• FAITH

    how I READ & STUDY MY BIBLE plus my favorite Bibles and tools

    I have wanted to show how I read and study my Bible for quite some time so I am excited to finally have this video for you!

    I would love for you to leave a comment sharing how you read and study your Bible!

     

    How I Read and Study My Bible - including the Bibles I use and my favorite pens and tools

     

     

    How to Read the Bible in 90 Days or Less - Free Bible Reading Plans for 90 Days and 60 Days

     

    RESOURCES & TOOLS

    CSB Floral Notetaking Bible

    ESV Personal Size Cloth Over Board Bible

    Studio Highlighters: I got mine from Dollarama

    Papermate Black Ballpoint Pen

    Cello Colored Pens

    Blue Letter Bible App

    My 60 & 90 Day Bible Reading Plans

     

    How to Read the Bible in 90 Days or Less - Free Bible Reading Plans for 90 Days and 60 Days

  • FAITH,  GOALS,  INTENTION

    My “One Little Word” for 2021, Okay, It’s a Phrase

    Well, 2021 is here! And that means it is once again time for me to share my One Little Word for the year.

    I can’t believe I am in my ELEVENTH year of doing this.

    I have found picking a word (or words, or phrase) for the year so beneficial.

    I love setting goals and intentions but it can be hard to remember them throughout the year. Picking a word or phrase it a lot easier to remember and be thinking about throughout the year, at least it is for me (but, of course I’m setting goals for the year as well as choosing a word, the goals will be up here in a few days).

    Once again, when I started thinking of what my word could be at the end of November nothing was really jumping out at me. But, like every other year before, God really used the last few weeks of the year to consistently bring up a theme that I am making my word, okay, phrase, for the year.

    My phrase for 2021 is:
    love one another

    My One Little Word for 2021: Love One Another

    This phrase really stuck out to me as I was reading Blessed are the Misfits in December and it “just so happened” to come up a lot in the Advent study I was doing as well.

    There are two verses that jumped out at me right away when I chose this phrase:

    By this all people will know that you are my disciples,
    if you have love for one another.”

    John 13:35

    “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,
    and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
    1 John 4:7

    My One Little Word for 2021: Love One Another

    WHAT THIS PHRASE MEANS FOR MY YEAR

    Ultimately, I want this phrase to remind me to check in on my friends and prioritize relationships this year. Even if restrictions continue to stay in place where I can’t see my friends in person, there are still things I can do.

    I want to make sure to check-in on a regular basis more.

    I want to make sure to make birthday cards for my friends and family.

    I want to continually see how I can pray for them throughout the year.

    I want to make sure to reply to my pen pals within a week of receiving their letters.

    And when possible I want to get together with my friends to chat again!

    I am sure there are other things but that’s a start at least.

    My One Little Word for 2021: Love One Another

    If you are curious as to why and how I choose my word each year you can check that out here.

    Here are some of my previous words (unfortunately I didn’t write blog posts for all of them):

    All my One Little Word posts can be found here, including the recaps at the end of the year.

    Here’s to 2021!

    Do you choose a word for the year? If so, I would love to hear about it!

  • FAITH

    How to Read Through the Bible in 90 Days or Less

    Last fall I randomly heard someone saying they were reading the Bible in 90 days. And, for whatever reason, I thought I can do that, I should do that!

    I have no idea why I thought that. I had never even successfully read through the Bible in an entire year before.

    That was approximately October 8th and I decided to read the Bible before the year was up, so it was a little less than 90 days.

    I found a reading schedule online and did some extra readings for the first few days so I could catch up and I ended up finishing the plan before the year was over.

    I have now also read through the Bible in a “year” (okay, it was ten  months), and I realized that reading through the Bible at a quicker pace somehow works for my personality and reading style (I do read a lot).

    So, I decided I wanted to read it in 90 days again.

     

    How to Read the Bible in 90 Days or Less - Free Bible Reading Plans for 90 Days and 60 Days

     

    My original plan was to start on January 1st but then after Christmas the Advent reading I was doing was over, so I figured, why not start early?

