The Ultimate List of FREE Scripture Writing Resources

Looking for your next Scripture Writing Plan? Be sure to bookmark this list of Scripture Writing Resources for an easy list of book and topical plans.
 
Sometimes your Bible Study needs a little sprucing up. Maybe you want to try something new. Have you seen all the Scripture Writing Resources and plans on Pinterest? I have come to really love and enjoy the process of copying the Bible by hand. Sometimes I follow a plan provided by someone else and sometimes I just write my way through an entire book.

Here I provide a large collection of Scripture Writing Resources to save you time and effort in finding the perfect plan to start your journey. You will see plans for writing out entire books of the Bible, topical plans, and general knowledge articles on the practice of Scripture Writing. Bookmark this page and come back when you are ready for the next plan! Enjoy!

 

Books of the Bible

 

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Topical

 

 
Looking for your next Scripture Writing Plan? Be sure to bookmark this list of Scripture Writing Resources for an easy list of book and topical plans.
 

More Scripture Writing Resources:

 

Hand Copying Scripture

Hand Copying Scripture Tips

5 Reasons to Hand Copy God’s Word

Holy Writ: Dillon Burroughs the Bible by hand, one chapter a day…

Meditating on God’s Word, a Verse at a Time: One Woman’s Hand-copied Bible

Man Copies Bible out by hand, working up to 14 hours a day

A Year of 30-Day Challenges: Copy a Chapter a Day

How To Master Handwriting Scripture: 6 Tips

Practical and Spiritual Benefits of Hand Copying Scripture
 


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Looking for your next Scripture Writing Plan? Be sure to bookmark this list of Scripture Writing Resources for an easy list of book and topical plans.

 

<Looking for your next Scripture Writing Plan? Be sure to bookmark this list of Scripture Writing Resources for an easy list of book and topical plans.

Practical and Spiritual Benefits of Hand Copying Scripture

Hand Copying Scripture is the ancient practice of writing the Bible word for word by hand. There are plenty of benefits for this daily practice.

Practical And Spiritual Benefits of Hand Copying Scripture 

Personal Challenge Update

I am one week into the first month of the Year of 30-Day Challenges and this first week of hand copying scripture has been pretty amazing. 

I confess I got up on July 30 a little bit on the anxious and hesitant side. The thoughts kept coming that I was such a fool for signing myself up to do this HUGE challenge of my own creation. Not only was I about to embark on a time-consuming journey of handwriting Scripture one chapter at a time for at least 30 days straight but I was I was also committing to do eleven more challenges. What in the freakin’ world am I doing to myself?  When I went to bed on Sunday I was so close to throwing in the towel and backing out of the whole thing before I even started. 

Then I was reminded that the whole point of this next year is to pick areas of my life that need work and dedicate a month (or 30 days) to intense focus in that area. 

Confession: A big area that needs work is my tendency to start big projects and never completing them. You could say this whole year is about addressing that one big area in my life. In fact, I am currently reading Jon Acuff’s book, Finish, to address this very thing. I’m so glad I found that book because it is offering relief knowing I am not alone in this tendency and it is offering direction on how to move away from it.

 

What are my initial thoughts on the Hand Copying Scripture Challenge after one week? 

  • Writing a full chapter of Scripture in one sitting is a bit too much. My hand cramps up and the words eventually start to run together.
  • What I have found to work very well is to write about five verses at a time.
  • I sit down and write five verses and then I go and do something else.
  • At first, I thought this would mess up the devotional side of the practice.
  • In reality, I am finding that breaking the chapter up throughout the day is proving to be amazingly comforting.
  • Breaking the chapter up means I get to return to Scripture at various times throughout the day. I don’t have one devotional time in the morning. I get to meet back up with the Word all day long.
  • It should go as no surprise that oftentimes I find myself returning to my seat to copy Bible verses when I need it the most.
  • Breaking up my writing time into five verse increments allow for random schedule changes. It is much easier to get it down when things don’t go as planned.

I guess you could say the first week of writing the Bible out by hand has gone well. There have already been some surprises but overall they have been good surprises.

But, why would someone want to embark on a journey to hand copy Scripture when there are already countless Bibles out there in print and on electronic devices?

Well, there are plenty of benefits to hand copying scripture that make it well worth the effort.

Hand Copying Scripture is the ancient practice of writing the Bible word for word by hand. There are plenty of benefits for this daily practice.

Practical Benefits of Hand Copying Scripture

Memory Retention

From a personal point of view, I remember that when I was in college I found that handwriting my notes was key to my performance on my exams. I would handwrite all my notes during the lectures and then I would rewrite them, usually in many different colors, while studying for exams. While this process was seemingly laborious, it proved to work quite well and I usually did quite well on exams when I followed this process. There were times when I did not want to follow this process out of laziness and as expected, I never did as well on those exams. 

My personal experience seems to be supported by science. An article in Lifehacker talks about a part of the brain called the Reticular Activating System that is engaged by handwriting. It says, “The RAS acts as a filter for everything your brain needs to process, giving more importance to the stuff that you’re actively focusing on that moment – something that the physical act of writing brings to the forefront.” Basically, the act of handwriting is triggering your brain to wake up and pay attention to what you are writing. In so doing you retain the information much better. 

Anti-Aging For The Brain

The process of handwriting basically provides a workout for the brain. Physical exercise provides anti-aging benefits for the body as a whole. So, it makes sense that exercise for the brain would have the same benefits. By utilizing a combination of motor skills, memory, and cognitive processing, handwriting exercises the brain in a way that a keyboard does not. 

