Beyond the Blog: What We Have For You!

OBS Study Leader Steph RaquelHey there!

Steph Raquel here, saying hello from my home office outside Chicago, Ill.! I’m on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as the Devotions Coordinator and OBS Content Coordinator. Which means … every day, I have the privilege of working with Glynnis Whitwer (author of Taming the To-Do List) AND Melissa Taylor! YES! I love my job! :)

And today I’m excited to chat with you about all the ways to stay connected to #P31OBS through Social Media!

Speaking of connections … this summer, my husband Steve and our three daughters had the opportunity to host a student, Marie, who’s from France.

Raquel Family & French Student

We had fun exploring new places with her and gave her lots of opportunities to see new things, but also realized not every opportunity was one she necessarily wanted to take advantage of.

What does this have to do with Social Media?

We have five social media outlets we’ve created just for you! These are spaces where OBSers hang out. If you happen to be on any of them, we invite you to “like” or “follow” us! We promise you will find interactive communities filled with encouragement, inspiration and real life discussions around the clock … and most of them are related to our OBS!

Behind each social media site is a team of real OBS women! We don’t want you to ever feel like you are just looking at a screen — there are real people on our sites! They love connecting with OBSers and sharing the love of God! So, if you’re up for it, check us out beyond the blog.

Social Media Options:

* Facebook ~ @P31OBS. Daily posts and interaction all focused on our study and community! Also enjoy events like our weekly Bible Study LIVE (Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET), conference call events, the daily Lunch Break questions and more!

* Twitter ~ @P31OBS. Use our hashtags, #P31OBS and #TameYourList, and Tweet away! We’ll be sharing OBS related news you can use (in 140 characters or less) for your busy life! And … SAVE THE DATE! Our next Twitter party is September 8 @ 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. on the West Coast, U.S.A.) … details to come!

OBS To-Do List Twitter party

* BRAND NEW!!! OBS is on Periscope! ~ @P31OBS launches today! Join us TODAY (8/31) at 10:30 a.m. ET to see Melissa Taylor & Co. behind the scenes at the Proverbs 31 Ministries Office! That’s right, LIVE video, happening in real-time! Download the Periscope app on your smart phone or Tablet, follow @P31OBS and join us! You can download the Periscope app here. There is a version for iPhone and Android users.

* Pinterest ~ @Proverbs31OBS. Browse our tips and inspirational quotes and “pin it” to your own Pinterest page or share them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

* Instagram ~ @P31OBS. Grab a smart phone and follow us! We share inspiration, Biblical truth and stories of real hope for real life through pictures you can comment on, share with friends or just enjoy for yourself!

We know that social media isn’t for everyone and that’s OK! Our study will take place on the blog, right here. Whatever you decide, we hope and pray you’ll get connected!

Have a blessed week!

~Steph

Let’s Chat: {All who comment today by answering the questions below will be entered to win our latest Conference Call Series featuring FIVE Bible teachings from Proverbs 31 authors and speakers! We’ll contact you by Thurs., Sept. 3!}

Stop by one of our P31 OBS social media outlets today, then tell us which one you visited and what you thought about it?

What’s one new thing you’d consider trying during this upcoming P31 OBS?

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P31 OBS Small Groups: Limited Space

BethandMelissaOBSHey OBSers! We’re just a little over a week away from our next study, Glynnis Whitwer’s Taming the To-Do List. It will be here before you know it, and we don’t want anyone to miss out! Make sure you tell your friends and invite them to sign up and get their books now!

For those who are new to OBS, the study itself takes place on the P31OBS Study Blog. If you’re signed up for the study, you will receive every post directly to your inbox. We’ll chat daily about the study in the comment section. This is our large community, but did you know that we also have small groups — on Facebook?

Let me introduce you to our OBS Facebook Small Group Coordinator, Beth Anderson (pictured with me above). She’s here to share with you some info about our #P31OBS Small Groups …

Hi Everyone!