    After a few days of reading twenty chapters a day I decided to make a reading plan for myself.

    It was at this point that I realized that if I continued at the rate I was reading at I wouldn’t read the Bible in 90 days.

    I would read it in 60.

    Oops!

    But I’ve been successfully reading my twenty chapters a day so why stop now?

    Because I had a hard time finding a good reading plan I thought I would make my own to share and also share some some thoughts and tips.

     

    How to Read the Bible in 90 Days or Less - Free Bible Reading Plans for 90 Days and 60 Days

     

    WHY READ THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS (OR LESS)?

    Honestly, I actually prefer slowly studying the Bible and dissecting a word or two each day but there are some benefits from reading the Bible through at a faster rate.

    First, it helps you to remember that the Bible is all one overarching story. It’s a good reminder that it’s not just a compilation of unrelated Sunday School stories.

    It shows that God had a plan from the beginning and you can really see His hand at work when reading through it as though it’s one book.

    Second, different things jump out at me than when I read it more slowly. Because I’m reading 15-20 chapters a day it’s easier to connect some of the dots from chapter to chapter, as opposed to just reading a couple chapters or verses each day.

     

    How to Read the Bible in 90 Days or Less - Free Bible Reading Plans for 90 Days and 60 Days

     

    SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

    Did you know that the chapters in the Bible have an average of only 26 verses? When I think about it that way it seems so doable! (Plus, I find the Old Testament harder to read through and I get that read at the beginning when I am still excited about the plan so that works well.)

    There are a few thing I have found that work best for me when trying to read through the Bible quickly:

     

    #1 Read an Easier Version

    So, when I study the Bible I usually use the ESV or CSB version but when I am trying to read it at a faster pace I like to use an easier version. I use the NLT. It’s not the most literal of translations so it doesn’t make a great study Bible but it is a bit paraphrased so it flows nicely for reading it like a story.

     

    #2 Read First Thing in the Morning

    I have found what works best for me is to read right away. It’s not always peaceful, there are interruptions, kids waking up, asking for breakfast, dirty diapers for the toddler . . . It usually takes me about an hour to read through. It’s a commitment, but seriously, there are other things I do for an hour a day and this is much more important.

     

    #3 Don’t Get Behind

    This goes hand-in-hand with number two. I make sure I read first thing in the morning so I don’t forget or get behind. If you do happen to get behind or forget a day, just continue reading the day you should have read. So what if you read it in 61 days or 92 days? Just reading through the Bible is the actual point here.

     

    #4 Leave Your Bible Out

    If you feel like you are going to forget or you started reading the Bible in the morning but didn’t get it finished, my best advice is to leave your Bible out. The more visible it is, the more likely you are to remember and read it. If possible I prefer to leave mine on the table (not always the best idea with a toddler around though), that way I can’t do much without remembering to finish my chapters for the day.

     

    How to Read the Bible in 90 Days or Less - Free Bible Reading Plans for 90 Days and 60 Days

     

    FREE BIBLE READING PLANS

    If you want to read the Bible in 60 days or 90 days I made some free printable reading plans with checkboxes for you.

    I was able to find some reading plans online that fit into the 60 or 90 days but they would stop in the middle of a chapter or there would be like six verses left in a book but that would be saved for the next day. That just seemed weird.

    So, I did my best to split it into 15 chapters a day for the 90 day plan and 20 chapters a day for the 60 day plan. There are a few times where reading an extra chapter or two would complete the book so I added those in, and vise versa where you will read a chapter or two less.

     
    Just click on the images below to be brought to the download page and my shop where I have a bunch of printables (lots of them free!)
     
     
    How to Read the Bible in 90 Days or Less - Free Bible Reading Plans for 90 Days and 60 Days
     
    How to Read the Bible in 90 Days or Less - Free Bible Reading Plans for 90 Days and 60 Days
     
     
    Are you going to read through the Bible in 60 or 90 days this year? If so, I would love it if you leave a comment below and let me know!
  • FAITH

    Different Ways to Set Up a Prayer Journal

    I’ve kept a prayer journal for a number of years though the exact layout/”system” I use has varied over time so I thought I would share a few different ways I’ve laid out my prayer journal.

