3 Simple Steps for a Successful OBS

Executive Team Leader for the Words Department, Katrina Wylie | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #ListenLoveRepeat #P31OBSHi #ListenLoveRepeat OBSers!

I’m Katrina Wylie, the executive team leader for the Words Department for #P31OBS. With the study just around the corner, we thought you may be wondering how you can have a successful OBS. So I’m excited to share with you today, 3 simple steps to do just that! Are you ready?

Step 1: Study
Sounds obvious, right? But what all does “study” involve? Here are the basics we recommend:

  • Read the Three B’s (Book, Blog & Bible) — We’ll be reading two chapters of Listen, Love, Repeat by Karen Ehman per week. We’ll also have a new blog post daily, Monday through Friday, to provide encouragement, accountability and opportunities to dig deeper into your Bible – all with a mix of OBS fun!
  • Utilize the Study Companion — This FREE resource will help you stay in the know and on track with weekly study schedules. Plus some fun freebies too: verse of the week phone lockscreens and Facebook banners, printable journal pages and more! Simply click here to download your companion. Then view it daily on your device OR print it and keep with your study materials.

Step 2: Connect
While we love Bible study here at P31 OBS, we’re also BIG on community! So after you’re done studying the “Three B’s” each day, we also encourage you to connect in our community. Here are two tips to help you get started:

  • Share in the Comments Section on the Blog — At the end of each blog post, you’ll find a “Let’s Chat” question inviting you to share your answer in the comments. Or, you can simply share your study thoughts for the day. Either way, we love hearing from you!
  • Read & Reply to Other’s Comments — This is where you get the chance to meet and mingle with your fellow OBSers from all over the world! Plus, echoed throughout the comment thread is where we find that encouraging and comforting “me too” our hearts yearn for. You’ll realize we’re not alone in your listening and loving struggles. Praise God!

Step 3: Repeat
Now that you know steps 1 and 2, simply repeat the pattern –> study, connect, repeat … daily, and all five weeks long!

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Can’t wait to get started with you on Monday!

~Katrina

Let’s Chat:

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” With his words in mind, when and where will you plan to study and connect? I’ll be studying in my living room each morning, before my kiddo wakes. And connecting during lunch each day, from my home office 🙂

Giveaway!
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Satisfying Our Soul Cravings

“Finding I AM” Study Leader, Katrina Wylie | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBSHow are you satisfying the cravings of your soul?

Hey, Katrina back with you to wrap up our week with a special treat! In case you missed the news, we have the ENTIRE Finding I AM video series by Lysa TerKeurst, to go with our study every Friday for FREE. A special treat, indeed! 🙂

Last weekend we shared Session 1, introducing this video series. If you watched that, then you’ve already caught a glimpse into how amazing these videos are! But if you missed it, you can still catch it here.

Today we have Session 2, where we get to join Lysa in Capernaum, where Jesus spent much of His daily life. And where He spoke His first I AM statement – “I AM the bread of life.” John 6:35 (NIV)

John 6:35 (NIV) | "I AM the bread of life." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 1 Verse | #FindingIAM #P31OBS

I can’t think of a better way to wrap up our week than hearing from Lysa! And like she said on Monday, no matter where you are with the homework each Friday, we encourage you to watch these. Plus, did you know our videos are closed captioned? You can click here for instructions to turn them on.

If you, like me, struggle with trying to satisfy your cravings with all the wrong things, then grab a pen, turn to page 38 in Finding I AM, click the video, and watch as Lysa shares how we can truly satisfy every craving of our soul.

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

Note: These Finding I AM videos will only be available to view here until March 10.

Let’s Chat:

Turn to the group guide (p. 39) and let’s chat about Question 3: “What ‘bread’ are you turning to, and how can you be reminded that Jesus gives us the true bread of life?”

Giveaway!
Share in the comments today to enter to win a copy of Finding I AM AND our Teaching Series! One winner will be randomly selected and emailed.

