Yes to God, Week 2 Wrap Up ~ Friday!

It’s FRIDAY! Yay!

Great job Yes Girls for an amazing second week of study!

Here’s a short video message from Melissa and Nicki to wrap up the week.

If you can’t see the video above, click here to view directly on You Tube.

We wanted to leave you with a portion from the What Happens When Women Say Yes To God Interactive Workbook. [Please note the study guide is totally optional!]

Learning to recognize God’s voice is something we can practice and become better at. If we find it difficult at first to notice or respond to God’s promptings in the moment, we can still learn something even from our missed opportunities to say yes to God. One way to do this is by practicing a review of the day with God. It is a way of praying that helps us to get better at recognizing His activity in our lives.

Here are a few ideas to help you better recognize God’s activity in your life:

• Find a quiet place. Choose a quiet comfortable place where you won’t be interrupted or distracted.

• Invite God to guide you. As you begin to review your day in God’s presence, ask Him to guide and teach you. You may want to pray: God, I want to see You. God, I want to know You. Teach me how to see You and hear You so I can know You better and follow where You lead me.

• Begin with gratitude. Look back on your day–morning, afternoon and evening–and notice all the ways in which you experienced God’s goodness.

• Look for leadings. Now go through your day again–morning, afternoon, and evening. You may want to imagine that Jesus is sitting with you while you watch a video replay of your day. When something you see catches your attention, push the “pause” button. Then ask Jesus for His guidance and insight.

For example:

-Lord, was this a prompting from You?
-Is this how You wanted me to respond in this situation or to this person?
-Is there anything You want me to do differently next time?

Allow yourself a few moments to listen for the Lord’s response. Journal any insights or guidance you receive.

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  1. Beth Wright (OBS Group Leader) says:

    What an amazing week! Learning about radical obedience- whew, #say what! I so want to be a radical obeyer (is that even a word- I doubt it since it has that darn red squiggly line under it- oh well). Thank you Melissa and Nicki for such a great week.
    Oh my mercy- I LOVE the challenge that you lay before us today. I’ve gotten really good at getting up and having my quiet time in the mornings BEFORE I dive into my day- giving Him the first part of my day BUT I have not even thought about giving him the LAST portion of my day. Love the idea of going back to my quiet place and reviewing my day with Him. Love this idea and will be doing my best to put it into practice, instead of just falling asleep on my pillow as I’m trying to pray at night!!!

    Can’t wait to see what He has in store for us next week!

    • You know, I read the P31 daily encouragement yesterday morning. If any of you ladies don’t recieve it, you need to sign np! The topic was “When my happiness get bumped.” I was really drawn to meditate on this all day yesterday. This discussion is truly confirmation. Sometimes I feel like my life is a bumper car ride, and my poor little happiness car is being bumped from all directions.

      Have you ever looked up while you were on a bumper car ride and noticed the sparks on the ceiling as the cars ride along the track? That would be my hot anger that sparks every time somebody bumps my happy. Before I know it, I feel like that car stuck in the corner which every car bumps – just because- as they go around and around the track. What started as a day full of promises and a loving desire to seek God and obey God seems like an emotional traffic pile up!

      So, today reminds me that not only do I need to seek God in my quiet place in the mornimg to renew my mind amd devote myself to saying yes, but also to spend time in the evening with Him asking Him to open the eyes of my heart and grant me the wisdom to discern the areas of my life where I need to pray for change. Where I can give grace instead of anger? Where I can give mercy instead of sarcam? Where I can give love instead of eyerolls or exasperated sighs. Where I can say yes instead of being frustrated and disobedient? I can spend time with Him in the evening and ask Him to show me how to be the YES girl that sings His praises and seeks his blessings without turning aroumd the verey next moment to surrender to a moment of bumped happiness.

      I praise God for leading me to this study at just the right time. Everything is right in His time, and His time is perfect. So many things are clicking into place that I put at His feet months ago. I praise the women of the OBS team for their love and dedication as we move on to the next week. I praise all the women involved for sharing and offering their insight, lives, and fellowship. Thank you all.

      Blessings and Love!

      • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

        Michelle,
        I LOVED your post. Oh man, that could have been written for me (except I hate bumper cars :)). You made some very great points. I think we will always be “works in progress” and thankfully are allowed to “bump” back and get on the right track again!

        • I agree , Michelle your post was so spot on for me today! Instead of bumper cars I have felt like I have been on a rollercoaster! I am definitely a ” work in progress'”! I have really enjoyed reading others comments, it has been encouraging to see that others have struggles like me. I tend to think that I am the only one going through things and if I was only a better Christian I wouldn’t have such problems, etc I have felt that God is really pushing me to lay down my fear and trust Him with ALL things in my life , not just the ones I give him ( I tend to be a control freak ) So thankful to be able to learn from all of you great ladies 🙂

          • Good point Wendy! Sometimes we feel cornered and bumped by every “car” that goes by, but then God sends along some driver that bumps us back on track! That’s the glory of God’s grace! PS. I hate bumper cars too!

            Chelcey – hello. My name is Michelle and I am a control freak! You are SO not alone. I have to work so hard everyday to give some power up even to the people close to me. For me, this is a downside of that nasty pride thing. Let’s face it, I think I can do it better and quicker, and without interruption!

            When I accepted Jesus, it was humbling to realize our God is perfect. Yes, he is more perfect than even I 🙂 He can do everything better. Better yet, he does it out of love – not pride. Even more amazing is the realization that I still have a difficult time relinquishing control to the Creator! Sheesh! I’m thankful now for the times He has shown me that His plans are far greater – times when I didn’t obey him and chose to bushwhack my own crazy path. These small but powerful lessons in humility have drawn me closer to Him and deepened my trust. Praise God!

            Michelle

      • Boy oh boy are you right!!! Bumper cars is a perfect way to state it. I like that Lysa tells us that satan is the one trying to derail us, to have us help him instead of us relying on God. And the more me succeed
        and snug up close to God, the more the evil one works on our defeat! whew…so we are encouraged to see this as evidence of our growing in the Lord. What a perspective. I like it:)

      • WOW! Really enjoyed reading your post tonight! It was as if you were talking to me, about me. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I like this idea of reviewing the day. Taking time at the end of the day to look for God’s presence, guidance, and provision in our everyday living. I try to recognize God’s presence throughout my day, and when I see Him at work – in everything from a good parking space when running errands to protecting me from a careless driver and everything in between – I thank Him there in the moment. But your idea to pray through it and journal about it adds a level of awareness as you look at the constant presence of God with us in every moment of the day. Journaling also gives you a record that you can review in those times when you’re struggling through difficulties. David did that in his psalms. In difficult times he would write about how God had saved and protected Him and/or Israel in the past to remind him that the same God who worked in his life then is still as present and powerful now. each day I am more glad that I chose to do this OBS (my first one) and that I also chose this study to do with my small group this Fall. I am gaining a lot of additional tools and insights as we go through this OBS. blessings on you Nicki, Melissa, and of course, Lysa. Not to mention all the thousands of sisters who are also participating. The blog hops are especially encouraging as we share our struggles, lessoned lerarned, and triumphs in the Lord. We see we are not alone in our struggles and we are encouraged by the way God has worked in the lives of others.

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Julia, I am so very happy you joined our group as well. You add great insight. I’m looking forward to quietly reviewing the day as well. Keeping a journal has always been hard to start but I’m always glad afterwards.The support of this community is invaluable!

  3. LOVE this idea!

  4. Amen Ladies, Amen! Wonderful idea. I do not believe in luck or coincidence, it is God in and through our day just as stated in the other comments acting on our behalf, from the small things to the big things, and we can see it when it happens, and thank Him for it as our day goes along, like I choose too, or go back over our day at the end and review and see where we could have done things differently, and I will do that now too when I thank Him for everything from that day as well. Have a great day ladies.

  5. nancys1128 says:

    Like Beth, I have my quiet time in the morning, after making coffee but before anyone (besides the cat) is moving and making noise. I think my #SayWhat came with this post and the idea of ending the day with another quiet time. It actually makes sense to bookend my day with God-time. I start it quietly so that I can be prepared for what may come, and ending it is an act of praise for how the day went, as well as a review of what may need be changed on future days, and even actions that need to be taken to correct wrongs committed. I’m so glad I didn’t just sign up for this study and save all the emails for future use as I’ve done so many times before. I may not be caught up on the reading, but I’m at least participating here more, and being blessed with everybstepmI take. Thank you, ladies!

    • I like your analogy of “bookends.” It’s not only a good visual for the beginnimg and end (Alpha and Omega!) – but it also serves as great visual of support. How can we hold up the events of our day? With – at the least – quiet time with God at the beginning and the end to support all our “His stories” in the middle. Awesome post Nancy!

      • I agree-love the bookend idea! I so often just end my day with TV and then a quick prayer as my head hits the pillow! I am going to try and be more purposeful(with the help of the Holy Spirit) to end my day with more God-time. This is definitely going to be an act of obedience, cuz it will be hard, but I am willing.

        • I’m with you there Rachel! Oh my, that is my day too. I love the bookend idea and believe it will be so beneficial even to better nights rest. I did have an aha! moment yesterday that I really didn’t think about until I was wrapping up my work day. My plan for the day as totally blown out of the water and I didn’t realize it happened until the end of the day. My plans were not God’s plans and I’m excited to see what he does today, because I didn’t get done yesterday what I had planned to do. I felt like He was telling me, “Kim, just trust me. I have everything under control and will work it all out for good for everyone.” Sometimes my “Yes God” is as Lysa mentions on pg 28 – “The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us.” We may not even realize it is happening at the time. I like the thought of reviewing the day and acknowledging God’s hand in all happenings. Looking forward to Week 3. This study has been so great, my first OBS!

