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Advent {Hope} Week 1

Good Morning Girls- Hope

Welcome to week 1 in our 4 week Advent study: Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus!

We are so glad you are joining us!

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For millions of people around the world, this is a VERY busy time of the year. We have Christmas parties to plan, presents to purchase, cookies to make and friends and family to visit.

But for Christians, this time of year is much more than just parties, presents and people…..it’s about celebrating the birth of our Savior….our one and only hope in this world.

As Christians we are a people of hope. That doesn’t mean we have perfect lives, quite the contrary, Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that we will have tribulation in this life, but what it does mean is that we are not alone in our struggles. We are not alone in life’s disappointments. We are not alone in our brokenness. We are not alone because Christ, our Emmanuel, is with us!

This week as we begin celebrating Advent, let’s concentrate on the hope Jesus brought to us through His birth, that special Christmas night so many years ago.

God gave us the greatest gift ever….He gave Himself….He gave us HOPE!

But how do we put our hope in Jesus when life and our circumstances seem so hopeless?

1. Pray- Be honest with God and ask Him for help!

2. Read scripture- Don’t know where to start? Turn to the back of your Bible, look up the word: Hope and read the verses that are listed.

3. Trust Him for help- So many times when we have problems in life, we turn to “professionals”, to self-help books and to others. While God can and does work through people to help us, we first need to seek God’s help before we seek help from others.


“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

4. Change your focus- Look up! Think eternal! Realize that the best is YET TO COME!!!


“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:3-4

This week as we light our first of 4 candles, remember that Jesus is the light of the world!

The light by which we see everything….our lives…our world!

As Christians we always have hope not because of anything we can do or not do, but because of the gift of Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice so many years ago!

Week 1: Reading Plan

Week 1

Week 1: Memory Verse


Week 1: Challenge

Pray and ask God to show you people in your life who need to hear about the gift of hope that He gives, not only during Christmas but year round.

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Thank you so much for joining me! I’ll see you again on Wednesday!

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

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  1. Romans 15:13 – I want to “overflow” with hope. Reminds me of the song we used to sing…”Running over, running over, my cup is full and running over. Since the Lord saved me, I’m as happy as can be. My cup is full and running over.!”

  2. Joyinthemorning says:

    I have a silly request. I am subscribed to your blog but for some reason my kindle fire will not let me download the advent children’s resources. could you email me the pdf possibly? Thanks

    • On the slim chance that you are not able to access the children’s Advent activity, I have a free interactive Advent Calendar in two formats on my blog http://www.faithfamilyfun4kids.blogspot.com —- One is a calendar (pdf) to print off (Dec. 2013) & one can be printed (from pdf) on printable magnet sheets (hobby stores carry these) & you can put it on your refrigerator (applicable for future, too). I originally made the printable calendar in the 80′s for the children in our church. <

    • Hi Joy,

      Feel free to reply to the GMG email that was sent to you letting us know that you couldn’t download the children’s file and we will send you another document. :) Thanks so much for joining us!:)

  3. Found your blog & I’m passing it on to others via my FB & my own blogs. So many are so busy & can’t seem to find a few minutes throughout the day to “Remember the reason for the season.” As a 60+ woman/wife/mom/grandmother, I do miss a slower pace where we can take-in the beauty of this important time. The birth of a baby is met with anticipation … But the birth of the Savior of the World should be paramount, especially during Advent. The world will push this holy time down if we aren’t careful. Thanks for helping me keep it in the prominent place it should be in my life.

  4. Thanksgiving and hope have new meaning to my family as we greet the holiday season with the recovery of our son from a brain abcsess and emergency brain surgery. Overflowing Thanksgiving to the God who saved him and overwhelming hope as we watch him recover back to the young man we know. Hope is more than just our hope of seeing someone again after death. It is hope that sustains us in the dark hours of ICU or a hospital lounge. Not only that someone we love will survive, but hope that God knows what is best for me. And that He loves me and walks through that darkness with me. Hope is indeed a small babe in a manger, but Hope is also an all powerful, merciful God who knows what I need to experience so that I lean a bit more heavily on Him. So this Christmas I will see Christ in the manger, but with new eyes. I will see Christ in the dark hours, hospital rooms and in the smile of my son. Hope sustains me this season. Thankfulness overwhelms me.

  5. Just remembered I found you on YouVersion Bible app. Life Church’s “home” church is in our town (Edmond, OK – north of Okla. City) & our daughter & husband attend there. I’m sure you know they have a new Children’s version out now … Another fantastic resource!

    • Hi Jere! I am Mandy, and I am on leadership here at GMG and I also am Co-Leader for the Children’s Resource Team! Thank you so much for sharing about how wonderful the YouVersion app! My children downloaded it this weekend and love it! :)

  6. KellyK(@RNCCRN9706) says:

    I just love Jen’s big bookcase in the background. Wherever did you get it? I need that in my house! The books are starting to take over! lol

    Grandmothers. I certainly miss mine. My paternal grandmother was never much of an influence in my life but my maternal grandmother was like a second mother to me. It was a sad day when she died 5 years ago. I know I’ll be seeing her again one day. Oh what a glorious day that will be!

    • The holidays can be hard when someone has lost a loved one. I am glad you have such wonderful memories of her and the assurance that you get to see her again someday.

      btw – I got those bookcases at IKEA (I love them because you can get extension which makes them reach almost to the ceiling). :)

  7. Good morning! Love your studies! Thanks for doing this.
    You may already know this, but the YouVersion app for the study is a bit messd up. The days are mixed up. It has the first day as being November 26 and so the days and readings won’t match up. This is a great way to do the study. Thought you might want to know so they can fix it!

