Remain. Tucked in. Safe. In Jesus.

As we wrap up Week 3, I want us all to hold on to what we have learned so far. In our busy world, it’s easy to focus and learn something one day and then it’s gone the next.

Before you watch the video message I have for you, I need you to gather some items for an exercise we are going to do that will show you how loved and tucked in safe you are in Jesus.

You will need:

3 envelopes of graduating sizes (large, medium, small ~ each should fit inside the other)

1 index card or small piece of paper

Like this:

God Envelopes

I will explain the labeling of the envelopes and paper in the video message from today, which you can view below. If you don’t see a video below, click here to view directly on You Tube.  You may want to open your Bible to John 15:14 and John 14:20 and take a look at this:


If you cannot see a video above this sentence, click here.

Talk to me in the comment section today. Let me know how this envelope exercise impacted you and how your #YesToGod journey is going. Your comments this week enter you to win Mandisa music ~ we are giving away 13 CDs! Winners will be announced this Sunday!

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Have a great weekend! Come back for prayer requests and praises tomorrow.

Love,

Melissa

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  1. Dear Melissa,
    Thank you for leading this Bible study! You and your teachings are such a blessing!
    Although I’ve found the study interesting, I’ve not experienced God in any way, shape, or form! I have to say, I’m more than a little disappointed in Him.
    My heart is open…I’ve said “yes”…I seek Him daily…what more does He want?

    • It is very difficult when we do not know what God wants from us. This is something I struggle with all the time. I know I have to be patient. It is not on my time that things will happen, but on his time. God loves us and has great things planned for us:

      Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

      We do not always know what God’s plan is. That is why we have to have Faith. I came across a verse today that has stuck with me all day. I would like to share Bit with you, and maybe it will help:

      Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
      We have to have faith and believe. You can be assured 100% that God is working right now, in you and around you. I will pray for you! Do not stop doing what you are doing. Keep your faith. God will reveal His plan on His time, not ours.
      God Bless,

      ~Johanna

      One other thing I just thought of. Picture the envelope activity and remember as Melissa put it, you are in a “Jesus Sandwich.” Even if you do not feel Him, He IS there with you and He ALWAYS is.

    • Christa H (OBS Leadership Team) says:

      Nicole, thank you for your honesty and sharing your heart. It can be so frustrating when you want to see Juses move and you just aren’t seeing it. Many of us have been there. In those times, we need to just tuck ourselves deep down in our Jesus envelope and remain there. Ask yourself what exactly are your looking for. Are you looking for some huge monumental thing, and missing out on the fulfillment and joy that comes with just resting in Him every day? He has told you in his Word what He wants from you. Michah 6:8 says ” And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”. Act justly – do the right thing, be obedient to what you know he had told you to do; love mercy – serve others, reach out to those who need a touch from Jesus; walk humbly with your God – remain in Him with a heart that says Yes. Do those three things and you will find yourself right in the middle of where He wants you to be. Don’t give up when you think God is silent because He is always always working for your benefit.

      • mary b- obs leader says:

        Thank you Christa for that message. You give me hope today too! And Johanna, I am looking up that Luke verse today to highlight! Thank you all for your open discussion! Nicole, you have blessed many today with your honesty and the ladies responses. You have created a Jesus moment for many!

        • I’m so glad I said #yes to God. I never realized I was part of a Jesus sandwich. It reminds me of a cookie commercial, it’s silly but here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnqTooBJQSM.
          I have to stand or lie to do my devotions with y’all, I have crazy pinched, entrapped nerves and bulging discs. What’s so beautiful and #amazing is how you’re so encouraging. Nicole, not only are you a Jesus sandwich, we’re all in the envelope with you :)
          Hugs ladies
          Jane

    • Nicole, Find God in the little things….the sun that warms your face, the breeze when you are outside, the raindrops that fall, the sound of the a wind chime, the chirping of the birds, the flowers that are still in bloom, the beauty of the sky, look in the mirror….He’s in YOU!! Look into the eyes of a child, look at the landscape around you. Do you have a craft or hobby? The talents you have you can find Him in. Journal God a letter and just write to Him. Play some music that praises and honors Him. Just simply tell God you are missing Him.

      There was a lot of discussion this week in my group about finding God in the smallest of things and these were a few of the examples. I also would encourage you to read some of the blogs from yesterday’s blog hop, because of the many I read, I found finding God in the small things was a common theme.

      Praying that you experience God today in a way you never thought you could!

      • What you said is so true, “Find God in the little things….the sun that warms your face, the breeze when you are outside, the raindrops that fall, the sound of the a wind chime, the chirping of the birds, the flowers that are still in bloom, the beauty of the sky”

        I wonder sometimes how people cannot see God around them, have they not looked at a detail in a snowflake, a leaf, flowers, bugs, small details, so perfect and beautiful, evolution could not have made or created such detail.

        You have given me a different perspective. Thank you.

      • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

        Love this Jayne!

    • Karen Rhodes says:

      Nicole, I know how hard of a position you are in! I don’t have any fix it quick solutions but I can pray for you and I am this morning! Even if you cannot feel, see, hear God he is there!! Sometimes we must act on the truth and not our feelings as they definitely do not line up with Gods word all the time!

      • Karen, thank you for the encouragement for Nicole. I remember a Bible study I did of Beth Moore’s and she shared a story of a time that she knew God was with her, but could not see him or feel his presence. She hated it! What she did was open her Bible to the many verses that state God’s presence in her life. She spoke those verses out loud back to Him. She would not let the enemy’s lies that God wasn’t present overcome her thoughts. Sometimes we need to speak God’s word out loud so our own ears hear the truth of it (Romans 10:17), and our faith and trust is strengthened.

        Also love the Luke 1:45 verse. It is going in my journal and being underlined in my Bible. I’m going through some tough months and I have no idea what the outcome will be. I’m trusting God for something I consider big and, if my present circumstance is any indication, impossible, but for God! This verse gives me such encouragement, as I believe He has revealed something to me that will happen, but as my timing goes, it has been 25+ years in the making. God’s timing, not mine, can be tough. So ready to be #Amazed in this area. Praise Him that I have been #Amazed in so many other ways since starting this OBS.

    • Nichole, I am reminded of the place in the Bible where it says….He was not in the wind and not in the earthquake and not in the fire but in a still small voice……don’t OVERLOOK him. The Bible says ALL good gifts come from him. Look at the goodness around you….friends, family, the opportunity to share this study world wide, the land and nature around you, clothes, food, sunshine, rain…..take a sticky note and write the word blessing on them and stick them on everything in your life that is a blessing……then thank him for them. My precious Jesus, I ask you today to not put on a performance or a big show to wow my sister but to open her heart and eyes to see you in her and around her. I ask you to remove the blinders that the enemy has placed and allow her to se through your eyes. In the name of Jesus….God bless you Nichole !!!!! Sisters in Christ

    • Nichole,
      Melissa talked about the verse John 14:20 and how we are in Jesus and he is in us, and togther with Jesus we are in God. In the very next verse Jesus tells us how he will show himself to us and what he wants from us. To show our love for him we have to keep his commands (be obedient to Him). John 14: 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
      God bless you as you continue to seek him with all your heart. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

    • Nicole,
      My first instinct as I read your post is that maybe you haven’t really put your palms up and said yes; maybe you’re holding on to a past hurt/pain. Maybe there’s a situation that you can’t let go and that is hindering God’s work in you. Maybe you’re saying “yes God, but not this, please” Or maybe your expectations are too big; you’re expecting the Rocky Mountains and he’s giving you a beautiful sunset.

      Lord, I pray that you will open Nicole’s eyes and heart to see and hear what you have for her, that she will say YES and completely and fully surrender to you. Lord, we know this is a HARD thing to do, because we fear what that may mean. Lord help Nicole and all of us to trust YOU more and ourselves less. You KNOW us so much better than we know ourselves. You mean everything for our good whether we see it now, in the future or until we reach eternity. Lord help Nicole and all of us to say yes, with our palms up and our hearts open to receive. In Jesus Name Amen

      • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

        Christine, I will be honest. when I first read this, I thought “wow! That’s pretty harsh!” Then, as I thought about your words, I realized that was exactly what my hangup is! I am holding onto some past hurts. Not ones that I think God orchestrated but ones that make me think I am not worthy. Thank you so much for giving me something to think about!

    • Mia Herne says:

      Nicole,
      When we ask or better said invite God to use us, we first need to allow Him to make us useable. Sometimes that is a long process and even a tough one that can be rather painful . But thats okay. You Nicole are very precious to the LORD. During ts processof making you useable whether it be in the refiner’s fire or on the potter’s wheel , He has His hands on you because you are so very precious to Him. Remember to remain in Jesus as there you are tucked in and safe in His arms. Just like a frightened lamb. Jesus is holding you closely in His arms so close you can feel His heart beating . Thats His love pouring out to you . I believe this study is doing for you what its doing for me . Its equipping us girls for God to do some th ing amazingly awesome. I’m praying for you , Nicole and as I do I cling to His promise in Eph 3:20 . He is going to do so much more then we could ever dream possible. I am here for you my friend . Jesus loves you and so do I. Have yourself an amazing day.

    • I have a praise to God that I want to share with everyone. Yesterday my husband went motorcycle riding with friends in the mountains out of cell phone range. I have given my loved ones to God to protect which is very hard, but I’ve been trying to do that daily. Well, it was getting late and I still hadn’t heard from my husband. Instead of stressing or worrying, I prayed. I asked God to protect my husband and keep him safe. I asked God if my husband was OK, and I felt in my heart a very strong YES. I finished my prayer and checked my phone. I had an email from a wife of one of the others on the ride that said that they were OK. I smiled and thanked God. I was able to go to sleep and not be worried. My husband finally made it home about midnight and explained that one of the bikes kept overheating.
      I am so thankful that I am in this OBS and was able to say #YestoGod and #PalmsUp.

    • Nicole

      He is with you! Sometimes when we don’t feel His presence we are blinded by something in ourselves like pride, envy, hurt, etc. that prevents it. I pray always that God open my eyes and heart to draw me nearer to Him. Believe me He is there and if you keep praying and calling Him you will feel Him! God Bless you.

    • Melissa Taylor says:

      Nicole,
      I appreciate your honesty, thank you for sharing with us. I bet if you really evaluate your life and become more aware of what’s happening around you and within you, you’ll notice God though. If you are alive and breathing, you are experiencing God. The fact that you read today’s post and appreciated it shows you are experiencing God.
      So although you may not realize it or “feel” it, God is with you. I’m going to be praying for you that you will notice more of God in your life. Thanks for doing this Bible study with us!

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Nicole,
      I feel your frustration, pain, and confusion. As these other wise women have already said, please be patient. Not only do we not know the timing God has for our plans, we have no idea what it looks like. I pray that you stay steadfast in His love.

    • Hi Nicole,
      I wrote this and then realized that many had answered you already! ;) But as I have been where you are, I thought I would still send this.
      I so love your honesty and no mask.
      I have had a long walk with God and many mountains and valleys, times of hearing God and times where I asked Him where He was and why He was silent.
      I don’t have huge answers for you, but keep up the faith, stand firm, don’t give up. When God is silent, it can be a test, so remain faithful.
      But perhaps He is speaking and you have not heard Him.
      Be open to Him in every way for many times He speaks in a small still voice, or in small ways that we can easily miss, overlook or doubt if it really is God. I have found many times that following God is a step by step thing, sometimes with very small itsy bitsy steps.
      Act on what you read in His Word for He speaks through that and it is a very good place to start.
      Perhaps you already have things He has written in your heart, dreams or desires.
      God also nudges us sometimes to guide us.
      There are a multitude of ways that God speaks so be watchful. The Bible says watch and pray.
      Keep doing what is right, keep in the faith.
      If you are holding on to past hurts, unforgiveness, then you need to let those things go – God will help you as you bring it to him.
      Decide to walk a holy walk – Isaiah 35:8 speaks of the Highway of Holiness. I have found that as I have moved in the direction of holy living, that I hear God more often and more clearly. Holy living is not complicated or difficult, but does require the picking up of our cross and dying to self that Jesus spoke about – Ask God to search you and to know your ways.
      Sometimes we unknowingly have let things in our life that are blocking God’s voice. In the world that we live in there are so many objects, music, books and tv shows or movies that have pagan or outright occult practices wrapped up in them. I have been deeply troubled as many Christians don’t know the danger of these things today, but these block God’s voice from our life and make a mess of our lives and minds.
      So examine your life, examine your heart and examine your home and practices. Let God shine the spotlight of his Word into your life – That means read and search out the Scriptures – for there are many answers there. Do this prayerfully, allowing God the opportunity to show you what may be amiss, or to speak to you in any way.
      It is a journey, a process and so takes time. So be patient.
      And don’t be afraid to step out, and act on what you believe to be God. I have made many mistakes in trying to interpret what God is saying, but it helps to know that He works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
      So don’t let fear or doubt keep you back either and may you start to see and hear God in your every-day life.
      May God keep you and bless you!! love and hugs!!

    • Nicole,
      As these other wise women have already said, please be patient. Not only do we not know the timing God has for our plans, we have no idea what it looks like. You may not realize that lives have been changed by you and your obedience. The BIG PICTURE is sometimes hard to see and/or hear. You, my sister, stay strong in you walk and you WILL hear Him and see Him. You may not even realized that He has been talking to you all along, just quietly and you obeyed. My prayer for you is that you will see what He has done through you and be able to rejoice and say, My God Did That!. Please continue to listen and say yes, making sure it all lines up.

  2. My #YestoGod journey is going very well. I feel myself drawing closer in my relationship to God. I have also found there is a direct correlation to how much time I spend reading my bible and talking and praying with God, to how active I feel Him during the day. When I have spent a lot of time reading my Bible and working on the Bible study questions, I feel Him with me all day and I’ll talk to Him all day. Yesterday I recognized that I did not feel Him as close by as He had been and I knew it was because I had not spent as much time with Him alone. This is a HUGE step in my #YestoGod journey because I would have never recognized this before. It makes me feel as if I am growing in my walk with Christ.

    I have been #Amazed in my attitude and grumpiness if I have not spent time alone with God. I know saying #YesToGod means I have to spend time with Him and more than anything I want that. Being a single mom, sometimes life gets in the way…wait let me rephrase that: Sometimes I allow Satan to interfere in my relationship with God. Wording it that way makes me realize I do not want Satan anywhere near my relationship with God, and I am not going to let Him.

    I loved how in the video Melissa said we are a “Jesus Sandwich.” This made me feel comforted. The envelope activity helped me to visualize how I am surrounded by God and His love for me. Thank you!!

    I pray everyone has a great weekend!!

    ~Johanna

    • Melanie F. says:

      Johanna
      Its as if you were speaking my thoughts – I am sure it is the result of this study. This is my 3rd study but this is the one that is sticking!! I am so grateful that I did not miss it!

  3. Melissa, thank you for sharing. At the beginning of the OBS I made a decision to say YES to God. The first week of the study itself I was faced with one of the greatest challenges in my life which left me feeling so disappointed and crushed in spirit specially after saying YES to God. Now in to the third week of the study, God has answered prayer in our family, which is the need of the hour, and I truly stand #amazed. I’m confident that God has not forgotten me and He will never forget me. I experience His love in such a tangible way. Only eternity will tell what a great impact the OBS has been to me. It has helped me become a better person, wife and mother. Proverbs 31 ministries labor is not in vain in the Lord. God bless you all.

  4. Thank You, Melissa, for sharing such a beautiful and powerful visual! I am a visual person too, so I hope that will help me to remember the Truth! It is such a comforting Truth, and thank you for bringing it up to our attention!
    In your video you mentioned Jesus carrying us thru…I am pretty sure I experienced it just yesterday. I knew that it was gonna be harder than usual day and I prayed to handle it better, but when the morning hit, it was all going derailed and I was losing my ‘cool’, but then, after a short prayer, it got much better…as I was reflecting the day in the evening and realized what a smooth, and actually pleasant(!!), sail it was…I was amazed!….there is no other explanation but the fact that Jesus simply and literally carried me thru the day, ’cause if it were up to me, the day would’ve been filled with drama and bad attitude :)

    • Janet F (OBS Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      WOW what an awesome testimony of the power of prayer!!! Thanks for sharing Marisha!! :)

  5. Halona Luna says:

    I love this envelope exercise. I am a visual learner & I keep learning something new & encouraging every day. God Bless You!! Wish I could have gotten the calls but maybe next time.

  6. I did not manage to purchase my book but I still go along with all that you share with is all. The envelope exercise is really has really given me another level of Re-Assurance that I’m a filler in the most Healthy Sandwich!!
    Blessings Abound To You All!!

  7. Regina Santo says:

    This was a beautiful visual of this week’s scripture. I take such comfort in remembering that I am surrounded by Jesus and we are surrounded by the most loving and powerful God.
    When I choose Him, I know that each day, I really cannot choose fear as well. He is love,and perfect love casts out all fear! Praise God that I have that power surrounding me throughout my day!
    I know my days will not always be easy, but I also know that God has already claimed the ultimate victory and nothing can separate us.
    May Jesus always be seen in me!

  8. LOVE the visual exercise. Thank you so much! This Bible Study had been such a blessing to me. God is using you in a mighty way. Thank you for saying yes to God and leading us to do the same.

  9. Wow, thank you Melissa for sharing John 15:4 and John 14:20 in such an amazing way. Tell you what I watched this video with my 8 year old daughter and we loved it. #Amazed at how the word of God ministers into our lives in such different ways. I have absolutely enjoyed week 3 of this OBS.

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

    I love the envelopes Melissa and that I am a Jesus sandwich!!! Going to do this visual with my grandsugars!! they will be #amazed!! :)
    Have a blessed weekend ladies #YestoGod #Palmsup

  11. The video spoke to me right where I am. I struggle with the remaining part in the middle of the uncomfortable times or busy times. I say uncomfortable because it is the hard times that is the easiest for me to draw close to Him. This study is helping me make some changes. I think I have decided to look for a ring or bracelet to wear that will remind me throughout my work day to remain in Him.

    • Christa H (OBS Leadership Team) says:

      So glad that you are enjoying the study. I love your idea on the bracelet! Check your local Christian bookstore. They have lots of really pretty jewelry with scripture on it these days. Or go to etsy and find something custom just for you. Great idea!

  12. Dawn Johnson says:

    LOVE the envelope visual! #Amazed with all the opertunities God is placing before me to serve him and be used by him. Said “Yes” to God this week when asked to serve on my churches G3 Team (youth group); am very excited to be apart of taking this ministry to the next level.
    Thank you Melissa and the OBS team for all the great teaching you have shared the past 3 weeks. Looking forward to the next 3 weeks!

