As for the saints in the land,
they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.
Do you delight in the fellowship of saints?
The Psalmist writes in Psalm 16:3, his delight is in the saints.
Have you been some place talking to someone new – perhaps at one of your children’s events, at work, in the grocery store, or in an airport and you realize the person you are speaking with is a believer? Immediately a wall comes down and there is a connection. The Holy Spirit does that. He knits our hearts together because we are family! It’s beautiful!
I have experienced some incredible moments with believers on missions trips, in Bible studies, on women’s retreats, at conferences and inside my very own Good Morning Girls group.
Good Morning Girls groups are a soft place to land. In the midst of a world that doesn’t understand our faith or who keeps conversations at surface level, GMG groups go deeper and share spiritual insight. We are connecting, encouraging, inspiring, holding accountable and praying for each other.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Here are 6 Benefits of an On-line Bible Study Group
1.) It’s daily rather than weekly.
We all lack motivation or discipline at times. The daily accountability and encouragement keeps me going on days when I want to quit.
2.) It’s free and simple.
The Bible Reading Plans are posted every Sunday here at the blog and all you need is your Bible. If you want to do more – then I have a method I have created (a new improved one is coming in the new year) to help you pull more out of the passage.
3.) You experience fellowship with other believers who are as excited about God’s word as you are.
It’s not easy to find other women who share a love for God, his Word and his people. But at GMG that’s what we are all about.
4.) You can connect with women in your home town or create groups with friends from all across the country and globe!
There is so much flexibility! The power of technology to connect is amazing.
5.) You get to wear your pajamas when you attend the group!
6.) Everyone provides their own coffee and snack. 😉
Is it real though you ask?
Can people really connect, get to know each other and enjoy fellowship this way?
I know that many people prefer real life interaction over on-line ones. But since I’ve been called to an on-line ministry, I have such a different view of this.
First let me say, I love my real life Christian friends. I need my real life Christian friends and being a part of a real life community is necessary to the growth of every believer. We are commanded to be a part of a real life church and fellowship with the saints.
“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24,25
But we all struggle in our walk with God and any help we can find through out the week, when we are not in church, is a good thing.
God has connected with us through His written Word. Much of the New Testament is made up of written letters from believers to believers. Written words are real – they have power – they connect.
The women behind their computers and cell phones are real women and their written words on the screen connect. I can attest to this. I have made many friendships with other Christian bloggers who were just words on a screen and then one day we met and we were kindred spirits at “hello”. It’s real. And those friendships went from screen friends to real life phone calls, flowers, and fellowship.
This is what makes Good Morning Girls so special.
If you are looking for an on-line Bible study – there are many to choose from. But one of the special things about GMG is we take the study one step deeper by encouraging accountability and fellowship within groups, with other believers!
As you pray about the new year and your walk with God, I want to encourage you to pray about leading or joining a GMG group.
If you do not feel equipped to be a leader, we have a Leadership Facebook Page that will re-open in the new year. There you can connect with my leadership team and ask questions and find encouragement. We are here for you.
I also plan to write every Wednesday a series for GMG Leaders here at the blog. So lots of support is coming your way!
You can create your own group by inviting church, work, college or neighborhood friends to join you. Or if you do not have anyone to invite – the GMG Forum will open on Monday, December 29th here at the blog. There you can join a group of women from on-line who are like-minded!
So many new things are coming in the new year here at GMG – to support your walk with God. This only scratches the surface of what we have planned for you!
But for now – whether it’s in real life or on-line, let me encourage you to pursue Psalm 16:3, the delight of being in fellowship with the saints.
Are you in a GMG group? Tell us about it. Have you experienced the benefits? Do you have any you would add?
Walk with the King,
BLOGGERS: Are you blogging through the Bible with us or have you written a devotional based on your own quiet times this week? Link back to GoodMorningGirls.org or put this graphic in your post and then link up below – we’d love to come visit you!