    • I agree, I am the same way. I am completely a morning person, but at night it is all I can do to not fall asleep on the couch when I should be visiting with my husband. I like that idea a lot and I think I will pray about it that God will show me how to schedule an evening time as well.

    • Thanks Nancy,
      I love the idea to”bookend my day with God”. My quiet time with God is in the early morning. I enjoy being in the presence of God and anticipate His revelations that He unfolds before me. By the end of the day my evening prayer is rather short and I treat it as a duty, without much thought. As I come to the close of my day I will try to picture the “bookends” and meet with my Father before I get too tired.

  6. This my first OBS. I am so glad did. I wanted a closer relationship with God. God has shown me where I need to improve so I am able to hear his voice. I need to be in his word more and spend more time alone with him sit down talk to him and listen to what he wants me to do. When I read about the fruits of the Spirit it conformed what he has put on my heart awhile ago but I never acted on it, so this confirms I need to sit time and just do it. I have been putting other things I want to do before God. I must take the first step to obedience truly put God first in my life. One of the questions they ask what is keeping you from do this, I feel it is my self that holding me back. I need to find out why. I feel God will help me find my way. I just need to take the time and truly listen to him, act on that he is telling me to do.

    • Barbara Prince OBS Small Group Leader/Prayer Warrior Team says:

      Hi Kim, I am so glad you have joined us in this study of prayer. This is something that God will teach us over and over again until we are finally in perfect communion with Him. I’ve spent years in God’s school of prayer and find I still have much to not only learn, but to learn to DO. I know that God is really going to bless you as you are seeking to hear His voice.
      Blessings,
      Barbara

  7. Annette Distinti says:

    Great week with great revelation. In chapter 3 Lysa wrote that John 15 :4 says, ” Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. My prayer is: Father God, I pray for you to help me stay connected to you. Help me Lord to get into your word on a daily basis so I may hear your voice and obey your commands, in Jesus name I pray.

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Annette,
      I pray the same thing for myself. It is sometimes so easy to get into the pattern of busyness. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Judy McCarthy says:

    Thank you, thank, thank you for offering this Online Bible Study. I’ve always wanted to participate in a bible study, but never took the time. I’m a school teacher so this time of year is a very, very busy time for me. Even though I haven’t been perfect with my #SayYes assignments, I’ve been doing my best….you wouldn’t beleive how well EVERYTHING has been going…I thank God for all of you, this study, Lysa for writing the book, my co-worker and sister who are also doing the study, the leaders of the study, etc. Thank you, thank you, thank YOU!!!!!! Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    • Barbara Prince OBS Small Group Leader/Prayer Warrior Team says:

      Judy, God will reward your faithfulness in doing this study on saying “Yes” with the most precious gift – Himself!

  9. Like many, I get up early to be with God and study His word. I love the idea of ending it with Him as we’ll and hitting rewind to see His hand at work throughout my day. Too many times, I rush through the day and just go through the motions. I wonder how many times I have missed Him at work or how many times I have taken the thoughts that go through my head for granted. To be able to “see” and know that these thoughts and promptings are from God is awesome. It also makes me want to slow down my day and truly listen and look for Him at work. I’m sure I have missed confirmations that I’ve been praying for. This study has helped me in so many areas of my life and we’re only on Chapter 3! I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me for the rest of the study.

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Angie,
      I know that your sentiments are shared with so many others – myself included! I pray that we all listen to God’s voice and say “yes” to slowing down and praising Him!

  10. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Colossians 3:15

  11. Beth A. (OBS Team Leader) says:

    I, like countless others, am SO blessed by this study and this community of women! I love the idea of ending my day with a time of reflection and praise to God. This makes Jeremiah 29:13 come a live even more for me. I am craving more of God in my life!
    Thank you Melissa and Nicki for leading us again this week. I love my Proverbs 31 OBS girls! 🙂

  12. Thank you for those words if encouragement Melissa and Nicki. I’ve had a very strange week of interruptions and falling behind. I have felt discouraged. This must be a very important study, to be bombarded by so many things. I have read all my chapters and I’m hoping to move forward. Yesterday was a day of appointments and in the middle of it, I remembered I had had bags of things in the back of my car and kept forgetting to drop them off the Goodwill truck, that’s parked at the shopping center two blocks away. I got back in my car and went up there, kind of grumbling under my breath that I can’t remember to do things. This very, smily, sweet man, came to the back and unloaded my car. I gave him a big smile. He seemed so kind. I turned back and grabbed a few bottles of water ( I keep a case in my car), to put in the front seat, and as I pivoted around , with hands full, the man stepped up and said, “thank you very much!!! I really appreciate that” as he took the water from my hands!!!! I felt like, wow … That was an unexpected God moment! I left there smiling, and new that God was there with me. Maybe, I even looked into the face of God!

  13. I cannot believe how much I have learned in such a small time. This study has moved me so much! I love the quote in the book that states “When the time I spend with God moves from an obligation to a genuine desire to hear Him; that is the place my life truly begins to transform.” I am starting to get there. I am beginning to crave my time to dig in the bible, pray, and journal. It quenches this longing in my soul. I love that feeling! May God continue to move in me and all the ladies in this study. Thank you!

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Amy, how soul changing to really have a genuine desire as opposed to looking at spending time with God as a duty.
      Bless you!

  14. I had an opportunity last night to discuss radical obedience with my friend and neighbor. It was such a blessing to do so and encourage her to be radically obedient. Please keep her in your prayers though as this step and yes moment deals with more than just her. As I’ve said before, I believe it is harder to say yes in those moments than if it is just us. Satan is really attacking her. I’m thankful to have been in this study and with such a great community of women where I’ve been listening to God instruct me on saying yes to Him in such a radical way. I never thought I’d have a chance to encourage another and help them with it so soon. Ain’t God good? All the time!

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      God is indeed good! I pray that you continue to be a blessing to your friend. God’s blessing to you.

  15. Patricia Dedrick says:

    This week has been an awesome week with radical obedience to God. Went to a revival last night at church and God was speaking from Psalms 107: 9 For God satisfies the thirsty soul,and the hungry soul he will fill with goodness. Then this morning OBS video on finding a quiet place and time listening to God that’s the secret place where he fills our hungry thirsty soul with his goodness. Thanks for leading us yes women may God bless all this weekend and looking forward to next week.

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      I love that song, Patricia. May you continue to grow in God’s word and have a blessed day!

  16. As I scroll down the page reading the comments of others, I come to this section where I too can post a comment. At the top it says “Share Your Heart.” As I read those three words God said to me “Donna Share Your Heart.” I have posted a few comments throughout the week, but honestly, I didn’t have any words in particular that I felt I wanted/needed to share today. So, I prayed Lord show me what to say. I felt lead to share Psalm 23:
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me like down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He lead me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (ESV).
    God is our shepherd and we are his sheep Jesus tells us in John 10:3 that the sheep (us) hear the shepherd’s voice (Jesus) and he calls them by name and they follow him, this is my paraphrase, and I would encourage you to read John 10:1-18 to see what Jesus says about the shepherd (Him) and the sheep (us). By the way, God lead me to this passage also.
    Isn’t this just what we are talking about in this study, hearing God’s voice and obeying, allowing Him to lead us. As I have been in this study, I am learning to be more attuned to the nudging of the Holy Spirit. My desire to listen and obey is becoming stronger. I want to be like the sheep. I want to hear and know my Shepherds voice and I want to obey Him.
    I have always struggled with having my quiet time with God in the mornings. Some mornings I am able to wake up early and spend time with God before rushing into the day, and other times I wake up late and find myself rushing out the door and saying a quick prayer on my way to work. I know God deserves more than that. As I have been doing this Bible study I have been making more of an effort to start my day with God and it has been great! After today, I am also challenged to end my day with quiet time as well. I look forward to listening to God and being more obedient in the routine activities of each day. Another thing I have felt lead to do this week is turn of the radio in my car as I am driving alone. I feel this gives God an opportunity to speak to me in the quietness as I drive. I hope these words provide encouragement for someone today. I believe they are straight from God. After all, I sure shared quite a lot for someone who didn’t think she had anything to share today. Thank you God for giving me the words that you wanted me to post! I love you God!

  17. OMG. What a great idea. Review my day with Him. Why does this seem like a new concept? Lol. I review my work day everyday. I review my home life everyday (got this done, got this done, etc). Why have I never included my Savior? That changes today! Thank you Nicki!

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Stela,
      This does seem like such a basic concept yet one many of us either never thought of or ignore. Kind of like many small “say yes” moments can build a mountain!

  18. My plan this morning, as I had my quiet time, and journaled fervently with all God is showing me, was to post a comment in regards to being still and listening for God’s voice. I’ll be honest, it is still very awkward for me. I’m wondering if, after doing it for some time it will feel more natural? I felt at one point like He said, “Rest, I’ve got you.” I wrote these questions in my journal, finished with prayer and some (awkward) being still time and then turned on my phone to read today’s 31 Proberbs daily devotional by Wendy Pope. She wrote about how she had a difficult time with this same thing, that silence was not easy for her either. Then the question from our study popped into my head, “Is it being confirmed in messages through church and times of study?” Yes!! Wendy goes onto say, “God’s rest is exactly what our restless souls need.” Wow! I wrote that over and over in my journal. God is doing big things and I feel honored to be a part of it. I haven’t felt his presence this strongly in a very long time.

