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!

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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

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Let’s Chat:

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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:

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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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