The 12th Annual Making Your Home a Haven Bible Study

Join me in making our home a haven as we slow down for spiritual growth and sit at Jesus' feet while filling our home with His warmth and joy. #WomenLivingWell #Biblestudy #WomensBibleStudy #makingyourhomeahaven

Welcome to the 12th Annual Making Your Home a Haven Bible Study!  12 years ago, we began this series and never could I have imagined how much it would resonate with so many women around the world!

Our souls desperately need a deeper connection with God.

We need to slow down for spiritual growth.

So many times we try to mask our struggles, pain, confusion or emptiness by keeping busy and distracted, eating food, going on vacations, seeking success or elevating certain relationships. While many of these things are blessings from God, they are not good substitutes FOR God.

This Bible Study is going to help you slow down.

It is going to force you to pause every day and enter into the presence of our Almighty God.

God’s pace is much slower than this world’s pace.

We must slow down to catch up with God.

We must create calm moments in our day because it’s in the unhurried moments, that we can clearly see and hear the voice of God.

To get your journal in time for the start of our study
Order the

Making Your Home a Haven
Bible Study Jour
Slowing Down for Spiritual Growth

This journal is available exclusively on Amazon.

The Study Guide is optional, as I will provide for you the daily Bible Reading Plan and many free resources each week here on the blog. BUT I highly recommend the Study Guide.  It provides space for your daily gratitude list and daily prayer requests, plus a place to keep all of your Bible study reflections/SOAKs and video notes.

If you’d like to purchase a printable-digital copy
(so you have it right away) at half the price
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Let’s take care of our souls by intentionally creating a physical environment, as well as a spiritual environment, in our homes that brings us closer to God.  As a result, we will experience peace and a sense of calmness inside our souls, no matter what we are facing.

  • Each week, I will provide for you a practical challenge of something I do in my home that makes it more of a haven.  I hope you will take the challenges.  They do make a difference!
  • Each weekday, we will pause, give thanks, pray and meditate on God’s Word through SOAKing in the daily scripture reading for the day.
  • Also, you will find 4 videos, one per week (every Monday), that correspond with the scriptures we are studying.

This study begins on Monday, November 1st!

Here’s the Topic Schedule:

Week 1: Slowing Down with Silence and Solitude

Our theme verses for the week will be Psalm 23.

Silence and solitude open the door to communion with God. If we want to grow spiritually we have to love a life of prayer and reading God’s Word. We have to go in deeper with God and commune with him.

Challenge for the Week: Start a daily gratitude list AND go buy an extra-large candle and light a candle everyday in your home.  Each time the glimmer of the candle catches your eye, stop, pray and give thanks.

For God alone my soul waits in silence.
Psalm 62:1

Week 2: Slowing Down to Study God’s Word

Our theme verses for the week will be Psalm 1

There is no short cut for spiritual growth. Connecting with God on a deeper level requires time. We must slow down, be still, listen, pray and commune with the God of the universe.  He is near. 

Challenge for the Week: Keep your candle going and add to it soft music everyday in your home.  Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that helps you focus on the Lord.

His delight is in the law of the Lord
and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:2

Week 3: Slowing Down for Supplication and Prayer

Our theme verses for the week will be Psalm 40.

God is already right there with you – you only need to acknowledge his presence. When we slow down to pray, we grow spiritually and as we grow, our intimacy with God goes deeper. 

Challenge for the Week: Keep your candle burning, the music playing and purchase a small bouquet of flowers for yourself.  Let that bouquet be a daily reminder of God’s love  and presence with you.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
Psalm 40:1

Week 4: Slowing Down to Celebrate

Our theme verses for the week will be Psalm 95.

It is good for our souls to slow down and celebrate the little things. Perhaps celebrating a day’s hard work looks like hot cocoa and marshmallows and a good book or maybe it’s a bubble bath with soft music going, or maybe it’s throwing a bonfire and inviting your friends and family to make s’mores.

Challenge for the Week: Rest is a need not a want.  Rest is not optional and it is a blessing from the Lord.  So, seek out a place of solitude to rest and pray. Get alone with God outside or in your home.  Be still with God and take a much needed bubble bath, nap or still time with the Lord.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Psalm 95:1

Printable Bible Bookmark

Printable Bible Coloring Bookmark

Bible Coloring Chart Bookmark 2

Signature GMG SOAK Bible Study Method

Blog and Social Media Schedule


Mondays –  All of the Free Resources for the week including the printable Verses of the Day, Weekly Challenges AND the video for the week will be posted here. (I will not be posting on Fridays.)


On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the verses of the day along with encouragement for your study will be posted on the Women Living Well Instagram.

Share pictures of your candles, flowers, playlists and favorite places to rest on Instagram by using the hashtags: #MakingYourHomeAHaven and #WomenLivingWell.


On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I’ll be posting the assigned reading of the day at 7:00amEST and an open discussion takes place there. Check it out! It’s wonderful! Go to Good Morning Girls Facebook Page here.

I encourage you to give yourself permission to not have your to-do list all checked off in order for you to slow down and catch up with God.

David writes in Psalm 42:1, 2:

“As the deer pants for streams of water,so my soul pants for you, my God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.When can I go and meet with God?”