    • Sam, you are not alone…that is for sure. I feel the same way and a lot of things are happening inside me right now and it is all being confirmed thru scripture others are sharing. I am going thru a situation and have felt God telling me too to Be Still and know that He is God and that He has this. The peace we can feel with God is far better than anything else in this world. Thank you for opening up and sharing.

      • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

        Sam and Krista,
        I still struggle with those same things. I wonder if I am trying too hard some times and just need God to direct it. I also believe it is a process and we need to be patient. Something that is not my strong suit. 🙂

      • I am right there too. Only I think God has to tell ME to shut up (only He says it quietly and nicer than that!) because He can’t hear through all of my fuss. He just waits until I’m done and asks if I’m done and then imprints on my heart that I am not alone and that He is all I need to help me through the tough stuff and there to celebrate with me the joys. He is the one who has the purpose of my life written in His book and if I am silent and learn to listen then I can see the map. Like my grandson, draw the spots, Mema. Then I can connect the “spots” from one to the next to the next and look back and see the progress and look forward knowing that I will arrive at that Happy Place that is in the lap of Jesus. And He is happy with my journey- all of it! Fusses and all.

  19. Just a thot God brought to me this morning about the quote, “We need not fear what our obedience will cause to happen in our life. We should only fear what our disobedience will cause us to miss.”
    By being disobedient to God we not only miss out on an opportunity, we also miss out on a BLESSING!

  20. I am truly having an amazing time! I am so excited about findind and walking in God’s will for my life. Like you video stated today, it’s not about the big things He wants us to do because I so don’t like spot light attention. But I can love my children more, be more submissive to my hubby, and still be a great Yes girl to God! Thank you for this amazing journey!

  21. I love this idea of having quite time with God before I go to bed. Maybe it will help me find the peace I need to get a good nights sleep. My supconcience kicks in it seems as soon as I close my eyes. Oh I sleep but I feel my subconcience is telling me all the things I shoulda, coulda, and woulda done but didn’t. I am definately giving this time in my evening!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  22. I am challenged to use this review of my day each evening, looking forward to the leanings and revelations God will show me.

  23. Rita Renn says:

    I love the idea of having a “playback” of my day. It would definitely help me stay on track knowing that I would have to later reflect on all the things I could have done better to hear God’s voice. I know it isn’t meant to do to see all of your shortcomings but to see God in your life; however, these past few weeks have really helped me to regain my focus on the Lord and I feel as though I am kind of “re-conditioning” myself. I pray that God helps me to remain in the positive and look for him throughout my day.

    Thanks for another great week! I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend! See you next week!

  24. I need to review my day every evening — my biggest struggle is learning to shift my mind so that I constantly have Jesus with me. I *know* he is but I just don’g *think* about it enough. Last week, when our verse was, “Love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength,” I was at a gift shop and picked up a keychain. It was a wooden cross and was painted with pretty colors and had small jewels on it. It caught my eye and I picked it up and turned it over. On the back of it was, “I will love the Lord with all my heart.” I put it in my basket and continued to walk around the store. That was the first time in a long time that I remember thinking, “The Lord is with me right now.” I pray to do this more often. Having a set time in the evenings to review my day will help make this a much-needed habit it in my life.

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Jennifer, thanks for sharing your “God moment” with us. It gave me a wonderful feeling!

  25. Linda Maus says:

    Love this wrap up! I did take time FIRST thing to pray this morning in my quiet place. And as I was ending, praying to keep my temple holy and remember that my body is only on loan from Him, I was asking for His strength to walk with Him this weekend(which is busy with events, etc) and to keep me from walking/talking/gluttony anything that I do that would not be honoring, and it was awesome. Just before my AMEN, I heard this verse, and thanked Him for making it loud and clear: Philippians 4:8 NIV-Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

  26. I needed to share how God is moving in my life:

    Sunday nearly 2 weeks ago there was a note in our bulletin saying the children’s ministry coordinator was resigning. When my husband pointed to it I heard a voice tell me I should put my name out there and I brushed it off thinking I couldn’t possibly be qualified. After service, the resigning coordinator put her arm around me and told me she was resigning but she would still volunteer to help out her replacement. I again heard the voice say “she’s talking about you.” Again I brushed it off. The following Friday, I was jogging with the associate pastor’s wife and she asked me if I would be interested in the position. When I told her I didn’t think I was qualified she told me being a church member and a mom qualified me as much as anyone else.

    Last Sunday after our service I told our pastor if the position was still open that I would like to make an appoinent to talk to him about it. He grabbed me in a huge hug, thanked me, and told me he loved me! The next day I read chapter 2 and realized I was hearing God! That voice urging me forward was God! I don’t know what I was expecting, not a burning mountain and a booming voice, but I’m so glad this bible study helped me discern His voice. I had an excellent interview a couple days ago and even if I don’t get the position, I’m thankful I heard and obeyed God. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Great job, this is incredible!!! I love that you were able to stop and recognize that it was all God talking to you! It sounds like you would be perfect for that job; and if for some reason you do not get it, wherever you end up and whoever you are around will be blessed by you! So glad you had this experience, good luck and God bless!!! 🙂

    • Praise God. Erin that is exactly what radical obedience is all about. Trust and obey. Many years ago I was asked to take the position as children’s church instructor because the previous instructor was moving to another town. Before this I had told God that I would say Yes to anything He’d ask me to do. I knew I wasn’t qualified but God guided me every step of the way. When I was a teenager (many many years ago) one of my goals was to be a Sunday School teacher. I’ve come to realize that He was preparing me all the time. God bless you.

  27. So much amazing-ness yet again! Love the idea of reviewing the day with God, learn from the day and let it go and look forward to the next day! 🙂 And I LOVE the quote “Don’t need to look for the next big thing, but just the next thing.” How often I do look for the next big thing, and miss all the little “next things” He has put in my life!!! Thank you Melissa and Nicki, and thank you everyone who is a part of this study – you are all amazing women!!! 🙂

  28. Tammy Howard says:

    Melissa and Nicki….love you SO much. Just watched the wrap-up video. And this is so funny. One of the things I need to say yes to God in is spending more time with Him. I asked Him to help me to carve out time each day, especially on those days when I am working 16 hours. I awoke early Wednesday morning and prayed and started chapter 3. As I asked God for more time with Him so I could journal, my Internet went out. I am not kidding. It came back about 11 p.m. that night so I had the whole day with Him. I work from home and spend all of my time on the computer. I would have my TV playing in the background and glance at it occasionally. Guess what happened yesterday? My old TV died. So I turned on some worship music and praised Him while working. He wrapped me in a cocoon of warmth and love. I don’t miss that TV and I won’t replace it. If I have to work 16 hours a day, at least I can extend the time I spend with Him by praying and praising while I do it. God is SO good!

  29. Hey! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and confirmation today. All week I’ve been thinking God’s been silent. I’m asking to hear His voice, yet seemingly hearing nothing and then thinking I must be the ONLY person out of 24,000 NOT experiencing a Say What??!! moment. Then yesterday I was thinking I was hearing – Trust Me. That’s it. Hmmmm….. Then Hab 3:17-19 came to me. Then your video this AM which confirmed that sometimes the Say What??!! moment is in the little things. That’s exactly where I am. Though everything around me in falling apart – from prodigal sons whom neither have full-time jobs, to a son with an upcoming court date on Thu for a 110mph speeding ticket (20pts) in a construction zone so is now laying in bed ALL day in despair – which is not good for he’s Type 1 diabetic and if I weren’t giving him his insulin shots, he’d be dead or in a hospital in a coma – as he may not be able to attend college if he receives too high of a fine or jail time, another child is experiencing the loss of her BFF due to a move so is not eating and losing weight way too quickly, a teenage daughter who was raped last Aug so we have that to work through on a daily basis, my husband works out of town most of the week so it’s pretty much me and 5 kids and 4 pets all day and night throughout the week, I have Lyme disease & am in pain 24/7 yet with no money to treat me for after incurring $3.8 million in medical expenses and then needing to file bankruptcy, I’ve lost all my friends, my family has rejected me, I collect change in cushions in the couches just to find grocery/gas money the couple days before each paycheck, the house we’re living in may have mold so we may need to move soon, and the story could go on. So I guess the quiet voice saying Trust Me is actually a great big SAY WHAT??!! moment as in the middle of all these things, it is no easy thing to cast ALL my cares and trust Him to take care of each and every one of these things which concern me. but I am determined to follow in Habakuk’s example and rejoice in the Lord as I make Him my strength. Thank you for leading such an incredible Bible study! SO timely and very needed! 🙂

    • Moriah-
      As I was reading your story I was reminded of my favorite verse. I spent a whole year not long ago listening for God but the only thing I seemed to be getting was the question, “Do you trust me?” That was all I got in my heart, I felt detached from Him. But I clung to the Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you” declares the Lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Notice that the Lord DECLARES this, not a whisper but a declaration for you and me.
      I will be praying for you and your family. I understand searching the couch for change. I can’t tell you the number of this my husband has taken cans to the recycling place for gas money and I have been known to raid my son’s penny jar. But i refuse to believe that God doesn’t care and I choose daily to Trust Him to take care of my daily needs. He has been faithful to bring our family through the daily financial struggle. I believe that someday he will bring us to the other side of it….:)

      • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

        Michelle,
        Your post is so absolutely true! He declares!

