This Week’s GMG Reading Plan {09.07.14}

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Good Morning Girls!

We are reading through the Bible, one chapter a day, cover to cover.  No sign-ups, no enrollment, and no subscribing is required. Simply stop by every Sunday for the reading plan!

This week we complete the book of Esther and begin I Peter.

Here is this WEEK’s Reading Plan {09.07.14}:

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 This is a free printable – click here to print it.

Here is this MONTH’S Reading Plan {September}:

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This is a free printable – click here to print it.

 Here are the free eWorkbooks for the rest of this month:

Esther  - Short eWorkbook
Esther – Long eWorkbook

I Peter – Short eWorkbook
I Peter – Long eWorkbook

II Peter – Short eWorkbook
II Peter – Long eWorkbook

I John – Short eWorkbook
I John Long eWorkbook

II John – Short eWorkbook
II John – Long eWorkbook

III John – Short eWorkbook
III John – Long eWorkbook

Jude – Short eWorkbook
Jude – Long eWorkbook

Psalm 1-30 – Short eWorkbook
Psalm 1-30 – Long eWorkbook

The SOAP method of study is explained in the workbooks.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO ASSIGNED PASSAGES TO SOAP – PLEASE FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT’S LEADING AND DO WHAT TIME ALLOWS.

Some may NOT want to SOAP at all – simply work on the daily discipline of being in God’s word.  

Some may want to SOAP 1 or 2 verses, others may want to do 5-10, still others may want to write out the entire chapter.  Do whatever time allows you in this season of life.

Grace. ;)

The short eWorkbook has one worksheet a day for journaling your thoughts.

The long eWorkbook has 4 worksheets a day for those who like to write more or do extra research.

You do not have to use a workbook at all though. You can simply follow along just reading one chapter a day.

Below is the free printable of every book and chapter of the Bible to mark off as you complete your reading. You will want to print this and save it somewhere near your Bible (or in it). We will be flipping back and forth between the Old and New Testament, so you will want to keep track of what you have completed in case you need to take a break and return.

reading through the Bible Graphic

Click here to print the

“Reading Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls” Plan.

 5 International Translations Available Now

Within our international GMG group, some of the women offered to translate the resources!  Here they are!

Spanish Translators: Beth Vollmer Chagas & Julie Chagas

Esther – Spanish Short eWorkbook
Esther – Spanish Long eWorkbook

1 Peter – Spanish Short eWorkbook
1 Peter – Spanish Long eWorkbook

Portuguese  Translators: Beth Vollmer Chagas & Julie Chagas

Esther – Portuguese Short eWorkbook
Esther – Portuguese Long eWorkbook

1 Peter – Portuguese Short eWorkbook
1 Peter – Portuguese Long eWorkbook

German Translator: Petra Rushing

Esther – German Short eWorkbook
Esther – German Long eWorkbook

1 Peter – German Short eWorkbook
1 Peter – German Long eWorkbook

Croatian Translator: Rosilind Jukic at http://dobrojutrodjevojke.blogspot.com

Esther – Croatian Long eWorkbook

1 Peter – Croatian Long eWorkbook

Dutch Translator: Eve Jansen at  http://www.lookaroundthecorner1.blogspot.com    

Esther – Dutch Short eWorkbook

1 Peter – Dutch Short eWorkbook

Are you a blogger?

Friday’s post will include a video and a link-up for bloggers who are blogging through the Bible or writing about their morning quiet times.  Simply use this graphic in your post  (right click – save as) and link it back to GoodMorningGirls.org then link up with us on Friday!

Blogging through bible with GMG button

Are you wondering what we’ll be reading next? In the months of October and November we’ll be reading…

Genesis!

I’ll see you back here this Wednesday with a discussion of this week’s reading.

Have a great week as you walk with the King!

Courtney

**Special Announcement: I have started a new Good Morning Girls Facebook Page.  I will begin posting there this Wednesday as we begin our reading in I Peter. I hope you will join me there today!

When Your Story Doesn’t End Like Esther…or Cinderella

When your story doesn't end like esther or cinderella

Not all stories end like Esther…or Cinderella.

Sometimes when we do what is right – in the midst of a bad situation – things get worse.

Then what?

That’s what today’s video is all about…

(if you can’t see this video – click here)

One final observation…

Esther was a woman of courage – she risked her life to save the lives of her people.  But her courage goes further than just going to the king and asking for him to save her and her people.

Esther did this IN the presence of the guilty man who orchestrated all of this.  She outed Haman –to his face! Wow!  That takes strength.

It would have been easier for Esther to ask to be alone with the King and use some manipulative womanly ways to woo him. But Esther did not mince words.  She spoke openly and boldly right in the presence of Haman.

May we have courage – no matter what the outcome – to face our fears right in the face.

To speak truth that sets people free.

To confront darkness with the light.

To trust God with our very lives. And not give in to the fear of man.

To be able to say the very words of Esther, “If I perish, I perish.”

Walk with the King,

Courtney

this week's reading

**Looking for the GMG resources for this month? –> click here. 

 

**Chime In: What is God teaching you this week through your study in the book of Esther?

BLOGGERS: Are you blogging through the Bible with us or have you written a devotional based on your own quiet times this week?

