One More Step Bible Reading Challenge Summary Week 1

Welcome to the One More Step Bible Reading challenge Week 1 summary! Wow- that’s a mouthful! What did we learn this week about finding strength? #onemorestep

Welcome to the One More Step Bible Reading challenge Week 1 summary! Wow- that’s a mouthful!

Periscope

Thank you SO much for the opportunity to Periscope with you about the Bible reading challenge and my book, One More Step. I originally thought we would chat about the passage for the week, but tonight turned out to be a Q&A and improv. It was so fun to have the opportunity to connect and  if you missed it, you can watch the chat here. AND join us on Thursdays at 9 pm EST for some more fun!

Let’s take a look at a summary of passages from the One More Step Bible reading challenge this week, ready?

Psalm 18:1-6

In Psalm 18:1-6, the first phrase of the psalm arrested me. David wrote this psalm when he was rescued from the hand of Saul and his enemies. When we are at our lowest, one of the best things we can do is look back on what God has delivered us from. #onemorestep

In Psalm 18:1-6, the first phrase of the psalm arrested me. David wrote this psalm when he was rescued from the hand of Saul and his enemies. When we are at our lowest, one of the best things we can do is look back on what God has delivered us from.

Psalm 18:7-18

Day 2 and Psalm 18:7-18 for the#onemorestep #biblereading challenge today. "From the radiance of his presence, his clouds swept onward..." Can you imagine how much power that is?

Day 2 and Psalm 18:7-18 for the#onemorestep #biblereading challenge today. “From the radiance of his presence, his clouds swept onward…” Can you imagine how much power that is? It’s Monday and you desperately need strength for the week. Can I urge you to spend time in his presence? Imagine what happens in his presence! As my mom used to say, “it just might rub off on you.” 

Psalm 18:19-29

I’m messy today and so is the art. But this truth? Messy and marvelous all wrapped up in one verse. #onemorestep#biblejournaling #biblereading Psalm 18:19-29 for today’s reading!

I'm messy today and so is the art. But this truth? Messy and marvelous all wrapped up in one verse. #onemorestep#biblejournaling #biblereading

Psalm 18:30-36

Last year I went shopping for a “sensible pair of shoes” and came home with the most unsensible. Obviously unsensible is not a word because autocorrect is going ballistic right now. But let’s just say I have an affection for high heels. Now I know there were no high heels in Bible times, that we know of. But no matter the style of our shoes, when we take one more step with God, he widens out what seems like a narrow space. I’ve been in some tight spaces in life, you too maybe? Today’s #onemorestep#biblereading in Psalm 18:30-36 reminds us that heels or no heels, we don’t have to worry about sprained ankles when we walk with him. Xo

Today's #onemorestep#biblereading in Psalm 18:30-36 reminds us that heels or no heels, we don't have to worry about sprained ankles when we walk with him. Xo

Psalm 18:37-45

I often fail to recognize what strength looks like. True strength comes from the Lord but I sometimes think my sense of style is more refined than his. Know what I mean? Strength can look like work clothes with bleach spots. Sometimes it looks like a linen suit. It may appear as an apron or a silk dress.

I often fail to recognize what strength looks like. True strength comes from the Lord but I sometimes think my sense of style is more refined than his. Know what I mean? Strength can look like work clothes with bleach spots. Sometimes it looks like a linen suit. It may appear as an apron or a silk dress. Today’s#onemorestep #biblereading in Psalm 18:37-45 encouraged my heart to accept the strength he gives, no matter the task. Through his strength, we have the victory!#biblejournaling

A Note about Bible Journaling

I wanted to share a conversation about Bible journaling from the Facebook page this week because I am not a huge artist, but I do enjoy the process of art journaling.   One reader wrote to me this week:

My doodles pale to yours but I do love trying. lol

My response:

You’re sweet. Trust me- I have a friend who is an incredible artist. Mine look like kindergarten. But that’s not the point of doing it, right?

