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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fall Bible Study with the Good Morning Girls

I've got an exciting announcement today about our fall Bible study with the Good Morning Girls! We are heading next into the book of Acts on September 7th! I hope you will join me here as I continue my Blogging Through the Bible journey that began one year ago this month. It's been an amazing time of reading through the Bible this past year.

Reading in the Book of Acts


Here are the books of the Bible that we've gone through so far since August 2014. We have learned so much and I'm so glad you have joined me here!

In the Old Testament:

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Esther
  • Some of the Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Song of Solomon

In the New Testament:

  • Matthew
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Jude

I look forward to reading more of God's Word with you as we head into our second year of Reading Through the Bible with the Good Morning Girls!

I have more exciting news! Courtney has two wonderful new resources that she has made for our time in the book of Acts. I'm so thrilled to be able to share them here with you. I loved using my Proverbs journal that she designed for us! I can't wait to get these new resources for our time in Acts!






I'm really excited that my son and husband will have their own journals for the book of Acts! Check it out!






I still have one more exciting announcement here on my end that I will hopefully be able to share with you very soon! I'm still working out the details, so stay tuned!


So are you joining me for the Fall Bible Study with the Good Morning Girls in the book of Acts beginning on September 7th? I would love to know, so please leave me a comment below!


Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie


 


Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.

Tuesday: Hip Homeschool Moms, F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home, I Choose Joy, The Evolution of Mom
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Scripture Prayer Calendar for Your Husband

I hope you enjoyed using the marriage prayer calendar for your husband during the month of July. Now here we are in August, and I'm happy to share with you the August Scripture Prayer Calendar for your husband.

Prayer is the most powerful spiritual weapon we can use for our marriage. Remember even more than being our husband, more importantly he is our spiritual brother. When his relationship with God is thriving, then our marriage will thrive as well.

I hope these Scripture verses that I've chosen for the month of August will be a blessing in your prayer time for your husband.

Praying for My Marriage





































You can download the August Scripture Prayer Calendar for My Husband here. Please share this post on your social media outlets so that other women can join us in the spiritual battle for our marriages as we lock arms together in prayer for our husbands.

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie



Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.
Tuesday: Hip Homeschool Moms, F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home, I Choose Joy, The Evolution of Mom
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls

Friday, July 31, 2015

How To Become a Proverbs 31 Woman

Cue the confetti!! Today we are finishing up Proverbs 31 and completing our Proverbs Summer Bible Study with the Good Morning Girls! We are studying Proverbs 31:27-31 today. We find in the last part of verse 30 the one key needed in how to become a Proverbs 31 woman.

Proverbs Summer Bible Study with Good Morning Girls


Let's read our portion of Proverbs 31 for our final day in Proverbs.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
    and let her works praise her in the gates.
~Proverbs 31:27-31


What a journey it has been to look into the heart of the Proverbs 31 woman! This is my second time studying the Proverbs 31 woman, and once again, she has been such an inspiration to me. Her wholehearted obedience to God - her fear of the Lord - is the root of all the character qualities we have witnessed in her life. It's our fear of the Lord and our wholehearted obedience to Him that will help us to become a Proverbs 31 woman.

This is a woman who never gives up in walking on the path of wisdom that we find in Proverbs. Her diligence has been witnessed in every part of her life - with her husband, with her children, with her servants and with the poor as she meets the needs of those God has placed in her life.

One very important point we need to remember is that she didn't become the woman we are reading about overnight. This was a lifetime journey for her, as it will be for you and me. We must not look at the Proverbs 31 woman and become discontent with our lives or with who we are at this particular point in time.

What we need to do is take all of these lessons we have learned from her life and one by one work to apply them to our life so that each characteristic becomes a part of who we are and a way of life for us. This will require time. It will require more studies into the life of the Proverbs 31 woman. We will learn something new each time that we study her life which we can work to apply to our life. It's a worthwhile, lifelong journey.

