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Luke 9: Small Gifts, Full Bellies & a {Giveaway}

Week 1A

Hi and welcome to Good Morning Girls! We are so glad you’re joining us!

The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is one of my personal favorites. I love how God uses a boy in the midst of 5,000 men, to perform a miracle. Did you ever think about that before? The Bible records there were over 5,000 men (not to mention women and children) at this gathering….but none of the men offer Jesus anything except hungry bellies. Yet in John 6:1-15 we see it is the faith of a child, a boy, who offers all that he had to Jesus.

I love Jesus’s response to this small donation given in faith…He accepts it, takes it, uses it.

Jesus doesn’t laugh at the boy and his small offering. He doesn’t make the boy “clean himself up” before coming to Him and offering his food. Jesus doesn’t question the boy and ask him what qualifications he has in trying to meet this large need, nor does He criticize the boy and ask him if that is all he has. No, Jesus simply accepts the offer, gives thanks for it and begins using what was given to meet the needs that were before Him.

Have you noticed the miracle happens after Jesus gives thanks for the small meal….before the need is met? The 5 loaves and 2 fish couldn’t even come close to meeting the need of these people, yet Jesus gives thanks anyway.

You see, Jesus knows something many of us don’t…there is power in a thankful heart.

I love how the boy gave all that he could give and then left the miracle up to God.

What has God given you to help feed the body of Christ?

Is it talents, money, time or compassion?

Remember, you don’t have to fulfill the whole need…..just give your portion. Give what you already have. Jesus didn’t ask the boy for more food….Jesus used what the boy gave.

GMG is a lot like this story. All the women who make up this amazing ministry do so out of their love for God. We are ALL volunteers. Many of us are moms with children still at home. Our time is valuable to us. And I’m sure if you asked us, we don’t always feel like we have “a lot” of it to give….just “5 loaves and 2 fish”….but we give anyway. We lead our GMG groups with the “extra” time we have. We love on the 5-25 women in our groups. We encourage them, pray for them and help them get into God’s Word….each day. To us it might not seem like a lot, but I can testify to the fact that God is taking our gifts and multiplying them to reach thousands of women around the world!

I think of our translators, many of them are moms with small children at home, yet they have a passion for God’s Word and for their fellow sisters in their countries and so they sacrifice their evenings to translate our documents for us. Small gifts and sacrifices yet when placed in the hands of God, are used to “feed thousands.”

Let me encourage you today to be like this boy, to give Jesus the talents, the gifts, the time, the compassion that He has given you…..even if you don’t feel like its very much, give it to Him anyway and leave the miracle in His hands.

And remember, you don’t have to “it all together” before God can start using you.

We have generations behind us who are hungry for God’s Word and in desperate need for women to put their faith into action and live God’s truth out in flesh and blood, giving them something they can see and model. They need someone to lead them. Are you up for the challenge?

Week 1 Challenge:

Like the boy in Luke 9, what can you give to Jesus this week? It doesn’t have to be big….just a gift given in faith. Maybe its time spent with a hurting friend, a quick meal to a new mom, or a note of encouragement to a struggling child. Pray and ask God to help you see how you can help those in your life this week.

Week 1 Memory Verse:



Special Giveaway!

book-coverOur newest GMG contributor, Tricia Goyer, is giving away 5 copies of her new book: Lead Your Family Like Jesus to GMG readers! Woohoo! Thanks Tricia!

To enter to win 1 of 5 copies Tricia is giving away – leave a comment in the comment section.

For bonus entries share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and then leave an extra comment letting me know where you shared it! 

This giveaway ends Sunday, March 31st at 11pm!

Tricia Goyer is Focus on the Family w/ her co-authors March 25 & 26 talking about LEAD YOUR FAMILY LIKE JESUS! Those days you can get a FREE copy of the book with any gift to FOF. The button for this special will be on the radio page those days. Here is the direct link: http://tinyurl.com/byaqq3q

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  1. Tricia Theirl says:

    It’s so hard yet so important to remember that it isn’t about us. It’s completely about Him. We need to depend on Him for creating the means to sustain us. Not the other way around!

  2. would love to win the book for me and my husband to read. he comes from a ministry background (bible college) and we have been out of service for awhile bc of a bad experienec. would love to be abl e to show our kids how to live a life after God. perhaps reading this book will give us a place to begin!

  3. Tricia Theirl says:

    Shared on Facebook!

  4. Tricia Theirl says:

    Shared on twitter!

  5. Tricia Theirl says:

    Shared on Pinterest!

  6. He accepted what little the boy had and gave Thanks for it. I love that!

  7. Shared on facebook!

  8. I love this post about giving Jesus all I have, and wait and see what He will do with it, how He will make the insignificant into something amazing that can go beyond me and bless others.

  9. DivineFollowers says:

    I would love to win the book

  10. DivineFollowers says:

    shared on Facebook

  11. Heather C says:

    Remembering that Jesus can work with any and everything I give him is encouraging. Sometimes it is easy to feel like I can’t possibly be used by God because I have so little to offer. Thank you for the reminder that He can use anything I have to give.

  12. Adrienne Smith says:

    Thank you for all of the hard work and prayer that you’ve put into this study. I have shared this post on Facebook and Pinterest.

