Monday, June 27, 2016

Mary, Mother of Jesus




Happy Week 5, OBSers! Can you believe it!!!

Here is your Weekly Lowdown to help you keep up in the Bible study!

What We’re Reading This Week...Mary, Mother of Jesus (pp. 85-96 in study guide)


This week’s memory verse: This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. – Isaiah 48:17 NLT

Mary, Mother of Jesus: Moving from Comfort to Courage

Her Character:  She was a virgin from a poor family in an obscure village in Galilee. Her response to Gabriel reveals a young woman of unusual faith and humility. Her unqualified yes to God’s plan for her life entailed great personal risk and suffering. She must have endured seasons of confusion fear, and darkness as the events of her life unfolded. She is honored, not only as the mother of Jesus, but as his first disciple.

Key Scriptures:  Luke 1:26-38 (These scriptures might be helpful (Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-80, 2; John 19:25-27)



Observe  What are your thoughts when you read this statement, "Moving from comfort to courage will cause you to question your decision. It will cause you to look around for the safety bars, seatbelt, and any kind of security."

Bible — Take a moment and read Isaiah 48:17
In your notebook or journal write out the following scriptures.

·       Read them in more than one Bible version. Check out Biblegateway.com or BibleHub.com

·       Make a note which one challenges you the most. Then try Verse Mapping one or more of these verses; click here for more information.

Stretch   Fill in the blank: This week, when I don’t feel God’s presence, I will keep seeking Him out by _______. 

What is God speaking to you about through the lives of the women in this study? Prayerfully consider and journal your thoughts. #12Women, #OBS


Hashtags
#12Women, #OBS – When you post on social media about the study, use these hashtags! If you want to see what other OBSers are saying, search these tags to connect!

Blog Posts, Bible Study & Discussion
● Weekly study email/blog posts, so check your email or head to the Facebook page to join in the conversation!


● Bible Study LIVE! Thursday ~ This week we’re going to try something a little different – so stay tuned! Details of the conversation will be posted on our God’s Girls Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/692185037534989/

Big Blessings!




Nuttall's Thistle

N…is for Nuttall’s Thistle!


Cirsium nuttallii, called Nuttall’s thistle, is a North American species of plants in the thistle tribe within the sunflower family. The species is native to the coastal plain of the southeastern coastal plain and south-central United States, from eastern Texas to southeastern Virginia.
Cirsium nuttallii is a biennial or perennial herb up to 350 cm (almost 12 feet) tall, the entire plant is exceedingly spiny. Leaves are up to 60 cm (24 inches) long with thin, green on the upper side but gray to white on the underside because of numerous woolly hairs; spines along the edges of the leaves.


Thistles are biennials; they do not flower in their first year, but develop a deep tap root and a basal rosette of leaves. Flowering occurs in the second year, they go to seed, and then the plants die. The large number of seeds produced by their parents, however, ensures that more plants will emerge next spring.

Nuttall’s Thistle is named after Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859), an esteemed English naturalist who did important work in the United States between 1808 and 1841. Among many other accomplishments he authored The Genera of North American Plants and a Catalogue of the Species to 1817 (1818) and A Manual of the Ornithology of the United States and of Canada (1832-34).  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Friday!

This week we have bee studying the life of Abigail.

A huge shout-out and thank you to everyone who joined in Bible Study Live last night. We had great discussions and participation. Thank you again!!!

If you missed it - head over to our Facebook page.

Here's a little video commentary on Abigail.

https://youtu.be/6d9CR4FVHak

Have a great day and be blessed!

Monday, June 20, 2016

12 Women of the Bible - Abigail

Hey all you OBSers hope ya’ll had a fabulous weekend!!



Congratulations we are officially in Week 4 of our study - making this the halfway mark! Hang in there and don’t give up; we’re in this together!!!


What We’re Reading This Week...Abigail (pp. 61-71 in the study guide)

Abigail – Dealing with Confrontation in Relationships

This week’s memory verse: 2 Corinthians 13:11

Hashtags
#12Women, #OBS – When you post on social media about the study, use these hashtags!

Blog Posts, Bible Study & Discussion
● New study email/blog posts, so check your email or head to the Facebook page to join in the conversation!


● Bible Study LIVE! One hour of LIVE Bible Study on Facebook. Click here to join the fun! - https://www.facebook.com/groups/692185037534989/

Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 25:1-39

Let’s Chat:

Observe — Our theme this week is “Relationships are valuable and we must do whatever we can to keep them healthy and whole.” What’s one way you think you can do this?

Bible — This week’s verse is 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV) Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”  

In your notebook or journal, complete the following:
1.     Write out the verse: 2 Corinthians 13:11
2.     Beside the verse, write what you think God wants you to learn or do as a result of reading and writing that verse today.
3.     Search “live in peace” on BibleGateway.com


Stretch — How do you respond when you need to have a difficult conversation with someone you love? And conversely, how do you respond when you are confronted by others?

Mergansers

M…is for Mergansers!