    • Hi Celeste!

      Go ahead and cancel the reading plan and start it again! The plans automatically begin the day you sign up for them so you probably signed up on November 26th. No worries though, starting the plan over should fix it. :) Thanks for letting me know!:)

  8. Thank You, God, that You are a God of hope (Romans 15:13)!

  9. Sadly, Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of our Savior. In reality, CHRIST MASS has pagan origins (just look up the origins and history of Christmas – Saturnailia online) and was started by the Roman Catholics and has nothing to do with Jesus’ birth. Plus, Jesus couldn’t have possibly been born on Dec. 25th due to the colder weather in Israel, the month of October is more likely. Besides, Santa Clause is lying to kids and what does it have to do with Christ’s birth?! And what does buying gifts for each other have to do with Jesus?! Also the Christmas tree?! I do not think Jesus would want people to go in debt buying gifts, trampling each other just to get a good deal, or lying to your children for him! Also as in the Bible talks about remembering Jesus’ death (“do this in remembrance of me”-last supper), but not his birth. Jesus was a simple, humble man and I don’t think he would have wanted this much chaos just for him. I do not celebrate Christmas because of the above facts. I encourage you to study into it and I am sure you will find the truth.

  10. John 1: 1-4…The beginning of this verse parallels Genesis 1:1…coincidence?? I don’t think so! Both passages speak of the beginning, the first, the start, and prominence which are all definitions of the hebrew word B’resheet In order to bring about creation things had to be separated. Yeshua (Jesus) was a part of the creation process from the beginning. The aramaic word for “word” in this passage is miltha which means manifestation or substance. So Yeshua (Jesus) had been manifested in the beginning and was/is manifested in/through creation. HE is the substance through which creation took place in the very beginning. Verse 4 speaks of the great potential human kind has of being a literal child of God. Of course the only way to do this is to participate fully in all that God expects from us, accept HIS sacrifice, and enter into HIS covenant fully. Only then can we participate in the what HE has promised us!

  11. Hope…from a Hebrew perspective as our Savior was/is a Hebrew. The Hebrew words for hope is batah, ya’al, kavah, and tikvah. If we focus on the hebrew word tikvah we see this definition as something that is nailed down over the horizon; something assured in the future. The word tikvah can also mean (depending on the context) measuring line as in a measure of faith. God’s standard is directly tied to the hope HE gives. HE provides the measuring standard not the quantity of faith. If we really want to exercise the gifts God has given us we must do according to the measuring standard that God has set which lies beyond our horizon. Focusing on batah we see that hope isn’t about making wishes or wishful thinking. It’s not about our desires and hopes for the future. Hope is not a psychological thing in our head. Hope is grounded in God’s purposes. It’s all about participating in God’s expectations of us, accepting HIS sacrifice and participating/accepting fully in HIS covenant that HE set forth. Only then do we have a tangible and true hope for the future…the future that God has for us…HIS plans not ours. We do not decide the outcome, only God does. Because of this hope (Hebrew hope) the weight of the world and our daily problems aren’t on our shoulders. When things don’t work out the way we planned then which paradigm told us to expect otherwise??

  12. Donna Scott says:

    I Subscribed but haven’t received an email yet (and thought I would today since it’s Monday) So I don’t have the resources for the Advent study. Will I get one soon?

    • Hi Donna,

      You should get an email from us on Wednesday!:) We only send emails out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays….the days we have blog posts for our Bible study. :)

  13. I also subscribed and received no email . . . Want to make sure I get the study info :)

    • Hi Carrie,

      You should be getting it in your inbox Wednesday morning!:) Stay tuned!:) If you don’t see one from us, make sure you confirmed the confirmation email that should have been sent to you after you subscribed and then also look in your junk mail and spam email folders. :) Sometimes they go in there. :)

  14. I just started this study and I think it’s wonderful and I’m going to learn so much from it. I do want to point out a few things, not to be critical but maybe to make the site easier to navigate. I’m watching the videos on my phone and the above link took me to a completely different study I’m James chapter 3, Worldly Wisdom vs. Godly Wisdom. I checked it 3 times just to be sure. It would also be wonderful if each post had the links to previous posts or additional information in case someone falls behind. The site just isn’t user friendly. I do appreciate your effort and look forward to continuing the study.

  15. Candy wright says:

    Am I the only one having problems with YouVersion? It has the devotional a on the wrong days.

  16. I’m looking forward to this study. I feel a little out of my comfort zone for sure. I am no where near where you ladies are. I’m some what intimidated. Pray for me.

  17. Angela Marks says:

    My grandmother, who raised me, passed away November 25 of this year. December 25th will be one month that she has been gone. I have grieved so many days because I miss her so much. She was a woman of virtue, of wisdom, of character, full of the love of Jesus for all whom she came to know and come in contact with, she was my best friend, and my confidant. In her last days she poured out so much wisdom during our conversations and told me stories to prepare me to continue to grow while she would no longer be here. Ladies, this study on Hope has blessed my heart tremendously. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. My grandmother on her sick bed had me sing to her this song, which was her favorite…the lyrics are, “I’ve learned how to lean, and depend on Jesus, he’s my friend, he’s my guide, I learned how to lean and depend on Jesus, I found out, if I trust him, he will provide.” The day before she past i sung that song in her ear. Ladies, she hung on the hope of Jesus and I know that’s a hope that is sure and true. God Bless You All!

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