Blogging Through the Bible Reading Plans & eWorkbooks

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On the first Sunday of every month, I will be posting the monthly reading plan, eWorkbooks and the first of 4 weekly reading plans.

This is what it will look like ( this is September’s plan for all those who would like to prepare for what is about to begin on August 31st.)

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

 

Here are the weekly reading plans I will be posting each Sunday morning in September (printable links to come):

 

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You will notice there are no numbered weeks.  We will not be labeling weeks as — week 1 or week 2.  The reason, we want new readers to be able to join in anytime. We do not want anyone to feel like they have fallen behind and can’t join in or take a break and return.

How to Read Your Bible for this series:

1.) Simply read a chapter a day out of your Bible and pray.

2.) Listen to a chapter a day using the Free YouVersion App.  We do not have a GMG reading plan available at Youversion but you can manually go to the passage of scripture for the day and click the volume button. YouVersion will then read it out loud to you – you can do this in your car, kitchen, while you exercise or as you fall asleep at night.

3.) Use the Short or Long version of the S.O.A.P. method to study the chapter of the day. We have created free downloadable eWorkbooks to guide you through this method (or you may use a journal you already have). Here is how it works.

S- The S stands for Scripture- you physically write out the scripture……you’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and actually write out what you are reading!

O- The O stands for observation- what do you see in the verses that you’re reading. Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you? What do we learn about the character of God?

A- The A stands for Application- this is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?

P- And finally, P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life.

Please note: You can choose to write out as much or as little of the “S”cripture of the day as you like.  I will not be assigning which verses to SOAP.  Choose the one(s) that speak most to you and SOAP them.

Here are the first two eWorkbooks to download and print if you’d like a guide for Esther:

Esther  - Short eWorkbook

Esther – Long eWorkbook

The other workbooks will be available soon.

And finally, here 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.

Click here to print the

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

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This reading plan does not have our schedule on it, as it is subject to change.

All of these reading plans and eWorkbooks will be archived on the Good Morning Girls Resources Page through out the year.  I will also include past links to the devotionals and videos on the Resource Page as well, so they are accessible any time.

Looking for more information about Good Morning Girls and how to start or find a group >>>> go here.

Just 5 days until we begin!!!!!! :)

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**The Resource Page has not been created. I’m working on it and will link to it soon!  Tomorrow there will be more info about different ways to study your Bible!

Coming Soon…A Virtual Marriage Retreat & Messy Beautiful Love

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I am so excited to share with you the “Embrace Your Marriage” Virtual Marriage Retreat! I am partnering up with some of my favorite marriage bloggers every Monday in the month of September, to focus on our marriages! Each week we will include a challenge and links to the other writers so you can virtually visit us all! While we all hold the same Biblical principles, we each have our own unique perspective and life experiences. We pray this will bless you! Join me back here this Monday, September 1st as we begin!

And while we are on the topic of marriage – I must share a marriage book that is about to be released. Messy Beautiful Love Cover

(to view the book trailer – click here)

I had the honor of writing the forward to Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages* by Darlene Schacht (aka the Time Warp Wife). This November, I plan to host a 4 week book club here at Women Living Well using this book. So if you think you want to join this book club – now might be a  great time to purchase it because look at these freebies Darlene is offering!!!!

 

Messy Beautiful Love Freebies

To get all of the details about the freebies >>>go here! Once you’ve pre-ordered Messy Beautiful Love*, send an mail to MessyBeautifulLove@gmail.com with a copy of your receipt and the quantity of books you purchased to receive your freebies!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the GMG reading plans and study guides for the Blogging Through the Bible series! See you back here then!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

*Amazon Affiliate Link

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?

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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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Good Morning Girls Announcement

 

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Update 8/17/2014:

My sincerest apologies for the hurt and confusion that has transpired since 8/15/2014 regarding the GMG website.

The inaccurate LGG “Clarity” email and post from the LGG contributor team about me has been removed from LGG online; therefore I have removed my response to this post.

I sent a proposal with a peaceful resolution to Angela and her husband at 1pm on 8/16/2014.  Unfortunately it was not accepted.  They counter offered a proposal that would include permanently ending the GMG ministry.  Unfortunately, we could not accept that. We have chosen to move on seperately.

I know that many of you have contacted me seeking access to the past GMG studies and content. I unfortunately no longer have access to this information and therefore cannot restore the GMG studies for you but with the help of a reader – some of the old studies have been found here on-line through webarchive.org – woohoo!

My husband and I purchased the domain www.GoodMorningGirls.org over (4) years ago when I started this ministry and we still retain that ownership and it’s legal trademark.

As it has always been, it is just me (and my husband when he is not at work) on the WLW end; so please be patient with us while we work to rebuild the GMG ministry. It will take some time and planning.

I will go on here doing what I’ve always done…and this will soon be over.

Much Love,
Courtney

 

Original Post:

If you are coming over from GoodMorningGirls.org welcome!!!

I woke up this morning to the same surprise that you did! Good Morning Girls has been renamed!!!

My unique challenge with this is, I founded the ministry of Good Morning Girls off-line in 2007, on this blog in 2009 and on its own site in 2010.  I stepped down from writing this past spring and shortly after the administrator changed my passwords eliminating my access to the content.

Now the content has all been moved without my permission to a new site! WOW!

I am the owner of the website so the Good Morning Girls ministry will go on.