        This is my favorite scripture: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Moriah
      I am praying for God to strengthen you and your family in all of your dealings. Every #SayWhat moment is a big one. You have amazing strength and a fervent Love for our savior. And, know what else? You have 24,000+ friends right here!

  30. Jeanie Kelley says:

    I love the concept of little steps and I am taking those little steps to rid myself of cussing and watching a lot of television. This has been a stumbling block for me because I have cussed in front of Daniel, my son, and I think I have given him the idea that it is okay to get mad at every little thing. We had an issue last night the 15th and this morning before Daniel left for school. I need to begin praying over him to begin to let go of the anger he has. Little steps to God.

    • When I rededicated my life, I went through this too, there was so much in my lite that the holy spirit was urging me to purge from my life, like my fowl mouth, and what my husband and I liked to do on our free time with friend. I began to take baby steps, one day at a time, and each day I felt like everyday my flesh made a bad choice the holy spirit but a lot of discern on my heart. Just pray that God will allow the holy spirit in you to really convict your heart when you make a wrong step…I call the holy spirit my internal GPS to God…just have to turn it on and trust it to get you where you need to be! Ill be praying for you!!

  31. lynn fincher says:

    Thank you Nicki&Melissa for your videos, teaching and love for this group..How true to walk in small steps of obedience and you can see the difference with your relationship with God. Staying on the path has really been
    a goal of mine this week.. Moving myself from other distractions and focusing more on God. Looking froward to next week.. Have a great week Nicki and Melissa.. “Palms Up”

  32. Hello. I do truly appreciate this study and the leaders. Thanks for all you do. God Bless You. Have a glorious, blessed day. “Palms Up” and “Say What” 🙂

  33. You ladies are adorable!! HIGH FIVE back to you!
    Another great week…
    excited to hear the announcement!!!

  34. Lori McGuire says:

    The obedient chapter hit me deep. The last few years we have been talking of selling our home. After a decrease in income and a home in need, we have felt the call many times. We have even had flyers come in the mail of interested buyers, yet we have held on not really sure where to go, not trusting that God has that figured out. We continually have had things go wrong most recently a tree coming down over the shed costing us $$$. Like the dead fish in the pond. Certainly this chapter has hit home. Thank You!

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      I pray that you and your husband continue to follow the path God leads you on. It is the right path – always!

  35. What a wonderful week it has been! God has been so gracious to me, and in turn I am learning to extend that graciousness right back to others. Literally God has been helping me to #SayWhat and not REACT in my gnarly flesh first… Praise God! Thank you Melissa and Nicki and ALL the ladies in this study! You have all been a true blessing to me. Be blessed!

  36. Melissa and Nicki, the two of you are just the cutest! I enjoy how your excitment and the love of Jesus comes through so clearly in the videos.
    NICKI, I have to agree with Melussa – you crushed it this week! Wednesday’s video was awesome! Great message! To Him be the glory – in things big and small.
    What an amazing two weeks this has been! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for week three!

  37. WOW ladies, what another amazing week!! I just cant begin to describe the movement that has happened in this week in my family, and with me. As most of you know, my family has been going through a tough situation, and I hear from God on it and have been seeking God for a way to convey this message to my husband, and well I finally got the opportunity to tell him what I have heard from God. I think that this did more for my husband with his spiritual walk then it did with the actual situation we are facing. I just want to praise God for all that he is doing in all of us and through all of us. I can’t wait till tonight to have my review of my day with God, that is such a wonderful idea, and I never would have thought to do that!! 🙂 Thank all of you for your prayers and support, and I will continue to pray for all of you as well!!

  38. I’ve gotta say that God is really moving a ton in my life and my family’s lives as well. My husband is not a morning person so I usually get up whenever God wakes me up ,usually about 5, and do some reading and quiet time. I have done this the majority of the past 2 years we have been married. I love being up before the kids get up and having that time of peace. Yesterday, my husband asked if I would like him to join me. I said of course. So he joined me this morning and we read from the bible on our own and noted things and then shared afterwards. So that is a praise I wanted to share. My husband is a believer, but sometimes life gets in the way of him taking that strong spiritual role, so it’s nice to see him having that desire to read again. He used to lead the worship team in our old church, but he started to become tired. He was there about 15 years and many times he didn’t have weeks off from it, he told me there was an entire year when he didn’t have a week off from having to lead. Plus every Wednesday he was committed to going to practice, and all the holidays. Anyway, God opened the door for him when the church was bringing in an entirely new team, so he decided to step away. They were sad to see him go but I think it was for the best. I have noticed people who work in the church environment can be over-used because they are willing to do it for God. Which leads to burnout, and the joy being drained from it. I think after he has time to recharge he will step out again to lead. So it was a very welcome surprise when he asked to join me.

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Caitlyn
      Your post touched me so much. we all need rest. Your husband included. I am so happy to see the rejuvenation starting!

    • Jessica Smith says:

      I can relate to the “burnout” feeling you mentioned your husband has felt. I feel like that at times as well. My husband is on staff at a fairly large church in our city so I completely get the scheduling constraints of holidays, evening practices and multiple Sunday services. I volunteer at my church on the praise team a lot it seems and have been feeling slightly “burnt out” lately. I love worshiping and singing praises and it is a joy to watch people in the congregation connect with the songs that we sing. Sometimes though, I guess I get distracted from the actual act of worship- what I mean is I lose sight of WHO I’m singing these songs to and it ends up leaving my feeling empty. I know it’s not necessarily about what I get out of worship but I can tell when there is something there holding me back from giving my worship fully to God. I’m glad your husband has taken a step back to recharge. I’m thinking I might need to do the same for a season so I can feel more restored and have a right attitude about it.

      • I completely agree. I pray that God gives you clarity to know what step to take and rest. It’s awesome that you are aware of what is going on and want a more worshipful attitude. I also pray He honors that for you. Thanks so much for sharing!

  39. When I get ready in the morning, I turn on my phone. In my inbox is an “Encouragement” e-mail from Crosswalks. I love taking the time between showering, dressing, putting on makeup, etc. and slowly reading to digest the e-mail. I think of the life experiences of the writers and the Bible verses and how I can relate to them. I feel so blessed and enriched by starting my day this way! At night for years I’ve read a daily devotional and Bible verses. It never ceases to amaze me how God has planted a message in Crosswalks or the devotional that I truly appreciate in my struggles (and joys).

  40. Debby Burke says:

    So very thankful for this bible study! I have felt the presence of God in a way that I have not felt for years! I too love the idea of reviewing my day with God. So many times I will mentally note something throughout a day but then I forget it. Hopefully, this will help me to record and then remember what the Lord wants to show me! Bless you all!

  41. I love your reminder to look not always look for the big act or step to obedience, but even the small ones. I’ve pictured a staircase. You can’t jump to the top very easily, but the best way to get there is one step at a time. Those little steps add up and build on each other your readiness to reach the top. You might have big dreams for yourself, but doubts come in about your ability to reach those dreams. If God planted those dreams in you, then He is going to get you ready by the small steps (acts of obedience) to build you up and make you strong so that big dream won’t be a big leap anymore, but just the next step. So don’t despair over the small tasks given you, look at them as important steps in your spiritual growth. God sees all and knows all that you need to make you ready for service opportunities in your future. Keep climbing, one step at a time!

    • I really love that visual. There is a new trend of a staircase having words on each step as you climb up to the top it, completes a poem or saying. It would be neat if what you just said was converted into a poem and used on each step to remind the person going up that each spiritual step we take brings us closer to being the person God wants us to be. Thanks for sharing

  42. Nancy Silvers says:

    I have to agree with all the comments before mine, this was an awesome week. For me, an eye opener as I have realize just how disobedient I have been to God in not saying “yes”. It has put me in a pensive, repentent state to know just how much I have saddened my Lord and Savior. Praise be to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, that today is a new day and from this day forward I can focus my whole being to say #yesGod. His mercies are new every morning!
    Melissa and Nicki, you both are so sweet-your love for the Lord and what you do shows in your smiles and beautiful eyes. High five back at ya!
    Oh, and I LOVE the end of day review suggestion. It will help me to see what I AM doing right and also show me where I am fallin short and need to turn to God for his wisdom and grace.

  43. OH, I just love this study! What a wonderful idea to review the day with God. Thank you !

  44. I love this idea. I will be going this at night. I can’t wait to see what the Lord will teach me. Thanks for this great idea.

  45. Michelle Romero says:

    I absolutely love these two women. What blessings! I’m so excited about their message to us today as well. God is even in the little things and He is faithful to show us and reveal Himself to us if we just quiet ourselves before Him!
    #saywhat

  46. You two are preciousness to the nth degree! Thank you so much for waking me up each morning (well, obviously not today because it would be really late in the day to wake up and still get to work…anyway)!

  47. I love the thought of going through my day to see where God may be speaking to me that I may not be recognizing. I was saved at 6 yrs old, so I’ve been a Christian for 40 years. Wow! That’s a long time! So I should know every time God speaks to me! Unfortunately, I don’t. It’s usually not because I don’t know His voice or know when He’s talking to me, but mostly because I’m to selfish and self-involved to listen. Just like when I tune out my husband or children so I can watch tv or read. That is how I treat God. Maybe by using this strategy I will pinpoint exactly when I’m doing that, find forgiveness and desire to hear Him in those times.

  48. I’m not even sure which chapter this was in but I just feel the need to SHOUT…….today……”WE NEED NOT FEAR WHAT OUR OBEDIENCE WILL CAUSE TO HAPPEN IN OUR LIFE. WE SHOULD ONLY FEAR WHAT OUR DIS-OBEDIENCE WILL CAUSE US TO MISS!!!!”

