Gettin’ Into The Word

3030 Challenge (Click here for more info/ how to join)

Why I’m doing the 3030 Challenge: Because I have neglected The Bible and the freedom I have to read and study it. Also, I have become “too busy” for God’s Word and to me, that sends off some BIG RED alarms in my head. Here’s to gettin’ into The Word and getting to know God a little better each day. I encourage you to follow along in whichever way you feel is appropriate and beneficial to you!

25BFBD77-5FB1-4F41-86D1-7F1B4DD2B572DAY ONE

I was ready to go but the email had not come with the daily scripture yet. So, I went to the back of my Bible and found “Bible Reading” as a topic with verses below it; how fitting. That brought me to Nehemiah 8:1-6.

**If you are following along with the challenge or have done it in the past and remember what you got from it (Psalm 119:105), post it in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Back to Nehemiah. Verse 3 really jumped out and smacked me in the face.

“He read it aloud from daybreak till noon… and all the people listened attentively to The Book of the Law”

DAYBREAK UNTIL NOON?! My mind panicked and I think my body slouched and had the strong desire for a couch. 7 hours?! I can barely pay attention for an hour- even with a piece of gum and a sermon outline…And there is nothing in this section that suggests there is a building, air condition, or even shade! Man, I can hear myself and everyone else now.

“I’m burning alive out here.”

“Where’s the umbrella? A fan?”

“Do you provide sunscreen?”

“Where are the chairs? This ground is dirty…”

Yet, these people stood and bowed this entire time. They even “worshiped The Lord with their faces to the ground.” (Verse 6) These people were willing to have their faces to the dirt to worship God.

Wow.

I’m sure they complained at times too and their minds wandered during those hours. But they showed up. They were determined to praise God in that place and in those conditions. They devoted their time to God. How many times I tell myself I have too much to do, I’m too busy to spend that much time with God. The thought makes me sick to my stomach, how backward those thoughts are and I can tell you exactly where they come from: The enemy.

My priorities are out of whack. But, I’m ready to get them back on track. (Apparently, it’s rhyme time)

prayer: God, while this idea overwhelms me and I am tempted to think about other things, I pray for the desire to spend more time with you. Each day, but especially on Sunday (or whichever day I decide is my sabbath day). Teach me to love and worship you as they did and to not feel guilty or overwhelmed for taking the time to do so.

Tell me your thoughts on this, or the verse for today. Maybe you were patient enough to wait for it…

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

 

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8D71BBD1-BCB9-4C3B-B5FE-67ED20B0E60C.jpgDAY TWO

We made it to day two!! For some of you- like myself- this is actually a huge accomplishment. CONGRATS! 🎉🎉

Today’s verse is from Proverbs 4:20-22. I have the NIV translation and this is what I read.

My son, pay attention to what I say, listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them...”

Joyce Meyer’s version: “The Word is life, healing, and health to all who find them.”

I love them both and each one has value in the way each is phrased. The fact that the author states that the word is life lights up my whole being. Mainly because I am a writer and words are what I live for. The importance and impact of words are something I am very familiar with. Yet, I have managed to neglect the most important ones.

To me, this verse screams the significance of making time for God’s word. Putting Him and the words He has given us on the TOP of our to-do lists. He says not to let them out of my sight… well, I have let these words wander off like sheep- let me tell you. However, I feel good knowing right now I am working on chasing relentlessly after those runaway sheep.

Keep them within your heart he says. There is the importance of knowing these words, and having them to turn to in my time of weakness or uncertainty.  It’s our armor, our weapon. Now, this does not mean I -or you- have to memorize the whole Bible, but having an awareness and a general understanding of where to find what you need is always helpful. But, I believe that God will always find a way to place scripture right in front of us if we need it. Although, it’s always nice to find he has brought you somewhere you are familiar with. Something I’m working on making a more common occurrence.

This reminds me of “His word became flesh from John chapter 1. My mind instantly visualizes each word from The Bible printed like a tattoo all over Jesus. He is The Word. That is how we know him, how we see him and how we can reach Him (among other ways).

He is healing, health, and life. What words these are alone.

“I am the Lord that heals you” Exodus 15:26

His words are healing, once again armor. They are life, armor that protects us. And health, once again more protection in the form of words. The power and impact that these words have are honestly overwhelming.

I just pray that I can take them seriously but also find the love, humor, kindness, and meaning behind them. That I can put The Word at the top of my list each day. Even today, I was up at the break of dawn like Nehemiah (read above) and I had a few minutes to read my Devo. This made a world of a difference but I do hope to find even more time. I also pray to see scripture in a new, and interesting way I have not seen before.

