “we have become so familiar with God yet so unaware of him”. I still can’t get this out of my head.

    Can anyone elaborate a little on what it means or give an example?

    • Debra M. says:

      I think it means we take him for granted that he will always be there that we do not spend the time we need with him. That was my first thoughts when I read that line.

  161. I will check out the verse mapping tonight, after work. I am excited to get back to memorizing God’s word. Thank you for providing so many resources for our success with bible study. I love Deut. 6:5. My goal each and every day is to put God first and give him my all – all the time. I struggle with how I am putting him first or serving him best when I am working and things are crazy/hectic/chaotic and I become frazzled. But life is going to happen, great things, good things, okay things, bad things, ugly things, just life. And I think keeping my heart and mind on him while I live life is what loving him with all of my heart, soul, and strength is all about. #palmsup 🙂

  162. nancys1128 says:

    Read Chapter 1 via the download provided yesterday as I have yet to get my book. And since honesty is the key to this whole journey I don’t have the book because I haven’t taken/made the time to go purchase it. Which is crazy since I can purchase it as an ebook from the comfort of my couch.

    But what I’m really here for it to ask a question that will show my lack of techy skills: how do I go about making the Chapter 1 cover photo my facebook cover photo?? I love that idea, Melissa!

    And I think it’s time for me to finally give verse mapping a try. I so want to be a Yes Girl, but am holding tightly to activities that prevent it. And if I really examine it, the only reason is fear – of what I might find out; of what God might ask of me; of not doing this study ‘right’; and likely other things not popping to the front of my brain at the moment.

    I am curious, though, how many others here are wives, mothers and work full-time outside the home. That’s been a big excuse for me in the past – note that I said excuse and not reason – for not doing things that will draw me closer to God and put me on His path for my life instead of my own. Would love some encouragement from others in those circumstances regarding how they make it work.

    It’s only mid-day and there are close to 300 comments here. How big a part of the study is reading and/or posting? I realize I’ll only get out what I put in, but there are also only so many hours in a day, and when 1/3 of them are dedicated to a job, how does it all fit in? I guess I can add fear of what I’m getting myself into to the list of what keeps me from participating in these studies.

    • Debra M. says:


      I understand what you are saying. It’s hard to keep up with everything as I have a husband, two kids and work 4 days a week and I have used that as my excuse for a long time. I am here to break that “tradition” in my life. We can do it, it will take some time adjusting it into our schedules.

      There are alot of comments and I am making mine from work today. I will also read some this evening when I can.

      I understand your fears but you can do it! You may not be able to devote as much time as you like, but whatever you can give for yourself, do it! No regrets. #palmsup!!

      • nancys1128 says:

        So glad I looked for replies. Wish I could figure out a way to get them automatically; it would be so much quicker and easier than scrolling through to find my own original post. I don’t see anything here to do that. Also wish there were a way to reply privately. I too am making comments from work. Which I need to get back to now or I won’t get everything done that I need to. I’ll be downloading the book to my Kindle app, I think, as it’s the quickest way to get it. Takes almost two weeks from my local Christian book store. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Nancy,
      I am a wife, mother of two, and own a retail business, so I know how hard it can be to find the time for yourself. My best answer is make it a priority and make it portable! Can you read on a commute? Waiting for a kid’s activity to end? in the bathroom? Before bed? Is there something like tv time that you could give as a sacrifice to God during this time. Being one for excuses to not workout or spend my quiet time the way I should, I can tell you that when I do make the time for the things that feed me, I am a better wife, mom, and boss. I have done this study before and it made such an impact on my life and thus the life of my family that I believed it was worth it again. If you need a prayer partner or just someone else to interact with, I am here and willing!

      • nancys1128 says:

        Thanks so much for the reply. Taking some time here at work to look for and reply to what’s here. Wish I could figure out how to receive notifications when replies to comments are done. Prayer partnering sounds great – and the blessing is not just the prayers but the accountability as well. How can we make that work? Thanks!

    • Nancy –
      I just wanted to say….you are SO not alone! I work full time, have 4 kids (two being teenagers…gulp!), and a husband. We have tons of chaos/stress, mostly caused by my own poor choices in the past that still have ramifications today. I have used this as my excuse for far too long. When I found this online I knew I ran out of excuses – what more could I want having the bible study brought right to me! Now I have decided to get up earlier than normal (and since HONESTY is part of this…..I failed miserably this morning!) But I am going to try again tomorrow. I am going to keep try because you don’t lose until you stop trying. Chin up – God sees our hearts and desires and yes, even our fears. He is right there with us and just waiting for us to make that choice each day. And, I have discovered, it HAS to be EACH day. I can’t say it once and think, “there, I’m good” because the fire quickly fade. It NEEDS to be a daily choice…lol sometimes even an hourly choice! But I’m with you! Let’s choose to say YES! #Palmsup! I’m here any time you want an accountability partner! I know I could use as many as I can get! God Bless and I’ll be praying for you!

      • nancys1128 says:

        Thanks for letting me know how not alone in this struggle I am. I need to look at it as a challenge and an opportunity, I think, as opposed to a struggle. Would love additional accountability! Any idea how to make that work? Not as tech savvy as others may be so not sure how to communicate other than through replies here. And not having figured out how to be notified of replies, scrolling through to find them has proven (at least for me) to not be the quickest task. And speaking of tasks, I need to get back to tasks still to do here at work.

    • Nancy, you are not alone! I am a single mother of one, work full-time and will begin grad school in just a few weeks. I find myself making excuses as well…and that’s all they are is excuses. For myself, I’ve found that there are other things that are important to me and I seem to MAKE time for them…I need to begin doing the same with the Lord. My plan is to get up early, before the chaos of the day begins and while my house is quiet, and devote my mornings, every morning, to God and His word. I’ll be honest, I didn’t make it this morning…got up later and my quiet time wasn’t so quiet. Will do better tomorrow though 🙂 God Bless!

      • nancys1128 says:

        You’re absolutely right – they are just excuses! And calling them what they are is the first step in knocking them down and getting on with the matter at hand. Thanks for the encouragement. I know how it is with intending to get up early to do something, only to choose to hit the snooze button one (too many) more times. Be blessed, and know you’re not the only one using the quiet house time for your quiet God time.

    • Debi Schuhow says:

      Nancy, I work a full time career also and am raising two grandsons 7&6 with my husband. So, I can understand your frustration 🙂 I cut out a few things in order to do this. I was wasting a lot of time on bejewelled and candy crush saga so I gave that up. My husband supports me in this as “You have a better attitude when you’re in a bible study.” 😉
      I read this here and there 5 minutes at a time.

      • nancys1128 says:

        The number of replies and the encouragement in them brought tears to my eyes! Not a good thing since I found, read and replied to them while here at work. I love that your husband supports you in your studies; I should probably clue mine in to the fact I’m doing one. Actually, this will be a second one that I’m doing, now. And the reading here and there a few minutes at a time sounds perfect! It’s sort of like how to eat an elephant – one bite at a time. Looking at the whole picture at once can be rather daunting, but when broken down into manageable pieces it becomes realistically doable. Thanks again, and look forward to doing this study alongside you. (My games of choice are Words with Friends, and Candy Crush Saga. In addition to adjusting my time on those, I really need to evaluate my evening television viewing habits.) While I know in my head I can’t possibly be the only one with my issues, it’s nice to see others stepping out and admitting them as well. We can all get through the changes we need to make to become the Yes Girls that God wants us to be.

  163. Betty McGuire says:

    Deuteronomy 6:5
    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength.”
    Love – adoration, affection
    Heart – emotion, core
    Soul – depth, passion, personality, emotion
    Strength – forte, power
    My definition of Deuteronomy 6:5:
    God wants me to have total adoration and affection for Him, giving all of my emotion to the very core of me with depth, passion, and emotion, while using all of my God-given power. Notice that emotion is used for both heart and soul. A synonym for forte is talent, so that makes even more sense in this definition – my God-given talent.
    After my marriage ended, I was counseled by a very sweet woman named Margie. Margie always told me that “the core of me was very good”. When she said that to me, it gave me such encouragement, but I had never seen heart being defined as core until just now. My heart is my core. My core is my heart. That’s very comforting.
    My son used to tell me that believing in God was not about emotion or “feelings”, yet, how can we have the depth for God with just the facts? Yes, we need the facts, so that we base Who God is on His word, but we need emotion to express the depth of our feelings for Him. I can’t just say I “feel” what God is wanting for my life without basing it on what scripture says about whatever my current circumstances are.

    • Caitlin G. says:

      Thanks for sharing your definition of each of those words. I actually struggled a little bit trying to think of words to explain each facet of our being. I hope you don’t mind if I use your definitions in my notes!

  164. Several years ago I taught my son’s religious education class as they prepared for Confirmation. As I prepared for an upcoming class, I came across a quote which spoke directly to my heart and soul and still does. When I read Chapter One this quote kept coming to mind. “My heart is restless until it rests in Thee, O Lord.” Oh how easy and peaceful it sounds to simply rest in God’s love, but oh how hard it is to really do it! This is my first bible study ever and I am all #palmsup!

  165. I just said YES! to God today. I felt God wanted me to share some words to a “friend” who has wandered away from Him. My heart was pounding while I wrote words like “Recognize your need for Him” and “Ask Him to be your strength again.”. When I was done my arms felt like mush. My fear of rejection from her almost overwhelmed me and made me say no. All I can do now is trust that God will complete in her what He asked me to say to her. That was HARD! But I know once I can feel my arms again, I’ll be glad I said YES to God.

