Steering Towards Truth

“She's Still There” Study Leader, Brenda Earley | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBS

Hey sweet P31 OBSers! Brenda Earley here and it’s Fri-YAY! This first week has been so worth it, don’t ya think?

We’ve learned so many truths, such as:

  • We are God’s masterpiece.
  • We are okay.
  • We need to choose to fight for the girl within.

But the truths don’t stop there! Here’s another one I love from this week’s reading:

“Drifts happen when we unintentionally move away from who we believe we can be, what we believe we can accomplish, or where we hope our lives will take us.”  – She’s Still There, Chrystal Evans Hurst

Drifts — they creep in. Unexpectedly. Unintentionally. And I struggle with them! Distractions cause me to drift from my focus and purpose and lose the girl within. But James 3:4 is helping me with this, so I thought I’d share it with you in case you struggle with drifts too. It tells us,

“And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.” (NLT)

Let me explain. The person at the helm of a ship can turn the vessel in a given direction simply by maneuvering the rudders. Even the slightest change causes a course correction. And guess what, friends? We too can choose to shift the course of our “life boat”!

Maybe you’re asking, “Brenda, how do I do that?” Well, by choosing to use the truths we’re learning in #ShesStillThere and God’s Word as our rudders!

As we journey through these next 5 weeks and beyond, let’s start navigating in God’s direction for that girl within us. Let’s steer in the direction of His truths to rescue that girl because, yes, she’s still there.

Let’s Chat:

What truth(s) stood out to you this week that you can use to turn your “life boat” towards the girl God placed in you?

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  1. Shelly Young says:

    I am learning we are all a work in progress!

  2. Following our Lord is the key to becoming the masterpiece He has in mind for us.

  3. Jasmine Xie says:

    That the slightest distraction can shift us far away from God’s direction for us, hence it’s important to stay vigilantly in God’s words at all time 🙂

    • J Jefferson says:

      There’s always time to turn around before drifting too far into no man’s land, where we make mistakes that can have the direst of consequences for us and our loved ones. It is imperative that we stay grounded in the Truth and stay in tune with the Holy Spirit to avoid these pitfalls.

  4. I think what is speaking to me and I am trying to own is that I am God’s masterpiece. I am not a mistake and I am someone because of God.

  5. Otilia Caraveo says:

    To give myself permission to find myself again, the real me God made and not to drift away but stay on course with God’s word and just LIVE!

  6. What a challenging and thought provoking chat topic.
    The truth I’ve begun to really cling to making me adjust my rudder toward to set sail to that which is in my best interest is…”Im God’s “masterpiece ” and I’m “worthy”.
    I’m worthy and that allows for the extra measure of focus and encouragement. In order to steer myself with thoughtful and mindful direction to draw a plan created to
    steer and guide me to finding ” her” because “she’s still there” and waiting..

  7. Jane Adjekum says:

    Can i be the one please?! 😊 Felt so blessed tjis past week! My birthday was on Wednesday and i was going along with the teachings. I asked God for a word this morning to help me navigate this negative feelings of being unworthy when i am around a certain friend and i literally got a part of my answer just now in the blog! Thank you Lord for using Brenda Earley to speak to me that i have the choice to either entertain these emotions or push them out and live fulfilled! I am blessed! Thank you P31!!!

    • Brenda Earley, P31 OBS O-team says:

      Oh Jane! This encourages me so! Thank you. I’m so thankful God speaks to us and provides answers in time. I’ll be praying for you as you continue to seek Him for your worthiness. I would love to hear back from you regarding your friend.

  8. The truth that stood out for me is that I AM HIS MASTERPIECE. No matter how I feel, the Word of God says I am His masterpiece and I am a work in progress.

  9. I completely agree with how one small change can make a drastic course direction. We all have heard that change takes time and over time, change will be great. If you think about two straight lines that are exactly parallel to one another, as you follow those lines, they stay parallel to one another. Now imagine those same two straight lines but one is angled just 1 degree outwards. So small that it’s barely visible. But follow those two lines and you’ll see that over time, they will drift greater and greater apart. The one line has changed course because of that teeny tiny 1 degree change. I use this same synopsis when talking about marriage and relationships. It’s important that we travel in the same direction, parallel to one another, or else over time, we shall drift apart. On the other hand, you can drift even closer if you shift towards the other. This all falls truthful in regards to your relationship with The Lord. Start small, pray a simple prayer every morning, write it on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself, eventually as time goes on, that every morning prayer will become more lengthy, more powerful in the words you’ve chosen, and a now deep ingrained part of your daily routine. Change is constantly occurring. Put our trust in The Lord and speak openly to Him always and He shall continue to lead us.

    • I also must mention that I’m so thankful to you all for including transcripts for the above video! Is this a common occurrence within these bible studies? Thank you so much!

    • Thank you so very much Chrystal and P31 sisters!!!! This study and discussion sessions are amazing!!! Stacia – thank you so much for the analogy of parrallel lines – that is the lightbulb moment for me this week. Praise God for what He is doing through this ministry!!!!

  10. So many nuggets of truth this week! One of my favorites – “…every day you can choose beliefs, attitudes, and actions that honor the best of who you are and who you can become.”

  11. The truth that stood out to me this week is the truth that I am a “masterpiece” in progress and that God loves me, downfalls and all. I will use the belief that I am a masterpiece in the Lord’s eyes as a reminder throughout my day to day life to help keep me on track and in the right lane in my life. Daily reminders is sometimes all it takes for me.

  12. Jane Adjekum says:

    Oh God! I am ready and willing to fight for my life!

  13. Distractions throw me off course, mistakes happens, time flies, and I end up where I don’t want to be. The enemy lies and tells me I’ve reached my limit; too old to make a difference. But God… He still loves me, His masterpiece, and helps me to keep going, and try again. He never gives up on me.

  14. Masterpiece, sounds fancy, lovely, someone perfect… So to say I am a Masterpiece
    Sounded crazy… I have learned…
    God loves me… just as I am, and is waiting for me to follow Him.
    He will guide I declare to be obedient and have Faith.

  15. Alicia Harris says:

    This week has been such a blessing to my life. So inspirational and meaningful. It’s wonderful how many women are or have gone through what I am going through. If this book has already impacted my life in so many ways, I wonder what this series, who does God say I am, would do to help! Good luck to the winner 🙂

  16. Thank you for being there; been hard here with FL hurricane impacted and by us upper North FL
    and asking for prayer support for this hurricane to dissipate and life;s to be spared and no damages!
    Thank you from us here in Daytona Beach FL…we staying, could not leave.
    God bless you ~

  17. Karen Thompson says:

    Be brave enough to believe you were made for more.

    This really hit home for me this week because so many times I did not believe. God is working on that in me through this study.

    • Brenda Earley, P31 OBS O-team says:

      Karen: that “truth” spoke volumes to me too! Such promise in the truth: made for more! So glad you’re here with us as we rescue the girl within us! Happy navigating! <3

  18. Less worrying, more worshipping!

  19. It’s such a relief to not have to have it all worked out. I can be messy and still be a masterpiece. God loves me for who I am now and who He’s transforming me into!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Thank you Jackie for these encouraging words. It is so important to remember just how much God loves each and everyone one of us, His masterpieces. Blessings.

  20. “While you can’t control everything in your life, you can do at least one thing: EVERY DAY YOU GET TO CHOOSE TO HONOR YOU.”

    These past 4 or 5 months I haven’t exactly honored myself. I’ve made choices I knew I shouldn’t make. I lowered my standards and allowed things to happen that shouldn’t have happened. A drift in my life that is coming to an end. I AM going to honor myself. I AM going to redirect my “life boat” in the right direction. I AM going to get back to that girl that I know is there!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Amen Courtney! You can do this! When we are able to identify our drift, then we can begin to move forward with God’s help. We are all pulling for you as you move forward in God’s truth. 🙂

  21. Holly Thompson says:

    It stood out to me that we need to choose to fight for the girl within. Other things don’t matter. Just following God and fighting for ourselves to be stronger is what is important. Let’s follow God together and hold on to spiritual morals that will build a better girl within in the long run.

  22. JOYCE MUTHONI says:

    I LEARNT THAT IF MY INNER GIRL IS STRONG AND CONFIDENT, I CAN OVERCOME ALL MOUNTAINS.

  23. Robin Puchala says:

    Hi! I’d love to win! This is core to what I struggle with…feeling worthy, feeling good enough. God’s healing processes started when I got saved…& continues, but having His word spoken over me is a very powerful healing elixir! I am His child, His girl…& much more…His Masterpiece? So if the mean moments, sparse moments of my life come…I have a weapon…better than those Queen Esther’s people used. People used to chant in Protests…”I AM…Somebody!” but this is so much more than that…I am…His work of art, His Masterpiece! Glory! I am rejoicing!

  24. Jamie Carson says:

    Knowing that I am a masterpiece of God and I can also accept that I am a work in progress. I tend to beat myself down over my past and it does affect my daily life. Reading the first 5 chapters and the Bible verses help me to realize I need to accept it as part of the work on progress and move forward. I can hopefully help or encourage other people that are struggling with similar situations. I can make my future bright and embrace that God did not make a mistake in creating me.

  25. Edalia Vega says:

    My story can be told as true full as long as I’m honest with myself and honest to others. I’m God’s Materpiece and he has a plan for me. Amen 🙏

  26. Sarah Biggs says:

    First of all, I thank God so much for this study and this book because it’s targeting something I am struggling with right now. I just love how God works like that! Anyway, the truth that spoke to me the most was that where I am today is not where I have to be forever. Right now, my struggles feel like they will never end, but it encourages me to know that this season will come to an end, just like all the other difficult seasons I thought would never end. But by the grace of God, they did.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Hi Sarah,
      We are so happy to here that this study is blessing you where you need it most. Hold on to the knowledge that this difficult season will pass. No matter where we are in life, God is always there with us. Thank you for sharing today!

    • Hi Sarah-
      I love what you said about where you are today is not where you have to be forever. I often feel like I will be trapped in my circumstances forever. I’ve lived with chronic pain for 25 years and the last few years have been so difficult as I’ve had to face other challenges and have suffered many losses. I like how you said you were encouraged to know this season would come to an end just like all the other difficult seasons, through the grace of God. Thank you for your thoughts – they are encouraging to me and I will hang onto them as a reminder that God is good and full of grace. Thank you, my sister in Christ. May God bless you.
      Terri

  27. Riëtte Jansen says:

    I have been loving this first week of bible study so far. I’ve been getting confirmation through Christal’s book that I am starting on the right path again. A great truth for me this week is what she said about owning up to your own story. I feel more comfortable with hiding from myself sometimes, so this is a good challenge for me. I love the bible verses at the end of each chapter which are being used by God for encouragement.

  28. Knowing that “I am okay.” I have struggled so hard with remembering that no matter what I go through, I am okay. It will be okay. This is going on a Post-It on my monitor both at work and at home.

  29. I’ve been elated with this study, especially as our family settles back into the routines of school and work. I have a highly emotionally intense job counseling and supporting young people. Today’s comments about drifting reminds me that sometimes I drift towards trying to be “Holy Ghost junior” wanting to solve everyone’s problems. But, the recurring nudge I’ve received from the Holy Spirit all week. I cannot save the world, and I am not in control! Only God can and he does his job so well!!!! Trust God. Intercede. Release these youth and situations to Him. Some days I have literally had to whisper, “God I can not carry this burden, I release it to you”! Thanks for this reminder and helping me dig deeper into new levels of trusting God.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Hi Charla,
      Your words today are such a blessing to all of us. Sometimes we can’t do it all, give it to the Lord! Your devotion and care of these young people is wonderful. May God continue to give you strength and wisdom as you handle these emotional situations. Blessings.

  30. Lee Anne Augsburger says:

    In the past few years God has showed me so much. He lifted me out of a deep dark pit and raised me up to see things in a whole new light. Through this he spoke to me and told me that I am his masterpiece and my imperfections are his greatest work. I still struggle and feel like I’m running in place sometimes but I know to run to him and he will set me straight and fill me up. My hope and joy comes from him!

  31. I just recently had a moment of “who am I and where did the real Sharon go?”and God brought me this study. I feel like the real me has been watered down slowly by earthly influences including some of my immediate family. One person in particular that I had hoped to influence toward a love of God and his word has actually influenced me to drift farther away. Thank you for this study and the chance to take the rudder back.

  32. The truth that I am loving this week is: “The antidote for distraction is focus-the choice to pay attention and live aware.” (p.62)

    I am so very guilty of living in a “not aware” state, driven by my to-do list and mom/wife duties. Living aware means slowing down and really taking a close look at HOW I am living.

    Great reminder!!!

  33. C Leftwich says:

    Love this study!! It’s a great reminder that the season we may be in is just that, one season in our story and doesn’t define who you are. We all have our moments and drift. My current season is a tough one and things are going to be changing but with God’s grace and glory along with a little course correction I will be ok! 🙂

    • Yes! ‘One season’ is all this is and we just have to keep pushing through – with the Lord’s help! Thanks for that reminder!

  34. I am God’s masterpiece. He has me here for a reason. I need to just be still and go to Him in prayer and trust that He truly has my back in ALL things.

  35. Suzan Bunn says:

    You are so right! It does not take anymore than a small rudder, distraction to take us away from our Godly focus. With Irma bearing down on Florida – I am in Orlando – I became so engulfed – forgetting at this frightening times – God is in control of the storm and my life. Prayers!

  36. Traci Lacayo says:

    This year has been a journey. Through everything I think (I hope) I have finally at 40 years old (yikes) am finding my identity. This book is just reinforcing it..

  37. Elise Oliver says:

    That I am His masterpiece and he still has a purpose for me!!

  38. I think it’s amazing how quickly your life can “drift” or change directions whether you think it’s a positive change or not…but you are the only one in control of the “rudder” and can make changes that cause positive things to happen in your life for yourself and your family.

  39. Angel Peace says:

    The More and more I read shes Still There I feel myself coming back alive and I’m.thankful that God said it was time for me to come to and face what I thought I had forgotten so that I could move on for HIS GLORY!!! NOT ONLY IS.SHE STILL HERE GOD IS HERE WITH ME TO WALK ME THROUGH!!! THANK.YOU JESUS!!! AMEN

  40. Oh man! Hearing the truth that my life will not always look like this has really been a breath of hope into a dark place right now. Just was able to look myself in the mirror and tell myself that I am ok, and I actually believed it. What a gift and what a blessing!! Although I have no idea where I’m going or what I’m doing…. I will be ok.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Yes Amanda, you will be ok! God is with you and it brings such peace knowing that. We are so happy to have you apart of this Bible study and to hear how it is helping and blessing you.

  41. Glenda Cecil says:

    It’s fascinating to me that I can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time! I don’t have to have to have it all figured out in order for God to consider me His work of art.

    Secondly, I am very challenged by owning my story. I have felt convicted to be honest about some things that have caused me to drift, but haven’t entirely. I feel a new courage rising up within me to be able to be honest about those things! Where the enemy has tried to instill fear and shame, God is replacing that with His strength and courage!

    Thank you Jesus!! ❤️

  42. The idea of drift speaks to me. I’m looking forward to getting back on course as the Lord helps me adjust my focus.

  43. Mary Selby y says:

    God is always there…with His eye on me…no matter what comes up. I’m that important to God. Wow!

  44. Beth Marie says:

    I’ve learned I’m a messy masterpiece, and I do struggle with drifts, daily. I need to aim my rudder, and hold that boat straight toward my God and this journey. Thank you

  45. Joelle Foong says:

    Where we are is not where we’ll stay. Our hope is in God. We can choose to find our direction again with His help. His direction.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Amen Joelle! God has great plans for us and even though we may be in a season of our life we are not happy in it gives us hope knowing we don’t have to stay here and God has better. Hope you have a blessed weekend.

