Grace · Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: To Get God’s Power, Admit You Need His Help

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“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NLT, second edition).

A right relationship with Jesus is foundational to every area of your life. Your physical health is no exception.

Through a secure relationship with Jesus, you can grow and change in ways it’s impossible to do without one. In truth, we can’t accomplish anything having to do with our health without God: “I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NLT, second edition).

Getting healthy, like any major change we make in our lives, can seem like an impossible challenge. Of course, it is impossible for those who try to do it on their own! But in our inadequacy, God’s strength for the person of faith is made perfectly evident.

That’s why it takes faith to maintain your health the way God desires. You’ll never be able to do it on your own. You were never intended to be able to! Anything you can do in your own willpower doesn’t require faith, and when faith is not required, we’re living faithlessly.

When you come to Christ in acknowledgement of your weaknesses, he often turns your greatest weakness into your greatest strength. God loves to turn our greatest weakness into our greatest strength. If you feel you have a weak faith or even no faith, depend on God, and let him turn it into your greatest strength.

But that only happens through God’s power. The Bible tells us there’s a direct connection between faith and power. The more faith you have in God, the more power and the more blessings you will have in your life.

Jesus illustrated this in Matthew 13, where he went for a visit in his hometown, Nazareth. The Bible says Jesus “did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief” (verse 58).

God blesses people who are not afraid to trust him completely. When you give him your trust, God fills you with his power. In the Bible, Abraham is considered the father of faith. It says, “He didn’t doubt God’s promise out of a lack of faith. Instead, giving honor to God for the promise, he became strong because of faith” (Romans 4:20 GW).

Without God’s power in your life, you’re just running on your own energy. And God never meant for you to do that. It’s like having a laptop that’s unplugged; the battery will eventually drain and all the power will be gone. Why would you live like that?

Think of it like this: You’ve got a small battery in you. You can run through life on your own power, which means you’ll be tired all the time.

Or you have access to God’s power plant, provided you just plug in and admit you need God’s help.

It’s really a pretty easy choice.

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

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Grace · Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: Embracing God’s Best for Your Body

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“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him” (Romans 12:1 MSG).

Taking care of your body is a spiritual discipline, like prayer, worship, or Bible study. God wants you to succeed at this in 2016.

The apostle Paul says, with God helping you,“Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12:1 MSG).

When you take care of your body, you worship God. And it’s never too late to start this important journey in your life.

Before you ever start your journey of getting healthy, you need to realize that it’s a step of faith. Like Peter stepping out of the boat, every step you take toward better health increases your trust in God. Every step helps you expect the best from him. The same verse also says, “Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.”

The Bible embraces three incredibly important truths about the journey of getting healthy. Grasping these truths before you begin will change everything about the journey before you.

God made your body. Psalm 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (NIV). Physical health is as much about stewardship as where you give your resources.

Jesus paid for your body. The Bible says, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT, second edition). On the cross, Jesus paid not just for your soul but also your body. You honor God when you take care of your body.

The Holy Spirit lives in your body. If you’re a Christian, the Bible says your body is God’s temple and that the Holy Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16). Good health is one way you take care of God’s temple. You’d never let your church building get into poor shape, and God wants you to think of your body in the same way.

When you fully embrace these truths from God’s Word about your body, you’re ready for your body’s brand new 2016. Knowing the truth about your body makes acting on that truth a step of faith. It means you’re no longer getting healthy just to live a few more years, fit into a particular item of clothing in your closet, or look more physically attractive. You’re getting healthy as a way to worship God.

That’s a terrific and empowering reason to get healthy in 2016.

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Grace · Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: Settle Your Destiny So You Can Help Others Do the Same

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“For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (Hebrews 2:14b-15 NLT, second edition).

One of the things Jesus came to Earth to do is take away your fear of death. How? By dying on the cross and being resurrected to show that there is life after death.

The Bible says in Hebrews 2:14-15, “For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (NLT, second edition).

God wants to break the fear of dying in your life. Instead of looking to your pain here on Earth, God wants you to look to him and the hope of Heaven. And, he wants you to help those who are dying to do the same.

