Making Painful Memories Profitable

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

We’ve made it to the last day of another phenomenal week of study, OBSers! Woo-Hoo, I’m so proud of you 🙂 But we’re not finished yet, so hang in with us just a bit longer.

Being a retired Military gal, I was captivated by the meaning of the “Forget me not” phrase Jennifer shared with us in Chapter 8. It was one of those “who knew?” moments for me. The story is now etched into my memory, placed on the “that’s so sweet” shelf of my thought closet.

But, there are other memories in my thought closet, too. Memories that aren’t so sweet. Ones that, truth be told, make my heart hurt a little.

I bet you have those types of memories too.  

In Monday’s video, Jennifer and Kendra spoke about painful memories, and how we wish we could erase them. It made me picture the old chalkboards from my school years. Oh the days of old, haha!

Have you ever noticed that, no matter how many times a chalkboard is erased, some chalky residue always lingers? Yep. Just like some of our memories, chalk can leave behind a bit of a mess. But that doesn’t make the chalkboard worthless.

Our painful memories can sometimes make us feel “worthless” as well, am I right? But do you know what? That’s untrue too! And like Jennifer teaches, we can douse those “gasoline words” (such as “worthless”) with “water words”!

Isaiah 61:3 (HCSB) is a glorious example of “water words”! Let’s take a look …

“…to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair, And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD to glorify Him.” 

Did you catch the “instead of” statements?

  • crown of beauty instead of ashes
  • festive oil instead of mourning
  • splendid clothes instead of despair

That’s what the Truth of God does, friends; it redeems our painful memories!

Jennifer says it so well in Chapter 8 when she shares these wise words:  

“He can make even painful memories profitable as He gives meaning to them.”

"He can make even painful memories profitable as He gives meaning to them." - Jennifer Rothschild #NoMoreLies | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 4 #P31OBS

Hallelujah! Knowing God can give meaning to our painful memories to make them profitable is definitely something worth shouting about, amen?  

What a joy it’s been to be with y’all again. Let’s spend a bit more time together as we chat one last time this week.

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Do you have a physical reminder that helps you “remember” or “forget not” the good God has walked you through? I have a teddy bear named Ollie that I got in the eighth grade. My childhood was pretty tumultuous, but when I look at Ollie it reminds that God brought me out of that storm.

I’m praying over each of you as we head into our last week of study. See you in the comments!

~Trish

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Are You Open To It? {Week 4 Bible Study}

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSIt’s Wednesday, OBSers, and you know what that means — It’s Bible Study time!

I don’t know about you, but I’m learning so much through these Bible Study lessons. This “once upon a time, Bible study intimidated gal” is excited to dig in and learn more.

In this week’s Bible study, Melissa shares how she thought the new year would begin. BUT … dun, dun, dun … life had other plans.

Upon reading her story, I was reminded of Proverbs 19:21 (NIV):

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”

We’ve all been there, those scary places when our circumstances seem big and out of control. But what’s a girl to do when that happens? How do we get our peace back?

Let’s dig into the lesson with Melissa to learn how being open to it” allows room for God’s Truth to overcome our big and scary circumstances. Plus, we get to practice the “Keyword search” skill we learned during our Week 2 Bible Study lesson. I love when we put into practice what we’ve learned, don’t you?

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I’m deciding today that I’m “open to it.” I’m open to replacing the lies with Truth. I’m open to reading God’s Word. And I’m open to learning it for myself, soaking it up and applying it to my life. How about you? What is this study helping you to be “open to”?

Excited to see your declarations below!

~Trish

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Calming Down & Looking Back {Week 4}

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSWelcome to Week 4, friends! I’m tickled pink to be back with you again this week. Y’all, this study has blown up my thought closet, and it’s only getting better!

How are you doing? Are you keeping up? If not, that’s OK!

Sometimes it seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all we’d like. We put A LOT of pressure on ourselves to get things done. But, we’re not about perfection here. And “having to get it all perfect” is another lie.

Let’s crush that lie! Imperfect progress is still progress. Am I right? 

Speaking of pressure, have you ever let pressure build up to the point that it ignited your anger? If so, you’re not alone, but you are in luck! In this week’s video, Jennifer Rothschild shares some practical tips to help us with “calming down” and “looking back.” After watching, our thought closets are going to sparkle with newfound wisdom!

To watch the video with closed captioning, get instructions here.

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

Wasn’t that good? All that practical wisdom is going to make it SO much easier to live out our verse this week, too!

“Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” James 1:19b (NASB)

James 1:19b (NASB) | "Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 4 Verse | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

Alright fellow OBSers, as we head into another lie-crushing week of study, let’s not forget the two tools we have to help us plan and dig deeper into truth — our study companion and Bible study. There’s a ton of great resources in these!

I’m grabbing the Week 4 phone lockscreen, found in the companion, to help me remember to stay calm. And you’ll definitely want to stay tuned for Wednesday’s Bible Study! It’s THAT good! But first, let’s chat about our video from today!

Let’s Chat:

Today’s video was chock-full of practical pearls of wisdom. I really enjoyed the description of the “gasoline words” versus the “water words.” Y’all, I can get angry sometimes. Which is why I need our VOW’s reminder to be “slow to anger.” What’s a way you extinguish anger before it becomes an inferno? Let’s exchange ways that help us calm down!

See you in the comments,
Trish

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Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSOh my goodness, we made it through Week 2! Way to hang in there, OBSers. High five!

Thank you for being so honest in sharing about the lies that have taken up space in your thought closets. Admitting that yucky stuff out loud is hard! So … how are you doing with it?

For me, working through the yuck can seem daunting. The lies I’ve told myself for years need a complete Truth washing. And that’s probably not going to happen overnight!

It’s kind of like washing our hair. We all know shampoo is for washing the dirt and grime out of our hair, but have you ever noticed the instructions on a bottle of shampoo? In case you haven’t, they typically say to, “Lather, rinse, REPEAT.” Yes, sometimes it’s necessary to repeat the process of “washing” until all the dirt is gone.

One of my favorite Bible verses to remind me of this “repeat washing” process is our verse from last week, Romans 12:2 (NIV):

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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

This was the first verse I memorized. But, I have to admit, it was not an easy thing for me.

It took several days of repeating this Truth, over and over. And just when I thought I knew it, when I’d try to say it out loud, pieces were gone. So back into my Bible I went, starting the process of repeating again.

Can you say frustrating? But, so worth it, too!

So I have to ask, have you checked out the “sneak peeks” into Jennifer’s friends’ thought closets at the end of each chapter? I’ve found great comfort from the conversation Jennifer had with her good friend, Pasty Clairmont, in Chapter 3. During the conversation, Pasty passes along this little nugget: 

“Refuse the lies. Replace with good. Repeat for as long as it takes.”  

There it is again — REPEAT! For how long?  As. Long. As. It. Takes. 

Replacing the lies with the good will take time. And that’s okay! So when we find those same lies creeping back in, let’s add a fourth “R” to those three R’s Jennifer shared with us in Monday’s video: Recognize the lie, Refuse it, Replace it with Truth … and Repeat, repeat, repeat, for as long as it takes!

I’ve enjoyed being with y’all this week! Next week, the amazing Angela Diemer will be back to lead you! I just love her, and I know you will too.

Let’s Chat:

Now that we’ve made it through Week 2, I’d love to know your favorite part about the study from this week! Did you have an AHA moment? The way Jennifer told us about the woman with the bleeding issue in Chapter 4 took that Bible story to a whole new level for me!

Don’t leave a girl hanging, let’s hear yours below! 🙂

See you there,

~Trish

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Pursuing Wisdom & Truth {Week 2 Bible Study}

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSWooo-Hoo! It’s Bible Study time!

Hey y’all, can I share a little secret? I didn’t think I’d ever get excited over the word study, let alone, Bible study.

I still remember the first time someone said, “Hey Trish, let’s go to Bible study.” I was like, “What?” … Insert deer in headlights look … “Umm, no thanks, I think I need to vacuum tonight.”

Truth was, I was intimidated by the others I “knew” would know more than I did. I was embarrassed, and believed I wasn’t smart enough. I feared I’d look stupid …  All lies!

I’m so thankful for my friends who helped me overcome my fears and showed me just how beautiful Bible study can be. And now I can’t help but pass that love of “study” to you!

Y’all, we’ve never been more connected to free resources than we are today. And that’s why I’m so excited for this week’s Bible study! In it, Melissa Taylor highlights Chapters 3 and 4 from Me, Myself, and Lies. Plus, she shows us how to do a “Keyword Search.” That’s just a practical way of finding what you need to know with ease. And who doesn’t like that?  

So, are you ready for Bible study? This girl is!

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Sometimes I can get overwhelmed with all the information I’m learning. Can you say
brain overload? When that happens, I need to step away and regroup. One of my
favorite things to do is take a walk with my dog and listen to worship music.

How about you? What’s a favorite way for you to regroup after you’ve taken your
learning to another level?

Looking forward to learning how you regroup!

~Trish

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