30 Day Scripture Writing Plan for November
As you know, November has exactly 30 days in it. This make November the perfect month to do any type of challenge. Many people have done the thankful challenge. That’s where you choose something to be thankful for everyday. Well, a friend (Valerie) shared this on Facebook and I immediately loved it. I felt it was unique and focuses on God.
I have started the plan and I have to say it is wonderful. If you have never copied out scripture from the Bible into a journal, then this is a great way to try it! You simply copy out the scripture and then write any thoughts you have about the verses. God’s word is alive and He will use the Bible to speak to your personally.
Here is the plan:
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Recently, I have been studying the book of Genesis and the book of Matthew. It’s been a great study so far. And so interesting to me all the parallels in the themes from the first book of the Old Testament and the first book of the New Testament. The biggest one I have pulled out is – the heart. Since the beginning of men and women, God has always been concerned with our hearts.
Starting with Noah’s time, you read that God saw the hearts of the people and that their hearts were evil. That was the purpose of the flood. God was wiping the slate clean. However it didn’t work. Hence the need for our Rescuer.
And in the gospel according to Matthew, Jesus lays out the new laws. He makes us realize that we are not perfect. We easily can break all the 10 commandments in our hearts. We may not murder, but if we have hate for a friend than we have committed murder in our heart. Or what about thinking a sexual thought about the opposite sex? That’s adultery in our hearts, if we are married.
How does it make you feel to know that God can see into your heart? Uncomfortable, squirmy? Yeah, me too. But, it’s the truth. God can see what our heart intentions are by every move we make. Thank goodness our Rescuer came and died on the cross for our sins. If we confess that Jesus is Lord of our life, we can cross the bridge to God. Jesus makes us clean.
I don’t know about you, but I needed a Rescuer. And I’m so grateful that thought I’m not perfect, Jesus is. And I am checking my heart now…
If you are a Christ follower, when was the last time you checked your heart?
And if you are in need of a Rescuer, send me a message or comment on this post. I would love to give you more information on freedom!
I took some time to disconnect over the last few months. And I’ve quickly realized that time was quite useful. Since January, I was having several problems that I couldn’t get past. And the biggest one was this – I was really having an issue doing my quiet times. The reason is simple…it wasn’t how I had always done it. No longer did I have “my spot” in my bedroom. No longer did I have “my comfy chair.” No longer did I have the book I was already working through. I lost all of my prized journals from the last 15 years. Every time I would start a quiet time, I would be reminded of all that was missing or different. Then I would just give-up.
In my disconnected time and from the encouragement of friends, I learned two big lessons…
1. Things will never be the same for me.
2. I have to make a new normal.
Over the last 3 weeks, I have begun to do that. It takes some serious work everyday. I had really missed my early morning connection time with my Savior. It’s been different. It’s been harder. But, it’s been sweeter. I have a new perspective because I have seen God truly move as my protector, my provider, and my comforter in a super difficult time.
Thankfully for me (and you)… “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow.” Hebrews 13:8
As a new week begins, I thought it best to keep going with this perspective theme. I read these verses and it was great perspective. This whole chapter is perfect for renewing your mind for a new week…
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:1-16 ESV)
This Monday I feel it’s important to be reminded of perspective. I am reading a book called “Desperate” by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae. I’m only one chapter in and God is already teaching me tons.
My big takeaway from chapter one is that a day will come where I will have to give account face to face with God on what I did to shape the souls of my children. That is weighing very heavily on my heart.
My gut instinct was fear. But God’s word always reminds me – do not fear. As I start a new week I’m asking my God to give me a renewed mind as I parent this week. My mission field is my home. And my purpose right now is to lead my kids to Christ. I have to model it in my actions and words.
Two things I’m doing this week:
1. Getting rid of distractions. I just deleted Facebook from my phone. This way I will be fully present.
2. Memorizing this verse –
Hopefully these two things will move me in the direction that The Lord wants. I pray this will be helpful to you as well in your journey!
Good Morning, I would love to give you some encouragement to start your week. Recently I read Jesus Calling and as usual it was a great source of encouragement. As you read these words, I pray this will allow you to start the new week encouraged …
Trust Me, and don’t be afraid. I want you to view trials as exercises designed to develop your trust-muscles. You live in the midst of fierce spiritual battles, and fear is one of Satan’s favorite weapons. When you start to feel afraid, affirm your trust in Me. Speak out loud, if circumstances permit. Resist the devil in My Name, and he will slink away from you. Refresh yourself in My holy Presence. Speak or sing praises to Me, and My Face will shine radiantly upon you.
Remember that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Me. You have been judged NOT GUILTY for all eternity. Trust Me, and don’t be afraid; for I am your Strength, Song, and Salvation.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
I was reading and came across this section in Isaiah. Man, it’s an unbelievable source of encouragement. So I had to share today. I hope that it encourages your heart as well. Too often I believe the lie that came into this world when Eve ate from the tree of knowledge. The lie is that “I don’t need God.” But the truth is we desperately do! Let these words wash over your heart today –
“But you, Israel, are my servant. You’re Jacob, my first choice, descendants of my good friend Abraham. I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. “Count on it: Everyone who had it in for you will end up out in the cold— real losers. Those who worked against you will end up empty-handed— nothing to show for their lives. When you go out looking for your old adversaries you won’t find them— Not a trace of your old enemies, not even a memory. That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’ “Do you feel like a lowly worm, Jacob? Don’t be afraid. Feel like a fragile insect, Israel? I’ll help you. I, God, want to reassure you. The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel. I’m transforming you from worm to harrow, from insect to iron. As a sharp-toothed harrow you’ll smooth out the mountains, turn those tough old hills into loamy soil. You’ll open the rough ground to the weather, to the blasts of sun and wind and rain. But you’ll be confident and exuberant, expansive in The Holy of Israel! (Isaiah 41:8-16 MSG)