What’s In Your Spiritual Tool Belt?

“Wait and See” Study Leader, Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitAndSee #P31OBSHey everyone, it’s me, Trish “Kabob” — Haha! (In case you missed that joke, you can catch it here in our Monday video. So much fun!)

Our Thanksgiving holiday in America is tomorrow. And since it’s a day where we focus on giving thanks with our family and friends, I just want to say how thankful I am to be doing this #WaitAndSee study with you!!

Over these last few weeks, I’ve seen you share your hard places of “wait.” But more importantly, God sees them too.

In Monday’s video, Wendy Pope shared with us the 3 weapons we can use during our “training time” as we wait on God:

  • His Truth
  • Prayer
  • Praise

In Chapter 5, we also learn how these 3 powerful weapons can help us effectively overcome our enemies:

  • I Told You So
  • Quit
  • Defeat  

These 3 enemies, when left unconquered in our wait, can really bring a girl down. Amen? But the weapons of God’s Truth, Prayer and Praise help us to realign our waiting time with God’s perspective. And like Wendy shares:

Our waiting is effective when done through God’s perspective.”

“Our waiting is effective when done through God’s perspective.”- Wendy Pope #WaitAndSee | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 3 #P31OBS

Then check out what Wendy goes on to say:

 “In order to gain His viewpoint, though, we must use the tools He’s given us.”  

Did you see that? We have to do our part in this process too. It’s not enough to just “have the tools.” We need to, say it with me, “USE the tools.”

When I think of tools, I picture a carpenter. A carpenter carries the tools most essential for the job in a tool belt wrapped around the waist. These tools can then easily be plucked from the tool belt and used within seconds of being needed.

We too, just like the carpenter, can easily pluck our weapons of God’s Truth, prayer and praise from our spiritual tool belts, as we work with God to construct each day during our wait.

Will you join me in strapping on our spiritual tool belts to begin utilizing these weapons?

Don’t Forget! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, so from all of us at #P31OBS, Happy Thanksgiving! This is also the last post for this week. But, we’ll be right back on the blog Monday, ready to dig into Week 4. 

~Trish  

Let’s Chat:

Observe — Which of the 3 enemies do you struggle most with in your wait: I Told You So, Quit, or Defeat? And which weapon can you benefit from using more to help you conquer that enemy: God’s Truth, Prayer, or Praise?

Bible — Read 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (The Message) How does this powerful verse help you in your wait?

Stretch — It’s time to build onto Wendy’s “Don’t Rush the Wait, Survival Statement!” Watch her video below OR Click here to listen to the audio. No need to rush, there’s plenty of time to watch before we meet again. Can’t wait to hear how this week’s teachings helped you see things from God’s perspective!

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  1. Lana Archer says:

    I praise God for giving us his word, and for showing us he gave us the tools.. and the holy spirit with strength to be able to get through any wait, trial, or blessing. He is always beside me no matter what.. and I am loved no matter what…..

  2. Kristine Marshall says:

    I would love to share the message of Jesus’ birth through the Nativity with my 2 year old great niece, Shelby, this Christmas. Last year, when she was only 1, she sang “Away in the Manger” for us. This manger scene would be a great “tool” and model for her to visually see and hold, begin to learn verses from the Bible, and act out the Christmas story year after year. What a precious keepsake–and a wonderful way to keep the miracle of our Lord Jesus in her heart this year–and in those that follow. Of course, there would be the Advent period of waiting for the Baby Jesus to be born each December. This would certainly teach my great niece the gift we have by knowing Him at a very young age and how waiting periods in our life can lead to the most joyous of occasions!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  4. O: Told you so. I was raised in this mentality. My Nana is what I call an emotional collector, she spent way too much energy worrying about who was the last person to call who or what someone spent on her verses what she spent. Each of my family only did for you what they felt you deserved and in my family I deserved little to nothing especially when it came to love. I am beyond grateful that God wired me completely differently and over the past seven years as I have given my heart to Him, He has helped me heal and, for the most part, do this to myself.
    B: LOVE this version of these verses! I am so empowered knowing He has equipped us for this battle and for our wait!

  5. Melanie Martinez says:

    What a blessing this book and bible study has been yo be. So awesome how God knows exactly what I need to hear and when.

  6. Tori Norman says:

    What a beautiful nativity my girls would love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I am thankful for everything you do at Proverbs 31

  7. O: The enemy I struggle with is defeat.
    My weapon is God’s truth

    B: 2 Cor. 10:5-6 It helps me in my wait by being obedient to God’s word for me. I need to listen, read His word, pray and then obey.

    S: I watched the video of Wendy. I’ve learned this week that waiting on God isn’t wasting time, it’s training time. Training me for what He wants to accomplish during, through and after my wait.

  8. Ramona Richards says:

    The lie, Quit is yelling out at me. I should just quit and let someone who is more educated, take over.
    The truth, then prayer would give me encouragement to continue and then realize my strength and praise.

    Need prayer for focus and encouragement, please
    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you beautiful Ladies

    • I pray that you won’t give up and God will continue to strengthen you.

    • If we were to quit then we would not become educated. Keep on going, you have the strength and tools you need. It is better to have tried and failed then to not try at all. That is how educated people learn from their mistakes, do you look down on other people for having made an attempt at something they did not succeed in? I bet you don’t we are often most hard on ourselves. Give it your best shot and hold your chin up. God is with you every step of the way. Put things in his hands and if it doesn’t work out, it was not his plan for you.

  9. Barbara Hickey says:

    I’m dealing with all three. I told u so . Quit. Defeat. It so amazing how god teaches us to obey his word.l feel so much better.g.God heal all pain.

  10. Patricia Graham says:

    All three go in a round robin of sorts. It starts with defeat with the enemy using those closest to pronounce defeat, or why bother it will never work followed by the enemy screaming I told you so, you are never getting out of this pit to fighting my own self that feels the entire burden and feels so defeated and wants to quit… At the moment it is the closest to quitting the Spirit if God shows me something to be thankful fir so I just start thanking God fir different things and pretty soon this gratitude bubbles into praise… The issues are still their but the weight no longer suffocates me

  11. Marijtn Marie P31 O~Team says:

    Observe~ I told you so cones to mind first and foremost. I grew up in a I told you so family and world.
    Bible~ This verse is my reminder that my obedience to God is essential so I must stay in prayer and study my bible if I plan on achieving my wait
    Stretch~ Waiting isn’t useless and my obedience is a lesson learned for my future growth
    #P31OBS #WaitAndSee

  12. Thank you for great bloq and videos ! Just feel bad. got so behind.. and how late is it again
    terrible trouble Insomnia..to get to sleep when being tired;
    Trying to stay focused.. just the timing for study with the Holidays now and family issues, mom far away.. in clinic have no update; thanking the Lord she would be back home tomorrow.
    But really like this study and hope can catch up !
    God bless you~

    • Neely DeBoard says:

      Romy. Praying for you. Hang in there.

    • Prayers for you Romy, and your mother. It is so hard to have loved ones away during the holidays. I pray you will all be happy, healthy and together for this celebration of Thanksgiving! I too suffer from insomnia and I often am behind in many daily activities.. OBS too. Know that you are not alone.. Have a Blessed Day!

    • Trish - P31 OBS Study Leader says:

      No worries on getting behind in the study! Life happens and I’ve also gotten behind in studies and the great thing about it, you can just pick right up where we are and then go back when you have the time. And I’ve found, that usually when that happens, and I go back, it’s the perfect time for what I’m going through. Hang in there Romy! Praying peace and comfort for you friend!

  13. I love Psalm 23! It was lovely getting fresh insights on this psalm from Wendy in the video.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US!

  14. I would love to have a Nativity scene to put on my fireplace mantle. It is very beautiful.
    Praising God helps me to overcome a mentality of “quit” or “defeat” or “worry.”
    An attitude of gratitude and thanking God for all our blessings in Christ, and all of God’s attributes, especially His lovingkindness, Faithfulness, His Living Word, and Presence. Thank you, Lord, for all You are and this wonderful Bible Study and those who work to help us get the most from it. Blessings, all!

  15. Lauren Bradshaw says:

    I struggle with all 3 and could use all 3 to help me. I’m loving this book and bible study and it is helpful in this time and in future of my life.

  16. I think the enemy I struggle with most is “I Told You So”. I often feel like I’m not good enough or that people don’t like me. I know that these are lies but sometimes it can be hard to get these thoughts out of my head. I can use God’s Truth as a weapon to help conquer that enemy. I like how Wendy says, “When we apply biblical truth to lies, they die. The more truth we put in our minds, the greater power we have to defeat deceit.” This reminds me that when I fill myself with God’s truth and apply it to my life, I don’t have to believe the lies of the enemy.

    2 Corinthians 10:5-6 shows me that God gives me the tools I need to take my negative thoughts and emotions and transform them into thoughts that are obedient to Him.

    • Pat OBS O-Team says:

      Amen, Hannah! God wants us to use His “toolbox” to know who we are in Him and how much He is for us and not against us. 🙂

  17. I struggle with I told you so the most. Especially when I think I know exactly what God is saying. Also I struggle with defeat. Last year I had my third miscarriage and I felt God was telling me everything was okay. When I found out I felt betrayed and that I heard him wrong. A month later I got strep for the first time in my life and had to take a lot of medicine. I had a baby boy last month. Tj Lord always provides in his time not ours. I could use prayer and get into Gods word more so I can hear his voice more and hear him telling me Holly I got this and one day you will understand completely.

  18. Laura Howard says:

    Hi, I love the tools while you train concept – unfortunately I dont have the book to read these chapters. I have no fixed address yet (its what my husband and I and trusting and waiting for) so can’t receive mail. Could we access the rest of the chapters like we did the first two and intro? Would be much appreciated, I feel like I’m missing out!
    Laura.

  19. The lesson on David was an encouragement to me today. I am struggling with several things in my life and finding it hard to continue; but with the LORD’s help, I am making it through. The LORD is my Shepherd and He knows what is best for me. Thanks for WAIT AND SEE.

  20. Wait & See!
    Psalm 23
    The Message (MSG)
    A David Psalm
    23 
    1-3 God, my shepherd!
        I don’t need a thing.
    You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
        you find me quiet pools to drink from.
    True to your word,
        you let me catch my breath
        and send me in the right direction.

    Even when the way goes through
        Death Valley,
    I’m not afraid
        when you walk at my side.
    Your trusty shepherd’s crook
        makes me feel secure.

    You serve me a six-course dinner
        right in front of my enemies.
    You revive my drooping head;
        my cup brims with blessing.

    Your beauty and love chase after me
        every day of my life.
    I’m back home in the house of God
        for the rest of my life.

  21. I struggle most with quit. I am tempted to just give in and forget about it instead of pressing on. God’s truth is an efficient tool for me always.

    The verse helps me know that I have the tools necessary to negate warped philosophies and replace it with the truth of God’s word.

  22. I struggle the most with defeat. God’s truth and prayer are really good weapons but praising Him is the easiest normally. I praise Him in my car a lot and since I am in my car that seems to lift me out of defeat and back into a place of reading and praying.

  23. Juliannah Brown says:

    I struggle with ‘I told you so’, ‘I told you that nothing is going to change for you’. But Christ takes those thoughts captive on a day to day basis and He gives me strength to continue. His word is perfect and He tells me that through Him I will have victory.

  24. I struggle the most with defeat. “I told you so or quit”are not in my vocabulary. When I feel defeated I focus on God’s Truth and I also praise Him. The enemy wants me to think I am defeated but my God wants me to focus on Him. He will never leave me or forsake me, Hebrews 13:5 so how can I be defeated?

  25. Praise God. The Lord is MY shepherd!

  26. It’s funny how some days the wait is just fine and you go through life sailing away. And then other days the doubt does just hit you out of no where. It’s on those days you have to dig a little deeper and pray a little harder to get through. God is always there with a will heart and open hands to hold us up and get us on the right track again. Praise Him and thanks for the book Wendy. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Kati

  27. I struggle with both “I Told You So” and Defeat. I’ve been waiting on my husband’s salvation and on releasing weight/getting healthy for decades, so it often seems like these situations will never change. I definitely need to saturate myself in God’s Word/truth regarding what He is able to do in my and my husband’s life.

    • This will happen in God’s time and according to his will. Let go and Let God. During this wait you can try all the tools God provides to strengthen yourself and live a life obedient to God, this might be key for your husband to see your faith grow. Lead by example. Keep growing in your faith,God bless you, will keep you and your husband in my prayers.

  28. Christianne Mccall says:

    I definitely struggle with Quit and Defeat. Nicki’s last study was very helpful for those lies!

  29. Beth Clipp says:

    I often feel so defeated. every day I feel like I am more confident in my job and am making progress it seems like I take 3 steps back. My evenings(at home) are filled with questions as to how long I am going to be able to continue at the job I am doing. I try to comfort myself reminding myself that I am working for God not man. These Bible studies have been a source of inspiration/encouragement as I continue to face my struggle of self doubt. I do praise the fact that I have a really great manager and some wonderful coworkers as well as an understanding husband who has been the best cheerleader as I have been working my way through getting comfortable w/this job. When I placed my order for this study book I accidentally ordered 2(or was that God) I was able to share that 2nd book w/one of my coworkers. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

    • Hang in there Beth! These studies have been a life saver for me during my struggle as well and I know he will lead us both away from our struggles.

  30. I love having ‘tools’ in my ‘tool belt’ to tackle the rough ‘projects’.

  31. Sherril P31 O-Team says:

    I struggle the most with defeat. I am good at waiting for a short while, then I convince myself that I must have prayed for the wrong thing, or the wrong way, and the wait is God’s way of telling me no. Fear is another big one–fear I will not hear God correctly and make a mistake.

  32. Good morning ladies…. I want to wish all the US ladies Happy Thanksgiving may you be thankful and blessed.All you other ladies not celebrating the holiday I pray blessing in your lives as well. So my big thing is quit, if I’m feeling uncomfortable I will retreat back to my comfort zone. I’m one to stay to myself, so it’s very hard to step out and be around people. So while I’m at work or out and about I talk to God quietly and sing praise songs. In my truck on the way I talked to God and ask Him to walk before me always and help me go through my day. My biggest thing is I have to ask Him to give the eyes to see People as He sees them not by my sight,but, with His….

  33. O: Right now I deal with defeat and I think more prayer will help me fight that enemy with all its might.
    B: That verse makes me feel like a mighty warrior equipped for the battle against evil and it’s out there everywhere, not just in my wait.
    S: I feel so safe and content knowing that the Lord is my Shepard keeping me close to him.

  34. Karon Fluharty says:

    Observe — Which of the 3 enemies do you struggle most with in your wait: I Told You So, Quit, or Defeat? And which weapon can you benefit from using more to help you conquer that enemy: God’s Truth, Prayer, or Praise? I struggle with “Defeat”. I feel exhausted and beaten down. However, now I know we have weapons to defeat the enemy I would choose a combo of God’s Truth and Prayer. Throw in a Praise too. It is comforting to know these are so powerful, yet easy to do daily to defeat the Evil one and help us sustain positivity during our WAIT! God bless.

  35. Even though the pause in the wait is difficult at times, I know the Lord is my shepherd and He will give me peace through these trying tines!! Happy Thanksgiving to all and God Bless!!!

  36. Wow! What a uplifting message in 2 Cor. 10:5-6!! I like The Message translation for this verse. Sometimes the world seems so dark, sad, and scarry to me. These words give me strength, hope and the ability to face each day. I can go with confidence and God’s truth in my heart!☺

  37. Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Americans! I live in the UK but cook the meal every year for my husband and whatever friends can drop by (though this year it’ll be on Friday…)

    I struggle with ‘I Told You So’ the most. The enemy’s voice in my head, saying I’m not good enough, I don’t have the talent, or the diligence, or the cleverness, to reach the goal God’s put in my heart. That voice tells me to compare myself to everyone else on social media who’s getting what I long for, and seemingly, with ease.

    Until now, I’ve either found false refuge in these moments by scrolling through more social media, or burying myself in video games, or reading, or sending a gripe-laden message to a friend, or crying to my husband. Sometimes I’d whisper a prayer for strength to God in the midst of that, but this week’s been a reminder that I REALLY need to turn FIRST to God’s truth in His word, pray that truth, and then praise Him for it. Every single time. Thank you!!

    • Pat OBS O-Team says:

      Yes! Thank you, Cheyenne! That us so what I need to do to remind myself what God has prepared for me – for all! – who love Him! God Bless you this Thanksgiving and always. 🙂

  38. Tory lewis says:

    Really thankful for this study right now… my husband and I are awaiting some big changes in our lives, and I know God wants to equip us during the wait for what’s ahead. Thanks so much for leading this!

  39. Wow! It is completely different when I say it with the “I” pronoun! I really loved it. God wants me to take action too in what I’m going through.

  40. I told you so is my worse enemy. All the tools are helpful but I think I may benefit the most from praise. Happy Thanksgiving!

  41. The wait is hard. It’s especially hard when you see others moving beside you. However, one reminder I tell myself regularly is that I need to let God do a work IN me before He can do work THROUGH me. This truth is a tool I keep right in my tool belt.

  42. I am loving this study. I have been waiting for 13 years for an answer to my prayer and it is so hard not to get discouraged. This study had helped so much!

  43. I’d say I struggle with quit and defeat. Sometimes I just get tired of the fight. So thankful for a God who is always there and for His word to fight back with.

  44. Barb Carter says:

    I am a defeatist and have to struggle with wanting to quit. I’m at that point right now with one of my waits trying to decern if God’s plan was for me to not take this path. was it His plan in the first place so if I quit is that God’s plan? Is He shutting doors to reveal that to me or is this another wait?

    • Pat OBS O-Team says:

      I understand that perfectly! It can be so hard sometimes to know if we should continue on or to let it go. I spend a lot of time praying in those times for God to rebuke the hindrance if He is in the plan or to reveal to me to stop the struggle if it is just my plan. That doesn’t always give me the answer but it does give me peace to let it go to God and trust in Him. I pray that you will have peace in your situation and that God will direct your steps. God bless you during your study with us, Barb. 🙂

  45. Chrysue Schlageter says:

    Having a tough week .Feeling scattered. Today’s blog helped pull me back together.Thank you! I think I quit and Defeat are equally challenging. The go to verse is from Gal.6:9 . About not growing weary in doing good. This reminds me that God understands that there are times we just get tired but not to give up. It is comforting to know that he understands our weariness and gives us this uplifting reminder in his word of Truth. Have a great day all !

  46. Tammy Walls says:

    In my time of waiting I will trust the Lord. It’s hard in the waiting period, but it also helps to prepare me for the end result. Not only do I get to draw near to God, I also have to think about what I am waiting on and if I really want it. Do I want it because it seems people around me have it. Looking from the outside, it looks glittery, but do I really know what comes with my want? Hmm……seeking God for His desire for my life.

  47. Great post today…thanks for the encouragement!

  48. Shana Anderson says:

    Defeat! Oh my goodness! With all my waits, I see myself striving towards God and digging deep in His word and in prayer. Then, something will happen with the wait, and I get defeated. I just stop! The hardest part of the defeat is I begin to doubt myself and then that trickles into all aspects of my life. My marriage, my work for the Lord, how am I as a mother, my looks…. Then I just get so hard on myself.
    I am loving this book. It is reminding me I am not alone in all of this. I can use Prayer as my weapon. I can personally go to God and speak to Him. I can sit down and share my deepest fears, blessings, and He can give me comfort.

  49. I’m loving this Bible Study!! It’s just what I needed! God is so good! Thank you ladies for being such a blessing!

  50. I struggle with all 3. I am working to use God’s Truth, prayer and praise to overcome and to help me thru my troubles. Loved the video message! Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  51. Giving THANKS for our wonderful Shepherd who cares for us so lovingly and for P31OBS and this great time of study together!

  52. O: “I told you so” would have to be my most frequent enemy. Even if the words aren’t said aloud they are running in my head when I have failed to meet someone else’s or my own expectations.
    B: What a powerful Scripture. I especially agreed with the “dog eat dog” world. Trying to be a Christian is very difficult in this world. But God has sent us this message so many years ago so we can use the tools that have been here since time began…His Word, Prayer & Praise.

  53. I am loving this study and book. I am in the midst of a long wait of separation. I would be so blessed to have this nativity set to give to my mother-in-law as finances are tight right now and she loves them. What a special set!

  54. O: Defeat. Even when the Lotd has breathed specific promises into my life, the voice of the world is so loud. My earthly eyes perceive that the enemy is winning.
    Every verse I read, every song I hear, every praise I lift reminds me that my battle isn’t really mine. The Lord goes before me! He has promised good to those that love Him and obey His commandments.

  55. The Lord is MY shepherd!

  56. I struggle with all three enemies in my wait, and I plan to use all three weapons to battle the enemies.
    2 Corinthians 10:5 reminds me of the response to the recent election. As Christians, we are called to pray for our country’s leadership and that will be my reaction to the election this year. Being called to prayer will shift my focus to God instead of the world’s desires.
    The pastoral call committee that I am on met last night and talked about being without a shepherd for our church. Reading Psalm 23 with Wendy this morning gave me a fresh look at what our heavenly shepherd does for us and that I can rely on him and call him my shepherd.

  57. I think “I told you so” is the one that gets me the most. I use God’s truths to keep from being undone by it. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S. See y’all on Monday.

  58. This nativity set is amazing.

  59. Observe- I probably battle with quit the most. Not that I’m a quitter, but I will hear whispers that “you’re not good enough” or “that will never work” in my head where it makes me second guess myself and want to quit.
    All of those weapons would help me, but I think the one that I need to use more is prayer. As a Catholic, I tend to rely on rote prayers (Our Father, Glory B, Hail Mary) when I need to pray. Not that those are not good prayers, but I need to pray my own prayers at times so I can get out what’s on my heart to God. Writing them down helps me.

    Bible- These verses remind us that we are not of this world. And while this world may be against us as followers of Christ, we need to rise above.

    Stretch- I’m enjoying Wendy’s videos. Too often I’ve been in a valley of depression and my faith in God has helped me through.

    • Bobbie – i have struggled with “you are not good enough” thoughts too. I attend a catholic church and different bible studies but feel like i am always questioning myself – am i walking this path correctly and pleasing God. Always being attacked with second guessing thoughts

  60. This study has been such a blessing! I’m in a big ‘wait’ season of life as I moved back home to take care of my Dad who has Dementia. Life has been so overwhelming and turned upside down for the last 3 yrs, with many blessings amongst all the unknowns, yet I know God has a plan…and Im learning to wait better.

  61. tracy dunn says:

    Good morning
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My issue has also been defeat and quit. I try to solve this by prayer but unfortunately my heat does not always coincide with getting rid of that defeated and wanting to give up feeling. I am fighting a one sided battle with what I am waiting for and the other side people who have communicated and have stopped my communication to my boyfriend are interfering and preventing a resolution to the situation. I am coninuing to pray for Peter who is ill and hoping that he is ok and when the time is up for me to be able to communicate with him again, I am going to try to resolve this and if i can’t I will always try. So even though quitting is what they want me to do, i will continue this battle until I can fix it. I always will pray and continue to ask God for his guidance since I can’t really do anything else right now without endangering my own life. Thank you so much for this study and am definitely learning and growing through this situation.

