Verse Mapping – Psalm 36:7

Week 2 verse mapping. Please forgive my poor attempt at sketching music notes 🙂

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When-Then

I’m linking up today with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, finally!

When-Then: Statements inspired by “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope, pg. 60.

I wish these were all “if” rather then “when” statements, but ultimately life sometimes gets the better of me. Hopefully the “then” portion will remind me that God always provides an alternative plan of action!

“You will seek me and find when you seek me with all your heart.” ~ Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV).

~When I start to become undisciplined in my Christian practices (such as church attendance, daily Bible & prayer time, tithing, etc.), then I will thank God that I have the opportunity to worship him freely, while refusing to be drawn into guilt and defeat. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV).

~When I have bitter thoughts or jealousy over another’s blessings, then I will humble myself and thank God for the blessings He has given me. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” ~ Galatians 5:25-26 (NIV).

~When I question or become discouraged with my place in life (troubles with family, health, career, etc.), then I will place my hope and trust in God’s hands, for he has my best interests in mind. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

~When I am heavy-hearted from the dark and depressing events in this world, then I will trust that Jesus is our way, our light to peace. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33 (NIV).

~When I start to slip up as a woman, wife, or friend, then I will thank God for the gift of my roles and for the opportunity to grow from my mistakes and receive His unconditional love that determines my worth. “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” ~ Proverbs 31:27 (NIV). I reference this verse as a reminder that although I’m not the perfect “Proverbs 31 Woman”, that there are always opportunities for learning and growth. Certainly there is value in both work and pleasure (or rest), but it’s when we become undisciplined and idle that we invite temptation into our lives.

And one more just so I can include a reference to my favorite go-to verse:

~When I start to become anxious about anything, then I will turn my worrisome thoughts to God and thank Him for all He has done and will continue to do. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

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“A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope

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I’m excited for this study. For me, it’s some combination of the positive energy from the last OBS, the turning of the seasons, the fact that I LOVE fall (hoodie and jeans weather, fresh picked apples, apple cider, comfort foods… I could go on and on), and the responsibility of having an accountability partner for this study that makes me really looking forward to getting into this book.

I hope all my P31 girls are able to take some time for themselves and make this study a priority. Good luck!

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Been There, Kinda Did That, Loved It!

I meant to write this post in time to link up for the 10/10/13 blog hop but I missed the deadline. I hope you take a minute to read through this post anyway. Thanks!

So, I previously posted about how I’ve been struggling to make these studies a priority. I’m not going to rehash all that now. But I will say that I have loved the (parts of ) books I read.  So much that I plan to go back and restart the study…eventually? I guess I mean to say that I’ll go back when the next study doesn’t look as equally amazing as the past studies (which looks like never!). Anyway, I also loved the facebook parties and the sense of community they provided.

The most amazing decision I made during the “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst study was to purchase the conference call series. I probably entered more than half of the calls with one (or several) of the following negative thoughts or excuses: “I don’t have time in my schedule for this today.” “I’m behind in the book, what’s the point of calling in?” And probably most frequently, “I have a headache, I don’t feel like doing this right now.”

Let me tell you this: I never left a call with the same attitude. Sure, maybe I left with the headache I had before the call started. But EVERYTIME the call was definitely worth the effort. All the calls were awesome, but hands down, the Mandisa call was my favorite. Her story and her positive attitude were amazing to hear firsthand. It was just like being on the phone with a close friend.

If you’re debating purchasing the calls for this study, and you are financially able to, I urge you to do it. I’m sending up a prayer for those who are wanting to but are struggling financially.

Special thanks to Melissa and the P31 OBS team who all make these calls possible, They are an amazing part of these studies.

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Addressing The Doubts

This blog is one of many reminders of things left unfinished on my to-do list. I just published a post that sat in my draft box for a few…months! I was so motivated to do this project not so long ago. What happened? Well, another P31 OBS has come and gone. I actually debated whether to delete my prior posts about “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst. I mean, I never finished the book. And I definitely did not participate in the study enough to write even a single blog post.

Can I do this? Does my participation in these studies even matter? Can I stop procrastinating enough to actually finish the unfinished items on my to-do list? Can I ever grow from the little items and get going to bigger and better places, where God ultimately wants me? Does it all even matter in the end?

Constant doubts.

But then I read something I actually wrote a while back: “But instead of making this a post about beating myself up, I’m turning it into a positive.”

Whoa. I wrote that?

Hmmm. Ok so here’s the positive(s): first, this outlines where I really need to work on my priorities. It’s past midnight and I’m up writing blog posts when I should have been in bed for at least an hour already. Second, I suppose I can look back at this and remember how hard I worked on adding (and hopefully finishing) a new interest to my life. Finally, I can see that sometimes I tend to take on too much and I struggle to get past the minor mistakes I’ve made. It’s ok to do something not so perfectly, because it’s really the progress that counts.

I want to do this, I really do. Now let’s get on with it!

“A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope

“…instead of dwelling on those doubts, we dwell in God’s word…and conquer.” ~ October 9, 2013 by Melissa Taylor

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Proverbs 31 OBS – I’m Behind!

I hate to even admit this, but I’m behind on the OBS. Life and my gift of procrastination got the best of me. But instead of making this a post about beating myself up, I’m turning it into a positive.

Today (well, yesterday since it’s after midnight), I was just getting over one migraine and into another, feeling generally yucky, and somewhat distant from all this OBS stuff. The conference calls were the last thing on my mind, I had so much other stuff to worry about. Well, I am so glad I pushed all that aside and called in anyway. I came away feeling so motivated and encouraged that I don’t even care that I’m behind anymore. My progress doesn’t have to be perfect, I just need to be willing to move.

I’m ready (again)  – but not the “I need to get everything done at this very moment” ready. From past experience, I know that I’ll only burn myself out and get nowhere again. No, this time I’m ready – to take one step at a time. Read the book one page at a time, write a blog post when I feel the push, not becoming overwhelmed. Remain peaceful. And for goodness sake, stop worrying – and just do!