Do you struggle to read The Bible each day? How so? I think we all do at some point… I mean look at me. You’re not alone! I encourage you to try this challenge (Click here for more info/ how to join) or follow along or even find another way to get into The Word. Let me know what you think!

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

 

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F91598BC-F9BA-4BA0-873D-A77869E4C312.jpgDAY THREE

Alright, day three here we come! Maybe you have already gone through the verse for today or maybe you’re slowly but surely getting there. As long as you do it today, it’s an accomplishment… keep going! Today’s verse: “The Word heals and delivers us” Psalm 107:20

Today’s verse: “The Word heals and delivers us” Psalm 107:20

Once again we see The Word as crucial battle equipment. In my translation is used the word [rescued] instead of delivered which was the word that caught my eye.

Thinking of God rescuing me made me think of Superman or Batman, Iron man or the good ole’ fashioned Robin Hood (my favorite). It is kind of strange to think of God as a superhero but really, he does way more than the “superheroes” of our day. Which could mean the ones in movies or the humans just doing great things for others.

So, in the midst of your battle- heartbreak, illness, loss, depression, guilt, hate, uncertainty anger, the list could go on and on- He CAN rescue you and He CAN heal you. Through the power of The Word and through his love, compassion, and grace.

**Notice I said CAN not will. I only say this because God has His timing and while He CAN do anything, that doesn’t mean he WILL do everything. Sometimes, anything is something we are not yet prepared for, or something else is waiting ahead of us and the timing just isn’t right yet.

Trust me when I say that I really dislike this. This concept is so hard for me. Just because I can find the words to explain it doesn’t mean I completely understand it or that I even follow this concept all the time. Because I don’t… it’s HARD. However, knowing that He CAN help me is reassuring and understanding that He knows what’s best for me gives me some relief as well. (Even though the thought of giving up control terrifies me… still working on that one.)

It’s not a question of IF he will deliver[rescue] you but WHEN.

-His Timing

-His Control

Two big things I have to constantly remind myself of.

I’m thankful that He is rescuing me, and I’m sure most of the time I am blind to it. But, he keeps coming back to save me and put me back on my feet again and then begin the healing process.

Thank you, for never quitting, rescuing me over and over again.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

 

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4.jpegDAY FOUR

All scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped to do every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

What I got from this passage was something I hadn’t thought much about before. The Bible is as close as we can get to a “how-to” for life. God has given us instructions in front of our very eyes. I know sometimes I ask God “What am I supposed to do now? Just tell me what I need to ”

Now, it may not be blatantly obvious, but I believe it is there in The Word. This is God’s way of showing us what to do and how to do it. He gave us real life examples and people to help us understand it as well.

With all the evil in the world, we as Jesus lovers and followers must know these things God is trying to teach us. We need to be the ones to step up and do the next right thing. When we are tempted and other people are doing what we know to be wrong, we have to have the strength and confidence to go against that.

I think that strength and confidence comes from the Lord, therefore, from His Word. So, equipping ourselves with scripture and the lessons we can learn from them is what will help us fight the good fight.

My prayer for today is that I come to read The Bible eager to know and comprehend as much as I can in that moment. And that I desire to be taught, corrected and equipped by the words that have come straight from the Creator Himself.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

 

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7D3BF958-2EBC-4FFC-9BD7-8807D7867E80.jpgDAY FIVE

Today was a struggle. I had plenty of time on my hands but it took me forever to plop myself down and take some one-on-one time with the big guy upstairs. It took me a few pointless trips to the fridge, only to find the same things in there as the last two times… weird huh? A nap and an aimless walk around the house and I was finally sitting here basically forcing myself to take the time.

If it weren’t for you guys and a prayer for motivation, I don’t think I would have done it so thank you for joining me in this challenge. Because that is exactly what it is some days… a challenge. And I’m learning that is okay.

Today’s scripture comes from Joshua 1 verse 8. 

“Meditating on the word brings wisdom, prosperity, and success.”

I am tempted to think that I am doing something wrong or that this doesn’t mean anything. I should be reading the Bible front to back or leading a small group if I’m going to really get anywhere. Except God waves a big finger in my face telling me that’s not what he sees. Every effort to get closer to God is good.

I might not feel it right now but I know that He will show me one day what this moment meant to Him and to me. He’s pretty cool and spontaneous like that.

In these moments, I tend to compare myself. I think about someone I know -or assume- has God time all the time or someone I know -or assume- has no God time. Then I rate myself between those two.

