A Confident Heart Blog Hop ~ Week 2

Hey sweet sisters! What an amazing Blog Hop last week! You girls ROCK!

And now…Week 2! I can close my eyes and see us gathered – Bibles in hand, hearts ready, game face on. No matter where we are physically, in this space we become one community with one purpose seeking one God. I can’t wait to hear how He has touched your life this week as we’ve studied together.

Last week, as I read some of your blogs and comments many of you said this journey has already proven difficult. Like Sharon who said, “This study has caused me to confront some of my biggest doubts head on, and that has not been easy…”

I understand, friends. I really do.
I know what it’s like to doubt.
I know what it’s like to feel like you’re not enough.
I know what it’s like to give yourself away to people and things, to offer your empty cup and beg for them to fill it.
I know what it’s like to try to earn your value and satisfy the deep longing in your soul with things of the world only to come up depleted and broken.

A large part of my life was spent trying to do everything, be everything, and please everyone in hopes that I would somehow be enough. Good enough. Talented enough. Smart enough.

As a young adult, I switched from performing in school to performing in church. I looked for affirmation and approval in titles, positions, and a job well done.

All that came to a screeching halt at age 32 when I was diagnosed with melanoma while pregnant with my third child. None of those titles or positions could hold me when I was falling apart. None of the people I had spent years trying to please could save me in my darkest, most desperate hour. Jesus, in His amazing love and mercy, reached down and reminded me that everything I was looking for was found in Him. He took my cup and heaped His #priceless love and mercy and grace until it overflowed.

Our verse this week says, “How excellent is Your lovingkindness, O God; therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings” (Psalm 36:7). The word “trust” in the original Hebrew means to “seek shelter, seek refuge.” No matter what we are facing or how loud our doubt is screaming, we can remember God’s lovingkindness and flee to Him for protection. We can trust Him to be our shelter and our refuge.

Today, I place before you a challenge–A challenge to refuse to believe the whispers that leave you feeling ordinary or unworthy or not enough and, instead, hold tight to the sweet, savory words of our Savior. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Give Him your empty cup and watch Him fill it to overflowing.


Now let’s get to hoppin’! 🙂

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Here are this week’s topics: {The names in BOLD are suggested titles.}
NOTE: Please specify which topic you chose by either using the suggested title OR adding the Topic # somewhere in your post.

1. #priceless
2. Psalm 36:7 ~ Unpack our verse for the week and share what you’ve learned. Missed the post about “verse mapping? Review it here at Word of God Speak
3.  A Heart Surrendered to Christ ~ Renee shares her story of the moment she finally surrendered her heart to Christ. Share your story and what made you finally accept His invitation to a personal relationship.
4.  Unfailing Love ~ David is known for His deep thirst for God and the beautiful Psalms He wrote. Write your own song or poem about God’s unfailing love in your life.
5. When-Then? Write your own when-then statements. Use Renee’s statements on p. 60 as your guide. (Also refer to Chapter 12)

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  1. I don’t see #5, When-Then listed. Is it still okay to post on that topic? 🙂

  2. Surrending to Christ: I did this at a young age. Being raised by a single mom who was not a Christian and who’s sinful life surrounded me daily I had a desire to know God. I would go to church with any family that would take me. Although I have struggled with sin and failure my whole life I know He is with me always. I surrender to Him daily.

    • Sin and failure. I struggle with those daily, but that is our nature as humans. That’s why we need God. We are sinful, and Jesus died on the cross for us while we were still sinners because of His #priceless love! Im sorry, Maggie, that you had to grow up in such an environment, but isn’t it amazing how Jesus was with you the whole time, holding your hand, crying when you cried, rejoicing when you rejoiced? His glory is never ending!


    • Maggie, He truly never leaves us! And how awesome is it to know that there is nothing, NOTHING, we can do to make Him love us more or less. His love for us is already complete. We just have to say yes. I am surrendering daily with you, sweet sister!

  3. I am thankful for this online bible study. Participating in a bible study keeps me close to God’s word–I might not be so focused if I didn’t have a study to keep pushing me. I am learning so much and so thankful to hear that I am not alone when it comes to those moments of self doubt and low confidence.

    • Joy, I feel the same way. For some reason, I’ve had problems with some of the links and haven’t been able to post as usual. Praise God that it has somehow been fixed. I’ve found that my days have been somewhat off since I haven’t been able to sit down with my morning coffee and read all my sister’s comments! Thank God that He keeps us close to His word in anyway possible!


    • Joy~ I, too, am thankful for this study and sisters like YOU who journey with me! Hugs! 🙂

  4. A poem of unfailing love:
    I have two children and my love for them is
    Every minute of the day I am
    Extremely Grateful
    My love for them is never failing and
    Completely Passionate
    It is like the love of God.

    During this study, I have been having a hard time wrapping my head around what it must be like to truly feel God’s perfect love. This morning it occurred to me to think of it as like the love I feel for my children. I know that love. I am going to tell myself, each and every time I doubt, that God loves me as I love my children. No matter what, forever.

    • Shelly, just imagine this – God’s love is even GREATER than the love you have for your children. According to Renee, the suggestion of unconditional love is only used in the Bible when referring to God! He loves us THAT much more. That’s what makes me feel safe when I am scared or doubtful or anxious. He loves me more than I could love anybody, and more than anybody else could love me!! It makes me want to cry! Good tears! Beautiful poem!


    • Shelly ~ Thanks for sharing your poem. I love how God is revealing Himself to each of us personally in a way that we understand best – just like He did here for you. The amazing thing is that no matter how much we love our children (and we know that is A LOT!) God loves us a gazillion times more!! His love is so perfect and complete and NEVER changes. He loves you (and me)…no matter what…and yes, forever and ever and ever.

  5. Sundays list for blog hop Thursday included a number five….with your own when-then statements….is it ok that I posted that ?

  6. Several years ago I was walking through a time of deep darkness, depression, wondering whether it was worth it to stay alive or if I should just end it all. A woman in my church paid for me to go to our district women’s retreat, and I couldn’t bring myself to not show up, since she had been so generous, even though that was the last place I wanted to be—among strangers, feeling so alone, hurt, and exposed. The guest vocalist that evening spoke of her own bout with depression, and shared a beautiful song. It moved me to tears, and I screwed up my courage at a break and approached her, just to tell her I appreciated the song. God spoke to her heart in that moment, and she looked at me, this total stranger, this broken woman, and spoke the most beautiful words into my life. “Sweetie, when everything seems the darkest, that’s when you should look up and realize you are in the shadow of God’s wings. He is covering you, protecting you, and will lead you through if you let Him.”
    I am crying again as I type this, remembering that precious woman who took the time to respond to God and my brokenness with #priceless comfort. “In the shadow of His wings.” A beautiful, safe, warm place where I am allowed to rest, to heal, to simply be.

    • Bronda-
      Thank you so much for sharing your struggle and your amazing encounter with a God-moved woman. Did you ever imagine that such a beautiful statement would come back full circle to a bible study with such an appropriate reflection on tje weekly verse? Thats incredible!


    • Oh how He loves YOU, Bronda! Isn’t His love so amazing and overwhelming! Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony with us! “A beautiful, safe, warm place where I am allowed to rest, to heal, to simply be.” Yes!

