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I LOVE October! I love the crisp weather that rolls in and the crunch of leaves under your feet. I love when everyone posts photos of their kiddos dressed about for Trick-or-Treating and we focus on how adorable or clever they look instead of the political attack ads and judgmental behaviors. I also love October because it’s my birthday month!
My Mom made birthdays incredibly special for me and my brothers. One year, she placed yarn that went from the mailbox, all throughout the house, and then finally into my bedroom to reveal that they had painted my bedroom the color I had been wanting as a birthday surprise for me. Another year, she and my Dad surprised me by decorating the upstairs of our split-level home to resemble a fancy restaurant, invited several of my friends, and put on an exquisite dinner for us all–complete with chicken cordon bleu and waiter/chef uniforms. And in third grade (yes, the recorder year!), they invited over every girl I knew (from school, church, neighborhood, you name it!) for a giant slumber party!
Especially as I get older, I see so many times that it wasn’t the presents or gifts that stick with me. It’s the love in action; the thought behind what was done and the effort placed into it.
We focus on the things that matter to us. Sometimes we need to re-train that focus and choose things that have substance or value instead of mindless actions. But overall, where we place our energy and time is what we prioritize and pay attention to.
This is true of reading God’s Word.
Maybe you’re not in the habit of opening up the Bible? Take steps to incorporate time with God each day in small spurts. You’ll see how easy it is, and to be honest, you’ll be wanting more! That’s where the October Scripture Writing Challenge comes in. Take a verse each day to reflect on and write out. This is an act of love, to the Might One who loves you.
Want to dig deeper? Write out the verse of each day, then look at the context. You do that by looking at the verses around it. One verse each day doesn’t have to mean just one verse. This could mean reading one chapter or multiple, maybe even the entire book. Look at the context to see who is speaking, who they are speaking to, the culture of when it was written, and what Biblical lesson you can learn from it and apply to your own life today. This is a gift.
The October Challenge is a continuation of September, where we started focusing on one verse each day from each and every Book of the Bible starting in Genesis through Revelation. October brings us into the New Testament, of which November will finish (along with verses on Thankfulness).
How to Do the October Scripture Writing 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 October Challenge.
STEP 2 – October Scripture Writing
Step 2 is October 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 October 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 the 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!)
The October Scripture Writing Challenge is a continuation of September, where we started focusing on one verse each day from each and every Book of the Bible starting in Genesis through Revelation. October brings us into the New Testament, of which November will finish (along with verses on Thankfulness). Let me know if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND TO COMPLETE THE OCTOBER 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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