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Can you believe that the year is half over? If you’ve been participating in the Gratitude Journal and Scripture Writing Challenge from the beginning of the year, then between the months of January and June you have written out 181 verses by hand! That’s following a large part of 2 Peter 3:18, which says:
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
(You might notice that verse again when you get to the end of the July Challenge. Wink.)
This midpoint is a good time to assess how this challenge has been affecting your life.
- Do you notice that you long to spend more time in the Word?
- Have you become more thankful?
- Do you find that you are taking more time to really focus on God’s Word as you write it instead of just writing verse to check a mental completion box?
- Are those around you noticing a difference as you look for God’s blessings instead of complaints and comparisons?
- What else have you noticed during this time?
Or maybe you’ve just recently started this Challenge or this is even your first month-I’m ecstatic that you are taking this step to grow in gratitude and God’s Word! Let me know if your new or have any questions at any time. (You can find all the other monthly Challenges at the end of this post.)
At the end of the month, think back to this first day and see how God has changed your life. I’m not saying that your problems disappear and everything goes your way; however, I am saying that this challenge will prompt your perspective to change as you focus on God, both what He has to say from His Word and His goodness around you despite the troubles you may face.
HOW TO DO THE JULY CHALLENGE:
For the whole month, start a Gratitude Journal. Focus on 1-3 things that you are grateful for each and every day. They can be broad or specific. It’s up to you! Even during the darkest of times or seasons, there is always something we can be thankful for.
Grab a notebook and write them down. And spend a moment in prayer of thanks to God for these gifts. That’s just Step 1 in the July Challenge.
Step 2 is Scripture Writing. Take a moment to quiet yourself from the busy-ness of the season and listen to God’s Word. I’ve carefully selected a different Bible verse for each day of the July Challenge.
We’re instructed to “hide God’s Word in our heart” and this is an easy way to commit a verse to memory by writing it out. Write it in your journal, write it on a 3×5 card, or write it on your bathroom mirror. Just take a moment to write it down and practice saying it throughout your day. I’ve decided to write each verse 2-3 times in my Journal each day. (Repetition is my best teacher.)
And then wrap up your day with Step 3. This is something I would encourage you to do at the end of your day. Take a moment to reflect on your day and write out a memory. What was your Favorite Part of the Day?
This is another way to stay thankful. This could be anything from an event that happened that day or as simple as your child picking up their toys without having to be asked. Try to look for the good.
Maybe you’ve heard the old hymn that says to “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.” That’s what we’re doing. The more we focus on the goodness all around us, the less time we have to be negative. But also, it gives us the chance to reflect on all that God has done. As time goes on, take a second to flip back to the beginning of your Journal and see the ways that God has answered prayer and given to you in abundance! (Just another thing to increase your gratitude too!)
AND TO COMPLETE THE JULY CHALLENGE EACH DAY, LET ME KNOW HOW IT’S GOING! I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SINCERELYANCHORED.
POST A PHOTO OF YOUR DAYS. I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE!
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