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Ready for Some LIVE Bible Study Chat?

“Finding I AM” Study Leader, Katrina Wylie | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBSHi everyone! Katrina here with you again today 🙂

I hope your book work is going super well for you so far. But no matter where you are with it, we have an opportunity to connect in live community about this week’s study! And I’m so excited, because I get to introduce you to two of my favorite people — Melis Chambers and Mari Taylor — here to share all about it!

Join us for an hour of fun & community on Facebook tonight! Bible Study LIVE kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. We’d love for you to join us! Click here to learn more and RSVP --> https://www.facebook.com/events/236403530098589/ #FindingIAM #P31OBS

Melis and Mari are two of our Study Leaders for Finding I AM. And, not only do they have an incredible passion for God, His Word and P31 OBS, they also love sharing that passion with all of you at our Thursday night Bible Study LIVE events each study! Here’s Melis to tell you more …

Howdy OBSers, Melis here! And I want to personally invite YOU to our Bible Study LIVE events for Finding I AM!

Our BSL events are an hour long, live Facebook event full of fun, community and discussion on each week’s study topic. What makes them live? Every few minutes during the events we add a new post with a question for you to answer and interact with one another. And did you know you don’t have to be up to date on your study “homework” or even be signed up for the study to participate? That’s right. Everyone is welcome!

This is my favorite hour each week for so many reasons! But these are my top two:

  1. We get to learn from each other’s insights
  2. They’re online, so we can attend in our coziest clothes (PJ’s anyone?!) 😉

Now here’s Mari …

Hey y’all, Mari here! And I’m excited to share how you can join our first BSL for 2017 and the Finding I AM study! Here are the details …

Date: TONIGHT, January 26
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Place: Our P31 OBS FB event page

If you’ve never been to Bible Study LIVE, or need a quick refresher on how it works, we’ve got just the thing for you! Check out our “how-to” video by clicking here for a few simple steps to help you have a great BSL experience.

Oh, and did I mention there’ll be a giveaway? Yes ma’am! I know you don’t want to miss out on a chance to win something cool.

So, how about it — are you ready for some Bible study fun? We’re excited for tonight, y’all! Hope to see YOU there!!

Join us for an hour of fun & community on Facebook tonight! Bible Study LIVE kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. We’d love for you to join us! Click here to learn more and RSVP --> https://www.facebook.com/events/236403530098589/ #FindingIAM #P31OBS

Note: To keep our events available to anyone on Facebook who wants to join, they’re public events. They’re not in a closed or private group. What does this mean? Anything you comment in our Bible Study LIVE events will be visible to anyone on Facebook, including your Facebook friends, so please be mindful of that.

UPDATE: A Winner has been chosen for WK 2 Bible Study LIVE. Congrats to Amy S email beginning amy.sc…! We will email you with the details!

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Choosing Life or Lies

“Finding I AM” Study Leader, Katrina Wylie | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBSHi everyone! I’m Katrina Wylie, the Executive Team Leader for the Words Department of P31 OBS and your Study Leader for the rest of this week. 🙂

Wasn’t the kickoff on Monday fabulous? I loved all the advice and encouragement to help us with our book work. If you missed that, you can catch it by clicking here.

Speaking of book work, how’s it going with yours? If you’re still waiting for your copy to arrive, we’ve got you covered with the first week of book content, for free, right here.

And because I seem to be all about asking questions today, here’s one to ponder:

What are you consuming this week?

In Day 1 of Finding I AM, Lysa TerKeurst gives us this food for thought:

“What we consume will consume us. It’s our choice whether we are consuming God’s life or the enemies lies.”

Did the words, “It’s our choice” leap out and smack you upside the head, too? Perhaps I should rephrase my question to:

What are you CHOOSING to consume this week?

If you’re anything like me, you might be tempted to snack on a few thoughts like these:

  • I need to get all five days homework done.
  • I need to fill in every blank.
  • I need to remember and apply everything I’m learning.

