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Welcome back to the 4th and final video of our Good Morning Girls Leaders Training!

Today I’m going to talk about the common struggles and pitfalls that I’ve seen inside of Good Morning Girls Groups.  Most of our groups do really well but every now and then, things happen or go wrong and I want you to be prepared.

So join me on the video below as we discuss 7 common struggles GMG Groups have faced in the past.

Good Morning Girls Leaders Training: Part 4 / Some Common Struggles and Pitfalls - YouTube

The Good Morning Girls Leaders Manual is available as
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Or you can find it out on Amazon in Paperback –> Here.

We begin our summer Bible Study in the the Book of Psalms 51-100  on Monday, June 10th.  This is a 10-week study that runs Mondays through Fridays, ending on August 16th.

The journal is available on Amazon.This Friday, I’ll post all the resources you need to get started with our summer Bible study through the Book of Psalms 51-100.  Invite your friends to join you now!  If you aren’t sure who to invite – we need more online leaders with open Facebook Gr0ups – so you can lead a group here on-line through Facebook.  I’ll invite leaders with open groups to put their link in the comment section about a week before we begin. So watch for that opportunity!

I can’t wait to study the Bible with you all!

Walk with the King,

**In case you missed it!  Here’s Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the Leader’s Training below:

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Welcome back to Part 3 of our Good Morning Girls Leaders Training!  Today I’m going to talk about how to get started and some fun ways your group can connect on a deeper level.

My group gets together monthly for dinner or coffee.  You do not have to do this but our group really enjoys this time together face to face.  This past Saturday we all had breakfast together in my friend’s home, but I forgot to take a picture!  We also go out to celebrate each others birthdays, go on a Girls trip each summer and do a “favorite things” gift exchange at Christmas time.  My GMG group has changed over the years. Right now there are 5 in my group but we have had as many as 11 at one time.

Join me on Video number 3 as we talk about how to get started and connect.

Good Morning Girls Leaders Training: Part 3 / How to Get Started - YouTube

The Good Morning Girls Leaders Manual is available as
a digital download for FREE –> HERE.

Or you can find it out on Amazon in Paperback –> Here.

We begin our summer Bible Study in the the Book of Psalms 51-100  on Monday, June 10th.  This is a 10-week study that runs Mondays through Fridays, ending on August 16th.

The journal is available on Amazon.Here at Good Morning Girls, I provide everything you need to be an Accountability Group leader.

If you want to be a leader, invite your friends to join you!  If you aren’t sure who to invite – we need more online leaders with open Facebook Gr0ups.  Every session I have women looking to find an open group to join.  I hope you will consider taking a step out in faith and lead a group this summer!

Join me back here this Wednesday for Part 4!

I can’t wait to study the Bible with you!

Walk with the King,

**Here’s Part 1 and Part 2 below –  if you missed them!

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Summer’s coming soon!  It’s a great time to pull a group of women together and go deeper into God’s Word.  We begin our summer Bible Study in the the Book of Psalms 51-100  on Monday, June 10th.  This is a 10-week study that runs Mondays through Fridays, ending on August 16th.

The journal is available on Amazon.Here at Good Morning Girls, I provide everything you need to be an Accountability Group leader. If you aren’t sure how this all works, then this next video is for you!  Join me for Part 2 of the Good Morning Girls Leader’s Training video below:

Good Morning Girls Leaders Training: Part 2 / How to Lead an Accountability Group - YouTube
 

The Good Morning Girls Leaders Manual is available as
a digital download for FREE –> HERE.

Or you can find it out on Amazon in Paperback –> Here.

If you want to be a leader, invite your friends to join you!  If you aren’t sure who to invite – we need more online leaders with open Facebook Gr0ups.  Every session I have women looking to find an open group to join.  The way it works is about one week before each study begins, I will ask for leaders with open groups to leave their facebook links in the comment section here on the blog.  Then the ladies looking for a group, will click on your link and request to join your group out on Facebook.

I hope you will consider taking a step out in faith and lead a group this summer!

Join me back here next Monday for Part 3!

**CHIME IN**

Part 5 will be a Q & A time.  Please put any questions you have about how to lead a group or any problems that have come up inside of your groups, in the comment section below so I can answer them.

I can’t wait to study the Bible with you!

Walk with the King,

**If you missed the first video, here it is:

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Welcome to Good Morning Girls!  I’m so glad you are here!

