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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 15 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

20 Oct

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Hey friends and family we are about to start a new study.  I wanted to  take a moment to invite you to try it just once, and share my personal OBS story.

Y’all OBS has had the greatest impact on my faith.

I was a little hesitant when I joined my first study in 2012, shortly after I retired, but the study was I Used To Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer, and after working for 44 years I needed help.  Yep, I was going to get my home organized. HA!  That has not exactly happened, but I did learn how to organize my life.

I didn’t grow up in church because when I was seven we started moving and traveling with Dad’s work, and well Mom stopped going and taking us.  Before Dad’s change of jobs we were in church.

I became saved and joined church when I was in high school.  I met my husband in high school also and the rest is history – around 50 years of “us” right now if you include dating time.

We married and were really active in church – I mean really active and for me that was Pre-School Director, Church Clerk, choir member, teacher of 4s and 5s, and before kids my husband and I did a nursing home ministry with him leading a devotion and me playing the piano, he was in college full-time and seminary, me part-time college,  and I was up late with him typing all the papers for school.  I was  working full-time, and you see I was busy, and as our children came and with sports  and home work I was even busier.

Honestly people I did not spend adult time in the Word.  What I got was during sermons and an occasional women’s retreat, and that is not enough to grow like I should have.  At times I’ve had regrets about that, but I know in my heart God has a perfect plan, and I was right where He needed me then in ministry, and I’m right where I’m supposed to be now with the biggest desire  and longing to learn and grow and know Him MORE each day.

That first OBS study Facebook Group – I was SCARED because I am or was a little introverted.  OBS has changed that.

These Facebook groups fill up fast.

These groups are AH-mazing.  Here is a link.  If they are full,  you’ll be placed on a waiting list.  If you are reading this and sign up and get in please come back here and let me know.

I was in Small Group 15 – back then there were not too many groups.  Today we have over 100 groups and constantly growing.

I was a little quiet at first, but soon it got easier and easier, and the more I was in my Bible each morning the more I learned, the more I grew, and the more I loved meeting new sisters.

By my second study I became a Group Leader for Group 31.  SAY WHAT!  I was asked to lead and after a whole lot of praying and talking to my family, and I became a volunteer. I personally have met many of the Group 31 ladies for lunch, a marathon, coffee, brunch, and a couple of years back the Proverbs 31 ladies had a huge retreat in North Carolina at the Billy Graham Retreat Center.  I got to meet so many of the ladies as well as touring the Proverbs 31 office.

About a year later I became a Team Leader, and now a Coach.

If you’ve never joined an on-line study here are some reasons to:

  1.  Do it from the comfort of your home in your cute pjs, or your granny ones, sipping a hot cuppa coffee or tea.
  2.  Make connections with other women from all over the world.
  3.  Make precious friends.  I have met so many women across the states and even other countries personally.
  4. It can be done 24/7.  Have a hard time sleeping? Do them on your own time, any time.
  5. Because you are bored.
  6. Our studies are there to go back to anytime in our archives.
  7. You don’t have to go somewhere to do it.
  8. They are FREE.  All you need is your book.  We usually provide the first few chapters so if you start late, you still have time to order or go out and purchase a book.
  9. They will change your life.  They have mine.
  10. You don’t need childcare.
  11. Your church doesn’t offer women’s Bible studies or even if they do, like mine,  I am able to keep up with both – well most of the time.
  12. You are so busy with after school activities like football, cheerleading, sports, etc. you can’t attend a study anywhere else.  Hey you can do these in your car while waiting on the kids in afternoon car lines.
  13. You have not found a church home yet.
  14. You don’t attend a church, but feel you want to grow in your relationship with God.
  15. You are home bound and it is not possible to get to a church.

Our next study is Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado.  You can sign up for the study here and get the daily emails, but don’t forget the Facebook community to meet other ladies in a group of about twenty and that link for small group registration is here.

Sooooo, what are you waiting for?  Come join the best community of women ever!!

REMEMBER!  Your life may be crazy, but your Bible study does not have to be.

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

19 Oct




Week 4 and this study zoomed by.  In fact it’s over and during this break I am trying to catch up on my notes – so many of them, and I have scribbled video and conference call notes that I want to get typed up and in a notebook.  These were too good, and I wrote down so many things I don’t want to forget.  It’s been an awesome study y’all, and one that I will not forget.  You can still do the study here.

 

Chapter 16- Dig Deep – Focus on the Finish

This chapter speaks to us about focus, and like Chrystal I struggle with focus in making healthier choices with food.  I do great with meals at home and out, but those snacks are what get me most of the time.

Like Chrystal too I am distracted by technology.  I mean really I have so many things open right now on my laptop, and I am constantly jumping back and forth.  I’ll hop on here to do one thing, and an hour later I have not done that one thing or forget why I hopped on here.

She reminds us that “focus always starts with a simple decision to do one thing with what you have, decide on a direction, use discernment, and finally exercise discipline.”  I do that with my dieting, but somewhere the discipline fails.

Have you ever found yourself knowing where you want to go or who you desire to be and losing focus?  It is never too late – FOCUS.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.   3:13:14 (KJV)  

Now verse map this verse.

I forget those things that are behind.  I reach forth unto those things which are before.  I press forward.  That is true FOCUS.

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I love how every single study touches on something that is going on in my life right now.  We were reading this chapter, and I went to school to sub and that was on the wall.

Chapter 17- Analysis Paralysis– Make a Decision

Raising my hand right with Chrystal on being “extremely indecisive.”  When we buy something it takes me forever to decide.  I research, look at reviews and spend weeks, but guess what most of the time I am so happy with our purchases.  We recently bought a new washer and dryer, and I pondered and worried until the day they delivered them and I saw how they looked in my laundry room.   Yes I liked the reviews and the looks of them, but then I could not imagine how they would look in the laundry room.  I love doing laundry now.

Analysis paralysis is when we delay a decision or never make a decision because we are so overwhelmed by the options and overthinking them.  I’ve been there too even recently.  I want a new desk, but again how will it look in the office.  I worry about not liking it and having to send it back so I do nothing.

When we have a destination in mind, Chrystal gave us three steps to making a decision:

  1. Write it down.  That is a step to making it happen.
  2. Remember it.  Put it where you see it.
  3. Rehearse it.  Share with someone.

Chapter 18- Forty and Fat– Maintain Your Direction by Paying Attention

One of my favorite quotes from the book, and a great reminder I don’t want to forget because it has spurred me on these last few weeks to walk 45-min 3 or 4 days a week.  I’m not there yet with my eating, but making progress, and doing well drinking water.  Here is my biggest take away from the chapter:

“Without treasuring the gift of life that God gave to me, and without doing what was in my power to take care of myself, I looked up years down the road and realized that my health was way off course.  And the health of my soul was off course too.”

If my weight is off course and my health is off course, most definitely I realize as much as I love my Lord that my soul is off course until I get the diet under control.

Chapter 19- People, Places and Things– Use Discernment

We need people in our lives who will promote us moving forward.  Chrystal reminds us we always have Jesus who is our “perfect pacer, partner, and promoter” so start with Him.

We need to put ourselves in places where we are surrounded by others who honor God.

Don’t allow things to rob us of living the life we were meant to live.

Chapter 20- A Gift You Give Yourself – Exercise Discipline

The discipline we use to  live our life is the foundation which helps us live the life that we love, and we have to use that discipline to accomplish our goals.  Funny the chapter title says, “exercise discipline.”  I am so into exercising lately and it is taking a whole lot of exercise to discipline myself to walk 45 minutes.

Chapter 21- Five To Seven Yellow Lines– Just Keep Going

Sometimes like Chrystal it’s hard driving to a new destination, but we have to keep our eyes on those yellow lines in the road, or whatever color they are.  The key is to just keep moving on those lines on the road of our lives.  Keep moving.  It’s a key I’m learning as I get older.

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses (Free Printable)

18 Oct

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I just got back from a 45-minute walk.  With all my being I did not want to walk especially at 10:00 AM, but it was in the 40s this morning so I waited.  But you know I waited too long.  I left with a long sleeve cotton pull over on, and came back with sweat.  Of course even when it’s dark outside at 6:45 lately I’ve been coming back with sweat.  That’s a good thing.   Right?  Sweating out toxins.  This afternoon it is flip flops and short sleeves weather.  Only in Texas.

I have to be honest with you.  I am not a person that likes to exercise, but being honest again I need to take off a whole bunch of weight.  I have been carrying it way too long, and well I keep trying and failing.  You know it’s an addiction – eating and not exercising.

I don’t like to walk – because you know it’s boring, but much more exciting then getting on that treadmill.  I enjoyed some of it as a hawk kept flying over me.  I wasn’t sure if he was after me or something else, and then my next door neighbor drove by me on her bike and we chatted a bit.

Benefits of walking:

  • Hopefully losing weight, but at least maintaining.
  • Strengthening my bones and muscles.
  • Hopefully a longer life.
  • Uplifting – mood
  • It’s supposed to help blood pressure – we’ll see.

So I’ve sit down this afternoon and come up with a free printable for you and me.  Verses I can hang up and be reminded every day to be strong.

Click here for free downloadable printable.

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 13 – A Trip to the Dallas Arboretum

14 Oct

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We made our first trip with two of our grandsons to the Dallas Arboretum today – the oldest two who are 2 and 4.  It was a warm, muggy October day here in Texas.  It begin to get warm after lunch, the 4 year olds feet were hurting, the 2 year old was wanting to go to Nana’s house for cheese crackers, Nana’s shoulder was hurting from carrying the camera and holding the boys hands.  Not sure about PaPa – he wouldn’t admit it if something were bothering him.

We stopped and rested twice on the way back to the car, and the last stop PaPa grabbed two juices and a water.  The boys slurped the juices down faster than they ever have around us.  It was getting crowded and we were glad we got there when it opened.  My pedometer says we walked four miles over more than three hours, and we didn’t even visit one side of the park – we spent our time in the children’s areas.

It was unseasonably on the warm side – 93 degrees, average is 79 for this time of the year, but changes are coming early in the morning with rain and a drop of twenty degrees.

It’s a North Teas about face, and come Tuesday the low is 49.  Brrrrr!

Look at those pumpkins right in the center – the white ones.  They were really neat – peanut pumpkins.  Looks just like peanuts on them.  I read where the peanuts are excess sugar buildup.

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Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

 

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

13 Oct

 

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Ever been in limbo in a waiting period?  I have so, so many times.  The older I get and the closer I am to my Savior, the easier it is to trust Him in the waiting, the quiet, the wilderness – learning to depend on Him to carry me through.  And, you know what He always has, and I know He always will.

How do you worship in the waiting?  I certainly was not worshiping during many of my waiting times.  If you aren’t in one of those times now, you will be.

I can remember vividly the season in our life when I was in the waiting wanting a child so badly – watching my friends, my sisters, my cousins, my church family, and my work partners having babies, and I was losing mine.    I am thankful I didn’t become bitter.  I worked in the church nursery and loved on babies, was the pre-school director and taught four and five year olds.  Today I look back and wonder how I did it.  How did I handle the pain?  Honestly, I don’t remember but I think at some point I surrendered it all to Him, and we started keeping foster children, and stopped waiting, and it happened – I got pregnant.  He gave us a son and then a daughter.  You can read about that here.

Some years back I fell down the stairs, or actually missed the last 4 as I was carrying down winter clothes, and to save trips up the stairs stupid me carried two huge containers at once, backing down (stupid me again).  Anyway, they put a horrible looking contraption on my arm attached to my wrist.   I looked like someone from outer space.  I remember when I finally went back to work one of the girls almost passed out looking at it.  Actually, I wanted to pass out.  After weeks of wearing that and horrible therapy the wrist had not set and I had little use of it.  I remember that limbo being told I would have to go to Ft. Worth or Dallas to have it rebroken and set and probably some bone taken from my hip.

The broken wrist was a long year of waiting for it to heal and later not knowing if it could ever be sort of normal.  I remember some prayer warriors at work coming in and praying with me day after day that God would heal that wrist, and I remember going to Ft. Worth not feeling comfortable with the doctor and trying to find another on our insurance, and days later driving to Dallas to an unknown doctor and crying out in tears as I drove for God to show me what to do, and He did.  I ended up unknowingly with the Texas Rangers wrist doctor.  Today it’s almost normal, but did require a plate and some bone from the hip all of which should have been done in the first surgery.

We waited for grandchildren for years.  I wonder what God wants us to know in all this waiting for kids and now grandkids.  Our first grandson was born with a disease – a horrible disease – but we have watched God perform miracles of healing on him that just does not happen with EB.  We have watched as our children have walked through infertility and miscarriages, and also watched how he changed infertility to a testimony of birth of another grandson, and just this year our daughter gave birth to a granddaughter and our son and daughter in love adopted embryos and gave birth to twin boys.  We are blessed with five grandchildren now all four and under.

I’ve been in a waiting  when my Mom had surgery for a broken leg and got a horrible bacteria, went septic  which later caused the removal of her leg.  I remember months in the hospital waiting to see if she would ever go home, her being unconscious of anything those months as we sit and waited and sit and waited and watched her sleep.   Waiting to see if the bacteria would take her life, and eventually I truly believe it caused the pneumonia that took her.  But in that waiting each time there were friends coming and family to love on us and minister to us and His Spirit there comforting.

I remember being in limbo looking for a nursing home when Mom could no longer walk and she could no longer stay with us girls.  I remember the heartache of going in all those places and I just kept on through much prayer, and I know the place she ended up that had just opened was where God sent us even though it was a bit further for me to drive.

We’ve waited for  new homes, waited to move to the country, waited for a business to recover, and I could share many, many more limbo stories.  I know that always in the waiting He was going before us and He’s brought us through all of it.

He has never failed us.

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Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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