  13. Jesus never thought about himself, if only I could be like that. We sang a song to our kids growing up about JOY means Jesus first, yourself last, & others in between, how true! Have a blessed day!

  14. Nikki brewer says:

    All I can think this morning is LET GO and LET GOD
    that is so hard to do sometimes but worth it.
    Love the book giveaway!! Thank you!!

  15. GrowingP31Woman says:

    What a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity! May God bless the giver and the receiver!

  16. Kelli Rootes says:

    Would love a chance to win! Thanks

  17. Michelle Kirkbride says:

    Thanks for all you gals do! These Bible Studies help me stay in the WORD. What may seem like a small offering to you is big stuff for alot of us! Thanks! I teach small groups in my church and know that alot of work goes into what you gals do. Thanks!

  18. Suzanne G. says:

    Thank you GMG for wonderful studies! Our group (now 18:) is excited to be back this session and eager to dig in to The Word.

  19. Suzanne G. says:

    Shared on Pinterest and FB :)

  20. Angel Brechbill says:

    Wow – one more way that God meets you right where you are. What an amazing God we serve!

  21. Kimberly Ledford says:

    I shared on Pinterest and Facebook!

  22. Love your Bible Studies! I have let life interfere in my studies lately. I’m using this study to get me and my son back on track again. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  23. Shared I’m facebook

  24. Shared On facebook

  25. What a great way to start the spring session of GMG!

  26. Oops one should have been twitter :/…I haven’t had my coffee yet

  27. Kathy Harrison says:

    I would love to own this book. I am so excited about this new bible study starting today. I have been going through a tough time and I need this. This has all come together so well and at the right time for me. I thank God cause he is always in season. No matter what he is always on time. Thank You Jesus.

  28. Traci beasley says:

    Shared on fb. So excited and encouraged to begin a new series. God is working in each if us through this.

  29. Excited about study and book!

  30. I am looking forward to reading this book, and i would love to win a copy.

  31. I wonder if I am one that would welcome the disciples or would someone else in my little town welcome the disciples in their home? I want to be more open to how God speaks to me through others in new and challenging ways.

  32. Becky Jo says:

    My husband and I have been talking a lot about how we can make our teaching of Jesus more intentional with our son and another youth we have “adopted”. We have plans to start a family bible study so our son can strengthen his relationship with Jesus and so the youth can build his relationship with Jesus. I feel this book would help me greatly to teach and live this way daily.

  33. Cendrine says:

    I’m really interested in this book, sounds like a good one, count me in!

  34. Terry stephens says:

    I love how we are reminded that we don’t have to take care of the whole need, we just need to do what we can or give what we can (time,talents,etc.). It all works together!

  35. Timpy Ellis says:

    Shared on facebook.

  36. What a privilege it is to lead our families in Christ and to Christ!

  37. Shared on Facebook

  38. Would love to read this book!

  39. “He accepts it, takes it, and uses it…and He give thanks before the need is met.” This was a much needed reminder for me this morning! He is the ultimate multiplier and any and everything I give Him He will take and use to bless abundantly! Mine doesn’t have to be like what someone else is giving. Mine is something only I can give, something that is unique to me, something that is needed. So no matter how big or small, I must give everything I have with praise and thanksgiving in my heart!

    Thank you all for all that you do! It is truly a blessing!


  40. Candice Emery says:

    This is one of my favorite stories. I think sometime we forget that we don’t have to have a lot to serve God and others. We just have to be willing set it forth and with a thankful heart.

  41. Belinda kusibab says:

    About 6 months ago my husband believed it was my faith in Jesus that kept us together which inturn helped him open his own heart to learn about him. Since then he has actively participated in our church and openly talks about it with our children. I would feel so fortunate to win this book because I think it could be a great tool for the two of us and our family.

  42. Rachel Dow says:

    Thank you for this study and this giveaway! What a blessing! God has already spoken to my heart and my need to walk in faith and not by sight in areas He want’s to lead me. Trusting God fully when I can’t see the road before me is the hardest thing for me. Praying that God will continue to change this momma’s heart….

  43. Love to win!

  44. Thank you GMG for this Bible study. I’m looking forward to what the Lord will teach me through this.

  45. liked on Facebook

  46. This is my first GMG study and I love it. I find that often bible studies are focused more on the author of a book or what another person has to say about the bible, instead of directly on God’s Word itself. Thank you for putting our focus directly on God’s Word!

  47. VAlerie Loyola says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I’ve been so blessed by the Living and Leading like Jesus series – this would be a great companion. Blessings!

  48. Please count me in!! Sounds like such a great book! :)

  49. My family is going through some major changes, one of which is learning to live more like Christ. I would love for my husband and I to get a chance to read this book.

  50. Would love to win this book!

  51. Loving God daily is a process for me of really evaluating what I can give to demonstrate that Love-this study is a wonderful way to help me focus on that first thing daily…I so appreciate the gift each of the GMG staff has sacrificed and given out of Love for God and each of us!

  52. Awesome giveaway!

  53. I shared on Facebook.

  54. Shaun nearpass says:

    It is very hard in this day and age to raise a family to live like Jesus. Any tool that shows Godly ways to do this, despite what the world tells you, is a blessing. Thanks for writing!!

