But I Don’t Want It to be Over!

“Finding I AM” Study Leader, Kendra Schwarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBSHey, ladies! Kendra here, one last time with you. Just like that, it’s our last day of study. Kind of sad, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I think this study is going to be one I re-visit, again and again.

In Day 4’s homework this week, we have the opportunity to write down a few things we learned from this study. Before we get to the last Lysa TerKeurst video teaching, I thought I’d share mine with you.

  • Week 1: There’s a difference in coming to Jesus for bread and because He is bread.
  • Week 2: Jesus asked Peter to love Him more than the life Peter knew.
  • Week 3: We need to obey what God told us last time before we can expect to hear from Him again.
  • Week 4: Without blanks, we would have no room for the Lord to write the answers.
  • Week 5: Might this longing be the very thing connecting you to the Vine?

Now, without further ado, here’s our final teaching by author Lysa TerKeurst! We hope you’ve enjoyed the closed captioning we have on our videos. Click here for instructions.

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

We know life gets crazy, and you may have missed a few videos. So if that’s the case, here they are for YOU. But remember, these will only continue to be available to watch online until March 10. (And if you’d love to have your very own copy to watch when it’s most convenient — or share with friends — you can order the DVD set here.)

Thank you for being part of this study! We went on an excursion together to find “I AM,” and I think we did just that. In case you need some resources to help you once you’re done with Finding I AM we have some options listed below:

  1. First 5 app — download this Proverbs 31 app that’s geared toward helping us give our first five minutes to God every morning. It has biblical teaching and practical application.
  2. Proverbs 31 Daily Devotions — get daily encouragement in your inbox! Click here to sign up!
  3. Do it again — sounds crazy, but God is REALLY good at giving fresh revelations to old Scripture and teachings. Go back and read through the homework you’ve done and reflect.
  4. Social Media — keep up with us on social media for continued encouragement and friendship on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  5. Our next #P31OBS — join us April 3 for our next online Bible study, Listen, Love, Repeat by Karen Ehman! You can learn more and sign up here.

Hope to see you April 3. 

Kendra

Let’s Chat:

Above, I listed a few things this study has taught me. But I’d love to know what you’ve been learning. too! Share yours in the comments so we can all see the work that’s being done in your life. Time to celebrate!

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Who’s Your Go-To?

“Finding I AM” Study Leader, Kendra Schwarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBS

Hey, girlfriend! How’s Week 5 going? It’s Kendra back with you!

Not sure about you, but something from Day 2 really hit me — the word “abide.” Yep, one little word did a work in my soul. Lysa TerKeurst says it comes from a root word meaning “to stay, remain, wait.” Just what a gal like me wants to hear.

As I read, I found myself questioning, What does “abiding” look like in my life? Does it mean I put my phone down for a few minutes and try to think about nothing? Or maybe it means I read the Bible and remain in the Word a little while longer. After some reflection, God is showing me I’m supposed to abide by simply making Him my “go-to.”

You know that friend you tell everything? Maybe a person you immediately call after having a problem with someone at work. We go to this one person in hopes to get clarity, confirmation and connection. And that person is our “go-to.”

I think this is exactly who God wants to be in our lives. And we can make Him our go-to by abiding.

I need to make a concise effort every day to move toward Jesus. And that move might be to abide, sit with him, wait or just be in His presence. Whatever it is, it needs to be something, because as Lysa TerKeurst says,

God isn’t trying to hide from us. He is waiting to be seen by us.

"God isn't trying to hide from us. He is waiting to be seen by us." — Lysa TerKeurst #FindingIAM | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 5 #P31OBS

God is waiting to be our “go-to” person. He’s waiting for us to make a move toward him so he can prune and help us bear fruit that is honoring to Him.

And here’s what’s really neat, you know how sometimes your “go-to” person isn’t available to listen? God is available 24/7. The question is, will we make Him our go-to person?

Kendra

Let’s Chat:

All this talk about abiding has me wondering, what do you do to “abide” in the Lord? As the hustle and bustle of the day gets in full swing, how do you take time to sit with God and remain in Him? This girl would love to know!

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Join us for our last Teaching Series call today at 11 a.m. with special guest Krista Williams. It’s never too late to purchase these, as the series is recorded. Also, we have our final Bible Study LIVE event tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET! It’s going to be something special!

 

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Inside Scoop: Our Next OBS Isn’t About You

“Finding I Am” Study Leader, Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBSHey there OBSers, Melissa Taylor here! Hasn’t Finding I AM been a great Bible study? Oh my goodness, I can’t believe we are into our fifth and final week!

I want us to finish up strong, but I also have a special announcement for you about our next OBS, which you can sign up for beginning today!

On April 3 we will be kicking off Listen, Love, Repeat by Karen Ehman!