    • That is beautiful & so touching. Thank You for sharing

  7. Good Morning everyone!

    I am going to post this comment here as my blog. I am so inspired by all of your stories, and am able to relate to many. I too have struggled with doubt, anxiety, and fear. I am embarrassed to admit, but I had this thought that if I could do things perfect, I could control my fears. What a lie I let myself believe! I finally started to WAKE UP to Jesus and his promises. What joy I feel with him, and to surrender all to him is such a relief! Today, and always, I look to put my trust under the shadow of his wings.

    Blessings to all!

    • I’m absolutely convinced that the desire to try to be perfect is from Satan, the father of lies,himself! That was actually one of my if/then statements this week. 🙂 I was introduced to a lady this week that has tried pretending she was perfect, when she failed, she blamed God. Her life is a miserable mess; God is pursuing her but she’s running into a miserable existence. My heart breaks for this lady because I know the answer, SHE knows the answer yet she refuses to humble herself and let herself rest in Him.

      • I will join with you in praying for her, Christine…that her eyes would be opened and the unfailing love of Christ revealed to her as it was to us. I know well this place she dwells, but I know the hope of Jesus and the freedom that comes in surrendering to Him. May she find freedom in surrendering. Blessings!

    • OH, how I, too, know this freedom in surrendering! Thank you for sharing, Janelle!! Hugs!

  8. Cynthia Bussey says:

    #priceless and psalm 36:7
    I am using both because it applies to both. This week has been an interesting week. On Tuesday coming home from work I kept looking in the sky I noticed something different. I kept looking I saw an outline of an angel in the clouds. I was in such awe. It was huge. Then further down the road I saw a rainbow (there was no rain). It was a reminder to me of God’s unfailing love. His promises that never end. A friend of mine lost her daughter this week. It has been so tough for her. She just lost her best friend and shortly before that she lost her parents. She has been clinging to God as her refuge. She is standing firm. Many of us are standing with her.

    • Cynthia,

      How beautiful the signs. So sorry to hear about your friend, prayers to you both.

    • Cynthia, I love how God reveals Himself to us and reminds us of His love in those moments we need it most. Those clouds and that rainbow…He did that just for you (no matter how many other people saw them, too). He loves you that much!

      And just as He loves you, He loves your friend. I’m so sorry to hear about the great pain she is having to endure. What a blessing to have you stand with her. I am saying a prayer for her now. Jesus…hold her close.

  9. I just want to say a HUGE thank you for doing these bloghops. I have always felt the urge to write, but I have never known where to start, or had the confidence to put myself out there. This has given me a channel through which to do that and I have gained so much from spending the time preparing and pouring my heart into what I write. It has put so much more depth into what I am gaining from the studies. Thank you!

    • I can’t find a way to leave a comment on your blog, it might just be because I haven’t finished my first cup of coffee yet 🙂 but I think it’s interesting that you know first hand what it feels like to be an “alien” in a foreign land. Made me think of I Peter and how we are resident aliens in this world. Loved your when/then statements

    • Sarah, I am so excited to hear that connecting here has helped you start your journey of writing! Congratulations and keep it up, sister! So happy you’re a part of the OBS community! 🙂

  10. In His arms, In His love is where we are meant to be. Instead of running from His unfailing love, let us run to it. He completes us. As a song writer once penned, “You are the beginning, the end and everything little thing in between”. “How excellent is Your lovingkindness, O God; therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings” (Psalm 36:7)

  11. Robbyn R French says:

    As I am working through the questions in Chapter 3 I realize resonated on question number 2. It was a wake up call. I thought I had stop filling my heart with the worldly things to satisfy me when I got sober but I have to be honest…I have not. I am still performance base here in this bible study, at work and even as leader in Celebrate Recovery. I have to stop this doubts, fears and insecurities cocoon my heart and let Jesus’ s #priceless grace and #perfectlove fill it overflowing.


    • Robbyn, Thank you for your honest and transparent post. I think we all have those areas where we need more of Him and less of us and the world. Our relationship should be a continual pursuit, an ever-changing transformation, a constant comparing of ourselves to the truth found in His powerful Word. You are not alone, sister. Hugs!

  12. Rachael Ortega says:

    I have given my life to God about 7 years ago, but I really started looking to be satisfied only by Him about 6 months ago when my boyfriend broke up with me. I have seen the things I did to push him away and I am truly sorry. No one should have to deal with that, but I was broken, insecure, had walls up, and needed Jesus. I have come to realize now that in order for me to have any relationship work in a healthy way I need to allow God to be my everything and not people. I am working on that now through this study and I am thankful. What I am dealing with now is anger. I can get angry over the littlest things because it makes me feel insecure and like I am not cared about enough. I pray I am able to be healed of that.

    • Rachael, I am so glad you are walking with us through this study. In our brokenness, we find Jesus. We find hope and healing and restoration. His desire is to put you back together again…better than before and full of His unfailing love. He loves you with an everlasting love. Nothing and no one compares to the thoughts, feelings, and plans He has for you. He never gives up on us. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us more or less. His love for you is perfect, complete, and forever.

  13. I have been a Christian for a long time. Lately it seems that I have had a real longing to “go deeper” in Christ and His word. I am being challenged to trust God and give up doubt and fear. This is my first OBS and I am enjoying it. I am thankful for Gods #perfect love and His #priceless mercy.

    • Wanda…welcome to your first OBS! As you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. Keep seeking, keep trusting, keep surrendering. His plans for you are good and His love for you is perfect!

  14. Mary Bess says:

    I was saved at a young age.. but the road is never what we expect it to be. Insecurities and doubts… I lost my way.. I know God has always been there and showed me many times. I love this study.. it is helping me heal.. get back to Who God wants me to be and in a relationship with him. There is a song called “Born to be” by Natalie Grant and Gary LeVox “Father heal us now, God show us how to get back to the life that we’ve been missing.. Jesus light the way, teach us today, to get back to who we ,were born to be” He makes all things new. Definitely shelters us with his wings.. My light was dim but now burning brighter than ever. Thank you for this study 😉

    • Thank you for sharing those lyrics and a part of your story, Mary. Beautiful and encouraging. I’m so thankful that even when we get lost, Jesus is there, too. And He loves us while He waits for our return. He never gives up, He never leaves us. Blessings! 🙂

  15. When I feel overwhelmed, I will take a deep breath. Then remember that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil 4:13

    Oh how I am struggling with failure and being overwhelmed this week! And pride….my husband tells me I am being prideful thinking I can do everything without getting help. This past weekend, while scrubbing the grout in my shower (oh how I hate grout!) realizing that to truly get it clean to the level I would be happy with, I would have to hire a cleaning person. I tried cleaning other stuff but the more I did, the more bitter I got that I was spending my whole weekend working instead of resting. I’ve realize that I need help….I’m not a one woman show. I work from home while caring for a 5 month old every day, the 2 year old is only in preschool 2 days a week and luckily the 6 year old is in school all day but I still have to get her up and ready during my work hours. So I have really reached the end of myself this week and it is tearing me up. I’m struggling to remember to turn to God. I always struggle to remember that when I’m in the thick of a problem. I want Him to be the forefront, I want Him to be the first place I run to but my brain simply does not go there. I’m so stuck on what I can do that I forget that I can’t but HE CAN!