When someone is dying, you need to encourage him to do what David did: “Death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord (Psalm 18:5b-6a). Have you ever done that? Have you cried out to the Lord for his grace and mercy and accepted his offer of salvation? You can’t offer to other people what you haven’t received yourself. If you haven’t settled the issue of your salvation, you’re gambling with your eternity.

If you were to die today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to Heaven? If you’re not sure or answered “no,” you need to settle the issue right now so that you can be assured of life after death and point your friends to the hope of Heaven.

Pray this prayer today: “Dear God, you are God, and I’m not. You sent Jesus to be my Savior, so I must need to be saved. I need you to forgive the things I’ve done wrong in life. I need you to give me a fresh start in life. I need you to help me know my purpose. I want to begin a relationship with you. I ask you to come into my life. I want to learn to trust you. I want to learn to love you. I want to learn to love other people the way you want me to. So I ask you today with humility and honesty and sincerity to please save me as I put my trust in you. I pray this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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Be blessed,

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 (Source: Rick Warren)

Blogging Thru The Bible · James

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Resources for the Book of James

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Welcome to Good Morning Girls UK!  We are gonna start the Book of James, coming this Ausgust and I am happy to welcome to you all. I hope you will commit to reading through the Book of James with us. I know you will be blessed.

The book of James is considered one of the most practical books of the New Testament. Much like the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament, it focuses on wise Christian living transformed by faith.

We begin our study in the book of James on Monday, August 1st!
We will read 1/2 chapter of James a day.


This 2-week study will run from August 1st-August 12th

This is important to NOTE!

The James journal is not like the Ecclesiastes Bible Study.  It is a JOURNAL not an in-depth Bible Study. It is short (I don’t want anyone disappointed who orders this journal) and it is identical to all of the other GMG Journals.

The James Journal is available now exclusively on Amazon!

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James-Guys-SPINE

Both journals have an identical interior. My hope is that we will not only get into the Word ourselves but also get our sons and daughters into the Word as well.  Let’s disciple the next generation!

Inside the journals you will find:

*An Introduction to the Book of James
*An explanation of how to use the signature S.O.A.K. method of the GMG’s
*The GMG Coloring Chart
* The Verse of the Day each day
*A Reflection Question for each day
* Blank space for SOAKing each chapter of the Book of James

Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark With Our Reading Plan

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We Have FREE Resources for YOUR KIDS too! Yay!

Free Printable – James  Word Searches for Kids

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FREE Printable- James Verses of the Day Copywork for Kids

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Here’s the Printable Short eJournal for James

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This is for those who are not purchasing the Paperback Journal.  This is not the same as the Paperback Journal on Amazon.

This eJournal has been created for low-cost printing on a home printer and does not include the Introduction to James, Verses of the Day or Reflection questions.

Here is an explanation of the
Signature GMG SOAK Bible Study method:

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Here’s the Printable Bible Coloring Chart Bookmark

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Peace be with you all,

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Grace · Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: The Path to a Miracle Goes Through Uncomfortable Territory

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“Then the Lord spoke his word to Elijah, ‘Go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I have commanded a widow there to take care of you.’ So Elijah went to Zarephath” (1 Kings 17:8-10a NCV).

When you’re scared to death and vulnerable, you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know how long it’s going to take, and you don’t know what’s going to happen when you get there, what do you do?

You remember that the path to a miracle often goes through uncomfortable territory.

The Bible gives an illustration in 1 Kings 17:8-10: “Then the Lord spoke his word to Elijah, ‘Go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I have commanded a widow there to take care of you.’ So Elijah went to Zarephath” (NCV).

God told Elijah to walk more than 100 miles during a drought through dangerous territory, where everyone knew who he was and that King Ahab had a price on his head. When Elijah finally made it to Zarephath, he met a poor widow who was going to feed him. But how could she help defend or protect him from a pagan town full of people who wouldn’t hesitate to kill him?

Miracles don’t happen when things are comfortable. Miracles happen when things are uncomfortable. Elijah didn’t say, “God, there are three things wrong with this plan. One, you’re sending me in the wrong direction. Two, you’re sending me to the wrong location. And three, you’re sending me to the wrong protection.”