We are reading through the Bible – one chapter a day – five days a week and last summer we studied Psalms 1-50. This summer we will continue on in the book of Psalms studying Psalms 51-100!  Psalms is not a book of the Bible that you have to read in consecutive order, so if you missed last summer – no worries! Just jump in with us this summer – you don’t want to miss this!

Do you need encouragement, comfort, guidance, healing, courage or joy?

Then this study is for you!

Down through the centuries, believers have turned to the book of Psalms, as their favorite book of the Bible. We could spend the rest of our lives reading the book of Psalms over and over and still not mine the depth of all that this book offers.

This is the perfect summer read!

We begin our study in the the Book of Psalms 51-100 on Monday, June 10th!

This is a 10-week study that runs Mondays through Fridays, ending on August 16th.

The journal is available on Amazon NOW!

We also have a Good Morning Guys Psalms 51-100 Journal
for your sons ages 10 and up.
Both journals have an identical interior.

Inside the journals you will find:

*An Introduction to the Book of Psalms 51-100
*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 Psalms 51-100

This companion Journal is NOT required to join us. 

Here on the blog every Monday, I will provide free resources for the week including the weekly Bible reading plan, discussion questions (for GMG groups to use)/ reflection questions (for personal use),  meditation verses and more!

Then on Fridays, I’ll wrap up the week with a devotional or video here on the blog and invite you to fellowship in the comments.

Out on the Good Morning Girls Facebook page, we’ll have daily discussions that start in the morning around 7:00am but you can join us anytime during the day. (This is optional.  You do not have to join the Facebook discussions to join this Bible Study – this is just extra accountability for those who are willing to share there.)

I will also be posting the verse of the day along with pictures of my highlighted Bible as a guide, out on Women Living Well’s Instagram.

FAQ

How do I enroll for this summer study?

There is no enrollment.  No requirement to subscribe.  Just come and join in anytime!

What is Good Morning Girls?

“Good Morning Girls” is a title for a group of women who use email, Facebook, Twitter or text messaging to keep each other accountable for their quiet times.

Do I have to have a Good Morning Girls Group to join the Bible Study?

No.  You can do this study without a group on your own.

How Do I Start a Good Morning Girls accountability group?

Invite some of your friends to join you.  Pray about who from your church, Bible study group, family, neighborhood or workplace would be a good fit.  Groups that are smaller generally work better – 5-12 is a good number especially for email and text messaging groups. Facebook groups can go quite a bit larger and still work.

Once I have a group, what do I do?

Either create a Facebook Group where you can all discuss your daily reading and reflection questions or create an email group and email the group daily.  My group uses Voxer – a voice messaging app -to share about our quiet times.  You could also use text messaging or meet in person weekly in your home or at a coffee shop.

I want to be a leader of a group but I’m not sure how to lead?

If you are unsure of how to lead an accountability group,  we have a GMG Leader’s Manual.  It is available on Amazon. The manual includes: The leader’s responsibilities.  How to set up a Good Morning Girls Group. What to do once your group is set up. Tips to help your GMG Group thrive. How to Encourage Participation. How to fostering an atmosphere of community. The importance of prayer. A sample welcome letter. 9 ways to get more out of your Bible Study. Answers to frequently asked questions. Icebreaker Questions. And What to do if your GMG Group is struggling.

Can I Join a Group On-Line?

Yes, on Friday, May 31st, I will invite women with open groups to leave links to their facebook groups or email groups, in the comment section here on the blog. So please stop back on that day to look for a group!

That’s all for now. If you have never seen the video that explains how the SOAK Method and Bible Coloring Chart works – I am posting it below. You do not have to use this method of Bible Study to join us.  All you really need is your Bible and an open heart.  But these tools will help you go deeper.

How to use the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart - YouTube

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I thank the Lord for you all and can’t wait to study the Bible with you this summer!

Keep walking with the King,

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Today the Good Morning Girls complete their study in the book of 1 Kings!!!

Our next Bible Study will begin on Monday, June 10th.

This summer we will be reading one chapter a day – through Psalms 51-100.
So come spend your summer in the book of Psalms with us!
Invite your friends – It’s the perfect summer read!

The Psalms 51-100 Journal is available now exclusively on Amazon!

More details and resources for this study will be posted on the blog later in May.