    • Jessica, In surrendering, we find grace for our journey. Not that we stop trying or stop doing what needs to be done, but we accept His grace when it doesn’t get done or it isn’t perfect. We can rest in His love and be thankful in our right now, no matter how messy, unfinished, and imperfect it is. Worship Him in the midst of your hard place. Praise Him in the middle and at the end…when your load feels too heavy remember it’s because you weren’t meant to carry it alone. Breathe in His goodness, mercy, and grace. Find His love in the laugh of your 5 month old, the hugs of your 2 year old, and the silliness of your 6 year old. Praying for you this morning…that in your struggle you can remember to turn to God. Praying also for peace, joy, and rest. His love for you is great and His plans for you are good! Hugs!

  16. “Giving up” is the best thing in the world when I gave up to God!!! The hard times are always there in one form or another but with God and His promises I know that ALL things ARE possible through Christ and that HE IS IN TOTAL CONTROL!! Nothing gained easily was ever appreciated as things and character gained hard. Wow!! What a Savoir!!!

  17. I forgot how much I loved to write poems… when I was in high school You would always find me writing something or drawing something. Thank you for helping me to remember how much I love writing especially writing a song to the Lord.
    What a blessings! 🙂 Cannot wait to read through some of your beautiful blogs.

  18. I surrendered my heart to Christ in 1994. I remember well. My husband and I had been going through a very difficult time. I was feeling that it was my fault or perhaps being made to feel that way. I was in my bedroom talking with my husband when I had the overwhelming feeling of God’s presence. God was telling me that I in fact was OK. I realized at that time that it was not my husband that I could count on for everything but God’s unfailing love. This study has made me realize that only God can fill all the empty places of my heart and that’s how it should be!!

    • Oh, Nancy…I love this. Isn’t God so good and His love so amazing?! Thank you for using your story to encourage us today. God truly desires to fill our empty places.

  19. #priceless Psalm 36:7

    As I set here mapping out my verse for the first time, I begin to see words popping to me. Priceless- Having value. Trying to understand the value that I have in Christ not needing to find value in others. His unfailing love- not falling short, completely dependable. I knew and know God love is unfailing but when you feel you messed up some many times you feel, will He love me less or maybe God does love ME less because I am not fallowing His ways like I should, then I realize I am going to fall short but His isn’t. Even with realizing that I need to learn that His UNFAILING LOVE applies to me. God never stopped loving me. Love-warmth, at times you want to feel that warmth (Love) of God on your time, we always use a time table for when we need to feel something (on our time) when God’s Love is on time, we just fail to recognize it. Refuge-Protection, need I say more. I really need to learn to take refuge in Him.

    The question for this weeks chapter really makes you face your doubt and the area in which we were trying to find worth in worthless thing, people, etc. As I written down my answer I was amaze at what I felt I needed in order to feel fulfill. I am still struggling in those area, but I do know I will overcome it.

    • Yes, Melissa! You WILL overcome…and the good news is, it’s not anything that you will do but what He has already done. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you more or less. His love for you is PERFECT. Hugs!

  20. Julie Davisson says:

    Surrendering to Christ: I first became a Christian after I’d married my husband and converted to be a Catholic. I definitely felt as if the Holy Spirit entering my life. However, as the years went by, I joined several Bible studies as a younger military wife, and grew deeper into God’s Word. I became a very committed Christian during those years when my kids were young and my military husband was often gone for long periods of time. During the past 10 years or so, though, I’ve been immersed in going back to school, getting our kids launched, and as a child tends to “grow up,” I was growing up in Christ. What I mean by this is I have been drifting a bit from God … knowing He’s there, but not spending as much time as I could with him, sort of like a kid who grows and spends less time with their parent as they navigate the world. Lately, I think I’ve felt a pulling back …much like we do as we get older and we long to spend more time around our parents, knowing that the world doesn’t quite offer the same love and security that we get from family. I am led more and more back to Him, through this study, and through other other areas in my life. Perhaps I’m getting older and deep down I know my time on earth is limited ….so I’m drawing closer to my Father. At any rate, surrending to Christ is a daily decision …not necessarily one I make at one single moment in time. The Christian life isn’t always easy, and its just human nature to want to rely on ourselves ….through this study, though, I’m finding myself repeating ….Know that I am the Lord …to remind myself that I need to remember WHO GOD IS … He is who He says He is ….that’s who. And it’s my job to do what I can do, but leave the rest up to Him.

    • I totally agree with you that surrendering to God is a daily decision! The first thing I do when I wake up is tell God I’m all His and have His way with me. I know He is for me and all His other children. I ask that He would reveal any sin in my life and heal me of anything that I am ignoring or the enemy is blinding me, manipulating me or keeping me to busy to address.

    • I agree. It really is a daily decision. At least for me. There is always something coming up in life that I am still learning to not deal with in the way that I may have in the past. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re so right, Julie. It is a journey…a daily decision to surrender all things to Christ. I love being here in this study knowing that we are all in this together…supporting, encouraging, sharing, and holding each other accountable. Thank you for being here.

  21. Total Surrender-
    I think I became a Christian at 6 years old. I remember a vision of being outside my church and feeling the Holy Spirit coming over me. I loved God then and wanted to be His forever. Fast forward to 12 years old after years of believing I could lose my connection with God from words of my Grandmother, I got baptized thinking I would go to hell if I didn’t. Fast forward another 12 years of feeling like there was no way to “keep up” with all of God’s rules, I became pregnant with my first daughter. I had been attending a great church, married a great man who helped me understand for the first time what “grace” really was. I made decision that I needed to “do” this right and be an example that my girl could trust in so she would trust in our Father. I got re baptized by my own decision understanding the Jesus was the only way and that I didn’t have to “keep up” anymore and that I had been right, it was impossible. I dug in and read the whole Bible. Through this my Faith grew so stronger and stronger and little by little my old life began to shed away. I got hired on as a Children’s pastor just a few short weeks after giving birth to our second daughter. Life was a whirlwind. I was so busy and exhausted and my marriage was crumbling apart. Finally, realizing that there was no way to continue on, I resigned thinking life was going to be easier. I traveled home to visit family shortly after. During this time some very DEEP wounds had been opened and blatant spiritual attack came over me. I ended up in the hospital and felt near death. The Holy Spirit gave me a peace that could have only come from Him. I was not afraid and welcomed what God’s will was no matter what. I got better and drove home. It was the next church service that I felt like I took communion for the first time. I wept and wept thinking how my story was one of billions and how Christ took on so much pain., The pain of the world. I knew I would never be the same after that. This was followed by months of anxiety and panick attacks that I honestly can’t explain why. So confused of why I was going through what I was going through I faced my fear one night and walked out in the middle of the woods near my house and in the darkness I looked up to the sky and dropped to my knees and asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life and that I would do anything and go anywhere. He was my King and I loved Him more than anything and anyone. I never wanted to feel being without Him again. Since then He has been revealing so much about myself and opening up every wound so that I can address it and He can heal it. I realize I struggle with believing I have His grace. And I struggle with confidence in His Word and sacrifice because for so long I was told it was up to me. I mentally know that this isn’t the case but emotionally and spiritually He is helping me trust Him more and more everyday. I can’t get enough of His word and His love. I am able to love people authentically and He has put a grace in my own heart that I never had before. I am rejoicing in the trial because as hard as it is I see the fruit of the Spirit at work. I just need reminding from the body from time to time that He’s got me and I don’t need to strive to keep being responsible for believing that. He does whether I do or not. I gave my life to Jesus to have and to hold. My Father keeps me. And I mean it when I say it, I am HIS. Working on giving to him my mind along with my body and soul.

