Managers of Blessings? Week Four!

"Managers of Blessings? Week Four!” by Melissa Taylor and Nicki Koziarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #BecomingMore #P31OBSHey, OBSers! It’s week four AND we are #BecomingMore! Right?! Yes!

Before we get started this week, check out the Monday video. Lysa TerKeurst has a great topic for us! What it means to … MANAGE BLESSINGS.

This is so good! You don’t want to miss it.

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

Did you catch Lysa’s word of wisdom for us in keeping the right perspective in our struggles?

“Thanksgiving immediately ushers in God’s presence.”

Yes! So good.

Here’s the Weekly Lowdown with everything you need to know to be ready for your week. And for all our plan-loving OBSers out there, we’ve got you covered with a suggested weekly guide on the second page of this downloadable PDF.

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Here is this week’s verse to share, print, pin or post wherever you want!

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) | "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 4 verse of the week | #BecomingMore #P31OBS

Let’s Chat: 

Observe  What is an area of your life that perhaps you could look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden right now?

Bible — Take some time to read through different versions of 2 Corinthians 4:18. Write down which words inspire and challenge you most from this verse!

Stretch  Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by _______. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

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Have a great week!!

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  1. I am so thankful that my prayers begin with thanksgiving, always. It is like my default language when I in God’s presence!
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by kneeling before Him before I stand in the world. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  2. I have several friends who have been diagnosed with cancer these past few weeks. Rather than being depressed over their illness I am choosing to be grateful and feel blessed that God is allowing me to minister to them during these months.
    . . . I will keep my eyes fixed on God when their burdens get to heavy keeping my eyes on the end when we can give God the glory no matter what the outcome.

    • Jem Renee P31 OTeam says:

      Phyllis,I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor and I remember and am so very thankful for the positive, upbeat people God put into my life during that time. So yes, praise Him for giving you your friends and for allowing you to be able to be there for them.

  3. Observe — Recently I’ve been extremely busy trying to balance a new job, a new move to a new city, trying to go back to school for my Masters and trying to make new connections. It’s been very difficult and stressful. I recently had a conversation with a friend and I remarked that being busy is a blessing. I’m realizing after hearing the bible study and Lysa’s commentary that my actions didn’t align like I believed what I said. I’ve been internally stressed over never having enough time and trying to stay on top of everything. So I thank God for the opportunity to “manage my blessings”. This word has renewed my mind with how I see my situation. I want to be more appreciative over my blessings.

    Bible — New Living Translation is my favorite because of the replacement with the word troubles:
    So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reflecting on this week’s memory verse. It’s great because it’s my phone screen so this reminder is only button click away.

  4. O – I’ve been working hard at this with my husband’s work schedule. He is a dairy farmer and works long hours. With two young children at home, I can get stuck on the amount of time he is working OR choose to focus on the sacrifices he makes, faithfulness he demonstrates, and God-honoring father that he is.

    B – Inspirational words: fix, focus, eternal; challenging words: unseen – when I focus, I want a tangible, visible thing to look at. But the key is to view everything in light of the eternal, not the here and now.

    S – I will keep my eyes fixed by memorizing this week’s memory verse and thinking on it when struggles/stressors come up.

  5. Katie Monroe says:

    Observe – Managing my time can be unbearing sometimes, In the mist of still searching for a fulltime job. I started a parttime job, filling up the left over time with small odd jobs. As well as filling that left over time with gran babies.

    Bible – The seen can be done in an measureable thought process to what we know God’s will is as well as the unseen once it’s shown to us.

    Stretch – I will use this week memory verse to keep my eyes fixed on the trials that come, or stressful situations that creep upon me!

  6. O – I am gong to immediately apply this principal of recognizing Gods presence and stopping and giving to Him no matter what stress.
    B – love this verse…fixing my eyes on Jesus and obeying His word. Love the song Fix my Eyes On Jesus.
    S – I will be stretching out of my normal routine to do it Gods way today with His blessing.

  7. Lori Starr says:

    When a difficult situation comes I try to remember that God gives us everything we need to fulfill all that He has called us to do. If that is true then even the difficult situations are there to equip us. I have to consciously remind myself and meditate on scripture that God gives me what I need. When I do this the uglies don’t have so much control.

  8. Brooke Wiest says:

    I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and am so thankful for this baby. However, sometimes I let the stress of everything that needs to get done in our home (we bought a “fixer upper” in September) to take over. God has blessed me with so much! I need to keep that perspective by keeping my eyes on Him!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Brooke, keep your eyes on Him and take care of that baby!! That’s wonderful! God Bless!

  9. Kristy Leboeuf says:

    Observe-My 3 jobs plus my business can overwhelm me on a daily bases. I realize that God has blessed me with a lot of ways to bring in the extra money my family needs right now. I’m sincerely grateful.
    Bible- Words that stand out to me are: are seen – Temporal not seen – eternal
    Stretch- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by memorizing
    2 Corth. 4:18.
    #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  10. Danielle Mackley says:

    “So WE FIX our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen”
    It is our decision, our choice to fix our eyes on the unseen things of this world. As Sherri Easter sings “when everything falls apart, praise His name, when you feel you can’t go on, just raise your hands and say, greater is he that is within me, and you’ll praise the hurt away.” Our choice, our decision.

  11. I am a newlywed we have been married 3 months. My husband is a pastor. I also work a full time job. We are so blessed with all things the Lord has given us. Sometimes I am so busy trying to help and do everything I need to do i forgot to keep my eyes on the Lord.

  12. Stretch: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by……remembering things that I see or hear will be gone tomorrow, but wht is lays her is Gods word Gods way!!

  13. Melinda Marzan says:

    Observe — I would have to say with my fiances. I Just want to get ahead and stop feeling so inadequate with being unable to handle them. The blessing would have to be is knowing God always provides. Bills are paid food is on the table, and we can do fun things with our family.

    Bible — The message version tells us that We are surrounded by troubles but we are not demoralized (love that word) we are not sure what to do, but we know God knows what to do (what a promise!!!!)

    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by pausing and remembering the GOOD things He has done!
    – See more at: http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/current-study/#sthash.HAZ8eyS2.dpuf

  14. This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking him for my struggles and giving him all the glory for working in my life. Surrendering my struggle to him and giving him control.

  15. O – I need God’s guidance in managing my mini blessings. 🙂
    B – don’t look at troubles. Fix our gaze on unseen. These will last forever.
    S – This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by… stopping, being thankful for what I have right there, and asking for God to bless the person not the sin.

  16. O- I have several chronic illnesses: fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, Behcets disease, myofasicial pain, and arthritis in my neck and lower back. These diseases can get me down and depressed at times when the pain gets overwhelming. I have to remember that I am blessed to be able to work a full-time job, play with my granddaughters on the weekends, take walks on beautiful days, and have a husband that understands and gives me support. I am thankful that I can rise above the pain, with God’s help, to live a semi- normal life.
    B- I love today’s verse because it reminds us that our pain is only temporary!
    S- This week when I struggle with my pain issues I will look at my phone and read this week’s bible verse! What is unseen is eternal! #Liveit out #Becomingmore P31OBS

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Pam, so thankful that our pain is only temporary! Thank you for sharing and praying for you! God Bless!

  17. O-the daily mundane grind. Working from home is great! But it can also become a prison… A dusty, need to vacuum prison. An “I never get to escape it” prison. But a blessing to be able to be there for my husband in his time of need.

    B-“here today, gone tomorrow ” the Message

    S-This week when struggles arise, I’m going to ask myself: will it matter a year from now? Is it a matter of salvation? Is it life threatening? It’s a BLIP! Praise God…. Look for the unseen in the visible issue!

  18. Good Morning OBS friends it is snowing on the East Coast…fun times!
    I could manage the blessings of my children’s stage in life – they each have a boyfriend/girlfriends right now – my daughter is 20 in (3weeks) – and it is getting serious I think – my son is 16 and had a girl he really likes, but it scares me – because I am a single mom and ugh…I want to manage the blessings of my children being happy….but also need to keep perspective…and not turn a blind eye. It can be a bit overwhelming for this momma – Prayers appreciated.
    I love the Lord with all my heart – and I leave my struggles at his feet, and the foot of the cross…He can handle them much better than I .
    Stretch _This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by going to His Word! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS – Shout OUt to my Awesome OBS facebook Group 12!!!
    Blessings All
    Teresa

  19. Christianne McCall says:

    Oh yes, I am the queen of focusing on my struggles. It’s going to be a struggle in and of itself to get through this session! I’m trying to focus more on God and find the good. Praying for strength and focus!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Praying for you as you find your focus Christianne! You can do this! God’s got you! God Bless!

    • Kristen Paker says:

      I also focus on my struggles daily. I let my stress and anxiety get the best of me some days. Honestly, more than I would like to admit. I also need to focus more on God and find the good, even in tough situations. Especially, when my kids have tantrums, which are new to me these past couple of weeks. If she does I need to focus on God before I speak. I will be praying for both of us for strength and focus!

  20. Ashley Isbell says:

    O- One area in my life I can be more thankful for is my parents being so involved in our wedding. They want to know all the details and are really wanting to get involved. They’re sometimes stressful because they will ask me questions whenever I can’t answer then or whenever it’s inconvenient for me but I know I do the same to them. So I should be more thankful They want to help and are involved.

    B- “We don’t look for things that can be seen but for things that can’t be seen. Things that can be seen are only temporary. But things that can be seen last forever.” Name of God version
    Some words that really stick out to me are temporary and forever. Sometimes I’m looking for things that are seen and when I find them it’s a temporary fix and I can feel that a little later in life, rather than searching for the things that are intangible because that is what last a lifetime. And the love of God is intangible and that’s one thing I would like to continue seeking more.

    A- This week, when struggles arise in ym everyday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God by taking time to slow down and pray thank you to God for my blessings.

  21. This week when I look at my son who is going through some very troubling times, I will keep my eyes on God and thank Him for His wisdom to give me the right words to speak to him and to do something special to lift his spirit. I will look to God for help in doing my part.

  22. Observe: At the right time -looking back I see it now- God blessed me with a good job. Something that would enable me to be a single mom, start a good retirement fund, and live comfortably. However, because I am not a “‘manager of blessings” I’ve began to dread Mon-Fri. I’m unhappy about my attitude and pray often during the day for my attitude to change. I think often, “how can God really trust me with the big/good things if I’m by proving trustworthy here”.

    Bible: In the situation above, I tell myself “fix your eyes on things unseen” because I really don’t know what God is doing, how is using this position to “better me” or grow me spiritually. I know He has a purpose and a plan and it is better than anything I can imagine. There could be areas of situation that I won’t know about but people may be effected eternally because of one little thing I say or do each day.

    Stretch: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by pausing. During the pause I will meditate on eternity and the bigger picture, what is unseen now will be seen in eternity and that is my Heavenly Father who loves me beyond words.

    #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

    • I very much like what you said in the STRETCH section. I forgot to add this to my earlier comments, but how you phrased it resonates with my soul. Pause to meditate on eternity and the bigger picture. That is exactly what I need to do. It will help me be intentional to remember my Abba loves me beyond words, and He will meet and manage all my blessings. Thank you so much Arlene.
      #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  23. Observe — Probably my home..it is difficult to keep it cleaned like I want with how busy our schedule is. What a blessing our home is and what a joy it should be to clean it and serve my family that way.
    Bible — What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. We must not store up treasures on this earth…we must fill up our hearts with God, his truth and his love!
    Stretch — by practicing this: Stop. Pause. Praise. . #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  24. Observe: my area is spreading those around me joy and encouragement through love. When I know someone doesn’t want it but could really use it and they have a bad attitude I am not to give into their attitude I am to allow them to see jesus through me. Because if I don’t how will they cone to know jesus and experience joy. I liked the new International version. Not focusing on our troubles and not seen is what matters. By restating this verse and singing praises in his name

  25. O-Balancing the day to day commitments with work and children. Counting my blessings that I have a job that provides and children that are healthy!

    B-Love today’s verse because it reminds me that whatever struggles we are going through, are only temporary.

    S-I will keep my eyes on fixed on God by stopping to recognize what I am grateful for in that moment!

  26. Shayla Donaldson~ P31-O Team says:

    O- I would say managing home life. It gets crazy with 2 young kids and my husband’s busy work schedule and trying to balance all of the other things I have going on (work, ministry, community, etc…) Sometimes I feel overwhelmed and get frustrated with all I have to do. But I will shift my focus and realize that God has blessed with me my family, my ministry, my job and all of my other commitments. I must seek Him for strength and guidance to prioritize instead of getting frustrated and allowing myself to become overwhelmed.
    B- I must not dwell on what I can see with my natural eyes but I must focus on what God has stored up for me spiritually and that can only be seen with my spiritual eyes.
    S- I will keep my eyes fixed on God by: Praising Him at all times, Remembering His Word and Acknowledging His Presence in my life.

  27. O—For me, I am managing the blessings in this disease of Type 1 Diabetes. When I get so frustrated with dealing with this, God reminds me of this: “I am with you.” I was diagnosed in 1986. I have zero complications. That is a blessing. I have two beautiful sons. That is TWO blessings! I can work full time with minimal issues. That is a blessing. THIRTY years, God has allowed me to walk this road alongside Him. When I remember that HE is with me, my pity parties melt away and my burnout moments sling back into the shadows. They still come, and God still shows me He is sovereign.
    B—For this week’s verse, the Amplified version caught my attention: “So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.” The words that jump out to me are TEMPORAL (fleeting) as compared to EVERLASTING AND IMPERISHABLE. Such strong words! Temporal, brings to mind a mighty tempest, a storm over the sea. And you know what? Jesus calms those kinds of storms. These moments in life are tempests. And my savior walks on waters in the stormiest of nights. My savior speaks, “Peace,” and that storm even listens. IMPERISHABLE. My future, my eternity is so secured through my savior, I have zero doubts. So why let these momentary struggles bring me down?
    S—“This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by…” taking some deep breaths, and asking Him to change my perspective. Move me, Lord, move my eyes, move my spirit so that I can see Your Hand in this. So that I remember that You are in control. You are bigger, Lord. Bigger than ANY of this. Help me to let go.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Kara, God is bigger than your diabetes and any other struggles you are going through. Lifting you up in prayer and I know He has you. Thank you so very much for sharing! God Bless!

  28. It is so funny that this comes up today because last night I went to bed really stressing about everything I have to do today between work, volunteer commitments I made at school, preparing for my religion class I teach tonight, needing to go to the grocery store, and now a sick husband! Being thankful that I do work for home and can take care of these things is a huge blessing along with relying on God to get me through it will bring me through my challenges for the day!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Julie, God brings us just what we need when we need it! Praying for you as you go through your day! God Bless!

  29. Kerri Buckner says:

    My 1 year old daughter still doesn’t consistently sleep through the night. I can get so frustrated in the midst of it when I haven’t had enough sleep and I don’t know what to do differently. I need to refocus my thoughts in this situation. What stands out and challenges me the most is remembering that the world is temporary and God is eternal. My focus needs to be on the enternal. This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my focus on God by stopping and praying. I will pray for his peace in the midst of the craziness that is life.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      I know it can be hard to find the blessings when you have a child that won’t sleep through the night!! But they are there – the biggest one being your daughter! Praying for you and your daughter as you struggle through this. God is bigger and He will carry you through. God Bless!

  30. Observe — I get married on March 12th. Instead of getting stressed out, I am very much “managing my blessings!” Instead of thinking about how much I have to do still, I’m trying to relish the fact that I get to marry a godly man in less than a month. That this it the last month with my maiden name. That God brought my fiance into my life to lead me back to having a more involved in Christ life. So, many blessings! I’m all about soaking it up this week and not getting stressed about it!
    Bible —”What is seen is temporary, and what is unseen is eternal.” What a powerful reminder that all the goods of this life are temporary. That what really and truly matters is that which is in HIM!
    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by opening my bible.. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Congratulations Kelsi!! Praying for you and your fiancé as you take that big step. Thanks for sharing! God Bless!

  31. O- I have multiple areas in my life that I could look at “managing blessings” (work, financial, home, children, health, etc).
    B- see with our eyes= eventually will fade away (will not be important)
    unseen= lasts forever
    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by remembering to stop and focus on being thankful.
    Have a great week everyone!

  32. Donna Morris says:

    This week I will Praise the Lord in all circumstances! I will stay in the word and pray continually!

  33. Linda Hansen says:

    O – I care for a lot of family members and some days it can be overwhelming. Instead of starting off my days complaining about the situation, I need to look for the blessings. Focus not on my problems but look ahead, change my thoughts and be a blessing instead.
    B – I like the NLT, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will be soon gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” I like the part that says that the troubles we see now will be gone soon!!
    S- memorizing this verse and remembering the troubles will soon be gone! Keep my focus ahead on Jesus.

  34. I think an area that I can look at managing blessings in many areas. A particular area Im focusing on at the moment is friendshipss. I just feel like I have very few friends and feel sad and lonely the good friend I have lives interstate… BUT how blessed am I to have a friend even if interstate that I can call a godly example… a friend who points me to christ!

    I find it difficult to control how I feel in the moment but I am praying about this and seek to know Gods word so he can speak to me more in these times

  35. I just want to say thank you to P31 and Stela. doing this bible study has got my heart right with God and I am so thankful. I was searching for something when Stela invited me to do this bible study and maybe I was just searching for something to fill all the empty time I suddenly had but I have been talking with God, I’m still struggling to hear but I’m trying to open my heart and hear. So thank you for being on this journey with me.

  36. Lynn Davis says:

    O- I am managing blessings in my job. As a church leader, I tend to be beatten up all the time by the people wanting more or something else. I was a bit down for a while then like Lisa said, the change on attitude and perspective makes you understand how blessed you are. I am blessed to live my purpose; Loving God through serving others regardless of what it looks like some days.

    B- what stands out in the verse this week is the word “to see”. It is a verb, an action word that does not only make reference to the natural but also the spiritual. What we choose “to see” is what guides our perspective in life.

    S- This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will choose “to see” as God sees and not by how I feel.

  37. After time off from work to heal, I have finally increased more to full time at work. The increasing hours are a blessing and a struggle with projects going on at home, but I am thankful as I watch it all come together and for the much needed work
    I like II Corinthians 4:18 in the amplified. The things that are seen are temporal ( brief and fleeting), the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting!
    This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by offering praise and thanksgiving in all circumstances. Our struggles are a brief moment compared to the glories of God

  38. Barbara Donaldson says:

    Observe: an area of my life I shall manage my blessings is with my new job. It has been great being apart of the comm dept and growing with are willing to serve and love on others.
    Bible: Fix our eyes on what is unseen sticks out to me because it helps me know that through the struggles Jesus is with me through it all <3
    Stretch: I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying and being around others who are encouraging to fully keep trusting in Him.

  39. An area in my life that I could look at as managing blessings rather than a burden is taking care of my dad and his medical needs. I really don’t see it as a burden I see it as my duty as a daughter. No one else has stepped up to the plate to help take care of any medical needs, not even my mom. The burden is not taking caring of my dad the burden is that no one else cares. I am not sure how to see it as a blessing except that I am doing everything I can to help my dad to live and be healthy so he will stay with me longer.

    • Donna, I have been there too, taking care of my mother-in-law with Parkinson’s disease. I will be praying into your situation.

  40. Lynn fincher says:

    O The power of Praise when several things hit me and I have a short time to complete.
    B what is unseen is eternal being with God forever .
    S Give God the Praise no matter what..
    #BecomingMore #P31OBS

    Really enjoyed today’s video and post by Nicki a blessing from God to start my day..

  41. O- This topic is obviously from the Lord today. My younger brother (by six years) and his wife had their first baby last week after being married 1.5 years while my husband and I have been trying for three years to conceive. This new baby is a blessing in our family and instead of dwelling on what I want and don’t have I need to focus on what God has given.

    B- NLT So we don’t look at the trouble we can see now, rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
    Praise God these things are only temporary troubles and in the light of eternity none of it will matter!

