The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapter 5 {Never Walk Alone}

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Welcome back to the Women Living Well Book Club!

Chapter 5 Discussion

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In Chapter 5, I list the 4 ways I have found community, accountability and friendship within the church.

1. Women’s Bible Studies – raise your hand if you have been in a women’s Bible study!

Women’s Bible Studies are not all created equally. Depending on the leader, the book choice and the group that attends – experiences can vary.  For me personally, this has been a huge piece of the puzzle of my spiritual growth and connection with other Christian women.  I LOVE Women’s Bible Studies and highly recommend you join one or start one in your home or at your church!

Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

2. Mentorship/Discipleship Ministry – When I was in 9th grade I was mentored/discipled for the very first time. I talk about this mentor named Holly in my book.  Holly and I met – one on one –  on a weekly basis for 2 years when I was in high school.  Holly was only 2 years older than me – but she had a huge influence in my life. She held me accountable for my daily Bible reading and walk with God and she listened, counseled and befriended me.  When she left my high school youth group, to attend the Moody Bible Institute – it wasn’t long until I followed in my mentors footsteps and joined her on her dorm floor as a student too!

Holly took the time to invest in me.  Who can you invest in? You are never too young!  And now she is a missionary in the Ukraine {she continues to inspire me through her life} and the last time she was home on furlough – our kids played together – here are some pictures below.

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3. Titus 2 Worshops – connecting with older women - If you are a young woman, the Bible says we NEED older women and if you are older- the Bible says you need to be with the younger women.  We need each other.  We need your wisdom, insight, leadership and example.  Young ones – if you don’t have an older woman to learn off of  - pray for one.

Proverbs 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

4.  Good Morning Girls – (the background story) When I started the very first Good Morning Girls Group at my home church  (which was previously titled the ’6AM Club’) in 2007 – it was all about accountability.  I knew I needed accountability for my daily quiet times and that is just what Good Morning Girls provided for me.  This sweet group of 5 ladies emailed each other every.single.day for years and years.

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But little did we know that our little group of 5 would one day in August of 2009 – turn into 120 Good Morning Girls here on Women Living Well!  These groups kept on multiplying and multiplying, to the point that I needed some on-line help to manage it all and God brought an angel name Angela who jumped right in and began loving and leading Good Morning Girls groups.

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2 years into GoodMorningGirls.org – I was so overwhelmed with 2 growing blogs and speaking and writing a book, that I took a back seat and Angela took the lead. And Oh.My.Word. – that girl (with the help of an amazing team of talented women) has turned this on-line ministry into something beautiful!!!  This winter, GMG enrolled 13,000 women in our on-line Bible Study – Praise God!

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Let’s Discuss:

Here’s a – very brief – 1 minute video of my closing thoughts on this section of the book – “Your Walk with God”.

(if you are reading this in the feed – click here to view the video)

1.)  Tell us about a Bible Study you have  been involved in or a mentor or a Titus 2 Woman in your life, that you have connected with on a spiritual level.  How did that affect your spiritual growth?

2.)  Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (posted above), how can you apply this in your life?

For Extra Discussion go to the Forum and click on the thread that says “Chapter 5″

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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“Your Walk With God” Webcast & Extra Resources


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What a great first week!!!  You all did such a great job giving feedback here and on the forum and out on facebook!  Way to go!  Next week we will continue the discussion about our spiritual walk – but until then, I want to provide you with some resources.

First, the Webcast below features Angela, Whitney and Jennifer (and me) from GoodMorningGirls.org talking about “Your Walk with God”.

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The first 21 minutes is Angela’s keynote and the last 25 minutes are a couch discussion that I had with the GoodMorningGirls.org contributors.  I know this is going to encourage you!

(if you cannot view the video – click here)

The Good Morning Girls are launching their winter Bible study THIS Monday!!!  The title of the study is “Intentionally Focused”.  Check out all the details >>>here.  We’d love to have you join us!

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Some other resources for your spiritual growth:

JenThorn.com – this is my roommate from college and this girl LOVES her theology.  Need some help digging deeper into scripture – check her out!

Other posts I’ve written on this topic:

Putting My Prayer Life in Order

How to Study Your Bible With Colored Pencils

My Children’s Devotional and Spiritual Growth Books

A Solution for Keeping Your Little Ones in Bed {so you can have your quiet time}

A Vlog Demonstrating My Bible Study Tips

How to Take Sermon Notes on Sunday

I hope something here encourages you.

Chime In: Do you have a favorite on-line resource – please share it with us in the comment section!

Walk with the King,

Courtney 

 

Let It Snow and an Advent Bible Study

Starting next Monday I am back to regular blogging! Hooray!  Monday’s post is titled “Celebrating Christmas {In Opposite World}.

But until then – I have two fun announcements!!!

