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.

A Year of 30-Day Challenges: Challenge One - Hand Write A Chapter of Scripture A Day Click To Tweet

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.

The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever. ~ Isaiah 40:8 Click To Tweet

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!!

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11 comments on “A Year Of 30-Day Challenges: Copy A Chapter A Day”

  1. Sarah, what good considerations that you realize your 30-day challenges might impact your family and that being present is an important part of writing Scripture. I have kept up with too many schedules that I hurried to do and check off but didn’t let sink in enough or fully pay attention to. Blessings to you on your challenges!

  2. I LOVE this series–I’m definitely considering doing a year of challenges like this in 2019! This scripture-based one sounds like it could be life-changing. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I chose Romans because 1) I felt lead to start there, and 2) our church is working through Romans right now. I chose the other books for the same reasons as #1 for Romans. 🙂 It works out well it adds up to 32 chapters. Coincidence? I think not.

  3. That’s a lot of Scripture but it sounds like a wonderful way to really impress the Word of God into your heart.

  4. I love this idea. I’m a follower of Jesus too, but I don’t spend that much time lately reading the scripture. Maybe I’ll start doing it again.Thanks for sharing this!

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