December 2018 Bible Reading Challenge


Welcome to the December 2018 Bible reading plan and journal challenge! If this is your first time here, then I’m so glad to have you! Each month I host a monthly Bible reading plan and journal challenge to help our community enjoy reading God’s Word together and encourage our hearts to be faithful to Him.  Together, we have completed over 25 Bible reading challenges, including annual reading challenges and monthly reading challenges. I’ve developed all sorts of strategies to help us continue to stay in God’s word faithfully and there is nothing like this monthly system we are doing together.


Many readers have requested that I list the journal at the beginning of this post because you already know you want it and don’t need the details. So here you are! This month’s journal is The Light: Living in God’s Heavenly Truth.



In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

Years ago, when our family was young and small, my husband and I were strolling through Sea World. Imagine plush greenery and beautiful flowers, clear skies and bright sunlight. The weather was so gorgeous that my head was practically in the clouds, only there were no clouds. That’s just how wonderful this day was.

Until right after we entered a tunnel. We had turned a corner and suddenly, all ears of our party heard a “clunk.” This lovely clunk was my knee against a bench, which I somehow totally missed seeing! The sudden change from bright sunlight to the near-dark tunnel caused me not to see what was right in front of me.

You’ve been there, haven’t you? Oh, maybe a bench didn’t jump out and trip you, but you glanced back on a situation and thought: “How did I miss that?” It’s because of darkness. It’s so easy to be blinded by the enemy of this world; he’s strategic.

How can we defeat the darkness? Through filling our lives with the light of God’s Word! Light is living in God’s heavenly truth. While sometimes the way ahead seems dark and dreary, God’s Word always brings light into the darkness. When we can’t see ahead, his light shines to show us the way.

Let the Light of the World illuminate your soul anew as we take the month of December to focus on the reason for the season!


This Bible reading plan and journal will guide you to a stronger walk with Jesus! I am fully convinced of that. If you need accountability and would enjoy seeing the history of  your growing relationship with the Lord, this is a fantastic tool for you!

I truly long to provide practical, spiritual resources; I know that is a work God has called me to do. I expanded the journal from one page a day to two pages a day, and yet I believe it is still something the average person can complete within a reasonable span of time on a personal level.


  1. Follow the daily Bible reading plan and read the passage. Share what you are learning on social media if you’d like. My goal is to draw closer to Jesus and I want that for you too! This month the hashtags are: #thelightjournal #biblereadingplan
  2. Recommended: Journal your thoughts and prayers using The Light: Bible Reading Plan and Journal. This simple guide will help you stay focused and accountable. It will also leave a legacy for you to enjoy in the future!
  3. Optional: Join the Facebook group to see what others are learning and sharing. Enjoy our prayer community in the group as we pray for one another’s needs. Be in the know with bonus material such as practical tips, tools, and resources Rachel shares, Facebook live videos, and recently added focused music playlists based on the monthly Bible reading challenge topic.


1. John 1:1-9
2. Psalm 36:1-9
3. Job 33:23-28
4. John 12:30-36
5. John 12:44-50
6. Psalm 119:105-112
7. Psalm 56:1-13
8. Psalm 97:1-12
9. Job 12:13-25
10. Psalm 19:1-10
11. Proverbs 4:13-19
12. Isaiah 5:16-21
13. Isaiah 58:1-8
14. Isaiah 58:9-14
15. Proverbs 20:22-27
16. Luke 11:33-36
17. Isaiah 42:1-9
18. Isaiah 42:10-17
19. John 3:16-21
20. Isaiah 9:1-7
21. Isaiah 60:1-11
22. Isaiah 60:12-22
23. Matthew 4:10-17
24. Jeremiah 31:33-37
25. Daniel 2:19-23
26. Matthew 5:11-16
27. Matthew 6:19-24
28. Luke 8:11-18
29. Psalm 43:1-5
30. I John 2:7-11
31. Psalm 18:28-33

Order your journal or if you’d like to participate without the journal, screenshot the graphic to your smartphone to mark it as a favorite for easy daily digital access. You could also use a simple printable copy of the daily reading plan. Click on the graphic above or HERE to print out two copies of the Bible reading plan. Share one with a friend!

Ready to begin? We’ll start December 1st.

By his grace,



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  1. Esmy Locke says:

    I’m excited, got my journal on time!!

    First Timer,

  2. Looking foward…1st December is my Birthday:)


    Sarah from Kenya

    East Africa

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