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

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Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Week 12 ~ Part I

On this closing day of our Good Morning Girls Ephesians book club I share with you our final week’s study notes in two parts. It has been a joy to study along with you! The book of Ephesians has blessed my heart, blessed my life and spurred me on in the Lord!

God bless you as you continue to devote a portion of every day to spend time with Jesus, the King of kings! It’s a daily Father/Daughter date! That He would meet with me makes me feel so cared for! I know I am loved by Almighty God, the Designer and Creator of the Universe!

Now notes from Ephesians…

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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Good morning!:) In Ephesians 6:7-8 Paul continues to teach how we are to obey our masters.
We are to have good intentions, good will toward them or we could also say, no ill-will or ill-intent. We should also know that the Lord will reward all we do here in earth and in heaven.
As I go about my duties, am I respectful or am I critical? Am I guarded against being self-centered or having an entitlement attitude or do I have genuine good will toward those I serve?

Friday, March 30, 2012
Good morning, Ephesians Book Club!:) Today we are in Ephesians 6:9. Masters, (leaders, bosses), just as servants/workers are expected to treat you w/respect, sincerity, and genuine good will, masters are to dedicate themselves to do likewise. Give up disrespectful, threatening leadership. Human masters are to know that their Master is in Heaven judging earthly matters without partiality. Recall Philippians 2:3!

Let nothing be done
through strife or vainglory;
but in lowliness of mind
let each esteem other
better than themselves.

Whether the captain or the crew, may we always serve others and esteem them better then ourselves!

Monday, April 2, 2012
Good Morning as we kick off the final week of our Ephesians Bible study/book club with Ephesians 6:10-12! Until the Lord returns let us all continually be strengthened by His mighty power! It is imperative that we arm ourselves with the equipment God has provided in order for us to stand in the battle against the devil’s schemes. While it may appear our enemy is mankind, it is not. Our enemy is the devil and his workers. This is a spiritual battle for eternal souls!
Therefore, let’s stop fighting each other, especially at home, remember these conflicts we face daily are only temporal. What really matters is Eternity! So, when I’m in a struggle, I’ll keep putting on the whole armor of God and then ask myself, in light of Eternity does this really matter!?!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Good Morning to you! Do you start your day, head into battle, without putting on your armor? God tells us in Ephesians 6:13-15 & also 16-17 this is our defense against the evil that continually threatens His children in this world. Just as it’d be crazy to show up for combat wearing blue jeans, t-shirt, flip flops, carrying a squirt gun, it’s just as foolish and naive to walk in this world an unprepared, unarmed Christian. Literally, let’s put on our full armor of God before we face each day encounter any situation.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Good morning! We are almost to the end of the book of Ephesians! And signs show we quickly are nearing the end of this age, though no one knows the end but the Father. Times are hard. The devil is frantic. Christians must stand strong! Take up the shield of faith, put on the helmet of salvation, hold on to the Sword of the Spririt~God’s Word! We can quench the fiery darts of the devil! Watch over yourselves, your family, your home! Let’s give him no foothold! Let’s look alive! Let’s suit up! (Ephesians 6:16-17)

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Good morning! From Ephesians 6:18 my encouragement today is this… After “having done all to stand” we are then told to PRAY for one another in the Spirit. Remember on every occasion, every chance we get to earnestly and humbly seek God. Watch, pay attention, be vigilant. Despite the difficulties, despite setbacks, despite opposition LOOK to GOD, PRAY and STAND against the fiery darts of evil! Steadfastly FOLLOW after that which is GOOD! Take our eyes off the world and keep our eyes on the LORD! We can do that! God bless you and your family! God bless your home!

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Walking with Jesus,

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Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Week 12 ~ Part II

Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Week 12 ~ Part II

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Friday, April 6, 2012
Good Morning on this final day of our GMG Ephesians book study! It’s been a blessed journey!

Today we close with Paul’s detailed request for prayer in Ephesians 6: 19-24. I see 7 requests on his prayer list that progressively become more specific.

May this be our prayer, as well.

1- I pray that God will give me *utterance; that He will give me a voice, an opportunity to speak.

*utterance: articulation; a stated or published expression; a voice; power, style or manner of speaking

2- I pray that I will open my mouth *boldly.

*boldly: fearlessly, bravely; confident, assured

3- I pray that I will be a witness and promote the Gospel of truth.

4- I pray that I will be a witness wherever I am speaking assuredly just as the Lord would have me speak.

5- I pray that I will be transparent and accountable to the family of God.

6- I pray that I, with my family or any other team I might minister alongside, will be a comfort and an encouragement to the family of God, our brothers and sisters in Christ.

7- I pray that I will be a blessing, bringing to the brethren who sincerely love Jesus…peace, God’s faithful love, and grace.

Walking with Jesus,

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*Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Week 12 ~ Part I

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Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Study Week 11 ~

Good Morning Girls!

Welcome to our GMG book club where together we have been studying Ephesians! We are midway through week #11 when I share my notes with you for Women in the Word Wednesday! Thank you so much for coming along this study with me! God bless you my friends!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Good morning study partners! This morning we have a good reminder for workers from Eph 6:5-6. We are told to be good workers, obedient, respectful, sincere, not only when the boss is looking, but all the time…pleasing God! I don’t go away from home for a job, I work @home, so my “masters” are God, and my husband. This certainly admonishes me to not be a slacker & to remember that as I work my attitude & my performance is to be honoring to God. We all have our “down” days or days we are sick, but there are those times I give grudgingly, out of duty- that’s not sincere. There are days I’m a slacker, procrastinating- while my hubby fully trusts me to care for our home & our children well. Ouch! With all my heart, I want to give my sincere best each day to my Masters! 🙂

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Good Morning! I need this fresh reminder from Ephesians 6:4. It is fathers who are addressed, I know.
But, I (mother) need to listen & beware, as well!
My words, my tone, my countenance can easily discourage or provoke my children.
Am I being careful with their tender hearts?
Or am I frustrating them or even causing them to be bitter, resentful, or angry? God forbid it.
“O Lord, may I keep a clean heart, pure motives walking with my children, bringing them up in You. Make me conscious, sensitive, aware. Alert me. Stop me. Fill me. Prompt me to be gentle, kind, soft, sweet.”

Monday, March 26, 2012
Good Morning Ephesians bookworms! How wonderful in 6:1-3 in His Word that God especially addresses children! His command for them is to
♥ Obey your parents
♥ Honor your father & mother.
Why? Because it is right and there is a promise, a blessing that goes with this special commandment!
Parents, caregivers, have you heard this?
“It’s much easier to train up the child than to rehabilitate the man.” Let’s train our children lovingly, prayerfully according to God’s Word (& w/His help) so we do not rob them of the precious blessings God has for them! ♥

Friday, March 23, 2012
Good Morning! Today Eph 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” The simple, sweet, good way…
♥ Husband, love your wife like you love yourself.
♥ Wife, make sure you respect your husband.
*Wives, God wants us to love him, too. See what older women should teach the younger in Titus 2:4? “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,”. It’s all about LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Good Morning! Eph 5:31-32…You just can’t improve upon perfection!God’s Word is 100% true; 100% good; 100% timeless. Do you know that God created marriage & it is precious? We can’t attempt to make it what we want it to be & improve upon what God has already created it to be!
*a man shall leave his father & mother
*be joined to his wife, cleave to her
*they are no longer two, but now one flesh
Marriage- it is a beautiful, sweet picture of Jesus & His church. He is the Bridegroom. His church is His bride.

Walking with Jesus,

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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