Take Time to Slow Down to Study God’s Word

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I don’t know what life is like for you right now, but life around my house is like a runaway bullet train.

My kids are older, both are now in double-digits; and between the homeschooling, online work, Bible studies, housework, church responsibilities, playdates, and all the rest – I feel like I can’t catch my breath.

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There are weeks that go by when I don’t have even one day to put my feet up and rest.

The craziest part of all, is that we live in a culture where that is considered normal; and not having a day off from the crazy train for many is not odd.

Especially if you have kids.

Normal is working 5-6 days a week and spending all of your free time driving kids to sports practice, music lessons, gymnastics, and dance class.

There is no time to rest.

This is especially detrimental for believers, because this fast-paced, hurried life leaves no time for spiritual growth.

Can I tell you something?

Spiritual growth doesn’t happen in sound-bytes and one-minute Bible passages because God doesn’t communicate in sound bytes and two-paragraph devotionals.

Spiritual growth demands that we set aside both quality and quantity time to get alone with God, in His presence, to hear His voice.

But not just hear His voice, but to meditate on His words, allow them to penetrate our heart, and change the way we think, act, and behave.

Jesus illustrated this for us in His parable of the sower. There were 4 types of soil: packed earth, rocky, thorny, and soft, plowed dirt.

Our hearts get packed down from the amount of traffic we allow to in everyday,
Or disappointment and disillusionment cause us to build walls in our hearts,
Or our busy-ness and efforts to create a dream life here prevent us from having the time for God like we want…

All of these prevent spiritual growth in our lives because they don’t allow the seed of God’s Word to sink down deep and take root and grow in our lives.

Growth takes time; it needs tending to, it needs cultivating.

Spiritual growth requires solitude, it requires quiet meditation on God’s Word, it requires time set aside specifically to sit in God’s presence enjoying Him, listening to Him, and speaking with Him.

And He is calling us to slow down, to remember those things that have eternal importance and value, and invest in those things.

That is why, this fall, I am intentionally choosing to slow down to study God’s Word.

Join Me for the Fall Slowing Down for Spiritual Growth Bible Study

We will start on November 1, 2021

Where: You can find my private Facebook Group here: Good Morning Girls in the Word

I also have a Good Morning Girls’ group on Mewe

What Do I Need? You can either order the Slowing Down for Spiritual Growth workbook from Amazon, or you can visit Good Morning Girls to grab the digital version of this workbook.

What can I expect? Both Courtney and I will be blogging through the study – each on our own blogs.

Each Monday, Courtney will provide resources on her Good Morning Girls blog

Each Wednesday, I’ll be blogging here about what I’m learning through what we’re reading.

Each Friday, Courtney will be sharing a wrap-up of the study for that week.

A Little More About Good Morning Girls and My Groups

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Good Morning Girls is an online Bible study for women. Began by Courtney Joseph in her church, she took the Bible study to the Internet in 2009 and invited ladies all over America to join her in keeping each other accountable to their daily time with the Lord.

Little did she know that this Bible study would extend beyond the borders of America to literally every region of the world!!

In 2014 I joined Courtney, together with my dear friends Misty, Mandy and Bridget, in helping to lead Good Morning Girls. It has been an amazing journey as we’ve watched Good Morning Girls not only grow beyond what we could have dreamed or imagine, but we’ve had the amazing honor to see women’s lives changed by daily digging into God’s Word!

Good Morning Girls is a simple study – we simply read the Bible.

We believe that there is power in the Word of God and the Word of God alone can defeat the enemy. So we read one chapter a day 5 days a week. And we will continue this method until we’ve read through the entire Bible!!

All the materials are free and are available at Women Living Well!

In the summer of 2012 I opened the very first Good Morning Girls group in Croatia.

12 women, all members of my church.

I had no idea where it would lead. But by the following summer it exploded to cover the countries of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.

You can read the story here

If you’d like more information about Good Morning Girls Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, you can find our blog here, follow us on Facebook, or message me to join one of our 10 private Facebook study groups.

In 2017, my dear friend Mary and I opened up our first International study group in English. You can find us at Good Morning Girls in the Word

Become a Good Morning Girls Bible Study Leader!

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Good Morning Girls Leadership Training

Good Morning Girls follows the S.O.A.K method of studying God’s Word. You can discover what that means here. We also recommend this fun and practical way of reading your Bible: color coding your Bible. You can find the color code system below and read about it here:

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