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Advent {Peace} ~ Week 4

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Welcome back to our 4th and final week of our Advent series: Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus!

This week we are talking about Peace.  Aaahhhh… just typing that word makes me stop and take a deep breath.  I don’t know about you, but I long for God’s peace to capture my heart in a meaningful way this Christmas.

You know the people who have it.  You can see it in their countenance, in the way they respond to less than ideal circumstances, in how they treat someone who has wronged them.

God’s peace changes everything.  Not because everything around us changes, but because as believers we’ve been changed from the inside out by an Almighty God who loves us too much to leave us stuck in our sin.

Our sin leads to dissention and strife.

Our Savior leads us to peace.

Are you still looking for peace this Christmas?  Jesus came to bring peace to a broken world.  To every.single.detail of my broken world, and to yours.  Run to Him as the only source of true and lasting peace, and then stop… and simply rest in His presence. 

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11

 

Week 4 Video: Peace

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Previous Advent Blog Posts:

Week 1
Monday- Advent {Hope} Week 1
Wednesday- A Promise Kept
Friday- Hope of the World

Week 2
Monday-Advent {Love} Week 2
Wednesday- When Love Shows Up…
Friday- Love For The World

Week 3
Monday-Advent {Joy} Choosing Joy
Wednesday- When You’ve Lost Your Joy
Friday-Joy to the World

 

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Wishing you and yours a peace-filled Christmas,

{Week 4} Challenge:  As you look at your calendar for this coming Christmas week, write down potential situations that could prove to be less than peaceful.  Pray over your list, asking God to help you to be a messenger of peace and a light for Him in those challenging situations.

{Week 4} Reading Plan:

Week 4

 

{Week 4} Memory Verse:

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Advent {Love} Week 2

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Welcome back to our 2nd week of our 4 week Advent series: Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus!

We are so glad to have you joining us for a second round! This week we are talking about Love….

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

-1 John 9-10-

There is sacrifice in love. We see this in delivery rooms as mothers give birth to their precious babies through pain that is mixed with the love in their hearts. This mixture of love and sacrifice God knows very well. He did the same for us that very first Christmas over 2,000 years ago. He sent Jesus into the world not because we loved Him, but because He loved us. Jesus willingly came to be the Rescuer, to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins….because of His love.

Are you feeling unlovable today? Are you feeling broken, tired or forgotten?

Embrace Jesus this Advent. Slow down this week, spend time with the One who laid down His life for you.

He came because of His love.

Week 2 Video: Love

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Week 2: Reading Plan

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Week 2: Memory Verse

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Week 2: Challenge

This week express your love by slowing down and intentionally giving the gift of your time to those God has placed in your life. Take time to write that special handwritten letter….personal, heartfelt letters like that make wonderful, priceless Christmas presents that don’t hurt the gift-giving budget. This week, make time for sitting a little longer around the dinner table to engage in conversations. Make cookies with your kids, surprise a relative or friend who is house bound and needs some encouragement. Intentionally look people in the eyes this week and speak a word of love or encouragement to that individual.

Share with us how you are intentionally loving others this week! We can’t wait to hear!

Previous Advent Blog Posts:

Week 1
Monday- Advent {Hope} Week 1
Wednesday- A Promise Kept
Friday- Hope of the World

 

If you would like to receive all our FREE Advent materials (reading plan, study guide & children’s resources) please make sure to subscribe to our blog! Once you subscribe, all our materials are listed at the very bottom of every email! You will receive emails from us that go along with our study on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays! Click here to subscribe.

Thanks so much for joining us! We’ll see you again on Wednesday!

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

{Free} Advent/Christmas Study Now Available for Download for Subscribers!

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Friends,

Wow, we so enjoyed going through our recent Thanksgiving study with YOU! God moved in amazing ways during those two short weeks and we LOVED every minute of it! While I don’t want our focus to get off of Thanksgiving…..oh how we have so much to be thankful for, I do want to make our free Advent materials available to you for download. :) I know a few of you like to get organized early and well since the study starts on Sunday, I think it’s time to share them with you!

For those of you who participated in our study last year, you will be pleasantly surprised by the make over! We now have better than ever children’s resources that will come out later this week, memory verses and the list goes on! We would LOVE for you to invite some friends and join us for this 4 week study as we keep our hearts focused on Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

As the busy Christmas season approaches, we know life can get a little busy….stressful….full.  We can’t think of a better time to make it a priority to stay in God’s Word, and focus our hearts on Jesus!! The reason for the season, after all!

We know you need something do-able, so we’re keeping it simple around here. 

    • Commit to just four weeks, and we’ll provide a simple Reading Plan and Study Guide {and bonus Prayer Journal files provided with each of our studies!}… all of the work is done for you!
    • No need to enroll for this short study… simply join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the blog for Weekly Videos, Challenges, encouragement and more!
    • Like always, our materials are {FREE} when you subscribe to the GMG blog.  If you’ve already subscribed in a previous study, you’re good to go!  You’ll find the links to our study materials at the bottom of each email you receive with each published blog post.
    • We encourage you to follow GMG on Pinterest, where we’ll pin some fun and inspirational ideas for Advent/Christmas decorating as well as related activities for your kids!