    • Meg ~ Here’s your reminder…God’s got you! 🙂 I really enjoyed reading your testimony. Thank you for being so transparent and vulnerable here with your words. Grace and confidence are two struggles I have known well, too. We can’t do it, but He can. More of you, God, less of us! Blessings sweet sister!

  22. Inside my heart
    Is still a little girl
    Who likes to smile,
    To laugh and to play
    To share the good times and the bad
    And wants just to give her love away.

    Inside my heart
    is still a little girl
    Who sometimes cries, who hurts
    And feels life’s pain
    Who needs God’s mending love
    More than anyone or anything.

    Inside my heart
    Is still a little girl
    Who likes to hope, to dream
    And enjoy life everyday
    Who needs for others to encourage
    Her and always to pray.

    Inside my heart
    Is still a little girl
    Who has grown in God’s care
    And whose spirit feels at peace
    Because God has left His love there.

  23. Oh how good God is!!! His love, mercy and grace truly are priceless. I love that we are able to take shelter or refuge under the shadows of His wings. The verse this week really meant a lot. Very powerful for me after I verse mapped it out. Thank you so much P31, another awesome study! Can’t wait to dig into chapter 4.

  24. great fears overwhelm me,
    swarms of depression devour me
    the enemy seeks to destroy me,
    wrath and trouble follow after me,
    And I find myself a drift
    and a prisoner of my own fate.
    Do not keep silent, O God
    Do not hold Your peace
    and do not be still
    For my enemy has made turmoil
    and shattered across my heart
    like broken glass that cuts deeply
    into my very being.
    Lift my soul, O Lord
    Take what is left of me
    and make me whole again
    Give me mercy and truth
    and Your righteousness.
    Surround me with Your love
    Like the mighty water that covers
    over the seas
    Cover over me,
    Let me listen to Your truths
    and take away the lies that haunt me
    Protect my heart and let me feel Your presence
    Help me walk in the path of Your will
    Turn not away from me
    Help me to trust in Your ways
    For You are my Deliverer and my Rest.~joyce

  25. inside me is like the raging sea,
    while the waves rise and scatter the broken pieces
    against the shores.
    I feel engulfed and the lowest pit
    wasted away in the place of destruction,
    Yet, God’s mighty hand comes to rescue me
    His faithfulness surrounds me
    and His righteousness, mercy and truth abounds.
    He shines His light and directs my paths,
    He strengthens me in my weakness,
    And I cry out to Him for He is my Salvation,
    He sustains me in the battle,
    Even though I want to give up and feel I am floating away.
    Why does He deliver me, when I feel so helpless?
    Why does He love me, when I don’t deserve to be so loved?
    He carries me and the day passes
    He is my dwelling place,
    He is compassionate and worthy
    The Lord is my Rock and I will rest in His arms.
    He is mightier than the waves that try to take hold of me.
    For I need Him, He is my comfort.
    O Lord, in the deep places of my heart
    Wash me and make me clean,
    Surround me and deliver me
    Let me rejoice in You.~joyce

  26. And still she cries,
    overshadowed by her past,
    knowing as a little girl
    she suffered so much.
    Never feeling love, rejected,
    ashamed, hurt,
    in pain.
    This is of no fault of her own,
    God has taken her into his arms now.
    She has grown up now
    but still sometimes, she cries.~joyce

  27. Been giving much thought of talents I have always I didn’t have or thought I wasnt any good at. So last night I sat with my daughter and she taught me how to crochet. On top of that we have made or should I say started a granny square. Well it’s a start. With the Lords guidance I can do anything. Now that I am learning to read patterns I can make things for my granddaughters. His love is #priceless to me.

    • Angelique~ Congratulations on learning to crochet! 🙂 I know your granddaughters will cherish whatever you make for them because it will truly be a labor of love! And you are so right, God’s love is #priceless!

  28. Mandy Shelton says:

    Hey Ladies!

    Until this study I had never heard of “verse mapping”, but absolutely LOVE it! So here is my unpack for this weeks verse.
    Psalm 36:7 ~
    “How #priceless (matchless, irreplaceable, rare, precious, unique, incomparable) is your unfailing (lasting, certain, reliable, trustworthy, constant) love, O God! People take refuge (shelter, comfort, sanctuary, haven, protection) in the shadow of your wings (guard, defense, shield, armor).”

    Additional supporting verses:
    Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
    Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
    Genesis 15:1 “After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
    Ruth 2:12 “May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
    Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

    I can’t wait to “map” next weeks verse! Hope everyone has a blessed weekend!

    • I love that, Mandy!! Thanks for sharing the revelation you received from studying our scripture for this week. So good! And I love your excitement! You have a blessed weekend, too!

  29. When I doubt myself and my abilities and am afraid to move forward, I will take a deep breath, pray and remind myself (with God’s help) that God is always with me. “Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong as I protect you with my strong arm and give you victories.” Isaiah 41:10.

    I am amazed that with my lifetime of insecurities and lack of self confidence I took a gamble on myself but I want to be with my precious babies and have a more significant role in their life. I left my corporate America job to leave the stress and unhappiness behind and make myself a better mom and wife. I decided to start my own business endeavors but have found myself consistently telling myself I can’t do this and to give up……paralyzingly myself and feeling like a complete failure; feeling like I am letting my family down. God strengthen me! I can’t do this alone! Without you, I will continue to stand still…..but I am ready to take this journey of my life WITH YOU!

  30. This is my story, but I did not go into deep detail. My struggles and hurts are written mostly in the poems I write and yet, God has always been my strength and my refuge.
    I call this:
    Under His Wings

    As I think about a mother’s love for her precious child, I can only imagine what it must have been like for my mother to have held me in her arms for the first time and what she must have been thinking. Counting those little fingers and toes to make sure I was alright and just to know the miracle that had taken place. I was in the hands of my nineteen year old mother who was amazing and it beyond my own comprehension how she could be so young, yet be so wise for her age. My dad was an enlisted man in the Air Force and I was born at the Bryan Air Force Base in Bryan, Texas on January 1, 1955. It would not be long that my travelling days would start.
    Later, my dad was stationed at the base in Greenville, Mississippi where my sister, Donna was born. Then, my family moved to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida where I started first grade. Then, in 1961 we moved to Naha, Okinawa for the next four years. . Since my dad was a pilot he was gone quite often. My parents were both Christians, but they did not go to church very much. What I learned about God was from VBS at the chapel and from watching Billy Graham shows when we could get American programming on the television. My mother also spent time teaching me and my sister some of the Bible stories.
    After four years in Okinawa my family and I moved back to Florida, then we went back to Okinawa another two years.
    Finally, we moved to Oklahoma and then my dad retired from the Air Force in Warner Robbins, Georgia. During those times, God began to speak to my heart. A pastor visited our home and still we did not go to church, but I told God I wanted to become a Christian and I just did not understand everything.
    My parents were from Laurel, Mississippi and when my dad retired we returned to their home. We had no idea that our lives would be changed forever. My family started going to my mother’s home church. On March 1971, during a youth meeting at church, I decided to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I was 16 years old. Later, my parents re-dedicated their lives to the Lord and my sister, Donna was also saved. My teen-age years were filled with mixed emotions and decisions. A visiting preacher came to our church and he spoke about making Godly decisions for your life. This had a real impact on my life and I attended a Christian college after high school.
    When my parents considered moving to Mississippi, it was with the thought of taking care of their own parents as they grew older. We had no idea my mother would need
    our tender, loving care. She had several headaches along with sickness for several months, before finally going to the doctor. We found out she had a brain tumor, so she went to the hospital to have surgery. She came home and was progressing well.
    Later, she began to have the same kind of problems over again. She had another brain tumor and another surgery. She was told both tumors were benign. As she was recovering in the hospital, her hip began to hurt and she was diagnosed with bone cancer. I cannot tell you how the mental, physical and emotional toll affected all of us. It sometimes seems unreal. Through the process you learn, you pray and you hope. My dad was very gracious and tender toward my mother. We gathered around her bed and prayed with her with tears. She passed away in July 1977. Our lives were changed, but our faith was not.
    My sister went to college and I stayed home with my dad for a while. At age 29 I joined the army and prayed for an office job. I ask God to please find me a husband and I would try my best to share Jesus with others. The Lord honored my prayer and I did share Jesus when I had a chance. I was sent to Germany where I met my Christian husband, Gordon. We married a year later. Then, we moved to Ft. Stewart, Georgia where we helped at a Servicemen Center. I finished my three years in the army there, then we returned to Germany where my twin boys Christopher and Jonathan were born. Over the years God has blessed us so very much. We have a lot to be thankful for. My boys are Christians and attending college. My husband is retired from the army, but still working at a middle school. I work a lot at church and we are truly blessed. Only God! Only God makes a difference in how we live our lives!