Writing By Hand is Meditative and Forces You to Slow Down

There is a rhythm to handwriting once you get moving along. That rhythm can be very meditative and contemplative if you allow it to be and in so doing you can quiet your mind and find peace in the process. 

Hand copying Scripture, handwriting in a journal, or even copying down notes from a book forces you to slow down so that you don’t miss any important details. In a world that is constantly moving at a warp speed, it is definitely beneficial to our minds and emotional states to slow down even if for just a few minutes a day. 

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Spiritual Benefits of Hand Copying Scripture

Meeting God On a Deeper Level

Since you are already engaging your brain in more ways than just reading, hand copying Scripture helps you meet with God on a new and different level. You are reading the words of the Bible, processing them in your mind, and then tangibly interacting with them as you write them down on paper. You can notice nuances in the Scripture as you slow down your reading and gain deeper insights. In so doing, you retain what you read for much longer in your mind and in your heart.

Deeper Appreciation For God’s Word

By spending more time reading and processing God’s Word through hand copying you can’t help but gain a deeper appreciation for what’s written. You are spending so much time with the words allowing you really think about the context and the meaning of those words. All that time spent writing also grows your respect and deepen your love for God’s word. And as your appreciation for God’s Word deepens your daily life is changed in all areas. 

Legacy

By developing a daily practice of hand copying Scripture you leaving a legacy of faith for those who come after you. Imagine your children watching you as you diligently copy the Bible by hand. They are seeing you spend precious time in this huge undertaking in so doing they are seeing how important your Faith is to you. You are also creating an actual copy of the Bible bit by bit in your own unique handwriting. Imagine how precious a handwritten copy of the Bible would be to your loved ones after you passed away. You aren’t just deepening your faith through copying Scripture; you are creating a legacy of Faith for generations to come.

Have you created a habit of copying Scripture? What books are you copying? Or, what topics are you focusing on? Tell me in the comments!!

 

 


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For Further Reading:

4 Benefits of Writing By Hand

Why You Learn More Effectively By Writing Than Typing

How Handwriting Trains The Brain

The Simple Joy of Writing by Hand

 

Hand Copying Scripture is the ancient practice of writing the Bible word for word by hand. There are plenty of benefits for this daily practice.

 

Hand Copying Scripture is the ancient practice of writing the Bible word for word by hand. There are plenty of benefits for this daily practice.

How To Master Handwriting Scripture: 6 Tips

A Year of 30-Day Challenges Starts Now! Challenge #1 is all about Handwriting Scripture. The goal is to handwrite a full chapter every day for 30 days. Let's get started!!

The first challenge for A Year of 30-Day Challenges is all about Handwriting Scripture!!

The goal of the Handwriting Scripture challenge is to copy a full chapter of your choice every day for the duration of the 30-day challenge.

I have decided to copy Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians and you are welcome to join me in that focus. You are also welcome to pick whatever books and chapters you believe will benefit you the most. You could focus on specific books like I am or focus on topics that you want to learn more about.

Make sure you download the Habit Tracker and Chapter Tracker I provide for this challenge

As we get started handwriting scripture together I thought it would be appropriate to share the best tips for getting the most out of this practice.

Choose Special Materials to Make Handwriting Scripture Special

Pick out a nice notebook and a nice pen that you can dedicate to this challenge.

The actual materials ultimately don’t matter. What matters is that the materials are items that will make your practice more special.

Go ahead and buy a new journal and a new pen if you have space in your budget to do that.

Since I really don’t want to spend extra money for this year of 30-day challenges, I just grabbed a 3-ring binder from our homeschool stash and added some college-ruled paper and dividers. I also grabbed some colored pens because writing in multiple colors brings me such joy.

Make it special and meaningful. You are going to spend a lot of time in that notebook. Make it approachable and comforting

What are you going to use for handwriting Scripture this month?


Pick a Quiet and Comfortable Spot

Choose a place in your house that you can return to each day that is quiet and comfortable.

I have chosen to sit at our breakfast room table while I am handwriting my chapter each day. While the couch is super, duper cozy I know that I won’t be in the best position for good handwriting. And to be honest, I will also be tempted to lie down with my favorite blanket.

The breakfast room table is perfect because the room is well lit in the mornings and I have plenty of space to spread out all my materials, including my mug of coffee.

Consider keeping all your handwriting Scripture materials in that spot every day so that you don’t have to go looking for them when your time to copy comes.

Where will you be handwriting Scripture? Dining room table? Desk? Couch?

Make a Daily Appointment

Pick a time during the day when you know you can be consistent in your daily Scripture handwriting practice.

Once you pick that time, create an appointment in your calendar.

Treat that block of time as seriously as you would treat a doctor’s appointment. I don’t know about you but I rarely miss a doctor’s appointment. They can be so hard to come by that I don’t miss one unless there is a serious reason to cancel.

I give my workouts the same treatment. I create uncancellable appointments in my calendar and rarely do I miss those workouts.

If I can treat my workouts that seriously then I know I can do the same when it comes to spending time in Scripture.

I am choosing to do my copying in the morning right after breakfast. More times than not my husband has left for work and my son hasn’t quite gotten out of bed yet. The dog is walked and the house is nice and quiet. I can spend time in the Word before the rush of the day gets started.

What is the best time for you?

Slow Down and Take Your Time

I know that time is a precious commodity for most of us.

But, I can’t stress enough the importance of taking as much time as you can to absorb every word that you are writing.

Slow down as you are writing. Read and re-read what you are writing.

Confirm that your copying is accurate to the Bible you are writing from.

While the surface goal of this challenge is to write a chapter every day for 30 days, the ultimate goal is to spend time every day deep in God’s Word.

