Meet YOU on Monday

Katrina Wylie - Study LeaderWow! What a powerful first two weeks of study we’ve had so far!!

Hey everybody, Katrina Wylie here. To all our American friends, Happy Independence Day!

If you’re not from the U.S.A, tomorrow, July 4, is our nation’s Independence Day and many of us have a long weekend.

We hope you all enjoy some time to spend with family and friends, celebrating or catching up.

Next week, we have study leader Nichole Stern, and Bible study skills leader, Sarah Travis to take us through our next set of mending heart messages!

It’s going to be another powerful week of study, friends!! Meet YOU on Monday, right here on the #P31OBS blog.

God bless!

~Katrina

“May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)

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The Beat Goes On — Paige’s Story

Katrina Wylie - Study LeaderWelcome OBSers, to our second installation of “The Beat Goes On” feature for #TheMendedHeart study! It’s Katrina Wylie back with you again, honored to share today’s video with you and discuss Chapter 4, “When You Lose a Piece of Your Heart.”

In today’s video, Paige Klein shares how God is working in her life to mend her heart after losing her mom. She’s on staff at Proverbs 31 Ministries and her story will touch your heart! Take a look …

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I LOVE how Paige ends with this:

“… even though I don’t fully have a mended heart yet, my heart is mending …”

The honesty in her simple statement is so beautiful and hope-filled!

Having lost my mom just a year before Paige, I can empathize with the feelings she shared, questions she asked and time it’s taking to mend. I can even relate to God leading her to P31 Ministries, as it was only four months after the loss of my mom when I began serving with #P31OBS.

In being here, one of the things God’s helped me see is how there’s something so incredibly special about the “me, too” feelings that take place when we open up together with other women.

As we watch these videos, turn the pages of the book, and share in the blog chat section together, it’s as if every “me, too” carries a whisper of encouragement with it, planting seeds of hope in our hearts.

But do you know what I love even more than the “me, too” found here? It’s the fact that both the videos and the book don’t leave us wallowing in those “me, too” stories. Instead, we are ushered into the comfort and healing that is found in the arms of Jesus!

In Chapter 4 of The Mended Heart, Suzanne Eller writes:

“Jesus offers inner peace rather than inner anguish as He grieves with you.”

Did you catch the “with” in that statement friends? Jesus grieves WITH US!!

And because He grieves with us, we can rest in the comfort of knowing that through all our grieving:

  • We are seen;
  • We are heard;
  • Our hearts are being expanded.

As my heart opens wide to the truth that Jesus’ arms are open wide to me in all my grieving, I go from being a daughter feeling utterly alone, to one who’s wrapped up in my loving Savior’s arms, where He whispers to my soul:

“I feel your pain. I see your tears. I hear your cries and your questions. I am here. I am listening. You are NOT alone.”

Have you opened your heart wide for Jesus to grieve with you? He is waiting with open arms to whisper these truths to your heart, too!

Let’s Chat:

Observe — What “me, too” from Paige’s story, or the stories shared in Chapter 4, did your heart connect with and find encouragement from?

Bible – Yesterday, Christa Hutchins did an awesome job teaching us how to select a life verse. Using what you learned from Wednesday’s blog, find a “grief verse” for your heart to cling to and find healing from and share it with us.

Stretch – In Chapter 4, Suzie tells of how her friend Amber pictures a happy memory of her daughter worshiping Jesus and envisions Jesus weeping with her whenever grief floods her heart. Set some time aside to do the same:

  • Choose a good memory of the loved one(s) you’re grieving;
  • Envision Jesus grieving with you’
  • Journal both of these in detail to reference when grief floods your heart.

What’s Happening Today?

TMH Conference Calls5 Lessons Learned from Women in the Bible: The Mended Heart Conference Call Series ~ @ Noon ET (9 a.m. PT) … “Life Isn’t Fair – Naomi.” There is still time for you to sign up by clicking here and all the calls will be recorded.

#P31OBS Bible Study LIVE, Tonight @ 8 p.m. ET. It’s a fast and fabulous hour of live Bible study on Facebook! Click here for more information and to join this event!

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Bible Study Skills: Life Verse

Christa Hutchins, OBS Bible Study Skills LeaderHey, friends!  This is Christa Hutchins, here with you for Week 2 of Bible Study Skills!

Didn’t you love Katrina Wylie’s post yesterday? Even though all that talk about bugs gave me the creepy-crawlies. :) Katrina encouraged us to immerse ourselves in the living water of God’s Word to grow new and stronger roots in Him. Today, we have something to help you do just that.

In the “Just You and God” section of Chapter 4, The Mended Heart author Suzie Eller asks us to consider what we need from God. The first verse listed in the question (Matthew 11:28-29) is my “life verse.”

Having a life verse is a great way to personalize and immerse yourself in Scripture. It should inspire, challenge, excite and energize you. Your life verse can be your anchor in the stormy seas and your compass to direct you forward.

My favorite version of Matthew 11:28-29 is from The Message Bible:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Oh, how I need rest! Like most of you, my busy life keeps me running from one thing to another. And even when I am sitting still, my mile-long To-Do list scrolls like movie credits through my head! My life verse invites me to rest all those things in Jesus’ gentle hands and give Him space to do His mending work in my heart.

Suzie opens The Mended Heart with “Jesus’ Mission Statement” from Luke 4:18-21 where Jesus is actually quoting words written by the Old Testament prophet in Isaiah 61:1-3. Discovering the overall purpose of your life can guide you as you filter your decisions and actions through your life verse. Everything about Jesus’ life points back to the mission statement. It defined what was important to Him and where He committed His time and energy.

My life verse does the same for me.  I tend to be hard-driving and project-oriented. In the frenzy of doing my Type-A thing, I can become blind to people and their feelings. (My family and friends are nodding their heads right now!) But Jesus had a beautiful flow about His life … an “unforced rhythm.”  As I move to imitate Him, that rhythm softens my hard edges and focuses my attention on people instead of projects.

So how do you choose a life verse? I’m so glad you asked!

  1. Start with the question that Suzie asked: What do you need from God? What seems to be in short supply in your life when you really need it?
  2. Think about your strengths and passions. What moves you, motivates you, makes your heart sing?
  3. After you have thought about your needs and passions, pick three or four “themes” that are important in your life. Go to Biblegateway.com and enter those key words in the search box to find verses that contain your life themes. Write down the verses that say something about your heart and walk with God.
  4. Pray over the verses you find. How will you spot your life verse? Easy! Your life verse is the one that makes your heart go “Ahhhhhh …” as it breathes new life into you!

A sweet friend gave me this necklace with part of my life verse in it. I love wearing it and feeling the verse literally press against my heart.

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After you have selected your verse, get to know it inside out. Verse map it. (If you’ve never done verse mapping, check out our Bible Study Skills archive  to learn how!) Memorize it. Look for a song that refers to the themes in the verse. Interact with your verse until it becomes your anchor and your compass.

And remember, choosing “life” verse doesn’t necessarily mean for the rest of your life!  Your life verse can change as you enter new seasons of life.

Here is a FREE printable to help you choose your life verse!

 

Let’s Chat:

Observe — Share your answer to Question 4 in the “Just You and God” section of  Chapter 4. What do you need from God today? Is it one of the four things Suzie has listed or something else?

Bible — Look up Jesus’ Mission Statement in Luke 4:18-21. How could having a life verse shape your purpose and position in Christ?

Stretch — Use the handout to choose your own life verse. Share the verse with us and what you learned about God and yourself through the process.  If you already have a life verse, share that with us!

 

 

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