Ditch Those Flowers

"Ditch Those Flowers” by Missy Pettigrew | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #BecomingMore #P31OBSGood gravy … Lysa TerKeurst really MUST stay out of my journal!

Hi OBSers — it’s Missy Pettigrew here to play a game with you. Don’t worry! You’ve probably played this one at least two (or 20) times.

We’re each going to hold a flower and pluck petals for every phrase we’ve heard before. Ready?

“That outfit is so great on you!” Pluck.

“Are you sure you want to wear that?” Pluck. And, OUCH!

“I so identified with your comment on the blog the other day!” Pluck.

“I read your comment on the blog the other day and I feel the opposite.” Pluck.

Friends, that game could go on and on, couldn’t it? Don’t I know it, as I’ve played with dozens of my own flowers over the years. And, I always lose.

But God. He pours his love and acceptance into each space that a plucked petal left behind. He replaces these holes in our hearts with His holy truth … if we’ll allow Him to.

Does the following quote from Lysa speak into your feelings of “not being enough” the way it does into mine? 

"No amount of worldly achievement whisks away insecurities and that fundamental desire to be accepted." @LysaTerKeurst #BecomingMore | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 3 #P31OBS

Thankfully, Lysa shares a two-fold strategy for kicking those feelings of inadequacy to the curb.

  • Operate in God’s love
  • Operate with God’s love

Please tell me I’m not the only one who desperately needs to practice retraining my brain?

The book of Isaiah brings particular comfort to my feelings of inadequacy, in my relationships. I pray that the following verse patches some holes in your heart the way it does mine.

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken.” ~ Isaiah 54:10a (NIV)

What do you say we ditch those flowers and instead, re-train our brains to think on the Truth found in His Word?  As we hold onto His unshakable love for us and become more than good Bible study girls in our relationships? Who’s with me?!

Let’s Chat:

Observe Which situations and people spark your feelings of inadequacy?

Bible Did you know God’s Word is filled with promises to us? When I need the Words of The Bible to fill holes in my heart, I often memorize scripture. Look up each of the following verses, then choose one to write on an index card. Recite it aloud, asking God to help you believe the truth of it. Repeat this often, highlighting key words to help you remember the verse.

Psalm 63:3

Zephaniah 3:17

Ephesians 2:8

For more on memorizing scripture, click here. Then share with us: Which verse and method did you choose for memorizing?

Stretch   This week, focus on God’s love for you during insecure moments. Recall the verse you’re committing to memory and recite it. Then, practice discerning who might be feeling a similar insecurity. Let’s #LiveItOut by operating with God’s love to that person.

You’re invited! ~ Another way to retrain our brains is by participating in the powerful Bible Teaching in each of our six Conference Calls. It’s not too late to sign up! Get more info here. Our next call is TOMORROW with Whitney Capps!

We have a winner from Monday’s post! Congratulations Teresa Griffith! You won:

  • Let It Go book by Karen Ehman
    Act Justly Printable
    Bible Verse Bookmark

Teresa, check your email today for information on how to claim your prizes! Congrats!

We’ll have another giveaway this Friday!

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Dressed To Impress? Week 3!

"Dressed to Impress? Week 3!" by Melissa Taylor and Nicki Koziarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #BecomingMore #P31OBSHere we go, guys! Week 3! We are officially at the half-way point of this study and you are doing great. We are LOVING reading all the comments on the blog and on social media. Keep those comments coming!

So … are you dressed to impress today? See how this used to be a struggle that held Melissa back from Bible Study in today’s weekly video.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Wow! That quote by Lysa TerKeurst in the video!! ~ “The more I try to impress others, the more I’ll quickly depress myself.” #Truth

To help you have all you need for your week, here’s the Weekly Lowdown. And for all our plan-loving OBSers out there, you’ll also find a suggested weekly guide in this downloadable PDF :)

Here is this week’s verse to share, print, pin or post wherever you want! John 13:34A (NIV) | "A new command I give you: Love one another." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 3 verse of the week | #BecomingMore #P31OBS

Let’s Chat:

Observe — In the video, each of the ladies shared what can make them feel a little insecure when it comes to being in a Bible study group. Can you relate to any of their personal struggles? Is there something that either has held or is currently holding you back?

Bible — This week’s verse is John 13:34a. Like our verse from Week 1, it is spoken by Jesus Himself. He tells us to love one another — another command, friends! But how are we to love one another and why is this so important? Let’s read on to find out!