  166. Jennifer Kocan says:

    Today’s prayer & encouragement connection call was great! Thanks, Melissa, for praying with us and encouraging us as we start this online bible study! #palmsup!

  167. I was writing down the verse of the week and meditating that to love the Lord with all our strength talks about striving to follow the Lord, to do his will, to say yes to him everyday, even when we are not willing to. It is not always easy, but we need to perseverate. And at the same time the only thing we have o do is to say yes to him and he will help us and lead us and give all the strength that we need.
    I am a Brazilian girl so it is not so simple for me to write in English. I hope you understand what I meant.
    God bless you all!

    • Juliana,
      Your English is better than you think! Please keep participating!
      I felt the same way about our strength and quickly focused in on that part of the verse as well. I think the strength and the courage to stay palms up and ready to say yes can sometimes be the most challenging!

  168. Are you willing to do whatever God wants you to do?

    I just returned from a mission trip out of country (I truly felt led by God to go so I said “yes”! It was extremely difficult but so worth it. But, I continue to pray to “be willing to be willing”.

  169. Crystal H says:

    I just finished my first connection call with Melissa. I have to say this is just what I needed. I had asked my husband to order the book for me, and he accidentally ordered the calls instead of the book. I think that this was exactly what God wanted. I did not realize until last night that my book was not coming..so I hopped onto Amazon with the hope that with my Prime membership I could quickly get the book. The wait was 6 days! I then saw it was available for kindle…so decided to go that route instead. When I went to download the book I found out that I purchased the book over a year ago, but I never did read it. After struggling with depression these last two years due to multiple health issues I figured out that maybe I was not ready to say Yes to God back then, but now I am! I thank God for leading me to this online Bible study!! #palmsup

    • Caitlin G. says:

      What a divine intervention! I love when God intervenes in our plans and we find out in the end it was really Him at work and it was for the better. Thanks for sharing!

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Love your story Crystal!!! God loves you so much!!! ♥

  170. Rosemary Stevens says:

    Just got off the first conference call…it was wonderful, with a special treat to be greeted by Lysa Terkeurst as she was passing by. It was nice listening to the women that asked questions, and also for anyone that is wondering it is totally on a volunteer basis whether you join into the conversation or just listen……I am looking foward to the conference call tonight. Thank you to Melissa for the amazing prayers and inspirational words.

  171. After having to purchase an airline ticket from Illinois to California to help my mom move into assisted living and just finding out my dad has rectal cancer, I wanted to say enough. My own physical health and sitting for over 4 hours has kept me from going since I had an emergency trip 3 years ago.

    But my alarm went off and reminded me I have a call conference for OBS and since we pay as we go phones my thought was to just wait to hear the recorded message later. I dialed and Melissa I cried through your blessed opening prayer for us, for me. I’m so overwhelmed at 55 yrs old and living on my husbands social security and how to manage but God met me at 1pm Illinois time through your words. My purpose is to go out and comfort for my parents in their own homes and lives and help my sister to clean out mom’s house so we can rent it for income to where she now is. My dad and his wife moved back to CA last fall and now close enough in town to a VA hospital to get treatment.
    Melissa it brings me comfort to know when I go to CA next week I will recive these calls of Prayer and Questions there too and feel I’m connected to my much needed Sisters in Christ and my FB Sisters. I’m the only Christian left in the family so I’m excited to see God move while I’m there.

  172. Do you have a soul that longs for more? I do have a heart that longs for God, I want him, every moment of the Day I need him, I know that without him I cannot make it, I need him for the simple things and I need him for the times I think I can not do it, I give him my weakness so he can glorify himself through his strengths. I want to say Yes, but I know deep down, I will mess up, because I feel I won’t do it right, or I don’t know enough, so with his help I am opening my palms #and saying yes to God… I am enclosing a song that says exactly this: For our group — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obIT-By1VOU

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Thanks for sharing that song Isabel!!!! 🙂 Love how it fits with our study!!!!

  173. This is my second time doing this bible study, first time doing an online bible study. This study changed my life so much that I wanted to do it again with another leader and another group because amazing things happen! I love the verse mapping! I grew up where we learned about the teachings in the bible but did more memorizing for a test than learning for real-life application. I love personalizing the verse and realizing the who, what, where, why, and how. So excited! I have lots of underlining and notes from the first chapter.

  174. I find myself discontent often…I want more of God, but I don’t want to put the work in to get it. I want more for my marriage, but again, it’s work. I don’t consider myself a lazy person, but in many ways, I am. I say that I am discontent with the status quo, but at the same time, I’m content to leave things as they are, I guess until it gets really painful. Our pastor yesterday spoke about God being the subject of everything we do…we are just the objects. He is. That’s all that needs to be said. But how easy it is to make it all about us…our needs, our desires, our habits, our time, our resources.

    My life is fine – I have enough. But do I really want to live the kind of radical obedience that He asks of me? ALL my heart, soul, and strength? Really, God?? Can’t I save a little part for this or that? My heart says of course I want to give Him all – but my actions and my mind tell a different story.

    Saying yes to God is always worth it. I made a lifelong friend because I stepped out of my introverted self and went over to greet someone new. It was uncomfortable at the time, and wasn’t my natural bent, but I clearly heard Him speak, and that time, I listened. It was worth it. It always is.

    • Andrea A. says:

      Rachel, I love what you said about it always being worth it. I can’t say I can thing of a specific time I felt God asking me to do something, but there are times where I feel I should do this that or the other thing. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. When I go with my gut and do what I think I should do, I never regret. Because even if things don’t work out, I know I did the right thing which is very much influence by my belief and faith in God.

  175. Thank you for the link to the verse mapping. It’s one simple way to keep me in the word, because simple is always a good thing 🙂 From Chapter One the one thing that kept jumping out at me is that I am not perfect, he doesn’t expect me to be perfect and not everyone else is perfect in thier walk. My biggest struggle is “perfection”. I think that I worry so much about how and what I am doing in my walk with God and if I am doing it right, that I can’t see God. I lose focus and then I get burnt out because I feel like I am working so hard and not seeing any results. But what I really need to do is sit back and start out simple. Just like Lysa said when she wakes up, she says a short prayer giving her day to God. Why not? And then maybe I will focus more on that simple prayer and through out the day remember that I gave Him this day.

  176. This is my first OBS and desire to be used by God, so I am excited and looking forward to what will come from this study. Several things in Chapter 1 stood out to me……”she saw Him through my obedience” and how we are to tell the whole world about Jesus through our actions and only using words if necessary. I want to be that for the Lord! I love the thought that God pauses just for us! I also love that we can know that we are perfectly equipped to say YES! I pray the next “loss” I have in my walk, I can think of it as a sacrifice of praise to God! It’s my CHOICE to praise Him in the storm! I am convicted when thinking about all the surprise parties I have missed because I wasn’t obedient. I don’t want to miss them, I want to be used by God! “The God of the universe wants to use” ME! It’s so simple, yet I make it so hard at times…..”WHATVER GOD SAYS DO, DO IT”!!!!

  177. I loved the line in chaper 1: “Sometimes the God of the Universe pauses in the midst of all His Creation to tocuh the heart of one person.” Wow. To think that God can come and touch just one person and that one person can touch another, and so on…it’s just incredible to consider.

    Thank you for the link to verse mapping. I’m new to this and it will be helpful. I’ve already started looking t this week’s verse a little more deeply.

  178. I’am so excited ,this is my first bible study online.I’am loving the study so far,i really needed this in my life.I have been feeling stuck,wondering how to get closer to my Lord.Thanku,Rosie

  179. I have learned the hard way that delayed obedience is disobedience. And though I’m thankful for God’s grace, I hope to just say “yes” right away to whatever God asks me to do because I have a soul that longs for more of God on this side of heaven.

  180. I love the verse mapping and being able to dig deeper into the word of God. It allows for so much insight to what wee are reading and studying in this study!

  181. Elna Nel says:

    I am “Palms Up” & “Yes to God” I am really waiting on the Lord and expecting to have a wonderful walk with His during our study. I have had amazing times with the Lord throughout the years but right now I want something new and deeper in my walk with Him.
    I love verse mapping and really find that it gets you into the verse and seeing a whole new meaning to it.
    I’m excited to be in group with all you wonderful ladies and I am praying for you each day.

  182. Caitlin G. says:

    I am very happy to be a part of this study. There were many treasures in this chapter! What I am taking away from the chapter is; Radical obedience brings Radical blessings. Not just for me but everyone affected by me, it’s like a water ripple. It seems so difficult sometimes to say yes, I have fought God many times very similar situations to the one in the chapter when Lysa wrestled with giving away her Bible. I admit I can be pretty stubborn, but thank God He is patient with me. The most amazing part to me is in those moments I say yes, He allowed me to be a part of something wonderful and I almost missed it because I wanted to stay in my comfort zone.. Really, all I have to do is say yes and he floods me with so much love and blessing it feels as though my heart would burst trying to contain it. Those moments are lovely and when I am in the moment I wonder why I struggled so much to start with, because really there is no other place more wonderful than in the presence of GOD.

  183. I am so excited after reading the first chapter of this book, to begin this journey. I am a SAHM of 5, one of whom was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last fall. In these months of learning to live life with these disease and still be a good mom to my other kids and I good wife, I realized that I cannot do it on my own. I know I need a deeper relationship with God, but didn’t quite know how to get there. So here I am, palms up, eager to listen and to say yes. God bless all of us on this journey together!

  184. I was on the conference call today (which was fabulous). Thanks for clearing up how to get to the blog site — and look, here is my very first ever blog comment. I know this is going to be an awesome study. I have committed to say Yes to God. I have to say that it’s scary, though, because I don’t know what that will look like on me. I’m trusting Him to show me how.