    S- This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reciting this weeks verse and being in His Word. Thank you Jesus for promising to never leave us nor forsake us

    • I just prayed for you… that God would answer your prayer for a child. This time of waiting is hard, but God works on us in the hard places. (((HUGS)))

      • Praying for you and your husband Elizabeth. Waiting is hard. Also praying that God will give you an extraordinary love for their new baby. Wish I were there to give you hugs and listen to your whole story.

  42. Lynette Hughes says:

    I needed this today. I have been sick with a terrible cold for the past several days. My thoughts have been consumed with how badly I feel. Lord, please forgive me. I chose to start today with THANKSGIVING. I have so much more going on in my life than feeling ill. I have been blessed beyond measure & I’m so grateful.
    Thank you Lord for lavishly loving & blessing me. You are so faithful. Help me to keep my eyes on YOU. Thank you for your Word that reminds me to fix my eyes on the unsern, eternal.
    In Jesus Name,
    Amen

    • I just prayed for you… that you would feel better and your cold would go away! I have been sick for awhile, too, and it helps me to remember others who are worse off- it is just a cold and not cancer. I then pray for those people who come to mind.

  43. A great reminder to manage our blessings in the midst of my brother in laws battle with stomach cancer and being told that there is no treatment for his type of cancer. we are blessed to have the relationship we do with my sister and Randy. His mom has beginning dementia. he is an only child. Managing my blessings means I will be conscientiously thankful for having them in our lives and remembering that I lift my eyes to Jesus every moment that I am anxious and remember that these situations are temporary – What is unseen is eternal. Thank you, Lord, for the moments that I spend in your presence and in Randy, Margie and his mom’s life.

  44. Mary in NH says:

    O – I’m helping my husband and his siblings care for his aging mom. This seems so hard at times, and I can hardly believe that this once vibrant mom of 6, grandma of 9 is failing like this. But as I observe the care her grown kids, their spouses, and the grandkids even are giving her, I am blown away.
    B – I’m fixing my eyes on the unseen, the blessed life this woman lives.So loved, and cared for.
    S- I’m so thankful that Gods given me a great extended family.

  45. Laura Ashley says:

    Observe: Total honesty here: My boyfriend and I have been dating for 3 years now. We have great jobs and everything seems to be settled….except one thing…. HE HASN’T PROPOSED. Now this may seem so insignificant to compare as a burden that I need to consider as a blessing, but it is really a burden. I have to talk with God about this often that there is a reason it has not happened yet, despite us talking of it often. It’s hard to look at it as a blessing and praise him when I so desperately want to be married to this man! It’s teaching patience that’s for sure! The pressure from everyone else is so real too, that it makes it even worse. There are so many things I can think of that I need to change my attitude on, but this one seems to stick 🙂
    Bible: It’s so hard to focus on what is not seen. That takes discipline not to conform at fix our eyes on the temporary things. The inspiring part is the fact that what is not seen is eternal! That part helps encourage me to focus on the unseen.
    Stretch: This week when struggles arise, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying for him to aid in suppressing my flesh-like desires of following my emotions and praising him despite the circumstance.

  46. Janet Wallace says:

    I love this idea “managing blessings” I will focus on that this week as I say goodbye to an employee and work on filling her position, knowing that it will be crazy for a while in the transition. Focusing on the unseen THE LORD will be my focus!!!!!!

  47. O- This is great timing for me, too! We have been having oodles of school delays and early dismissals. I am pretty sure that the kids will be home early today and go in late tomorrow. They are wound up when that happens and the messes that they make around the house are driving me crazy. It is a break in routine, so they all tend to fight and act up. Plus, it is a lot harder to get my work done. This is a perfect example of managing blessings! My children are blessings and it is a blessing to get to spend extra time with them. I need to be thankful for this time and not stressed.

    B-“don’t look at the troubles we can see now” NLT
    “the things that can be seen don’t last” CEB
    “fix our attention” GNT

    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by giving thanks for my blessings, for the work He is doing in me through these trials, and for being with me throughout them.

  48. O – I”m working on managing my blessings at work and with family issues.

    B – I like the NLT of 2 Corinthians 4:18 – “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking Him for being next to me through it all.

  49. Thank you obs ladies as well as Lysa, this bible study and book has opened
    My eyes in so many ways. I am one who always looks for the solution before the problem even exists, as well as
    Being hot headed and not seeing the blessing in a situation. Thank you all for showing me
    Another way, though Jesus: to lean on, listen to and put trust in.

  50. O: The biggest struggle in my life that I am currently interpreting as a burden is my work. Being given the opportunity to educate and train others in a lifelong, caring profession is truly a blessing; also, the mere fact that I have a job and can provide for my family is a huge blessing I need to thank God for daily.
    B: “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will lost forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:18, NLT Fixing our gaze is a conscious choice everyday!
    S: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on Jesus by crying out to him, “Help me Jesus” and “Thank you, Jesus, for your ever present help in times of trouble”.
    Have a great week everyone!

  51. O: Thank you for that. I have a child that has a rare medical diagnosis that requires us to carefully manage her diet. It’s tricky and complex. I have often felt guilty for praising God that even though it is chronic and a daily challenge she can live a relatively normal healthy life with simply managing her diet, at least it’s not terminal. I feel guilty for the moms with a child who has a terminal disease. So I can turn this into a praise for my daughter and a prayer for those children and families dealing with a terminal illness, letting go of the guilt.
    B: seen: temporal, fleeting, brief
    unseen: everlasting, eternal, imperishable
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him for eternal blessings while I stand in the midst of temporary struggles.

  52. O- I need to get control over my daily routine. The house is a mess, the kids are complaining, my hub is too busy and I’m tired. Instead of freaking out I will fix my eyes on the unseen things and praise God for what I have. At least I have a house and “stuff” and cleaning supplies and four built in “helpers”. My hubby is busy working and providing and I’m so full of life my body reminds me to rest!
    B- all the verses were virtually the same but the NLT told me NOT to focus on troubles. So I won’t I’ll focus on managing my blessings
    S- this week I will pray instead of screaming, shout thank you Lord instead of “Why Lord Why?!”

  53. This is going to be a good week to read about struggles – I’m current on the Reading Praise the Lord and enjoying every word – learning and applying God’s word!

  54. Observe – I’ve been dealing with some health issues recently and sometimes need help to find the blessings rather than the burden in this situation.
    Bible – I like the New Living Translation:
    “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
    Stretch – this week I will face my troubles with praise and thanksgiving!

  55. Felice rodriguez says:

    O: some areas k could look at as managing blessings rather than burdens is although I have bills, I have an income to pay those bills. I have an apartment, a safe apartment, that my son and I call home. God is still providing even though I feel like I am always broke.

    B: I like this version of our verse

    New Living Translation
    So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

    S: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking him for always being faithful and seeing me through EVERYTHING…good and bad.

  56. Doreen Sowers says:

    Dealing with a situation with my oldest daughter, been focusing on the negatives, this week I’m going to be intentional about thanking God for His presence in the midst of it. Needed this devotion today.

    • Proberbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Doreen, I can hear your pain as you type this. Praying that God gives you the wisdom and strength needed during this time. God Bless!

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  58. Tanisha Grant says:

    S: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking him for always being faithful and always being with me through it all.

  59. Ok, it is official, I have added meeting Lysa TerKeurst to my bucket list. She (along with all the
    Proverbs 31 girls) is amazing. I loved the video today. As always, it came at just the right time
    in my life. Bless you Lysa. Today I will manage my blessings with thanksgiving!!!

  60. I really love this week’s verse! I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately by all the running to basketball games and tournaments lately. This verse has made me stop and realize I should be counting my blessing’s and not focusing on the negatives. I am blessed with three wonderful children who are healthy and active!

  61. Tasha Ladd says:

    There’s a blessing that I don’t view as a burden, but as a stressful time. We are having twins in 4 months and if I sit and concentrate on all that goes into it, the sleepless nights, the money, the stress. I lose focus of this incredible blessing God has given my husband and I. He has given us 2 sons who I know will be warriors for Him. So I have recently chosen to be thankful and handle the stressors with prayer!!! This video was on point today!!!!!

    This week I will choose to pray when I feel overwhelmed and not look at the temporary things!

  62. O.) my husband being back in school it can be a burden because he is so busy but it is a blessing for our family and the hard work he is putting into school.

    B.) Temporary it’s always important to remember things in life are temporary. Unseen I love this because even though we can’t see God we have his truth and his word to believe.

    S.) I will pray and read scripture

  63. Melissa Brown says:

    O: I would say just everyday life I should look at it as “managing blessings” rather than a burden right now. Because everywhere you look someone has cancer or some type of disease. My family is healthy, I have a home, cars, food, I have so many blessings that way out any burden.
    B: The word that challenges me is “Temporary”. All of this is temporary.
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reading Gods word and applying Gods word to my life. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  64. O: One area that I have been managing blessings right now is my son’s new marching band activities. He’s a freshman and on the autism spectrum. He does well in school but has some “social” issues. I’ve tried all sorts of different activities/clubs to get him interested in during this live (he’s 15 now), but nothing worked until band–esp. this year. He plays clarinet and REALLY loves his band director, Mr. Burton, his bandmates and music. For the first time in his life, he has activities to attend, friends to visit with, and a social life. A HUGE blessing, but also a burden for me, because as a single mom, I have to get him to all of these activities, make sure fees are paid, and am pretty heavily involved in marching band season as a chaperone. Sometimes I prayed for a clone of me! But I start each day with thank you for this season of my son’s life. I take MANY photos and videos of him, because although I’m exhausted, this time (high school) will go by in a flash…then maybe I’ll rest!
    B: So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. I like The Message translation.
    S: This week, when struggles occur I will first say, thank you to my great God, from whom all blessings flow. I believe that all struggles are mercies/blessings in disguise…I learn to trust much more during times of struggle than in times of blessing.

  65. O: My area of life today that I need to look at as managing a blessing is in my job as a teacher. The students deserve a teacher who looks at them as blessings and the main focus, which is so hard with the daily planning and paperwork that take so much time. The areas that are a struggle rotate for me….

    B: I looked at several translations, and the NIV that is used for the study is my favorite. The challenge for me is in “seen” versus “unseen” in a ” seeing is believing” society. The words that inspire are “temporary” versus “eternal”.

    S: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying through and in the struggles. I will also prepare to meet the struggles by preparing my heart in the mornings by time in God’s Word.

  66. I love that: “Managing blessings.” These past two months have been challenging as I started a full time job. You see, I prayed for a financial blessing to help pay our debt and God always surprises me, because I didn’t ever think that my prayers would have been answered the way were. This job is a dream job except for the fact that it involves so much planning and I rely on my husband and babysitters to make it work. The first day I was challenged and wanted to quit! But God (and my husband) said no? I was reminded that even the Israelites had some challenges on the way to the promise land! I really do have to have better management of my time and plan, neither of which I do well. It has caused me to depend on God to fit all of the pieces together, what an awesome way to grow ?

  67. O- My overflowing blessing is a very full classroom. I need to look at each and what his/her love language is so that each child knows he/she is appreciated as a child of God and to show the positive gifts/ideas each child brings to our class.
    B – Very important to fix our gaze on Jesus.
    S- Pray when circumstances, etc., begin to seem overwhelming and look for how Jesus can bring others closer to Him through my listening to Him instead of others’ expectations 🙂

  68. Angela Hunter says:

    The struggles are always real but I am thankful that we can turn struggles into blessings if we only allow God to work in them. My daughter has a “friend” that she has become very close with. Curve ball coming…he is leaving for the Navy next week. Praying that God will help me help her thru this difficult time. There are blessings stored up in this so I just pray that they will shine for all to see them.
    Looking forward to the study this week and what I can learn from it.
    Blessings!!

  69. Beth Anne W. says:

    O-This week I can choose to see my life as “managing blessings” when I am juggling the never ending to-do list at home while caring for a five month old. This is all blessings for sure but when I am exhausted and frustrated they can look more like burdens in those moments.
    B-I like the HCSB version of the first part of the verse…”do not focus on what is seen”. We can’t help seeing things that are right in front of us but we don’t have to focus on them so much that we miss the eternal.
    S-This week I will keep my eyes fixed on God by stopping often to be thankful and to see the beauty of God’s creation all around me. Pause and refocus.

  70. Lynne Martin says:

    What I see = temporary. What I don’t see = ETERNAL. What a relief that my struggles with my weight, my finances, my job, my time-management are just temporary! I forget to remember this! Lisa said in her book that she could do anything for (fill in the short time frame here). So can I! I’m reminded of James’ admonition that this life is only a vapor; it is here for a time and then vanishes away. Do the best I can IN God’s love and WITH God’s love (sound familiar? 🙂 while I’m here, but never confuse this temporary life with ETERNAL LIFE. How am I investing in that ETERNAL, unseen life? Reach out my hand. God is there – ready to guide, to direct, to love. Even though I don’t “see” Him.

    • Lynne Martin says:

      P.S. When I am faced with struggles this week, I will say out loud a verse of Scripture and usher in God’s presence through thanksgiving! (I listen, OBSers. I listen! 🙂 )

  71. O I need to manage my church activities better. I tend to volunteer to organize lots of things at church and then find myself overwhelmed and acting less than a Godly woman when it is crunch time.
    B Key words for me are : fix my eyes, unseen, temporary, eternal
    S This week when troubles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed of God by Praising Him.

  72. Praise God from whom all blessing flow!!

  73. O: Instead of feeling that our kids are taking advantage of us by watching our grand kids whenever they ask, I am looking at it as a blessing of spending and sharing additional time with our grandchildren & we are able to see our kids more often because they are dropping them off and picking them up!
    B: 2 Corinthians 4:18 New Living Translation is the one that I enjoyed re-reading several times. My eyes keep going to the words: “fix our gaze” and “forever”.
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by saying Your will be done Lord.

  74. O~2 of our cars are having mechanical problems right now…we were blessed with both of these cars as gifts from my dad and brother-in-law and I am thankful we have those cars without debt to pay!
    B~Message translation: So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
    S~This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by being thankful.

  75. I am SOOO busy! Right?! Who isn’t?! But instead of complaining about my schedule I need to count it as blessings from the Lors that I have an excellent job that helps provide for my family, healthy children who enjoy activities, a reliable car that gets us to work and activities….I have this down, Lysa. Thank you! I am starting today off filled with thanksgiving.

  76. Two quotes from Lysa which hit home for me today are “By praising God, I am making the choice to operate in the power and authority of God” and “Thanksgiving immediately ushers in God’s Presence”. I love these thoughts. I KNOW that the power of God lives in me and want to harness and use that power so her thought on praising God gives me practical application on how to do that. And without a doubt, praise and thanksgiving have definitely been the means for me to bring me back into that state of Peace that I long to be in all the time. I just have to remember that when I’m in the midst of chaos – and there’s the challenge! I’m loving this book! Kathy

  77. Christina Royal says:

    I think I am really going to enjoy this weeks message..at first I didn’t think I would but after watching the video I can see how this applies directly to my life I need to separate stress frOm managing my blessings instead and immediately from just thinking and realizing that ….I feel better all ready! Thank you God for always knowing exactly what I need…and providing it as well!!

  78. O: I have two healthy children who challenge me every day to #liveitout in the moments when being a stay-at-home mom feels way harder than working outside the home. They are a blessing, one we’ve prayed for every day for 6 years; sometimes my perspective just needs a reset, and I got that this morning! Thanks so much for sharing that conversation, Lysa and Melissa!
    B: Fix our eyes! I love that phrase, that idea of God being the fixed point in a world of crazy. It reminds me of Isaiah 26:3, You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
    S: This week, when struggles arise, I will fix my eyes on God by opening my bible and coming to him in prayer before reacting out of frustration or anxiety.

  79. Kathy Ecklebe says:

    I need to always see my job as a blessing not a burden. I think I allow my co-workers to lead me into whining and complaining about a job I love!!! I am a school nurse and children are so in tuned to our feelings…I would be so sad if any of my students thought I didn’t love to come in and take care of them. Certainly, not a burden but a blessing. I pray all day long about that. I pray for my co-workers and students whenever I want to complain!!

  80. Monday 2/15
    My children’s homework, they have a lot of it and I am only one person everyday! Mostly my daughter and her slow learning curve she is on :/

    The blessing I can see in this is that I have a beautiful daughter that I get to help teach everyday.

    Bible —
    “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Every other version I looked at ended with the word eternal whereas this one says forever and I like that word. I like how it identifies that we fix our eyes on troubles but that is not where we should be fixing our eyes.

    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by looking for his blessings in the midst of it all! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  81. Vickie Mullins says:

    O- struggles with my 89 year old dad. What to do to keep him safe.
    B- words that stand out, fix , eyes, seen, unseen, temporary, ETERNAL…
    S- This week , when struggles arise in my everyday life, I willkeep my eyesfixed in GOD by Praising him.#liveitout

  82. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying out loud. #P31OBS #BecomingMore

  83. I am greatly challenged at work right now. This promotion is a financial blessing to my family and a career blessing as well. I have to remind myself of that as I daily work to get this program on track. I had no idea what the situation was when I took the job, but I am equipped and will see the blessing in the work eventually.
    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him in the midst of the drama, knowing that He is here and that He hears.

  84. Observe — I love Lysa’s suggestion, “managing my blessings”. When my body is aching or I’m faced with anxiety, I pray to God and thank him for the wonderful years he has given me. Then I call my 88 year old mom because I always wonder how she must feel. I am so thankful and blessed.

    Bible — read several versions but all versions that I read seem to say: the things we cannot see will last forever. I love that!

    Stretch This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking God for everything! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  85. My work schedule has been challenging here lately but I am thankful for today’s lesson. I am reminded I am managing blessings, because my job is a huge blessing. I looked up NIV, NLT, and The Message. I like “fix our eyes” or “fix our gaze.” It reminds me I have to make that choice to literally fix my eyes on what is unseen because that lasts forever. The seen is here today, gone tomorrow. This week, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by trusting that He knows best and I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

  86. O-I manage my blessings in my preschool classrooms. God has gifted me with the patience for teaching little ones.
    B-NLT version personalized– “So I don’t look at the troubles I can see now; rather,I fix my gaze in things that I cannot be seen. For the things I see now will soon be gone, but the things I cannot see will last forever.”
    S-This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by…..Praising Him. #LiveItOut

  87. Someone close to me is in the end stage of cancer. He is focused on the things not seen…his eternal life with God. Listening to him talk about his blessings, his wife of 69 years, his family who is caring for him, his opportunity to get out of the hospital and go home with hospice care, is a great lesson in what peace can be felt when focusing on the unseen. So blessed to know this man and to feel the love of God as He prepares him to transition to his eternal home.

  88. Mellesia Hunter says:

    When I read the chapter, my heart ache, because in recent weeks I had been experiencing some rough days and while I knew that I needed to just press through with a praise, I was just numb. I even encouraged others who were going through a rough time, but I was struggling. Although I was going through such mixed emotions, I just stopped and started giving God thanks. Now it didn’t happen quickly, but I started giving God thanks and with that start, I was at peace. I look at my circumstances and realize that I am blessed and if I allowed the enemy to steal away my focus on the good that is in my life, I would not see how much God is present in my life, always. Praising God, keeps me grounded and focus on who I am and whose I am.
    Observe : I need to look at the fact that I have a job. I have been feeling unmotivated because of not doing much, I realized that this is an amazing opportunity.
    Bible: From the NLT version, the words that inspire me “don’t look at the troubles…. fix our gaze….things we see now will soon be gone….things we cannot see will last forever.
    Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  89. I LOVE the NLT of this verse! For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

    The things we see will SOON be gone. Even if we live to an old age in this life, it is but a speck of time to God. It’s soon. Eternity, lasts FOREVER. Beautiful for a believer, terrifying for an unbeliever, even though they may not realize it. Fixing our eyes on FOREVER adjusts our attitude to better handle the trials of life as they come, because they WILL come!

