Before Amen: That’s A Wrap!

Y’ALL!!!!!  This is it! We are officially at the end of our Before Amen Online Bible Study. It’s been AMAZING! Nicki and I have loved spending this time with you. Yesterday we had a final conversation about the study and we want to share that with you now~

If you can’t see the video above click her to to view on Vimeo.

We hope you’ve loved this study as much as we have. And we especially hope what you’ve learned and begun to apply will stick with you!

This week, we had Glynnis Whitwer and Karen Ehman, authors of Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions, as our conference call guests on our final Before Amen Call, “Have Yourself a Prayerful Little Christmas.” During our conversation, we took a look at their book, which is phenomenal! If you want or need some fun, simple and meaningful ideas for celebrations all year long, this is the book for you!

And guess what??? We are giving FOUR books away today!

As we close this study, share with us and “Join the Conversation” in the comment section.

Let’s Chat:  (do this and you will be entered to win a copy of Everyday Confetti!)

  1. What will you take away from this Before Amen OBS?
  2. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Winner from Wednesday: Congrats to  Emilie, email beginning elancour.  Email Angie@Proverbs31.org with your mailing info and we’ll send you a copy of Before Amen!

Save the Date:

Mark your calendars!  Our next P31 OBS begins January 26, 2015!

Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing At All by Karen Ehman. Registration begins January 6!

Merry Christmas Y’all!  And thank you for being such a big part of this OBS. It’s been great and I hope you will join us again!

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Can I Get a “Thank You?”

I’ve had a HORRIBLE case of the “disappointments” the past few weeks. There’s been so much I’ve been believing for, praying for and I’m just not seeing things happen like I’d hoped.

But, before you think I’m getting all “woe is me” on you … I want you to know Chapter Eight is completely putting my perspective back in its rightful place.

Because life is not lived in a highlight reel, where everything is just awesome, high-fiveish and knocking it out of the park every day. There will be low days, weeks and even months. But ultimately, the reaction we have to our disappointments will either lead to self-pity or self-improvement.

I think my favorite quote from the entire book is in chapter eight …

“Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems.”
- Max Lucado

So this morning, I took out my journal and I wrote [just like Max did] the letters A-Z. I then went through and wrote all the things I was thankful for in 2014.

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Gratitude. Is. Powerful.

Instantly my mood shifted. I saw how much God had done in just one year! It point those disappointments into perspective instantly.

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Can you imagine the sound we could make here on this blog today if each of us did this activity? Across the WORLD gratitude would be going up and self-pity would be going down.

So, let’s do it! Let’s start a little gratitude movement here on this blog today!!

Let’s Chat: 

Today in the comment section here on the blog, write out your A-Z of thanks!

I promise it won’t take long. It took me less than ten minutes to write mine out. Think of all the things God did in 2014 to praise Him for. And I know, “x” is tough. But I give you permission to be creative with it!

Bible Study LIVE is TONIGHT on Facebook:

Join us tonight at 8pm ET for Proverbs 31 Bible Study LIVE! This is live in real time and takes place on our Facebook event page.  Just show up via mobile device or computer with a notebook (for your own personal notes), Bible, and a few other little supplies (listed on the event page). It’s so much fun and you’ll get a community-filled, Scripture-focused, practical & applicable time for your real life Bible study all in one hour! Click here to join and get more information.

Special Opportunity: 

Would you like to be featured in one of our videos for our upcoming study of Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman? (We’ll launch Jan. 26 ~ watch proverbs31.org for registration details, beginning Jan. 6!)

We are going to have a new feature called, “You Asked” in our weekly videos. You have the opportunity to send in your picture and ask a question for Karen to answer!

Think of it like … “Dear Abby …” for OBS (is that column still around?).

BUT we need ALL questions and pictures by THIS Friday December 12.

These are the topics we are looking for specific questions about:

-Gossip

-Speaking the truth in love

-Talking to God before talking to others

-Listening

-Communication

-Anger

-Having the last word

-Digital tongue (the words you text and put online)

Please email your question AND your picture {you are giving us permission to use!} to: nicki@proverbs31.org.

 

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You Matter

Today’s video message, more than any other, made me really soak in that each of us really do matter to God. Check it out this quick two minute message from Max Lucado~

If you can’t see the video above by Max Lucado, click here.

We access the throne room of God by the Name of Jesus.

Prayer matters because you matter.

You are never without hope becaue you are never without prayer.

~Max Lucado

Doesn’t it just blow you away that God cares and loves us so much that He even wants to have a relationship with us?  He doesn’t have to, ya know. He wants to. We can access Him anytime and anywhere. We matter to God. And because we have access to Him, and we matter, we have hope. Never are we without prayer, and never is God unavailable to us. Think about that. You can go to him RIGHT NOW, without an appointment.

As I just re-read that last paragraph to myself, tears welled up in my eyes. When I was finished I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.  #SayWhat #YouLoveMeThatMuch  It’s pretty amazing isn’t it?

Let’s Chat~

  1. What do you desire most from God?
  2. What amazes you the most amazed with God?

Hey, y’all~ I have one extra Before Amen book, and I bet someone out there would be interested in giving it away for Christmas. Am I right?  Join the conversation today (comment section) and you will be entered to win it :)

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