Is Your Life Crazy?

Hello again! Happy Tuesday to you! :)

As I mentioned yesterday, my husband Steve & I have three spunky daughters. They make us laugh AND pray out loud, each and every day. We have tons of fun and I’m so grateful for these blessings in my life!

Raquel Family

Yet as a busy woman with a family and a job and serving in ministry and volunteer commitments and doctor appointments and returning library books and exercise and everyday “real life” things (like laundry or preparing a meal or  — God forbid?! — actually getting the house clean) … I have often found myself asking God for more time to catch up. I can get so busy doing what I “have to do” that I seldom make time for what I want to do or truly need to accomplish.

Can you say my life is crazy? :) Taming the To-Do List

Maybe you can relate  — and that’s why I’m super excited to announce our next Online Bible Study of Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day by Glynnis Whitwer, who also just so happens to be my boss. :) And y’all, let me just tell you that Glynnis is the REAL DEAL who has fully lived out this message of learning to take back your schedule.

The study begins Tuesday, September 8 and I really hope you’ll come along for the ride!

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Meanwhile, back to #TheMendedHeart and Chapter 9. Is anybody else a little freaked out to learn we make 5,000+ choices every day? That’s a huge number in my mind!

But more importantly, Suzie Eller reminds us of this wisdom: “With our 5,000 choices each day, we are actually carving out relationships and leaving an imprint that says, ‘I was here.’” In other words, we’re leaving a legacy.

I love, love, love LOVE that. Because even in the midst of pain and brokenness, we’ve got thousands of choices to make every day — especially with the people we love, as we’re leaving a lasting imprint on them.

And one of those choices to make is giving purpose to our pain.

Suzie also brings things full circle and reminds us that as we mend our hearts, we “move from needing help to giving help.”


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Did you catch that? Giving help to others can come eventually — it’s part of our mending. Our healing.

I remember how when I miscarried during my first pregnancy, I was really the first in my friends’ group to go through that. And I was so incredibly blessed to have a friend and mentor at church share her wisdom in how she processed her pain, that later I could encourage others when they walked down that path. Same thing when I dealt with thyroid cancer. And more.

God’s Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:4, God comforts us so we can comfort others. I’ll be honest in saying I’ve kinda got a love-hate relationship with that verse. On the one hand, it means we’ll potentially deal with some incredible heartache. But it also reminds us God will comfort us in the midst of it, so our choices can leave a different kind of legacy than what we experienced personally.

And thankfully, so can others in our lives whom God asks us to comfort. What a gift!

Let’s Chat: Answer one or answer all … we just want to hear from you!

Observe – Who’s joining us for the next P31 OBS? What’s an area of life where you tend to procrastinate?

Bible – Read what John 16:13 tells us about the Holy Spirit helping us (see p. 207 of “The Mended Heart”). How would you like the Holy Spirit to help you with your choices?

Stretch – Pray and ask God to show you opportunities to GIVE help to someone else. If you’re comfortable, write a prayer thanking God for how He’s helped mend your heart in today’s comments.

Join us again tomorrow for a special Bible Study Skills, where we’ll learn more about the power of community in studying God’s Word!

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The Mended Heart: Week 5

OBS Leader Steph RaquelHello, hello!

It’s Steph Raquel here, coming to you live from Charlotte, N.C. for #SheSpeaks15! this week. For those I haven’t met yet, let me introduce myself and say I’m on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries, serving as the devotions coordinator and editing the OBS blog.

My husband & I live in suburban Chicago with our three spunky daughters and serve in the small group ministry at our home church.  And I’m forever looking for ways to stay caught up on the laundry, dishes and clutter that daily overtake my home! When I’m not working or carpooling kids to a swim meet or water polo match, you can probably find me enjoying sports, playing piano or savoring coffee with friends. Care to join me?! :)

Getting back to our annual She Speaks conference … can I just say we were soo blessed to gather to learn together and had a total BLAST?!  (And truth be told, the OBS Teaching & Exec Teams are still together today — learning, bonding and spending quality time with Melissa Taylor!) Here are a few scenes from the weekend …

#SheSpeaks15 Collage

#SheSpeaks15 Collage


OBS teaching and Exec TeamsMeanwhile, this is our last week of The Mended Heart study and although I’m sad to see it end, I’m also super excited to get to this section of the book! Because in these chapters, we’ll tackle what we GET to do. (As opposed to Chapter 1, which was what we did NOT have to do.) So … if you’ve been waiting to get into some practical next steps, you’re going to love this week! :)

And … if you’ve made it this far, WAY TO GO! Even if you’re still getting caught up, it’s all good. Now let’s take a look at what’s happening this week. Check out this video!

Click here to watch if you can’t see it via email.

Anyway … back to the real stuff for #TheMendedHeart this week! Take a look!

Main Verse:

The Mended Heart week 5 verse

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

What’s Happening This Week:


  • This is our final week of study, and we’ll tackle Chapters 9 & 10. Even if you’re stuck near the beginning of the book, skip ahead to jump right into Chapter 9. You can always re-read parts, or play catch-up later!


  • Chapter 9 discussion and a special announcement! Check your study email or the P31 OBS blog.


  • Bible Study Skills on the blog with Melissa Sherlin & the team. Oh, and read Chapter 10. :)



  • We’ll be back to wrap things up for this study!

Too much to fit into your busy schedule? No worries! Remember: Your life is crazy. Your Bible study doesn’t have to be. You can choose what works best for YOU.

Let’s Chat: Answer one or answer all … we just want to hear from you! We’ll give away a copy of The Book of John Experience Guide, to coincide with our new First 5 mobile app study, launching today! Winner will be notified by Wednesday via email.

Observe – If you watched the Intro video, then you might have heard that I actually have one extra rib. Isn’t that sooo bizarre? But I must admit, it does come in handy for those “tell us something unique about you!” games, every once in a while. :) And so I’d love to know, What’s one thing that makes YOU quirky or unique?

Bible – When you hear about making things new, what are you hoping to see change?

Stretch – When you think about your heart mending, what miracle do you think God wants to do in you? Separately, what scares you the most about moving on?


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Let’s Play Catch … up!

Missy_P_P31OBScHappy Friday, sweet friends!  It’s Missy Pettigrew again. :)

Reading through your comments this week, I’ve been struck by the honesty and kindness you demonstrate in this #P31OBS community. Thank you for opening yourselves to take this journey with us, pouring your hearts out in the comments, sharing what you wrestle with and being willing to walk side-by-side with each other.

Our God is bigger. I’m praising Him for being able to mend what only He can. Are you, too?

Next week we’ll be on a brief hiatus, with all of the P31 staff and a ton of our OBS team at the annual She Speaks Conference. As we get ready to take a break, may I encourage you to take time to re-read any portions of the The Mended Heart that you felt were speaking directly into your heart’s situation? And, if you are behind in your reading, this coming week is the perfect opportunity to play catch-up!

We can’t wait to pick back up with week 5 of #TheMendedHeart with you, on July 27! Steph Raquel will be here that week to lead us through it.

Keep pressing on!

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