An Important Announcement

I am blogging today because I have something important to share…and no I’m not pregnant (wish I were lol!)

I really wanted my first post back to be about what I did during my writing break…I wanted to share our family photos from Christmas day.

4 Generations – Back Row: Me, My Mom, My Sisters; Front Row: Alexis, My Mom’s Mom, My niece

 And I wanted to tell you about the White Christmas that arrived just in time for our one hour drive to my husband’s family get together! 

But we made it safely – and enjoyed the HUGE Christmas tree at my Brother-In-Law’s house (my husband’s brother) taken right from his back yard!

Then I wanted to share a myriad of photos from our biggest shin dig of the year – New Year’s Eve.  (You might notice I got a new hair cut between Christmas and New Years.  We cut a few inches off the length and I got layers!  I feel lighter!)  My sister’s came over to my house and we made our Hungarian Cabbage Rolls (for the recipe click here).

  

 Meanwhile the kids were sled riding in my backyard…

 Then I decorated the tables…

 

 We opened in prayer…guess my newphew was phoning God during the prayer??? lol!  {he purposely photo bombed this to tease me}

Then we partied, made our Family Time Capsule (which I failed to take a photo of), watched the ball drop, kissed and hugged everyone in the room at midnight…

 

And we toasted in the New Year! {again some photo bombing taking place with a few of the nephews!}

 

 We had loads of family fun time watching movies, playing games, going bowling, to the shooting range, out to eat and reading together. 

But I can’t share all the pictures from my break – because seriously – I’ll bore you!

The main reason I came back to my blog today was because I really really really hope you will join me for a winter Bible study!!!!

So… THIS is the important announcement!

Enrollment is happening RIGHT NOW for the Winter Good Morning Girls session!

What we provide: (FREE)

  • SOAP Bible reading plan (we also call it a bookmark because we print it off and leave it in our Bibles to mark where we are reading)
  • Living Like Jesus: Luke 1-8 eBook for you to journal and record your S.O.A.P. quiet times
  • weekly videos that provide further understanding and personal application
  • weekly blog posts on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays to help you dig into the scripture of the week and gain better insight and application.
  • challenges aimed at helping you put God’s Word into action in your life.

 For all of the details – click on this link here —> GoodMorningGirls.org

There is no better way to start out your year than being in God’s word.  Good Morning Girls provides FREE accountability and awesome resources and I’ll be there making videos and writing devotionals along side my dear friends Angela, Jennifer and Whitney.

I hope to see you there!!!

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And friends, my writing in January will continue to be sparse…but I should be back to full swing in February.  Until then, I have closets to clean out, homeschooling to start back up, some good books to finish, and some ministry projects to get a running start on for you.  In March, I’ll be unveiling something new here on-line!  Can’t wait for you to take a peak! 

Until then… 

Walk with the King,

 

 **If you have subscribed and you do not see the link to the FREE Proverbs 31 ebook at the bottom of your emails, please email me at courtney(at)womenlivingwell.org and I will email you the link within 24 hours. :)

Today We Begin!!!

 

 

Oh my word! I could explode with excitement just thinking about what God is going to do over at GoodMorningGirls.org over the next 8 weeks!!!

TODAY we begin our 8 week study in the book of Colossians and I JUST posted the very first devotional, video for this week’s reading and some extra enriching resources to go with this week’s study in Colossians.

I dont’ know what God is going to do personally in the lives of the women reading there but I know when we are faithful to come to God’s word daily – we are going to be filled up with living water – and we will LIVE WELL!

Do you need this right now?  Then hop on over to GoodMorningGirls.org and join us – it’s not too late!  You do not need a group to follow along – all of the printable resources are free to subscribers!

Walk with the King,

Fall GMG Sign-Ups Begin & WLWW Link-Up Party!

 

This is my Good Morning Girls group…well it was until I started writing “the book”…then I took a little break.  But this fall, I am back in the saddle and have missed the daily emails from these girls LIKE CRAZY!  These are my real life friends from church – some of them have been along for the GMG ride for 5 years now – wowsa!   Some I have known for 20 years!  3 are sisters, 1 is a homeschooler, and you recognize Janelle there in the upper right corner right? – that’s Miss Comfy in the Kitchen!

What is a Good Morning Girls group? 