Now let’s complete our study in 1 Kings with this review…

Here’s 5 Lessons We Learn From the book of 1 Kings. 1.) Life is Easier with the Wisdom of God

When God offered Solomon anything he wanted – he wisely chose – wisdom.  Why did he choose wisdom? Because he knew that his job being the King would be easier with wisdom.

We live in the Age of Information. Knowledge is always — just one click away and we tend to think that knowledge will make our lives easier.  But information cannot compare to the revelation of God’s Word!

Life is too complex and the road too unknown, for us to google all of our answers.  Only the Lord knows every detail of our lives and what is best for us.  And while life will always have twists and turns and trials and difficulties, life is easier when we follow God’s will and God’s ways because we can have peace knowing that he is with us and guiding us.  Becoming wiser is as simple as asking God for wisdom, reading God’s Word daily and then applying what we have learned.

2.) We need more silence in our lives.

Solomon’s temple was built without the sound of a hammer or axe.  The temple was built up in silence.

We were not made to work.work.work and never rest or to talk all day or to serve and minister to others non-stop. We were made to be the temple of the Lord.  The Holy Spirit is inside of us.  We need to be still and listen to the voice of the Lord.

We are built up in the Lord through silence.

3.) Our friendships affect our choices.

King Solomon was wiser than all the other men!!!  Yet, 1 Kings 11 tells us that this incredibly wise man made an incredibly foolish decision to intermarry with women of other faiths and his heart was led astray.  This led to the Lord’s anger and Solomon’s downfall.

There’s a popular saying that goes like this:  “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”

Good friends will push us closer to Christ and towards what is good and noble, but bad friends will introduce us to new things and new ways that could lead us astray.  1 Corinthians 15:33 says:  “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

4. Even the strongest and most godly men face discouragement.

Elijah was a man who faithfully followed the Lord, had a powerful prayer life and experienced the power of God over and over again and yet he came to this moment of despair in 1 Kings 19:4 where he said to God: “O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”  Elijah was so discouraged…he wanted to die!

None of us are above feeling alone and discouraged.  Even the strongest of Christians grow weary.  I’m so thankful that the scriptures include this very real and authentic look at the human emotions of a godly man.  Discouragement is a battle we all face and seeing Elijah wrestle with it shows us that we are not alone.

5.) . It’s important to finish well.

Solomon started out great – but he did not finish well. 

Elijah started out great but then grew discouraged – but he did not give up.  Elijah finished well.

Solomon in all of his wisdom, who built the extravagant temple for the Lord and had two appearances from God himself – married foreign women and turned into a fool – worshipping pagan gods.  Watching the fall of this great man is painful.  Sin brought ruin to his kingdom and family dynasty.  Sin ruins the honor of great men and ruins their families.

We assume that we will be wiser as we age, but Solomon was wiser in his youth than in his old age.  Age does not automatically bring wisdom but rather it’s an issue of our hearts and our obedience to God that brings wisdom.

Just like Elijah, when we take our eyes off of God and his power and we focus on our fears and troubles of life, we will face discouragement.  Elijah struggled just like we do yet, he continued on in trusting God and he continued to be used mightily by God.

Let’s be like Elijah… Continue on!  Do not give up!

Let’s finish well!

Keep Walking with the King,

Thank you for taking this journey through 1 Kings with me. It has been a blessing to study alongside of you!

**Chime In** What have you learned during your time in the book of 1 Kings? What’s next?

Our next study will begin around June 10th through Psalms 51-100.
More details and resources for this study will be posted on the blog later in May.

If you are looking to do a Bible Study
during our break here’s a few I recommend:

Ecclesiastes – Wisdom for Living Well
A 6-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series

With over 150 5-Star Reviews on Amazon – this is my most popular Bible Study!  It is a  verse-by-verse in-depth study of the book of Ecclesiastes. You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —-> HERE.

Ruth – God’s Amazing Love for You
A 5-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series

This is my second most popular study.  It is a verse-by verse, in-depth study of the book of Ruth.
You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —> HERE.

Rest and Release
A 4-Week Bible Study with a Free Video Series

You can find all of its resources and the free video seres —–> HERE.

Other books of the Bible

You can find all of the books of the Bible we have already studied together and the free resources to go along with those studies on this page —–> HERE.

I encourage you to pick a book of the Bible and study it on your own and I’ll be back in April to study a new one with you!

The  3-Month Habit Trackers are also
available on Amazon .  These are a great tool!

