Happy 1st Day of Bible Study! {Week 1}

“She's Still There” Study Host, Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #ShesStillThere #P31OBSHello everyone! Welcome! I’m so excited our Bible study starts today!

Introducing Worthy: a P31 OBS based on She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst. We’re so glad you’re studying with us!

I’m Melissa Taylor, and it’s my honor to get you started in Week 1 of our study. Are you ready? Let’s jump right in!

The first thing we’d like for you to do is join Nicki Koziarz, Kendra Schwarz and me in the video below to learn what’s going on this week. (Note the special appearance by our author Chrystal Evans Hurst, plus two new gals, Betty Bummer and Worthy Wanda.) Y’all, this is good.

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

LOL, right? The first time I watched that video, I had to pause it because I was laughing so hard. Poor Betty Bummer. Good thing she has Wanda in her life! And how about “Chrystal’s Still Here?” We will get to hear from our amazing author twice a week! Once for a brief moment in the Monday videos and then again on Friday when you’ll have access for ONE WEEK to view her video message that goes along with Week 1 of the study! How awesome is that?

As mentioned in today’s video, we have a few accessories to help you each week. One is the Study Companion. This is where you can find everything you need for each week all in one place. If you’re wondering what chapters we’re reading this week, check out your companion.

Another accessory is an optional Bible study written by Sarah Travis and yours truly. We’ve taken the Scriptures Chrystal shares throughout the book and put together some Bible activities and lessons to help God’s Word come alive in your life and provide you with some Bible study skills you can use during this study and beyond. This Bible study was written and designed with you in mind. Work at your own pace and enjoy the time you spend in God’s Word.

A little word of advice: Try not to overcomplicate things. Do what you can, when you can. This Bible study needs to fit your life! Enjoy Week 1 of #ShesStillThere!

Let’s Chat:

Do you find you’re naturally more of a “Betty Bummer” or “Worthy Wanda?” In other words, are you usually the one needing the encouragement or giving it?

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Bible Study LIVE Giveaway {Week 5}

Hi, Friends!

Who’s ready to win a giveaway?! This week we have a special treat for one lucky winner! We are giving away a copy of our next online Bible study book, She’s Still There!

Comment on the blog today and you’ll be entered to win this book! | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

Here’s how to enter: 

Leave a comment on the blog that you were here at #BibleStudyLIVE and tell us your favorite part about the event! We’d love to know! One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.

And that’s a wrap! We have a few weeks before our next study starts and we hope you’ll join us for Worthy an Online Bible Study based on She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst! Sign up here.

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He’s Not Finished With Us Yet

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSQuestion: Are you the woman you want to be? This question makes me stop and think a bit. But, I have good news. Together we can become women we’ve always wanted to be.

Think back to who you were when you were younger. What were your dreams? What were you hoping for? Were you full of excitement and expectation of all this life would offer you? I’ve come to find that as we get older, we tend to lose a part of us. Not intentionally but through different trials, life circumstances and situations.

Our next Online Bible Study, Worthy, is a study based on the newly released book She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You by Chrystal Evans Hurst! We’re going on a journey to find direction, purpose and most importantly, we’re going to find hope. Hope in God’s Word knowing He’s not finished with us yet.

And that journey begins September 5. Y’all. It’s going to be so good. Through this study you will:

  • Recognize the woman you were meant to be as you set out on a journey to find direction, purpose and true satisfaction.
  • Realize how valuable you are, regardless of where you are in life, as you receive the encouragement you need to pursue your passions.
  • Find the hope and answers you’re looking for as you learn how to study God’s Word in a meaningful and personal way.

The next Proverbs 31 Online Bible study is on the book, "She's Still There" by Chrystal Evans Hurst! Study starts September 5. Learn more and sign up here --> http://www.proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/ #ShesStillThere #P31OBS

So, will you join me? I hope you say yes and click here to register! I don’t want to do it alone and I think it’s going to be one for the books.

Okay, friend. Rest up, enjoy the rest of your summer and I’ll see you right here on September 5.

Blessings,
Melissa

Let’s Chat:

Will you be joining us for our next Online Bible Study? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Giveaway!
Comment today to be entered to win a copy of She’s Still There for you and a friend! We’ll randomly select and email 3 winners.

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How to Parent Your Child’s Mind Without Losing Yours

Hey friends! I know we don’t typically send out a Saturday blog post, but I wanted to introduce you to a good friend to OBS, Sissy Goff.

Sissy is the author of eight books and the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries — and she’s brilliant! She’s also one of the guests on our current teaching series, How to Parent Your Child’s Mind and Not Lose Yours in the Process. If you’re a mom, dad or frequently surrounding yourself with young people, you’ll relate to what she has to say.

So, without further ado, check this out from Sissy Goff:

“I just want you to tell me two things … 1) that what I’m feeling is normal and 2) that I’m doing a good job.”

I was meeting with a mom of four kids. She was in the middle of a hard marriage … and a hard, exhausting season of parenting. As a counselor, I believe the words she spoke echo the hearts of moms/grandmothers/teachers/mentors/ women all over the world.

We talked on the OBS Teaching Series recently about how, when something goes wrong in their worlds, boys tend to blame others (Moms, that’s most often times you they’re blaming). Girls, on the other hand, tend to blame themselves. Ladies, you’re grown up girls. And I’m afraid you’re still prey to that very same painful, often paralyzing phenomenon.

We are profoundly hard on ourselves. We’re hard on ourselves as friends, as co-workers, as spouses, and undoubtedly, you’re hard on yourself as a parent. You’re worried you’re not doing it right … and so you tighten up. And, it’s a little bit like if you’ve ever been snow skiing. I don’t know about you, but once I fall, it’s really all downhill. I try harder and harder and get tighter and tighter. And, as a result, I just fall that much more.