  55. Shaun nearpass says:

    Shared on Facebook

  56. I always enjoy reading new books! Sounds like a great, yet challenging read!

  57. Lauren Lemieux says:

    I would love to read the new book by Tricia Goyer! :)

  58. Lauren Lemieux says:

    SHared on Facebook!

  59. Would love a copy of this book.

  60. Enjoyed the last reading plan. Thanks for helping so many stay accountable to Him. Looking forward to this session.

  61. Elisabeth Parker says:

    shared on facebook!

  62. TamMie Boardman says:

    This is so awesome. I am so thirsty to learn and would LOVE to add this book to my library.

  63. What a great giveaway. Thanks!

  64. Would love to read this book!!

  65. Shared on facebook.

  66. Tammie Boardman says:

    Shared on Facebook

  67. With so many distractions in this world, it’s so important to focus on Jesus with your family.

  68. Shared on FB

  69. What an awesome giveaway!! I am so excited to be a part of all of this!! ;)

  70. Shelley Mahurin says:

    I would really ejoy a copy of this book.

  71. Shared on Pinterest

  72. Shelley Mahurin says:

    Shared of Facebook

  73. Good reminders today (both here and at Womenlivingwell) that it’s not about us—it’s what God does THROUGH us!

  74. Shared…..Thank you for your wonderful blog this morning and for all GMG’s does.

  75. Thank you for all your hard work!

  76. I am so excited to be doing a study with you all again!!! God did so much in me last study and opened my eyes to more of Him. Looking forward to learning more about my Savior and applying it to my life!!

  77. These were my thoughts today, too! Thank you for the time and energy you put into these resources!

  78. So excited to start this study this morning.

  79. Wow. Such a great post! This statement really hit me: Remember, you don’t have to fulfill the whole need…..just give your portion. DUH! Thanks for reminding me of this…

  80. It would be so awesome to have this resource for my family. We’re trying to follow God’s direction for our family but neither of us come from a strong Christian foundation, and sometimes it’s hard trying to figure out where to go next. Thank you for the cance to win!!

  81. Shared on Facebook!

  82. Shared on facebook and pintrest

  83. davsamommy says:

    Thank you for all you do! Thankful to have you all. Excited about our study starting today and the giveaway!

  84. I can thank you enough for this post this morning. I know the Lird was speaking through you to me. Thanks again. I would be totally blessed if I won this book. Wait, I’m already Blessed, would live to read this. My husband and I are always open to learning more to lead our 9 Blessings.

  85. Nickole S says:

    What a great resource! It would be awesome to read and donate to your church library for other families to utilize as well!
    Thank you for contributing, Tricia!

  86. shared on facebook and pinterest

  87. Jennifer george says:

    I’d love to read this book and look forward to posts from the newest contributor.

  88. My husband and I would definitely love reading and putting this book into good use!

  89. Would love a copy of the book!

  90. Heather L. Fisher says:

    :) I would be glad to win this book! :) Thank you for the drawing! :) Have a blessed Easter! :)

  91. Christina says:

    Shared on FB! Would love to use this as a book for my husband and I to go through together!

  92. Would love to win a copy!

  93. AWESOME! I had not heard of this book until now! This looks fantastic…thanks for the opportunity to win one!! :-)

  94. Trista Clarke says:

    It is a great reminder to me that it doesn’t matter how much I am able to give. It matters how it is used. God can do anything with any amount and if the heart is behind the gift is in the right place it will be enough. Jesus was an amazing teacher I wish I could have been on earth when he was to watch him in action. God is amazing!!

  95. Trista Clarke says:

    Shared on Facebook!!

  96. Shared on Facebook!

  97. this sounds like great book for those who don’t know where to start a family ddevotional. My hubby tries but he didn’t have a father figure to show him to how to lead the family and he gets frustration or overwhelmed and then stops. If this book is anything like your studies on here this mybe what he needs to lead us.

  98. Janadean Ross says:

    Looking forward to learning more and growing in the Word of Christ.

  99. Rose Mary Brewer says:

    I just love what you said about giving Jesus whatever we have and once it is in His hands, it is up to Him to do the miracle!!! And when we do give it to Him, He will!!! Can’t wait to dig in and see what God has during the next few weeks!

  100. Leigh Anne says:

    I tend to forget that God will use whatever I give…usually end up condemning myself for not having more to give or lying to myself that I don’t even need to give the little bit that I do have…whether it’s money, time, talent, resources, etc…

  101. Trista Cruz says:

    Love this!

  102. Rose Mary Brewer says:

    I just love what you said about giving to Jesus whatever we have and once it is in His hands it is up to Him to do the miracle!!!! Miracles are His specialty! Can’t wait to see what He has in store for us the next few weeks!

  103. Michelle says:

    Shared on Pintrest

  104. Michelle says:

    Shared on Facebook

  105. Thank you for the chance to win!

  106. Brenda S says:

    I’m so thankful to have found GMG for the full study of Luke. It has been the longest study that I have been successful with. I look forward to more growing this session. I’d also love to win a book to learn more about leading my family while my 2 kids are still toddlers. I shared this post on Facebook.