  185. Jennifer Rondeau Sider says:

    Hi everyone!
    I have done a couple of these bible studies in the past and I am excited to be doing another one! I started reading last night and made so many notes, I lost track of time for the Lord! How often can we say that? I just felt so motivated to connect and I felt very comfortable with connections that I made. I work for a church and some people think that we ‘get it’ all the time. Truth is, when I’m running around copying music, rehearsing cantors, making the weekend mass binders, there are times I am ready to pull my hair out! Then my daughter will need me, and something else will happen and well the cycle goes on…I would love to put all and I mean all, the budget at home that doesn’t add up, the car that won’t start, the aunt being diagnosed with cancer, and let them go. So much of our human nature wants us to hold on to the pain, the memory, the situation, lest we forgot. I am at a point where, I want more from life. I want God to take it all. Let go and Let God, lead the way!
    Sisters, I want you to know that I will be praying for you as you go through this journey too!

    Many blessings,

  186. For me the verse simply means having a deep,tender and passionate affection from the very core of my being, without reservation, doubts or questions for the Lord Almighty. There were a lot of areas in chapter 1 that spoke to my heart and actually got me thinking. page 10, the man took my bible and made 2 promises. first that he would read it and second that someday he would do to someone else what she had done to him. and also how he took a week off from work to read the bible. I thought to myself that if I take the reading and studying of the bible passionately it would be very easy for me to say yes to God, why? because I spend time with him, know him and I’m used to the way HE speaks therefore the willingness to obey Him will be very easy! and if I do to someone else what somebody did for me the world will be a better place and Christ will be Glorified always. I reflect on how I was preached to and God accepted me, washed me and made me His own so why does it take me so long to give others the chance to enjoy what im enjoying. I also saw how simple obedience can cause a ripple effect in a situation, the other woman who Lysa thought wasn’t listening to them was actually being touched by God. saying YES to God is the greatest thing that can happen to any human being. I have been praying Lysa’s prayer: “God I want to know you, God, I want to see you, God I want to hear you, God I want to follow hard after you and even before I know what I will face today I say yes to you” I discovered that things just open up for me and I handle issues very easy and without any struggle because I have handed all and said yes in advance to God. thank you for this opportunity.

  187. I like the idea of mapping also. Spent my morning looking up the definitions of Love, Heart, and Soul. I ran out of time so I will do strength later. But it really makes sense to know exactly what they mean.
    This is my first online study and I am really excited about it. I need to focus on God instead of my situations with family. Been a rough 2 yrs. here for me. Keep you eyes on the prize.

  188. This first chapter is so good! I was able to call in and hear most of today’s call – I love the idea of prayers and encouragement 2 times this week!!!

  189. I am glad you have chapter 1 to read, I just realized I bought the devotional.. not the book. Ugh!

  190. judy flowers says:

    I am so exited to have this study be a part of my life as my life is upside down right now, with my exhusband forcing my out of my house(courts) and my current husband not home because of his drug addiction. I have open hands to recieve what God has for me. Already today I have been seeking to hear God in everything and am so excited to be a part of this community. Praying for us all. Praise God!!!

    • Just wanted to let you know, Judy, that I have added you to my prayer list! I pray for God’s intervention in your circumstances and PEACE and COMFORT for you and your family!

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Praying for you Judy, God has you here for a reason, so glad you said Yes to God and keep those #PalsmUp!!

  191. I’m so excited for this Bible study! I’m so ready to say ‘yes’ to God!! 🙂

  192. For me the verse simply means having a deep,tender and passionate affection from the very core of my being, without reservation, doubts or questions for the Lord Almighty. There were a lot of areas in chapter 1 that spoke to my heart and actually got me thinking. page 10, the man took my bible and made 2 promises. first that he would read it and second that someday he would do to someone else what she had done to him. and also how he took a week off from work to read the bible. I thought to myself that if I take the reading and studying of the bible passionately it would be very easy for me to say yes to God, why? because I spend time with him, know him and I’m used to the way HE speaks therefore the willingness to obey Him will be very easy! and if I do to someone else what somebody did for me the world will be a better place and Christ will be Glorified always. I reflect on how I was preached to and God accepted me, washed me and made me His own so why does it take me so long to give others the chance to enjoy what im enjoying. I also saw how simple obedience can cause a ripple effect in a situation, the other woman who Lysa thought wasn’t listening to them was actually being touched by God. saying YES to God is the greatest thing that can happen to any human being. I have been praying Lysa’s prayer: “God I want to know you, God, I want to see you, God I want to hear you, God I want to follow hard after you and even before I know what I will face today I say yes to you” I discovered that things just open up for me and I handle issues very easy and without any struggle because I have handed all and said yes in advance to God. thank you for this opportunity.

  193. I really like the idea of verse mapping. Something that struck me during mapping of this week’s verse is the repetition of the word “all”. It’s not ok to only love Him sometimes…when things are going smoothly. It’s an “all” the time dedication. No fair weather friends!

  194. This is the first time I have even heard of verse mapping, and I LOVE it! I have been working harder at really studying God’s word, instead of just reading it. So this will be the perfect addition to my daily studying! I have a few favorite quotes already, starting with this on Page 12: “When I said yes that day, I caught a glimpse of eternity. I saw how beautiful it is when God says to do something and it is done. And I thought ‘Why wait for Heaven? Why not say yes to God on this side of eternity?'” I have really been struggling lately with priorities and to-do lists, and sometimes I just have to sit down and ask myself “Does this really matter?” I long to catch a glimpse of eternity, and many of the things in my life right now have nothing to do with eternity.

    One theme I really got from Lysa was that I am good enough. I am not good enough to earn my own salvation, but I AM good enough to say Yes to God. I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to have perfect circumstances. God will accept me as I am. He just wants me to surrender.

    Another favorite quote is on page 16 “Being a woman who says yes to God means making the choice to trust Him even when you can’t understand why He requires some of the things He does. It also means that once you’ve said yes to God, you refuse to turn back, even when things get hard.” I had been working on saying yes to God and giving Him everything before I had even heard of this study. A few weeks ago, I found out about a job opening at my local Christian book store. I immediately felt God calling me to update my resume, create a cover letter, and apply for the job! I got a call last week to set up an interview for today, and I still felt God pushing me towards this job. Yesterday, I spent some time researching potential interview questions and picked out my interview outfit. Then yesterday evening, just before I got started reading Chapter 1, I heard God whisper “I want you to cancel the interview. I want you to focus on serving others, continue your volunteer work, and rely on me.” I was confused. Why did God have me update my resume, create a cover letter, and apply for this job if he never intended for me to have it in the first place? So, although I am unsure as to why God led me down this path, I am going to rely on Him and say YES.

    • Ann, I believe God has greater things planned for you but he wanted you to be ready. He’s preparing you for the things to come. Just as several including myself are new to online bible studies but somehow stumbled onto this one, and one lady keep this particular book out during her move, are these just coincidences? I think not, they are God-incidences. I thought I was going to stay in my comfort zone, do the study, read the posts but not “participate”. I would keep my thoughts to myself but saying yes to God in everything just won’t allow me. I don’t know why but I just feel God asking me to tell you he has greater things planned for you, Be Ready!

    • Julie Twining says:

      I am really challenged with NOT looking back when things get hard. I have said yes to what I sincerely thought was God’s will and then when things didn’t turn out like I expected, I have second guessed. This has caused me to question whether I truly hear God’s voice. God has shown me today what a stumbling block this has become in my life.

      • Jean Bird says:

        I so relate to what you are saying. I really don’t doubt that God can do anything in my life but I often doubt myself and my ability to hear his voice. I want to say “yes” to Him but don’t trust myself to know what it is He is asking me to do. One thing that I believe will be helpful in seeking the knowledge of His will is the verse mapping recommended here.

  195. I’m so excited for this bible study it’s the first one I’ve done. I’m saying “yes to God” and ” Palms up.”
    I’m praying for him to open my heart to all things he has in store for me.

  196. I love when I see God directing me and I see Him at work. A few months ago I had picked up this book we are studying while browsing at the Christian bookstore. I hadnt yet read it, when in June I was putting my things in storage while I stayed in a hotel awaiting my new home to be built. At the last minute I decided to hold out one book….out of the hundreds I have….and yes, this was the book I grabbed. I put it in the hotel closet with good intentions to “get around to it”. I never knew about online bible studies before, but somehow came across this study. I could not believe the one book I held out is the book for the study!!!! I KNOW God wants me here and I believe that means I am ready to grow!!!!

  197. This might be a dumb question but, I understood that I would receive an email everyday with the link to the blog for assignments. I know that I am signed up for the study and I did receive an email yesterday from Melissa with the overview for the week. I checked email first thing this morning and again this afternoon and didn’t have anything but saw the post on FB. So, the question is, do I just need to go to this blog everyday to check for assignment for the day?

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      I thought I hit reply on your post but must not have, anyway Shana the email is actually the same thing that is on this blog. You should be getting them, but yes you can just go to this blog everyday and read the days post. If you signed up on this blog in the top right hand corner where it says “Sign up for this current study” make sure you get a confirmation, try signing up again, it will tell you if you are already signed up. Hope this helps. Glad you are here with us 🙂

  198. I love the idea of the verse mapping. I have several packages of index cards already and use them for many different things. I used this method when studying for the CPA exam and it worked wonderfully – along with MUCH prayer. God is so good and I want to be able to fill my heart with his word and truly say YES to everything He has for me to do. My soul is blessed to have found this study and I look forward to each lesson!