Find all the details including interior pics and a blog series to go with them —-> HERE.

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Are you a faithful follower of God, who prays regularly and knows the power of God, and yet you find yourself facing discouragement?  I want you to know that you are not alone.  So many other believers around the world face the same discouragement and I want to tell you to keep on going! Do not listen to the lies of the enemy!

In 1 Kings 17 through 19 and 2 Kings 1 and 2, we see the life of the infamous prophet Elijah. Elijah was a man who faithfully followed the Lord, had a powerful prayer life and experienced the power of God over and over again and yet he came to this moment of despair in 1 Kings 19:4 where he said to God:

O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”
5 And he lay down and slept under a broom tree.

Elijah was so discouraged…he wanted to die!

Now let’s back up and see what led Elijah — to this dark place.

Elijah had a powerful prayer life.

In 1 Kings 17, an evil king named Ahab was reigning in Israel and Elijah said this prayer:

“As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”

In the book of James, we are told more about this powerful prayer that Elijah prayed:

17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
(James 5:17,18)

Wow! Elijah prayed for no rain and God did it. Then Elijah prayed for rain and again, God did it!  With a prayer life like this, it is hard to imagine coming to the place of discouragement as Elijah did, but James 5:17 says – Elijah was a man just like us.

As we look at the larger than life figure of Elijah we must remember, Elijah was a man just like us. 

Elijah was always in the center of God’s will yet things did not always go his way.

2 And the word of the Lord came to him: 3 “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4 You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. 6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
(1 Kings 17:2-7)

Elijah did not question God. When God told him to go, he went.  When God told him to drink from the brook. He drank.  But even when he was in the center of the will of God, his brook dried up!

Friends, you may be in the center of the will of God and suddenly you hit a dead end road.  Trust that God is in control.  He may be moving you on to somewhere or something else. 

Elijah followed God’s lead.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”10 So he arose and went to Zarephath.

When God told Elijah to go to Zarephath, Elijah gets up and goes to Zarephath,

Elijah followed God’s lead.  We must keep listening to the voice of the Lord.  What he tells us to do in his written word, keep doing.  Follow God’s lead.

Elijah experienced the sovereignty of God.

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks.

In verse 9, God had told Elijah that he had commanded a widow to feed him and so he goes and behold!  A widow was there just as God said.

Elijah trusted God.  We can trust God and take him at his Word.  God’s promises are sure!  What God says he will do, he will do.

Elijah assured others to not fear and have faith.

And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah. (1 Kings 17:11-16)

This story could be an entire blog post on its own, so I’m sad to gloss over it, but we have to keep moving because there’s so much more to cover!

But here we see a widow, who only had one meal left, and yet Elijah inspired her to trust God that her flour and oil would not run out. He inspired her to not fear and have faith.  He asked her to make a cake for him first and then for her and her son.  And she did it and the flour and oil did not become empty!

Elijah inspired action in the widow and God provided abundantly for Elijah’s needs!  In the same way, we ought to inspire others to not fear and to have  faith and always give thanks for the way God has provided abundantly for us!

Elijah experienced miracles.

17 After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him… 19 And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. 20 And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” 21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” 22 And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.
(1 Kings 17:17-22)

Through the power of God, Elijah raised the widows son back to life!

And then in a show down between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, Elijah doused his bull offering with water and poured more water into the surrounding trenches and then he prayed:

“O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.”

And look what happened:

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.” 40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there.(1 Kings 18:36-40)

Wow! Wow! Wow!

I love this story!  And I love it so much, that back in 2014 – I told the story in one of my videos.  So if you want to hear more about it, listen here:

Greater Is He Who Is In You {1 John 4} - YouTube

Friends, we serve the same God as Elijah!

May we never forget, greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world!

And then the rain began and Elijah ran to Jezreel in a speed that is faster than horses according to 1 Kings 19:46.  There he learns that King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, is seeking to kill him…

and all of that leads us to finding Elijah…

under the broom tree…

praying that the Lord take his life.

He is completely discouraged.

The word discouraged means a loss of courage to go on.

And yet, he had experienced great answers to prayer!

He had experienced great miracles!

And he had experienced the great power of our God!

None of us are above feeling alone and discouraged.  Even the strongest of Christians grow weary.  I’m so thankful that the scriptures include this very real and authentic look at the human emotions of a godly man.

