Welcome to Week 1 in the book of I John!!! We are so delighted that you are here! This week’s reading assignment is I John 1:1-4 (click here if you have not downloaded the e-Study Guide yet). We’ll be taking baby steps this week as you focus on 3 things:
1. Rising early in the morning! This means you might need to go to bed 30 minutes earlier !
2. Getting the method of SOAP down
3. Connecting with your Good Morning Girls group
Here is what my Bible looked like before marking the key words I saw in I John 1:1-4.
Here’s what it looked like after marking the key words in I John 1:1-4. Notice I like to use a yellow triangle for all references to the Godhead (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – 3 in 1). You may want to mark more or less key words. There’s no right or wrong answer to these.
If you have quickly completed the SOAP assignment for the day and still have time left – we recommend that you do commentary work. Commentaries are books, sermons or devotionals that study each verse in its context. Look at how much depth these men of God found in these few short verses!!! Their grasp on scripture simply astounds me. I long to know and live out these truths like these men of God.
Here are 3 on-line commentaries I recommend for the week to go along with this weeks reading:
1. John McArthur ~ Certainties of the Word of Life, Part 1
2. John Piper ~ Eternal Life Has Appeared in Christ
3. Charles Spurgeon ~ I John 1:3,4
The above reading and key word marking is optional! If all you can get done is the SOAP study – then “high 5″ to you for getting into God’s word today! Do not feel pressured to do more!
This is a place of grace – college students, nursing moms, working moms, homeschooling moms, room moms, grandma’s caring for their grandchildren or ailing parents, and women from all walks of life are here! We women are busy and doers! We need this time – but this needs to be a time of peace – NO pressure - do what time allows.
Even when you miss a day of your quiet time, it’s important that you stay connected to your group. It is very easy to lose fellowship if you do not remain committed to your accountability group. Be honest. Say you are struggling – I KNOW they will lift you up in prayer! And Girls – we ALL need more prayer – don’t we?
I’m lifting you all up in prayer this week! I’ll be back here on Wednesday and Friday – so stop back! Now dig in and enjoy!
Walk with the King!
**This Wednesday we will have a link-up for bloggers. If you have a blog, we invite you to write about what you are learning in your quiet time or about your GMG group. You DO NOT have to write about the I John study – we are interested in hearing from everyone about all the studies you are all doing. So please join our link-up party. If you are not a blogger, we invite you to visit other GMG’s blogs and to share here in our comment section what God is teaching you during your morning quiet time.