Put this graphic in your post, link it back to GoodMorningGirls.org and then link up below – we’d love to come visit you! Blogging through bible with GMG button

Esther is NOT the Hero –God Is!

Black lost. The King at the feet of Queen

Welcome to the very first post in our “Blogging Through the Bible” series here at Good Morning Girls! We are SOOOO excited you are here and joining us on this journey!

As we read through the book of Esther, we notice the name of God is nowhere to be found…but the fingerprints of God are everywhere!

Everything seems out of control.

The King is drunk when he requests Queen Vashti to come to his royal court.

Queen Vashti refuses and is removed as queen.

Esther, a Jewish orphan girl, ends up…the new queen.

Mordecai discovers a plot to assassinate the king and the king is saved…but Mordecai is not rewarded although his name is recorded in the royal records.

Haman plots to annihilate the Jews.  A letter is sent out in all the kingdom to destroy the Jews.

Esther has not been with her groom, the king, in 30 days and going to him could mean death!

 

Everything is

out.

of.

control.

 

And then it happens…the people pray.

God hears their prayers.

The king can’t sleep so the royal records are opened and there the king discovers his need to honor Mordecai for saving his life.

Mordecai is honored.

Esther gathers the courage to speak.

Haman is hung.

God saves his people!

God is the Hero!

 

And all God’s people said?  

AMEN!!!

The enemy has been defeated!

Things are not out of control. God is in control.

The star of this story is Esther, whose name actually means “star”.  Esther shined in a dark culture and God used her in a place where no one else could be used.  God raised her up for “such a time as this!”  He displayed his power through her.

And God has raised each one of us up, so he can display his power through us.

“That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:15

Are you piercing the darkness with the light of God?

Some will be repulsed as you shine. Like the brightness of the sun when we come out of a movie theater, many will turn away from the light because it is simply so bright it hurts.

But some…some will be drawn to it. Like when the electricity goes out at night and we rummage through the drawer looking for a flashlight or matches, some are rummaging around looking for a light to show them the way.

There’s a spiritual battle raging for the salvation of souls around us.  Things are not out of control. God has masterfully orchestrated your life for his sovereign purposes.

But Satan hates God’s people – he wants to see them destroyed. He is unhappy you have committed to reading through the Bible cover to cover and he will do anything to cause chaos and thwart your efforts.  He will try to snuff out your light.

Oh friends, not too long ago, my light was flickering…. The enemy had me in a choke hold – mentally and emotionally. I was struggling from the pain of wounded relationships.  I could not sleep at night as my mind raced with confusion.

But then God stepped in. He brought loving friends to encourage me. He used the prayers of His people to strengthen me. He delivered me from my fears and brought helpers to my aid.

And then it was time…

to stand alone.

Esther stood alone.

Standing alone is risky.  I know that many of you in your workplace, universities, neighborhoods or families are standing alone. God can’t use us if we are standing alone in the woods – but when we stand alone in the midst of people – that is when God’s sovereign plan to work through you, happens.

Faith.  A tiny mustard seed of faith is all it takes.

Matthew 1720 faith

Time and again, as I think through the past of my life, I’m reminded of times God drew me out – to stand alone and depend on nothing but Him – and time and again – God revealed himself as the Hero.

This song sung by Mandisa is all about Esther and standing apart from the crowd – be encouraged as you listen:

(click here if you cannot see the video)

Be a star!

Not the hollywood kind – the Jesus kind.

Shine for Him!!

Let God be the hero as he works his sovereign plan through you.

**Chime In:

What have you learned so far, in your reading this week, in the book of Esther?

How have you seen God’s fingerprints in your life?

Walk with the King,

Courtney

this week's reading

**Looking for the GMG resources for this month? –> click here. 

***If you are a blogger blogging through the Bible with us – come link up your post on Friday!

It’s Time to Begin “Blogging Through the Bible!” {GMG September Resources Here}

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It’s time to begin reading through the Bible – one chapter a day, one week at a time, one month at a time, one year at a time until we have read the Bible cover to cover!

Are you wondering how GMG began?

I made this video below in 2011 for another website.  I thought I would share it here today, so you could hear the heart and vision behind GMG. Some of the details in the video have since changed (I’ve now been a part of GMG for 7 years not 4 as the video states) and in the video I say – we’ve only just begun – but now we are starting again – it’s a new day – a fresh start and we are SO glad you are here with us!


(click here if you cannot see the video)

In the video I mention the forum. That forum is still open!

If you do not have a group yet – there are leaders waiting with open arms to welcome you. Please click over to the forum, then go  down to the bottom of the threads and click “view more” – you will find many open groups there!  This forum closes on September 6th – so if God is tugging at your heart to find a group – today is the day to join us!

Here is September’s Reading Plan.

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This is a free printable – click here to print it.

 

Here are the free eWorkbooks for this month.

