The Final Approval

"The Final Approval" by Kendra Schwarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #UninvitedBook #P31OBSFriends, we made it. We’ve spent the last 6 weeks dealing with rejections of the past and learning how to live loved in the process. So how’s that going? Do you feel more equipped to stare rejection in the face and conquer it? I hope so!

Right now, I feel pretty good about dealing with rejection. I mean, really. I’ve called friends in the past whom I’ve hurt because I don’t want to be the rejector in their story.  I’ve highlighted verses in my Bible so I can recall them at a moment’s notice when I feel rejected. I can quote Uninvited up & down and sound so “wise” to my family and friends (giving credit to the author, of course).

But what happens in a week, month or year from now — when the next rejection lurks around the corner? Will I be ready to deal with my future rejections?

Rest assured because Lysa TerKeurst has set us up for success!

Let’s take it back to Chapter 15 for a minute, shall we? Lysa writes:

“Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me but were never meant to define me.”

"Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me but were never meant to define me." - Lysa TerKeurst #UninvitedBook | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 6 #P31OBS

Woo! She is always takin’ us to church.

So if heartbreaking seasons were never meant to define us, then what does defines us? Let’s take it one step further & add “God defines me” to the end of Lysa’s quote. It would read something like this: 

“Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me but were never meant to define me. God defines me.

So when the next rejection comes, and unfortunately it will, we can remember we’ve been chosen, pursued and loved by the King. He is ours and we are His. And if we allow Him, our story will have His stamp of approval on every page through every rejection.

And all God’s sweet-loving, hard-working, Uninvited OBS ladies say, AMEN!

Hope to see you again for our next study!

~Kendra

P.S. Done with the book? Take a sharpie marker and cross out the “un” in Uninvited and let it serve as a reminder that you are always invited in. Oh! And, did you miss the #UninvitedBook conference call series? DO NOT FEAR! The calls were all recorded. #Praise. 

Let’s Chat: 

ObserveSince I shared a few realizations from #UninvitedBook OBS, I’d love to hear what you have learned from this study as you deal with rejection!

Bible Write out the Verse of the Week in your OBS journal again. Cross out every sentence before the comma. Here’s an example: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” Now when you read it, you’ll see you’re NOT distressed, not in despair, forsaken or destroyed. Talk about a feel-good verse!

Stretch Think of a friend who might benefit from the #UninvitedBook message. Pray and watch for God to provide an opportunity for you to share this message with her.

 

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Lysa T. Teaching + Chatting With Nicki & Kendra

"Lysa T. Teaching Video + Chatting with Nicki & Kendra" by Nicki Koziarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #P31OBS #UninvitedBookAlright guys, here we go. The last Lysa TerKeurst teaching video is here for you today!

But before you watch it, check in with Kendra and me, as we talk about what it means for both of us to move forward and wrap up this study, looking at truth & practical ways to deal with rejection.

*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.

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

Click here to watch Session Six of the Uninvited study videos! Just a reminder, you’ll still be able to read the content from the blog and watch our Monday videos, but these Uninvited videos by Lysa TerKeurst will be gone on October 21, 2016. So — watch them while you can!

P.S. Did you miss a Lysa video teaching? We’ve got you covered! First off, you can get your own DVD! Beyond that … these links are good for just a few more days!

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Let’s Chat:

Observe — What is your takeaway from Lysa’s video?

Bible — Which of our weekly Bible verses do you feel like has become your “Uninvited Verse” … meaning a verse you’ll keep close by as we move forward but wrap up this study?

Stretch — What is going to be your go-to Uninvited sticky statement?

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I’m Living Loved

"I'm Living Loved" by Angela Diemer| Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #UninvitedBook #P31OBSHi there! I can’t believe we’re in our final week of study for Uninvited.  This has been such an amazing experience, and I’m really going to miss my girl time!

Can I share something I experienced while reading Uninvited? I used to live in fear of what others thought of me. My goodness, the crazy scenarios that would run through my mind. Good grief! Then one day a scenario became reality.

Two people I know personally were having a conversation they thought was done in secret, but I heard everything said about me. I felt like I was in a bad dream, and I couldn’t wake myself up.

Standing there, tears running down my face, Lysa TerKeurst’s words kept repeating over and over in my mind: “I’m living loved … I’m living loved!”  Then I stepped outside, closed my eyes, and whispered “I forgive them”  and I could feel the love of my God, as I felt the warmth of the sun on my face.

In that moment, I was able to remember what we’ve been learning in Uninvited. So even though the words spoken about me attacked who I was as a person, I knew in my heart God fully accepted me. He made me to be ME. Not what others thought I needed to be. And guess what? Knowing I was fully loved by God … WAS enough.

