Why do I share that? Well, because I used to think I had to do EVERY little thing in a study to be a good Bible study girl. (Maybe you’ve thought that, too?) But when I read this quote from one of our past studies it absolutely rocked my world!
“Saying yes to God isn’t about perfect performance, but rather perfect surrender to the Lord, day by day.”
– Lysa TerKeurst, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God
Did you catch that? I mean, like really let it sink in? Go ahead and read it again slowly. Its OK, I’ll wait …
God doesn’t want our perfect performance, friends! He wants our surrender!!
While I know Lysa wasn’t referring specifically to the topic of Bible study, it does apply here, too. We did all say yes to God’s invitation to join this study, right? And it’s my prayer we’re all here to say yes to moving forward with Him in healing our hearts too. Amen?
So, wherever you are as we begin Week 2, and no matter how Week 1 went for you, I invite you to begin anew today. Will you say this prayer with me?
Lord, I say NO to seeking perfect performance. I lay my performance down at your feet and instead say YES to surrendering to the process of healing. May my focus this week, as I work through the study, be more about surrendering to the work you’re doing in my heart, then it is about perfecting the work I think I need to do to complete this study. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Yay! I’m so excited to see what God does through our surrender! Now let’s take a peek at what’s in store and available this week …
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Week 2 Lowdown
Still waiting on your book to come in? No worries! We have the first three chapters of The Mended Heart right here for you:
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
What’s Happening This Week:
Monday - This week we’re reading Chapters 3 & 4. Haven’t finished the first two yet? That’s OK! We invite you to begin in Chapter 3 today so you can join us in the community chats this week. Each chapter’s topic stands on its own, so you can always go back to the chapters you missed at a later time.
- Chapter 3 discussion. Check your study email or the P31 OBS blog.
- Bible Study Skills on the blog with Christa Hutchins.
- Read Chapter 4.
- “The Beat Goes On” — you’ll hear from Paige Klein on how God healed her heart after the loss of her mom to cancer. Check your study email or the blog.
- Chapter 4 discussion.
- 5 Lessons Learned from Women in the Bible: The Mended Heart Conference Call Series ~ @ Noon ET (that’s 9 a.m. PT!) … “Bitterness Has Potential to Ruin You – Naomi.” Sign up by clicking here.
- Proverbs 31 Bible Study LIVE on Facebook @ 8 p.m. ET. Join the event by clicking here.
Join the conversation on social media:
For a list of where to find P31 OBS on social media, click here. Use the hashtags #P31OBS and #TheMendedHeart.
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!
Observe – In the video, Nicki asked: “What are you guys doing for fun this summer?” For a chance to win one of two Conference Call Series, share Melissa’s, Suzie’s and Nicki’s answers, as well as your own, in the comments below. Winners will be emailed by Wednesday of this week.
Bible – Where will you post this week’s main verse?
Stretch – Did you pray for surrender today? Share with us what God is speaking to your heart about surrendering.