    • OMG you just brought back memories! I look forward to studying these notecards for years to come. I can’t say the same for the former.

  199. I just read how to do “verse mapping” and can’t wait to get started. I like that it’s just thoughts, no one else’s thoughts, just mine and what God is giving me thru those verses! Excited to get my index cards and get started!

  200. Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

    Shana the email is actually the same thing that is on this blog. You should be getting them, but yes you can just go to this blog everyday and read the days post. If you signed up on this blog in the top right hand corner where it says “Sign up for this current study” make sure you get a confirmation, try signing up again, it will tell you if you are already signed up. Hope this helps. Glad you are here with us 🙂

  201. I’d like to learn about verse mapping. Can someone explain it to me or point me to a link I can read about it?

  202. I tried the verse-mapping for the first time ever today! The thing that made the biggest impact for me with verse-mapping was personalizing the verse–changing the “you” to “my”. It really made me realize that my relationship with God is a personal and special thing & no one can ever take it away from me. How comforting!! I took lots of notes yesterday when reading chapter 1 & like a lot of other ladies said, the section about how we don’t have to be perfect resonated with me. I struggle with perfectionism–even today I am worrying that I am not showing God my love for him well enough. Can I do it better? Am I not doing something I’m supposed to?
    I have had a lot of changes in my life recently. My husband is active duty military and we moved to another state. I left my full-time job and am now a SAHM looking for another full-time job. I get impatient frequently when the job offers are “rolling in” but I keep trying to remind myself that God has me safe in His arms and that He is taking care of everything! I am starting to think that perhaps the job offers are on hold so that I can have this time to say Yes to God!!

  203. I am looking so forward to learning more about giving myself to the Lord in every way possible. I long to love Him with all of my heart, soul and strength. I am very excited to see what God will do in my life through this study, I am PALMS UP and ready to receive the blessings He has in store for me and I am saying YES to whatever it may be.

    Several years ago in our Sunday school class we had a lesson on receiving God’s blessings and one of the ladies describe it to us by saying, it is like walking in a straight line and as long as we follow the line that God wants us to be on then we will receive our blessings but as we stray to the left or right off of the line, we will miss the blessings that were on the path during the times we stray. That has stuck with me and I think about it often, how many surprise parties have I missed because I got off God’s path.

    I loved the first chapter and am anxious to read more. I just finished “Unglued” so I was excited to see this study online.

    Thanks ladies for putting this study together….count me in as a YES GIRL :)! #PalmsUp

    • Julie Twining says:

      Stacy, I also wonder how many times I have actually attended one of God’s surprise parties, but I was so focused on the journey that I was oblivious?

  204. Like so many of my sisters in Christ, I just read about verse mapping. What a splendid way to open up the Word of God! Through these weeks of study, I pray for God to open my heart, fill my soul, renew my strength. Praise God for the work He has already begun in me!

  205. This is my first time to hear about verse mapping but I am excited! Can’t wait to see how God uses this to speak to me. This is also my first online study. I am overwhelmed by the number of women around the globe united. I pray that God will use this to bless each of us beyond what we can imagine.

  206. I see all these ‘yes’s, and I feel like I want to say ‘yes’, but the most I can get to is a ‘maybe’–which is dumb since God made me and why wouldn’t I say ‘yes’ to my creator? Don’t need comments back, just need to see it in writing so I don’t feel like I’m hiding it from God…who knows anyway….

  207. Julie Twining says:

    I am really excited about this study. I like Lysa’s point when she says that “radical obedience is not really that radical. It is really biblica obedience-but we’ve strayed so far from biblical obedience that it now seems radical”. I think that is very true in my life. Whenever I’m obedient, I am always so amazed at how things turn out differently than I exptected. Why am I always surprised when God’s plans are different than my plans…and always better?

  208. I was reading some of the earlier posts. I was touched by what Jerri wrote. I was just telling my son yesterday, not to feel bad over a mistake he had made. I added, “Since I’m your mom I love you unconditionally.” Now, if only I would not have doubts about Father God’s unconditional love for me.

  209. I have an odd question. I’m rereading Chapter 1 for the 5th, 6th whatever time… I’m digging deeper and deeper into the words. I’m stumbling tho and I would love some input and hear your thoughts.
    Where I’m stuck is on page 19… “It is having the overwhelming desire to walk in the center of God’s will at every moment”
    What would you say is the “Center of God’s will?” I know that we can each probably answer that differently when it comes to our own lives and walk with God. But in general, what would you say is the “CENTER OF GOD”S WILL”?
    I look forward to hear from you

  210. Elizabeth says:

    After reading chapter one I was left with the longing to live in obedience to all that God has for me to do. To live moment by moment trusting Him in everything I encounter in a given day. I really liked the morning prayer that Lysa begins her day with. “God, I want to see You. God, I want
    to hear You. God, I want to know You. God, I want to follow hard
    after You. And even before I know what I will face today, I say yes
    to You.” I long to be used by Him putting aside my fears and the unknown.

  211. This is my first online Bible Study and so grateful to Proverbs 31 Ministries for having it! I really like the verse mapping idea and am starting it today with our verse this week. As a woman married to a wonderful man who is an unbeliever (am I the only one?), I pray that becoming a woman who says yes to God will help me be the positive , grace-filled example of Christ to my husband that He calls me to be.

  212. Wow, overwhelmed with sooooo many comments. What an exciting 2nd day. Satan kept trying to veer me off track so many times. I said YES, to staying in today. Not the past…where I could become bitter, not in the future where things may never happen. Staying in today kept me focused on being a Yes girl. #palmsup!!!!

  213. Shelly Hunter says:

    This is my first attempt at an online Bible study. I’ll admit to feeling just a little intimidated by the number of women in this study. I can’t help feeling alone in a crowd of so many. I’m sure that Jesus felt the same many times while He was on earth. That gives me hope and joy to continue. I am certain God has something spectacular to reveal to me through this study AND venue. Fill in this blank “I can come up with a hundred reasons not to _____________” (See pg 12). FYI. I chose to use Anne Graham Lotz’s method of studying a Bible passage. Lesson from Deut 6:5: I need to be authentic in my appraisal of how I love God on a daily basis. Is there any portion of my heart, soul, or strength that is not fully committed to Him?

  214. I have always followed the motto that the only person in this world you can control is yourself. You cannot control the actions, emotions, thoughts nor desires of anyone but yourself. I live my life under the notion that if something bad happens, I can rebound from it or I can handle it because no one else can. Reading this book means that I surrender my control of my life to God, for good, not just temporarily. I have sought out to do this many times, but have always felt uncomfortable by the lingering uncertainty of where my life is headed – so once again I retake control. I have told God “No” many times because I have felt uncertain, insecure or I was too busy to let him make a divine appointment. This makes me think back to the story where Peter denied Jesus three times before he was crucified, and it made me realize that I do not want live a life of regret because I said No to God. I will say no no longer, and Whatever God says to do, I will do it.

  215. Stephanie Mitchell says:

    From my reading late last night, these things stood out. Being a woman who says yes to /god means making the choice to trust Him even when you can’t understand why He requires some of the things He does.

    How it must break His heart when we brush aside something that not only would make us feel special and noticed by God, but also would allow us to join Him in making life a little sweeter for others.

    Obedience is more than just “not sinning”. It is having the overwhelming desire to walk in the center of God’s will at every moment.

    Saying yes to God isn’t about perfect performance, but rather perfect surrender to the Lord day by day.

    Radical obedience is hearing from God, feeling His nudges, participating in His activity, and experiencing His blessings in ways few people ever do.

    There is but one requirement for this adventure. Whatever God says do, do it.

    It is the call of the radically obedient woman who makes the choice to say yes to God.

  216. Diane Donnermeyer says:

    I have felt God’s tuggings before on my heart and I have reasoned them away or had excuses why I couldn’t or shouldn’t respond to the tugging. After reading Chapter 1, I realize the number of times that I turned God down and missed out on the incredible blessings that I could have been part of. I am ready to say YES to God the next time he asks me do something. I am ready to trust God no matter what! What he is asking me to do may feel uncomfortable but I have to trust God and do it anyway – no excuses! So many people need to see God’s grace and love and by saying YES to God when he tugs at my heart, maybe I will get to be his hands and feet! That is exciting and way worth the uncomfortable feelings! I pray for strength and courage to do what God is asking me to do!

  217. This is my first online study and I’m encouraged by all the comments and how other women are speaking into women’s lives by commenting on posts. It’s not as scary as I thought it would be. My husband and I are in the midst of a new adventure where we said yes to God by changing jobs, leaving family, friends and our church to be a part of a new ministry in a different state. I haven’t been a yes girl lately and my fresh commitment from page 23 is to return to saying yes to God on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s easier to say yes in the big things and resist the little day to day things. But I’m realizing my resistance and disobedience is impacting my relationship with Him and others. #palmsup

  218. Love the verse mapping! Also love how God works! Our pastor has been preaching on “What Is God Worth To You?”. This week’s verse fits right in. I know the right answer, but do I live it every day? That’s the challange. Today I can say “yes”!

  219. Kierstin says:

    I’m really excited about verse mapping and going to go get an index card right now! I need new ways or any way I should say to memorize scriptures. Thank you!! Love this chapter!!!

  220. Love the verse mapping, got the card out and ready to start. Chapter 1 is great… Thanks

  221. Stephanie Mitchell says:

    Just read the tutorial on ;verse mapping’. A lot easier than I thought. Have already started with my favorite verse, Philippians 1: I thank my God every time I remember you. Who do I remember? MY girlfriends Laura and Lisa in California. We put this verse at the end of EVERY letter we wrote to each other after they moved to the San Francisco area. Now we put it at the bottom of every email we send.

