Women in the Word Wednesday ~ Ephesians Week 5

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Good Morning Girls! It makes all the difference to know God! Because I know God and the more I know God the more I know who I am. I am His! He loves me. He is my Maker, my Creator, the Designer of me.

The world talks of self esteem, self confidence, self worth. A born again, new creation in Christ Jesus needs to have God esteem, God confidence, and only find all their worth in God.

God’s way is mysteriousl
Lower yourself and He will lift you up. …James 1:9, James 4:10
Loose your life and you will find it. …Matt 10:39
Give yourself and you will receive. …II Cor 9:6-8
Esteem others better than yourself and joy will be complete. …Phil 2
The first shall be last and the last shall be first. …Mark 10:31

Can you see yourself in the Scriptures? Do you know who you really are?

You are precious to God! …Psalm 139:17

You are loved with an everlasting love! …Jeremiah 31:3

God will perfect that which concerneth you! …Ps 138:8

Paul called himself less than the least of all saints. He humbly walked with God and preached the Gospel. He was confident of who he was in Christ, dedicated himself to all the work and suffering for Christ’s sake, and realized his life’s mission to serve others.

Walking with Jesus,

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Women in the Word Wednesday ~ Ephesians Week 4

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Good Morning Girls!:)

We are moving along through our exciting study of the book of Ephesians. The thing that is impressing me the most so far this week in Ephesians chapter 2, verses 11-18 is the constant reminder of these three things:

1) Remembering where I came from is a time of Celebration! I am no longer separated from God! I now have HOPE!

Hearken to Me,
ye that follow after righteousness,
ye that seek the Lord:
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,
and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. ~Isaiah 51:1

(I hope you’ll read this entire wonderful chapter!)

I waited patiently for the Lord;
and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord…
Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done…
~from Psalm 40

2) No matter how far away from God I used to be, no matter where I came from or “how lost” I once was, I NOW have access to the Father through The Cross of Christ! CHRIST is now my PEACE…my peace within, my peace with God and my peace with the whole body of Christ, all those who were brought near!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
~2 Corinthians 5:17-18

3) Christ came for ALL the world! Whosoever Will! Through Christ we who believe are one body, with and just as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are! God through Jesus, closed the gap between people groups and in Jesus Christ, His Cross, His Blood, we are one!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
~Romans 1:16

That whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish,
but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world,
that He gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
~John 3:15-16

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Walking with Jesus,


*If you would love more information on this Ephesians book study click here and here or visit Good Morning Girls!

Women in the Word ~ Ephesians Week 3

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Welcome to Women in the Word Wednesday! Our study of Ephesians is going so wonderfully! Of you all who have left comments here, on my personal facebook page or on the Bones in My Heart facebook page we can see that your time with the Lord and your steady walk through Ephesians is very special! It is for me, too! It is such an encouragement to me and I’m sure to other readers/friends as well, to see your posts and comments.

So, a big Thank You, to those who have shared. Sharing, leaving comments here on the blog commment roll and the blog facebook page are the most effective way to keep us connected with one another. And I know for me, I love reading your comments on how God is blessing you! It strengthens my own faith when I hear and see how God is blessing you!

Could you all do me a favor? If you are studying Ephesians along with us, another portion of Scripture or, if you are just happy to be a reader of Bones in My Heart, will you please let us all know by leaving a comment here and click “like” on the Bones in My Heart facebook page and leaving a comment there! Wouldn’t you all LOVE to see how many of us have joined in on this wonderful dedicated time to be in the Word together! Thank you for taking the time to join this little community! You all are a blessing to me!

One more thing! Is anyone memorizing Scripture right now?! What are you working on? I’m so disappointed in myself. I have slowed wayyyy down on my Scripture memory project lately. I use, what I call my Memory Trigger Sheets to memorize long passages. You can read more about that here. Memorizing James has been a long term project for me, but I’ve been dragging it out far too long (I’m too ashamed to say how long).

So, after a wonderful talk on skype Monday evening with one of my honorary daughters who is away at Bible college, “hey, Ginger girl!”, I am thinking of making myself a Bible memory schedule to help me reach my big goal. Little by little, bit by bit, errr bite by bite…that is how you eat an elephant, isn’t it? I’ll work on that and when I get it together I will post it for you.

It’s kind of like having our Ephesians study schedule and worksheets, huh? It’s extremely helpful to have our daily reading schedule mapped out for us and then a worksheet formatted for our notes for the day! (Thank you, Good Morning Girls blog for offering this wonderful tool!!!)

Could you use some inspiration to memorize Scripture? Do you like a challenge? Even memorizing just one verse a week will change your life! 🙂

Ok, now it’s your turn! Talk back!:)

Walking with Jesus,

You might also be interested in…

~Bible Study tips series~
Day One ~ Habits
Day Two ~ Bible Study Notebook
Day Three ~ My Bible, My Workbook
Day Four ~ Pray
Day Five ~ S.O.A.P. & Reading Through the Psalms

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Women in the Word Wednesday ~ Ephesians week 2

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God’s promises to us are exceedingly great!
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Oh! To live fully each moment in the riches of those promises…
With exuberance and joy…

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…fully alive, fully aware of His glorious blessings!

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power

Ephesians 1:11-19

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Open the eyes of my heart Lord,
Open the eyes of my heart,
I want to see You. I want to see You.

To see You high and lifted up,
Shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your power and love,
As we sing holy, holy, holy.

Holy, holy holy. Holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy, holy, I want to see You.

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Walking with Jesus,

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Women in the Word Wednesday

Well, GOOD MORNING! We are on now on the third day of our GMG Ephesians Bible study! I hope you are enjoying your time with the Lord in His Word! Isn’t it wonderful to purposefully sit with your Bible, reading and journaling a few verses at a time, looking at them slowly and carefully?! I love how this method allows me to truly meditate on the Scripture, letting it really sink in, as if to marinate my mind in the Word!

Praying over these Scriptures during my quiet time, I have found myself this week, mostly thanking Him in my prayers!

I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in Heavenly places!
In Christ, I am chosen, before Creation, to be blameless and holy before God!
It pleased God to adopt me, through Jesus Christ!
He has freely bestowed His grace on me!
In Christ I have Redemption, Forgiveness and the Richness of God’s Grace is LAVISHED on me!
It is His pleasure to make His will, His Sovereignty, His Providence in Heaven and on earth known to me!

Wow, as I have read and meditated on these passages, there is no denying that GOD LOVES ME! He has always intended (before time began!) to make me His daughter, care for me, provide for me, have a personal relationship with me, to give me freedom from my sin and lavish His rich, full grace upon me! It is His good pleasure, His kind intention!!! Amazing!

What a blessing to share now with all our readers! What special thing have you received these past few days in Ephesians? Let’s weekly encourage and cheer one another on in The Lord! Be a part. Your words, no matter how few, may be exactly what someone needs to read!

God bless each and every one of you as we continue on! I am praying for you!

Walking with Jesus,

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Good Morning Girls!

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The new Good Morning Girls study of Ephesians begins Monday, January 16! To join us, go to GMG and print the free S.O.A.P. Bible study worksheets. Some women have them spiral bound. Some put them in a folder or binder. I put them in my three ring binder, I call my Bible Study Notebook. Also, while you are at Good Morning Girls be sure to subscribe to the blog so you will receive the weekly posts that go along with the Bible study!

Each day follow along with the verse by verse study. On Wednesdays here at Bones in My Heart we will share something from our Quiet Times in Ephesians and invite you all to share in the comments section, as well!

At the end of this post there is further explanation of the S.O.A.P. Bible study method by Angela, the co-founder of Good Morning Girls. If you’ve not done the S.O.A.P. method of study, you will discover while it is so simple, it will have a lasting impact! In this study we will walk slowly, steadily through the book of the Bible. This allows us to meditate on what we have read. The Word is securely planted into the fertile soil of our hearts, takes root, grows and remains. And that’s what we want, right?!

I am so excited to take on this study with you! Do you know that more than 2,500 women in all 50 states and more than 20 countries around the world all are going to begin studying Ephesians next week?!!! I think that is SO incredible!

I am praying for us all as we prepare for our Bible study! Thank you for joining us! Please, invite your friends to join in, too! You could even invite a group of women in your area to meet once a week or once a month to share what you are learning, pray and encourage each other! You will be blessed, I just know it!

Walking with Jesus,

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Angela, from GMG explaining the S.O.A.P. study method:

Here I explain in greater detail what each section stands for, remember these are just guidelines to help you.

S- stands for “Scripture” you are to write out the verses in your own handwriting. By the end of our James study, you will have written out the WHOLE book of James! Also writing out the scripture helps you to understand it better and take a closer, slower look at the verses.

O- stands for “Observations“, what do you notice in this passage? You may want to summarize the verses in your own words, but most importantly write down what you hear God saying to you in these verses. What new observations or insights have you learned?

A- stands for “Application“, how can you apply what you just read to your life? Make it personal. Is there something that you need to change? Someone you need to forgive?

P- stands for “Prayer“, pray over what God has shown you today through His Word. Ask Him to help you live it out.

Thanks for making the time to be in God’s Word a priority in your life!

Learning to LOVE GOD GREATLY right along with you!!!

