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{Week 7} WIWW Link-Up Party… Enjoying the Ride…

I married an amusement park enthusiast.  He’s crazy, that man.  He loves all rides that twist and turn, and his body seems to handle them with ease.  Impressive, I tell ya.  I, on the other hand, can barely survive a ride in the back seat of my minivan without getting car-sick.  Make me read a map while I’m back there, and it’s all over for sure.

So we have this family tradition of attending our local fair every summer, and I have to admit that my adventurous spirit has been lacking most years.  Just the thought of climbing the steps of the Tilt-O-Whirl about sends me over the edge.  Lucky for me, for many years in a row, I’ve had a convenient excuse for letting my husband do the riding honors with our kids.  Need someone to stay back with the baby and the stroller?  Sure, I’d be happy to sacrifice for the family.  Heh.  Someone needs to take the pictures anyway, right?

Family divided.

My problem now is that my youngest is starting to ride rides.  This wasn’t supposed to happen.  Last summer all of a sudden my little excuse was dragging her daddy off to the toddler helicopters, and three excited boys were yelling my name to “Come on, Mom!”  Oh dear.  Can’t we all just ride the carousel together as a family?!

Somehow in the midst of sheer boy excitement (clearly before I could come to my senses!), I had reluctantly agreed to their request and found myself on this thing:

Somebody help me.  Who knew my mouth was this big (don’t answer that)?  And why is no one else screaming (for all I know the ride hadn’t even started yet – ha!)?!  I told myself that I was pulling the natural “I’m here for ya, bud.” mom-move when I grabbed hold of the two boy legs seated beside me, but between you and me, I was desperately reaching out for a little comfort for myself.  Haha.

 

But guess what?  I survived the ride that day.  And I not only survived it, I actually enjoyed it!!  Turns out my thinking was all wrong.  Not all rides are as crazy as they seem, and a little effort on my part sure did go a long way in encouraging  my fun-loving boys.  We all left the fair that day pretty pumped up that we had accomplished something together (“Can you believe Mom actually rode that thing??”), and even a little more connected than we were when we arrived.  And it was worth every bit of the “sacrifice” it took to get me out of my comfort zone.

 

Now fair rides are not for everyone, that’s for sure.  But connectedness in the body of Christ is.  In case there’s any doubt, we’ve had repeated reminders about unity in the body since we started Ephesians (… anyone ever told you that if the Bible repeats something, it’s probably worth paying extra attention to??).  And I have to wonder when we struggle with the unity that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 4, if we’ve held on to some wrong thinking for far too long:

Have we hidden behind our own preferences instead of agreeing on truth (remember that much of what we get “stuck” on isn’t even biblical thinking!)?

Do we rely on the same convenient excuses year after year?

If we were willing to bend just a little on the negotiables, could God use us more effectively?

Could God be calling us to get out of our comfort zones in order to be an encouragement to someone in need?

Are we plain just letting fear get in the way?

 

Unity in our relationships is not always easy.  In fact, let’s be honest… sometimes it is the last thing we want to do!  But Paul is calling us to maturity.  To focus on what really matters.  To remember that we are all on level ground at the foot of the cross.

 ”…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Ephesians 4:1-3

And here’s the amazing thing:  when we finally let go of “our way” and submit to practicing unity the way God intended


Freedom comes.  

Is it time for you to let go of something that has hindered unity, so that you can start enjoying the ride? 

At His feet,

   Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

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

 

 

 

{Week 11} WIWW Link-Up Party

I LOVE getting emails like the one below and being able to “see” our other GMG groups! I pray over GMG as a whole each day, but it’s such a blessing to me to actually be able to see those of you who are apart of Good Morning Girls!

(If you are looking for the Sally Clarkson conference ticket giveaway, its just below this post)

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When I first saw an advertisement for the Good Morning Girls Bible study on Facebook I was really excited! I loved the idea of staying accountable to a group of friends and growing closer to our Lord. I told my best friend about it and asked her if she had any ideas of other girls that would be interested. Now we are a group of four. I didn’t realize how close I’d get to these amazing ladies and how inspirational we could be to one another! God is really working in our small group. We have created lasting friendships through studying God’s word together. This picture was actually taken at a Pinterest party that we recently had together. It’s going to become a monthly thing :) So blessed to have wonderful Christ centered friends! I love getting on Facebook everyday and reading what my girls have learned and being encouraged to Love God even more.
Thank you so much for this opportunity! We love the 1st John study! Good Morning Girls has been such a blessing!
Abbey
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Thanks Abbey for sharing your group with us today! I love hearing from another group in our large Good Morning Girls family! :)
If you have a group picture and would like to share it on our blog, just email me at LoveGodGreatly@gmail.com
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Today is Wednesday….you know what to do!

Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

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 tohttp://www.goodmorninggirls.org

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

{Week 9} WIWW Link-Up Party

A few weeks ago I introduced you to my Good Morning Girls group, today I’d like to introduce you to Megan and her GMG group! (Seriously….can those kids get any cuter!!!) ;)

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I am a mommy to two little ones and life is busy! Time in the Word had become rare and when I opened my Bible I wasn’t sure what to read. I would read a verse here and there but nothing consistent. Then my friend and I decided to take the plunge and walk through 1 John together with your Good Morning Girls site. We invited a few more friends to join the journey with us. We formed the Busy Momma’s GMG group on Facebook so that we would all have a convenient place to “check in” each day and share insight, questions, and prayer requests with one another. Overall we have 14 women in our group and it’s a HUGE blessing! The accountability spurs me on each morning and the various points of view and application of scripture to our lives is priceless! It’s also great to have a group of ladies who are like-minded and who will pray for one another’s needs.

I look forward to getting into the Word of God every day and building precept upon precept. I am so very encouraged by my GMG group!

Thank you Angela and Courtney for giving us the opportunity to connect and be challenged!

Have a blessed week!

Megan

www.increasemyhunger.blogspot.com

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Thank you so much Megan for sharing your beautiful group with all of us! It blesses me so much to actually be able to see you and your adorable kiddos! Now when I pray over the women involved in Good Morning Girls, I’ll see your faces. :)

If you would like to share your GMG group with the rest of the Good Morning Girls community, please email me at: LoveGodGreatly@gmail.com

I’d LOVE to showcase you as well!

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Today is Wednesday….you know what to do!

Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

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

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

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