  107. Shared on Facebook

  108. Thank you for taking the time to show us your resources and providing them generously for free. So wise to include our kids in this adventure.

  109. I know that I need to give/do what I can and am capable of and let God take care of the rest. I would love to win this book.

  110. This is my second GMG Bible study. It has made a huge impact in my life. Thank you for all you do! I love the added challenge at the beginning if the week. Excited for this Bible study and the giveaway.

  111. I want to lead my family to Jesus….

  112. I love your Bible Studies!

  113. Sharing on FB. Posting each day’s verses for the study on FB, too. Just posted your awesome tutorial on how to S.O.A.P.! Thank you so much for this amazing study <3

  114. Would love to receive a copy of this!

  115. Another great resource for growing God’s Kingdom! I would be so blessed to receive a copy. = ) Thank you for this opportunity!

  116. Courtney jennings says:

    I would love to win a copy of this! My husband and I are celebrating our first anniversary on Easter Sunday. I think he would love to read this, and so would I!

  117. JAZZYMOM1220 says:

    sounds like a great book!!

  118. JAZZYMOM1220 says:

    shared on facebook

  119. No act of kindness is too small that Jesus can’t make BIG. So glad that I have a savior that can use the things I do to help more than my mind can handle. Love Good Morning Girls.

  120. Angeline says:

    Would love to win this book. We are reteaching “it starts at home” at church and this would be a great addition to what I am currently reading.

  121. Tiffany campbell says:

    Excited to dig in to this study and watch God change me! Thank you for allowing God to use you to reach others! May God bring growth to all of us through this study!

  122. Angeline says:

    Shared on Pinterest

  123. Angeline says:

    Shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Thanks!

  124. Thank you for all you do, than you for this bible study. I shared on twitter and facebook

  125. I always forget that if we just give of ourselves….God can do the rest… It’s really all he wants from us… A willing heart, ready to serve as needed where needed…. Oh that I could remember this.

  126. Cathy yassa says:

    Love this concept for an online study and love the subject matter. JESUS! and how He works thru the weak.
    All things are possible to him who believes. Mark 9:23

  127. This looks like an awesome book. I look forward to reading it!

  128. I would love a copy of this book. We really need to learn more about leading our family better! Thanks!

  129. Shared on Facebook!

  130. I would love to win this book!

  131. Mollie gandy says:

    shared on facebook and tweeted it too! :)

  132. I am having trouble downloading the material. The page does not open when click on it. I have a Mac. Maybe someone can help me?

  133. I would love to win this book. Thank you again for creating this website & the Bible studies. I enjoyed the first Living Like Jesus Bible study.

  134. Thank you. I really needed this today!

  135. Thank you so much for the insight you offer. As a new Christian without beleievers among my friends and family GMG offers so much knowledge and support. It really is invaluable.

  136. Beautiful post this morning. <3

  137. aindreagriffin says:

    I love this morning’s blog. Thank you so much for encouragement and the many ways to help us grow as individuals. God Bless.

  138. Thank you for this giveaway. So excited about this session of GMG.

  139. Christina A. says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to win such a wonderful resource. I am so excited to get into the word with such an encouraging group of women.
    Thanks again and God bless all of you that desire to build each of our relationships with the Lord.

  140. jODI cHASE says:

    I did it. Could really use this book right now after 5 years of marriage my husband moved out last week. I am struggling to keep going. Reading today and knowing miracles still happen I am waiting for one now. thank you for getting my day started on the right foot with Jesus.

  141. Marilyn Lisenbee says:

    I would love to win this book.
    Thank you so much!

  142. As a new mom, I’m challenged and overwhelmed by the verse “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). My son is 4 months old, and my husband and I so desperately want to teach him about God from this very beginning but could use the help and encouragement this book could offer. Looking forward to reading it!

  143. I guess sometimes I think that “my little” is too little to be given, But this showed me that God can use even our smallest gift and make it big!

  144. Jennifer Shaw says:

    Thank you for offering this book give away! I would love to be fortunate to receive one as I am the one in my family who is working and praying for our whole family to come to God and live in his blessings and receive life. I believe this would be a great toll for me and my journey!! Thank you and God bless!

  145. Looks like a wonderful book!

  146. Angie Sisk says:

    What a great book to have to lead my family! Praying for you ladies! Thank you for sharing your time and encouragement

  147. Would love to win this book. What a fabulous resource for families to have in their home. Isn’t that the goal? To lead your family to love Jesus, to know Him? It can be so easy to get distracted by things that aren’t important to the bigger picture, but having your children say they want to tell the world about Jesus…..that brings tears to my eyes and a joy that I can’t possibly put into words. Thank you for the chance to win!

  148. Ashley Griffin says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book! We could always use a little help :]

  149. I would love to win this!!

  150. Emily Henson says:

    Would love to win this book to learn more for my family.