Elijah just obeyed.

God’s path to a miracle often takes us through uncomfortable territory because it forces us to depend on him.

For instance:

  • When Moses led the Israelites out of slavery to the Promised Land, they had to go through the Red Sea first.
  • Before David could slay Goliath, he had to walk onto the battlefield.
  • God told Jehoshaphat to put the choir before the army, and he’d win the victory. How much faith do you think that took?

Miracles never happen in your comfort zone, when everything’s great and convenient. You don’t need a miracle when everything is settled in your life. You only need a miracle when you’re on the edge, when you’re scared to death, when you’re insecure, when you can get hit at any angle.

Are you at a place right now in your life where things are a little uncomfortable — financially, emotionally, relationally, or physically? You’re a little nervous, a little on the edge, a little insecure. Congratulations. You’re on the path to a miracle!

Just like Elijah, God wants you to obey so you can see his miracle at the end of the road.

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Grace · Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: Discover the Miracle That’s Waiting for You!

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Are you hoping for a miracle?

Maybe you’re broke. Maybe your marriage is on the rocks – or even headed off a cliff. Maybe your kids seem too far gone to ever come back to God. Maybe your business is on the verge of collapse.

Well, God’s ready to help you in a miraculous way. But it’s important to remember that you have to trust God because you’ll likely encounter troubles along the way.

That’s right, the path to a miracle always runs through uncomfortable territory.

The Bible gives an illustration of this in 1 Kings 17:8-10: “Then the Lord spoke his word to Elijah, ‘Go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I have commanded a widow there to take care of you.’ So Elijah went to Zarephath” (NCV).

God told Elijah to walk more than 100 miles during a drought through dangerous territory, where the people knew who he was and all of them had heard that King Ahab had a price on the prophet’s head.

When Elijah finally made it to Zarephath, he met a poor widow who offered to feed him. But how could she defend or protect him from a pagan town full of people who wouldn’t hesitate to kill him?

God doesn’t need to send miracles when things are going well. He sends us miracles when we need them, when things aren’t going well, when our only hope is in him. Here are four things we can learn from the miracles God did for Elijah:

1. God is all you need.

God can provide for your every need in any way, even in ways you would never imagine. When Elijah was exhausted and depressed after winning a confrontation with Ahab, Jezebel, and the prophets of Baal, God sent ravens to provide Elijah with food. Who could have done that but God?

And when the widow of Zarephath told Elijah she only had enough flour to feed herself and her son one last meal, God provided her with a bottomless jar of flour that fed her, her son, and Elijah until the end of the drought.

2. Where God guides, God provides.

When God gives you direction, he will provide what you need to get there. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (ESV).

3. Trust God one day at a time.

Why? Because regardless of your circumstances, you can only face them one day at a time. Trust God to take care of you in the present. Jesus said we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow because we have enough trouble for today.

4. God wants you to take a step of faith.

When God tells you what he wants you to do, he expects you to take that first step. And God won’t show you the next step until you’ve taken the first step. So, do what you know God wants you to do.

Your miracle is coming too. Life may seem rocky, but that’s just the time when God steps in to provide for you.

Just ask Elijah!

Discover the Miracles That's Waiting for You!

Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Grace · Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: You Don’t Need a Plan. You Need ‘I Am.’

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“When they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Mark 6:49-50 NIV).

You only learn what Jesus is really like in the storms of life. You see that he’s not a mere man. He’s not just a nice teacher. He’s not simply an ethical leader. He is God, the Creator of the universe.

In Mark 6, Jesus noticed the disciples were in distress in the middle of a lake as the wind and waves pounded their boat and kept them from making any progress. And so Jesus walked out to them on the water. Verses 49 and 50 say, “When they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid’” (NIV).

The disciples had doubted and thought that Jesus was maybe just a nice prophet who could do some miracles. By walking on water, Jesus revealed that he’s far more than a man. He was showing that he’s God.

He also gave them a challenge (“Don’t be afraid”) and a reassurance. He said, “It is I.”