  46. I can control my beliefs, attitudes and actions. My beliefs affect my attitude and my attitude steers my actions.

  47. Linda Jones says:

    I’ve learned tat Gods not done with this piece of work!! There’s still a lot of work to be done. So if He can accept me the way I am , then I should honor him and do the same!! Thanks for a great first week.

  48. Tiffany Wynn says:

    I need a constant reminder that I am a masterpiece because most days I feel like a mess. This study has come at such a perfect time in my messy busy life!

  49. A small drift left unattended, over time, will make a huge impact on your final destination.
    Every time we decide to stray a little, choose to do things our way instead of Gods way, we drift a little further away from Him and from where we need to be. It’s so easy to drift when we focus our eyes on a earthly prize instead of on Jesus.

  50. Tyra Griffith says:

    They are all good truth’s to stand on. But the one to choose to fight for the girl inside is what stuck out to me the most. I have had one trial after another and so tired and ready to quit fighting…today I will choose to keep fighting because I belong to Christ and I am his master piece!

  51. The girl within me is being awakened! 😊

  52. Oh distractions… so many… seem so small… but can change the course. surrendering to God daily, hourly to take my thoughts and make them His, to take MY desires and make them His, to take MY will and make them His.

  53. Tracy Atkinson says:

    I have been praying for God”d guidance and I am learning to actially listen for His stiill small voice! He will show me who I am through Christ!

  54. I keep repeating this throughout the day, “I am OK!” I am his masterpiece and he doesn’t take his eyes off of me. Thanks for a wonderful first week!

  55. Kathy Ecklebe says:

    It’s funny how you know something and then one day it really hits you. When Chrystal talks about God designing only me to be me it really hit home. No one can do me like me. I was made uniquely by the Master Designer!!

  56. Good morning my Sisters in Christ,
    I love this study. I think Chrystal & I must be related! We have similar stories!
    I am both blessed & blown away that from my humble beginning, through disastrous drifts, messy middles, sinful standstills my Lord never turned away nor forsake me.
    He is our Strongtower! Our Fortress! Our Redeemer!
    In the mad moments of this day…I can say I am His Masterpiece!!
    Have a fantabulous day!!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Amen Paige! You are His Masterpiece. We are so happy to see how this study is blessing and helping you and excited that you are joining us. have a blessed weekend!

  57. I’m learning that I can change my mind, my thoughts and therefore change the course of my “life boat” I’m learning to embrace my masterpiece..and my messes, because they help me find her within me. I’m learning who she is, who I am and how to get where God wants her in me to be. My word today is renew. Renee my thoughts renew my mind renew my my spirit…consciously every day. Several times a day.

  58. I am stuck. And I don’t know how to participate in the fight. I have been married 21 years and we have three kids. Through the years he has gotten more and more emotionally abusive to me. He says he wants a divorce but has done nothing to move in that direction. I think he’s expecting me to just move out, which I won’t do. My choices seem to be to just keep plugging along dealing with the way he treats me or to confront him and find out what he thinks is going to happen. I want our marriage to be healed. I feel like I should probably be asking him the hard questions but I’m so afraid of what he’s going to say. I’m desperately trying to hold my family together but maybe that’s not what is best and maybe it’s not God’s plan. I’m so confused and hurt and scared.

    • Hi Diana,
      I was in a long term abusive relationship with a man who threatened to kill both me & my family. He was mostly verbally abusive. He lied & cheated.
      I was a very private person and never told anyone my troubles for a long time. I let him kill my hope!!
      When I finally confided in a friend my healing began. Finally I was able to leave with my clothes, some dishes, my cat, my car, my life & my hope!!! If he was going to find me & kill me so be it…I would go home to Jesus sooner than I planned!

      The first step may be seek council from your church. You are not alone!

      Sending you hugs & prayers!!

    • Praying for you, Diana. Please seek help!

    • Brenda Earley, P31 O-Team says:

      I so understand what you are feeling, my friend. You.are.not.alone.
      During this time in my life, I had to hang on to the truths I found in God’s Word. Remaining in the Word allowed me to be able to closely hear His voice. As you cling to His Word, He will provide the answers.

      I am praying for you and will continue to lift you up in prayer. God is ready with open arms to love on you, to provide safety, to protect you from all harm, and to help you!

  59. Angela Visnosky says:

    I am loving this study so far. It is really reminding to quit being so hard on myself.

  60. I am happy and hopeful to know that I am a masterpiece. While I may drift my course can changed by listening to God and changing my direction. No longer do I have to drift but I can follow God’s plan.

  61. Hello, #P31OBS community! Although I don’t have a lot of time and I’ve gotten far behind, I want to share some truths I’m holding onto so far.
    I have to own my story in order for God to fix my story.
    It’s not the where I am that matters, it’s the who I am and where I am today is not where I have to be forever.
    Being God’s Masterpiece doesn’t mean we are a perfect work of art. We have and will make a mess of our life but in the hands of the Master a Messy Masterpiece becomes Anew, an outstanding work with good left to do.
    I am Worthy! God’s Masterpiece, He made me entirely and validates me completely.

  62. My biggest take away- you can still be a masterpiece while also being a work in process!!!!!

  63. There are so many truths i have come across this week from reading. I struggle with many things..codependency is a huge one of mine and im always trying to help people..ones that have hurt me so i continuously get hurt. My current relationship is a strong positive one but i tend to turn my rudder towards things that cause rifts in our relationship. Distractions are huge and i know when i feel like doing something that would not be positive in my relationship i can almost feel satan tapping me on the shoulder.

    Im more aware of the temptations and instead of proceeding with it i have been praying. I love that i am a masterpiece in the works because i am not perfect.

    This book is truly amazing and i am already to chapter 8. It will be a book i reread again and again.

  64. Angelia Morris says:

    I’m confused. I think I have missed something. Where do I find the study guide? And what chapter are we in in She’s Still There?

    • The study guide can be found in the P31 bookstore and also where all books are sold, Amazon, Barnes and noble etc. If I’m not mistaken, I think we’re reading Part 1 this week. This can be found in the study companion which accompanies this study.

  65. My biggest takeaway from this week is that my struggles are only temporary. That I although I am here currently, I won’t be here forever. Gave me such hope that I can be joyful again.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Yes karen! It brings us so much hope and peace knowing we won’t be here forever and God is with us and has better for us. We are so glad you are joining us in this Bible study and how it is blessing you.

  66. Michelle Duncan says:

    My biggest takeaway is when Chrystal said I am allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. That gave me life! For years I’ve been told what and how to be content in my current season and keep my mind focused, but it’s been a struggle trying to maintain consistency. I felt that when I reach that level I want to be, then God will reward me. I’m so happy to know that even in my inconsistency, He still regards me as the priceless, confident woman He created me to be. That allows me to be free from judging myself on my works, and gives me that push to succeed in my quest to be that girl I’ve been searching for.

  67. Martha Garrett says:

    I am a child of God! Truth!

  68. Our “girl” is still worth fighting for, and only you have the power to do it….so make that choice, grab the helm and correct your course!

  69. I’m glad I came across this study to help me.

  70. Maria Benson says:

    I am learning that I am God’s masterpiece, and I am praying for courage to do whatever is necessary to get unstuck and to be what God intends for me.

  71. That I can be a masterpiece and messy at the same time. So often I don’t feel like a masterpiece when I am in the middle of messy. But that messiness doesn’t take away the fact that I am still His work of art! Messy is ok! I am ok, but also that I have to fight through that messiness. The drifts are a daily struggle, but I can choose to fight and change my direction daily with God’s help! Thank you for this study!

  72. I loved how it was said we are God’s masterpiece but still can be a mess. I feel like life is a mess but that doesn’t mean God isn’t in the center of teaching me something.

  73. Knowing that God has already equipped me. Everything I need to run my race is there! Faith must be active and I must be willing to do whatever it takes to be who He created me to be….wrestle, run towards, grab and continue to strive. The choice is mine because He chose me first!

  74. I am going to be ok. God’s not done with me yet!

    This is by far one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!

  75. Gail Harless says:

    I get oh so stuck on perfection. Trying to be perfect, and even more than that punishing myself when I wasn’t, has led to lots of drift throughout my life. Just in the first week, Chrystal has given me new perspective and new tools in my toolkit!

  76. I’m seeing the girl within me, the one that’s been struggling since before her first divorce. This has taken years, and yes I have drifted in different directions without her many times. I’ve been a lost ship, praying to Jesus & God to help guide me back. I really have tried to make everything perfect for those around me that I love, because of my bad drifts. Unfortunately this has caused me to forget about me & who I am, but I know I’m God’s masterpiece and I just need a good buffing to shine a little btighter.

  77. Karen Moss says:

    I’m loving the book and blogs!

  78. Cara Barker says:

    I’m fighting to find the girl within me, to find my identity after having kids and living in the shadow of my husband’s military career. It’s hard. I love this book so far.

  79. Billie Singleton says:

    I am figuring out my purpose in life. I got lost for 11 years and was in a dark place. My father has passed in January of this year and really opened my eyes, just how fast life goes by. I miss him everyday!
    I want to make him proud and not disappoint him.
    This study is teaching me that I can steer my boat in a better direction and be the the “masterpiece” God has created!
    Thank you for this day and everyday! Amen

  80. Carol Hunt says:

    To own my story, I’ve never looked at my past like that. It really was an eye opener.

  81. It is so true the smallest drifts take us where we didn’t ever plan to be! Thank you for this reminder and help to stay on course!

  82. The last five years have had many life events one after another both good and challenging. I have felt overwhelmed, like I am just trying to stay afloat and wondering where I am. Burying and ignoring how I felt didn’t work. I decided to “let go and let God”, that is when I heard about this OBS with Crystal’s book “She’s Still There”. Coincidence, I don’t believe so.

  83. Marinel Hickman says:

    I’m loving the Bible Study. I have had a lot of Dr. appointments this week and I’m sure I am behind but I intend on using the weekend to catch up. God is good.

  84. This is such an excellent book! I was reading and kept saying to myself, “How does she know me? I can relate to so much- and especially the drift! Love the analogy of the small rudder changing the course of a large boat. I can feel my rudder moving already! Thank you!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Amen Nora! We are so happy to have you apart of this Bible study and hearing how it is blessing and encouraging you. Yes this is an amazing book and Crystal is an amazing author. The rudder is a great example of drifting and how we can change course. we don’t have to stay where we are. have a blessed weekend!

  85. I am a mother of three grown, married children. I have 7 grandbabies ,all living in Canada.I feel so blessed. My husband got a job a year and a half ago in Houston Texas ,which took us away from all of our family. I struggle to feel I have a purpose now. I listened to the session 1 video and really needed to hear that. I realize I need to fight and trust God .

  86. To not give up hope. That I”m okay and it’s all going to be okay.

  87. My circumstances dont define me. I have spent years with an abusive spouse, that i left 2 years ago. My daughter and i are struggeling financially. I trust few people. He continues to send harassing and abusive messages.
    And none of this is who i am. I am a beloved child of God. I found a note where my daughter wrote descriptions of herself. old: angry, sad, family issues. New: God peace love

    He cant define my with his hurt. I am a beloved child of God and i made right choices

    • Brenda Earley, P31 OBS Study Leader says:

      Your circumstances don’t define you. Your thoughts don’t define you. The abuse doesn’t define you. I understand what all of “this” does to a person, because I too have been where you are. But, thankfully, God isn’t finished with you. He gives beauty for ashes. Joy for mourning. Dance in the truth He makes everything new and beautiful in His time! Because I know this truth as promise! He did it for ME and He will do it for YOU!

  88. Lisa Buchanan says:

    I will not give up hope. I will stay in God’s word and totally become the person that he created me to be, inside and out! 🙂

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Yes Lisa! It gives us hope knowing God is with us through it all and we don’t have to stay where we are. God has great plans for you and us all. We hope you have a blessed weekend!

  89. Don’t give up. Fight. I am ok and will be ok.

  90. I want to be able to look back and know my decisions were right. This means I need to write down and own my story which I’m reluctant to do but I don’t know why.

    The book is easy and fun to read at time. I’m sure I will be able to benefit from the rich lessons.

  91. Even in the midst of difficult situations, I don’t want to react the way I usually, no always do, which is give up and say what’s the use. This time I have to CHOOSE to press into God. Cry out His name and let His peace flood over me.

  92. I need to catch up with the readings, only purchased the book yesterday. I hope this study helps me!

  93. Without confession, true restoration and healing cannot begin. We are so programmed to answer the question “How are you?” with the answer “Fine!” that we forget to ever admit there is somonthing amiss. This was my lifeboat.

    • How about the “too blessed to be stressed” line? I think a lot of us wear our ‘church mask’ even outside of church so we don’t think it’s safe to tell others of our struggles because if everyone is “fine” then we should be, too. Right? I confess: My life is a mess, but with God leading the way it won’t stay that way!

  94. Loving this study!

  95. Lamentation 3:22-24 because of the Lords great love we are not consumed for His compassion never fails. They are new every morning great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself the Lord is my portion therefore I will wait for Him

  96. Michelle Riehl says:

    Looking back on this week a lot of truths came to light!
    1. I’m having an existential crisis. I don’t want to be the person I’ve become. I know God has a purpose for me, but I don’t know the plan.
    2. I’m newly retired and adrift. I don’t have a routine and it’s like I’m in constant vacation mode. I’m adrift because I don’t have expectations or a plan for my new life.
    3. I chose to be a stay at home mom, and later worked part time and volunteered in the kids’ activities. I got distracted for the sake of the kids. Now that part of my life is over and I don’t have a routine, so I fritter away my day and don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything.
    4. I let my busy-ness get in the way of important things (family’s needs and my own needs). I’m getting on the right path, and this week’s most important truth is that I have the power to choose my path.

    • Michelle, I truly understand. Many days I sit in one chair all day either playin on my phone or watching the idiotic TV. I make myself get up and do one thing. Some days this works and others it doesn’t. I am so happy to be in this study with people who understand.

    • Retirement is awhole new ballgame. The best part has been time to study Gods word. God has called me to make my home at peace for my husband still working. While retirement has been a trying time When I came to God each morning he has been faithful.

  97. Donna Morris says:

    The truth that sticks with me is that I am God’s masterpiece, I am okay. I am a work in progress.

  98. Shannon N Watkins says:

    I’m behind on the OBS because I won’t have the book until this weekend but reading the blogs has already been so helpful. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t owned my story especially the parts that have caused guilt and shame. By the time this study is over I hope God will use my story for His glory.

  99. Having gone from my fathers house to my ex-husbands home and then after the divorce to my presents husbands home never gave me the opportunity to actually know who the “girl inside me is”. I never gave it much thought. Even now it is hard to wrap my mind around this concept. Now that I am a widow, I have lonely moments to sit and think about who I am and what I want to do with the remaining days of my life. I am so thankful God put this study in my vision.

    Today teaching from Chrystal taught me so much. The first truth was that I am a masterpiece for GOD not ME. He does not work on this masterpiece to give me glory but glorify Him and fulfill His plan, not mine. Second, I must seek Him to find out what He actually made me for and then to fight to walk into that path. She mention Job in her talk this morning. He did not know what had happened in the Holy realm, Job only knew that he had not sinned and still trusted God. Talk about fighting! Finally, each day is a fight. God grace is new every day and I must put on His armor to stand against satan and his army.