Well it all began a year before blogging when I was leading a Beth Moore study.  I needed accountability with my quiet times and I asked the girls in the study if they’d join me for a 6am club.  11 brave girls signed up to receive a daily email at 6am and then they emailed back after they had their quiet time…3 months later – we renamed the group Good Morning Girls – 6am was just too hard for mamas with newborn babies and bedwetting toddlers!

Two years later -Angela (my high school BFF who had moved to Texas) and I launched GoodMorningGirls.org - it has grown by leaps and bounds and now there are nearly 10,000 Good Morning Girls!  Go God!!! (although the video below says 600 because the video is from 2010 when we had just finished our very first session.)

So you want to know more about what and how to be in a Good Morning Girls group?  Listen to this video:


 

2012 Fall Session Info:

  • Fall sign-ups run from: August 15th-September 17th
  • Fall session dates:
    September 17th-November 9th (8 week -Colossians study)
    November 26th-December 21st (4 week -Advent study….preparing our hearts for Christmas)

Soon Angela will be posting the FREE 8 week Colossians and 4 week advent Bible reading plan, and eStudy guide.  Then over the course of the next 3 months we will post weekly videos, devotionals and more!  You do not have to have a group to follow this study on-line and the Colossians and Advent study are OPTIONAL – you do not have to follow Colossians to have a Good Morning Girls group!

For all the rest of details and to SIGN UP for the fall session -  go over to GoodMorningGirls.org today where Angela has laid out ALL the details!!!

(Also, check back in a month to GoodMorningGirls.org - because it’s getting a huge makeover for the fall session – woohoo!)

Hope to see you there this fall!!!

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And NOW…

 

It’s Living Well Wednesday – Link-up time!!!

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! So you’re invited to come on in!

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!)


To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)

Walk with the King,

 

 

 



For The First Time Ever…

We have lots of new and exciting things happening over at my sister site – GoodMorningGirls.org  We are about to embark on a 14 weeks series in the Proverbs 31 ebook (that is free when you subscribe here) starting next Monday, May 14th!

Every Monday I will be posting videos here and over at GoodMorningGirls.org.  Then on Wednesdays and Fridays you will want to check in over at GoodMorningGirls.org for all the other extra resources, writing, challenges and more!  It’s going to be a fun summer!

Good Morning Girls groups are accountability groups that you either create with your own friends (and register here) OR if you don’t have friends to ask you can go to our message board here and find a group.  YOU DO NOT NEED A GROUP TO PARTICIPATE in this summer study though :)!

The GMG’s are sooo excited to announce, for the first time ever, we are providing a special GMG Leader’s Guide!!! Woohoo! So if you are a leader – click on the link and download your free leader’s guide! :)

Also, for the first time ever we are offering the summer book club in multiple languages!!!

The Proverbs 31 eBook has been translated into Spanish and German (and a Croatian version is done too and I’ll add it to this post as soon as I have the link!)

 

 

Please meet Edurne - who translated the ebook into Spanish!

Mi foto

Mi nombre es Edurne Mencía. Soy de Bilbao, España y actualmente vivo en Amazonas, Venezuela, junto a mi esposo y mis tres hijos: Yennixon Daniel (4), Nahiara (2)y Markel Elías (3 meses). Junto con mi familia, servimos a Dios en el ministerio con indígenas y oramos por entrar en la selva definitivamente. Mientras tanto, seguimos trabajando para Dios y haciendo nuestro viaje personal.

Follow Edurne on Facebook here.

Click here to find the link to the free Proverbs 31 eBook – translated into Spanish! (if that link does not work - try this one.)

Next let me introduce you to a sweet friend who has been translating my posts from here on Women Living Well into German!!!  It’s Katja!
Katja Heigl

Ich komme aus Bayern. Und bin mit einen Österreicher verheiratet. Bei meiner Ausbildung zur Hotelfachfrau habe ich gelernt hart zu arbeiten und meine eigenen Interessen für die Bedürfnisse anderer zurückzunehmen. Mit Mitte 20 habe ich ein Jahr lang in Amerika gelebt. Ich bin eine typische große Schwester. Mein kleines pinkes Netbook ist mein “Lieblingsspielzeug”! Dank facebook kann ich mit all meinen Freunden überall auf der Welt in Kontakt bleiben. Ich liebe Bücher! In der Regel lese ich mindestens ein Buch – meistens ein paar gleichzeitig. Neuerdings auch gerne auf dem Kindle! Ich liebe Musik!!! Jede Art von Musik, Musizieren und vor allem Singen. Ok, so langsam ist es nicht mehr JEDE Art von Musik… In den letzten 15 Jahren habe ich in acht verschiedenen Städten in vier verschiedenen Ländern gelebt. Ich habe zwei Kinder mit 5 und 8 Jahren. Ich liebe meinen Job als Hausfrau und Mutter.