When I read this in Chapter 16 –- I highlighted it and drew stars all around it with arrows pointing toward it:

“It’s not about you becoming anything. Your soul was made to simply be with Me. And the more you are with Me, the more you will stop fearing what the world might take from you. With Me you are free to be you. The real you.”

Past rejections attempt to cause devastation, but God’s love gives us new revelations.

God used John 6:37 to speak directly to my heart, which reads:

“… those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.” (NLT)

What a sweet confirmation to my soul! God created me to be ME, and He will never reject ME. He loves me, the real me, even the stuff I’m still growing in. And, the same is true for you too!

I love how Lysa closed out Chapter 16 with this beautiful declaration, so I wanted to end our time together with it as well:

“With you, Jesus, I’m forever safe. I’m forever accepted. I’m forever held. Completely loved and always invited in.”

"With you, Jesus, I'm forever safe. I'm forever accepted. I'm forever held. Completely loved and always invited in." - Lysa TerKeurst #UninvitedBook | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 6 #P31OBS

Love,
Angela

Let’s Chat:

Observe  Have you ever feared what others thought about you?

Bible  Read John 6:37 then share: How does this verse help you look at your rejection situation?

Stretch — When you have a moment to be quiet, ask God one or both of these questions:

  • “God, what do you call me?”
  • “Who do you say I am?”

Write down what He says in your OBS Journal so you can remember the truth of who you are!

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A Special Announcement Just for You!

"Special Announcement Just For You!" by Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #UninvitedBook #P31OBSHey everyone! Melissa Taylor here, and I have a REALLY big announcement! This is where I usually announce the next study. But I guess you’ll just have to “Wait and See”… and click the video below to find out what I’m talking about. 

Click here if you’d like to turn on closed captioning and need instructions.

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

Have you ever found yourself asking, How long, God?” for your relationships, your health, your finances — or even just sitting in traffic? Wait and See by Wendy Pope is all about finding peace in God’s pauses and plans while you’re waiting. So … are you ready? Let’s end 2016 by joining together and learning more about our faith in “the wait.”

The next Proverbs 31 Online Bible study is on the book, "Wait and See" by Wendy Pope! Study starts November 7. Learn more and sign up here --> http://www.proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/ #WaitAndSee #P31OBS
Sign up for this upcoming study by clicking here

Blessings,

Melissa

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Finishing Strong with your Uninvited OBS, Week 6

"Finishing Strong with your Uninvited OBS, Week 6“ by Stacy Lowe | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #UninvitedBook #P31OBSHey, y’all! Welcome to WEEK 6 of our #UninvitedBook #P31OBS! We are so proud of you for sticking it out with us over the past month, but don’t walk away just yet! We still have this one last week of study to go, and it’s chock full of GOOD STUFF you don’t want to miss!

First of all, have you seen our Verse of the Week? It comes from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (KJV) and it says this:

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (KJV) I "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." I Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies I Week 6 Verse I #UninvitedBook #P31OBS

So much beautiful truth tucked into those two verses, y’all! Just think about it for a moment — no matter what we may be facing, no matter how hard the journey, we are NOT distressed, in despair, forsaken or destroyed. No matter WHAT. That’ll preach! And that’s a truth I want to hang onto this week!

Speaking of truth, Lysa TerKeurst has some great truths to share with us this week about humility. In fact, she calls it a gift! Say WHAT?! Check out this week’s video to find out more!

*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.

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

So what do you think? Humility as a gift? I’m thinking YES!

Alright, y’all, it’s time to dive into Week 6 and to help with that, here’s our Weekly Lowdown! It is the one-stop shop for all things OBS, including a schedule for the week, events, a suggested reading plan and more! Be sure to click the link below, then save the Lowdown to your computer or print it for easy reference throughout the week.

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OK, y’all, Week 6? LET’S DO IT!

Let’s Chat:

Observe Have you ever thought of humility as a gift before? What do you think now?

Bible Read through 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 again and write down the truths you find there in your OBS Journal. How will these truths help you to #LiveLoved?

Stretch This is it, y’all! Our LAST week of study! What will you do this week that will help you finish strong?

You’re Invited! We have one last conference call to go in this series and it is happening TODAY at 11 a.m. ET. Our very own Nicki Koziarz will be with us speaking about preventing future rejections. Learn more about the series and/or purchase the calls here! And as always, if you can’t be on live, NO WORRIES! All calls are recorded and available for download later, which means it’s not too late to join in!

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