  151. Would love to win!

  152. Shared on Twitter. Thanks for offering this giveaways! For the past couple of days, my hunny and I are going through a tough time (but glad we’re back on track now)… My hubby is a fan of Bible Studies, he will definitely love to have this during our “at home date nights!” :)

  153. Would love to win a copy of this book :)

  154. Shared on FB too!

  155. Tiffany Brown says:

    Would love to win this book :) Thank you for the chance :)

  156. I follow you on twitter!

  157. looks like a great book

  158. Shared on facebook!

  159. So excited to start a new study. I just love them and find the videos to be so encouraging. Truthfully I have let life get in the way of my studies but am looking forward to this one and am hoping to get my preschooler involved. Thanks so much.

  160. deniseguillory says:

    Is there anything more important than leading your family to live according the Word of God? It doesn’t come naturally to our sinful flesh but using the great tools available to us, it is not impossible. Thank you for writing this book and I hope to read it.
    Denise Guilloy

  161. Will have to read this book; as our best example in everything is our Savior, Jesus Christ!

  162. Jobeth Kern says:

    would love to win this book

  163. Thanks for offering this book

  164. Jaime Mcleod says:

    I would also love to win that book but I pray that the person who needs it the most wins. I loved the message today and I can’t wait to share it with my kids when they get home from school as they are doing the study with me this time around. It’s like the saying “good things come in small packages” and God can use every part of our lives for His glory. God bless you all!

  165. Linda Morgan says:

    Thanks for the entry!

  166. Ginger Gnz. says:

    Would love the oppurtunity to read this book!

  167. Linda Morgan says:

    Shared on FaceBook

  168. Linda Morgan says:

    Shared on Twitter

  169. JazandEmalynnmom says:

    I have recently started to read my bible again and am working towards giving myself up to the Lord. My 6 year old asks me everyday for a bible and constantly has questions about God. I would love this book so I can learn how to be about God with her and eventually with my 2 year old. My husband recently has been struggling with addiction, getting ready to deploy for the 3rd time and has turned to the Lord as well. He has never been religious but is looking for help he cannot provide for himself. I think this book would be a great asset to our small family as we start to learn about the all the ways God can help us through our struggles and bless us on all of our good days as well. We are slowly learning to let Him be a part of our life.

  170. Awesome giveaway! Thank you Tricia and GMG crew! So excited for this study starting and hoping I win this book! Woo!!

  171. Rebecca Davis says:

    I have been convicted…God sure didn’t wait to ease me into this study, wake up call on day one! He has been calling me to step out and lead and I have been resisting because I need to finish this or accomplish that first. Jesus sent his disciples out without planning or preparation, they didn’t get to put their affairs in order, they were just told to go and they went. And now I must do the same thing…

  172. So excited to read this book…would love to win a copy ;-)

  173. shared on pinterest…

  174. shared on Facebook….

  175. Crystal L says:

    My 3 sons and I were just reading this story last night before bed – perfect timing for us to utilize the kids resource! Thank you and God bless!

  176. Sounds awesome – what a privilege to have Tricia Goyer as a GMG contributor!

  177. I’ve been doing the Luke studies and my right year old daughter has started to join me each morning. Thank you for these great free bible study guides.

  178. Would love and really need this book for my family right now!

  179. I would love to win this book, especially since I am about to be a new mom!

  180. I would love to win this book! My family needs to come together in Christ.

  181. I shared the giveaway on Facebook and Twitter!

  182. What a wonderful challenge this week!! I love the idea of jesus taking what small piece i can offer and creating something for his glory!!

  183. I am so thankful for GMG studies! They are a huge blessing to me! I would love to win a copy of Lead Your Family Like Jesus!

  184. Shared on pinterest!

  185. Shared on Twitter!

  186. Shared on Pinterest!

  187. Jenny gochnauer says:

    I would love a chance to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  188. I love Kathy Howard’s books. What an awesome topic, flat faith. I have my hands raised. I have flat faith, please enter me for a copy.
    Melissa Waters

  189. Trying every day to live my life like Jesus!

  190. Such a good word for all of us who are feeling inadequate. Thank you for sharing your heart! I loved this.

  191. Cheri Hall says:

    Great giveaway! We would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Thank you so much!

  192. I look forward to reading the book!

    My favorite point from today is that we aren’t responsible for EVERYTHING. We are responsible for our portion, our role, and God is the heavy lifter, the miracle worker. The weight is not ours to bare beyond our availability and willingness to be used by Him, the yoke is carried by Him. I love that reminder.

  193. I shared the link to the book on Facebook!

  194. Your bible studies have made a big difference in my life. They keep me accountable and have strengthened my walk with the Lord through studying His Word. Thank you for what you do.

  195. Victoria Martinez says:

    Shared on Face Book!!

  196. Victoria Martinez says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book!! It would be such a blessing!

  197. Would love to win this!

    Feeding the 5000 is one of my favorite stories, too. It really shows out God can use the ‘least of us’ to do great things.

  198. Would love a copy of this book! Been following GMG for about a year now and what a blessing! Thanks ladies for all you do!

  199. mELISSA R says:

    Leading my family like Jesus is something I strive to do but seemingly fail at often. Being a mom to little ones is trying and I just want to raise them well. I know if I give what I can and give thanks to God, HE will provide and nurture and grow my little one. Thank you for these wonderful GMG studies!

  200. This is so perfect for my life right now — love it! Thank you!

  201. Brandy Oberg says:

    Having just found my way back to God within the past year, I am struggling to learn for myself. Teaching my children is an even greater challenge. This looks like it would certainly be helpful to our household!