    • Thank you and your husband for serving our country. Only God… yes and amen. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.
      Lauren, P31 ObS Blog hop team

  31. As I started this study I thought that I was confident and didn’t really have problems with that. As I read through each chapter, I realize that I have been relying on the world to fill my needs rather than rely on the Lord. I’m constantly looking for things to cover up my feelings rather than dealing with difficulties in my life. This study has made me realize that I do have confidence issues and need to deal better with them through Christ. Thanks to everyone who has shared throughout this study. I can’t wait for the coming chapters to dig deeper into this topic.

  32. Psalm 37:7 Be patient and wait for the Lord to act;
    don’t be worried about those who prosper
    or those who succeed in their evil plans.

    This is one of the hardest things I have to do. I have been working on giving my worries to the Lord and being patient…and patient…..and patient. I know he will act in his time and it will be the right time. Once the Lord has acted on certain things I have been able to say, “Oh, that’s why he waited until now.”
    The more I go through things and be patient the easier it is for me to be patient…but I still have a long way to go.
    Hearing other people’s stories helps me to be comfortable to telling my story.

  33. Debi Schuhow says:

    I’ve learned that God is willing to tarnish his reputation in order to get you to the place where you call on Him in complete surrender.

  34. I’ve shared in a previous post my experience with Psalm 36:7 and all I’ve learned from it and from being still under the shadow of His wings. Today, I thought I’d share another verse from our study, unpacking definitions and my prayer response to the Word.
    Psalm 90:14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
    Satisfy – saba (saw-bah) – to supply possession or enjoyment til no more is desired, to gratify desires to the full extent, to free from doubt, suspense or uncertainty, to cause the mind to rest in confidence by ascertaining the truth, to convince, satiate, suffice, have enough, have plenty, fill full
    Mercy – that mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries. It implies pity or compassion only toward offenders, pardon, the act of sparing
    Lord God,
    Satisfy me – cause my mind to rest in confidence by ascertaining (learning with assurance) truth, make me free from doubt, suspense and uncertainty, fill me full till no more is desired Lord. This sounds like what I’ve been seeking, to be satisfied in my pursuit of assurance from You Lord! The Psalmist prayed to be satisfied with your mercy Lord. I too will pray. The Psalmist needed to be filled, to be satiated, to be free from doubt, to be made to rest in confidence Lord. This encourages me. I’m not alone in my feelings. The Psalmist sought to be satisfied by your mercy Lord. Your mercy means that in the mildness and tenderness of Your heart, you overlooked my injuries, my sinfulness, and instead You had pity and compassion on me, pardoning me and sparing me from the wages of my sin, which is death. Instead in Your mercy, you gave me forgiveness of sins through Your death, burial and resurrection. You gave me righteousness. I’m completely holy and without blame before You in love. O satisfy me with these truths Lord – cause my mind to rest in them. Fill me fully with your mercy. Make me perfect in Your love, so I will not fear. Satisfy me so I may rejoice Lord. I will rejoice in God my Savior. Satisfy me so I will be glad all my days, not defeated with doubt and uncertainty! Lord God, let me possess assurance of Your mercy til no more is desired.
    O satisfy Amy early with thy mercy; that Amy may rejoice and be glad all her days!

  35. OBS BFFs – I thinking through a prayer I could write to God about the living water He and He alone provides us to fill and fulfill us. Here goes:
    Lord, wonderful loving Lord
    How I thirst for Your love
    Fill me with the Your unfailing love to quench my desire to please this world
    Know that I love You above all and that with You I can do anything!
    Thank you for what You have entrusted to me on this earth
    Help me to use it to glorify You and further Your work while I am here on this earth
    I love You Lord! PRAISE YOU!

  36. Sandra Lynn says:

    I’ve learned from being a Christian for many many years, that when you fully surrender to God, things start happening! Good things! God Bless you Melissa!

  37. Funny, I also did not see #5 When-then blog option in today’s email. I thought oh no, that was going to be my Blog topic today. So I blogged on my surrender to God but still posted a few of my when-then statements. 🙂

  38. Shelly thank you for always being so dear and encouraging. It is such a blessing having the opportunity to read these heart-felt posts from everyone and you always lead us in a wonderful direction.

  39. Patricia Dedrick says:

    Thank you Shelly and all the leaders and OBS ladies for sharing. I read your posts and find encouragement and find that others are going through the same things I am. This week has been a good week . I cleaned my full closet out and gave tons of clothes away to a church which has a outreach ministry . After reading chapter three and reflecting on it . I waste a lot of time working to fill up my closet, fill up my rooms in my house with things that will not fill me up or make me happy. In lots of ways they rob me of the one thing I need most of all God in my heart. My heart has been empty for some time know. I once had a close walk with The Lord and doubt has robbed me that I would or my family would or could be worthy of his love. I always compare my life with others and I need to come back to the realization that only Jesus can fill me and make me whole. back to giving my clothes away which I do every two years or so anyway ,but this time after leaving them and driving home I could not control the tears from flowing, God has blessed me so much and he keeps on blessing me so I can be a blessing to others. I have gave away a lot in the past few months and realize I can never outgive God his mercy is new every morning if I chose to seek it. His loving kindness has been truly # priceless . Please pray for me as I was reading a devotional today Gen. 50:20 spoke to me “You intended to harm me, (satan) but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now beefing done , the saving of many lives. I heard God tell me to share my testimony of abuse , hurt and how he has made me a new creature. I doubt that I could every have a ministry that God said I could have in his name. I think I’m too old , I pray for open doors and fell like they all shut in my face. I know that God has plans for me and I fell like my job is in the way . Sometimes I fell like I need to walk out in faith and quit it I hate it and I think we should love what we do and I see no glory to God in it . I have schooling and took a bible course and ask God why and still at a dead end job . Make lots of money ,but money isn’t everything . Please pray I need to make some big decisions and need Gods wisdom in them. Thanks for listening I think I just needed to get it out and be honest with myself. Was up praying and talking to God last night and I need his guidance.

