Colossians - Write through the Bible

This summer my husband is taking our church on a summer series through the book of Colossians. I had been thinking of writing through another full book again, and when I heard he was studying Colossians, I knew it would be perfect to spend this month writing it out.

I do want to apologize for last month. We were on vacation and with the hustle and bustle of getting all of us out of the house and away I completely forgot that a new month was approaching. That until I received an email asking where the new month's Write through the Bible was. Since I really needed the mental break of vacation I decided to put it away and not make out a plan for May. If you click the Write through the Bible link on the header you can get to all of the Books and topics I've planned out over the past months. 

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I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Print out the page below, or save it to your phone for easy access and write through the book of Colossians with me!

MERCY - Write through the Bible

Mercy (noun): compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm

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I've been thinking about joy, grace, love, faith, and mercy lately. When I've been reading my Bible this year I've been marking each of these words with a different color as they come up. Until last week I didn't know what I wanted to pull out and write about this next month. As I was sitting in Sunday School last week we read 1 Peter 2:9-10 "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." Then it hit me. MERCY. Everything that Jesus suffered on the cross was for me. The punishment that I deserved Jesus took. God has every right to punish sinners purely because of our sin. BUT He forgave us. He forgave me. He forgave you. God offered us all mercy. My hope is to focus on this mercy a little every day and understand the depths of the gift God has given me.

I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Print out the page below, or save it to your phone for easy access and write through these few passages about MERCY with me!

 

Psalm 119 - Write through the Bible

This year I made the commitment to read through the entire Bible in a year. I've never done this before and actually finished a month, let alone 2! A few weeks back I finished Revelation and jokingly told my husband that I was done with the Bible, I finished it. I had decided to start my reading in 1 Corinthians because that's just where I happened to be reading just after the year started. I also figured that finishing the rest of the New Testament and the smaller books would be a good victory for me and keep me encouraged when I hit the law. I'm just about finished with Genesis now, and to see all of the check marks already on my Table of Contents keeps me motivated.

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I really wanted to pick another topical passage, but I also LOVE writing full books and even full chapters. I chose Psalm 119 because it's the longest book in the Bible, and often the one people cringe over. I wanted to be able to write it and find joy in writing it out. There is so much fun packed in these 176 verses.

JOY - Write through the Bible

Do you have a word for 2018? In the years past, I've never picked a word that will be my "word" for the year. As 2017 came to an end I started thinking about what I wanted to do differently in the new year. I wanted to slow down and read more, I wanted to be more intentional with what God has placed in front of me. I want to be happy and joyful serving exactly where God has me.

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While I am frustrated that a month has already passed and I didn't make extravagant changes towards Gospel living, I have continued to be more like Christ. I have made steps in the right direction. I really want to meditate on JOY this month, I want the joy of my salvation restored.

I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Print out the page below, or save it to your phone for easy access and write through these few passages from Psalm with me!

Did you pick a word for 2018, if so what is it? Is there a topic or book that you would like me to break down so that we can write them out together this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Sermon on the Mount - Write through the Bible

The new year begins in a few short days, with new goals and new dreams. I am picking back up my writing through the Bible and beginning to write and memorize more scriptures. I desire to "hunger and thirst for righteousness" and to learn more of the Bible.

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I was asked last year for a plan to write out the Sermon on The Mount (Matthew 5-7), I've broken it down to a few verses a day for 30 days. This gives you one grace day if you do it in January! Writing out scripture is always fruitful for me, it allows me to think on passages longer that I would quickly read.

I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Print out the page below, or save it to your phone for easy access and write through these few Chapters of Matthew with me!

2017: A New Beginning - Write through the Bible

I want to try something different this month.
This month I want to encourage you to read a chapter of Proverbs every day. Then write out 1-2 verses that speak to you. It'll be different for everyone, but it's something that God is impressing on your heart.

Here's to a new beginning! Lets start fresh. I tell my boys every morning, if you missed yesterday just keep going, start today. Start fresh. Don't try to catch up because that will burn you out. Start fresh today, because ya know what? HIS mercies are new every morning.

I want to challenge you to spend a few more minutes meditating on the Word of God each day. Add something to your quiet time, change something up. Each month I am going to post a theme of passages or a book that I will be writing through. I want to invite you to write through the Bible with me as well.

Advent - Write through the Bible

Without Easter, Christmas means nothing. This is because Jesus had to die for His birth to be worth while. During the Christmas season we celebrate Christ's coming because He came to fulfill the promise of God to crush sin. Because of sin, Jesus had to become a perfect sinless man and die in the place of sinful men + women.

 

This month I really want to focus on what the season of Christmas is about. It's about God becoming man. It's about God's love for us that he would make such a sacrifice. I've chosen verses that display the story from the beginning to what we are waiting for now. Verses that begin with the problem that needed to be fixed, the fall of man, the prophecy of the coming of the Christ, and His birth, and finally his return.

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I want to challenge you to spend a few more minutes meditating on the Word of God each day. Add something to your quiet time, change something up. Each month I am going to post a theme of passages or a book that I will be writing through. I want to invite you to write through the Bible with me as well.

Give Thanks - Write through the Bible

As sappy as it sounds this time of year always reminds me to be extra thankful, to see God's grace and love in the little things. I find during the month of November as God preparing my heart for what is going to come next, the Birth of his Son!

I've picked different passages from all over the Bible that all speak loud of being thankful. Something that I can take with me and meditate on and just remember to "give thanks with a grateful heart". My goal is to spend this month preparing for Thanksgiving by seeing all that God has done for me and what I have to be thankful for, and also to set my heart ready to celebrate the birth of His son Jesus. I would love for you to join me on this journey and ready your heart as well.

You can download a bookmark for yourself here.

I want to challenge you to spend a few more minutes meditating on the Word of God each day. Add something to your quiet time, change something up. Each month I am going to post a theme of passages or a book that I will be writing through. I want to invite you to write through the Bible with me as well.

Philippians - write through the Bible

For me writing and meditating God's word is important. I really will not learn it any other way.

All of the Illustrated Faith - drawing in your Bible is awesome. It's just not for me. I would be apt to spend more time trying to make the drawing perfect than actually meditating on God's word. I also really hate how I write most of the time, lets not even get started with how I draw. But knowing and meditating God's word is important.

This month I chose the book of Philippians. Philippians is known for being a resource through suffering. Remember as you write this month that Christ is your strength through everything you face.

You can download a bookmark for yourself here.

I want to challenge you to spend a few more minutes meditating on the Word of God. Add something to your quiet time, change something up. Each month I am going to post a theme of passages or a book that I will be writing through. I want to invite you to write through the Bible with me as well.

 

 

Psalm - Write through the Bible

Writing through the Bible has become very important to me over the past few years. I retain more information when I write things out more than just listening. When John and I first started homeschooling our boys I began giving them passages from the book of John to copy down. I didn't have a theme or direction for them other than writing out God's word. But now I've began planning books and topics that I want us to spend writing down during our personal quiet times. My young children need to hear these words of God just as much as I do.

"For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations" Psalm 100:5

For the next 30 days I'll be writing down entire chapters from Psalms. I chose these chapters because they all speak about God's steadfast love. As I'm heading into fall busy schedule from the lazy summer it's easy to be distracted from why I am doing everything I'm doing. Everything I do is rooted in Christ and his work on the cross. Everything is because God first LOVED. Just like everyone else I need to be reminded of God's steadfast love. I need to know that it endures forever.

I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Grab a bookmark below and write through these 7 Psalms with me!

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