Enjoy the process. Savor the practice.

Don’t get caught up in having to power through so you can check that box.

Check your heart.

And that leads us to the next tip.

Give Yourself Grace

I know this challenge is going to be, well, a challenge.

In our busy and technological lives, handwriting Scripture can be hard. Throw in handwriting a full chapter every day and it got even harder.

I am not embarking on this challenge lightly.

It is going to be hard. I can foresee the first few days of this challenge being pretty easy. I’ll be excited with anticipation. I’ve planned for this, by golly!

And probably by about Day 5 or so, it will start getting hard and each day after that will get progressively harder. The weekends will be the toughest because I will be out of my weekday routine.

Listen, I understand if life happens and you miss your appointment. There’s grace.

If all you can do is a few verses one day, there’s grace.

If all you can do is read or listen to the chapter, there’s grace.

Pick up where you left off.

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I am doing this challenge because I know I need some hardcore time in the Word and I know I learn best when I write things down.

Why are you doing this challenge?

Finally, PRAY Before You Start

When you sit down to start handwriting Scripture take a moment to close your eyes, take some deep breathes, and slow down your mind. Pray for God’s guidance as you are handwriting His Word.

Be present and listen.

Pray so that you can be in a good place to hear and learn from the words you are copying.

I do believe that you would benefit from handwriting Scripture even if you were in a tizzy as you did it. That’s how awesome God’s Word is.

But, if you want to zap all the goodness out of this practice you want to be in a good place mentally and ready to receive.

Are you ready?

Grab your Bible, notebook, pen, and a good attitude. Let’s get started on our journey to write through the Bible. 

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A Year of 30-Day Challenges Starts Now! Challenge #1 is all about Handwriting Scripture. The goal is to handwrite a full chapter every day for 30 days. Let's get started!!

 

A Year of 30-Day Challenges Starts Now! Challenge #1 is all about Handwriting Scripture. The goal is to handwrite a full chapter every day for 30 days. Let's get started!!

 

A Year of 30-Day Challenges Starts Now! Challenge #1 is all about Handwriting Scripture. The goal is to handwrite a full chapter every day for 30 days.

A Year Of 30-Day Challenges: Copy A Chapter A Day

A Year of 30-Day Challenges kicks off with Challenge one - Hand Copy One Chapter of Scripture Every Day. Gather your supplies let's get started!!

I am embarking on a year-long journey to challenge myself out of a self-imposed box and utilizing the structure of 30-Day Challenges to do that. That is a total of twelve months with twelve challenges. Each challenge will be thoughtfully and prayerfully considered and chosen specifically for me. That being said I have a hunch that there are a lot of other people who would benefit from these challenges as well.

Let me tell you about some of the criteria I am using to pick my challenges.

  1.  The challenge must address an area of my life that I know could use major improvement but I’m either too lazy or too scared to work on it.
  2.  The challenge must force me to dig deep in mind and soul to finish it.
  3.  The challenge can be something new or it can be something I’ve attempted many times before with little to no success.
  4.  The challenge must be approved of by my family because I already know some of these challenges are going to affect them in small or even large ways.
  5.  The challenge must require that I drop the ego, be humble, and be teachable in order to gain every bit of goodness and insight out of it.

I am going into this will a lot of excitement and a lot of nervousness. I’ve already said that I have always hated change. It doesn’t matter if it is positive or negative change. I just hate it. That is a personality quirk that needs to CHANGE! The fear and hatred of change have kept me stagnant and not pursuing my biggest dreams. It is time to move on.

I am starting the first challenge officially on July 30th. I was debating starting on August 1 because that works so nicely as the first day of the month. Ultimately, the beauty of starting on a MONDAY won out. Don’t we always start challenges on Mondays?!

The first challenge is:

Hand Write a Full Chapter Of Scripture Every Day For 30 Days.

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I am not new to hand copying Scripture. I have adopted this practice several times before. I love copying Scripture because it forces me to slow down and take in God’s Word one word at a time.

What’s new is that I have NEVER copied Scripture consistently for more than a week at a time. It has always been something that I start with great energy and then allowed to fizzle out rather quickly.

As much as I love my relationship with Christ and His Word, I confess that I am terribly inconsistent with my Scripture reading and prayer time. It comes in fits and starts.

A Year of 30-Day Challenges kicks off with Challenge one - Hand Copy One Chapter of Scripture Every Day. Gather your supplies let's get started!!

I am constantly having conversations with my Savior but rarely do I sit down to read and soak in His Word.

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To follow through with the Challenge Criteria going from a few verses here and there to a full chapter a day is going to force me to dig deep to finish it. 

I will have to make the time to sit down and write and that will mean I have to give up other activities to ensure I have the time. 

I will have to be fully present with the Word to ensure I copy correctly and doing so will force me to be humble and teachable as I allow the Word to sink in as I write.
 

 

Here are the practical details to the Copy 1 Chapter of Scripture A Day Challenge

  • Length: 30 days
  • Start: July 30
  • Bible Translation: ESV (English Standard Version)
    • If you are choosing to join me in this first challenge you are welcome to use whatever translation you wish. My church uses the ESV so I will stick with that for consistency’s sake.
  • Books to be copied:
    • Romans – 16 Chapters (Yes, I am going super deep right off the bat)
    • Galatians – 6 chapters
    • Ephesians – 6 chapters
    • Philippians – 4 chapters
    • Yes, this adds up to 32 chapters. But, who’s counting? * wink *
    • Feel free to copy however you choose. I am choosing to systematically copy full books because I need the discipline to stick to a full book instead of jumping around to prevent boredom. You do what works for you.
  • Materials:
    • 3-ring binder
    • Notebook paper
    • Pen


I am stoked and ready to go!!!

