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Nieuws vanuit GMG USA

Ik heb zojuist vernomen dat een van onze leidster van GMG USA is omgekomen in een brand samen met haar man en twee van haar kinderen. Het nieuws hakt erin als een bom bij ons allemaal. Het verdriet is onbeschrijflijk. 2 van de kinderen hebben het drama overleefd. Ik vraag gebed voor deze 2 kinderen en de naaste familie.

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I wish this were not true. I am just devastated. But you all need to know that Mandy Kelly, who has run the Leaders Group here –passed away last night. Here is what has been shared by someone close to the family:

My heart is broken. This beautiful family suffered devastating loss last night. Please pray for Bekah and Jared, the older two children in this picture. They lost their birth mother at a young age, and now they’ve lost their father, Scott, their sweet second mother, Mandy, and their two younger siblings, Lizzie and Judah, in a horrible fire last night.
I knew Mandy as a sweet and God-loving woman, a dedicated wife, and adoring mom to her four children. I know their church family and their Classical Conversations community in Lexington will rally around these kids, and love on them as the hands and feet of Jesus.

Please pray for comfort for Jared and Bekah, as well as Scott and Mandy’s parents and families. This is unimaginable, and my heart breaks for them.
The last verse Mandy posted on her Bible study Facebook page was Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” I think that is a verse she definitely embodied. Rest In Peace, my sweet friend.

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Wat nu???…..

Zoals jullie weten is alleen Maandag nog hoofdstuk 31 van 1 Samuël te lezen. Daarna zullen we op 13 maart starten met het Bijbelboek Lucas.

Ik kijk er naar uit om samen met jullie de lijdenstijd te lezen.
Je kunt vanaf Maandag ook een 5 daagse Engelse challenge doen, http://www.alisontiemeyer.com

Verder kun je een 40 daags leesrooster aanvragen bij het Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap en krijg je er een  Marcus evangelie bij voor €1,00 in gewone taal.

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Wat een mooi journal kan dit woorden al je gedachten over de 40 dagen opslaan gelijk in de boekje.

Ik hoop jullie 13 maart weer hier te mogen begroeten. Tot die tijd hoop en bid ik dat je dagelijks in je Bijbel blijft lezen.

Blijf dichtbij je Maker.

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Let Op!!!

Ik heb even een vraagje, Ik merk dat het blog bijna niet bezocht wordt. Ik vraag mij af wat jullie voorkeur heeft om deze studie te volgen.

Is dat:

Twitter, Facebook of is dat Google+ of Pinterest?

Of blijf je liever op de hoogte hier via de blog.

Ik wacht jullie reacties af.
Mocht blijken dat andere social media jullie voorkeur heeft dan denk ik er over om deze blog te gaan sluiten. Het kost een boel geld en als het niet gebruikt wordt om de studie te volgen is dat zonde.

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Ik kijk uit naar jullie reacties,

Blijf dichtbij je Maker.

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Het volgende Bijbelboek wordt…….

Na 1 Samuël zullen we vanaf 13 Maart t/m 13 April gaan lezen uit Lucas.

Er zullen weer dagelijks een dagtekst en vraag bij de tekst verschijnen hier op de blog.
Voor de SOAK en Kleurenkaart kun je nu alvast terecht hier op het blog.

Je kunt eventueel een Engels werkboek bestellen bij Amazon.

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Ik zou het leuk vinden als meer van jullie laten zien hoe jullie de te lezen teksten verwerken. Het is goed om elkaar te laten zien hoe ieder op haar eigen manier met Gods woord omgaat. Het mooie is dat alles is goed en niets is fout. Denk er eens over na hoe jouw werk een ander kan inspireren.

Ik hoop je te mogen begroeten bij het Bijbelboek Lucas.

Fijn weekend,

Blijf dichtbij je Maker.

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Good Morning Guys

Wist je dat er ook Good Morning Guys is. Deze gaan ook 1 Samuël lezen.

Mocht je nog een zoon hebben of je man die het leuk vind om mee te doen. Klik dan HIER en kijk voor meer informatie.

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Wist je dat…..

Wist je dat Good Morinig Girls te vinden is in het Nederlands in 3 verschillende groepen?

Dit is de officiële Nederlandse site, we hebben nog een officiële Belgische site en we hebben Florish like a palm tree die de studie ook aanbied in het Nederlands. Het is fijn om te zien dat het geen wedstrijd is wie de meeste volgers heeft. De reden van de groepen is dat ieder een gepaste groep vind. De grootste reden is:

Dat JIJ Gods woord dagelijks opend.

Dus mocht je opzoek zijn naar een online studie groep,

Kijk dan eens hier:

Dutch: Annelies

www.flourishlikeapalmtree.nl

www.facebook.com/flourishlikeapalmtree

Dutch: Eve

www.goodmorninggirlsnederland.com

https://www.facebook.com/GMGNederland/

Dutch (Flemish): Evie
www.twinsaneandthriving.com
https://www.facebook.com/twinsaneandthriving/

Fijne dag,

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Langs deze weg wil ik iedereen bedanken voor het mee doen aan de studies van GoodMorningGirlsNederland. Het was een jaar met veel leer en leesstof. Ik heb er van genoten.

Ik wens jullie allemaal Gezegende Kerstdagen toe en een Gezegend Nieuwjaar.

Vanaf 9 Januari kun je weer mee doen met de studie van 1 Samuël. Ik hoop tot dan.

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Mocht je mee willen doen in de besloten groep op Facebook, dan kun je je daar voor aanmelden. Er is een vereiste en dat is dat je actief mee doet in de groep, je reageert op de post van de dag en geeft je input. Ivm de privacy van de anderen en de lol van de besloten groep is mee doen dus een pré. Denk dus goed na voor je je hier aanmeld voor de besloten groep.  Meld je HIER aan

Blijf dichtbij je Maker.

 

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Nieuws van Courtney

Announcing the New Winter 2017 Bible Study & A Special Thank You

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First, I want to say a special thank you.

Thank you to all of those, who after reading my blog post titled: Will You Pray For My Family? , prayed!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I have felt your prayers and your love.

I cannot thank you enough for the abundance of encouraging comments and emails. I am so sorry if I have not answered your email.  I am not sure that I will EVER get to answering them all. I had over 1,500 comments and emails and Facebook messages combined – but I read everyone of your emails and I appreciate it!

Thank you to those who sent me snail mail – some of your Good Morning Girls groups sent me packages and letters – thank you – that was so thoughtful!  Thank you also to those who sent flowers, gifts (some came internationally!) and I even got a meal in the mail from Send Them a Meal!  Wow!  You have shown my children the love of the family of Christ and for that – I can’t thank you enough.

So where do I go from here?

I don’t have that answer.  Right now – I wake up and I do the work that God has put in front of me each day. I’m putting one foot in front of the other and trusting God to guide me.

A verse that God has laid on my heart this past month, while I’ve been quiet here on-line, is 1 Thessalonians 4:11. It says:

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

The word ambition means: a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. 

God says, “make it your ambition” or in other words – your goal, desire and plan — to lead a quiet life.

But how can being a blogger and leading a quiet life coincide?

This the tension I am feeling right now.  I am trying to answer the question – how do I live out the great commission and lead a quiet life?  Isn’t that a dichotomy?  Even if you are not a blogger – if you use social media or do a lot of real life ministry – then you probably feel this tension as well.

I am a social butterfly on-line and off-line.  God made me this way for His purposes but I am feeling a heavy need to pray more, read more, journal more, and process more.  In order to make room for these things – I have to be quiet more but being quiet is NOT my forte.  So I will have to ambitiously and diligently work hard at leading a quiet life.

I pray that what blossoms from my quiet spaces is a depth in my walk with God and in my writing.

So – as I put one foot in front of the other – I’m excited to return to the journey of reading through the Bible – one chapter a day – cover to cover.

God gave us 66 books in the Bible and I believe he wants us to read everyone of them!

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{Cue the Confetti}

It’s time to announce the new Winter 2017 study — 1 Samuel! 

Our study begins on Monday, January 9th and our GMG Regrouping and the re-opening of our Facebook Leadership Group will start on January 1st. I’ll post more details about all of that after Christmas.

This is an awesome book to read.  I could not think of a better way to start out the new year than in 1 Samuel.

Some major themes of this book include:

  • The Sovereignty of God
  • God does not choose who He uses based on appearances
  • Obedience is better than sacrifice
  • The Example of the friendship of Jonathan and David
  • The Courage of David Against the Giant

One of the most famous stories from the Bible, is found right here in 1 Samuel. David, the shepherd boy, trusted in God and defeated the giant Philistine named Goliath.

We all have giants in our lives but I love how David stands before the giant looking him square in the eye and says:

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.”

May we remember when we are facing our giants – that no human weapon can stand against our Almighty God that protects us.

“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed.” (Isaiah 54:17)

So I hope you will join me on this journey through 1 Samuel.  From chapter 1 to chapter 31 – this book is action packed.  We will weave our way through the history of Israel’s first King -Saul and the choosing of the second King -David.  We will see the power of our God unleashed through answers to prayer, the slinging of a stone, and the rise and fall of Israel’s Kings.  It’s going to be so good – you don’t want to miss this!

The 1 Samuel Journal is available now exclusively on Amazon!

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GMG Guys Logo 1000We also have a Good Morning Guys 1 Samuel Journal
for your sons ages 10 and up.

Both journals have an identical interior and guys can follow my nephew, Johnathan, over at GoodMorningGuys.org as he blogs through the Bible as well!

Inside the journals you will find:

*An Introduction to the Book of 1 Samuel
*An explanation of how to use the signature S.O.A.K. method of the GMG’s
*The GMG Coloring Chart
* The Verse of the Day each day
*A Reflection Question for each day
* Blank space for SOAKing each chapter of the Book of 1 Samuel

This companion Journal is NOT required to join us. 

If you are new, welcome to Good Morning Girls!
We are so glad you are here!

We are Reading Through the Bible– one chapter a day – five days a week.

There are no sign-ups or enrollments.

We are reading the books switching back and forth between the New Testament and the Old Testament.

So far we have completed:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Esther, Job, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, Matthew, Mark, Acts, 1 & 2 Peter, 1,2, & 3 John and Jude!  You can find all of the links to past studies on the GMG Resources Page.

To keep track of all of the books you have completed use this printable below.  Notice there are no dates on any of our reading plans so anyone can join us anytime.

 

My Bible Reading Plan

1 Samuel Blog and Social Media Schedule

Visit the Blog

On Mondays, here at WomenLivingWell.org, I’ll post all of the FREE resources for the week including the Daily Discussion Questions and printable Verses of the Day.

On Fridays, I’ll post a devotional here on the blog and invite you to fellowship in the comments.

Visit Instagram

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I’ll be posting both in the morning and evening, encouragement for your study in the book of Judges. Follow me on Instagram here.

Visit Facebook

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I’ll be posting the Assigned Reading of the Day at 7:45am and an open discussion takes place there. Check it out! It’s wonderful! Go to Good Morning Girls Facebook Page here.

Here is an explanation of the
Signature GMG SOAK Bible Study method:

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Here’s the Printable Bible Coloring Chart Bookmark

Bible Coloring Chart Bookmark 2Click here to print the Bookmark Coloring Chart

This is a wonderful method that slows us down and helps us soak in every single word.

Here’s what it looks like in my Bible (and some of yours).  You can find more pictures like this out on my Instagram page.

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Still not sure how this all works? Here is a video explaining it further.

Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I mentioned in the video:

Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
I use the ESV Inductive Study Bible as my personal study Bible.

Did you know GMG is also translated into over 15 languages?

Check out our GMG International Page !

Mark your calendars for January 9th!

 Spread the Word!  Share this post with your friends!  And look for the free resources and more details about our winter study coming after Christmas.

Have a very Merry Christmas and thanks again for all of your prayer support.  I thank the Lord for you all and I love you.

Keep walking with the King,

Courtney 🙂

Order your journal NOW
to get it in time for the start of our study!

Available on Amazon

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Good Morning Girls – The Book of 1 Samuel Journal
(for ages 10-110)

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In het nieuwe jaar….

In het nieuwe jaar starten we met 1 Samuël. De studie begint op 9 Januari 2017.

Meer informatie volgt zo spoedig mogelijk.

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Wil jij bidden???

