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A sneak peek into my week….

The past few weeks I’ve been preparing for a change for my family…we are going to do school different this year. Because of my husband’s random days/nights/weekends work schedule, we decided to enroll our daughters in a private/homeschool program this school year hoping we’ll be able to have more family time together. Now my girls will attend school two days a week at a private Christian school and then the other three days, I’ll be homeschooling them.

We just completed our first week and I have to say…..we LOVED it.

Here’s a sneak peek into my world…..I hope you enjoy!

  •  The weekend before school started many of the families from the school attended a “meet-n-greet” family camp get together. Here my husband and two oldest girls prepared to go on a zip line……Note: I would NEVER have done this at their age!!! They are much braver than me!!!


 

 

  • First day of school…..stuck in traffic…..better take a few pictures while we’re waiting!

  • We also celebrated my husband’s and youngest daughter’s birthday this week! Nothing like having family over to celebrate!

  • In the evenings I’ve been working on this…..

Grab a few friends and join us this fall…..we’d love to have you.

To find out more about the upcoming Colossians Bible Study, click here.

Here are the steps to be part of the Fall study for Colossians:

1. Find a group (your own or use the message board) or you can study by yourself.    http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/about/

2. Sign up. We want to know who will be doing the study.http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/gmg-sign-up-form/

3. Subscribe to the blog. All the materials you will need will be attached to the emails. You also will get every lesson blog post directly to your inbox. When there is a blog post, you will get an email. http://feeds.feedburner.com/GoodMorningGirls

4. Study begins September 17!!

  • Tomorrow I’ll share some pictures of my homeschool room that I’ve been working on the last few weeks….it’s still a work in progress but my girls and I had a blast in it this past week. Here’s one picture. If you love Ikea you’ll recognize the light and table! Love that store!

 

Until tomorrow…

Love God Greatly!

For my blog subscribers, you’ll find the fall Colossians documents RIGHT HERE in your email or reader feed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

{for blog subscribers} Colossians documents……where they’re located in your email!

For those who subscribe to the GMG blog posts……every GMG email you receive you’ll be able to download the Colossians documents. Look at the bottom of the post and you’ll see these 3 links.

Here’s a screen shot for you to see what it looks like.

Here are the steps to be part of the Fall study for Colossians:

1. Find a group (your own or use the message board) or you can study by yourself. http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/about/

2. Sign up. We want to know who will be doing the study. http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/gmg-sign-up-form/

3. Subscribe to the blog. All the materials you will need will be attached to the emails. You also will get every lesson blog post directly to your inbox. http://feeds.feedburner.com/GoodMorningGirls

4. Study begins September 17!!

The Need for Community {Plus Colossians Documents now ready to download!}

 

The popularity of Facebook shows our desperate desire for community. As women we are created with the longing to connect, to connect with our Lord and to connect with those around us. We are made for relationships.

The problem occurs with the busyness of our everyday lives. The demands of raising our precious children, taking care of our homes, and being a helpmate to our husbands. As we strive to serve and meet the needs of others, we can find ourselves depleted and lonely. If we’re not careful, we begin to neglect our time with other women and especially our time with God…..the very relationship we so desperately need as moms.

God has designed us for relationships, for community……not as lone rangers out in the wilderness without any support or encouragement.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

What is GMG?

“Good Morning Girls” are a group of Christian women who use email, Facebook, Twitter or text messaging to keep each other accountable for their quiet times. It’s a tech accountability group.

Monday-Friday you email, FB, tweet or text your friends and say “Good Morning” and share with your group what you read and learned through your time in God’s Word. Proverbs 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another.” You share with your group how God spoke to your heart that day.

We have 3 3 months sessions a year and provide an online bible study to guide you in your quiet times. We also provide blog posts M-W-F all pertaining to what we are studying to help you dig deeper into God’s Word. On Monday’s we provide a list of additional resources that you can use during the week to help you dig deeper into God’s Word. Good Morning Girls can be as basic or in depth as YOU need. We normally only read 2-3 verses a day, but by the end of the session you will have read and written out an entire book of the bible! Our fall session starts September 17th.

