The one question I regularly get near the end of every Bible Study is:
“What book of the Bible are we studying next?”
I always have an answer because I have a schedule. Currently, there is a schedule written out through the end of the year and it includes an in-depth Bible Study that my mother and I are working on – (it is like the Ecclesiastes Bible Study). I was hoping to complete it this summer and have it ready to launch this fall.
But…if you have followed along on the blog over the past year, you know that I have gone through a family crisis, the death of a close friend and I have struggled with how to go on, when sometimes I feel like God is telling me to be quiet.
Over the past 2 months, when I am having my quiet times, I continually hear God speaking to me in His Word through various scriptures, that I need to be more still. I need to be more quiet. I need to stop.
So…that is what I’m going to do.
So then – you may be asking…are you quitting your ministry Courtney?
My answer is no – my heart and dream is to create Bible studies through the entire Bible – cover to cover – chapter by chapter. I believe God gave us 66 Books of the Bible for a reason – to be read and studied. This is my life’s work. But how quickly I get through the Bible – that is not clear to me.
This week, the Good Morning Girls studied Luke chapter 17. Here is the story Luke told:
11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.
15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Jesus healed 10 lepers but they were not healed immediately.
Verse 14 says, “And as they went they were cleansed.”
As they went.
In order for the miracle to happen – they had to start walking in faith.
Their circumstances did not change – even a little – until…they went.
Their faith…made them well.
First, let me say, if there is a walk of faith that God is calling you to go on – friend – go. Walk it. Even if the future is unclear – go!
I have a lot of pain that I have shoved under the rug. I need healing…I want to be well. So I’m going for a walk…with the King…alone. And how much time this will take, I really don’t know.
I love journeying with you all – it’s my greatest honor – but this journey I’m headed out on – I think I’m supposed to do alone – in a private space – out of the public eye and into the prayer closet.
I apologize to leave you all hanging here…but Friends, there are so many amazing Bible Study ministries both on and offline. Please keep going in your study of God’s Word!!!
God’s word is alive and active. You don’t need me to have a vibrant walk with God. All you need is a copy of God’s Word (and please stay plugged into your local churches). You have the Holy Spirit with you and he will guide you into truth and comfort you and walk with you daily.
If you are not sure what to do next – I want to recommend some resources that are available for you.
The Book of 2 Samuel Journal
If you completed our study through 1 Samuel – you may want to study the book of 2 Samuel next. I have created a journal for you that includes the Introduction and Background, the GMG Coloring Chart, Reflection Questions, Verses of the Day and SOAK pages that you can do on your own or in your groups. The 2 Samuel Journal is available exclusively on Amazon —-> HERE.
by Courtney Joseph, Karen Ehman, Lisa Harper,
Chrystal Evans Hurst, Bianca Juarez Olthoff and Margaret Feinberg
Did you know that I was a part of this exciting Zondervan project? No – you probably didn’t because when this launched in January of this year – I was neck deep in my own troubles and did not take any time to even announce this! So this is the perfect time to check this out!
In this twelve-session video Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), some of today’s best-loved authors look at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve women in the Bible and what they mean for you today. You will look at these women’s successes and failures, see how they drew near to God in the midst of trials, and learn how they overcame rejection and disappointment. Their stories will inspire you to persevere through difficult times and find joy in the hope that Jesus has provided.
You’ll study the lives of . . .
- Proverbs 31 Woman: How Not to Do It All
- Deborah: Fight Like a Girl
- Shulamite Woman: We Had God at Hello
- Ruth: Staying Focused in a World of Distractions
- Puah and Shiphrah: How to Fight Your Fears
- Esther: Letting God Be in Control (I do the teaching in this 22 minute video)
- Priscilla: Living a Life of Blessed Ordinary
- Mary and Martha: Finding Life in Death
- Bent Woman: We’ve Got God’s Complete Attention
- Woman with the Issue of Blood: When Persistence Pays Off
- Elizabeth: How to Win the Waiting Game
- Anna: How to Live a Life Devoted to God (I do the teaching in this 22 minute video)
In-depth Bible Study
Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for Living Well
by Courtney Joseph with Bev Wise (aka my mom)
This has been my best-selling Bible Study ever. If you have never done it – the workbook is available exclusively on Amazon BUT you can find all the free resources and the free video series right here on this website to go with it!
FREE Good Morning Girls Resources
for the books of:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy,
Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, Esther,
Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, Acts,
James, 1&2 Peter, 1,2,&3 John, and Jude
Go to the GMG Resources page and click on the links there to find all of the free resources, blog posts and videos for any studies that you have missed.
More FREE Studies Written by the GMG Leadership Team
Next week, we celebrate the death and resurrection of our precious Savior Jesus. I will be here on the blog to finish out our study, through the book of Luke.
Let’s finish strong in God’s Word! We serve a worthy Savior – He loves you so! And so do I!
Keep walking with the King,
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