The next Proverbs 31 Online Bible study is on the book, "Listen, Love, Repeat" by Karen Ehman! Study starts April 3. Learn more and sign up here --> http://www.proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/ #ListenLoveRepeat #P31OBS

We’ve done Karen’s studies before, and I promise you you’ll want to sign up for this one!

In the Listen, Love, Repeat OBS you will:

  1. Step into a new, purposed-filled life as you learn to intentionally love people the way that Jesus does.  
  2. Turn your attention to the lonely, the forgotten and the outcast as you read through practical ways to care for those in desperate need of God’s truth.
  3. Learn how to celebrate your friends and family in new, creative ways through personal stories, fun ideas and delicious recipes!
  4. Dig into God’s Word through Bible study homework that will give you a greater understanding of God’s Word and His love for you and others.

I hope you’ll sign up right now!  Click here to sign up and then mark your calendars! We begin Listen, Love, Repeat on April 3!

To order Listen, Love, Repeat and get some pretty cool freebies (only available through P31), click here to order it from our bookstore!

Melissa

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Listen, Love, Repeat is going to be a unique combination of Bible study, book reading and community. We will read two chapters per week, have two days of Bible study per week and watch a teaching video from author, Karen Ehman, every week! If you like seeing how God can work in your life and make a difference in your relationships, then you are going to love this study! I know I’m all in. Will you join me in this study?

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I AM the True Vine {Week 5}

“Finding I AM” Study Leader, Kendra Schwarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBSLadies, can we just take a second and marvel at the fact we made it to Week 5? My name is Kendra Schwarz and I’m your study leader this week.

Before we jump into the housekeeping items of a Monday post, I thought it would be good for us to get to know each other. Friendship is built on trust and what better way to build trust than to hear a confession. Right?!

Okay, here it goes …

I haven’t done all of my homework this study. Cue gasp! And if you haven’t either, that’s OK! We’re starting Week 5 together with a clean slate.

Okay, one more confession. In today’s video you’ll notice I’m eating grapes. It took two takes because I was distracted by them and messed up what I was planning to say … sigh.

Now that we have those two confessions out of the way, here’s the video, including helpful tips from Lysa TerKeurst for how to handle distractions as we study the Bible. And don’t forget we have closed captioning! How-to instructions are right here.

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

Told you I was distracted. Ha!

In the video, Lysa gave us a beautiful illustration of how we’re connected to the vine, tended by our ultimate Gardner, God. In today’s book work you’ll read,

We cannot do what God has called us to do without Him.”

"We cannot do what God has called us to do without Him." - Lysa TerKeurst #FindingIAM | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 5 #P31OBS

Might this serve as a little encouragement today?

We don’t want to miss out on all God’s called us to do. So this week, let’s be sure to do our study with Him so He can speak to us. As we flip open our books remember, Jesus is the vine. And He always has the branch’s best interests in mind. He is in control.

Now let’s do this Week 5 thing, shall we? And to help us with that, here’s the Study Companion. Click on “Week 5” for all you need to know about this week. I’ll see you in the comment section!

Kendra

Let’s Chat:

In today’s video, Lysa mentioned “setting the scene” when you begin your study time. What are some things you do to help limit distractions?

 

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Our Resurrected Identity

“Finding I AM” Study Leader, Brenda Earley | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #FindingIAM #P31OBSHey, y’all, it’s Friday! SHOUT OUT to you for sticking with me! Brenda here again to close out Week 4. I’ve been sitting on the edge of my seat anticipating this day.

Ready for another teaching video? Atop the Mount of Olives, Lysa TerKeurst brings us a picture of what this week’s “I AM” statements mean. Aren’t you loving seeing the Holy Land through her eyes? If you need closed-captioning, click here for instructions.

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

Jesus wants us to understand His heart, today. He’s ready to make all things new and have this “I AM” come to life for us!

John 11:25 (NIV) I "I am the resurrection and the life." I Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies I Week 4 Verse I #FindingIAM #P31OBS

He is the One with Resurrection Power beyond our understanding, my friends. He can bring Life where there once was death. Remember Thomas? Martha? Even Jesus Himself?

In our video today, Lysa points out these resurrected identities:

Thomas “The Doubter” to Thomas “The Deep Thinker”

Martha “The Distracted One” to Martha “The Chosen One”

Jesus “The Coming Kingto Jesus “The Resurrected King”

And He wants to resurrect our identity too! Like Lysa said:

“The Resurrected King is bringing His Resurrection Power to you.”

He’s bringing His Resurrection Power to you, and to me! So let’s invite the Resurrected King to invade our lives and resurrect our identity.

I so enjoyed “doing life” with you this week!

~Brenda

Let’s Chat:

At the end of today’s video, Lysa leads us in an amazing heartfelt prayer. Did you join her in the prayer too? What deep places do you need Jesus to invade in order to resurrect the new YOU?

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