Words - Wisdom - Inspiration 

An ongoing Christ centered series of informational entries about life, books, family and general conversations 

The Path of the Lord: Psalm 25

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This morning, I read Psalm 25. The chapter is a beautiful reminder and praise of God's faithfulness. Verse 10 stood out to me, resonated with a devotional I heard earlier this week.

"All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,

for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies." -Psalm 25:10

Let's work backwards through this verse, first determining to whom this truth applies. Who are "...those who keep His covenant and His testimonies"? We are - His children. We strive to become holy, to uphold His covenant and testimonies, for He is holy. We are followers of Christ.

Following Christ means walking the paths He leads us down. And, this verse says, "all the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness (emphasis added)."

All of them... including the hard ones. Including the ones that are so horrifically painful, so utterly devastating that leave you screaming why, the ones that seem to have nothing redeeming, the ones that leave you battered and broken.

Any and every path you find yourself on, God is with you. Because He is steadfast love - the firmest, strongest, most relentless kind of love. And because He is faithful, His nature cannot contradict Himself, which makes Him utterly worthy of our trust.

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28

Those who love God. Those who are called. Chosen. Children. Beloved.

You may be deep in the valley, covered by darkness and grief. You may be high on the mountaintop, surrounded in light and joy. Regardless of where you find yourself, you are in God's hand. He has not forsaken you.

Our loving Shepherd is faithful to lead us through the green pastures, and He is just as faithful to lead us through the dark valley.

-Mariah

Advent: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper

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 Our next book will start on Dec 1st. Covering the topic of advent for Christmas. The book we will be reading is The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper. Its a very simple, yet deep in message & meaning, easy quick daily read. We will be reading one very quick page each day as we count down to Christmas.

Just read the page that matches the date of the day. For example: if today's date is Dec 1st then your read the page in the book that is titled Dec 1st and so on daily until Dec 25th. To join in on reading this book with us for the month of Dec, go to our events page and click on the join us tab. This is a online group book club.https://www.facebook.com/groups/2619277324963423/announcements/

Winter Bible study: The Bible book of John

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Our NEXT GMG Bible study STARTS🎉 January 14, 2019! 🎉

We will once again be partnering with Good Morning Girls as we study the next book of the Bible this winter 2019, which will be:

THE BOOK OF JOHN 😃🤩😍

John is the fourth gospel and it is unlike the previous three gospels. It is unique! The book of John shows 7 signs and miracles.

Six of these miracles are not mentioned in the other gospels. Also, there are almost no parables in John but it includes the seven “I AM” statements. These statements are not included in the other gospels! And finally, we will see our Savior and Lord lay his life down for us on the cross, rise from the dead and then walk and talk with his disciples one last time before sending the Holy Spirit.

I can’t wait to see how God reveals himself personally to each of us as we read the book of John together!  Courtney GMG https://www.facebook.com/groups/141423013188503/


Do you live in the Phoenix area? Join us in person

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If you live in the West Valley of Phoenix, AZ  we have a in person group that has just established there.  Check them out at https://www.meetup.com/West-Valley-Christian-Womens-Group/



Join us! 4 week bible study Rest and Release by Courtney Joseph - Good Morning Girls

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Our group will be doing GMG 4 week study called Rest and Release, starting on Feb 25th. https://www.facebook.com/groups/141423013188503/ This is a 4 week study that Courtney wrote to refresh our souls at the start of a new year. The main verse for this study is John 14:27 “peace I leave with you: my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Which is perfect since we just finished the book of John.

This study will look at how God gives us peace and rest though our daily lives and what that looks like for each of us. This is a devotional style study. We will be looking at a different passage of scripture daily using the SOAK format. Normally I say, you don’t need the book but for this study I would recommend it just so that you have all the information in one place. Like all her books they can be purchase on amazon https://amzn.to/2E5mdbq

Courtney and Good Morning Girls Ministry will be taking a break until April. The next new group study - that all the small groups will be doing together with GMG / Courtney will begin sometime in April and the book of the bible for that study has not been announced yet. During this break Courtney has suggested that we pick one of her devotional studies to do until April’s big group study. So that is why our group is doing Rest and Release study.