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I LOVE October! I love the crisp weather that rolls in and the crunch of leaves under your feet. I love when everyone posts photos of their kiddos dressed about for Trick-or-Treating and we focus on how adorable or clever they look instead of the political attack ads and judgmental behaviors. I also love October because it’s my birthday month!
My Mom made birthdays incredibly special for me and my brothers. One year, she placed yarn that went from the mailbox, all throughout the house, and then finally into my bedroom to reveal that they had painted my bedroom the color I had been wanting as a birthday surprise for me. Another year, she and my Dad surprised me by decorating the upstairs of our split-level home to resemble a fancy restaurant, invited several of my friends, and put on an exquisite dinner for us all–complete with chicken cordon bleu and waiter/chef uniforms. And in third grade (yes, the recorder year!), they invited over every girl I knew (from school, church, neighborhood, you name it!) for a giant slumber party!
Especially as I get older, I see so many times that it wasn’t the presents or gifts that stick with me. It’s the love in action; the thought behind what was done and the effort placed into it.
We focus on the things that matter to us. Sometimes we need to re-train that focus and choose things that have substance or value instead of mindless actions. But overall, where we place our energy and time is what we prioritize and pay attention to.
This is true of reading God’s Word.
Maybe you’re not in the habit of opening up the Bible? Take steps to incorporate time with God each day in small spurts. You’ll see how easy it is, and to be honest, you’ll be wanting more! That’s where the October Scripture Writing Challenge comes in. Take a verse each day to reflect on and write out. This is an act of love, to the Might One who loves you.
Want to dig deeper? Write out the verse of each day, then look at the context. You do that by looking at the verses around it. One verse each day doesn’t have to mean just one verse. This could mean reading one chapter or multiple, maybe even the entire book. Look at the context to see who is speaking, who they are speaking to, the culture of when it was written, and what Biblical lesson you can learn from it and apply to your own life today. This is a gift.
The October Challenge is a continuation of September, where we started focusing on one verse each day from each and every Book of the Bible starting in Genesis through Revelation. October brings us into the New Testament, of which November will finish (along with verses on Thankfulness).