My sincerest apologies for the hurt and confusion that has transpired since 8/15/2014 regarding the GMG website.
The inaccurate LGG “Clarity” email and post from the LGG contributor team about me has been removed from LGG online; therefore I have removed my response to this post.
I sent a proposal with a peaceful resolution to Angela and her husband at 1pm on 8/16/2014. Unfortunately it was not accepted. They counter offered a proposal that would include permanently ending the GMG ministry. Unfortunately, we could not accept that. We have chosen to move on seperately.
I know that many of you have contacted me seeking access to the past GMG studies and content. I unfortunately no longer have access to this information and therefore cannot restore the GMG studies for you but with the help of a reader – some of the old studies have been found here on-line through webarchive.org – woohoo!
My husband and I purchased the domain www.GoodMorningGirls.org over (4) years ago when I started this ministry and we still retain that ownership and it’s legal trademark.
As it has always been, it is just me (and my husband when he is not at work) on the WLW end; so please be patient with us while we work to rebuild the GMG ministry. It will take some time and planning.
I will go on here doing what I’ve always done…and this will soon be over.
If you are coming over from GoodMorningGirls.org welcome!!!
I woke up this morning to the same surprise that you did! Good Morning Girls has been renamed!!!
My unique challenge with this is, I founded the ministry of Good Morning Girls off-line in 2007, on this blog in 2009 and on its own site in 2010. I stepped down from writing this past spring and shortly after the administrator changed my passwords eliminating my access to the content.
Now the content has all been moved without my permission to a new site! WOW!
I am the owner of the website so the Good Morning Girls ministry will go on.
The Ministry of Good Morning Girls will go on here starting with the book of Esther…more details coming soon – but here’s a sneak peek at what I have planned for the future.
Have you ever read through the Bible from cover to cover?
The Bible has been read out loud and recorded. It takes a total of 70 hours and 40 minutes to listen to the entire Bible. If you do the math and divide that number by 365 days you get 12 minutes a day. 12 minutes a day! That’s it. In just 12 minutes a day, we could read or listen to the entire Bible cover to cover –
Now for some of us, this is not doable because when we read scripture we aren’t trying to speed read it but rather we want to meditate on it and let it soak in. Others of us are in Bible study groups where we are doing an in-depth study of God’s word book by book. We may never make it through the entire Bible.
So I am not proposing we read through the Bible in a year. That’s just setting some of us up for failure.
Instead, I want to invite you to read just one chapter a day from God’s word with me – that’s more like 5 minutes of reading a day.
There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 chapters in the New Testament. This gives a total of 1,189 chapters.
If we read one chapter a day – it will take me 3 1/2 years to blog through the entire Bible.
This is my goal as the writer here–and I hope you will join me. This will take some steady endurance for me to complete. All I ask of you, my reader, is that you take it month by month (or day by day and week by week).
In our fast paced society that may feel like a crazy long time to stick to this…but grace. Do what you can. You can join me for a month or two. Take a break and start back whenever you can. I’ll just be here plugging away for those who want to join me.
Let’s just do what we can because this is not an endeavor to earn Jesus’ favor. We are already declared righteous because of his sacrifice on the cross. This is an endeavor to know God more richly, to grow in righteousness, walk with the King daily and to be women living well.
I will be here keeping you accountable every step of the way. Some will fall off the band wagon early – just hop back on whenever you can. Others will join us midway. I’ll archive my old posts and make them really easy for those who join us in the middle to go back at the end and complete the loop. I’ll also have a check-list for those who want to mark off which books they have completed and which ones they want to go back and complete.
How will we do this together?
First, I’ll provide a weekly reading plan every Sunday starting Sunday, August 31st and post it here and on my social media (at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest).
Then on Wednesdays, (mid-week) I will check in with you all here on the blog with a devotional that goes along side this week’s reading.
Then on Fridays, I will have a wrap up for the week post with extra resources and other interesting things – perhaps a video or two.
Does this mean that the blog – Women Living Well is changing?
No – this is in addition to my typical weekly posts. I will continue to have a Monday series focused on Marriage, Parenting or Homemaking and I will continue to post one recipe a week.
What do I need to participate?
Your Bible (I’ll be using the ESV version)
Optional: a journal and pen to write out your reflections and prayers.
Do you have a certain method for reading through each chapter?
Yes and No.
Reading God’s word does not need to be hard and complex. If time is short – simply read your chapter for each day and pray. Let God speak to you through your reading of His word and then you speak to God about what you have read, your confessions and requests.
Optional extra method:
SOAP out your daily reading in your journal:
S- The S stands for Scripture- you physically write out the scripture……you’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and actually write out what you are reading!
O- The O stands for observation- what do you see in the verses that you’re reading. Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?
A- The A stands for Application- this is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?
P- And finally, P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life.
Should I do this alone? Or ask a friend?
You can do this alone, alongside your husband, your children or with friends from church, college, your homeschool group, or work.
If you have been around this ministry at Women Living Well long or you have a copy of my book – then you know that I am the founder of the accountability ministry named Good Morning Girls.
Having friends to keep us accountable in our quiet times is such a blessing and sometimes we just need the structure in place to have the courage to ask our friends.
What is Good Morning Girls?
Good Morning Girls Group is a group of women who love Jesus and love their sisters in Christ. The main goal is to keep each other accountable in their daily quiet time with God.
After you have your quiet time, each morning you email (text or Facebook) the group just to say – “I read xyz in my quiet time today.” The first person to email for the day begins the “thread”, then everyone else responds through out the day to say what they learned during their quiet time. Remember grace, not everyone will be able to check in every single day.
I am already a “Good Morning Girl” – how is this different?
I am passionate about women being in the word and the concept of accountability.
When I created the original vision of Good Morning Girls, it was meant to be primarily an accountability group. So a Good Morning Girls group does not have to all be reading the same passage. I know of many groups (including my own) with members who are each using different resources for their quiet times. Some are doing Kay Arthur or Beth Moore studies, some are doing topical studies and others are using “Read through the Bible” reading plans.
After 2 decades of leading Bible studies, one thing I have learned, that is universal, is that we all struggle to remain disciplined in our spiritual walk with God. So if you need accountability, ask a friend to join you and create a “Good Morning Girls” group.
Not the morning type – then create a “Good Night Girls” group. Before your head hits the pillow, send your group a quick email sharing what you read in scripture that day and then say “Good Night”.
Do I have to enroll or sign-up?
Nope. On the first Sunday of each month, I will post that month’s reading plan and that week’s reading plan on WomenLivingWell.org. All I ask is that you comment to let me know if you are joining me for that month!
I’d love to encourage you along this journey. If you are not already subscribed to Women Living Well – simply enter your email address on the sidebar to subscribe. Then all of my posts will come directly to your email inbox.
Join me as we drink from the Living Well.
Jesus said, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 14:4
Walk with the King!
**More details coming this Monday!