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GMG Mentoring Study

Did you know we have over 1000 registered leaders of Good Morning Girls groups? Our leaders are women who see the importance of personally studying God’s word, and want to encourage other women to do the same. These dedicated women lead groups through facebook, email, private blogs, and some groups meet in real life.

Everyone involved with GMG is a volunteer! Our leaders take time from their days to not only have their own quiet time, but to post in their groups, encouraging other women to do the same.

Leadership is so much more than knowing what to post and how to post it, however. Yes, the practical parts of leadership are important – but our motivations and attitudes are even more important! To be effective as a leader, we need to analyze our own motivations for being a leader, as well as our attitudes toward leadership.

Leadership Mentoring is designed to help you do just that. Each Mentoring group consists of an experienced leader as your Mentor, and other women just like you! Women who want to become stronger GMG leaders, or women who want to begin leading a GMG group.

The dates for the next mentoring session are:
April 27th – Applications Close
May 2nd – Groups open and discussion begins
May 5th to May 16th – Leadership Bible Study

Every Good Morning Girls group is different, because each woman in the group is unique. And each leader is unique! We desire to help you become the best you can be!

To apply for the Leadership Bible study and mentoring, please click here.

Be blessed, and be a blessing!

Amanda, GMG Mentoring Director

Why Easter Matters {Week 4}

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Now that Easter is over it is easy to move on with our lives without being changed by what we have spent the last few weeks studying and celebrating.  I understand how a heart can grow indifferent to many of the Bible’s stories, including the death and resurrection of Jesus.

But we must not allow ourselves to grow cold to the truths we have just celebrated over the weekend. Lets think about how we should respond the easter message. And our response should be 2 fold. It must consist of faith and action.

Faith

We must have faith in the life Christ lived for us. We must believe that his life truly is our righteousness, that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, we can add to it.

We must also have Faith in his death, our sins are forgiven, the wrath of God has been appeased and as a true follower of Jesus there is nothing we can do to undo that forgiveness or our salvation.

Lastly we must believe in the resurrection power. Christ has told us that we have been set free from the slavery of sin. We have power to live a righteous and godly life. It won’t be easy. God has never promised that following him would be easy, but he did say that he would be with us always and that because of the Holy Spirit within us we can fight sin and pursue holiness.

This faith should then move us to action.

Action

We pursue holiness and righteousness not because we can pay back God or earn his love, but because we love him and are grateful for all that he has done.

Our motivation for good works is a changed heart from which flows love and thankfulness. Martin Luther said that if we believe, if we have faith, then we won’t be able to help ourselves, we will break out in good works.

Faith is always accompanied by a desire to become more godly and to do righteousness, in this we imitated our savior, bring glory to God and show the world that we have been changed.

So my challenge for us this week is, to continue thinking about practical ways that the events of Easter should change us. How should we think about our sin? How can we bring back an excitement and joy in what God has done for us? How should that affect our good days and our hard days?

I hope you all have a blessed week as we finish up our Easter study.

Looking To Jesus,
jen-sig

 

 

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Why The Crucifixion Matters

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We have all heard and read the crucifixion story many times. In fact, we may be so familiar with the facts of the story that we are not as moved by it as we once were.

We look at the passion week as the time in Christ’s life where his suffering begins, but his entire life was one of suffering. Even as a small child he experienced an attempt on his life that caused his parents to have to flee the country.  Not much is known about his childhood years but I would assume that he was no stranger to loneliness since he was the perfect Son of God living among people who were filled with sin and selfishness. We know that once he became a man and started his ministry he was ridiculed and rejected not only by the religious authorities, but also by his own people. He was tempted by the devil and then tortured by the sinners he came to save. Horatius Bonar said that his entire life was “but a pilgrimage to Calvary with the cross upon his shoulders.”

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
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And he did this for you and for me!

He suffered for those he came to save and his suffering ultimately ended in his death on the cross.

Why does the Crucifixion matter?

On the cross Christ experienced the full force of God’s wrath against sin. Every single ounce of God’s justified anger, which was once meant for us, was satisfied by the blood of the one who was and is holy, righteous and perfect.  It is hard for us to understand how great a debt we owe because we don’t really understand the horrendous nature of sin.

The crucifixion also matters because on the cross God’s love shines most brightly. You want to know how much God loves you? Look to the cross where he sacrificed his son for your sins–many of which we aren’t even sorry for. If you ever doubt the love of God for you go to the cross and really think about what he has done for you. Marvel, weep, and rejoice.

Through the crucifixion you were rescued from the power of sin and the torture of hell. You were placed into the family of God, given Christ’s robe of righteousness, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and given a new heart. This kind of love can’t ever be broken or undone.

While we must give an answer to God for our life, Christ has become our answer. We experience many sorrows in this life, but Jesus became the “Man of Sorrows” in order to procure for us an inheritance which includes everlasting joy in the presence of God himself.

I am not sure if you are familiar with this song, but we sing it often at our church. This should be our response to the cross of our Lord.

“Man of Sorrows,” what a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood;
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless, we,
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full redemption—can it be?
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die,
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high;
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
To His kingdom us to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Looking to Jesus,
jen-sig

 

 

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Comfy Cooking with Kids

Today we have a special post from our dear friend, Janelle, who blogs at Comfy In The Kitchen!

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Hi Ladies! I am SO excited to introduce to you the release of my latest ebook, ”Comfy Cooking with Kids“…  designed to help guide you, guide your children, in the kitchen! 

 To celebrate, I’m practically giving it away for 99 cents at Amazon.com for 2 days only!

That’s RIGHT! From Wednesday, April 2nd until Friday, April 4th you can hurry over to get your Kindle version for JUST 99 cents!!! 