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We will have another blog post on Wednesday….so stay tuned!

Love God Greatly,

Angela - Good Morning Girls

Jesus Birthday Party

 

For the past few Christmases, my Good Morning Girls group and I have gotten our kids together to have a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party. In the past I would decorate my house preparing for the upcoming celebration with red and green candy jars, streamers and a “Happy Birthday Jesus” sign strung across the fireplace. I would have Christmas treats for the moms and kids, a craft to do pertaining to Jesus’s birth, Christmas music playing and a special story read to the kids explaining why we celebrate Christmas. Previous years I had our kids each bring a gently used toy or a new toy with them to the party to donate to a local charity. This year since our kids are starting to get a little older, my friend and I decided to do it a little differently. Instead of having our kids bring a toy to the party, we wanted to use this opportunity to teach our kids the importance of meeting the needs of others.

We decided to combine the “Happy Birthday Jesus” party activity that I talk about on page 40 in the Advent ebook with the GMG Christmas Challenge……teaching our children that THEY can make a difference in our world by meeting the needs of others.

Heroes are not determined by their age or their size but by what they allow God to do through them.

We want our children to learn early in life that God can use them powerfully for His Kingdom……NOW.

This year my sweet friend, Kristi, hosted the party and did a FABULOUS job! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH Kristi!!! She invited a mutual friend’s son to come to our party and tell our children about The Last Well. We each had talked with our kids about The Last Well but we thought it would be more powerful hearing about it from someone their own age.

Today, I’ve decided to bring our party to YOU. Please note the video footage is well……the best I could do. You’ll hear my sweet little Brinnley occasionally in the background as she crawled around me, pulling on my leg and enjoying the festivities of the backyard….. hey, I’m a mom just like you!

A mom who is trying my best to encourage my girls to see the needs of others outside our little community.

A mom who safely wants to broaden their view of the world and help them learn how to be Jesus’s hands and feet to those who are hurting whether they are near or far.

A mom who is trying to teach her kids the importance of what it means to “be a neighbor.”

A mom who wants her children to learn to look at others with love…..just like Jesus.

I want my children to love others well. I believe that starts when we teach them to see the needs of others.

I love this quote by Katie Davis from the book Kisses from Katie (if you’ve never read the book I highly recommend it!)

“…I have one purpose, in Uganda and in life, and that is to love.
I could ask for no greater assignment.”- Katie Davis

 

Welcome to our Jesus Birthday Party

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After a little time of playing together, we gathered our kids and had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Hayes, who’s heart and passion for The Last Well is so inspiring.

After Hayes’s informational and passionate speech we had a sweet devotional reading out of the Jesus Storybook (which I LOVE!!)

Then it was everyone’s favorite time……singing Happy Birthday to Jesus and eating some cake!

 

I’d like to take this time to thank my sweet friend Kristi for hosting the party and taking these beautiful pictures!!! You are a blessing to me! I’d also like to thank Hayes and his parents for allowing him to speak to our kids about The Last Well! We LOVED hearing you speak, Hayes……you did a WONDERFUL job! :)

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Click here to learn more about our Christmas Challenge with The Last Well.

How much does one well cost?

  • ONE dollar gives ONE Liberian clean water for ONE year.  How many people can you help?
  • Purchase a water well for a community in Liberia for $3000.  The average well serves 1000 people!
  • Purchase a bio-sand water filter for one family in rural Liberia for $102.  You can give an entire family clean water!

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Add The Last Well to your Christmas list.
  • Talk with your family about The Last Well and give a family gift.
  • Give up a Christmas gift(s) and instead donate the money to The Last Well.
  • Invite your children to give up a Christmas gift(s) and donate the money to The Last Well.
  • Have a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party with your friends and their kids. (I talk about this idea in our Advent eBook on page 40) Instead of having children bring gifts to donate, have them donate the money online and learn more about the need for clean water in Liberia, building awareness of how other children live around the world.
  • Tell friends about THE LAST Well by sharing this graphic on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, informing more people of this wonderful organization and the great need of physical water and the “Living Water” in Liberia!
  • PRAY! Pray God will use us mightily in this nation for HIS GLORY!

Please join us as we strive to make a difference in our generation for Christ by serving one of the poorest countries in the world. Imagine what 17,000 Good Morning Girls could do by giving just $10 each. We could provide clean water and the Gospel to thousands of Liberians, saving lives now and changing eternal destinies as well.

Please join us this Christmas and help change a nation in the name of Jesus, one water well at a time!

 

Click here to donate.

 

 

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

 

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Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

 

 

 

 



Advent- {Hope} Week 1

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 in our Advent eBook:

Our Christmas Challenge:

Want to help us make a difference in this world? TOGETHER WE CAN!
Join us this Christmas and give the gift of water! So far we have already raised $4,300!!!
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has already donated!!!
We have 30 days left…..let’s see how God can change a NATION through our ministry!

Click here to find out more information!

Click here to donate!

 

 

 

How are you focusing on the hope of Jesus this week?

 

Until next time…

 

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

 

 

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