Doing Life Together {Chapter 7 Bible Study}

"Listen, Love, Repeat" Study Leader, Jen Folz | Proverbs 31 Online BIble Studies | #ListenLoveRepeat #P31OBSHappy Tuesday, OBSers!

I’m happy to be back with you today. I can’t wait for us to get started on the Chapter 7 Bible study. Y’all, it’s so good.

Brand NEW this study! Join us on the blog for a FREE downloadable / printable Bible Study PDF to help you dig deeper into Chapter 7 of our "Listen, Love, Repeat" online Bible study. #ListenLoveRepeat #P31OBS

In today’s lesson, Melissa Taylor helps us understand how the Bible clearly tells us we’re created to do life with others. As I was reading, I thought about one of my favorite lines from the song If I Should Fall Behind, by Bruce Springsteen:

“If as we’re walking a hand should slip free

I’ll wait for you

And should I fall behind

Wait for me”

This reminds me of our OBS community, the friendships I’ve seen grow here and how God made us for relationships. Isn’t it so cool that we, as OBSers, live all over the world, and yet we can come together and study side-by-side?

So, let’s open our Bibles, download the Chapter 7 Bible study below, and learn how we can walk hand in hand.

If you’d prefer to print the entire Bible study at once, rather than day by day, here’s the full Bible study, all in ONE PDF! Click the “Download Now” button below to access it!

Let’s Chat:

In today’s Bible study, Melissa Taylor refers to Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. How can you apply verse 10 to someone in your life whom Jesus may be calling you to “grab hold of their hand?”

I’m looking forward to hearing from you in the comment section!



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Prickly People Need Love Too!

"Listen, Love, Repeat" Study Leader, Jen Folz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #ListenLoveRepeat #P31OBSHi everyone! I’m Jen Folz, your study leader for the week. Can you believe it’s Week 4 already?

Is anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed with life and busy schedules? Let’s take a deep breath together and give ourselves a little grace to focus on this week’s #ListenLoveRepeat chapters!

Now, this may sound like a funny question, but has a person’s behavior ever made you feel like you were hugging a porcupine or squeezing a skunk?

In this week’s video, Melissa Taylor and Karen Ehman talk about how to love those “hard to love” people in our lives. Whew! I could definitely use some tips in this area. Let’s watch and see what we learn about these “prickly people.” And remember, our OBS videos are closed captioned. Click here for instructions.

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

Wow! Did anyone else picture those who’ve behaved like porcupines and skunks in your life? I sure did. I don’t know about you, but for me it can sometimes feel tricky to love these hard to love people. Like Karen reminds us in Chapter 8 of Listen, Love, Repeat:

“It is a counter-cultural idea to love the unloving. But it is God’s plan for us.”

"It is a countercultural idea to love the unloving. But it is God's plan for us."-Karen Ehman #ListenLoveRepeat | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 4 #P31OBS

While loving those who’ve “pricked” or “skunked” us with their behaviors is NOT easy to do, in this week’s chapters, Karen has generously provided us with some helpful tips on loving difficult people. Click here for your free download of these!

And let’s not forget our go-to source for this week’s study happenings: the OBS Study Companion. Now that you have all you need for the week, grab a snack, and let’s meet below to chat in the comments.

Have a great Monday y’all.


Let’s Chat:

When you encounter someone who feels like a porcupine, or their behavior stinks like a skunk, how do you react? What positive action, from our free download above, can you take this week to love a difficult person?

For me, it takes a lot of patience and remembering to use grace when I encounter a situation like this. I stumble often, but I keep trying. This week I’m going to take action by praying for the difficult person in my life.



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The Wait Continues

"Wait and See" Study Leader, Jen Folz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitAndSee #P31OBSHello! I’m happy to be back with y’all. Hasn’t this been such an awesome study?!

We did it! We spent the past five weeks learning to find peace in God’s pauses and plans. Do you feel you have a deeper understanding of your wait?

My hope is that your spiritual tool belt is filled with applicable tips from our book, so your circumstances feel more manageable.

Like many of you, I’ve had multiple “waits.” Some have come to a completion, while others are still in progress. And because waiting can feel really hard at times, I’m thankful that trusting God’s timing is a step we’ve all been learning to take this study.

Throughout Wait and See, Wendy Pope provided us with many tips to help our waits feel less overwhelming. Tips like:

  • Be close to God through quiet time and prayer
  • Read, study and live out His Word
  • Surround yourself with supportive friends
  • Tend to your “pasture” while in your wait

Now, when the timing of my wait feels hard to grasp, it’s easier to remember these wise words from Wendy Pope in Chapter 9:

“Things don’t always turn out exactly as we planned, but things always turn out as God planned.”

"Things Don't Always Turn Out Exactly As We Planned, But Things Always Turn Out As God Planned."- Wendy Pope #WaitAndSee | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 5 #P31OBS

Yes! When our wait feels hard to accept and it’s difficult to surrender control to God, we can remember that every promise God makes is fulfilled … even when we feel it’s taking too long. Amen?!

Thank you so much for joining our #WaitAndSee OBS. We’ve enjoyed walking beside each of you.

~ Jen

P.S. Want more on the Wait and See message? It’s not too late to order our “When You Feel Like God’s Not Showing Up” Conference Call Series. You can learn more and order them HERE.

And don’t forget, our next #P31OBS begins January 23! We’d love to have you join us. You can sign up for our study on Finding I AM by Lysa TerKeurst HERE.

Now, let’s grab a cup of coffee (or tea or whatever you prefer), and meet in the comments to share!

Let’s Chat:

Observe — What’s your biggest takeaway from this study that’s helping you in your wait?