Be sure to check out the One More Step Bible reading plan; you can join in anytime! Feel free to read, journal or both!

What did you learn this week? Can’t wait to find out!

By his grace,

Rachel

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9 Comments

  1. It is interesting how we are all doing the same study, but God is speaking to us through different verses. This is my first Bible study, and I am a ‘new’ Christian (was a member of a church for about a year as a teenager, but moved house and didn’t stick with God, have recently come back about 10years later).

    Day 1
    Psalm 18:2 struck me as important – God as my rock, fortress, strength and in whom I trust – words to remember!

    Day 2
    Psalm 18:17 God is with me, and will help me when my ‘enemies’ (whatever they may be) become too strong for me alone

    Day 3
    Psalm 18:28 God will enlighten my darkness

    Day 4
    Psalm 18:30 trust in God and follow His word and He will be there for me
    Psalm 18:32 God girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect – follow God’s lead to stay on the right path

    Day 5
    Psalm 18:37 pursue my enemies (work through my issues instead of turning away from them) and with God’s help I can overtake then until they aren’t issues any longer.

    Day 6
    Psalm 18:47 a reminder not to seek revenge or be petty when others do me wrong, but to leave that to God.

    Looking forward to reading what others have gotten out of the first week of this study, and looking forward to reading more of God’s word over the next week.
    Thanks Rachel for the opportunity to do this Bible study!

  2. Hi! I am involved with 4 Bible studies and I’m on a team teaching a women’s Sunday school class this fall. I have just discovered Bible Art Journaling and have fallen in love with this way to get God’ Word deeper into my heart. If it’s alright I would like to check in with your challenge from time to time and look forward to a time in the future when I can fully participate. Thank you for drawing us to the awesome Word of God in this beautiful way.
    Carol

  3. Hey Rachel,

    I am so far behind in the Bible reading but did read three chapters in your book right before going to bed due to still being ill.

    Last week they discovered a 1cm rock hard non-movable nodule on my neck. I had to go in for blood work the day before yesterday but the doctor is out for the week.

    I know that some of you here understand the what-if’s which I am trying to deny but the strongest of them is the truth that for most with Psoriatic Arthritis Lymphoma comes for them as part of the disease course and even the medication process.
    – I am only 43 and we are planning our Vow Renewal and in fact have been working on it for the past 4 years but my health keeps declining and I am so afraid that it will not happen now.
    -I am trying to keep up hope but even as I sit alone today while my hubby and dog are out hiking I am scared. I am so physically weak I cannot even hang up my clothing or clean my home and I have no one to help.

    Prayer Requests: So please ask God for someone to help me out around the apartment and to take me places I need to go and for my own Food and finances so I can eat healthy and not have my blood sugar dropping all the time due to the lack of proper food.

  4. Rochelle D says:

    First I was struck by verses 7-19. The sheer power of the words. I was trying to imagine the physicality of the words David used and the strength and veracity overwhelmed me. When God moves, he M O V E S! There is no doubt. And there is no power that can stop it.

    How comforting that he loves us so much to rescue us and move on our behalf.
    How thrilling to be on His winning team, so to speak. So often we cheer on sports teams that are successful and seem to be unbeatable and we feel such pride to be on “their side.” How much more could we feel a sense of family, a bond, that we are HIS children. We are heirs to his power and protection.

    Later, in verses 37-45, you see that David becomes the aggressor. He is no longer hiding and fearful. He is strengthened by God’s actions and he is on the offensive. A complete turnaround in circumstances all because of a change in perspective and a movement by God.

    1. Wow, that’s quite a vivid response to the readings you have Rochelle! I read your response a couple of times just to soak in each point! You should be a Bible teacher!

  5. When you draw in your bible do you prepare the pages first or just do the drawings? I have seen others put on gusso first. Is this necessary? I just love this idea because it is very hard for me to remember a lot from the bible.

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