In the Greek this phrase is actually two words: Ego ima. And ego ima simply means “I Am.” Why is that important?

“I Am” is the name of God — not “I was” or “I will be” or “I hope to be.” When Jesus says, “I Am,” he is saying you don’t need to be afraid. You don’t need to sweat it. He is God. And that is enough.

If you’re going through a storm right now, you don’t need a job — you need Jesus. You don’t need a plan; you need a person. You don’t need a system; you need a Savior. You don’t need a new goal; you need God.

When you’re going through a storm, remember that God is not distant, apathetic, or uninvolved. He is “I Am.” And he will get you through the storm.

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Be blessed,

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Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: How Do You Strengthen Your Friends’ Faith?

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“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13 NASB).

Any major crisis in your life could shake your faith. But it is your faith and your trust in Christ that’s going to get you through it. David, after suffering great loss, including the loss of a child, wrote in Psalm 27:13, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (NASB). He would have given up if he hadn’t believed in the goodness of God.

Even in those situations where life stinks and it seems dark, believe that God is a good God. Even when everything is going wrong in your life, believe in the goodness of God that can pull you through. Believe that God’s plan for your life is greater than the problem you’re going through. Then, you can also share your faith in God’s goodness with your friends when they are going through a crisis. Friends strengthen their friends’ faith.

How do you get that kind of faith?

The Bible tells us there’s only one place to strengthen your faith. Faith comes from knowing the Word of God.

If you know the Bible well, you’re going to have great faith. If you know the Bible a little, you’re going to have a little faith. If you don’t know Bible at all, you’re not going to have any faith.

Did you know that in the Bible there are more than 7,000 promises made to you? But you can’t claim them if you don’t know them. If you want to increase your faith so you’re able to handle the rogue winds of life, get to know the Bible through study, meditation, and memorization

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Blogging Thru The Bible · Ecclesiastes

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Good Morning Girls Resources {Ecclesiastes 10, 11, & 12}

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This is it! Our final week in the book of Ecclesiastes!  Wow – that flew by!    All of the resources for the final 3 chapters are included here below!

We begin our study in the Book of James on Monday, August 1st!

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If you are new, welcome to Good Morning Girls!
We are so glad you are here!

There are no sign-ups, enrollments or subscriptions required to join us. 

Join us at GMG UK Bible Study FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/724894230988215/

Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

Day 1: Ecclesiastes 10:10-20 – Working Smarter Not Harder

Day 2: Ecclesiastes 11:1-5 – Living By Faith

Day 3: Ecclesiastes 11:6-10 – It’s Good to Be Alive

Day 4: Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 – Remember God In Your Youth

Day 5: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 – Fear God and Keep His Commandments

Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions:

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The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Ecclesiastes Week 6.

Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for our study:

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Happy studying!

Peace be with you all,

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Blogging Thru The Bible · James

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Introducing the Book of James

James Begins August 1st

I am SO excited to announce our final summer study!  The book of James is considered one of the most practical books of the New Testament. Much like the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament, it focuses on wise Christian living transformed by faith.

We begin our study in the book of James on Monday, August 1st!
We will read 1/2 chapter of James a day.


This 2-week study will run from August 1st-August 12th

This is important to NOTE!

The James journal is not like the Ecclesiastes Bible Study.  It is a JOURNAL not an in-depth Bible Study. It is short (I don’t want anyone disappointed who orders this journal) and it is identical to all of the other GMG Journals.

The James Journal is available now exclusively on Amazon!

James-Girls-SPINE

James-Guys-SPINE

Both journals have an identical interior. My hope is that we will not only get into the Word ourselves but also get our sons and daughters into the Word as well.  Let’s disciple the next generation!

Inside the journals you will find:

*An Introduction to the Book of James
*An explanation of how to use the signature S.O.A.K. method of the GMG’s
*The GMG Coloring Chart
* The Verse of the Day each day
*A Reflection Question for each day
* Blank space for SOAKing each chapter of the Book of James

NEW PRINTABLE —> We are reading through the Bible here at GMG so here’s  My Bible Reading Plan – so you can mark off the chapters as you complete them!

Peace be with you all,

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