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 (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

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

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  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.

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**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!  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 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!)


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

My Vacation Pictures and A Summer Book Club!


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


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




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


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!!!


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 ;) !


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 !  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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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 

For those new to Women Living Well — My best-friend Angela and I co-founded 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  and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We want to serve YOU!!!

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