Your Best Yes LIFE

Oh goodness … I knew I would be sad writing this blog post today. But I had no idea just how much this study has meant to me personally until right now.

You guys, we have had the most amazing six weeks together.

We’ve loved each other.
We’ve challenged each other.
We’ve prayed for each other.

And more than anything … together, we have grown closer to God.

The Best Yes hasn’t “just” been a book study for us. It’s been a real, gut-wrenching, soul-searching challenge to live our lives in a way that honors God in everything we do. Especially with our decisions.

I will never be the same. The Best Yes verbiage speaks throughout my home. We say things like, “Is that your best yes?” “Can you say a small no?” and “I don’t want an overwhelmed schedule anymore.”

I suspect you, like I have, made some tough decisions these past six weeks. Well, today, Melissa and I are sharing with you one example of a Best Yes decision we’ve both made through this study.

Check out this video:

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Okay ladies, its time to go and live our Best Yes lives! We have the tools, the wisdom, the encouragement and the power of Jesus in us to do so. I love you ladies and every day I wake up and can’t believe we get to do this thing together. This community truly is one of my Best Yes decisions. :)

I hope you’ll consider joining us for our next study that kicks off in just a few weeks, Before Amen!
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Melissa Taylor and I will be leading you through four weeks of a powerful look at prayer. Together, we will stop being prayer wimps and become women who can confidently approach the throne of Grace. We’ll have fun videos, challenging lessons and even a LIVE free webcast (on Nov. 18) to kick off the study with Max Lucado himself! Click here to get signed up and don’t forget about our FREE conference call series!

Before we end things today, I wanted to say a special thank you to a few people who’ve served so faithfully to made this online Bible study happen.

Lysa TerKeurst, thank you for being so incredibly obedient to God’s voice. Your writing is anointed and life-giving. Thank you for your authenticity and your heart that truly wants women’s lives to be changed by the touch of God.

Steph Raquel and Linda Leighton, thank you for your editing excellence, your flexibility and last-minute edit changes! Kristy Aiken and Shelly Faust, thank you for leading us so well and allowing this community to experience your gifts. Lisa Allen, thank you for believing in us and cheering us on all the way. To the P31 OBS Exec team, thank you for being the glue that holds everything together. All of our volunteers and small group leaders, thank you for the eternal investment you make into this community every day. You are seen and you are so loved.

To all of our conference call guests, thank you for giving your time, books, wisdom and advice so generously.

And Melissa Taylor, thank you for making your Best Yes to rally the troops online and lead us to the throne. We are all changed because of your obedience to Him.

Let’s Chat:

Today in the comment section, let us know what your best yes decision has been for this study. AND will you leave Lysa TerKeurst a comment letting her know what this book has meant to your life? Your words will be such an encouragement to her.

Some Good and Perfect News

Hello there! Hope you’re having a fantabulous week!

James 1:17a tells us, “But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light.”

Wow, we’ve got some GOOD and PERFECT news this Thankful Thursday!  :)

Indeed, we are incredibly thankful and excited to announce the guests for our upcoming Conference Call Series for Before Amen by Max Lucado!  And as you heard yesterday, we’re so thrilled that as a special gift to you, for the first time ever, the optional Conference Call Series will be available for free!

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The study is all about prayer and we’re soo looking forward to hearing some GOOD, godly wisdom and PERFECTly timed, real-life encouragement from each of these guests! To get the Call Series, register here.

Needless to say, we’re super hopeful that your Best Yes decision will be to join us for the next study — but even if that doesn’t work for you, consider signing up for this four-call series.  {Can I just tell you that the OBS volunteer and leadership team is beyond giddy over this fabulous line-up?!  Oh. Yes!}

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Meanwhile, we’ve still got two days left in our study of The Best Yes and the fun doesn’t stop!

TONIGHT, Oct. 30, 8-9 p.m. ET ~ Join Bible Study Live for a fast-paced, fun-filled hour of examining God’s Word in a way that brings it into everyday life. If you haven’t already … RSVP HERE on our P31 OBS Facebook page to get in on the excitement, either live or at your leisure later on.  We hear from tons of you each week who are also using these activities as a spring-board to your quiet times with the Lord. Love that!!

Last but not least, as you know throughout the past few Thursdays we’ve been letting you know about some fun things going on in and around Proverbs 31 Ministries.  And if you’re not already following Lysa TerKeurst’s blog, you’ll want to!  That’s just one of the ways you can stay connected with us when the study ends.

She wrote a realllllly sweet piece yesterday about how she and her husband fell in love, and how it’s woven into the story of her home.  If you want to be blessed, Click HERE to head on over. Just to warn you — bring tissues. :)

Let’s Chat:
1. We mentioned a ton of optional activities today — which one(s) are you going to dive into? The Before Amen study, Conference Calls, Bible Study Live, or getting Lysa TerKeurst’s blog? Inquiring minds want to know!

2. If you were to tell us one uplifting story from your life and share it on your walls, what would you say?  Give us a brief snippet in the comments today. And if your life story has been far from good and perfect, share a phrase or two so we know how to be in prayer for your situation.  I’d love to hear from you and pray for whatever is going on in your world!

I pray you’ll be blessed, as you’re making your Best Yes decisions each and every day! I’ll see you again in a few weeks!

I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk. Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.” ~3 John 1:13-14

Big hugs,
Steph

What Type of Decision Maker Are YOU?

Today, we’ve got something fun for you!

The Best Yes has led us through this journey to becoming women who make wise decisions in the midst of endless demands. And you all have done a FABULOUS job with this process.

But maybe you feel like you need a little more on this journey, like you are not quite there yet. {me, raising my hand!}

Maybe you need to understand what type of decision maker you are.

Well, we want you to meet our friend, Jeff Shinabarger. He is the author of this amazing book called Yes or No How Your Everyday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your Life.

Jeff’s work has been featured by CNN, USA Weekend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Coca-Cola, Relevant Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. He is the co-founder of Q, a collaboration company, and creatively led Catalyst for eight years. Jeff and his wife, Andre, live in East Atlanta Village and have two children.

He’s joining us today on The Best Yes conference call series and if you are not signed up, we would LOVE for you to be able to listen, too. You can still purchase the entire The Best Yes series and since all the calls are recorded, you can listen to them at your convenience.

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And, since we all want to know more about ourselves, Jeff has a free, fun tool for all of us to try out today! It’s called the What Type of Decision Maker Are You Assessment.

Click here to go to his website and take the assessment (scroll down on the page to take it — it takes less than 5 minutes).

Then, come back and tell us what your result is and you’ll automatically be entered to win Jeff’s book, Yes or No.

Two winners will be selected, and we will announce who they are here on the blog on Friday!

And you guys … we have SUCH an exciting announcement about our next conference call series. In fact it’s SO exciting one of our P31 Online Bible Study volunteers, Bethany, made the best video to share this exciting announcement!

Check out this video:

Click here if you cannot see the video from your email.

Click here to get signed up for our next P31 Online Bible Study, Before Amen.

What to do:

1. Take the assessment and let us know what type of decision maker you are.

2. Aim to read Chapters 17, 18 and 19 before Friday. Melissa and Nicki will be here on the blog via video to wrap up the whole study!