  100. Linda Fravel says:

    Most definitely to remember the girl within me. Every week is busy in my life; I thought I would not have time for a Bible Study. But the Lord has shown me that I need to make time for myself, and you have made it so simple and fun that I look forward to each morning’s email. That is the “girl within” enjoying the moment!

  101. That our past mistakes do not define us. That we can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time.

  102. I’ve come to realize I’ve been drifting even when I think that I’m not. I’ve drifted away from taking care of this girl inside. I have been drifting away from God’s Word, from getting into God’s Word, for ME. Not just to prepare my sermons or my class work. I have drifted away from the relationship with God.

  103. Thank you Chrystal & P31!

    What stood out to me —
    … even when I’m in the messy middle of it all, and it involves a bit of a wrestle, I can’t give up! I must keep breathing, talking, singing, and being okay until change comes … choosing to participate with God to become who He created me to be.

  104. Dawn Miller says:

    I really felt good about telling myself “I am a masterpiece”. I stll find difficulty in believing my strength, and allowing my weaknesses. This allowed me to validate my worth and I can say it to myself anywhere and anytime. I also told my daughter she is a masterpiece and she liked being told so. Thanks so much!

  105. Trials don’t define me!

  106. Yes,just move the rudder. It’s not easy to do when there are aloT of waves and lighting always in front and interupting, which causes a person to be unsure of what to do. Then wait. God make me stronger. Should I stay or go?

  107. Amanda Cross says:

    You have to choose to fight for your life.
    You are worth the work of a rescue.

  108. For me it was this truth ” Drifts in life don’t last forever. Unintentional living eventually reaches a dead end.” While I don’t feel like I’m in a drift currently this does speak so much truth to my past drifts.

  109. I need to stop trying to steer the boat.

    Go where God is leading me.

    Trust that He has me,and everything is going to be alright.

  110. Terilynn Knezek says:

    I love the messages that continue to say I am his, I am worthy and I am a masterpiece! Life’s journey sometimes makes that hard to hold onto but I need to hold onto it

  111. Thank you

  112. One would think retirement would be glorious. After all it’s part of the American dream. I have had to fight harder for my life, shed more tears, felt more despair than I did while working outside the home, there are many verses that have spoke to my heart but the one that stood out is Isaiah 43:1 listen to the lord who created you, the one who formed you. Do not be afraid. I have ransomed you. I have called you by name, you are mine. How’s that for a promise!

  113. Samantha Keadle says:

    I love how she says that I can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress. I always strive for perfection. I want everything to be hunky-dory all the time. When it’s not, I get depressed. I always think things are my fault. So when she asked us to respond at the end chapter 1, coming up with three uniquely beautiful things about myself were really hard. As I thought about it though, I was reminded of how strong(mentally) God made me. It was truly a humbling moment for me!!

  114. I am a masterpiece. I am not done, I am now damaged goods or waste, the girl in me with the big dreams, goals, full of passion, is still there. Though I’ve drifted, I can shift my rudders and get back on course. Hope is not loss for me.

  115. Thank you so much for the video. Hearing the message from the author with her conviction is powerful!

  116. I learned this week that no matter how much I mess up or how unworthy I think I am, I am still God’s masterpiece. He still loves me.

  117. I’m so glad I signed up for this study. I have a hard time with comprehension But the video HIT HOME!!! I WILL TRUST GOD TO HELP ME. THANK YOU

  118. Janet Wallace says:

    I learned if though I drift from my path that does not have to be the way it stays, I csn get back on the right path, I can drift back on path!!!

  119. I love what Chrystal says on page 48 of Chapter of Chapter 3 – It takes Someone outside of ourselves to reset what is broken, put what’s been fractured back together and give rest and restoration to quiet of minds, calm our hearts and bring peace to our souls. This is the truth I cling to. God continues to do this work in our lives. We can trust Him.

  120. Karyn Lister says:

    Just that I’m ok 🙂 Baby steps right?

  121. Michelle Shaney says:

    This is a journey, one that I find myself experincing His masterpiece. I will pick up that paint brush and paint something beautiful.

  122. great reading and message for today…as an almost Great Grandma .. I’m ..at last finally honoring that
    girl within.. with a lot of abuse as a child..and then finding that God can heal every sin.. past, present
    and future…and I am cleansed from my old-past.. (let me just say.. as one ages..one does seem to remember
    the past more vividly than the present.. so IF I am not in tune with the Lord.. Satan can lie to me..and I
    can relapse into the past… and I will find that small abused girl still there..) maybe she’s not ‘looking for
    love in all the wrong places anymore’..maybe she is a respectable Christian Church-going woman..but
    just recently.. I’ve found..that I was still not honoring my little girl within..because I was trying so hard
    to be like other Christian women.. and the Lord told me.. ‘joy CE I’ve already got a Linda,, a Sally, a Laura,
    etc.. but I still need a ‘real’ you.. so this time around..I’m not going to leave groups .. that I “FEEL’ I don’t fit
    in with..and be totally honest.. and most of all ‘stop apologizing for who I am..”..this is the way GOD created me.. the little girl who’s still in there..and NOW.. I’m becoming ‘real’..and helping her ‘come out”
    and it’s challenging.. but also exciting.. who’d a thought at 77 one would be coming out… into her real
    self.. as I just read yesterday.. ”” it’s not who I am..it’s who God has called me to be”..and that starts with
    the real me…………not an imitation of any body else…

    • Brenda Ronan says:

      Great Joy! I am glad you are not stuck in the mind set that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You can still change your course and honor that little girl within. I am 54 years old and don’t like a lot of my past decisions but they don’t define where I am going.

    • Cynthia Casanova says:

      Thank You Joy for sharing your heart I too am discovering who I am in God’s eyes. I’m coming out at the age of 63 and it is a real good feeling as painful as it maybe to reflect back on my past. I realized that every scar that I look at when I look in the mirror are unique to me and my journey. I love that fact that I can be a masterpiece and still be a work in progress.

    • Joy, this is so encouraging for me. I’m 58 and I’ve doubted that there is anything of “that girl” still inside me, and will this be relevant for me, etc, etc. How wonderful it feels to find other women of our age that are having the same feelings of “fitting in.” Thank you for sharing!

  123. The truths that I learned most to help enable me to rescue the girl within would be this Bible verse:
    James 1:12 tells us, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
    I know I need to apply this to my life and I am going to Bible-journal this entry this week and use it as a reminder and strength for my soul! Thank you for sharing this verse on Bible study live last night.. 💗✝️💗
    Also, CEH’s make a valid point. We MUST own our story and find peace in order to move forward! This has helped me realize that owning my story means I need to stop running from my past and regrets! Reflect on my life. Dissect it. Figure out what and why things became the way they did….what factors played a part in my life decisions….learning how my emotional state played a role in my circumstances. This is truly owning my story! 🙌🏻

  124. I loved all of the scriptures at the end of each chapter. It drives home each chapter in a stronger way. In chapter 2 the scripture from 1Tomothy was given
    ” Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you have made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

    This was a good reminder to me that there are going to be soooo many hiccups and decisions along the way will will give me the opportunity to veer away from God’s path. I have to quickly remember the “why’s” to my being on the harder path and keep my eyes on Jesus and eternity.

  125. Jen Houtekier says:

    I have to choose who I want to be each day!
    “Every day that you live, you have the opportunity to do the work of honoring the plan God has for you.”
    ~”For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 28:11
    “Every day you an choose beliefs, attitudes, and actions that honor the best of who you are and who you can become.”
    ~Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:21-24

  126. Rachelle Clark says:

    That I’m still a work in progress

  127. Brenda Ronan says:

    I may have been late but I was there this morning for bible study live. Sometimes life can do that me that is why online studies are so great. I learned to try and see my pain and weakness as glory for Christ’s sake.” That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” May Christ’s power rest on me! Amen.

  128. LaMonica Small says:

    That I am God’s masterpiece and He is also still working on me.

  129. Wow!! What a powerful surge of encouragement. My life has just been blessed. Such simple truths put together to help me in the process. Love love this. So grateful. I can trust God in the middle or the process. Though it be messy and uncomfortable trusting God that He truly knows what he is doing in my life. Beautiful! I’m ready to face today’s struggle I’m ready to fight! Thanks.

  130. I was reminded that I am a work in progress, uniquely created by God Himself! I am excited to walk in those good works, even when it’s messy.

  131. Lori Spradlin says:

    I am his masterpiece and I’m going to keep saying it until I believe it!

  132. Tyra laughlin says:

    This truth about the rudder makes it all seem possible. Thank you for the dose of hope this morning!

  133. What stood out to me the most was that I don’t necessarily have to LOOK like a masterpiece to BE a masterpiece. There are mornings I get up for work feeling so exhausted from tossing and turning the night before that the most I can manage is a frumpy sweater, slacks and hair in a pony tail. It is the complete opposite from the days I go to work wearing a suit. Before I saw the suit and polished hair, makeup and jewelry as a masterpiece, but the tired frumpy sweater is still a masterpiece. I have to stop beating myself up. Every day is another journey and we/I have to keep fighting.

  134. Nancy Mills says:

    The truth that stood out the most to me this week is that no matter what is going on in my life, around me or to me….I AM okay and my Father is in control…..I am not! He is my shelter, my refuge, my fortress in time of trouble, my anchor and everything that I need for provision to see me through whatever circumstance I have been through, whatever circumstance I am currently going through and whatever future circumstance I will go through. He has never left me alone….even though it may have felt like in the past ….but He has ALWAYS been there for me and He Loves me with a powerful love! I praise Him!

  135. Tanya Dryden says:

    Wow when you just mentioned that verse James 3:4 I realized I can steer myself back on course starting with my words. That chapter in James is talking about the tongue. Yes that’s it. I can pray with my tongue and speak God’s word over myself to stop drifting. I “know” this but just received it this morning in a fresh way 🙂

  136. Randelle S. says:

    Week one down. Blessed to be studying with you lovely ladies! 🙂

  137. Angela Nelson says:

    I am a masterpiece, sometimes messy but always loved!

  138. I can really identify with the concept of drifting. My best friend and husband of 20 years had found a new younger woman in his life and divorced me a few years ago. It shattered me to the core. In looking for acceptance I made choices that have smothered my true self. Ive felt for the past few years who I truely am has been stifled and silenced. I felt like ive been slowly clawing up an abyss hoping to reach oxygen so I can breathe again. This study haa encouraged me to take back the girl God has created me to be;to not allow my circumstances to shackle my identity but to trust in the Lord. I thought I buried my self but God has resurrection power!

  139. Lorrie Petree says:

    It’s energizing to know being messy and being a masterpiece aren’t mutually exclusive!

  140. The truth that stood out to me is that is that God grace is sufficient for me. I do not have to look to outside means of validation, motivation or appreciation. I found ALL of this trough God’s abundant grace and love and I can be assured that ALL things will work for the good on my behalf. Amen!

  141. Ephesians 2:10 has really stood out to me this week. I’ve never thought of myself as a masterpiece and certainly don’t see myself as one. But I’m learning to think of myself as a new creation in Christ, and with Him all things are possible, even rescuing the girl within and making her who He created her to be!

  142. Cassidy ptomey says:

    Wow. Awesome stuff!!! I’m learning to fight, not just say I’m fighting but to actually participate in the fight. Everyday is a constant battle where I’m fighting anxiety and fear over a heath issue. At times I fee weak but other times I feel strong and unwilling to let Satan still my life. This book is amazing and I pray I will continue to grow through this process

  143. The truth that resonated with me is that even though God has a plan for my life and he is writing my story, I need to own my story. I need to participate with God while I fight for my life.
    I can’t give up. I’ve had a number of things happen to me in the past few years. I had to walk away from a job to help take care of my grandson because of a medical emergency. I went through an unexpected divorce. I no longer teach, but I know that there is yet something God wants me to do.
    My life isn’t over. I was reminded of this by a classmates who is now a pastor. She encouraged me by telling me that my life wasn’t over.
    I am still breathing and I am still walking, even though I have some mobility issues.
    I am fighting for the life that God has for me. I’m beginning to write and to share parts of my story on my blog. I hope someone will find some encouragement and inspiration from my stories.

  144. Donna Staker says:

    I have learned about “owning” my story! By sharing with others, I can possitively impact their lives and help them make better decisions when faced with similar situations as I had. Now, instead of asking “Why did you place me where you did God?” I can see that HE wants me to share those scars to show you can overcome/survive!

  145. Heather Garrity says:

    I am reminded that I am a work in progress…and that if God’s love is enough to save us, it is enough to change us!

  146. Heather F. says:

    I love it when Chrystal said in the wrap-up video that “God defines where I am.” I may be in a messy place in my life, things may look like they are falling apart all around me, and I may feel lost, but God knows what he is doing and He will finish the work he started in me. I just need to cooperate in the process! It also hit me like a ton of bricks when she said “if I give up, I am halting God’s process of change.” I WANT to grow closer to Him; I don’t want to be the barrier for change in my life.

  147. I have learned, I’m not alone in my struggles. I’m beginning to believe God does have plan for me– that’s just in the messy stage right now! I believe I will now rest in Him and trust in His timing and plan.

  148. Cynthia Casanova says:

    Chrystal, thank you for sharing your story. As I set here looking back over my life, I suddenly realize that I lost the girl God wanted me to be when I was around 10 years old. I am in the fight to discover who God intended me to be. I know that every trial and tribulation that I have experienced in life is a piece of my life’s puzzle and it lead me to where I am today, suddenly searching for Cynthia. God’s Blessings to you and your entire family. I love you all!

  149. I am ok! It is ok! God knows and we are His❤️ Today is not our forever✔️

  150. The truth that really stuck with me from this week is that I need to own my story to fix my story.

  151. I am in a relationship that seems to be verbally abusive. I need to find me again.
    The Holy Spirit has told me to leave but I love this man. Please pray for me that God guides my path.

    • Xinia Pansano says:

      Hi jean,
      I’m also on a verbally abusive relationship. As I go through this week study I see some truths in how I have forgotten who am I, and live a life just to please my husband. I will be praying for you,

  152. I am both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time!! I don’t have to have it all together for God to be pleased with me. He values me right where I am and He has plans for me!

  153. Today is so for me. I need to study it deeper. Please pray for me as I go to the dr today and go to a job interview. Long story on both counts. Won’t bore you.

  154. When I started this journey I had given up. I smiled on the outside but on the inside I was fading away. I had no direction and couldn’t even see a path forward. It started 5 years prior when my ex went insane (literally) and tried to kill us all. We ran for our lives with only what could fit into my SUV per the directions of the judge, police, attorneys, and caseworkers. God had done a great work in our lives and provided us with an incredibly family and in a few short weeks an incredible husband. But we struggled financially and I have been unable to get a job.

    I started this study because I didn’t know who I was. I felt ashamed of my past and thought it was all my fault. I kept praying to God for help but yet I wanted to give him the plan. At the start of this study, I resigned from my life. I let God have it all and I just sat here and cried and prayed and said I’m ready. You lead, I’ll follow.

    In the day since, my fiance has been more loving and supportive. He is not the romantic type but he has been lately. He said God laid it on his heart that I needed more encouragement in this season. It has really helped me feel accepted even when I am feeling unworthy. Then a job I thought was long gone suddenly was available and they wanted me! I have learned I am His masterpiece that He is still shaping and if I only just wait… there is a plan for what is next!

  155. A drift is the decision you make by not deciding. How often have I just let others decide?!? BUT, every day I get to choose to honor Me! Where I am today is NOT where I have to be forever!