-Angela

*Also, at Women Living Well, along the right sidebar, Courtney has a video explaining how she uses the S.O.A.P. method. When you arrive at her blog look to the right and keep scrolling down the page until you see a series of videos in the right sidebar. Enjoy!

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Bible Study Tips ~ Day Four ~ Pray

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Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, because…

In the rest of this Psalm, David tells the reasons why he loves the Lord. He shares what the Lord means to him. When we pray it is good to always begin by saying, “I love You, Lord, because…”.
We teach our girls when they pray to not say anything else to the Lord before they thank Him for something first. It is a good habit to get into. When this is our habit, even in the anguishing times when we run desperately to Him, He gives peace that is beyond understanding and we are able to praise Him in everything. It’s His mysterious way. He’s so good!

Many of you may have heard of the ACTS method of praying. This is similar to the practice described above. A is for Adore Him (adoration); C is for Confess your sin to Him (confession); T is for Thank Him (thanksgiving); and S is for Supplicate: to ask humbly and earnestly of (supplication).

What happens when you begin telling someone how much you love them and all the wonderful reasons why you love them? Of course, that person sees how very special and important they are to you and feels wonderfully appreciated. That’s usually the whole point, right? But, besides this, what happens in you? As you are speaking these blessings to them you are filling up with joy, peace, and gratitude. Selflessness and humility take the place of self-centeredness and pride! What a blessing! Now think about our Heavenly Father! Approaching Him this same way is an enormous key to a life-changing prayer life!

I love You, Holy Father, because…

I’m sorry, Lord. Oh, please forgive my sin of…

Thank You, Jesus, for…

Please, Father, bless…; please, help…

In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.

Walking with Jesus,

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Study Ephesians With Me!

Beginning January 16th I will be studying the book of Ephesians along with Good Morning Girls. This is the sister site of Women Living Well. There are hundreds of women all over the world who have formed GMG groups and meet regularly online and/or together in person. You may read more about that at WLW or GMG.

I am not personally part of an established online GMG group. I just love to read and study the same book of the Bible that they are, on my own during my personal quiet time. I print out the S.O.A.P. worksheets, put them into my Bible Study Notebook and follow the same timeline that the other group members do.

Every Wednesday for, Women in the Word Wednesdays, I will share how the Word is blessing me and I would LOVE it if each of you who are studying along with me would leave a comment there about what has impressed you that week in our Bible study! We can all encourage each other!

I have enjoyed this so much and I hope you will join me! I’m looking forward to the Ephesians study! Please visit the GMG to download your worksheets and join us in studying the book of Ephesians!

Walking with Jesus,

Happy Thanksgiving Dear Friends

Here are some special links I’d love to share with you! I pray you have a very blessed day worshipping The LORD Who makes every good thing possible.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES!

This is a cool app! I love it! By the way, have you all read ONE THOUSAND GIFTS: A DARE TO LIVE FULLY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE? Wow. It’s a good read.
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Sign up to receive email updates at Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience for the link for a FREE Jesse Tree Advent Family Devotional. Click the button below to read about the J.T.A. Family Devotional and sign up.
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Enjoy this good post, “Joy and Thankfulness” by Allen Randolph at Everyday Life.

And for some fun things to make and do for Thanksgiving and Christmas click this adorable button…Skip to My Lou. How cute is that?

Love ya’ll!

Walking with Jesus,

“God hits straight licks with crooked sticks.” ~Pastor Crawford Loritts

“HOW I COME TO GOD DETERMINES WHERE I GO.” ~Pastor Jason Beasley

Psalm 40:6
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required.

Psalm 51:16,17
For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else I would give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

I recently was privileged to be present for a message presented by Pastor Crawford Loritts. He was preaching on leadership, and the common qualities of God-chosen leaders in the Bible.

Brokenness was number one. Pastor Loritts said, “Brokenness is a permanent awareness of God-neediness. God doesn’t use what I bring to the table. He uses the depth of my dependence (upon Him).”

How I come to God is my worship. Worship must have it’s eyes on God alone and it must be real.

Am I open, honest, transparent, emptied, broken? Am I aware of HIM in everything, all along my daily journey? Am I truly walking with Jesus? I can only worship Him, walk with Him, in this manner. God wants a continuous giving of my heart, soul and mind, every tiny part.

Confessing to Him my brokenness, my need, opens the door for Him to come through to heal me and purify me so He can then use me!

Walking with Jesus
Walking every day
All along the way
For I am
Walking with Jesus
Walking with Jesus alone.

Walking in the sunlight
Walking in the shadow
Walking every day
All along the way
For I am
Walking in the sunlight
Walking in the shadow
Walking with Jesus alone.