And … that’s a wrap!

profilepicHappy last day of study!

You did it!! You finished. We made it {together}!

This has been an amazing few weeks we have had. Nicki Koziarz here again — I’m so grateful for this community, for Glynnis Whitwer and for the entire OBS team!

As we close this study out, Melissa Taylor and I made a little video for you guys. We wanted to share our biggest takeaways from this study. So check it out, and then let’s wrap this up together!

Click here if you cannot view this video from your email subscription.

This has been so fun, you guys. And we hope you are going to make plans to join us for our next P31 OBS starting is just a few weeks! Click here to sign up.

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Let’s Chat:

To win a copy of Unglued, leave a comment sharing what your favorite part of this study has been! We’ll contact the winner on Monday.

Thanks for joining us for this study and we hope to see you again soon!!!

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Two Are Better Than One

MelissaTaylorOBSHey OBSers! Hope you are having a great week as you make your way through the final chapters of Taming Your To-Do List! We are reading Chapters 13, 14 and 15 this week, but today I want to focus on something in Chapter 14.

“Small Changes Matter” is packed with good stuff, but my favorite is at the end in the last two sections of this chapter:

Call a Friend

&

Find an Accountability Partner

We can have the best plans in the world, but often we need someone in our corner who is there to remind us.

I’ve always been a fan of teams and community. You can ask almost anyone I work or live with and they will tell you, “Melissa believes in being on a team and having a strong community of people surrounding her.” Like a small group or inner circle of friends. People you can really count on and trust to deliver the truth.

Look up in your Bible (or click and read here) Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

In verse 9, we begin with: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.”

Now look at WHY two are better than one:

  • Verse 10: “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
  • Verse 11: “Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”
  • Verse 12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (So 3 are even better!)

Each line of this passage supports the value of companionship. We were not designed for isolation. We need each other.

That’s one of the reasons P31 OBS exists. We aren’t trying to replace “face-to-face” community, but we do want to be there for you and help you in the best way we can with Bible study and community. There are many days that the comments on the blog give me the encouragement I badly want. Or that the blog post offers the accountability I need and validates the fact that someone believes I can do this.

OBSTeamHere are a few of our leaders in OBS, whom we hope you consider friends.

If you have an Ecclesiastes friend or group, thank them today for what they mean to you.

For more OBS community, join us tonight for Bible Study Live on our P31 OBS Facebook page from 8-9 p.m. ET.

Let’s Chat:

Observe — Do you have someone you can call who will support, encourage and speak the truth to you, even when it’s not what you want to hear? Tell us about that person.

Bible — We used the NIV version of Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Look it up in other Bible versions for the same meaning but different words that you might better relate to: Try another version like NLT, The Message or KJV.

Stretch — Is there someone whom you could be this kind of friend to? If so, why not call or text them today?

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Bible Study Skills: Verse Mapping

Sarah HeadshotHey guys, it’s Sarah Travis back with you to wrap up our Bible Study Skills for Taming the To-Do List!

I don’t know about you but Glynnis Whitwer has been all over my schedule! Her description this week of defining one-step tasks and multi-step projects really helped me evaluate all I have on my plate at the moment.

One idea I am embracing wholeheartedly is to Find an Accountability Partner {Chapter 14, page 186}. I am breaking down my main big project into little tasks and am going to share with a few trusted friends and give them permission to stay on my case over them!

Over the past four weeks, we have had a great time digging into God’s Word through various Bible Study Skills. Verse Mapping is an awesome way to combine all of those skills and really dig deeper into a verse.

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“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)

Check out this video of putting it all together:

{Note: this video was previously created for a different verse … but the process is the same!}

{If you cannot see the video above please click here}

Here is my Verse Map of Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 and my conclusion:

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“I am not created to be alone! We are instructed to help each other and bear burdens as part of the body of Christ. I need to help others but also not be too proud to ask for help from family and friends so that my work can become easier to bear — I don’t want to regret trying to go it alone!”

We have created a free downloadable .PDF to help you with your Verse Mapping, including complete instructions, an example and a template for you to use!

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Remember, Verse Mapping might take you a little longer, so it’s perfectly OK if you don’t get this all done today!

Let’s Chat:

If you are on Social Media, take a picture of your verse mapping and share it using the hashtags #P31OBS, #TameYourList and #VerseMapping — I can’t wait to see your thoughts!

Observe — Have you done Verse Mapping with us before? What is your favorite skill within Verse Mapping?

Bible — Complete a Verse Map of Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 or another verse you would like to study. Share some of the Cross-Reference verses you discovered and how they helped you understand the verse.

Stretch — Is there someone in your life you need to lift up more, or say “Thank You” to them for lifting you up? A friend, a spouse, a child, a parent … reach out to them today and share your Verse Mapping thoughts.

Enjoy Verse Mapping, and I’ll see you on Social Media!

You can revisit the skills we’ve covered during TDL and more by visiting our BSS Archives here.

Sarah 🙂

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#Goals

color (1 of 1)Heeeeyyyyy guys!

It’s Nicki Koziarz, and I’m so excited to finally be here with you again on the blog. I’ve missed you guys during the week, but I’ve still been around here snooping and seeing what you’ve been up to! This study has been awesome.

Okay, so have you heard about this hashtag all these youngin’s are using these days: #goals?

My middle daughter, HopeAnn, came home a few weeks ago and was raving about a girl named, Paige, who works at Proverbs 31 Ministries. She said, “Mom, Paige’s hair? #Goals.”

Paige does have the most beautiful hair ever.

Then my oldest daughter, Taylor, said it the other day too. But this time it was in a different context, “Mom, pizza for dinner? #Goals.”

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Basically this hashtag, #Goals, is being used for everything under the sun they could possibly ever want. It’s cute but it’s made me think about some things Glynnis Whitwer is leaving with us in these last few chapters of Taming The To-Do List.

Glynnis shares in chapter 13 how important it is for us to create goals — but also to create specific items of action.

Things like:

  • setting deadlines
  • specific details on how to reach the goal
  • a way to measure the progress of our goals

Having these big vague goals, like my girls and their hashtag, won’t bring much success to our lives.

I’m so into this whole process to stop procrastinating, getting our priorities straight and making sure I’m setting attainable goals. This is good stuff.

But today I’m also challenging myself with this question …

God, what are the goals you want me to set for my life?

There is a verse that reminds me how important it is to seek God first in everything, including goals:

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.”
– Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

So, how do we seek God’s goals for ourselves?

I think it can be summarized like this: seek, seek some more and never stop seeking.

Seek Him in worship.
Seek Him in prayer.
Seek Him through His written Word, the Bible.

I don’t know that we ever arrive at fully understanding the plans, dreams and goals God has for each of us. But as we stay in this posture of seeking, I think we’ll feel a little more steady in our steps.

And unlike my daughter’s lofty goals of beautiful hair and pizza for dinner, the goals God has for us reach into eternity. They are the things that never return void in our lives.

Let’s Chat:

Observe — Who is someone you can see in your life who is good at setting and reaching goals?

Bible — Read Matthew 19:26. What does this verse say when the goals in our lives look a little impossible?

Stretch — Take a few minutes and journal today. Ask God for the goals He has for you in this season of your life. Write them down, share them with a friend or share them here in the comments.

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Your Weekly Lowdown, Week 5

MelissaTaylorOBSHappy Week 5! Thank you for joining me, Melissa Taylor, today … you’ll be glad you did. This might be the final week of our #TameYourList study, but it’s also the one where we decide today to FINISH STRONG! The last 3 chapters of our study are my favorites!

Before we get started, take a moment to watch this week’s video. It’s packed with great great advice on how to end this study strong and keep your to-do list in control moving forward from author, Glynnis Whitwer.

Week 5 - Taming the To-Do List Online Bible Study from Proverbs 31 Ministries on Vimeo.

Click here to view the video if you can’t see it in your email.

We also have our Weekly Lowdown that you can save and print, or just view on your computer! It has everything you need to know for this week including special events and an optional study plan. You can download that here:

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As we wrap up Week 5, it’s time to get a plan for what to do next. So, I want to invite you to join us for our next study, beginning November 2.

I can’t think of a better book to read during the holidays than our next OBS title. We also did this one before (a couple of years ago), and we’re so excited to partner with none other than Lysa TerKeurst once again to wrap up 2015.

 

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You can sign up & get more info. for this study here.  It begins November 2, so don’t delay! And please invite your friends!

Also, if you purchase your Unglued book from Proverbs 31 Ministries, you’ll receive:

  • 30-minute message “Quit Before You Get Started” from Lysa TerKeurst
  • 4 Unglued Key tags to keep you inspired and on track

(1st 1,000 sold through Proverbs 31 Ministries books will be signed by the author!)

I hope you’ll join us for our next OBS, but we have a great week planned for our final Taming the To-Do List OBS week, so let’s get started!

Let’s Chat:

Observe – What have you learned in the last four weeks that you want to carry forward with you?

Bible – Our verse of the week is Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

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Get familiar with this one. You will see it again this week.

Stretch – Make finishing this OBS top priority this week! Go ahead and get started on your reading and Bible study. Don’t let distractions keep you from your plan to work on your Bible study. You’ll be so happy you did! And while you’re add it, sign up for the next study!

Let’s have a great week! I’m praying for you as you allow God to help you #TameYourList!

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