  13. Stephanie Edwards says:

    Loved the visual! Sometimes it is difficult to memorize Scripture, but that exercise definitely helps. I also like Melissa’s practical explanation of “remain”. It is comforting to know that we are in God and Jesus and Jesus is in us.

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Stephanie, I have been working on memorizing scripture. If you would like me to share some thoughts and links, respond with your e-mail and I will be happy to connect with you on this.

  14. I loved this exercise! It is a great visual that drives home how we are connected to Jesus and to God. I had a fun time doing this exercise! My remain envelops will be tucked within my Bible bag so that I can show others and also be reminded as to how I am connected to my Lord and my God! (Cute, rhyme too Melissa, I have not heard of that cheer before!)

  15. Thank you so much for the envelope visual. It really does serve as a concrete example of God’s presence in my life. I am committed to remaining in God’s will, just as the Bible says he is always there with us. I have said “YES”, and I find myself constantly praying that God would show me more that I can do for him; I know that he will speak to me, in his own time. I think that maybe God is using this as a way to help me develop more patience and really take the time to become more firm in my beliefs and my knowledge of him.

  16. Lois Doughty says:

    Thank you so much, Melissa, for sharing this verse and visual! I’m a visual person too, so I really love this!The verse is one I’ve read many times over the years but God is showing it to me now in a whole new way. I know it will impact me over and over again. I can’t wait to show it to my ladies’ Sunday School class because some of those sweet gals are going thru some real tough things. I love the idea of being tucked in safe with my #AMAZING Jesus!

  17. You made me cry -I have never looked at it like that . I love it and will do the envelope system and show it off to all my friends and family . Thanks joan

  18. Girlies, our FATHER, just blew right in and shared this with me to share with you.
    It’s PRAISE time in TENNESSEE!

    All of Our envelopes are padded like the padding of a (comforter )
    … YES the HOLY SPIRIT
    Enough said, I’m going back to bed!

    :)

  19. I, too, like this visual…a great thing to share with my granddaughters. Speaking of which, please pray that The Lord would demolish the stronghold of perfectionism and mean-spirit in Kara (8). And also if counseling is needed, her daddy would hear that strongly from God, be obedient and seek that for her/them (and demolish any excuses that would prevent it).
    Nicole…have you watched the sunrise, the colors in dish washing bubbles, heard a child’s laughter, shared coffee with a friend…then you have seen God. Stay in His word…He will reveal Himself to you in ways you aren’t expecting. I pray you see Him today!

    • Sarah JSH says:

      Sandy, I pray for answers and strategies to help Kara and for her daddy will open his heart to God so he is able to hear your prayers and others prayers for him to have an open mind and help follow through with what is best for Kara. Dear Lord, help Kara and her family.
      Sandy I really like the way you explained how we can and have seen God, thank you for sharing.

      Sarah

  20. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. — Acts 1:8”

  21. Thank you Melissa for being so encouraging. I can see how much the joy of the Lord is in you. The envelope illustration is great. I’ll be sure to use it with my small group this Fall. This study came along at a good time for me. Almost 4 years ago I said a big YES to God by agreeing to move half way across the country away from our entire family-including, as we found out a week before we left, our expected first grandchild. Here we are nearly 4 years later and we’re expecting grandbabies 3&4. I’m still not sure why God has us move so far away. I do know I have not completed a big task that God has given me to do – completing the book He has me writing – and He has made me awa when it comes to there that this is keeping me from moving forward with His plan. I just feel so “stuck” when it comes to the book. I can’t seem to make myslef pick it up. it is very closer to being completed. I think it’s fear of rejection in regsrds to getting published and the message itself and fear of the unknown next step. Plus, sometimes I focus so much on missing the family that I get depressed and withdrawn. Thankfully the Lord is patient and never gives up on me. He is pulling me through all this and You, Nicki, and all these wonderfull sisters in the Lord are a big part of that.
    BTW, the link to Mandissa’s message isn’t working.

    • Christa H (OBS Leadership Team) says:

      Julia, we live far away from our family too so I know it can be hard. Keep your head up and your nose in that book! God put it on your heart to write it so be obedient to wringing it. Even if it never gets published, if you are obedient in the writing, God will accomplish His purpose. Maybe He gave you this season away from your family to give you the time to write. So go do it, sister!

      • Thank you, Christa, for the.encouragement! I will get back to the writing.

        • Sue Kerschner says:

          Christa, I too have been in the process of writing a book and nearly finished and haven’t picked it up in over a year. I live far from all my family which are in all directions of the states, from California to New York and Arizona and here I am in NC. God lead me down here almost 17 years ago when I left my 15 year old daughter who moved in with her father and man was I a mess for awhile, but I had to hold it together for my 3 year old. We had a new life and was so hoping my 15 year old would want to move down with us, but it didn’t happen and for years she has held this against ME that I left her but it was a great opportunity for my husband and God really did give me a second chance with Bruce and so to make this long story short…being away from family most of my life made me strong and I have since realized how strong my 15 now 32 year old has become. Yes it’s hard being away from family but when you look around at your friends and neighbors…they all become family eventually. I make a vow today that I will start to finish my book and you Christa I pray will do the same…who knows maybe this is what God wanted me to read today to free myself from guilt and the compassion to write again.

    • Sarah JSH says:

      How did you know you had to move? May God continue to talk with you more and more and help you with completing your book. May you finish your book at the speed at which god wants you and for you to become even closer and you continue to write this book. God Bless you!

      • Sarah, about two years before Jim was asked to move with the company we were contemplating remodeling our living room, dining room & kitchen into a great room. one day as I was trying to figure ouneared God best way to re’arrange things and the Lord spoke to my heart, “Don’t worry about it. You won’t be here.” I had dreams of moving where I wanted to move, central coast of California, but God had other plans. I didn’t think about it a whole lot the next two years. then, when Jim asked me if I was willing to move my first thought was no, but God reminded me of what He said 2 years before and I heard myself saying yes. All through the process of preparing to sell our house and move God gave me a peace and assurance in my spirit that this was all Him. about a week before we left CA for MO our daughter annouced they were having a baby. The next day in worship I cried before the Lord and questioned why we needed to move. I was amazed that I felt Him tell me I could choose to stay, but if I wanted the “desire of my heart” I needed to move. I knew, again, that though painful we had to move.
        God was in it all. We sold the house, in the middle of the of the recession (2010) in two weeks for our price. God provided the means for us to fix up the house (new paint, carpet…). The company that bought and moved Jim’s employer paid our moving expenses and not only gave him a raise, but a signing bonus.
        I had been laid off from my job 5 months before we found out the business had been sold as part of their bankruptcy. During the 6 months between the purchase & everything, including us, being moved, Jim did receive a job offer from a local company, but he turned it down. It was way less than he had already been making and with me out of work and no prospects we would have lost the house if we had stayed.(CA has 15% unemployment at the time).
        Even though there’s been pain being so far away from our family, I have no doubt that this was God’s plan for us to move. A friend has suggested that perhaps God moved us because I would be such a devotwd grandma that I might neglect the ministry that God has planned for me. I have come to understand too, that the times I get depressed are when I take my focus off of God and look to my myself and have a pity party.
        Sarah, thank you for the encouragement and blessing.

        • Sarah JSH says:

          you are welcome. I have a question How did god talk to you? How did you know it was the right thing? How do you know? thanks-sarah

          • Sarah, I don’t know if I can explain it any better than I already did. For one thing, when God speaks it’s not usually something I would have thought of myself. In the case of our moving, there was a long period between the original message and the action. Once Jim was asked to move there were little confirmations a long the way. I wish I could remember them all, but I do remember thinking and saying that it was a “God-thing” all along the way. Just the way everything worked out and the peace I felt about it all (except for that lapse when we found out about becoming grandparents). I also realized that the move and sale of our house provided some answers to some of my prayers. We were able to pay off our debt. I have been able to stop working to pursue my writing and other ministry opportunities. I have had bouts of depression and self-pity, because I start looking at myself instead keeping my eyes on Jesus and what He wants me to do. One thing a mentor of mine told me once, was that God wanted me to “tune in” to God’s voice. We need to spend time in prayer listening and not just speaking. he also speaks through His Word and sometimes through other people. although, The people are usually only one of the ways God uses as confirmation for something He has already spoken to you. It takes time to get to know His voice. I just get a sense of knowing it’s Him. I don’t know how to explain it. it’s not always during prayer that I “hear” Him, like with the don’t worry about the remodeling because we wouldn’t be there. Sometimes I feel Him promptimg me to reach out to a person in some way. sometimes, if i can’t fimd my keys or something else if I ask and be quiet He will show me where to look. God really does care zbout all aspects of our lives, even the seemingly small or trivial things.
            This study is giving us great tools to help with recognizing and heeding God’s voice. i hope this helps a bit more. it takes practice at recognizing His voice. I’d dare say for most people it’s not an audible voice. if it were it would be easier to recognize.

  22. Love the “Jesus Sandwich” analogy. It is a great reminder. God has been speaking to me to make some changes. It’s still hard to know what is God and what is me but I know that as long as I am close to God and listening to him the decisions I make will be honoring to him.

  23. Crystal Anderson says:

    Thank you Melissa, for that Awesome exercise. Wow, what an Awesome reminder. I love being a Jesus sandwich. :)<3 I am #Amazed with this study…Being still in your alone time with God is so rewarding. He hears our prayers, cries, screams, conversations etc.
    I pray for my children, my daughter grew up with a very close Relationship with the Lord. Since High School she has pulled away some. Thinking she can do things on her own, Imagine that , she is 20 now. I remember when I was 20. I was not a Christian. Boy, let me tell ya life was very difficult without him in my life. Please, pray for her, her name is Kelsey. I will remain in you, and you in me. I will put this scripture on the fridge along with some of my other favorite magnet scripture. Lol :) She reads them and yes she says I'm a Jesus freak.#So What or #Say What. I am and very proud of it. God is my father, the only one I've really known. I've really enjoyed this Journey drawing closer to God. # Yes to God. I lead several Bible Studies this past year, thinking I had to say yes to everything. I was asked to do. Then he made it very clear, I am NOT a people pleaser. I am a God pleaser. Instead of being on this committee and leading this that and the other. He made me STOP,listen, and rest in him. One Study at a time. This one by far is most rewarding and am growing more and more in love with Jesus. He is my husband and all that I need. Looking forward to the next Chapter. Loved this exercise, something I can share with others and my great nephew. Thank you for another great week. Have a great weekend. Love you, Melissa and Nicki<3 <3<3 Oh I can't click on Mandisas invite…lol

  24. Karen Rhodes says:

    I love the visual! You and Nicki are awesome!! I can rest in knowing that I am in the middle of a Jesus sandwich even if I do not see, feel, or hear him He is there! I am so excited to continue on with this study and deepen my relationship with Him. Linda Kuhar showed me that if I get alone with him and spend time he will always be there and through journaling (I am not a journaler) that I will see him speak to me! #PalmsUp #YesToGod #Amazed

  25. I am soooooo visual so I loved the envelope lesson! I know that will stick with me, thank you

  26. Melissa, thank you so much for the visual reminder of how we are tucked in Jesus. When you first started the exercise, I thought, “I’m not doing this. This is silly.” But then at the end, when you demonstrated the verse with the envelopes, I teared up. It hit me anew, I in Jesus and He is in me. He can’t ever leave me. It’s impossible. Thank you for the reminder!

  27. I love the exercise Melissa I’m a visual learner also, this was great. I can’t wait to share it with my daughter. Thank you so much for the bible study, you and Nicki have done a wonderful job. I will continue to keep all of you wonderful fellow yes to God ladies in my prayers.

  28. Michelle Romero says:

    Melissa thank you for your message today. You touched my heart with your loving words and wow—the envelope visual was awesome! I am amazed by God every single day and praise God I have this OBS to remind me and encourage me that He never leaves me. (I think I’m going to use this visual with my grand daughter-it was so great). I’ve already had a sneak peek at chapter 5, it just keeps getting better and better. Love you all and thanks for all the hard work you put into this.
    Blessings in Christ!

  29. Tonya McCoy says:

    Loved this exercise! I am a visual learner too so I found this really awesome! Thank you so much for listening to God’s call on your life & leading online bible study. You have truly been a blessing to me!

  30. Very cool visual! I cant wait to show my children! I love that this study has been packed full of things I have shared with my children (ages 6-24)!
    I was a little late this week writing our verse on my index card but did so this morning and loved to see in my parallel bible the other words used for “Remain” – KJV and NASB use “abide” – AMP uses “dwell” – love love love!!!

  31. Pat Ewing (OBS small group leader) says:

    I LOVE this, Melissa!!! I am such a visual person and am doing this activity RIGHT now!!
    I am so loving this study, and am totally and utterly #AMAZED!!! Right now, it’s just obedience in the little things He’s leading me to do, like stopping to help someone walking along the road, but I can’t wait to see what BIG things the LORD has for me down the road.
    Love you!!!

  32. Loved the envelope visual reminder how we are wrapped up in Him! I am sending this, by video, to my daughter serving in Brazil w/YWAM. She will be heading to serve in the Amazon for a month, with her team, during which we will have no contact. This will be a visual reminder of how God is with her, and how she is enveloped in His love and protection. Kai felt His calling before she graduated high school, to serve Him somewhere. Before she starts her college career, she answered His call to serve in Brazil & the Amazon for a total of 6 months. There have been some ups and downs- the road has not been as smooth as we would have wanted to plan. But, thankfully we were not the ones “planning”! God is at work through the hard and good times. And when God is at work, satan seems to work all the harder. We know, b/c of this, that God has great things ahead for this team in the next several months :)

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Sherri,
      I will pray for safe travels for your daughter as she ministers to those in Brazil. God bless her work!

  33. I really liked the visual, when we see it we can truly understand God’s love for us. And how the Holy Spirit is there to comfort and guide us on the way. This study has shown me that I need to step back and take time and really work on my relationship with God and relationship with my husband and my kids and other family members. I am getting burned out. And our time is short and I don’t want to regret not hearing God’s. voice and not saying Yes to him. I don’t want to be on the highway to hell. I want to be on the narrow path to Heaven to be with MY LOVING FATHER. For years I have been looking for someone to love me. But I had the love right and in front of me, it is the best LOVE I could ever wanted it was God’s and I never had to make him love me. His love is giving to,us freely with no strings attached. I don’t need have to look for love or approval anymore , because I have God’s love. ( as I was writing this I broke down and cried out to God, I finely realized how much he loves me and he wants relationship with me. I have been so lonely and wanted a friend, he has wanted to be my friend all long and I never let him. I don!t have to look for a friend, he has given me the best friend I have ever needed or wanted his son Jesus. Thank you God for giving me your son as my friend.)

    • Wendy (Prayer Warrior Team) says:

      Oh Kim, you are right! You have the best friend ever! I am honored to be your OBS sister as well!

  34. I am behind in my study as I had cataract surgery this week and reading was next to impossible. I am amazed on how much this Bible study is helping me draw closer to God. Love the envelope illustration. It really demonstrates that verse so well.

  35. Thanks Melissa for that great idea! I love the visual representation. It paints a clear picture for me! God is AMAZING! This week has really helped me realize to listen to all that God is telling me. Even in times when I’m unsure, he still always comes through and shows me that he is always with me! Thank you for all the inspirational messages this week!!

  36. Jessica Sutherland says:

    You made me cry! Praise Jesus that He is in me and I in Him. I need Him so badly! I so often forget that He’s with me wherever I go. He doesn’t want me to have to do things on my own, in my own strength. He wants to be there for me–showing me the way, loving me through it. Oh, how He loves us. Thank you for this reminder, Melissa!

  37. Dear Melissa,
    I just LOVE your illustration of “remaining”. I will be using this with my son. He is 9-years-old and loves to learn as much as he can about Jesus. Thank you. I wrote a message to you on Facebook last week and shared what the Lord has been doing in my life. I had been living with my fiance’ and broke off the engagement and moved back home. I had to give my parents guardianship over my son because I am too ill to tend to his needs most of the time. I also am dealing with my ex-husband and his emotional and mental abuse against my son. Then, of course, there is my disability outcome through the courts. Upon saying #YesToGod, I have experienced such peace despite the circumstances. I have even seen prayers answered. For example, last Sunday, John (my ex-fiance’) accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. That was a HUGE answer to prayer. Another answer to prayer is I still get to stay active in my son’s life because I live in the same household. Also, it looks like his father may be moving away. This means my son won’t have to visit him. I know that sounds bad but it really is for the best. I try very hard to protect my son from his father and the abuse but there is only so much I can do. Most of the time, I’ve had to leave it in the Lord’s hands and spent many a day or night crying over the turmoil my son faces every time he goes to his dad’s. It breaks my heart. Needless to say, the Lord has been answering prayers left and right. Those were the BIG issues. The other examples are like treasures among the sand dunes of life. Sometimes I’ll come across a verse or a subject in 3 different studies that are all on the same verse or lesson. I realize that is the Lord’s way of getting my attention and I’m much more in tune to it now. Even if I’m having a challenging day, I find myself asking myself, “What can I learn about God through this?” Seriously, I ask myself that. Before, I would have just huddled into a corner and would have complained and cried over the circumstances instead of trusting the Lord COMPLETELY with the outcome. This study has truly left me #Amazed! God IS amazing! :)

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

    Love this activity! It’s so comforting to think of being tucked away safely in Jesus and God. And…..even if I choose to take myself “out” away, Jesus is still with me. Powerful! #SayWhat #Amazed and #Blessed. Have a wonderful weekend, Melissa, Nicki, and my sweet OBS sisters!
    Love and Prayers <3

  39. I needed this reminder today :)

  40. Thank you so much for teaching this verse in this way. I have enjoyed your teaching and this week I was remined to Remain in Him!! As I was reading on another blog this was on there: “For every mom with a broken or burden heart tonight: Rest. Let God take the next shift. You are loved.” Then I open yours today and the title was Remain. Tucked in. Safe. In Jesus. How fitting for these going together today and what the Lord reminded me of! I am in Him and He is in me!! I can Rest in that!! Thank you! ladies enjoy your day. I have been on vacation and now back…getting the kids all ready for school to start in a week, one in each building elementary, middle, and HS. This will be a new season for me too starting a new job. I have been a stay at home mom for 15 yrs. So again this was a great study today to be reminded of all the emotions going on in this mama and new season I am about to enter into. It really was a great reminder and I will have to use this vs. teaching to others.