Friends, our wholehearted obedience to God - like that of the Proverbs 31 woman - begins in our hearts. As we daily submit our heart and our will to line up with the will of God, we can begin to develop these characteristics that we've seen in the Proverbs 31 woman. 

Then we will enjoy our own fruit from the work of our hands. Then we will receive the praises of our loved ones. Most importantly, we will be pleasing God through our acts of obedience as we seek to live our lives according to His will.


I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been here with me on this journey through Proverbs! Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments. It was so nice to know that you were here with me these past 7 weeks that I've blogged through the book of Proverbs.

Monday we will begin reading in Song of Solomon with the Good Morning Girls. I will not be blogging every day as we read this book of the Bible. I'm sure you can understand that I need a bit of a break...lol...so I'll just be posting about Song of Solomon once, maybe twice, per week.

I hope you will join me again as we continue reading through the Bible.


Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie




I'm Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph and other Good Morning Girls! Click on the image below every Friday to read other posts from more sweet friends who are BTTB too!

Blogging Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls



Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.
Tuesday: F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay, Hip Homeschool Moms
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home, I Choose Joy, The Evolution of Mom
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Filtering the Words That Come Out of My Mouth

I can't believe our study of Proverbs is almost over! Today we are reading Proverbs 31:23-26 with the Good Morning Girls.

Proverbs Summer Bible Study with Good Morning Girls


23 Her husband is known in the gates
    when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
    she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
~Proverbs 31:23-26



We see in verse 26, with all that the Proverbs 31 woman has on her plate, she still speaks with wisdom and kindness when she opens her mouth. That's pretty impressive to me.

Maybe it's impressive to me because that's not always how I act when I've got a lot on my plate. My plates - yes, that's plural - are very full these days which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed and rushed all. the. time.

I've learned during times like these that I have to filter the words that come out of my mouth so they are seasoned with kindness and love instead of frustration and anger. Filtering the words that come out of my mouth means that I recognize the feelings of being overwhelmed and rushed and so take a moment to think about the words I'm about to speak.

Taking that moment to think about the words that are on the tip of my tongue is just the first step in filtering the words that come out of my mouth.

Next I have to take those words and submit them to the authority of God's Word. Instead of speaking words of frustration and anger, I can filter those words with the truth of God's Word that instructs me on how to speak life into any situation.

After I've recognized my feelings and replaced my harmful and maybe even hurtful words with life-giving words, then I can speak with wisdom, kindness, and love into the lives of those I love.

The process is quicker than it sounds. Trust me, I've used it often. It's a method I learned from Brooke McGlothin's book, How to Control Your Emotions So They Don't Control You: A Mom's Guide to Overcoming. Brooke calls this method that has made such an impact in my life the "Feel, Know, Do" method. It's really been a blessing in my life.

One of my favorite Bible verses that I pray for myself is Psalm 19:14.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, 
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

I want the words of my mouth to be seasoned with wisdom and with kindness like the Proverbs 31 woman so that they will be acceptable in the sight of my Lord. I try to make this my prayer every morning before my feet hit the floor.

With the Lord as my strength, He helps me filter my words.


I can't believe tomorrow is our last day in the book of Proverbs! I've enjoyed the journey. It's been quite the adventure blogging every day for our time in Proverbs.

We are heading into Song of Solomon with the Good Morning Girls on Monday, August 3. Get all the details from Courtney in her post, Choosing Joy in the Midst of the Mundane. She also gives details of what we're reading and doing through October so be sure to head over there to read all about it!

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie




I'm Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph and other Good Morning Girls! Click on the image below every Friday to read other posts from more sweet friends who are BTTB too!

Blogging Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls


Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.
Tuesday: F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay, Hip Homeschool Moms
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home, I Choose Joy, The Evolution of Mom
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Finding Joy in Serving Our Families

Today we are reading Proverbs 31:19-22 with the Good Morning Girls. I'm learning so much from the Proverbs 31 woman. This woman teaches us the importance of finding joy in serving our families.