    I find that writing down things I am praying for helps me to remember it. If a prayer request comes up I try to write it in my prayer journal as soon as I can otherwise I will forget it. I know many people don’t keep a prayer journal or list of things they are praying for, they must just have better memories than I do (it wouldn’t take much).

    Unfortunately, for those who are visual learners I won’t be sharing snapshots inside the actual prayer portion of my journals because their is too much personal stuff in there (my own and other people’s) so I will try to explain each as best as I can.

    Honestly, I struggle with sharing these kind of posts because I don’t want it to come across like I think I’m sharing this because I’ve got it all together and everyone should copy me. That’s not it at.all. I just wanted to share what I’ve been doing in case it helps and encourages others out there. Also, because I would like to hear how you all keep your prayer journals!

     

    How to Set Up a Prayer Journal - different ways to have a prayer journal or prayer binder

     

    NOTEBOOK, BINDER, ETC. WHAT TO USE?

    I have used everything from a traveler’s notebook, a composition notebook, a binder and more over the years. The physical format doesn’t really matter, all of the ideas I am going to use can be done with any of them. The only thing to keep in mind is where you want to store your prayer journal and if it is something you wan to take with you, if you want to have it in your purse a big item like a binder may not be the best option.

    I have even for a time used my phone as my prayer journal. There is a pretty good app called PrayerMate that I like but ultimately for me I prefer writing things down instead of keeping them in my phone.

     

    How to Set Up a Prayer Journal - different ways to have a prayer journal or prayer binder

     

    Different Ways to Set Up a Prayer Journal

     

    MONTHLY PRAYER & PRAISE

    I find this one to be the easiest format and one I default to in seasons of overwhelm because it is quite simple.

    Every month I start a new page that says The Month Prayer and The Month Praise and then I just start listing things under each title. When something on the prayer side gets answered I’ll usually indicate that and often move it over to the praise section.

    The downside I’ve found of this format is that it can be easy to get stuck on the “prayer” side and just constantly be asking for stuff so I need to be intentional on the “praise” side and give thought to the things I am thankful for.

    When the month is over I take all the items I am still praying for and move them on to the next month’s list.

     

    Prayer Binder - Different Ways to Set Up A Prayer Journal

     

    DAYS OF THE WEEK

    I think I originally watched a video on this idea years ago. I find it to be a good format if you have a lot of people you want to pray for on a regular basis, like if you are a teacher and want to prayer for each of the students you teach.

    For this prayer journal format you would divide your journal into daily spreads, labeling each spread a day of the week and then you would go in and write down all the names of people and different things you are praying for throughout the days. And then each day you’d open up to the applicable day and pray through those items.

    So for example, let’s say you put your pastors, Sunday school teachers and Bob & Susie on your Sunday spread, that means every Sunday you’ll be praying for them and everything else you have on your Sunday spread.

    This way everything/everyone gets prayed for once a week.

    If you have something you wanted to pray for each day you could put them on every day of the week or what I chose to do was have a “daily” list which I prayed through before going on to the day of the week spread.

     

    JOURNAL FORMAT

    Another way to use your prayer journal is just to write out your prayer every day. It’s like writing a letter every day. I do enjoy doing this, I find it so much easier to make it more of a conversation as opposed to feeling like I am coming to God with a checklist for Him to deal with.

     

    How to Set Up a Prayer Journal - different ways to have a prayer journal or prayer binder

     

    PRAISE

    No matter what format I use for my prayer journal I like to have a dedicated section for praise.

    I like to write out verses, sometimes I make it fancy and other times I just write them with my messy writing.

    I also make a point of going through all that I have been praying for lately and giving praise for those that have been answered.

     

    How to Set Up a Prayer Journal - different ways to have a prayer journal or prayer binder

     

    And there you have it, those are a few ways I have set up my prayer journals over the years. If you keep a prayer journal/binder/etc I would love to hear how you set it up!

