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Jan. 7th, 2011

{Joy}

mysweetheaven

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Good Morning Girls is devoted to fellowship and accountability. Each day we share what we are reading to help us spiritually grow, whether that be the Bible, a devotional or some other Christian book God has lead us to read. Together we share our insights, what we're learning and whatever we may be struggling with, as well as prayer requests, challenges, trivia and many other fun activities.

If you are interested please join our wonderful community and introduce yourself. We're waiting to meet you!

Dec. 31st, 2007

elizabeth

sonneta

new year, new plan

Hello. I have to admit that I fell down in my Bible reading in 2007. I did very well for the first five months or so, but not after that.

But 2008 is a new year; and God in his mercy will give me a new chance. For 2008, I have decided to try the "Different Topics" plan on Heartlight (thanks to michaelmichael for pointing me towards that site). I think this plan will work best for me because I like some variety in my readings.

May God bless you all in the New Year.

Dec. 28th, 2007

ಌgospel shoes

gospelshoes

2008

Hello everyone! How is everybody doing with their bible reading goals? As this year draws to a close, many of you are finishing up a plan you started the beginning of 2007, some may still be in the middle but wherever you are I just wanted to tell you that I am so happy for you- for your faithfulness and consistency in reading God's Holy Word. I'm pretty sure He's happy too. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I know that in this busy day and age it's not always easy. And Hey, perhaps some of you have fallen off track, for whatever reasons. But I want you to know that even though you may be disappointed in yourself, God's not! Twilight descends and soon the sun rises- it's a new day! Every day God gives us is blessed and one may always begin again. Even if you can't read through the entire Bible in a year, a few verses each day (even if it takes longer than expected) is great for your spiritual growth. 2008 is nearly here, and all that are truly hungry for the Word, God will empower to partake of your daily bread. How awesome it is that we can encourage one another to let our lights shine and share this journey as Christ's body working and supporting each other in love. Happy New Year, brothers and sisters!

Jul. 30th, 2007

ಌgospel shoes

gospelshoes

“The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.” -D.L. Moody

Hello! I am happy to have found this community and think it is a wonderful idea. I had posted this in my journal a few months ago, but I would like to share this with you.

In January, my husband and I embarked on a one-year Bible reading plan. We were really excited when we found a plan that was to be read in daily assortments rather than the typical Genesis-Revelation order. It’s not that I find anything wrong with that system, but it’s just nice to find a plan that will fit your own reading manners. Especially for myself, since it was sometimes hard for me to focus on a front to back cover objective. In this plan, we have a daily category. For example, on Mondays we read from the books of The Law. The rest of the week looks like this: Tuesday-History, Wednesday-Psalms, Thursday-Poetry, Friday-Prophecy, Saturday-Gospels, Sunday-Epistles.


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I want to encourage anyone who has fallen behind on anything they have set out to do for the Lord. He will lift you up and give you the strength to press on if you would sincerely ask Him! As your Father, He wants you to succeed! He’s cheering you on to fulfill what He has called you to do! Seek Him, never let your faith be extinguished. Look to the savior, without turning back. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

Jul. 23rd, 2007

Mine - Volcano

jem_endured_fit

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I finished!

Actually, I finished last Friday.

Wow....I feel much better knowing I did this but even more challenged to go back, digest and understand things.

May. 31st, 2007

Love of God/Cross

m27r1e83

The Book of Job

I finished reading Job today. There are a lot of great passages to comment on, but here is just one of my favorites. Job receives news in Chapter 1 that all of his children and possession had been destroyed. And what was his response?

