While You’re Waiting …

"While You're Waiting ..." by Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #WaitAndSee #P31OBSHi, Wait and See OBS’ers! (That’s all our friends in Online Bible Studies!) It’s Melissa Taylor, director of Online Bible Studies, checking in with you today!

Waiting for this OBS to start is SO HARD for me. I’m just too excited to work through this process with you. But we do have a few weeks before it officially begins. 

As we’re waiting to begin, I wanted to give you a few verses to keep close by. Because maybe you’re starting to feel a little restless, too?

So, when waiting feels restless, here are five “waiting verses” we can hold onto:

1.) While we’re waiting, we can seek God.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” –Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

2.) While we’re waiting, we can be assured.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
–Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

3.) While we’re waiting, we can stay confident.

“Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.

Wait patiently for the LORD.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”
–Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT)

4.) While we’re waiting, we can keep trusting.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
–Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)

5.) While we’re waiting, we can place our hope on the Lord.

“I am counting on the LORD;
    yes, I am counting on him.
    I have put my hope in his word.”
–Psalm 130:5 (NLT)

Even though waiting is hard, there’s a lot we can do while we wait. And I hope these verses will give you strength whenever you start to feel restless through this process! Also, while you wait, click here to order your Wait and See book!

The next Proverbs 31 Online Bible study is on the book, "Wait and See" by Wendy Pope! Study starts November 7. Learn more and sign up here --> http://www.proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/ #WaitAndSee #P31OBS

See you for the start of the study on November 7th!

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The Final Approval

"The Final Approval" by Kendra Schwarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #UninvitedBook #P31OBSFriends, we made it. We’ve spent the last 6 weeks dealing with rejections of the past and learning how to live loved in the process. So how’s that going? Do you feel more equipped to stare rejection in the face and conquer it? I hope so!

Right now, I feel pretty good about dealing with rejection. I mean, really. I’ve called friends in the past whom I’ve hurt because I don’t want to be the rejector in their story.  I’ve highlighted verses in my Bible so I can recall them at a moment’s notice when I feel rejected. I can quote Uninvited up & down and sound so “wise” to my family and friends (giving credit to the author, of course).

But what happens in a week, month or year from now — when the next rejection lurks around the corner? Will I be ready to deal with my future rejections?

Rest assured because Lysa TerKeurst has set us up for success!

Let’s take it back to Chapter 15 for a minute, shall we? Lysa writes:

“Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me but were never meant to define me.”

"Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me but were never meant to define me." - Lysa TerKeurst #UninvitedBook | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 6 #P31OBS

Woo! She is always takin’ us to church.

So if heartbreaking seasons were never meant to define us, then what does defines us? Let’s take it one step further & add “God defines me” to the end of Lysa’s quote. It would read something like this: 

“Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me but were never meant to define me. God defines me.

So when the next rejection comes, and unfortunately it will, we can remember we’ve been chosen, pursued and loved by the King. He is ours and we are His. And if we allow Him, our story will have His stamp of approval on every page through every rejection.

And all God’s sweet-loving, hard-working, Uninvited OBS ladies say, AMEN!

Hope to see you again for our next study!


P.S. Done with the book? Take a sharpie marker and cross out the “un” in Uninvited and let it serve as a reminder that you are always invited in. Oh! And, did you miss the #UninvitedBook conference call series? DO NOT FEAR! The calls were all recorded. #Praise. 

Let’s Chat: 

ObserveSince I shared a few realizations from #UninvitedBook OBS, I’d love to hear what you have learned from this study as you deal with rejection!

Bible Write out the Verse of the Week in your OBS journal again. Cross out every sentence before the comma. Here’s an example: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” Now when you read it, you’ll see you’re NOT distressed, not in despair, forsaken or destroyed. Talk about a feel-good verse!

Stretch Think of a friend who might benefit from the #UninvitedBook message. Pray and watch for God to provide an opportunity for you to share this message with her.


GIVEAWAY: Comment on the blog today for your chance to win The Best Yes prize pictured below!

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Lysa T. Teaching + Chatting With Nicki & Kendra

"Lysa T. Teaching Video + Chatting with Nicki & Kendra" by Nicki Koziarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #P31OBS #UninvitedBookAlright guys, here we go. The last Lysa TerKeurst teaching video is here for you today!

But before you watch it, check in with Kendra and me, as we talk about what it means for both of us to move forward and wrap up this study, looking at truth & practical ways to deal with rejection.

*Note: All of our YouTube OBS videos are now closed captioned for the deaf/hard-of-hearing. Click here for instructions on accessing closed captioning.

If you can’t view the video above, click here to watch on YouTube.

Click here to watch Session Six of the Uninvited study videos! Just a reminder, you’ll still be able to read the content from the blog and watch our Monday videos, but these Uninvited videos by Lysa TerKeurst will be gone on October 21, 2016. So — watch them while you can!

P.S. Did you miss a Lysa video teaching? We’ve got you covered! First off, you can get your own DVD! Beyond that … these links are good for just a few more days!


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Let’s Chat:

Observe — What is your takeaway from Lysa’s video?

Bible — Which of our weekly Bible verses do you feel like has become your “Uninvited Verse” … meaning a verse you’ll keep close by as we move forward but wrap up this study?

Stretch — What is going to be your go-to Uninvited sticky statement?

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