    • Hi Tracy,
      I had a friend that was involved in a situation similar to yours. It sounds like you really care for Peter. In the video Wendy talked about God protecting us from ourselves, perhaps God is telling you to let go and move forward and that’s why doors are closing. Despite the hurt and pain my friend moved on and found another relationship and couldn’t be happier. I will keep you in prayer and pray for God’s guidance for you.

      God’s Blessings to You!

  62. I think defeat would be my biggest enemy, that and fear. I begin to feel overwhelmed and discouraged and if I’m not careful I begin to sink into it before I realize that I’m letting myself. The longer I wait the more energy it takes to pull myself out.

  63. Debbie Higgins says:

    I struggle the most with “I told you so” and that turns to defeat. As I wait for treatment and healing of a brain tumor, I am learning to wait on God’s timing. It is hard, because I want to feel better NOW! Yesterday as I lay in bed with a migraine, all I could think of was what I had read about the right place of refuge. I repeated over and over,” I will stay in the shadow of your wings until this has passed.” It helped me so much to relax and wait. Being out of work during this wait has been such a blessing to spend time in this bible study and with the Lord. I use all of the weapons, truth, prayer, and praise to get through the tough times.

  64. Defeat is the enemy that really attacks me, but by hiding the truth of Gods Word in my heart and coming to him in prayer whenever I start to feel defeated, I know this enemy can be conquered!

  65. Thankful that the Lord is MY Shepherd! Psalm 23:2. NLT. “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.” Some synonyms for renew are: freshen, recharge, revitalize, and restore. Keeping my focus on Him!

  66. April McKinley says:

    God’s word is what sustains me, I think we will always be in a season of waiting. Some waits are short others longer but God reveals something in each season. As my pastor said this Sunday…sometimes we struggle managing all our blessings! We simply can’t handle all God has in store for us all at once. He has to prepare us by waiting.

  67. In the waiting increasing my time spent alone in God’s Word definitely rejuvenates my soul, and puts a period, end of sentence to the ” I told you so,” ringing in my head.
    This nativity would be a gift to a dear friend who should have one but does not. She chooses to spend her resources loving others and being hospitable.
    I have extremely limited resources this year and would love to give her this.
    The waiting is hard for me but without God I would be lost. In His grace I have periods of long rest. For my Sovereign God is good always no matter what.

  68. Observe: I struggle most with quit. I tend to get overwhelmed easily when things get too tough and I just want to quit. But if I quit, I feel like a huge failure. The weapon I can use is prayer. I can pray that the Lord will give me the strength not to quit, but to keep going. I can also praise Him for getting me through similar situations in the past.

  69. Patricia Williams says:

    Oh what (funny, I typed wait first, Freudian slip?) but what a lovely gift that would make.
    And yes, it is indeed very personal, “the LORD is my Shepherd”!
    GOD bless y’all, WePo, and the rest of you JESUS Girls at Proverns 31.
    Have a lovely Thanksgving.

  70. Oh I struggle w/ “I told you so”…. I told you – you aren’t good enough, you have sinned too much, you are goofy, or fat or irritating…
    Oh to hold onto God’s truth! I am “good enough” – I am even GREAT! He loves me inspire of my sin and created every inch of my goofy, irritating self!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving all!!!

  71. Observe- I think that I struggle with all 3 enemies, but what I struggle with the most is quit. I think that I am relying on God and that I am finally able to respond better to a situation and then I fail and slip back into my old ways…then I just feel defeated and want to quit. How long, God, will I continue to fall into my sinful nature when I so desire to have a heart after Your own heart?
    I think the weapon that I need to focus on the most is prayer. And maybe praying God’s truths. I need to believe that God has the power to answer those prayers and pray that He takes the situation from my hands. My focus needs to be on Him and I think praying to Him in silence and humility will greatly help.
    Bible – I read the verses in the NIV version and these verses remind me of the self control I need to practice in this corrupt world. The thoughts we have need to be in line with God’s and His promises and not after the desires of this world, which only lead to destruction.
    Stretch – I have really enjoyed how Wendy gets us into the word of God. The simple steps she draws from the passages make it easy to recall and brings the old words to life in this current day. On a side note, I want to get a “Jesus Chair” in my house and make a point of reaching out to Jesus each morning and night 🙂

  72. Beverly Greenhill says:

    God has equipped me in my wait. His Word. It is in His Word that I find the serenity of wait. His Word fortifies me. His Word encourages me in my wait. His Word offers hope. Thank You, Father, for equipping me with all that I need. My prayer, “Not my will, but Yours”.

  73. I am really enjoying this study and feel like God had Wendy write it for me. I often want to quit when the wait is too long, but I think praise and prayer will be my greatest weapons.

  74. The enemy I struggle most with in my wait is quit and occasionally defeat.the weapon I need to use more of is praise. ThankHim that what I prayed for is already done.

  75. Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll! Learning to give thanks even during this excruciating waiting period. Excited to use the tools that are already mine in Christ!

  76. Wait. God has been spending the last year showing me how to wait. I can look back and see when he has made me lay down. He has been restoring my soul by giving me a vigor in reading his word everyday. Some days are short, others long. He has taught me not to fear by guiding me through the righteousness of his word and opening my eyes to how they apply to my life. Have I had an easy path. No. I have had to walk past physical enemies and spiritual enemies along this journey. But God has walked before, beside and behind me along the way. I am blessed to have Him with me.

  77. In my wait, I struggle most with quitting. My mother labeled me as a quitter when I was a child. When the going got tough, I quit. When life seemed to be out of my control and I didn’t know what else to do, I quit. When conflict arose, I quit. When I get frustrated with my husband, I want to quit. The easy way out has been to quit. To give up. To just not deal with it anymore. Prayer has not been my first step. I’m doing an acts study with my child. Recently, I had been arguing with my husband a lot because of his tone when he says anything. I’ve been feeling stacked. Then I feel like he’s been attacking our child too. My natural reaction is to yell. Scream. Raise my voice in opposition. It’s gone nowhere. 10 years of it going nowhere. The Acts study with my son revealed to me that instead of my reaction to respond to my husband, I should be praying. Take a step back. Pray like Stephen did when he was being attacked. Be calm. Just stop doing whatever I’m doing and just pray. It’s interesting to me how I’m doing the adult Acts study while my child does the kids version and God reached out to me with the child version first. This is all in my wait. Thank yGod for revealing the Word to me and speaking to my heart. Spiritual tools to keep handy and close to me in time of need.

    Happy thanksgiving ?

  78. O: I would have to say Defeat. I have that negative “Shelly” voice in my head consistently. I have learned that you can’t just squash her voice down and go own with your day, but you have to attack your mind before it attacks you so the tool I use first is Praise. I think of 3 things I’m grateful for as soon as my alarm goes off and before I get out of bed. I then use God’s Truth to listen to some positive mindset stuff as I do my morning ablutions before I workout.

    B: 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”

    S: I loved the emphasis on MY Shepherd!!!!

  79. Connie Morrison says:

    Thank you for sharing the study on Psalms 23. The Lord is My Shepherd is such a comfort during many trying times. God bless you.

  80. Nancy Griggs O-Team says:

    I don’t have a problem with “I told you so” or “quit”, but I sometimes feel defeated. I know to use praise when I feel down. I should use it more often. I’m am thankful for the reminder to get my praise music going.

  81. The enemy I struggle with the most is Defeat. That is how I feel and view my life around me – completely defeated.

    I know I made poor choices in my life – many – and I feel as though I am still being punished for them. Then I make more mistakes, am racked with guilt, and feel even more defeated.

    I feel taken advantage of, used, walked all over and that this job, this life, etc., is all there is and it will never change. It is beyond a struggle and because of this I cannot handle it on my own, which is almost making me lean towards quitting everything completely. However, I do see a Christian counselor and she is helping me, but she can only do so much. I know I need to reach out to God more – I have to because I cannot continue feeling this way. It is no way to live.

    Sorry about the depressing message. 🙁

    I do hope everyone who is celebrating this week has a great Thanksgiving (I am Canadian so mine has come and gone) and enjoy happy times with your family. I always pray this when I do my prayers. Even if I cannot be happy I pray others can and are.

    • Rose Hardin says:

      To my Canadian sister April, this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I have been through depression myself, and very tempted to end it all. Hang in there God has an amazing future and a hope for you, Jeremiah 29:11. I will be praying for you today. You can do all things through Christ Who gives you strength. Praise Him in this season, the depression will have to flea

    • April,

      I want to say Thank You and God Bless you! I needed to hear this.. and oh how we need to hear the message of our Almighty Father. He lifts us up, renews us, washes away all that terrible yuck that is depression. I so very deeply empathize with you here.. I too find myself praying for others to be happy and feeling as if mine will never come. It may not be pretty, but it is how I feel. I pray that we both can see our happiness in His pauses and plans.. the beauty of the work being done in out lives is going to shine brightly! God Bless you! Many prayers!

  82. I have held onto 2 Corinthians 10:5 as a battle strategy for a long time. In my wait, when I am tempted to give up or doubt God’s goodness, I must actively reject those thoughts when they come to mind and remind myself of who I am and who God is.

  83. Observe — I think the enemy I struggle with most during my wait is “quit”. If I let myself get to a point of discouragement when I realize how long my wait has become or maybe the struggles that are going on around me, I can become doubtful. It’s that very second my eyes stop looking up to the Lord and I become weak in my own human strength where I feel defeated. Sometimes the enemy will try to tell us to give up, to just go ahead and walk, maybe if we do we will get there faster. That is a position in which those words have to be dismissed! God is doing a work in me and even if the struggles around me are to help me grow and my endurance is tested (James 1:3), there is a reason. The most beneficial weapon for me to use to help conquer this is through prayer. Asking God to have the Holy Spirit reveal to me why I might be going through this or help me to endure in this area. If we come to our Father, He will always be there to answer.

    Bible — 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 helps me in my wait because once we bring our thoughts and line them up with the thoughts of the Lord, than we will have endurance to get through out wait. I can rest assure in my obedience to Christ. He gives us the tools and wants us to be in readiness to use them.

    Stretch —The survival statements when you really speak them out loud or write them down in your notebook come alive. They bring you to a place of comfort remembering who The Shepard is. I really adored how in just a few simple verses, there was so much Truth spoken. If you really take a minute to appreciate scriptures through out The Word, and take time to unpack them, they are so beautiful created. They are full of love. It is everything we need.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving you all! Can’t wait to re-unite again soon 🙂

  84. Rose Hardin says:

    There are times I feel overwhelmed and defeated, wanting to quit in the middle of a project or on an overwhelmingly busy day. Each of the weapons in a combination are beneficial with prayer for direction, God’s truth as a filter and praise through the storm.
    II Corinthians 10:5-6 reminds me and affirms His tools will break down every strong hold that comes against me
    Happy Thanksgiving all my #OBS friends in the US and I am so thankful for #P31

  85. Thankful for that reminder today of Psalm 23. He is MY shepherd!
    A promise I love and have been holding onto for 10 years now is Psalm 34:17-18
    17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
    18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
    God is good no matter what !
    Happy Thanksgiving Y’all! ?

  86. Observe — The enemy I struggle with the most is DEFEAT! I just get so discouraged and think that God isn’t listening to me so what I’m waiting for isn’t going to happen. This brings a feeling of despair. To combat this the weapon I can benefit most in using is God’s Truth (the promises from His Word) and read scriptures to keep me focused on God and remembering His plan and His timing is best for me, and I’m going to learn from my experiences while waiting.

    Bible — Read 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (The Message) The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
    How does this verse encourage you to keep your eyes on God?—The tools of God’s Truth, Prayer, and Praise, keep our minds off what the world thinks and does, and focused on God’s principals by renewing our mind and heart with God’s way of thinking, and how we should live our life. Prayer enables us to talk to our Father to bear our soul and in exchange receive God’s peace and wisdom. Praise-reminds us who God is, and to remember that nothing is impossible with God! By focusing on these things we can break strongholds of the world, and become obedient to follow God’s Truth and grow spiritually and become more like Christ and ignore the corrupt world.

    Stretch — I watched the video, I love this Psalm and enjoyed Wendy’s teaching. God is our Good Shepherd, God knows what we need and will use waiting to refresh us and restore us. God uses waiting to protect us when we rush ahead. God is with us and provides us with goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. God is good. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD!

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

  87. Observe: I have to say I battle with all three of those enemies from time to time. But the greatest tool in my tool belt is prayer. It has to be. The walls can come crumbling down around me, but if I’m keeping my relationship with God open at all times, connecting with Him often, that’s the key. It is in my relationship and my prayer times with God throughout the day when He will reveal His truth to me and I can speak praise to Him for not leaving me through this time. It is easier said than done, friends. But I’m learning more and more to practice what we were taught in our first conference call which is basically to fake it til I make it and eventually my feelings will follow. Believe what I know to be true even if I don’t feel like it.

    Bible: I really like the last part: “Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” That’s what I want is a life of obedience to God. This part of the verse gives me hope that nothing can stand in my way or block my bath to getting that kind of life as long as I’m using the tools that God Himself makes available to me.

    Prayers for all of my American friends getting ready to start celebrating the holidays. This week and into the next few weeks, the holidays are upon us. This is a blessed time, but can also be a very stressful time if we allow it to be. I can already feel stress trying to creep its way into my heart and ruin my Thanksgiving time with my family. It’s time to dig into my tool belt and grab what God makes available to me freely, and I pray that all of us are able to put aside our differences with family and our desire for everything to be absolutely clean and perfect (yes…I am that girl but I’m trying to work on it) and take time to genuinely enjoy what we have to be thankful for and focus our attention on the God we should be thankful to. I am saying this to myself as much as anyone else. I just know that I am not the only one affected by stress from multiple areas during this time, so anyone feeling it, you’re not alone dear friend. Let’s work with God together to make this a peaceful holiday. God Bless!

  88. deb McGregor says:

    First I have opened the email and read. I must catch up but today you thru the Psalm 23. Place emphasis on the things that apply in this. To your teaching: don’t frat/don’t hurry in the waiting it delight. I love that the rid protects and his staff guides me. And when I fail He restore me to righteousness. Thank youAnd Happy Thanksgiving blessing on you and you family.

  89. Sherry Bundy says:

    I am grateful that the Lord is my Shepherd. I have some medical issues that I am facing right now. In this valley He is providing everything I need. When I start to feel despair, He has used music, friends, His Word & more to refresh me. He comforts me when I start to fear. He definitely brings goodness and mercy to my life. I am thankful that He is my Good Shepherd!

  90. Donna Morris says:

    I struggle with all three. I can use all three to help me though truth, prayer, and praise.

  91. I struggle with all three, but I think my biggest issue is Quit. I lack follow-through. I get discouraged and stop. I can use prayer, praise, and God’s truth to fight this – praise because it focuses my attention back on God, prayer because it makes me take time to sit and be still and listen, and God’s truth because His truth will kick out the lie that I can’t finish anything, I don’t have what it takes. Praise God for His love and His grace in shepherding me back where I need to be.

  92. I have been walking in a wait ‘period’ for a long time.. I am tired and weary… Lord give me the strength, courage, wisdom, guidance, joy and faith to trust in you and continue the ‘wait’ as long as you desire me too.

  93. Good morning everyone,
    I struggle with Quitting and Defeat the most, and I know I must bring all of God’s truth into my life a lot more, of course with a healthy dose of prayer an praise. I have sooo much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving. God is so good and I’m praising his name today and everyday. Happy Thanksgiving to all. AMEN!!!

  94. Even though I walk through the valley of darkness…I just saw that we’re “walking” not living or camping out. It may be a long walk waiting to get to where God has for us, but we’re not stuck there, we will come on out the other side!!! Praise!!!

  95. Thanks, again, for the “Wait and See” Bible Study… I am continuously being infused with His Truth by you and the staff by “Walking through and Waiting with”. I’m so excited within; because, I believe, I will forever be changed. Much Love… and my weapon is PRAISE!!!! To God BE the Glory!!!!

  96. Observe — Quitting but I can push past the feeling of quitting by drawing closer to God with prayer and praise.

    Bible -God gives us the tools we need to survive the wait. He does not leave us alone to walk the valley. He is with us to guide our path.

  97. Observe — I suffer from ALL of these enemies. For me it is like the 3 STAGES of enemies, not the 3 types of enemies. I fail or experience set back, which makes me say I told you so, as a reaction I quit and then feel defeated. I have been absent from church for a few months, pulling my son out of the Christian day school because some of the staff didn’t have a very Christian outlook caused a lot of hurt feelings and distanced me from feeling welcome in my own church (my church of 30+ years). I feel like my Praise life is struggling and I could be improved to help me conquer the enemy.

    Bible — Believing in God will carry us through and conquer all of our fears and problems.

  98. Kim Grover-Haskin says:

    I’d have to say defeat is my biggest struggle. I feel defeated, especially with the past. I let the past dictate to me the present. As such, I feel burdened and sad. So encouraging to have the tools and armor for battle.

    • Pat OBS O-Team says:

      Thank you, Kim, for your comment. Praying for you to joyfully press forward looking to the prize that is set before you! Philippians 3:13. God has so many tools in His box; praise His Name!

  99. Jody Hammons says:

    Chapter five under relationship-building secrets. The effect of these secrets from David saying they will spill out of us and onto others, improving all of our relationships. I was able to put that to use this morning when I received a text from a friend who was fretting. I sent back scripture to her and it changed her focus. I am learning so much from this study.

  100. Celia Arellano says:

    Boy did I need this today! I am so glad I came across this website. Thank you.

  101. Wendy
    Your breakdown of the 23rd Psalm made it so very personal to me. A way I had not looked at it. I regarded the valley of death as our daily trials, but did not always see the rod and staff as protection and guidance. To go back in emphasis he is my Shperard and will follow me draws me further in to my most favorite Psalm.
    Your wait to write this book is a gift you have given us at our time of need. So timely. Thank you sweet friend. Happy Thanksgiving ?

  102. This study came at the right time. I was having such a hard time during my waiting season and seeing how others are dealing with the wait has encouraged me so much.

  103. Kathy Ecklebe says:

    I have to say it is easy for me to quit and get discouraged in my periods of wait! My weapon of choice is PRAISE! When I remember how much the Lord pours out to me I have no choice but to be thankful and gracious. My periods of wait or just a small period of my life! I wait so I can learn! HAPPY Thanksgiving sweet sisters!

  104. I Told You So: I believe I hear God’s answer and then I think maybe not. Maybe that was just what I wanted to hear. Then I hear the message 3 or 4 more times and I still question it.
    I have been using all three weapons and I feel I am beginning to have a much closer relationship with God. It is an amazing feeling.

  105. O — Defeat is the one I struggle with, Praise is the tool I need to use A LOT more!

    B — He is MY Shepard, he will be with me for all the days of my life!

    S — I love the videos, makes is feel so personal!
    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, very thankful for this study and all the people involved! God is Good!

  106. I have to say I toggle between quit and defeat.

  107. I struggle with “I told you so” the most. The best weapon for this is God’s truth. Then the enemy flees! I loved these verses in the message version- they were the Lord leading me to comfort today!

  108. Loretta Konert says:

    I needed to read this and know that I can wait with The Lord and my tool will be His word! Thank you for sharing with all of us your struggles and know that you are being used by God! Happy Blessed Thanksgiving to you all!!?

  109. Traci Lacayo says:

    I totally got into Wendy’s teaching this morning but was disappointed that I couldn’t find last week’s just like that, was there one? Anyways I love how she related Psalm 23 to today. Have a blessed Thanksgiving

  110. Rosemarie (Rose) says:

    Just had to share a quote I read this morning. It’s perfect for this study.

    The prayer that begins with trustfulness and passes on to WAITING will always end in thankfulness, triumph, and praise. —-Alexander MacClaren

  111. Megan Bolton says:

    I am struggling with defeat during this wait, but I know that God is greater than anything I’ll face. Praying and spending time with Him help me to overcome my feelings of defeat and renews my strength. I’m so thankful for this study, it was right on time. I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  112. Jennifer Maddox says:

    I loved this week’s video. What a great take on a familiar scripture! (And just what I needed to hear today.) He is a good shepherd and will supply all that I need.

  113. Today’s message from Wendy really hit me. The Lord is my shepherd. I’ve been struggling sooo much with this wait in my life and am feeling defeated. When Wendy explained the rod and staff, I could visualize God pulling me in to protect me from whatever is out there. It will be this visualization that will help me get through this week. Thank you for this bible study and for the message today. Happy Thanksgiving to the US.

  114. I struggle with “I told you so” the most and could use more truth and prayer to fight this lie! I definitely have thought on numerous occasions while waiting to become a mother … You’re not good enough, God doesn’t think you have what it takes to be a mom. You don’t keep the kitchen tidy enough or cook enough meals as it is! Loving this book and these words so much! Thanks Wendy Pope!

  115. Kathy Gurule says:

    The best tool is God’s truth! I loved today’s video, Psalm 23 is so comforting! I love that He is my shepherd and will lead me by still waters and protect me!

  116. O – The thing I struggle with the most would be quitting. When the hard times comes sometimes it’s so easy to just quit and then feel defeated.
    B – The verse helps shows me that I need to give all my thoughts to God and be obedient to him and he will bring about the things I need when the time is right and I am obedient.
    S – Seeking God first and not everything else and keep praying and in the word.

  117. Monica Archer says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I know I have so much to be thankful for.

  118. Christina Robinson says:

    I loved the today’s video and the reminder that God is MY Shepherd. He will direct my paths and because of that, I need not fear no matter what valley I am walking through.

  119. Thank you for contrasting a doom and gloom “wait and see” with an empowering “wait and see.” Your encouragement has equipped me to secure God’s truth, prayer and praise in the belt I will choose to use daily. My prayer is to keep His perspective alive and to find delight in His construction.

  120. I struggle with quitting because I just get so tired of waiting/battling. I think when I start feeling that need to quit I will use the weapon of Praise. It will get my mind off of me and put my focus on God where it belongs.

    I LOVED how Wendy strung the 3 survival statements that we’ve received so far together into one powerful survival statement.
    Don’t Fret, Delight, Don’t Rush, Remember, The Lord Is My Shepherd!!!

  121. P31 O-Team Kara Miller says:

    Observe — I struggle with Quit so much! It is way too easy to just let go and walk away. God’s Truth and Prayer can help me overcome that tendency though, and the Spirit will lead me to hone those tools, in Jesus’ name!
    Bible — When we take our thoughts captive to Christ, we are ready to use the tools God has given us! Be ready, be prepared, be aware, and then God equips us to fight the enemy. I have an active role in my wait: be ready, be aware. I cannot be asleep through this wait, or I might miss what God is telling me, teaching me, developing within me.

  122. Tracy Braunstein says:

    I am really enjoying this bible study.