    • Hi Patricia….thank you so much for sharing your heart here. I am saying a prayer for you now…for wisdom, guidance, and the assurance of God’s unfailing love…, and I know our prayer team will pray, too. God’s love for you is so amazing. And He WILL use your story to help others and point them to Him. Sometimes we think ministry is this great big thing that we could never do, when really ministry is everyday life…sharing what God has done for us and how He can do the same for someone else, just like you shared in your comment. He’s already using you sweet sister 🙂 Hugs to you today!

    P – having value, unique, wonderfully made
    R – redeemed, rescued, saved, made His
    I – In love with me, special to him, truly his
    C – cares for me, calls to me, come to him
    E – Expected, wanted me to be his before I was even formed
    L – lovely, beautifully made, he made me that way
    E – exceptional, rare, unusual, not like anyone else
    S – sincere, made whole in him
    S – sinless, he sees me pure and innocent
    The beauty that God’s sees in me.

  41. I have to tell you all how AMAZING GOD is!! I work in the court system so our job is stressful in many ways. I passed along the idea of the no fail pail, and told them that I have one on my desk for anytime they need to visit. I now know of at least 3 no fail pails in our office!!! We all need God at different levels or for different reason, but I am so happy to say He is moving in this office

  42. Right now, at this very second, I’m having a problem of feeling needed. I have a person I am close to, that lives far away, and he comes to me for many things. I have talked to him in the past 24 hours, but I feel like he doesn’t need me anymore, and he’s going to others for what he needs. I’m speaking of emotional support. It is making me feel insignificant to him. I know I am significant to God, but I want to be significant to my friend, and it’s making me depressed. I feel God saying, “give him over to me”, and I am doing that, but still feel a bit worthless to him. How do you reconcile knowing you are priceless and significant to God, but feeling worthless to another human?

    • I would do when/then statements. When I am feeling insignificant to “friend” I will stop. I will remember that I am amazingly significant to the One who created me, sustains me and gives me life. Lisa, you ARE significant to Him! This weeks memory verse is also a great reminder: take refuge in the shadow of His wings. Keep running to the God of comfort, surrender to Him, accept His peace.

    • I like Christine’s suggestion. while it is easy to “know’ that we are more than what others think about us, sometimes it is still a difficult concept to accept. Praying for you!
      Lauren, P31 OBS Blog Hop team

  43. Thanks for the inspiring post & for hosting & God bless!

  44. What a blessing to read your comments and posts today!! You ladies are incredible. I love how you love God and how you’re sharing about His love! What an honor to do life and OBS with every single one of you. Love ~Shelly

  45. I ditto Shelly’s statement. There have been SO many great blog posts and comments here today. I want to spend all day reading them 🙂 I have been so encouraged! Have a wonderful day all you fabulous sisters in Christ!

  46. Shannon M says:

    #priceless finding refuge in the shadow of his wings. When I feel threatened or just fear in general causing panic and the automatic reaction of run, run, run far away and hide. I will rest in his grace and peace. A little history; I am a single mom of three wonderful children. About 3 years ago I felt called to get back into church, find one now, for my kids to know Jesus. Trying several, finally found a wonderful church family and my children and I were all saved and then baptized on August 12, 2012 (Hallelujah)
    In the beginning of looking for a church, my oldest daughter tells me, “her dad has been molesting her” the other two children have been physically and emotionally abused too. I realized in all of these events that have come to the surface that I myself had been abused and scarred too from the same man that I thought was a wonderful eagle sweeping in to save the day. NO he went out like a vulture. Only God can fix the emotional scars left behind on all four of us!! The seeds are planted and they are in good soil now, the pruning process for each of us is slow but oh how wonderful it is to be trimmed of the things that we don’t need to dwell on. The last two years my ex has had no contact with my children, out of the blue he calls the house and is trying to friend request my 17 year old daughter. There was so much anxiety, fear, crying and just complete panic mode on my kids part that I felt it overwhelming myself. going around locking doors, double checking windows, locking cars, you know the fear of thinking that he was trying to inch his way back into our lives. I decided NO!!! SATAN you are not coming back into our loves, no you are not controlling our lives, no you will not create fear in my household!!! I turned to the BIBLE, My next study chapter was John 20, guess what? GOD is AWESOME!!! the disciples were locked in for fear of the Jews, and Jesus entered saying “Peace be with you, Have peace!!! Finding that #priceless grace, peace, protection!! and #unconditional love was so overwhelming, I can barely describe it. I tried to share with my children the feeling and they said they understood and are trying to have the same confidence in Jesus to not fear and trust in him completely, but I believe we each have to have our own WOW moment to fully understand what that feeling is!! Psalms 36:7 has a whole new meaning today compared to two days ago. “How #priceless is your unfailing Love, Both High and Low among men. Find (take) refuge in the shadow of your wings. God is good!!! Thank you OBS study team for allowing God to use each of you to help each of us find a true relationship with God!!!

    • Praying for you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing. May you continue to take refuge in His wings, and feel His peace!
      Lauren, P31 OBS Blog hop team