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."(Job 1:20-21)


Job's first response was grief, but the next is worship. It's hard for me to imagine the loss of my entire family in one day, but I don't know if this would be my response. It's times like these when we see how strong our faith really is. May we place our trust in Him completely...not just for eternity, but for today!
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.(Romans 8:28)

May. 6th, 2007

Love of God/Cross

m27r1e83

Bible Reading--Ezra 1-10

The first six chapters of Ezra record the details of rebuilding the Temple, and the last 4 chapters deal with Ezra rebuilding the spiritual condition of the people. Ezra is described as "a scribe who was well versed in the Law of Moses."(7:6) But Ezra went well beyond just knowing a lot about the Law of Moses. God's hand was upon him "because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel."(7:10)

The same is true for Christians today. It is certainly important to be in God's Word on a regular basis. I Peter 2:2 says "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby", but if that is all we do we will just become fat babies. Just as Jesus said, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work"(John 4:34) so too must we move beyond learning what God's Word says to living it and sharing it with others.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)

May. 1st, 2007

Love of God/Cross

m27r1e83

Bible Reading--II Chronicles

II Chronicles focuses on the kings after David. It begins with Solomon constructing the Temple and ends with the Temple being burned and the people being taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar. In between are a variety of kings, more bad than good. One of the lesser known kings that caught my attention was Jehoshaphat. The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father’s early years and did not worship the images of Baal. He sought his father’s God and obeyed his commands instead of following the evil practices of the kingdom of Israel. He was deeply committed to the ways of the Lord.(II Chron. 17:3-4,6a)

Jehoshaphat went throughout the land and encouraged the people to return to the Lord.(19:4) And when Judah was threatened by the armies of the Moabites and Ammonites, even though he was afraid, he prayed to the Lord before the people and sought His help saying, "We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”(20:12)

What a wonderful example to us today! When you don't know what to do turn to God...not as a last resort, but as a first course of action. And what an answer he received!! As the people stood there the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there--his name was Jahaziel--and he said, "Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s."(20:15)

When facing discouragement and circumstances of life that seem overwhelming may we remember that the battle is His and He is in control. And may our response be that of Jehoshaphat and his people.

Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord.(II Chron. 20:18)

Apr. 24th, 2007

Love of God/Cross

m27r1e83

Bible Reading--I Chronicles 1-29

One of my favorite magazines is Alaska, which I have subscribed to for at least 20 years...with the hopes of one day visiting what I now can only afford to read about! At the end of every issue are a couple of pages that list about 20 residents of Alaska who have died "who have achieved pioneer status through many years in the North, or have made significant contributions to the state." One person is featured with a longer obituary, and the rest are given one short paragraph...their name, age, when they came to Alaska, their occupation, etc. The last sentence of many is just something the person is remembered for. Philip D. "loved fishing and travel." Calvin F. "worked to preserve public lands across the state." Marvin H. "was a New York Yankees fan." Carl H. "was an avid bridge player." Loraine M. "was well known for her needlework." Robert M. "was known for his work ethic and community spirit." Emma O. "was known as an outstanding cook." Etta S. "was active in the community as well as her church." And the list goes on! Reading these always prompts me to wonder what I would read if my life were reduced to one paragraph.

I'm sure some would say, "That's interesting, but what does this have to do with I Chronicles!" Well, this came to my mind as I read the first nine chapters of the book. There hundred's of David's ancestors are listed, and while most of the people are just named with no additional comment one noted exception was Jabez. Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain." Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.(I Chronicles 4:9-10) This is the only place in the Bible Jabez is mentioned, and this is all we know about him.

Want an interesting exercise in reflection? What would a one paragraph blurb on your life contain?

Apr. 20th, 2007

Love of God/Cross

m27r1e83

Prayer Request

Please remember Garrett Evans, graduate of the school I teach at--class of '95, in your prayers. Garrett was one of the students injured in the Virginia Tech shootings. He was shot in the leg with a 22 caliber pistol while in his German class and is currently recovering in the hospital. He was one of the fortunate ones...several others students in his class were killed. As Garrett said near the end of his interview, "Count your blessings every day because you just never know when...it may be your time to go."

Please remember the friends and families of the fallen students and of the shooter in your prayers.

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