  222. Stephanie Mitchell says:

  223. Ann left a message at 8:20 asking what “generally” is the center of God’s Will and asked for comments…here goes! In my opinion (which I expect some to challange) “generally” God’s will is complete surrender and obedience to God’s (written) Word. We are given so many specific commands in the Bible (Old & New) that apply to everyone, that’s where I would say God’s Will begins in a general sense. I don’t believe that God will give you specific insight into His Will for your life if you’re not reading/studying His Word, praying and sharing the Gospel, which are generally part of His Will for all believers.

  224. Kristina says:

    I am excited to dive into this Bible Study! This is my first OBS with Proverbs 31. I am in desperate need of the Lord’s provision, and I hope that this study helps to open my eyes with all that God has to offer. I struggle with anxiety and my worries tend to get the best of me most days. I have a very difficult time casting my cares upon the Lord, and letting Him take care of me. I feel like I don’t deserve His love. And I know that none of us truly do “deserve” it, but His mercy and grace is everlasting. I know these things, but I tend to not always believe and understand them.

    I too am excited for Verse Mapping! I wrote down our verse for the week and am excited to get into the Word!

  225. Stephanie M says:

    I enjoyed Chapter 1. I think my biggest takeaway from the Chapter is from the bottom of p. 13: “You don’t need perfect circumstances to be a woman who says yes to God. You don’t need the perfect religious attitude or all the answers to religious questions. You simply have to surrender all that’s clamoring for attention in your heart with the answer God is longing to hear spill from your lips, ‘Yes, God.'”

    I am the girl who always says — I don’t know enough to be used by God. I’m still a new Christian, yadda, yadda, yadda…. So this is exactly what I needed to read!

  226. Jean Bird says:

    I have never heard of verse mapping before but I have already started to use it. I have picked a verse on loving your enemies. We have recently been hurt very deeply by someone we had loved as part of our family for over 22years and I have to be honest and say I wanted to retaliate and defend all the lies he had spread about our family, but the verses from 1 Peter 2:22-24 came immediately to my mind, “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten , but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you are healed.” I will be verse mapping Romans 12:14 this week to remind myself how Christ would have me respond. I went to the Word with “Palms Up” and He gave me the answer and the command and I will say “Yes to God” Amen

  227. I have never heard about or tried verse mapping before. I am excited try it with our verse!

    The part where Lisa talks about us not being perfect – but by being willing, we are perfectly equipped to serve God – this really spoke to me today. I tend to think I have to have things “perfect” in order for me to serve. Of course I am far, far from it – and the devil uses that to keep from serving. Well, even with all of the reasons popping in my head about why I couldn’t do this study – I said “YES” to God and here I am 🙂

  228. Janet Kramer says:

    I never heard of verse mapping but I am going to try it. I love the first week verse from Deuteronomy 6:5. The story that Lysa shared about giving her bible away touched my heart and I can’t wait to read more.
    I’m trying to not let some things that would frustrate me and make snap back at someone roll off my back today. Whatever God says do, Do it!
    I agree with many of the woman’s post here that I too do not know when God is talking to me and hope to learn and identify this better by the end of the study.

  229. Shana Hodge says:

    This is my first OBS and so far, I am loving it! I couldn’t wait to get home from church yesterday to check my email to see if the blog had been posted. I read chapter 1 last night and again today and the thing that really stuck out to me was ” Obedience, however, is more than just ” not sinning”. It is having the overwhelming desire to walk in the center of God’s will at every moment.” I am a rule follower by nature. I will read my Bible or study my lesson for small group so I can check it off my list and say that is done. While, yes, I am following “the rules”, most days I don’t hear what God has to say to me because I’m in such a hurry to check the next thing off my list. So. For me, sitting down to do this has been a decision to not watch the clock but to really dig in and see what God wants to show me. I am loving the whole verse mapping thing. So stinking cool! I plan to get my hubby and girls to join in and we discuss it every night around the dinner table. Thanks so much for providing this opportunity to study together. Don’t ya just love technology!!

  230. I have strayed far from the relationship I once had with God. I am working daily to get back to that relationship. I having be sreaching for something to fill that void for quite sometime now. Through this first chapter I have already noticed a difference. Today I said YES to God. I gave away my copy of the book. God told me I needed to share it with a dear friend. As I gave her my book she clipped through and trurned to me and said I needed this right now. I came home and purchased the kindle verision so I could continue my study. I am now going to try verse mapping. This willbe a completely new way of Learning God’s word.

  231. I love the story about the man and the Bible. The unknown impacts our obedience has is an amazing thing. God does work we do not even know needs done, and all he requires is our obedience.

    I love this weeks verse. It is an amazing reminder that God does only expect what we have; nothing beyond that. I cannot wait to dive into the Bible more tomorrow.

  232. I’m busy…right…organized, at least I try to be… have a schedule, most definitely. So what happens if I follow so close to my schedule, and miss what God would have for me that day? I could be on time for every appointment, and completely miss the mark. God created me with this “personality type,” right?? So, how does He want this to work? Oh that my ear would be in tune with his voice, so that I know when to stop following My schedule and listen to His…ready for Change! Totally shouldn’t have slept in this morning & got up to do this study in the AM! Today could have/would have looked a whole lot different. So glad his mercies are renewed every morning!
    Nite, all!

  233. Angie Mitchell says:

    I am so looking forward to this Bible Study. Since our youngest daughter was born 3 years ago we haven’t been attending church like we need to. Car issues, health issues, and I will admit it pride of not wanting to drive up to a nice church in an old car that we have to take the battery cable off each time we park just so it will crank again car. I know that is Satan’s lies that are telling me that people will talk. This church is amazing and very welcoming so I know it is me listening to the lies. When I first signed on I kept hearing the lies of why are you even thinking about doing this you don’t even attend church. God doesn’t want you to do an online Bible Study when you are not attending church. I struggled for quite awhile starting to believe the lies. I started really thinking about the memory verse and after reading the first Chapter I knew that this was really what I needed. My soul yearns to reconnect to my first love. I miss the connection that I had with my Savior. I know that he is still there and I just need to return to his loving arms. One thing my soul yearns for is for my children to know him, love him, and depend on him. I have been praying for God to help me see him in everything around me today. Tonight he answered that prayer in the sweet words of my 9 year old daughter. We got finished reading the devotions before bed and she said, “Mom, it is like everytime we read the Bible God is talking about us!!”” For her to understand those truths and see that choked me up and I thanked God in my prayer tonight that he allowed my daughter to hear and understand him. I heard him loud and clear also he wants me in this study. I ask for you to pray for me because my life is fixing to become very hectic again with school starting back for my kids, grad school starting back for me plus being a full time media specialist, and my husband working at night I am going to have to find time for me to spend with God. This is when I know Satan will try to prevail and make me feel to busy to spend the much needed time I need with my Father. Thank you for this Bible Study and thank you in advance for the prayers. I really do appreciate them.

  234. Ana Cotto says:

    I have trouble staying focus on the word of God. I don’t like reading and struggle with it. I do have to say that I read the first chapter and was so happy when I finished it. With #Palmsup I surrender it all to God! I say Yes to God! I’m looking forward to verse mapping.

  235. Liza Torres says:

    This is my first time doing an online bible study. I knew at the very moment I was able to get a hold on the last book in my area it was really meant for me to take part in this study. After reading the first chapter I was able to really realize how much I hold myself back from having an intimidate relationship with God. I reslized that I say more noes than yes and yet I long for more. I chuckled, got teary eye and I was able to relate with the author. I hope to break walls and say YES to The Lord and over come my fears. If anyone has any suggestions to for me to get the maximum out of this study please feel free to advise. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend that longs for more from The Lord but my only distraction is myself.

  236. this is my first OBS. i recently got married and moved away from my home church. since then i had been craving God’s word and missing him but i couldn’t seem to find a way to connect with him. i am hoping that this study will help me. i am so grateful this is available to me. also, i can’t wait to start verse mapping. I’ve never heard of it before.

    • Kristy Aiken~ OBS Group Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

      Hi KC, praying you quickly find a home church. This study will help you. Just be intentional willing to obey. Welcome, sweet sister.

  237. Like many of you, I found the story of the man and the Bible so inspiring. I contemplated what I would do in that situation, and I am not sure whether I would be capable of such selflessness but I hope to get there someday. It definitely made me realize I need to be more aware of God’s voice and what He is asking me to do, especially when it comes to opportunities to spread His word and love.

    Most of my life has been spent believing in God but not knowing that I could and was supposed to have a deep relationship with Him. I made my own rules and lived by my own morally bankrupt code, thinking that because I believed in Him, I could do what I want. Almost two years ago, when I was separating from my husband and reaching a point of shame I hadn’t ever known, I felt His call to me. He turned me around, saved my marriage and opened my eyes. It hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies, but I now know who I really am and who I’m going to serve. My relationship with God the past two years fluctuates with the amount of effort I put into it, and I’m sad that in the past six months that has not been very much or very consistent. I’m here, ready to rekindle my passion for the Lord, and start saying yes when He presents me with opportunities.

    The verse mapping is life changing! I have struggled in the past with how to read deeper into each verse, and how to meditate on the Word. I cannot wait to use this regularly and see how it changes and strengthens my comprehension.

    To all of you inspiring women, I’ve been so moved reading your posts and replies to each other. I feel so blessed to be a part of this study.