What is the purpose of GMG?

The purpose of GoodMorningGirls is to encourage women to get into God’s Word. God is passionate about His Word reaching “To the ends of the earth” and he’s passionate about His daughters getting to know Him better and deepening THEIR relationship with him…..no longer feeling alone.

“I have always said that a woman alone in her own home with her own limited self, sinful children and a house that is subject to falling apart, is a target for Satan. Joining hands with other women, having a prayer partner, starting a small group, is a defense against vulnerability.”- Sally Clarkson

GoodMoringGirls is about grabbing your friends or making new friends and coming together in God’s Word. GMG is about developing a closer walk with our Lord so He can change us from the inside out and help us be the best mom, wife, sister, daughter and friend that we can be.

What are others saying about Good Morning Girls?

GMG has been a great tool in the last year not only to help keep me accountable in reading and applying God’s Word but also to get to know some of the ladies from my church in a deeper and more meaningful way.- Jenna

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GMG has been great for me. I have met some amazing women and even though we are an online group I feel like I’ve really gotten to know them and learn so much from them. I have noticed a difference in my days when I start with GMG. It has been tough to always start my day with God but with GMG it has been easier to commit to.- Emily

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GMG has given me the opportunity to grow while being unable to attend bible study at my church. It has encouraged me with all the comments from other moms.- Elizabeth

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Good morning Girls has been a God sent to me. Having children and not being able to leave the house much in the past it had been a very sad and lonely and depressing time for me. Good morning Girls has given me the chance to pull together and this time around help host for the first time online fellowship. It has given me adult communication and structure with Gods words. It has helped me run/ teach/ guide my home, family and relationship with my husbands in ways I never expected. My whole life has changed to the good and I am finally beginning to smile once more and not feel so isolated to the world that is so different in opinions than mine.- Kimberly

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To learn more about Good Morning Girls, click here.

To sign up for Good Morning Girls, click here.

To receive the FREE Colossians Bible Study documents, click here and subscribe to GMG today!

If you’re already a subscriber, look at the bottom of this email or RSS feed to download the following items:

1. {GMG} Colossians SOAP Bookmark
2. {GMG} Colossians Study Guide

What questions do you have for me concerning GMG sign-ups? I’d LOVE to answer them for YOU!

Love God Greatly!

 

 

Reflecting on the Proverbs 31 Woman

Me and my future "Proverbs 31" girls

Do you ever come to the end of a study and feel like you should be showing a lot of improvement by now?  I know I get frustrated with myself sometimes when the change I want  is so slow. At this point I feel like I should have planted a vegetable garden, be a wiz with my sewing machine, only serve healthy homemade meals, have half of the Bible memorized, volunteer at a soup kitchen, have super obedient children and look awesome for my husband when he walks in the door after work.  It is easy to read Proverbs 31, get excited about wanting to become this seemingly perfect kind of woman, and then plummet into despair because the change we see is slow in coming.

Here are a few things that I have walked away with from our study.

1. No one who is perfect.

There is no one person alive who has it all together, either outwardly or inwardly.

    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23)

This should actually be a comfort to those who are feeling defeated. The “perfect” woman does not exist. Only Jesus holds that ability.

It means that we should take repentance seriously and beat down any pride that we may feel.

2. As Christians we are changing

    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in
you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
(Philippians 1:6)

Sanctification is usually a slow process by which we are transformed more and more into the image of Christ. While it is the work of God in us it still costs blood, sweat and tears. Christ’s blood and our sweat and tears in the form of hard work (through the power of Jesus) and repentance. If we are faithful we can be assured that God will be faithful as well. And even when we are unfaithful or faithless, he remains ever faithful to us. As time goes by we will be changed.

