If you have a copy of God Girl then read Chapter One for this
section and then answer the following questions. There will be
additional readings you will find below to supplement the book and
your Morning Watch.
The “It” Girl
The world has ideas of what makes a girl special and amazing. But
how does that idea match with God’s ideas for you? Answer these
questions and see what you can find out about what you already know
but maybe haven’t really thought about the world around you.
1. What would you say are the top three characteristics of the
ideal female--according to the world? Think about what you see on
TV, in magazines and on stage.
2. How much pressure do you feel to live up to the ideals put out
by magazines/movies/TV shows/etc.?
3. How would you describe a God Girl?
4. What makes a God Girl look different from the world’s version of
the ideal teen? What might look the same?
5. How can you tell what a person’s life is centered on? Based on
popular music/TV/movies/etc., what does our culture tell teens to
center their life around? What things is your life centered on?
6. How comfortable do you feel with the Bible? Does it make sense
to you most of the time, or do you feel like you’re reading
Take a look at this excerpt from page 10 -13 in God Girl:
life of the God Girl centers around not what others think of her or
do to her but who he is. She defines her life by the fact that she
belongs to him. The most pivotal moment in her life was the moment
she said yes to his call. When she heard him say “I love you” and
she believed it. When Jesus reached out of the pages of that old
Bible, grabbed her hand, and said, “Come with me. Make me Lord of
your life, and I will be with you always. You will never have to
Do you remember that invitation? Did you say yes? I remember when I
did. I had been searching so long for him. I went to a Catholic
high school, and there I learned a lot about God’s holiness and
wrath. But most of all I learned that I was broken, messed up,
weak, and imperfect. The God I saw could not accept me--I was too
dirty, too unlovable. But I wanted him desperately. I knew that if
I could just get to him, he would fix me, love me, heal me. And so
every weekend I turned on the TV and watched an old preacher named
Jimmy Swaggart. And every week I cried and accepted Christ into my
It just never seemed to stick.”
“By the time I was in college, I was certain of only one thing: I
was not good enough for God. I was driving limousines at night and
going to TV and movie auditions during the day. And then I met him.
His name was Greg, he was so cute, and I wanted him to want
“And so I pursued him. He drove limousines too, and he was a
Christian. I told him I was too, though I didn’t know what that
really meant. Then one day he took arisk. He asked me why, if I was
a Christian, I talked like a sailor. You see, I loved cussing. I
had a potty mouth.”
“I thought about it for a minute, and then I told him, “I decided a
long time ago that I wasn’t good enough for God, and I know I’m
going to hell. I just can’t do everything he asks. So I figure if
I’m going to hell, I might as well have fun on the way.”’
“Greg looked at me with such confusion. And then he said the most
important words I’d heard in my life: “You realize that once you
are saved, you are always saved, don’t you?”’
“Where did you hear that?” I said in shock.
“It’s right here,” he said as he pointed to his old, worn Bible. He
opened it up to Romans 10:9 and read these words: “If you confess
with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that
God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (NIV).
“I remember this so vividly. I stood up with both hands on my hips
and yelled, “Why hasn’t anyone ever told me this?”This whole time
Jesus was right there for me, and I didn’t see him. I couldn’t
believe how close he was. How permanent and secure. So suddenly my
life changed. In an instant it was like the light went on and I saw
things I never saw before. Greg gave me that Bible, and it sits
beside me now, even as I write these words. I read it that day, and
over the next month I read the entire thing. I was in awe! I was
amazed that the answers to every question I had about life were
right there in that book I had looked at so many times before and
not understood a word of. It was as if a veil had been lifted, and
suddenly it all made sense to me.”
“From that point on I made it my mission to help people find the
Jesus who meets all their needs as he met mine. The power of
salvation was so strong in my life that I knew it would change
anyone’s life who would just listen. My life didn’t change
completely in one day, or even in one month, but as I began to make
his Word a part of my life, the layers of mess started to peel off
of me. And now I am a completely new creature.”
you ever had an experience like I had, when the light went on and
Bible suddenly started to make sense to you? If so, what was it
that suddenly made it all come clear? Knowing this is a good thing
for sharing your testimony with others. There are a lot of girls
who know about the Bible and maybe even have read it like I had,
but still don’t get it, or know what the love of God is really
like. Helping others by telling your story is an important part of
you continuing to grow yourself and others with what God has done
7. What kinds of things make the Bible seem confusing or out of
touch? How could you get some help understanding what it all
to get some more helps on making the bible less confusing.)Link to
Bible Study Help
8. Do you believe that every part of the Bible is relevant to your
life today? If not thenclick here. (Link to a devo on the relevance of scripture.)
9. It is said that if God isn’t changing you he hasn’t saved you.
How much of your life has changed since you have become a God Girl?
If you don’t see much change then know that it isn’t because He
isn’t paying any attention but because you haven’t been paying
attention. He wants to change you, change means improvement, it
means you are moving towards growth, and maturity. Change is good.