  • FAITH,  MARRIAGE

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Love & Marriage

    Marriage is not a topic I have written a whole lot about, if you compare the amount of times I write about marriage versus the times I write about parenting you’ll see parenting is a much more written about topic. That’s not because I prefer parenting over marriage but because marriage has been quite easy compared to parenting and I guess I generally write about hard things (case in point).

    I thought I would change things up during the month of February and share a little about marriage, I currently have zero specific ideas on this so hopefully some come to me.

    But I am going to kick things off by sharing February’s Scripture Writing Challenge since the topic is love/marriage.

    You can see all my Scripture Writing Challenges here.

    A reminder I always like to share with my Scripture Writing Challenges: don’t get hung up if you miss a day, don’t focus on the missed days, focus on the days you got into the Word.

    Curious about the benefits of writing out the Scriptures? Check that out here.

     

    Generosity Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge - Bible verses about love and marriage

     

    I decided to not make a printable for this challenge, if it is something you use and miss let me know and I can whip one up and continue to make the printables. Personally I’ve gotten lazy and haven’t been printing them out and instead have just been referring back to the post for the passages each day.

     

    MARRIAGE SCRIPTURE WRITING CHALLENGE

    Even though there aren’t thirty-one days in February I like to share thirty-one days worth of passages in case people decide to do the challenge in a month that has that many days.

     

    day one: Genesis 1:27-28

    day two: Proverbs 31:11-12

    day three: Titus 2:3-5

    day four: Ephesians 5:22-24

    day five: Ecclesiastes 4:9

    day six: Colossians 3:18

    day seven: Genesis 2:24

    day eight: 1 John 4:18

    day nine: Ephesians 5:33

    day ten: Colossians 3:14

    day eleven: Ecclesiastes 4:12

    day twelve: Ephesians 4:2-3

    day thirteen: Mark 10:9

    day fourteen: 1 Corinthians 13:2

    day fifteen: 1 Corinthians 13:4-6

    day sixteen: 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

    day seventeen: 1 Corinthians 13:13

    day eighteen: Proverbs 3:3-4

    day nineteen: Song of Solomon 8:6-7

    day twenty: 1 Peter 4:8

    day twenty-one: Romans 13:8

    day twenty-two: 1 Thessalonians 5:11

    day twenty-three: 1 John 4:7

    day twenty-four: Ephesians 4:32

    day twenty-five: Romans 12:10

    day twenty six: John 15:12

    day twenty-seven: Proverbs 12:4

    day twenty-eight: Matthew 19:4-6

    day twenty-nine: 1 Corinthians 16:14

    day thirty: John 13:34-35

    day thirty-one: 1 John 4:19

  • FAITH

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Generosity

    I started the practice of trying to write a verse or few verses from the Bible back in July and it is a practice I want to try to continue in 2020. I haven’t been successful every day (especially this last month where I missed more days than I actually completed) but I want to keep trying.

    For the foreseeable future I plan on continuing to make my own monthly Scripture Writing Challenges. This month the theme is generosity. A topic I will be writing about more in the next little bit.

    I also have ideas for the next two months as well, February will probably be love and then for March I want to write out the entire book of Ephesians so I will break it down into manageable daily portions. If you have theme ideas for future Scripture Writing Challenges, let me know.

    You can see all my Scripture Writing Challenges here.

    Remember, don’t get hung up if you miss a day, don’t focus on the missed days, focus on the days you got into the Word.