  47. A Heart Surrendered to Christ – As I was growing up I always believed in God. He was my only connection with my father, whom was tragically killed when I was young and I missed so very much. I had to believe in Heaven because that is where my dad was. If I didn’t believe, then I would never see my dad again and I couldn’t imagine that.
    One day, I was missing my dad and was caught crying in religion class by one of the nuns. When she was trying to console me after she found out why I was crying she told me that she believed, “when we die all the answers to all of the questions we ever had in our lifetime will be answered. But until then, we need to be good and love God.”
    From that day on, I held onto that belief, thinking all I needed to do was be good and wait to die. When that time came I knew what my one question was going to be. It was why? Why did my father have to die? Why did I have to be without a dad when everyone else had one? Why did you let this happen, was I bad?
    These questions kept me alive but only in survival mode for many years. Not really caring what would happen to me because after all, if I died not only would I be with my dad again but my questions would be answered. I don’t want you to think that at anytime I was suicidal. I just didn’t care, started to become angry with God, and became a rebellious, stubborn, “do what I wanted to do” type of kid.
    As a teen, I drank and did any drug I could get my hands on, hoping it would make my life better, or least easy. The hole of emptiness was huge and needed to be filled. In an attempt to fill that hole, I experienced many things I am not proud of.
    At the end of my teenage years, I met my soul mate. We feel in love, got married, had children, and after many years of good times and bad I was diagnosed with cancer.
    When I was faced with my own death, to my surprise, I wasn’t as prepared as I had always thought I would be. After all, I would see my dad and have my now, lifelong question answered. So, what was the problem? What happened? Life happened. I now had children that needed me, my husband whom I love with all my heart, and a great life. I didn’t want to leave them.
    I cried out to God, as I had done many times before and yes, of course, He was always there for me. Even when I was so angry with Him, He still loved me and cared for me. This time, I was desperate, more desperate than any other time in my life.
    When I was recovering from the first of many surgeries, I was watching TV and after trying to change the channel several times, I gave in and began to listen to who is now one of my favorite preachers. What she was saying really made sense. I had believed in God but wasn’t living for Him. After asking Him to come into my heart, I asked to be forgiven for all that I had done. I didn’t realize at the time, this would be the beginning of the best and worst roller coaster ride I have ever experienced.
    Well, I survived cancer. But I can tell you, the road was not easy but it was definitely worth the trip.
    My relationship with God has changed quite a bit. Instead of it being only a way to see my dad again and have my questions answered, it has now become, how can I serve you Father? What can I do for Your Kingdom and Glory?
    Well, our Heavenly Father answered those questions in a gentle and loving way, as He always does. He told me I needed to change my ways but he also reassured me that I would always be okay because He will never leave me and the road I needed to follow was not going to be an easy one. I had many fears and addictions to overcome to become a better servant that only God desires.
    What I didn’t realize for the longest time is that fears can be addicting. I was actually addicted to fear. Fear was a way of life for me. I was always living in fear of something. It was easier to say, “I can’t” than to see the truth and face the fear that is feeding you lies.
    A famous preacher that I watch on television once said, “Do it afraid”. This touched me the moment I heard it and has helped me to face each fear with the confidence that no matter what was going to happen, I would be okay.
    Of course, facing a fear is not that easy but having scripture and continually reminding myself to do it afraid, made it easier. There were times when I had to say these things to myself continually, over and over again, until I found courage.
    A verse I seem to continually depend on is Proverbs 3:5. “Trust in the Lord with all of our mind, heart, and soul and don’t give way to your own understandings.”
    The many times I had to endure tests and surgeries or even when I was confronted with a situation that I had to wait upon for the answers, this verse would remind me to focus on God for the answers.
    It took me a while to realize that struggles and tough times are also blessings that we should count and be thankful for. Although they are painful, those are the times when we grow and mature. It really gives a whole new outlook on the meaning of “growing pains”.
    After a few years of being ‘clean’ of cancer, during a regular checkup, my doctor requested that I have an ultrasound. This was not an unusual request so I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Just a precaution, I guess.
    Well, the ultrasound revealed two lymph nodes were suspicious. Just when I thought that I had conquered cancer, I found myself with the possibility of having to face that ugly monster, again.
    A friend had offered to go with me to have the biopsy so I wouldn’t be alone and to offer moral support but at the last minute was unable to accompany me. This was a blessing in disguise. God’s plan is always perfect. Of course, many had offered to go with me but I found myself declining the offers. I was going to do it alone, so I was telling everyone, but my heart was saying, “I am going to do this one with my Lord”.
    I brought my bible with me and an open, willing heart. I sat in the waiting room praying for strength, courage, and wisdom to handle this. To accept the outcome regardless of what it would be, knowing that I was in His care.
    I read one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 23. I began to meditate on each and every verse. As the procedure began, I pictured myself in the pasture beside quiet waters, resting in the arms of Jesus. I began to drift off into a beautiful place.
    I couldn’t feel the table I was lying on anymore but I could hear the movement of the doctor and the nurses doing what they needed to do, but it was more like hearing them in the distance. I was in Heaven; my head was resting on the lap of Jesus, My Lord, in a quiet pasture with the sun shining and a cool breeze flowing across my face.
    As I lay in the arms of my Savior, I could feel a warming sensation going through me like a beam of light, similar to a laser. It began at the top of my head and slowly moved over me. As it reached my neck, it hovered for some time. At that moment, I knew I was healed.
    Jesus healed me as he held me close in His arms. The warming sensation continued to move across the rest of my body as I was resting in the love and peace of my friend Jesus. I believe I was given a glimpse of heaven that day.
    The type of biopsy I had was one that the doctors don’t usually do unless they are quite sure its cancer, so I was later told. Well, I went into the procedure with a malignant lymph node; a few weeks later it was confirmed that the node was benign. I was healed that day.
    I am living each day thankful to Jesus for taking those stripes so I could be healed and for the life He has given me. I am now 6 years cancer free and every day I thank Him. I live for Him. I love Him.

    • Wow. just wow. Fear is addictive- how profound.. and I love the thought, “Do it afraid.” Sometimes fear paralyzes us, keeps us from taking the next step. Thank you for the encouragement. ‘
      Lauren, P31 OBS Blog hop team

  48. Ladies: This is off the subject for this week…but ladies I am sending out a prayer request. My son is on drugs. I pray that he have deliverance. I can’t do anything for him.. I can’t fix him. Please help me pray for him. Thank you sister. :-‘(

    • Dear Heavenly Father, I lift up Sheila’s son to you. You know exactly where he is and how best to minister to his heart. I know that you’ve placed a map in his heart that will lead him back to You. I come into agreement with Sheila and trust in Your saving hand to pull her son out of the darkness of his addiction. And I pray that you minister to my sister’s heart and help her remember that she can trust You with her son’s life. Amen.

      Sheila, the following scripture is from today’s “Encouragement for Today”:
      “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20 (NIV)
      What you’re going through now cannot be easy, but God is with you and your son. Remember that “we walk by faith and not by sight!” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

    • Oh, Sheila!! Joining you in prayer for your son, and peace for you. May you feel God’s unfailing love right now.
      Lauren, P31 OBS Blog hop team

    • Oh Sheila – I’m praying for you. It’s so hard to feel like we’ve lost control and want so badly to have our kids walk in the way of the Lord. Jesus we cry out for Sheila’s son. Heal him and deliver him from his addiction.

  49. Unfailing Love
    You knew me before I was knitted in my mother’s womb; you called me by name.
    You knew of all the sins I would commit,
    yet You gave up Your only Son for me.
    Each time I fall, you extend Your unfailing love,
    never caring whether I deserve it or not.
    Your love is unfailing, for you never fail–
    what a blessing it is to flourish under the shelter of Your unfailing love!

  50. A Heart Surrendered to Christ: I was raised on Indian reservations all over Nevada. I am a Caucasian, but have grown up with Indian culture since I was 4. I was adopted by my stepdad who was Indian, my mom was white. I grew up in small towns and always felt like an outcast. I was the little white girl surrounded by a bunch of indian kids. Now that I think about it, most of my life I have felt like an outcast in most things I do. I’ve never really fit into anything. Something in small town Nevada drew me to Church. My parents did not go to Church, but I begged them to let me go. Every Sunday, they would drop me off and pick me up when service was done. I was 8 years old at that time and continued this until I started high school. I’m not sure why, but my church going days just stopped once in high school. It is over 20 years later now and I’m still struggling with so many issues that I dealt with as a child. A few years ago, I knew I had to make a decision about my marriage. It was falling apart and I had no idea how to fix it. I had been studying the Bible with a Jehovah Witness, but I wasn’t certain I believed all they did. My friend gave me the name of a counselor who would help me figure out what to do with my marriage. I had a brand new baby, my husband was on drugs and I felt helpless. I did not have the money to see a counselor, but this man said he would talk to me for free. It was the most amazing counseling session I have ever had. During that session he led me back to Christ. This man and I prayed together and I asked for forgiveness of all my sins. Even though I had accepted Christ into my heart as a young child, I did it again that day. We read the Bible together and he showed me where I can study and decide if staying in this marriage was right for me or not. After a lot of praying and studying, my marriage did end in divorce. I was so frightened to go that route because I was afraid God would hate me for taking that step. But I know now that God was giving me the strength to do what I needed to do for my daughter. And that I am forgiven.
    And today, I am the single mom of a 4 year old little girl now who is the light of my life. Her Dad is still on drugs and has been in and out of jail as well as mental institutions for the last 3 years. He has no visiatation and pays no child support. I know I did the right thing by divorcing.
    I am still working on myself with this amazing counselor and his associate. I have truly been blessed by these people who are willing to help me work through my issues at no cost!
    It is my dream to give back to other single moms by organizing a single mom support group. I pray every day that God will show me the way if this is meant to happen.