  238. Verse mapping is just what I have been looking for. I have so struggled with Bible study in the past. I never felt like I was getting as deep into the Word as I needed to. This is a great tool!! Thank you!

  239. Verse mapping….what a great idea!! I already put my verses on 3×5 cards to keep in my car for memorizing on the way to work. Now I can take it with me and work on the verse mapping. So cool! Thanks for sharing your idea!

  240. I want to say Yes to God, but I’m often afraid to give up my control. My soul HAS been longing for God so I loved the name of this chapter and diving right into the study. The book is already amazing and getting my focus back where it needs to be. I am excited to do the verse mapping as well.

  241. Mary Jolicoeur says:

    I do love the Lord with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength. Deut 6:5

    He has shown me so much. I know he continues to feed my soul with richness to know more of him. I strive to be strengthen by him every day. I am vowing to say “YES.”

    • Mary Jolicoeur says:

      I have gone through such a journey “with breast cancer”. God has led me to be baptized in his glory. I am beginning to delve into bible studies and I’m stepping out on his faith to help “maybe” facilitate a bible study with my sister in the Lord at church. I have never just come out and say “hey” I wanna “help”. I never thought I was equipped but “boy” has our Lord shown me I am “HIS”. He is guiding my every step.

  242. I let my relationship with God slide away and have been craving Him again, however I always claim to be too busy or some such thing to do anything about it. Then I saw something about an online bible study for a book I already knew I wanted to read. For me, in this season of my life, it is not possible for me to get out and go to a bible study but with it being online I had no excuse. So when it started I sat right down and dove in. And I had that connection with God I had so sorely missed. So I automatically started looking online for other resources such as the workbook, dvd, and devotional to go with this book. As I looked at different sites and was pricing them all I happened to see out of the corner of my eye my open bible, so close beside me it was actually touching me, and then it hit me. All those books and resources would not give me the feeling I longed for, the closeness to God, reading His word and talking with Him would. I realized that is what I had been doing while reading my chapter and answering the questions. So thankful for this opportunity for God to teach me. And as far as what the verse means to me, how I can love God that way, I don’t know the answer to that yet, but I am praying He shows me how I can love Him that way. I’ll be praying He shows all of you ladies as well.

  243. I also love the idea of verse mapping. I have started with this week’s verse and I am using my Bible Gateway app, in lieu of index cards. Below is how mine looks thus far:
    Verse Mapping 1
    To love means to have and demonstrate great affection for; to be kind to, have hope in, trust in, to endure all things with.
    With all my heart means that I do not give anyone or anything the same affection I have for God. I don’t commit spiritual adultery.
    With all my soul means to me that I should love God with all my desire
    With all my strength means I love God even when I think or feel I don’t have the energy or will to.

  244. I am aware that saying yes to God seems easy to say but sometimes in the rush of enthusiasm we can say yes and not be aware of the “cost”…does it challenge us to change our core life practices??I think of the statement, “Yes, God, your will , My way”…so I will tentatively say yes but counter it with modified enthusiasm so I won’t burn out before the race is completed. I know God is not thru w/me…I believe that I am still in this world to be His eyes, ears, hands etc Witnessing without “preaching” is a subtle way of proclaiming God. People need to see the joy in my living the life of prayer & meditation & simple dwelling on the beauty of everyday life to be led to embrace a simple life themselves…So Yes to God without shouting it but experiencing it deep in my heart (where my God dwells)

  245. I was excited about this study, because all I have ever wanted to do, was to do what God wanted me to do. I thought that my life would be “perfect”. I married a good christian man, had 2 beautiful children and life was just be bopping along. I was doing the “christian thing”, involved in church, we were there every time the doors were open, sang in the choir, hubby was a music minister, I lead Bible study groups, I truly loved God. Until one day I discovered that my husband had a secret life, an abomination as the Bible says, and was “hooking up” with men. I freaked out, confided in a pastor friend, confronted him, moved out immediately and cried out to God. We asked him if he was gay, but he said that he didn’t think so and just said he was sorry. I went to counseling week after week after week, prayed and prayed and prayed and cried and cried and cried. I just knew there was some mistake, I had been a good wife, loyal, faithful, loved God but couldn’t understand WHY??? but when talking to God, I just kept hearing covenant, commitment, vows, love, forgiveness….. months later, we reconciled with the promise things would change and he would go to counseling…which he did, twice. It took a long time to return to a somewhat normal life again. I was settling in to the same old comfortable life as before. Then, it happened again….then praying, crying, reconciliation, and then AGAIN, then more praying, crying and anger at GOD…WHY ME?? This cycle went on for a total of now 8 years. Last year, after years of praying and seeking God, it became clear that it was time for some tough love. I needed to change MY circumstance and was prepared to leave, NOT DIVORCE, just leave and let him find God and forgiveness on his own. It was up to him to come to terms with himself and God ; I needed to stop being the middle man . I had peace about my decision, I started making my plans and I felt God was in it all the way, things were falling into place and God was providing the necessary arrangements, then I chickened out! I couldn’t trust God enough to make the leap. I just figured it would be okay….Well, guess what! A few months ago, that ugly sin reared it’s head again. Of course, there is always denial but once again, I had hard evidence. He lost his job shortly after I found out things were happening again, and I feel more stuck now than ever since we just signed a year lease on our apartment a month before this happened. I have been afraid to seek the help I need because we are in a different town now, different church and no one here knows of the past. I am always trying to protect his image…but I feel like I am sinking deeper and deeper in the dark pit..We have been married for 19 years!!You just don’t walk away from that. I need to step out on faith, trust GOD to sustain me. I have a church family that I can’t wait to be with each week and a job that I love and I am going to succeed in this study and BE A YES TO GOD kind of girl, no matter what!!! 8 years of doing the “right thing” may not be the thing God wants me to do. I am #palmsup and listening for you GOD, ready to say #YesToGod. This study couldn’t be more timely in my life. Thank you!!

  246. This is my first attempt at an online study. As I read majority of the comments here, I became more fearful of ” not measuring up.” I struggle with fear, comparing myself to others and wanting desperately to be or appear perfect. I also struggle with listening to his voice, following through on reading his word. I was glad to read via the comments that I wasn’t alone. I was also glad to read that God doesn’t expect perfection; He wants me as I am. Still the fear is there, the inclination to compare and the desire to be “perfect.”

    I pray that I can focus on this study and participate until the end. Yet another struggle.. Busyness of life. I want be released from fear, from the clutches of perfectionism and be sold out completely to God. I so want to be a woman who says Yes to God and experience him on a daily basis.

  247. MARSHA CARTER says:

    The scripture in Deuteronomy is a reminder to put ALL things, especially the things that like to sneak in and take over my day and take priority over God and my family, and steal every ounce of energy, time or desire I have left for anything or anyone else. Especially God and my time for study and worship. I love to study God’s Word. It is a passion of mine. I teach the Young Adult Sunday School Class at my church and yet I find myself wasting moment after moment on unimportant events and matters. #trickofsatan This study has reminded me of my priorities and how I have put God on hold or the backburner too many times. Not anymore. He is my number one! I want to be obedient! I have been down the disobedient road and it’s rocky and rough and there are usually bumps, bruises or scars that go along with that. I’m done with that! So, here I am, with my #palmsup and my #eyestowardheaven and I’m saying #yestoGod!!!

  248. #palms up I am so ready to truly love God with everything that I am and everything that I have …. I have soul that longs for nore

  249. This is my first time ever on an online bible study ..I have been saved since I was four years old grew up in a christian home with parents who instilled great godly morals into us sisters..I guess when you have had it all your whole life you take it for granite, I an a single mother of two boys with two different fathers, I never expected my life to turn out this way, but it did, have gone through several health issues, as well as a broken heart from my babys father who left. But through it all GOD has been there..It is now that I can truly say that I feel his presence and yearn to be who he wants me Athena to be..when I saw the title of the the book I knew it was time to surrender and finally give my all to him, I have been attacked througn my mind on a daily basis and each day I pray for GOD to help, I feel the more I say yes to GOD and read his word study it apply it speak it it will get me through, I want to be who he wants me to be so that I can be a great godly example to my boys as well as a light to the dark world..Its a struggle but Im glad that Im not the only one facing these issues. I have decided to move forward and keep forward not looking back and beating myself up with guilt, and also to TRUST HIM WITH MY WHOLE HEART. He knows my future and I just need to let go, I am exited about finishing this book and also my prayer is that I can be used as a vessel in what ever capcity to be a blessing to someone else….

  250. Lysa’s story of giving her Bible away touched and inspired me as well. Would I do that? I am not so sure for a couple of reasons, but my prayer through this study is that I will become a Yes! girl as well. I am also encouraged to know that God doesn’t expect a perfect performance but rather perfect surrender to Him daily. This something I struggle with day to day….surrendering all to Him. How many blessings have I missed by not surrendering all to Him? So I am ready. Ready to dig deeper in His Word. Ready to surrender. Ready to receive. #PalmsUp

  251. I am so excited about this Bible study!! I feel like God has been bringing this theme into my life a lot in the past few years, but specifically in the past few months so what perfect timing! I definitely have a soul that longs for more. I want to experience God’s amazing ways in a way that can only be experienced when I live IN His will, saying “yes” to His prodding.

    The verse mapping, I hadn’t heard of before. I look forward to deepening my understanding of scripture with this tool.