  90. Observe — I have a job that sometimes seems like a burden, but it is really a blessing and I need to look at it that way. I thank God for this job, that stretches me beyond my thinking, and makes me rely on Him.

    Bible — NLT “… For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  91. Lori Herron says:

    O: My job. There are some things going on right now that I am allowing to be a stumbling block. I need to see the blessings here.
    B. NET “Because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”
    S: I will focus my eyes on the Lord and know that his plan is greater.

  92. O: My financial struggles.
    B: Liked the CEB and GNB versions.
    S: I will look at the blessings I do have in my life and not focus so much on what is going wrong.

  93. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by WORSHIPING HIM. I mean turning on the worship music, specifically this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv-SXz_exKE. “When you don’t move the mountains I needed you to move, when you don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through, when you don’t give the answers when I cry out to you, I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you.” (Trust In You, Lauren Daigl) #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  94. O–Sometimes on facebook; I get discouraged because of all the “garbage talk” on the election, or other subjects. The other day; I noticed I had a message from a girl I am not friends with. She stated how many people in her life had helped her understand things and she listed “me”!!! We don’t even talk! So., I friended her and she immediately started talking to me. We went to high school, but weren’t close. She is a different religion; I’m thinking it’s like a cult – can’t remember the name at this point. But, I can see right now the blessing coming will be showing her a Christian friend who will love and care about her! Who will do her best to lead this friend to the Lord, for His glory!!!

    B – 2 Corinthians 4:18 – I also have the NLT and love it! I reread it a few times and it finally clicked to me, that I am not to look at the troubles I see now! I’m to fix my eyes on what cannot be seen! (ding!!)

    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by turning to Him immediately and fixing my gaze on Him and what He wants me to do!!. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  95. Betty Gartner says:

    Good morning!
    Managing my blessings in my struggles. I had to admit I am struggling in staying home from Sunday and Wednesday evening services at church to stay home with my husband. He is in mid-stage dementia and sundowners is an issue in our household. So, it is better for him if I am home with him as much as I can be in the evenings. However … the blessings I counted today were that he is still here, with me (only married 10 years, married at the age of 57) and our church has podcasts and online videos of services that I can listen to, watch and study while I’m still at home with my husband. Thank you God for these blessings in the midst of what I considered struggles.

  96. Melissa Dwiggins says:

    observe: I have a three yearly little boy who is a strong willed little boy. He can be a handful at times. I always try to remember how much of a blessing this child is. He was born 11 week premature and spent time in The NICU when he was born. We try to remember how blessed we are that he is doing as well as he is and his strong will is a blessing.
    Bible: This is a great verse and a reminder to keep our eyes on God and not on things of this world.
    Stretch: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life I will keep my eyes on God by saying a small prayer to him thanking him for the blessings he has given me

  97. I have to say today’s video really pulled on some of my heart strings. I recently got married and I let the stress of it all really control my mindset during this special time in my life. I looked forward to my wedding and getting married my entire life and I really felt like my joy was stolen from me that day. Even tho I tell myself I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I only wish I would have let myself “manage my blessings” that day. But it has been a life lesson for sure. Can only change the future from here on out. Thank you for your wisdom and encouragement Lysa!

  98. I really needed the reminder today to be thankful always . I will keep my eyes on God this week by being thankful. I saw at least one other person also likes the clarity the NLT brings to this week’s memory verse: “So we do not look at the troubles we see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”

  99. O-I need to seen my job as a blessing. Is a very demand job dealing with the different customer.
    B- God help me everyday to fix my eye on you and the cross.
    S- I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying and trusted in him.

  100. Sharon Macri says:

    The knowledge that God walks before me in any situation blesses my socks off. He knows. I can hand over my struggle(s) to Him and know He has my situation covered. Thanks God.

  101. brenda stover says:

    I will keep my eyes fixed on God or the unseen.. ?

  102. Sally Weber says:

    OH. Speechless. Yet, I must participate. Even if it is hard. My daughter has chronic health issues and needs my help even though married. We are in the process of building two homes close together so I can help. So, we at the moment have two homes. The new ones are almost finished. Bam. My husband gets a devastating diagnosis. ALS. Yes, I said it. ALS. So, I have been behind on the study. In comes a sleet/snow day here in NC. Perfect. I slow down. Pick up the study. Not turning back, but picking up where you are. Chapter 10. Cried all the way through it. At moments stunned by how God had placed it in my life. Stunned by how he loves me even though I have been turning away from him. Then, I got a little irritated. The book talked about whiny children. Oh. Man. To have those problems. But, it hit me again. Such an important lesson for all. Find the blessings. Find God. In all your days. Then, you will be more centered. More prepared. For these big, awful times. Oh. And by the way. Lysa, it is my birthday today. Perfect lesson for an imperfect sinner. Thank you. Even as I cry. I thank you.

  103. brenda stover says:

    I will keep my eyes on the unseen..or God.

  104. O = My greatest burden right now would just be life itself. It seems everything has fallen apart the last few years….prodigal children, troubled marriage, tight finances and now my mother has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. I will try to focus on the positives such as my children are healthy, my children have been taught God’s Word and it doesn’t return void, there’s food on the table and I’m sure there’s more.
    B = I also like the NLT version – “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.” – The things I can’t see right now would be God’s work behind the scenes.
    S = I will keep my eyes on God by reminding myself that God is at work (the unseen), until the day I can actually see it.

    • I too loved the NLT version. I am saying a prayer for you Jane right now. I know how hard it can be to try to be a mom and wife and hold it all together. May God give you the strength you need.

  105. O- I have many blessings, but I need to change my perspective on a few things. 1) my almost 9 year old daughter is still not sleeping through the night. She wakes up full of anxiety and wants to lay with my husband or I. It is hard in a sleep deprived state to think of this as a blessing, but I am lucky to have a daughter and know that all to soon I will miss her snuggles. 2) We have many financial struggles right now as a result of health issues my husband had. I need to think about the fact that my husband is healing and praise God for that.
    B – I like the NLT version because of the use of the word troubles: “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever”
    S- This week when struggles arise I will find a way to give thanks to God.

  106. O: My kids are involved in a lot of sports coming up, and I don’t have a night free this week. Instead of being stressed out about this I can look at this as a blessing. I don’t have free nights because my kids are healthy and we are financially secure to pay for these sports.

    B: The NLT is my favorite. The temporary part is very helpful to me. I must remember that every struggle I go through on earth is temporary. I must keep my mind and heart on God otherwise I get too focused on the now and my struggles.

    S: I will try to see the good in everything. Even my struggles. Even in my struggles I am learning something and gaining strength and endurance.

  107. Crystal Buffkin says:

    O- thankful for my busy life and schedules, means we are active as a family in our jobs and family life. The load can be stressful, but I’m thankful I have a husband that owns his own businees which I do all the paperwork for, 3 busy boys, a home that keeps me busy taking care of.

    B- fix my eyes on the good

    S- I will pause, take a breath, Thank God that my famkly and i are healthy and keep trucking.

  108. I have to start by saying that the story Lysa told at the beginning of Ch. 10 brought tears to my eyes!

    Currently, I am still looking for a job – been out of work since last summer. To say it has been stressful is an understatement, but instead of it being a burden, i think I can try to look at it as “managing blesssings”. I am very inspired by the 2 Corinthians 4:18 verse and I feel it speaks to my heart in this same area.

    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising him for never leaving me and always loving me, even when I am weak and undeserving.

  109. O – I can focus and manage on my blessings instead of the struggle in that we have non stop dishes around here. Our oldest is 27 and comes over very often everyday but uses a different cup for each time he gets something to drink even if it’s water he will not drink it out of the cup he just used and he will not use paper or plastic. He will also not use the same plate for all the food but get a different one. I can be thankful for the dishes in that have food to feed him.
    B – I focused on the words fix my eyes not on the seen, that is temporary, but focus on the unseen which is eternal.
    S – This week when struggles arise I will keep my eye’s on God by focusing on the eternal and also looking at is this really a critical situation or is it just more annoying to me and praying through the situation.

  110. Managing blessings. That is so powerful! I need to learn to truly thank God in those stressful situations and always try and see God’s hands moving in the midst of them!

  111. Thank you P31 ladies and Lysa-for helping me put my life in perspective! The things I’m dealing with are not big struggles. God has shown me blessings and contentment in this study. I’m so thankful for this eye opening study! 🙂

  112. O- I am in a tumultuous marriage, however, I should be grateful for a roof over my head, food on the table and clothes to wear.
    B- The words “not on what is seen, but on what is unseen” stick out to me most. I need to focus on God and Trust in Him.
    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by rereading this verse and reminding myself of it.

  113. Observe: My marriage. Been having some trust issues with my husband. Bible: I need to not focus on what is before my eyes, but on what God is telling me, showing me. I am focusing on my hurt more than I am on God. Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reading the Bible and in prayer. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  114. The area of my life that most requires management right now is my job. Lots of turn over and change is occurring that causes me stress and frustration. I really liked Lysa’s point this morning about stopping in the midst of things to usher in God’s presence. The reality is that I have a good job that allows my family many privileges that others cannot enjoy!!! That is what I need to remember most! Thank you Jesus for bringing me to OBS that allows me to be in community with others that uplift and convict me, even with my crazy work schedule!!

  115. O- The last year have been in and out of work with complications from a first surgery and now currently home recovering from a second surgery to fix everything and Praising the Lord who Listens and answers prayers. He brought me through the surgery safely. I had 3 senerios how it could go and praising God it was the best senerios. I am thankful he will bring me through this even though its been a struggle.
    L- when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will fix my eyes on God and offer up Thanksgiving and Praise instead.

  116. O – My husband is going to loose his job this year, either in March, June or September when his whole office is closed completely. With several variables including age, we could see this as possibly l the end of his career OR we can see it as a blessing and that God has something better for him. We are over 10 years from retirement age. Trying to keep the positive outlook. At times we struggle with it.
    B – fix our eyes — I love that phrase. Trying to keep our focus on Jesus.
    S – This week I will think on God’s faithfulness in past similar situations, when I start to worry. Also try to recall this verse.

  117. I have a daughter with some special needs behavior issues. If I take the time to stop in the midst of my struggles to think about how many people would give anything to have a child who is not in the hospital all of the time, who is not in a wheelchair, who can have conversations with them, etc., then I find my blessings in her. I am just so thankful that she is alive (she was born 2 1/2 months early at 2 lbs 4 oz).

    I think that I struggle with the “unseen”. I like to know what is going to happen. I read the end of the book so that I can take comfort knowing what will happen in the end. It is a struggle for me to give up that control and just trust that God’s got it! I don’t have to know what is going to happen, I just have to have faith and KNOW that God knows what is going to happen and be glad in that!

    I am going to pause, take a breath, say a pray of thanksgiving and look at my attitude.

  118. O-I need to see this week as a blessing. Even though it’s full of appointments and engagements, God saw fit to use me to carry them out.

    B- Temporary is the word that stood out to me. Yes, this week will be busy and may seem overwhelming at times,I must remember it’s only temporary. A new day, a new week, and more blessings will come if it’s God’s will.

    S- This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising him.

  119. This week I am going to make a conscious effort to “count my blessings”. God is good! All the time!

  120. O – One area of my life that I can view as ‘managing blessings’ rather than a struggle is dealing with the side-effects of the treatment I am on for breast cancer. The drugs aggravate my arthritis and cause emotional swings. I can either view this as a burden or the result of having a TREATABLE disease.
    B – The words I find inspiring/challenging are:
    – the image of ‘fixing our eyes’ – not just looking at but concentrating our gaze (more intense) (NIV)
    – the parallel pairing of “seen…transient” and “unseen…eternal” in opposition to each other (RSV)
    S – This week when struggles arise in my life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by going on a search for the small blessings in my life. (Big ones, too).
    Some things I can praise God for even in those not-so-good circumstances: recovery through the fellowship and 12 Step Program of AA; second chances; a truly loving family

  121. Michel Hodges says:

    Observe: The burden I can look at as managing blessings is helping a family member through a serious illness. As difficult as things are they could be sooo much worse. Is a blessing too because we’re spending more time together.
    Bible: Inspiring words are focus, fix our gaze/eyes. These are actiion words, they give me a course to follow. Challenging words are temporary vs. eternal. Challenging part is knowing the difference.
    Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by asking Him to show me what my part is in the struggle and surrender the rest to Him.

  122. Janice Bittner says:

    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by stating aloud my life verse, Philippians 4:13 – I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And I will follow this with my second favorite verse, stated aloud, Romans 8:28 – We know that ALL things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.

  123. Michelle Strickland says:

    O – As life loves to do, the start of 2016 had a few more roadblocks than planned. Even though when things initially started to unravel, I had a negative attitude, I’m now starting to realize that everything happens for a reason. Losing a family member, handling possessions with the family and taking a hiatus on a community activity that always jazzed me up are not easy things to settle on. My prayers to handle these situations have lead to tears and asking God why all of this had to happen. This past week, He has shown me that there are so many blessings that will come out of these seemingly negative events! Little happenings in my daily life are showing me that these things happen for a reason and blessings come out of the darkness.
    B – “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” – NLT version
    Troubles, see now, fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen, gone, last forever.
    These words show that things WILL be ok because God will make sure that they are ok in His grand plan. 🙂 With the situations stated above, I have learned that the good blessings may come later. I cannot predict the timing, but I can predict the goodness of the Lord’s timing!
    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by optimistic and thankful prayer! 🙂

  124. Dorothy L.Palmer says:

    When struggles come this week I’m going to remember that is watching over me.And He will give me the strength I need to make it though what I’m going through!

  125. Nichole Ridner says:

    I am able to apply this concept of turning stress into blessings immediately. I felt called by God to homeschool our boys but there are days that it is tough. Beginning this morning, I am going to focus (fix) not glance at Jesus & be thankful in proclaiming that being a sanctuary for my children is the most wonderful blessing because I am able to shape them.

  126. Lesley Geer says:

    O: Adjusting to a new job, I’m going to be a substitute teacher at my son’s school.

    S: When struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by saying a prayer, take in a deep breath and let it all go to God!

  127. Julie Cheatham says:

    My husband and I care for my 92 year old mother in law. It’s mostly me because he still works. She was just in the hospital and she has dimentia. Now she is weak in mind and body and can’t be left alone. I have to get up with her 4 times a night. When my husband doesn’t work the next day he helps at night. I have had to cancel numerous activities and responsibilities. I have to listen to her in the monitor at night in case she tries to get up by herself. She is constantly crying and moaning even though she doesn’t seem to be in any pain. I am learning to catch some winks through it, but wake when she tries to get up.
    In the past I would question God. What have I done wrong to deserve this. Then I listen to lies like:
    “If you were closer to the Lord you would have known this was coming and not scheduled that trip to the women’s conference and accepted those responsibilities that now you have to cancel.” But, this is my God stretch remark: When struggles arise in my everyday life I will say, ” Thank you Lord for I trust in you. I put my trust in what us unseen and not what us seen. I put my trust in you Jesus.”

  128. Blessings of my home. There is so much that needs to be fixed on our house, that we can’t even use the entire space. My teens are feeling crowded, and I am sometimes stressed trying to manage the timing of sharing space. Try to continually refocus on the blessing of having a home and healthy family.

  129. O – People needing me to be there for them…I pray and ask God to continue using me as He sees fit.

    B – 1) FIX our eyes 2) unseen is eternal

    S – “…..by reminding myself that He is in the midst of my situation and He isn’t surprised about what is going on in my life – He is in control!”

  130. Sarah Chezum says:

    Observe- I can look at my families dirty dishes as a blessing! It’s a blessing to have dishes to eat on and food to eat!
    Bible- I like the NLT Translation because it mentions the thing we are worried about now are troubles, I can take my eyes off these temporary troubles and fix them on the eternal good God!
    Stretch- I can live it out by praising God for who He is, eternal, good, and thanking Him for my blessings!

  131. O: I need to look at people who seek my help as a blessing and not as a burden.
    B: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:18 (NIV)
    S: I will keep my eyes fixed on God by having a conversation with Him.

  132. O- Managed blessings vs burden – love this thought – so many of the things I must do feel burdens, Lord help me see them as blessings, realign my focus.
    B- Frustrations/burdens are temporary setbacks and reminders to stop and give praise to God.
    S- When struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by turning on praise and worship music and singing praises of thanksgiving to God my Father.

  133. O-I get overwhelmed with housework and errands. I feel like a failure when I don’t live up to my own expectations and I get tempted to just give up and not do anything. I need to make more of a conscious effort to be thankful for all of the blessings in my life. When I start getting frantic, I should take the time to thank God for my house and everything in it, for the ability to do the housework, and the ability to run errands.
    S-This week when struggles arise, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by taking a deep breath and reciting 2 Corinthians 4:18. Whatever is stressing me out in the moment is seen and therefore temporary. I saw a quote on someone’s desk recently that I also really liked. It read, “Take a breath, smile and say Right here, right now I’m okay because the cross was enough!”

  134. Helen Topalovich says:

    When struggles arises in my everyday life u will keep my eyes focused on GOD. By giving Him the praise, praying and reading His Word

  135. This is such a great reminder! If we just take a few minutes to be grateful for our blessings it can really right our struggles with our current situation!

  136. 1) O- day to day life-typical SAHM tasks (errands, little ones under feet, dinner, laundry, cleaning, etc.)-easy to see these as mundane & frankly, at times mind numbing–but stop & remember why I have these things to do in the first place. Indeed, I am truly blessed.

    2.) B- challenge: “don’t look at troubles” (easy human thing to want to do-I like being comfy ? ) -inspire: but INSTEAD: “fix our gaze on what is unseen” #hope

    3.) S- when troubles hit this week, I will CHOOSE to acknowledge God right there with me & frame my situation with an eternal perspective-giving THANKS. ??

  137. O-Some days I feel like I am balancing 10 balls and walking on the narrow edge of a 2 x4! I am starting, today, to be thankful for having the strength and organizational ability to get things done and not dropping to many of the balls. I am thankful I am not being g rushed and have the time to get it all done. Thank you Lord.
    B-The Living Bible says So I do not look at all the troubles around, but rather see all the joys that will be in heaven. These troubles will soon be gone and the joys of heaven will last forever. These current troubles resolve. I need to remember God is walking by me and holding my hand.
    S-When those problems rear their head this week, I will thank God for his guidance and that the troubles could be worse. And to look at them as blessings.

  138. Katie B P31 O-Team says:

    O- I am happier (emotionally/mentally) at my part-time jobs than I was at my last full time job, even though I am not making near the money I was. But God has placed loving, caring, Christ-like co-workers in my life and I really love where He has me.

    B- The MSG- not giving up, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace, what we see today, gone tomorrow, what we can’t see will last forever. Even though I cannot see what is coming or the direction I am going I know that God is with me and that this life on earth is just temporary.

    S- Reminding myself that this is only temporary, adjusting my attitude, and give thanks to God.

  139. Lauren Bradshaw says:

    Observe-everything in my life. Even though I want more now I need to be thankful for what I have and the rest will come.
    bible- to fix our eyes on rewards in heaven not material things of this world.
    stretch- this week when strugales arise in my life everyday I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking Him for what he has done, is doing, and will do.

  140. This is something that I’m continuing to learn and practice. As an optimist, I find it fairly easy but when I try to teach it to others, that’s where I find resistance. Hopefully, through my example, they can see what it means to manage blessings!

  141. I will be the first to admit, when the doctor requested I stop working in 2013 due to health problems I thought this was a struggle. I did fake it to begin with and tell everyone I was okay, but deep down inside of me I was going crazy. I didn’t want to be out of work. My Personality wanted me to keep on going but my body would not let me.

    I am now able to see the blessing of this. My son will be going to college in 2018, so I have this time now to spend time and him. More time than I would have if I was working. I am able to cook dinner and be a wife and a mother.