  51. This has come at a perfect time in my life. I’m so thankful for your devotion to reaching out to women. thank you

  52. I wish i could feel comfortable enough to just pour out my troubles, but i am not ready just as yet. I do believe God has shown his #priceless love to me and my family, with each and every day that we are alive and that we have together…to me that is priceless.My husband and children men the world to me. I still have yet to conquer the fear of “what if.’ I hear God speak to me with words of encouragement and truth, and i know His truth is real…the fear is not….still i have yet to conquer it.

  53. Debbie Tapparo says:

    I’ve been very busy trying to keep up with our bible study assignments and have found myself doing the same old things of trying to do everything and trying to do it just right. All this does is gives me the feeling of failure because I cannot keep up or do it just perfect. It would be a #priceless video watching me trying to be perfect. How silly is that? I’ve realized that I need to kick back and do what I can do and enjoy what I can do. No stress. No guilt. No shame. No failure. I’ve made my No Fail Pail and decorated it. I feel I’ve accomplished something worth accomplishing. I will make more verse cards, I will join the Twitter Tuesdays, I will blog-hop, I will read my chapters and I will review and answer the questions. But I will do these things with pleasure and enjoyment. I may not do them as quickly as some, but that is ok. I want to focus on giving God thanks when I have a meal, talk to him first thing in the morning and throughout the day and before I go to bed. I want to give him the glory and gratitude that is his. I am truly blessed. I need to slow down and see how blessed I am and see the many beautiful things in this world and in my life. Slow down Debbie.

  54. I don’t have a blog, although I love to write, so maybe I should learn lol. But here is the when/thens I posted on my facebook last night:
    By recognizing & replacing our emptiness with the fullness of God’s promises, we drink the living water. We acknowlege our need, which allows Him to pour out His truth into the well of our hearts #Reneeswope #AConfidentHeart #Proverbs31

    When I feel like I am not good enough, I will thank God that he accepts me for who I am (just like Sam at the well). When I feel like I’ll never be a good enough wife, I will thank God that I prayed every day as a child for a husband and he answered me and gave me my first love. When I feel like I am alone and no one understands, I will thank God that he too understands how I feel because he was alone being tempted in the wilderness and praying in the Garden. When I feel like everyone is nagging me about when I will have a baby and it is not happening, I will thank God that they mean well and that this is just the beginning of the journey and that God blessed Sarah and Elizabeth and my mother, even in their advanced age and maritial journey. When I doubt that there is reasoning behind the things that happen in my life, I will thank God that Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that he has a plan for me #priceless

    • As a mom who struggled with infertility for 3 years, I know the pain of longing for a baby and answering the repeated questions. Praying for peace for you on the journey.

      • Thanks Jen! I just stated trying, but I have a thyroid problem that has me a bit worried. My brother-in-law and his wife, who haven’t even been married a year, got pregnant first and really quickly and after four years of being married, but holding off until I was out of school, I am getting a lot of questions. It is hard because I know they mean well, but all the baby questions make it even harder that it hasn’t happened yet. Thanks for your prayers! 🙂

  55. Janet Daniel says:

    Hi! Everyone,
    I’m so excited to participate in this study. I still haven’t figured out how to set up a blog page. Ill try again this weekend. I I realize now that I can’t control people and that I had to turn my faults and worries and anxiety over to God and quit expecting people to fill me. its helping me deal with day to day task. I believe that small test or big test are quite a revelation of how God is leading me to something better. To finally getting back to humbling myself to kneel before God in the morning after getting out of bed and before I go to bed is priceless. I am still learning things I never understood in the Bible before are priceless because I was not brought up learning from the Bible. And I never really considered thanking God for my circumstances good or bad was such a blessing but I’m learning now that it is! i love everybody’s post because it they are #priceless too. It makes me know that I’m not alone in the world even if I think my problems are too big to handle. It’s touching to know that I am just as confident as the any one and that if I just face my fears and do it anyway I grow strong as a person. I’m starting to realize that it doesn’t matter if I fail or how many times I fail as long as I get up and try again and again. And every time I try I learn something new and it makes the next time a little easier. Thanks for my book Renee. I’m going to be able to read it mor often now. Janet Daniel

  56. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
    What I learned this week is that there is no price I can pay to buy God’s love. This includes tasks, good deeds, prayers prayed, services attended, or committees served. God loves me no matter what. This has been a rough week and I feel very vulnerable. It is great comfort to crawl under those mighty wings. Thank Lord for drawing me near.

    • Praying for you, Jill!!! He is so good, even when we struggle, or have things come against us. Thank you for sharing!
      Lauren, P31 OBS Blog hop team

  57. I’am very happy to be part of this today. I wanted thank you all for having this for us. You have no idea how, this help me this week. Big Hug from and I will pray always for all of you!

  58. Cherl Freier says:

    Still having some problems figuring how to blog hop hopefully with get it down soon. Love the verse mapping although I was raised in church my whole life it was hell fire and brimstone preaching and I was afraid to read the Bible never learned about God\s love and grace freely given until about 20 years ago so I’m still learning a lot My husband and I have had a rough 5 years his job loss our move because family members told us the job market was great here for what he does not so. but we finally decided to let Jesus lead us and we have did our part but I’m trusting him completely and Wow a big challenge but it’s working and things are starting to look up and I’m so pleased this has been a hard week for me I’m at a time in my life when body changes and hormones are crazy so please pray for me and really more than yon can imagine I love this study I want my value determined by Jesus not people anymore

  59. Christine Strickland says:

    Hi everyone! I have finally made the time to get on here. I’ve fallen a little behind but seem to be catching up with everyone now. Just figured out (I hope) how to do the blog thing. I look forward to getting to know you all through there and through our other social media sources.

  60. #A Heart Surrendered to Christ

  61. Ok I am totally missing something on the blog hop. Do we post in the comments?? Is there a link I am not seeing? The video shows a page that I don’t know how to get to!!! Help please … also how do I put the button on my wordpress blog???
    thanks mucho

    • There is a link… It is directly underneath the post, after the pictures of all of the blogs linked in. a little blue button that says, “add link here”. The link only stays up through Monday. Click on that little blue button, and it then asks for your name, email, and url of the direct blog post address. Not sure about the wordpress button… but I’ll ask one of my team members to respond.
      Lauren, P31 OBS Blog hop team

  62. I love so many of the wonderful blogs shared here! It warms my heart some days to know others are of a like mind to me and makes me feel less lonely! Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who brave a cruel world and share pieces of their souls with us!

    • Isn’t it great to see how God speaks to each of us so differently? These OBS girls are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing, Renee!
      Lauren, P3`1` OBS Blog hop team

  63. Psalm 36:7
    How priceless is your unfailing love, O God
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7 (NIV)

    Priceless – value beyond all price
    Unfailing – endless
    Refuge – protection, shelter, safety
    Shadow – shelter, protection

    God’s love for me is beyond all price, #priceless, which is endless
    I can find safety in the shelter of God’s protection, in his feathers is where
    I can find rest.

    How precious is your unfailing love, O God
    All humanity finds shelter in the shadow if your wings (NLT)

    How exquisite is your love O God
    How eager we are to run under your wings (MSG)

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the world, expecting to be satisfied and validated by others, buying things to make us happy, but never satisfies. Wanting to be noticed, when it is God that we must seek that will fill the void of satisfaction. We need to let Jesus fulfill us and complete us. Our purpose here on earth is to love, because God loved us first with his #priceless, endless love. Let’s run under his wings for comfort beyond what we can imagine here in the world.

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