  156. Wendy Worley says:

    I learned to not expect so much of myself and to not get frustrated if those expectations of others don’t get fulfilled. I set my bar too high and expect others to rise up to that bar. I need to not lower the bar for me, but let Jesus guide my path more instead of me trying to reach a bar I can’t get to right now. Leave those expectations in the hands of Jesus

  157. I am so enjoying this book. I’m glad I got the email notification that you would be going over this. Several months ago I was really struggling with how I was feeling and I wrote these truths down on a piece of paper and stuck it in my desk to remind me on a daily basis that God does love me no matter what.
    I am a child of God! I am worthy! I am loved! I am made whole and washed clean by the blood of Jesus!
    Jesus is my strength and through Him I can do anything!
    The timing of this study could not be more perfect! Thank you!

  158. Really enjoying this series. Very good questions asked.

  159. BreAnn Gilkey says:

    The statement or statement that stood out the most to me was, am I willing to cooperate with God in the work that He wants to do in my life, that also requires my participation. We have come to think that when things are hard, that they are wrong and it is suffering that brings persistence and so forth. If I give up and stop participating in the process that God has for me, then I am holding up the process. She did not say that it was going to stop. He has plans for me and I can either get on board and let Him be my guide and put my trust completely in Him or I can make it difficult for both me and God and He will drag me kicking and screaming.
    Yes, I am willing to fight! Yes, I am willing to wrestle! Yes, I am willing to participate! With Him…there is no other way!

  160. Rita Schrimpf says:

    I so LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the analogy of a very small rudder being able to steer a huge ship!!! And that I can change the direction of my life with small changes towards God. I love the Lord and am a faithful believer, but I can see how this will help me get away from the distractions and “drifts” and get back on my life’s course. Thank you for this today.

  161. Rose Hardin says:

    I can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress. I need to remember this because I tend to be hard on myself and focus more that I am a work in progress and forgetting that I am a masterpiece, a chosen child. Thank you for this OBS, love it!

  162. I love this, it is so easy to forget who you really are. It’s so hard to not care about other’s opinions, when we should really be worried about God’s opinion only. I am ready to change the course of my “life boat”. Thanks for the reading this morning!

  163. Erica Hollon says:

    She still there bible study and book is amazing! I have been going through a divorce for 3 years and it may finally be done in a few months, and I started feeling so lost and hopeless again. This book is helping me heal through multiple broken relationships, not understanding God’s will, feeling lost and feeling inadequate. This week I was reminded that I am God’s special masterpiece and we are all unique! He is building character right now and I can choose joy and peace. Sometimes my anxiety and depression takes over and I am in a rut for a few hours, and then I pray to El Roi ( The one who sees me) and he restores that peace and calms me. Todays vision of being on a ship and moving the rudder to a new path was an eye opener to me that we all have choices, and we can choose Gods promises daily.

  164. That the hard work is already done and that I just need to accept and participate as a work in progress is such a relief! It’s difficult to be patient in the middle.

  165. Heather Bowes says:

    Loved the video! I am worth the fight.
    I am willing!

  166. How to talk, sing and be okay ’till your rescue comes.

  167. I knew that this study was meant for me, right where I am today. And wow Session 1 was amazing. So many times Chrystal spoke to my heart. Multiple times I said aloud, “Yes!” or “Okay, I hear you!” while listening. I’m so thankful for this study. Thank you P31, thank you Chrystal, thank you Lord.

  168. I keep wrestling with, “Are you willing to fight?” I believe I am and now I need to own it.

  169. That I am God’s masterpiece, everything will be okay and I need to find who I am within.

  170. I have come to the realization that I am good enough because God made me. I have failed to meet other’s expectations and have let other’s opinions and judgements have more influence on me than God’s assurance that He made me as He wanted me to be. I meet His expectations!!! Now, I need to “pull up my big girl panties” and take charge of the life He has given me. Wish this had clicked in my life decades ago…

  171. I have been in the fight to discover who God created me to be for awhile. It’s an inner struggle that has been raging on for years. My prayer is that this study will open up my eyes to who I am in Him and not who I see in mirror. I am definitely a work in progress but I faith and hope that God is going to open my eyes to His truth.

    • I can relate to you in so many levels. I have been fighting myself to figure that out as well and am hoping to gain so much from this study and some perspective.. God lead us to this study for a reason.. I pray I have ears to hear.

  172. I’m just so glad that God has led me to this Bible study. I am learning so much. I am choosing to fight for me in a way that I never thought I needed to. Thank you for bringing this to all of us and I pray that every single one of us is touched in some way by this Bible study and by the book “She’s Still There.”

  173. I love this study. I feel so lost in life as a woman, mother and wife. I often feel as though I should have it Together. My life is a mess and every part is out of control. But with the little bit I read The Most High has calmed my spirit and put the tears on hold.

  174. Virginia Maguire says:

    That I am God’s masterpiece, created by him and with me every step! He has led me very well through my 79 years and is still with me every day as a care for my husband! Sure I get frustrated, feel lonely, but God continually provides patience, kindness, and love to get us through this difficult time!

    • Tina Stephens says:

      Virginia, I am excited to see a seasoned woman as yourself to be a part of this study! God has such great plans for each of us, and they continue through to the moment we see Him face to face. I pray today for you and your caregiving life for your husband. God bless you both and always bring to you the grace sufficient unto the day’s need. 🙂

    • Vanessa Perez says:

      You are His beautiful masterpiece and a proverbs 31 woman! Your husband is very lucky to have you. God bless you

  175. Vanessa Perez says:

    James 3:4 WOW! I’ve read this verse before but it had never affected me so profoundly as it did today! Even a small rudder can turn the boat against strong winds. I am really loving getting reacquainted with myself through His word.

  176. I started this series because I’m in a great desert in my life. In my 50’s and for once in my life feel I have no purpose. My kids are raised, my friends have moved or left, my family that I grew up with have died tragically or by illness , most early In their lives. Family believing untruths about me and distancing me. It is a very difficult time in my life. Alone, and not sure why I’m still here? I know God has a purpose for me but trying to find it. This series, I hope, is giving me hope to fight on. im definitely stuck and praying for God to rescue me. Thank you

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Dear Trisha, Life brings transitions and as our roles change we can feel so alone and unworthy. But God has a purpose for us no matter where we are in life’s journey. And you are not alone, God is right by your side. Also, there is a wonderful community of women that you can fellowship, share and learn as we all journey together. We pray that this study replaces your feeling of hopelessness with hope, encouragement, and joy. May God help you find your worthiness and His special plan and purpose for you. You have been lifted up in prayer and we will continue to pray for you. Hugs and Blessings!

  177. I am a masterpiece and I am willing to fight to believe that everyday, not just some of the days. Thank you God for creating this masterpiece, Cathy Fry! Help me to wrestle everyday to believe that not just some days. Being bullied by kids and my dad when I was younger has no hold on my worthiness, Help me to believe that daily.

  178. Kelli Harris says:

    I would love to win this study! I am enjoying the book!

  179. Tina Stephens says:

    Good morning OBSers! I am loving this study and the insight to Chrystal’s life. Being transparent is something women need to practice more of. I’ve hid behind many masks in life, and becoming 100% transparent is a goal I am personally attempted to embrace. Not to make of myself anything, but to be real with the women the Lord places in my life. It’s a part of acknowledging the Lord’s handiwork of this masterpiece in me is yet to be complete. Isn’t it wonderful and amazing to think that He’s still working on each of us? Day to day, leading us, guiding us, molding us into vessels of Honor for HIS good use! I love this!

  180. I feel like I have been drifting lately. I find myself getting irritated quicker or taking things differently than someone intended. I know it’s because I haven’t been planted in the peace of God. This is such a good reminder for me. I have to trust Hom. When I rely on myself and my own strength, I get frazzled because I can’t balance everything and maintain perfect peace on my own.

  181. I’m learning my girl isn’t as lost as I thought! Just a few adjustments and there she is! Making sure I’m taking time each and every day for me. 😁

  182. What I have come to realize lately and reading the first three chapter of this book has made it clear is that I push things down. I don’t want to admit that I am hurting or I did something wrong. I don’t want to feel vulnerable, so I just bury it as far down as I possibly can and pretend it’s not there anymore. So, what I have found out is that if I truly want to change and fight for my life, I have to confront head on what the hurt/hard is. I have to call out to God for help and listen and then act on what He has more me.

  183. Loving this study!

  184. Shylondia Peters says:

    Boy have I drifted. Finally trying to fight my way back.

  185. I love that God’s word has the answers to every situation and every emotion that we feel. “We are God’s MASTERPIECE” this so ministered to me! It doesn’t matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done. God has a plan for our lives and he is waiting patiently for us to come to this realization! We all come to those “drifts” but what do we choose to do in those situations?It is so important to meditate on God’s word so when the devil comes at us we are prepared! We have already won the battle!

    • Yes! We have to keep our eyes focused on the prize and that is Jesus. That is how we fight for the girl within us is keeping our eyes up! Like you said, We already have the victor in Him!

  186. Katrina Dougan says:

    What wonderful truths that God has shown me in His word this week..thanks girls for sharing this study and for the videos at the end of the see to recap it all. I am really encouraged and have a new sense of hope that I’m okay 😁

  187. If I’m to find who I used to be, and like the person I am… then it’s up to me, no excuses:)
    (This morning I heard the movie Seven Pounds playing in the next room and in it Will Smith tells this battered woman trying to escape her boyfriend, “DON’T BE WEAK”… to some it would sound cruel, but in this voice and mannerism, there is definite ” tough love”… I’m going to use that as an example of how I think God might encourage me to continue on my journey…if you haven’t seen this scene, you should, (you can see it on YouTube– “seven pounds advice for Connie teppos” should help u find it)

    close your eye and imagine God talking to you…… saying ” this is your new life… and look at those babies( meaning her sleeping children in the back seat), they deserve this”….
    hope that makes sense… if just really impacted me this am:) Thanks ladies!

  188. I decided to give She’s Still There a chance. I wasn’t going to participate for financial reasons in purchasing the book, but I received a Barnes and Noble gift card for my birthday. Well hello book! It arrives tomorrow and I am excited to have the book instead of the print out pages. I really like what I have read so far and Crystal seems really relatable in her writing. I am looking forward to learning more from her and the others during this study that God so obviously lead me too.

  189. Kassie Pierson says:

    This study is so perfectly timed in my life. I feel I’m in the ’emptying of self’ stage. For so long I have believed lies in my head and they have significantly impacted my life. Saying yes to change is how I’m moving this ship to calmer waters.

    • I pray that God will give you the discernment to see the lies & that you will be able to believe that God isn’t finished with you yet! You are His beautiful masterpiece!

  190. I’ve been caught in that thinking that I shouldn’t be thinking of myself, only others …all the time. This week has helped me see that it’s ok to make sure I am ok! I AM worth it! I also tend to be a tad impatient … I want everything perfect the first time around. Ha! Today’s video reminded me that I can’t stop fighting (for myself), it may take longer that I expected (impatience), but God isn’t finished with me yet!

  191. God is so good! He lead me to this study. I love the book. Even though my story is different had the same result. I drifted so far didn’t know who I was. This is my first online study and I love it!

  192. ” Drifts don’t last forever! Unintentional living eventually reaches a dead end!” Gleaning so much from this study so far! God is faithful!

  193. Elizabeth Irby says:

    The reminder that “God’s TRUTH is always greater than our feelings.” When I struggle with depression, negative thoughts tend to take over. It’s key to remember that when I get down on myself, I am not living what God’s Word says about me–that I’m His masterpiece!

    • I can relate to this Elizabeth! i often times feel down but now i will just have to remember and focus on Gods truths.

  194. Since scripture is new to me and with the struggles I am experiencing right now I think what this book is giving me is hope. It is reminding me we all struggle and sometimes we may feel we are alone in the struggle. We all have to guide our lives and scripture can help guide our ship WITH our inner strength, and we have to find that strength.
    I hope that makes sense.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      You are so right! We are not alone in our struggle, God is with us and definitely speaks to us through His Word! Psalm 119:105 (NIV) says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Scripture lights the way and guides our lives in whatever struggles we are going through and provides guidance and direction, encouragement and strength. May God bless you, and draw you close to Him as you travel this journey along with Chrystal, and the entire community in P31 OBS.

  195. Something that really stuck out to me this week is that we can be a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously and although I may not FEEL like a masterpiece, Gods truth remains. I AM A MASTERPIECE AND HE HAS GOOD THINGS PLANNED FOR ME TO DO!

  196. I am God’s masterpiece! Even through i have had drifts in my life i will not remain.

  197. I want to pay attention and ‘live’ aware! I don’t ever want to rationalize away the truth and deceive myself. Deception occurs when I grow accustomed to the distraction. Without confession, true restoration and healing cannot begin. Owning my story is an act of strength. I want to be brave enough to believe I was made for more! I want to believe that my present is NOT all that is possible. I pray prayers now for things I don’t know about because I don’t want to limit God.

  198. I believe the section about the drifts impacted me the most this week. Because that’s exactly what has happened to me in different areas of my life. Ive drifted because of fears and distractions. I am ready to fight for the girl that God has made me to be and to move past the drifts, distractions, and fears!

  199. Rochelle Chelle says:

    Hello, I am slowly making my way through part one and savoring every morsel. The truth that that stood out for me is from Chapter 2: “Believe that your present is not all that is possible. Believe that all you see is not all there is.” I feel like I’ve been motoring through life and have hit a wall or am stuck in a pit. The limitless hope and possibility I saw in my future as a youth is not in my forecast for my future as an adult. I’ve lost that sense of wonder, especially in what God can do. My prayer is that God will help me in my unbelief in Him. That I will, as it says in the verse for Chapter 2, 1 Tim 6:12: “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which I was called.” The power and wonder of that eternal life is in the now, at this very moment. I can grab hold of that wonder again. Because with God all things are possible.

  200. RESOUNDING TRUTH: Dis-ease is NOT a curse but rather a blessing! I’ve struggled far too long trying to be content inside someone else’s mold, running inside someone else’s lane and trying to carry someone else’s calling. It’s TIME to come up out of the box I’ve stuffed myself into and do what God’s calling ME to… and WATCH OUT ’cause she’s coming out swinging! Fighting for the girl who’s been shoved down deep out of sight for far too long. Starting today, she gets her voice back!

  201. Maria ulloa says:

    I am worth it. #truth

  202. Nancy McGill says:

    Although I go through my daily routine, I am distracted from so many things. i am thankful for the opportunity to get back on track and focus by being a part of OBS. I pray we all receive that which we are seeking. Be blessed!

  203. To be a true master piece I must invest in the time it takes to become all that God has envisioned. Although I have been distracted like a squirrel going after different (objects) nuts, I’m okay, it’s okay and I will arrive at my true destination. I need to fight for it and not give up. This will not be quick over night sensation-sometimes I wish it was because it took several years of drafting to be where I am now. No pixie dust will change it!

  204. Cindi Blazina says:

    What stood out for me and I’m clinging too is the reminder on page 40. I read it before I read the chapter. “Where you are today is not where you have to be forever!” Praise God I am very thankful for this.

    • Yes! I heard a pastor once say, “your current circumstance is not your portion.” God has big plans meant just for you!

  205. Kelly Dunigan says:

    The world feels so chaotic right now. Political fighting, hurricanes, people in desperate need. I am reminded to do what I can, to lift others up, to help in the place where I am now. Hold the course. Steer straight even in a stormy sea.

  206. choosing to fight for the girl is my truth. I don’t need to be afraid nor should I be. This season I have asked not only myself, but others, “is this all there is? I feel like there should be so much more”. This is where digging in deeper is going to find the answer!

