Oh dear friends!
I’m so excited to finally begin this study with you! There has been a lot of work and excitement behind the Good Morning Girls scene in anticipation of YOU. (all 13,000 women and that’s not even counting all our international sisters who are also joining us from around the world…but hey, who’s counting!)
God is moving….do you feel it? I LOVE seeing women from around our world get excited about studying God’s Word together! Ohh sweet friends, what an exciting time in which we live!
It was amazing yesterday reading all YOUR comments, hearing about YOU and YOUR lives….ohh please know that blesses us to hear from you! We love you dearly and no matter where you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here. Whether you are just seeking to know more about God or you have walked with our Savior for most of your life, we love having the chance to get to know you, pray for you and encourage you as you Intentionally Focus on Him. Good Morning Girls is a community of imperfect women who love the only one who is perfect: Jesus. So relax, pull up a chair and join us for these next 8 weeks as we study God’s Word TOGETHER! You want to know something? It just wouldn’t be the same without YOU!
Let’s Get Started
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children….” Ephesians 5:1 NIV
We are reminded in today’s SOAP verse that we are to be imitators of God. Who do you imitate in your life? I know in mine, I watch my 3 little girls imitate me all the time. I catch them walk around our house in my shoes, carrying my purse or wanting to wear my clothes. As kids get older I see them imitate rock stars, professional athletes or movie stars. I believe this desire to imitate is created by God because we are called to imitate Him….not “them.” In our quest to find a role model in life, we settle for substitutes who fail us, lead us down dangerous roads and do us harm.
But not God. He has come to give us life and life abundantly. (John 10:10)
In Ephesians 5:1-14 we see that we are to live as children of light. Our lives are meant to point to God. We are to live different from the world….to be in the world but not of it. The way we talk, act and treat our bodies needs to reflect the difference Christ makes in us. Of course we all are a work in progress…some of us are further along than others, but we are all called to imitate Christ. The only way we can do that is to slow down and spend time reading His words. If we want to live like Christ we must first spend time with Him.
I remember when I was younger I wanted to be like a certain pop star. I would STUDY her videos, read everything I could get my hands on about her and tried my hardest to look like her. I would dress like her and wear my hair like her. I spent hours in front of my bathroom mirror pretending to dance and sing like her…..ohh friends please tell me I’m not the ONLY one who acted like this in my pre-teen years!!!
You see imitating someone takes time. It takes concentration and commitment. If you REALLY want to be like someone you know that you need to intentionally focus on them. That’s what we need to do with Jesus…intentionally focus on Him so that we can become more like Him.
Week 1 Video
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Week 1 Reading Plan
Week 1 Challenge
Let’s be intentional in developing a habit of spending time in God’s Word over the next 8 weeks. This week commit to when you are going to read the daily Bible passage and where you will do it. For example I am committing to having my quiet time from 6:00-6:30 at my kitchen table. Once you decide on the when and where, write it down and tape the committment card on your bathroom mirror so you see it every morning and every night. For fun, take a picture of your commitment card and share it with us on our Facebook page or on our other forms of social media using the hashtag #IntentionallyFocused.
Week 1 Memory Verse
My prayer for our community:
Thank you for the mighty work you are doing in and through this ministry. Please help us as we begin this 8 week journey to keep our eyes intentionally focused on You. Pour out your spirit upon us and help us be your hands and feet to our hurting world. Help us to see others through Your loving eyes. I pray that we will not only read Your words but that we will be women who put Your words into action in our lives and around the world. We lift up our families, our communities and our countries to you today! Amen.”
Looking for an added supplement to our study? My sweet friend Courtney’s book: Women Living Well is based on 4 of our 8 weeks! It would be a great addition if you are wanting to read something else along with our reading plan! You can find her book here.
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Our reading plan is also listed on YouVersion! You can find it listed here!
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PS: Don’t forget we have one more day in our #MomHeart Conference Tickets Giveaway! Our dear friend, Sally Clarkson is giving away 2 tickets to one of 3 conferences! Click here for more details and to enter! Giveaway ends on Tuesday!
Let’s talk: When and where do you study God’s Word?
Love God Greatly!