     

    Generosity Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge - Bible verses about giving, money and generosity

     

    To get the printable challenge just sign up here and you’ll get an email with info on how to access all the freebies on this site:

     



     

    Generosity Scripture Writing Challenge

    If you don’t want the printable version, here are the passages for the month:

     

    day one: 2 Corinthians 9:11

    day two: Proverbs 18:16

    day three: Luke 6:38

    day four: Malachi 3:10

    day five: 2 Corinthians 9:7

    day six: Matthew 19:21

    day seven: Proverbs 3:9

    day eight: Matthew 10:8

    day nine: Proverbs 3:27

    day ten: Matthew 6:2

    day eleven: 1 Chronicles 29:14

    day twelve: Proverbs 11:24-25

    day thirteen: 2 Corinthians 9:10

    day fourteen: 1 John 3:17

    day fifteen: Hebrews 13:16

    day sixteen: Proverbs 31:9

    day seventeen: 2 Corinthians 9:8

    day eighteen: Galatians 6:2

    day nineteen: Matthew 6:3-4

    day twenty: Proverbs 19:17

    day twenty-one: Luke 6:30

    day twenty-two: Psalm 112:9

    day twenty-three: Proverbs 28:27

    day twenty-four: Acts 20:35

    day twenty-five: Luke 12:33

    day twenty six: Proverbs 21:13

    day twenty-seven: Deuteronomy 15:7-8

    day twenty-eight: Matthew 6:24

    day twenty-nine: 1 Timothy 6:17-19

    day thirty: Proverbs 22:9

    day thirty-one: 2 Corinthians 8:12

  • FAITH

    Advent Resources for Families

    One of my goals for December is to put most of our emphasis on Advent and the Reason for the Christmas season.

    I asked on Instagram last week if my followers had any good Advent resources to share and I’ve been doing some research myself and I wanted to share some of the resources I came across.

    Many of these I have not used myself yet but they have been recommended by trusted sources or come from reputable sites so I feel confident in sharing them.

     

    The Best Advent Resources for Families and Parents

     

    FOR THE FAMILY

     

     

    JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE READING PLAN

    This is so easy and one of the things I plan on doing; the Jesus Storybook Bible (one of our favorite children’s Bibles) has the perfect reading plan for Advent (there are also some printables and a song playlist!). If you read a story a day starting on December 1st you will end up at Jesus’ birth on the 24th! I love how Sally Lloyd Jones made such an emphasis on showing how every story in the Bible is all part of the bigger story and points to Jesus.

     

     

    JOTHAM’S JOURNEY

    Okay, here’s where I am kicking myself. I knew I wanted to start this series by Arnold Ytreeide this year and I didn’t order it in time for it to arrive for Advent (since I’m in Canada and it ships from the US). I have heard such good things about these books! There are four of them and you do one a year starting with Jotham’s Journey and then it goes into Bartholomew’s Passage, Tabitha’s Travels and then Ishtar’s Odyssey.

    Oh, nevermind, I just realized that Jotham’s Journey is available on audio on Scribd! That means we still can do it for this year! *insert happy dance* I am really excited about this and plan on ordering the second book well in advance for next Advent! (There is also an Easter story but I had read that you need to have read Jotham’s Journey in order to read that one.)

     

    OWLEGORIES

    I have never watched Owlegories before but I have heard good things about their Christmas episode and we have access to the show thanks to Right Now Media (we have a subscription through our church) so I want to check this out with the kids. I’m assuming it is more geared towards the younger kids but I’m sure the older ones will want to watch it too.

     

    Ten Christmas Books the keep Christ at the Center. Ten Christian Christmas Books.

     

    CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS

    If you are looking for some Christmas picture books to read that keep Christ at the center you can check out this book list I created a few years ago.

     

    FOR THE PARENTS

    In addition to being intentional about Advent with my kids I also want to do some reading and observing of the days myself. Here is what I plan on doing:

     

    Advent Scripture Writing Challenge

     

    ADVENT SCRIPTURE WRITING CHALLENGE

    I have been creating Scripture Writing Challenges for the last few months for myself (and anyone who wants to join in) and this month’s theme is Advent!

     

     

    HIDDEN CHRISTMAS

    I saw this book on a friend’s coffee table a few weeks ago and knew I needed to check it out. I was glad to find that Scribd has it on audio and I actually just finished listening to it and can highly recommend it.

     

    God Rest Ye Merry

     

    GOD REST YE MERRY

    This is a book that a friend recommended to me so I once again turned to Scribd and they also have this one on audio! I have it all queued up and ready to go next.

