I love this time of year, because social media is suddenly flooded with all of the “gratitude challenges” (or whatever you want to call them). People spend the month of November posting about all of the things they are thankful for.
To be honest, it is just so refreshing to me to get to see some positivity out there on social media. It also encourages me to be mindful of all the things I have to be thankful for.
This year, instead of only spending time listing all of the blessings I am thankful for (a practice of which I am a fan by the way), I am going to also focus on scripture.
This November, I am going to spend the month writing out verses and passages from the Bible about thankfulness or that inspire gratitude.
I certainly did not invent the concept of scripture writing. I stumbled upon it on Pinterest several years ago. And I immediately fell in love with it as a spiritual discipline.
If you are unfamiliar with scripture writing, here is how I like to practice it:
- Download a scripture writing guide. There are tons floating around the internet, but I have several free guides in my Resource Library. Access the free resource library by signing up for our email list here!
- Spend 5-10 minutes each day, looking up and writing out the Bible verses/passages listed on the guide. You are literally just copying the verses onto paper. I have a pretty notebook that I use- because somehow if I make it pretty, practicing a spiritual discipline feels like more fun! Any journal will do, but I do like to keep them all in the same place so some sort of bound notebook is probably best. You may already be starting a gratitude journal this month, so you could easily just include this as part of your daily journaling. Here are links to some options for scripture writing journals and/or gratitude journals:
- Look up the Bibles verses/passages in multiple translations. I have physical copies of most of these Bibles (click here for a guide to my favorite Bibles), but I also use the YouVersion app on my iPhone (more on that free resource here) which gives you super quick and easy access to these passages. Looking up these scriptures in various translations always helps me to understand what I’m reading on a deeper level. I tend to use the NIV (New International Version) as my primary translation, but then also look up the verses in the ESV (English Standard Version), CSB (Christian Standard Bible), NLT (New Living Translation), MSG (The Message), and/or AMP (Amplified Bible).
- Spend a few minutes praying over the daily passage. Ask God to help you understand the verses you’ve read and written and to apply them to your own life.
- That’s it! It’s really simple.
I believe there is a time and place to study our Bibles deeply, but I also know the reality of being a busy mom of four. Even if I desire to study my Bible for an hour every single day, there are some days when that feels like an impossibility. Spending 10 minutes on scripture writing feels like the next best thing to me. Not a replacement for Bible study, but a supplement.
In Isaiah 55:8-11, God tells us how His thoughts and ways are different (higher) than our ways and He promises that His Word does not go out void. It always produces what it is meant to produce and accomplishes what God intended. I have to believe that simply getting scripture in front of us, into our minds and hearts on a daily basis, even just a little, is beneficial and certainly worth our time.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Here’s the other thing: the next two verses from this passage detail what our response will be after hearing God’s Word…
You will live in joy and peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into song,
and the trees of the field will clap their hands!
Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name;
they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”
Sounds like thankfulness to me. Sounds like gratitude. Sounds like November.
If you’d like to spend this month scripture writing with me, download your November scripture writing guide by subscribing to our email list here. You will then be emailed a password to access our free Resource Library.
Here are a few of my favorite verses included in this month’s guide on THANKFULNESS: