Glorifying God in a Glimpse

On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google, or any other social media outlets…We see just glimpses of one another’s lives. A glance into each other’s lives can point our family, friends and “followers” to the Lord and to His Word; in the lighthearted or hilarious moments, when life is rough or on smooth days, through our struggles and even if we have found ourselves in a pit.

The fact is, we are quickly nearing the end of the Beginning. Jesus is coming soon! These days of technology are days of opportunity like never before. We are able to reach out to one another far and wide, all over the globe.

With the power of the Holy Spirit as our guide, I pray we/I redeem the time and use our opportunities wisely. Let’s choose to serve God everywhere, including online. Encourage one another and build each other UP in the LORD!

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. ~Ephesians 5:15-17

Rejoice with them

That do rejoice.
And weep with them
That weep. ~Romans 12:15

Now therefore fear the Lord,
and serve Him in sincerity and in truth:
and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood,

and in Egypt;
and serve ye the Lord.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites,
in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house,  
we will serve the Lord. ~Joshua 24:14-15

More passages to ponder:
1 Thessalonians chapter 4
Ephesians chapter 5

Intentionally Focused ~ Week 2 ~ Your Spiritual Life

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Good morning! I just wanted to quickly touch base with you here. How is it going for you in our GMG study, Intentionally Focused?! I’ve already been so blessed! I love going through passages of Scripture slowly, in small bites and that is exactly how the S.O.A.P. Bible study directs us as we write out our daily Scripture, our Observations, our life Application and then our Prayer.
Here is our reading plan for Week 2, and our memory verse. (Of course, use your personal favorite translation of Scripture.)
I pray you each have a warm, blessed week!
Growing in grace, II Corinthians 9:8

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20140128-062103.jpg *Please, come on over and LIKE us on Facebook! We’d love for you to introduce yourself and feel free to share your own Bible study highlights or questions!

Look at Jesus, Intentionally Focused (week one)

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Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself,
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
~ Hebrews 12:1-3 (KJV)

Since we are surrounded by so many great examples of those who have gone before us, bearing testimony to the Truth, throw off anything and everything that weighs us down and slows down our progress. Make sure you watch out for and run away from all the sin that easily gets us tangled up, sets a trap for us, grabs us around the ankles and yanks us down. Run the race patiently. I think of the lyrics in a hymn, “…bear patiently…”.

Do not stop. Move forward. Move on. Never give up! Never quit! Keep going!
If you fall down, REPENT! and get right back up!

Look at Jesus! Look to Him for all the encouragement, motivation and the spirit you need to not faint or fade. Jesus, being flesh and bone like us, endured the horrific pain of the cross and He disregarded the shame. How did He endure such suffering and anguish? Why didn’t He think about the shame? Because He was thinking about the joy He knew was waiting for Him, everlasting joy with His Holy Father!

Whenever you feel life is too much, or you’re waiting is too long…think about the hatred and the hostility that our loving Saviour endured so you will not grow weary in well doing and get tired of living your life for Eternity. Always think about Jesus and all He suffered through so you will not become discouraged and lose heart.

Look at Jesus!

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Growing in grace,
Melissa
II Cor 9:8

Intentionally Focused ~ Welcome!

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I am so happy that you are here! Welcome to the starting line of our 8 week journey toward setting our souls, our hearts, our minds, and all our ways on being *Intentionally Focused on the Lord Jesus Christ in all areas of our lives! I plan to publish notes from my own personal study here in a weekly post, or maybe more often. And then, I want to post daily on our Facebook page! My hope is that you all will freely share your notes and inspirations, as well! It will be SO encouraging (and not lonely 😀 ) when you leave comments here on the blog and on our Facebook page! Introduce yourself, and throughout the week, or each day…as often as you’d like, please, share what the Lord is doing in you! We are doing this together!

On this journey, what do you see as the goals and challenges you are facing? For me? I think personally my greatest challenge is to be intentionally focused in the “small things” all day long. After daily temptations, challenges and snares I’d like (actually, I’d LOVE!) to look back and know that in all things, I was filled with the fruit of the Spirit and by the grace of God, avoided each temptation and met each challenge Biblically, just the way the Lord wants me to…and when I have sinned to quickly confess, repent and receive His forgiveness and get back up just like He intends for me to! (1 John 1:9) Is that too much to ask? Ha! Well, I believe if God didn’t mean for me to succeed then He wouldn’t have commanded it, or asked it of me all throughout His Word! What do you think?

Growing in grace,
Melissa
2 Corinthians 9:8

*If you need the Bible study materials, go to Good Morning Girls, become a subscriber and download the Intentionally Focused reading plan and free printable study guide!

Join Us!

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The new online Bible study, Intentionally Focused,  from Good Morning Girls is starting next week! I have always been so blessed by each GMG Bible study I have done, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

This study will help us start out the new year by focusing our lives on what really matters! During our 8 week Bible study we will be focusing on:

Our spiritual lives
Our minds
Our marriages
Our friendships
Our children
Our ministries
Our health

We would LOVE for you and your friends to join our study group here at Women Growing in Grace! We will share our notes and insights with one another here on the blog, as well as on our Facebook page! To get started, be sure to subscribe to our email updates and leave a comment below to let us know you are planning to study with us. Next, go to goodmorninggirls.org to subscribe and receive the link to the free study guide and reading plan! Then, we’d love it if you’d join our Facebook page and introduce yourself! Thank you so much, ladies! See ya’ back here soon!

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If you have any questions you may contact me at cpsalm40@hotmail.com with WGIG Bible study in the subject line or find me on our Facebook page!

Growing in grace,
Melissa
II Corinthians 9:8

What if…

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Dear Lord,

What if I did not have the ability to speak?

I imagine I would dream of all the sweet and wonderful things I would say!

I would long to tell my husband, my children, and everyone You put in my path

good things, encouraging things, important, meaningful things.

I would not think of wasting my words on lesser things.

Or what if I were only given a maximum number of words per day?!

I wouldn’t dare waste them away…the way I now so foolishly do

Since I never think of not having this liberty…

The liberty to speak whatever, whenever, however, and as much as I please.

O, Lord, may I be wise,

May I only use words to minister grace, bless, edify, encourage,

and admonish with great care and love.

Purify my heart to spill over with gratitude in everything,

So love and joy ~ You will supernaturally overflow from all of me.