  123. I love the image of the shepherd using the curve of his staff to gently pull back a wandering, lost lamb. As I feel that gentle tug, I am reminded to feel safe and loved rather than controlled. I have no need for rebellion- I am loved and cared for. My struggle has always been to get my heart and head in sync – ? I can see it is happening….. amen…..

  124. Tracy Braunstein says:

    Defeat is what I struggle with. I have no patience when I am struggling with something so I always just want to quit.

  125. My enemy is “not good enough”
    I thoroughly enjoyed the scripture reading. I will be praying that over me daily.
    Thank you Proverbs 31 team & Wendy Pope for this book & online Bible Study time. I can’t tell you how much these past few weeks has really helped me & blessed me in so many ways. Many blessing to you & your families during this holiday season.
    Love
    Stephanie

  126. I struggle most right now with “I told you so”. The accident my husband was in could have been avoided if he had just listen to me and come home instead of returning to the place where the accident happened. If only….So when the accident happened it took all my strength – no actually God’s strength – to not say “I told you so”. I still struggle with this after almost 3 months. The what ifs still keep coming. I know that God gave him a wake up call to change his ways. It worked. And with my husband it needed to be a rather large wake up call. As he struggles to continue on with his life and when he complains (which happens rarely), it takes a tremendous amount of will to not say those words.

  127. Melissa Fenderson says:

    God’s Truth, Prayer, Praise, and time with Him each day are the four walls that hold up the roof of our lives. God’s truth helps me when Satan comes at me with lies. Prayer helps me connect with God and share my heart with him. Praise helps me focus on his goodness and bring glory to Him. Time with Him and His word helps me hear what he wants from me or how he used other flawed people in the Bible. These are a firm foundation!

  128. I struggle with the Quit. I get discouraged and I think, well maybe it’s not what I’m supposed ot be doing or I’m doing it wrong? Or i heard wrong. Pushing through is a discipline part of my wait for sure! Thanks for this!

  129. O – I struggle most with feeling defeated. I could benefit from using all 3: Truth, prayer and praise, though I feel most led to increase prayer.

    B – This verse helps me to know and remember how to use our “tools”.

    S – I plan to watch the video on Saturday.

  130. Prayer is the tool I need to use more

  131. Kathy Sauder says:

    I am a results kind of person. When i am waiting and “results” are not coming, then i can get terribly discouraged. But God is so faithful. In His timing i will see results.

  132. I am not always been good at waiting. I remind myself quite often that there is a bigger picture. It’s not always about me.

  133. Observe — Which of the 3 enemies do you struggle most with in your wait: I Told You So, Quit, or Defeat?
    I have always been one to quit or move on when I don’t want to be bothered with something but I had to learn that is not the only way.

    And which weapon can you benefit from using more to help you conquer that enemy: God’s Truth, Prayer, or Praise?

    I have to pray myself through it but I also read God’s Truth and listen to Gospel Music and praise my way through as well.

    Bible — Read 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (The Message) as a prayer, replacing the pronoun “Him” with “You” and keep it with you throughout the week. How does this verse encourage you to keep your eyes on God?
    I like how at the end it talks about maturity. I am an old soul but I still feel that I am working on maturing in my faith walk so that encourages me to keep my eyes on God.

    Thankful for this opportunity to participate in the OBS with P31. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  134. The biggest enemy I struggle with is I told you so! I seem to enter into situations looking at reasons that they may fail and in order to fulfill my statement of I told you often times creating the issue to create the I told you so moment! I want to be able to enter every situation in my life with positive expectancy. in my wait I want to completely trust that God is going to do exactly what he says he will do and continue to bless me and restore my relationship and I will wait on Him to do just that!

  135. I’m so thankful for this bible study! Everyday has brought new encouragement in the midst of our wait. It has been 3 long, hard years of struggle, disappointment and heartache. God has asked me to lie down many times! And, just when I get a glimmer of hope something else happens to slam the door closed! The lie that I struggle with is defeat. The enemy wants me to believe that I dont deserve my dreams. Im using all of the tools. Praise has always been a great help! Standing on his promises. Beyond what we can ask or imagine! Amen!

  136. PHYLLIS OLLEY says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. These lessons are such a blessing to my life. Prayer to me is the greatest tool I have for the Wait and for everything else life will throw at me. I praise God for the avenue of prayer through his son, Jesus Christ. May God bless you always

  137. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I would have to say that this chapter really got to the core of my being. I really thought that I was possibly the only person who believed in Jesus that felt all these doubts and worries. There are so many things that make me struggle with continuing believing in the Truth. I have noticed a big change in my life since I have started reading the Bible on a regular basis and have felt God’s presence within the last couple years more than I had the 20+ years before. After losing my mom, I really have struggled and continue to struggle but I have found that God’s truth is the ONLY thing that brings me peace.

  138. I absolutely love this image of a spiritual toolbelt! It reminds me of that old song my daughters learned, singing about putting on their Armour of God, but with an updated, streamlined “mom” twist! And oh, how I’ve been needing this message!

  139. I love the idea of using our three tools in our tool belts during our wait.
    I think defeat is the biggest one I struggle with.

  140. I definitely struggle with the I Quit lie the most. I want to NOT quit in the area of praying!!

  141. Happy Thanksgiving to y’all ? I am thankful for this study
    as we learn to Wait & See what God has in store for us.
    I think I have had trouble with all 3 of these at one point
    in my life. But our tool can over come them.

  142. I think this book just gets better with each chapter! So funny in the video Wendy talked about laying down. I was exhausting myself trying to schedule things for my kids to do, then we all got a bad cold. I was forced to lay down for a week, and what a gift it was!!! I feel so refreshed and kind of realized my kids are perfectly content playing at home…no need for always going out.

  143. Kathy Turnball says:

    I am so guilty of looking at others and saying or thinking they have this and that better or they aren’t feeling any “pain” like I am. This video by Wendy was needed at this time. I will continue this holiday weekend to focus on this Psalm.

  144. Defeat is my biggest enemy right now! I feel discouraged and let-down so often when things seem to be going backward or staying still instead of going forward. I feel like I must not be doing enough or the right things. God’s truth and prayer are the two main tools getting me through this tough time.

  145. Maureen Tonelli says:

    Truly enjoyed today’s message. Am getting a lot from this study. Love the videos. Need to focus on God during my wait and not the circumstance! Need to memorize more scripture to fight the lies!

  146. April Morganroth says:

    God has really revealed to me that I am deeply rooted in his word and I praise Him often and always, BUT lol but… I need to start working on my prayers better. After much dilberation with God on this subject I submit that He is indeed right! Into my prayer closet I go! Happiest of Thanksgiving ladies! So blessed and thankful that proverbs 31 and the first5 app came along right when I needed y’all the most! Praise God for such beautiful and obedient hearts to go and be fishers of men… And women!

  147. Natalie Gad says:

    O: The enemies that I struggle with the most is quit and defeat. I always want to give up and then I feel defeated because I listened to the lies of Satan. Waiting is a huge struggle for me and I just listen to Satan telling me to just give up and that God isn’t listening to my prayers and that God has forgotten about me, that God doesn’t have a husband for me and that I will never get married, that God hates me and that He doesn’t love me. I know these are all lies. The weapons that I use when Satan attacks me with lies is God’s truth and prayer. I need to put the full armor of God on everyday especially the belt of truth.
    B: 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 reminds me how to use the spiritual tools that God gives us to fight our daily battles and not fight like the world fights in a dog eat dog kind of world.
    S: I love all of Wendy Pope’s videos. They are so refreshing. I love the reminder of Psalm 23 that the Lord is MY Shepherd. I love how Wendy talks about how the Lord is our Good Shepherd and sometimes He wants us to lay down and not go out of our safe pastures. And when we go outside of our safe pastures God will use his staff and rod and bring us back where we need to stay. God knows what we need and only He knows why we are waiting. Waiting is hard but I know when my waiting period is over with it is going to be worth it.

    • Natalie Gad says:

      Happy Thanksgiving Ladies! Hope everyone enjoys their time with family and friends and has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Eat lots of yummy food. Can’t believe week 3 is over with already. I have really been enjoying my time with this Bible Study with all of you. This Bible Study has been a huge blessing in my life and it really is perfect timing in my life when I am in a wait & see season of waiting for God to bring me a husband into my life.

  148. Barb mcInnis says:

    Praising God for Chapter 5 and a better understanding of the TOOLS!! I did not know about using a word search or back of my bible to find applicable scripture!!! I always asked a friend who has a better grasp on scripture…… now I am going to grow, grow, grow in this tool!!

  149. I tend to get songs stuck in my head very easily. So its not uncommon for me to walk around singing (mostly just in my head) some sort of song. I just got done going with a musical that two of my kiddos were in and it had some repetitive songs that were really easy to keep on singing over and over and over again! But every time I open my journal or pick up my study book, I get one song playing in my head. “I will praise you in this storm, I lift my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from? my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth…” just those words, over and over. Its been a powerful call to me the last few weeks.

  150. Reading first the Corinthians verse in (NIV) version, it hit me that we take captive every thought to be obedient to Christ. Listening to Wendy this seems to support this idea. In our wait I need to focus on God not the object of the wait, as we learned. That means to me I need to take captive my thoughts when they start wanting, wishing, crying out. If my thoughts are taking me away from His truth then this is a problem. It is great to want and wish as long as I can keep my thoughts in alignment with Christ. In the keep my thoughts more on the how “can I serve” rather than “how does this serve me”.

  151. I quickly THINK “I told you so” but rarely say it. It’s a heart issue I need to work on. Prayer changes things. It really does. Prayer is the MOST we can do, not the least.

  152. marilyn in east texas says:

    Amen & Amen! The Lord is My Shepherd!

  153. O – The enemy I struggle with is ” I Told You So,” and the weapon I would benefit most from is “Prayer.”

    B – Hiw does this verse encourage me to keep my eyes on God?
    This verse encourages me to make a choice. Either we take captive the thoughts and lies of the enemy or we accept God’s truth. My choice and focus is to take hold of the spiritual weapon God’s truth and doing so will help me conquer the enemy.

  154. Deborah Duran Yanez says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! May the blessings of the Lord be upon you and your family this week!!

  155. I would love to win the nativity scene for my granddaughters!!

  156. I think I struggle most with defeat, with a hefty side of quit thrown in for good measure. I’m trying to spend more time in the Word and in prayer to combat those lies of the enemy!

  157. kristen smothers says:

    Observe — Which of the 3 enemies do you struggle most with in your wait: I Told You So, Quit, or Defeat? And which weapon can you benefit from using more to help you conquer that enemy: God’s Truth, Prayer, or Praise?

    I think probably defeat is my enemy. Satan tries to defeat me and use my eating disorders to defeat me. But using the weapon of prayer and God’s truth I can defeat this.

  158. Thank you Jesus that we have the tools and power through the Holy Spirit to take every thought captive. The battle isn’t ours, it’s the Lords and as we focus on Him the momentary Wait and troubles of this world don’t seen quite so overwhelming!!

  159. Jennifer Palacios says:

    I struggle with I told you so. I feel that I have to have the last say to prove that I’m right, especially if I know deep down that I am. But, I know that with prayer and praise, I can conquer this struggle. Remembering that I’m not out to prove anything and that I can’t solve those problems, only He can.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! Have a Blessed week!