I pray that your time spent in God’s Word will bless your soul and quench your thirst and that you will live well, as you drink from the living well, the living words of God.  (John 4:13-14) .

Are you in?  

If you are – it’s time to prepare for the first challenge by going out and purchasing a large candle.  Share in the comments what your favorite scent is!

There are no sign-ups or enrollments.  Don’t forget to invite your friends!  I’ll see you back here on November 1st as we begin!

I can’t wait to take this journey with you!

Walk with the King,


{Special Note to GMG Leaders: If you have room in your group – please leave a link to your group in the comment section – thank you!!!}

This study begins on Monday, November1st!

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  1. My favorites are most of the Fall scents….pumpkin spice, cozy sweater and baking scents!
    I look forward to Making Your Home a Haven each year!

    1. Hi Tam!

      The fall scents are my favorite too! I have a Pumpkin Spice Yankee Candle going right now! 🙂

      I’m so glad you are joining us again!
      Much Love,

  2. My favorite candle scent is Vanilla Bourbon. I am looking forward to this study. I have been disconnected for some time now and am ready to reconnect. Thank you Courtney for being obedient and following your calling by providing us with this resource.


    1. Carla,

      I’m so glad you are reconnecting! Thank you for your encouragement.

      I am looking forward to taking this journey with you!
      Lots of Love,
      Courtney 🙂

  3. I am new and excited for this study and to see how God is going to show up!

    I really love Bath and Bodyworks “Leaves” candle. Will grab one this week! ♡

    1. Hi Sheri,

      Welcome! I’m so glad you are here! I love everything Bath and Body Works – I’ve never smelled the “leaves” candle – I’ll have to check that out the next time I’m there. So glad you are joining us!

      Much Love,

  4. We are in the middle of moving. We have lived in Alaska for the past 24 years, and are finally moving to be closer to both our families. I am excited to do this study from our new home.

    1. Wow Sara – Alaska! That’s amazing! I pray your move goes smoothly and am so glad you’ll be settling in as you take this journey with us.
      Much Love,
      Courtney 🙂

    2. Hi! We lived in AK for two years with the Air Force(Eielson AFB near Fairbanks). We loved it up there! Blessings on your move.

    1. Hi Maria! I just requested to join your group! I have never done these studies. Thank you for allowing me to join you in your group!

    2. Yay! Thank you SO much for leading a group and sharing it here Maria – I appreciate it so much – this will be a blessing to so many. Praying God blesses your time together.

      Much Love,
      Courtney 🙂

    3. Thanks Maria. I sent you a request. I feel I need this so badly right now, truly an answer to prayer. Since my daughter and her 3 children moved in with us, I have found very little time to spend with Jesus. I can’t wait!

  5. I am going to try this!! Everything has been crazy this past year. From first year homeschooling the kids (didn’t go the greatest) and yo my mom passing away a week before my birthday in August. Now trying to deal with depression from my mom passing.

    1. Dear Stacy,

      I’m so sorry for what you have been through this past year and for your loss. I pray this study is a comfort to you. God loves you so much and he is with you. I am glad you are joining us and hope that you are encouraged and blessed during this difficult season.

      Much Love,

  6. I look forward to this every year. This years theme is so perfect. I love smell of pumpkins Jon and fall leaves. I found a new candle for this year that I can’t wait to start burning.

    Can’t wait for November 1st.

  7. I love the fruity scents!
    I just came across this on IG. Courtney, it’s been years since I’ve done one. Yours and my own kids were little! Gosh, it was perfect timing to come across you and I’m so happy you’re still holding these. I still have your book marks in my bible from years ago! Thank you!

    1. I want to do this. I’m hurting and feel so lost. I’ve seen you do these for years but it’s been many years since I’ve participated. You’re an incredible encouragement. I love cinnamon or mint/fir scents this time of year. I can’t wait ♥️

  8. I just discovered White Barn Candle Company’s Spiced Cardamom candle for fall! Just a crazy-good cinnamon/pumpkinny-scent! Bonus: I think they’re on sale at Bath and Body Works right now! I’ve never done one of these studies but am really looking forward to joining in this year! It’s much-needed!

    1. Also I’m really looking forward to joining this study. I’ve been struggling to focus on my quiet time since having my son almost two years ago, it has been very inconsistent and distracted. So I’m excited because this study sounds wonderful ❤️

  9. My favorite candle scent is Autumn Leaves by Yankee Candle! It smells so wonderful and cozy! I’m really looking forward to this study and MAKING time to slow down and get alone with God more!

  10. My favorite scent is any fall scent like apples, leaves, baked scents and some pumpkin. So excited for this study! ❤️

  11. Just ordered the study guide and am looking forward to joining your study. This will be my first time taking part in an on-line Bible study. My favorite candle scents are those that make you hungry when you smell them…lol

  12. My sweet daughter just bought me a Pumpkin Marshmellow large candle…it smells so yummy! When I burn it I think of her and her sweet babygirls…they live 10 hours away!

  13. My favorite is apple pie. I am intrigued by this study and would like to participate. What time do you meet as a group?

  14. Hi Courtney, Is there a difference between the journal and the study guide or are they the same item? I’ve seen both names referenced in the email and want to make sure I wasn’t missing anything!

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