Please feel free to leave feedback on Amazon to let me know how you are enjoying the book! Also, feel free to share this deal with anyone- FB, Tweet, and Pin away! 

I pray you’ll enjoy using this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. As always, I will continue to pray for your families and the ministry you’re teaching them ….starting in the kitchen! 

About the ebook:

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Congratulations, Parents!
 You’re about to teach your children all about how to get “Comfy in the Kitchen!”

As you go through this e-book with your kiddos, you’ll teach them how to: Use many basic kitchen tools, incorporate simple cooking techniques, properly set a table, make delicious recipes the entire family will love, and even teach them how to clean-up afterwards! All of the recipes displayed are handpicked to be simple enough for small children to make with a parent and/or older children to make on their own. A variety of different cooking tools and techniques are highlighted to help your children gain cooking confidence.

Because cooking goes beyond just following instructions, “Food for thought” ideas are highlighted under each recipe giving you teachable moments to share with your children. Some examples include: “What is Shoe peg Corn? How do I separate an egg white from the yolk? And, why do we use oil rather than butter when we cook on high heat?” Who knows, maybe you might even learn a thing or two!

Gluten-free options are also available under each recipe to accommodate my allergy-suffering friends (hand raised!). So, here we go…. let those kiddos crack eggs, pour milk, measure, and make a mess. Did I say make a mess?! Ohhh, yes I did, but don’t worry, Mama- as I mentioned above, the kiddos will learn how to clean up the kitchen in the last chapter, they’ll even learn how to make their own cleaning supplies. Last, but not least, when the baking and cooking is done, make sure to sit down and take in those precious moments and indulge in the delicious creations you and your children have made together! 

Example Recipe: Classic French Toast 

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*Food for Thought: It’s easier to whisk eggs when you break the yolks first! Just poke them, then easily whisk together.
 *Gluten-Free Option: Use Udi’s GF bread.

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin


Available for 48 hours at Amazon.com at the LOW introductory price of JUST 99 cents! Hurry!

When you’re just plain tired of the sacrifice…

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“I’m sorry, this momma is done for the night.”

I had had it.

I was done with a capital D.  So much so that I even let the words slip out of my mouth in frustration to one of my kids.

It had been one of those weeks. One very sick little girl had spent three full nights awake with a high fever.  She was kept company by a brother who kept waking up claiming that he “just couldn’t sleep” (which I’m sure was legit, but oh.my.goodness).  Another was seriously trying my patience in the obedience department, and the fourth sweet child just wanted me to listen for hours on end to the long list of inventions (mostly involving jet propulsion and duct tape) that had been forming in that brain of his that never stops.

Jesus help me.

I signed up for this, I know full well.  And I am blessed beyond measure to be sure.  And truly, all these years later, I expect the unexpected and the sacrifice that comes with kids.  I really do.  Oh, I know it in my head, but when my flesh and my heart are weak, Jesus help me.  In my flesh, I’m not naturally built to handle this kind of sleep deprivation on a regular basis and still practice any resemblance of patience at the end of a long day.

At our weakest moments, if we’re completely honest, I’m guessing that we’ve all been here about something at some point in our lives. Deep down in our core, we’re just plain tired of the sacrifice.

Maybe you’re the honest, loyal employee who fails to get recognized while others cheat their way to the top.

Maybe you’re the church worker who has faithfully, quietly served behind the scenes without an accolade in years.

Maybe you’re the caregiver who provides selflessly, or the patient who fights endlessly.

Or maybe you’re the friend, daughter, sister, wife, mom… who always seems to be on the giving end, but rarely on the receiving one.

Maybe, you’re just really, really trying to live for Jesus, and the giving up of the things of this world seems like an overwhelming price to pay.

The world and a thousand self-help books will tell you to quit. That the sacrifice is too much. That you should look out for you.

But Jesus came with a counter-cultural message that would change the world.  And He didn’t just preach it.  He actually lived it.

He served in the suffering…

When Jesus gathered with His disciples at the Last Supper, He had every right to demand to be treated like their King. His body was surely tired from some of his last grueling days of ministry on earth. He had selflessly served – over and over feeding the poor and healing the sick - yet the Jews continued in their unbelief that Jesus really was the Messiah, even after witnessing miracle after miracle.  This man of sacrifice served even with the knowledge that some of his closest followers would soon betray and deny Him.

No other King in history has given more and received less. But then again, He wasn’t just any other King…

And if that all wasn’t enough, in the midst of His serving, He carried the heavy weight of His imminent death. And He could have cried out, “Father, I’m done. The sacrifice is too great.”

But instead, he put Himself aside, and He humbly stooped down to wash the feet of sinners. Oh, friend, don’t let the repetition of this story or the simplicity of this act distract you from the profound mystery that is Christ. Instead of wallowing in the dark days which were upon Him or demanding recognition for saving the world, Jesus demonstrated that he came not to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28).  He would even kneel down and serve the very one who was about to hand Him over to be killed. That is unthinkable in human terms. It was far from a job fit for the King of Kings, but it was a profound example of how those of us who are in Christ should live our lives.

You see, in Christ, everything looks different. 

Those sleepless nights, and those hard days when I’m just plain tired of the sacrifice?  It all looks different because of Jesus. And with His strength, I can serve instead of seeking to be served.  I can sacrifice even in the midst of suffering, and I don’t have to wait until I’m appreciated or in a good season to initiate love, encouragement, and generosity to others. I can humble myself and not expect earthly recognition, knowing that it is far better to treasure Christ.

Why does the Last Supper matter?  Because it begs us to take our eyes off of ourselves, and to NEVER FORGET the willing sacrifice that Jesus made for you and for me.  And when we really remember deep down to our core, then we can say…

No sacrifice is too great.

Father, not my will, but Yours be done…

 

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

~ John 13:14-15

At His feet,

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