The Ministry of Good Morning Girls will go on here starting with the book of Esther…more details coming soon – but here’s a sneak peek at what I have planned for the future.

Have you ever read through the Bible from cover to cover?

The Bible has been read out loud and recorded. It takes a total of 70 hours and 40 minutes to listen to the entire Bible. If you do the math and divide that number by 365 days you get 12 minutes a day. 12 minutes a day! That’s it. In just 12 minutes a day, we could read or listen to the entire Bible cover to cover -

every.
single.
year.

Now for some of us, this is not doable because when we read scripture we aren’t trying to speed read it but rather we want to meditate on it and let it soak in. Others of us are in Bible study groups where we are doing an in-depth study of God’s word book by book.  We may never make it through the entire Bible.

So I am not proposing we read through the Bible in a year.  That’s just setting some of us up for failure.

Instead, I want to invite you to read just one chapter a day from God’s word with me – that’s more like 5 minutes of reading a day.

There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 chapters in the New Testament. This gives a total of 1,189 chapters.

If we read one chapter a day – it will take me 3 1/2 years to blog through the entire Bible.

This is my goal as the writer here–and I hope you will join me.  This will take some steady endurance for me to complete.  All I ask of you, my reader, is that you take it month by month (or day by day and week by week).

In our fast paced society that may feel like a crazy long time to stick to this…but grace.  Do what you can. You can join me for a month or two. Take a break and start back whenever you can.  I’ll just be here plugging away for those who want to join me.

Let’s just do what we can because this is not an endeavor to earn Jesus’ favor. 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.

I will be here keeping you accountable every step of the way. Some will fall off the band wagon early – just hop back on whenever you can. Others will join us midway.  I’ll archive my old posts and make them really easy for those who join us in the middle to go back at the end and complete the loop.  I’ll also have a check-list for those who want to mark off which books they have completed and which ones they want to go back and complete.

How will we do this together?

First, I’ll provide a weekly reading plan every Sunday starting Sunday, August 31st and post it here and on my social media (at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest).

Then on Wednesdays, (mid-week) I will check in with you all here on the blog with a devotional that goes along side this week’s reading.

Then on Fridays, I will have a wrap up for the week post with extra resources and other interesting things – perhaps a video or two. ;)

Does this mean that the blog – Women Living Well is changing?

No – this is in addition to my typical weekly posts. I will continue to have a Monday series focused on Marriage, Parenting or Homemaking and I will continue to post one recipe a week.

What do I need to participate?

Your Bible (I’ll be using the ESV version)

Optional: a journal and pen to write out your reflections and prayers.

Do you have a certain method for reading through each chapter?

Yes and No.

Reading God’s word does not need to be hard and complex.  If time is short – simply read your chapter for each day and pray. Let God speak to you through your reading of His word and then you speak to God about what you have read, your confessions and requests.

Optional extra method:

SOAP out your daily reading in your journal:

S- The S stands for Scripture- you physically write out the scripture……you’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and actually write out what you are reading!

O- The O stands for observation- what do you see in the verses that you’re reading. Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?

A- The A stands for Application- this is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?

P- And finally, P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life.

Should I do this alone? Or ask a friend? 

You can do this alone, alongside your husband, your children or with friends from church, college, your homeschool group, or work.

If you have been around this ministry at Women Living Well long or you have a copy of my book – then you know that I am the founder of the accountability ministry named Good Morning Girls.

Having friends to keep us accountable in our quiet times is such a blessing and sometimes we just need the structure in place to have the courage to ask our friends.

What is Good Morning Girls?

Good Morning Girls Group is a group of women who love Jesus and love their sisters in Christ. The main goal is to keep each other accountable in their daily quiet time with God.

After you have your quiet time, each morning you email (text or Facebook) the group just to say – “I read xyz in my quiet time today.” The first person to email for the day begins the “thread”, then everyone else responds through out the day to say what they learned during their quiet time.  Remember grace, not everyone will be able to check in every single day.

I am already a “Good Morning Girl” – how is this different?

I am passionate about women being in the word and the concept of accountability.

When I created the original vision of Good Morning Girls, it was meant to be primarily an accountability group.  So a Good Morning Girls group does not have to all be reading the same passage. I know of many groups (including my own) with members who are each using different resources for their quiet times. Some are doing Kay Arthur or Beth Moore studies, some are doing topical studies and others are using “Read through the Bible” reading plans.

After 2 decades of leading Bible studies, one thing I have learned, that is universal, is that we all struggle to remain disciplined in our spiritual walk with God. So if you need accountability, ask a friend to join you and create a  “Good Morning Girls” group.

Not the morning type – then create a “Good Night Girls” group. Before your head hits the pillow, send your group a quick email sharing what you read in scripture that day and then say “Good Night”.

Grace. ;)

Do I have to enroll or sign-up?

Nope.  On the first Sunday of each month, I will post that month’s reading plan and that week’s reading plan on WomenLivingWell.org.  All I ask is that you comment to let me know if you are joining me for that month! ;)

I’d love to encourage you along this journey. If you are not already subscribed to Women Living Well – simply enter your email address on the sidebar to subscribe. Then all of my posts will come directly to your email inbox.

Join me as we drink from the Living Well.

Jesus said, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 14:4

Walk with the King!

Courtney

**More details coming this Monday!