WLW Chapters 2 & 3
Welcome back ladies to our summer book club reading Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph! If you missed Chapter 1′s discussion, click here. Sorry we are now a week behind. Belize took 2 weeks instead of 1, but now we are going to discuss chapters 2 and 3. Updated Weekly Reading Schedule is here.>>Calendar of Chapters
“During our discussion of chapter 1, a lot of women said the #1 hindrance to setting aside time to be in God’s word was “busyness”. We are simply too busy…or so busy – we aren’t carving time out for God.” –Courtney Joseph
I love how Courtney is so “real” and honest. I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t say it enough. She is definitely a good role model for all christian mommy wives! I love several points in Chapter 2: No Time for Quiet Time
- Choose a passage of Scripture for the week.
- Write the passage on a note card and slip it in your pocket.
- Open your Bible to the passage, and place it on the kitchen counter.
- Read the passage out loud.
- Read the passage first thing in the morning.
- Read the passage before you go to bed at night.
- Write the verse at the top of your to-do list.
Take the challenge today! Pick ANY verse and do steps 1-7 this week! Let me know which verse you choose and we can keep each other accountable!
I love this quote because it’s so true! “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” (pg 17) She goes to talk about how if you don’t plan your meals you’ll end up scrambling for something at the last minute. I know Chris and I do this ALL THE TIME! I try to plan meals when I’m at the grocery store, but if I don’t it gets ugly and he gets grumpy. The quote can go with anything in your life. You fill in the blank! She goes to talk about how we should PLAN to have a quiet time with God.
Here’s her few tips:
- Plan When- you’ll have your quiet time
- Plan Where- she talks about her prayer closet
- Plan How- she gives different suggestions and ideas how to have your own quiet time designed for you (pg. 19) and even how to do an advanced “word” study (pg. 21).
- Write out your verse of the week on a note card or keep your Bible open in the kitchen to this passage.
- Follow a yearly Bible reading plan. Biblestudytools.com has a helpful tool where you can custom build your reading plan.
- There are thirty-one chapters in Proverbs. Read a proverb a day for each day of the month.
- Read with a pen in your hand. If there is something you are dealing with in your life, as you read, mark the passages that speak to you.
- Use colored pencils and a symbol system. Highlighters can bleed through the passage, so colored pencils work well. (Courtney’s mom had Lord marked with a yellow triangle, blood marked with a red teardrop, and holy marked with an orange fire.) I use to do this when I was younger an draw an angel whenever I saw the word. It brings the Bible to life, seeing pictures. Maybe it’s just me!
- Use a five-subject notebook to journal what you are learning. You can journal anything from thoughts to applications to key verses to songs to quotes to prayers and confessions.
- Use the SOAP method to study a book of the Bible (pg 20). GoodMorningGirls.org uses this method. They also have free Bible reading plans, e-books, videos, extra resources, and even accountability groups.
- Do a word study. Determine what you would like to know more about from God’s word.
Memorize Scripture: example- draw a picture (My Mommy’s WifeGroup does this! It’s fun to bring out those crayons!) or writing it down however many words there are. Purchase a Bible Study Book if all else fails.
“There are ways to soak in God’s word even if you are busy. You simply have to want it… There’s a whole host of ideas listed on page 19 for you. The key is to understand that without a plan- plan to FAIL. Planning is the key to living a disciplined life that includes a daily quiet time.” -Courtney Joseph
Ending the chapter, “He wants to reveal to us areas we need to mature in and fill us up with love, joy, and hope. He wants to be thanked and worshiped. He wants us to be still and know that He is God. (Ps. 46:10).”
Chapter 3: How Thirsty Am I?
I love how she opened the chapter describing her quiet time in her kitchen and how it’s perfect… “except there’s one problem. Me! I can’t focus. My mind seems to wander everywhere but to God’s word and prayer.” -Courtney Joseph
I know how she feels! I find myself doing that too when I’m praying. There’s so many thoughts going through our head it’s hard for me to stay on track. She suggested doing a prayer journal. I have done this before and it helps! Especially if you pray out loud. You will be amazed at what you say when praying out loud. At first you feel a little silly, but before you realize it, you will have been praying for 30 minutes out loud! She talks about how she journals moments that she shares with God her joys, hurts, anger, sadness, delights, passions, etc. She also shares what a morning prayer throughout her house looks like praying for her family as she picks up the house. “If you don’t pray for them, who will?” (pg 27)
She talks about waiting to hear from God (remembering Isaiah 40:28-31), the echoes of silence (Psalm 121:1-3), when our thirst for God cannot be quenched, “It’s time to fast” (pg 31), and living the satisfied life. Have you ever fasted before? A real spiritual 24 hour fast?
“Fasting is a servant. In its quiet moments, it brings out your soul’s struggles. The hope of a bag of chips or a gallon of ice cream to drown your sorrows is stripped away, and you find yourself raw before God’s throne. On days of fasting for me, I do not watch television and have minimal computer time or texting.” -Courtney Joseph
1.) From Chapter 2: When, where and how are you studying God’s word right now?
2.) Read Luke 5:12-16 – what was Jesus doing here? How can we, as busy women, follow his example?
3.) From Chapter 3: How can you improve your prayer life this year?
4.) What are some ways you have found to study?
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Father, may I never forget the powerful and amazing ways You provide for me as I thirst after You and Your word. Teach me to wait on You with patience and eager expectation as I go about serving my family. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Webcast below is Angela, Whitney, Jennifer and Courtney from GoodMorningGirls.org talking about “Your Walk with God.” It is rather long, but if you have time, I encourage you to watch it! The first 21 minutes is Angela’s keynote and the last 25 minutes are a couch discussion that Courtney had with the GoodMorningGirls.org contributors.