Read John 13:34-35. Then, in your notebook or journal, complete the following:

  1. Write out each individual part of John 13:34-35 on a different line, leaving room for notes.
  2. Under each one, take note of your discoveries — what is God wanting you to learn or do?
  3. Share with us: What example do we have for loving one another and what will be the result when we obey this command?

Stretch –– With two weeks of study already behind us, let’s take time today to notice and celebrate our victories, both big and small! Fill in the blank: “The progress I’ve made in becoming more than a good Bible study girl is _____.” #LiveItOut #BecomingMore #P31OBS

Everyone who leaves a comment on the blog today will be entered to win a giveaway prize pack including:

Let It Go book by Karen Ehman!
Act Justly Printable!
Bible Verse Bookmark!

Answer at least one of the Let’s Chat questions on today's blog and you’ll be entered to win this prize pack! | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #BecomingMore #P31OBS

The winner for today’s prize pack will be announced and e-mailed on Wednesday! You’ll then have 48 hours to claim your prize. A BIG congrats to Cynthia- email beginning cyn12178! You’ve won last Friday’s giveaway!! Watch for an e-mail with details to claim your prize.

Here’s to a fantastic week of learning to become more than good Bible study girls in our relationships!

Melissa & Nicki

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Walking the Daily Walk

"Walking the Daily Walk” by Sarah Travis | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #BecomingMore #P31OBSHey, friends! I’m Sarah Travis and it’s so great to be with you chatting about how to Become More than a Good Bible Study Girl in our Walk with God!

In Chapter 6, Lysa TerKeurst moves us from studying our Bibles to “focus more closely on life application.” Taking us on a trip through part of King David’s life, she points out:

“It was in the fields of everyday life that David’s character was developed to match his calling.”

Every. Day. Life!

Becoming more than a good Bible study girl in our walk with God is about bringing His Word into our everyday lives.

But how do we apply all we learn in our everyday lives and #LiveItOut? For starters, we spend time with Jesus every day.

"Why is it so important to spend time with Jesus every day?" @LysaTerKeurst #BecomingMore | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 2 #P31OBS

Friends, one reason it’s so important to study our Bibles every day is because we face challenges every day!

One area of my life where I’ve been challenged recently to live out my faith is in my pregnancy. Anxiety crept in early as the doctors explained being 35 means I am “high risk.” Way to make a girl feel old!

But guess what helps me face my fears? You got it! Spending time with Jesus. Spending time in God’s Word!

NEED to open my Bible to see what God can teach me about peace and trust. Then He can show me how to become more than a good Bible study girl in my walk with Him. He’s shown me I can’t just read the verses. I have to understand and believe them, then put them into action by allowing His Truth to replace my anxiety.

Every day I try to remember God’s Words and every day my character is growing to trust and rely on Him more and more as He prepares me for what’s next. Like David, we never know where, when or how He might call us to action!

Friends, will you be ready? Will you join me and spend time with Jesus in the Word every day, learning how to #LiveItOut?

Let’s Chat:

Observe  Why do you think it’s so important to spend time with Jesus every day?

Bible  Lysa taught us so much through a “Character Study” of David. Check out this previous post detailing how to do a Character Study, then get your Bible out and look into the life of one of God’s people you can relate to.

Check out the great questions Lysa provides at the end of Chapter 6 (p. 80). Record your findings in your notebook or journal.

Stretch  Look up the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Which Biblical characteristic(s) mentioned here is God developing in your life? Be intentional to watch for opportunities to live out these characteristics.

For me, I need to keep allowing God to develop peace in my heart and mind as I face my anxieties. Share YOUR real life examples and progress on social media using the hashtags #LiveItOut, #P31OBS and #BecomingMore.

Everyone who participates in the Let’s Chat section by leaving a comment here on the blog will be entered to win:

Answer at least one of the Let’s Chat questions on today's blog and you’ll be entered to win the Becoming More prize pack! | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #BecomingMore #P31OBS

  • Autographed Before Amen book by Max Lucado
  • Journal
  • Study tags
  • Steel bookmark

We’ll announce the winner and email you on Monday! You’ll then have 48 hours to claim your prize. Big shout out to Jan Christman who won our prize from Monday!

Were you at Bible Study Live last night? Did you know it’s not too late to join the party?! The event is still live, so head here and catch up on all the action!

Sarah :)

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