Each of our small groups has 15-20 group members and a leader who is specially trained to be your small group leader. She loves God, His Word and leading community.  The purpose of our small groups is to provide a safe place where ladies can meet to discuss the study, have extra accountability, experience community and enjoy an online Bible study experience in a smaller setting. 

In order to provide the finest experience for everyone, here are some things you’ll want to know before you join a small group:

  • There is limited space. We will fill groups on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not assigned to a small group, we will let you know the first week of the study. 
  • You’ll need a Facebook account to be in one of our small groups. These are private Facebook groups and your comments there can only be seen by people inside your group.
  • Your small group doesn’t take the place of reading the study book or the study blog. Your small group will add to the study by having active discussion, accountability and encouragement related to the study.
  • If you join a small group, please plan on being an active participant in your group. We love everyone, but no observers allowed. These groups are created for study discussion, accountability, participation and community.

Did you notice how many times we said COMMUNITY?  Community is the cornerstone of our small group ministry.  We want to know you.  We want you to know us.  We want to experience real hope for real life together.

We are excited to get started and see what God has to teach us through studying His Word and Taming the To Do List! If you’d like to join a small group, please click below:

TDL Small Group Registration

 Sign Up Here.

Love and Prayers,

Beth Anderson
Proverbs 31 OBS Small Group Coordinator and Executive Team

Our small groups are awesome, but let me point out, they are an 100% optional, not required. All you need for the study is right here. If you’re interested, check them out. But if you aren’t or if they fill up and you don’t get in one, no worries. We’ll take care of you right here on the blog!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Melissa

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The Top 10 Things We Love About OBS

IMG_4186_2Hey everybody! Whether you’ve been with us for years or this is your first time joining P31 OBS, WELCOME! My name is Stacy Lowe and I’m here to share a little about how OBS works and what makes it so special.

Without further ado, may I present to you …

 

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10) This is REAL LIFE, y’all! Just real people who have bad hair days and sometimes burn the supper — just like you. We’re in this thing together!

9) P31 OBS is great as is, but like anything in life, it’s even better with friends! Who can you invite to join you?

OBS #TameYourList

8) Not only is it fun with old friends, it’s also a great place to meet new ones! This is YOUR community, y’all! Take advantage of it and get to know your fellow participants in the blog comment section. You never know who might need that word of encouragement you have to offer!

7) Our Bible Study Skills feature! ‘Cause, yeah, we have that, too! Once a week on this blog, our fabulous Bible Study Skills leaders share tools to help us dig deeper into God’s Word. Can’t beat that!

6) We’re serious about Bible study, but we like to have fun, too! So feel free to kick off your heels and let down your hair! It’s OK — we promise!

5) Our study takes place right here on the blog, but if you’re hungry for more, we have all kinds of optional extras like … Bible Study Live, Conference Calls, Twitter parties and more! Here at OBS, we serve it up buffet-style. Take part in what you want and leave the rest behind! (We’ll expand on that next Monday!)

4) You can do OBS in your pajamas! Or in the carpool line, on your lunch break — whenever! Because we’re online, we’re portable and on YOUR schedule.

3) Accountability. If you’re signed up for the study, each blog post will be sent straight to your inbox. In other words, we come to YOU! Even better is when you click over from the e-mail to join in the conversation. What better way to stick with it?

2) The chance to grow in your faith! Even if you forego all the extras and only read the book & do the blog, you’ll still get a healthy dose of God’s truth and love. Who couldn’t use more of that?

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The Number 1 Thing We Love About OBS Is…

1) We’re here for you regardless of where you may be in your faith journey. Maybe you’re not even sure you believe and THAT’S OK! We still want you here! OBS is for every woman!

WELCOME TO PROVERBS 31 ONLINE BIBLE STUDIES!

Let’s Chat:

  • What is your favorite thing about P31 OBS?
  • If this is your first time joining us, what are you most looking forward to?

(And … We are giving away the Conference Call Series to a couple ladies who join in the conversation today! Winners announced via email!)

 

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