    I’m really just realizing that all those years of hearing God’s voice and promptings and me rationalizing that it just isn’t the right time…….when we get the debt paid off, when, when, when, when the analysis shows that everything looks aligned for this now, etc…..was really just me saying NO to God. I didn’t look at it that way before.

    2 weekends ago, in church, we sang a new song….’set a fire down in my soul that I can’t contain that I can’t control, I want more of you God’. I am a passionate worshipper. I practiced this song all week and sang it at 4 services that weekend with fervent passion. I can’t come before God and cry out for him to set a fire in my soul that I can’t control and then continue to say NO.

    Here is my struggle….or, is this God’s part……My husband is a believer but just isn’t on the same page with my passion, what God is speaking to me, and how fired up and excited I get. In the past, the more I press into God. the more my husband resists and I react by throwing sand on the fire, in effect saying NO to God. I need to press on in God, partner with Him to say YES and put my faith into action, all the while not slowing down due to my husband’s response, but also being aware of God’s word in honoring my husband and being one with him. I know God comes first and I am determined to not let anything get in the way of my Father’s business, but I know that His plan will never contradict scripture so I can’t just disregard what my husband thinks about it! There is a fine line between spending time with God and waiting on Him. This has been waaay more than a season of ‘waiting’. I continue to seek God for these answers and to pray for my husband.

    I am BURSTING with YESNESS but feel restrained! God, I cried out for the fire and you set it aflame. I cry out now for my husband to see the people and the opportunities that you have so graciously set in front of him to guide him. And for the couples that you have carefully placed there for us to do life with. We do not ask for help very easily, Dear God, I ask for boldness and courage for my husband and I to step out and ASK. Thank you for the amazing people you have placed around us, help us to reach out!! I cry out for your guidance in when, where and how to speak my passion. I KNOW I get rather exuberantly passionate and I KNOW it comes across as something different than it is to my husband, and it scares him a bit….ok, maybe a lot. Help me to communicate with my husband in a way that resonates with him, in a way that causes him to listen, be still and call upon you. I love you and want to live a life of passionately pursuing and worshipping you…..help me see how to do that WITH the amazing man that you have provided for me to do life with. In Jesus’ name, Amen

    • Love this..God bless you Kym x

    • I have the same kind of hesitance. My husband is a believer but doesn’t go to church or spend time with the Lord. He is not the spiritual leader of our home. He doesn’t feel the need or whatever. I don’t want to do this alone. I want him to want Jesus like I do. I struggle with figuring out how to honor him too and still build my own relationship with God. I think this has been a rationalization for me as well, though, to not go ahead and do it. I did start going back to church – without him. I love the spiritual schooling I’m getting again. My eyes are usually all teared up, especially when I sing worship songs to Jesus. Then I come home and the joy is still my own. Hard to realize the direction of this path, but I was told this morning that I am to follow the Lord on my own and He will take care of the rest, that my husband belongs to Him and his path isn’t my responsibility. Ok Lord. YES, I hear you and obey. I know it’s going to be a constant decision to remember that and keep on in obedience. So, I’m partnering with you in your journey as well.

      • Kelley Worley Prayer Warrior Blog Team says:

        Yes, you are only responsible for your spirituality. It is hard when your husband doesn’t want the same things as you spiritually. Just keep praying, going to church and staying in the Word. Your husband will see the difference you make and want what you have…..all in God’s good time.

    • Amen!

    • Kym –

      I have been exactly where you are and it is so hard. What I came to realize is that I couldn’t change where my hubby was with God -only God could woo him into that. SO I prayed. In God’s timing he provided just the right person to challenge him and move him forward. NOW my hubby is often the one to challenge me. I will keep praying for divine intervention and patience on your part as you wait on God’s timing.

  49. Connie Reece says:

    So loving to be a “Yes Girl” to God. Thank you one and all who put this study together.

  50. This has been an amazing week!!! What a blessing this study has been so far…..and I am so excited for the upcoming weeks. It is so awesome to see God moving in so many lives as we all surrender and say #YestoGod

    I love the ideas of reflection. Sitting quietly with the Lord and just reflecting and listening. This is definitely something I need to start doing. I need to stop talking to myself and replaying things in my head which turns out to be negative chatter than anything else. Thank you for sharing this.

    I also want to add…..Melissa and Nicki…..you both are just so cute!! You both must have so much fun together. What a wonderful example of godly sisters you both are!

  51. Absolutely loving this study- thankyou for the “God I want to see you” prayer..may seem so simple but Ive been struggling to come up with the words so I can really tune in and hear Him, so thank you very much for helping me on my spiritual journey to saying Yes to God!!! x

  52. I already commented up above, but I wanted to add something I have been thinking about for a few days. There has been alot of talk about a secret place, in Lysa’s book, as well as Melissa’s and Nicki’s promptings and questions on the topic a few days ago. I did a small study on it this morning, one that I plan to have ongoing. I have noted a few things about it so far. I remember Lysa said in the book all she has to do is close her eyes and she is in her secret place. When I read that I was in the midst of my kids who were also reading their books and playing, so I thought “If I close my eyes, they can still see me” lol. But I liked that her secret place is just in the quiet stillness in her heart. I also thought about in Jesus’ ministry He often withdrew to a solitary place to pray, and to mountainsides to be alone. I really like that and I feel a slight prompting to find a secret place to be close with God. I know this question was asked earlier in the week, but is anyone else also thinking about this similar topic?

    • Caitlyn –

      I have a couple of spots that I am able to go when I want to be alone with God. One is a closet in our house that I have set up as a prayer closet. Likely not feasible for many:-) The other is a local house of prayer. I have looked previously at Jesus and how he prayed, and it was mostly in solitude (or a small group) Particularly if he was talking intimately with God, verses praying for the benefit of the group. Keep pressing into this. God will meet you wherever you seek him!

  53. Jamy Whitaker
    http://pinterest.com/pin/290693350918402127/
    Thank you sister in prayer, I appreciate your reaching out and loving me, Thank you Lord for using Jamy, and her being obedient to you. #saywhat
    Thank you ladies.

  54. Thank You Ladies, this week has been amazing. Have a blessed weekend, and I will see you Sunday.

  55. I love the idea of reviewing the day. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I have really enjoyed week twon of this Bible study reading chapters 2 and 3. I am looking forward to next week!

  56. Great week! I am enjoying the OBS and watching God work! I love the idea of reviewing your day with the Lord. What a wonderful opportunity to be more in tune with God! Thank you! Looking forward to Week 3!!

  57. Sue Zemaitis says:

    I already do a review ow my day in a 12 Step program but now I need to brin God into my review. It will only enhance my prayer review. Blessings to everyone.

  58. CarolAnne says:

    What a beautiful way to end the day! Now I just need to find that quiet place ; ) Seriously, it is a great review & another way to hear from God. Thank you for your guidance. xo

  59. Another amazing week of study. Thank you both for your obedience and faithfulness to do what God has called you to do. I am being stretched and challenged to step out of the comfortable places and into God’s great plans and purposes that are beyond ME. That’s a good place because it means there’s more of Him 🙂 Thanks for helping me find the courage to say yes and the wisdom to recognize God’s activity all around me and within me. Love you girls BIG.

  60. I joined the last class, but allowed busyness, distractions, and stress keep me from participating, but I did read the book and was truly blessed. This is my second attempt at participating the proverbs 31 OBS and I have been on track, not letting any thing get in the way of my God and my yes Girls. Thank you so much for such a wonderful bible study that has touched my heart and soul at a very stressful and difficult time in my life. I was at an all time low (notice was at). I knew I needed stressed less living along with saying yes to God with an absolute commitment. So I surrender day by day and do my best to hear God’s voice so I can do whatever he says. With my #palms up I say #YesToGod and them I have my #SayWhat moments. As I go into my quiet place and invite God to guide me I will do what you suggested imagine Jesus sitting with me while I watch a video replay of my day and when something catches my attention press the “pause” button and ask Jesus for his guidance and insight. Oh how I love the way you put this. I am home now recovering from shoulder surgery so I have a lot of time to reflect and be with Jesus. I thank God for you ladies, the Proverbs 31 ministry, this online bible study, and all who participate. I am truly being blessed.

    God Bless

    • Kelley Worley Prayer Warrior Blog Team says:

      Praying for your recovery, Judi! Keep your sweet love for God going!!! Your determination will pay off. God will bless you for honoring Him!!

  61. Lynne K group 2 says:

    Great video! Nicki, u were awesome this week! I love the idea of reviewing the day with The Lord. And you are sooo right, new habits start with baby steps. So this week we should look at the new steps we have taken. Maybe it is 2 times with The Lord, or smiling at someone we see on the street. We will be transformed one small act at a time!
    Nicki I sure hope u get to teach more!

  62. What a great week of study and fellowship. Thank you all!

  63. Jessica Smith says:

    This is so helpful!!! Just last night, as I was going through Chapter 3 and answering the Study Guide questions at the end of the chapter, I was thinking to myself how I need to go back over the day and really reflect on the opportunities I might have encountered and how I answered God in those moments. I was not really having the best of days yesterday so this just solidifies what God was prompting me to do!!! I’m definitely saying YES to God on this one!