Follow Katja on Facebook here.

Click here to download the German Version – The Proverbs 31 Woman~One Virtue At a Time

Thank you Edurne, Katja and Rosiland (her Croatian translation is coming soon!)!  You women are amazing!!! Thank you!!

Okay – just a few more details – if you haven’t already – download your free Bible Reading Plan for the summer by clicking here.

And look for the free study guide (you can print it and put it into a 3 ring binder) that goes along with the Bible Reading Plan – it will be posted any hour now over at GoodMorningGirls.org

So who’s in and joining us this summer?  I can’t wait to get this party started!!!

Walk with the King,

Summer Bible Reading Plan & Book Club

So yesterday’s challenge was...Purpose to not read ANYTHING else before you have read God’s word for at least 1 minute in the morning. Do not read the newspaper, facebook, a spiritual devotional  or check your email.  Go straight to God’s word first.” 

Do you need some help as to where to read in God’s word or some accountability?  Then keep reading!

I’m excited to announce the  Good Morning Girls summer session!  GMG will be using my FREE eBook “The Proverbs 31 Woman ~ One Virtue at a Time!”   If you haven’t downloaded it yet – now’s the time – here’s how to get it for Free!

To download and print the reading plan click here.

This summer session will include:

  • Weekly videos from Courtney & Angela
  • Practical and realistic tips on HOW to be a Proverbs 31 Woman
  • Fun weekly challenges
  • Memory verses
  • And special guests!!!

Our study is going to be light, practical and GREAT for the busyness of our summers!

Do you have to be in a Good Morning Girls group to join? NO but we recommend you create one!!! :)!

What is Good Morning Girls? (GMG)
If you have never heard of Good Morning Girls before here’s what we are… “Good Morning Girls” is a title for a group of women who use email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype or text messaging to keep each other accountable for their quiet times. My group emails each other each daily after we have our quiet time. We say “Good Morning” and then share what we read in our quiet time. Some of us have our quiet time first thing in the morning, while others squeeze it in during children’s naps or at bedtime. The time of day doesn’t matter…..our focus is just being in God’s Word daily!

Here is a video about Good Morning Girls and a few testimonials from my own personal GMG friends!

For those of you viewing this in your email, click here.

  • Summer sign-ups run from: April 16th-May 14th
  • Summer session dates: May 14th-August 17th

Who can join?
Young, old, single, married – any woman who wants to pursue walking with Jesus. (This is our belief statement- scroll to bottom of page).

Joining GMG is as simple as 1-2-3!

1- Find a group of friends to form an online accountability group.

  • Women in your Sunday school class or church
  • Friends from your women’s bible study
  • Past college roommates,
  • Relatives,
  • Neighbors,
  • Co-workers,
  • Other moms that you do life with…
  • Still not sure who to invite? Then visit our online message board and find a group there to join! GMG groups are forming based on location, age of children, pastor wives, homeschool moms, public school moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms, special needs moms…etc. If you don’t see a group that interests you then form your own online!

2- Once you know who is in your group, decide how you want to daily communicate to each other.

  • Facebook -setup a secret group. (Not sure how? Here are the steps)
  • Twitter- our hastag is #GoodMorningGirls
  • Email
  • Text messaging
  • Skype

3- Sign-Up HERE!

After you have joined our summer session, please make sure to subscribe to our blog for blog post updates and join our Facebook community by “Liking” us!

We are so excited to start this next session with you!

Walk with the King,

Coming Soon…& WLWW Link-Up Party!

On Monday, Angela over at GoodMorningGirls.org, announced their summer book club selection and it’s ……

The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time !  Hooray!

This summer session will include:

  • Videos from Me & Angela
  • Practical and realistic tips on HOW to be a Proverbs 31 Woman
  • Fun weekly challenges
  • Memory verses
  • And special guests!!!

Our study is going to be light, practical and GREAT for the busyness of our summers!