  252. I think that is a wonderful way to not only memorize the Bible verse, but to really understand it on a more deeper and personal level. Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  253. I am so excited about learning more and being part of ths study. I am very interested in the verse mapping. I have read chapter 1 and related so well with giving bibles away, but also truly believe that if we do what God wants us to do or is put in our heart to do he always provides and has never failed. Duet.6:5 I do love God with all my heart , soul and , might, with my whole life my trust and faith are in him. I love being part ofthis bible study and wanted to thank you and am looking forwward to growing more in my relationship with God metting new people here…God Bless

  254. This is my first OBS and I was so excited that I read the first Chapter and then did the study questions at the end of the chapter all in the same night. To be honest, I struggled with those answers. Last night when I was cleaning the kitchen it was like God spoke to me. Take each day, absorb what I’m trying to give you in this. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me throughout this whole study. #Palms Up

  255. Thank you, I am looking forward to the study – my palms are up and something I am finding out you are focusing more on him than the problems at hand with palms up.


  256. Carissa D. Huffman says:

    What do I take from Chapter 1 so far? Already, I have seen the benefit of saying “Yes”. I am a sign language interpreter employed full time (32 hours a wwek). My family is still in need of some financial assistance (like many people). This past week, I got a call to go interpret a big concert at our local Fair. I have not worked at this venue for many years because the man running the Fair has done some unethical things when Daef patrons request an interpreter. But, the interpreting agency was taking on all the risk (not getting paid, etc.), and the agency is run by someone I have known for a long time. So, I somewhat reluctantly agreed. I know this man needs Jesus. Muy Facebook group sisters prayed for all to go well.

    The band on Saturday night was Diamond Rio–they were so gracious–they sent their setlist to me ahead of time. They even talked about being Christians and sang 2 really cool Christian songs. I felt the power of God there, and I do believe someone’s life was touched that night.

    The person who asked for an interpreter asked if I could come again on Sunday night (not my plan at all), and I told her I didn’t know his music, but I would try. It was not my style of music, but Jake Owen drew a HUGE crowd (21, 000 plus), and is a very talented guy. The show was exhausting, but a lot of fun. I even got a big hug during one of the songs while I was working (the crowd went completely wild, of course). It was a LATE night, and an early Monday morning.

    I have already seen God helping me through this last minute opportunity to say yes. The agency I worked for is getting some more contracts locally, so I may be able to pick up some more freelance work with them in the future (they owe me a few for taking on this big event with pretty much NO notice). So, I see God at work already! I am learning the value of saying yes, even when I felt fat. not enough time to prepare, not trusting the people involved. God was there, and has worked all things out for my good, and the good of the sweet Deaf woman who attended.

    I really need to feel all the fear, insecurity, and doubts, but say yes anyway. I pray God can train me to do so during this study.

    Carissa in eastern Iowa

  257. ok ladies can you help me with how to do verse mapping. I am confused on how it works. Thanks

    • Hey Jan

      you pick a verse-either one you chance upon that calls to your heart, then you write it down on an easy to carry 3×5 card. You circle or highlight each main word in the verse and write what that means to you (this makes you focus on the meaning, not just reading). Then, throughout the day or week you pull it out and re-read, and write notes on what it means to you, or questions you need answered about the verse. That is my understanding of how it works…now I have to go do it for the first time!! Hope this helps…

    • I just verse mapped for the first time myself. I am not able to make it fit on a 3×5 card, my mind is too full for that. I do not think there is a wrong or right way of doing it, I prayed for God to direct me to see the verse the way I need to see it. I chose to use the word look up method. I wrote the verse in the middle of a new page in my journal and then looked up words in a dictionary. the word all is where i started….and then heart soul and strength, from there God took over for me and filled the paper. I think it is individual to you. The way I started was what can I learn from this verse to help me say yes to God. I found that since I use loose leaf paper and put it in a binder for my journal I can carry it with me today and as God enlightens me on this verse and each word of it, i can scribble notes and my prayers to Him. Good luck. I will pray for you to have a great first verse mapping session.

  258. I also love the idea of verse mapping. I think I will find a green pen – my favorite color! What a great idea to really personalize and “digest” a verse. Looking forward to all the great insight in this study yet to come!

  259. I love Lysa’s prayer and am grateful God reminded me to pray it this morning: Lord, I want to see you, I want to hear you,… Whatever you have in store for me today, I say yes!

  260. Melody Kruger says:

    The last 8 years of my life have been a roller coaster. The last 10 months have been at times almost unbearable. I am currently separated from my husband of 8 years. I had solid Biblical grounds to separate from him, which I did in February. The previous September I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. He has had 7 surgeries in his first 10 mos of life. That put added strain on an already strained marriage. I believe I was saying yes to God when I separated myself and our 3 children. God has been faithful even though it has been hard. In the last 2 months my husband’s health has declined and numerous tests have not yet found the cause. He approached me a few weeks ago and said he thought we should try to work things out. His heart is not given over to God in any way. He still does things I don’t believe he should. But I feel very strongly that God is asking me to step back into my marriage. I don’t think I have Biblical grounds to deny my husband’s request. This book and this study could not have come at a more appropriate time in my life. My family will not understand at all if I go back to my husband. They love me, and have seen the things he has done to me and put our kids through. And even though my husband says he has made some changes, he is still not the man I married, and we will still have a long uphill battle ahead. I have enjoyed a peace filled home these last few months, and the thought of moving towards reconciliation is scary, frustrating, angering, and so many other things. I am so grateful to God for sending me this OBS and this book.

  261. I love the ideas presented about verse mapping. I have always struggled with memorizing scripture, and these steps just make so much sense! I’m excited to try it.
    I do have a soul that longs for more. I’ve felt for a long time that there has to be more to life than this. Than be burrowed down in work and day to day life, and feeling like there is so much to do, but never really accomplishing anything, but just making it to the next day. I am on a journey to develop a true and authentic relationship with our heavenly Father. To put aside the misconception that I have to be perfect in order to do this. To be committed to doing this and not just letting it pass in a phase like it has done in the past. My soul craves for more and knows that NOW is the time.

  262. Yes, my soul is longing for more! And that is why I am in this study. I can’t wait to see where God leads me through this study. I long for a deeper connection with God. I want to know Him more personally on a deeper level. I want people to see Christ in me. I’m ready to say yes, but of course I’m human. I’m a bit nervous as to what that looks like, but I’m ready.

  263. I just versemapped for the first time. What a blessing that was, as I wrote down the definition of the word all in my journal (an index card can not possibly hold all of my questions and thoughts… )and realized what all really meant, my heart exploded with the possibilities of how I can be most obedient. I dove into the questions today and as I was doing question six, I had a moment of clarity to share with my dear sisters doing this study with me all over the world. Question six states “What can you let go to have the freedom to say yes to God?”, Fear I write…. Fear of not being strong enough for God’s journey for me. I am not strong enough, I fear where God is going to lead me…. Am I strong enough?? As I pondered this thought, I chuckled and said… WELL of course I am not strong enough, but can I lean on myself for strength. HA silly girl, God is your strength, Love him with all your mind, all of your soul and all of your strength, strength given by Him. It’s not me that’s strong enough, it’s God in me, the Holy Spirit living through me that is strong enough and I can use that strength. So in that, I am #PalmsUp, ready to surrender and submit to WHATEVER GOD SAYS DO, DO IT. I pray that this blesses others who struggle with fear as well. We have to remember it’s not up to us to be strong enough but it’s up to us to pray for God to deliver the strength, for ourselves and others.

    • Amanda,
      I agree with you totally. I think map versing will be an excellent way to really understand the word. I am fearful I won’t know enough verses to help me or another person when asked or in need of my comfort and guidance. It’s not about me, it’s about trusting and leaning on the Lord. This really will make a difference.

  264. I also love this idea of verse mapping. I can’t wait to try it. I also love that picture she uploaded that shows her highlighted and underlined words. I just finished reading the book, “My One Word” 2 months ago & the word I chose to focus on is SURRENDER. I love seeing that word in this book. Ever since I chose it, God has been confirming my choice. Yay!! 🙂

  265. Kim Abbott says:

    I’ve never done verse mapping but am excited to try it. I’m so excited about this OBS!!!

  266. Stephanie Christensen says:

    I was introduced to verse mapping in our last OBS, and I feel like it has opened a whole new world to me. Since applying verse mapping to scripture I feel like I can hear God speaking to me more and it is clearer. I feel it has brought my relationship with Him closer. I applied it to the verse Deut. 6:5 and this verse means a lot to me! I feel it speaking to me as to love Him I should be seeking Him above ALL things, I should pursuing after Him, choosing Him! My soul- it is my core, my complete devotion to Him. My life should be lived faithfully to Him and all He asks of me. I will love Him in the way I live, the choices I make and the lifestyle I choose. My strength~ this is all of my resources! and to love Him with radical obedience. I want to be completely sold out to Him. This is my love and faith put into ACTION! #PALMSUP!

  267. Blessings sisters While writing this week’s Bible verse in my journal and what it meant to me, the Lord showed me that 1. If we truly love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, and strength, there is no room left for self…He cannot share space in our lives…Lord of all means Lord of ALL… 2. It is only by loving the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, and strength that we can even say Yes to God! Why would we say yes to someone we didn’t love and trust completely…but how can we say yes to someone unless we love and trust them completely…and 3. When we love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, and strength we will WANT to say Yes to God…remember your first love? And what you would do to show your love? Wow..He has shown me TRUTH and His Love even as I post….To God be the Glory…

  268. Jennifer says:

    Love the idea of verse mapping. Thanks for sharing. Still working on reading Chapter 1 so will post more later.

  269. Teliah Haywood says:

    Do you have a soul that longs for more? Yes, I have a soul that lings for more. A soul that longs to more like Jesus. A soul that longs to allow his characteristics to flow in and out of me.
    Are you willing to do whatever God says to do? I am willing to do whatever God says to do, even if that means steeping out of my comfort zone.

