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Can I confess something? I love school shopping! I would always look forward to the opportunity to pick out a new Trapper Keeper and Lisa Frank folders to stay organized (okay, am I dating myself a little?), new school clothes to prepare for the Fall and Winter seasons as I grew, and even now, just going into the pen and Crayola® aisle makes me giddy.
The predictable order of things is comforting to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of spontanaiety, but that’s usually only when I’m the one choosing to be spontaneous. (Yes, I’m working on my need for control. haha!) But without order, there would be chaos. Without order, we could never find what we need. And this time of year makes me think of order.
The order of a new classroom with name tags on desks in alphabetical order, cubbies for coats and bags in a row, and the books in a school library in systematic order too. Even 18 years after I graduated highschool, this time of year still motivates me to get all my ducks in a row. Perhaps that is why I decided to bring some order to our September Scripture writing.
Starting this month (and into October and the beginning of November), each day’s Bible verse to write out will go in order of the Books of the Bible. Each day (or in a couple cases, 2 days), will feaure a verse from a new Bible book starting with Genesis, in the Old Testament, and finishing up in Revelation, in the New Testament.
My hope is that you will learn a verse or verses that you might not have heard before. Every Book of the Bible is included for a purpose and I encourage you to spend time reflecting on each.
How to do the September 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 September Challenge.
STEP 2 – September Scripture Writing
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 September Scripture Writing 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 SEPTEMBER 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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