  207. Cindi Arroyo says:

    This study is reaffirming my knowledge in my head (18 inches form my heart–needs to get there) that I am worthy. This Knowledge comes from Matthew 6:26. May this be a blessing to anyone else who may need it, ans It helps me–when I remember it. Thanks for this amazing study–comes at the precise perfect time–WEll isn’t God’s timing ALWAYS perfect?? Have a blessed day everyone!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Thank you for sharing Cindi! 🙂 And yes, His timing is always perfect. All good and perfect things come from above!

  208. I have just recently decided to expand my relationship with the Lord. I am facing the Truth of “sometimes all we have is our Lord” and that is OKAY! I am going through a very difficult situation, and I have come to realize, its okay if I don’t want to talk to any one else about. Sometimes it is okay for God and I to figure things out alone. Maybe its even better if we do it together, alone! I believe going through this situation, just God and I, has made me stronger, and has also made my relationship with the Lord Blossom into whole new levels.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      That’s wonderful Kynzie 🙂 So glad to hear that your relationship with Him is growing and strong. Turning to Him is what we all need to do first, and He will help is in everything 🙂

  209. The section on drifts really hit me .. I feel until the last year I have drifted forever due to fear.. Fear to face the truth, fear of rejection, fear of shame.. I am still living life afraid.. Can I afford to live where I am, Can I afford to stay retired?? Today , I give The Lord complete control of my life.. I am In His hands. He is in control not me.. I strongly desire to be the woman that God created me to be..

  210. I am His workmanship because I have been created in Christ Jesus! I am his masterpiece! I cried just hearing these two statements! I am worth the rescue!!

  211. The truth that stood out to me is: God’said truth (His Word) is always greater than my feelings.
    A couple Scriptures that stood out for me are:
    Hebrews 2:1 Jackie must pay the most comfortable attention, therefore, to what she has heard, so that Jackie does not drift away. I hve definitely beeen a drifter. With the grace of God I will become more aware of this when it begins to happen.
    1 Peter 3:10-11
    For, Jackie loves life and would like to see good days, so she must keep her tongue from evil and her lips from deceitful speech. Jackie must turn from from evil and do good; she must seek peace and pursue it.
    Thank you for all of the truths that have been revealed this week!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      That’s beautiful Jacqueline. Isn’t personalizing scripture so powerful? God really speaks to us through His word, and when we tie it to us. So glad He’s been revealing these truths to you 🙂

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      AMEN Jacqueline! God’s Word is TRUTH, he is our anchor, our stronghold; so we won’t drift away in life’s journey. We pray God reveals His truth and dreams He has placed in your heart. May God give you the peace you are seeking. Blessings.

  212. Druhan Goff says:

    I’m learning that there is hope and because there is hope I can take small steps each day to get back on course!

  213. Lois Sanders says:

    Change is possible. That if your going to believe in the heavenly promises, than it should change your earthly walk. That I am worthy of the rescue and God loves me so much to use me in my mess middle and to help me out of it as I Learn to participate with him.
    Praise the Lord for this study.
    The Scripture that touched my heart was Phil 1:6.

  214. The timing of this group has been perfect for me. I’ve been going through some hard times and making some really good life changes for myself, and waking up to these wonderful insightful, inspiring e-mails and messages has been a huge help through it. Thank you ladies for everything your sharing.

  215. What truth(s) stood out to you this week that you can use to turn your “life boat” towards the girl God placed in you? For me I would have to say despite some of the challenges that I’ve faced in my personal life… the one truth that seems to stand out to me is that God is… and has been in control this entire time. We are his greatest masterpiece, a work in progress.

  216. “Just like drifts, decisions can result in lots of justification and have a numbing effect where you disassociate yourself from your choices. You might blame others for the decisions you “had” to make, or take on a victim’s mentality -a mindset that says you are not responsible for your actions.” -She’s Still There, Chrystal Evans Hurst

    ~In other words, stop acting like someone else is driving my boat!

  217. I am okay!! A masterpiece and a work in progress!!

  218. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

    In Chapter 2 we read the truth “Believe that your present is not all that is possible. Believe that all you see is not all there is.” I think this fits perfectly with Jeremiah 29:11. God’s plan is greater than anything we could do alone but with Him all things are possible.

  219. I appreciate the author’s breakdown of who we are in Christ and that our identity is defined by Him and no other. Even though, I may look at myself differently, I know that He has the power to transform me inwardly to the masterpiece that He has created.

  220. I am a “messy masterpiece”. I am a work in progress….God is not finished with me yet! I can’t quit….I must fight!

  221. What a rewarding week!! So many times we try to find our worth in others. As a child I was fluent in showing horses. This was the one connection I had to my mother. That all changed when we moved at the age of 11. During the show years I had worth in my mother’s eyes. When we moved I did not see worth in my mother’s eyes. I did nothing she was proud of. Nothing worthy of being praised. I remember begging her for just us time and I remember being rejected repeatedly. Though at the time I did not realize this was my beginning of finding worth in others eyes. I share this because God revealed this to me today. I mean I saw it, but did not really see it. Just so you know we are very complex individuals. God has allowed me to grow through my drifts, crashes, bumps and brick walls in a very loving way. He has perfect timing in allowing you to discover something new about yourself. He is deliberate in revealing your worth in His eyes at the most perfect time to either heal you or to give a healing balm to others. What a blessing!!!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Melissa, thank you for sharing your heart. God has done amazing things, and has worked within you. Blessings to you, and He has much more to share with you through this study.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Melissa!
      Thank you for sharing your story. You are so right, His timing is perfect in knowing what we need and reveals a truth just when we need it. God can use our struggles or painful memories to transform and heal us. Also, we can share our experiences which can be an encouragement to others. It’s wonderful how He reveals to us that we are worthy and loved by Him. May this study be a blessing to you as you discover more truths.

  222. I love using “rutters” , bible quotes as our rutters!
    Great way to remember how important it is to stay on course.

  223. I am a messy Masterpiece…I am a continuous work of progress…

  224. Tameka Cathey says:

    The truth that kept me going is “Believe that all you see is NOT all there is”. That hit home for me this week.

  225. I am okay and will be okay despite everything that I’ve been through and just like Mandisa’s song says I’m UNFINISHED: “He started something good and I’m gonna believe it, He started something good and He’s gonna complete it, so I’ll celebrate the truth His work in me ain’t through I’m just unfinished!” Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Aloha from Hawaii!!!!

  226. Love the rudder analogy!

  227. Sheila Williams says:

    I can’t wait to see what God does with my messy masterpiece. MY best friend has cancer and has been given a few months to live life to its fullest. She is living her life full of hope. She has truly rescued the gilr in her and she is a great example for me.

  228. Cortney Stewart says:

    The chapter on drifting away stood out to me. “Drifts continue when we deceive ourselves into thinking things aren’t that bad.” I keep hearing God telling me to focus on Him and He will help me not drift away.

  229. The truth that really stood out to me this week is that I am God’s masterpiece. God gave me this verse multiple times from multiple sources this week and being an artist it really hit home. It definitely makes me feel worthy! God bless!

  230. Oh, dear heart! It has been soooo difficult for me to grasp that I – me – am God’s masterpiece. I can see it and speak it into the most rugged of souls walking around me. But to look at me in the mirror, say it, and BELIEVE it….this has been hard, to say the least! Obviously, there is a reason that this study fell into my lap. I’m looking forward to hearing God speak His truth into my life over these next few weeks.

  231. Novo Edoja says:

    what stood out for me this week is that admitting your mistakes is a process of owning your story and it’s the first step to receiving help, healing and restoration .. so here I go… I’m Novo, I have suffered from severe depression, I’m not perfect, there have been so many times I didn’t know what the heaven I was doing or what was happening in my life, I have been hurt and I have hurt others too… but I’m here, I’m alive, my faith is alive, I have hope and I’m ready to learn and to grow.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Amen, Novo. You are here for a reason, and God is not done with you yet. You are His masterpiece. Own your story, and He will work wonders within you 🙂

  232. Mrs. Sloan says:

    Making I am God’s masterpiece real for me, I see it for everyone else, just always make me the exception to the blessing.

  233. PERI VEACH says:

    Its not anxiety and im not crazy….im in a drift and the uncomfortable feeling that was discussed is EXACTLY what im feeling. I am now so grateful for that uncomfortable feeling…it woke me up

  234. Wow! Lots to dig through!! I know I need to dig in and face my drift; I have used other things to “deal with” the issues in my life and I am drained! I have the ability to choose, and I am looking forward to seeing changes in how I deal with life.

  235. Wow! Lots of great stuff this week! I love the reassurance of, I’m a messy masterpiece, so comforting. I also feel like the missing piece to what I’ve been experiencing has been addressed with the word…. drift! I love the conversation about this topic! Thank u

  236. I am learning that I am God’s masterpiece his precious child no matter what is going on in my life. thanks you for giving us a chance to win.

  237. The truths or drifts that stood out the most, is my continued willingness to put career and money as a primary source instead of what following my truth. How can I steer this ship, not sure yet. However now I want to, now I want to let God control my mind and not my “chocolate desires” in my head. Several issues just make it so difficult to believe that the diversion I have taken can be changed in my late stage of life. I struggle with my divorce (which was so long ago – 15 +yrs) which leads to loneliness and now with my struggles as a mother of a young adult child that is so very angry at life. Those distractions will continue to divert my paths if I don’t catch myself or how Chrystal put it, veer off the road. Thank you for this book and I continue to read and breath through with thoughtfulness each word.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Prayers for you Luz. God will help you through your struggles. You are not alone in this!

  238. Be aware of the drift. Of how settle it is.

  239. Karen Harding says:

    I love the quote that Crystal gave from Joni Eareckson Tada: Just remember….the master artist wants to paint a beautiful portrait of His Son in and through your life. A painting like no other in all of time. And He isn’t finished yet.

  240. Denise Moyer says:

    After I was born again things moved really fast, & I felt like I was headed in the direction the Lord had laid out for me. Not that I knew what that would be exactly, just that I was going in the right direction. Then a few yrs. later some major changes in my life happened & ever since then it’s been off. Drift after Drift I was still walking with the Lord but never found my place again. I felt like I had lost who I was & what I was meant to be.
    This week has shown me that “She’s Still There!” & I’m Worth the Rescue! Because I’m His Masterpiece!

  241. Embrace and own your situation, so you can move forward! I’ve never taken ownership, only blamed others! What freedom I am feeling becasuse of this truth!!!

  242. Pamela Burback says:

    This message from Chrystal made me cry. I have had a break my leg moment recently. I’m learning a lot. One thing makes me sad is I don’t know the girl I used to be I don’t know where my life should be heading I just feel lost in the circumstances that are going on in my life right now. Thank you very much for this study and writing your book it has been a blessing

  243. Tamara Bowman says:

    Whew! I honestly do not know exactly where to start, but I am going to just put it out there in the universe that “I” have been trying to steer my ship for a LONG time – and, ask me how far I have sailed?! I have always considered myself a good Christian and have believed in my Lord; however, I also have been under the influence my entire life of what others thought of me and all my life spending a significant amount of time and energy trying to please others (by the way, never able to please them and continually trying to do so which always keeps me deflated), and not stopping to realize that I am a masterpiece and I am not flawed AND the only person I should be chasing is the good man and artist who is our Lord and Savior. I have been for many years critical of myself allowing too many people to be critical of me. I do not want to get into too much of my life as I have had quite the journey with not having the “perfect family” and significant health issues that I struggle with everyday, but I have always determined neither would or will define me. Granted, I have also struggled with many frustrations because of what many would consider imperfections and just have not figured out how do I work with my life and situations to be able to move forward with positivity? Trust me, I also own every bottle of essentials oils out there trying to find the right blend too! 😉 I have learned just through this week’s Bible study that my life now and my past journey is exactly who I am and what I am as part of my purpose in life, and I am to embrace it all! I have a renewed outlook after this week that my focus has not been on the right things or the right people; my focus needs to be on the right person AND only ONE person – my maker of my wonderful me and HIS masterpiece, our previous Savior! How sad anyone can judge his perfect work? Thank each of you for sharing your journey with me, and I am looking forward to continuing to learn how worthy each of us truly are as we all accept each of our individual masterpieces we have been blessed with by our only artist who creates all things to perfection! God Bless Everyone!

    • Hi Tamara,
      With the exception of the essential oils, your post could be my post…word-for-word! I was stunned as I read your post and could relate to almost every word.
      I pray that the Lord does a great work in us to heal us from seeking man’s approval and acceptance…May we fully grasp that He is all we need.
      Blessings,

      • Tamara Bowman says:

        Hi Linda! Thank you for taking the time to read my post and respond to me AND a BIG AMEN, my loving sister in Christ! I look forward to our continued journey as BIG changes and healing are heading our way! BTW, no need to buy any essential oils, I am happy to ship you a bottle or two of mine anytime! 😉 Many hugs! Tamara

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Thank you for sharing Tamara. We are praying for you. Our struggles do not define us, but God uses them to mold and transform us. Please continue to share with us what God is revealing to you, and what plans and purpose He has placed on your heart. May God bless you.

  244. Very timely

  245. Monyett Wade says:

    This bought back memories of turning 30 and breaking down because I felt hopeless. I was a single mom of three and working a dead end job. After I finished crying, I decided to enroll in school to get my degree in Accounting. I wish this video was available to me then because I felt so alone. I know I still have work to do but the video help me to understand that I’m a masterpiece in the making.

  246. I have only had time to read the first two chapters so far, but I’m really enjoying the book. The very first chapter is basically how I have felt lately. I don’t really know what my purpose in life is, what God created me to do and I’m hoping to discover who He made me to be as I go through this book and study. I like the idea that I can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time. Sometimes I just feel like I’m failing at life, but its important to just keep on keeping on. God has a purpose for all of us.

  247. Bernice Shaver says:

    I am so broken to the point of giving up. And yet, the little girl hiding in the corner, the one abused physically, emotionally, sexually, verbally, the one whose hope grew when she prayed as a child and read scriptures as a middle schooler, simply needs someone…God and me….to fight for her. To get her out of the corner where she hides from all the ugliness handed her this time: husband’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis, an 18 year old daughter who consistently yells at her about things, the after effects of Harvey, dealing with real prospects of being penniless and alone should the love of her life for 32 years die soon, etc. To learn how to fight spiritual warfare with spiritual weapons and to learn how to step toward the full healing God has in store for her in the days ahead. The brokenness is real and even manifested physically as in panic and anxiety attacks. But, my God is realer and much more able to put all my pieces together. Thus, the word I heard singing through my being is FIGHT as in I Timothy 6:12 and Rachel Platten’s song…FIGHT song. I will FIGHT for this little girl’s healing. I will FIGHT for me!

    • Tamara Bowman says:

      Hello Bernice, I want you to know that I am praying for you! You define inspiration at ALL levels, and I pray my faith if ever faced with anything remotely similar to what you have experienced can be remotely as strong as yours. You have defined FAITH for me even more, and I personally thank you! I look forward to continuing this Bible study with you, as we both continue to grow in our faith together and validate our worthiness through the wonderful Heavenly Father who created us as his masterpiece with utter perfection just as he wanted for each of us for HIS purpose. Many hugs to you, Bernice! Tamara

  248. Darlene Coates says:

    I’m struggling to get the full benefit of this OBS but I’m determined to find the focus to use this time to the best of my ability….with God’s help 🤗

  249. That is it okay to not be okay, that I am a work in progress.

  250. Brooke Katz says:

    What really stood out to me was this paragraph ” there will never be another person who will grace the face of this Earth who is like you. There are people whom only you can love, places that only you can go, and things that only you can do the way that you would do them. You have the opportunity to choose every day to honor the loveliness that you uniquely bring to the work, even if the world doesn’t seem to be holding it’s end of the bargain to bring the lovely to you.” Pg 36. I loved this struggling with depression and horrible thoughts about yourself this paragraph inspired me.

