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.

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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).

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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

9 Ways to Study the Bible

Today we have a guest post by one of the GMG Team Members!  This is Mandy.

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Mandy is passionate about two things: The Word of God and the Souls of Men (and Ladies!).

She is married to her best friend, and gets the privilege to love on their three blessings (who lost their biological momma leaving her husband widowed). Her story of infertility, and now adoption (her husbands three- and a fourth on the way!) is also a passion that is seen in almost all she does.

She loves that the Lord has let her life be an example of delighting in Him and watching Him mold her life to make her desires match His. She spent 11 years in an early childhood classroom, and 4 years in an “in house” seminary program at her home church. She loves to bring God glory through her roles as Christ-follower, Wife and Mother and Writer (in that order!)

She enjoys women’s ministry, cooking, crafting, and traveling the world. Her greatest desires are to have her marriage bring God glory, see her children walk in truth, to lead others to the feet of Jesus, and to lead women into deeper and intimate relationship with their Savior through study of the Word of God. She desires to Worship God with her life.

Mandy blogs personally at Women of Worship.

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9 Ways to Study the Bible

“God’s truth is the most important thing in the world.” John MacArthur

As Christians, one of the most important things that we can do is to study the Word of God.

God’s Word is to be a light to our path.(Psalm 119:105) It teaches us about God’s heart and allows us to know the mind of Christ.(Psalm 119:105, Psalm 119, Philippians 2:5) Through the study of God’s Word, we can learn how to apply God’s Word to our lives, allowing it to be the map we use to guide our lives, and allowing Christ to be the TRUE CORNERSTONE of all areas (Ephesians 2:20 KJV).

Here’s a few tips on how to study the Bible:

1. Get a Bible that you can write in.

I am not talking about an expensive wide margin with extra pages (although I have one and I LOVE it!), but just a Bible that you feel comfortable writing in or highlighting. I would also suggest getting a box of colored pencils, two notebooks or some loose-leaf paper (and maybe some dividers if you like to be super organized!)

2. Pray!  Just like in any other thing that you do in life, you should start your Bible Study with prayer!

The most common thing that I hear is “I just don’t understand the Bible!” You should start each study session with prayer. I believe that God loves His Word, and He has given us many promises in His Word. I pray asking God to teach me from His Word. Some of my personal favorites are Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I might behold wonderful things out of your law.” and Psalm 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” 2 Timothy 3:16 also tells us that all Scripture is given by God and is PROFITABLE for Doctrine, Reproof, Correction and Instruction in Righteousness. When I pray, I ask God to show me these things in the passage that I am about to read.

3. Read the passage. Read it again.

You will gain insight through reading it several times. I like to read it quietly, then out loud, then quietly again.

4. Write the Scripture.

I love how in GMG we are asked to WRITE IT OUT. In your SOAP notes, you will only write out a smaller portion of our text, but I did want to share that writing out Scripture is KEY to studying and learning. I like to skip lines when I write so I have room to write or draw around the key words, people, places, and themes. It also gives me room to write definitions for words or names. (This is where my colored pencils or highlighters come in.)

5. Pull the passage apart, looking for any names, repeated words, phrases, ideas, and places. (Each one gets its own color.)

I will look up the meaning of a name, word etc in a Concordance. I will look for the first time a word is mentioned in Scripture to get a better understanding of its meaning. I will write the meaning and other notes beside the word.

6. Answer key questions when studying the Bible:

Who is the passage written to (Jew, Disciple, the Church/Christians, non-Christians)?
Who wrote it?
When was it written-OT/NT? Before or after Christ’s ascension into Heaven?
Where was it written? (to see if there were any customs or laws that would be common)
Why was it written (Doctrine, Reproof, Correction, Instruction)?
How does this passage apply to my life as a follower of Christ? How does my life need to change because of this passage?

7. Use resources like Bible commentaries by men like John Piper, John MacArthur…available online for you to read or listen to.

8. Put the Word into practice in your daily life.

Jesus said in Luke 11:28, “But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.”

9. HAVE FUN!

These questions can help you as you dive into God’s Word each day. They go beautifully with the SOAP reading plan – you can use them as you respond to your Observation and Application section.

{Click here to download of a printable bookmark you can keep in your Bible as a guide!}

God’s Word is alive.