     

    SHE READS TRUTH

    I know She Reads Truth has an Advent devotional book (which I was also too late to order) but they usually have a free Advent devotional on their site and I’m assuming they will again this year and I think I will try to read along.

     

    I know there are a ton of other Advent resources out there but I wanted to keep this list on the simple side and tried to stay away from too many bells and whistles to keep the focus where it should be (on Christ). If you have an awesome Advent resource that you think I should add to this list let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

  • FAITH

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Advent

    I am really excited that it is finally time to share the Advent Scripture Writing Challenge!

    To be honest, I’ve never really done much in the way of Advent devotionals either on my own or with my kids and I want to change that this year, starting with this challenge.

    I purposefully made the passages short (or broke them up over a number of days if they were longer) because I also want my kids to copy at least some of the verses.

    You can see all my Scripture Writing Challenges here.

    Remember, don’t get hung up if you miss a day, don’t focus on the missed days, focus on the days you got into the Word.

     

    Advent Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge

     

    I currently don’t have any specific ideas for future Scripture writing challenges. I’m not sure if it is something I will continue to create in 2020 or not.

    If you have any specific topic ideas let me know!

    Also, if you have been using the printables or plan on it in the future I would love it if you would leave a comment or send me a message and let me know, it would help me to know if I am just creating these for myself or if someone else is using them as well.

     

    Advent Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge

     

    This Scripture writing challenge will be a little different than all my other ones and instead of having a full thirty-one days of verses and passages it only has twenty-five.

    To get the printable challenge just sign up here and you’ll get an email with info on how to access all the freebies on this site:

     



     

     

    Advent Scripture Writing Challenge

    If you don’t want the printable version, here are the passages for the month:

     

    day one: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

    day two: Isaiah 7:14

    day three: Isaiah 40:3-5

    day four: Isaiah 11:1-3

    day five: Isaiah 11:4-7

    day six: Isaiah 11:8-10

    day seven: Jeremiah 33:14-16

    day eight: Jeremiah 23:5-6

    day nine: Zechariah 9:9-10

    day ten: Micah 5:1-3

    day eleven: Micah 5:4-6

    day twelve: Isaiah 53:1-3

    day thirteen: Luke 1:26-29

    day fourteen: Luke 1:30-33

    day fifteen: Luke 1:34-36

    day sixteen: Luke 1:37-38

    day seventeen: John 1:14

    day eighteen: Matthew 1:18-21

    day nineteen: Matthew 1:22-25

    day twenty: John 3:16-19

    day twenty-one: Luke 2:1-4

    day twenty-two: Luke 2:5-8

    day twenty-three: Luke 2:9-12

    day twenty-four: Luke 2:13-16

    day twenty-five: Luke 2:17-20

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  FOSTER CARE

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Orphan Care

    With November being Adoption Awareness Month and Ephraim’s adoption anniversary it seems like the perfect month for an orphan care Scripture writing challenge.

    I don’t think that every Christian needs to adopt or foster (but I’m not opposed to the idea either!) but we are all called to help the fatherless and needy.

    You’ll notice that the verses for this challenge are not all orphan specific, there are a lot of verses about doing good that don’t specifically point out orphan care. It plainly says in the Bible that people will know we are Christians by the way we treat those around us and one of the ways we can do this is by caring for the orphan.

    If you are interested in looking at previous Scripture Writing Challenges I’ve created a couple of others so far.

     

    The truth about adoption - life after international adoption

     

    You definitely don’t have to write out the verses every single day to take part in the challenge. I understand that life happens and we get behind.

    One of my pastors once used this illustration for daily Bible reading, he said something to the effect of: if you missed breakfast and lunch one day, you don’t need to first eat breakfast and lunch before you can have supper.

    The same thing applies to Bible reading and Scripture writing. Just continue on with where you should be, you don’t need to go back and do all the previous days.

    October was the first month since July that I didn’t stay on top of my Scripture writing, I got sick and still had good intentions, I got my Bible and notebook out and looked at the verses and my brain just couldn’t make sense of any of it so I had to wait a few days before starting back up, it happens. Then we got our first foster care placement and had to do two full days of first aid and CPR training on very little sleep, so I missed a few days there as well.