As you think about it right now, what kinds of things would you
like to see change in your life? Make a list of the things you want
to change, and then commit to pray about them this month. Your life
can change when the change you desire is making you more like
Jesus. It is the call on all God Girls to become more like Christ,
in 1Corinthians 11:1
Paul says, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” In other words,
imitate Christ. Become more like him every day. As you do your life
will become more peaceful, hopeful and faithful.
But before you say “I’ve already tried that and it didn’t work,”
hear me out. This change stuff doesn’t happen through your power,
any more than your salvation happened through your power. Nope,
it’s not all about you, but the one who lives in you and died for
you. Jesus didn’t just die to get you into heaven but to save you
from the power of sin. See, it isn’t on your own strength that you
can do anything, I mean sure, for a while maybe you can be good,
but you always fall back into the same old sin. That’s because
you’re trying to do it all on your own strength. I’ve got good news
for you, you aren’t alone. And it isn’t all you, but Jesus who does
it for you. Check out these verses to see what I mean:
8:10 - what makes you alive?
Romans 8:12 - why don’t you have to do what your corrupt nature
wants you to do?
1 Corinthians 1:8 - who does this for you?
Gal 2:20 - who lives in you? And how does that change how you
Ephesians 2:10 - what has God prepared for you to do?
Philippians 1:6 - who started the good work in you?
Philippians 2:13 - who is producing the good stuff in you? what
does that mean?
1 Peter 1:2 - what makes you holy?
2 Peter 1:3-4 - where do
Do you ever hold God at a distance? Are there areas of your life
that you don’t want Him to be a part of or to even see? What would
happen if you let him into those areas?
read this excerpt from God Girl:
Being the Branch
want you to imagine a branch, and this branch isn’t attached to
anything. Not to a tree or a vine. It is connected to nothing
bigger than itself. Can you see it? Lying there all alone?
How long do you think that branch will remain flexible and grow
leaves or even fruit? How long until it gets brittle and snaps
under the weight of someone’s foot?
Remember how I said that before I became a God Girl I had wanted
God to heal me but didn’t think I deserved his love? Well, I was
that branch--alone, without any- thing or anyone bigger than
myself--until I realized that I needed to be attached to something
stronger, something that would feed me spiritually and
Jesus, in the book of John, describes us as branches, but he also
describes himself as the vine. And he promises us that if we are
willing to remain in him (in other words, stay attached to that
something bigger), then we will have everything good to show from
it. In Galatians, the good--the stuff that grows from a healthy
branch that stays attached to the vine--is called fruit. And in
human terms it’s stuff like this: it’s love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (see
Galatians 5:22–23). It’s you at your best. It’s everything you
think and do that is good. And it’s all the stuff that brings glory
to God and makes him look amazing in the eyes of others. It’s the
cool part of your life, and God’s main goal is to bring that stuff
out of you.
So let’s take a quick look at the entire verse about the vine and
the branches, shall we? Just to help it sink in as you read, do
this. Put a cross above all the words that stand for Jesus
etc.). And draw a cloud around all the words that refer to the
etc.). Then underline all the action words (likeremoves,prunes,
[Then Jesus said,] “I am the true vine, and my Father takes care of
the vineyard. He removes every one of my branches that doesn’t
produce fruit. He also prunes every branch that does produce fruit
to make it produce more fruit. You are already clean because of
what I have told you. Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch
cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the
vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in
me. I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me while
I live in them will produce a lot of fruit. But you can’t produce
anything without me. Whoever doesn’t live in me is thrown away like
a branch and dries up. Branches like this are gathered, thrown into
a fire, and burned. If you live in me and what I say lives in you,
then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours. You give
glory to my Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore
show that you are my disciples.” John 15:1–8
Now if you can I want you to go outside and look for a twig, a leaf
or a branch. Once you find it come back in and read on.
Look at what you have brought in. Now look at a tree outside. What
are the differences between your piece and the whole?
11. What things in your life make you feel like a twig?
12. What makes you feel broken or alone or spiritually weak?
13. If you can, write a simple word or two describing what you
answered for each of those on your twig or leaf. After you do that
I want you to take the twig or leaf back outside and put it at the
base of a tree. Do this as a symbol of your commitment to stay
connected to Christ. Say a prayer to God offering him your
brokenness and vowing to stay connected to the true vine.
As you start your walk with me through the God Girl Academy I want
to give you all the resources I can to help you to learn and to
grow more and more in the image of Christ. So the digging deeper
section will give you more resources, books, sermons, songs, and
studying ideas to help you with the things we’ve touched on in this
Q and A.
this week take a look at the book of Romans. If you were ever
unsure about the meaning of life this book should clear it up. It
answers all kinds of questions about why you are how you are and
what the blood of Jesus means in it all. Here is a reading plan
that will take you through the entire book in a week. Each day in
your Morning Watch read your section, pray and worship God.
1 - 2 Day
3 - 4 Day
Romans 5 - 7 Day
Romans 8 - 9 Day
Romans 10 - 11 Day
Romans 12 - 13 Day
Romans 14 - 16
I can’t give you a complete playlist of songs to listen to here on
the site, but I can give you a couple of videos from youtube that
can get you started and giving you something to focus on during
your time of prayer. So here are the videos for this week. I hope
you enjoy them. And share your music choices and videos with the
rest of us as you find things that really sing to you.