  41. Carol Thompson says:

    Our God is awesome. I am trying to stay focused on God each day and keep from exploding some days. The other day started about with the phones going out at the office, which meant while I was getting ready the cell phone was ringing instead of the office phone, and the an emergency, so I just had to laugh because I knew it was satan trying to derail me. God has taught me many things and is still teaching me how to follow Him better. I know He wants us to do work in Honduras, I just am not sure what yet, but He will prepare that work in His time. #trustingandwaiting

  42. Melissa’s video message really capped off a great week! Her explanation of “remain” – I was #amazed! And The envelope exercise too! (Ya, ya, Jesus Sandwich, Baby! :)) This week has been a really hard one, so much going on….but the timing of this week along with everything else going on in my life has really been a God thing. If all this stuff hadn’t happened at the same time, I might not have realized just how “in control” He really is in my life!

  43. Keri Duran says:

    The envelope illustration really opened my eyes to see that Jeses is all around me; and not only Jesus is in me, but I am in Him whom he is in God. What a great protection and guidance we have with us at every moment of the minute…hour….day.

  44. WOW! Today’s video was powerful for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  45. I got three visuals out of this video: the chair visual, the envelop visual, and the Jesus sandwich visual! Thank you, Melissa, for helping to make God’s word come alive for me and in me.

  46. I have so enjoyed this bible study as it is my first OBS. I also loved today’s envelope lesson. I am very much a visual learner and this is a great reminder for me, but it will also be a great teaching tool for my own kids as well as the kids I teach at church. I look forward to the next half of this study and to see what happens as I continue to say #yestoGod.

  47. Stephanie Goode says:

    Melissa i loved the envelope exercise! I work at a gym and i bet that is one exercise they have never done. I’m gonna rock their world! John14:20 did not really open up to me till just now! Love it! Thank u!

  48. Sarah JSH says:

    Melissa, That was awesome! Thank you so much for teaching all of us and for sharing your knowledge about God. You are AMAZING! I loved your video and your hands on example (I to am a hands on and visual learner so that was really Great).

    Ladies, I pray that God our Lord Father will continue to touch each and everyone of us and continue to keep us strong in his word. I pray that we take the time to really listen to what God is telling us and for us to follow his path with out fear as Melissa taught us with John 14:20 “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” Oh Lord father some big decisions in my life need to be made about many things that will affect my entire family and I am concerned about the effects on my children mostly my 2 oldest because they are already in middle school. I am also fearful of the legal court system as this would change custody and things are not good with my ex-husband. I need to carry around with me the scripture Melissa shared today, until I can repeat it on my own in my head and or aloud. I don’t want to say no or hesitate to you oh Lord as I don’t want to disrespect you, but I really need to hear you. Help me to know that it is you telling me what to do and exactly what it is I should do. Please Lord talk to me and tell me which path I should go in life that would be best for my whole family and I. I am just now starting to feel somewhat organized and settled, but work has become extreamly stressful, especially in the spring, with all of the paper work. Decisions Decisions what am I to do God? Thank you for all of the blessings that you have provided for me and over my family. Help me to remain in you and hear the direction/path I am to go in to lead the life it is that you want for my family. In this I pray Amen.

  49. Great visual! I initially thought it was odd that Jesus would appear twice. It’s matter of understanding that unlike us, neither God nor Jesus is confined by the rules of physics. Being safe in God gives us the courage and confidence to take risks and do things that are beyond our normal capacity. But through that, we can find so much growth and God’s glory!

  50. What an #Amazing message, one I really needed to hear. It is great to know that when you say Yes to God that things get tough. I thought I had been doing some things wrong, because I feel as if I have personally been attacked by things all around me. The pay off will be for the better in the long run. The storms are tough right now, but I have nothing to fear. Melissa, thank you for sharing this illustration and being real. Really changing my life.

  51. Loved this! I often grieve how I quell Jesus within me with all the other stuff I get going on. It’s a blessing to remember it’s not all on me because it’s not just about Him in me, but that I also am in Him – enveloped in Him! :)

    I’m celebrating that since giving up what He asked me to, there has been so much more time and inclination to take care of the things that need doing, and forward decisions by my beloved hubby that needed to happen. God is so good!

    Much love!
    Jennifer

  52. I have received great encouragement and some way beyond me assignments from the Lord. I stand #amazed in just basking in his presence. I have also felt the gentle tugging by the Holy Spirit at several areas of my life. I am trying to keep

  53. My palms up and not grab for things that are sorthleds or rotten and give up my #say yes to God positioning with the father for workup pursuits. I

  54. Melissa,
    Thank you for leading this Bible study. I love the envelope demonstration that shows us just how we are in Jesus, Jesus is in us, and we are in God. That makes me feel so secure and safe. Since starting this study and saying #YestoGod, I feel His presence more than I had in a while. For several weeks before starting the study, I was more focused on me than on God. Now I have my focus back where it needs to be-on our Loving Father. It feels good! I am thankful that God lead me to this Bible study. I am so excited about saying yes to Him.

  55. Great visual. I’ll use it in my teaching. This study has helped keep me grounded and focused on Jesus and on looking for ways that God wants to use me. Sometimes I find myself looking too hard for the big things when it’s the daily challenges that He wants to work in…like my responses and attitudes when life is not neat and tidy! Or wondering why things aren’t working like I think they should after I’ve chosen to obey Him. This chapter has been an eye opener to remind me to just trust and obey and the “big” things that I’m looking for are really the growth going on in me!

  56. Remaining tucked safe in Jesus is such a beautiful,lecture. Never, would I have considered looking at this verse this WY but what peace and assurance this brings. No storm can buffet us of wind assail us because we are tucked firmly in the Lord. #amazed,

  57. Martha Brewer says:

    Loved the visual! Thanks!

  58. The God sandwich really blessed my heart!! Our oldest grandson loves his sandwich hugs from grandpa and grandma! He always asks for a sandwich hug when we leave him. Now I can also enjoy my sandwich hug from God illustration when I am enjoying this special grandparent time. :0)

  59. What a great lesson, what a great way to finish our week! John 14:20 On that day you will realize that I am in the Father, & you are in Me, & I am in you. A Jesus sandwich covered in God. Awesome, truly truly awesome.

  60. Lisa McDonald says:

    Melissa, I too am a visual learner and how blessed are we for this video today. Thank you for that. I will never forget the image of being in a Jesus sandwich. What a comfort it is knowing that Jesus remains in me, I in him and we in God. I say we because I feel it. This OBS is changing my life and I have never been happier. What an experience #amazed! Thank you Lysa and our Lord for giving you the time to create this wonderful ministry. You are so blessed to have been given this special assignment and you are changing lives. How wonderful you are. God bless all my OBS sisters. I hope you all have a blessed weekend.

  61. I have not had a chance to watch the video yet or do the envelope activity but I can just imagine from all the comments how powerful it is going to be. I just wanted to share that right now I am experiencing God is such a powerful and amazing way. Our youngest son has felt God’s call on his life for ministry for a couple of years. When he started his senior year last fall he started looking at Christian colleges. We live in Florida so he was needing to stay in Florida for some scholarship stuff. Well he set his eyes on Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Oalm Beach. Now let me just tell you, this is a very expensive college ($36,000/year) and I knew there was no way we could afford it – we barely got our other 3 through state universities with them living at home! But we decided to do a visit one weekend and meet with some of the admissions staff. From the moment I walked on campus I was at total peace that this was where he was to be. I gave it all to God that weekend – that was Novemebr 2012. Well today we are at PBA for welcome week and he starts class on Monday – and here is the kicker – I haven’t had to put out one penny for the cost yet. Between e package PBA offered him and other scholarships and student loans – he is covered! Let me rephrase that – God has Him covered!!!!!!!! He is going to be double majoring in Biblical Studies and youth ministries! I am a very proud momma today but an even more thankful and humble YES GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! #amazed #YestoGod

  62. Love the video and the encouragement, it is just what I needed to go into the weekend. I have had several struggles lately and just thank you for all you do. This week has really been an eye opener for me personally and I am so looking forward to week 5!

    Side note, when I click on the Mandisa link it gives me:

    Not Found, Error 404
    Uh-oh! We’re not sure of the page you were looking for. We recently redesigned the site and the content probably moved. Perhaps you can return back to the site’s homepage and see if you can find what you are looking for. Or you can contact us and let us know what you are trying to find.

    Once again, thank you for all you do and know that you have blessed so many when you said yes to God.

  63. Andrea A. says:

    I love the visual, it really helps me to understand the verse better and how it applies to me. It also gives me encouragement and reminds me that Jesus has got this, he’s got my back, he’s carrying me, even when others don’t seem to do the same. I always have Jesus, therefore I always have God. So comforting. So motivating. I’m at the end of a challenging week with my kiddo, my husband is getting on my nerves/disappointing me, I go back to work next week, my emotions are running wild- I don’t know what’s rational or not, what’s in line with God or not, and throw pregnancy hormones in the mix and you have ME on the verge of bursting into tears any minute. ;). I can smile and wink because I know I’m not the only one. Even better I am surrounded by Jesus and he will get me through.

  64. That envelope thing was SO POWERFUL! And now I have an awesome method to explain to my toddlers the whole deal with Jesus being in them and them in Him and all of us in God. So thankful and grateful for this study and the amount of work and love you guys are putting into it for us. It feels like an amazing community of sisters in Christ and I just love that! We all can make a difference, we really really can! Stay strong leaders and ladies around the globe – the enemy will attack because we are strong right now. Let’s stay strong and in the Word and let’s keep supporting each other after this study ends and the next one begins! The Lord is doing mighty things in us! Thank you Melissa and Nicki and Lysa and all the Proverbs 31 peeps that brought this to us! Love love love to you all.

  65. Thank you Melissa!!! I’ve read this verse many times but so needed to be reminded of it today. Your visual was perfect. Blessings to you!

  66. I am headed to a doctor’s office this morning for some tests and I will keep a picture in my mind of my “Jesus sandwich”. Thank you for sharing that, Melissa! Life is full of those moments when we desperately need that reminder!

  67. mary b- obs leader says:

    Every sandwich I see is going to be my reminder of the Jesus Sandwich in my life! LOVE then envelopes! I knew you had done this with kids before you said it! You can teach any age Melissa, we are blessed by you! :) Have a great weekend ladies!

  68. Lord, I am humbled by the simple actions of creating envelopes for YOU, JESUS, and me and having the fit together as You Lord, want me to fit with you. I was very inspired by this little exercise and will teach it to everyone I can. It may have seemed silly at first, but after all the envelopes tucked into each other, it was #AMAZING the warmth that swept over me. Thank you Melissa and Thank you Lord.

  69. Melissa,

    Thank you for this great message this morning. Love the envelope visual. Blessings to you.

  70. Lori K (OBS Group Leader) says:

    Absolutely #Amazed and love the visual of John 14:20. I have read that verse so many times, but it has come alive with the Jesus sandwich. Planning to share this with my family.

  71. Melissa, I am truly #AMAZED at how God is using YOU and this OBS to reach my broken, untrusting, doubting heart after so many years!! I have been writing about this on my blog and have made some serious healing steps back toward God, but my goodness~ THIS visual of THIS word from Jesus… wow!!! Being tucked into Jesus, and then into God… THIS had made ALL the difference … talk about a SERIOUS “Ah hah” moment for me!! For me, though, it hasn’t been so much fear for *myself*, but more so fear and untrust and doubt that God could or would take care of my loved ones… I’ve struggled with completely “letting go” of my most precious loved ones into God’s hands {where they’ve belonged and have truly BEEN all this time!}. I’ve learned from this OBS that it’s been because of this lack of obedience, and lack of a #PalmsUp attitude, that I haven’t been able to receive all God wants for me OR been able to BE a blessing to *others* the way God wants to USE me! I Realize that NOW because of this OBS and Lysa’s book!! Praise the Lord how ALL this is coming together in my heart and soul and spirit!! God is soooo amazing how He orchestrates all this in my life and heart!!

    I just wanted to let you know that John 14:20 will forever be a verse of complete surrender and faith and trust and peace now! And your visual helped me SEE that so much clearer!! … Let go of my loved ones… When I finished watching your video, I did just that. I wrote THEIR names on that piece of papers (rahter than just mine). As I wrote their names, it was hard, I admit, but also freeing. I tucked Jesus inside their envelope, then I tucked THEM inside Jesus then all of them inside the BIG GOD envelope. WOW. It sounds simple, but that was QUITE an experience!! I know you said you share this exercise with kids, but I think this could be a healing exercise for *adults* that have gone through painful experiences too!! What an awesome demonstration of “letting go”!! Lysa’s book and this OBS has been helping prepare my heart to receive God’s message through you today… thank God and thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • I absolutely love what you did with your loved ones names! I too struggle with giving up my loved ones, especially my precious children. I am going to do this with their names too!!!

  72. Melissa, this was so wonderful! LOL at “You are a Jesus sandwich”! Hilarious! I have had such a hard time in the past figuring out how to wrap my brain around being “in Christ”. What a great visual! This book and study is speaking to me so much during a difficult time in my life. I loved what you said, “Saying yes to God in the things that seem hard at times can really be a stepping stone to what God wants to do in your life.” God has been showing me so much this week about what He is doing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This was just what I needed today! Love, Sue

  73. The envelope visual helped me learn John 14:20! God bless you Melissa, and Proverbs 31 Ministry. I have been blessed by this study. More importantly, thank You my God for leading me to this study and for growing me in You. AMEN

  74. Thanks Melissa for the great message and the high energy you have given to this Bible Study. My prayer is that you will be richly blessed this weekend. Thanks for your faithfulness!

  75. Thank you so much for this OBS, it has changed my life. I too loved the envelopes the visual really helped me. Since this bible study started and I’ve said YES to GOD, so many good things has happen to me. I’ve gone back to church. I do my bible study in the evenings, Pray is now I big part of my life I find myself praying all the time, and I always feel better afterwards. I meet with my pastor Sunday after church for my Salvation. I can’t wait.

    Dear Lord,
    I want to thank you for letting me find Proverbs 31, Melissa, Nicki and all the beautiful women in this OBS. I want to thank you for filling me full of love when I was so empty and helping me find the light when I’ve been in the dark for so many years. In Jesus name, Amen

  76. “Remaining in Jesus doesn’t mean life won’t be challenging” – many people believe the prosperity gospel – if you just accept Christ and have faith everything will be alright. We live in a fallen world with incomplete people yet – if we remain in Him – we draw from His strength, not our own. #amazed #yestoGod #palmsup

  77. Very impactful visual!! Thank you for something that will stick with me always and that I will be able to pass on to others. Thank you, Melissa and team, for being the hands and feet of Jesus and saying #YestoGod. Thank you for equipping us to take steps in the direction of moving from babes to mature in Christ and for teaching us, encouraging us and modeling for us so that we can step out in courage and confidence in our own journey of walking out being the hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you Jesus for placing all of us here and now, in this place, for just a time as this! Amen!

  78. Cindy Oliver says:

    Thank you! What a great visual. It’s not just that Jesus is in us, we are in Jesus, and Jesus is in God…we are enveloping and consuming Jesus. He is enveloping and protecting us, and we are in God and enveloped by Him in love and protection. Once we seal the envelops with our dedication and love to our God and Savior, we will enjoy the blessings that God has in store for us.

  79. Melissa, I just want to say thank you. God sure is talking to me. He has been for some time now, but I have been so devoted to my husband and family that I couldn’t hear him. I didn’t realize that family could actually get in the way of our service to God. I have been in church for 10 years and have gone through some pretty rough times as a wife of a husband who is saved but not serving. My fears of his wrath have kept me from doing the very things I know God wants me to do, and I chalked it up to submitting to my husband. Biblical right? What I have done is not wrong in that I have honored and obeyed my husband but I let it stop me from fully surrendering to God. Well, yesterday I stepped out in faith and went to the Amazing Grace Missions Soul Winning Booth and witnessed to a ton of people. 9 decisions were made for the Lord yesterday alone. History of the booth is hundreds accept him in a week and half span. Now I dont want you to think i went against my husband because he did not forbid me to go, but he was not happy that I chose to do something other than what he is use to me doing on Thursday evening. To sum it all up, I chose God first and husband second. I have been playing this balance act for too long. God will bless when we walk in total obedience to Him. In tears I watched your video. Thank you Lird for using Melissa this morning to assure me that I have done what you asked.

  80. Rachel Pratt says:

    That was an amazing visual! Thank you so much!!! Remembering that we are in Jesus and Jesus is in God and therefore we are in God and all the while we are being protected. Thank you so much for that beautiful reminder! Have a blessed day!

  81. Thank you Melissa this was a beautiful visual! I’ve never seen it before and it really does help and give you peace that we have no reason to fear. For our God is with us :-)

  82. I love the visual image the envelope exercise gave me! Ready to face this busy busy day knowing I am safely tucked into a big ol’ Jesus sandwich! #Amazed

  83. your visual aid has really help shed light on the fact that God is always with us , we are in him and he in us not only that but we are all wrapped up and covered by GOD the three us togather are a triple threat against everything that life throws at us every attack of the enemy, every hurt, disappointment, every lose, whatever it may be WE ARE OVERECOMERS, why because we are abiding in Jesus and he in us and Jesus in God and all togather we are covered by God.

  84. Oh oh oh! God just mentally took my envelopes and turned them into those Russian nesting dolls! Little Jesus tucked into the me doll, tucked into a Jesus, all inside a big God! LOL

  85. Jennifer Buchanan says:

    I love it!!! I am going to get my envelopes today, but most importantly I am excited to see who all I can share this with. Keep up the great work Melissa, you all are a blessing to each and every one of us and you hold a special place in my heart!!! <3

  86. Susan Lynch says:

    Such a great visual with the envelopes. That will help that verse stick in my mind. Loving this bible study.

  87. I LOVE the envelopes! What a wonderful picture of how wrapped up we are in Jesus!
    As I was looking at my envelopes and pondering them, it occurred to me that nothing is bigger than that “God envelope”. John 10:27-29 says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” There is nothing that can come and rip open that God envelope, and then rip open the Jesus envelope, and then take me out of Him–or take Him out of me! NOTHING! Just like this envelope is sealed, I am SEALED in Him for all eternity, and NOTHING can change that! Glory to God!

    • I LOVE this. I didn’t seal my envelopes, but I am going to seal them now. what a beautiful reminder of how secure I am in Christ. Thank you, Mindy!

    • Christine Ann says:

      Thanks Mindy, for your extra picture of how we are ‘wrapped up’ in Jesus and that his seal is on us.. I had just written my three envelopes and put them inside each other, so it was a big underlining of God’s truth to me, that nothing and no-one will ever be able to take me out of Him or take Him out of me! #AMAZED

  88. The envelope visual reminded me of this verse:
    You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. II Corinthians 3:2
    Not only are we a Jesus sandwich, providing food for His sheep, but our lives are a letter written from the heart of God about the One who we are in and is in us, Jesus! I think of how exciting it is today in the instant email age to just get a hand written letter in the mailbox, at least it is for me. I love to read the words, and see the handwriting of the one who sent the letter. Our lives display God’s handwriting everyday as we abide in Christ and we share His message with those around us. Thank you, Melissa for this picture. I am going to share it with my boys!