Let me back up a little and introduce myself. I’m a snow skier, sometimes.  But I spend most of my days counseling children and families at a place called Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tenn. Over the 24 years I’ve been counseling, I’ve seen a lot of moms. And grandmothers. And teachers and mentors and youth leaders who are trying their best to love the kids in their lives. And they often feel like they’re giving those kids anything but their best.

So, let’s get to the heart of the matter … and get back to the conversation I had with this mom who was in a trying season.

  1. What you’re feeling is normal. What she was feeling was normal … and what you’re feeling right in this very second is normal, too. It’s important to name those feelings. When we don’t is often when we try harder, stuffing them down, and fall (and fail) all the more. Our feelings shoot out sideways.

As a counselor, I truly believe that your children will push your buttons more than anyone else in your life … and it’s often one particular child in your family that’s the button pusher. Those feelings are important, too. The button pusher is often the oldest child of your same gender, or the child who happens to be most like you. Therefore, the feelings we feel in response to them are often feelings we really have toward ourselves.

Those children are like little mirrors. But, whatever your feelings are, they’re important. Pay attention. Listen. Talk about them. Pray about them. They’re not only normal, but they’re worthy of your time and attention. I can assure you that it will help both you and your child for you to look honestly at what’s going on inside of you, and to share it.

2. You’re doing a good job. I know we haven’t met. But, even the fact that you’re a part of this ministry … that you’re investing your time in growing as a person or as a parent means that you’re trying. It means your heart is to learn to love God, and to love your child in new and deeper ways. You’re doing great. God sees that. Your child may not right now (especially if they’re in their narcissistic teenage years). But they will one day.

3. You’re going to mess up. I’m sure you’ve heard it before … but, no matter how much you’ve heard it, I don’t believe you can really hear it enough. You’re going to blow it. You’re going to get angry with your child. You’re going to miss things. You’re going to feel, at times, like you are losing your mind.

As my friend and boss, Melissa says, “You don’t have to be a giant in the life of your child. You just have to know one.” You do know one. He is the perfect parent, which frees you up to be the real, not-so-perfect you. He chose you to be the mom for your child … for each of your children, even your button pusher. He will give you everything you need … and, when you need even more, He can give you others to help.

Don’t be afraid to ask. He wants so much good for you and your child. In fact, you are a huge part of that good for the kids you love. His mercies cover you both … day after day after day. Failures and all. You’re doing great. Everything you feel is normal, including your need for Him. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)

Learn more from Sissy at Raising Boys & Girls.

Interested in our teaching series? It’s not too late! All the calls are recorded and when you purchase them, you get a digital/printable workbook in your inbox. Pretty great, right? So don’t delay! Join us today.

 

You’re Invited to the "How to Parent Your Child's Mind" Teaching Series! We'd love for you to join us! #P31OBS #NoMoreLies

Giveaway: 

Comment on the blog one thing you learned from Sissy! Once you do, you’ll be entered to win two of Sissy’s books: Are My Kids on Track? and Intentional Parenting. Three randomly selected winners will be notified via email.

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Renewing Our Thought Closets {Week 1}

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSDay 1 of Me, Myself, and Lies is finally here, and it couldn’t begin for me fast enough. At 50 years old, you’d think I’d be past this already. But the truth is, the battle of the mind is continuous and not age-selective.

Hi everyone! I’m Melissa, and it’s my honor and privilege to kick off our online Bible study of Me, Myself, and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild!

What do you say when you talk to yourself? Most likely, you’re like me and find yourself saying things in your head that aren’t the kinds of things God would want you saying! After all, you signed up for this study for a reason, right?

I had such a great conversation with author Jennifer Rothschild and P31 Content Manager, Kendra Schwarz. Join us as we learn why Jennifer, who’s blind by the way, wrote this book, and we discuss 3 questions to ask yourself to determine the condition of your “thought closet.”

Also, all of our videos are transcribed by some of our awesome volunteers. Click here to learn how you can access the closed captioning!

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

How much do you just love Jennifer Rothschild?! Doesn’t she make you feel like you’re joining a good friend as you embark on this Bible study? One thing I really loved from spending time with her is how much she truly cares about what we think. She’s experienced the confidence and freedom that comes from replacing those awful lies with goodness.

Here’s what you need to get started:

We have this awesome thing called the Study Companion. In case you missed it in last week’s pre-study posts, it has EVERYTHING you need to know about your Bible study each week, including weekly assignments, fun freebies, the first 3 chapters, and optional activities. Seriously, if you have a question or need something, it’s probably in there. Click the button below to get yours.

And as mentioned in the video, here are the links to the books we talked about and the Bible study for you to use during this OBS:

I’m looking forward to what we’ll learn this week, as we dive into God’s Word and read Me, Myself, and Lies!

Romans 12:2b (NIV) “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 1 Verse | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

Let’s Chat:

Before we begin, let’s make a pact. C’mon, I need everyone to do this with me. Changing our thought lives won’t come easy. We’ll need to stay focused and committed. So, let’s all agree right now that we’ll apply ourselves fully to replace the cruel self-talk with God-talk — soul talk — talk that builds us up. We’re willing to do what it takes. Are you with me?

Now’s the time to get a piece of paper, and write a declaration to yourself. Or call a friend or accountability partner, and decide together that you’ll do this. Share your declaration or statement of doing whatever it takes to make changes in your thought life.

See you in the comments section!
Melissa

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