Discouragement is a battle we all face and seeing Elijah wrestle with it shows us that we are not alone.

Elijah was not alone!

The problem with his discouragement was that he had a limited perspective.

In 1 Kings 19:10, Elijah thought that he was the only one left that was following God in Israel but what he could not see, was that he was not alone.  In 1 Kings 19:18, the Lord tells him that there are 7,000 in Israel who had not bowed to Baal.

Elijah had an amazing legacy that he could not foresee.

In Matthew 17, Elijah appears again at the transfiguration of Christ!

17 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.
(Matthew 17:1-6)

And in James 5, he is used as an example of the type of prayer warrior we ought to be!

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

Just like Elijah, when we take our eyes off of God and his power and we focus on our fears and troubles of life, we will face discouragement.  Elijah struggled just like we do yet, he continued on in trusting God and he continued to be used mightily by God.

Let’s be like Elijah…

Continue on!

Keep going!

Do not give up!

Know that you are not alone and trust that God has a legacy for you to live out!

Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Keep Walking with the King,

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There’s a popular saying that goes like this:

“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”

Consider for a moment – who are your closest friends?  And how are your friendships affecting you?

Good friends will push you closer to Christ and towards what is good and noble, but bad friends will introduce you to new things and new ways that could lead you astray.  1 Corinthians 15:33 says:

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Join me on today’s video, as I share about some of my friendships and their affects on me, while also taking a closer look at Solomon and his demise in 1 Kings 11.

How Are Your Friendships Affecting You? - YouTube

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Life is not stagnate. Just because we have good friends today – that does not mean that we will have good friends tomorrow.  As seasons change, some of our friendships will change as well.  So we will always have to be wise women, who pay close attention to who is influencing us.

We see in Solomon’s life that he started out well.  Actually, he started out tremendous!!!  But he did not finish well.

It was said of him:

29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, 30 so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.31 For he was wiser than all other men. (1 Kings 4:29-31)

King Solomon was wiser than all the other men!!!  Yet, 1 Kings 11 tells us that this incredibly wise man made an incredibly foolish decision to intermarry with women of other faiths and his heart was led astray.  This led to the Lord’s anger and Solomon’s downfall.  I discussed all of this in the video – so I won’t rehash it here, but let me add a few thoughts on Solomon.

1.) It’s interesting to note that Solomon’s wisdom had not come from life experience. He was around the age of 18 when God gave him all of this wisdom.  He had probably lived a cozy life in the palace but his father David had to learn wisdom through his mistakes.  As David grew older, David grew wiser. As Solomon grew older, Solomon grew more foolish.

Are we learning from our mistakes and growing wiser?  We may start out well, but the question is – how will we finish?  Solomon’s downfall began with compromise.

Consider —Is there an area in your life where you feel tempted to compromise?

2.) Solomon followed in his father’s footsteps and married multiple wives.  We see in scriptures that all of the men who did this, always caused family strife and trouble.  It never ended well for them and it hurt their families, yet they continued to repeat this horrible pattern!

Look at the warning in Deuteronomy 14 to the future Kings of Israel:

15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ 17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.

We notice here that God had already given clear instructions to the future Kings of Israel.  They were not to multiply horses,  have excessive silver and gold or have many wives. Sadly, Solomon broke all of these commands.

Consider — is there an unwise relational pattern in your family line that needs to be broken by you?

3.)  It was in Solomon’s older age that his heart was led astray. 

For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, (1 Kings 11:4)

This is why God forbid Solomon to marry these foreign women.  God knew that these women would influence him and eventually lead him astray.

For the rest of our lives we need to guard our hearts and choose our closest friends wisely.  We will never outgrow the temptation to give in to peer pressure.

Consider — is there an area where you are currently feeling “peer pressured”?  

We are never above feeling pressured by our peers. Even now as a mom of teenagers, I find myself looking around at other moms and how they parent.  Sometimes I feel uncertain of my decisions and I don’t want to fall short. When I hear that  “everyone else’s mom” is letting their children do certain things – I feel pressured to allow it as well.  I have to remember, to follow my convictions — not the crowd — and that’s not always easy to do.

At the end of the day, all of our wisdom that we gain over the years is of little worth if we are not able to apply the wisdom we have, inside of our friendships.

May we learn from Solomon’s mistakes and may we learn from our own past mistakes. And may we be women who choose our closest friendships wisely.

Let’s finish well!

Walk with the King,

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