Slowing the Pace of Life to Meditate {Psalm 1}

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 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.~John 15:5

Good Morning Girls!

Last year I contributed a post to John Piper’s on-line ministry titled 7 Ways For Busy Moms to Get Into God’s Word.  

The post is about meditation and squeezing all the nourishment we can out of God’s word through out the day.

As we read through God’s word together – cover to cover – one chapter a day, I am thrilled to hear so much great feedback.

You are busy – but you are slowing down.

You are meditating on God’s word.

With this Bible reading plan, it is possible for busy women to delight in God’s Word!

A tree that is lush and bearing fruit is evidence of roots that are in rich soil. They run deep where no one sees, but we know they are there because of the beauty of the tree.

Psalm 1:2,3 compares the righteous man to a tree:

His delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water
 that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither. 

The location of a plant is a choice.  Where have we planted our lives? Are our roots, the hidden parts of our lives, grounded in the living waters of God and His word?

We must choose to slow the pace of life enough, to plant ourselves where our roots can grow deep into God’s word.  Then in the storms of life – we will stand strong and on the sunshine days, we will see fruit produced by the grace of God.

Join me on this video, as I talk about Slowing the Pace:


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Elizabeth George has said:

Behind the passionate life of every passionate saint is a passion for God and His Word. 

Let’s make God our constant companion.

Let’s make God’s Word, our hourly guide.

Sunday, September 28th, we begin the Book of Genesis. {October’s reading plan –> is here.}

Slow your pace and make space for just one chapter a day.

You can do this!

JOIN US!!!!!

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Walk with the King,

Courtney

**Chime in:

What is getting in the way of you slowing your pace so you can delight in God’s Word more?

What have you been learning this week as you read through the Bible?

How does the passage of Psalm 1 speak to you?

This week’s reading plan:

GMG week 4

 

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This Good Morning Girl’s Bible Study Journal is AMAZING!

 

Bible Reading Shar

This is Shar!

And friends you are in for a treat today! My regularly scheduled post  is scrapped because I am so incredibly inspired by Shar’s daily instagrams, that I emailed her a few days ago and asked if I could share her journals with you all and she said “yes!” Hooray!

So first a little about Shar aka Gypsy.Mama.nc- she writes:

I’m Shar! I’m 22, I’m a Stay-At-Home mama of 3 boys under 3 (the third being due in less than 2 weeks!), and I have a huge crush on a guy named Robert that I married 4 years ago.

I enjoy: being creative, teaching our children, watching the “Duggars,” a good pair of blue jeans and all of the other good things in life. But more than any of that, I am in love with the One who loved me first, my Savior. Jesus is so much more than religion, He is truly life.

God is continuously shaping me into the masterpiece He planned for me to be long before my existence. There’s been discomfort, pain and even resistance but each day, I’m learning to surrender.

Shar posts on a regular basis a photo of her quiet times and journaling – I am simply fascinated friends! Check this out!

Bible Reading 2, 3 John
Bible Reading 1 Peter 1

 

Bible Reading 1 Peter 3

 

Bible Reading 2 Peter

 

Shar writes:

I journal because its really therapeutic for me and helps me to dig even deeper into God’s Word.

It’s also a way for me to show my gratitude towards God as a form of worship- not worshipping the journal- but worshipping Him *through* the journal… the written out scriptures, observations, applications, prayers, and small illustrations of His what words mean to me. To put the passion my heart has for Him onto paper into a form of art. To praise Him. To confess my sins. To surrender and to cry out to Him. It’s really great to reflect on, to see how far I have came in my walk with God and also things that I need to improve on.

Bible Reading 2 Peter 2 & 3

 

Bible Reading 1 John prayer

 

Bible Reading 1 John 4,5
Bible REading tools

Shar has included a photo of her Bible Study Kit and here is what she wrote about it on her Instagram:

My bible study kit! Basically everything that I use for my personal Bible study. HOWEVER, you don’t “need” any of things for an effective Bible study, all you need is your Bible, #prayer and God of course!

**My Bible {NKJV}
**pencil box to hold craft/washi tape
**tin can for pens, pencils & highlighters {I have way too many so I only keep the ones in here that I use the most often!}
**composition/#1000gifts notebook {where I write down all of my blessings & daily gratitudes… I need to decorate the cover! :)
**spiral tablet {my bible study/prayer journal}
**head phones {sometimes I listen to worship music while spending time with God}
**post-it notes and tabs
**stickers
**and a pink princess bag {courtesy of Dollar Tree!} to keep it all together!

Everything fits in it perfectly, so I can travel outside my home with it as well.

Not pictured is my book light, used if I’m reading the Word in bed while my Hubby’s asleep.

Have you been waiting to commit to read through the Bible with us?  Maybe it feels like too much of a commitment for you.  Just take it one small step at a time.

We are currently in the book of Genesis – and we would LOVE for you to join us now!

