Copy A Chapter A Day

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.

 

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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

 

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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.
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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!!
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