How about you? Will you be joining me in this challenge? Let me know in the comments!!!

 

 

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A Year of 30-Day Challenges kicks off with Challenge one - Hand Copy One Chapter of Scripture Every Day. Gather your supplies let's get started!!
A Year of 30-Day Challenges kicks off with Challenge one - Hand Copy One Chapter of Scripture Every Day. Gather your supplies let's get started!!

Living A Life Worth Writing – A Challenge

I have given myself a challenge: A Challenge to live a life worth writing. And I am going to start that by a year of 30-day challenges. Join me!

Living a Life Worth Writing – A Challenge

Recently, I was reminded of this quote Benjamin Franklin,  “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

We are well aware of the writers who have written something worth reading. We could all easily name at least ten right off the bat. How about C.S. Lewis, J.R. R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Charlotte Bronte, Ernest Hemingway, Dr. Seuss, and Jane Austen?

What writers would you say wrote something worth reading?

These are the people that have written books that people will probably read for generations to come. Their books were interesting and engaging and of great quality and have great staying power.

On the other hand, we have people who live amazing and fascinating lives that are worth writing and reading about. These people may not even be writers. Heck, they may even use ghost writers. Whatever the case their lives are such that people pick up their books and read them because we want to learn about their lives.

You’ve got people like Dean Karnazes who has run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days and wrote a book about his experiences. There is Bethany Hamilton who’s arm was severed by a shark and yet went on to continue her professional surfing career. And there is Elizabeth Gilbert who went on a personal soul-searching journey and wrote all about her experiences and inner discoveries.

Who would you think has lived a life worth writing about?

I recently found myself at a bit of a standstill in my writing and in my life, to be honest. Even though I have been consistently writing each day. I still felt there was no substance to my writing. Perhaps that is me being hard on myself or perhaps not. Most of my writing was ramblings about my daily goings on, thoughts, concerns, etc. I spent a lot of time writing about living my dreams and honestly, that left me wanting.

Why?

There was something missing in my writing and I know exactly what it was. I was writing about going strong after my dreams but in reality, my bucket list lay on the desk collecting dust. I hated to even think about my bucket list because all it did was remind me of what I was not accomplishing.

Talk about Imposter Syndrome!! I constantly I felt like such a fraud on this blog. Here I was writing about goal setting and goal achieving and at the end of the day, I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing any of mine.

Was I being fair to myself? Only God knows. I just know the struggle was real.

Then an awesome friend reminded me of what Benjamin Franklin said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

It got me thinking big time.

How did I want my writing to be remembered?

Did I want to write something worth reading or did I want to live a life worth writing about?

Well, I guess you could say I want both. The two things are not mutually exclusive. I can live a life worth writing about by actually writing something worth reading.

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As I pondered and meditated on this quote I knew that deep down inside I want to live a life worth writing.

Thus started a journey to change my life.
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It was then I sold everything and took off to travel the world and knock each item on my bucket list one tick mark at a time. YOLO!!
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Whoah whoah whoah….slow your horses down.

I know there are some incredible stories about people who HAVE experienced an amazing change of heart and mindset. They DID sell all their worldly possessions and took off to travel the world. Oh, and they wrote a book about it. Yep, I’ve read them too.

I’m sure that would be more engaging and exciting than what I’m writing right now. But, let’s be honest, it isn’t a reality for me or for many other people either.

I confess I’m not the kind of person who can just up and take off like that. My parents always said that I HATE CHANGE even when I was in preschool.

And guess what? They are absolutely correct. I hate change: the good kind and the bad kind.

So, knowing this about myself I knew it takes time to make a positive change in my life. It means establishing habits one at a time in such a way that they stick.

So, what is all this rambling about anyway?!

I have given myself a challenge: A Challenge to live a life worth writing. And I am going to start that by a year of 30-day challenges. Join me!

I have made the crazy decision to embark on a yearlong journey to change my life one habit or feature at a time.

But, HOW?

Okay, I hear you!!

Are you familiar with those 30 day challenges everyone either hosts or participates in?
• 30 Days of 100 squats a day
• 30 days of no sugar (who does that?!?!)
• 30 days of decluttering
• 30 days of meditation
• Etc.
Shoot, I even have one.

How many of you have embarked on a 30-day challenge and actually completed it?

Be honest…

*crickets*

Kudos to you if you have done these challenges and HAVE completed it as prescribed. I am thoroughly impressed!!

If you are like me, you see the challenge and mull over it for a while. You think that THIS time you will complete a full challenge. You go out and buy all the fun stuff you NEED to complete the challenge. Oh, you know, you NEED a new pair of leggings to do that squat challenge or you NEED new organizing supplies for the decluttering challenge. You set out to do the challenge and you are proud of each day you tick off. YES!! This IS IT!!!

I am changing my LIIIIIIIIIFE!!!

  • One – check
  • Two – check
  • Three – check
  • Fooooour – check (close one)
  • Five – check (right up the wire)
  • Si….nope

Challenge ends.

 I have all the excuses and am fully convinced they are all true. I am very good at deceiving myself.

So, the big news is….

I am going to pick a 30-day challenge to dive into each month, starting in August 2018, for a year (12 months = 12 challenges).

I pick these challenges for myself based on what things I know I need to change within myself. I am thinking, praying, and soul-searching about what these challenges will be. Each month will be carefully chosen and will be specific to me.

I do believe others could possibly benefit from them and I invite YOU to join me.

