November & December Reading Plans & This Week’s Plan {10.13.14}

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Good Morning Girls!

I want to give you a sneak peek to what is ahead  {for all the planners out there. ;) }

First – here is this week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 3

I am so enjoying this walk through Genesis with you!  Can you believe how relevant God’s word is to our lives, thousands of years after it was written?  That is because of the work of the Holy Spirit.  He is illuminating us to see and understand the nature and character of God as you read!

I Corinthians 2:10-13 says:

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Coming Next…

In the month of November, we will be moving to a reading plan that is 5 days a week.

I know change is hard and many of you like the  “7 days a week” reading plan. But some are already falling behind and some groups are feeling pressure during the weekends to check in.  We want GMG to be a blessing not a burden.

For those who can handle more, I encourage you to take the weekends and look into commentaries or listen to sermons regarding the readings from the week.  Use the extra two days to dig deeper.

For those who are concerned that it’s going to take FOREVER to get through the Bible at this pace. Take heart, I have plans to read through some books of the Bible more quickly than others.  For example, we may be able to read 2 chapters a day to get through books that are repetitive such as Job or are heavy such as Leviticus and Isaiah.

This is what November’s Reading Plan looks like:

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And December’s Reading Plan:

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We will break on December 19th for Christmas and start back on January 5th, 2015.

OH my goodness!!! Did I just say Christmas in a post?  I think I did!  And in case you were wondering – there’s 73 days until Christmas but who’s counting? Lol!

So glad you are joining us on this journey.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

Conflict and Separation {Genesis 13}

Conflict and Separation

Good Morning Girls!

Today we are up to Genesis 13 where Abraham and Lot’s herdsman have a conflict and they separate.

Have you ever been in a conflict and had to separate?  I have – that’s why I hope you’ll watch today’s video.

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**Chime In**

What are you learning so far in your reading in Genesis?  

Have you ever had a conflict where you needed to separate to resolve the issue?  How did God work through this?

How would you answer this question:

Genesis 13 discussion question

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan week 2

 

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Making A Name For Myself {Genesis 11}

Making a name for myself

Good Morning Girls!

In a world of selfies, overnight Youtube sensations, reality television and television competitions that lead to millions of dollars and singing contracts – making a name for ourselves seems almost normal. Everybody’s doing it – right?

I mean, let’s be honest, I’m a blogger.  I am not a wall flower.  My name and face are not hidden here. So what keeps me from not trying to use this platform to make a name for myself?

We are in Genesis 11 – let’s look at verses 1-9.

1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.  4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

First, we see the people had decided to build a city and a tower. Why?

To make a name for themselves.

How did God humble them?

He confused them by confusing their languages.

We see the pride in the people as they say – “Let us! Let us! Let us!”

And God, the Almighty – 3 in 1 – says, “Let Us go down…”

…and that was the end of their prideful endeavor.

Notice – their very tall tower was not so tall to God. God had to go way down, to deal with these people! Lol!

We live in a world of building, climbing, dreaming, reaching, pursuing, pushing, shoving, and clawing for the top.  We are a busy, tired, pressured, stressed, frazzled, scared people.

But we see a huge irony in this passage of scripture.  Notice in verse 4 the people say - “let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

Then God comes along and in verse 9 He…”dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

Do we see how counterproductive it is to build a tower if the Lord’s will is not in it?

 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” ~Psalm 127:1

Is it wrong to build a tower (or in our case a home, a business, a blog, a career)?

No.

Is it wrong to build a very tall tower (or in our case a home, business, blog or career)?

No.

Can we tell by looking at someone else’s tower why it was built?

No.  Only the Lord knows the intentions of a man’s heart.

Is it wrong to build a tall tower to make a name for ourselves?

Yes.

As children of God, all towers (homes, businesses, blogs or careers) must be done for God’s glory otherwise the ambition behind the pursuit is pride filled and displeasing to God.

When I began blogging it was with the purest intent. My hearts desire was to follow the great commission and make disciples.  I wanted to be an authentic mom and wife and encourage other women in their walk with the King.

But somewhere along the way – I began to face serious confusion.  New friendships and new opportunities confused me.  Who should I say yes to?  Who can I trust?  Is this opportunity from God or am I causing some of this to happen and outside of God’s will?  Am I doing too much? Am I doing too little? Am I depending on my own abilities or am I depending on God?

Just as God used confusion to humble the builders of the tall tower, God has used confusion time and again in my life to keep me humble.  If he showed me the 5 year plan, I would probably become prideful. I wouldn’t need to depend on him.  Instead, He has me on the “day to day” plan. Lol! He reveals just what I need for today and I have to trust that tomorrow, He will continue to guide me.

Women of our generation have more choices than any of the past generations.  Choices are a blessing. But choices bring confusion. We do not want to be so busy building our own kingdoms, that we miss seeking God’s kingdom first.

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas are in jail singing praises to God when all the locked doors of the jail fly open…and Paul and Silas do not walk through the open doors.  It was God’s will for them to stay right where they were and lead the jailer and his whole family to salvation.

Sometimes doors will open for us – this does not mean we need to walk through them.  

I have had various doors open for me through out the blogging years that were clearly not God’s will for me. They were tempting because they would have made my name – greater.  I had to stay put and not walk through those doors.  It was hard!  But it was right. Other times, God clearly made  a path for me.  Like the parting of the Red Sea, it was so obvious, I walked confidently forward on dry land and He got all the glory!

It is hard to know when God is opening the doors or when we are forcing doors open but through humility and walking with God daily in His word and prayer – God is faithful to reveal is way to us.  He removes confusion and gives peace as He directs and guides us.

As we go forward in our week, let’s be women who are known – not for exalting ourselves but for exalting the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Let’s be builders of His kingdom.

God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**Chime In** 

Genesis 11 discussion question

A Message for GMG Leaders & This Week’s Reading Plan {10.5.14}

GMG Leaders – thank you so much for taking the initiative and leading a group!  I appreciate you.

We have a Facebook Page for leaders but it is now closed.  It will re-open at the end of the year – please look for that if you are a leader and didn’t get in this session.

I posted this video for the leaders in our Facebook group this weekend and thought I would post it here for you as well.  It addresses some of the changes coming.

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Here is this week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan week 2

If you haven’t printed this month’s reading plan, it’s always available on the side bar of this blog or you can print it -> here.

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See you back here this Wednesday!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**If you missed last Friday’s video – you can view it below.

Your Walk With God {Genesis 6}

Your walk with God {Genesis 6}

Good Morning Girls!

We are up to Genesis 6 today!

You will find all of today’s devotional content in the video below.

We are looking at Noah, his walk with God and your walk with God.

(if you cannot see the video – click here to view the video)

Some of the verses referenced in the video:

Genesis 6:9

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

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Genesis 5:24

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

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Hebrews 11:1-7

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

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Matthew 24:36-39

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

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After you finish viewing the video, chime in on the conversation and visit the other bloggers linked-up below!

Chime In:

What would you say is your greatest hinderance to your walk with God?

How do you relate to Noah and the things God required of him?

What else is God teaching you right now in your reading in Genesis?

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Week 1's plan

 

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