He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
(1 Thessalonians 5:24)

3. We know what kind of woman God wants us to be.

I am so thankful that God included Proverbs 31 in his word. Here we see the kind of woman we should strive to be. We need to seek out godly character qualities like, generosity, kindness and wisdom. We need to be hard working, uncomplaining and devoted to God. The reason we are to seek out these things is because we see all of these qualities in Jesus. He is our example. Because Christ is in us we have the power to be like him.

4. Our hope before God is not becoming a Proverbs 31 woman.

I know the whole point of our study was to learn how to become a Proverbs 31 woman. The principles we see there we can also find laid out for us in other parts of scripture. Yes, we are to strive to be this godly kind of woman, but Proverbs 31 should not be our hope or where we find our identity. My hope is that Christ is a Savior who rescues women, like me, that don’t measure up. He is a Savior of those who are weak, who are tired, who mess up or who sometimes give up. While we should be eager for our character to be reflective of Proverbs 31, it is not our identity. Our identity is found in Christ, through whom we are the adopted children of God the Father. Therefore, no matter what, we are always loved, always forgiven, always heard, always accepted.

God is always at work in his children and the more we study his word, pray for his guidance and wisdom and work hard through his power we will become more and more like this Proverbs 31 woman and therefore more like Christ.

Looking To Jesus,

My Proverbs 31 Reflection… Dare to be different…


I sat on my ten year old’s bed and felt the heaviness in his heart.  Moms feel every bit of that, you know.  It had hit sooner than I had hoped, and hurt deeper than I could have ever imagined.

Sometimes you just don’t fit in.

He may have known it before then, but the hot tears streaming down his face confirmed that the blow was a good one this time.  His ears stuck out too much, he wasn’t athletic in the least, and that was just the beginning.  Forget his inquisitive mind and compassionate heart.  Those things don’t feel cool when you’re ten.

I waited until just the right time, then I told him the story of when I was his age.  I shared just the highlights: being invited to the birthday party of the year (all of the most popular girls would be there…), me scrounging up all of my spare change to buy the birthday girl the most hideous (but oh so cool at the time!) Pepto-Bismol-pink purse, packing my bag for the overnight bash, only to be uninvited at the exact moment the other eight giggling girls piled into the bus after school to catch a ride to the party.  Oh, I remember it like it was yesterday, and I empathized with my struggling boy.  My advice to him that night?

The world will always tug at us to fit in.  But God has called us to something greater.


I love to read the scriptures out loud.  There’s just something about hearing the Word audibly spoken that helps it sink into my heart.  So for this Proverbs 31 study, I always looked forward to when Courtney or Angela would quote our verses on their Monday videos.  And these words got me every time:

A wife of noble character who can find?” ~ Proverbs 31:10

Only eight short words, but life changing for me.  God really challenged my heart throughout this study in one key area:

Dare to be different than the world.

The world tells us to compromise.  The Word tells us to keep doing right.

The world tells us that we deserve better.  The Word calls us to be faithful.

The world tries to talk us into cutting corners.  The Word speaks of diligence and discipline in our work.

The world tells us to be takers.  The Word talks about satisfaction in giving to others.

The world encourages worry.  The Word speaks of confidence in Christ.

The world elevates physical beauty.  The Word elevates a heart that fears God.

You see, leading a Proverbs 31 life allows for much influence for God.  Getting up early, working hard, being creative and profitable, serving others, etc. should not JUST be in an effort to make life run more smoothly (though it is often a wonderful by-product!).  Instead, when I am committed and efficient in dealing with my family and in other areas of my life, it makes room for even MORE serving, more loving, more generosity, more time to show God’s love to all around me.

The world says “Look to your own interests.”  The Word says, “Point people to Jesus by how you live.”

Sometimes it’s a good thing to not fit in.  Will you dare to be different with me?

At His feet,

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