    Thanks for the tips on verse mapping I never heard of it before,

  270. I love this! This is my second time reading this book and I’m still finding more to underline and highlight! I love how Lysa summarized the entire Bible with just 6 words – “Whatever God says do, do it!”. I also visited the Bible mapping website and am very excited about that idea! I pinned it to my Pinterest account and am working on Deut. 6:5 today. Thanks for all the great information!

  271. I have been writing verses on index cards for quite sometime, I write a prayer on the back of the card with the family member or friend I am praying for. Sometimes I may have to add/insert other names when I am praying the prayer. I also get some of my prayer inspirations from the daily encouragement I receive from Proverbs 31. Thanks Ladies, I especially need it now fr my son.

  272. I was reading some comments and also the highlighted question in Chapter 1… Can you relate? That’s an astounding YES! I can relate…He has put so many things on my heart to do, and I have fear, but now with my #PalmsUp high I am saying Yes Lord, I need and want Your courage because I know “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 I know He has had his PALMS UP for some time carrying me, carrying my family, and saying put just your hands in mine, turn it over to me, say YES, I trust YOU, LORD DO IT!!! Say Yes, I put my faith in YOU, LORD DO IT!!! Say Yes I give you all the praise, honor, and glory LORD DO IT!!! and “Love HIM with all my heart, soul and might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 and leave my issues with HIM, and have patience.

  273. This is my first time to do a Verse Mapping. I loved this! I chose “soul” for my word. One related verse stands out for me: “so my soul pants for you” in Ps. 42:1, Thank you to these leaders who have said yes to God; so many of us are blessed because of their blessings bestowed on them by God

  274. Kimberly Goffard says:

    Reading this chapter made me think of 2 things:
    1) The quote “How tragic to miss God’s divine appointments”: What a great way to think about it! Not saying yes to God is like missing an appointment He has with you.
    2) “…you simply have to surrender…” bottom of page 13
    …if only it was that simple. Saying YES to God, just as Mary said YES, is very difficult for me. Letting go is hard, let’s face it. I love the saying “Let go and let God”–trusting God’s plans is crucial to saying YES! I am a control freak and an organizer by nature (don’t visit my home–we have three boys–’nuff said about that!). When God throws me a curveball it can be hard to accept. That’s when I repeat “Let go, and let God.”
    The other thing that popped into my head was the hymn “The Summons.” The first verse goes like this:
    “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
    Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
    Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
    will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?”
    Talk about on invitation to say YES!

  275. Rosa Elena Rangel says:

    I been trying to memorize scriptures from the bible and the way you said Verse mapping is the best way. Thanks to Melissa and Lisa.

  276. Ladies~ like map versing. I am also taken back by all of the comments and posts. Who’s should I read, how many read I read, where should I start or end and should I comment on any or how many………just like the word~ where do I start, how much should I take in at once, she I comment or reflect on it all and begin to feel overwhelmed. I decided in order to not feel overwhelmed with trying to read all the posts, I would scroll and just pick a few. This allows me to connect with a few ladies and not feel overwhelmed with trying to read everyone comments. I do love reading all the comments but this in itself could be another full time job. So, yes like map versing~I will scroll and land and read just a comment or two and reflect on this and the verse and then my own heart. This allows me to utilize not only the word and how I feel but how it reflects with others. Blessings.

  277. Delores H. says:

    I can relate! I’m thinking if I can get MYSELF together… read more, pray more, love more, then God can use me. I feel I’m not good enough, I’m not smart enough to elaborate the word of God to others. The Lord is working on me… he let me know if I could get my OWNSELF together… there was no need for him to have died and rose again. I am learning to relax, trust and depend on him, how I feel and what I feel… DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO with what God word says. # PALMS UP

  278. After reading Chapter 1, I realize my eyes teared up off and on the whole time. I go through my busy day and thank God for my blessings at the end of the day, but I don’t ask him to use me during the day. There are even days that I pray for my child in the morning and then don’t think of him again until I am thanking him at night. I want this study to help me turn this around. I plan to get up each morning and pray that God leads me through the day just as I pray for my child in the morning to be lead by him. I want my daughter and everyone to see me as a “yes girl” for God. #palmsup and full surrender!

    • Hi Anne – Are you reading my mind? I get so sidetracked and distracted throughout the day that I forget about my family and about God. It sounds awful, and I to hope to turn things around and become a yes girl. I do try to remember at the end of each day, no matter how things went, to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5). I listened to the first call from Monday afternoon and Melissa and Lysa’s voices are so calming and pleasant to listen to, the calls are definitely worth the time and money. Looking forward to listening to the call with Samantha. Praying for you Anne, we are all in this together! #palmsup

  279. I just wanted to share with you something I did earlier last week. I said “yes” to God to give up facebook because I was spending too much time on it and I knew God wanted me to use time to spend with Him. So that is one reason why I will not be on facebook. I can’t wait for my book to arrive and say Yes God in more ways down the road. I know it isn’t easy giving up facebook and socializing events but I know it’s worth in the end. I already have seen blessings in my life and am at peace. So, I hope that is okay with you that I will not be participating in the facebook online Bible Study due to that I’m no longer on facebook. Thanks so much for understanding.

  280. I barely got into to chapter one before I was a bucket of free flowing tears. Literally, I was two pages in, I am convinced my kids were wondering what in the world was wrong with mom now. They were tears of joy I admit because just yesterday I ran into a young women at school registration that I am attempting to reach out to (she is seeking) and she was excited to tell me she was coming to church this Sunday with her friend whom she introduced me to. I was so excited. . . then I bravely asked the two women if they would be interested in doing a bible study with me. What? Where did that come from? I have only been a Christian about 3 years what would I know about leading a bible study . . . nothing, nada, zilch, other than I am loving the learning of God’s word and am excited to explore it with someone as new to it as I am who is seeking His word whether they realize or not. We can discover it together. They were very open to the idea and are going to think about a good time to get together and get back to me on Sunday. I surprised myself, or I should say God surprised me. I said yes to God! Now here is the really amazing part this happened yesterday and I only got my book today. . . and there is why you have the bucket of tears. God is so truly amazing!!

  281. I love verse mapping….I got away from using that technique….and now i will be starting it again!

  282. What I took away from chapter 1 is that I don’t have to be perfect to follow God. I keep getting easily discouraged because I would fall back into my old ways and that I would need to get my whole life in order. But I realized just because I am not perfect I may still fall back into my old ways sometimes, and that’s ok. As long as I bounce back and follow the Lord.
    I also noticed at the end of the chapter I am like that too. Where I don’t like change a whole lot and I am partially holding myself back from God, because I don’t want to change. I keep thinking what if my husband doesn’t love me anymore if I change. But I just need to remember to trust in God and say Yes!

  283. Veronica says:

    Thank you so much for the link to verse mapping!! I struggle so much with this, but am so ready to conquer it now <3 #palmsup

  284. I’m not so sure I actually long for more–but sometimes I’m in such an endless spiral and don’t know how to get out of it. Too many “good things” in my life and not enough time spent actually communing with God himself!
    Really, though, I’m tired of being in this rut and not hearing God’s voice. I’m taking the step during this study to actually listen to God’s leading and say “Yes” to whatever he is calling me too–even if it means losing the control I seem to think I have.
    It reminds me of cross country skiing… When I was in high school gym class we had a unit on cross-country skiing and I was TERRIBLE! I was so terrified of falling that I tensed my entire body and inched along the circle. My peers lapped me over and over again and they had so much fun… The difference between them and myself? They were willing to accept the risk of falling and let go of control because they knew that cross-country skiing doesn’t work without that. Did I fall less than they did? Yes! But I hated it with a passion and they had the time of their lives.

    • Nicole S says:

      Joann I also fel like I am just in a rut of not hearing God’s voice. I was reading the book just now and I had this really strong urge to post on facebook that I was doing this study and if anyone wanted to do it. I didn’t want to post it but I thought to myself God is telling you too,, maybe it will touch someone’s life just to do this study. So I did it! But I still feel resistant sometimes. I will be praying for you during your journey.

  285. Nicole S says:

    I go to a christain counselor and we talk about my need to be perfect alot and how if I can’t do something perfeclty I just won’t do it at all because I get easily discouraged. I loved Lysa’s early morning prayer and how she sometimes just asks God to really show his presence that day because she needs him. Sometimes I don’t think God listens to me or hears me so that discourages me. Well a couple days ago I was praying over the verse Proverbs 3:5-6. That was on monday. I saw the verse again just randomly somewhere else on tuesday and then when I picked up the book on wednesday to read chapter one there the first was again! I have been praying over a certain situation I am in and I really just don’t know what path I should take and I confessed to God that is difficult for me to trust him sometimes because I have a hard time letting go of control.
    I just feel like God is really tugging on my heart to trust him and to say Yes to him! I am very excited about this study and I pray that God touches all of our hearts and that we open up ourselves to the Lord and follow his path instead of our own 🙂

  286. I really like the ideas on verse mapping! I have done similar techniques but never written them down on an index card before! Will definitely be trying some of these ideas!
    In regards to the question, “Am I willing to do whatever God wants me to do?” I have to say that I am. Fear of the unknown doesn’t usually bother me. However, I am the kind of person who jumps in and then starts wondering, “What in the world am I doing?” or “How am I going to DO this?” I also struggle with complaining about the difficulties along the way. My prayer is that my faith will not waver AFTER the leap but that I will stand firm , hold steady and weather any storms that might come up!

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