It is powerful.

It changes lives.

Every time I read a passage, God reveals more to me about WHO He is.

It is a personal love letter written from the lover of my soul – and it is the Great Physicians surgical knife, helping me cut out the cancer of sin in my life. It is a light to our path – leading us daily closer to Christ.

Worshiping With My Life,

Mandy

Women-Of-Worship.com

 

** Chime IN: Do you have a favorite way to study scripture? Or a favorite Bible study tool?  Share it with us in the comment section!

 

Did you miss any of the posts in this series? Here are the links:

Blogging Through the Bible - this new series begins August 31st!

How to Start a Good Morning Girls Group - the forum closes September 7th and will not re-open until 2015!

Blogging Through the Bible Printable Reading Plans & eWorkbooks  - everything is free here – no enrollment, sign-ups or subscribing  required!

Welcome Home Good Morning Girls!

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“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?  And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Welcome Home Good Morning Girls!

We are about to begin a new series titled: Blogging Through the Bible.

For those who were a part of the old GMG, you may notice there are a few changes as we begin.

No enrollment.

No requirement to subscribe.

No hoops.

No hurdles.

Just come and join in as you can. If you would like to do this alone and at your own pace that is fine.  I will be your accountability partner here at the blog. Just come visit me a few times a week – I’ll be here for you.

What is Good Morning Girls?

“Good Morning Girls” is a title for a group of women who use email, Facebook, Twitter or text messaging to keep each other accountable for their quiet times.

Do Good Morning Girls groups have to follow your reading plans?

No, you may have an accountability group that is named “Good Morning Girls” but be in a group Bible study at your church, you may be following another on-line Bible study or each be doing your devotions in different books of the Bible.  You do not have to all be studying the same passage but you do have to want to share openly what God is teaching you, pray for one another and support each other on an on-going basis.

How to Start a Good Morning Girls accountability group.

1.)  Invite some of your friends to join you.  Pray about who from your church, Bible study group, family, neighborhood or workplace would be a good fit.

2.) Groups that are smaller generally work better – 5-12 is a good number especially for email and text messaging groups. Facebook groups can go quite a bit larger and still work.

Not sure who to invite?

WLW Forum a place to connect

Visit the forum here at Women Living Well (go to the bottom of the forum) and find a group to join.  Groups are forming based on interests like military wives, international women, homeschool moms, working moms and more.  This forum will close on September 7th and not re-open until January.

Are you a leader of a GMG group?

GMG Leadership Team

There’s a GMG Leadership Facebook Group created just for you! This group is a place where group leaders can come together with ideas, questions, concerns and gather graphics for their group studies.  This is a closed group.  Go here and request to join in.

How do we notify you and let you know that our group exists?

I am not tracking the numbers. This ministry is not about numbers but about depth. But I do want to welcome you as your groups begin.  So on the first Sunday of each month, I will ask those who are committed to that months’ reading plan to comment in the comment section. I will also ask for those who are not using the GMG reading plan but do have a GMG group, to share what their group is studying that month. I’d love to hear what you all are doing!!!

Are you a blogger who would like to join me on this journey?

If you have a blog and plan to blog your way through the Bible with me, I will have a link-up on Fridays for you.  Simply post your post anytime during the week and then come here on Fridays sand share it with all of us!  You are welcome to use all of the GMG graphics on your blog.

How are you doing all of this alone?

Here at Women Living Well, I have never had an assistant or helper.  When you see me pop up on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, or comments here at the blog – that is me.  All of the things I do under the “Women Living Well” name will continue to be 100% me.

But at Good Morning Girls, we had many teams and women who worked under the GMG name.

I have a team of 4 that will be helping me.  When they answer your questions here, on Facebook or serve at the forum they will always be answering as themselves.  They will never answer under my profile.

These are the lovely ladies who have generously offered up their time and talents to serve the GMGs:

The GMG Team

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

I praise God for these women who quickly came to my aid and have gotten this ministry back on its feet.

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In closing, let me share with you a passage of scripture that God has impressed on me recently.