  64. Donna Farrell says:

    Okay, ladies: quick prayer request. We are in a tight financial spot. Today I found $80 in cash in the side pocket of the satchel I have been carrying around for months. This money was supposed to be used for something else several months ago, but the books have closed on that, and it cannot be used for that anymore. i am pretty sure that God has answered my prayer, but not because he intends me to use that $80 for groceries. I am pretty sure he wants me to wait for his word on where to put that money, and it will have nothing to do with meeting the needs of my family. In other words, God has answered my prayer by giving me an opportunity to follow his lead, not by just giving me $80 in cash for groceries. I left the money at home by the computer instead of putting it in my purse, so I would not be tempted to spend it. I prayed over it before I set it down. Please say a quick prayer that God will show me the marvelous marvelous plans he has for the simple $80. And then out of that obedience he will bless my family and cover our needs.

    • I will pray that for you right now! God has an amazing way of stretching what seems small to us. I remember many times going to the store with a tiny amount of money and suddenly everything I planned to get is on a huge sale and I got much more than I anticipated for the money.

      Father I pray that you would bless this $80, just as you blessed the loaves of bread and fish before meeting the needs of your followers. Also, that you would bless her desire to be obedient to you. I pray that you would stretch this $80, I pray that wherever this is meant to be used, that you would give her a clear direction. That she would know and receive confirmation and clarity. We praise you for being the one who meets our needs. In Jesus’ name amen

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      I will be praying for you Donna!! Keep us posted 🙂

  65. Phyllis Nichols Gutierrez says:

    Thank you Melissa and Kicki for this week. Until the last few week, I was spending time in reflection and journaling before bed, but in the last month*, I have not been consistent at all. I usually fall asleep with everything in my lap.:( What a #SayWhat moment! Tonight I will start making time to spend with God in reflection and prayer before bed. This last month I have been very restless when I sleep. I have not been listening to God’s prompting to give Him this time before I sleep. Looking forward to start having peaceful and restful sleep again. Going to start saying “Yes to God” about this part of my life. Thank you for the insight.

  66. Thank you for an amazing week of encouragement & teaching! You ALL are an important part of my growth in The LORD!
    What each one of you writes impacts lives. You may never know how you’ve encouraged another Sister to keep on in the fight!
    Blessings,

  67. This has truly been a wonderful week with OBS. As I was finishing up Chapter 3 questions, all of the sudden I found myself ‘smiling’ in my heart. I’ve been so encouraged as I open God’s Word and think about what He is saying to me through the scriptures. I just wanted to share some scripture that gave me direction and instruction on pursuing the fruits of the Spirit: Joy and Patience were two of the fruits that lay upon my heart and here’s what God says in Romans 12:9-13, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. BE JOYFUL IN HOPE, PATIENT IN AFFLICTION, FAITHFUL IN PRAYER. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Joyful in hope (God has renewed my hope this past week through the encouragement and comments of you ladies in this study and especially in moving me to open and spend more time in His Word). Patient in affliction (God has brought refreshment to my soul by helping me to see that things don’t always, nor do they need to happen ‘fast’ or be ‘super-sized’ in my life. ‘Little by little or slowly by slowly’ as one of our Uganda brothers put it, is many times, the way God moves, so I, too, can be PATIENT and WAIT UPON THE LORD with the help of the Holy Spirit. I’m lovin’ this because I’m not a very fast mover and the past guilt I’ve felt is surely NOT from the Lord. God is so good. THanks for listening.

  68. For a long time I didn’t recognize that God was speaking to me because I always expected it to be like a “Charlton Heston – The 10 Commandments” kind of moment. Sure, there are times when God impresses something profound on my heart that takes my breath away and leaves me dead in my tracks. But, most often, He speaks to me in subtle and practical ways that help me with everyday life situations.
    Leah

    • I agree. When you talked about having your breath taken away it reminded me of an excerpt from the book called “Captivating.” If you haven’t read it, it is a book about discovering who we truly are as women in Christ. It actually took me a while to get into it, but there were many great parts. My favorite part from the book is when the author hears of something amazing God showed to her husband at the beach while they were on a speaking engagement.

      He took some time alone to pray and asked God to show his love for him, that he was feeling tired and down. Just then a humpback whale appeared breaching the surface impossibly close to shore. He was amazed and took that as an answer and a profound display from God. His wife was so happy and excited with him when he came back and told her. She wondered if God would give her a whale too so she went down to the same spot and prayed God would give her the same display of love as He gave her husband. So she waited and nothing happened, no whale. She smiled and knew it was silly request and told God she knew He loved her, she didn’t need a whale to prove it. She turned and started walking down the beach and saw a starfish. She picked it up and believed it was her sign that God loved her. It was intricate and beautiful and delicate just like His love for her. She thanked God for it and just as she turned around the bend she gasped and saw not just one starfish but hundreds upon hundreds all different colors, and sizes everywhere. She was completely surrounded in starfish, surrounded in God’s love. She felt overwhelmed and praised Him. I just love moments like those, when God in the midst of where we are at, takes a moment to take our breath away and reminds us how amazing He truly is.

  69. I am so thankful that I have been able to catch up to this Bible study. The Lord has already spoke to me in so many ways just in the short time of reading this book. I really loved the verse in Jeremiah 29:13 and how it says you will find me if you seek me with all your heart. A lot of times our heart is tangled up in things and we can’t give our whole heart to God. So how do we expect to hear from him if we haven’t even given all of us to him. I cant wait to see what God has in store in the next chapter.

  70. This has been such an amazing week for me! I’m looking at every decision, every minute of every day, through the lens of radical obedience. Changes my perspective completely!

  71. A couple of nights ago just before drifting off to sleep, I “shared my day with God.” Normally I will read a scripture with a related article at bedtime. But on this partiicular night I just had to “chat with Him and let Him know the joy that filled my heart because of ALL that He had planned and made possible with and for me and for my girlfriends with whom I had shared most of the day!!! I felt God’s Strong Spirit speak to my spirit as I shared and thanked Him for the day. And that, in turn led me to pray for others who God “dropped into my spirit!! It was an awesome experience and I look forward to many, many more similar times. Thanks OBS!!!

  72. Jennifer C says:

    First let me say that I am really enjoying this study! I have done one online study prior but this one is so much better…all because I am participating. So, this week being #SayWhat, I have been thinking back and reflecting asking God have we had a #SayWhat moment? None were coming to mind (I really need to journal…or blog) and then I think He said to me “Say WHAT?!?!” and brought several moments to mind. One of which is a treasure to me. Back in November 2011, God called me to wash the feet of my boss and mentor who was losing his battle with cancer. He had been diagnosed in 2005 with a very short prognosis, but he fought and lived for much longer, for that I am thankful. He was my boss, but he became my mentor. We would talk about our faith, discuss books, and pray for one another. But back to November 2011, for days I felt a tug to go and wash the feet of my boss/mentor. And like many others I resisted, questioning if this was just a notion or REALLY God speaking. Finally, after much prayer and debate, I called his wife and asked if I could come over to their home to visit with him. She agreed warmly and said that he would love for me to visit. The next day I went. Knocking at the door, standing there with a bowl and cloth, begging God to go before me, she opened the door and quizzically looked at my “supplies”. Then simply smiled at me and announced my arrival. I stood behind a counter and we exchanged pleasantries until I could no longer wait. I moved to the sink and filled the bowl. Then rounded the corner and asked if I could have the honor of washing his feet. Oh, the emotions that filled the room! As I washed one foot, he began to sing and as I finished washing the other, he finished his song and tears stained our cheeks. I am so glad I listened and put my fears to the side. This moment will remain with me forever.

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Jennifer, what a beautiful story of submission, humility and obedience. I love it!! God bless you for listening to the voice of God and “SAYING YES” to His voice, this brought tears to my eyes when I read how he began singing when you washed his feet. What a moment to remember and cherish for all of you. Thanks for sharing this!! ♥♥♥

  73. I love the visual of the “bookends” to our day. What a great way to see and hear how God has spoken to us by reviewing our day and putting the events on pause. So tremendously simple, but so overlooked. A wonderful way to see God’s faithfulness in our days. Thank you Melissa and Nicki for your upbeat positive God inspiring attitudes!

    • Kelley Worley Prayer Warrior Blog Team says:

      I loved this as well!! I am definitely going to start doing this at the end of my day!!!

  74. Carol Stanley says:

    This has been a hard week for me. My internet went out on Sunday so today has been the first day I could read any of the blogs. I have not been very motivated to do the study this week because of that. On top of that, on Wednesday I was having my roof replaced. You would think that would be a good thing, but I got hit with such a spirit of fear that I was almost paralyzed with it. I kept thinking of what else could go wrong & kept imagining all these terrible things. I forced myself to go to work, but couldn’t shake the feeling of fear. Finally mid-morning, I sent a text to some of my friends telling them what was going on & asking for them to pray for me. That did it! I finally was able to relax & calm down. My roof went up with no issues & I learned a valuable lesson – sometimes you have to seek God with others. My friends have been with me thru this very trying year. One year ago this Sunday, my husband of 38 years died. He had been sick for many years and was hospitalized for 8 months before he died. My friends have prayed for me & supported me during this time. I have always been very self-sufficient & I do not like asking for help. So having to ask others to pray for me is a challenge. I’ve learned to say yes when God tells me to call on others. God keeps telling me that I’m not alone, He is with me & so is the body of Christ. God did not create us to go it alone. That is why I find this on-line study so incredible! God is doing an amazing thing with this!

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      I will be praying for you Carol, especially on Sunday, that the Lord would wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you. You are so right you are never alone. Love you sweet sister in Christ ♥ ♥ ♥

      Deuteronomy 31:6 “Carol is strong and courageous. She is not afraid or terrified, for the LORD Carol’s God goes with her; He will never leave her nor forsake her.”

