• 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

     

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    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

    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.

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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.

  • FAITH

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Thankfulness

    October is right around the corner and I’m a little ahead of the game this month with the Scripture writing challenge.

    Like I mentioned last month the theme for October is Thankfulness.

    I’ll speak for myself here: I am a selfish, greedy person. If I’m not careful I can easily forget that everything I have is thanks to God.

    It can be all too easy to get into the entitlement trap and think that I deserve what I have (the good stuff of course).

    But that isn’t how things work.

    I need to remember that and come to God with a humble heart and with thanksgiving.

    And since Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated this month is seemed like the perfect time for a thankful themed Scripture Writing Challenge.

    You are more than welcome to join in on the challenge with me this month or any month you want. For that reason I am making sure the challenges always have 31 verses/passages that way no matter when people choose to join in there will be enough days for the entire month.

     

    Thankful Scripture Writing Challenge - Bible verses about Thankfulness

     

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    If you are going to do the Scripture writing challenge, either this month or any other, I would love it if you would leave me a comment and let me know so I can be praying for you and your family during the month.

  • FAITH

    The Benefits of Writing Out the Scriptures

    I recently shared that I have been taking each day to participate in a Scripture writing plan.

    It’s not the first time I have done so but this is the first time I have continued with such dedication and over the last few months I have seen some great benefits of writing out the Bible and because I think it could be a benefit to every believer to do so I wanted to take a few minutes to share some of the benefits of writing out the Scriptures.

     

    TWO WAYS I WRITE OUT THE SCRIPTURES

    But first I wanted to share two different ways I tend to write out the Scriptures:

     

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge - Parenting: Bible verses and passages on parenting

     

    #1 A SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN

    A Scripture writing plan is a simple way to get started as you can find tons of different options online, often with different topics, I’ve even started creating my own monthly Scripture writing challenges.

    This usually involves writing just one verse or a passage each day and is a super simple way to make sure you are opening the Bible each day (especially if you thrive on the pressure of a “challenge”).

     

    The Benefits of Writing out the Bible and a Scripture Writing Plan

     

    #2 STUDY A BOOK OF THE BIBLE

    This year I have been slowly going through different books of the Bible and have found it very helpful to write the books out. Though, I’ve only been doing this for the New Testament, for some reason at this point, I feel like copying out an entire book of the Old Testament is a little beyond me (at least most of the books), but I may build up to that at one point.

    I learned how to really study the Bible thanks to Jen Wilkin’s book Women of the Word and also the way my church studies through books of the Bible so I’ve combined what I learned from both of those and incorporated it into my daily Bible study. I start at the beginning of a book and write a few verses each day and then spend some time studying the verses and making notes about them (I may share this more in-depth at another time).

    I like this way of writing out the Bible because it ensures you have the context instead of just writing out select passages here and there but I do think there are merits to a themed Scripture writing plan as well so I do both.

     

    For the most part I just copy the verses out on a composition notebook and use a plain black pen but every now and then when I’m feeling particularly craft I will get more creative, but that’s usually above and beyond, I want most of my focus to be on just writing out the Word.

     

    The Benefits of Writing out the Bible and a Scripture Writing Plan

     

    THE BENEFITS OF WRITING OUT THE BIBLE

    Now that you have a little background how how I do my Scripture writing, here are some of the benefits I have come across in the last year:

     

    IT SLOWS YOU DOWN

    I’ve always been a big reader, it’s generally a good thing but it has made me a very good skimmer – not what I want when I’m reading the Bible, but I find it very easy to slip into the habit of skimming.

     

    IT ENCOURAGES READING FOR DEEPER MEANING

    Writing out verses, passages and books helps me to slow down and puts my skimming to an end.

    As a result I have the ability to focus on each word and have been able to glean more from each passage. I pause and look up particular words and phrases that jump out at me or leave me a little confused.

     

    Is there a point to a restless season?

     

    IT ENCOURAGES REFLECTION

    Because I have been able to better understand a passage I think about it more throughout the day that I would had I just skimmed it.

     

    IT HELPS YOU MEMORIZE

    Did you know that one of the best ways to memorize something is to write it out by hand?

    If you are trying to memorize a particular verse or passage try writing it out every day for a week and see how much you have memorized by the end, you may just be surprised!

     

    IT BRINGS US CLOSER TO GOD

    And the most important benefit, writing out the Word, just like reading and studying it, brings us closer to God.

     

    And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.

    Deuteronomy 17:18-20

     

    I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

    Psalm 119:11

     

    But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

    2 Timothy 3:14-15

     

    If you write out the Scriptures on a regular basis I would love to hear how you go about it and benefits you’ve seen in your own life!

  • FAITH,  PARENTING

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Parenting

    I mentioned in my last post that I have really been enjoying Scripture writing over the last number of months (and on and off over the last number of years).

    I have been printing off a monthly Scripture writing challenge for the last few months which has been good but that particular site basis their verses off of the Bible study they are currently going through and because I don’t pay for the Bible study the monthly Scripture writing can feel a little all over the place.

    So, I decided to do what I always decide to do in this kind of situation: make my own.

    If I were really on the ball I would have had this all ready to go at the beginning of the month but I only had the idea a couple of days ago so here we are, almost a week into the month. I could let my Type A side beat myself up over that fact or I could just get over it since it’s the Bible and people can copy it whenever they want.

    I decided to ignore the Type A side.

     

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge - Parenting: Bible verses and passages on parenting

     

    Because we are in the “start” of our homeschool year (“start” because we homeschool light all year round and a little more intensely in the colder months) I thought I would go with a parenting theme for this month.

    If I were to be honest, and I am, parenting has been the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life.

    It has been challenging, humbling and has made me grow more than any other thing in my life.

    I thought I had my life pretty much together, and then I had kids.

    It turns out I am incredibly selfish and didn’t even realize it until my time was no longer my own.

    But man, parenting is so incredibly rewarding. It is worth every sleepless night.

    (Which is a good thing because we are getting ready to start all over again.)

     

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge - Parenting: Bible verses and passages on parenting

     

    So, for the next month I am going to be copying out verses and passages all related to parenting (and because I’m starting a few days late I will double up on some days).

    I have created a printable if you would like to join me. You can jump in this month or any time you want because it’s the Bible and you can copy it any time you want.

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    Because my brain likes to work over time I already have plans to have a Thanksgiving one for October (because: Canadian!), an adoption one for November (because: adoption month) and an Advent one for December (because: Christmas!). Since I actually have those ideas already they should be up a few days before that month happens. I will be emailing when the new ones are up so make sure you are signed up for my newsletter to be in the know.

    If you are going to do the Scripture writing challenge, either this month or any other, I would love it if you would leave me a comment and let me know so I can be praying for you and your family during the month.

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