Proverbs Summer Bible Study with Good Morning Girls


19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
    and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
    and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
    for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
    her clothing is fine linen and purple.
~Proverbs 31:19-22

The Proverbs 31 woman spins her own thread which she uses to sew her family's clothes. Can you imagine the time this process took? Check out this YouTube video I found that demonstrates spinning thread.




She not only finds joy in serving her family, but she also opens her hand to the poor and reaches out to the needy.

The Proverbs 31 woman is not afraid of the winter months because she has prepared ahead and made warm clothes for her family.

She has made her own bed coverings and beautiful clothing for herself.

I don't know about you, but I've not always found joy in serving my family. It wasn't until I began to study the tireless efforts of the Proverbs 31 woman for the first time 3 years ago that God showed me that I can truly find joy in the everyday tasks I do inside my home for my family.

I find joy by having the right heart attitude and by having a spirit of thankfulness for my family.

Thankfulness for the dirty clothes that my children had fun playing in that need to be washed.

Thankfulness for the 2 loads of dirty dishes that I ran in my dishwasher today that remind me how God has provided food for my family because He has blessed my husband with employment.

When I take the time to stop in the midst of everything I have to do day in and day out and be thankful...that's when I can find joy in serving my family.

Finding joy in serving our families begins within our hearts. How will you find joy in serving your family today?

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie




I'm Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph and other Good Morning Girls! Click on the image below every Friday to read other posts from more sweet friends who are BTTB too!

http://womenlivingwell.org/category/good-morning-girls/
 
Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.
Tuesday: F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay, Hip Homeschool Moms
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home, I Choose Joy, The Evolution of Mom
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Impacting Your Husband's Life Through Prayer

Today we are learning more about the Proverbs 31 woman with the Good Morning Girls. We are reading verses 15-18 today. The verse I chose to study today confirms to me again the importance of impacting my husband's life through prayer. I also have a free resource I'm excited to share with you at the end of this post that you can use too for impacting your husband's life through prayer!

Proverbs Summer Bible Study with Good Morning Girls

























She does him good and not evil 
all the days of her life. ~Proverbs 31:12

The Proverbs 31 woman has the Fruit of the Spirit of goodness moving through her as she does good to her husband. She does not do him evil. Page 8 of Courtney's Proverbs 31 ebook referenced how Eve did harm to her husband, Adam, as she led him to sin with her by eating of the fruit that God had forbidden. We also learn in 1 Kings 11:4 that Solomon’s wives did him evil as they were instrumental in turning his heart away from God at the end of his life. 

For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.
~1 Kings 11:4
 
One of the biggest realizations that has made the most impact on my marriage is realizing that yes, Phil is my husband; but even more than that, he is my brother in Christ. 

From the example of Eve and of Solomon’s wives, I see that in order to do Phil good I should always encourage him in his walk with God, pray for him, and not do anything that would cause harm to him spiritually or that would be a stumbling block to him.

Today's study has reconfirmed the importance of devoting myself to praying for my husband. Just this month I’ve started sharing my daily marriage prayer calendar on my blog. It has one specific Scripture each day that I pray over my husband. It's not so easy to do harm to him if I'm devoted to praying for him. 

You can get your copy of my marriage prayer calendar for July on my post, Scripture Prayer Calendars for Our Marriages if you'd like to start now and join me in the daily habit of praying for our husbands. The marriage prayer calendar for August will be available here on August 1, so be sure to check back with me to get it.

I can tell you God is faithful to answer His Word. He assures us that when His Word is sent forth, it will never return void {Isaiah 55:11}. I am seeing fruit from my prayers in my husband's life. You will see fruit in your husband's life too when you commit to impacting your husband's life through prayer.



Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie

 

I'm Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph and other Good Morning Girls! Click on the image below every Friday to read other posts from more sweet friends who are BTTB too!

http://womenlivingwell.org/category/good-morning-girls/


Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.
Tuesday: F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay, Hip Homeschool Moms
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home, I Choose Joy, The Evolution of Mom
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls