Good Morning ~ Ephesians Week 9

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Good Morning! Here are my notes for the tail end of week 8 and so far in week 9. Do you want to compare notes? I love seeing what you see! It encourages & strengthens my faith when another believer shares what God has given them through Scripture! Isn’t it so good to have those “ah-ha” moments?!!! I know!

Wed, March 7, 2012
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.

Fri, March 9, 2012 *notes for Thursday and Friday…
[Prayers & sleep comments are here after a long night/week of 8 very sick children!]

Good Morning! Thank you for your prayers! We all finally had a good night’s sleep! Yay!
Continuing from Wednesday’s theme this portion of Scripture (Eph 4:28-32) gives us 5 guidelines now that we are a new creation in Christ:
#3) Replace theft with honest, good, hard work so that you can help others in need.
# 4) Replace foul, & ugly language w/grace filled communication that edifies & doesn’t grieve the Holy Spirit.
#5) Replace resentment & wrath w/kindness & forgive just the same as God has forgiven you.
Words to live by!:)

Mon, March 12, 2012
Good Morning!:) Eph 5:1-4 is clear on what is appropriate for a follower of God and what is inappropriate.
It’s appropriate to walk as dear children, in love, like Christ in complete sweet surrender, giving thanks.
What is inappropriate? Fooling around outside of marriage, all things impure, coveting, being dirty/filthy, foolish talking, harsh/crude joking. This is NOT suitable, fitting, proper, or anything like a follower of God. It is wrong. Being this way, doing these things is in direct opposition to The Lord & as His followers we must stay away from all forms of it. He says, rather than these awful things being named & part of our conversation or conduct… Just give thanks instead! How simple is that!

Tues, March 13, 2012
Good morning! Further urgent warnings today from Eph 5:5-7. Those who do wicked things, impure persons cannot inherit the kingdom of God. (Also see I Cor 6:9-11, Eph 2:8-10)
Wicked living makes God angry w/the children of disobedience. Do not be any part of it! This should remind us that God gave His dear Son. Jesus willingly endured death on the cross to wash away our wickedness. How can we play w/sin knowing how He gave His life to make us clean?! Follow only Jesus. Be set free from sin for good! It is not a game. You cannot serve God and the world!

Wed, March 14, 2012
Good morning! Today in Eph 5:8-14, CHRISTIANS, we’re reminded of our past & present CONDITION: We used to be darkness. Now we are light in the Lord.
Look @ our COMMANDS:
*Walk like children of light.
* Do not fellowship with dark/evil works.
* Shed light on the truth of evil & the danger, warning that it’s a shame to even talk about it, let alone be a part of it.
And for those who aren’t followers yet:
* Wake up. You are asleep.
* Get up from the dead. Turn from your sin.
* Christ promises to give you enlightment!!!
HE is reaching for you! Reach back. Follow HIM & never turn back!!!:) Be FOREVER changed!!!
HOPE! HELP! Jesus is the HOPE & HELP of ALL!

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No matter what pace you are walking through Ephesians you are doing wonderful! Can you believe we only have a few more weeks left in the book of Ephesians?! I already can hardly wait to hear from Good Morning Girls what book we are studying next time!!! If you are on a different schedule it’s ok! Take your time finishing up. You will be soooo glad you did! There is usually a break of several weeks before beginning a new study with GMG, so you can also use those weeks to finish up. Then we can start fresh together!

The LORD is good! HE will bless any and all time spent in His Word!!! I’m so glad you are walking through Ephesians beside me! Thank you!:)

Walking with Jesus,

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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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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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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,