  89. Melissa H. says:

    I love the visual of how tucked into Jesus and the Father we are! One of the biggest things I am taking away from this study is how much time I waste. I really feel that God wants me to spend much more of that time with Him, whether it is reading the Word, soaking in worship music, prayer, or listening to Him. It is when I choose to do these things more that I will experience Him more tangibly. There was a time when I did these things well and I was the closest to Him. I have been trying to find a way back to that and now I realize what the problem is….my choices. Thank you Melissa for this study! :D

  90. Deborah Isaacs says:

    I loved the envelope exercise! Some times I feel like I am so alone in this world but with this it remined me that I am not alone, God is in and with me ALWAYS. I praise God for all the womderful things he does in my life, I wouldnt trade his love for any other love!
    I am so glad I am a Jesus Sandwich!

  91. Stephanie Christensen says:

    This yes to God study seemed to take on a new level for me yesterday, when God so boldly spoke to me and I responded with obedience~ even though my flesh was resisting big time and I let out a #saywhat?!! And right after I surrendered to Him yesterday He told me to blog about it. Which I had been blogging in this study for the previous 2 weeks ( blogging was something I did not participate in before but God had guided me to do this study) but I felt I didn’t have time this week to do a blog. But God said so, so I said yes.
    And don;t you know that when I woke up this morning the first message on my phone was a comment posted to my blog from another OBS sister~one I haven’t spoken with before~ and she said God had led her to my blog and she was going through the same issue at that moment and she felt God wanted her to read my blog so she would then trust Him. and it didn’t stop there because she then ended with a quote from Mandisa’s conference call and it was the exact same quote I noted down when I listened to the recorded call yesterday morning! It was my first #AMAZED moment!
    For anyone who is struggling with feeling God calling them to something or having an #amazed moment I just encourage you to keep pressing into Him, even when you feel like He isn’t there and you just aren’t connecting~ He is there! Don’t give up!!

  92. Kristy Aiken~ OBS Team Leader/ Prayer Warrior Blog Team Leader says:

    Melissa,
    This was awesome. My children will be running around all day saying I am a Jesus sandwich. I love it. My daughter was amazed at that comment. You know I am still #amazed at what God teaches me through things I never thought would be a huge learning moment. When you were putting the envelpes back in and said Jesus sandwich, that was a major #amazed moment for me. But I must also remain in Him. Intentionally. Whole-heartedly. Willingly. Thank you for your spunk and love to keep all of us motivated. We certainly love you. SHOUT out~ I love you Group 28, blog team & JOY girls. Really do.

  93. I am especially happy to hear and see John 14:21 in action…..sometimes a little visual helps. But I am reminded if I see I am going by sight whereas if I don’t I must exercise faith!!

  94. melva nolan says:

    Enjoying the study and getting so much out of it. Thanks for leadership. :)

  95. I absolutely love the online study. Melissa, you and Nikki do such a great job. May God continue to bless you and all of us as we go thru this study!

  96. Sometimes we just need to look up, smile, and say “I know that was you God! Thanks!”—Matthew Barnett, LA Dream Center

  97. Collette Sawyer says:

    That was an awesome illustration. I think it is great for kids, but I also gained a fresh insight on what it really means to when Jesus says, “I am in the Father, you are in Me, and I am in You.” I will forever see that verse different and with more life and understanding. Thanks for sharing.

  98. Being relatively new to the Christian faith, I never did any of these types of exercises as a child. I will be passing this on to my daughter who is 3 so she can benefit from learning this valuable visual exercise! Thank you OBS — I continue to be #amazed with what I learn from you on a daily basis!

  99. Danielle Stinson says:

    Thank you so much for this visual, it always amazes me how God’s timing is perfect. I cried this morning as I did this excercise as I realized I have been wrestling with God instead of saying yes to Him. It is so good that His desire is for me and He cares about the details in my life. There is nothing major going on, which is when I struggle the most. Letting go of controlling the daily things is so much harder for me than trusting Him when a crisis occurs. Thanks girls for being there to share my struggle with. #amazed at God’s love for me

  100. AH how true it is– what do we have to fear?! This week I was Amazed by how God can work in our lives. I was put in various situations that made me physically and mentally uncomfortable– but I gave it to God, I was still and prayerful AND I waited on Him. It’ll be ok, nothing is immediate but with time all things can be turned to HIS will and sometimes to our benefit. ( I now have that song by John Waller- while I’m waiting. That I will Lord, that I will.)

  101. Wow! That was an Amazing exercise! This is a great study and I think it’s going to help me make a big decision. My dad passed away last summer and he lived in a good sized Morton building with a little studio apartment inside and it sits on a little under 3 acres. Last Satuday, my husband and I were over there doing some sorting and I was mowing and I heard a voice that said “You really should think about building here”. Now, this wasn’t me – I have never, ever wanted to build a house. I am so afraid we would go so over budget it wouldn’t even be funny. My husband is the kind that says, well since we’re doing this, let’s do this right – let’s upgrade here etc and neither one of us is good at telling the other one “No!”. So that is not something I want to do. I also love the setting where we live and love our neighbors. The plan all along has been to sell Dad’s place eventually. But now that thought has crept in and I don’t know where it came from. I am praying and asking myself the 5 questions, although I don’t know that they all apply. But I DO know that it would definitely be beyond me. So thank you for leading this study and giving us tools to really think through our decisions, whether they be big or small. I don’t know what our final decision will be, but I do know I’ll be looking to God for his guidance. Does he want us there for a reason? Was that God? All I know is that before we sell, we are going to explore all of our options, seek God’s guidance and make the decision that we feel led to make. Again, thank you!

  102. LaToshia Jarmon (OBS Small Group Leader) says:

    OMGosh! I sooo needed that reminder today. I am a visual person and the envelopes really drove the verse home for me. I am facing a challenging situation but I know Jesus is with me and I just have to remain in Him. Besides when things get hard “Yes-Girls don’t turn back! :) we keep our eyes I the prize and keep pressing forward! I LOVE Melissa passion and enthusiasm. Today I am singing

  103. Such a powerful visual and fantastic reminder. My son watched with interested over my shoulder as I went through the steps with Melissa. It’s something I must do over and over again to really grasp the depth and magnitude of what God is capable of and his amazing love for me. What a lovely way to start my day. Thank you so much for your ministry.

  104. I am at such peace right at this moment! I just watched Melissa’s video and prepared my envelopes….reminding me to come to Jesus and stay focused with a childlike faith! As adults, we often forget that we, too need activities that require using multiple senses to come full circle in the learning process! I was brought to this verse as as a result: He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Matthew 12:30. KJV. Thank you Lord for the message through Melissa’s video and your living word!

  105. Sandra Lynn says:

    I love love love this exercise!!!! Thank you so much Melissa and OBS for this! A great exercise to teach my kiddos class that I teach at church ranging from ages 5-11…. God is really showing me a lot of things through this OBS and I’m so glad I said #YesToGod and came on board with you all and over thousands and thousands of women from all over the US and other countries!!! #amazed

  106. A Jesus Sandwich – Love. That! This was so incredibly powerful. It never fails to leave me #Amazed by how a simply message meant for children can impact adults even more. “Come to me like little children” has so much more meaning with these sorts of lessons! Thank you Melissa! Thank you for reminding us that we don’t have to fear ANY day – not today or tomorrow. Jesus is in us. We are in Jesus. He is in God. He never leaves us. Truth! Such comforting and freeing Truth!

  107. God must be Lord of all if He is Lord at all…I will keep that statement in my heart!

  108. Cat Bruce says:

    What a powerful illustration! Your message this morning brought me to tears — the image of remaining in him, carrying the chair with us. . . . I have struggled this week with staying on track with my study and devo time. (We’re back to school, and back to barely-controlled chaos!) The imagery of me being tucked safely within the “Jesus Sandwich” really blessed my heart today. Thank you for saying yes to God — He is using you in a mighty way!

  109. Thank you for the visual. I thank you for this study also. GOD is so GOOD all the time. All of the time GOD is GOOD. I sealed my last envelope, as I was sealed in Him forever. God is in front of me, behind me and to the right and left of me. I am so glad for his amazing love. I am so glad he paused for me today and taught me something new. I believe in Him and he believes in me, he formed me and knows all about me and still he loves me. Thank you precious Lord. I speak his word over me. God is with me always.
    Have a great day ladies and have a HAPPY day. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  110. Love the visual exercise on todays post – reassures me that I am in Jesus and Jesus is in me. He loves me no matter what and will never leave me even when I get busy and leave him behind :(
    Jesus stands tall and is always there for me. His love is like no other LOVE!

  111. Lauren Beach(OBS Team Leader) says:

    Love love love this exercise. Such a great reminder for me and us all that Jesus is in us and to remain in him! #yestoGod. This is study has been so amazing and eye opening for me. It came a perfect time too, as the company I have worked for the last 12 years is selling. I am still unsure if I will have a job or not but with this study and my patience during this difficult time at work, I have realized that God is building my character (like Lysa & Melissa spoke about). I know God has big plans for me and we shall see if being with this new company is one of them. So Over the last couple months I have been saying yes to God a lot! completely #Amazed and have my #palmsup to receive his blessings and callings for my life!

    <3<3<3 Remain in Jesus Ladies <3<3<3

  112. This week has been particularily challenging for me, but it has also been the best week so far because I have been #Amazed at what God has taught me through those yes challenges. He is so good. If you are having trials by saying yes to God, I promise you that you are in the right place. Keep saying yes and He will bring you through those challenges in an amazing way! I just loved this envelope excercise today! I too am a visual learner so wow, what an impact! I cant wait to use this lesson with my daughter as well. Thank you so much Melissa for all your hard work this week and all your amazing messages. Looking forward the next half of this study and seeing what God does in each of us and through each of us and for Doves Nest!

  113. Thank you for bringing this verse to life this morning. Being a visual person. ……. this really spoke to me. I can’t wait to share thIs wIth my son. I love this bible study and you girls for all the amazing things that God has in store for us. ♥

  114. Wow,
    This message was so timely for me today. I even had said out loud, “I am so discouraged.” Not anything major, just the day to day living stuff. I want to do what is right in every way. Lord, Help me to see how I am in You and the Father.

  115. Loved this visual and loved it before on a conference call with you Melissa. I found my envelopes last week that I had made months ago and tucked them away. So blessed we can be tucked away with Jesus and how comforting is that? Thank you and Nicki and all the OBS Team for these three weeks. They have been the most awesome study so far – but each one gets sweeter and better with you or maybe it is because I am growing so much more in Him because of your faithfulness. Hugs and THANKS every day for all you do!

  116. lynn fincher says:

    Thank You Melissa for the video and the visual envelope system of being a “Jesus Sandwich’ That was a beautiful illustration along with the wonderful message in John 14:20. When you realize being in Jesus and He in me that is so powerful. Great message for today on this Friday..

  117. I loved the envelopes!!! What a great illustration! I will be using this with my kids and on the mission field! It is hard to say yes to God, Satan attacks us because he doesn’t want anyone to come to know Jesus. But remembering Jesus is in us and we are in Him and Jesus is in God (loved that!) and one of my favorite verses when I feel I can’t do things on my own “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 We can draw on Jesus’ strength because He is in us! Isn’t that amazing? We are not alone!

  118. I love it Melissa! I love having something to hold in my hand as a reminder. What an awesome verse! Thank you!

  119. I am a Jesus sandwich! That’s when it hit me. Jesus is all consuming and he is just “eaten up” with me. How can I not choose to remain in Him? I love this, and I love this Bible study. I am thankful today for my many Sisters around the globe that are choosing a life of grace, love and salvation!

  120. The video was amazing! I didn’t think the envelopes were going to fit into each other until I saw it at the end and the little exercise made my mind go -pshuu!- :) That was amazing! I am #Amazed! In the beginning it seemed like a little activity and then it all made sense in the end. We fit! Together, We Fit! It seems to easy and so wanton, the activity, but the overall message was We are dearly loved, highly favored, and most of all protected in the most strongest being out there in the universe; the one who created it all, God!
    I can’t wait to do this exercise with my bible study group.

  121. Visuals are so awesome!!!! I absolutely love how you emphasized where we are….Jesus is in us and we are inside Jesus…showing how we are tucked inside of him and we are so safe…and we are all in God, so safe and loved. OH, I just love this verse!

  122. I am #AMAZED by this awesome bible study. I loved the visual this morning..thank you Melissa. Enveloped and surrounded by God and His love. What is a sandwich without the bread, and in this instance the bread of life, that Jesus gives so freely to us. Just knowing that He is in us and that we can call on Him at anytime is such a blessing. The way that you broke down the verse and used the visual really put it all together in a way that I will remember. I have nothing to fear, because I am sandwiched in Him and He is in me!!

  123. By The Way,
    -And speaking of Mandisa, she has an invitation for you! Check it out here-
    The Link “Check it out here” doesn’t work!

  124. Melissa, the visual was great! I have to admit that I’ve been a Christan for years but after my husbands death I truly was a “lost sheep” for many years. That was 9 years ago and this bible study has awakened my soul to Jesus once again! I have never been so diligent in reading my bible study material and in researching it further to learn and soak in all that I can about our awesome God! I’m already anticipating the day this study will end and its not something I’m looking forward to, lol! Melissa, your enthusiasm for Jesus is AMAZING and infectious! I can only hope and pray that I will have that fire Inside myself one day! Thank you to you and your whole team for doing such a wonderful job! Honestly, I love the connection with other women in a regular bible study, but the OBS has been awesome and much more freeing than the bible studies I’ve taken at church. I would have to say I prefer this method because I’ve grown so much more in this format. Thank-you Jesus and Proverbs 31 ministry!

    • Debbie, After my divorce yrs ago I was one of those “lost sheep”. But thank God that He got my attention and I’m back. Will be praying that you continue your “strength training” in Him. Life is so much better in Him.

      • I completely agree! Thank you for your prayers and I’m so happy that you found your way back to Jesus! Amen!

    • I love that you find yourself going deeper and digging in through this study. Sometimes it’s easier to be real with yourself when you aren’t trying to put on the “I’m ok” front! Praying you hear many whispers from the Spirit in the weeks ahead!

  125. Patricia Dedrick says:

    Loved the visual with the envelopes. If we remain in him he remains in us. Just last night at work some of my co workers had words and so two workers decided to do evil . god says do not repay evil with evil but good I decided I was not going to give in to the flesh and remain in Jesus and one of the ladies was having a hard time and I helped her by remaining in Jesus and gave her scriptures and told her note to let satan still her peace and that everything would be ok . I believe God used me to speak peace in her life . Thanks so much for this OBS it has been a very good week since I have said yes to God and keep my mind on Jesus and remain in him believing in my heart that he remains in me because he said in his word that he would never leave or forsake me. Ladies have a blessed weekend .

  126. Oh, Melissa, you have brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my arms! What a powerful illustration with the envelopes! I have never had it broken down like that before in all of my 30 years! Thank you soooo much for the reminder that I am in Jesus and He is in me, and we are in God! Your teaching today reinforced Psalm 27:1-2 in my heart: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORDis the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
    Thank you, blessings, and hugs!

  127. What a great visual using the envelopes! It is a challenge to remember that God is not just with us during devotions or church, but he is with us all the time and we can use that for all of our decisions, frustrations, thankfulness, all the time, everyday. Needed that reminder! He is just waiting there for us!

  128. Thanks Melissa for the great visual lesson. I am also a visual learner and a picture speaks a thousand words!!! Even if I don’t actually do the envelopes myself, watching you do it, was a great lesson! Thank you for all you do!!!

  129. Lindawynona says:

    Love, love, love the envelope visual!!! I have read John 14:20 before but I never really absorbed it until I put Jesus in my envelope, my envelope in his and then his in Gods. WOW! John 14:20 is now and forevermore going to be one of my very favorite verses. Thank you OBS and sisters in Christ. Blessings to all :)

  130. Such an awesome visual it really touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes!! I did notice however, that when I started watching the video and as you were talking about the Mandissa call and how much you enjoyed them I was a little upset with the fact that the calls cost and that so many of us are missing so much of the good stuff because we can’t fit the calls into our budget! (I assume I’m not the only one who couldn’t do the calls) Anyway as I am watching the video and I am touched by the message I realized just how focused I am on the not being able to receive the calls and what I am missing out on! I prayed about it and God spoke to me!! He asked me if I even checked to see how much it would cost. Which I didn’t. He asked me if I even talked to HIM about this! I didn’t. Did I ask Him to provide, Did I ask Him for help, Did I ask Him if this was for me??? Nope not once!! So I had to ask HIM for the forgiveness of not putting HIM first!! What an eye opener this was for me!!

  131. Dear Melissa,
    Thank you so much for this Bible study; my first ever. I do not have the passion that you and the Proverbs 31 ladies have, but I can say I have more than I did last year at this time, and even more than that since I discovered Proverbs 31 just 4 months ago. I have quite a ways to go, but I am headed in the right direction. I will keep praying for you all that you may reach out to many more women like myself, who so desparately want Jesus in their lives. I know God loves me, and that’s the ony thing that keeps me going on some days. God bless you all!

    • Continue to seek Jesus and you will be surprised how that passion wells up in you! SO EXCITED that this is your first Bible study! May his love not only sustain you, but may it be your driving purpose!

      • Thank you Jen, and I will continue to seek Him. I have a very dear friend who keeps telling me the same thing. I have enjoyed this Bible study, even on the days I force myself to do it, but once I start I go forth and know I am not alone in my journey.

  132. Thank you Melissa. I love the visual of the envelopes. I see Jesus in me, I in Jesus, and Jesus in the Father. All tucked in, surrounded on all sides, safe and secure, loved. This study is amazing and thank you for saying YES to God.

  133. Darlene Omichinski says:

    Love the Jesus sandwich. Will share it with my Bible study group. I look forward each day to reading your message of the day. Great job #Amazed
    Peace Darlene

  134. I often times forget that God is present in all things. Sometimes situations and circumstances are so overwhelming and I lose focus and try to work my way through it out of them. What a wonderful reminder. Thank you so much for all you do for the kingdom.

  135. What creative way to explain John 14:20 verse. I would never have thought of that way. It will always be stuck in my mind for future reference. Thank you for doing this study. I can’t say enough good things to say how much in my life it has changed. I think that before I started the study, I was at the lowest point in my life that I have ever been. Satan has thrown everything he could at me. So thank you very much.