      Psalm 28:7 The LORD is Carol’s strength and shield; her heart trusts in Him, and He helps her. Her heart leaps for joy, and with her song she praises Him.

      As for asking for help. I was, and still can be sometimes like that, but then I was told by a friend that I was keeping someone from receiving a blessing or being blessed by helping me. I had never thought of it that way and decided I did not want someone to loose their blessing because I did not want to ask for and receive their help. Gave me a whole different perspective on asking for help.

  75. Rosemary Stevens says:

    Thank you for another wonderful and inspiring week of study. I am learning so much about myself and what God wants from me and #yestogod for sure.

  76. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
    Flip it around for this verse mapping thing, makes more sense: “When you seek me with all your heart you will find me.”
    When – When I do this….He will…. God does love me unconditionally, but, in order to become everything He wants me to be (to know His perfect will), that requires ACTION from me (see Romans 12:2). My action triggers the “when.” Funny that this verse could have read “if”…but it doesn’t. It reads “when.” In my mind, that translates that this is God’s expectation for me. He wants this for me and my life, but because of my free will of choice, he cannot force it upon me.
    Seek – Seeking is to look with an intended purpose. This is an action word. Sometimes I get so complacent in my walk with God and I start making excuses such as: I am too busy or that God understands. Then when I do find time to “relax”, I relax without Him. How often do I truly seek Him?
    All your heart – Sometimes I feel like I have an on/off switch. Am I going to allow God’s input on this decision or not? All my heart means that there is NO switch. I allow Him to have access to it ALL…to mend and shape my heart.
    Will – This is a sure thing, it is going to happen!!! Know it, don’t doubt it. I can rest assured that my active effort of seeking will not result in nothing. It WILL result in God’s perfect will for my life…not his provisional will that can result if I do nothing.
    Find me – Sometimes we act like this is sooo hard…to find God. What is the saying? (I spend more time talking about it than I do praying about it.) This verse and the 5 questions in chapter 2 reveal to me exactly how to find God, to find His will for my life. God is NOT hiding from me! If I am not seeing Him, I am not seeking Him with ALL my heart.

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      This is great Betsy 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

    • Rachel Kagay says:

      I LOVE this Betsy! Thank you so much for sharing! This is such a great illustration for me (I’m a visual learner) of what verse mapping and personalizing Bible verses should look like. Thank you!

  77. Sue Kerschner says:

    I journal my days every day and have found it very rewarding to find the goodness each day brings, even when things seem to be crazy some how when I write down what has happened, there is a sense of peace that I get. The idea of journal and “pausing” to ask Jesus is this what you wanted will now be a new addition to my nightly journaling. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  78. It is amazing to see so many women getting so much from this study. God is a great God. I know that if I keep seeking Him I will find that close relationship that a lot of you are experiencing.

    To my OBS friend Nicole – Hi!!! My friend and I are still praying for you! Hope you are having a blessing filled Friday! I can tell you that whenever I embark on a quest to learn more about scripture and to seek a closer relationship with God that things go crazy in my life as well. People start calling me a religious fanatic or bible thumper or whatever and I think it is because satan is working on them and they are scared that I will change and they won’t fit in my life anymore. All I can tell you is that I just keep praying and pushing forward (a few times I have been overwhelmed and just went back to the old ways of just being “good” and not seeking to be “godly” 🙁 ). I am praying that this study will bring me even closer to where He wants me to be. I try to be on guard and recognize the deceiver when he is working but sometimes he is crafty and you miss it. When you feel it sneaking up on you, just say what Jesus did “Get behind me Satan!”. Keep pushing forward friend! God loves you and nothing is more important than that!

    Your sisters in Christ…….

  79. I believe if we always take the time to pause and think BEFORE we speak, it can keep a lot of problems at bay. And reflecting upon our days and asking God to REVEAL to us what we may have missed is just as important. Paul told us to “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16). By walking side by side with Jesus and communing with Him, our conversations will inevitably reveal anything we may have overlooked or not even realized happened. God knows our hearts and the intents of our hearts and prayers.

  80. I’m really enjoying this bible study. I’ve been reading my bible more this week and even though I’ve read thru the letters in the New Testament before I always seem to find something new I don’t remember reading before. I had expressed interested in possibly working in the nursery at church when our new campus opens and I received an e-mail yesterday saying there was training next week so I’m taking this as confirmation that this is what I’m supposed to do so I’m going to rsvp back and say yes. Looking forward to the upcoming chapters. I bought the new devotional that goes with the book and a lot of it is the same but there is some new stuff too if anyone was curious. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

  81. After anxiously waiting for what seemed like an eternity, but was really a short time, my husband and I have received the huge blessing of another baby waiting to be born! Today was our first doctor’s appointment, and I was nervous for various reasons. My pregnancy history isn’t exactly picture perfect, so even though I made the decision at the beginning of this particular journey to walk forward in faith, those scary negative thoughts always find their way in, ruining my happiness…even if just for a little while. They started to do it today, but I made a decision to say Yes to God. Yes to God taking control of my life, my anxieties, my fears, and my present situation. I went to a quiet place, got on my knees and prayed to God to take my burdensome thoughts away and take complete control of the situation. I raised my hands with my palms up as I gave him my fears, my anxieties, my situation. Then I took a deep breath and went on with my day. After a long wait due to computer failures in the doctor’s office, I saw my doctor and everything went perfectly fine. I was calm, he was super calm as he always is, and his nurse was kind and calm as well. I had not a fear in the world as God answered my prayers and let my problems rest upon His shoulders. He reminds me so many times, “Jenny, you don’t need to worry. Don’t be scared. I’ve got this.” And he totally does. God bless you girls! Thanks for another great week!

    • Denise Kamppi ( Prayer team Warrior) says:

      Congratulations, God is so great. And He really showed up in your life today that is SO AWESOME.
      You are in my prayer Jenny, thank you for sharing. Bless you and your family sweet sister 🙂

  82. Requesting prayers ladies….
    Last week was fantastic because I was on vacation when the Bible Study started. This week back to work was a completely different story. I am feeling rushed and anxious as I am attempting to find quiet time to complete the bible study. Did you notice I used the word complete? This is actually part two of my prayer request.

    Part One – please pray that I will lay my anxiety at the feet of Jesus and participate in the bible study daily with joy and peace.

    Part Two – pray that I will stop completing the bible study like a assignment; checking complete after each section. I really want to enjoy and dive deep into the bible study whole heartedly and hear what God wants to tell me. I don’t want to “complete” the study like a daily chore.

    I know God is showing me this as something I have to work on – I am saying Yes to Him an asking my sisters in Christ to pray me through it. Thanks

    • Rachel Kagay says:

      Praying Tammy!! I so appreciate your honesty, and I’m sure so many others here can relate to what you’ve been feeling.

    • Denise Kamppi ( Prayer team Warrior) says:

      Praying Tammy. HUGS

      • Denise Kamppi ( Prayer team Warrior) says:

        Tammy. Just remember what Melissa said there is no mistakes here. Lay your anxieties at the cross, when you are doing your studies think of God right at your side. He wants this for you and I’m praying you find peace with all of Gods love.

    • Tammy, I know exactly what you are saying. I have OCD when it comes to school, classes and so on. I, too, want to be right on my game. But your heart IS in the right place and God knows that. If participating in all the assignments each week is too much, choose the ones you are getting the most out of. I don’t always come here to this comment section, but I always watch Melissa and Nicki’s videos. I am in a Facebook group so I keep up with them. I join the Facebook party, but I may not be on there for the whole hour. I chose not to do the conference calls. I keep up my readings and my journal. I did the blog hop late. lol But I did it and I read others and they inspired me and I took notes in my journal!!! And believe me, sometimes it’s at the end of the week before it’s all completed. But, I STILL gain everyday, every week something that God shows me through someone or the book or His word! Hang in there Tammy! You will be so glad you did. You are a #YesToGod girl! And you can do this through His strength, not your own!

  83. Rachel Kagay says:

    I have had my whole world rocked by Week 2 of this study! (In AWESOME ways) 🙂

    For quite some time now, I’ve KNOWN God has been telling me I needed to deal with the “TV addiction” in my life. TV has caused me to miss so many opportunities to spend time with God, spend time focusing on others, and avoid doing healthier things. That same message has been repeated in several areas of my life — and then right after we learn to look for repeated messages, Lysa talks about God calling her to give up TV for a time in Chapter 3!? Can you say, God at work?? So, while reading Ch 3 I committed to giving up watching TV on my own time and also to spending more time in pure silence. I have already found myself to be more aware of His presence in the every day moments. I am so excited about these new steps of radical obedience and have been so encouraged already by this study. So excited to start Week 3!!

    • Denise Kamppi ( Prayer team Warrior) says:

      Awsome Rachel. I’m loving that you and all the other women are seeking God with do much enthusiasm
      #SayWhat? #palmsup. #YesToGod. You go girl..

  84. Debi Schuhow says:

    Moriah, I admire your willingness to say yes to God in your present circumstances. As I read your post, pictures filled my mind and I could ‘see’ everything going in your home. People will offer you lots of advice for all the “drama” in your home and I encourage you to seek God for His “advice” in your situation!

    Father God, I lift Moriah and her family to You with the confidence that You possess ALL that she needs. Embolden her to ask others for assistance and support. Bring those women in her path that will encourage her, possess integrity, are trustworthy, possess Your wisdom, will hold her hand and walk through this journey WITH her, provide hugs and a shoulder to cry on, and provide practical help. Amen.