    In the midst of this, I can see God everyday walking with me. Thank you for this study and thank you Lysa for listening to God’s calling and writing about these struggles we all can have.

  142. Teresa Atchison says:

    I love the teachings of Lysa! We all need to learn how to be thankful whether in burdens or blessings and to learn how to discern which is which. Her speaking about the three weddings of her children that she is planning has is looked at as blessings and not burdens to bear!

  143. I really like the change in perspective from “I’m stressed,” to “I’m blessed”. When I heard this, I thought about running kids from activity to activity. I can choose to be thankful for our four, healthy girls instead of rushing and being worried and stressed. I can also use this motto in teaching. Teaching isn’t too stressful, instead it’s a blessing for me to get to know other people in a different setting than most people ever get to experience. ?

  144. Observe-My job is very stressful and sometimes I let it become overwhelming. I have to remind myself I am blessed to have a job. Ask God to help me do my best within my day and tomorrow well be a new day. There are many that don’t have jobs.

  145. when struggles arise, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying about the situation and start thanking Him for what he is doing and will do in the situation.

  146. I am managing the blessing of expecting a beautiful baby girl at 40 years young any day now. I am a single Mamma and am looking forward to becoming a Mom as something I have wanted my whole life. God has provided for her needs and mine every step of the way throughout the pregnancy. I am eternally grateful for his many blessings and have tried to learn as much as I can about this new and exciting role for me.

  147. Observe – TIME. Now that I’m retired I find I am doing so much more than when I was working. I definitely need to remember what a blessing this is and to ask God to help me manage this blessing better. Time for prayer, for studying His word, for praise, for visiting dear friends, and for just having fun.
    Bible – TLB: but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen.
    Stretch – I will keep my eyes fixed on God by Praise, Prayer and reading His Word.

  148. Mary O'Marra says:

    sometimes things can be so difficult and that human part of me will say what cam I do with this situation
    I’m so blessed that I have a God that never leaves me and is always with me, As Jesus reminds me he is the
    one and the only one that can change this I open my bible and start reading and it’s right in front of me.
    His promises his teachings and all I need is in Jesus The Lord reminds me in his words. I often will read
    Ephesians 6 : 10-20 Be strong in the Lord and his mighty power Put on the full armor of God.
    I won’t write it all out but how I love this wonderful reminder of who is in charge always in good times and difficult times I will turn my eyes on upon Jesus as the song say’s look straight in his wonderful face.
    Thank you all for sharing what a blessing this has been for me becoming more than a good bible study girl.

  149. This is a great perspective! Managing blessings. This is the phrase that my heart and mind has been searching for these past few weeks. You see, my prayer budding has been asking me how to pray for me and I told her all the “deadlines” that are coming in February and March…there’s a bunch! She keeps asking if the stress has overwhelmed me yet…but I didn’t have the right words to express that these deadlines, although were perseverance builders, we’re not that negative idea of stress, just a lot of work…but they are all good things! Now I can ask her to pray that I will manage my blessings well and with wisdom…thanks so much!!!!!

  150. Observe – My children and their behavior! I have taken a different mindset and been thankful for the blessings they are to me and how I was chosen to be their mommy rather than focusing on their bad behavior. I can see an absolute turnaround right now so focusing on those blessings is going to be my focus!!

    Bible – So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (NLT) This was my favorite version. Reading “the things we see now will soon be gone” is inspiring and helps me to remember that it won’t be like this for long. Things will get better!

    Stretch – I will praise Him!!! I will just thank him for being there or I will sing a praise! I am not going to let the enemy take me down this week!!!

  151. O-My husbands’s health. I worry all the time about his health. He has so many issues regarding diabetes, heart, gut & stomach issues. I am going to choose to be grateful that he has survived a heart attack and look to the positive. Even though he complains about these issues bothering him daily, I will say to him that we are going a different direction and being grateful God did not take him from us. Look for improvements and not the lack thereof.
    B- “Things we now see will be gone” & “Unseen” will be on my mind that healing is coming.
    S- Look for blessings and the good things coming. Not letting the devil take joy out of our days.

  152. O – I need to look at work right now as managing blessings! I work by appointment, and am feeling a little overbooked this month! But I am going to choose to be thankful for all the money coming in and the people who are seeking me out for my talents!

    B – I am inspired by the appearance of the word ‘eternal’ (I use the NIV Bible) – the thought of anything good being eternal is such a comfort to me! It means constant and unchanging which is a blessing in this world we live in.

    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thinking of 3 things I am thankful for in that moment!

  153. I’m excited to start reading about struggles… I will fix my eyes on Jesus to work through all my struggles ?

  154. O – My husband is definitely someone I usually consider a problem and am trying to reframe as managing blessings. He stands by me even though I don’t treat him very well (working on that based on last week’s relationship topic) and he has grown so much in his faith. I need to keep reminding myself of why I am thankful for him rather than why he annoys me.
    B – I like the version that calls them troubles instead of just things. Our troubles will soon be gone but our outlook needs to be eternal.
    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking Him for His presence at all times.

  155. gloria johnston says:

    Observe–this by far is not a burden at all (its a total blessing), but as a mom it makes me sad that both my teen boys are within the next year both going to be graduating high school one this may and my second son next may. I am excited for the next new adventure in all our lives, and know that they are going to do amazing things, but at the same time depressed of the unknown and not being able to have control to keep them safe etc. sounds corny huh?
    Bible—-the word unseen challenges me the most, cause unfortunately I am a little bit of a control person. I trust God has a good plan for my kids and my life, but I like to be aware of what is next. I am working on this issue.
    Stretch—When struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by remembering this too shall pass and that God loves me.

  156. Adrienne Hurd says:

    I need to look at raising my son as managing a blessing instead of the opposite more often. Oftentimes, I find myself getting irritated and worn down simply by doing for him. I need to look at this from a different perspective; I need to cherish each moment with him, delight in caring for him. For soon, he will be older, (today is actually his ninth birthday 🙂 ) and he will be caring for himself. Lord, help me to do this.

  157. God is so loving and caring. In this today he showed me that I am right where he wants me to be and that giving him thanks and praise is in his plan for me, in spite of everything looking scary. Father God thank you and help me to continue to trust in you, help me to continue to give you a thankful heart. Glory to God he is an awesome God. Hold me Lord and continue your comfort at all times. I give you all the praise and glory in Jesus name. Amen

  158. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by crying out to Him and PRAISING Him for SOME part of whatever situation I find myself in.

  159. Leah Sowards says:

    This study has come at just the right time! God’s timing is PERFECT!! I have been so full of frustration lately & I really needed this study to help change my perspective.

  160. O-I would have to say my eating habits. I’m always trying to find ways to do better with my eating. I admit I need God’s help to be in the midst of my daily eating habits. I stress too much when I need to commit it to the Lord.
    B-I liked the Living Bible (TLB) Looking forward to the joys of Heaven. This is what will last forever.
    S-This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking Him for being present in the midst of my circumstances. With God’s help I want to give it over to Him right away.

  161. O: Our daughter and granddaughter live with us. I don’t always see eye to eye with my daughter and when we disagree I need to take a deep breath and give thanks to God for the joy of having them live with us.
    B: I love the part of the verse “but what is unseen is eternal”, it give me hope of what is to come.
    S: When struggles arise this week I will think back on Lysa’s tip for the week “recognizing God’s presence in the midst of it all and giving Him thanks for just being there.”

  162. I love this verse for the week. After a very rough 11 years and in a valley this verse has kept my eyes on the Lord and my head above water. Thank you God for all the many blessings you have blessed me with.

  163. O= I am the cook for my entire family each day that’s about 7 and sometimes more , I need to look at that as a blessing instead of a burden just because that’s 4 generations that is together daily under our roof
    B= the KJV inspire and challenge me the most , I’m so glad that my God can’t be seen so He is ETERNAL
    S= When struggles arise in my everyday life this week, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by digging deeper in His Word !

  164. Kelsey Godfrey says:

    O: I’m a college student, so managing school work and studying alone can be stressful, but I also have a job and want to spend time with my friends and family, too. It can be overwhelming at times but if I just stop and remember how blessed I am with being ABLE to go to school and work and how blessed I am with so many people who love me, then my attitude changes and I no longer see them as tasks or something to mark off of my to-do list but things to enjoy, to be thankful for, and most importantly, opportunities to seek the Lord and
    thank Him for His blessings in my life.
    B: Wow this verse is perfect!! What a sweet reminder that our one true reason for living is for Jesus… we can get so caught up in our struggles, every day to-do lists, and crazy things that this life throws at us, but this verse reminds me that the unseen, our God, is everlasting, eternal, and true!
    S: Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by digging into His word and seeing what HE has to say about my struggles instead of what I think or feel, and also by praying and asking Him for the wisdom and strength to get through my struggles and remembering who He is in the midst of it all! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS
    Love this lesson this week!

  165. O: Our financial struggles and job situations
    B: The NLT translation is my favorite for this verse. “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
    S: Always being tuned into God

  166. Sonya sanchez says:

    O- my husband works all the time. I have to manage my kids, my business and day to day tasks alone. I miss my husband and I feel us growing apart. I need to stop feeing sorry for myself and be thankful that he has a job. I need to start praying that he will be more passionate.
    B- I love that my hope is in my God. He has this and it will be ok.
    S- I need to remember when I feel alone and overwhelmed that I have God. He is my helper and everything will be ok.

  167. O – I need to manage blessings more in my work. It can get stressful and overwhelming at times, but I know there has to be positive blessings if I slow down and look for them. I need to ask God in those situations to open my eyes to help me see the blessings. B – “fix your eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen” and “what is unseen is eternal” are very powerful to me. It is a reminder to keep things in perspective, be mindful of others feelings and needs, and remember that God is always here with us. S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by steeping away from a stressful situation and praise Him for the blessings He has given me.#LiveItOut#BecomingMore#P31OBS

  168. God helped me with my perspective this morning. While watching the Bible study video it helped me realize, these times with my young son are tough but what I’m really doing is managing one of my greatest blessings. Managing the blessing of my son. Managing being a mother to son. Praise God for that!
    “Temporary” “eternal” “forever”
    “I will keep my eyes fixed on God by being thankful and keeping the perspective of blessings.”

  169. o- managing blessings…I need to change my insite of raising someone else’s children…they are now 14 and 17…I married my husband when they were 6 and 8… I cant believe how they needed their mom’s love not just any mom’s love…the mom is my husbands step-daughter…it is a very interesting situation..my husband was a widower when I met him…whew…this has been quite a journey and I needed that “managing blessings” idea…
    B- I’m challenged by untouchable things…unseen…though I always have had a very strong faith…God is visable to me…though at times.. I would love a “burning bush” moment… Unseen being eternal is very inspiring to me…I’m looking forward to the next leg of my journey…whenever that is….

    S- I will keep my eyes fixed on God by…. surrounding myself with scripture…I’ve started hanging it in my space at work also…”seen” is important …

  170. As I looked at the verse, these were some words that stood out:
    Fix – the idea of locking in on the eternal
    Temporary – there are so many things in this world begging for our attention and energy but none of them last or matter in the overall scheme of things
    Eternal – the amplified version even uses the word “deathless.” The things of God NEVER die, never pass away, never become irrelevant.  That is where I want to invest my energy!!

    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking Him for something in that scenario. In other words, if my husband and I hit a bump, I’ll thank God for my marriage; if work gets weird or stressful, I’ll thank Him for my job, etc.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Meredith, that is a great plan for the week. Love how you posted from the amplified, so enlightening! Thank you for posting and may God bless your week.

  171. I have been stressing about my husband being laid off but realize it is a much needed opportunity for us to spend time together, rebuild as a family and perhaps part of a new beginning. I need to trust that God has a plan.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Praying He provides for your family Martha and shows your husband the next step to take. Blessings, peace and wisdom as you wait and spend time together.

  172. Mandy wakefield says:

    This one is easy for me. I will keep my eyes on Him by thanking Him continuously!!! Thanksgiving!! I’m living that word right now! I was hospitalized last week, unexpectedly, for surgery and I’m just now getting back to my old self. Thanks to the Lord I am better!!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Healing prayers sent your way, and rejoicing with you that you are now doing much better Mandy!

  173. Sarah mccormick says:

    God spoke to me that I need to stop looking at being 35 and single as a struggle but a blessing. I have been able to help friends with young kids. Who are single moms, dad is traveling or help out with the other kids when an emergency came up.
    I have been able to help my parent by moving back in when my Dad had 4 bypasses surgery a and doing the things around the house, ect.. My parents can’t do.
    I need to look at my singles as a blessing to help and bring Gods love to others right now

    • Proberbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Sarah, what a wonderful blessing you are to your family and friends. This is such a beautiful way to #LiveItOut.

  174. Everyday is a great challenge from the Lord, with getting the emails & reading the study book. Thanks so much for sharing!

  175. Observe – Work has me pretty busy right now, with additional requirements added to my daily “to do” list, outside projects, and some additional after hours work. The other day I got kind of overwhelmed by the volume of tasks ahead of me, so I prayed for calm and patience and starting organizing tasks into more manageable chunks. I’m blessed to have a job that I LOVE, but I need to learn to manage the blessings of busyness so that it doesn’t impact the rest of my life so drastically.
    Bible – I’m inspired by the idea that the visible things in life are “transient (ESV)” or “temporary (NIV).” It is a good reminder that things can and will be different. The further reminder that the unseen is “eternal (NIV, ESV)” reinforces the idea that God is greater than anything I can do or see here within my life. It’s encouraging.
    Stretch – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by giving thanks for God’s presence in my life and all that I do have. He comforts me.

  176. The word ‘soon’ from the New Living Translation stood out to me. It states, “for the things we see now will ‘soon’ be gone.” God is near and He is coming to get us soon so we must focus on what is eternal in order to be granted everlasting life with God in Heaven.

    I’ve been struggling to pay off my debt. As I graduated college and started my career my pay checks grew and I started to over spend. When I realized I was overspending I was already in debt. So I figured out a payment plan to get things payed off. But through all of this I took for granted how blessed I am to be able to receive that pay check every two weeks in order to pay off my debt. God showed me that I just need to find the little things that shape my life because at the end that is what matters most.

  177. Observe — An amazing blessing in my life are my two babies, ages 1 & 3, but they are “a handful” to say the least, and I need to practice changing my perspective from viewing them in certain moments and growth opportunities and blessings instead of handfuls.

    Bible — I found it interesting the some of the words used to describe earthly things are transient, or temporal, but God is always the same translation: eternal. I thought that consistency was telling of God’s nature.

    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by taking deep breaths and reciting some memorized scripture.

  178. I have been a single mom since my son was born 6 years ago. I work full time and own a home. People say to me a lot “I just don’t know how you do it” or “I would never be able to do what you do”. It’s weird because I guess on the outside looking in, it seems like a lot but I don’t usually feel like it is. I’m so thankful for my son and that I have a home and I have a stable job with a steady income. I think because of that it makes managing my blessings less stressful.
    2 Cor 2:14 THANKS be to GOD, LEADS us in TRIUMPH, USES US to SPREAD AROMA of the KNOWLEDGE OF HIM!
    This week, when struggles arise in my every day life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by giving thanks.

  179. O-My son away at college and doing better this semester, my daughter seeing herself as someone who will be a better student in HS & College than ever before, my husband reaching for God in times of stress and anxiety, myself making the time to get healthy and folding the family into becoming healthier.
    B-this verse shows me that God is eternal, lasts forever and is age-enduring and that everything seen is transient, temporary and will soon be gone.
    S-This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by pausing, praying and reading scripture… closing my eyes to the world to spend a moment in silence with God #liveitout #becomingmore #p31obs

  180. judy ruggiero says:

    Hi all, O- My sons wedding and the financial aspect. But like Lysa said if i concentrate on the stress, i’ll miss out on the blessings of the beautiful time that is comming for my son and his future wife, and the new family that will be joining ours. Give it up to God! B-fix, eyes, unseen, eternal. Knowing really knowing God is with me here,now, to eternity.For a different devotional, i was asked to write my own prayer asking God to show himself to me today in a real and personal way so i would know He is with me. Is that okay to do? Is that still faith? Confused. S-when there are struggles and i pray, i will put bible verses with my prayers that have to do with the situation i am praying for. Even with everyday things one of my favorite verses is, “He who listens to me,and seeks me carefully for everyday things, that one will find true happiness.” Having faith that God will show up in the everyday as well as the big things is what I ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen in me always, and when you take a good look back, you can see that God was there for you. Was, is, always will be. Have faith and believe, in Jesus’ name Amen. Thank you Ladies. GOD Bless!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Judy, first off congratulations and many blessings on that wedding. Second, I have the same plan written down for our S portion this week, to match the situations to a verse. Then I too also see God in the little things in life, in fact this is something I want to incorporate in my blog. And finally, yes it is fine to pray that prayer, asking Him to show He is with you. He speaks through these studies here in OBS, through Bible reading, pastors, church etc. And it isn’t wrong to ask for something every day even. Some direction, some path He wants you to take for the day etc. Yes, it is still exhibiting faith and something I find myself praying He will do for others as well. May He reveal Himself to each of us this week!

  181. O – I should be Thankful to GOD for the things I can do not look at being sick as just a burden!
    B – So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. NLT
    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by being Thankful for all the Great and Wonderful things he has done in my life. I may never be healthy here on earth but in Heaven there will be no pain or tears. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Kim, praying He will bring you strength and healing as you go about your day. And rejoicing with you (as someone with chronic illness) that one day we will be healed in full. May He show Himself strong and very real as you deal with the week ahead. Blessings to you…….

  182. O: We are being challenged financially due to unforeseen medical bills. Praying believing asking for wisdom and discernment for areas to change for now and free up cash flow is difficult, but God has been good. He is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. Also humbling myself to ask for help is a hard lesson for me, but again, God is teaching me.
    B: I really like the Message version (Eugene Peterson) for this verse. It so helps me in common language to put these bumps in life into perspective. “These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” I know these financial small potatoes feel huge some days and I hate it. But I also see in this verse the promise of eternal lavishness. So the blessings to manage are here today, gone tomorrow, but the good stuff – whoa – that will last forever. Thank you God for the jobs you have given my husband. Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for my church family and friends who offer support, kind words, and wisdom when I am honest and share my struggles. Praise to you Lord Christ.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Susan, in the same cash flow boat right now. Dear Lord, I do pray that you would meet the needs, physical and financial, of each family represented here. Thank you for jobs that come in, healing and medical care and meeting our needs. Thank you that the small things will one day be no more. Please bless and guide those of us who need help right now in these areas. Give us wisdom on our finances, and medical care. Supply our needs and show us what to do. We trust in You and ask in Jesus name.

  183. Observe: I live in chronic pain and I have let it define me but since finding God He helps carry that load. I am not thankful for the pain but I am very thankful for all the people He has placed in my life that without that pain I wouldn’t have including Him.
    Bible: I looked up different versions and a few popped out such as temporary, transient, brief, and fleeting. Boy do all of them put it into perspective that seen things will never last. Unseen things are based on faith and they are eternal, everlasting, and imperishable. You can always count on it because it will always be there.
    Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by stepping back and remembering to praise Him then with the peace that comes from that I will face my struggles.

  184. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him and knowing that He is always faithful. God has got anything I face! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  185. O – I will choose to look at my marriage and my son’s schoolwork as managing blessings.
    B – So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. I always need help remembering not to worry about the little things that won’t even matter 10 years from now. It is our eternal changing that God is worried about – I’m so glad He is in charge of that process!
    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reciting my gratitude, which coincidentally I am doing every day of Lent as well!. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  186. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by … speaking His word out loud.

  187. Ashley Lambert says:

    : My housework!!!! I am beyond overwhelmed and have basically shutdown. I feel like I am surrounded by junk and toys and clothes and school papers and mail and adorable crafts……oh my!!!! Every nook and cranny has something. I have no idea where to even start. But today, I have made a lot of headway and got a lot cleaned up/out while I just did chores and talked to God. It was great!!!

    B: I need the reminder that all of the tasks and responsibilities I have right now that keep me stressed out are just TEMPORARY. I need to remember that what is most important is the UNSEEN because that is what will be ETERNAL. By turning my focus to the unseen and what will matter for all of eternity, it is clear that these temporary problems are just that temporary!

    S: This week I would like to focus more of praising God through my day and struggles instead of focusing on them and worrying about them. I loved the verses Lysa gave us in Chap 10 Psalm 103:1-5. I am sure I will be able to recite these verses a lot this week and hope that will shift my focus to God and eternal blessings instead of temporary problems/trials!

  188. Anita Kuhlman says:

    Thank you Lord for the Hope you provide.let me dwell on you Lird and not my worries of today.

  189. O: We are going through a major merger and company reorganization, and unfortunately a lot of people will lose their jobs, and my job is at risk. I’ve got to look at the blessings in my life right with my wonderful son and family, and good health, and education so that if I do lose my job, through God I can get through this.
    B: Fix my eyes on what is unseen! That’s FAITH. I have to have faith to get me through this time of uncertainty.
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying and reciting verses in my head, posting verses on my desk, and being on me knees.

  190. O- my husband works 12hr days and some days I am drained and wish he were home more and be able to come to more of our daughters activities! But with him working these hours, I am able to stay home with our daughter

    B- I have to tell myself that things are temporary and God will only give me what he knows I can handle

    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by stopping in the moment and realize, how blessed I am

  191. Carolyn W. says:

    O: Challenges at work, Maintaining a high-stress level due to requirements due to high accuracy for what I do.
    B: The things I see are only temporary. That is something I must get into my head, because they are here for a short time temporary, while spending eternity with God is amazing, awesome and what Blessedness!
    S: Take a deep breath, pause, sit still and think upon God and all He has done for me.

  192. I could look at my time caring for my 3 month old as managing my blessings, not burdens.
    In 2 Corinthians 4:18 the words that stand out to me are temporal versus eternal.
    This week when struggles arise in my everyday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God by repeating his truths out loud to myself.

  193. O- Marriage…things are hard

    B- I am inspired by the word “UNSEEN” because it forces me to focus and meditate on Faith in God

    S-…. when struggles arise in my life, will keep my eyes fixed on God by prayer, reciting His words and promises.

  194. Observe: My messy, wreck of a home and my 4 children who keep it that way.
    Bible: “What cannot be seen is eternal” – This reminds me that all the distractions around me are not the eternal and the important things and shifts my focus back to where it should be.
    Stretch: This week’s memory verse will help me recall what is actually important and divert my attention and dissolve frustration as I recite it.

  195. observe- my soon to be husband don’t have a job. It’s hard at times, but it is a blessing cause he can drive me and the girls to appointments! I am 35 years old and never had a drivers license.

    Bible- temporary helps me know this will pass and eternal helps me see what I have when my time on earth is over.

    Stretch- This week when struggles arise in my everyday life , I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying that I can stay on the straight and narrow path.

  196. O – I can look at moving into my own home and allowing my family to visit more often as managing my blessings
    B – The words that speak to my heart the most when I read this scripture is temporary verses eternal. I choose to focus on the unseen things not of this world verses the temporary things on this earth.
    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by – counting my numerous blessings God has granted me.

  197. Managing my blessings. Love that! ❤️ Thanks for a new perspective ?

  198. lorrie ann says:

    When I am struggling i stop and look up and keep repeating “I trust you Jesus” this helps with my issues of control and this is why i struggle because i am not in control other people.

  199. This is my first bible study! I am really enjoying it and learning a lot about myself and my relationship with God.
    O- I am thankful for my children, though all young adults they seem to be going through some difficult times that affect all of us, they aren’t ever burdens in my heart but their youth sometimes feels like it.
    B- The most inspirational words of this verse are also my most challenging “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen…” It’s easy to forget that the things that are seen are only temporary.
    S-This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by by being thankful for all my blessings and living in his love. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Antonia, we are so blessed to have you in the OBS family and so excited to hear this is your first study. Praying you will have a very blessed week four, and hoping to keep visiting with you along this path. Many blessings to you.

  200. O – one of my struggles that Ive been experiencing lately, may be petty, but my kids school being cancelled due to weather. Time is ticking away and my time with my boys is being shortened daily. On the days when I get that phone call or text message that school is cancelled I get angry and frustrated. What I need to do is see the gift that God is providing to me; the gift of a day with my boys. While they should have been in school God has blessed me with those extra days. Yes they fight, they get bored, they dont do as they were asked but when they are older I will want those days back.

  201. Observe- I get so overwhelmed with the hours my husband works which leaves me doing everything around the house and in charge of most things with our son. I need to look at all of these as BLESSINGS not BURDENS. I am blessed to have a husband that works so hard for our family. I am blessed to have a home that I need to clean, laundry I have to do, dogs I have to clean up after and food I have to cook. I am so very blessed to have that sweet little boy that I prayed so hard for after infertility struggles. I am blessed!!

    Bible- The whole verse challenges me. I all to often focus on the here and now when all of that is temporary. I need to focus more on the Lord, because he is FOREVER!

    Stretch- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by saying a small prayer of thanksgiving.

  202. O: Right now, I am in a season of crossroads. I haven’t been able to find a job in months and, therefore, have been living with my parents and siblings. I have been very frustrated and stressed because I can’t seem to figure out what God wants me to do. However, I allowed my stresses to blind me from a great blessing: I am supported and loved by my family. While I look for a job, I have a roof over my head, a hot meal almost everyday, internet, cable, and, most importantly, I have a family who has been encouraging and supporting me through all of this.

    B: The entire verse speaks to me. I really couldn’t find one word that was more important than the other. I am so focused on what the world thinks of me and what other people think of me because I am so stressed about being unemployed that I haven’t been turning to God for His peace.

    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reading His word so that I may know Him and trust Him more.

  203. O: Managing my home and family is a second full time job. Lately I’ve been frustrated by the fact that my house is a mess and I don’t seem to have enough time to get anything done. But rather than being frustrated and stress, I will manage my blessings by being thankful that I have a home with a healthy family.

  204. I am just joining the study today and it is perfect timing. I was overwhelmed by my struggle this morning and came looking for a study that would meet me where I am. We have a special needs daughter who is non verbal. Mornings are often difficult because she gets upset leaving home-even though she loves school or family that is watching her while we work. Today was an especially difficult morning.
    But I am blessed with family that helps in so many ways-my sister texted me a video of Carlie laughing with her cousins not even 5 minutes after I dropped her off. God knew today I needed that reassurance that she was fine and having fun.
    And He lead me here.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Sarah, thank you for sharing this moment God gave to you regarding yoru daughter. And, we are so blessed you have joined into the study and of course, there are no timing accidents with God. He has you here with us, at this time, for a reason. Many blessings to you as you continue on with us here.

  205. Regina Vollmer says:

    O – I stress daily on finances. Today I will focus on managing the blessings God has given me and put GOD in control of the rest.
    B – After reading through different versions I can understand the New Century Version best. It helps me understand more.
    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying and reading scripture.

  206. O – At this time my husband and I are living in different states…yes, I said different states as in geographically. Not because of any differences or trials in our marriage. Our marriage is blessed beyond human reason. The circumstance has both been a sacrifice and blessing. Our current home is Michigan, my only daughter, son in law and granddaughter live in Tennessee after completing years of service in the Air Force. They are pursuing education opportunities….Being in the retirement season of our lives, we felt led to relocate closer to our family….with a few years in the mix of my husband retiring we prayed for God’s wisdom and leading. In one of our visits to our kids, we were blessed with finding a retirement home in Tennessee, 20 minutes from our daughters home….what was unexpected was on one of the last days of our visit our daughter drove us to different areas just to see what could become…we came across a home with no for sale sign in the yard,but it was a simple, ranch style country home and it just caught our eye of how perfect it would be for the someday retirement home….as we stopped to gaze at the home from the street a man coming out of the home saw us and walked toward us in question…..we told him we were admiring his simple but beautiful home (of course he was skeptical, who wouldn’t be in this crazy world) but with listening ears he was drawn to my brief upcoming retirement story. With an apprehension look and welling of tears in his eyes he told us the home was for sale and had been sold, however the sale fell through and he and his wife were all packed up and ready to leave for Texas the next day and now was in a state of confusion and heartbreak of what to do. As I listened to this man God spoke to me that this was the house we were to retire in…..I was in shock…Lord, were not looking to buy right now, we can’t buy now right now, I’m going home in a couple of hours and don’t have time to buy, what are you talking about Lord???? those were my reacting words to God. As my daughter spoke with the man about his home, I’m in the passenger side battling with God….well guess who won that battle? We now own the home, I’m living in Tennessee caring for my granddaughter so that my daughter and son in law can pursue their calling. My husband is living in our home up north still working towards his retirement. Even as I speak of this I have to laugh because it’s so crazy and many people that I’ve met have not believed this story. Both my husband and I have learned that what God says and does will sometimes shock the pants off of you. I didn’t want to live separate from my husband nor did he…but we are and it’s only by God’s leading and loving us that we have been able to do so. The sacrifice of living apart from my husband has blessed all of us…although I don’t get to see my husband every day and hold him every night my love for him has grown so much deeper, God has truly blessed this burden of separation and poured out so much of His love my mind is still trying to comprehend it all….There have been times I have gotten angry with God about this separation and the burdens it has put on myself and on my husband….when those times hit me I fall to my knees with tears flowing and hear Him say “in my timing child, my plans are perfect, have faith” with those spoken words I repent my anger and give thanks to the One who holds my future and my families future in His hands…..God is the only one who can take our burdens and turn them into blessings, what an Awesome God we serve.

    B – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    Inspiring words:
    Fix (meaning direct one’s eyes, attention, or mind steadily or unwaveringly toward)
    Eternal

    Challenging words:
    unseen
    temporary

    The inspiring words gives me hope,to fix my eyes on and trusting in Christ to reunite our family as one and for eternity.

    The challenging words for me is that even though my mind knows our situation is temporary, it seems like forever waiting. Waiting for the unseen to happen takes patience and perseverance both which I struggle with. I thank God daily and am learning to thank him in the hurry up and make this happen.moments. His plan and timing are perfect….so I will continue to thank Him as I wait.

    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him with thanksgiving prayers for what He has done, what He is doing and what he will do.

  207. O-This came at a perfect time for me. I have 2 out of 3 adult children living at home again. They are both single and they do work. I feel a little overwhelmed at times with the chaos again at my house…we have 4 drivers and 3 cars, the laundry, the meals, the mess…I need to stop and thank the Lord that I have this extra time with my kids instead of looking at the burdens and that I have 3 cars and that I have the means to provide meals, clean and do laundry. Thank you Jesus!!!! 🙂
    B- The things that are seen are temporary, I need to redirect my focus on the unseen and eternity, I need to focus on Jesus Christ!
    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by getting on my knees, praying and reading His Word. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  208. Kerri Heritage says:

    O: We have been struggling with our youngest daughter and her behavior/impulsetivity. She has ADHD and is currently on 2 different types of medicine, which have worked extremely well for the past 2 years.. After reading chapter 10 and watching the video I was reminded of 2 verses – Jer 1:5 – Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. Then Ps 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully & wonderfully made – your works are wonderful. Instead of seeing this as a struggle I am reminded of the blessing she is to us and to others. I am reminded of her love for Jesus and others.
    B: This is struggle is temporary, her faith in Jesus is eternal
    S: This week as a new struggle arises with my daughter, I will stop and offer thanksgiving to our creator who set her apart for great and wonderful things.

  209. Marthe Hjortshoj (P31 O-Team) says:

    Observe–I could look at volunteer recruitment and retention at my job as a blessing instead of a burden. While it is stressful waiting for God to show me the right people, it is a blessing to find ones who love to serve. And it is a greater blessing to have so many kids to share God’s love with at church each week!
    Bible–2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Fix your eyes on hope in Jesus!
    Stretch–This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by focusing on Him instead of allowing stress to lead to anxiety. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  210. Felicia Young says:

    Observe — My current employment situation. Currently I am teaching in a private school setting. I love it however there are many different factors and situations pulling me in different directions. I feel God is leading me down a different path and when I try to take control it all becomes very stressful and overwhelming. I am slowly learning to let go and Let God.
    Bible — I read the King James Version and what stood out to me was “for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying to God.

  211. Alicia Gutierrez Hall says:

    Another wonderful inspiring message.

  212. Tami Goscinski says:

    An area of my life that I could view as more of a “manage my blessings” would be that of the home improvement and projects around the house. Because I have the financial ability to do so as many may not.

    Bible:
    the word that speaks to me is temporary, because what we have on earth is temporary in God’s eyes. Many of ushowever need to improve on this way.

    Stretch:
    Utilizing my prayer cards and worship music.

  213. Ronni Holley says:

    Observe: I am managing the following blessings:
    Chores, children, and errands. All things I know are blessings and not burdens!

    Stretch: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life I will keep my eyes on God by praising Him in prayer and worship!

  214. Joanne Thibodeau says:

    O.. My trouble right now concerns others not helping in service. Seems petty but it is sometimes a bit maddening. It’s always the same people who come together when there is a gathering for one thing or another. Don’t get me wrong. I love to serve in this capacity, but after awhile it seems no one else wants to and it will be left on one person. I am forever seeking the Lord please take this attitude from me. I really serve as unto Him, and I always hear that this goes on in other church’es everywhere…
    B. N.L.T. was reading it in other places but this stuck out to me. “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now..”Don’t look at” actually hit me to think differently. If I go into serving as unto the Lord it should not matter to me what anyone else does or does not do.
    S. Prayer and supplication as unto the Lord to take these wrong thoughts from me…

  215. Stretch: As I look ahead at this week, I am already feeling frustrated with the situations coming up. I am trying to focus on 2 Corinthians 4:18. By putting my focus on God, rather than the difficult situations, I can keep my attitude in check and not let the frustrations get me down.

  216. Observe — I feel kind of overwhelmed with responsibilities and things I need to do. For example, I have volunteered for many things at church, singing in the choir and leading women’s Bible studies. I know that God wants me to use my gifts to His service. When I feel overwhelmed, now, I can remind myself that I am managing my blessings. This is very encouraging.
    Bible — I read through different versions of 2 Corinthians 4:18 and compared them. I like the way different versions have different ways of saying “look”. I need to look, fix my eyes, fix my gaze, set my sight. I have to be determined and intentional and focus on what God wants me to focus on. We may not be able to see the eternal with our eyes, but we can see the eternal with eyes of faith.
    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking God for a blessing that I have. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  217. Deborah Duran says:

    O:Unfortunitly a dear friend has decided to end our frienship. I am looking at this breakup as a mixed blessing.for personal reasons. Yet I dearly miss my friend and will continue to pray for her and do little things for her through the mail. Also I resently had total right knee replacement and am not able to drive. The blessing is that being down with my leg has given me more time to spend with the Lord. Which I am loving!

    B: GOD’S WORD® Translation
    We don’t look for things that can be seen but for things that can’t be seen. Things that can be seen are only temporary. But things that can’t be seen last forever. I like this translation for it’s very simple wording.

    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by Keeping my eyes on His beloved Word throughout the day.

  218. When struggles arrive this week I will keep my eyes fixed on God by quoting scripture i have learnt #OBS#Liveitout

  219. Observe: my husband and I are going to be moving in the next 6 months to a yr. the house were in needs some work before we can sell it so we can get the best price for it when we sell it (burden). But it is completely paid off and will give us enough $ to get set up and buy a newer house outright when we move (BLESSING).

    Bible: the NLT transition uses the phrase “fix our gaze” when talking about looking at the things that cannot be seen and will last forever. I love this phrasing. A fixed gaze is more than just a quick passing glance. A fixed gaze is to hold your eyes stead in the same direction for an extended period of time without wavering or getting distracted. This is the way I need to look at God, His purposes, and His kingdom (the things I cannot see now that will last forever).

    Stretch: this week when struggles arise in my every day life; I will make an effort to praise God first, I will find something to be thankful for, and I will adjust my perspective when it appropriate to do so.

  220. Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by turning to prayer and asking him to remind me how this struggle is truly a blessing.

  221. When I feel burdened by this world and all its cares such as having money, perhaps a job title I need to remind myself of a some words of wisdom I came across recently, it reads….”Count your blessings instead of your crosses; Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean; Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth; Count on God instead of yourself.” Author Unknown When you turn a negative into a positive you gain twice.
    I need to walk by faith in the Lord as He is the only one that knows my path. Praise Him for all his glories!!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Lora Lee: That is one excellent poem. Thank you for posting it, and may He help us to have that kind of outlook on our struggles etc. Many blessings!

  222. I have a lot of irons in a lot of fires. Yet, all are good things because of jobs, opportunities and such. I will thank God for the blessings and ask him what his priority is for me for the day. Don’t Look at the overwhelming items on the to do list. Remind myself to look to god and let him have the to do’s. Spending time, just time with him and listening for him will sooth my soul.

  223. Miranda Freitag says:

    Observe — What is an area of your life that perhaps you could look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden right now? My pregnancy has been a huge area of life that has been hard right now. I have had many complications that have hindered my ability to work and therefore has put financial strain on my husband and I.
    Bible — Seen, Unseen, temporary, eternal
    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by continually reading his Word and keeping it near to my heart.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Miranda, praying that the Lord will bless you financially and physically and the life of your child. May you see Him at work in your world this week. Many blessings to you.

  224. An area of that I could look at as managing a blessing rather than a burden right now in my life would be some extra job requirements. I know the Lord is providing opportunities for me to provide for my family and I want to honor his faithful provision in my life, rather than be stressed by the demands of the job.
    In reading 2 Corinthians 4:18 “so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. Since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”, I am understanding more and more that I need to fix my eyes on my eternity in heaven with Jesus and not on a temporary dying things of this world.
    This week when struggles arise in my everyday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God by having an attitude of gratitude.
    I want to meditate on and live out this week’s verse by praying to the Lord and praising him with a list of all the things I am thankful for in my life. I want to acknowledge him working in my life and trust that He has a purpose for it all.
    Father, with your help I pray I would fix my eyes on eternal things this week and ask for a clear perspective, as well as an open heart for all you have in store for me, according to your will. Thank you for your constant provision and sovereign faithfulness over my life, in Jesus name Amen!

  225. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by continuing to pray and reading his word.

  226. O: I can manage blessings or deal with stress. I want to check my attitude when I start to get overwhelmed by responsibilities.
    B: 2 Corinthians 4.18 uses the word fix which is a verb indicating action. I must choose to fix my eyes on the eternal blessings instead of the temporary troubles.
    S: When struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by counting my blessings.

  227. B
    II Corinthians 4:18 (VOICE) “So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we cannot see, which live on and on.”
    S
    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by looking for blessings and being thankful. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  228. Seen is temporary. Unseen is eternal. This is what strikes me the most. I have to constantly remind myself that this place is not my home. I live in a beautiful area and God shows up all the time in nature around me. I can’t help but smile and tear up a little when I consider the beauty around me that he has gifted me. He does it just for me! But then I turn on the TV or somehow the world creeps in and it’s ugly. It’s really ugly. I realize this world has nothing for me, even though it can offer so much. Knowing that what my Father has waiting for me in eternity is even better than all the beauty around me, that makes my heart sing and skip with anticipation!

  229. Hello everyone! My life has been nothing but struggling lately. I live with MS; a chronic illness which causes relapses at times with speech, leg and arm weakness/paralysis and on and on; so I really need to stop and praise God for keeping me alive every day. Here are my answers to today’s questions.