  160. Mine would be quit! Sometimes I just quit our Bible Study because I get behind. Normally I’m not a quitter. Prayer is the best thing for me in this situation. This Bible study is awesome. Just what I need now because my hubby is unemployed. Sometimes I read certain portions to my hubby. We thought God wanted us to move to SC from AZ but after 14 mos we moved back to AZ because of my health. After 3 mos back my hubby found a job but after 1 mo they let him go because his eyes were bad and got worse. They had to do this for safety reasons. Each time we thought both things were God’s will but we’re in the waiting period again. Excited to see what God has planned next for us. This is the 4th time my hubby hasn’t been employed in 25 yrs so as Wendy said it is easier now for us because of what we’ve gone through in the past. We remember and have faith because we know God is there for us financially again. We received two checks in the mail we weren’t expecting $500 and $200! Praise the Lord!!!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for writing this book Wendy and not quitting when writing. Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

  161. I’m so inspired by your book “Wait and See” and the videos. I must share with you that I do have trouble navigating to find Wendy’s message every Monday. But the vids that I watch are touching my heart and encouraging me to dig deeper and to take in more spiritually God’s Word. His Scriptures feed my soul, Your message is so apparent. It is so easy to just give up as it is soo hard to wait, when we have prayed so hard. And so often then we start that “pity party” and grumbling.
    We must continue to read, consume, and absorb His Word, thus the Holy Spirit will reach and enrich our understanding and very soul.

  162. O- I would say defeat is what I most hear from the enemy but Gods truth helps me to conquer this lie!
    B- these verses empower me by reminding me gods tools of truth are there to conquer the enemy and it’s up to me to use them wisely!
    S- I love Psalms 23 and the picture of the Lord being my shepherd!

  163. The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want….God is so Good- He is here in my wait. Thank you Wendy for this reminder…
    Happy Thanksgiving all my P31 OBS friends…
    Blessings,
    Teresa

  164. So thankful for this study and amazing people like you guys. It opened my eyes and changed my thinking. God is good!

  165. Bethany Swartz says:

    Loving this bible study! ❤❤❤

  166. Jana Russelburg says:

    Observe — I am struggling the most with ‘Quit’ and ‘Defeat’ during my wait. I have most benefited from using the weapons of ‘God’s Truth’ and ‘Prayer to help you conquer that enemy. There is nothing as fulfilling as finding a scripture that is really speaking to you and then talking to God about it!

    Bible — This verse helps me to realize that God truly is helping us fight our battles and provides us the weapons we need in order to do so!

  167. I struggle with quitting and defeat. For me, they go hand in hand. But, I’m learning to praise God & thank Him for all the good things he’s given me right now. It’s one day at a time for me. Thank you Lord for all the wonderful gifts you’ve given me today. I praise your glorious name/1

  168. I feel like my biggest struggle is do I quit/give up or do I keep waiting. My husband left me and our daughter nine months ago to pursue the adulterous affair he is having. He thinks it’s ok because “we’re separated” but I know it started before he left. I chose to stand for my marriage but I’m mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted. It’s bad enough that he left but he is staying with his parents across the street and I constantly have to see his “girlfriends” car there knowing she’s with my husband and there is nothing I can do about it. Tomorrow will be our first Thanksgiving apart and I’m really struggling with that. Sometimes I just don’t see an end to the pain and hurt that I feel. I know the Lord works things for our greater good but I often find myself asking God “how long?” Although this has definitely been one of the toughest (if not the toughest) trials I have been through, I am thankful for it because I have re-established my relationship with Christ, I found my home church and a wonderful church family, and I was baptized on September 25th. None of this would have happened if he hadn’t left. I just pray for his salvation and that he will turn his life over to the Lord.

  169. Janet Nickelson says:

    The Lord is my Shepherd!! Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings!

  170. Thank you Wendy for sharing so beautifully from Psalm 23. Even as we continue our study on “Wait and See”, this is such a beautiful psalm to dwell on while we wait knowing that He is our Shepherd. What a beautiful psalm to reflect on specially during Thanksgiving. Today I’m reminded of those who are grieving in their valleys and cannot reflect on Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful and grateful. I pray that our God of peace would comfort them and wrap His loving arms of love around them in a tangible way. May we take the time to be intentionally thankful and grateful to Him for everything He has done in our lives starting with salvation. May we focus on being thankful for our family and friends. Midst the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, nay this be a time of refreshing for our souls. Happy Thanksgiving to all my sweet sisters at P31 and all those doing this study. God bless you.

  171. The Lord is my shepherd… I need him to be
    I need the Lord at my side. I’m angry right now at my situation, at my husband and I’m feeling beat down and alone. I’m feeling jealous that he has moved on and he is happy while I am miserable and feeling unloveable and rejected by my husband and his hurtful words. I need the Lord now more than ever. I need His comfort and His love. Please Lord, keep me in my boundaries and be my shepherd

  172. O: Oh, my family is big on “I told you so” – this is one enemy I have worked hard to defeat. It’s not important to always be right, it’s more important to be loving and obedient.
    B: WOW!!! I love the Message translation here!! “tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God!” – can we get an Amen on that? For years I let words beat me down. So many of the word were lies.

  173. I think I struggle most with defeat. I feel like everything I wanted to achieve is so far away. And worse, some years ago I was doing steps forward and no, suddenly, just a big leap backwards. So sometimes I definately feel defeated. The weapon I can use is Praise. I’ve been reminded today that we should be thankful in everything. So, for the first time since my “defeat” time started (4 months ago), I thanked God for where I am now, knowing that He knows what it’s all about and also how to do steps forward. I am ready to use my tools in order to gain God’s perspective. And this one is always a perspective of victory. I want to have more faith and see the green pasture after the valley times. God’s ways are not easy, but the prize is expecting on every fatihful one of us.

  174. Observe: I struggle with quit and can benefit from God’s truth.
    Bible: This verse reminds me I can use the tools God has given me during the wait.

  175. Observe — Which of the 3 enemies do you struggle most with in your wait: I Told You So, Quit, or Defeat? And which weapon can you benefit from using more to help you conquer that enemy: God’s Truth, Prayer, or Praise?
    I struggle with “I told you so” most. I can benefit from using God’s truth more to help me dissolve those lies I often hear in my head.

    Bible — Read 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (The Message) How does this powerful verse help you in your wait?
    This verse helps me by reminding me just how applicable, accessible and tangible God’s word (truth) is to my life.

    Stretch — It’s time to build onto Wendy’s “Don’t Rush the Wait, Survival Statement!” Watch her video below OR Click here to listen to the audio. No need to rush, there’s plenty of time to watch before we meet again. Can’t wait to hear how this week’s teachings helped you see things from God’s perspective!
    I’ve learned that not only am I not alone in the wait, but I am not helpless or without a role either. I have tools and tasks of obedience in the midst of the wait, and if I use all of it, I can get so much more out of the wait itself in the end.

  176. I’ve experienced that we can be blessed in our waiting. And what a relief it is to share the yoke of our Lord. Thanks be to God.

  177. This is a gorgeous set. I have wonderful memories of helping my grandmother’s set out the nativity each year and hearing them tell me the Christmas story.

    This study has been a true blessing. Especially during the time of year when the enemy really seems to attack me the most.

    Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

  178. I told you so, Quit and defeat. Unfortunately, I struggle with aslo 3, so I definitely need to rely on God’s Truth need to praise and pray more.
    The scripture-knowledge and truth from God’s word is the help I need for my mind to be obedient to Jesus Christ. God is my tool.
    Please pray for me. I’m so having a really bad day. Why am I struggling????
    Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US. Thanking Goods for my online sisters…

  179. What a beautiful nativity set!! Thank u for the opportunity to win!! Most importantly, THANK U 4 this study!! It is already a BIG blessing in my life!! PTL!!! ??

  180. I am so thankful for this study and for it being online. I was not sure I would like it online but it has been really great and fits into my life nicely. I enjoy sharing it with my sister in CO and my daughter in CO and my daughter here at home.

  181. I attempt to remember Thanksgiving daily and especially during my “wait” times as I reflect on the Father’s gift to us: Jesus – the way, the truth, the life. Blessings and peace to all while we wait on God. Happy Thanksgiving!

  182. Defeat..sometimes I just feel like it would be easier not to desire what I am waiting for or to fight for anything at all.

  183. Lillian De Jesus says:

    Thank you Wendy! Love the video and Psalm 23. The Lord is MY Shepherd.

  184. I would say the enemy that I deal with the most is defeat which stems from fear. Fear of failing. All three weapons are essential for me but if I had to choose one I think praise. When I’m praising, it changes my whole outlook. Those verses remind me that we are in a constant battle but that God has equipped us to defeat the enemy.

  185. Thank you Jesus that you are close beside me guiding me along the right path and protecting me always. You are my comfort and strength, You are MY Shepherd.

  186. What a beautiful nativity! I’m really enjoying this Bible study.

  187. Love the nativity. This study is so perfect because I have been in the wait during my kids teen years. God has used this to keep me focused on him and be a gap filler in some ministry areas.

  188. Janet Pollard says:

    The 3 weapons mentioned are effective on all the schemes the enemy may send our way! I’m so grateful for the armor God provides for us.

  189. Observe –

    Quit: I get frustrated praying and praying, and not hearing from Him. He talks to so many, but I don’t feel like he’s talking to me. Then I just want QUIT trying. Benefit: Praying and Praise.

    Bible — Read 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (The Message) as a prayer, replacing the pronoun “Him” with “You” and keep it with you throughout the week. How does this verse encourage you to keep your eyes on God?

    Stretch — From the video of Wendy. I understand the “training time”. I need to be more patient during this time and I look forward to see the outcome. What is He preparing me for!

  190. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you wonderful friends at P31!

    I’m so thankful for this amazing study!

  191. Love the 3 tools. I often forget to use them but it’s amazing, when I do use them, the Lord always sends me peace and calm. I have had the toughest and most difficult year and sometimes I think “God must really be angry at me” but sometimes he has also brought me to my knees because he has shown me his grace. I am trying to change my thoughts to “what is God trying to teach me in this trial?”

  192. Just love the session on OBS daily,enjoy the recap-on Psalm 23.Thank you for sharing.;

  193. LoriAnne Tryon says:

    God’s truth and prayer help me when I am feeling defeated. Sometimes I’m just my own worst enemy.
    Love 2 Corinthians 10:5 in the message version. Very up to date and relevant. Happy Thanksgiving all!!

  194. I have waited for 32 years to meet my biological mother and when it happened it was such a precious time because God’s pause of 32 years between her holding me as a teenager in the hospital to giving me to my adopted family made it so…we may not understand God’s timing as we live out our lives but as Christians we do understand God and that is all that matters!

  195. I definitely struggle with “I told you so” the most. I hate hearing those words. I don’t even like to say them. To me they are extremely degrading to someone’s self-esteem, even mine. I like to be right so that I don’t have to hear those words. However, “faking it ’til you make it” and always wanting to be right kills relationships, friendships, conversation, etc. God has made this flaw clear and has shown me where this is affecting my life. I feel I can overcome this enemy by being in constant prayer with God. Praying that He will give me the knowledge I need to know, that he will allow me to be humble, quick to listen and slow to speak and slow to anger, and he will allow me to trust in others to give me information and do things for me.

    In The Message version, 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 comes across very powerful to me. It shows me how powerful those three tools (truth, prayer, praise) are. This is very encouraging and trusting.

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

  196. I am thankful for God’s blessings. The Lord is my shepherd. Amen. Happy Thanksgiving!

  197. I am truly grateful that God gives us the tools to stay strong during our waiting times. I am definitely using all of the tools, God’s Word, Pray and Praise. God is at work in my family and I am praising Him through the hard places. This study and group have been so amazing through this journey. Thank you all! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  198. Lacey Luebke says:

    I think my worst enemy is quit and I need to use the tool of prayer to get through it.

  199. It’s really hard for me to wait! I actually feel more peace when I make a bunch of plans…probably the sinful part of me wanting to take control. I have to remember that God isn’t just with me, he’s also leading me and knows what’s best for me.