It’s so important that you know –  I know – I am broken.  I am flawed.  I’m just a girl.  A girl on this journey with you.  I might fall down along the way – but I’m committed to getting back up. I might need a break for a week or two, but I’ll be back.  I might say something that is not quite accurate and you might need to help me see my flaw – iron sharpening iron (Proverbs 27:17).  I have not arrived – I am growing right along side of you.  I desperately need Jesus every hour.  So thank you in advance for your patience and grace.  It is my humble honor to serve you in this way as we walk with the king.

I Corinthians 3:5-23 says:

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephasc or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.” (esv)

Welcome home Good Morning Girls. I’m so glad you are here.

Let’s Walk with the King,

Courtney

 

Blogging Through the Bible

 

Blogging through the Bible

 

Last week I shared my plan to begin blogging through the Bible – one chapter a day – 7 chapters a week – 31 chapters a month – 365 chapters a year until we have completed 1,189 chapters –the entire Bible.

This will take a few years to complete and I am sure I will need a break here and there during these next few years that will slow us down. But I am committed to working our way through the Old Testament and the New Testament until we have completed it all.

We will not start on page one of the Bible and read straight through. That is a very hard way to the read the Bible.  Instead I will mix in a reading in the Old Testament – then a reading in the New Testament. Then a reading in the Old Testament then a reading in the New Testament.

Some books are short and we will fly through them – so we may do a few New Testament books in a row, other books are very long and they will take 2 months to complete.

Some seasons of life are busy and you will not be able to join us, no worries. All of these posts will be archived for you to go back and complete at your own convenience.

The Schedule:

Sundays – I will post a monthly reading plan at the beginning of every month.  I will also post a weekly reading plan every Sunday morning so you can begin your reading for the week.

Wednesdays – I will write a mid-week devotional that correlates with the reading plan for the week.  I am hoping for discussion in the comments where you share what you are learning as well.

Fridays – I will post a 1-3 minute video about that week’s reading, to wrap-up the week.

So you may be asking:

Are you still going to do your typical September Marriage Series and Making Your Home a Haven Series?

I’m so glad you asked! ;)

Mondays are reserved here at Women Living Well for my typical writing on marriage and family.  I have a Marriage Series planned for September and we will do our annual “Making Your Home a Haven Series” in October.

Will you still be posting recipes?

Yes, on Thursdays!

How do I enroll for the monthly Bible Reading?

There will be no enrollment.

On the first Sunday of each month, I will ask those who are committed to that months’ reading plan to comment in the comment section. This is a month by month commitment. I hope this frees you to join a women’s study in your church or elsewhere on-line for a session and then when it ends – maybe join us here during your breaks.  Or if you have no other studies – join me on this journey every single month.

Do you have a schedule of what is to come so we can plan?

Yes – this is the tentative schedule for the next 7 months (subject to change):

September – Esther, I & II Peter, I, II, III John, Jude and Psalm 1 & 2

October - Galatians, Genesis (ch.1-25)

November – Genesis (ch.26-50) Psalms 3–7

December – Matthew, Psalms 8-11

January – Proverbs

February – Exodus (ch.1-28)

March – Exodus (ch.29-40), unsure

This past summer I began this reading plan pictured below.  The title of it is humorous: “Read through the Bible Program for Shirkers and Slackers”.  I like this plan because it does not have dates or time frames on it.  This helps someone like me who feels a tinge of guilt when I don’t successfully check off the boxes in just ONE year.


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I dug through my drawer looking for one of my completed reading plans and the only one I could find was my husband’s.  You will see below that his reading plan was setup to be completed in one year, but according to the dates he recorded, it took him 2 years to complete.

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I plan to create a special reading plan with all the books of the Bible and chapter numbers listed for all of us to use.  It will not have months, dates or time frames.  My hope is that we do not feel condemnation when we miss a day…or week…or month but that we would get up and keep on going.

Please remember that checked off boxes do not earn the favor of Jesus. We are already declared righteous because of his sacrifice on the cross. This is an endeavor to know God more richly, to grow in righteousness, walk with the King daily and to be women living well.

Printable reading plans will be posted here within the next 2 weeks. ;)

What about Good Morning Girls Accountability Groups?

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All of the details explaining Good Morning Girls and how to find a group or form one >>>> is here!

Within the next 2 weeks, I will also be posting extra Bible study methods including an explanation of the signature GMG method of Bible Study called the S.O.A.P. method.

I look forward to Blogging Through the Bible with you, starting Sunday, August 31st.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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