First, if you have the Hallmark Channel - you don’t want to miss this!  Candace Cameron Bure is starring in a special Hallmark Special titled Let It Snow , this Saturday, November 30th at 8/7c!  I’m so thankful for Family Friendly movies!

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 What is it about?  Hallmark writes:

When Falcon Resorts acquires family-owned Snow Valley Lodge from retiring owners Karla (Gabrielle Rose) and Paul (Dan Willmott), driven executive Stephanie Beck (Candace Cameron Bure) must spend the week before Christmas in Maine preparing a proposal on the property’s renovations. Determined to impress Falcon’s president, her detached father Ted (Alan Thicke), Stephanie reluctantly departs her warm Arizona home to immerse herself in the lodge’s property and decide how to change it to fit the hip, young Falcon brand. While preparing to rebuild the Snow Valley Lodge from the ground up, Stephanie butts heads with her property guide, Brady Lewis (Jesse Hutch), Karla and Paul’s son, who has decided to leave his family’s business over creative differences with his dad.

A self-defined Grinch, Stephanie begins her stay at Snow Valley Lodge immune to Christmas sentiment. But as the lodge’s festive traditions provide the Christmas Stephanie never had growing up with her distant father, Stephanie finds herself enjoying every minute. To complicate her professional duties even further, the combative feelings she felt toward Brady turn into romantic ones. With Stephanie’s newfound Christmas spirit and unexpected holiday romance, she begins to question Falcon’s overhaul. As her Christmas Eve deadline approaches, she’s faced with a decision: should she transform the lodge into a new winter hot spot or embrace tradition and let it snow?

For more information go here >> http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/letitsnow

 

Second, we are about to begin our Advent Series over at GoodMorningGirls.org.  We have a free Bible Reading plan for you, along with devotionals, videos and lots of spiritual encouragement through out the month of December. For all the information – go >>here<<.

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See you all next week!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

Focusing Our Hearts on Gratitude

I am SUPER duper excited about our very first Thanksgiving- 2 Week *FREE* Bible study – over at Good Morning Girls!!!

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On Wednesday night – the four contributors at GoodMorningGirls.org (including me :) ) skyped each other and we recorded our chat discussing the importance of giving thanks! I hope you will join us for this short little series –and then in the month of December join us again for a 4 week Christmas Bible study!

For all the details >>click here<<.

“I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways:  I can whine or I can worship!  And I can’t worship without giving thanks.  It just isn’t possible.  When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.”  

~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**if you missed last night’s webcast – it will be available for 24 hours here >> WomenLivingWell.tv

Connecting to Your Sisters in Christ

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I remember the first day we brought our first baby boy home –it was over ten years ago.

To enter our house there were 4 steps to go up and as I stepped up onto the first step I fell completely flat on my face – my leg gave out. Luckily, my husband was carrying the baby. But I said to him – “something is wrong with my leg, it is numb and I can’t bear my weight on it”. It had been numb in the hospital for 2 days (I thought the epidural was still wearing off) but I didn’t realize how weak it was.

In days to come, I would learn through a visit with the neurologist that I had injured my leg during my delivery and that the nerves in my leg had lost connection with my brain. The synapses in the nerve that told my brain to tell my muscles to work had lost connection and now my body wasn’t functioning quite right.  If you’ve had health problems, you know how frustrating it is when a part of your body isn’t doing what it should -when a part of your body shuts down or clogs up or deteriorates.

In Romans 12:5 it says,

In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

In Christ we are one body.

You belong to me and I belong to you – each member belongs to all the others…

You belong – God’s word says it.

We are connected to one another because “we who are many are one body“.

Do you feel connected to the body of Christ –  the church?

Or do you feel like my leg?  When you are around Christians — there’s a disconnect.

Fall is here and it’s a great time to get involved in Women’s Bible Studies and fall groups that take place within your church body.  I want to encourage you to look for ways to connect and be brave – get involved.

If there is nothing like this happening in your church – I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and lead!  Start a group for moms, singles, new wives, divorced women, homeschool moms, preschool moms, empty nesters or widows!  Take the initiative.

Not sure what to do with this group you would form?  Here’s one idea.  You could become an accountability group.  A group of women who email each other every week day to keep each other accountable in your quiet times.  Or you could meet weekly to discuss an on-line Bible study you are all doing together.

Every month I write twice over at GoodMorningGirls.org.  There we gather women together into groups called Good Morning Girls groups.  Some of these groups never meet in real life. They simply email or create a facebook group and every morning check in on each other and encourage each other. Other groups meet weekly in homes or in churches.

This fall we are offering a FREE 8 Week Bible Study through Luke 17-24.  We provide FREE daily Bible reading plans, free study guides, videos and devotionals.  Our materials are translated into over 10 different languages and we have children’s resources for moms who want to use the study with their children.

Enrollment has already begun this past Monday and in two short days already over 5,000 women have enrolled!!!  So I encourage you to come check all the excitement out!

