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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How to Get Beyond Brokenhearted

"How to Get Beyond Brokenhearted“ by Katrina V. Wylie | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #UninvitedBook #P31OBSHave you ever felt … broken?

Since we all live in this broken world, I’m going to venture your answer is yes. I know I sure have!

Join me in the video message below, to tie in a lesson from Chapter 11 of Uninvited, through a personal brokenness I’ve experienced.

 

Note: All of our YouTube OBS videos are now closed captioned for the deaf/hard-of-hearing. Click here for instructions on accessing closed captioning.

So, how do we get beyond brokenhearted? We find the answer in Chapter 11 … We find it in our God

“We must praise God, seek God, look to God, fear God, learn from God, honor God, draw near to God, and take refuge in God.” — Lysa TerKeurst

What a beautiful “to-do list” when we’re feeling brokenhearted!

Are you allowing your feelings of rejection to draw you into that “to-do list” with God?

That answer would’ve been “no” for me for far too long. But eventually I did turn to God in those ways. And once I did? Wow, what a difference!

It’s been 7-1/2 years since the complicated birth of my daughter. And, looking back, I can clearly see that experience didn’t lead only to brokenness from feeling rejected by God. The path kept going. And once I was ready to keep walking that path, with God, it led me to a different kind of brokenness. A desperately needed brokenness! The breaking of my self-strength and self-dependence.

I honestly don’t think I’d be here today without that breaking. It was THAT brokenness which led me to this “new here.” And can I just say THIS “here,” though far from perfect, is pretty stinkin’ cool. Because I’m closer to God, I’m stronger IN God — and I get to serve Him in amazing ways I’d only dreamed of, but never could’ve achieved or maintained on my own!

Yes, I NEEDED to be broken to get to this “here.”

But where is the new “here” God wants to lead YOU to through your brokenness? Are you ready to get beyond the panic, uncertainty and discouragement that comes with feeling brokenhearted from rejection — to let go of all the why’s and lies and instead grab hold of our God?

The “new here” God has planned for you is worth it. YOU are worth it! So, like Lysa writes, I invite you today to:

“Hold fast to Jesus and remember: This breaking of you will be the making of you. A new you. A stronger you.”

"This breaking of you will be the making of you. A new you. A stronger you." - Lysa TerKeurst #UninvitedBook | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 4 #P31OBS

Let’s Chat:

Observe  To help us practice seeking, looking, calling, experiencing, fearing, learning, honoring, drawing near and taking refuge in God, in Chapter 11, Lysa TerKeurst outlines “10 things to remember and proclaim.” Which of the 10 do you need to apply most?

Bible — Spend some time in Psalm 34. Which verse(s) speak the most to you?

Stretch — Use this printable PDF to work through, with God and in your journal, one or more of the 10 application steps listed there.

You’re Invited! Have you signed up to partner with Mission India? It’s not too late! We invite you to help rejected women of India move beyond brokenhearted by signing up to pray for them here.

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