    O – An area of my life that I could look at as a “managing blessings, is taking care of my mother-in-law. My husband and I have only been married 2 years and we have already had a strained marriage because of the blended family, parenting styles ect. Well, his mom had been in a nursing home for 15 years and I don’t think it’s right for that so we brought her home to live with us. I never knew it was going to be this hard. She is completely wheelchair bound and needs 2 people to assist her. When she first came here I was doing a lot; plus we didn’t get her room completely done; so I was working my butt (to say the least) and my body just got worn down and I went into a relapse. I’m grateful for today though because I feel like I’m on the road to amends. Praise You, Jesus.

    B – I read through the American Study Bible, the NLT and the New Century Version bibles and what grabbed my attention was “the joys to come will last forever.” NLT
    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him right where I am; even if it’s a sticky, ugly situation.

    • It is difficult to be a caregiver for someone who cannot do for themselves. But oh the joy you will have when you reflect on the privledge you were given to do this for her. God is all about family and I truly believe when you sacrifice for family you are really close to the heart of God and who does not want that!! Hang in there and dont be afarid to delegate when needed.

  230. When struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by singing. I love Christian music so many good songs out there to keep my focus where it should be. I love Hawk Nelson’s new Diamonds.

  231. Observe — My job and trying to fit everything in!!
    Bible — NLV “We do not look at the things that can be seen. We look at the things that cannot be seen. The things that can be seen will come to an end. But the things that cannot be seen will last forever”
    Stretch — When there are struggles…I will pray to God for answers!

  232. It’s so much easier to look at the things I CAN see and focus on that instead of keeping my sights on the things unseen. As pretty as some things are here, I know in my heart that God has much more planned for us in heaven.

    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by whispering “please God, help me.”

  233. The area of my life where I’m going to focus on my many blessings is at work where I have many tasks and projects that are high priority right now.

    I like the NLT version of II Corinthians 4:18 which says don’t look at troubles we can see but fix our gaze on what is unseen. I love that part about fixing my gaze, because that requires forethought and being intentional. So this week when struggles arise in my life, I will fix my gaze on Jesus by either stopping to say a short prayer or just saying the name of Jesus as this makes me aware of his presence in the midst

  234. This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes on God by remembering how much He has blessed me and any ‘burdens’ are only for a short time-HE is forever! #BecomingMore #LiveItOutLoud

  235. Leslie Holeman says:

    Observe — I need to see my finances instead of a lack of them As a blessing to have what I have.
    Bible — 2 Corinthians 4:18 Living Translation: So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. I LOVE this translation….troubles are all around us-YES they are BUT they will soon be over. Joys in Heaven last forever AMEN TO THAT!
    Stretch —This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by BEING THANKFUL. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  236. Observe: An area in my life that I could look at as managing my blessings is everyday housework.

    B: KJV things which are seen example- everyday struggles, things which are not- God’s love and grace. If I look more at the unseen my focus is more on God not worldly struggles.

    S: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by seeing my blessings first.

  237. Observe — What is an area of your life that perhaps you could look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden right now?
    Preparation for a conference … It’s a blessing and a wonderful opportunity to go to this conference, even if it is a lot of work to prepare for it. : )
    Bible — Write down which words inspire and challenge you most from 2 Corinthians 4:18:
    “fix our eyes” – I can choose my focus.
    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by _______. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS
    By remembering His presence in my circumstances. He is with me!

  238. Jenna Santana says:

    O-I need to look at my job as a managed blessing rather than a burden.
    B-New Living Translation: “So we don’t LOOK at the troubles we can see now; rather, we FIX OUR GAZE on things that cannot be seen…” -2 Corinthians 4:18
    S-This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by remembering He has the perfect plan for my life.

  239. Anne Tyler says:

    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – focus on HIM and not this world, not my circumstances, not people, but just HIM! HE is the one that will always be there for me and never let me down.

  240. O – being a SAHM can be so stressful but such a blessing. I’ve wanted to be a mom since I was little and now I am!

    B – I’m inspired that my troubles are only temporary and inspired that my earthly treasures are also only temporary therefore my focus should be on what is not seen

    S – I will fix my eyes on God by being thankful for my blessings

  241. I want to live this not only to accept more of the joy of Christ in my life but to reveal that hope to the world around me.

  242. O~ I have a Christian Preschool with “80” little angels. I am totally managing blessings everyday. I thank God, that I am apply to share about Jesus with these sweet children, everyday!

    B~ I love the NLT version of this scripture: So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
    The words which inspire me are: things we cannot see will last forever.

    S~ I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reading his word and by giving him praise.

  243. O: An area in my life that I can look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden is the situation between me and my fiancé. We have been together for 5 years and he proposed last year in April…yep, almost a year has gone by and we haven’t set a date to get married and he shared with me a few months ago that he’s unsure if we should even get married. Crazy, huh? However, I’m not mad at him…I’m mad at myself because when he proposed I was depressed, so much so, that I couldn’t be happy for the engagement which is a major reason why I believe he began to have doubts. Last month, we almost called it quits, but we decided to give it some time, seek God about it and go from there. At first, all I could see in this situation was hurt, rejection, embarrassment, feeling stupid, etc., but this OBS came right on time!!! The same day that we almost called it quits was the same day that I decided to complete this OBS!!! HALLELUJAH!!! My perspective has changed tremendously about the situation and I’ve grown a whole lot since then. I’m forever grateful for this OBS. So, instead of having a negative outlook on the situation and worrying about it/letting it rack my brain, I chose to focus on me and still love him in the process. I chose to look at it as, better now than we get married and things go haywire. I chose to praise God despite my initial hurt/pain/disappointment/possible embarrassment on calling the engagement off. I can apply this week’s scripture to the situation as well….take my eyes off of what’s temporary…if we do get married or not…it’s temporary and how much more greater are the things unseen that will last FOREVER?!?!?! 🙂 So, I’m preparing my heart so that I’ll be ok either way it goes (marriage or not). Although, it will definitely hurt if we call it off, I’ll be able to bounce back because of my relationship with God and knowing that he’ll never hurt me or leave me and he loves me and calling off an engagement will not change how God feels or sees me and will not change how I see myself either because I’ve learned to see me as God sees me!
    B: I like the amplified bible version- “So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.” It’s definitely challenging sometimes to keep my eyes focused on the things which are unseen because the things which are seen are right in front of me, but the more I keep my eyes focused on the things that will be everlasting and imperishable, the less I’ll gravitate to keeping my eyes on the things that are only temporary.
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him and not my circumstances and by pausing in the midst of whatever I’m going through, realizing that God is in the midst of it as well, and just thanking Him for being there (thanks Lysa!!!). If God is there, I can handle whatever comes my way!!! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  244. O: An area where I could see myself as managing blessings – right now we are preparing to go on a ski trip but I am also trying to coordinate with some family who is visiting next month. Being able to go on a ski trip is a blessing and having family who travel so far to visit us is a blessing!
    B: I like the NLT version “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”This reminds me of the phrase “this too shall pass.” Our circumstances, both good and bad, are temporary. But the promise of heaven is non changing.
    Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by choosing to see the positive – counting my blessings in my life.

  245. Observe: Instead of looking at stressful situations at work as a burden, I will remember to praise God for this job I was so blessed to be given and I will manage my blessing!
    Bible: I love the words: troubled, not distressed and perplexed, not in despair. I will not let these circumstances that cause me stress to crush me.
    Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by choosing to praise Him before complaining. I will stop in the midst of feeling overwhelmed and I will pray for peace and joy and thank Him for the blessings He has so richly poured into my life!

  246. Taylor Woodard says:

    O- Recently I had to take the TEAS test, a nursing entrance exam. I studied for months to take this test.. I was beyond nervous, but I knew it was in Gods’ hands and he would get me through it and give me the scores that he intended for me to have. After desperately waiting for hours to see my scores, they were finally posted on the website. I went through every section looking at my scores comparing them to the paper I had with the passing scores. I had got through looking at three of the four sections and I had passed every one of them, but when I reached the last section my heart sunk. I missed the cut off by eight points. My heart was shattered. I was upset for a while, I kept thinking what if I would have studied harder or took more time on each section. I started to let that eight points define me and how much of a failure I was. I felt like God had failed me. That night I bowed my head to pray, and a sense of relief just washed over me. God had not failed me, he was giving me exactly what I needed to get back on my feet. At that moment instead of asking God why he let me fail that one section, I praised him for allowing me to go through it, it was a blessing. It taught me to have faith in him and trust in Him with my life and the trials he puts me through. The following day I picked up my TEAS book and opened it up to the first page and started studying again. I take the test again this Saturday, this time, I’m going into this test with a new perspective by trusting FULLY in God.
    B- This entire verse really pulls on me, we shouldn’t get wrapped up in the ways of this world, it is only our temporary home. Heaven is our eternal home, we need to focus on our relationship with God and what his plans are for our life.
    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying without ceasing.

  247. O – my blessings are our two college students. College and finding your way in life at this age is stressful. My heart gets heavy sometimes when I see them struggle. However, I am pleased that they will share their worries with me.
    B – those unseen things are eternal, so blessed to know that Heaven exists. There will be glory at the end of this life on Earth no matter what difficulties are encountered here.
    S – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by counting my blessings along with prayer. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  248. This week even though I face challenging situations in my life, I look to the God I serve. Fellowship with other Christians, time in His word, time praising Him and time communicating with him. Listening for God’s voice and direction through the Holy Spirit. Remembering on a daily basis that God is the one in control and that I can seek my answers from Him.

  249. O- Working on the difficulties of my marriage. Some days it’s really difficult but I have to remember that God blesses marriages and it’s a reflection of His relationship with us.

    B- Inspire: I am inspired to focus on things upward instead of earthly things. Challenge: Things not seen are eternal.

    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by _______.
    Praising Him and being thankful for what I do have.

  250. O-I think for me it is trying to juggle between work and achieving my personal goals. I travel a lot with work but I am flexible in my work schedule. So being more thankful that I have a job that gives me the flexibility of scheduling and so forth. I think what is key is regardless of what seems burdersome, there is always a blessing that appears hidden but really at the front of it all.
    B – I like how the MSG translation reads in that it tells us not to sweat the small stuff. It says, “These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times…” It just says to look forward to the good stuff and press toward the prize because your struggles will not last long. That is good news.
    S – When struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by giving thanks and praising His name.

  251. Julie Walters says:

    o- I do not have a full-time job right now, so the blessings that I manage are tutoring children in reading at 2 local schools and substituting at a church preschool.

    B- I like the NLT version which puts it plainly – things we see now will soon be gone, but things that are unseen will last forever. We must fix our eyes upon Jesus.
    S- I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking Him for a blessing in my life.

  252. Kim Buchanan says:

    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him and being grateful.

  253. I need to remember that my job is a blessing and doubly so as I get to work from home.

    I really like adding verse 17 to it: “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,” It would be so much better if I could focus on all my stresses as momentary light affliction, because they sure don’t seem that way at times! 🙂

    When troubles come, I need to remember to go to the Lord first and talk with Him before I say a word otherwise. It also helps to have Bible Studies like these!

  254. Observe — I have to look at my job as a blessing. Although there are some area I know need to be improved, I have to be thankful for the blessing of having a steady job.

    Bible — Temporary and eternal. I chose these words because I know that the trials of life are not forever. I also know that life with God and His Son, Jesue are eternal.

    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by asking God for patience and peace.

  255. Observe — What is an area of your life that perhaps you could look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden right now? I would have to say my job. Lately, it has been extremely stressful and I’ve felt overwhelmed, but in the midst of this struggle, I thank God that He has provided me with a job/career that allowed me to work from home when our youngest needed me the most(blessing). She is now 21 and I’m feeling God prompting me to move on.
    Bible —”fix my eyes” encouraged me to stay focused on God, what is unseen because that is what matters.
    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reaching for this verse and remembering to thank Him for his blessings in my life.#LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  256. BETH JOHNSON says:

    Fixing my eyes on thanksgiving is making me see the Blessing of my circumstances. I love this 180 look at the negatives, turning them into positives.

  257. Tricia Loya says:

    O- My job is temporary. It’s not what I want to be doing. However, I’m allowed to read at my desk. Learning what I read in the bible and on OBS will last way longer than a job I don’t like.
    B- ERV Version. “So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see lasts only a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever.”
    S- I will Praise God even in the hard times. I will be thankful that he is right there next to me, and he will deliver me.

  258. Observe – I strive to do well at my job, but many times I get frustrated, just knowing God is there for me. All I need to do is give it all to him. Knowing it is all in his hands.

    Bible: What is unseen is eternal – It will last forever! We need to focus on the spiritual things and not things of this world.

    Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by taking it to him in prayer and giving thanks for who he is.

  259. O: I am constantly running around to get stuff done on time or picking up from school. I have trouble focusing and getting a lot accomplished when it’s interrupted. I should be looking at this as soon, all my kids will be out of the house and I will miss them needing me, and also I am thankful that I can be a stay at home mom that gets the opportunity to do these things and not cram things into nights and weekends.
    B: The words eternal and forever stand out as reminders of what I should be focused on. I love this verse as a great reminder to always have faith. I also love 2 Cor 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
    S: This week when I have struggles I will try hard to replace the stress/worry feeling with a blessing and a deep breath as I ask for help.

  260. Read and memorize His word. Remember that God is with me , in me , and for me!!

  261. Yvette Quinones says:

    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising him for all the blessings each day.

  262. Tura klepfer says:

    I am in the midst of a blessing to be able to speak to and care for my dad even long distance. My mom is gone and I can’t speak with and care for her but I still have the blessing that is my dad

  263. O – An area of my life to manage my blessings is I was unemployed for 8 months, and now I have 2 jobs to try to earn my previous income, so I thank God and manage my blessing of having a job/income. So while I get up at 4:30 am to go to work, then after that job go to my other job on selected days I thank God, get as much rest and give glory to God.
    B – What words inspires me is “since what is seen is temporary”. What word challenges me is – “fix our eyes not on what is seen”.
    S – This week when struggles arise in my everyday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God by remembering what is unseen is ETERNAL!! 🙂

  264. Being able to help my momma out when she needs it. She has some memory issues and some physical ailments but I am thankful that I still have her with me. She will be 82 on Thursday and I pray that I have her many more years. I will keep my eyes fixed on God by having faith in him!! I love that his love is not temporary but eternal!

  265. O: I am super stressed at work right now. This is really an area where I need to focus on my blessings and not on my burdens. I know God is leading me and will carry me when things get tough, I need to relax, pray, and keep faith.
    B: When I read this verse tonight, I immediately teared up. I felt like it was a direct message from God…things are tough, but don’t focus on what is in front of me…focus on what is unseen. He is working on great things for me and will guide me every step of the way.
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by spending extra time in prayer and devotion renewing my faith.

  266. Observe: my oldest daughter and her husband are being transferred from Kodiak Alaska in June this year with my two wonderful grandchildren 10 and 8. They are moving to NC coast which is much closer to us! A 9 hr road trip verse 16hrs in the air! This was an unexpected surprise! They have asked my husband and I to come to alaska and stay ( 2 weeks) with the children while they go look for a home to live in at their new post. Now,this is a real blessing to be asked to come and care for the kids, have the finacial ability to afford the trip and visit Alaska one last time. Talk about great blessings to manage! This is it! Juggling our schedule was not hard since we are mostly retired. Getting to spend time with my grandchildren will clearly take digging up the energy that comes with age. I will look to God for our strength and guidance in caring for these precious ones.

    Bible: seen=temporary, unseen =eternal. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is seen is eternal (NIV).

    Stretch: this week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eye fixed on God by reading my bible daily, giving God praise for all my many blessings and thanking him for allowing me to wake another day to enjoy his love and the love of my family. #P31OBS, #BecomingMore

  267. Observe: I’m currently stressing about my new job and whether or not I’ll be able to handle it. Instead of seeing it as a burden, I need to see it for the blessing that it is.
    Bible: “Don’t look at the troubles we see now, things that are unseen are eternal.”
    Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by being faithful to count my 1000 gifts in my blessing journal. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  268. Hi OBSers,
    O- one thing I’ve been struggling with is our daughter’s car problems. It’s kinda been like the whack-a-mole Lisa described, one thing gets fixed and two more pop up!! I guess I should view this as a managed blessing, not only that my daughter has a car to drive but so do we.?
    B- Fix our Eyes on Jesus, that says it all to me.
    S- This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by focusing on managing my blessings….blessings, not struggles.

  269. O:I have a teenager and a preteen (both boys). When the stress of homework, attitudes and extracurricular activities try to overwhelm me, I will remember I waited years for God to bless me with children – and He waited until He knew I was ready to raise these boys before giving them to me. God chose me to be the mother to these wonderful and sometimes frustrating young men and I am blessed to be a part of the plan He has for their lives.
    B:”the things that cannot be seen are eternal”

    S: this week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by finding the blessing in the struggle.

  270. O: I have several areas of my life that I can look at as managing blessings ( work, finances, home, health, etc)
    B: KJV Everyday struggles you see
    God’s grace and love are unseen
    Struggles are temporary. God’s love is eternal.
    S: When struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by being thankful, memorizing, focus on God’s word and pray.

  271. O: This was exactly what I needed b/c I’ve been viewing my house as a burden, simply b/c it takes so much work to maintain. Being on some acreage in the woods, it takes so much time and effort to do everything from keeping weeds down, to mowing, to managing leaves in the fall, to (right now) plowing/shoveling snow on our 250ft long driveway. My husband and I are getting older… BUT this hit me squarely in between my eyes. Next time these thoughts and feelings come through, I will be choose to be thankful that it’s peaceful and quiet here, and the house is bright and sunny, etc. etc.
    B: Don’t focus on the material/tangible, the here and now as it will pass, but the unseen is worth all my effort and will enrich my soul far beyond the worth of what is visible.
    S: This week when I get these feelings, I will strive to be thankful to the Lord, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

    Thank you for your words through the video, Lysa. I’ve been praying for this study that the Lord would help me grow. Looks like one of His blessings is with my thoughts (above) about my home. God. Is. Awesome!

  272. O: An area where I should look at managing blessings instead of a burden is house cleaning. I am blessed to have the ability to stay home with my healthy baby. I should see every box of kleenex torn apart, every sticky juice spot on the floor, and every article of laundry unfolded as soon as I fold it as the blessings they truly are!
    B: Struggle-don’t focus on what is seen, focus on the unseen-inspire.
    S: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God by trying to focus and start with thanksgivings.

  273. Ariana Ashley says:

    I need to manage blessings when it comes to my job. Keep a blessing not burden attitude.

    Fix my eyes on the unseen that us eternal rater that what is seen and temporary.

    This week when struggles arise in my everyday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God by being thankful in prayer.

  274. Rachel Duchesneau says:

    Observe: I need to see the area of raising my littles as a BLESSING! I need to view all the “light and momentary troubles” of mothering as a part of managing the great blessing of mothering. GToo often, I see this area as only a burden. Oh, how that must grieve God’s heart! Children are a gift, and this is an area he has really been challenging me in.

    Stretch: So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. -NLT
    I like how easy this version was to understand. It really points out how our current, daily troubles are so temporary- but how the eternal, unseen fabric of our lives is going to last forever!!

    Live it Out: I’ll focus my gaze on God this week by praising him with my mouth and my heart, instead of focusing on my temporary troubles!

  275. Jeannie Ferguson says:

    Observe — I am advisor to a Middle School Model UN group, and we’re going to a conference in a few weeks. I have never done this before and could get overwhelmed very easily! I’m going to count my blessings about being with the kiddos and having a chance to grow!
    Bible — I need to think about what I “focus on” since that is what really matters…the unseen and not the seen!
    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by meditating on His word! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS
    – See more at: http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/2016/02/15/managers-of-blessings-week-four/?utm_source=P31+OBS+-+Becoming+More&utm_campaign=0380187c62-BMO_RSS&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_419cf5dcb5-0380187c62-216663069#respond

  276. O: My work is full of daily reminders to see the problems that occur as blessings. Overall I need to remember that I am working to train SLP students to help hundreds more children and adults with speech, language, and hearing difficulties.
    B: So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. This version helped me understand this verse better. Things such as hope,faith, love, etc are the things that will be eternal.
    S: I will keep my eyes fixed on God by pausing to find a positive in the situation before acting

  277. O-The “blessings” I am managing today are the school and social lives of our 3 teen boys in western North Carolina.
    B-“So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” This is our scripture from the New Living Translation. The word troubles really spoke to me about the things that destract us from what God is trying to show us and the word gaze made me feel like thats what God wants us to do, to gaze on his will.
    S-This week,when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by memorizing this weeks verse.

