A Message for GMG Leaders & This Week’s Reading Plan {10.5.14}

GMG Leaders – thank you so much for taking the initiative and leading a group!  I appreciate you.

We have a Facebook Page for leaders but it is now closed.  It will re-open at the end of the year – please look for that if you are a leader and didn’t get in this session.

I posted this video for the leaders in our Facebook group this weekend and thought I would post it here for you as well.  It addresses some of the changes coming.

(if you cannot see this video – click here)

Here is this week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan week 2

If you haven’t printed this month’s reading plan, it’s always available on the side bar of this blog or you can print it -> here.

Every morning I post the entire passage of reading for the day at the Good Morning Girls NEW Public Facebook Page.  A great daily discussion has blossomed there surrounding the passage.  Come join us!

I also post on Instagram using the hashtag #GoodMorningGirls  and on Twitter using the hashtag #GoodMorningGirls.

If you like Pinterest, I have a special Good Morning Girls board -> just follow me there.

See you back here this Wednesday!

Walk with the King,


**If you missed last Friday’s video – you can view it below.


  1. Dear Courtney,

    Thank you for all that you are doing for us. I started a new GMG group in Sept. and have a private facebook group. I have about an average of 20-25 women checking that they are reading and around 5-10 that actually communicate. It is exciting seeing so many of my friends interacting from all over the world that have never met but are encouraging one another in the Lord.I also have women of all ages…very exciting to see what the Lord is doing.

    Feel free to join my group if you want to see what we are doing….just request me as a friend on Facebook….either friend Kelly Garrison Smith or request to be in Good Morning Girls (Kelly Smith) group.

    Thanks again and God Bless You!!!!

  2. Hi Courtney,

    Thank you so much for everything you do and all the encouragement you give to us at Womenlivingwell.org and GMG’s. I’m not a GMG’s leader but I have one little question for you.

    Is it possible to participate in the facebook GMG’s daily bible reading discussion in a closed group setting? By that I mean, is it possible to set my FB privacy settings so that my comments will not be public to all my ‘Facebook friends newsfeeds’ and go only to the GMG’s online Facebook audience? I’m sorry I’m not very FB savvy! So far I’ve been reading along with you all but hesitating to take part in the SOAPS and discussions because I’m unsure if my comments will show up on all my other FB friend’s newsfeeds at random? Could you or anyone else help me/ explain how I set the privacy settings, if what I’m asking for is possible? Thank you so much in advance :-).

  3. Dear Courtney,

    I’m not a group leader but I am a high school teacher and know the physical and emotional effort that goes into the teaching process. I want to THANK YOU so much for all that you invest in us with your ministry. Your ability to remain positive and adapt your plans to the feedback you receive shows how much you care and how competent you are in what you do. (I’m still working on responding graciously to feedback. You’re a good model for me!). Anyway, you are such an encouragement to me and I am so impressed with all that you are doing for us. You’re doing a wonderful job. Keep up the great work!

  4. I’m not a leader, but I am glad to hear that we will be moving to a 5 day a week schedule. I haven’t been commenting lately because I’m always a few days behind. I hate that I am, but there it is.

  5. I’m always a few days behind, like Meghan. I’m glad we’re changing the schedule to 5 days a week. 🙂 Thank you for all that you do, Courtney!!

    I was leading a group under the old GMG format, and couldn’t get people to participate. I saw that it effected my own participation. I’m praying now, to see if it’s time for me to try another group, or not.


  6. Thanks, I think the 5 days will be helpful for a few reasons.

    (1) The weekends are when I notice most our group tends to not get around to posting. I do do my readings and the weekend, and actually study and ponder them. But I don’t always then get around to posting my thoughts to the group until sometimes that Monday. So, I think 5 days will be good.

    (2) A number of the ladies in our group do like to dig and and think on these readings a little more. So a couple of days without an assigned reading will give us time to dig in deeper to anything that stood out to us that week.

    So, great idea. As always, thanks Courtney and the rest of the leadership for your hard work on this.

  7. Oh Courtney, I know I can’t be the lone soldier for what I’m about to share, but I have to honestly say I don’t like going to a 5 day reading plan at ALL. Here’s the thing. It has taken me literally my entire saved life (to this very point, actually) to FINALLY fully commit to daily reading. WHY has it taken me so long? There are many, many ways I could answer that, but when most of the excuses are stripped away, I simply did not make that brief, precious time with God a genuine priority. If I have time to be on Pinterest, Facebook, your site (which I love!), if I have time to nourish my body through prepared meals and/or exercise, time for reading, teaching my children, shopping DVDs,…if I have time for all of these things but not 10 minutes for reading the Word,…ouch. 🙁
    I *really* believe that if we are to switch to a 5 day reading plan, it should be done with the intent of getting through 7 days of reading in 5 days. That way, there would be no expectation of weekend posts, Mondays could be a day of posting one or all of the S.O.A.P. updates from the weekend reading (Fri-Sun).
    My concerns are:
    1) There is a greater likelihood of women dropping out of the “read through the entire bible plan”.
    It would take exponentially longer, on a 5 day plan, to get through all 66 books, as we would lose approximately 8 chapters per month, or 96 chapters per year.
    2) I now believe, based on my own experience, that we should raise the bar high where God’s word is concerned (because the STAKES are high) and purpose to reach for it with all we have.

    I am so thankful for your vision for GMG, and for your leadership. No matter what is decided, I fully intend to continue on the current 7 day reading plan, as I *love* that I have finally (finally!!!) formed the much needed habit of finding those few minutes each day to be in God’s word, not only for myself but WITH my family. If/when the change is made, I will have to backtrack and post to where the rest of my group is, regarding the 5 day plan (and I can do that, really; fairly practical). But I really would like to see us moving forward at the pace of a chapter per day. No matter what is to come, however, I am in it for the long haul. I love GMG/WLW, and I thank God for you and your ministry.
    p.s. In 1789 in New York….(just to put a little song in your head, lol)

    1. I think you are right. I struggle with doing bible studies on the weekends, but it should be a priority every single day.

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