If you haven’t already – you can subscribe to my blog on the right hand side bar and receive this eBook for FREE! :)  You will find the direct link to the eBook at the bottom of every email you receive from me.

This Book Club begins: May 14th and runs until August 17th

To learn more about Good Morning Girls and what the groups are all about click here.

You do not have to be a part of a group to join this book club.

I can’t wait for YOU to join US!

Walk with the King,

It’s Women Living Well’s Wednesday Link-Up Party Time!!!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you join 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, finances, recipes, organization and more!)


To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)

 

I Am SOOOOO Tired & WLWW Link-Up Party!

Oh friends!  I just had a great bloggy break!!! One of the things I did a whole bunch of (besides spring cleaning) - is sleep! lol!!!  Oh ya – I’m talking about sleeping in - power naps – and I even went to bed crazy early the one night – it felt SO good!  I was LONG overdue for some good long nights of sleep.  I’ve been cutting myself short lately and I came to the point where I found myself saying everyday…

“I am SOOOOOO tired.”

Are those words that you think quite commonly? I bet you do – I just know I can’t be alone in this!

I read a crazy statistic that said In 1850 Americans crawled into bed at a reasonable hour and slept an average of 9.5 hours a night. By 1910, half the country had electricity, but our recent ancestors were still breathing evenly with their eyes closed, on average, nine hours a night. By 1950 an average night’s sleep decreased to 8 hours. And by 2008, Americans, on average, go 6.5 hours of sleep a night.” - Kathy Peel – America’s Family Manager

We are a sleep deprived nation.

I would go out on a limb and say that it is affecting our marriages, parenting and homemaking negatively.

It is much more difficult to be patient when we feel tired.
 It is much more difficult to be consistent in training our children when we feel tired.
It is much more difficult to be “joyful in all circumstances” when we are tired.
So what do we do?
Visit me over at my sister site - GoodMorningGirls.org - where we are in week 9 of our study in the book of Ephesians (click here to see our reading plan) and I’m talking about getting some more sleep!

Now It’s link-up time!

It’s Women Living Well’s Wednesday Link-Up Party!!!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you join 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, finances, recipes, organization and more!)


To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)

Walk with the King!

An Announcement at GMG – A NEW Contributor!

Today over at Good Morning Girls we are announcing our NEWEST contributor Jen Thorn!  And here we are 15 years ago – rockin some BIG rather dark – hair lol!

18 years ago, I arrived as a nervous freshman from Ohio, at the Moody Bible Institute. I settled into my new home in Houghton Hall dorm on 9 North and there across the hall lived this sweet girl with a beautiful smile. Jen had arrived in Chicago all the way from Germany and little did I know that God had a special friendship in store for me. Over the next four years, we’d become roommates, life long friends, we’d laugh, cry, share clothes, talk boys and surprisingly talk theology half the night! This girl runs deep!
 
During those four years of college, I was dating my husband long distance – so this poor girl had to endure me monopolizing the one phone in our room (there weren’t cell phones or email yet – just long distance calling cards!) and me writing snail mail nightly letters to my man. She helped me to enjoy life while my heart ached to be with the man I was head over heels in love with and trust me – that was a bigger task than you realize…I told LOTS of Keith stories people! lol! Which means this girl is a patient listener!
 
Jen was also head over heels in love with a very wise and intelligent student named Joe (who blogs at JoeThorn.net) – who also happened to be one of my close friends. This guy’s theology rocked my world – he was the source of Jen and I’s very late night theology discussions! lol! I think he taught me more about Theology than all three of my Theology courses at Moody combined! But I’m off track now – back to Jen! They married! Yes, they married the week after graduation and I was in her wedding.
 
 
And then I married 3 months later and she was in my wedding!
 
 
That’s Jen on my left and surely you recognize who’s on my right??? It’s Angela my partner at GoodMorningGirls.org! What huge blessings these girls have been in my life and I am SO excited to be coming together here and serving along side of them…
 
You want to see an updated photo of Jen now – along with her four children and read her bio?  Come check it out by clicking here!
 
We will also be announcing a second NEW contributor on GMG on Friday – so don’t miss it!
 
Then get ready for the BIG launch Monday as we begin an on-line study of the book of Ephesians!  Click here to open your free Estudy guide!!!
 
 

Walk with the King,