  278. Honestly, the biggest area right now that I need to see the blessings instead of the struggles is my marriage!
    I like the NIV version, “so we fix our eyes not what us seen, but on what is unseen, since seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” God is not seen but is eternal!
    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by pausing, praying, and look for the positive. This makes me think of the words from the song “Just be held”- your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place, I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held.

  279. Carrie Martin says:

    Focusing on His promises and blessings. He will never leave me or forsake me. Regardless of the circumstances He will fight for me. I need to only be still. I am learning to be content.

  280. erin morrow says:

    o- my work life. Sometimes i just get so overwhelmed with it. I end up upset and complaining instead of being thankfukl.
    B- The things we can NOT see will last forever. You cant see faith sometimes i have to tell myself this over and over.
    S-by stopiing and taking a moment to think before i react, so I may see the good in the situation.

  281. o. caring for my mother.
    b. Look to the unseen.
    s. Thank God that I still have the burden because someone else may wish they could have it.

  282. Penny Adams says:

    O- I could learn to see my time prepping for my daughter heritage girls group as a blessing because of the opportunity to minister to young wine instead of stress.

    B- I love the NIV translation of the verse: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. My favorite part is focusing on the unseen because it’s eternal! It reminds me that we are passing through this earth.

    O- I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying and finding ways to praise him in all situations.

  283. Great solution for those days that get totally out of hand. Focus-focus on the blessings/positives in your life and be thankful! That is going to be my goal for this week.

  284. It’s all about perspective. That job that stresses me to the bone is God’s provision for me. I prayed for it. It is “rich evidence of blessing”…… as Lysa says. This study is teaching me how to be a women who is confident in God and instead of constantly swatting away at the junk that tries to suck the life out of us -like mosquitos…. I’m wearing repellent by spraying on God’s word early….. when I start my day!

  285. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by BEING THANKFUL!!!

  286. Kristen Jackson says:

    O- I think that there are so many areas I can change my perspective to see the t.blessings, most of which are actually small. But isn’t this the foundation of our growth? To see every moment no matter how insignificant as a chance to communicate with God?

    B- things that are seen are transient. Things not seen are eternal.

    S- thanking God for the day he has given me and the blessings he provides to my family.

  287. O – I’m going to look at parenting a kiddo with special needs as management of a blessing that I prayed for.

    B – Fix… that word just lodged itself right in my head and heart. I will fix my eyes on Jesus!

    S – I will keep my eyes fixed on God by pressing pause and praying for Him to redirect my gaze.

  288. Observe — What is an area of your life that perhaps you could look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden right now?
    My family is having some financial issues currently, which is quite stressful. However, if I view it as “managing blessings” I would have to be thankful that my husband and I both have jobs now vs. a couple years back when we did not and that I’ve found this struggle has definitely improved my faith as I have no choice but to turn my worries over to the Lord, as without him we won’t make it through these current struggles.

    Bible — Take some time to read through different versions of . Write down which words inspire and challenge you most from this verse!
    The words of ‘seen’ ‘unseen’ ‘temporary’ and ‘eternal’ stand out. Human logic would say that if something is unseen it is temporary but if it’s seen its forever, or eternal. God’s word is the total opposite.

    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by prayer.

  289. This week when struggles arise in my everyday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God, look at the blessings and be thankful! ❤️

  290. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying in the midst of the struggle for him to work through me as I face it.

  291. Sandra Pitts says:

    O- The area in my life that I need to look at as “managing a blessing” is taking care of my husband and father in law that are both sick and a son that is struggling right now.
    B- Lord help me to keep my eyes fixed on you and not on the craziness that is going on around me.
    S- When struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God, by praising Him that He is able to provide me with a solution to every struggle I am facing and that I can find rest in Him.

  292. I got a little behind last week, so I’ve been “binge” Bible studying today. I keep having to remind myself that I’m reading what someone else has written; Lysa must live inside me because her thoughts are MY thoughts! I’ve just never had the nerve to say them out loud… Until now.

    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by saying his name out loud and thanking Him for the blessings He has given me.

  293. This week when struggles arise in my everday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God,look at the blessing and be thankful.

  294. I’m actually really encouraged by the idea of praising God in my struggles. I am learning to change my perspective of I have no idea of where I will be working next school year, to being thankful my profession lends itself to options and God will show me which direction to take. This week I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praising Him through song or verse in the midst of my struggles.

  295. Observe- The area of my life that I find the most difficult to stay in Gods will is in spats with my husband. I do fine for a while but when he starts hurting my feeling after I while I spat some ugly back. I know I shouldn’t and I always feel terrible about it but at the time I’m so overwhelmed so I’ll try counting the blessings I do have with him and every other blessing God has given me rather than my burden with him. I try so hard to be a good example of what Christ has done in my life to him but he handles arguments very emotionally hurtful and I need to find a way.to resis
    Do we every get strong enough of a Christian for the uglies not to come out? Please tell me we do.
    Bible- Fix our eyes and eternal inspire me but the unseen and temporary challenge me. Fixing my eyes on Jesus and an eternal life with him inspire me to stay in his word daily. The unseen and temporary challenges me when I’m in the midst of a struggle or emotional turmoil.
    Stretch- This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, and they will, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by counting my blessings because they are more plentiful for the most part than my challenges.

  296. Madi Killeen says:

    Right now, my boyfriend is actually away at basic training for the army. And he has helped me grow so much in my faith in this past season of life. I believe that he had to leave right now, so I could pursue God on my own. And mature. And so even though I miss him so much and don’t get to hear from him often, it’s so reassuring and amazing to know that he has helped me in my relationship with God. And I am so blessed by that

  297. Mindy Corradi says:

    This week when struggles arise in my every day life, I will keep my eyes fixed to God by prayer, and the verses that bring me comfort..
    “This world is temporary, but Gods promises are eternal” 2Corinth 4:18
    “When my father and mother reject me, the Lord will take me up. Through my father and mother forsake me,the Lord will recieve me.” Ps 27:10

  298. Pam woodward says:

    My daughter is getting married and having a baby this year (only not in the right order). I am turn No my thinking to managing these blessings instead of stressing about it. The NLT says Don’t look at the troubles we can see now and The Message tells us there’s more here than meets the eye.

  299. Elizabeth Ross says:

    What stood out to me was the NLT version of “fix our gaze”. So often I look at circumstances and difficulties-I want to fix my gaze on the Lord all the time.

  300. When I have to deal with difficult customers, I will pray before speaking. If I fix my eyes and mind on Jesus, it will be a great week. The bumps of life are the blessings God has planned for me, so I can grow into the woman He planned for me to be. I can handle my life, but no one else’s!

  301. I am struggling with health issues that I focus on way too much. I am trying to keep my focus on Christ and healing and not play in my mind all the “what ifs” in the future and take one day with the Lord. “Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬
    http://bible.com/8/2co.4.18.amp

  302. Observe – The area that I need to look at as “managing blessings” is the daily household duties. I should be thankful that I am healthy and can perform these duties.

    Bible – preferred version – Holman Christian Standard – So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    Stretch – This week, when struggles,arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by trusting him to lead us.

  303. This week I saved the scripture download as my phone’s wallpaper.
    As situations arises, I will read God’ s word & keep my thoughts & focus on what I want instead of
    the issue at hand. Focus on the unseen as oppose to the seen.

  304. Observe – Wow, there are so many areas, haha. I guess one area could be my workout schedule. Sometimes it just isn’t fun to get finished with a busy and stressful day and then have to focus some energy on keeping my own body healthy and active. But I should be very grateful that I have the time to do so, and that I have a healthy, working body.

    Bible – “So we FIX our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is UNSEEN, since what is SEEN IS TEMPORARY, but what is UNSEEN IS ETERNAL.”

    Stretch – This week, when struggles arise in my every day life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by remembering His promises and plans for me.

  305. Steph Valades says:

    Observe- an area in my life that I can look as managing blessing is been single at my age. Sometimes I might get super overwhelming but knowing that Jesus loves me, and amazingly there is a blessing in been single.
    Bible– some words that inspired me through out this verse is eternal, not, fix and some that challenge me are look not, seen, temporal.
    Stretch–This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by meditating on Gods promises and putting my heart on what is eternal, heavenly.

  306. O- This month my student loan payments begin. This wouldn’t be so bad if I was employed and not disabled by a mental illness that the government definitely doesn’t want to recognize. So…that is majorly stressing me out. However, it’s a blessing that I have a supportive family who helps me through my unexpected illness and that I was able to get an education at all. I will learn how to manage this blessing…even though I would rather it disappear.

    B-I like how nearly all translations keep “eternal”. It shows that is the only appropriate word.

    S-This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by knowing I am under His control. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  307. Crystal Sumner says:

    O- work is a blessing but often I struggle through it. I forget each struggle is a blessing because it makes me better at my job. So I am going to be more thankful in my job.

    Also I get discourage with a church I attended. I need to remember it a blessing God called me to do His work there. I often do not stop and see the blessing He is doing. I need to. I m going to start looking for His blessings and not b so judgemental. (Wow, that just kinda hit me that I need to do that) thank you Lord for this insight.

    B- what stand out is focus on the unseen which means focus on God. Often I am impatient and does not on to wait for Him to work. It also is a good reminder that God is often working u seen and I need to trust Him with everything.

    S- one thing that I m struggling with is going to God first in my struggles. I often go to my boss, my sister, friends or my mom before I stop and pray. It’s amazing the one person who will help me the most, often not the one I ask. So when I struggle this week I will fix my eyes on God by praying to Him immediately and remember God promises like Phil 4:13, Lam 3:22 and Is 40:31z

  308. >> OBSERVE: One area of my life that I could look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden is my family life. For a long time now, my husband and I have been trying to have another baby, but we have not had any successes so far. It has been a big struggle for us, but we are praying that we can, one day, add another child to our family.
    I have been feeling particularly frustrated and sad about our struggle to have a baby, but I am trying to focus on my blessings now — that I already have one son who is loving, kind, and affectionate towards others and who is a great kid. I am grateful to have him in my life now, and that is one positive fact I am trying to keep my focus on.

    >> BIBLE: In 2 Corinthians 4:18, words that inspire me and give me hope are those that refer to the unseen things. These words are eternal, everlasting, imperishable, permanent, forever.

    >> STRETCH: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by focusing on the simple blessings that He has already given me each day such as the warm sunshine, cool breezes, spring birds singing, and my son’s contagious smile and laughter. 🙂

  309. Observe — I right now choose to “managing blessings” as my little one is down with fever. It is a blessing that I can take care of her!

    Bible — seen-unseen, temporal-eternal, these are great antagonies to meditate upon!

    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by focusing on the blessing He gave into my life! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  310. O- Honestly I feel like I could “manage blessings” in more areas than one ? but my main area would be work. As a green nurse with much to do and much to learn I want to be able to manage better for my residents, their families, the facility and myself. Some days I leave so discouraged and its because I’ve fixed my eyes on a simple trouble or task I could not complete. I love my job and absolutely need to shift my thinking, it is a blessing to touch so many lives. Not only the patient, but their families as well… We all really become family in my line of work. So I believe learning to look at it as managing blessing early on in my career is the right way.
    B- the NLT version actually stuck out to me. It mentioned troubles because as one of the ladies mentioned, either we have been through it or going through it or will go through them. So I like that it is specific in that way. I also like the word gaze, because in a moment of trouble i often look at that moment and gaze(mindlessly) into what else could go wrong and I think about all the other things that will fall apart too, but it says fix my gaze on things that can not be seen. I know Peace will come shortly so I’m going to cling to that.
    S- this week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by not choosing to claim stress, but aiming to claim thankfulness standing on the truth of verses 17-18 in 2 Corinthians ch. 5.

  311. You don’t know how much I needed this today! This world and the enemy constantly causes us to focus on what we are lacking in this world instead of what we are gaining through Christ. I needed this time to get refocused on Who holds my future. Thanks ladies!

  312. Samantha Smith says:

    O–I need to see my job as a blessing and not a burden!

    B–I love the reminder that the things if this world are temporary and what’s to come is forever!

    S–I will praise God no matter the struggle!

  313. Susan Melvin says:

    I can look at my long hours at work everyday as blessings. I get to help families and seniors all day everyday. Even though it is emotionally taxing and physically demanding it is a blessing.
    These verses have been a part of my heart most of my life. Having been born and raised in an extremely dangerous situation I have seen a lot of troubles but I just kept my eyes on God to get me through it one more time and knowing that when not if it happened again he would still be there for me to help me through was a great comfort.
    I will keep my eyes on God in times of trouble through praising Him, always.

  314. Whitney Simmons says:

    Today and as I go throughout this week…I will choose to turn my struggles into praise and have a thankful heart in all circumstances. I am blessed beyond measure to walk with Jesus each day!

  315. Susan Porter says:

    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying and reading His Word. By learning more and more about His character, I can learn about myself and how/when I need to renew my mind.

  316. O. Managing Blessings. Nurses in my home helping me care for my sick child. I turn this over to God. I praise Him that I have help. I thank Him for the help.

    I never wanted this situation of having such an ill child–but it is my reality, so I must be thankful & prayerful.

    May God provide comfort, peace, joy, & happiness to our family & to all involved in helping our family.

    B. What is seen by the eyes is temporal, transient, fleeting, will eventually fade away.
    What is unseen is eternal, everlasting, imperishable, lives on & on.

    S. This week as struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by saying “Praise the Lord” as many times as I need in order to not respond in a way that will make me feel “yucky” later. If I’m really doing well, I will find thanksgiving as well. I’m not to that point yet…it will take time.

  317. I: Managing blessings-Raising my children
    B: Fix my eyes ( such powerful words-I see it as intense focus)
    S: I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying for others and their struggles realizing I can only handle what good and bad God has given me.

  318. Gina Bautista says:

    O: At work, during my day to day tasks and responsibilities and working with projects and things I really don’t want to do! I will “managing blessings” rather than think them all a burden. I’m thankful to have employment and a pay check!
    B: I like the NLT version, “For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” Remembering there’s a bigger picture and God’s got the paint brush! Give it all up to HIM!
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by remaining calm, carrying on and saying, “Father help me through this. I can’t do it alone.”

  319. Observe – The most obvious stress that is really a blessing is parenting two small children (2 years and 6 mo) while working full time in a demanding job. I love my job, but managing it all feels burdensome at time.

    Stretch – This is a particularly busy week. I have a big event for work this week which means lots of extra things on my plate. So This week, when struggles arise in my everyday live I will keep my eyes fixed on God by taking the time to do my devotions and pray before jumping in to my workday. I need to start these busy days refreshed and renewed and reminded of God’s love! #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  320. Anna Currin says:

    Moving! I need to see the blessings in moving instead of complaining and dreading it. I hate packing and organizing and changing address etc. it drives me nuts! (Not to mention this is the third move in 2 years!) However my perspective needs to change. I am thankful I am physically able to pack and move boxes! I am thankful I can walk up and down the stairs and prepare our house for a move. I am thankful for family and friends who are willing to help. I am thankful for new opportunities in a new city! I am thankful for these doors God has opened and I will praise Him through it all!!

  321. O- my daughter has been spoiled for 21 years. I am very guilty of that. My husband is trying to get me to stop and let her grow up. I know it’s the right thing. But it is so hard to let him teach her and show her what needs to be done. Letting her grow up is hard.I know it will be better on the end.

    S- …being thankful for where God has brought me from.

  322. Sometimes I view my role in nursery at church is a burden. SometimesI wish I wasn’t so loyal and committed to my role and could just stay home some weeks. But God uses me to be a blessing to those little toddlers each week. It helps them so much to see a familiar face week after week. I can be thankful that God uses me to be a comfort to His little children.

  323. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by closing my eyes, taking a deep breath and thanking God for giving me another day to live life and all that the day brings with it. Good or bad. when I started this week, I was feeling overwhelmed by having not been able to get the daily Proverbs31 devotionals on my ipad. that threw me into a huge tizzy and I fell behind in my bible study. I was going to give up. I was going to, simply, read lysa’s book on my own and forget trying to keep up. this morning, I came into the office, pulled up my email and dove in after listening to the blog. Praise God for sending me what I need when I need it! deep breath.

  324. Robin Coonc says:

    Observe: Sometimes when I have my grandchildren visit on the week-ends it can get kind of stressful. But if I stop and thank God for these beautiful children that I can spend time with I realize what blessings I have to be thankful for. I can then calmly “manage my blessings.” Bible: The words that inspired me in the different translations of 2 Corinthians 4:18 were – eternal, deathless and everlasting (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition), forever (God’s Word). Stretch: I will keep my eyes fixed on God by stopping in my struggles and giving thanks for my many blessings.

  325. Kathleen Moench says:

    “O” How to manage my blessings, turn our thought’s around……….realize most of life is a blessing, not a burden, not unmanageable!
    “B” Fixing our eyes on the blessing’s that can seem unseen when we do not take time to be Thankful to Christ for these life blessings.
    “S” I will keep my eyes on Christ by “Thanksgiving”. Thanksgiving for my blessing’s (looking at the whole package of daily life while thanking Him!)
    (Loved reading Bridgette’s post above about saving the scripture download for the week as our wallpaper.)

  326. O – my health
    B things that are seen are transient…the word transient means temporary, short lived, fleeting…I need to remember that worrying and obsessing about things here is not helpful and find peace in the fact that this too shall pass…instead keep my heart and my nod on things that are eternal like my relationship with God.
    S pray!

  327. Here’s what I’m going to say to myself to fix my eyes on Jesus, especially when I feel stress creeping up on me…..”breathe and pray …God’s WITH you -hand over the stress and experience the blessing!” Hope I can remember to do that!

  328. Observe: definitely my job. I made a decision last year which was a big life decision to go full time at my job and get off disability benefits. Lately I’m so stressed out daily by the workload and projects I’m starting to question my decision and if this is really where God wants me to be. I let my thoughts lead me and I question myself and instead need to start thinking of the many blessings that I have with my job. These blessings include I’m independent again and contributing financially to my family. I have a career where I learn and I’m challenged daily which I need. I have a job that helps other people with disabilities which is a dream and I use my talents and I get to work from home which is what I need for my health.

    Bible: I don’t need to look at the trouble that I see now because these things will soon be gone however the things we cannot see faith, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, grace are forever and always in our hearts.

    Stretch: this week when struggles arise in my everyday life and job I need to be reminded that my eyes are fixed on God by focusing on my blessings and thankfulness and gratitude and not just things as burdens and stressors. Having a grateful heart brings us closer to God.

  329. I have been caring for my brother who has ALS..he is 62 and was diagnosed in January 2015. I brought him here to live with my husband and I in August. What a blessing!! I’m tired most of the time from not having a full nights sleep in a long time but am so thankful to God for this opportunity to care for him. We did not really have a relationship before this..choosing different life styles.. he is a recovering acholcic, we grew up in a very dysfunction home and just made different choice as adults. God has given us this time to reconnect!! Yes, the work is hard, he can do nothing for himself, I feed, bathe, scratch is nose for him, he is bed ridden and has no use of any of his limbs, but I thank God everyday for this wonderful opportunity he has given us. Some consider thus a burden but I consider it a blessing!!!! Is it hard, yes but I wouldn’t trade it fir anything.

    • Linda in Calif. says:

      Suzanne – thank you for sharing. This really touched and encouraged me. I sometimes have to care for my husband and I see now that I had the wrong attitude.

  330. O- My schedule can feel overwhelming at times
    B- I like the NLT translation -So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.
    S- When I feel stressed or overwhelmed I will pray and ask for patience and calmness and to see the things I am dealing with as blessings.

