Purposeful Pause Bible Reading Plan

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

I’ve received so many sweet responses from you regarding the July Bible reading challenge, Never Alone, and also regarding my precious nephew who made an early surprise arrival at 26 weeks. Thank you for your continued prayers for him; he is holding steady but has a long journey ahead. I’ll continue updates on social media, but if you would pray for baby Greyson, Ashley, and Ian, I would appreciate it so much.


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.


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 Purposeful Pause: Waiting on God’s Perfect Timing.


Just the name “waiting room” gives me a headache. Does it for you? Do you ever look at the drive thru line and decide not to stop because you don’t want to wait? Or put your three items back at the grocery store because you just can’t wait for the checkout line? (PS: Self-checkout is a beautiful friend of mine.)

Waiting has never been “my skill.” Even though I have grown more patient with people and circumstances over the years, I find that there is one arena of waiting that still holds a struggle for me. It’s waiting on God.

Whether it’s waiting on God for needs to be met or answers to prayer, if I’m being totally honest, I’m often inpatient. Most recently my inability to wait has shown up in the areas of direction, guidance, and opportunities. Anyone else know what I’m talking about?

So this month, I’m slowing down even more. I want to look for God’s purpose in the pause. I want to lean in to listen more and request less. Who’s with me?


1. Isaiah 30:15-26
2. Psalm 27:7-14
3. Psalm 130:1-8
4. Acts 1:1-8
5. Micah 7:1-7
6. Psalm 37:1-7
7. Galatians 5:1-6
8. Proverbs 8:23-36
9. Titus 2:11-15
10. Jude 1:20-25
11. Isaiah 26:4-9
12. Isaiah 33:1-6
13. Lamentations 3:25-33
14. Hosea 12:1-6
15. Romans 8:19-27
16. Psalm 25:1-5
17. Psalm 25:6-12
18. Psalm 25:13-18
19. Psalm 25:19-22
20. Psalm 31:17-24
21. Psalm 52:5-9
22. Psalm 62:1-6
23. Psalm 59:1-5
24. Psalm 59:6-10
25. Psalm 59:11-17
26. James 1:13-18
27. Isaiah 64:1-8
28. Psalm 69:1-6
29. Psalm 69:7-13
30. Psalm 69:29-36
31. Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

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  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: #purposefulpause #biblereadingplan
  2. Recommended: Journal your thoughts and prayers using Purposeful Pause: Waiting on God’s Perfect Timing 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.

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? We’ll begin August 1st, just as we do each month!

By his grace,


Don’t forget to order your journal NOW

One Comment

  1. Tammy Peyton Wever says:

    Perfect timing Rachel. My husband just lost his job yesterday. I see it as a God thing, but still scary nonetheless. I know God will provide!

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