The Wait Continues

"Wait and See" Study Leader, Jen Folz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitAndSee #P31OBSHello! I’m happy to be back with y’all. Hasn’t this been such an awesome study?!

We did it! We spent the past five weeks learning to find peace in God’s pauses and plans. Do you feel you have a deeper understanding of your wait?

My hope is that your spiritual tool belt is filled with applicable tips from our book, so your circumstances feel more manageable.

Like many of you, I’ve had multiple “waits.” Some have come to a completion, while others are still in progress. And because waiting can feel really hard at times, I’m thankful that trusting God’s timing is a step we’ve all been learning to take this study.

Throughout Wait and See, Wendy Pope provided us with many tips to help our waits feel less overwhelming. Tips like:

  • Be close to God through quiet time and prayer
  • Read, study and live out His Word
  • Surround yourself with supportive friends
  • Tend to your “pasture” while in your wait

Now, when the timing of my wait feels hard to grasp, it’s easier to remember these wise words from Wendy Pope in Chapter 9:

“Things don’t always turn out exactly as we planned, but things always turn out as God planned.”

"Things Don't Always Turn Out Exactly As We Planned, But Things Always Turn Out As God Planned."- Wendy Pope #WaitAndSee | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 5 #P31OBS

Yes! When our wait feels hard to accept and it’s difficult to surrender control to God, we can remember that every promise God makes is fulfilled … even when we feel it’s taking too long. Amen?!

Thank you so much for joining our #WaitAndSee OBS. We’ve enjoyed walking beside each of you.

~ Jen

P.S. Want more on the Wait and See message? It’s not too late to order our “When You Feel Like God’s Not Showing Up” Conference Call Series. You can learn more and order them HERE.

And don’t forget, our next #P31OBS begins January 23! We’d love to have you join us. You can sign up for our study on Finding I AM by Lysa TerKeurst HERE.

Now, let’s grab a cup of coffee (or tea or whatever you prefer), and meet in the comments to share!

Let’s Chat:

Observe — What’s your biggest takeaway from this study that’s helping you in your wait?

Bible  In Chapter 9, Wendy refers to Psalm 119. Read verses 1, 11 and 45. Which speaks to you the most — and will you grab hold to take with you — as we wrap up our study?

Stretch  Ready to hear Wendy’s last thoughts for us? Watch this last video below OR click here to listen to the audio. How will you use the last step she shares in your wait?

If you can’t view the video above, click here to watch on YouTube. Want to download the free printable from Wendy’s teaching? Click the “download now” button below!

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How much longer?

“Wait and See” Study Leader, Anna Currin | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitAndSee #P31OBS

How much longer? … If I could only count the number of times I’ve spoken these words.

Whether anxiously awaiting a destination, waiting for my food or in one of the “waiting rooms” God calls me to, I can become so impatient. It’s difficult for me to be still in the midst of my wait. I want to speed things up, rather than give the time needed.

For example, I’ve been known to serve half cooked Mac ‘N’ Cheese. Uh huh, you read that right! When the water takes too long to boil, the kids cry, and the noodles are “soft enough,” we eat. But while it’s edible, it isn’t how it’s intended to taste. When I rush the process, I alter the outcome … and not for the better.

I tend to do this in my bigger “waits” as well. Those moments where I don’t feel like I can handle the unknowns any longer, when the end seems too far away, or when I want something SO badly I work to do whatever it takes to make it happen, instead of waiting on God’s timing.

Like the time my sole focus became moving away from where we were living. Instead of embracing my time there, I tried to create my own plans to relocate us. Which, by the way, I failed at and made myself miserable in the process!

But once I gave that part of my life over to God, my perspective changed and I began to enjoy each day there. And now having moved, I can look back and see God’s plan for every single thing that happened in the wait — the growth in my faith, the relationships formed and the opportunities that never would’ve happened otherwise. It helped me realize how impactful our responses to our wait can be.

In Chapter 8 of #WaitAndSee, Wendy Pope shares three typical ways we respond when desperate to end a wait:

  1. Continue to seek the Lord, work out our salvation and tend our sheep.
  2. “Help” God by manipulating circumstances to rush our desired outcome.
  3. Turn the object of our wait into an idol.

While it can be difficult to faithfully “tend our sheep” in the midst of long waits, our hearts can be encouraged by this reminder Wendy also shares:

“Pauses are places meant to strengthen our resolve, not weaken our faith.”

"Pauses are places meant to strengthen our resolve, not weaken our faith." - Wendy Pope #WaitAndSee | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 5 #P31OBS

Let’s Chat:

Observe  From the numbered list above, which are you responding to your current wait with?

Bible  Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. What comfort do you find in Paul’s words?

Stretch  We’re almost done completing our Chapter 10! After you’ve filled in your page for Chapter 8 there, share with us how the object of your wait has become an idol.

I hope you’ll  join me, and your fellow OBSers, in the comment section!

You’re Invited!
We have our final #WaitAndSee Conference Call today at 11 a.m. ET with Sharon Glasgow, but it’s not too late to be part of these AMAZING teachings! Click here for more info.

 

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We Can’t Contain Our Excitement!

“Wait and See” Study Leader, Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitAndSee #P31OBSHi OBSers! Melissa Taylor here with you today!

Do you know what time it is? Time to find out what the next study will be!

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

That’s right, ladies! We’re doing Lysa TerKeurst’s FIRST EVER Bible study with LifeWay, and we hope you’ll join us. Click here to sign up! You’ll get more information regarding the study in the next few weeks.

Join me in the comment section as we chat all about the question below. Let’s finish Wait and See strong!

Happy Tuesday!

Melissa

P.S. If you want to pre-order Finding I AM and get some pretty cool freebies (only available through P31), click here to order it from our bookstore!

Let’s Chat:

We LOVE to study the Bible with friends. Will you be joining us? Who’s someone you’d like to invite to join us too? You don’t have to share names — but it could be, “my neighbor, my sister, my co-worker, my friend from church …” etc.  We’d love to know!

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Protection in the Pause {Week 5}

Week 5 "Wait and See" Study Leaders | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitandSee #P31OBSHey y’all! Welcome to our LAST week of #WaitAndSee. I’ve loved walking through this study with all of you, and I hope you’ve learned some great nuggets of truth from Wendy Pope’s book. I know I have!

Speaking of great nuggets of truth, this week’s video is FULL of them! Check it out below:

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

Our Wait Coach for our last #WaitAndSee week, Mari Taylor, encourages us with these words from Chapter 9 of Wait and See:

There’s protection in the pause. Whether it ended or not.”

Friends, it’s easy to want to give up on God when the wait seems like it will never end. I’ve been there. Honestly, I’m there right now. But even when the wait feels like it will last forever, as we learn in our verse of the week, we can trust God to take care of us.

Philippians 4:19 (HCSB) | “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 5 Verse | #WaitAndSee #P31OBS

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NLT)

We have an awesome God, y’all, and this reminder that He’ll take care of us and supply all our needs from His glorious riches just overwhelms my soul with gratefulness. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine anything better than God’s glorious riches. And I want to trust Him to supply all my needs. Will you join me?  

You can also join me and the rest of our OBSers on the blog and social media this week! Check out the Weekly Lowdown for all the information you’ll need to help you plan to finish strong. 

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Are you ready to get this week started? I know I am! We look forward to hearing from all of you in the comments here on the blog and on social media. 

~ Nichole  

Let’s Chat:

Observe — After watching this week’s video, I’d love to know: How has God protected you in the pause?  

Bible — Our VOW, Philipians 4:19,  promises God will supply all our needs. Take some time to reflect on the needs God continues to meet for you as you wait. Share one of these you’re thankful for in the comments below. Here’s one of mine: I shared in Week 1 that I’ve been waiting many years for children. During my wait, God has filled my life with lots of nieces and nephews, as well as given me several young women to mentor and counsel. While these aren’t my own children, I sure do love them like they are, and I’m so thankful for each of them. 

Stretch — Writing our own ending to #WaitandSee in Chapter 10 has been a great way to personalize this study. Take a look back, and share with us how writing your own Chapter 10 has helped you in your wait.

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Beauty in the Surrender

“Wait and See” Study Leader, Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitAndSee #P31OBSWe made it to Friday … Woo-hoo! And I just have to say, I love me some Friday. How about you? Sometimes the week flies right by. And other times it seems to go on and on.

I have to admit, normally when my week is dragging out, it’s because I’m putting off something I know I need to get done … And that “thing” is there when I go to bed and when I wake up the next day. Oh, I try to “tuck it away” or bury the thought. But it keeps creeping back in until I finally surrender and just get ‘er done!  

I’m guessing this isn’t only my battle, and maybe you also have a “thing” that won’t leave you be? Why do we do this to ourselves?!  

Wendy Pope shares with us, in Chapter 7 of #WaitAndSee, about three “Uninvited Troublemakers” that can get in our way if we’re not aware of their presence:   

  • Depression                                                                        
  • Discouragement
  • Doubt

And we also find out, in Chapter 7, these “peace stealers” can rob us of the ability to keep moving forward. They can even interrupt our relationship with God.

Say what?!

It’s true! Just look at Wendy’s story about a television show she chose to keep watching, even though God convicted her to give it up. Wendy shares:

“It was just a television show to me, but to God it was a test of my willingness to cooperate with His work to eliminate life invaders that sought to steal my peace.”  

This brings to mind one of my favorite verses, Isaiah 55:8, which says: 

“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways,’ declares the LORD.”  

If I’m going to be honest, some days I think my ways are better. Ouch! … Which would explain why I keep on keepin’ on, instead of surrendering to the work God wants to do in me.

We may not always understand why God asks us to surrender something to Him. And that’s OK! It’s not in the understanding; it’s in the beauty of the surrender. So when we find ourselves stuck, let’s remember these insightful words from Wendy:

“The work of surrender is challenging, but the rewards are worth it.”

 "The work of surrender is challenging, but the rewards are worth it." - Wendy Pope #WaitAndSee | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 7 #P31OBS

I don’t know about you, but just like I like me some Friday, I also like me some rewards! But rewards normally come from something we have to work for. That’s how we know they’re rewards! Question is, are we willing to work to surrender that “thing” to gain our reward?

Can’t wait to see you in the comments section! Have a happy weekend!

~Trish

Let’s Chat:

Observe —What’s a reward you recently received by working for it? How did it make you feel?

Bible — Read and reflect on our verse of the week, Psalm 51:12. Ask God to reveal, What’s something He’s asking you to give up?

Stretch — Wendy’s back with us for another addition to our “Don’t Rush the Wait teaching.” Aren’t these lessons filled with such timely words of wisdom?! Watch Wendy’s video below OR Click here to listen to the audio.  If you can’t view the video below, click here to watch it on YouTube

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