Esther  - Short eWorkbook

Esther – Long eWorkbook

I Peter – Short eWorkbook

I Peter – Long eWorkbook

II Peter – Short eWorkbook

II Peter – Long eWorkbook

I John – Short eWorkbook

I John Long eWorkbook

II John – Short eWorkbook

II John – Long eWorkbook

III John – Short eWorkbook

III John – Long eWorkbook

Jude – Short eWorkbook

Jude – Long eWorkbook

Psalm 1-30 – Short eWorkbook

Psalm 1-30 – Long eWorkbook

The short eWorkbook has one worksheet a day for journaling your thoughts.

The long eWorkbook has 4 worksheets a day for those who like to write more or do extra research.

You do not have to use a workbook at all though. You can simply follow along just reading one chapter a day.

Here is this week’s reading plan (just one chapter a day).

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 This is a free printable – click here to print it.

And this is the monster resource – a free printable of every book and chapter of the Bible to mark off as you complete your reading. You will want to print this and save it somewhere near your Bible (or in it). We will be flipping back and forth between the Old and New Testament, so you will want to keep track of what you have completed in case you need to take a break and return.

reading through the Bible Graphic

Click here to print the

“Reading Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls” Plan.

5 International Translations Available Now

And this took me by surprise!

Within our international GMG group, some of the women offered to translate the resources!  Here they are!

Spanish Translators: Beth Vollmer Chagas & Julie Chagas

Esther – Spanish Short eWorkbook

Esther – Spanish Long eWorkbook

Portuguese  Translators: Beth Vollmer Chagas & Julie Chagas

Esther – Portuguese Short eWorkbook

Esther – Portuguese Long eWorkbook

German Translator: Petra Rushing

Esther – German Short eWorkbook

Esther – German Long eWorkbook

Croatian Translator: Rosilind Jukic at http://dobrojutrodjevojke.blogspot.com

Esther – Croatian Long eWorkbook

Dutch Translator: Eve Jansen at  http://www.lookaroundthecorner1.blogspot.com    

Esther – Dutch Short eWorkbook

As more resources come in – they will be archived on the GMG Resources page.

Are you a blogger?

Friday’s post will include a video and a link-up for bloggers who want to blog along side me on this journey.  Simply use this graphic in your post (right click – save as).

Blogging through bible with GMG button

 

Whew – that was a lot of info – I promise this is about to get simpler! ;) Lol!

Now it’s time to quiet our hearts and turn to the Book of Esther in our Bibles and begin to read.

Join me back here this Wednesday and Friday for a discussion covering this week’s reading!

There are no sign-ups or enrollment to join in.

Feel free to come and go as seasons of life allow you to participate.

This is a place of grace.

We’d love to know if you are joining us – please leave a comment if you have committed to reading through this month’s reading plan.

If you have a GMG group – tell us about it! What city and state are you in, how many girls are in your group and how long have you been with GMG?

Can’t wait to discuss Esther with you this Wednesday!!!!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**A special thank you to the GMG Team for helping me create all of these resources:

Mandy Kelly from Women Of Worship
Rosilind Jukic from Missional Call
Bridget Childress from Becoming a Godly Wife
Misty Leask from Beautiful Ashes

A Demonstration of My Bible Study Methods & a Free Logos Webinar

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Yesterday Mandy shared 9 Ways to Study the Bible.

Today I want to share with you my Bible study methods!

Here is a video demonstration:


(click here if you cannot see this video)

Another resource I have just started using this year is Logos Bible Software.   Renee Swope (from Proverbs 31 Ministries ) and I had the opportunity to make a video together when we were in Dallas just a few weeks ago together. It’s all about Logos! Listen here:


(click here if you cannot see this video)

Logos is hosting a free webinar for women just like you and me, this Wednesday, September 3rd at 10am PST / 1pm EST.

To register for this free training >>>> click here .

Here are some testimonials about Logos:

“I’m stunned by its genius, thrilled that it’s easy to use. I don’t want anyone to neglect studying the Bible inductively—discovering truth for themselves—slowing down, meditating on the Word, falling more and more in love with God.”
Kay Arthur
Precept Ministries

“I use Logos virtually every single work day and, when I’m on the road, it goes right with me. That’s the beauty of it. I love it and depend on it constantly.”
Beth Moore
Living Proof Ministries

“It’s visual. It’s pictures, it’s maps. It’s like the Bible coming alive in front of you on your screen. . . I like books, but when you realize that this is all right here at your fingertips, it’s incredible.”
Liz Curtis Higgs
author and speaker

“It makes the study that I do so much easier, and so much more in-depth. . . Those study helps, particularly in the languages, are very helpful for me.”
Elyse Fitzpatrick
author and speaker

And here’s a few extra links to posts I’ve written on the topic of Bible Study:

Putting My Prayer Life in Order

My Children’s Devotional and Spiritual Growth Books

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

How to Take Sermon Notes on Sunday

It’s almost time to start Blogging Through the Bible!  I cannot wait for final preparations to be complete and to get started!

This Sunday, August 31st we begin!

Check out the schedule for the Blogging Through the Bible series here. 

Find a Good Morning Girls Group Here -> How to Start a Good Morning Girls Group 

Download the free eWorkbooks and reading plans here ->Blogging Through the Bible Printable Reading Plans & eWorkbooks  

Walk with the King,

Courtney