Bible  In Chapter 9, Wendy refers to Psalm 119. Read verses 1, 11 and 45. Which speaks to you the most — and will you grab hold to take with you — as we wrap up our study?

Stretch  Ready to hear Wendy’s last thoughts for us? Watch this last video below OR click here to listen to the audio. How will you use the last step she shares in your wait?

If you can’t view the video above, click here to watch on YouTube. Want to download the free printable from Wendy’s teaching? Click the “download now” button below!

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Thrown for a Loop? {Week 4}

Week 4 "Wait and See" Study Leaders | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitandSee #P31OBS

Hello, friends! 🙂 Happy Monday!  Can you believe we’re in Week 4 of #WaitAndSee already?

How’s your study going so far?  If you’ve fallen behind at all, don’t worry!  Remember, our motto here at #P31OBS is “Your life is crazy. But your Bible Study doesn’t have to be!” So instead of trying to play catch up, go ahead and skip any parts you’ve missed, and join us in this week’s fun.

To help you know what is happening this week, here’s your Weekly Lowdown!  Don’t miss these free printable downloads.  They have all the details you need, like what chapters to read and what to expect each day this week.


Y’all, this week is going to be SO good. Who’s excited to hear the tip our “Wait” Training Coach has for us in this week’s video?  Let’s check it out …

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

In the video, Nichole mentioned how sometimes we can feel like we’ve been thrown for a loop during our wait.  Maybe circumstances don’t look the way we thought they would.  Or perhaps we’ve asked God for an answer to prayer that He hasn’t answered immediately.  I know I’ve felt like I’ve done a few loop de loops during some of my waits! Which is why I love our verse this week:

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12 (NIV)

Psalm 51:12 (NIV) | "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 4 Verse | #WaitandSee #P31OBS

This verse reminds me that when we feel we’ve been thrown for a loop in our wait, we can ask God to help restore our joy and give us what we need to sustain us. And when we do, He will take our loops and make them straight!

Let’s Chat:

Observe — When I feel like I’m being thrown for a loop, I like to listen to worship music. It helps me relax and turn my focus to God. What do you like to do when you’ve been thrown for a loop?

Bible — Take a moment to read our verse, Psalm 51:12, in a few different versions.  One of my favorites is the New Living Translation. Which version speaks to you the most? How does it help you to have a better understanding of this verse?

Stretch  In the video, Nichole Stern mentioned going out this week and focusing on who God is. What’s one NEW step you’ll take this week to help you focus more on God?

I’m looking forward to chatting with you and hearing your thoughts! If we were in the same room, I’d offer you a cup of coffee … Oh how I wish! But for now, let’s meet up in the comments by sharing our answers to today’s Let’s Chat questions, and replying to each other with some encouragement.

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How to Satisfy Our Souls While Waiting

"Wait and See" Study Leader, Jen Folz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitAndSee #P31OBSHello! I’m Jen Folz, one of your Study Leaders for #WaitAndSee, joining you from South Carolina. I’m excited to dig deeper into Chapter 2 with you!

Has a certain season of life ever felt long to you? Me too!

When my girls were toddlers, the days of diapers and tantrums felt endless.  I wondered, “God, is this it? Is this where you want me to be?”

Perhaps “toddlers” aren’t part of your wait. But whatever makes our days long, it can be hard for us to “see” God working. When we wait for plans to unfold, it may leave us feeling exhausted and depleted.

Yet, there’s good news! When we’re in a time of waiting (and as we heard in Monday’s video), Wendy Pope’s words from Chapter 2 of Wait and See can help:

“We have to allow God to do a work in us before he can do a work through us.”

"We have to allow God to do a work in us before He can do a work through us" - Wendy Pope #WaitAndSee | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 2 #P31OBS

Reading this reminds me it’s in our wait where God does His private work. On days when we feel the clock isn’t moving, Gods at work in our hearts.

Phew! Learning to wait well is hard work, but it’s doable!

Check out these practical steps Wendy gives us to apply to our wait:

  • Love God and love others
  • Pray
  • Be in His Word by reading the Bible
  • Have a quiet time with the Lord

Are you doing these things in your wait?

If I’m being honest, I know to do these things; however, I can lose focus on them during my wait. But I love what Wendy says to help us remember why we want to take these steps:

“Our soul is most satisfied and our life is most effective when we are where God wants us to be, doing what He wants us to do.”

I don’t know about you, but I long for soul satisfaction. I long to “wait well.” Will you join me in asking God for eyes to see and a heart to embrace Him in the long days of our wait?

Let’s Chat:

Observe — Which steps from Wendy (in the bullet list above) are you doing in your wait, and which do you need to work on?

Bible — Write out Psalm 16:8 as a prayer, replacing the pronoun “Him” with “You” and keep it with you throughout the week. How does this verse encourage you to keep your eyes on God?

Stretch — Ready to continue adding to your Chapter 10? This is where we apply what we’re learning to our wait, so don’t miss this! Turn to Chapter 10 and fill in your answers for the Chapter 2 section.

You’re Invited!
Each Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET are our Wait and See Conference Calls. Today’s call, with P31 author and speaker Karen Ehman, will help us to “Listen, Love, Repeat”!  Can’t be on live? Don’t worry!  The calls are recorded.

You’re Invited to the "When You Feel Like God's Not Showing Up" Conference Call series! We'd love for you to join us! You'll receive solid Biblical teaching and practical application by Melissa Taylor, Wendy Pope, Whitney Capps, Karen Ehman, Sharon Glasgow, and Nicki Koziarz! Click here to purchase the calls --> #P31OBS #WaitandSee

Still waiting on your book? We have the Intro + the first three chapters right here for you! Need to order one? We’ve got ’em for you right here in the P31 Bookstore!

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