Zoals jullie weten is de Bijbelstudie van Romeinen verplaatst. Ik kon nog niet vertellen wat de reden hiervoor was, omdat Courtney dit jullie graag zelf wilde laten weten. Courtney, haar man is weg uit hun gezin, de scheiding is uitgesproken. En zoals jullie zelf zullen begrijpen was dit een erg moeilijk periode voor Courtney, haar kinderen en haar ex man. Lees het onderstaande blog aub. En Bid voor haar en haar kinderen.

Will You Pray For Me and My Family?

I have been in a raging storm for about 1 year now.  In the midst of my storm, God has held me steady and secure but the storm has now ended and my life looks absolutely nothing like the way it looked before the storm began.

The storm has devastated my future, my hopes, my dreams and I will never be the same.  I feel like Satan has been breathing down my neck – that roaring lion who seeks to devour – made my home a playground.  But God has not left us and he has been my anchor through this storm and has set my feet on dry ground. And so it’s time for me to share.

When I started this blog in August, 2008, {8 years ago}, I did not have a vision or plan for where I was headed.  I was just a girl in Ohio, who loved the Lord first and her family second, and who longed to be used by God to fulfill the great commission.

My hope was to encourage women to live well, by drinking from the living well, the living words of God.  That is where the title – Women Living Well – came from.

I never planned to write on marriage and family.  My first blog posts, that are no longer available on-line, were on the book of Galatians and were devotional in nature.  But as time passed and I wrote more and more, I opened up a window into my family’s life.  I welcomed you into my family’s holiday celebrations, into our homeschooling life, into my kitchen, my marriage and more.  Some of you, who have followed me for a long time, may have noticed that I have begun to close that window.  As my kids become teenagers, I want to give them more privacy.  But there’s something else happening here…

My blog has taken many twists and turns as my life has taken many twists and turns.

I am sad to share with you today that my life has taken a major turn.

I am now a single mom.

My husband has decided to leave.

Friends, I would have bet my right arm that he would never leave us.  Everything I have written here and in my book about our marriage was real for me.  Our marriage was not perfect. I was not a perfect wife.  But I believed that every struggle we had was normal.  I truly love Keith and I loved being married to him.  The kids and I have grieved the loss of him everyday, since he has left.

The head of our home is gone but the heart is still here and God is our head.  One thing I have learned through this trial, when I have been lonely, is that God truly is enough.  He is my rock, my joy, my peace, my comfort, my strength, my protector, and lover of my soul.

Keith and I met and began dating my senior year of high school – we grew up together.  We dated for 4 years and then were married for 19 years.  Most of my best memories in life have him in them.  He was the first one to believe in the idea of this blog and encouraged me as I started it.  He told me long before I ever started blogging, that he believed one day I would write a book.   He was involved in the signing of my first book contract and I always got his approval before accepting any speaking engagements.

But Satan – He is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:7,8).  I know that writing here on this blog, put a target on my husband’s back.  This alone breaks my heart for him.  The spiritual warfare in our lives has been thick and exhausting.

A few days after my husband left us – I sat at my sister’s dinner table with my  immediate family and brothers-in-law, balling my eyes out. I asked them if I should quit this ministry here on-line, go on a one year break or keep going.

They unanimously told me to keep writing.

And so I kept writing, while this trial oozed out into some of my videos and blog posts this past year.  Our study through the book of Job was very timely, as it was written during my time of shock and denial.

This blog will not turn into a weekly update on this trial.  I am working through many things with a counselor right now and need time to process what has happened.  But I will write authentically and from time to time reference what I have been going through.

I apologize that I could not share sooner what was happening here…I have been on my knees in prayer – through tears – begging the Lord to bring him home and the fact that God has carried me through this season and He still faithfully gave me a word to write every.single.week. here on the blog is nothing short of a miracle. God is so very very good.

Though I had Biblical grounds to divorce my husband, it was he who drafted a dissolution and initiated the filing of it.  I signed it freeing him to go and the dissolution of our marriage was finalized in court.

During this time, I want to protect both my children and my ex-husband.  I ask that you do not say anything painful about him in the comment section.  If any slander happens – it will be deleted.  We love Keith dearly, pray for him daily, and he is greatly missed.

The empty chair at the head of our table, the empty space in the garage and the empty seat in the pew are all reminders to pray for the man we greatly value, love and miss.

Will you pray for me and my family?

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4

So thankful the King walks with me,

Courtney

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
(Isaiah 43:1-3)