  251. Nancy Messinger says:

    I realize that my biggest drift is losing sight of God. I have so many excuses for why God is not first in my life. I’m to busy, I don’t have time, I need to take charge, I have to deal with life, etc. But what I keep finding in my heart as I am doing this online bible study is that I can’t do it alone, that God knows the plan, that I do not have control nor am I in charge. To really live the life I am suppose to live, to fulfill God’s master plan and fully appreciate the masterpiece that is me, I need to put God first. I need to get up each morning and Praise Him, I need to Thank Him and I need to Accept Him. I am working on this with all my heart and soul. Thank you for this online Bible study. It is helping me find my way back home.

  252. Chrystal writes:
    “Your discomfort is a signal that something needs to change. It is the call of the girl inside asking you not to give up and to fight for her. The mere fact that you have a sense of dis-ease about your life is a testament to the fact that you know deep down you were made for more. (p. 66)
    WOW!!!!!!
    I don’t know where to begin…but I think the drifting started when I was about 12-13 years old (I was a very happy girl until this time). I was enticed in to the woods (neighborhood kids had built a fort there) and was subjected to an audio tape of a father graphically describing doing things to his daughter while she was in the shower. (I’d rather not be specific here.) But couple that with the fact that my maternal uncles were obsessed with sex and often “invited” me to join them in sexual acts (it was all talk and as far as I know nothing ever really happened to me), I began a life that was no longer my normal. The above experience robbed me of a relationship with my own Dad (he had his own issues and wasn’t particularly nurturing or sensitive to the needs of a daughter – don’t get me wrong here, I adored and still adore my Dad). I was now PETRIFIED OF HIM because I though he wanted to do those things to me. I never knew enough to ever tell my Mom or Dad about it and it took on a life of its own. I wasn’t promiscuous but drifted in to a life of seeking men’s attention. I TOTALLY sought out older men and ignored my own peers in the process…convincing myself they were mere children…not worthy of my time. UGH. This is difficult..I’ve only shared the audio tape experience with a few people. I can see how this one experience in and of itself altered my course, though.
    So much more to my story but enough for today…;o)
    I am very encourage by Chrystal’s words (quoted above). I reread them several times with tears in my eyes.
    BTW, I’m 55 years old now, a grandmother to three, divorced twice, and really want to find my girl within.
    Thanks to anyone who took the time to read all this.

    • Anita Mitchell says:

      Thanks for sharing Linda – it can’t have been easy. I am surprised (and encouraged in one way) by the number of women our age who are looking to rediscover th girl within. I thought most people doing this study would be much younger……..let’s walk together and support each other along the way. Bless you.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Dear Linda,
      Thank you so much for sharing your story. We pray that God provides healing for all the difficult things you had to deal with in your past. May God help you to find your girl within . Hugs!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Linda, Thank you for sharing your story. Father we bring our sister Linda to You. Help her with her memories. Give her a reason to study, grow and change. Help her to see herself as Your masterpiece. Protect her and strengthen her to follow close to you. In Jesus’s name. Amen. You can do this! Blessings!

  253. The truth’s I got from this are; I can choose to pay attention and live aware, to choose more in my life, to face the truth head on, and, to be bold enough to believe change is possible, all of which Chrystal stated.

  254. I loved discovering James 3:4, “And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.” (NLT). I feel powerless with how my life is, but this gives me strength to move my rudder though I feel the winds are strong against me. I have faith things will get better and more importantly that God will bless me with the strength to surpass them.

  255. Christine Polkovitch says:

    I absolutely love what Chrystal wrote at the bottom of page 47 of She’s Still There, “Wisdom for living the rest of your life begins with being honest about the life you have lived so far.” Wow, such a powerful statement, and it hit me like a ton of bricks when I read it.

  256. This first weeks study has conjured up so many things that were buried. It’s time for this (46 year old) girl to fight, wrestle & participate! I’m ready to choose to partner with God & change my course. I’m excited for what next weeks study will hold.

  257. Greetings,
    This week studies has been enlighten and uplifting. As I am reading each chapter I am highlighting points that jump out and grab hold of my inner man (heart). Eph. 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being..
    I know the girl inside of me is still alive; she reminds me of the things God has equipped and called me to do. I have allowed distractions too manage my life far too long and I know it is time to stop drifting and allow the Holy Spirit to teach me, guided me and strengthen me as get on course. I am not ready to abdicate my throne, “greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world.”

  258. Cathy Stevenson says:

    The statement that I most recognized in myself was when she said, “A drift is ‘the decision you make by not deciding ‘. My life can definitely drift by not being purposeful with it.

  259. We are all here living Gods journeys He made for us, planned for us. I’m learning to keep going. He is by my side all the time. I want to have a stronger faith in the journey He has planned for me.

  260. Honestly..just the title of the Bible study “she is still there” stood out for me. I saw the post on instagram and My heart was stirred and excited to be apart of this online study. Thank you so much for this.
    “She is still there” kept ringing in my head,just that sentence touched my heart,I could hear it was Jesus telling me she is still there :).
    I love Jesus and I know I am a masterpiece designed to worship and glorify him, I had so many desires in my heart to work for his glory but somewhere in the Chaos of life I drifted and came to a point where I didn’t even know who I was anymore. .. . I am slowly getting there again and I know it is God that led me to this study. I am excited for all that’s coming up. Jesus reigns! !

    Thank you guys so much.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Rhea, thank you for sharing. We are so glad you have joined us for this study and are finding it helpful. Keep up the good work. Blessings!

  261. Sherry J Wright says:

    I’m drifting now! What’s next for a 65 year old woman working part time in a job I no longer enjoy. I was so glad that this bible study came to me! It seems God puts things in my path when I seem to veer off so now I’m praying like Crystal did and waiting to see what he has in store for me. I’ve turned my rudder back on the pat with this bible study! Thank you!

  262. Anita Mitchell says:

    Sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge drift. I believe that I have been allowed to drift so that I can see how much I need direction in my life. I’m 54; my children are all grown (the last one finishes school in a matter of weeks); my oldest is getting married. My husband is at the peak of his career with so many options. I gave up paid work last year to better support my family. And I do believe it was the right thing to do; and yet there are days when I seem to simply ” drift” and accomplish little. I seem to waste so much trimester. This is the rudder I need to correct. I’m hoping that really sinking my teeth into Gods word with support and direction will give me the direction I need.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Anita, thank you for sharing. We will be praying with you that you will find the direction you need for your life at this time. We are glad you are studying with us. Blessings!

  263. I am loving this Bible study and the videos. As I am reading the book it brings up past things that have happened and how I changed without realizing it. It took me many years to come back from those times. I am in south Florida and I may not have power for some time. I am hoping these videos will be up like other studies I have done with you all for the full 6 weeks because I do not want to miss out.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Claudia, yes the videos will be available for the full time. We pray for your safety during the bad weather. Blessings!

  264. I’m okay…I’m okay!! What a great reminder…for me to stop and acknowledge . I know deep down in my heart that God has me…but I forget to think when I’m in the middle of pleasing and taking care of everyone…elderly parents with dementia, children and grandchildren. Oh and my amazing husband who was diagnosed with vocal chord cancer, and now cancer free after radiation!
    I have a lot to be grateful for, but for some reason I’m not always looking at the glass half full. I’m praying God will show me how to be more grateful, and more worthy of His love!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Pam, blessings on you. You have a lot going on. Father, be with our sister and help her to rediscover who she is and how she is Your masterpiece. Help her to feel worthy. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

  265. The truth that stands out for me this week is when Chrystal wrote, “Im still here. God is not finished with me yet.” I am here but I’m stuck. I’m fighting my way out of grief and depression due to numerous losses, and it seems to be never ending. This Bible study is another effort on my part to participate with God in getting back to life, to life He has planned for me. I’m only 46 and a widow and I’m scared … Oh Lord God, please don’t give up on me. I need you, Jesus. My hope endures

    • Nancy Griggs O Team says:

      Michelle, I totally understand where you are coming from. I was widowed when I was 40 years old. It certainly is a scary time. I am now 76 and going strong for the Lord. He will not give up on you. I am glad you are doing this study. My prayer is that it will help you to grow in your walk and find your rightful place in His kingdom. Father, strengthen my sister and help her to find herself in this season of her life. In Jesus’s name. Amen. Blessings!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Michelle!
      Our prayers are with you Michelle. We pray that God removes your grief and depression and replaces it with His love, comfort, peace, and hope. Do not be scared or afraid, the Lord is with you and He will never leave you nor forsake you. The Lord will never give up on you. Isaiah 43:13 (NLT) “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.” Trust and Hope in the Lord and He will give you strength. We pray God speaks to you through this study and helps you discover the plans He has for you. Hugs and Blessings.

  266. Linda Smith says:

    I am learning that even thou I am a mess I am a masterpiece.

  267. Lisa Williams says:

    The truth I’ve learned so far is that I can be a masterpiece and a mess at the same time. I find this very relatable.

  268. Veronica Robinson says:

    Owning your story. And our verse for the week that we are His masterpiece created in Christ to do good works. I am amazed as I have pondered and mediatated on this verse just how many opportunities God has given me to do good things this week.

  269. God has reminded me that I am not defined by my past mistakes. I am still learning to trust in that statement but it’s really hard.

  270. Owning your story is an act of strength and brave enough to know that there is more.

  271. Joyce Jackson says:

    A truth that hit me is, I’m okay. I’m going to be okay because God still has big plans for me!

  272. Anne Peyton says:

    I really liked it when Chrystal said that even if there is some darkness in your life right now, there is always light if you just look for it. This was such a great reminder for me this week!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Anne,
      AMEN! 1 John 1:5 (ESV) says, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

  273. Lori Lawrence says:

    A couple of truths I think spoke to me, I am a wonderful masterpiece 🙂 and that drifts are ok as long as we can recognize and learn from them, teaching tools for sure!
    Thank you ladies for your time on this study! It is much appreciated.

  274. Lisa Dickinson says:

    Honestly I felt more adrift this week than per usual. With impending hurricane Irma I stressed out thinking what would happen with my parents with my dads bad hip, moms fractured back and my fractured collarbone. I’ve gained three more pounds in two days and feel worse about myself. I’m pouring myself into this book hoping I can feel a shift. My 50th birthday is next week and I feel 80.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Dear Lisa,
      Prayers for you. God will help you through your struggles. You are not alone, God is with you and we are also right beside you on your journey. We pray for your parents’ safety, and for their health as well. We also are praying for all those in the path of the storm. May God give you a special blessing on your upcoming 50th birthday next week. Hugs.

  275. Julie Overstreet says:

    What really spoke to me is “I am a masterpiece. I’ve always thought of God’s “masterpiece” as being the mountains, beautiful mountail streams, waterfalls, beaches, beautiful flowers, trees, etc. I guess I haven’t really thought about myself as being God’s masterpiece. It’s is so awesome!!!!!
    This is a wonderful study. I would be blessed to win the giveaway, but whomever wins, will be blessed as well 🙂

  276. Cassa Haney says:

    I learn so much not only from this study but by reading everyones comments!! Thanks everyone!

  277. Martha McAnlis says:

    I love this study! I have never done an online study and it has been amazing! I usually like the in person connection, but the fast pace of the study helped me feel connected! I love all the points of this week. I often forget that I am God’s Masterpiece and no matter what, I will be ok! He has MY back!! We must persevere towards helping the young us come out again! So excited to continue this journey!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Martha!
      Welcome to P31 OBS. We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying the study and are learning and growing as you discover the girl within. While it might not take the place of a true in person connection, we hope you do take advantage of the opportunity to communicate with other ladies on the Blog. This provides a way that you can share what you are learning with others, and help you dig deeper in the study.

  278. My husband just died last month and I find that I am in a new place that I am not use to. It helps to know that He still is in control my life and directing it. He still has things for me to do and will help me adjust to a different way of life without a husband by my side. He, Jesus, is by my side and guiding me. I feel a little insecure about what lies ahead, but it helps just to know he will be with me.

    • Sending prayers your way Elaine.

    • Dear Sweet Elaine,
      I lost my husband 5 years ago. Those first days and months were so terrible. My heart weeps for you. Know hat God is with you, never ever leaving your side. He cares so much for you, and on this side of 5 years, I can look back on how God was present with me, getting me through those hard days and nights. He is holding you, dear Elaine. Hugs.

  279. Becky Schmidtgall says:

    I love reading Chrystal’s heart poured out on the pages of this book. I’ve been recommending this book to lots of ladies whom I hope will be blessed as well. Looking forward to what’s next!

  280. At 20yrs or 30 yrs or even 40yrs it’s possible to do a course correction and make it matter..and im happ for all of you…in fact i applaud it but….not at my age

    • Nancy Griggs O Team says:

      Susan, I disagree with you. I am 76 years old and I can make course adjustments. I am in the process of making a very big one. It’s never too late to be of service for the Lord. Father, be with my sister and help her to see how she can make adjustments in her life to serve You better. In Jesus’s name. Amen. Blessings!

  281. Chrystal is an awesome speaker! I really feel like God is speaking through her directly to me. This is the 1st time I’ve done a bible study online or anywhere. I can’t wait to learn more!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Shay, we are glad you have joined us for this study. Yes, Chrystal is awesome! Thank you for sharing how much you enjoy the study. Blessings!

  282. Lisa Freese says:

    I am looking forward to diving deeper and accepting that God is in control. I think I have tried to control everything for so long it’s just worn me down. He has a much bigger and better plan for me than I could imagine. I hope this Study reveals to me some of the ways God wants to use me that I have possibly been avoiding.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Lisa, thank you for sharing. We are praying with you that revelation will come as to how you can be used for God. Blessings!

  283. Where yoy are today ia not where you have to be forever. This hit me and is my story. I love this study and hope to keep growing in wisdom and confidence to move forward!

  284. The first 5 chapters have spoken to me in so many ways. I’m learning that I need to get off of the “control” train and focus on the plan that has been laid out for me. I’m learning that I don’t have to look at my past as mistakes, instead look at th as learning curves and stepping stones. Lastly, im learning that my life isn’t going to be everything I ever hoped but it’s up to me to be checked in with my inner self so I can fully live whatever path I’m meant to experience.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team says:

      Kayla, thank you for sharing. We love what you are learning. Keep up the good work. Blessings!

  285. This week was a great teaching week. Thank you

  286. Harriet Lane says:

    The truth that stood out to me this week is that the moment in my life that seems so bleak, crippling and saddens me is just a moment in my life, and not something that will have an everlasting affect on my life. It’s temporal Harriet so be encouraged this to shall pass, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Thank you Chrystal for allowing God to use you to give this revelation. God Bless you dearly!

  287. I am God’s child.

  288. This too shall pass. This is only a moment not my life.

  289. Gail Russell says:

    Obedience and Focus!

  290. My truth is the one God has been trying to tell me for a long time…. “Be still and know…” I struggle with giving up control and I go into panic mode when I do not know what lies ahead. I think it makes me feel less of a masterpiece…. more of a mess… but I’m learning I can be both and that doesn’t change the beauty that God sees in me! I’m not perfect, I’m just a sinner who needs her Savior!

  291. Melissa Montosa says:

    We need to be careful of the things that can drift us away. we need to be vigilant and careful. But either way, drifts or not, we ARE God’s masterpiece !