Hooded Mergansers are small ducks with a thin bill and a fan-shaped, collapsible crest that makes the head look oversized and oblong. In flight, the wings are thin and the tail is relatively long and rounded.





“Hooded” is something of an understatement for this extravagantly crested little duck. Adult males are a sight to behold, with sharp black-and-white patterns set off by chestnut flanks. They are black above, with a white breast and rich chestnut flanks. The black head has a large white patch that varies in size when the crest is raised or lowered, but is always prominent. Females get their own distinctive elegance from their cinnamon crest, dark eyes and long, slender yellow bill. Females and immatures are gray and brown, with warm tawny-cinnamon tones on the head.

Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds and rivers, where they dive for fish, crayfish, and other food, seizing it in their thin, serrated bills. They nest in tree cavities; the ducklings depart with a bold leap to the forest floor when only one day old.

Hooded Mergansers dive to catch aquatic insects, crayfish, and small fish. Males court females by expanding their white, sail-like crests and making very low, gravelly, groaning calls. Hooded Mergansers fly distinctively, with shallow, very rapid wingbeats.

These are one of my favorite breed of birds, or more correctly ducks, to watch. Near the end of December through January, they can be found locally at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands.


Be blessed and be a blessing!



For more information on these and other birds visit allaboutbirds.org


Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Friday!

Good Morning and Happy Friday! Oh, and did I forget say prizes!!

Thanks again to everyone who joined us last night at Bible Study Live. We have a great dialogue and lots of great input. Check it out on our God's Girls Facebook page.

Our verse of the week...Everyone who posts a picture of their verse map for this week's verse will be placed in a drawing. A winner will be chosen and will win a prize from the prize vault! Let's get mapping!!!



Click here to watch the video commentary of 1-Samuel-1 and the life of Hannah.

Here's the link: https://youtu.be/Znx22pvVNRg 


This week's post - Hannah

Have a great day and an awesome weekend. May you light shine brightly!


Be blessed and be a blessing,
Cheryl




Picture of the raccoon taken at the Viera Wetlands.

Monday, June 13, 2016

12 Women of the Bible - Hannah

Welcome to Week 3!!!



Good Morning all OBSers! Hope you ALL had a wonderful weekend!! What one fun thing did you do?

This is your...
SUGGESTED guide for the week to help you keep up in the Bible study! Print this, post it to your fridge or tuck it in your study book.

What We’re Reading This Week...Hannah (pp. 49-60 in study guide)

Hannah: Surrendering in Waiting
Her Character:  Provoked by another woman’s malice, she refused to respond in kind. Instead she poured out her hurt and sorrow to God, allowing Him to vindicate her.
Key Scriptures:  1 Samuel 1:1-21. 2:19-21 
Memory Verse: Colossians 1:11(We are) being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience

Hashtags
#12Women, #OBS – When you post on social media about the study, use these hashtags! If you want to see what other OBSers are saying, search these tags to connect!

Blog Posts, Bible Study & Discussion
 Weekly study email/blog posts, so check your email or head to the Facebook page to join in the conversation!

● Bible Study LIVE! Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET ~ Join us for LIVE Bible Study on Facebook.


Let’s Chat:
Observe — Our theme this week “God is with us in those moments when patience is needed and endurance is required. He uses these as opportunities to transform us and tech us to truly value what matters most – His loving ability to meet all of our needs!” What thoughts come to mind when you read this statement?

Bible — (We are) being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. Colossians 1:11

Let’s try Verse Mapping this verse; click here for more information.


Stretch — What is God speaking to you about through the lives of the women in this study? Prayerfully consider and journal your thoughts.

Be sure to check your email Weekly, or visit the Online Bible Study blog at any time during the study for ongoing information about our upcoming online studies and giveaways.
Invite your family and friends to join us. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to send an email to cchoward@stgf.co.
  
Big Blessings,

Cheryl Howard

Limpkin

L ... is for Limpkin  



Uncommon, local, and inconspicuous in wooded and brushy swamps; usually seen walking with a slow strolling gait along edges of ponds or streams searching edges of ponds or streams searching through water for apple snails and other mollusks. Usually solitary. Large size dark brown color with white spots, long black leg and long bill distinctive. Wing beats floppy, with quick flicking upstroke.

Very wild-sounding, haunting, loud scream or wail with some rattling overtones; heard mainly at night, when wailing resounds through swamp.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

God is Our Source



Make God Your Source of Approval

An epidemic of insecurity is stealing the joy of life from many people in our society and causing major problems in their relationships. Insecurity can have many negative effects on peoples lives.

Those who are insecure, often seek the approval of others to try to overcome their feeling of rejection and low self-esteem. They are approval addicts.

When we struggle with insecurity, only one thing will set us free - God's truth. The truth is that we don't need to struggle to get from others what God freely gives us: love acceptance, approval, security, worth and value. All these things can be found in a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, not in any person or thing.

He is our Refuge, our High Tower, our Strength, our Stronghold in times of trouble and our Hiding place (see Psalm 9:9, 31:4, 32:7, 46:11). Our work, values acceptance and approval come from He. As long as we have those, we have the most valuable things in the world.

As you look to Him, you will be lifted to new levels of freedom, becoming the confident, mature person you were created to be.

Look to God for you security. Focus on the truth - He is your refuge and strength. In Him alone, you can be completely confident. He is the giver of love and acceptance




Be blessed and be a blessing!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Friday!!!

Good Morning!!!

Thank to everyone who joined in last night's Facebook Party!!!



A little insight into Leah's life. Click here to watch the video.


This week's post - Leah

Have an awesome day and a wonderful weekend!





Let your light shine...

Be blessed and be a blessing!




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Transformed




Do as Romans 12:2 says today and allow God to transform you through the renewing of your mind. Pray and ask God today to remove the negative thoughts our spiritual enemy continues to infiltrate your mind with and allow God to renew your mind and replace the negativity with clarity and purity. Let God help you fight the battle in your mind and gain victory.


We, as believers, can experience transformation. The word used for transformation in Greek literally means "to change." The transformation we're seeking is a new way of thinking through the power of the Holy Spirit!

Be Blessed and be a Blessing!


Monday, June 6, 2016

Kite


K…is for Kite – Swallow-tailed Kite that is!

This one took me a minute – what creature in nature starts with the letter “K” that I might have a recent picture of in my photo library? I’m thinking as I’m writing this “kangaroo” possibly but no picture in the library. Then I remembered last year we went to Forever Florida near Kissimmee; as we riding along one of the trails a Swallow-tailed Kite flew overhead! Not the best photo but I managed to capture it.



The lilting Swallow-tailed Kite has been called “the coolest bird on the planet.” With its deeply forked tail and bold black-and-white plumage, it is unmistakable in the summer skies above swamps of the Southeast. Flying with barely a wingbeat and maneuvering with twists of its incredible tail, it chases dragonflies or plucks frogs, lizards, snakes, and nestling birds from tree branches. After rearing its young in a treetop nest, the kite migrates to wintering grounds in South America.

Swallow-tailed Kites are large but slender and buoyant raptors. They have long, narrow, pointed wings, slim bodies, and a very long, deeply forked tail. The bill is small and sharply hooked.

Swallow-tailed Kites are a sharp contrast of bright-white head and underparts and gleaming black wings, back, and tail. From below, the wing linings are white and the flight feathers are black.

These birds are creatures of the air, spending most of their day aloft and rarely flapping their wings. They tend to circle fairly low over trees as they hunt for small animals in the branches. At times they soar very high in the sky, almost at the limits of vision. During migration they may form large flocks.


Look for Swallow-tailed Kites over swamps, marshes, and large rivers of the southeastern U.S., particularly in Florida. At the end of summer, all the Swallow-tailed Kites in the U.S. leave and migrate south to South America.

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Be blessed and be a blessing!!!








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12 Women of the Bible - Leah

It's Week 2!!!



Hey OBSers!

This is your...
SUGGESTED guide for the week to help you keep up in the Bible study!

Print this, post it to your fridge or tuck it in your study book.

What We’re Reading This Week...Leah (pp. 37-48 in study guide)

Leah: Overcoming Rejection and Insecurity.
Her Character:  Capable of both strong and enduring love, she was a faithful mother and wife. Manipulated by her father, she became jealous of her sister, with whom it seems, she never reconciled.
Key Scriptures:  Genesis 29 and 30:1-24

Memory Verse  1 Chronicles 16:10-12 (NIV) Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…” 

Hashtags
#12Women, #OBS – When you post on social media about the study, use these hashtags! If you want to see what other OBSers are saying, search these tags to connect!

Blog Posts, Bible Study & Discussion
Weekly study email/blog posts, so check your email or head to the Facebook page to join in the conversation!!

● Bible Study LIVE! Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET ~ Join us for LIVE Bible Study on Facebook.


Let’s Chat:
Observe — Our theme this week is “We cannot transform society’s opinion of beauty, but what we can change each day is our perception of beauty, our recognition of it in its right place, that it is lovely and something to be admired, but a deeper recognition that it is not where the true legacy of life of an individual lies. ~ Naomi Zacharias
How has the pressure in our world to “look beautiful” affected your heart and influenced your faith journey?
Bible — This week’s verse is 1 Chronicles 16:10-12 (NIV) Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…” 

In your notebook or journal, complete the following:
This week’s verse is 1 Chronicles 16:10-12 One of the ways we can study a verse is by looking up cross-references and parallel versions of the verse. Click here to head to Biblehub.com and spend some time reading other verses related to this verse! The verses that are cross-referenced & paralleled are in the right side-bar, below “context.” What are some verses you found?

In your journal or notebook, write down the other verses and versions you find.
Stretch — Fill in the blank: Sometimes the only Jesus people know is what they see in us. This week I will let my LIGHT shine by _______. #OBS #12Women!
Be sure to check your email Weekly, or visit the Online Bible Study blog at any time during the study for ongoing information about our upcoming online studies and giveaways.
Invite your family and friends to join us. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post a comment.
 
Big Blessings

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