Pure Joy Bible Reading Plan & Journal Challenge

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Welcome to the April 2019 Bible reading plan and journal challenge! If this is your first time here, then I’m so glad to have you!

Could I ask you to slow down for just a minute as you read this post? 
God has called me to host the monthly Bible reading challenge and I’ve done so for almost a decade in obedience to Him.

After losing our precious Taylor to heaven on January 2, I have been learning how to clasp sorrow and joy together. The next month of cultivating a happy heart will be especially challenging for me and I know there are many of you reading this who feel the same way. It’s time to fill my heart with the reminders that joy is possible because of Jesus. Are you ready to join me for a month of reading what God’s Word says about true, authentic joy that exists in spite of suffering, sorrow and grief?


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 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 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 Pure Joy: Cultivating a Happy Heart. If the enemy is threatening to steal your joy because of your personal circumstances, then this Bible reading plan and journal is for you!

April 2019 Bible Reading Challenge

Discovering joy for each day isn’t something we can experience only in perfect circumstances. It’s interesting how joy can be found even in hardship. Joy doesn’t depend on the hardness of life; joy depends on the holiness of life. Jesus not only is the Provider of joy; He is our Joy.

Joy has nothing to do with location. You can be anywhere at any time. Whether you are in Ohio or Africa doesn’t matter. Whether you live in a tiny hut with dirt floors or a suburban house with polished wood floors doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be in a certain place for joy to flood your soul, because joy is not location-based.

Joy has nothing to do with religion. Relationship with the heavenly Father, not religion, results in joy. Religion offers lists; relationships offer love. I’ve found that many people practice religion and fewer people promote relationship. Joy is a natural result of fostering a relationship with God.- 

One More Step


  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: #purejoyjournal #biblereadingplan
  2. Recommended: Journal your thoughts and prayers using Pure Joy: Bible Reading Plan & 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.

Pure Joy Bible Reading Plan

1. Psalm 47:1-9
2. 1 Peter 1:3-9
3. Romans 15:7-13
4. Nehemiah 8:5-10
5. John 16:17-24
6. Psalm 30:1-5
7. Hebrews 12:1-6
8. Psalm 4:1-8
9. Ecclesiastes 5:12-20
10. Isaiah 35:1-4
11. Jeremiah 15:10-16
12. Matthew 2:1-10
13. Psalm 51:7-12
14. Psalm 65:1-13
15. Habakkuk 3:12-19
16. John 15:5-11
17. Galatians 5:22-26
18. Psalm 92:1-8
19. Philippians 2:1-11
20. 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
21. James 1:1-6
22. Jude 1:20-25
23. Psalm 84:1-7
24. Psalm 97:1-12
25. Ecclesiastes 2:22-26
26. Isaiah 29:13-19
27. Isaiah 35:5-10
28. Psalm 119:105-112
29. Ecclesiastes 8:12-17
30. Psalm 126:1-6
31. Isaiah 9:1-7

Printable or Digital 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 to begin? I’ll see you April 1st!

By his grace,


Don’t forget to order your journal NOW!