When No One Notices or Says Thank You {Matthew 20}

When No one notices or says thank you

  As I walk into my daughter’s bedroom, I pick up dirty laundry from the floor. I carry it to the bathroom chute and drop it in, then hang some towels and wipe up a toothpaste mess. I proceed into my son’s room for some straightening and then to my own. Downstairs, I empty 2 trashcans and a laundry basket and a suitcase from my husband’s business trip that week. Thousands of times, I’ve picked up dirty laundry, straightened towels and emptied trash cans – virtually unseen. Of course when I don’t do these things – everyone sees the overflowing […]

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Good Morning Girls Resources {Matthew 16-20}

GMG Resources Matthew 16-20

We have passed the half-way point of Matthew! Can you believe it? And wow – what an amazing book packed with so much love and truth! Here’s this week’s Bible Reading Plan: This week’s Group Discussion (and personal reflection) Questions {A special thank you to the GMG leadership team who created these for us – Misty, Mandy, Rosilind and Bridget}: {Per your request – the Discussion Questions are now printable!}  This week’s Meditation & Memorization Verse:   Print just 1 copy (pictured above) or print 4 copies (pictured below) on one page. Join Us! EVERY weekday morning at 7:45am on Facebook to discuss […]

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The Secret to Finding Rest {Matthew 11 & 12}

The Secret to Finding Rest

  I read somewhere that the Chinese pictograph for busy is two characters -a heart and killing. Isn’t that appropriate? The clock ticks fast everyday as I move from breakfast dishes, to lunch dishes, to dinner dishes and then back to breakfast time once again.  The calendar pages flip fast and before I know it we are saying “Happy New Year” once again! And there at the end of the year, as I’m exhausted from holiday expectations…I feel it…the heart killing. And so hope is restored on January 1st.  When the slate feels clean and a new year begins.  The […]

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Good Morning Girls Resources {Matthew 11-16}

good morning womans with cup of fragrant coffee on balcony

It is Monday again and it’s time to begin Matthew chapters 11-15!  At the end of this week we’ll be halfway through Matthew! Can you believe it? Here’s this week’s Bible Reading Plan: This week’s Group Discussion (and personal reflection) Questions {A special thank you to the GMG leadership team who created these for us – Misty, Mandy, Rosilind and Bridget}: {Per your request – the Discussion Questions are now printable!}  This week’s Meditation & Memorization Verse: This one is simple but profound.  What area in your life do you need to exchange your fears for faith? Do it! Print […]

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The Right…& Wrong Way to Pray {Matthew 6}

the right and wrong way to pray

I am at the Hearts At Home Conference right now with thousands of women!  Friday and Saturday I’ll be speaking in 5 sessions and as of 2 weeks ago over 1,700 women were signed up for my workshops – eeeeek – pray for me, I’m so nervous! I apologize I could not write my Friday post BUT I have a video for you. Before I start the video, I want to mention that Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 the wrong way to pray.  He says, 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love […]

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Good Morning Girls Resources {Matthew 6-10}

Teen girl sitting with a laptop

How did your study in Matthew 1-5 go?  I hope you found us on Facebook and Instagram because there was so much daily encouragement and sharing happening there!  It was great!  (If you missed it this past week – you’ll find the links at the bottom of this post.) This week’s reading is Matthew 6-10. It is going to be amazing! I cannot wait to get to it! If you don’t have it yet…Here is the Matthew Printable Bookmark: {Click here to Print this Bookmark} Here is the free printable Matthew eWorkbook for logging your SOAK study: Here’s this week’s […]

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Is Christianity a Crutch? {Matthew 5}

Is Christianity a Crutch

Some people say Christianity is a crutch and it’s intended as an insult. In our self-reliant, independent, pull yourself up by your boot-straps culture, this is offensive. Last December, I shared about my son’s foot surgery which included a bone graph and metal implant.  Following the surgery, he wore a cast and then a walking boot and now is walking quite well. Praise the Lord! So guess what that means? It’s time to do surgery on the other foot!  Later this month, we will do it all. over. again. (Please pray for us!) When Alex began using his crutches, he was slow […]

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March Bible Reading Plan & Intro to Matthew

March Bible Reading Plan

Today we begin our study in the book of Matthew {cue the confetti!}. The author Matthew, also called Levi, left his job as a tax collector to become a disciple in Matthew 9:9: “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.“ The Gospel of Matthew was written to the Jews. Matthew focused on the fulfillment of the Old Testament, quoting it 62 times, more than any other gospel writer. For those of you color coding (see chart below), […]

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It’s Moving Day! {Exodus 40}

Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.

Have you ever moved from one home to another? It’s a lot of work – but it’s exciting! I remember preparing my boxes for the movers.  Each box was labeled by a big black marker. On moving day, I stood in command, pointing the men in the right direction. In Exodus 40, it’s moving day and God is in command! God is telling Moses to set up the tabernacle and exactly where to put each piece.  God is detailed and Moses is obedient. “Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.”   (Exodus 40:16) Seven times we are told […]

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What Am I Doing Here?

What am I doing here?

This is the conclusion of the “Women Leading Well” series!  Today we have a guest.  There’s a message from me to you – at the end – please don’t miss it! Sometimes in the midst of babies, baths and bedtime stories, we can lose our way.  We desire to be used by God but perhaps there’s no time left in the day for leading anything! Rosilind writes: “What am I even doing here?” The question reverberated in my head as I stood in the middle of my living room rocking my baby and weeping. 7 years ago, I had boarded a […]

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Introducing the Book of Matthew! Are You In?

The Book of Matthew

Here we go again!!! Our time in Genesis and Exodus has been great.  The depth of study in our personal quiet times and the sharing on the GMG Facebook Page has been nothing short of amazing! That is why I am SO excited to pause our reading in the Old Testament and move into the New Testament into the Gospel of Matthew! Our reading in Matthew will line up perfectly with the remembrance of Good Friday and the celebration of Easter Sunday! Here’s the details: What: The Book of Matthew When: Begins March 2nd – Ends April 8th Who: YOU!!! […]

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How Pinterest Makes Us Feel {Exodus 31,35}

How Pinterest Makes Us Feel

Pinterest – it’s a virtual pin board where we can pin recipes, cute shoes, birthday party ideas, great quotes, home decorating ideas, DIY tutorials, hair styles, and much, much more! We love it (it’s the fastest growing social media platform right now) and apparently…according to my google search (I screenshot for you  below)–we hate it. I typed the words, “pinterest makes me feel” and this is what automatically came up: So this is sad right? Because there is so much to learn and enjoy on Pinterest.  But clearly the feast for our eyes there, makes us feel really bad about ourselves. […]

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