We Can Do This!

"Me, Myself, and Lies" Study Leader, Angela Diemer | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSIt’s Friday! You’ve made it through the first full week of study — great job! Hey there, I’m Angela Diemer, your other summer study leader. Thanks for joining me here on the blog today.

I’m wondering, did anyone else have the sudden urge to go clean their bedroom closets after reading through Chapters 1 and 2? Because I did! But then I quickly closed the closet door, after I saw the extent of the mess.

It would be awesome if I could poof my bedroom closet into getting clean and organized. But even as cool as that would be, it’s not going to happen. I actually need to get in there, right in the middle of the mess, and do the work!

It’s the same thing with cleaning out our thought closets. It’s not gonna just happen on it’s own. We need to get all up in there, as messy as it may be.

I wanted to encourage you with a Scripture I recently read out of the Old Testament, Haggai 2:4b-5. I love how The Message version phrases it, saying:

“’Yes, get to work! For I am with you.’ The GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! ‘Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I’m living and breathing among you right now. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back.’”

Don’t you love that — “get to work”God is with usPut it into action … “Don’t be timid … Don’t hold back.” Words we can grab a hold of!  Ladies, we too can be freed from our captivity — the captivity of lies — by remembering and turning these words into action!

We want to think good things about ourselves, right? And we want others to see the good things in us, too. Did you catch what Jennifer Rothschild shared on page 21, of how those two things correlate with one another? She said:

“You are a reflection of the way you think.”

"You are a reflection of the way you think." - Jennifer Rothschild #NoMoreLies | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 1 #P31OBS

 

That came straight out of the Bible! Truth found in Proverbs 23:7a (NASB):

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”

Summer study gals, it’s time to take inventory of our thoughts and do some lie tossing, deciding what needs to go, and what needs to stay! But guess what? We don’t have to do it alone.

Remember what Haggai 2:4-5 said? Go ahead, it’s okay to pop back and read it again …

Yes! God is with us, living and breathing amongst us! So let’s stop holding back, and get to work on those thought closets. Are you ready? We can’t wait to do this with you over the next four weeks!

Hey, before you go, come join me in the Let’s Chat section below. See you there!

Blessings,
Angela

Let’s Chat:

Let’s end this week by sharing one good truth nugget about ourselves in the comments. I’d also love to hear about your favorite part from Chapters 1 and 2.

P.S. If you haven’t received your book yet, no worries! You can download the first three chapters here for free.

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The Whole Enchilada {Week 1 Bible Study}

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Trish Cordell | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSHey there, everyone!  My name is Trish Cordell, and I’m excited to be one of your study leaders this summer. I just have to tell you, I’m so happy you’re here! This study couldn’t come at a more perfect time! Don’t you agree?

Not only am I happy you’re joining us, I can’t wait for y’all to see what we have for you!

If you’re like me, when you have a meal, you don’t want pieces and parts, you want the whole enchilada! And that’s what we have for you every Wednesday this study.

OK, it’s not really an enchilada, but it’s something even better!

We have an amazing, downloadable/printable Bible study, penned by our very own Melissa Taylor and Sarah Travis, to help us dig further into God’s Truth and enhance our Me, Myself, and Lies OBS.

Join us on the blog for a FREE downloadable/printable Bible Study PDF to help you dig deeper into Week 1 of our "Me, Myself, & Lies" online Bible study. #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

In this week’s portion of the Bible study, Melissa helps us learn how to look at whole Bible verses to better understand the “big picture,” and Sarah teaches us Bible study skills on cross-referencing.

Don’t be scared! These are both easier than you think! And so beneficial for replacing lies with truth, too. So who’s ready to dig in? My hand is raised!

In case you missed the Bible study download in Monday’s post, you can still get yours and get started by clicking the button below. Please note: The download includes the entire Bible study for all five weeks of study, but this week we’re only working on the sections labeled for Week 1. 