Holy, Holy, Holy by Donnie McClurkin-
Word of God Speak by Mercy Me-
The Morning Watch
the start of this week I’d like you to take a look at a chapter
from a great book calledThe
School of Obedience,by
Andrew Murray. This is the final chapter and though that’s an odd
place to start I think it’s a good one for this week. We all have a
hard time getting up in the morning, a hard time setting aside time
for God, I’m right there with you, but when I read this I was
inspired. I hope that it does the same for you. If you want more on
prayer feel free to go toResourcesand
read some of the other books you’ll find there. This plan doesn’t
have to be followed line for line. You can weave all over the place
as you discover different topics that impress your heart to find
NOTES ON THE MORNING WATCH.
the observance of the morning watch is commonly meant the spending
of at least the first half-hour of every day alone with God, in
personal devotional Bible study and prayer.'
'There are Christians who say that they do not have time to devote
a full half-hour to such a spiritual exercise. It is a striking
fact that the busiest Christians constitute the class who plead
this excuse the least, and most generally observe the morning
watch. Any Christian who will honestly and persistently follow this
plan for a month or two will become convinced that it is the best
possible use of his time, that it does not interfere with his
regular work, and that it promotes the wisest economy of
'In India, in China, in Japan, hundreds of students have agreed to
keep the morning watch....'
'The practical question for each of us is, Why should not I keep
the morning watch? Next to receiving Christ as Savior, and claiming
the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we know of no act attended with
larger good to ourselves and to others than the formation of an
undiscourageable resolution to keep the morning watch.'
These quotations are from an address by John R. Mott. At first
sight the closing statement appears too strong. But think a moment,
what such a revelation implies.It means the deep conviction that
the only way to maintain and carry out the surrender to Christ and
the Holy Spirit, is by meeting God very definitely at the
commencement of each day, and receiving from Himself the grace
needed for a walk in holy obedience.
It means an insight into the folly of attempting to live a heavenly
life without rising up into close communion with God in heaven, and
receiving from Himself the fresh bestowal of spiritual
It means the confession that it is alone in personal fellowship
with God, and in delight in His nearness, that proof can be given
that our love responds to His, and that we count His nearness our
It means the faith that if time enough be given for God to lay His
hands on us, and renew the inflowings of His Spirit, our soul may
be so closely united to Him that no trials or duties can separate
us from Him.
It means a purpose to live wholly and only for God, and by the
sacrifice of time and ease to prove that we are willing to pay any
price to secure the first of all blessings the presence of God for
all the day.
Let us now look again at that sentence-, 'Next to receiving Christ
as our Savior, and claiming the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we know
of no act attended with larger good to ourselves or to others than
the formation of an undiscourageable resolution to keep the morning
watch.' If our acceptance of Christ as Lord and Master was
whole-hearted, if our prayer for and claiming of the Holy Spirit to
guide and control was sincere, surely there can be no thought of
not giving God each day sufficient time, our very best time, for
receiving and increasing in us what is indispensable to a life for
Christ's glory and in His service.
You tell me there are many Christians who are content with ten
minutes or a quarter of an hour. There are, but you will certainly
not as a rule find them strong Christians. And the Students'
Movement is pleading with God, above everything, that He would meet
to train a race of devoted, whole-hearted young men and women.
Christ asked great sacrifices of His disciples; He has perhaps
asked little of you as yet. But now He allows, He invites, He longs
for you to make some. Sacrifices make strong men. Sacrifices help
wonderfully to wrench us away from earth and self-pleasing, and
lift us heavenward. Do not try to pare down the time limit of the
morning watch to less than the half-hour. There can be no question
about the possibility of finding the time. Ten minutes from sleep,
ten from company or amusement ,ten from lessons. How easy where the
heart is right, hungering to know God and His will perfectly!
If you feel that you do not feel the need of so much time, and know
not how to wait, we are content you should speak of your quiet
time, or your hour of prayer. God may graciously, later on, draw
you out to the morning watch. But do not undertake it unless you
feel your heart stirred with the determination to make a sacrifice,
and have full time for intimate intercourse with God. But if you
are ready to do this, we urge you to join. The very fact of setting
apart such a period helps to awaken the feeling: I have a great
work to do, and I need time for it. It strengthens in your heart
the conviction: If I am to be kept all this day without sin I must
have time to get near to God. It will give your Bible study new
point, as you find time, between the reading, to be still and bow
in humility for the Holy Spirit's hidden working, and wait till you
get some real apprehension of God's will for you, through the Word.
And, by the grace of God, it may help you to begin that habit of
specific and definite intercession of which the Church so surely
stands In need.Students! you know not whether in your future life
your time may be more limited, your circumstances more unfavorable,
your Christian earnestness feebler. Now is the accepted time.
Today, as the Holy Ghost saith. Listen to the invitation of your
brethren in all lands, and fear not to form an undiscourageable
resolution to spend at least half an hour each morning with God