    • Praying that as you continue the study that you give Satan a big ole black eye! God’s gonna do amazing things with you!

      • Thank you Jen. Giving Satan a big ole black eye has started. My husband has cancer and before the study, there was not a day that I did not cry. I wasn’t being strong for my husband. I knew I needed to set my eyes on God and not on myself. I was having a good ole pity party. Last week in Blog Hop I found #SayWhat? Give my husband up? I don’t even remember who wrote it. I do know I did not end up there by accident. I had been racking my brain as to what I was suppose to give up. Only thing I had come up with was Diet Soda. Not much to give up is it? In the blog the author, had only been married for 2 yrs. and she was watching them roll her husband down the hall to put him on a respirator. He needed a heart transplant and there was not one available. She had her Bible in her lap and was reading it. God put on her heart to give her husband up. She had waited a long time to get married and she could not understand why she was going to have to give him up. She argued with God about this and He just kept pressing her to do it. When she finally did, she got peace about what was going on and that God was in control not her. End of story the husband got his transplant and now they have a baby.

        I am not sure what God has in store for me but I know it is better than sitting here and crying everyday that I might be losing my husband. God wants me to depend on him and I am doing that. I also have stopped trying to take control of situations that crop up. I turn to God and he is working marvelous wonders here. I have a sister that is a drug addict along with her son. I am the reason they have all their problems or that is what they say. I know that is not true. But that is why they think the way they do. They have gotten in trouble with the law and that is my fault also because I called the police to get a prescription filled for my mother that they had filled just a couple of days earlier. My sister was arrest on 6 counts of prescription fraud. I have also given that up to the Lord and now have peace with that. Lots of things going on but now I am peaceful because I know that God is handling all that for me. I still need prayers and well as everyone in this group. I have met some people that are in some of the same situations that I am in. God is good!!!!! I am a true believer that God does not put people in your path that you need to be a good witness to or vice versa.
        Thank you.

  136. Melissa, I absolutely love your enthusiasm and joy in leading this OBS! It’s so encouraging for me to watch your videos (and with Nicki too), I can’t tell you how much they have helped me stay focused in his and past studies. I often hear people comment how they are not feeling close to God or his calling or how life has gotten harder since saying yes to God I know exactly what you mean and it can be SO frustrating! I just want to say, that for me anyway this journey with God is a continual thing, not something where I just flip the yes switch and suddenly it’s all rainbows and unicorns. Far from it! I had (and still do but much less I hope) a lot of psychological junk that needed to be cleared away before God could really grab a foothold on me and his plan for me these last couple of years has been doing just that. Has it been painful, heart wrenching and difficult? Yes indeed but it’s also been the best part of my life as I am finally becoming the person God created me to be or at least am pointed in the right direction. Now God has much more fertile ground to work with in getting his message and love to me and I’m hoping a new phase of living for him is starting. I can feel the shift! My point is, don’t be disappointed if you are felling stuck and not close to God. It’s a process and for some just takes longer. Know though that he is there with his perfect love and has a plan just for you!

  137. Cheryl turman says:

    Love this exercise! I can’t wait to share this with my Sunday school class!

  138. Watching the video of you putting the envelopes in each other gave me such a safe feeling. But when you pulled the envelopes out, I had chills! I’m off to find me some envelopes now :)

  139. Dawn Dicks says:

    Struggling. I bought the book and read the first chapter. From there I haven’t even touched it. I feel like a failure and voice tells why even bother now. The rest of the group is already way ahead of you. But another voice tells me to jump right in where your at. Your on no time table. Innerself feels so defeated.

    • Dawn
      Praying for you. Don’t let Satan win over you! He is going to fight your wanting to grow closer to Christ. We are in a spiritual war constantly on this earth. There is SO much noise – those voices. Keep going and you will feel stronger! I am behind too, but I am staying the course. Come on – I am grabbing your hand and we are on the path together! God Bless You.

    • JUMP IN!!! Don’t listen to the negative. God would NEVER tell you it is too late to join a bible study! Take the bites you can get of his goodness over the next three weeks! It will be SO worth it!

  140. The envelope visual is a great reminder of our security blanket. My youngest never goes anywhere without her “blue blanket” even now that she’s 5. I love knowing that I’m surrounded by a Jesus “blanket” all the time. He has been wonderful and shown me little things that He has done during the past few weeks. I am amazed to see upon reflection how my attitude changes from saying yes to God have changed everyday issues like my relationship with my kids.Baby K has been so much easier to deal with and the interesting thing is that she hasn’t changed just me. I’m not stressed about our current situation any longer as I know God is in control. I am so thankful for these small things. I am trying to remember to daily rest in Him and follow where He leads.

  141. Sharon Garner says:

    Dear Melissa: I am a visual person as well and your visual of a “Jesus Sandwich” was so inspiring to me. Thank you for bringing that scripture to a higher meaning for me. It brings such confidence to know that I am covered in that Jesus sandwich no matter what. You are very inspirational. I enjoy listening to your talks.

  142. Oh I loved the visual and how nice to be reminded in this way how Jesus is in us!! I will never look at envelopes the same. Thank you for such a great illustration and Im going to use it in the future.

  143. Lynette Burnett says:

    I love, love, love this video! I am also a visual learner so this video really helped me learn a verse I am sure I have heard dozens of times before but forgot. (What a verse to forget, huh!?) I won’t forget it now! On last nights Twitter party one of the questions was to the effect of what do you want more of. I want more videos like this one! Love it!

  144. O I needed this and , Nicole, the blogs to you encouraged me…I just took a picture of the “sunny spot, in my kitchen this morning to remind me of God’s presence each morning.

  145. LOVE this!!!! I will be using this during my next month Ladies Devotional lunch. I did Community Bible Study last year and we studied John, this visual example brought that all together. I took it one more step and wrote the verse John 15:4 on the back of the index card with Jesus. As a reminder to Remain and to say Yes God and be #Amazed. Thank you so much for all you do that makes me stop and think.
    hugs and prayers~ Kim

  146. It is so easy to forgot all is under the control of God. Please help us Lord to remember to come to you in all our circumstances where you are ever present and ready to help.

  147. April Tomic says:

    Melissa,
    I can’t explain to you how much this video message with the envelopes meant to me. I had just found out this morning that I owe school a lot of money when I though I had it all covered and I was freaking out since I don’t have that money. I just thought to myself I just need my Jesus right now and I opened your email and watched the video and you reminded me that I have nothing to fear because Jesus is all around me and He will never me and I so needed to hear that. Thank you so much for that message. To remind myself throughout the day I even wrote “Remain in Him” on my arm so I wont forget to lean on him. Again, thank you and God bless you so much!

    April

  148. thank you for that beautiful reminder. with all the ugly going on here, it was just what i needed. I sent an email telling all that has happened. I know I must be going in the right direction cause I have made satan extremely upset and he has turned my whole world upside down. Still holding strong. I just pray for safety of my family and that it doesn’t get torn apart. I am a little behind but hoping to be caught up by Saturday. The LORD blest me with some time yesterday to do chapter 3. And what came to my mind was Matthew 6:33 but seek first His kingdom and His righteouness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So if I stay focused on God, I’ll get through.

  149. This was so AWESOME! I am AMAZED something so simple can be such an impact! I am truly struggling for direction in my life and am very confused on what I am supposed to do! I have so many different directions yet no real guidance on what I am to be doing! I have even struggled this week searching for significance and not really feeling cared for or loved! I am a believer in Christ and know that he has allowed me to go through so MANY trials that no one can ever imagine a person going through so much. I know Jesus has carried me and my family when we could not see the answers of why these things happen. Many have said I need to write a book on my life, because it is so unbelievable. I have been saved for 28 years and this is the first Bible Study I have ever been able to do and I am so thankful to be a part of this and am praying for myself to see what God wants me to do and for the others in our study and for our leaders! Thank you to each of you! You are a blessing to me and I thank the Lord for you!

  150. I love the envelope exercise! When I first saw it, I thought, oh, how cute, I know what’s coming. But then, as I’ve been thinking about it throughout the morning, it’s been sinking in what it really means. I have this peaceful, warm, fuzzy feeling. I know it’s not all about feelings, but it sure feels good to fell safe. :) We are at a place in life where we’re waiting for direction from God and it could mean moving our family again. We would all love to be settled more permanently, but want to be sure we are where God wants us. But this helped me to remember that no matter where we are, we are in Jesus & God and are safe. #Amazed!

  151. Thank you so much for the illustration today! I feel sure that God is going to have me use this with someone!!! I love being able to SHOW others Biblical truths!

  152. I’m a Jesus sandwich! That visual just makes me realize how surrounded I am by him. Thank you!!

  153. So needed this message today Melissa… Thank you so much!!!

  154. LOVE this video!! So many things stood out to me but I will try to stay focused. It was very encouraging to hear if we stay with Jesus, He carries us with Him not the other way around. That takes a huge weight off my shoulders, literally and figuratively! Thank you for the envelope exercise and your beautiful enthusiasm throughout it. I love being a Jesus sandwich!!
    Candace, candacecreates.com

  155. Peg J. Ribble says:

    WOW!! That was AMAZING:) Thank you for sharing that (God’s envelopes) with us! I loved it & hope to share it at church with everyone. I hadn’t thought of God quite like that before, so that has really helped me (I’m so visual anyways!). This is exciting & love, love, LOVE this study! Thank you so much<3 for keeping us #Amazed!!

  156. Christina says:

    I, too, have not had an amazing God moment since Saying Yes to God. But as I have just read through many of the post for today I am feeling God say “Be patient my child.” I guess I was soooo excited about starting this OBS that for sure God would use me in some most spectacular way. Lol Maybe he will… But I may never know – this side of heaven. So today, right this moment, I feel as if I need to pray for all the women involved in this study who have yet to have the God moment they expected. May you all feel God’s presence and love and know that he is preparing us all for many wonderful moments – now and in the future. And may we have the patience to wait for them; and the calmness to recognize them. Love to all my sisters in Christ.

  157. Sarah Travis says:

    Thank you so much for this bible study – it is so timely in my life right now. I loved the envelope illustration and I even sealed all the envelopes to symbolize that no matter what – Christ is in me, I am in Him and He is in the Father. No-one can take that away from me!

  158. Thank you Melissa for your visual today, I love the thought of being a “Jesus Sandwich”!
    Plan to share this with my grandchildren….thank you again for all you do for Him to reach others.

  159. Thank you for sharing this Melissa. I’ve grown up hearing this verse but never got its full meaning until seeing the envelopes. To think we are in a Jesus sandwich all wrapped in God. He is always there no matter what & because of that anything is possible!

  160. Lisa Smith says:

    I want to thank everyone at P31 OBS. You guys are amazing and do a great job in leading these studies. I am so blessed to have stumbled upon this! I love the envelope demonstration. That is something that I can show to my daughter to help her understand as well, and I am sure that she will love the analogy of a “Jesus Sandwich.” I am loving every minute of this study and it is causing me to grow in ways I never imagined. Sometimes I feel like a rebellious teenager when I hear God speaking to me and all I want to do is stomp my foot and say “NO!” But this study has enabled me to push past that and learn to always say “Yes!” Thank you so much for all that you do, and God bless you all!

  161. Debbie K (OBS Small Group Leader) says:

    Thank you so much Melissa for that awesome visual. That verse makes so much sense to me now! It also helps me see that Jesus permeates every part of me, the inside and out. How can I not trust Him with every part of my life? When I get scared, I am going to remember this.

  162. #yes to God : Thank you Melissa as I started this Bible Study I found out that my Cancer is no longer in remission and I may have to have a surgery removing half of my body as it is a ob GYN cancer. I work at home had so much anxiety about working this week I prayed and prayed well when I logged in to work .my server has been down so I could not work. I feel this is a God in cidence and then when I feel that I had no one to talk to a friend of my husbands wife came to visit she has had cancer to and told me that she would stand by me to help through and at the end of the visit she reached in her purse and handed me a pocket bible and said here carry this with you, it brought tears to my eyes that God made this happen I knew he was standing beside me at the time. I just want to thank you so much for this study it has brought me great comfort during this time . It is going to be a long road but I God will direct me and comfort me.

  163. Jennifer H says:

    Thank you so very much for the envelope illustration and the corresponding verse. My daughter and I are starting our second year (first grade) of homeschooling next week and I am going to use that so she and I can have a visual of what really matters through out this school year. This is going to be our verse and theme of study for the first week. I am also going to have her write her little prayer requests and put them in the envelope. My little girl is a Jesus Girl and I am actually going to be using this Bible study for our daily lessons obviously at her level. This is how I know God uses me. I always said I would never homeschool and then God put it on my heart and here we are, absolutely loving it!

    Thanks for all you are doing at the P31 offices!!

    Sincerely and with Love,
    Jen

  164. Wow, thank you SO much Melissa for that envelope exercise! Just what I needed to see and hear; that I am surrounded by Jesus. This #YestoGod study is changing my life and I am so so #amazed!!! Thank you Melissa and Nicki, you both are huge inspirations to me! :)

  165. GREAT visual! I have posted my envelop already at my desk so I can see it daily while I’m checking email, etc. I have also written “nothing to FEAR, I am safe!” across the top of my God envelope to remind me that I am in Him and am safe abiding in Him no matter what comes my way.

    I can’t say this study has been fun, God is kickin my tail, but I have JOY once again! Isn’t THAT amazing…I’m getting my tail kicked and enjoying it! I am in the Word daily once again, and I am being refined, renewed and strengthened daily through the study! The encouragement through your daily emails, the FB party’s (I’m not on twitter), the comment section of your posts, the blog hop, and the calls are amazing! (the small groups were full by the time I knew about them). I would have never thought that a community of SO many ladies could be so personal and encouraging. Love you my sisters!

  166. Laurie Messer says:

    What a beautiful picture of John 14:20! The envelopes bring that verse to life for me! Thank you so much, Melissa!

    Nothing to fear,
    Laurie

  167. Mia Herne says:

    An amazing feeling , vision just came over me as I was listening to Melissa share about Remian. Tucked in . Safe, In Jesus. My heart is crying for the ladies , the women of my community. So many have no clue to who Jesus or God is. Probably the only time they hear the nameof God or Jesus is well not in church but in vain. Our town has a very large percent of single moms with children of different fathers. For many of these children they have no clue who daddy is . Moms have no idea that they are to feed their children let alone what to feed them . Since our arrival in Maine , we have been more or less homebound becauseof my husband’s spinal cord injury. Lonely times and times of isolation except for trips to the grocery store and occasional lunch out are my only face to face contact with people because its hard for us to go to church. That which I am afraid has alot to do with spiritual warfare. Its in God’s hands. We have wonderful devotional and prayer time. We have seen our prayers at work . We pray daily for our pastor and ihis wife. Amazing things have been happening at our church . For a while I must admit I have gotten rather lax in my own personal devotions. I’ve needed a breath of fresh air and motivation to get out of my slump or better put slumber time. Being challenged to pray with my palms up as I say YES TO GOD has awakened my heart, my soul and my spirit. I’ve been reminded that I remain in Jesus ! I am tucked in ! I am Safe ! I am in Jesus and He is in me ! I am saying YES agian to God allowing Him to use me knowing I am full aware HE is at work making me useable. Sometimes that process isn’t very comfortable and well can be even painful , but its very okay , because the LORD has me in the palm of HIS hand. That makes me tucked in and safe in Jesus . I know God is up to something amazing . I await in expectation.

    • Mia, My sister in law is my brothers full time care giver, and I see and hear all that she goes though daily. What a toll it is to the care giver. I know that without God it can be even harder. My He keep His hand upon you and know there our other praying for you. Mia, I know you are added to my prayer list. And your hubby also:) God love, I wished I was there to give you a big hug!

      • Mia Herne says:

        Jackie,
        Thankyou so very much for your words of encouragement. Being in a care giving position is a tough call , lonely at times , but so special as well. I’ve grown up in a care giving environment. When I was a small child my mo assisted Grandma in caring for Grandpa. When I was almost 3 , I joined Grandma and Mom as I too did what I could to help Grandpa. Then after Grandpa passed away Grandma was in need of care so Mom, Dad , and I moved in with Grandma . We eventually built a new house allon one floor so Grandma could be apart of family activities. During those years , when Mom needed to be away for a while I would Grandma sit. In my teens and young adult years I was a care giver to other elderly relatives. With Daddy I had assitance as he was in various care centers thru his last 3 months of life. When my job working for Billy Graham came to an end I moved home to make peace with my past and became Mom’s care giver in the last years of her life. She was 96 when she was called home. Less then two months(-in August ) later online I met the love of my life. We became engaged in October and married the Sunday before christmas 2008. My first and last marriage at age 56.Keep eyes open and chances are youwill see more on my story unwind. I have learned that when we honor our parents as requested in the 10 Commandments , its the only one with a promise.
        Thankyou for your prayers. Some days can be hard and lonely but we have a most wonderful bond that I would not trade for anything. My Joe is an answer to a prayer I prayed long ago. Not only that I learned not only are miracles for real but also a bit magical like a fairytale .
        I would also like to [pray for your sister. I belong to an pnline fellwoship for those who are home bound. We have a special chat group for care givers. Your sister would be very welcomed to join us. Contact me thru facebook and will send further info. You made my day ! God bless
        Mia

  168. Christine Ann says:

    After a busy day, I have just sat down to read through, ‘Remain. Tucked in. Safe. In Jesus’. It was exactly what I needed to hear. The envelope exercise was brilliant and I am best learning with visual and hands on things.
    Throughout this week I have identified that I actually fear the future and what it may bring as I get older, so writing my own name on an envelope and tucking it in to the Jesus envelope , then the God envelope, helped me to know that I am safe and tucked in. This brought ressurance into our current life situation and renewed confidence that God knows the way ahead for myself and my husband. Abiding and remaining are two very powerful words. Thankyou Melissa..

  169. randi ryness says:

    I love being a Jesus sandwich! I will not be afraid.

  170. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the reality that God is ever present. For me, sometimes He seems so surreal and far away, even though I have personally experienced His love, mercy and closeness at many times in my life. Today’s envelope exercise gave me something tangible to hold in my hands as a constant reminder of my place in God’s perfect plan. What a joyful idea to be smack-dab in the middle of a Jesus sandwich! I love that imagery. I am blessed by this reminder – by this realization, this knowledge – that Christ isn’t only near when I call for Him. He’s always beside me. Not only that, He’s carrying me. Praise be to a God willing to carry a sinner like me. Sweet blessings to all my beautiful OBS sisters, and to our precious leaders. Love you all!