  200. Deborah R Smith says:

    I think I struggle most with defeat in the waiting. I start wondering what I did wrong or am doing wrong or, if and when God answers the way I want Him to, what I will do wrong. Truth and Praise are the tools that work best for defeating defeat, I think. When I praise Him, I speak the truth about Him and thank Him for Who He is and I begin to see me from His perspective–forgiven, capable, fallible but loved and well taken care of by my King and my God.

  201. Marilyn Bucci says:

    I struggle with quit and defeat when time gets tuff I have a flight mentality,what I could use against it is all 3 praise,prayer,and Gods truth.

  202. Quit for sure. I tend to give up too easily and believe its not meant for me. Prayer is certainly my strongest tool. I am striving for and growing on the other tools though. Praise be to God!

  203. The tools of my trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture of sin. I use my powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of a life shaped by Christ. My tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. And I will not be discoutaged to quit as ling as I can depend on God and His Promises. In the Name of His Dear Son, Jesus!

  204. Amy Farina says:

    Observe: I struggle with defeat a lot. Though I also quit a lot. It is easy to give up when nothing changes. Or you are afraid something will change so you quit. It is a vicious cycle. Prayer is what will help to conquer my enemy. I am getting better but have a long way to go. God knows and that helps my soul.

    Bible: I must remember and know with all my heart that the only truth is God’s Word. When I align myself with that no one can turn me from God and all He does for me.

  205. Dianne Bullock says:

    What an awesome message Wendy had this week for us!! The Lord is indeed MY Shepherd. I shall not want.
    Thank you. See you next week.

  206. You know I can’t say that I took pride in being a patient person because I don’t believe I am, however I would quietly sit or “wait” in anguish which can give that appearance of patience!
    The Lord has spoken so eloquently through Wendy and used her to show me that the quiet anguish was a smokescreen for a control issue! Prayer and my intentional relationship to love Him on a deeper level is giving me an amazing peace!
    Praise the Lord for simple intentional victories He gives!

  207. Waiting on the Lord for several years now for one prayer.
    I need not think that God’s way is wrong or should be done different.
    I will continue to wait,
    “Be still” and pray

  208. I struggle with defeat and negativity. Doubt creeps in. THEN the Son shines His light on my path and off we go!
    I usually repeat this pattern several times a day during the waiting season! Praise is my strongest tool. Whether I sit down to the piano and just play and play and play or I sing or I hear a song on the radio. Praise makes it impossible for me to feel defeated.
    Thank you Wendy for opening up a familiar Psalm in a new way for me! HE IS MY SHEPHERD!

    Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

  209. The enemy I struggle the most with is “Quit.” I am by nature a very impatient person. I get very discouraged when I feel I am not succeeding or moving fast enough in any given area of my life. It is common I will quit and move on to worry about something else because I will feel like I have more control in that area. Prayer will definitely help me conquer this enemy. It will help to ask for His guidance. It will also remind me He is the reason I have to keep going; there is something great up ahead if I just keep on keeping on.

    2 Corinthians 10.5-6 helps me in my wait because it reminds me that while God asks me to do things that are outside of the quick and easy way, or even the “normal” way society does things, I will be rewarded greater than any of those who achieve greatness in the way the world does. It also reminds me that I have all of the tools I need to finish this fight!

    Happy Thanksgiving! All thanks for all blessings go to Him!

  210. Lou Ann Smoker says:

    Dig into God’s Word. Just a few confidence builders-
    Phil. 4:13 -I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
    Heb.4:16- Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find
    grace to help us in our time of need.
    Deut. 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God
    goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
    Proverbs 3:26-For the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared
    Proverbs 3:5-6-This week’s verse
    Joshua 1:9-Have I not commanded you ?Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
    Is.41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and
    help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Ps.55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
    Ps. 18:29- With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall.
    Ps.34:19The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;
    Phil. 1:6-beingconfident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the
    day of Christ Jesus.
    I John 5:14-15-This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if He hears us, we know that we have what we asked of Him.

    the Lord your God

  211. I enjoyed this blog. It was something I needed as I am currently in a waiting period in my life and have found myself getting a little impatient. It’s often difficult when you hear of God moving in another’s behalf and it seems so easy and swift. Sometimes praise comes with as a sacrifice. It’s in these moments I find myself bothered by thoughts of defeat and wondering if I should just quit. But quitting is not an option for me and I have made that clear to Satan and his league of demonic forces. I will fight through every negative thought and circumstance and place my faith in the One who formed me and planned my days before I was even a thought. I am confident, and will remain so, that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. He knows what is best for me and I choose to trust Him.

  212. Erin messina says:

    I think that praising God is one of the most important things. I’m not good at it but I sure start feeling better when I do. It seems to change my heart a bit.

  213. That’s the most beautiful nativity set!

  214. Love that set!

  215. OBSERVE:
    The enemies that bring me down remain fear,and anxiety which leads to feeling overwhelmed and DEFEATED. Sometimes I feel defeat before I feel like I want to quit and vice versa. I’ve been thinking a lot about the pasture I’m in right now and it’s one of anxiety and defeat . My car was totalled Friday because someone , on their phone, rear ended me and I lost my car and I’ve been physically hurt. It occurred to me about needing to really get honest with God about my anger, resentment and feeling of not being protected. Then I confessed my sins specifically, not, generally.
    I am using the tool of prayer today and getting in the word and soaking in worship.

    I bet halls tools will be forks, knives and spoons tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving!
    BIBLE
    2Cor.. 10:5-6
    I use my powerful God tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers perfected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity .”
    STRETCH

    Listening to Wendy’s teaching reminds me of the tender and present and intentional heart of God to love me wherever I am. Ps.23…leads me beside the still waters….for my body and mind to be nourished and rested. I believe He is cupping my face in His hands telling me to rest, burrow into the safety of His Word and snuggle close to His heart with an open one to be restored… I so love the way he loves me, in spite of me at times….

  216. Happy Thanksgiving! I bet yalls tools will be knives, forks and spoons today; however, PRAYERS of gratitude and thanksgiving will be on all of our toolsets! Love, love, love y’all!
    I would adore the chance to win the beautiful Nativity Set but if I don’t I really gleaned a lot from today’s teaching….

  217. Leslie Walston Van Houten says:

    Observe — Which of the 3 enemies do you struggle most with in your wait: I Told You So, Quit, or Defeat? “I told you so” I can total related to the lies, “such as “see are you weaknesses and failures, well, because of them you wouldn’t be able to have success in ……; You are incapable and can’t even take care of your self. See God care about ….. because He didn’t answer your prayer to heal and let you mom and Dad both die from cancer. Oh, you are such a bad, very bad girl and don’t deserve to be loved. I have also had times when I did quit for a time.
    And which weapon can you benefit from using more to help you conquer that enemy: God’s Truth, Prayer, or Praise? Both to remind myself continual of God’s truth and promises, as well as to praise Him. Reminding myself that I am loved, I am forgiven, I can do all things through Christ who give me the strength. The enemy has no power over me. I have always loved to worship God. I am a worshipper and have loved praise Him in many different ways, such as flute, sign language, dance, and dancing with flags and scarfs.
    Bible — Read 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (The Message) How does this powerful verse help you in your wait?
    It gives me one way to tap into God’s battle plan and things I can do to be victorious over the lies, taunting of the enemy, negativity, the I can’t do it… it makes me develop strength and maturity when I continually bring every thought that is not of God, demolish the arguments, and lofty thoughts that say I know what’s best. You know, telling God how to do things.
    Stretch — It’s time to build onto Wendy’s “Don’t Rush the Wait, Survival Statement!”
    I’ve read Psalm 23 and how Wendy explains how this Scripture can apply to the times of waiting for me. Also the 3 statements Week 1 – Don’t Fret, but delight; Week 2 – Remember not to rush through the waiting; Week 3 – The Lord is me, Leslie’s Shepard …etc. I will apply, learn and continue to remind myself of ‘God’s Word to overcome the depression, disappointment, fears, and dependency. Apply, Apply, Apply and learn again and again with God’s truth.

  218. Thankful for the reminder that God the Lord is MY Shepherd! He knows ME and loves ME. It’s easy to see and believe it for others, but harder to believe it for myself. Thankful that He makes me lie down. What a good, loving heavenly Father He is!

    My tendency is to quit and instead I am praying that God will allow me to experience His victory in Christ through holding thoughts captive to obedience to the word. I also pray that He will continue to use this ministry so that we can experience His love together!

  219. Quitting is what I struggle with (loved Nickis book)
    The Lord is MY Shepherd.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends and a good weekend to the rest of you may we all be blessed and thankful

  220. Wanting to quit has been my biggest struggle, and the Word of God has been my greatest tool. As I have been reading His Word over the last couple months, I have felt it speaking directly to me in my current situation. Sometimes I will even have Bible stories randomly pop into my mind, stories that I haven’t read or thought about for years. I truly believe that this is God’s way of keeping me on the path He has laid out for me, even if it is a path of waiting.

  221. The Lord is my shepherd for I shall not want.Let us give thanks for all our blessings on this Thanksgiving day. I pray for our country to remain the great leader that it has always been, to provide with grace and dignity to all. Let us pray for all our service members and their families, police officers and their families and all who give of themselves so that we can remain safe and free.

  222. The Lord is my shepherd for I shall not want.Let us give thanks for all our blessings on this Thanksgiving day. I pray for our country to remain the great leader that it has always been, to provide with grace and dignity to all. Let us pray for all our service members and their families, police officers and their families and all who give of themselves so that we can remain safe and free.
    I struggle with I told you so, I knew that was not going to help, you can keep praying it won’t work. I believe God’s word is the truth. That if what I am doing is not working then it must not be his plan or his timing.

  223. Happy Thanksgiving, your words that you share stir my soul each time I am able to sit down and study. The wait does seem hard and at times I don’t understand, but through God’s word I find a sense of peace and encouragement to continue. Thank you for sharing your gifts from God with all of us.

  224. O — I struggle with Defeat most, and today I’m using Praise to defeat it!
    B — Taking every thought captive. Asking myself, do my thoughts reveal that I am waiting in a God-pleasing way, or otherwise?
    S — I am praising God for leading me through past valleys of depression, despair, emotional abuse, and loneliness. On this Thanksgiving day I will reflect on how MY good Shepherd has guided me through the past and will lead me through the future.

  225. This study has been such a blessing to me! My wait has been 11 years. There is hope that it will soon be over, but the answer isn’t in sight yet. This will sound strange, but it’s good to know that I am not unique in my wait. I am not being singled out. God has blessed me in so many ways that I shouldn’t whine. He is preparing me to be refined silver! May I shine to give Him the glory!

  226. Angela Rogers says:

    Defeat. That one gets me. I recently went to the emergency room thinking I had some type of stomach virus. I was told I had a large mass in my stomach that may be cancer. That was Wednesday. They admitted me to the hospital but didn’t do a biopsy until Friday. I then didn’t get the biopsy results until Wednesday. They said it was cancer but wouldn’t know more until they got a detailed biopsy report. I didn’t get that until the following Monday. That report showed it could be one of two types of soft tissue cancer. One has a very poor prognosis but the other has a very good prognosis. I was supposed to go see an oncologist at the University of Miami (they said it’s rare and I need a specialist) the following day but then they called and changed my apt to the following Tuesday. This waiting has been tough. I’ve been scared. I’ve pictured being dead within a month. I’ve been brave. I’ve been determined. I’ve been all over the place. I actually snuggle my bible like a teddy bear to comfort me. Sometimes I feel like I just can’t do this. Then I remember I have his strength to rely on, not mine. I guess what I’m saying is that this wait has been full of ups and downs. It’s been messy. I’m not doing everything right. But this bible study is helping me to deal with it the right way. Thank you.