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Rick Warren’s says in The Purpose Driven Life-

“What are you doing personally to make your church family more warm and loving? There are many people in your community who are looking for love and a place to belong. The truth is, everyone needs and wants to be loved, and when people find a church where members genuinely love and care for each other you would have to lock the doors to keep them away.”

Let’s use this new season of fall to greet our sister’s in Christ with a warm smile or hug.  Let’s reach out to visitors to make them feel more comfortable and like they belong.  Let’s pray for our sister’s in Christ and send them letters of encouragement. Let’s forgive those who have offended us.  Let’s extend grace, mercy and kindness in all circumstances.  And finally, let’s develop deep friendships with accountability and a place for women to belong.

Walk with the King,

 

**Chime In: Do you have a group of women you do life with?  What type of group is it?   –A Bible study group, Mops group, Good Morning Girls group, or something else?  Tell us about your group and what you all do together and how you have seen God work through your connection with your sisters in Christ.

GMG Fall Session & WLWW Monthly Link-Up Party!

Do you feel like your spiritual life got lazy over the summer or like you could use some accountability and guidance with your daily devotions? Then come join us over at GoodMorningGirls.org!  Our summer session just ended and enrollment for fall begins August 19th!  We will be reading in the book of Luke!

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I hope you will join us over at GoodMorningGirls.org for this FREE 8 week on-line Bible study  including a Bible reading plan, Study guide, weekly videos and devotionals.  I write there twice a month – so I hope to see you there :)

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It’s WLWW Link-Up Party Time!! {confetti}

Blogging friends, I can’t wait to see what you all have been writing lately! Link up your favorite posts from the past month below! And reading friends – grab a cup of coffee and come fellowship with us on this blog hop!

 

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

(Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

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My Vacation Pictures and A Summer Book Club!

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Last week my family hit the pause button on life and we headed down to the beaches of South Carolina.

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…for some wave riding, collecting of sea shells, kite flying, reading of books on the beach, and the building of sandcastles.

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My husband rented a Harley for a day…(helmet included) –just not for the picture :) !

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And my tough guy Harley Dude was knotting-a-quilt in the evenings with my daughter.  He’s such a great father –makes my heart gush!!!

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We played a little putt-putt golf – my husband beat me by 3 strokes!

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And may or may not have enjoyed some romantic time together ;) !

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I return, relaxed and refreshed but a little off kilter as we settle the family back in after vacation.

So, I’m hitting the pause button on the {Opposite World} series and will resume it again next Monday.

Instead, I want to announce the Summer Book Club over at GoodMorningGirls.org !  I really hope you will join me over there for this – it’s gonna be SO good!!!

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The book of the summer is Anything by Jennie Allen!

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 GoodMorningGirls.org has free materials for you!

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For this session we have created a study guide for you to use as you go through our 8 week online Bible study/book club as well as an easy to use reading plan. Both of these files are available to GMG subscribers and will be located at the very bottom of the GMG emails once you subscribe. Stay tuned, we also have children’s resources that will be available for our summer session and which will follow our reading plan.

We will also have weekly videos, devotionals and all sorts of fun stuff to accompany this book club!

Won’t you join us this summer? Here’s some details:

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‘Good Morning Girls’ Got a Make-Over & Other Stuff

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I am SO excited – you have to go PEEK at GoodMorningGirls.org 

For those new to Women Living Well — My best-friend Angela and I co-founded GoodMorningGirls.org in 2010 where we lead women through Bible Studies. {below is a picture of me, Whitney – a writer there, and Angela –not pictured is our 4th writer Jen – my roommate from college.}

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 So we are a bunch of girls reading the Bible together and applying it to real – modern – life.  Angela (in the blue) is our fearless leader and has SO many great things planned for you this spring…and summer!}

Good Morning Girls.ORG got a make-over last week and has a WHOLE new look and the page is SO user friendly!  You will love it!  Along the top bar you will find a link to all of our past Bible Studies, free ebooks, videos and devotionals .  You will also find the link to the forums, enrollment, leadership resources and MORE!

We are also in the midst of enrollment for the NEW spring 8-week session. So if you feel like you haven’t been in the word lately and you want to dig in with us – we’d LOVE for you to join us as we study Luke 9-16 (we did Luke 1-8 in January and February but you don’t have to have completed that to join us!)

This study begins March 25th – just one week away!  Every Monday morning we’ll have a video for you then on Wednesdays and Fridays we’ll have devotionals to go with your reading – and if you subcribe to Good Morning Girls – you’ll receive a free Spring Bible Reading Plan through Luke 9-16 and an eStudy Guide for Luke 9-16!  We’re expecting around 10,000 women to be joining us so it’s busy busy busy over there, behind the scenes, preparing for all of you to join us! We are excited to have you!

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So come visit us at GoodMorningGirls.org  and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We want to serve YOU!!!

Walk with the King,