And in case you’re still waiting on your Me, Myself, and Lies book, no worries! You can download the first 3 chapters here. Happy Bible study day 🙂

Let’s Chat:

One of my favorite things about our Bible studies is getting to know our OBSers! In this week’s Bible study, Sarah shares how she uses the ESV (English Standard Version) of the Bible when she digs into God’s Truth! I love my NLT (New Living Translation) Bible. Now it’s your turn! What version do you use? Can’t wait to connect with you in the comments!

~Trish

 

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Renewing Our Thought Closets {Week 1}

“Me, Myself, and Lies” Study Leader, Melissa Taylor | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #NoMoreLies #P31OBSDay 1 of Me, Myself, and Lies is finally here, and it couldn’t begin for me fast enough. At 50 years old, you’d think I’d be past this already. But the truth is, the battle of the mind is continuous and not age-selective.

Hi everyone! I’m Melissa, and it’s my honor and privilege to kick off our online Bible study of Me, Myself, and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild!

What do you say when you talk to yourself? Most likely, you’re like me and find yourself saying things in your head that aren’t the kinds of things God would want you saying! After all, you signed up for this study for a reason, right?

I had such a great conversation with author Jennifer Rothschild and P31 Content Manager, Kendra Schwarz. Join us as we learn why Jennifer, who’s blind by the way, wrote this book, and we discuss 3 questions to ask yourself to determine the condition of your “thought closet.”

Also, all of our videos are transcribed by some of our awesome volunteers. Click here to learn how you can access the closed captioning!

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

How much do you just love Jennifer Rothschild?! Doesn’t she make you feel like you’re joining a good friend as you embark on this Bible study? One thing I really loved from spending time with her is how much she truly cares about what we think. She’s experienced the confidence and freedom that comes from replacing those awful lies with goodness.

Here’s what you need to get started:

We have this awesome thing called the Study Companion. In case you missed it in last week’s pre-study posts, it has EVERYTHING you need to know about your Bible study each week, including weekly assignments, fun freebies, the first 3 chapters, and optional activities. Seriously, if you have a question or need something, it’s probably in there. Click the button below to get yours.

And as mentioned in the video, here are the links to the books we talked about and the Bible study for you to use during this OBS:

I’m looking forward to what we’ll learn this week, as we dive into God’s Word and read Me, Myself, and Lies!

Romans 12:2b (NIV) “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 1 Verse | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS

Let’s Chat:

Before we begin, let’s make a pact. C’mon, I need everyone to do this with me. Changing our thought lives won’t come easy. We’ll need to stay focused and committed. So, let’s all agree right now that we’ll apply ourselves fully to replace the cruel self-talk with God-talk — soul talk — talk that builds us up. We’re willing to do what it takes. Are you with me?

Now’s the time to get a piece of paper, and write a declaration to yourself. Or call a friend or accountability partner, and decide together that you’ll do this. Share your declaration or statement of doing whatever it takes to make changes in your thought life.

See you in the comments section!
Melissa

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Putting the Fun in Your Bible Study – OBS Options!

“Listen, Love, Repeat” Study Leader, Kendra Schwarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #ListenLoveRepeat #P31OBSHi! I’m Kendra Schwarz, the creative content coordinator for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies. I’m all about fun. But when it comes to using the word “fun” with “Bible study,” I used to be a bit skeptical. Can Bible study be fun?

Well I’m about to show you YES, it sure can! Are you ready? It’s time to discover all of the fun options we have here at P31 OBS. And here’s the best part: Everything is optional (even reading the book, though we don’t advise skipping that part – haha).

Because all of these options are to help “sweeten” up your Bible study experience, below is a video that explains the options! Let’s just say it has to do with waffles, chocolate chips and whipped cream … click here to watch

Oh and fun fact! All of our videos are transcribed. Click here for instructions on how to turn on Closed Captioning..

Option #1: We are family (I got all my sisters with me!)
Here at P31 OBS, we are one, big, happy family. We join in community on our blog and on social media. We’d love for you to join us on all, or a few different, community-building platforms.

  • Join us on our blog here
  • Follow us on Facebook here
  • Follow us on Twitter here
  • Follow us on Instagram here

Option #2: Bible Study PDF’s
This is a NEW option in OBS, and we’re so happy you’re our first group of ladies to go through these with us! Every Tuesday and Thursday on the blog, you’ll receive a Bible study PDF to work through, based on a chapter of the Listen, Love, Repeat book. This does not replace the book, but it’s something we’ve made to accompany it, to help you dig deeper into God’s Word, if you choose.

Option #3: Teaching Series
This is the ONLY option that costs money (other than buying the trade book). The Listen, Love, Repeat Teaching Series is based on the letters written by Paul. We’ll learn how to encourage those God has entrusted to us. You’ll get more info about this option next week.

Option #4: Bible Study LIVE
We have a fast-paced and fun way to do Bible study! And do you want to know the best part? You can do it right on Facebook. Bible Study LIVE is an hour-long study session with your fellow OBSers. Sign me up! Below are the links to each event.

Option #5: Party like it’s 1999 (not really, but kind of!)
Check out the list, and click the links below to learn more and join the parties available during Listen, Love, Repeat. These parties are fun, informative and the perfect distraction from everyday life.

  • Facebook – Tuesday, April 11 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Twitter – Tuesday, April 4 & Tuesday, May 2, both 9 to 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Instagram – Wednesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET

So, who says Bible study can’t be fun?

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

Let’s Chat:

Which option(s) are you adding as your study “topping(s)”? Which sound the most fun as your berries, chocolate chips and whip cream?

Giveaway!
Comment on the blog today, and you’ll be entered to win a Listen, Love, Repeat book, a journal and pen. It’s the perfect set to get you in the OBS mood. One winner will be randomly selected and emailed.

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The “Why” Behind Our Next Study

“Listen, Love, Repeat” Study Leader, Nicki Koziarz | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #ListenLoveRepeat #P31OBS

Hi OBSers (old and new)! I’m Nicki Koziarz, and I’m here to tell you the “why” behind our next study, Listen, Love, Repeat! Hopefully after we’re through, you’ll join me (if you haven’t already signed up).

I remember the day Karen Ehman called to tell me about this concept she was working on for her next book. I was in my bedroom folding clothes, fighting back the tears as she was talking. I knew this message was exactly what our world was going to need.

And as soon as I hung up the phone with her I thought … I want THAT.

That ability to listen, love and repeat it daily, endlessly and with a whole heart.  

We have such an opportunity right now. It seems like there’s a lot of darkness around.

But it’s in the darkest places where people who love God have the best opportunity … to shine the brightest!

The atmosphere can change in any room we walk into. We can be the hope others need so much. We can bring the movement of being the goodness of Jesus to our world!

So today, I want to take those three words: Listen, Love, Repeat … and share with you how they are encouraging me to do this:

LISTEN:
We are so busy! We’ve convinced ourselves that to be busy is to be effective. So I love that this message is challenging me to stop and LISTEN to the world around me. Listen to what others are in need of, listen to what others love so I can love them well and listen to the prompts God is putting in my heart.

LOVE:
And as I’m listening well, I’m discovering what it really means to LOVE others well. Not the way I want to love them, but the way they need to be loved. There’s a difference. And most of the time the latter is a little more stretching, because it makes me stop thinking of MYSELF.

REPEAT:
Do we ever get this thing totally right? Are we ever finished living a life of listening and loving? No! There’s always more room for God to stretch our arms a little wider. So, REPEAT. And REPEAT. And … repeat.

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

I can’t wait for this study — it’s going to be life-giving and life-changing! If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to, you can do so here

Nicki

 

Giveaway!
Comment today one thing you’re looking forward to during this study, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Listen, Love, Repeat for you and a friend! You’ll also receive an “invite card” you can slip in your book to invite someone to join in the study! Three winners will be randomly selected and notified via email. 

 

Comment on the blog today and you’ll be entered to win this prize! | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #ListenLoveRepeat #P31OBS

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