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As you see by Shar’s beautiful journals – there is freedom in how you study God’s word. Let it be a joy – an oasis of refreshing living water – that leads you to being a woman –who is living well.

I hope you will join us.

Chime In:

I love seeing and hearing about how other’s do their quiet times.  

Where do you like to read God’s word?
When do you like to read God’s word?
What are your favorite methods or tools?

For more details about our “Reading Through the Bible” Series —> click here.

Walk with the King!

Courtney

 

 Need encouragement in your walk with God?  Pick up a copy of my book:  “Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home.”

October Book of the Month & This Week’s Reading {9.21.14}

Announcing Genesis

 

 

We are excited to announce our October and November
Book of the month!!!

Genesis!

You have emailed and commented and I have listened!  We are going to start providing the month long reading plan on the first Sunday of the month so you do not have to print it out every.single.week.

Just one print out a month!  Print it and fold it and use it as a book mark in your Bible!

This reading plan below begins on Sunday, September 28th and runs through Saturday, November 1st. (this is a 5 week plan)

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

So you may be wondering why are there no dates or week numbers on our reading plans?

We want everyone to feel like they can join us anytime and they aren’t behind.  Most people won’t join something that is already in “week 5″. But this is flexible and we WANT women to get into God’s word. No barriers.

You also recommended I post this on the sidebar of the blog in case you lose track of where we are in our reading.  I will try that – starting September 28th!

Now onto this week’s reading plan {9.21.14}:

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

 Here are the free eWorkbooks for this week:

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

Below is the free printable of every book and chapter of the Bible to mark off as you complete your reading.

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Click here to print the

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

 5 International Translations

Spanish Translators: Beth Vollmer Chagas & Julie Chagas

1 John - Spanish Short eWorkbook
1 John – Spanish Long eWorkbook
2 John Long Version Spanish
2 John Short Version Spanish
3 John Long Version Spanish
3 John Short Version Spanish
Jude Long Version Spanish
Jude Short Version Spanish
Psalms 1-30 Long Version Spanish
Psalms 1-30 Short Version Spanish 

Portuguese  Translators: Beth Vollmer Chagas & Julie Chagas

1 John –  Portuguese Short eWorkbook
1 John – Portuguese Long eWorkbook
2 John Long Version Portuguese
2 John Short Version Portuguese  
3 John Long Version Portuguese
3 John Short Version Portuguese
Jude Long Version Portuguese
Jude Short Version Portuguese
Psalms 1-30 Long Version Portuguese
Psalms 1-30 Short Version Portuguese

German Translator: Petra Rushing

1 John – German Short eWorkbook
1 John – German Long eWorkbook
2 John Long Version German
2 John Short Version German
3 John Long Version German
3 John Short Version German
Jude Long Version German
Jude Short Version German

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

1 John – Croatian Long eWorkbook
2 John Long Version Croatian
2 John Short Version Croatian 
3 John Long Version Croatian
3 John Short Version Croatian
Jude Long Version Croatian
Jude Short Version Croatian
Psalms 1-30 Long Version Croatian
Psalms 1-30 Short Version Croatian

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

1 John – Dutch Short eWorkbook
2 John Long Dutch Version
2 John Short Version Dutch 
3 John Short Version Dutch  
Jude Short Version Dutch  
Psalms 1-30 Short Version Dutch  

Another suggestion came requesting I have an image available for those who want to share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that they are reading through the Bible with us – so here are two images you are welcome to use! (just right click “save as”)

I am reading through the Bible with GMG

I am reading through the Bible with Good Morning Girls

I am listening to your feedback and open to other suggestions!

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

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Greater Is He That Is In You {1 John 1-5}

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Good Morning Girls!

We are in the book of 1 John and today I want to do an overview of the entire book and then focus on 1 John 4:1-6.

If you struggle with certainty of what you believe – then 1 John is  a great book for you.  I almost always counsel new believers to start reading their Bible in 1 John followed by the gospel of John.

The author John is well-known as the disciple “Jesus loved”. He was commonly listed as one of Jesus’ three closest friends – Peter, James and John.  John was an outgoing, bold man which led to his imprisonment on the Island of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation.  He also wrote the gospel of John and 1st, 2nd and 3rd John.

This book is a favorite for many because it is simple, brief and full of love and light.

But we see in 1 John a warning against false prophets and how in 1 John 2:19 – some who were with them, left and did not return because they were not true believers.

This caused the Christians to be uncertain of their own salvation and how to distinguish a genuine Christian from a false one.

And so the book closes in 1 John 5:11-13, with these assuring words: 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

Do you have the Son of God?  Have you placed your faith in Him? Then you have eternal life –guaranteed!  Know this and be assured.

Another one of my personal favorites is found in chapter 4 verse 4 and it says:

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Oh such precious reassuring words.  We are God’s children.  We are overcomers not by our own strength but by the great and glorious God who is within us!!!!