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Next week, I will announce my first challenge and offer some awesome resources for YOU so you can join me if you wish to.

What do you think of all this?

Am I really THAT crazy?

Perhaps….but it will be fun.

 

 

 

I have given myself a challenge: A Challenge to live a life worth writing. And I am going to start that by a year of 30-day challenges. Join me!

 

I have given myself a challenge: A Challenge to live a life worth writing. And I am going to start that by a year of 30-day challenges. Join me!

Top 8 Excuses For Not Making The Leap

Do you feel like you need to make giant leap or jump to move forward in life? Here are 8 possible excuses you may be telling yourself and how to move past them and actually make that leap.

Guest Post: Top 8 Excuses For Not Making The Leap

One of the benefits of working from home and homeschooling is my son gets to have a front row seat to the work I do when we’re not doing school. He sees me writing a lot every day and he often hears me talk about the contents of my writing. One day, he presented me with a journal and said he outlined a blog post for me and he’d like me to publish it for him. How could I say, “NO?”

Today, we have a guest blogger. Caleb is twelve years old. He attends school at home and loves all things coding and development and is a gamer in every way, board and computer. He aspires to be a developer like his Dad and a competitive swimmer. Let’s welcome Caleb!

(Note: The majority of this blog post is exactly as written by Caleb, awkwardness and all. Commentary in italics are provided by me, Sarah.)

In life, you must make many leaps to move on. However, we often feel like we cannot make the leap and replace it with an excuse.

I would like to tell you the eight most common excuses for not making the leap, where they come from, and how to stop telling yourself them.

#1: I’m Not Ready

This excuse comes from feeling a lack of skill.

Oftentimes, this is just an illusion that you can push through.

To stop feeling like you don’t have enough experience, don’t be ashamed to practice or research your skills. Doing so does not mean you’re stupid or inexperienced.

It took me till my adult life to accept that most of my dreams and aspirations are merely a learnable set of sills away. Time to get to work learning.

#2: It’s Impossible

First, nothing is impossible.

This excuse is never true. It comes from one of two scenarios: The chances of success are slim or this leap is a new discovery.

Knowing Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”) and asking more seasoned individuals for help will definitely help you push through.

#3: It Could Be Painful

One of the most common reasons why people don’t even try is fear of failure.

This excuse is “I fear failure in the future” in disguise.

The best way to push through is to be optimistic when faced with this excuse.

Remember, It’s not failure. It’s feedback. Caleb hears his parents say this little phrase quite often in our household.

Do you feel like you need to make giant leap or jump to move forward in life? Here are 8 possible excuses you may be telling yourself and how to move past them and actually make that leap.

#4: There’s Too Much ‘X.’

Common words here are competition, work, challenge, the skill involved to handle and to do. Each one coming with their own unique origins.

When you catch yourself telling yourself this try to analyze what there is less of.

For example, there may be a lot of work but not that much skill involved, and vice versa.

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#5: I Can’t See What’s Going To Happen

This one is similar to #3 in the fact that it comes from fear of failure.

The difference is that #3 is a prediction. This is not.

This one stands out because this excuse might actually be true at times.

If this gets you down, imagine the benefits of the leap.

How will your life improve by making this leap?

#6: I Can See Exactly What’s Going To Happen

This is a prediction.

Often, the origin of this one is when you consider releasing something to the public, and then you tell yourself that they’ll hate you for it.

Just know, you don’t know the future. Only God does.

And you won’t ever know unless you try. And if you do fail, well, it IS just feedback. 🙂

#7: I’m Comfortable Right Here

This one arises out of just plainly not wanting to make the leap.

People will take their current life and say that it’s “OK,” even though that might not be true.

Aspire for the future to stop this excuse.

Anything worth doing is going to be uncomfortable at times. Embrace the discomfort. Lean into it. Tap into your WHY and leap with purpose.

#8: Conditions Aren’t Ideal

This excuse comes from not feeling like enough is going your way.

But, not everything has to be ideal for you to make a leap.

Try changing the conditions of the leap and see if that helps.

Climax: What Are You Waiting For?

When people finally decide to make the leap, they tend to ask, “What was I waiting for?”

They were simply waiting for…nothing, simply nothing. They would’ve done it weeks ago but instead decided to lie to themselves.

When you get a leap, just take it if it’s a leap worth taking.

Are you ready to make the leap?

 

 

 

 

 

Do you feel like you need to make giant leap or jump to move forward in life? Here are 8 possible excuses you may be telling yourself and how to move past them and actually make that leap.

 

Do you feel like you need to make giant leap or jump to move forward in life? Here are 8 possible excuses you may be telling yourself and how to move past them and actually make that leap.

Track What You Want To Change

Are there habits or behaviors you want to change in your life? Then you need to keep track of these habits on a daily basis so you are equipped to change.

I have recently become aware of some habits and behaviors that I really need to change. I want to live a life that is free and successful and I want to live my best and most winning life possible. These particular habits and behaviors are not serving me well and not contributing to my best life and   knew I had to get back on track.

Here are the three main habits I need to change:

Time Management

I start out each day with my To Do list and the best intentions to get things done and to not fall behind on various projects. And then come the end of the day I wonder where the time went and how in the world was there still items on my To Do List. I didn’t lounge all day after all. Or did I? It sure did feel busy. If the day felt busy then how in the world did so much time get past me without actually getting much done? Something needed to change with my time management if I wanted to move forward in my life and business.

Housework

I am not a very tidy person by nature. There, I said it. My house is often way more cluttered and disorganized than I would ever want to admit. I hate to say it but this has even affected my desire to be more hospitable with friends and neighbors.

I often make an effort to keep the house clean and it will last for about a week. The house looks great during that week. I am happy. My husband is happy. Even the son and dog are happy with the fresher, less cluttered, and more peaceful environment. Then “life happens” and I fall behind on the housework. As I fall behind I become less motivated to get the work done and time marches on without me doing any kind of housework.

I don’t like to admit it but it’s true and something had to change. An orderly house may not come naturally to me and my personality but it is definitely a skill I can learn and implement.

Food

It’s funny how, despite the best intentions, food that does not serve me well sneaks into my daily habits without me even noticing. It can be so sneaky and it all adds up and affects how I feel. How about you?

(Note: This is not about weight loss. This is about vitality and health.)

I have been tired throughout the day. I haven’t been recovering from my runs quite as I would like. And I’ve felt heavy all the time instead of feeling light and healthy.

I knew I needed to change things up and figure out how to get life-giving food back into my daily routine.

I had three main areas I knew I needed to change in order to live my best life moving forward but how in the world could I change these things?

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I knew that in order to make successful and long-lasting changes I needed to start tracking each of these areas so I could have a firm grasp on where I am now and how to improve in the future.

Why Track? 3 Reasons.

Tracking gives you a reason for a change.

Tracking forces you to become aware of the bad habits in your life. By keeping a log of what you are doing each day it forces you to bring that behavior into the forefront of your mind. In so doing, you naturally change slowly over time for the good.

Tracking also gives you a baseline for change.

The first week of tracking may look bad but now you know where you are and where you need to go.

Tracking gives you a record of change.

You can look back over your log and see how far you have come and be encouraged that you are moving in the right direction. And you can look at your tracking log and analyze it in order to tweak it and continue to make positive changes.

Are there habits or behaviors you want to change in your life? Then you need to keep track of these habits on a daily basis so you are equipped to change.

How Did I Track My Changes?

Time Management:

I started using the app called aTimeLogger (Android & iPhone) to get a feel for how I am spending my time each day. It took some time to get used to using the app but it sure did give me a clear picture of how I am spending my time each day. Success in tracking my time was dependent on me being brutally honest with my tracking and since I wanted to make a positive change I was willing to be just that, brutally honest.

Now this app keeps me accountable for my time. I want to see my time well spent when I look back over my day through the reports and that motivates me to make good choices.

Housework:

I have already said that I am not a natural housekeeper. It is just the truth. But, I can follow a checklist like a champ. I learned the key to keeping a clean house is to step out of the way and let someone else tell me what to do. I can do what I’m told. I joined the Motivated Moms website for their housecleaning checklists. These lists are simple and straight to the point and each day takes less than an hour to complete if focused.

A checklist and schedule is fine and dandy but how do I ensure I am actually getting the work done?

I use the HabitBull app (Android) to help me keep track of the habit. I’m sure you’ve seen all those colorful habit trackers that bullet journalers create. This is the same but on my phone. HabitBull makes it fun to challenge myself to “not break the line!” and keep tracking that I did my chores each day. I find the line very motivating because ending the line would make me sad.

I also use HabitBull to track my writing each day, whether or not I did the time tracker that day, and also if I logged my meals (see below). IF there is a break in the line I can ask myself why that happened and decide if it is something I can improve on later on. Without tracking I would not have that information.

Food:

I have learned that if I make tracking complicated I will not do it. That is why I generally stay away from apps like My Fitness Pal for tracking meals. It works for many, many people and is a solid app.

I choose to track my food through photographs on the Meal Logger app. I just take a picture of whatever I’m eating and plug them in the app. I don’t track anything beyond that. No calories or macros.

Tracking my food through photographs helps me look back over my day and decide if I made good choices or not and how I can improve. I couldn’t do that if I didn’t have the information in the first place. The unexpected benefit of tracking my meals with pictures is I sometimes ask myself if I want to take the picture and if not, I don’t eat the food. That usually happens around foods that would not benefit me in the first place so it works out well.

Tracking areas you want to change is so simple to do if you let it be. It is such a powerful tool for total life change.

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My personality is very much that of a free spirit. I am far more flighty and imaginative and creative than I am organized and purposeful. I naturally stray away from charts and spreadsheets and any kind of tracking. That does not mean I can’t see the benefits of tracking and charts, however. When I step out of the way of myself I see and experience the benefits of learning and implementing skills that are proven to work.

What could you be tracking and changing today?

 

 

 

 

Are there habits or behaviors you want to change in your life? Then you need to keep track of these habits on a daily basis so you are equipped to change.

 

Are there habits or behaviors you want to change in your life? Then you need to keep track of these habits on a daily basis so you are equipped to change.

The Joy of Running in the Back of the Pack.

Running a half marathon is a huge accomplishment for anyone who does it. There are people in the front, middle, and back of the race. Do you know what goes on in the back of the pack? Sit down. Let me tell you the joy of running in the back of the pack.

I ran a half marathon on Memorial Day. It was my third half marathon.

One thing that has been the same in all my half marathons is that I am a solid back of the pack runner. I start my races in the back and I finish my races in the back. I am well acquainted with waving at the front runners as they pass me on the other side of the road. I can see their faces. I see the focus. I see the determination. I see the drive.

I have never been in the front of the race so I can’t really speak to what it’s like up there. I’m sure it is so exciting. Hearing the cheers as you achieve some incredible time must be enough to keep you floating for days. Seeing all that training pay off must be a reward like no other.

What I can do, though, is tell you what it’s like running in the back. I can tell you about what I see and what I experience. I can tell you what a joy it is to run in the back. 

I can tell you about the focus, determination, and drive.

