That’s A Wrap: But Wait …

Hi sweet OBS friends and welcome to our final Keep It Shut OBS post.  It makes me sad just writing that! But if you must know, the only reason it makes me sad is because I loved this study so much and hate to see it end. I love the message Karen Ehman wrote in Keep It Shut, and I love this OBS community … that’s you!

I have a special message for you as we wrap this up. I hope you’ll take time to view it because I’m sharing some things I think you’ll want to hear as we close and move on to our next study. Check this out:

If you can’t see the video above this, click here.

As I wrap this up, just a few reminders:

This study may be ending, but we have another one beginning April 13, 2015:


What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, by Lysa TerKeurst

Order your book now from Proverbs 31 Ministries and you’ll receive a free printable, 10 Scriptural Promises to Boost Your Faith, plus right now the book is just $10.99! (You can get the book almost anywhere, but only Proverbs 31 has this offer & gift for you.)

Wondering what you can do between studies?

1.  Hang out with us on Social Media! We are extremely active on social media and would love to have you as part of our community on the following outlets:

Facebook: Like our P31OBS Facebook page for daily community, encouragement, and special features such as our popular Lunch Break, Wednesday & Friday Night Chat, and newest weekly feature, Bible Time! This is a great way to stay connected to others who are also interested in OBS, make new friends and get all the information you need about what’s coming up next! Join us at

Twitter:  Follow @P31OBS for daily encouragement, inspiration and fun! Twitter is the place to get great news fast! Follow, retweet, tag and hashtag with us on Twitter all during the break.  #P31OBS

Instagram: Follow @P31OBS where we really do believe a picture is worth a thousand words. We’d love to have you as a part of our encouraging and interactive Instagram community!

Pinterest:  Follow our Pinterest boards to not only find the great encouragement, hope and inspiration we are known for, but also some great ideas for real life and Bible study! More boards to plug into are coming soon!


2.  Practice your Bible Study Skills

If you look in the sidebar, you should see “View Past Studies.”  Click that section or just click here, and close to the top you’ll see “Bible Study Skills.”  Click that and you will have access to all six of the Bible Study Skills posts from our Keep It Shut OBS! Isn’t this AWESOME? Now if you missed a week, there it is! Or if you forgot what a certain skill was, there it is! Voila, you can thank me later!

3. Reread Keep It Shut

This book was so packed with goodness, it’s definitely worth reading again! Or if you happened to get behind, now you have the chance to catch up and finish!

4.  Subscribe to and read the Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today devotions

5. Whatever you do, don’t forget to purchase the book for our next study! (see above)

Thank you again for being such a beautiful part of the Keep It Shut OBS. On behalf of all of us on the #P31OBS Staff & Team, we love you, we’ll be praying for you, and we will miss you! Most of all, we hope our paths will cross again soon.

God Bless,

Melissa Taylor :)


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To Retreat or Not

Picture of ErinHello cherished friend! It’s Erin Peters with you today as we discuss a little of Chapter 11, “Gotta Have The Last Word.” Oh, how I wish you were sitting in my green kitchen with a steaming cup of something as we dig in and share our hearts, but here on the blog is the next best place!

Before we go any further, take a look at the final DVD clip for Keep It Shut from Karen Ehman.

If you can’t view the video, click here.

I just love listening to Karen as she shares her wit and wisdom!

But I also have a bone to pick with Karen because she made me a little uncomfortable. Okay, it was actually the Holy Spirit convicting me through Karen when she posed this question in Chapter 11, “When was the last time you spent time in a quiet place?”

Ummmm, I can’t even go to the bathroom in a quiet place without little fists pounding on the door, so I guess it’s been a while since I actually had a retreat. My quiet time is usually quietly escaping to my room (and getting one uninterrupted half hour is a miracle)!

When I first read Karen’s words encouraging me to retreat, my internal conversation went like this: “Oh no! Not another person telling me how to have my quiet time. I read my Bible every day and even journal, which is sometimes a huge deal! And I already get up at 6 a.m.! What more can I do? Oh boy!!”

So, as you can see, my spirit put up a bit of a fight at this concept. Anyone else feel the same? I’m sure I am not the only momma with littles underfoot who struggles with this.

But honestly, it’s not the external noise that keeps me from getting quiet with God. More often than not, it’s what’s going on internally in my mind. Sometimes I wish I could give myself a time-out, just so I would be forced to sit and be quiet without doing something.

Oh, how thankful I am Karen included some fabulous tips in the chapter on how to retreat with God, because a lot of the time I am out of ideas and just get frustrated. I’m excited to try some of them in order to treat myself to a retreat of solitude!

Let’s chat:

  • Does finding time to get quiet without your Bible and prayer list come easy or is it something you need to work on being more purposeful about?
  • What is your favorite tip on finding solitude from Chapter 11 that you are going to utilize?
  • And just for fun, do you have green thumb or is your thumb the opposite of green?

Finally, remember we’ve got our fast, fun and fabulous #P31OBS Bible Study Live! It’s TONIGHT on our Facebook page at 8 p.m. ET!

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Bible Study Skills: Verse Mapping

Sarah TravisHey guys, it’s Sarah Travis back with you for our final week of Bible Study Skills. 

That makes me so sad to say, but WOW, what an incredible journey we’ve had over the past six weeks! I know I’ve certainly learned a lot about how God intended me to use my words, and when the whole world would benefit if I just didn’t use any at all!!

We really hope you have enjoyed this new Bible Study Skills day on the blog. Melissa Sherlin and I have had so much fun digging deeper into God’s Word with y’all, and are already looking forward to learning together during the next Online Bible Study!

Speaking of which … did y’all see Missy Pettigrew’s big announcement on Monday? The next study is What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst! Have you ordered your book yet?!  Order your book from Proverbs 31, then submit your receipt to and you’ll receive a free printable — 10 Scriptural Promises to Boost Your Faith. Your printable will be delivered electronically to the email address provided. Click here to order!

Okay, back to Bible Study! I know many of you have done Verse Mapping before and loved it! It is an awesome way to combine some of the skills we’ve learned … and more!

Verse Mapping includes:

  • Personalizing the verse
  • Highlighting words/phrases that jump out to you
  • Reading the verse in context
  • Using a parallel Bible to compare other translations
  • Cross-referencing
  • Word Study

Check out this video of putting it all together:

Click here if you can’t view the video in your email.

As you can see, art is not my gifting!! So I hope that encourages you anyone can do this!! “Personally, I like to use a different color for each Bible Study Skill, but there really is no right or wrong way to Verse Map!

P31OBS has created a free downloadable .PDF to help you with your verse mapping:


It might help to do all the research first, so here’s a separate .PDF to help you note what you discover while digging deeper. Then, you can get creative turning it into a work of art!


Let’s Chat:

Last week Melissa Sherlin talked about application and how important it is “to apply what we have been learning so we can know how to use our words for good.”

  • Share something you learned from Verse Mapping our verse of the week, Proverbs 18:21, and how you’re going to apply it to your life.
  • Let’s tell the world about Verse Mapping! Snap a photo of your verse map and share it on social media (especially Twitter/Instagram!) using the hashtags #P31OBS, #KeepItShutBook and #VerseMapping. I’ll be looking for them!

So, let’s get out those colored pens and get creative!!

Have fun!

Sarah :)

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