And so that brings us to today’s video where I share more about this verse and one of my favorite childhood Old Testament stories from 1 Kings 18 that displays the greatness of our God.

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John closes the book of 1 John with these words:

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. ~ 1 John 5:21

As the story is told in the video above – we see – the idols are dead.  They have no ears to hear. No eyes to see. No hands to help.  Idols are worthless.  And for us –  idols are anything that come between us and God.

Since we know we are children of God. Since we know we have eternal life. Since we know how to walk in the light. Since we know Satan will attempt to draw us away with false prophets.

Since we know “Greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world.”

Since we know the one true God…

Do not fall for the devil’s schemes!  Keep yourself from idols!

It is hard to remember that this world is not the end game… This world is just the opener for real life  that will begin when we step onto the shores of heaven.

Everything in this world is a mirage – it is fleeting.

Only our souls and what is done for Jesus will last.

Do not let anything of this world come between you and your great God.  Keep yourselves from idols.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**Chime in:

What is your favorite verse or section in the book of 1 John? What are you learning as you read chapter by chapter?  

Are there any idols that have come between you and your great God? Any worldly pursuits or darkness that the enemy has deceived you with?  

This week’s reading plan:
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Next week’s reading plan:

GMG week 4

 

October’s reading plan – coming soon – we’ll be going through Genesis, one chapter a day!!!

 

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The End of the World {2 Peter 3}

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As we “Read Through the Bible”, cover to cover – one chapter a day, we are going to come to passages that typically I would never blog about – but here we are!!!  We are in 2nd Peter chapter 3 and guess what it’s about –the End of the World as we know it!

This is fascinating friends.  So join me as we read about how the world will end.

2 Peter 3:1-4 says:

1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved.

In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

This chapter begins with the church being mocked because Jesus had not returned yet.  Now remember that Peter is writing to persecuted Christians who have been scattered and running for their lives.  They are already discouraged and now this mockery adds to their mental anguish.

What is Peter’s comfort for those suffering?

A reminder to remember the Old Testament and New Testament scriptures!

When we are down and discouraged we need to always remember to turn to God’s word.  Remember the words of the holy prophets, the apostles and of the Lord!

Note in verse 3 why the mockers mocked.  They were following their own sinful desires.

Consider this, people do not always deny creation and a belief in a holy God because it’s unbelievable but sometimes it’s simply because they don’t want to be held accountable on judgement day for their lifestyle choices.  Perhaps for most people, this is less of an intellectual pursuit and and more of a lust for self-indulgence.  Atheism and evolution are convenient tools for many who don’t want to give up their sinful desires.

Let’s continue reading in 2 Peter 3:5-7

5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

This passage tells us the world begins and ends with God!

Actually, it goes one step further and it tells us that the world began and will end by the “word of God”.  He spoke it into existence and he’ll speak it out of existence!

Gulp – wow! We serve a mighty God.

Now look at verse 5 where it says that the earth was formed out of water and then in verse 6 it was deluged with water and perished.  This reference is to the days of Noah.  Remember the rainbow when Noah left the ark?  That rainbow was a promise that God would never flood and destroy the earth with water again.

So according to verse 7, what will God use to destroy the earth this time?

Fire.

Water and fire – two necessary elements for survival – also used for destruction. The earth is covered in water with waters above as well. The earth’s core is fire, along with stars – fire balls in the sky – as well.

Let’s continue on to verses 8-10:

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Time –time seems to fly everyday here. But even though we may think a lot of time has passed – that is not necessarily how God sees it. According to verse 8, a thousand years is like a day to God!  He does not work on our timetables. God exists outside of limited time.  (mind baffling right?)

While the scoffers think that God’s patience is a problem – we understand the purpose of His patience. The purpose is redemptive.

Consider this – the world has not ended yet because before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 4:1), God chose you and me to live in 2014 and become his children!

Another wow moment, right?

But then we see emphatically in verse 10…

…BUT… the day of the Lord WILL come!  Oh friends, He is coming and when he comes –it will be like a theif in the night!

Now here’s the application in verses 11-18:

11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Some applications from verses 11-18:

Be holy.

Be Godly.

Watch and wait for the coming of the Lord.

Be spotless.

Be at peace.

Share the gospel as the Lord is patient unto salvation.

Do not get carried away by error or lose your stability.

Grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.

And one final (politically incorrect) thought:

While it is important that we steward God’s creation well, may we not spend our days trying to “save the planet.”  As we see in 2 Peter 3, God has plans to destroy our planet by fire.  May we have a godly perspective, which according to this passage would mean we long for the day the Lord returns and creates a new heaven and a new earth.  Until then, may we spend our time seeking to save souls rather than the planet.

And grace. Enjoy the planet. Steward the planet. But never worship the planet.

Walk with the King,

Courtney 

**Chime In:  What have you learned this week through your study in the book of 2 Peter?

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