Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians ~ Week 10

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Good morning,

What gorgeous weather we are enjoying in Indiana! Praise the Lord ~ God controls the weather! There’s no such thing as “mother nature”. I’m so grateful for our living, loving God Who is a genuis designer and Creator of all things! By Him all things exist! He is worthy of all credit, all praise!

Here are our notes from the past week of studying Ephesians every morning. May you be blessed and changed as you have been and continue to study God’s Word! Can you believe there are only two and a half weeks left in the book of Ephesians?! I can hardly wait to see what book we will be walking through for the next 12 week study, can you?! Have a precious day, my friends! Love to you all!

~Walking with Jesus,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Good Morning!:) Today in Eph 5:28-30 a great encouragement for husbands & wives is this…Just as the church is part of Jesus’ body, the wife is part of her husband’s body. I like this in the notes from my KJV Nelson study Bible: “The husband who loves his wife brings much profit to himself.” God’s ways are always true, always wonderful, always good, always blessed! 🙂

Monday & Tuesday, March 19 & 20, 2012
Good Morning! Eph 5:21-24 & 25-27 (I’m a doubling up today) Did you know that marriage is a symbol or picture of the church? No pressure, right? But God has it all in perfect order. His way is THE way! The joyful way! The happy way! The Heavenly way! O taste & see that He is good! His way is puzzling to the world, even maddening. But to the Christian, God through His Son Jesus Christ, has proven Himself, His love. I want to enjoy God’s gift of marriage! I want my home to reflect Jesus and His love…a bit of Heaven on earth!

Friday, March 16, 2012
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for broken glass on my counter, for dirty clothes on the floor, for little girls arguing, for whining 1st grader who doesn’t want to read, for daughter crying tears because she doesn’t want to help her little sister (really?)…
Give thanks always for all things.
Help me, LORD, help me to be under Your influence, help me just follow these verses, & help me thank You for all of these things in Jesus’ name!
(Eph 5:18-20)

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Good Morning Girls! 🙂 Eph 5:15-17 is such a great encouragement! See to it/Make sure you live carefully, wise; not as a fool! Because? These days are evil! Make the most of the time & the opportunities we have & understand or be clear about the Lord’s will…that NO ONE perish; that all believe on the Lord Jesus; that ALL will be saved! Amen!

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Links you might like:
Amazima Ministries
Under His Wings
Women Living Well
A Holy Experience
Bible Study Tools
Bible Gateway blog

Women in the Word ~ Ephesians Study Week 8

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Each morning I post a brief Ephesians note on facebook & twitter. But if you are not a “facebooker” or you don’t “tweet” (lol!) then you don’t see these daily notes. I thought I might begin passing these along to my subscribers as many of you are reading along in our Bible study, as well. I’m sorry I just thought of it now that we are already into week 8 of our Bible study!

Monday’s passage in Eph 4:17-19:
Oh my, what a sadness we see here and what a warning for us! Christians, now that we belong to Jesus, and have a new life in Christ, from now on, do not walk like unbelievers walk! They live with empty purpose, purpose with no value. They live in the dark & because of the hardness of their will they walk, live, think, conduct themselves completely separated from, detached from the life God intends for them. They even become calloused and insensitive to morality and the difference between what is right and wrong, good and evil.
Studying this, my heart is so broken for the precious ones who are walking as unbelievers! I’m brokenhearted for the life with Jesus they are stealing from themselves, the blessings, the riches of His goodness & grace they could enjoy right here on earth! Not to mention the treasures awaiting them in Heaven to lay at the Saviour’s feet, the One Who paid for all their sin & redeemed them!
Christians, our walk, our testimony is vital to ministering to unbelievers & believers alike! People NEED the LORD! People need to see Jesus!

Tuesday’s passage:
~”A wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart!” ~
That is the theme of Eph 4:20-24. I have heard Christ, I’ve been taught The Truth in Jesus. I must continually choose to renounce my old self, the old sin-lead life which will always lead me astray, and choose new thinking, a fresh renewed mind! I get to choose to take after my Father! I want to resemble Him, be recognized as His daughter! You know: “Like Father~like daughter”; “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”! Who is this new person? She/He is created in righteousness and in true (genuine) holiness…they are just like their Father!!!!

Today’s passage:
Good morning:)! These next 3 days in our Ephesians study we see 5 steps or guidelines to live by as a new creation in Christ. The first 2 are in our passage today, Eph 4:25-27:
1) no more lying; tell the truth
2) no more sinful anger; brief righteous indignation so we don’t give the devil opportunities
Being angry is not always sin. There is much sin and evil that a Christian can and should be angry about. But God is specific that we should not be angry and sin. We need to have self control, take the issue to the Lord, & prevent bitterness, etc by coming to a resolution before the days end. Don’t go to bed angry.

On Thursday in Eph 4:28-29 look for guidelines # 3 & 4, and on Friday in Eph 4:30-32 see #4 continued & also find #5.

Have a wonderful week!

Walking with Jesus,

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Women in the Word ~ Ephesians Week 7

*Little note for my email subscribers: Please forgive the incomplete post you received this morning. I accidentally hit “publish” when I actually wanted to “update” it as a draft. Oops! Ok, so here’s the intended post… Thank you for your patience with my goof-ups. 🙂

I love the encouragement this morning from Good Morning Girls! Therefore, I can’t resist sharing an exerpt and invite you to read the entire post, if you haven’t already. Here is the latter portion from Whitney’s post that really spoke to me. Enjoy your precious time growing in God’s Word!

From GMG:

And I have to wonder when we struggle with the unity that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 4, if we’ve held on to some wrong thinking for far too long:

*Have we hidden behind our own preferences instead of agreeing on truth (remember that much of what we get “stuck” on isn’t even biblical thinking!)?

*Do we rely on the same convenient excuses year after year?

*If we were willing to bend just a little on the negotiables, could God use us more effectively?

*Could God be calling us to get out of our comfort zones in order to be an encouragement to someone in need?

*Are we plain just letting fear get in the way?

Unity in our relationships is not always easy. In fact, let’s be honest… sometimes it is the last thing we want to do! But Paul is calling us to maturity. To focus on what really matters. To remember that we are all on level ground at the foot of the cross.

”…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” ~Ephesians 4:1-3

And here’s the amazing thing: when we finally let go of “our way” and submit to practicing unity the way God intended?

Freedom comes.

Is it time for you to let go of something that has hindered unity, so that you can start enjoying the ride?

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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,