This month’s scripture writing plan is a study on Light. Download this plan, share it, print it. You can do this plan independently or grab a friend (or a bunch) and do this plan together.
Faith requires action. As you dive into this scripture writing plan we pray that you will put your faith into action and be a doer. Don’t just read God’s Word… Obey it.
Download the floral version here and the B&W version here. We encourage you to share these plans with your friends and dive into God’s Word together. Use these plans as a way to hold each other accountable to getting into the Word daily.
This scripture writing plan focuses on just a handful of the attributes of God. Every five days you will dive into a different characteristic of God. Take your time in this study and ask God to show you who He is. Meditate on how you can find comfort, encouragement, peace, joy, and hope in knowing who God is each day.
This month’s free scripture writing and Bible reading plan is all about the Supremacy of Christ.
Supremacy is defined as the state or condition of being superior to all others in authority, power, or status. As you read and write through this month’s plan we pray that you will be in awe of Christ and His unmatched supremacy.
Happy New Year!
It might feel like a huge burden has been lifted off your shoulders today. After all, 2020 was quite the year. Some of you might be feeling a bit anxious about the New Year. That’s okay! No matter what the day or the year has in store, let us Praise God. His mercies are made new each day and His love never ends!
As the new year begins, many are thinking of what resolutions they might set for themselves. We often think of bettering our physical or mental self. We set goals of working out so many times a week or reading a number of books each month. Some of us will ditch sugar or get a new wardrobe. While these things are perfectly okay, we often neglect to think of how we can better nourish our soul in the new year. So what does that look like? It looks a bit different to everyone as each of us are in our own seasons of life. Below you will find some shared spiritual resolutions from some girls on the Radiantly Brave team. We hope to encourage you to step bravely into your walk with Christ in 2021.
2020 gave me the opportunity truly walk out what the Bible calls us to do. Yes, I had to get creative, but we Christians were presented with the chance to be the hands and feet of Christ! What a glorious blessing in a year filled with anger and heartache. I didn’t give up on this past year. I tried to stay rooted in Jesus Christ. I treasured slow and relaxing time with my family. I read my Bible more deeply and studied books I had never read before. I also prayed more. I laid a lot at the feet of my Lord Jesus Christ.
My spiritual goals for the year are simple. I set them with the hope that each one would help me grow in my relationship with Jesus.
1. Read through the entire Old Testament
2. Do at least 1 Bible study with my husband
3. Memorize at least 10 scriptures
4. Learn 12 hymns, one each month
5. Implement more prayer into my daily homemaking routine
Whatever this new year brings, burdens or blessings, let us keep our focus on Jesus. Don’t place all of your hope in the year itself and within the world. Place your hope in Jesus.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
It is tradition that with the beginning of the New Year we make resolutions to make a “new” us. I have often heard the phrase, “new year, new you.” However, if you truly want to be made new, you must be seeking after Christ daily. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” Seeking after Christ daily is going to look different for each of us, because we are all in different places in our relationship with God. If your resolution looks like going from zero minutes in God’s Word each day to five minutes in God’s Word each day… That. Is. Awesome! Don’t be discouraged if someone is spending an hour reading their Bible and getting five minutes in is a struggle for you.
Resolute, the base word of resolution, is defined as: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
In 2021 I want to be purposeful, determined, and unwavering in my devotion to God.
Here are my resolutions to help me grow deeper in my relationship with God in 2021:
1. Read the whole Bible: Genesis-Revelation. (I had actually NEVER done this until a few years ago and I really want to do it again.) During this process I will be using a guided highlighting method to help me dig deep.
2. Spend a minimum of 10 minutes each day praying. I also want to be more intentional in praying for others.
3. Memorize scripture. The Daily Grace Co. has a study series called, “Dwell.” There are 3 books in this series that guide you in scripture memorization. I completed one book in the fall of 2020 and I was blown away at how much scripture I memorized. My goal is to finish the other two books in 2021.
“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
If there has ever been a year that has shook me to the core and forced me to cling desperately Jesus, seeking Him more mightily than ever, it has been 2020. It was a year where quite literally nothing could be predicted and few things went as planned, yet ironically for me it was the groundbreaking year when I actually made a resolution on January 1, 2020 and stuck with it pretty much the whole year. When I made that resolution I didn’t know that the year would be filled with more chaos and calamity than anyone could imagine, I just knew I was a brand new, exhausted mom, running on empty, yet needing so much more intimacy with Jesus than I had. My resolution in 2020 was to be in the Bible every single day. At the end of 2019 I was barely hanging by a thread, trying to settle into new motherhood, but I was doing it all in my own strength. I need daily fuel. Speaking honestly, there were very, very few days when I did not open the Bible in 2020-probably only 5 or 6. I give all glory to God for igniting a fire in my heart and hunger in my bones for His word. When you read His word you wind up wanting more and more. In 2020 I also finished the entirety of the Jesus Calling devotional! I read it every single day and journaled prayers to God below each entry. It is going to be such a joy to look back at all of those intimate conversations with God throughout the year. Although, I didn’t read the entirety of the Bible in 2020, I did finish several books in the Bible and I memorized some scripture!
As I lay out some goals and hopes for 2021, I lay them first completely at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to fill me with His living water. I encourage you to do the same! Even if you have never opened your Bible, never muttered a prayer to God, and have no idea what it means to walk in relationship with Him- 2021 could be the year that all of that changes. God loves transforming hearts.
Goals for 2021:
1. Start and complete the book, “The Bible in 52 Weeks: A Yearlong Bible Study for Women” by Kimberly Moore. This book will allow me to read the whole Bible throughout the year and it has weekly discussion questions and devotions built in!
2. Start and end each day in intentional, set-aside prayer, utilizing prayer notes and following through on praying for others’ requests.
3. Do a weekly marriage study/devotion with my husband
4. Have more intentional time to simply worship Jesus and praise Him through music.
5. Be more consistent in reaching out to friends/women God has placed in my life to encourage, disciple, and love.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wondrous works He has done.
One of my hardest struggles with spending time with God this past year was consistency. Some days I would spend time in God’s Word, but too many days in a row I wouldn’t even pick up my Bible. I would usually thank God at least once a day for the wonderful things in my life, but I often didn’t take the time to really talk with Him about what’s going on in my life and the lives of others who needed prayer. My desire for this year is to start on the journey of consistency in my daily walk with the Lord. Whether I spend a lot of time in God’s Word one day and a little the next, my aim is to be consistent with spending time with God every day no matter the length.
My spiritual goals this coming year are:
1. Spend time in God’s Word at least once a day
2. Be more consistent in my prayer life
3. Complete devotional books throughout the year – I’m currently reading 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs
4. Be more intentional about talking with others about Jesus
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
Thank you for 2020. Thank you for your goodness, your faithfulness, and the joy and peace you bring amidst chaos. We pray that You will help us and every other gal who has purposed in her heart to delight herself in your Word to be resolute in her goal to grow closer to You. We know that You have good plans for each of us in 2021. Lord, may our lives bring honor and glory to You this year. Give us a hunger for You.
In Jesus’ name,
Whether you’re new to the Christian faith or you’ve been a Christian for a long time and want to dig into God’s Word, but you’re not really sure where to start: this is the post for you. It can be so overwhelming trying to read your Bible or choose a devotional plan/book, especially if you’re a beginner.
I have been a Christian for the majority of my life, yet it wasn’t until my late teen years when I actually learned how to study my Bible and formed a habit of reading my Bible on a daily basis. I remember getting devotional books when I was a preteen and I was never successful in using them to form a habit of getting into the Word daily. I also remember many, many times trying to read my Bible starting in Genesis, making it my goal to read the Bible chronologically and I never made even made it through the first book. Yet, I could sit and read a fiction novel for hours. Go figure. My problem was that I kept trying the same methods… and they just weren’t methods that worked for me. Devotional books and plans can be great, but there are literally thousands of them and choosing one can sometimes be overwhelming.
My goal is to teach you how to spiritually self-feed, to study your Bible without the use of anything but your Bible, a notebook, and a writing utensil. No extra commentaries, no study books, no devotional plans.
How the Bible is organized:
If you’re already confident in your knowledge of how the Bible is organized, feel free to skip this section. In order to study your Bible, it really helps to understand how your Bible is organized so that you can use it more efficiently. The Bible is comprised of 66 smaller books and those 66 books are split into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament was written prior to the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Testament was written after the birth of Jesus Christ. It takes a while to get used to where each book is located and some of them are pretty tiny, so utilize your table of contents if you need to. Each book in the Bible is divided into chapters and each chapter is further divided into verses, thus making it very easy to find information. Another key piece of information that is helpful to understand are Bible references. For example, the reference Romans 3:23 tells us that the verse we are looking for is in the book of Romans, chapter 3, verse 23. Bible verse references are always written in this manner with the title of the book first, then the chapter number, followed by a colon, and then the verse number.
- A Bible. Personally, I prefer and recommend print Bibles, especially for beginners. I still use Bible apps, but not nearly as much as I use my physical Bible. My favorite Bible translations to use are KJV and CSB, but ultimately the choice of translation you use is your choice.
- A pen, pencil, marker, crayon, or literally anything that writes. I have a bit of an obsession with writing utensils and office supplies in general, but writing with a beautiful ink color or an aesthetically barreled pen just makes the experience that much more enjoyable. I love having pens in bright colors for my notes and for underlining in my Bible. However, sometimes I use just a plain old boring pencil. If you have a Bible with a smaller font size I would suggest using fine tip pens for underlining.
- A notebook. It doesn’t particularly matter to me if my notebook is spiral bound or if the binding is sewn. I really love buying the super cute notebooks (I might love it a little too much, honestly). It may sound really silly, but when I have a beautiful notebook it motivates me to actually use it and read my Bible.
Some additional supplies that I like to have for this study method, but are not necessary include: gel highlighters, a dictionary app, and a timer.
The Bare Bones Method:
I call this the Bare Bones Method of studying your Bible because it gets rid of all the extras. I still use devotional books and scripture writing plans, but the Bare Bones Method is like my meat and potatoes. When I need to switch things up or get back to the basics this is typically the method I choose.
Where to start? I recommend starting in 1 John or one of Paul’s smaller New Testament books like Ephesians, Philippians, or Colossians.
How to start? I recommend doing your best to find a space free of distractions. Put your phone on silent or do not disturb. I know some people recommend completely turning off your phone or leaving it in another room, but when I first started with this method my phone came in handy for two things. The first thing I used my phone for was a timer and the second was my dictionary app for when I came across a word I didn’t know or was unsure of its meaning.
Before you begin your time, start off with a prayer. Ask God to help you be faithful in committing time to Him each day, to teach you, to speak to your heart, to understand, to be focused, and to help you apply what you read to your life.
Take note of the time you’re starting or use a timer. You’re going to read chapter 1 of the book you chose for 15 minutes. Depending on which book of the Bible you’re in and which chapter you’re in, reading for only 15 minutes may be enough time to finish the whole chapter or may be not even a fraction of the time you need. If you finish the chapter before the 15 minutes is over, then begin rereading or meditating (to think deeply or focus your mind) on a specific verse you read or theme of the chapter. If 15 minutes is not enough time to complete the chapter note down which verse you ended on or feel free to go beyond the 15 minutes if you want to finish the chapter.
During your 15 minutes, you are going to slowly read through the chapter. While you’re reading, take notes of what stands out to you and underline/highlight verses that God uses to speak to your heart. If you find yourself reading and realize you’ve read 10 verses but you have no idea what is being discussed, go back to verse one, take it slower, and focus. If you really don’t understand it, it’s okay. Acknowledge that you don’t understand it and ask God to help you understand. I have a list of things I try to keep in mind and look for when I’m reading to help me process what I’m reading.
- What does this tell me about God/Jesus/the Holy Spirit?
- Is there a sin I need to confess?
- Is there a promise from God?
- Is there a command I need to follow?
- How can I apply this to my life?
When I come across any of those five things I note it down in my journal/notebook. For example: If I was reading in 1 John 1 I might write in my journal, “v5 God is light. There is no darkness in Him at all.”
Pray over the verses you read. Pray the verses if that’s applicable.
Modifications to The Bare Bones Method:
Doing this style of Bible study does not always have to look like the 4 steps I described above. Feel free to modify it and make it your own. Adjust it so it works for you.
Here are some modifications I’ve made in the past:
- When I first started with this method setting a timer was SO beneficial for me. It really helped hold me accountable and prevented me from rushing through my devotions to just get them done. Eventually, I increased my time to 20 minutes However, after a while I no longer needed the timer at all.
- Read 1-2 verses at a time. Examine them for key ideas, promises, attributes of God, look for commands, applications, etc. Note it down. Then pray over the verse(s). This method really gets you praying throughout the duration of your devotional time rather than just a prayer at the beginning and/or end.
- On day one of a new book, instead of reading just one chapter, read through the whole book. Set aside your notebook and just read to get an overview of the book. Then on day two start with chapter 1 and take notes. This works really well for the smaller books, however, this would be a difficult modification for longer books like Matthew, Acts, Job, Isaiah, Psalms, etc.
- Write out and/or memorize a key verse from your chapter of the day.
- Start the book out with the intention of looking for a keyword/theme. For example: in the book of 1 John I might read with the intention of looking at the theme of love and highlighting that word each time it appears.
The modifications really are endless. Find what works for you, experiment, play around, and adjust things.
If you’re interested in another Bible Study technique check out our Scripture Writing + Bible Reading plans on the Radiantly Brave Blog!
Valerie loves going on adventures, spending time in nature, and getting lost in the wonders of God’s creation. She works in the 6th grade resource room at the local middle school, co-runs a faith-based youth mentoring program, and is actively involved in Bible camp ministry. Valerie loves mentoring other women, teens and children. She has an obsession with pens and stocking up on beautiful journals. Valerie’s greatest joy is sharing Jesus with others. Her greatest desire is to know Him more deeply and make Him known. You can find her on Instagram @valerieeejayyy