Welcome to the July 2019 Never Alone Bible reading plan and journal challenge! If this is your first time here, then I’m so glad to have you!
It’s summer, ya’ll! I love summer so much. Thank you for your emails and continued encouragement during these months since my precious daughter, Taylor, graduated to heaven. God has graciously been sustaining our family and bringing joy in the midst of pain.
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 35 Bible reading plans, including both annual and monthly reading challenges. I’ve developed all sorts of strategies to help us read God’s word faithfully and there is nothing like this monthly system we are working through together.
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Many readers have requested that I list the journal at the beginning of this monthly announcement post because you already know you want it and don’t need the details. So here you are! This month’s journal is Never Alone: Remembering God is with me.
July 2019 Bible Reading Challenge
Have you ever been in a crowded room, yet felt completely alone? Have you ever been surrounded by people, yet felt lonely and isolated? I have. Even in some of the most welcoming places on earth, I’ve sat in a room full of people and felt like no one understood or no one card. I know you have too.
But the thing is? God has promised over and over in his word that he is ALWAYS with us. We are never truly alone!! Jesus said he would never leave us or forsake us.
The enemy is the one who wants us to feel isolated and lonely. If he can get us wrapped up in that feeling, he knows we’ll be paralyzed and stop moving forward with the work God has called us to do. Amen?
“Go back where I brought you from.” These are the words Jacob heard from God in Genesis 31. Imagine all that Jacob had been through up to this point.
God had blessed Jacob with the discovery of love, marriage, and family while walking the journey of faith. He was successful with skills in caring for livestock and God used those skills to make him a wealthy man. But now, Jacob’s family members are gossiping and grumbling about his success. God tells him to return to his homeland.
Only the reason Jacob left his homeland to begin with was because his own brother wanted to kill him. Who wants to go back home to face that scenario? Sounds like a little reality tv to me.
I love that God didn’t tell him “Go back to where you came from.” No, he says “Go back to where I brought you from.” You see, God wanted Jacob to remember that HE is the one who brought Jacob out of his homeland safely. And HE would be the one to return Jacob safely. He ultimately reminds him:
Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you. Genesis 31:38
What would happen if we took 30 days (ok, 31 this month!) to remember that God is with us no matter what? That he never leaves his children to fend for themselves. Let’s do it!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- 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: #neveralonejournal #biblereadingplan
- Recommended: Journal your thoughts and prayers using Never Alone: Remembering God is with me, this simple guide will help you stay focused and accountable. It will also leave a legacy for you to enjoy in the future!
- 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.
NEVER ALONE BIBLE READING PLAN & JOURNAL
1. Genesis 28:13-19
2. Matthew 28:16-20
3. Isaiah 41:1-10
4. Joshua 1:1-9
5. Psalm 23:1-6
6. Jeremiah 23:23-30
7. Matthew 18:15-20
8. Deuteronomy 31:1-8
9. Matthew 1:20-25
10. Exodus 33:11-23
11. 1 Chronicles 17:1-8
12. Psalm 73:21-28
13. Deuteronomy 2:1-7
14. Judges 6:6-16
15. Psalm 139:1-12
16. Psalm 139:13-24
17. Jeremiah 1:1-8
18. Jeremiah 1:9-19
19. Deuteronomy 20:1-4
20. Psalm 36:1-12
21. Isaiah 43:1-7
22. 2 Kings 6:8-18
23. Psalm 46:1-11
24. 2 Chronicles 32:1-8
25. Deuteronomy 4:29-40
26. 1 Kings 8:54-61
27. Psalm 16:1-11
28. Zephaniah 3:14-20
29. 1 John 3:18-24
30. Psalm 72:12-20
31. Psalm 27:1-10
PRINTABLE OR DIGITAL BIBLE READING PLAN
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 title above or here to print out two copies of the Bible reading plan. Share one with a friend!
Ready? Let’s begin July 1st!
By his grace,
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