    Don’t focus on the missed days, focus on the days you got into the Word.

     

    Free Month-long Scripture Writing Challenge on orphan care, adoption, foster care and doing good

     

    I am really excited about the theme for this month because it is a topic I have felt very passionately about since I was fifteen.

    I am hoping to do some adoption awareness posts both on Instagram and here on the blog but am not really committing to anything specific at this time since life feels a little crazy at the moment though I do plan on concentrating most of my posts here (because I like blogging more than I like Instagram).

    If you are interested in reading more on topic you can check out our adoption timeline and adoption posts as well as our fostering timeline and fostering posts.

     

    Look at this flashback to a couple weeks after we adopted Ephraim! <3

     

    As with all my Scripture Writing Challenges I’ve left them just numbered with no days of the week and there are thirty-one verses/passages. I always feel the need on months where there aren’t thirty-one days to point out that yes, I do know there are not thirty-one days in the month, but I want to have that many verses in case people decided to do the challenge in a month where there is thirty-one days. See, I am (a little) smart.

    To get the printable Scripture writing challenge just sign up here and you’ll get an email with info on how to access all the freebies on this site:

     




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    BIBLE VERSES ABOUT ORPHAN CARE AND CARING FOR OTHERS

    I also wanted to try something different this month and include the actual verses here instead of just the printable. I like making the printable because you can use your preferred version of the Bible and actually go to each passage but for this month I wanted to try having the full verses here. These are all in the ESV unless otherwise noted.

     

    Bible Verses about Orphan Care, Adoption and Caring for Others

     

    James 1:27 (NLT)
    Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

    Isaiah 1:17
    Learn to do good;
    seek justice,
        correct oppression;
    bring justice to the fatherless,
        plead the widow’s cause.

    Ezekiel 16:48-50
    As I live, declares the Lord God, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. 

    Jeremiah 22:15-16
    Do you think you are a king
        because you compete in cedar?
    Did not your father eat and drink
        and do justice and righteousness?
        Then it was well with him.
    He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
        then it was well.
    Is not this to know me?
        declares the Lord.

    Psalm 68:5-6
    Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
        is God in his holy habitation.
    God settles the solitary in a home;
        he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
        but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

    1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
    Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,  so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

    John 14:18
    “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

    Galatians 2:10
    Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

    Luke 12:33-34
    Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    Matthew 25:35-36
    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.

    James 2:15-16
    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

    Isaiah 58:6-10
    Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of wickedness,
    to undo the straps of the yoke,
    to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke?
    Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
    and bring the homeless poor into your house;
    when you see the naked, to cover him,
    and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
    Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing shall spring up speedily;
    your righteousness shall go before you;
    the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
    Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
    you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
    If you take away the yoke from your midst,
    the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
    if you pour yourself out for the hungry
    and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
    then shall your light rise in the darkness
        and your gloom be as the noonday.

    Matthew 18:5
    Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.

    Proverbs 28:27
    Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
        but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

    Psalm 82:3-4
    Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
    maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
    Rescue the weak and the needy;
        deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

    1 Samuel 2:8
    He raises up the poor from the dust;
    he lifts the needy from the ash heap
    to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a seat of honor.
    For the pillars of the earth are the Lord‘s,
        and on them he has set the world.

    Matthew 19:21
    Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

    Psalm 146:9
    The Lord watches over the sojourners;
    he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
        but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

    Deuteronomy 10:18
    He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

    Proverbs 31:8-9
    Open your mouth for the mute,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
    Open your mouth, judge righteously,
        defend the rights of the poor and needy.

    Matthew 25:40
    And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

    Philippians 2:4
    Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

    Galatians 6:2
    Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

    Romans 12:10
    Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

    Proverbs 21:13
    Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
        will himself call out and not be answered.

    Ephesians 4:32
    Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

    Matthew 5:16
    In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

    Ephesians 5:1-2
    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

    Colossians 3:23-24
    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

    John 13:34-35
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

    1 John 3:17-18
    But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

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