  202. Would love to read this book! My husband and I will be starting our family sometime in June with the birth of our first boy. This book would be perfect to start our family out on the right foot.

  203. Rachel B says:

    Looks like a great book!! Thanks for giving it away and sharing it with us!

  204. I’m printing my materials right now. Looking forward to this study. The book sounds great-would like to win :)

  205. I love the point you brought out, Jesus gave thanks for what little amount the boy could give. Makes me think if my own life, to be thankful for even the little stuff we can give or get. Thank you God!

  206. Erin Stecker says:

    I would love the opportunity to win this book. Thank you!

  207. Would love to win this book. I have heard about it and am really interested in reading it.

  208. This giveaway sounds great! Thanks again ladies.

  209. Listened to the program at FOF .. what a great program. Would love to win the book, it will encourage us to be a better models (parents) for our son – the way Jesus wants us to be, not what we ought to be. Thanks for the chance.

  210. I would LOVE to read this book. Shared on facebook:)

  211. Laura Davis says:

    shared on FB – looks like a wonderful book

  212. I am looking forward to this Bible study! I tweeted the giveaway, shared it on Facebook, and am following GMG on Twitter.

  213. I have been so blessed already by GMG. I am very excited about this new Bible study. This has been a great way for me to reach out to other women in my area and help them as they grow in Christ.

  214. This was a great (new) perspective on a passage I have read so many times. I love the thought that Jesus gave thanks, and did not worry about the size of the gift.

  215. Thankful for GMG and this study. What a blessing for so many women!

  216. I love GMG and I would love to win this book!

  217. Good reminder that it isn’t what we have but what God can do with what we have if we let Him.

  218. I shared on FaceBook!!!! :)

  219. Kate Crewse says:

    Wow! First, I am amazed at the amount of comments already! It’s only the first day! Second, thank you for this encouragement to give the little bit that I have and leave the rest up to God. I was just thinking of all the things I wanted to do to be a good wife, mother, and also light to the world and then, of course, thinking that I will never have enough time and energy for all of it. Your comments are so timely and I hope I get the chance to read this book sometime.

  220. Kate Crewse says:

    Oh, I also pinned the giveaway on my pinterest and already liked it on my facebook. :-)

  221. Shonna Mcferrin says:

    Looking forward to start using GMG ! Would love this book to help encourage me to be the Christain, Wife, & Mother God wants me to be!! I also shared on Facebook!

  222. Rebecca hatting says:

    Would love to win!

  223. I love the fact that Jesus blessed the gift, but the disciples were the ones who actually fed the people. Can you see the looks on their faces as they hand out the food and they never get low or run out?

  224. I am so glad that the Lord has led me to GMG and the group of ladies that I will complete our study with. The ladies of GMG are carrying out their calling and I am so blessed by each one of them. I look forward to continuing this journey with each of you and pray that each lady within this study will grow in their spiritual walk with the Lord and lead others to Him. We will be blessed as we learn to give with a cheerful heart.

  225. How empowering to see so many women coming together! Be blessed as we approach the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!!

  226. Michelle m says:

    I think this book would help me to fill in the gaps with my teen daughter, I feel she is not getting all that she needs from Sunday school. I do believe as her parents we must teach her God’s word but I feel a little stuck, she is 14 and it gets hard trying not to go to deep but not too little kid either…I think this book would give us some great family time with God!

  227. Stephanie says:

    Always love a good book!

  228. Really love the concept of this Bible study and giving moms the tools to lead their children to Jesus! Thank you! Would love to study this new book with my husband so we can learn ways to lead our family with Jesus!

  229. HLJourney says:

    I would love a copy of this book, as really this isn’t about me – I’m trying so hard to teach my children & other’s and stumble, God’s Word is the best to use to learn, but another from a Sister in Christ is helpful too! Thanks!
    Hugs, Heather


  231. Christene says:

    I need to learn how to live more like Jesus in my home where stress and exhaustion leads to shortness.

  232. Claire h says:

    Would love to win book!!

  233. Kate Goodale says:

    Would love this book. I am so excited to do this study. Thank you for the time and effort you all have put into helping us spend more time with our Lord.

  234. Patrice H. says:

    I am excited about the chance to read Tricia’s book and to participate in this new study! I have learned so much by joining in on previous studies and expect to learn more!

  235. Katie Coulter says:

    Thank you for everything you all have done to make this study possible! Excited to learn so many new things in the coming weeks!

  236. Looks like a great book! Thanks for giving of your time.

  237. Emily Batson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your love of The Lord! I love your studies.

  238. Treasure says:

    Love to read! Love to share Jesus with family! Surely will buy book if I don’t win.

    Love your bible study! I’m reading a book and doing another study too and they all matched up today with the “Thankful Heart”
    Yes-God-I am listening !

  239. Wow. Just finished reading the sample of Lead Your Family Like Jesus, and from the sample, I am thinking this book is a good fit for us. We have been searching for something to help guide us a bit more in leading our family…like Jesus. I would love to win this book, thanks for the chance.

  240. Jennifer g. says:

    Our family would LOVE a copy of this book!!!!!

