Let’s Not Quit

"Me, Myself, and Lies" Study Leader, Angela Diemer | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSWOW! And just like that, we’ve come to the end of our Me, Myself, and Lies study. I know Trish and I are so thankful for getting to join you here on the blog each week. Thanks for hanging out with us!

Before I get all misty eyed, let’s do a quick “look back recap” on what we learned throughout the last 5 weeks of our #NoMoreLies journey.

 

Week 1

  • We got into, and began to sort through, our personal thought closets, starting to learn, recognize and replace the old wardrobe of lies with the new beautiful truth!

Week 2

  • We discovered that the words we think and say to ourselves have power, remembering we need to choose and speak wise truths to our hearts and mind.

Week 3

  • We learned to keep our eyes fixed on God, “tuning in” and “looking up” to Him at all times, placing our hope in Him.

Week 4

  • We realized we need to “calm down” our souls and “look up” to God, remembering what we have in Him. And that our past memories can be healed and redeemed through Him.

Week 5

  • We became aware of the importance to “chill out” and find true rest in God. Plus being able to recognize, when there are those times, where we need to “press on” in perseverance.

We’ve really come a long way since we started. But just because our 5 weeks together have come to a close doesn’t mean we now have to close the door on our thought closet progress. Let’s stay persistent in applying the new ways we’ve learned to think, talk and believe about who we are … who God says we are!

So let’s not quit, because like Jennifer Rothschild says in Me, Myself, and Lies:

“If you quit, the world will be lacking what you alone bring to it.”

"If you quit, the world will be lacking what you alone bring to it." - Jennifer Rothschild #NoMoreLies | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 5 #P31OBS

Well friends, we didn’t have a chance to dig into Chapter 11, Lift Up, but we want to encourage you to continue on reading through it. There’s an important message on the effects of encouraging one another, and how that builds us up in Christ. You don’t want to miss it! Plus, you’ll never look at pink flamingos the same again (wink, wink).

We hope this study has encouraged you, revealed truth to your heart and showed you how the words we speak to ourselves shape who we are. Remember:

The more truth we say to our souls, the more the lies die.

And just two quick things before we say good-bye.  First, we’d love to have you join us for our next study, Worthy — a study based on She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst. You can sign up here. It’s going to be the perfect follow up study for Me, Myself, and Lies! And lastly, come join us in the comment section here one last time. Your voice is important to us and we’d love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Angela

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What is Rest?

"Me, Myself, and Lies" Study Leader, Angela Diemer | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSHey there summer gals! Can you believe we’ve arrived at the final Bible Study section for Me, Myself, and Lies? Let’s come with an expectant heart today, to hear a specific word from God. Okay?

I love reading and studying the Word of God. It’s transformed my life! So, I guess you could say I get a “tad” excited when it comes to studying and sharing the truth found in Scripture.

It’s those quiet moments of spending daily time with God in Scripture that give my mind, heart and soul rest. And we all desire rest, right? Scripture (and our study) tells us what resting in God is like. I love how Jennifer Rothschild says it in Me, Myself, and Lies:

“Rest isn’t just what God did. Rest is who God is.”

"Rest isn't just what God did. Rest is who God is." - Jennifer Rothschild #NoMoreLies | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 5 #P31OBS

Rest IS who GOD IS — Love that! It makes me look at “rest” in an entirely new way:

I’m at rest, because God is rest, and God’s in me.

We have Sarah Travis helping us get into Scripture today for our Bible study time. And she openly shares with us about some past challenges she had to walk through, and how she found rest in God. Her story alone will encourage you! But that’s not all, she also weaves in the inspiring true stories of Deborah and Elijah, found in the Old Testament. Now don’t worry if you’re not familiar with who they are; she’ll fill you in and bring you up to speed. 

Also, a little side note, this week’s section in the Bible study may take you a bit longer to complete. But stay the course and take your time as you go through it, asking God to show you what He has for you. I know it’ll be worth it!

If you haven’t already, you can still download the full Bible study and get started today on the section labeled for Week 5 by clicking on the button below.

I’m believing God has a personal message for you today!

Blessings,
Angela

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How have you enjoyed the Bible Study portion of our Me, Myself, and Lies OBS? We’d love to hear which week’s section was your favorite, or impacted you the most, and why!

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He’s Not Finished With Us Yet

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSQuestion: Are you the woman you want to be? This question makes me stop and think a bit. But, I have good news. Together we can become women we’ve always wanted to be.

Think back to who you were when you were younger. What were your dreams? What were you hoping for? Were you full of excitement and expectation of all this life would offer you? I’ve come to find that as we get older, we tend to lose a part of us. Not intentionally but through different trials, life circumstances and situations.

Our next Online Bible Study, Worthy, is a study based on the newly released book She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You by Chrystal Evans Hurst! We’re going on a journey to find direction, purpose and most importantly, we’re going to find hope. Hope in God’s Word knowing He’s not finished with us yet.