It takes a ton of hard work on and off the road to finish a half marathon (13.1 miles) in just over an hour.

It takes a lot of focus and determination to run the same distance in 3 or more hours. While the front-runners are eating their bananas and rehydrating, My peeps and I are just starting to hit our sweet spot. We’ve only done a third of the race.

I remember talking to a fast runner after one of my previous half marathons about how much respect I had for how fast he is. I told I couldn’t imagine being that fast. He responded with, “No, I have so much respect for YOU. I can’t imagine being out there for so long and never giving up. We need more of that.”

I can tell you about the stories.

One of the benefits of being a slower runner and hanging out in the back of the pack is that you have ample time to get to know each other.

There are plenty of people who want to be alone and zone out to their music and that’s okay. And there are others who are more than happy to engage. If you are willing to engage with them you can hear some pretty awesome stories.

I have heard stories of incredible weight loss, overcoming cancer, grieving the loss of a loved one, coming out of depression and anxiety, and health scares that can jerk anyone into healthier living.

These are the stories that will get you wondering why you didn’t start earlier.

They make you think about how small your seemingly big obstacles really are now.

These are the stories that tell you that you really can do anything and now is the time to things done.

It is an absolute honor to run in the back.

It is an honor to be in the presence of real-life superheroes.

I could tell you my own story of overcoming depression and making the choice every single day that I am worth the effort to get up and go running even if just for today. But, let me tell you. Those other stories in the back of the pack will bring you to your knees.

I can tell you about the community.

It is like a family in the back.

Just like we tell our stories to each other we also take care of each other. We all know the struggle of being out there for so long.

We know the pain and the frustration. We also know the determination to not quit.

If you are in the back you will hear plenty of, “Come on. It’s only X miles to the end. You’ve already gone Y miles.” Or, “Give me one more mile. I know you’ve got one more mile in you.”

You’ll see strangers wait on the side of the road while someone they just met that day is throwing up or just needing a break.

Finishing times aren’t quite as important in the back. It’s more about just finishing the race.

Isn’t that what life is all about? It’s more about the journey than the finish?

We help each other have the best experience possible.

Running a half marathon is a huge accomplishment for anyone who does it. There are people in the front, middle, and back of the race. Do you know what goes on in the back of the pack? Sit down. Let me tell you the joy of running in the back of the pack.

I will tell you about the competition

In the back of the pack, the competition is with no one but yourself.

The pressure is off.

No one is trying to be the first, second, or 50th place. It is all about finishing and overcoming something.

You are pushing past the leg cramps, labored breathing, and dehydration and accepting nothing less than a finish.

And everyone around you is in the same place as you.

This is when the personal mantras come out to play and you hope and pray that TODAY mind WILL overcome body.

And since the back of the pack is a community, we help each other because we all have that same goal. We aren’t competing with each other. We are competing with ourselves and helping each other.

There is so much HEART in the back of the race. Click To Tweet

I can tell you about the finish line.

Goodness. That finish line. It is amazing.

You have been thinking and dreaming of that finish line for 2.5+ hours.

That moment when the finish line of your imagination that propelled you forward becomes the finish line in front of you is indescribable.

The big crowds are probably not there because many have gone home already. And that’s okay because you can hear your family cheering you on. You also have the new family that has been with you every step of the way that day. You celebrate the journey together. You high five, fist bump, sweaty hug, and celebrate. It has been an awesome day of mind over body.

When the race is over you go home to rest and recuperate. In moments of incoherence, you dream of your next big challenge and you think about the awesome people you’ll meet at that next race.

And you smile.

Because we back of the packers have got to stick together. The true spirit of the race happens at the back of the race. And who would bring that if we didn’t?

 

 

Running a half marathon is a huge accomplishment for anyone who does it. There are people in the front, middle, and back of the race. Do you know what goes on in the back of the pack? Sit down. Let me tell you the joy of running in the back of the pack.

 

Running a half marathon is a huge accomplishment for anyone who does it. There are people in the front, middle, and back of the race. Do you know what goes on in the back of the pack? Sit down. Let me tell you the joy of running in the back of the pack.

The One Word Holding You Back From Your Dreams

I have found the word that more often than not holds me back from going after my goals and dreams. Could it be holding you back too?

I remember the scene all too well.

I remember it so well because it has happened probably a thousand times in my adult life.

I am going along in my daily life and some awesome idea comes to mind. I get all excited about the awesome idea and allow myself to go down the rabbit trail of dreaming.

There is this book I want to write.

I can name at least 10 marathons and trail races I want to conquer.

And then something brings me back to reality.

I remember everything else that is going on all around me.

Children
House
Marriage
Not-so Perfect Health or…..Weight
Other Obligations

I think to myself, “Oh, I will write that awesome book when my son is older and doesn’t need my help so much.” Or, “I’ve always wanted to run a marathon. I’m sure I can do that when I have lost about 20 pounds. “

Do you see that pesky word?

WHEN

I have grown to hate that word.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “WHEN?”

WHEN has come to represent putting things off until circumstances are seemingly better.
WHEN is an excuse.
WHEN means choosing to leave goals and dreams lying dormant.
WHEN is telling myself I am not worthy enough of good things right now.

I have removed the power that the word WHEN has on me.

When thinking about my dreams and I catch myself saying, “Well, when I….I will….” I stop myself and turn it around with “Why not now?”

Now hear me. There are legitimate reasons for not going after certain dreams and goals. There are seasons of life that just don’t allow for big projects. And that is perfectly okay.

I have found the word that more often than not holds me back from going after my goals and dreams. Could it be holding you back too?

That is why I turn WHEN into WHY NOT NOW?