  241. would love to win a copy of this book! So happy that the second session of our Luke study has begun!!
    I shared on facebook.

  242. Jennifer Salcedo says:

    I am so excited to be a part of this Bible study! This is my first time being involved in something like this and I am so ready to really learn the word of God.

  243. So glad that a friend shared this study on facebook so I could get involved. Hope to win the book, sounds like a great read. I shared it on facebook.

  244. Jennifer Salcedo says:

    Posted Facebook.

  245. As we do these studies ourselves and approach the Easter holiday, I have been trying to share the miracles of Jesus with my three year old daughter. It is amazing how they remember and respond to things that don’t yet really understand, but I know that greater understanding will come later and am so thankful for her interest and attentitiveness now.

  246. Christina says:

    I’m excited about the giveaway! :)
    I wasn’t familiar with Tricia Goyer until you guys introduced her as an addition to GMG but from what I’ve been seeing on her FB page, she’s a great addition and I look forward to hearing her viewpoint!

  247. Christina says:

    Shared the giveaway on FB!

  248. Looking forward to learning and growing with all of you in our journey together.

  249. Would love to win this book to read with my husband!

  250. Jennisen DeVaul says:

    Thank you Tricia Goyer. I had the pleasure of listening to you and meeting you at MomLife Bootcamp 2012. I am pleased to say that our lil crew from KC are going again this year with a few extras and we have decided to do our own bible study together with the assistance of GMG. Super excited!

  251. Natasha Simmons says:

    Would love a copy of the book. :)

  252. I would love to win this book!

  253. Jennifer diel says:

    Regardless of who wins this book sounds like a tool to better help you be the wife, mom and friend God intended you yo be.

  254. In my bible I have underlined the part where Jesus says “YOU GIVE them something to eat” and where the disciples reply “We have ONLY…”. Isn’t that like us often to say “But I ONLY…” My pastor preached on this and said Jesus knows what we have but He is the power. It would go well with us to remember that it is so not about our power.

    Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  255. Joanna yesse says:

    My pastor just recently spoke on the feeding of the 5 thousand and asked, “Are we preparing our children to be like that little boy? Would we have believed him when he came home and told us the story? Could he have been the one to bring salvation to his family?” Great to think about at parents.

  256. Joanna yesse says:

    Posted the giveaway on Facebook.

  257. Thank you for this post and this giveaway. Getting up in the morning has been a joy. I look forward to the peace and quiet I get with Jesus.

  258. I love digging into His word. This is the first I’ve heard of the SOAP method for doing so and I love it! :)

  259. Sharon LaVigne says:

    What a blessing that my daughter introduced me to this Bible study. I pray for each member and their families.

  260. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice for this ministry! I definitely needed some encouragement especially with my daily time in the word!

  261. aplainlady says:

    Sharing and giving is easy when its someone we love. We must do something for that person in our life that we don’t particularly care for like that annoying coworker or the slow cashier at Walmart that you gets mad because its the only open lane and you have to wait. Or so something special nice instead of grumbling to the waitress when she made a mistake. Thank her for fixing it
    That should be our focus, you don’t know what’s she’s been through today. ;)

  262. Michelle says:

    My kids have a song on their Seeds of Purpose cd called Follow Me and it is this weeks memory verse set to music. I will sing along w a whole new understanding.

  263. Will also pin you on Pinterest!

  264. Thank you for this wonderfully timed message. Just what I needed to hear today, even though I’m a day late getting started. I’m going to enjoy this. Thank you so much for providing this study. It is such a blessing!!

  265. I am really looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do in this study of His Word! :)

  266. This looks like a great resource and I am excited about reading it! I would love to win a free copy to read and then pass on to my sister. Thanks for the many fantastic resources that are helping me stay in God’s Word!

  267. I shared this on Facebook and Pinterest, too!

  268. I am loving following your bible studies, they are so encouraging and enriching! My schedule keeps me really busy with work and I don’t always have time to get online but being able to follow at my own pace is awesome. I would love to win a copy of this book as I feel like it will compliment and complete the season that I am walking in right now in my life. Thank you for all that you do to encourage and provide material to stay in God’s word! Many blessings to all of you.

  269. Heather Doyle says:

    Posted on Facebook! Now headed to pinterest to pin there too!

  270. Abbey Metcalf says:

    I love how Jesus uses children in the midst of unbelieving adults. It still happens today, even me with my own kids!

  271. Would love the book for my family and for my preschool class.

  272. Shared on facebook by your link.

  273. I would love to win Tricia’s book! I believe it would be a great asset to our family.

  274. Julie dietz says:

    So many times we only look for the reward of our labor. Help us to do unto Jesus and leave the reward for Him. It is our duty to share Jesus and making a lifetime impact on those we touch.

    Would love the the book. Sharing.

    Enjoy the study yesterday…..headed to today’s.

  275. Just found your blog/site about a week ago on FB, been truely blessed by many things I have read. Looking forward to this book and your study.

  276. I look forward to each session of GMG! I sit quietly in my home and have my morning lift with your devotion. Thanks and I would love to win a book.

  277. This book sounds amazing. I would love to have this. Thank you for the giveaway.

  278. I plan to spend time with a dear friend who needs to talk, pray more and send notes of encouragement to lonely, ill friends.

