Time for the February Challenge
Can I start off by saying that the only way I can type/write the word February is by sounding it out in my head as Fe-brew-air-y! Anyone else with me? It’s pretty silly, but it helps me keep it straight.
Something else that can be silly, is all the people who say they are going to boycott the month of February because the 14th is Valentine’s Day. I mean, I get it to some degree. If you don’t have a significant other, it can be annoying to have retailers peddling all sorts of notions of romanticism as you feel left out.
And it can be exceptionally hard if you’ve had your heart broken by someone you trust or have lost your loved one.
But there are different kinds of love (and I talk about them here). I want to encourage you to embrace the month of February (whatever your Facebook relationship status) and celebrate the love that God has for you. His love is a perfect, never-failing love.
I want to have you take part of the February Challenge with me. There’s something special about encouraging each other to complete the challenge, holding each other accountable, but also providing support. So, you might be wondering… How does the Challenge work?
How to Do the February Challenge
For the whole month, start a Gratitude Journal. Focus on 1-3 things that you are grateful for each and every day. They can be broad or specific. It’s up to you! Even during the darkest of times or seasons, there is always something we can be thankful for.
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Grab a notebook and write them down. And spend a moment in prayer of thanks to God for these gifts. That’s just Step 1 in the February Challenge.
Step 2 is Scripture Writing. Take a moment to quiet yourself from the busy-ness of the season and listen to God’s Word. I’ve carefully selected a different Bible verse for each day of the February Challenge.
We’re instructed to “hide God’s Word in our heart” and this is an easy way to commit a verse to memory by writing it out. Write it in your journal, write it on a 3×5 card, or write it on your bathroom mirror. Just take a moment to write it down and practice saying it throughout your day. I’ve decided to write each verse 2-3 times in my Journal each day. (Repetition is my best teacher.)
And then wrap up your day with Step 3. This is something I would encourage you to do at the end of your day. Take a moment to reflect on your day and write out a memory. What was your Favorite Part of the Day?
This is another way to stay thankful. This could be anything from an event that happened that day or as simple as your child picking up their toys without having to be asked. Try to look for the good.
Maybe you’ve heard the old hymn that says to “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.” That’s what we’re doing. The more we focus on the goodness all around us, the less time we have to be negative. But also, it gives us the chance to reflect on all that God has done. As time goes on, take a second to flip back to the beginning of your Journal and see the ways that God has answered prayer and given to you in abundance! (Just another thing to increase your gratitude too!)
And to complete the February Challenge each day, let me know how it’s going! I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sincerelyanchored.
Post a photo of your days. I can’t wait to hear about what God is doing in your life!