Staying Open to the Movement of God ~ Week 3

"Staying Open to the Movement of God ~ Week 3" by Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #5HabitsBook #P31OBSCongratulations! We made it through two of the five habits of the woman who doesn’t quit! And just look at us ~ we haven’t quit! Whoo hoo!

We accepted our assignments of refinement. We are working on following through despite how we feel. And now it’s time for Habit Three~

She stays open to the movement of God.

While staying open to the movement of God sounds amazing, I must admit — I’m a planner. I make my plans and I like them to work out. I’m excited about this week’s reading because I know this is an area where I have room for improvement. Especially because I really do want to become a woman who doesn’t quit!

OK, let’s get on with Week 3!

We’ve heard y’all like visiting the Fixer-Upper Farm and learning from our Quit Coach in our Monday videos. Not to mention the bits of wisdom we’re receiving from Nicki and those Real Life Happenins! And this week there’s a fire on the farm! Oh my! Let’s check it out:

P31 OBS: 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit, Week 3 from Proverbs 31 Ministries on Vimeo.

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

Our verse of the week is the perfect Word from God, as we work on this week’s habit.

Proverbs 19:21 (HCSB) | "Many plans are in a man's heart, but the Lord's decree will prevail." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 3 verse of the week | #5HabitsBook #P31OBS

Like I said earlier, I like my plans to work out. But I want to learn to stay open to the movement of God. This verse lets me know, it’s HIS plans that will prevail. And I do NOT want to get in the way of the Lord’s plans!

Don’t forget to use your Weekly Lowdown. It has EVERYTHING you need for this week of study, including our new OBS Journal!

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Your OBS Leaders have another great week planned for you! This week, leading you on the blog, we have these sweet and wonderful leaders~

 

Your OBS Leaders have another great week planned for you! This week, leading you on the blog, we have these sweet and wonderful leaders! #5HabitsBook #P31OBS

Don’t you just love our leaders? We are so blessed!

Let’s get started on Week 3!

Let’s Chat:

(This section is your place to get involved and share with other OBSers on the blog! Everyone who comments this week is entered to win a prize! We’ve had some great prizes so far! See below for details!)

Observe – In the video and in our reading this week, we learn of a “Pinterest fail” for Nicki. She had a great plan to prepare her garden for planting, but it literally blew up in smoke! Have you ever planned something that didn’t quite go how you planned? Tell us about it.

Bible — I mentioned in this post that I like my plans. That could potentially get in the way of me getting through Habit 3. How can this week’s verse help us stay open to the movement of God?

Stretch — Go to your OBS Journal and fill out the blanks for today. What are your takeaways from the video? What’s one thing you want to finish this week? What’s your no-quitting prayer?  Share your prayer in the comment section today. We can all pray for each other as we read through the prayers.

Everyone who comments on the blog M-F this week will be entered in our giveaway to win the Week 3 prize pack, including:

  • 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit Study Guide — a great tool to take the book even deeper!
  • Study tools (clips, bookmark, study tabs and note cards) 

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Building Hope In Your Heart

"Building Hope In Your Heart “ by Katrina Wylie | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #5HabitsStudy #P31OBSYou know that phrase, “Can’t live with them, can’t live without them …”? That’s how I feel about feelings! Though I can’t imagine life without them, feelings can also majorly mess us up, yes?

Hi, everybody! Katrina Wylie back with you again, to wrap up Week 2!

When I read Habit 2, “She follows through with her commitments despite how she feels,” I instantly went, “Oooh.” And not the same “Oooh” I had when I discovered allergy-free brownies at the store the other day. Nope. It was more of an “Oooh” that’s followed by a shudder, because Habit 2 taps into an inner battle way down in the depths of my heart.

Yes, I guess you could say I’ve struggled to be the “she” referred to in Habit 2 … sigh. Perhaps you, too?

But what I’m loving about 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit is that not only is Nicki Koziarz completely real with her struggles, she also provides practical application for REAL LIFE.

Cue the celebrations!!!!

We’re not alone, friends, and like Nicki says, “Feelings don’t have to be what fuels our faith.”

"Feelings don’t have to be what fuels our faith." @NickiKoziarz #5HabitsBook | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 2 #P31OBS

With God, through this study, we CAN and ARE learning ways to overcome.

I don’t know about you, but THAT gives me hope. And, friends, THERE’S POWER IN HOPE!

As Nicki puts it:

“Hope is a confidence that faith will give us the strength to push through every hard and trying circumstance.”

Could you use a little more of that confidence-filled hope, too? Here are just a few practical, “can-do” steps from Chapter 4 that are hope builders for me:

  • Continually pause, asking God for strength
  • Turn to the hope others can help us find
  • Use the “Filter of Hope” to change our perspective (Discontent + Disorder = Despair Hope)
  • Identify the little moments that trip us up

Friends, every time you read your #5HabitsBook, can I encourage you to go on a hope quest of your own? To pray to God, asking Him to reveal just the right applications YOU need to build up hope in YOUR heart? And to jot those things down, asking for His help to apply them?

God wants to give you a confident hope that leads to a strength-filled faith. He wants YOU to experience victory!

Confident Hope –> Strength Filled Faith –> Victory!

Let’s Chat:

Observe — To help change your perspective from despair to hope, list 5 things that are a blessing to you right now in an area you feel like quitting.

Bible — Read Romans 15:13. How can we remain in hope when we feel like quitting? Read Zephaniah 3:17. How does this verse help fill your hope with confidence that you can see your commitments through?

Stretch — Go on a hope quest through Chapter 4! List out in your journal the applications that speak hope into YOUR heart. Pick one to apply and share with us how you’re going to apply it.

Don’t miss your chance to win, friends! Today is the last day to enter this week’s giveaway by commenting on the blog!

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Week 2 Video Message from Author Nicki Koziarz {5 Habits}

Hi, friends! Happy Thursday!

Don’t you just L.O.V.E. this #5HabitsBook #P31OBS so far? I know I do!

And guess what?

Today, we get to enjoy another great video teaching from Nicki Koziarz!

Let’s join Nicki as she encourages us to be women who follow through with our commitments despite how we feel. Because, friends, sometimes those commitments we don’t feel like doing can produce eternal rewards.

5 Habits Study, Session 3 from LifeWay Media on Vimeo.

We hope you’re enjoying this special feature of our #5HabitsBook #P31OBS. A big thank you to LifeWay for making this possible! These videos are a part of a six session teaching for Nicki Koziarz’s Bible study book, A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit: 5 Habits from the Book of Ruth.

Let’s Chat:

In this week’s video, Nicki talks about being women God can count on despite how we feel. What is something you feel God is counting on you to follow through with?  

Just a little reminder! Everyone who comments on the blog this week will be entered in this week’s giveaway!

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