Think through the reasons why you can or can not chase after this particular dream and then make an educated decision of why or why not you should do this. If the evidence points to the world being your oyster then, by all means, chase after that dream with reckless abandon. Don’t let the excuse of WHEN hold you down.

If NOW just is not the time for various reasons then give yourself grace and a timeline for when you will revisit this goal and decide again if you should pursue it or not in that new season.

Let me give you two specific examples in my own life.

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I have wanted to run a full marathon for pretty much my entire adult life.

Well, I think it actually goes all the way back to college or possibly even high school. It is hard to actually pinpoint the reason why I want to cross that finish line after running 26.2 miles but the urge is strong despite the pain and suffering that goes into getting ready for it.

For probably 20 years I have longed to run that marathon but always said, “Well, I will run that marathon WHEN I have lost 20+ pounds.”

Guess where that has gotten me? Not running a marathon.

And then late in 2017, I was out on a run and I was thinking about running a marathon AGAIN. The typical “WHEN I lose 20+ pounds, I’ll….”

Wait, NO! “Why not now?” I considered everything on my plate and it was amazingly doable. I talked to my husband about the training load this will require. He was completely on board. Yep, I had no excuses. I registered for my first full marathon on November 3rd and got started in my training.

I will run a marathon before I turn 40.

Second, I have always wanted to be a writer and to ultimately, write a book.

Just like running a marathon writing has been a big part of the background of my mind for the better part of 20+ years. The road has been full of excuses and a whole lot of WHEN’s.

I’ll write my book when my son is older.
I’ll write my book when we are settled in our new home.
So on and so forth.

Guess what. That WHEN kept me from writing my book AND it kept me from even writing on a daily basis. Why write daily if you aren’t actually pursuing a book, right?

And then, as I was in tears after considering the question, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”, and knowing my deep heart’s desire was to be a writer, my husband helped me ask myself, “Why not now?”

Guess what? There was no reason why not now?

And now I am writing on a daily basis in my personal journal and for my blog. I am constantly swirling around ideas for my book and making plans.

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Where are you saying WHEN?

WHY NOT NOW?

 

 

 

 

 
 

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I have found the word that more often than not holds me back from going after my goals and dreams. Could it be holding you back too?
I have found the word that more often than not holds me back from going after my goals and dreams. Could it be holding you back too?

What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail?

It all happened in a weekend. I went to a conference seeking help and I got asked a question. It was a question that completely changed the trajectory of my life. A brave soul asked me, "What would YOU do if you knew you couldn't FAIL?

I remember the day like it was yesterday.

I was sitting at a conference in a state of uncertainty. I felt completely lost. I had no idea who I was or where I was going. I felt lost and completely defeated.

Failure was the word that kept swirling around in my mind.

Stuck.

I came to this conference based on the suggestion of a friend. This friend had been to a few of these conferences and had been changed by them. Changed for the better….way better. The evidence was there and could not be denied. So, there I sat, listening, wondering, second-guessing.

Why was I there? Seriously? Could I really gain anything from what this speaker was saying from the stage?

Honestly, I did not think so. I was a lost cause.

Failure was my middle name.

I promised my friend I would go to the conference with an open heart, willing to listen and learn. Since I am not one to ever break promises I found myself in that conference with my notebook and pen and ready to take notes.

I started out rather slumped in my chair and arms crossed. I was in protection mode. I didn’t want to open myself up to yet another crazy notion.

Then the conference got underway.

And then,….ever so slowly, I noticed myself sitting up straighter and leaning in to hear every word the speaker said. I was taking tons of notes. Something was really resonating with me. 

And then the speaker asked one question.

I will always remember that question because it completely changed the trajectory of my life.

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?

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What? Excuse me?

If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I do?
If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I do?
If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I do?

It was like time stood still for a few moments.

What would I do if I knew I COULDN’T FAIL?!

I had grown so accustomed to failing and giving up that I stopped dreaming.

In my mind failure equals pain and I hate pain. So, I stopped dreaming and trying because I didn’t want to feel that pain.

It all happened in a weekend. I went to a conference seeking help and I got asked a question. It was a question that completely changed the trajectory of my life. A brave soul asked me, "What would YOU do if you knew you couldn't FAIL?

But, what if? What IF I I knew I couldn’t fail? What would I DO?!

Tears started to run down my cheek.

I knew what I would do but I was still too afraid to give it life by putting it into words.

I snapped out of my stupor and heard the speaker say, “Do you know what you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Great. Now write it down.”

With a shaky hand, I wrote it down. I unburied a dream (two dreams, actually) that I had dug so deep down that it felt unretrievable prior to this weekend conference.

Then I heard the speaker say, “Did you write it down? Okay. Now GO DO THAT THING!”

I spent the rest of the conference with a new fire under my butt. I discovered my ability to dream again and my brain was on fire. I could barely sit still. I filled an entire notebook with notes.

I left that conference with plans to go after my dreams with reckless abandon.

I did not know HOW?
I did not know exactly WHEN?
But, I did know WHAT?

The complete trajectory of my life was changed that weekend with a single question.

Before that fateful Saturday morning, I was heading down the road of defeat.

And then with one question, I came to a hard stop and switched directions and headed down the road of dreams and victory.

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I still have days when I feel like a failure. And on those days I just take special care of myself and then ask, “If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do? Now go do it!”

So, what about you?

What would YOU do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
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Now, go do it.

 

 

 

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It all happened in a weekend. I went to a conference seeking help and I got asked a question. It was a question that completely changed the trajectory of my life. A brave soul asked me, "What would YOU do if you knew you couldn't FAIL?

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