  292. Jennifer Fraser says:

    This study was is His perfect plan at this time. Just over a year ago I started into divorce proceedings after 23 years of marriage. It is my personality to fix. Because my ex husband didn’t do much to help support our family for so long I took on a part time job last summer and another with just a few hours a week in the last couple of months besides my full time job, but still continued to struggle. But God has reminded me that I am called to mother my children and trust in His provision- to give up control and trust. This study is showing me I am truly not the only one who struggles with this. So I will obey so that I can be the example of how God is our provision for those who will trust. God bless!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Jennifer!
      Thank you for sharing. Wasn’t it wonderful the way God led you to this study at the perfect time. Our strength and trust is in the Lord as we go through life’s struggles. We pray that He will provide whatever you need! May God Bless you!

  293. I’m so thankful for this study. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m a wife and mama and other then that I don’t know who I am. I dove straight into trying to be true perfect wife and mother and completely lost myself in the process. The one thing I do know is that I am a child of God. I guess that’s not a bad place to start.

  294. Regardless of the drift I’m in, I am OKAY!

  295. God is there and always and forever a constant…..WE are the ones who drift…go astray….try to do it alone….stop the drift …..own your story and we will persevere……

  296. Lucinda Westfall says:

    Crystal’s book and Session 1 has been eye opening for me to take challenges even if the results aren’t the perfect product. Those challenges become a part of what I know I can and can not be strong to perform. If I want positive affirmation. Crystal’s book is power packed with just that.

  297. This is my first OBS bible study and I am a little confused on how it works… Can someone explain to me what they do each day? Besides read a chapter a day from the book, I’ve got that much down 🙂

  298. The truth that stuck in my soul was when Crystal talked about how some people from the Bible struggled. And God still used them. I need to remember that God loves everyone. Even those who don’t love the person they are right now.

  299. Jeanne D'Amico says:

    I am so excited to be a part of the study, I had two of my Grandchildren staying with me till Monday, while mama and daddy are getting some R and R..in calif
    So today was a bit board to connect with everything .

  300. The truth that spoke out to me was that we are living in this moment and this moment will not last forever and it will not define us. This brought back a saying that my late Grandmother and late Mother would always tell me “and this too,shall pass.” I often forget that, so this was a great reminder! Thank you for that!

  301. I learned I am not alone. It’s amazing to me how I can be convinced that I am the only one who feels something and that I should be ashamed of it. “It felt like the girl i wanted to be was dying a slow suffocating death, and I was clueless as to how to help her.” This is exactly something I have been struggling with for the past 10 months. I wept over the pages because Chrystal was quoting myself, and because maybe there’s hope to “rescue” my girl still.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Kayce,
      We are happy to hear that this study has been a help to you. We pray that it continues to bring you hope and encouragement as you journey to find the girl within. Hugs!

  302. Maria Pane says:

    it’s amazing to know that others have similar feelings of being out their all alone as I do. It’s anxiety provoking at times and as much as I pray to God to help me feel His love and care for me – knowing that I’m not the only one with these feelings is a comfort. I think this study shows me that and is a way God is communicating His love and care for me.

  303. The truth that sticks out for me with my illness Is things change all the time I try very hard not to let myself get stuck on what I may have lost each time and this study has Made me realize how even though I do pretty good I still have a way to go, I get stuck in the what could have been or what I should be able to do for my family or myself. Gods truth is I still have a place it may not be the one I thought but so far I has been better than I imagened.

  304. kasia louise christy says:

    So far this week, I have learned that I can say things Like Ok God and cannot take this Kill Me now, lol. Life has so many struggles and I always feel like why me, and think I am the only one, But I know I am not and I am Ok. We may be in the storm but all storms do not last forever, and we maybe a mess when the storms ends but change comes and a new beginning and survival. we are survivors and God love us and he will bring us through if we trust Him.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Kasia Louise!
      And don’t forget that God is with us even in the midst of those storms too! God can use those storms to help mold us into the woman God wants us to be. You are worthy and God loves you!

  305. It’s so easy to be down. It’s easy to feel hurt. It’s easy to blame. It’s easy to allow ourselves to drive directly in this direction without looking back. But God created a view for a reason…the things to look at and remind us of His great work! It’s work, but I’m worth it and He says so!

  306. When I hurt and am down I start to wallow in it. It’s a pattern with me. Soon I’m down in the dumps and I’m giving up. Time and time again year after year I do this. Like a hampster on a wheel. I keep this cycle going. I see this in myself and I’m sick of it. I’m in a difficult situation now and looking for a way out but God’s not letting me out and I’ve been fighting against it. My job is very stressful, I’m exhausted mandatory overtime for weeks. We have to work 60 hours a week with one day off and I loathe the job. I’m afraid I’ll get sick and end up in the hospital or have a nervous breakdown. The company does not care about ppl. It’s impacted my social life in that I have none it’s started to interfere with my ability to go to church because I’m working constantly yet God isn’t allowing me out right now and I’m mad about that. I had a hissy fit yesterday and commiserated with a team mate who sits next to me. We fired each other up . I have a choice do I want to go down this tired old path or do I want to fight for myself and change. I want to change. I’m tired but I want what God has for me. So im going to wrestle and that thought exhausts me. lol hanging by a thread but still hanging and the thread hasn’t broken yet.

    • Hey Jan, your entry really touched my heart. One thing that you mentioned that I wanted to speak to is not attending church. If you can try to go to church, the nourishment you receive from other believers and the preached word can strengthen you with the struggles on the job. Also there are so many quality Christian broadcasts on TV or technological sources you can be feed and encouraged through God’s word.
      You keep holding on because God’s holding on to the string! God Bless

  307. From page 58: we DO have the power to change (the direction of the drift)…hallelujah!

  308. This week this study helped remind me that I am OK. Certain situations arise and you feel alone or discouraged but this just helped remind that no matter what, GOd hears us and he loves us and we are not alone. He will help guide us back to the girl we are meant to be.

  309. Lorna Spencer says:

    #BibleStudyLIVE pulled everything together and helped me focus on what God says about me. I need to believe His truth and reject Satan’s lies. I can move forward with God and participate with Him or choose Satan’s lies and remain stuck. I choose to fight and move foward with God!

  310. That I can be a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time. With God and with me not giving up I can become who I’m suppose to be.

  311. The reading has been fabulous and I thank God
    that I made the choice to participate in this conversation with others women with similar struggles!
    One truth that spoke to me is that I am allowed to be a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.
    Crystal’s stories reminds that a beautiful life is NOT a perfect life (marriage where my struggles are).
    Her words have told me that I’m responsible for choices that celebrate and recognize who that girl is and I can choose to wrestle for the win. It reminds me of Jacob when he wrestled with God he told him he wouldn’t stop wrestling with him until he blessed him.
    I’m going to continue to “fight for my life ” and seek God’s guidance and direction even if it’s messy!

  312. “Because the middle is messy”

    Such a simple phrase yet it sets off tons of “Ah Ha” moments. My biggest enemies are the thoughts that haunt me of how I got to where I am. It is so hard for me to accept the fact that my progress is so messy. But I can look back and see the beauty in the messiness. I have to constantly remind myself that there are tons of people in the Bible with messy middles. Right there in the Word of God. Which I love because it shows me that I am not alone. I am not the only one that argues with God or gets mad at God and ask him why. I am going to definitely learn now to talk, sing and be ok until my change comes.
    “Will you keep going? Will you trust me? Will you believe in me that I know what I am doing? And will you participate with me in the fight?” Crystal Evans Hurst

    • Thank you Kristen for your comments. It’s exactly how I’m feeling but did not know how to write it out. This is my first ever blog and online bible study. To fight for my life I need to be confident that I can join this community of women. I’m doing it afraid! I need the encouragement and I must be okay in the middle of my mess. Thank you! And thank Crystal for writing such an amazing book. I know God dropped this study right in lap…now I have work to do! I don’t want to do it aline. 😄

      • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

        Hi Rhonda!
        Welcome to P31 OBS we are so happy that you decided to join us in your first online bible study. And we are so excited that you took the extra step to interact with others in the community. The community is a great source of support and encouragement. Don’t be afraid, be confident because Christ is your strength! Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV) says, ” Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” We pray that you enjoy this study, it sounds like God directed you to it. Hugs!

  313. Amen, I say Amen. The Lord has given me a reprieve, I just have to see it and know it for what it is. I too wrestled with wanted to be hurt so I can pause. I say unfortunately, but maybe it is fortunately, I was hurt and I have had time to reflect upon my life and what God wants for me. So again, I say Amen for the Lord Jesus is working in me. I just have to be strong enough to wrestle.

  314. Desiree Flora says:

    I’m just realizing where I went off from the 19 year old girl I was back 42 years ago. I thought it was from a few weeks ago when something came back to haunt me, but it wasn’t. It was from choices I made so long ago. I’ve come back several times to that 19 year old but let the dreams go that I had because of marriage, children, grandchildren. I’ve had a good life I just ponder where I could have been if I had stayed the course God was leading me to, not what I chose. I’m not regretting my life these past 42 years. I have had a really good life, and had God by my side the whole time. I do think the years I’ve listened to God the most have been my best years. I’m in a Great God year right now.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Desiree,
      We are happy to hear you put those painful years behind and that your in a Great God Year right now! We pray that this study helps you re-discover the dreams and passions that God has placed in your heart when you were that 19 year old. Blessings to you!

  315. I am so happy that I get to watch this episode they encourage me through out my day. As a provider for my mother this encourages me daily. I’m so glad I found this site

  316. Barb McInnis says:

    The video is amazing! What I learned is that I am HIS masterpiece; I just need to WILLINGLY participate in the fight and BELIEVE HE knows what HE IS DOING with me and through me 🙂

  317. I am still here and I am okay. I just woke and 40 years have passed, I have been a bystander just watching. I want to begin to participate and enjoy the rest of my life.

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Amy!
      God doesn’t look at age, He has a plan and purpose no matter where we are in life’s journey. If we look in the Bible we see that God used Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Zacharias and Elizabeth, and many others.. We pray that this study re-awakens the girl inside and that God will reveal his direction, plan, and purpose for you and He gives you the desire to be a participant and not just a bystander. Hugs and Blessings to you!

    • Me 2 Amy🤗. Excited 2 see where God is going 2 take me the latter years of my life.

  318. “Small rudders steer huge ships.” For the past two years, I have definitely been in a drift. Been in several, over the course of my life, due to burn out, and sudden, intense grief, & more recently, just plain overwhelm. But this week, I AM seeing my thoughts begin to change–those small rudders! I am a military wife of 24 years, and have seemingly watched helplessly as my own identity has just slipped away. Husband is now retired & on to his second career, where it feels like I am now waiting for my own life to begin, somehow. The truth is, I don’t have a clue what’s next. But I DO believe this study is a “word in due season” for me, and even though geography & life’s circumstances have left me rather isolated, I can see by everyone’s posts that I AM NOT Alone in this. There are many of you struggling with the exact same FEELINGS that I have. And knowing that helps a lot. Trying now to just stay the course on this new path. Very much looking forward to the next five weeks!

    • Proverbs 31 Online Bible Team says:

      Hi Cherri,
      We thank you and your husband for your years of service! Life’s journey can take us through rough times and we all experience burn out, grief, and the feeling of being overwhelmed. God can be your anchor and help you get back on the course. You are definitely NOT alone, we are on this journey right beside you. Isn’t great that we have a wonderful community here where we can all share and provide support for each other. We pray that this study gives you guidance and God reveals that special purpose He has for you. May God bless you.

    • WOW is all I can say to this message. I really needed it today with the encouragement that was spoken along with verses to go alone with it. I have felt so alone and isolated since my husband passed almost 6 years ago and have been wandering, lost and felt forgotten. Thanks for this teaching series and reminding me that I AM still here, somewhere, lost but somewhere??? lol

  319. Thank you God for making me a masterpiece Amen thank you Proverbs 31 for being in path that God has placed me in this stage of life journey I will take the challenge to fight for girl Iam to be to those great work everyday

  320. Janice Pacowta Sylvester says:

    In the middle of this mess, I am clinging to Jesus for dear life.

  321. I have been a messy masterpiece and it’s time for me to wrestle for the masterpiece that God created me to be. I ask for prayer during this time of loneliness and feeling lost. Thank you to Proverbs 31 for this bible study. I pray that I will stick with it and not get lost in my selfishness. I already feel God working in me as I hear these words from Chrystal.

  322. Nicole Burke says:

    I really like the part of the session one video where she walks through Ephesians, and all the references on how we are to fight. I also liked the emphasis on how it will look messy, but we have to keep going. Before I was saved, I looked at adversity as a sign that I wasn’t supposed to be doing what I was doing. Since then I have had many opportunities to learn that almost everything I really want takes a little fight and perseverance. I consider it the “toil” that comes with bearing fruit in this world.

  323. My life…just, wow! Remember how Ch. 1 started with Chrystal’s thought of being hospitalized just for “a break”? Yep. You had me at hello. My story is SO long. But I will persevere & live life as God intended instead of as a victim of my circumstances!

  324. Christine Robinson says:

    This was so good!! In the middle of our mess we can still be His masterpiece!! There have been many times that I’ve had to say the same thing, “I don’t know what you are doing but I’m choosing to trust that You know what You’re doing.”

  325. I do not really understand a blog. But I missed every night this week because I did not know what time it started. Or how to work the Bible study. I am having to read the book online because I have not recline yet. Please help. Thank u.

    • Kimberly Isaac-Emery says:

      Hi Tonya,
      Are you receiving the email notifications? They have helped me in understanding the timing, schedule, etc.
      There is a study guide attached to the first email. It lays out the daily plan.

      The blog spot here is a place for us to share/reply to one another, etc.

      In Christ,
      Kim

  326. Zenia Higgins says:

    Thank you for this study.

  327. Andrea Stricklen says:

    I am getting so much from this book and study.

  328. Stefanie Bendiburg Crum says:

    This material and its message is resonating with me so much!

  329. I have yet to read the book (I’m getting ready to tonight!), but the blog postings, comments and video by Chrystal Evans Hurst is already helping me out so much. But who is helping me most of all? The Lord our Savior Jesus Christ!
    A few takeaways from the video:
    1) Sometimes our starting point seems small and doesn’t make sense, but it could very well be apart of God’s plan that will grow into amazing things (Jonie Eareckson Tada’s story)
    2) Stuck doesn’t define us where we are; God defines where we are.
    3) If God’s love is enough to save you, it’s enough to change you. Colossians 1:16
    4) Feeling lost does not equal lifeless.
    5) If you want to be a winner, you have to fight. But most of the hard work is done by Jesus. We just have to participate.
    6) The fight is ongoing. Cooperate with God; He will help you.
    7) Those from the Bible who had to put up a fight: David, Elijah, Job, Leah & Rachel, Jacob, Hannah, Jesus…and ultimately, all of us!
    8) We are His masterpiece. A work of art (in-progress) by the most skilled artisan, God. Believe that you are His masterpiece, regardless of your feelings or the situation at hand. We are unfinished (listen to “Unfinished” by Mandisa).
    9) Suffering is apart of life. How will you deal with it? You can’t deal with it alone. You only can deal with it by grabbing Gods outstretched hand, the One who is waiting for your grasp.
    10) As you are still with the breath of life, you can find hope. It’s in God. Believe!

    Amen and amen.

  330. Michelle Lappin says:

    I am Sooo thankful for the timing of this study!! My schedule is hectic but this book is right on time!! In all my business, I’ve started to lose sight of what truly matters. In other words, I’ve drifted from living in confidence that God loves me. I’m committed to finishing this book regardless of how long it takes, believing that it will help me to refocus on him. Thank you for all you do!!