  279. Didn’t see my last post–
    planning to spend time with a dear frined, pray more and send notes of encouragement to sone ill/lonely friends.

  280. Kim Collum says:

    Lovin the study and the blog posts …. shared on FB and following on twitter

  281. Kristen quinlan says:

    Thank you for this awesome series of intimate studies that will help create a lasting legacy of love and leading to our future generations through us in these presents days. I would love to win a copy of your book! God bless and Happy Easter!

  282. Joanie ALFORs says:

    This book would help me and my family as I desire to lead my children as He did and to be able to help others as we’ll.

  283. Stacy Tibbals says:

    Thank you for being a blessing to so many!

  284. Stephanie M says:
  285. Thank for the reminder that He takes our “little” and makes it “alot” when we give humbly and with thanks for what He has done for us.

  286. Would love to read this book as my husband and I (along with our two young children, 4 & 5) have begun our new journey with Christ!

  287. What a wonderful gift you are giving. Would love to study with my family with this book. I enjoy Tricia and learning from her is so easy, so inspiring.

  288. Jessica Austin says:

    I would love to win!!

  289. Would love to read this book with my husband & daughter. Without God we have nothing and I am blessed that I have an amazing Godly life.

  290. I am hoping that I can keep up with this study. I tend to get distracted and don’t finish so please pray for me. Would love to win the book for my husband. I have been the spiritual leader in the family and this would be great for him so he can see the responsibility involved in leading his family. God bless!

  291. elisabeth says:

    Thank you GMG for this study! This is my second GMG study and I am so excited to be a part of this. Thank you for the resources and encouragement. I would love to win the book giveaway. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant right now and would love to learn more about how to lead our family in a Godly way. Thank you for everything! :)

  292. I’m definitely interested in this book.

  293. Lesa Williams says:

    I would love to win this to give to one of my sons for their family.

  294. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! I would love to read this book!

  295. I shared on facebook too. Thanks!

  296. I think this also is a great example to use with children about how God uses those available to Him, not just adults, or ministers, or spiritually mature people, but ones who are open and willing to be used by Him, even children!

  297. Jennifer miller says:

    Would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for sharing.

  298. Dessie Coyle says:

    It would be awesome to teach my kiddos more about Luke.

  299. This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  300. Looking forward to reading this book. What a great topic.

  301. Linda cumby says:

    Would LOVE to win the book!

  302. I can’t wait to read your book! – Win it or buy it =) I feel so blessed to be part of GMG and to have been introduced to you… What a blessing to our family, thank you.

  303. Teresa Barr says:

    Shared on Facebook

  304. I am so thankful for all you girls do & provide! I love your bible studies and have grown closer to Jesus though them. THANK YOU!

  305. Michelle S. says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book (and if I don’t it is getting added to my list of books to read). Excited to be a part of this Bible study.

  306. Looks like a great book! Would love to win.

  307. Alicia LaTour says:

    This sounds like an awesome resource about raising my children to the glory of God. I’m really excited and would love to win a copy. However, if I don’t this is a definite must buy!!

  308. Taryn Taylor says:

    I am totally new to GMG. After five years of marriage, a one year old and finding myself on shaky ground I have once again been led back to the Rock that is higher than I. A few days into this bible study and I am being convicted by the Spirit that I have not played a leading role in my family-rather just been bossy! In my thoughts and words and actions. Too many truths have been enlightened-some hurtful-but all welcomed! Thank you for your truths being shared here…..P.S-I have shared on Facebook lol!

  309. Jen Lovejoy says:

    As recently-elected senior warden of my small Episcopal church, I find it even more important that I really listen and learn God’s plan for me, let Him direct my days. Leading like Jesus is an honorable yet lofty goal, one which I intend to aim for every day. Thank you for this study – perfectly timed for me! Isn’t God awesome?!

  310. Looking forward to this study. Winning the book would be an added bonus!

  311. I’d love to win a copy!

  312. Would love to read this book. Sounds very helpful.

  313. Thanks for all you do! Sharing your talents truly is a gift from God.

  314. Thanks for the chance at a copy of the book. I love learning more about God’s word and applying it to my life.

  315. thanks for the giveaway!

  316. shared

  317. would love a copy of this book!

  318. shared on fb and twitter

  319. I would love to win a copy of this book. I have been struggling to get my home in order. I think that learning to be more like Jesus would help me with that. Thank you for this awesome study!

  320. Excited to learn more from Luke!

  321. Thanks for a chance to win!

  322. Pinned it on Pinterest, too.

  323. love this site!

  324. Would love to win this book!

  325. Beth Riley says:

    Looking forward to a fabulous study!

  326. Looking to Heaven, Jesus blessed the food. He looked to Heaven first. Something to ponder today. 2 days in and a lot to think about.

  327. So excited about this book and the study! I know it was God leading that I found this study!

  328. Julie dietz says:


  329. Connie Cox says:

    I so love to read and books are my passion. I really enjoy a paper book in front of me via ebooks. Would love to win the books being offered. God Bless you and this website.

    Am sharing on facebook as well as sharing with personal friend sites.

    Thank you.


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