  331. Observe- I observed that it is so difficult at times to keep my schedule. it is always someone demanding your time for what they deem essential.
    Bible- the Bible speaks to my heart about finding the unseen blessing in this situation. Maybe it is time to retreat with “limits” to the demand and come back to my schedule as soon as possible.
    S- When I feel stressed I will remember it is God who calms my storms and I will look for the blessing in it.

  332. Linda in Calif. says:

    I finally figured the answer to this question out last night – in the middle on the night. This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by – praising God for the situations that are causing me to grow closer to Him.

  333. I will keep my eyes on Jesus this week so by speaking with him regularly, seeking him first and turning my worries over to him.

  334. Tangila Webb says:

    Observe- For me it is finances. I am blessed to be employed at a job that provides more than enough for my needs and allows for a few “wants”.
    Bible- The words transient and temporary stand out to me because they remind me that I don’t have to fret over the “stuff” that I am aware of on a daily basis. They are really “here today and gone tomorrow”…
    Stretch- Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying instantly and speaking the Word back to myself.

  335. O — In my HOME life I need to look at as blessing that need to be managed. As well as my organizational and planning skills.
    B — WE MUST SET OUR THOUGHTS NOT ON THIS FLEETING WORLD BUT THE ETERNAL GOD IN HEAVEN. In reading the chapter it says in this world we will go through pain, affliction and our outer bodies fading away but when we keep our eyes, heart and soul set on the Lord and his eternal ways then our inner self is being renewed.
    S — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by NOT REACTING but stop and find out how to let God work in my situation. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  336. Observe — I am only 54, (not old ;-)! and I’ve had a list of ailments for years, that someone my age should not have… fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and the list goes on. Most days I feel like an 80 year old. Some days I get really down but ever since my children were young I started a Gratitude Journal with them and we made it a habit to write something to be grateful for every day. Today I still have my Gratitude Journal beside my chair. I don’t always write in it but I know every day there are many things to be grateful for; I don’t have cancer, I’m not crippled, I have a husband, I have a daughter that I can hug and a granddaughter that I can love and cuddle and giggle with…there isn’t a date after my dash… not yet 
    Bible — “We do not look at the things that can be seen. We look at the things that cannot be seen. The things that can be seen will come to an end. But the things that cannot be seen will last forever.” (NLV) The things of this world will “come to an end” but Godly things, heavenly things “last forever”
    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by giving thanks and praising Him.

  337. I have had some things happen in my life lately that are so easy to respond to in my human nature. But I have tried to take it to Jesus and ask Him to teach me through it. I like the thought today of thanking Him for it because I want to see Him work and to know His presence in my life.
    In the past singing praise songs were helpful in redirecting my thinking towards His will and not mine.

  338. Observe — Work, definitely. My work I often take too seriously or look at as too overburdensome, but I really don’t have to. It’s not prison. It’s me that overburdens me. It provides in many ways for my family, my grandkids, my dad, my church through tithe and also is flexible enough for me to take a Bible Study at lunch time. It really is a blessing.

    Words that inspire me:….temporary vs. eternal…. Focus on what’s important. Continually fixing my eyes can be a challenge; sometimes I get caught up in the temporary.

    Stretch — This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by STOPPING what I am doing mindlessly and say a prayer of thanksgiving for what I do have.

  339. Observe- The area of my life I could look at managing my blessings is the sale of our house. This house is very nice, but it belonged to my new husband and his ex-wife. We have found a house we want but have to sell this one first.
    Bible- “Fix our eyes”…I always notice what I don’t like about the house and what’s wrong with it and that I’m tired of getting it ready for showings. “Unseen”…it doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to sell and like I’m never going to break free of his past connections.
    Stretch: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by GIVING THANKS on the beautiful home that I have right now and the blessings it’s been for me and my family.

  340. Observe — What is an area of your life that perhaps you could look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden right now? When Lysa said if she had 3 kids in the hospital right now (instead of 3 getting married this year) that would be stressful I thought that would be and then I thought – at least she would not be at the hospital and not the morgue. That would be a blessing even still. Perspective can be a blessing or a hindrance if we shift it. I am having to go to lots of Dr’s and stuff right now which I could look at as a bad thing but I am blessed because I have a Dr. I have couple of good ones actually! I remember a few years back I was in extreme pain, fatigue, spasms etc.. I hurt so bad I felt like the pain consumed me! But God, moved me and brought me to a place with many knowledgeable Doctors, with procedures they didn’t have where I lived before. We have to remember if he took care of us before he won’t just leave us strained now!
    Bible — Take some time to read through different versions of 2 Corinthians 4:18. Write down which words inspire and challenge you most from this verse! There is more than just this life! In the next life I will be a brand new person able to walk, run, and have a new body. At least we only have small problems now.
    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by continuing to give Thanksgiving and shifting my perspective to try to find the good. LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  341. I like the NLT version – so we don’t look at troubles we can see now, rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen…..

  342. I could manage my blessings better at work right now. I have been taking a few minutes each day before I walk into work to give thanks to God for something. It could be as simple as thanking Him for the sunshine that day but making it a point to give thanks and praise Him changes my outlook and changes me.
    This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by remembering to go to Him in prayer for not just the big stuff that happens in life but also the small stuff.

  343. Observe — What is an area of your life that perhaps you could look at as “managing blessings” rather than a burden right now? I am thankful and blessed that God is keeping his promise of provision in a time where we cannot see the outcome.

    Bible — Take some time to read through different versions of 2 Corinthians 4:18. Write down which words inspire and challenge you most from this verse! FIX OUR EYES: What a blessing it will be to be able to fix my eyes on the Father. What is UNSEEN is eternal. We cannot always see the outcome of things but we know by faith it will all work out.

    18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by _PRAYERFULLY GIVE IT TO GOD______.

  344. I like “For we live by faith, not by sight” 2Corinthians 5:7. So I’m going to fix my eyes on him and not on the worldly things and continue to pray. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  345. By taking a deep breath and praying right then, instead of reacting.

  346. Autumn Smith says:

    I usually just write down my responses to each blog as I’m nervous sharing with others, but I really felt called to post this week, so here goes!
    Observe
    While I don’t feel like God is sending me this message today because I am going through burdens, I feel He is speaking to me because so often I lose patience or lose my cool when things don’t turn out the way I planned. Even little things like running behind schedule and I end up getting extremely angry at the thing or person that made me late, when in reality, it’s not a big deal. I find myself very un-Christian in these moments as I tend to lose control and let anger take over. This chapter really spoke to me and taught me to stop in those moments and find God. The second I acknowledge his presence there, I know it will make the situation – or at least my reaction to it – a lot better.
    Bible
    The change of the word “seen” to “trouble” in the New Living Translation really resonated with me. The things that I see, or the things I fixate on and the things that make me angry are trouble. Fleeting moments. Things that won’t matter in 5, 10, 20 minutes or even a couple of days or months. If I choose God’s presence in those moments, that will last forever.
    Stretch
    This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by pausing and acknowledging his presence.

  347. Genette Fletcher says:

    Observe – I will look at my husband’s health issues and be thankful to God that it is fixable and that it’s not a deadly disease.

    Bible – From the NLT (New Living Translation): Don’t look at troubles I can see because they will only be there temporal (brief & fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless & everlasting. Things we see are in our lives briefly but the things we don’t see are for eternity.

    Stretch – This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by being thankful for all the good he has done so far in my life. I will think about all he’s brought me through when it looked like there was no hope.

  348. O- I choose to look at raising 3 teenage daughters for the Lord as a blessing not a burden! So thankful God made me their Mom!
    B- the words that stood out to me were the relationship between: seen=temporal whereas unseen=eternal!
    S- this week I will put my trust in God when difficult challenges arise and then be able to praise His name regardless of the situation.

  349. Paula Godown says:

    I will fix my eyes on God by remembering to thank him for the blessings I have and to accept that what God wants for my life will happen on his terms and in his time, not mine.

  350. I believe I could really use my marriage to look at as managing blessings rather than a burden. I often let stress take over and just don’t think of how lucky and thankful I should be to have my husband. Instead, I take my stress out on him and blame him for things that are just really petty and silly!
    I have been focusing on “fix our eyes on what is unseen” (God) and “what is unseen is eternal”. This just makes me realize that what we are going through is always only temporary. The only thing that is promised forever is God!
    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by holding my tongue, taking a deep breath, and thinking of one thing I’m thankful for before just spouting off!

  351. Observe — I could manage my blessings better when it comes to my job. I am so thankful for having one.
    Bible —NLT “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now;”(We need not worry about whatever is stressing, frustrating or troubling us, i must not give in to this) ” fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen” (focus on the good stuff that’s waiting in heaven, that’s what i look forward to)
    Stretch —This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by giving thanks for all things. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  352. Anna Rogers says:

    Observe — I hadn’t thought of it until I read the question but maybe my adult children fit this category. I am trying to teach them to be self sufficient and it can be a struggle, so thinking of it as a blessing is so much better. I love my children very much.
    Bible — New Living Translation So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by praying first, looking for the good and for my blessings.

  353. Jen McCabe says:

    Observe- My parents and family are going through a season of struggle right now and instead of looking at their dependence on me and the responsibility I feel to fix things for them I can choose to look at as a blessing of having people whom I love who need me as well as an opportunity for me to lean on the Lord not on myself to fix things, a lesson I know I need to learn and can see God providing opportunities for me to learn it.
    Bible- “These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than what meets the eye…” This translation from The Message really clicked for me. These daily struggles that I make into something so big are but small potatoes to my great, big, awesome God who can handle anything and work all things out for my good. What a wonderful truth this is!
    Stretch- This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by…adjusting my perspective by looking for one thing that I can say “Thank you Lord for…” about in that moment.

  354. Gloria Freeman says:

    I am currently battling an illness, and almost everyday I wake up with intense pain. Due to the illness, I am not able to work and therefore, it puts a strain on my finances; but I thank God that I am able to still be here and I believe that “By His Stripes, I am healed. I thank Him everyday for healing my body. Even though my pain makes me feel otherwise, I focus on the unseen and not my current challenges.

    In 2 Corinthians 4:18, the word that Inspires me the most is “Eternal”. The Word of God promises that my Walk with God is Eternal. The word that challenges me the most is “Temporary”, because I am reminded of my pain and struggle everyday and sometimes I get discourage. I have to constantly remind myself that Jesus took care of my challenges over thousand years ago by dying on the cross, so that I can be saved and healed. Because of His sacrifice, I have Eternal Life.

    This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reminding myself of His promises in His Word; knowing that the things of this world are Temporary, but life with Him is Eternal.

  355. O= My position at work it seems like my boss is in competition for the favor God has bestow on me with the owner of the property site, she has taken all of my work away from me and leaves me out the picture etc ( I will try to praise more often and to surrender to Gods promise that he will never leave me.
    B= 2 Corinthians 4:18 New Living Translation
    18- So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever
    (I’m inspired by whats to come though my faith may waver i call him he will ANSWER

    S-I will keep my eyes fixed on God by being mindful he is a present help –
    and following Davis examples minding the sheep on my job while gods prepares me for the unseen

  356. Deciding how to educate my daughter. I have the blessing of being able to decide if I want to homeschool or put her in a charter school. And I can’t believe how much it’s felt like a burden. But it truly is a blessing, and I need to reframe how I think about it!

  357. Lynn Kaakau says:

    O -Managing my blessings by loving God and thanking Him for His keeping power over chronic neuropathy in both hands and feet from a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2008. It can get very overwhelming and burdensome, and I just cannot press through and wanna give up. ..and I realize I need to extend grace to myself.I thank God for being able to do my job, that I am alive and still able to live my life.

    B – From the Contemporary English version, the word eternal inspires me.Most people think of eternal life as living forever in heaven. ..it’s more than that. Eternal also means a here-and-now thing. The result of a close, loving relationship with the Lord. The word that challenges me is temporal. It means brief, fleeting. It really puts things into perspective.

    S – This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by singing my song unto the Lord. Even in the midst of my tests and trials, I know to thank God already for working them out already on my behalf.

  358. Amanda Foell says:

    This week when struggles arise I will keep my eyes on him by remembering every good and perfect thing he has given me. Like my husband and my kids. As much as they can be frustrating they are good for me and they are perfect for me!

  359. O: Managing my blessings at work – always seems to be a taxing burden. However, I have learned and continue to lean on God for the strength and wisdom to make the right decisions that best benefit and support my employees. I sometimes fail – as all leaders do- but when I cry out to God – and I certainly have – he has always answered.
    B: Fix my eyes on what is unseen – absolutely – because what I see – and worse, what I feel – is never reality.
    S: I will keep my eyes fixed on God by seeking him first, thanking him first, praising him first.

  360. O: My kids! I have already been thinking more of the task of caring for them as “managing blessings” and it has really helped remind me that they are blessings-not burdens.
    B: 2 Cor 4:18
    Don’t look at the troubles we can see now
    the things we can see now will soon be gone
    the things being seen are temporary
    Do not focus on what is seen
    What is unseen is eternal
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by taking a moment to pray and praise.

    • Judy Schaeffer says:

      thanks Liz ans Lisa Terkeurst for all your encouragement! the things we see are temporal; meaning only while this earth lasts!! BY focusing on the things we do not see such as Christ above and His awesome Works within us
      these are the things we live for eternally!!! PTL!!! I am finding my patience is wearing thin at times due to having no choice for my present condition, which is a hip needing replacement. I am hoping the surgery will
      take place sometime in March as I go for an Appointment march 9th. Please pray for me because EVERY STEP I TAKE IS FRAGILE AND PAINFUL.Jesus can heal me just as He did in Bible days!!! bet living in pain now foe three months going on four is indeed a trial and cross to bear. You see when things are going well for us we tend not to give God as much attention or praise, that’s how I am finding it. Now He’s got my attention!!! I will fix my eyes on my Saviour of WHOM has died for my sins and the sins of the whole world1!
      let us love and praise Him today and forever!!!

  361. O: I’m “managing blessings” in my personal perspectives. The combination of walking with God and working with a life coach has created changed perspectives and life change, both mentally and physically. Some changes are harder than others especially since any change in me affects my husband. So I look at it as managing future blessings in my marriage. These changes in perspective have affected all areas of my life. I get stressed about change and possible failure but these changes that bring opportunity are blessings from God.
    B: 2 Cor 4:18 – Challenge to Fix my eyes – almost start, devote myself, see more of it each day
    Seen as temporary – All that I live in or create won’t last, at my death it’s gone for me. So it’s not worth being fearful of, take chances
    Unseen is eternal – people’s hearts and salvation are what’s important
    S: This week when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by thanking Him in the middle of my ugly attack.

  362. Did O above. 🙂

    B: “What we see now will soon be gone” (NLT), “keep our minds on the things not seen” (CEV), and “all of tat is fleeting; it will eventually fade away” (VOC). I am challenged to remember that this is all transient, but the hearts of my kids will last forever. I want to guide those hearts each day to Jesus; when they’ve believed, I want to lead them to sit at his feet and become more than good Bible study girls!

    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by having an attitude of thanksgiving! I will take the time to choose my words carefully, and do my best to respond to my situations, not react.

  363. Debbie Parker says:

    My internet was out so I hope I’m not too late in posting!

    Right now I’m focusing hard on managing my blessings as my husband and I have had marriage ministry on our hearts for several years now and we have an opportunity at our church to be on the planning team to plan our first marriage conference! But communication has been frustrating and last minute so I’m struggling with my feelings of frustration. But I’m focusing on what a blessing it is to be included on the ground floor of,this new ministry and I’m trying to give grace instead of quitting because of frustration. What a timely message for me!

  364. I have to share…I keep these worksheets that Proverbs 31 has provided with some of the past Bible studies. I keep it all in a 3-ring binder and when I need to dig a little deeper I pull out one of the blanks and fill it in (I’m one of those goofy people who like to take tests and fill in blanks). Anyways…this particular sheet I hadn’t fully appreciated or understood how to use (P.R.A.Y. for a New Perspective). I like to do everything “right” which is something The Lord is working on in me. I avoid doing things if I can’t do them (what I perceive as) perfectly. This is a real thorn in my side. Ok, so today I used it. First, I looked back through my prayer journal at some things God has answered and wrote those in the first spot. I read a devotional at random and wrote notes on that in the next space. One thing led to another and I found myself led to something I KNOW God meant for me to read!!!! So, just start filling in the blanks…imperfectly #imperfectprogress and see where God takes you! Here’s a link to where it was shared in a past blog! https://s3.amazonaws.com/p31obs/unglued/Application.pdf

  365. Observe– At times I look at my job as a burden. Yes as a nurse my job is stressful, but I am so blessed to have a job that provides for my family. I am blessed to be able to care for sick children and their families in their time of need.

    Bible– “what is seen is temporary” “what is unseen is ETERNAL.”

    Stretch– When struggles arise this week, I will make an effort to give thanks for the blessings I have been given

  366. O. My house is definitely a place that I should see as managing my blessings. I am terrible at organization and sometimes I get so stressed about it I feel like the top of my head will come off!
    B. The entire verse gives me comfort and courage! I just love the gems I find in God’s Word. One I go to a good bit is Psalm 46:10.
    S. I will keep my eyes fixed on Jesus by writing down different Bible verses about grace and patience and putting up all over the house.

  367. O: With my immediate family, we may not have it all together, but together we have a lot of blessings!
    B: 2 Corinthians 4:18. this verse makes me think of doubting Thomas. He didn’t believe it was Jesus when Jesus appeared in the Upper Room. And Jesus told him “Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed!”
    S: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by __being thankful for my many blessings_____. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  368. I could look at my housework as “managing blessings”. I am blessed that I even have a house to clean. I can fix my eyes on God by putting him first in everything.

  369. Sandy Sweet says:

    O – To look at the fact that we still have a child living at home as a blessing – even though I am ready to be an empty nester!! Knowing that he is safe with us is a comfort in itself.
    B – To fix my eyes on what is unseen…eternal. Fix my eyes on Jesus because everything else will fade away but Jesus is my forever!
    S – This week, when struggles arise I my everyday life I will keep my eyes fixed on God by reminding myself, as I pause, that Jesus is my forever and no matter what the struggle is, He is in it with me.

  370. Bobbi wheeler says:

    Today’s study was great for me. The area in my life right now to consider as managing blessings instead of a burden is. I am the children’s pastor and administrative pastor of our church my husband is an associate pastor but has a full-time job elsewhere. Our senior pastor just resigned and moved. My husband and myself are now responsible for the spiritual aspect of the church plus The administrative responsibilities of the church my husband is the president of the Board of Directors as well instead of being stressed about all of our new responsibilities for a growing church we have considered them blessings as God has prepared us for such a time for this and prepared us for what he’s going to do with this church and in our lives. Also in the Bible portion of the study I love the new living translation the best so we don’t look at the troubles we can see now rather we gaze on things that cannot be seen for things we see now will soon be gone but things we cannot see last forever. I think our Lord for what an awesome job he’s given us and I love this Bible study that it reaffirms what he’s doing in our lives every week there’s something that reminds me that he’s in charge and I think him for that and the study

  371. Observe — I could definitely look at taking care of my kids while juggling two part time jobs as “managing blessings”! I love doing all 3, it’s just that all at once, in the moment, I can get very stressed out. I can see how Lysa’s point about stopping and giving thanksgiving in the midst of the struggle with stress will turn my perspective into being grateful for God for these things that are actually blessings! When I’ve done that in the past, He’s given me then the calm and peace I need to have better time management and feel like I have a better handle on it all!
    Bible — Wow, I really like The Living Bible translation of this verse!! “So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”
    Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week, when struggles arise in my everyday life, I will keep my eyes fixed on God by giving thanks and remembering our verse this week that tells us these struggles are only temporary. #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS
    – See more at: http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/category/becoming-more/#sthash.zw9AKyuK.dpuf

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