  331. Brittany St. Bernard says:

    There is so much that I”m getting out of this study but some of the reminders I am getting from the book are that change is always possible, and one thing we can always change is our attitude towards the circumstances we are in.

  332. i needed this today. things got rough this week and i was already starting to drift. i typed out James 3:4 in huge font and printed it. it’s gonna hang on my wall right next to my bed so i see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. thank you

  333. Nichole Worthington says:

    Wow!!! This was so good; took so much away from this. Be Bold and Brave!!! As long as your still breathing the rescue is worth it!! Amen!! I am a firm believer in this, I was rescued from addiction of 12 years. Loved how she said we have to be willing participants in our fight for our life. God is not a magical genie. We have to work with him in cultivating our lives. if we do not allow him in we will never grow and learn who we are meant to become.I am also a believer in telling your story and how that gives us strength to grow and move forward!!!
    Thank You so much Chrystal Evans Hurst
    Amen,

  334. CASSANDRA A COYLE says:

    Admit it, own up to it, aknowledge it. This is easier said than done. But we need to participate in the fight instead of sitting back and asking God to just fix it for us!

  335. Otilia Caraveo says:

    I have learned so much in this first week and I have decided to do the work, cooperate and participate with God and being in the middle is finally gonna get to His ending! With God all things are possible and To God Be The Glory! And to accept my wrestling with God is a good thing and ask for the Holy Spirit to enable me to Fight for the girl God created in Jesus mighty strong name Amen.

  336. Jennifer Mata says:

    I love that I can acknowledge in Christ my role as a mess without Him and a Masterpiece with Him. It is Jesus IN ME that changed my canvas

  337. Joylynn Pilapil says:

    God is SO good! He gives us the incredible honor and blessing of being someone’s wife or mother.. yet allows the heart of that once-little-girl, to remain hidden deep inside of us.
    His daughters. His princesses!🎀

  338. Loved the video teaching this week!!! Spoke so much truth into my soul!!!

  339. What truth(s) stood out to you this week that you can use to turn your “life boat” towards the girl God placed in you?
    Chrystal’s story of her relationship with the boy really struck a chord in me. Her story was almost exactly like my own. When I met my husband so young, so many years ago, I began to drift. God tried to warn me, my mother felt he was too old for me because he was 17 and I was 14, and he was nice, but his family weren’t believers and they even mocked God( so did he)!
    I was so blind. And what went from a high school romance became a marriage of pain, addiction, rejection, betrayal(multiple).
    Although, I couldn’t see the future God Knew. In His Love ❤️ for me, He tried to protect me, but I felt that this man was my knight in shining armor coming to rescue me from an emotionally and verbally, and spiritually abusive home.
    Giving birth to three children with special needs only made it worse as he was emotionally detached already and took on 16 hour shifts to avoid being at home!
    God will speak in subtle ways, but we either ignore or override the message! Spending time in His Word and with Others who are strong in the faith are great 👍 protections against the slow drift. The Flesh is always seeking a quick fix💊💉🏄🏼🍏👠👗 in the desire to ease or eliminate pain.
    It’s that gnawing, pulsating, throbbing pain that brings us back to the Lord! But, if I fill it with food, fashion, or fantasy…I’m going to drift..yes, I’d only planned to grab just a little of the “forbidden fruit” 🍐 for a moment and it’s become 30 years of a drift that is devastating daily. 😰
    However, He who promised IS faithful. He’s working in the rubble of my bad decision. It’s just taking awhile and I’m not going to be able to just get “out” as quickly as I got myself into this mess.
    He’s even using the mess to perform miracles as I listen 👂 instead of try to dig and manipulate my way out.
    God can and will take the biggest Messes, Mistakes, and Mishaps and Give Me a Message!
    A message that will not only free me, but many Others who’ve seasons of drifting away have led them to a place that’s more painful than whatever they were running from.

  340. God showed me that it’s ok to feel special and to stop condemning myself for bad choices or mistakes. It became apparent that even at 53 I still had the choice to change my thought patterns and remember my dreams and most of all I could still follow them

  341. Margaret Pike says:

    I would love to read this! I have lost myself somewhere along the way and I want to find me. I think this study will be so helpful.

  342. We are Gods masterpiece. This is vital to me in my profession and in my job. I teach at a Christian mission school in the inner city and part of the pledge we say every morning is “I am beautifully and wonderfully made” to remind us God made us and knitted us together in our mothers womb. As a teacher you always have that kid that gets upset because so and so made fun of my hair or my clothes etc and I remind them God saw what he made in His own image and it was very good. It’s amazing that when I say that the student is like oh ok, I am great….as an adult I need to remind myself of that when people are always quick to judge me.

  343. I am apprehensive now that the study has begun. I know who I am now and who I want to be but I have no idea how to get there. I know I’m not who God wants me to be. Now I’m behind, mostly because of work. It feels like the story of my life. It’s a blessing to know that’s why this study was created and there is a community of us.

  344. No matter what, God loves me with an everlasting love. Even more powerful than the love of a man. I need to see myself as He does.

  345. I am a masterpiece! I’m wrestling with the girl within and in order to be a winner,I have to be willing to fight! So grateful for this bible study! I’ve always looked at myself as a unique individual. Never quite fitting in with others especially cliques.It wasn’t until my age of 36 approaching 37, that I learned that was because of my anoiting and calling. Never have I’ve been conceited in life. Nor do I embrace titles well,I’ve always hated titles for the people I was introduced early on in life who carrief them with conceit and utilized them to looked at others in a beneath way. So I’ve wrestled with embracing who Our Heavenly Father made me to be. His Masterpiece! For the past seven years I’ve been on a journey and within the last two I can honestly say I’m yet struggling but this week alone has been a turnaround and blessing, thanks to God,Proverbs 31 and Mrs.Chrystal Evans Hurst! I am a Masterpiece!

  346. Colleen Mennen says:

    I’m confused…..Where do I find the Video???

  347. Margaret Anne says:

    I have a favorite word that scripture repeats often. Remember. And it’s a word I often forget to utilize in my day to day living. Remember who I am, remember who God is, remember who the enemy is, remember who the world is, remember what Jesus did. When I remember, I have victory. This study, I hope will speak to my inner child and remind her of the truth she has forgotten. Praying this for everyone doing this study with me.

  348. Jennifer Belcher says:

    It doesn’t matter how you got where you are as much as it matters that you acknowledge that where you are is not where you want to be!!

  349. That I am an active participant in my life. I can just stand by and hope things work out. I can get in the fight with Christ beside me!

  350. That should be “I CAN”T just stand by and hope things work out”. 🙂

  351. I picked up this book because of something Chrystal said in one of her online blogs. She said “Cognitive Dissonance”. I looked up the meaning and that was ME! My beliefs in Christ Jesus and my walk did not align. I had drifted. BUT GOD….

    So I picked up the book & study guide and God placed it on my heart to start a study group in my home.

    I want my heavenly beliefs to change my earthly walk. I believe that what I have gone through ( my drift from God. My sins) my “messy middle”, God wants me to use this, to help transform lives. To transform my life. To be a testimony of what God can do if you allow Him to use you. I am made in the image of God. He loves me, yes even me. I am a work in progress, and I am Gods Masterpiece. Let the fight begin 🙂

  352. I’m a work in progress and learning to steer this wheel on the right tracks.

  353. Jasmine Hayes says:

    That I am a masterpiece and a work in progress , that I am worthy to fight for.

  354. Judy Zimpfer says:

    Drifting is a choice; keeping my focus on Him is the better option!

  355. Paige Babilonia says:

    Even through the messiest of times, He is still there. It’s vital to be able to take a step backward and ask Him for his spiritual lenses. There have been challenging moments in the past month- and during those very moments, I didn’t understand what good would come or how I would find a solution out. But multiple times, God has shown me why I didn’t get the job, why my landlord didn’t renew the lease, and how much stronger I needed to grow. He is busy painting stroke by stroke creating this beautiful portrait of our lives, one that we cannot even imagine.

  356. Amanda O'Malley says:

    That it is all up to me to choose. Choose to stay where I am or choose to change my course back to the girl that is still there and the path that God has for me.

  357. The truth that stood out most to me this week in helping me find the girl within is that you have to guard your heart (and your girl) by living intentionally and with awareness. Also paying attention when your conscience/your girl screams that you are starting to drift instead of ignoring/rationalizing your actions/thoughts

  358. Deborah Duran says:

    At 62 I figured I had no more change or much growth more to do in my life. Today I ask the question, “Who am I?” I even asked Google and received many different answers. I want to know who I am in Christ!

  359. Drifts are definitely a part of my life! I have lost focus.

  360. Love the reminder that we need to be brave enough to believe that change is possible and that we are worth it.

  361. margherita baldini says:

    This week has brought me in the direction of knowing that believing in me and accepting that i make mistakes…i can drift…and my life is still worth navigating in being true to me and that God does have a plan and purpose designed for me

  362. I am struggling to find the faith. To fight the fight. To PARTICIPATE. I need to find focus and strength. This video was sent to me by a dear friend and it has moved me to want to fight the good fight. Thank you for your amazing word.

  363. Week 1! Learning so much!

  364. Wow! This study is so perfectly timed. I am at a stage in my life where I am realizing that I don’t even know the girl within. This study to this point is helping me come to terms with what I had left behind so long ago. I am enjoying the reading and cracking up as I relate so much to Chrystal and life! Looking forward to the rest of the study!
    Thank you
    Maureen

  365. A bit behind cuz life happens…..I got this morning off work and here I am. This session is such a powerful positive that we all need to hear and continue to tell ourselves! Thanks for sharing this story Chrystal and for OBS31 to bring it to us all! A nug to keep pushing forward! Excited and looking forward to working through this study 🙂

  366. For me, I have made course correction, I really just need to keep steering into it and hang on!!

  367. What I’ve learned is that I need to stop beating myself up for my mistakes and my faults. God will and has forgiven me for my sins. I’m human and I have prayed to him asking for his forgiveness. I’ve learned that I need to quit allowing others to put me down and judge me because they are not perfect either. I work very hard and do the best I can and that’s all that God asks for. I need to keep my life boat going ahead, pushing forward towards the horizon and not backwards towards the shore.

  368. I love where she said, the love of God that saved your soul, has the power to change your life.

  369. That drifts are unintentional so we have to be intentional in what we do. Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
    That is what connected with me most of all. I know that when I let those near me influence me and lean on them instead of God and my husband I let the wrong things come into my heart. I am going to be a better steward of my heart and keep guard so that I do not lose my path. If you don’t guard your heart you may just break it along with others. I know this a truth as it has happened to me. I love God and I give him the power in my life from now on. Not that I am saying I won’t be responsible for myself just that I will trust in God and his word to direct my actions! I love you LORD.

  370. I am learning that I can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time

  371. Even though I’m 75, God isn’t finished with me yet! He is daily doing a work in me, cutting, sanding and polishing me so that I can be a beacon of light as I travel through this temporary home. He has given me talents and abilities, and has specific places and times for me to use them. I’m more than someone’s wife, mother, and grandmother (although I love being all of those). I am me! Unique, different, and usable in God’s kingdom..

  372. I had never really thought about being God’s perfect creation. I knew that in Christ I am made perfect, but I always held on to the knowledge that I am imperfect, my past, my life, my thoughts all aren’t perfect, so in my head I thought “it’s great that Jesus stands in front of me so God won’t see this mess that I am” but that’s really not the case.

  373. MaryM Claire Cockrell says:

    Pg. 36 was full of statements that really impacted me! One of my favorite statements was: “You have the opportunity to choose every day to honor the loveliness that you uniquely bring to the world, even if the world diesn’t seem to be holding up its end of the bargain to bring the lovely to you.” This was just what I needed to hear. I need to continue giving my best to God and to others…even when it doesn’t seem to be noticed.

  374. A truth I’m clinging to this week is to PAY ATTENTION to what I hear God telling me about the girl within and not letting it go in one ear and out the other. I need to reflect on this truth or I can drift away without realizing!

  375. I love the thought that I can be a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. Makes life seem easier knowing that it’s okay that I’m not perfect but God loves me right where I’m at and who I am!

  376. Distractions have led me to drift. Rather than being aware of and living who I am, I allowed myself to be deceived. This deception (based on decisions I made) led me to spiritual death rather than to the prosperous, hope-filled life Godhas planned for me.

  377. Distractions happen! I need to stay focused on God and then my true self will shine through.

  378. Staying focused on God by studying bible, praying, prasinging God instead of the distractions

  379. Ryann Stanbrough says:

    Although there is work involved, it is easier than I think to get back to who I want to be. His time may not be my time, but I am worth the work and it WILL be okay!

  380. I’ve learned so much. But the thing that stands out most to me, is that I think Chrystal wrote MY story when she wrote chapter 4!!! ROFL…..that is so much my story. I let a boy derail me from the path I was on, only mine was in early college. Some of the issues still try to rear their ugly heads, but through healing and acceptance, I’m learning not to listen to them and am slowly learning to listen to God’s voice in my life. I’m slowly learning to be still so that I can hear His voice in my life. Life is good. Life is sweet….and I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in another year.

  381. My biggest takeaway from this week might be to choose to honor myself. I think it is a lot harder to do than it sounds, but I am interested in making that my focus because in honoring myself I will be honoring God.

  382. “And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.” (NLT)…. I really love this verse. I’ve never caught it before, and being an avid boater and water baby, it really speaks to me, and encourages me. I have been without internet service for several days now, thanks to Irma, so I’m at my workplace, playing catch up on my lunch hour. P31 OBS, would you consider leaving the videos up for a while longer, for those of us who are suffering through the aftermath of Irma, and may not have power or internet service? Loving this study!!

  383. Many struggle with thoughts of worthiness and the middle is very messy. It gets messy from our choices and sometimes from the selfish sinful choices of others. I really struggle with the messages the selfish sinful choices of others in my life give life to via Satan’s lies. It is a struggle and wrestling match to shut out those lies of rejection, replacement, not worth protecting and to replace them with God’s truths. The little girls dreams were minimal and even those were shattered by another’s sinful selfish choices.

  384. Tammy C Bogle says:

    My biggest takeaway…
    Is no matter what, no matter what, no matter what…Tammy is OKAY! No matter how I’m feeling right now, how overwhelmingly heavy the load gets, I AM OK, AND I WILL BE OK.

  385. Hello girls, This situation of overwhelmingly is happening with me right now. Since 2014 I left my job because I felt empty and that my family needed me. I left my kids at school at 7 am and only picked them up at 7 at night. That was awful to me. So I asked God for this blessing to be at home with my children. And this happened my husband understands and is happy with my dedication. But incredibly I still feel that something is missing, since my childhood I always felt called a missional but it did not happen the way I wanted. My activities in the church always face the same problems. I feel great pleasure in serving God by helping people but I still do not see this happening effectively. It seems like what I see and feel most people do not share. I’m half lost and feeling frustrated.
    I write weekly devotions on a women’s church website and serve in the couples ministry. I have stood before God in search of more opportunities to serve people and He has given me … but why do I still feel lost and aimless? I believe God is in control but I feel displaced and with no definite focus. How can I solve this? Thanks.

  386. The biggest truth to me is in Romans 8:18 (NIV) “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that WILL be revealed in us.” I may not understand why things happen but as long as I rely on God I know the future is much, much better than the present suffering!

  387. I wish you kept the videos up longer. They should be up for the whole study. All of us can’t get to everything as quickly as we would like, and now I’ve missed it and can’t afford to buy your tapes. Oh well…………..won’t be continuing.

  388. Amanda O'Malley says:

    Choose to fight that stood out to me the most. No matter what life throws my way I have to fight and never give up

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