    • Praying for you, Angela. The picture I see of you as you snuggle with your Bible for comfort reminds me of the time when Jesus is gathering all the children into His lap. Rest in His love for you and may you continually be drawing on His strength and comfort in your wait. Hugs !!

  227. I struggle with defeat. I feel a pull in my heart but my husband doesn’t feel the same way. It feels like defeat. I use prayer and God’s word while I wait. Wait for an answer, or a change in his heart…not sure what I’m waiting for so prayer it is!

  228. I struggle most with I told you so. It reminds me of Satan tempting Eve in the garden. He asked, Has God indeed said……When doubt starts to creep its way in I will take my thoughts captive, seek God, remember Gods sovereignty, praise Him because He is worthy and I am blessed and do what I know to do in the moment. Glory be to Him!

  229. Michelle Weibel says:

    I am so thankful for this bible study. I spent yesterday in a car travelling to visit family. And I get to see my daughter, who I hadn’t seen since 4th of July weekend!

  230. Michelle Duncan says:

    I struggle the most with both I Told You So and Quit. I need to use all three weapons to conquer them, but praying and praising is easy. I believe I need to use more of speaking and reading the truth, since the majority of my battles begin in the mind. I need to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.
    I love how Wendy empathizes with the feelings I struggle with as I wait, and instead of criticizing, making me feel it’s okay to acknowledge them and then give us tools to help conquer them. She mentioned how we get frustrated when we see others getting blessed before us, especially if they’re not doing the right things. And it was reassuring to hear her say that God will raise us up once we get to the other side of the valley. I don’t know what God has up His sleeve on how He will do that as it pertains to getting to the other side of my valley of singlesness, but I’m curious, anxious. expectant and excited to see just how He will do that. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    • Thirza (pronounced tier-sa) says:

      I find myself highlighting sentences in the book where Wendy recites, in black and white, exactly how I feel about my wait. There is something comforting in knowing that I am not alone. This OBS has truly opened my eyes to the fact that I am not alone. Yes, I have God and His love and His mercy but I also have this community of women who, in one way or another, feel exactly how I do. And as the saying goes, there is strength in numbers. 🙂

  231. November 23rd is my birthday! Hope I win this nativity?xo

  232. Christy Nelsen says:

    Observe- I struggle with quit & defeat. God’s truth is definitely a tool I can use. It reminds me that God is faithful and gives us just the right scripture we need at any moment.
    Bible- This has become one of my go to verses. Anytime my mindustry starts to spin I recite it until I find peace.
    Stretch –

  233. Waiting is hard when it’s something we want. I am so grateful to have my group in this study. Just to have reminders that each day is a gift and with each day there is something special that can make the wait easier.

  234. Patricia L. Crawford says:

    …He leadth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul…
    A life long dream of ours (my husband of 47 years and myself) are making plans to downsize to lakefront property and have a log cabin built there…
    …the wait is almost over…PTL!

  235. Every day is a day of THANKSGIVING.
    I’m a little behind in my reading but no need to fret. I’m learning in the study that I don’t need to be fake or do things the worlds way.
    I was remembering another book about David’s life written by Max Lucado “Facing Your Giants “.
    When David keeps his eyes on God his Goliaths fall he realized that his trust rested in the Lord’s strength. Besides being a successful warrior David messes up and knows how to repent,seek God and His forgiveness in order to move forward in his life.
    On a sidebar I keep receiving butterflies on cards, a bookmark, my journal. In order for a butterfly to take flight it has to be transformed in the cocoon. My daughter’s youth choir used to sing “once I was a caterpillar, now I’m a butterfly. I been transformed, I’ve been re-born and Jesus is the reason why!!!
    Being part of this bible study is having transforming power because of God’s word, Jesus’ love through our community of readers and the power of the Holy Spirit.

  236. Susan Owens says:

    Awesome! I bought the ‘wait’ book for all my girls in my family. Very impressed with the whole process. I should get this set because with Jesus it is MY birthday! 🙂

  237. Thirza (pronounced tier-sa) says:

    Observe:
    I struggle with I Told You So. I find myself looking into the face of situations that cause me to question why I started on the path that I am currently on. The weapon I use the most of the three are prayer.

    Bible:
    It reminds me that when I cast down all that I think could happen that all of the positive thoughts and result of my wait will be lifted higher for me to see. It reminds me when my result of my wait come to fruition, it will serve as revenge to the things that I feared.

  238. This study was placed in my life at the perfect timing. I’m so glad I have a Heavenly Father that knows me so well. Big changes for me this week. Tuesday, I find out the my struggling son and family are moving away. Thursday, I find out that my daughter will be blessing us with a baby in the summer. My husband and I were making plans to make a geographical move to our retirement dream destination within the next year. we were asking ourselves “why wait?” Well, I think God is telling me to wait. So-here we are.

  239. I struggle with quit and defeat lately. Thoughts of “you arent doing it right”, “you arent in the right church”, “your prayers are going unanswered”, you arent really a Christian or saved” all from the evil one.
    I can use Gods truth and praise to combat the enemies lies and take captive these intrusive thoughts. Anyone else understand these attacks?

  240. O: I struggle with quit most. I start something and after a time just quit. I just get worn out and give up. I have been working on reading the Bible everyday. I used to pick it up once a month or on Aundays only. Learning God’a Word is helping me to fight harder.
    B: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  241. The 23rd Psalm is one of my favorites. Often I feel alone, abandoned….after all that’s what my parents and husband did….abandoned me. This Psalm reminds me that even when I FEEL abandoned, I’m not. My Shepherd is always reminding me that He is providing what I need, checking to see what I need (not want). His eye is always on me. I continually need that reminder.

  242. O: I think at one time or another I’ve struggled with all three, but the one I’m struggling with during my current “wait” is “I told you so.” I am currently in the valley of uncertainty and fear, also known as “unemployment” due to a recent reduction in force. I was hesitant to take that job in the first place (choosing between two offers and ultimately chose that one). Less than two years later–poof! Goodbye. I know I made the best decision for me at the time, but wow, the enemy has used every avenue available to attack me with “I told you so” — even with my job search.

    B: As 2 Corinthians says: I am making a conscious efforts to make this particular thought obedient to Christ because I believe it’s negativity is so powerful it feeds into anxiety, worry, and fear in all other aspects of life.

    S: I am so thankful to God for a loving and supportive family, for amazing friends, and a calm-spirited partner who always inspires to to keep moving forward.

  243. O: I struggle with the enemy of Quit. Prayer is the weapon I can use to lean on God’s power and strength to see things to completion.

    B: 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 helps me in my wait by knowing to make every thought obedient to Christ and let it be Christ’S power to overcome the work of the enemy. It is through His power that I can succeed and not quit or give up.

    S: Video on Psalm 23… God is my Shepard and I shall not want. I so grateful to a Father who will walk with me through life’s valley seasons and He will provide, protect, and refresh my soul.

  244. Theresa Mason says:

    O: Defeat is where I struggle the most. God’s Truth can benefit me more using it to conquer the enemy.
    B: The verse encourages me to remember that I have free will and can use it against the negative thoughts, just as easily.

  245. Rebekah Thomas says:

    My health was recently slain, but God has breathed life back into me. Now (as a result of my illness) my career/future is slain. I’m at a crossroads & depressed from the stress. I love Psalms 23 & will be holding onto it while I move forward while waiting on God to breathe life back into this area of my life as well. Thank you for your ministry.

  246. This has been perfect for me. I am patient with most things, but when it comes to relationships, I get insecure, impatient, and pushy. It drives them away. I am slowly learning that I need to Let Go and Let God; that everything will come in His timing and not mine. That HE is the one in control and not me. Thank God for this group and the blessings and knowledge it brings into my life.

  247. Defeat and I told you so are my nemesis… when I am praising and thanking God it helps me focus on the good and not the bad!!

  248. I battle with “I told you so”. The evil one tells me that I don’t deserve any better than I had the last time because of my sin. I’ve used up my last chance at happiness. I can benefit from the weapons of Truth and Prayer.
    We can use the tools of our trade, God’s work, to beat down the lies of the evil one.

  249. The Lord is My Shepard is my favorite Psalm. I’ve often read it to remember how my Shepard watches over me and guides me. I pray this over my children in their valleys as well. Thank you for the lesson with this Psalm, its son uplifting.

  250. My tool belt is full of promises of God that my Grandmother and Mother would pour over me every time something would cause me to question or doubt. They have both been gone almost 15 years (lost both within a month when I was 35), but I remember the verses: “When I am afraid, I will trust in God”, “He will restore my soul”. “He is working ALL THINGS together for my good”, etc. etc. We recently lost our house to fire and this Christmas is hard. I don’t want to decorate and haven’t been able to get in the mood, at all, but this nativity set is beautiful and made me realize it isn’t about a “home”–Jesus didn’t have a “home” to be born in, he had LOVE and that was ALL that was needed to make the night DIVINE.

  251. I battle the most with I told you so. It seems like whenever I get my hopes up, things fall through. I am beginning to realize that the plans I had were mine not God’s. I use the tool of prayer. I commit what I would like to happen but I acknowledge that the best thing is what God has planned and tell Him that I know that and if I get upset, that He would help me accept it.

  252. This book has been a huge blessing to me thus far. I sincerely look forward to winding down in the evenings, propping myself up in bed, getting out my book, bible and a notepad and just emerging myself. This has been a difficult waiting season for me, but I know God’s timing is perfect and never late. It’s wonderful to be able to connect with ladies from all over the world, and read everyone’s stories. I would love the coloring journal! I looked at one of these the other day at Target.

    God Bless everyone!

    Lindsay

  253. Thank you so much for sharing your insight & wisdom.

  254. This book is helping me to see the purpose of my wait and how I need to continue to work on my relationship with God.

  255. This is my first time and I plan to join the study. Psalm 23 healed me from my past and continue to speak to me in all circumstances. Thank you for your ministry.

  256. Sabrina Medina says:

    I struggle with defeat. I tend to get depressed easily. I am needing to learn how to praise God more.

  257. Observe — I would say that I used to struggle with a little of each of these. The past few months, God has developed the weapons of truth, prayer & praise in me to help me combat these enemies I no longer believe. It doesn’t mean I don’t still doubt sometimes but God pulls me right back when I do.

    Bible — By being obedient and studying God’s word, we arm ourselves with truth that can be used to combat our enemies of I told you so, quit & defeat at a moments notice.

  258. I struggle most with Defeat. I can benefit most from using God’s Truth more to help me conquer Defeat.

    2 Corinthians 10:5-6 helps me in my wait by reminding me that I need to be obedient to Chris and His ways. It reminds me that I cannot do it alone or else I stray from the Good Shepherd and will need to be reeled back in.

  259. I definitely struggle most with defeat. Instead of focusing on God’s truth I focus more on the defeat. And then I get even more upset b/c I’ve allowed myself to focus more on defeat than God’s truth. 2nd Corinthians 10:5-6 helps me to know that when I allow defeat to enter my mind, that’s not being obedient to God’s truth.

  260. Wendy,
    You just made Psalm 23 come alive to me. The lord is MY shepherd!!! He restores my soul in the waiting. I needed to hear that today. Thank you.

  261. Ellen Anderson says:

    Observe — I suffer from defeat. I feel like I’m failing in what I do from day to day. I would benefit most from God’s truth. I struggle with negative self-talk and many times I know that it is Satan running me down and not the truth.
    Bible — How does this powerful verse help you in your wait? The verse helps me to remember that God does not direct negative self-talk. It also reminds me that I need to rely on God and not myself.

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