  85. Reading Chapter 4, top of page 58. I do not believe Jesus fostered “social justice”. Social justice is a secular concept promoted by Progressives as a way to make everybody mediocre by confiscating from the rich to give “free stuff” to the poor. It’s not Godly to confiscate from those who have: He wants us to give freely from our hearts, & no matter how much the govt gives the poor for free, there will always be poor. Deuteronomy 15:11. Social justice is not charity, & the govt’s string attached is “getting the votes”. It’s a major portion of what’s wrong with our country today and I’m so upset by reading this in a Christian book that I’m not able to get past it this evening. Thank you, Lord, that tomorrow is a new day.

  86. this is great!! I took notes in my journal and I’m looking forward to trying this. I just LOVE it when I hear a new way to utilize my quiet time.
    p.s. Nikki, your hair looks cute with that headband. 🙂

  87. Cassy Johnson says:

    As God is calling me to get closer and closer to Him and go much deeper than I ever have, the enemy is jumping all around me with discouragement. This week has been full of so many God moments for me and yet I am still pulled to just relax and go back to being just good (as another sister said earlier). The battle is fierce and all the stories that have been shared through the book, the videos, the blogs and the comments keep me in the fight. I’m whimpering to be put back in the seed packet…
    But I know my God has so much more for me and I long to be the woman He has always known I could be.

    Thank you Lord for this wonderful Bible study and for all the amazing ladies that are here.

  88. Racquel Peterson says:

    It seems that since the study started I have experienced various challenges that could easily distract me from studying God’s word. I feel these challenges are from the enemy who is trying to distract me away from doing what God wants me to do — Read and study God’s word and then share it with a group of my friends and family via text and/or email.
    These challenges started last week with spotty phone service while I was out of town. Normally this is not an issue, but at the time I was finishing up a commitment of reading a chapter of Proverbs daily, selecting a verse and sharing it daily with a group of family and friends via text. (“Really, no 4G service??? Why won’t these devotional text messages I’m sending go through?”) It then progressed to my phone totally not working and email not accessible. (“Great! I’m letting this group of people I’m texting down! How can I miss a day or several? They are going to think I gave up and that I am not reading the Bible”) Then this week came discouraging news about my 6 year old daughter’s health. I say this is a challenge because it was not what we wanted to hear. (“Oh goodness, what do you mean she has an aneurysm as a result of the artery tear and it won’t heal? What is going to happen now? Hasn’t she been through enough with the stroke she had in January? Why can’t my husband see that he should not despair at the news because God has already worked a miracle in her life?”) Did I mention the discord that is currently taking place between me and my husband? (“Really, silly enemy, now you want to attack my family stability??? Are you seriously trying to break down my marriage?? Well, I don’t think so!”)
    Despite this, I know what God wants me to do as I hear it through the past two weeks:
    1. DON’T BE DISCOURAGED! Read My word. Accept My comfort. Psalm 31:24 (ESV): Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
    Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV): Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
    2. Continue to study My Word and share it to all that will listen through the means that are accessible…if texts don’t work then email, if email does not work then blog it, if blogging doesn’t work then post it on Facebook, if that does not work then move on to meeting face-to-face or via phone calls…
    Matthew 4:19 (ESV): And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
    Mark 1:17 (ESV): And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
    3. Continue to speak of the miracle I (God) have already worked in your daughter’s life and rest in the peace that only I can give you as you face any further health challenges she might go through.
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV): Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
    3. Forgive your husband and show him My love.
    Colossians 3:13 (ESV):bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
    Galations 5:14 (NIV): For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
    Leviticus 19:18 (ESV): ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord

    I love the verse for this week (You will seek me and fine me when you seek me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13 NIV) because it really is the solution to my challenges – SEEK HIM with ALL MY HEART and I WILL FIND HIM!

  89. I’m a structure fanatic, so I love the structured approach to ending the day. I read several posts this morning and I’m just touched by the dedication and support here. I am learning so much from you all. I hope at some point, I can give back. Racquet, thank you for sharing your faith and the scriptures. I, too, feel like the enemy is working hard at making me fail. I committed at the beginning of this study to stop doing a particular unhealthy behavior and it has been a struggle! I almost lost it yesterday. But, God is working in my life. He kept me strong to my commitment and I am so very grateful.

    • You can do it Nanci. God is your strength! He is your supply. I had posted that I had always professed that I relied on God for EVERYTHING. Well, as I bookended by week, I realized that was not correct. Because of the storms raging in my life at present, this past week was an eye opener for me. I had to rely on God for EVERYTHING this past week and in doing so He calmed the storm that was raging and quieted my unsettled soul. Remember, we are not perfect, just forgiven. And, we serve a savior that has unconditional love, un-ending mercy, and best of all, He’s coming back to take us home with Him FOREVER!!! Hang in there, Nanci! God’s got this!!
      Prayers your way…..

  90. I want to thank Melissa and Nicki for the wonderful videos that you all take the time to make every week. I look forward to watching them. I feel like we are more connected!!! I love the idea of bookending my days as well. I actually have bookended my week!!!! As I look back on this very challenging week, I have humbled by the grace of God and how He carried me through this week. I have posted on here prayer requests regarding my husband and his back issues. Well, God has showed up this week for me! I could have easily called it quits and said this study is too much for me! I have too much going on right now to do this! But this study has helped me focus and prioritize with God 1st and family 2nd. By putting Him first, this has caused me to focus on Him and keep my eyes on Him during my storm. I have actually gotten out of the boat on faith and done this study in the midst of the storms raging. In turn, this has allowed God to work without me bothering Him and causing delays (which happens when we try to help). This week has shown me that I have not always relied on God for EVERYTHING I needed. I may have professed that I have. But in reality, I had not. So I want to praise Him for His grace and mercy and say that truly this week as I look back, there was only one set of footprints…Jesus’.

  91. Linda Paver says:

    I like this quote from Ch 3: “There may come a time at some point in your life when you will need to decide between your will and His. One thing you can be assured of is that God has already worked out all the details of what your obedience will accomplish—and it is good. We need not fear what our obedience will cause to happen in our life. We should only fear what our disobedience will cause us to miss…..We tend to want to the big picture complete with all of the details before stepping out in obedience to God.” THIS IS SO MUCH ME!!!!!!!!!!! “God had made His request clear, and we had given Him a half-hearted response.” Yes, I am so guilty of that and I do it TOO OFTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! “God wants us to know if we’re willing to give up what we love to him who loves us more. He desires for us to open our fists and trust Him with absolutely everything…..Obedience becomes radical when we say, ‘Yes, God, whatever You want’ and mean it….Soon, saying yes to God will no longer be a discipline of your heart but rather the delight of your life.” I think we have to keep saying Yes to God as a discipline of the heart because it’s not easy and discipline challenges us. The longer we practice the discipline of saying “Yes” to God, the more it will become the delight of our lives.

  92. Shirley Allen says:

    The #Say What moment for me was Isaiah 41:13: “For I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid’. I am here to help you. #Say What…of course I know this. However, the VISUAL finally hit me: “for I hold you by your RIGHT hand. We have all read and heard over and over that Jesus seats on the RIGHT hand of God. So, if Jesus is holding our RIGHT hand, clearly God is exalting Jesus above all others by seating Him at the right han of the Father. Billy Graham Association shares …”The term”God’s right hand” in prophecy refers to the Messiah to whom is given the power and authority to subdue His enemies (Ps 110:1; Ps 118:16)”. HOW POWERFUL! As Lysa shared …”we should only fear what our disobedience will cause us to miss.” Thank you God for walking with me in this new path of deeper obedience – I am no longer afraid.

  93. This is a great challenge – and something I’ve not made a habit of! Glad I didn’t miss this today! Thank you Melissa and Nicki!

  94. Say What, i am so behind on my study. This week has been funeral week and trails. I don’t like getting behind, its hard for me to catch up. We have had 2 deaths this week — My husband friend brother died, we travel to New Jersey on Thursday August 15 for the funeral, My cousin husband died in South Carolina, we couldn’t make both funerals. My church member is dying 92 years, Another church member son died 21 years, A co-worker son died 42 Years cancer. Can you believe all this happen this month. So on Thursday we will go to another funeral. Lord i pray that they were saved. But through it all Proverbs 3:5(Trust in the Lord) Maybe i already shared this i can’t remember, if i have i am a lady who repeats. Please Pray for your sister in Christ and my family. Eternal Love

  95. I have been trying to be better about writing in a journal and with this bible study its been great. I find writing in my journal at the end of my day is a good way of reflecting on the day and talking to the Lord about it as well. So many small wonderful things that happen I don’t want to forget. I also write my thoughts at the end of each chapter in my journal. Thanks, Proverbs 31 ministry, Cindy

  96. Leilani Mapupuno says:

    WOW! My “SayWhat” with God is to let my mom, my sister, her three kids, cousin’s family with two teenagers to go for their seven day Florida vacation this week, they left yesterday and coming back Friday night. God didn’t want me to go with them and I think the reason and His purpose so I can listen to His voice and leading and to depend more on Him since I will be home alone at our house. So what if I’m alone, I can feel God’s mighty Angels surrounding and praying for me. I can now say that God always amazes me and I realized that He’s still in control of my life even though I cannot see Him on this Physical World. This bible study is doing moment by moment miracles. Thank you!

  97. Karen Myers says:

    In reviewing this weeks lesson. You have made reference to using you tube. Is there another way to view other than you tube. We have filters on all the computers that block you tube.
    Please advise.
    Karen

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