Shine the Light! {Week 3 Bible Study}

"Me, Myself, and Lies" Study Leader, Angela Diemer | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSHey there, sweet summer study gals! It’s mid-week, mid-study and today is Bible Study day! This is something still pretty new to #P31OBS, so we’re elated to have you join us for it!

Getting into God’s Word is EXCITING! It’s in His Word where He speaks specifically to us. He knows exactly what we need, at the exact moment needed, so spending time with Him in the Word is vital!

Are you ready? It’s Bible Study time!

Join us on the blog for a FREE downloadable/printable Bible Study PDF to help you dig deeper into Week 3 of our "Me, Myself, and Lies" online Bible study. #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

In today’s study, Melissa Taylor has a special treat for us! We get to share in her personal experience from her time in Israel. Ladies, the girl climbed in a dark cave! I’m not sure if I would’ve been able to do that. Seriously! Dark … tight space … spider possibilities — yikes!

Even though we’re not physically in Israel, or a dark cave, I think we can relate to Melissa’s experience when it comes to our thoughts and the hiding places of our minds. Her experience inspired me, and I believe it’ll inspire you, too! I believe the Scripture she shares will shine light on the truths you may be seeking!

If you haven’t already, go ahead and download the Bible study below, then take some time to read and work through the Week 3 section of it, writing down your thoughts and seeing where God shines a light of truth to you.

And don’t forget to come join us in the Let’s Chat section below, too. We love hearing from you!

Blessings,
Angela

Let’s Chat:

Like David praises God in Psalm 57, what can you praise God for today? Let’s take a moment to “tune in” and “look up,” as we thank Him in the comments!

Join the Conversation | 95 Responses

Tuning In & Looking Up {Week 3}

"Me, Myself, and Lies" Study Leader, Angela Diemer | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSHey everyone, welcome to the start of Week 3! Angela here, and I’m excited to be back with you as your study leader for this entire week!

We’ve made it to the middle of the study — Congrats! Let’s aim to keep our momentum going! And if you’ve gotten behind at all, not a problem. Just jump back in with us this week on Chapters 5 & 6.

Today we’re starting with some applicable wisdom from Jennifer Rothschild herself. In our video, she shares questions we can ask to help us “tune in” and “look up” to God, so we can better distinguish between our “treasures” and “distractions.” Check it out, and I’ll meet up with you afterward.

Need closed captioning? We’ve got you covered. Click here for instructions.

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

I love how Jennifer keeps it simple for us to learn how to place what we value most in its proper spot of our thought closets. So helpful!

And speaking of helpful and spots, if you ever lose your spot in the study, or want some resources to help keep you on track, don’t forget your Study Companion. It’s the go-to for everything we need each week.

However, as helpful as that is, our first and foremost go-to is the Word of God, right? And don’t you love how the Bible Study, accompanying the Me, Myself, and Lies OBS, is getting us into the Word?

So many great resources to help us navigate removing the lies and embracing the truth!

As we head into this week, I’m praying our verse of the week truth, for all of us:

“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NASB)

Matthew 26:41 (NASB) | "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 3 Verse | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

We’ve got this, because God’s strength is in us!

Blessings,
Angela

Let’s Chat:

What’s your favorite snippet from today’s video?

Giveaway!
When you comment on the blog today, you’ll automatically be entered for this week’s giveaway — a copy of The Best Yes book and DVD teaching. One winner will randomly be chosen and emailed.

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

Join the Conversation | 262 Responses

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.

Join the Conversation | 166 Responses

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

Join the Conversation | 154 Responses

Bible Study LIVE Giveaway {Week 2}

Are you ready to win? I hope so! Before we tell you how to enter, we wanted to personally thank you for joining us tonight at Bible Study LIVE!

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

Here’s how to enter to win three First 5 Experience Guides (1 & 2 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Samuel and Luke).

Leave a comment on that blog that you were here at #BibleStudyLIVE and let us know one thing you learned at tonight’s event! One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.

We hope you had a great time at Bible Study LIVE tonight! RSVP for next week’s event here.

 

Join the Conversation | 185 Responses
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!