And that journey begins September 5. Y’all. It’s going to be so good. Through this study you will:

  • Recognize the woman you were meant to be as you set out on a journey to find direction, purpose and true satisfaction.
  • Realize how valuable you are, regardless of where you are in life, as you receive the encouragement you need to pursue your passions.
  • Find the hope and answers you’re looking for as you learn how to study God’s Word in a meaningful and personal way.

The next Proverbs 31 Online Bible study is on the book, "She's Still There" by Chrystal Evans Hurst! Study starts September 5. Learn more and sign up here --> http://www.proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/ #ShesStillThere #P31OBS

So, will you join me? I hope you say yes and click here to register! I don’t want to do it alone and I think it’s going to be one for the books.

Okay, friend. Rest up, enjoy the rest of your summer and I’ll see you right here on September 5.

Blessings,
Melissa

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Chilling Out & Pressing On {Week 5}

"Me, Myself, and Lies" Study Leader, Angela Diemer | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSHello everyone, Angela here! I’m so glad to be back with you for Week 5. Can you believe it’s our last week of study? It’s gone by SO fast! But don’t check out just yet. We still have an amazing final week of study planned for you, so stick around!

I hope you’ve begun some new habits when it comes to self-talk. I know it takes discipline to begin new habits, and it’s hard at times. That’s why I’m excited to share with you today’s video, where Jennifer Rothschild shares about discipline.

Now, don’t skip over the video because of the word discipline. I tend to cringe at the use of that word too. But Jennifer explains it in a fresh way that gives us peace and not grief.

If for any reason you need closed captioning, click here for instructions.

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

I love this reminder at the end of each of our videos this study:

“Know the Truth. Live the Truth. It changes everything!”

Where’s the truth? In God’s Word! So let’s start there with our verse of the week! I pray it encourages you to not give up this week.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV) | "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 5 Verse | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

With this truth at our side, we can stop believing the lie “I can’t” and start declaring “I CAN” because of the power of God in us! It gives us the go ahead to chill out in trying to do it in our own strength, and instead press on in God’s strength. Like Jennifer said in the video, “We don’t need to feel strong to be strong.” So let’s remember:

God is strong. He’s in us. So we are strong in His strength!

Alright friends, we have one more Bible Study session scheduled for you this Wednesday that you don’t want to miss! And, as we’ve shared all throughout the study, our Study Companion friend is here to keep us on track too.

Blessings,
Angela

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In the video, Kendra shared a lie she recognized, how she counter attacked it with the Truth of God’s Word and the friends who were holding her accountable. Is there a lie you’ve discovered saying to yourself often? What truth are you replacing it with? Who’s helping you stay accountable?

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Making Painful Memories Profitable

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

We’ve made it to the last day of another phenomenal week of study, OBSers! Woo-Hoo, I’m so proud of you 🙂 But we’re not finished yet, so hang in with us just a bit longer.

Being a retired Military gal, I was captivated by the meaning of the “Forget me not” phrase Jennifer shared with us in Chapter 8. It was one of those “who knew?” moments for me. The story is now etched into my memory, placed on the “that’s so sweet” shelf of my thought closet.

But, there are other memories in my thought closet, too. Memories that aren’t so sweet. Ones that, truth be told, make my heart hurt a little.

I bet you have those types of memories too.  

In Monday’s video, Jennifer and Kendra spoke about painful memories, and how we wish we could erase them. It made me picture the old chalkboards from my school years. Oh the days of old, haha!

Have you ever noticed that, no matter how many times a chalkboard is erased, some chalky residue always lingers? Yep. Just like some of our memories, chalk can leave behind a bit of a mess. But that doesn’t make the chalkboard worthless.

Our painful memories can sometimes make us feel “worthless” as well, am I right? But do you know what? That’s untrue too! And like Jennifer teaches, we can douse those “gasoline words” (such as “worthless”) with “water words”!

Isaiah 61:3 (HCSB) is a glorious example of “water words”! Let’s take a look …

“…to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair, And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD to glorify Him.” 

Did you catch the “instead of” statements?

  • crown of beauty instead of ashes
  • festive oil instead of mourning
  • splendid clothes instead of despair

That’s what the Truth of God does, friends; it redeems our painful memories!

Jennifer says it so well in Chapter 8 when she shares these wise words:  

“He can make even painful memories profitable as He gives meaning to them.”

"He can make even painful memories profitable as He gives meaning to them." - Jennifer Rothschild #NoMoreLies | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 4 #P31OBS

Hallelujah! Knowing God can give meaning to our painful memories to make them profitable is definitely something worth shouting about, amen?  

What a joy it’s been to be with y’all again. Let’s spend a bit more time together as we chat one last time this week.

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Do you have a physical reminder that helps you “remember” or “forget not” the good God has walked you through? I have a teddy bear named Ollie that I got in the eighth grade. My childhood was pretty tumultuous, but when I look at Ollie it reminds that God brought me out of that storm.

I’m praying over each of you as we head into our last week of study. See you in the comments!

~Trish

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