    • Kelley Worley Prayer Warrior Blog Team says:

      Wasn’t that the best visual that Melissa shared? I just loved that!! We remain in Jesus and God all the time!!! :D

  171. Made “Jesus Sandwiches” for myself and my family and will be putting them in the mail today!

  172. Rosemary Stevens says:

    John 14:20…On the day that you realize..great visual Melissa. “Remaining in God means to accept Jesus as our savior on a daily basis choose to remain in him” So much of this study has left me with goose bumps, as if I am being spoken to through the lessons.
    I have been through a lot of challanges in my life, and still am, but today it’s different because I do have Jesus in my life, so I don’t live in constant fear anymore, I don’t second guess myself as much; or try to do what will please others first. I now know that I only need to do what I need to do to please Jesus. Melissa comments. “it may not be easy, but it is worth it”. Nothing worthwhile is easy, but when you live with Jesus in your heart, and hear his voice and #sayyesttogod it is not only worth it, the outcome is more exciting and beautiful then words can even truly describe. #amazed. Thank you for another week full of moments that have so filled my soal. Between the blogs, facebook etc, I just feel like I’m floating on air with all the messages that I have been blessed to receive. God Bless all of you, have a wonderful, peaceful weekend.

  173. Thank you, Melissa, for such a great visual! I love the idea of being a Jesus sandwich!!

  174. I am so excited by this exercise! I put mine in clear envelopes so that daily, I can literally see my inspiration to be, and remain, constantly, tucked, safely in Jesus. Thanks to all of you at Proverbs 31 Ministries for blessing us in this study! Happy Friday, and weekend! We are all #blessed!!

  175. Laina Screws says:

    I loved the envelopes and the Jesus sandwich. I had never thought of it that way before.
    I agree with everyone else in see God in the small things like a sunset, the rain but I also see God ij the stressful, irritating times. Like my car not starting for an hour (no previous issues it) then starting and running perfectly, getting stooped by a train that usually runs later in the morning. O say thank you Lord from keeping me from that and keeping me safe.

  176. This OBS has worked wonders in my life. I feel myself growing so much closer in my walk with the Lord. I’m a YES girl with no turning back. It is keeping me focused and accountable. I love having an “assignment” every day! Watch out world – this girl is saying YES!

  177. It is amazing to be in the “Jesus Sandwich.” Loved the illustration and will remember that one. I too, am a visual person and can teach this to the grandchildren. This also reminds me of Psalm 91:1-He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty. Wow, this bible study has awed me. Saying yes to Jesus this time and sticking with it, is worth it, yet it is like waiting on pin and needles to see what God is going to do next . Just as Mia wrote earlier, it can be spiritual warfare, because the enemy finds it very hard to let go of the reign on us as we have decided to say “Yes” to God.

  178. Melissa,
    I loved the envelope exercise. It really gave me a deeper understanding of John 14:20. I am at a point in my life where I am looking for direction from God. I’m not quite sure if I am supposed to continue as a Stephen Minister at mfg church. Please keep me in prayer. This has been an awesome study. God is truly using you, Melissa in an #AMAZING way to bless others. Thanks for all you do. PsalmUp

  179. Melissa

    you ROCK yes girl! I LOVE the envelopes, sandwich and especially the little song about Jesus! I absolutely am inspired by you and Nikki. I LOVE this study and have longed to draw closer to Him through something like this. I feel it! Praise Him!

  180. The “envelope exercise” helped me to visually see and feel that I am at all times protected and completely surrounded by Jesus’ love and, within that, God’s love too. The knowledge of where I am and how much I am loved is empowering beyond what I could have ever dreamed. Thank you for this bible study and for helping me understand what it means to hear God and say Yes! when he asks.

  181. Laurie Messer says:

    Just had to share this from my notes today…John 15:14 “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” Melissa posted John 15:14 when actually it was supposed to read John 15:4 which is what she referenced in her video post. But isn’t it interesting that we are talking about saying #yestoGod and John 15:14 says what it does. Ok, Lord, I hear You and I love it when You speak to me like this! :)

  182. Melissa the envelope was a great visual and shows how wonderfully we are all wrapped together. Im new in my walk with Jesus and just doing this study is keeping me in Jesus, I have been remaining in him more and more and its amazing. I talk more to Jesus I read the bible more, yesterday listening to mandisa and michael smith i was singing and dancing around the house.. Life is good Life is Jesus

    Kelley

  183. WOW! I’ve read this verse many times but today it became alive and real. I will never look at an envelope in the same way again. To be smack jamed inside Jesus and Jesus inside me. The realizatin that I am NEVER alone and I am safe and secure in my Fathers arms. Thanks Melissa for this visual of John 14:20

  184. Melissa, You are SO cute. Your enthusiasm is contagious, and your love for our God, so genuine. Thank you for leading this study. The visual envelope sandwich is awesome. I especially loved when you broke out into the Jesus song. It made me giggle. I too am much more aware of Jesus’s presence with me all day long, as a result of the study. I woke up kinda grumpy today, for no reason. Even my 2 precious fur babies were aggravating me. And as I was walking them, I just started talking to God and asking, “Lord, I don’t know why I feel this way, or how to quit feeling this way. I don’t know if this is something I can to just change myself, or can if I can ask you to help me with. I don’t want my dog park friends to see me like this because that’s NOT what Jesus looks like.” I was about half way to the park and I was amazed. I was no longer grumpy…I was smiling. But not for no apparent reason, because my God is an awesome God. Thank you Jesus for being with me all the time, even when I feel grumpy and just start talking. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayers.

  185. Catherine says:

    Melissa,
    I can’t thank you enough for this bible study and today’s video and exercise! As a 53 year old newborn Christian I am in awe and amazement of Jesus’s love and work in my life. This is my first bible study. I am in the midst of a scary and wonderful “yes” life event. Selling my home of 23 years to downsize to be able to do God’s work. That I am in week 3 of this bible study and moving next weekend is no mistake. Thank you dear Lord for walking by me, carrying me through this challenging time! I couldn’t find envelopes so folded pieces of notebook paper had to do! I’m sealing them with packaging tape and keeping them by my side to remind me to REMAIN in God every moment of my day!
    This entire experience is truly a miracle!
    God bless you all,
    Catherine

  186. Kristi Rassi says:

    This is my first post (its about time!! :)…I have been soaking the truth of god in so much through this bible study. I’ve been taking it all in…a bit speechless I guess. I’m in a season of life where god is really refining my character (to match my calling! ;), breaking off lies an replacing with truth so I can be fully alive in him! This book and study were perfect timing. Melissa I love your realness! Loved your “interview” wirh lysa! So refreshing! Thank you also today for using a visual.

  187. Thank you Melissa for the visual, even though I have read this passage you doing the visual was fab! Thank you for reminding me that Jesus is ALWAYS with me, no matter what! #Amased #SayWhat!!

  188. Am really enjoying this study! Thank you, thank you!
    When Melissa read John 15:4, something caught my attention – it was the “neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” part. I want to bear fruit – yet I am circumventing that in my own life when I don’t “remain” – when I don’t do what God says (Life Application Bible notes on John 5:5,6 – referencing 1John 3:24). What an eye-opener for my day! Thank you, Lord.

  189. Valerie Arnold says:

    Wow!!!! #Amazed!!!!! I have been fighting depression all week, wondering why I wasn’t feeling amazed or hearing Gods voice. Today, Melissa I heard it loud and clear! The envelopes first gave me the chills and then the tears started rolling! I can hardly type because its blurry through the tears running down my face. I am Amazed!!! I am not alone, will never be alone, nor do I need to fear! Jesus is in me, I am in him and we are in God! Tucked safely away!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with me today! I absolutely adore you and thank God for putting you in my life at this moment!!! #yestogod #palmsup and #amazed!!!!

  190. The envelope visual is amazing! Loving this Bible study as I am drawing nearer to God and trying to let go of my need to control-not easy. God is working through my husband who injured his hand July 5th and has been out of work since then. Took a hit Wednesday as we were led to believe the pin in his finger would be taken out and he could probably return to work…didn’t happen. Won’t see the dr. for another month and unless the pin falls out, he won’t be back to work. Then yesterday, his tooth started acting up. Quick trip to dentist-tooth is dying and need to see a specialist. At first the appt. was for Wed. but changed today till Monday. Trying to get it taken care of as our youngest daughter is getting married Sat.Aug. 31! He would like to enjoy the day! Having to say “Yes to God” and trusting Him for all things to work out to His Glory!

    • Kelley Worley Prayer Warrior Blog Team says:

      You have a lot going on right now. Just rest assured that you and your family are safely tucked in Jesus!!!!

  191. Good morning ladies! Phew…I am amazed and overwhelmed by all your prayers and encouragement!! My heart melted as I shed a few tears of joy!
    You are right…I have been looking for something big rather than enjoying the smaller, everyday joys The Lord has blessed me with!
    You are right…I have said “yes…but not this or this Lord” Trust seems to be an issue! I know I need to surrender ALL!
    These days (My)Feelings seem to go up, down, and all around…I need to remind myself what the truth is…what Jesus says!
    With such a large Bible study, I wasn’t expecting to feel so much love!
    XO

  192. Wow!! Great video!! Thank you for leading us this week!!

  193. angela peterson says:

    Thank you so much for giving me a visual. This lesson really showed me the “layers” of protection I have. I suffer from anxiety and this exercise showed me how I totally covered inside and out with God and Jesus and helped give me a visual of what it truly looks like.

  194. Thank you Melissa for your wonderful online Bible studies. I really loved the visual of being sandwiched between Jesus , had never looked at it that way before. It is a awesome way to look and think about it…

  195. Wow Melissa Wow what chills did I get with you envelopes, and if that wasn’t enough noted the light change to you like lightening every time you moved God and Jesus envelopes around. You said you like visuals, if that is not a great one to show to some that believe you can loose your salvation. Jesus wraps you up both inside and outside and if that not enough God wholes onto you all. So Great Thank you God continued blessing upon you.

  196. The visual with the envelopes was amazing. I haven’t thought about it that way for awhile. Thank you so much Melissa. I have already shared it with my mom and can’t wait to share it with my High School girls small group when school starts.

  197. Hello Ladies,
    I posted yesterday in the comment section that I didn’t have enough time to post my blog yesterday… Well I finally got it posted. Y’all have got to read this post! Y’all wont be disappointed! My blog is #181 “The Word as a Weapon”!

  198. Thank you for illustrating the verse in such a visual way. I don’t think I will look at envelopes in the same way again. I am looking forward to next week!

  199. I absolutly loved the visual, and really needed it today and this week. It has been a struggle for me lately, I love doing this study, but have had many emotional items to overcome with family matters. I want to say Yes to GOD and see what he has for me, Please pray that I will be obedieint and be strong and faithful in this journey. I love knowing that I am a sandwich between Jesus or that I am being hugged by HIM..either way, I do know he is always in me and will remain with me, just have been feeling a little down and discouraged. Now though after seeing your video, I am uplifted and looking forward to being in HIS word. Thank you for all of you who have a part in this study. I am really blessed to have found Prov. 31

    Patti

  200. Shirley Allen says:

    Melissa: #AMAZED
    This envelope/sandwich example is “Simply the Gospel, Simply Said”. Oh, how precious is our God’s Love for Us if we will choose to “REMAIN” in Him. Thank you Sister Melissa.

  201. The envelop exercise was an eye opener for me, it made it more real! how I am SNUGGED as a garment..fitted closely from top to bottom, inside and outside. I am safe and secure in him. Thank you so much Melissa for the great illustration.

    Delores,

  202. Charlene Dorame says:

    Thank you again Melissa for another great week. I know we are half way through the bible study and I have grown so close to you all. It is going to be so hard when I don’t see or hear from you every day because I am already attached! Any how on a higher note, the envelope exercise was so awesome! I am going to do this with my nephew and grand kids and at bible studies! Have a blessed weekend!

  203. Great object lesson! I plan to share it. God had me up this morning at 430am saying “yes” to time with Him and this study. He has kept me going! Including a great lunch with some sisters “in” Jesus!
    Blessings to all!

  204. Thank you for the visual of the envelopes. As I sit drained and tired and feeling like there is so much to do as I say YES to GOD, I saw how I have an amazing resource as Christ lives in ME! I have never been called to do what God asks of me in my own strength. I am limited to what I can do in the flesh. But John 14:20 makes it so clear that Christ is there in me waiting to do only what He can do. I am encouraged today and expect to be amazed at what God will do as I let Him do the work through Christ in me :)

  205. I love this envelope example! I’m going to do it with my 5 year old we have been talking a lot about God living in you- his favorite song right now is God’s not died…he’s living on the inside roaring like a lion. Every time I hear him sing this I am reminded that I am in HIS hands and am blessed with what I have. He knows the plan for my life I just have to say Yes!

    • Kelley Worley Prayer Warrior Blog Team says:

      I loved this example too!! It totally applies to adults as well as children.

  206. Michelle Cornthwaite says:

    Thank you, how awesome, Jesus in me- me in Jesus – Jesus in God— NO FEAR, this girl is saying YES !!!!!! I choose to remain!!!!

  207. Thank you for the envelope visual! I teared up a little bit thinking about the security we have in Jesus. He is in us leading us and guiding us. He is around us comforting us and protecting us, and we are all encompassed by the Father. It was lovely, and thanks for sharing.

    It has been a busy week everyone going back to school here, I started to become distracted, but God has captured my full attention yet again. He always has a way of bringing me back to being focused on Him.

    • Karri (obs leader/blog team) says:

      Well said, Caitlin! With so much going on in our lives, it is so easy to get distracted and (I don’t like saying this but it is true) ignoring God. But, as you said, he has a way of bringing us back to Him!! Praying for you!!

  208. I love visuals and the envelope one was great!!! I loved how you said I am a Jesus sandwich placed inside the protection of The God envelope. At that moment I literally visualized a sandwich in a ziplock bag being preserved and protected from the elements to keep the freshness and flavor!!! That is what happens when I remain in Jesus… I am kept and preserved by surrounding myself with Jesus and the complete covering of Father God… This makes my life fresh and useful for the plan and purpose He has for me… Also I see it, as a sandwich needs to come out of the ziplock to be eaten and enjoyed, my life in Jesus can come out and be nourishment and encouragement to those around me. Thank you Jesus for covering me and thank you Daddy God for covering me… Preparing me for Your plan and purpose for me!
    Blessings to you Melissa & P31 ministries and have a great weekend… Looking forward to week 4!!! Hugs…

  209. Hey ladies. It has been a crazy week. I am behind in my bible study but am going to catch up this weekend. I have changed postion at work this year. I am a TA in North Carloina. I Love my job. I love my kids. I have been in k for the last 8 years. I got moved this year to a Pre-K Ec class. I have always loved children with special needs. This is going to be fun. I did not know that I was even going to be moved until I saw it on a piece of paper sitting in a meeting. I have had a few special needs kids in my classes over the years but this year we will have 8 little ones. It has been an amazing week. I have been able to show the love of Christ out in action and words this week. The lord has been preparing me for this for a while and did not even realize it. It will be a fun year.

  210. Loved this! Thank you so much.

  211. Judy Huffman says:

    The envelopes were a great illustration of the verse for anyone who may struggle with the concept. There is a great temptation to not always abide in Christ 100% of the time (guess we would be perfect if we could). How much easier life is to handle when we do though. I love listening to your videos Melissa!

  212. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you Melissa for the visual using the envelopes. I too am a visual learner and seeing that brought tears to my eyes. I will definitely do this on my own and keep it to remind me of this truth.(John 14:20) This online Bible study has blessed me in so many ways…God is so good! I am also looking forward to sharing this with a co-worker who is really struggling right now in her life.

  213. I love the visual with the envelopes. It really brings home what it means for Jesus to be IN me and me IN HIM. Now I just need to find some envelopes to do it for myself. Thank you for sharing with us.

  214. I love the visual of the envelops. This OBS is such a blessing to me, it’s my prayer to pass on what I’m learning to bless others. Thank you Melissa!

  215. Deb Brewer says:

    I have never felt so close to God as I have through this study. Today’s lesson was powerful. I could actually feel God’s presence as I put His envelope in me and mine in His…oh my the emotions it brings to know that He loves me so much to allow me, an unworthy sinner, to remain in Him. He is never going to leave me…no matter what. I also love the explanation of “remain” in today’s lesson…I noted it in my Bible…I have chosen to remain in Him and will continue to choose to remain in Him.
    My husband and I work in prison ministry and I intend to use Melissa’s envelope example with the ladies we minister to. They are mostly visual learners, so this will be a great example. I hope you don’t mind me sharing it Melissa. ;-)
    God bless and have a great weekend. Love you all bunches

  216. I love this visual! It makes me feel so safe and enveloped in God’s protection. I will have to remember this one to use as a teaching tool in the future. Thank you so much!!

  217. Mavis Tipton says:

    #Amazing lesson for all of us to visualize. To be reminded of how great God’s love is for us, and the price Jesus paid for each and everyone of us. I am truly thankful for the things the Lord is showing me through the OBS. How He is speaking to my heart and helping me prepare for the things that lay ahead. I so enjoy all the testimonies and comments. To read and see how so many are reaching out to perfect strangers (except for the fact that we are all sisters in the Lord) so we really are not strangers, and are praying and encouraging one another. I have received some of those prayers and words of encouragement. Thank you. May the leadership team be abundantly blessed as they lead us through this study. May each of you who are my sisters be blessed and encouraged that you are the “cream” in the “Jesus Sandwich”. Have a wonderful weekend.

  218. AWESOME THIS IS SUCH A GREAT VISUAL!! I’m going to also do one where I am casting my cares on the Lord and see them in the envelope. PRAISE REPORT, I am writing now where God has delivered some legal documents to my sister and we praise Him that it was right on her bed and we thought it was lost in the mail!! I KNOW it was JESUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN GLORY, HALELUYAH!!!!!! HE’S WORTHY!!! MAN, I COULD GO RUNNING!!

  219. Karri (obs leader/blog team) says:

    Melissa,
    You have no idea how much this has impacted me! I feel so humbled and grateful for God’s safety and for his always open arms. In my small group, we are going to discuss this tomorrow and I am super stoked to hear from the gals. I love you sweet Jesus sister!

  220. Michelle Miller says:

    I absolutely love this video! Love the visual! I cannot wait to share it with my daughter when she gets home. We can memorize the verse together!! Since starting the Bible study I was a little discouraged because I had not heard God yet. I kept thinking, “Ok..I’m spending more time with You, I’m learning to listen for You, where are You?” Then this week I finally heard from Him!! I’m so glad I paused to say #YesToGod! I have been so #Amazed this week and I have had #PalmsUp! The envelope visual was very inspiring to me because it helps to see that I am sandwiched between Jesus and together we are in God. It was like a little light bulb came on over my head. #SayWhat??? Thanks so much for sharing!!! God bless you!!!!!