Can we just name those thoughts for what they really are? Lies. All of them. From the enemy. To set us up for failure right from the get go!

But we’re here to better know our God, who is the bread of life. So can I encourage you to watch this short video highlighting a challenge Lysa presents in Day 2’s book work? It’s something I believe has potential to help us consume more of God’s life, this study and less of the enemies lies. To turn on closed captioning, get instructions here.

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

So … will you take the challenge?

As we work through this study, I hope you’ll pray daily with me to help us consume from the right source, remembering:

“God is the source of life through His provision. The enemy is the source of lies through his perversion.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst

"God is the source of life through His provision. The enemy is the source of lies through his perversion." - Lysa TerKeurst #FindingIAM | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 1 #P31OBS

Let’s Chat:

Are you taking Lysa’s prayer challenge? How will you ensure you remember to carry it out daily?

Can’t wait to connect in the comments, but first we have an exciting freebie for you! For even more help to digest truth this study, check out the memory kit in the download below. Plus, remember our first call of the optional “Finding I AM Teaching Series” is TODAY at 11 a.m. ET, with Lysa TerKeurst! You can learn more and purchase the series here.

~ Katrina

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Beyond the Book & Blog

“Finding I AM” Study Leader, Katrina Wylie | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBSHi Finding I AM OBSers! (For those new here, that’s our special name for you who join us for Online Bible Study.) I’m Katrina Wylie, executive team leader for our Words Department here at Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies. I’m also a Study Leader for our next study – Finding I AM.

I can’t wait to dig into Lysa TerKeurst’s study book, starting January 23! But today I wanted to share the many FREE options we have to help you get even more out of your OBS experience. (And please remember, these are all entirely up to you if you’d like to try ’em!)

While we’re all about great Bible study here, we also love connecting in community and having fun with our fellow OBS gals around the world! So here are all the extra options you can join …

Hang Out with Us On Social Media!

Note: Use the hashtags #P31OBS and #FindingIAM in your posts for greater connection on social media. You can also search those hashtags to see what others are sharing!

Come & Connect Through Our Study Events!

  • Extra Option #4: Facebook Party!
    Love Facebook, fun and fellow Finding I AM friends? We do, too! Join us Tuesday, January 24 at 8 p.m. ET for our Facebook party. RSVP here.
  • Extra Option #5: Bible Study LIVE!
    Want to chat it up LIVE about what we’re learning each week? Join us on Facebook each Thursday at 8 p.m. ET! Click the links below to RSVP to each week:
    Week 1 (Jan. 26)
    Week 2 (Feb. 2)
    Week 3 (Feb. 9)
    Week 4 (Feb. 16)
    Week 5 (Feb. 23)
  • Extra Option #6: Twitter Party!
    Mark your calendars! Join us Tuesday, January 31 at 9 p.m. ET for some fast and fun study chat. Simply follow @P31OBS on Twitter and use/search the hashtag #FindingIAM to join in.

So there you have it – your 6 FREE, extra options for the Finding I AM P31 OBS! And don’t worry, we’ll send reminders for each of these before they happen! I hope you’ll join us! And remember: These are all listed as extra options … because they’re just that! 🙂

Our motto is: Your life is crazy. Your Bible study doesn’t have to be. So — do feel empowered to pick and choose as many (or few) of these options that work for YOU.

Giveaway!
Comment today for your chance to win a Finding I AM study book by Lysa TerKeurst for you and a friend! Two winners will be randomly selected and emailed.

Answer the Let’s Chat question in the comment section of today’s blog and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the Bible study book, "Finding I AM" by Lysa TerKeurst! | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBS

Lets Chat:

Which extra option(s) are you planning to add to your study? If you’re a returning OBSer … which options have you already tried and loved?

Can’t wait to connect with you in the comments!

~ Katrina

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