As I mentioned in a recent post, I recently completed a personal devotional “Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be”. I was truly blessed by it, and enjoyed studying the Proverbs 31 Woman. Since then, I have been searching for a new devotional. I downloaded a few free apps on my phone, but found them either too short, or not very worthwhile. I googled “best Christian women’s devotionals” and read some reviews. Still, I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for.
On Facebook, I “like” a page “Proverbs 31 Ministries”. I am encouraged with their posted texts and links to blog posts they include and on Sunday, September 1st, I was online. I clicked on a link that was recommended by Proverbs 31 Ministries (I can’t even recall what it was anymore). Once I “liked” that new page, it recommended I like a page called “Good Morning Girls”. I perused the mutual friends who also “liked” the page and decided to add it to my list. Once I started exploring the site, I clicked the link to the website (http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/) and discovered it was actually an online Bible study. And it started the next day, September 2. As I was reading, I realized I wasn’t too late to sign up, today was the last day. The Dutch in me was liking the “free materials” it boasted and I thought, well, why not? I signed up that night and had the free materials emailed to me. I emailed Martha, who handles the enrollment part of groups. I knew I needed a group to hold me accountable. As much as I grew during my last devotional, I lacked accountability and group encouragement. I admit, some days during my last devotional I would miss a day and play “catch up” the next day. Yes, I still had my time alone with God, but wasn’t holding up my end of really devoting myself to the study everyday as I had promised.
Martha emailed me a link to a Facebook group and I asked to join. I love my little group. We are women from all walks of life and all over North America. Some are single, most are married, some stay at home full time with their families, others run day cares or work full-time, we vary in age and are from all sorts of backgrounds. We pray for each other. We share our devotional insights with each other. When one of us is discouraged or needs a prayer, we are quick to respond.
The study this fall session is “Loving like Jesus”. Obviously, we all fall short of this. But the program is remarkable. It takes small chunks of Scripture and really delves into the passage using a great method, where we write a small text out, write down what our observations of the text are or what really strikes you about the text, how we can apply this to our lives, and then end with a prayer. My group shares our individual devotions online and we all benefit from a greater insight to the text with sharing. I love that we are expected to post everyday – if I’m missing for a day, I’m sure they’re going to come looking for me which I love.
We are currently finishing up Luke 17, which at times can be confusing. More than once I’ve phoned Ryan up at work and said “hey, can you help me understand this?” and we end up having a great conversation, feeding off each other’s observations. We’ll continue the conversation and go deeper into it when we get home from work.
This program has made personal devotions a part of my daily routine, I am now part of a Bible study group where we have great discussion, and Ryan and I are incorporating this into studying the Word together.