  221. Sisters,
    Just please say a quick prayer for courage from the Spirit tonight for me. As a year mark draws closer to the anniversary of a significant trauma, I find myself anxious nearly all the time, and loosing heart in the things I think bring God glory. Some days it is hard to even leave the house, and even being in the house reminds me of that night. Tonight I am meeting with my small group simply out of obediemce, but the desire is very minimal. I already have a knot in my chest. Pray that I resist the liar and the rejector and find peace in God, and with my family tonight. Pray for the continued strenght and love of my husband, my spiritual leader – whose patience is never ending.
    Michelle

    michelle

    • I sent a prayer out for you. I’m so happy you went to your small group. I know how hard it can be in situations like that, sometimes it’s the hardest thing to leave the house but it’s good for you. I pray for peace, comfort and hope for you tonight.

      Lynn

    • Denise Kamppi (Prayer Team Warrior) says:

      Lifting you up in prayers Michelle, Father give Michelle your comfort and love she needs tonight, ease her pains and anxieties. Heal all her fears and wounds with your everlasting love Father, In Your Holy Name Amen.

  222. Blessings to you all. What a great reminder that Jesus is in us and we are in Him. God loves us and that is wonderful to know. :-)

  223. I love the visual of the envelops. How awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing that. :-)

  224. Thank you, Melissa, for the Scripture reminders and the Jesus/God/Me envelope visual. Have a blessed weekend. I look forward to Week #4 and what you have in store! ;)

  225. Charlayne says:

    Thank you for the visual with the envelopes. Sometimes we need that added extra touch to show us just how God loves us. It gave me a whole new perspective on our verses and just what they meant. Thank you for giving me more insight. And I so loved the many voices and cheers … sometimes I need to go back to the child in me.

  226. Chelle Renee says:

    What a great visual!!! I needed this blessing “this reminder” #amazed

  227. Week three has been a challenge. This last weekend was our womens retreat and I had a break through from God and He finally answered a prayer that I had asked Him awhile back whether to leave my calling I though in this ministry or to stay. Well He answered it and said that He had something bigger and better for me in some other ministry and would reveil it some, but to keep praying and be patient. Then I came across this line on page 59 and it said “Radical obedience is choosing to exchange what is “right” for God’s righteousness. Only the pursuit of God’s righteousness leads to His best.” That really opened my eyes really wide, I want to live for God’s best. The answer is the same every time, it’s Jesus, He is our source. Thank You for writing this book it has opened my eyes in more ways than you can imagine.
    God Bless you all

  228. Darlene M says:

    I had a really tough couple of days at work. Today was worse than yesterday. But what got me through yesterday was that for some reason I kept thinking about the message our Youth Pastor gave on Sunday. He asked three questions which were: What is holding me back? Have we asked the Lord to show us those things in our lives that are not pleasing to Him? and What is my relationship with the Lord? Scriptures where 1 Kings 18:25-38; Psalm 51:1;6-11 and 1 John 1:4-9 And as he closed he us each one of us to find a partner to help us to be accountable to the questions. So I thought all day long on that and I felt that I had to call the youth Pastor and his wife to ask them to consider being my accountability partner. But the amazing thing is that they are the age of my sons and my sons and Rev. John use to hang out together after they graduated from high school. But I was obedient and did call and ask them to consider my request. At this time I am still waiting to hear. Also thank you Melissa for what you spoke on the video today about the different size envelopes and the Scripture verse of John 14:20. The way you explained it really touched my spirit and something inside of me is now starting to stir within me that I have not felt for years. I really needed to hear that no matter what I go through God is still here with me, and at times carrying me and that the tough days at work that is still to come that I am not facing them alone. I also want to say thank you for all the support and encouragement that I have been receiving. It means so much to know that people really do care what happens to me, even if I am a strange and do not know any of you by face. It is nice to know that we are sisters in the LORD and we care for each other and uplift and encourage each other. I am so happy or should I say amazed how the Lord lead me to Proverbs 31 Ministries online and to this particular Bible Study. My prayer is that I will remain and stay tucked in to Jesus and be safe in His loving arms that hold me. God Bless all of You and especially everyone at Proverbs 31 Ministries.

  229. Stacey C. says:

    Thank you for the video today. The visual on the envelopes is perfect. I wanted to share a blessing my mom had this week. She had to get a new roof due to hail damage earlier this year. Since the roof was 20 years and deductible she had depreciation, etc taken out of her check from the insurance. She found a company that would take what the insurance paid and then let her pay the rest of the amount out in payments. My Mom has MS and has lots of prescription and medical costs so this was going to be hard for her as she also lives alone. Well after the roof was completed, my mom received a phone call from the sales rep that he would be by to pick up the check and that she would owe nothing else. The owner of the company called it even and also didn’t charge her for extra roof vents she had to have installed. This was a great blessing this week and am so grateful that this company was willing to help my mom.

    • Denise Kamppi (Prayer Team Warrior) says:

      Stacey, I love how God is working in your moms life, Than you for sharing this, #Amazed #YesToGod and #palmsup. Hugs sweet sister

  230. Stephanie Goode says:

    I prayed this morning on my way to work trusting that God knows best what i need today and asked him to use me today. I didn’t even make it out of my car when a gym member came to my car window. I asked if she was still thinking about taking a job at the prison where they told her she could not share her faith. She said mb although she was struggling with this. I then was able to share john 14:20 and the exercise with her to encourage her that Jesus goes wherever she goes. They can’t stop that! So exciting! Thank u!

  231. Amy Lambert says:

    Thank you so much for this exercise Melissa. It showed me a great visual of how Jesus is in me and I am in Jesus, like you said the Jesus sandwich, so what do I have to fear. I struggle with fear and anxiety, but seeing how Jesus is in me, I am in Him, and we are together in God, just amazes me in a way I cannot put to words right now. I have nothing to fear knowing I am that surrounded and taken care of by God. Wow! That is amazing! It’s going to take me a while to wrap my head around that one!

  232. Myra king says:

    Hello ladies…..
    This is my first time posting, so here I go. I was extremely moved with emotions after this weeks video regarding the envelopes….John 15:4 @ John 14:20 has come alive for me….thank you.
    This week has been very difficult….I’m fighting exhaustion, guilt for being so busy. I have personal problem with our oldest daughter, my responsibilities in church, my full time job and not to mention school begins Monday. Boy am I tired. I have not been faithful to read this weeks chapter, this I “stayed away!” This is the trend for me….I start off sprinting with a project…OBS…than I run out of steam than fall away.
    I KNOW this study s for me and I need to stay the course. I feel so guilty for getting behind, I wasn’t going to watch the video, but I did. Thank you Jesus. Our memory verse reminded me I’m not an island….often times I “feel” so distant from God. However the video loudly reminded, Jesus is in me, I am in Him and we are in God! Boy did I need that after the week I had. God spoke to me even though my guilt kept me away from him. #amazing #say what
    I know it’s not “bells &whistles” but I wanted to share how blessed I was from a short 11 minute video.
    God bless,
    Myra

  233. Pam from CT. says:

    Thanks for reminding me that I’m a Jesus sandwich. Loved the analogy.

  234. Thanks so much Melissa. It’s been such a difficult week here, in light of saying yes. I am eagerly waiting to be #amazed at what God is going to do to turn this all around. Love the encouragement of this Bible Study, you all are a blessing to me, more than you know. I know, like Mandisa says, I’m an “Overcomer”…

  235. Loved this visual! Made this even more real to me! Learning to lean more on Jesus and less on me, thanks to this Bible Study. Thanks to all of you at Proverbs 31 for making this possible!

  236. Melissa! I am in love with you! I love your enthusiasm and energy, you really inspire me! This study has been amaze balls! Balls of amazing falling from the sky! I have learned so much, I love the verse mapping and the study itself – the book is blowing my mind! I lost my mom a year ago to breast cancer and fell into a deep depression. I had come back to a relationship with God before she passed but I’ve really been floundering as far as how to grow closer to God. I read the bible and I like the verses but it’s like watching football to me, I know it’s a game and there are some guys throwing a ball around but I don’t really get the plays and the significance of what the players are doing. This study and the verse mapping have helped me out so much. I am finding new strength in God and letting go of fears and hurts and finally getting the comfort and healing I’ve been searching for. If He is with us then who can be against us! I also am so excited about Doves Nest. I don’t know what the plan is for helping them further yet but dang, with 24,000 people doing this bible study we have the power to do something huge for this wonderful organization and I am so happy for the opportunity to be apart it. I love this study! I love 31 Ministries! Thank you so much for Saying Yes to God and maintaining this site and having these studies because it truly is life changing! Thank you! God Bless!

  237. I love this illustration!!! This is similar to one that we were shown when we were on vacation in Colorado. We attended a little church called “Church on the Hill” in Silverton, CO and felt God’s presence in that church. The Sunday school teacher was AWESOME and she had little silhouettes of boys and girls, a red envelope, and a white envelope. She told each of us to write our names on the back of the black silhouettes which represented our sinful nature, we were then to place them in the red envelope which signified that we are covered by the blood of Christ, that envelope was then placed in a white envelope showing that we are children of God and covered by His righteousness each of these envelopes were sealed with specific verses and then she challenged us to get “ourselves” out of the envelopes without breaking the seals or damaging the envelope and guess what…..it was impossible just as it is impossible to remove us from the love of Christ. Nothing can tear us away from God unless we allow it. I am enjoying this study even though I have been plagued with incredible fear. I have to say after the first week and a half I was ready to quit because I was under such attack, fortunately I have some WONDERFUL sisters in my study group who have continually lifted me up in prayer and I am so thankful that I haven’t let Satan rob me of this blessing. I praise God for the peace that I have had and I want to continue to say #YestoGod!

  238. It is such a comfort to know that Jesus has me tight in His arms! <

  239. Heather M. says:

    Thank You Melissa for the visual. That really helped. I guess I have always known Jesus was with me, not just today, or last night, or even next week, but at ALL times. To see your visual just gave me a whole new perspective or realization. To abide in Jesus would be joy, peace, comfort, no fear (because perfect love casts out fear. 1John 4:18), & LOVE! That’s what I want not only for me but for all! I have to make a conscious effort to remember that I NEED TO REMAIN IN HIM (the vine)! He is with me, and I in Him, and we are in God. How Beautiful is that. Goodnight Ladies!

  240. Awesome visual!! I can’t wait to tuck it away in my bible and come across it when I need it most. :)))

  241. Mia Herne says:

    Good evenign dear sisters ! Thisis my 2nd actually 4th post as I commented on 2 other sharings earlier today.
    Just a little while ago I was in another online fellowship group, Several of the ladies are homebopund. Almost a year ago within a month two of our dear friends received their graduation call to Hevaen. We have a special chat time for those who are care givers . If anyone wants to know more contact me thru fb.
    Well this evening I was telling them about being a part of a Jesus sandwich. They thought it was really cool . Barb responded to me sharing something I refer to often. Corrie ten Boom had a saying don’t wrestle with God just nestle. Barb said so you learned something new about nestle. So now I can say I’m nestled in Jesus .

  242. Great visual! What a great way to help memorize and internalize this verse. Another example of allowing the Word as a weapon against temptation. When I am tempted to think I am not good enough or spiritual enough, this verse can give me faith that I am in a Jesus sandwich. :) I love this study.

  243. Thanks Melissa! I like the envelope visual for the John 14;20 verse. It really does help to understand that verse.

    God bless everyone! Have a great weekend and see everyone next week.

  244. This activity was exactly what I needed tonight. I had to return to work this week and have been struggling to get my classroom ready for students next week. I have spent a lot of time talking to God this week, but it was sporadic, like one day but not so much the next. I went to my quiet place last night to reflect on the day and review whether I had listened to God’s voice and ended up falling asleep. I was disappointed in myself, but I knew God forgave me. I have also been struggling to stay focused during prayer and devotion times this week. I have been studying and mapping 2 Corinthians 10:5 this week – take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. I will have to continue to be diligent about this especially as I am returning to a work environment that is often filled with gossip or backbiting at each other. It is so easy to fall into doing these things myself.
    I have also been praying Colossians 3:12 that God would clothe me with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love.
    The envelopes will go on my desk to help make me conscious of remaining in God and His word.
    Thanks Melissa :)

  245. Debbie B. says:

    Hi Melissa and everyone else,
    I can’t believe we are at the end of week four already and this is the first time I’ve had time to post a comment. It’s also the first time I’ve had to sit down and watch your videos and they’re awesome, although I’ve only seen this weeks. Love your accents, where ya’ll from? I’m originally from Indiana but I love to say that and do all the time. The reason I haven’t had time to comment is because I said yes to God right before this study started. I used to work in a nursing home as a CNA for 6 years and in assisted living for 2 years and had decided I didn’t want to do that any more, so I went to school and got an Associates in Medical Assisting. I graduated in October 2012 and put in lots and lots of applications in doctors offices and hospitals, but never even got a call back. I had been waiting patiently and praying for God to find the right job for me, and for Him. I have been volunteering at a local women’s hospital, but that wasn’t helping to pay the bills. My husband passed away 3 years ago and I’ve been living on the Social Security my 2 kids get, plus money one of my older daughters has been sending each month. I was getting frustrated and somewhat depressed waiting for a job. My daughter had been sending money for over a year and I was feeling bad about it. Her and her husband are both in the Air Force and don’t have any kids yet so I know it wasn’t straining them, I just felt bad for needing it for so long. I had decided to go back to school for a Bachelors in Nursing and that is good, but no money yet. My real passion is babies and I’ve found an online school that I can get a Doula certificate, but need the cash to pay for it. A doula is like a midwife’s helper, one on one with the mother before, during, and after the birth, and doing it the natural way as long as possible. I’ve been hoping to be able to get that started. Did I mention I have 9 kids, and yes I gave birth to all 9. So I wanted to give up working with the elderly, which I dearly love, for birthing babies; but God wasn’t done with my giving my all to help the elderly. One of the other volunteers at the women’s hospital gave me a card of a home health care company that a friend of hers worked for and told me to call them. I didn’t really want to get into that again but I had a feeling that there was a reason she gave me the card, that God wanted me to get back into it again. So I went home and called them and left a message for the HR manager and got on their web site and filled out a request form. Later that night I received an email to call the next day to set up an interview. I did the interview, passed all the checks and tests and started orientation on August 2nd, 2 days before this study started. It is an awesome company, with good benefits and good people and decent pay. It is non-medical home care and companionship. It’s awesome knowing that I’m helping someone to be able to stay in their home as long as possible. I immediately picked up 2 permanent clients, and have been called in at the last minute at least 2 or 3 times each week. The hours are very flexible and it works well with getting my 2 teenage kids to school and other things and I have the opportunity to pick up extra hours when I can. So I have been thanking God every minute of every day for giving me the patience to wait for something that He wanted me to do that is perfect for both of us. Also I start glasses for the BSN on Sept. 3rd. I had to take home 6 training manuals for the job, read them and do the quizzes that went with them and have them turned back in to get a raise on my second paycheck by August 15th. I got them done and turned in on the 14th, so I didn’t get a chance to even start this study till after that. I have now caught up though, and am thoroughly enjoying it. I went up to a smaller mountain top on Thursday morning after I dropped the kids off to school, and found my ‘secret abiding’ place with God. It was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can see all of God’s splendor from up there. I live in Albuquerque, NM by the way and there is a lot of God’s splendor here. While I was up there I focused on patience, gentleness, and self-control. These are the fruits I still need to work on. Road rage popped into my head, and I knew I needed to work on not getting so angry and frustrated when people don’t drive fast enough or cut me off, stuff like that. And I know I need to work more on controlling my mouth. When I get mad I could make a sailor blush. So this morning while I was driving to a client’s house I started to yell at the car in front of me and remembered that I was going to stop that. I told God that I would nicely and politely ask Him to help the car in front of me next time. As I was driving home, in a hurry as usual, a car in front of me was going really slow. I started to yell and remembered what I had said earlier and said very calmly out loud “God, could you kindly help that guy go a little faster or move him out of the way”? Instantly the cars right turn signal came on and he moved into the other lane!!!!!!!! Isn’t God just AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, long story short, I just got a new job and the kids just started back to school, and praise God that I have found time to catch up on this study. Now I have to go back and view the other weeks videos and comments. I’m hoping to get to Blog this next week!!! Thank you Melissa and everyone else for making this happen for us, it’s just absolutely wonderfully, amazing. Oh! The tucked in exercise was awesome. I’ve had a rough few years and I really need to feel “tucked in, and safe with Jesus”.

    • Denise Kamppi (Prayer Team Warrior) says:

      Praying for you Debbie,
      Father we are not perfect but we are yours, we’er not what we should be but we do claim your salvation.
      Thank you Father that you see and care for Debbie remind her of your love when shes lost among a crowd, Give her strength to face each day with you at her side. keep her close to you today and in all of the tomorrows.
      I pray this in your Holy name Amen.

  246. Thank you so much for the video on the overview for week #3. Amazing bible study! Hopeing to spend more time in it this weekend. God has really been reminding how special we all are to him, and encouraging my broken heart/life. I must remain in him, and him in me. Praise God! He won’t ever leave us! Love the envelope illustration! Love the little J e s u s song in the middle! have a great weekend, ladies!

  247. How frustrating this has been for me, as an older woman, I know nothing about twitter, blogging, the phone calls are right at dinner time? I am not feeling a part of this at all, did not read anything prior to signing up about it being all about blogging and twittering. Today, I was unable to see video about the 3 envelopes and so went to You Tube, where it demanded a password, have never set anything up under You Tube and it would not accept any
    of my passwords so missed out on another excercise, will be cancelling out at week 3, this study is not for older, non technical women and should have been disclosed as such.

    • K – sorry you are having troubles with all this. I do not twitter or blog (although I am reading other’s blogs here) either and I have not participated in the calls. But I am getting so much out of this study. Reading all the posts and also posting here helps so much.

      Not sure why you cannot see Melissa’s video though. You should not need a password for youtube. I clicked on the above link and it did not ask for a password. I am wondering if your computer needs a program updated to view the video. Sorry you are having difficulty with it all. We hate to see you leave.

  248. Tabitha Jones says:

    I really love this visual. I can learn much better with visual aides so I will always remember this when I read this verse. I had an #amazed moment this week I would like to share. I am over some things connected with my kids sports and really been praying about it because there is so much drama involved that my stomach has stayed in knots the passed couple weeks. I really thought maybe God was telling me to just give up being over it but I continued to pray. The secretary of the club called me Monday and she was having some of the same feelings and talked with me and told me not to give up, it was going to get better. We had our meeting Tuesday night and oh my goodness was I amazed at God. The meeting went so good. We ended the meeting in tears of laughter which is a total turnaround. I left the meeting with such a load lifted off my shoulders. I know God went before me and took care of it. It opened my eyes. Sometimes we fill if we are not in church we can’t Praise God. I am so glad I learned differently, cause I love my time with God everyday.

  249. I am so thankful for the Lord providing P31 OBS for me. It is such a wonderful blessing! Yesterday, I asked for prayer regarding my mom(88 yrs) was taken into the ER for severe grand map seizures. She has Alzheimer’s and has been living in a memory care unit for 3 years. It has been a very challenging journey as my brother lives near her, but I live out of state. I travel to see her about every 4-6 weeks. Anyway, I knew this trip was going to be very hard, because major decisions would have to be made, I didn’t want to face the reality of having to move her from a wonderful assisted living facility that my family has been able to call ‘home’ and/or ‘Grandma’s’, nor did I want to face yet another decline in her health (she was a very healthy, strong, cheerful women well into her 80′s.) And I must admit with some embarrassment, I was so torn and angry at God’s timing because I had to miss my 15-year old daughter’s State Fair 4-H dog show event that we had been planning for several weeks and she was so excited about. But as it was, I did say ‘yes to God’, I knew I had to be there for mom(she’s had to go through so much with severe dementia) and also be there for my brother to help with many decisions. Well, God answered so many prayers, the first being that Mom was more restful and less agitated, no seizures for the past 24-48 hours, He’s provided a wonderful skilled nursing facility located right across the street from my brother’s workplace(which all came together on a Friday afternoon, no less), and all the paperwork is in place. You see, I’ve prayed that God would take my mom before we would have to move her again, but God is showing me that is not His plan just yet, and He truly knows best and cares about even the smallest details. A big detail being…a change in my heart to once again, move in step with HIS plans and not my own. ANd I praise God for the 3-hour road trips, as it gives me time to ‘be honest’ with God about my selfish feelings, ask His forgiveness, and experience His peace. That is only part of the story, but more importantly, nothing is too difficult for God. Thank you for allowing me to share and for the many prayers that were prayed. Praise God!!! He is soooo good!

  250. Ann Marie Ruble says:

    I have to say that this activity helped me alot and gave me a ton of comfort. It shows that when we say Yes to God we really have nothing to be afraid of because like you said Melissa we are in a Jesus sandwich and if that is not enough we all remain in God. Such a wonderful blessing, comfort, and reminder!

  251. Sheila Watson says:

    Thank Melissa for the God inspired visual. What a blessing it was! Thank you Mandissa for bringing us such beautiful lyrics to sing praises to our Lord and Saviour. I have allowed everyone in my life to make choices for me. I’ve always been cut down, abused, and never done what God wanted for me. Since starting this OBS I’ve learned to LISTEN for Him, SEE Him in everything, and KNOW it’s Him. I’m excited to learn more and find what He has for me next. God bless you ladies for all you’ve done to help all these women. #yestoGod

  252. Thank you, I am always telling people to break it down for me, like they’re talking to a 3rd grader :) I really am a visual person, so this ‘sandwich’ just makes this verse stick for me and I truly thank you for that.

  253. “Fo in him we live and move and have our being…We are his offspring.” –Acts 17:28
    What a great visual demonstration of who we are in Him!

  254. Thank you so much for this visual example of our place within Jesus and God. I have been having some personal doubts this week and this example will continually remind me of whose I am. I can be strong and confident, as long as I remain in Jesus.

  255. Thank you so much for your video message. I have been loving this study and been #amazed at how much I have learned and how much closer I have felt with God! I will say this week has been more of a struggle for me. The kids have gone back to school and I must find a new routine for my day. I had been starting off my day with the devotionals and study time, but now that has been replaced by breakfast and getting kids ready for school. I love your part in the video about “remaining” being a choice. I have to choose to remain. LOVE IT! It is a great reminder that daily I must choose to make bible study a part of my day or not. I must choose to remain in Christ in all the crazy and running I do throughout the day. I must choose! Thanks so much for this encouragement! <3

  256. what a GREAT visual you gave here Melissa! Now I understand what that verse meant. Thank you so much!

  257. Love the visual and definitely plan on sharing it with my boys. This entire week I’ve gained somuch from this study. It’s rekindled my love for God’s word and I find myself waking up early, eager to soak up God’s word.

  258. Melissa, Thankyou again for being obedient and saying Yes to God..I am enjoying getting ” a little piece” of heaven here on earth..More of Him…less of me! Be Blessed!

  259. Loved the envelopes! What a great way to “see” how Jesus is in me. I am going to share this with the rest of my family. Thanks so much!

  260. Thank you- SO. MUCH- Melissa, for sharing such a simple but powerful analogy! I love that I am a Jesus sandwich! Tucked safely inside Jesus, along with him tucked safely inside me :) And then to have God embrace us all! Doesn’t get any more comforting than that! Thank you so much for sharing! You have truly blessed my very soul tonight! This week has been a pivotal week for me in my ministry life, thanks for being a part of that!

  261. Nichole Shapley says:

    OMGOODNESS!!!! My husband and I were just talking about this Wednesday! He used a dry erase board and drew it out. But I cannot wait to show him this! I’m heading to WalMart to get envelopes! Thank you so much Melissa!!! <3

  262. Crazy week, so I am finally caught up. Enjoyed the envelope example. A great visual to keep things in perspective.!

  263. Cathy Davis says:

    I love the Jesus sandwich visual! Brilliant!

  264. Robin Saxton says:

    I have had a migraine and cluster headaches all week so I am way behind in the study. But today I feel so much better so I am catching up. I just finished my study questions and watching Friday’s video. I am #Amazed right now. For some reason, Melissa’s visual with the envelopes of Jesus being in God, me being in Jesus and Jesus being in me has really overwhelmed my heart! Jesus is in me. He is with me all the time, everywhere I go and through whatever I do. I am so #Amazed at his grace and glory right now. I am feeling so blessed that the Lord chose to be in me! Seriously – I am not that great. I have SO many faults and am always, daily, messing up, making wrong choices (maybe not huge choices but small ones are just as important). I am frequently failing in the things I try to do. I want to love people, see them as God sees them. I want to be healthy and fit. I want to have a clean house all the time, the the kind of wife and mother my family needs. I want to be a great friend to all – but I am always dropping the ball. AND STILL Jesus chooses to be in me! #SayWhat #Amazed Thank you again for this bible study.
    Now later today I am going to finally get to listen to the Mandisa and Lysa calls.

  265. Thank you for ministering to my heart. I am struggling at being an active social network participant. I am deep into the study and am reading the wonderful emails everyday. My heart is pierced with a circumstance The Lord is asking me to say Yes to and the tears that stream down my face are marked by the certainty of what I am asked to do. I pray He will give me the strength to follow through. May I ask for prayers to overcome the fear the enemy uses to keep me in bondage from really understanding Gods great love? My hearts desire is that I bring glory and honor to Him in obedience.

  266. This is my first time posting for this study between this one and I just finished up “Mercy Triumphs” with Beth Moore – she talked about being in between the rains and for this season I feel I am between the rains. Most of my prayers for the last two years or so have been simple, because I just have been feeling so over loaded with challenges that I’ve brought on myself and just life with having my husband and precious children. When I started this study and the question “What is holding you back from growing deeper in your relationship with God”? I put down the fear of failing God again – I tend to fail in things that I do and part of that is being so hard on me wanting to be a good wife, mother and friend. Even being a good daughter but my mother passed away last year and I felt I wasn’t the best daughter ; she had dementia and I suppose could have been part of Alzheimer’s, I wasn’t there like she needed me to be until the end. I’m the one that sees the mistake in quilting, but no one else could see it. At the end of chapter 2 in Lysta’s book and reading Romans 9:30-33 and “instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing” really opened my heart that somewhere down the road I have taken over instead of letting God. My prayer would be that God revile to me what is hindering our walk together. Chapter 3 WOW, God is so #Amazing and the verses that I wrote out and have all around Isaiah 41:10,13 So, do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you do not fear, I will help you. “in the pursuit of God’s righteousness leads to His best” love this. The visual of Jesus sandwich thank you! It has been rough start but I am so glad God does not give up on me like I want to at times.

    Thank you for the study! Feeling so blessed.

  267. Thank you Melissa for that wonderful visual exercise. I love it! It brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart so – I went and ran to my 20 yr old and showed her. We are #amazed! This is my first OBS and it has truly blessed me and answered my prayer of how to draw closer to God and how to remain in him. Love the verse mapping, blog hopping and saying #Yes to God with my #Palms up. I am going to really need all of these precious blessings of this study today. I am going to go through my husband’s tools and guy things that are left in the garage and donate. My husband ended his life 18 months ago today. I rejoice in knowing as a believer he is in the presence and Joy of the Lord – praise God for his Grace and that I will see him again and my precious LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. Never the less I will need to keep the visual of the envelopes in my heart today as it will be very hard working in the same space that he died in. Thank you all ladies for sharing your lives. This study is Awesome!

    • Debbie B. says:

      Hi Brenda,
      I just want you to know that you are not alone in your grief. I also lost my husband to suicide 3 years ago in April. I didn’t think I could deal with it, but God got me through all of it. I am very blessed that God has given me 9 wonderful kids that have been there right by my side; even though all but 2 live in different states. It was very hard to have to deal with all that he left behind and I thank God everyday that He is by my side. I still don’t understand why He let it happen, but I trust that it was for His purposes and that my late husband is up there with Him. He always talked about being a soldier in God’s army in heaven. I just this last week-end had to clean out an RV that we had that I have sold. Myself and one of our daughters has been paying storage on it for over 3 years now. I had always meant to put it on Creg’s List, but just couldn’t seem to do it. It is a school bus that we turned into an RV in 1999 and took on several family camping trips , plus trips from Michigan to Georgia then when our world feel apart in 2007 from Michigan to Alabama to New Mexico. I really love her and it’s very hard to give her up. One of my daughters finally put it on Creg’s List for me after we sent her some pictures. God’s been working here for me too, because the second guy to look at it gave me $1000.00 cash and is planning on fixing it up and using it for camping in also and it hasn’t even been started in over 3 years. He also has helped me pack things up and was very understanding last week-end when I was just standing around getting frustrated and then angry at my husband for leaving all of the stuff on it to deal with. I just didn’t know what to do with everything. The guy seems to be a very good christian. I have to go back this coming week and get the rest of the stuff I want, but I know it’s going to be easier this time. The man he sent to buy the bus, and this in depth study I’ve been doing is really helping a lot. I am healing well now, even with my recent anger. Time and God’s healing and holding my hand the whole way is what has made it happen. Even in the really rough 4 years before he died, God had His arm tight around us both. I thank Him every day for never leaving me. I pray for God to fill your heart with peace, and to keep you wrapped in His arms while you work and to continue to heal your broken heart. I know he will. Thank you Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Debbie B.

  268. Love this visual that reminds us that GOD/JESUS is totally surrounding us…..We are IN Him and He is IN us – what should we fear?? Thanks for the great example!

  269. I have been away (for my son’s wedding!) :) and I just had the chance to watch this video! I love visuals as well. I love the envelope visual. I will never forget this. What a great reminder of who I am in Christ and that He is in me and I am in God as He is in God. Love it!!!!!

  270. I have never thought about myself in a Jesus sandwich. This is something I will keep and use when I feel afraid.
    Thank you Melissa for that simple yet effective visual.

  271. I really enjoyed this visual and I’m excited to share it during the children’s sermon I do once a month. Thank you for sharing.

  272. That was a great visual – I truly was #amazed – I ‘m loving this OBS!!!! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.

  273. Melissa,
    Your envelope exercise brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful way to visulize our relationship with Him!! When we just feel so far away from God and are confused, if we can see ourselves as the “cream” of the Jesus sandwich— that’s gotta bring it home! Thanks Melissa for your amazing (no pun intended) heart and practical illustration!

    • Oh, I love your phrase “cream of the Jesus sandwich.” The picture that just popped into my head to do this lesson with children is Oreos! Each one of us as Oreo cookies, and all of us together in a big God package. Thanks!

  274. I am finally paying more attention to God as to why I am not consistently getting out of my bed and trying to regain strength after my health crash, numerous autoimmune disease diagnosis & cancer treatments in 2009. I’m also able to verbalize this to my husband and daughter as well as more of my feelings from the loss of my mom last fall and my absent biological father.

    The positive is I am moving forward with the plans of my ministry. It has been established for about 2 1/2 years but we haven’t been able to come to a conclusive direction for it to go. We still do not have things finalized but we are in a better position and are at least moving forward in the right direction now instead of being stuck.

  275. Thanks Melissa, I really needed this at the EXACT moment “you” came along. Just thinking “I’m doomed, I just can’t keep this peace and rest up when I go back to school on Monday. Im such a failure, I just don’t think I can keep remaining in Him moment by moment.” You know what? Now, I am #amazed at the envelope exercise!

    Thank you!

  276. If you only knew the week I’ve had…….I just had the chance to watch and do the envelopes- and God said “See this? This is what I’ve been trying to tell you for a long time, and you have not listened. This is how much I love you. Now stay here.” I’m listening now, and am absolutely AMAZED!

  277. Wow, this devotional had been helping me a lot. I’ve fixing my damaged relationship with God. But I would like to know if some of you know about a devotional website for guys, my boyfriend wants to get in too.

  278. As always thank you for a powerful message that spoke into my life. “Who shall we fear” for “Jesus is in me!” Amen!

  279. Nicole saltzman says:

    Awesome! Thank u so much it was very inspiring:)

  280. Thank you Melissa. I really loved the visual you showed us. Very touching and it opened my eyes to some issues I’ve been dealing over this past week. I’m determine to remain in Christ. I’m getting better at letting go of people who poison my spiritual life. it’s not easy but with God at my sight I shall not fear!

  281. Stacey Pearson says:

    Wow! This is an awesome visual of just how we are “in Him” we are! Thank you Melissa! I am going to share this with my husband and my kids, especially my kids. I am praying that they will get the same revelation of just how we are “in Him” and it will give us more confidence to live our lives for Him knowing He is right there.

  282. Amanda A.G. says:

    That was a great visual to teach the verse. I am sitting here reflecting on the fact that I am in Jesus and He is in me, so why in the world would I fear… anything or anyone…. In fact, The Lord answered a prayer this week, in only 5 days, in a way that was probably the most ideal but that was not exactly expected…. #amazed

  283. Thank You Melissa for the visual. I have to tell you that I am playing catchup on posting. On Monday 8-19 our school year began. Tuesday I was told I would be taking my class to another for 1 hour blocks so I could observe the other teacher. My first reaction was wow the issues are starting early! Then I stopped myself and said #saywhat! This is an opportunity for me to learn and get a better understanding of my new assignment and all it entails. I stopped on the steps leading to my door and talked to the Lord. It was a wonderful moment for me! This week going to the other class has been such a blessing! I have had several #saywhat moments of confirmation and have felt at peace with the entire situation. I know there will be more pressure but I also know that as I continue to read and study it is going to be alright because Jesus is in me and I am in Him! Thanks for all you do. Awesome!

  284. Thank you Jesus! With you in me and me in you, I feel safe and secure and empowered. No one but Jesus can give us peace that goes beyond human understanding! Melissa, thanks much for the visual.

  285. Eniece Avist says:

    Thank you so much for sharing….I love it and I am really enjoying this online bible study!!!

  286. Shelli Santin says:

    Melissa, I came to the realization, long ago, that I am more of a visual learner than I am an audio learner. I have to read the material or see it demonstrated in order to understand the depth of the content. Having said that, the envelope strategy really helped me see the depth of the content of John 14:20. So, thank you for the creativity used to put this verse into perspective.

  287. What an AWESOME video, Melissa!!! I LOVE the envelope visual – makes me wish I was still teaching religious education again! I am #amazed by all the work you & Nicki have put into this study – well done!

  288. I will keep the envelopes with me all day! Love the visual of them! I need Jesus wrapped around me!

  289. Love the envelopes! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I’m a Jesus sandwich in God’s hand!

  290. Thank you for the encouragement to ‘stick with it’! I am loving this study, it is showing up some things that I need to change in my life, learning to trust God more and stop trying to control, it has been a huge blessing to me. But our family has also dealt with sickness for the past 4 weeks, my two toddlers have started having some sleep issues, we have a yellow-jacket nest in our bay window outside where the children usually play, and many other things that have caused me to fall behind. Just yesterday I was thinking how glad I am that I am doing this online with you all! The posts keep me engaged when often with all this going on my my life and falling behind I would have easily wanted to give it up, but you guys keep me going! And this weeks verse has spoken huge to me. I am just resting in God, His strength and promises, learning to trust even when I don’t see why. He is so good and is ALWAYS working everything out for His good and glory! Thank you ladies!

  291. Jenny brooks says:

    Melissa this was such a great video. I love the envelopes visual.. I have loved this study so much. There are a couple of things that I felt a pull toward the last few weeks and this study has helped me to realize that it is God talking to me and to know how I have to respond to Him. So thank you for this study and the Bible verses that have been just what I needed to hear and the encouragement to know I can do this because He will always be right there with me!

  292. Melissa,
    I just had to share this…..I have my envelopes on my desk and I needed some encouragement, so I picked them up, read the verse and placed each one inside the other while saying aloud what that meant. When I put the “Jesus sandwich” in the God envelope, I thanked God that we are tucked into Him and it dawned on me…..I am also sealed (just like an envelope can be sealed). The peace of knowing that is incredible and just that thought while holding my envelopes at my desk lifted my spirit! Thank you so much for sharing!

  293. ramona rice says:

    I love this ideal. I am amazed and so excited about this Bible study. I feel like I am getting so much more out of my quiet time with God. It is a blessing that He has lead me to you ladies. I am only being chapter 2. But I will continue to see this through. Thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart.

  294. It made me feel that in answering the call to follow God,I should not fear for the Holy Spirit that lives within me will guide me every step of the way. I may not understand everything but then again Gods ways and thoughts are much higher than mine and I will trust Him for He looks out for His sheep. With the power of the The Holy Spirit, He leads me, He lives and is within me and He goes behind me protecting my going in and out all the days of my life.

  295. Hey Melissa. I know I’m a little behind as I just viewed this video. I just have to say, it is AMAZING, and my 2 1/2 year old daughter sat with me and watched it this morning. I can’t wait to do this activity for myself and with her. Thanks for all you do!
    Amy :-)

  296. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon
    on a daily basis. It will always be helpful to read through
    content from other authors and practice a little something from their sites.

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