This usually leaves me feeling the exact opposite of what Joshua 1:8 and a few more feelings. Worthlessness, guilt, emptiness, weakness, bitterness, judgemental and so on. So, one thing today’s meditation has taught me is that these 30 minutes are for me and Jesus only.

Maybe I need to put a DO NOT DISTURB sign on my mind, soul, and body during this time. Here, I am free to be myself and leave all my flaws at the altar- or the rug in the middle of my room.

It’s not about what someone else does or doesn’t do, it’s about me and Jesus and what He did and is doing with and for me. PERIOD.

Maybe, today was a struggle for you as well, maybe every day is. But, I am praying you and I both can conquer that and continue to push ourselves to take this time. I pray that we get to a point where we fully desire this time and cannot wait to have it. That our cup over-filleth with joy and peace unimaginable that you can only receive through Jesus and time with him.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

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DAY SIX

It’s past 7:30 and I just now sat myself down to do my 30 minutes. It sure doesn’t always go according to plan… I definitely want to be out starting my night and enjoying my plans but I knew I had to do this before I went and eventually ran out of time.

But, that also tempts me to rush through it and I think that is exactly what God doesn’t want us to do. It’s hard, to sit here and slow down, take my time when I have other things to do. However, that is all a part of this challenge. Which is why I need to pray for full attention, being present and truly taking advantage of these next 30 minutes.

So, I understand if you struggled to do this on a Saturday… it’s easier said than done. But, I am glad you are here, keep it up! We’re almost a week in!

Today’s scripture: “Jesus answered: ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God,” Mathew 4:4

This is a great example of how the things of this world are not satisfying, at least in the long run. How many times have I said ” if I only had this, then I would be happy forever! Except, newsflash, that thing I wanted will only get old and something new will take its place.

Things get old to us, new things seem necessary to us. It doesn’t fill that emptiness that lies in our hearts. That is something only Jesus can fill. Yet, here we are buying new things every day, looking to get the biggest, best thing only to find that it leads to more problems or even more emptiness. It’s weird how we work that way… (Thanks, Adam and Eve.)

It’s a hard lesson to learn, one I’m sure I won’t fully grasp until I meet Jesus face-to-face. But, I do pray that he teaches me the importance of putting my need for him before my needs and wants of other things. I pray for wisdom to recognize when I am searching for something that only satisfied me for a limited time instead of eternity.

I hope God showed you something new today, something you needed to hear or see. And I hope that this challenge is in fact, challenging you. Let me know how you are doing!

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY SEVEN

We made it a full week!! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to celebrate that! Can you believe we are already seven days in? And it hasn’t been too bad, right? Let me know what your favorite verse of this week was, or what you have been able to take away from looking back on these last seven days!

Today’s  verse is yet another piece of evidence of how The Word guides us in our daily lives.  It comes from Hebrews 1:3. God’s word upholds, guides, maintains and propels the universe. 

Think of that. That reminds me of the Sunday school song we would sing. “He’s got the whole world in His hands” at that time it was just a song we did crazy fun motions to as we screamed our little heads off completely off tune. Thinking about it now, it’s kind of a crazy thought. However, it is also reassuring and comforting as well.

So, it upholds the universe, guides it, maintains it and propels it. Who knew each of those things could be done through words. Each day of this challenge I am realizing how many things The Word really can teach me. It has so many functions, one for each season in our lives. God really does plan things out. And the best part is that he has made it so that we are never alone in those seasons.

I am beginning to have a much more thankful heart for what He has given me in the form of a book, stories, songs, praises, and words all strung together to help me make some sense of this crazy life.

My prayer is that I continue to recognize the unlimited power that these words can have over me if I choose to let them.

Once again, congrats on making it a week!!

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY EIGHT

“God’s word has the power to create.” Genesis 1

This seven-word verse leaves me astounded each time I read it. I picture God’s face in the sky telling the mountains to rise and the water to sink and the sun to rise in the sky. Then He puts it on auto-pilot so that each day he can watch it happen while also telling it what to do. And He continues to speak everything to life, including us. Including me each morning.

He created me in  His own image… think about that. Someone so powerful, so good, so righteous decided to create us in His image. What a loving God He is. How selfless. He over looks us as sinners and wrongdoers and decided we still deserved to have a little of Him in us. What a creation that is.

I don’t think we recognize what an honor this is. Along with that, we don’t ever live up to this honor, and yet he continues to love us. He continues to create us this way despite the reputation we might give ourselves, and therefore part of Him. He is not ashamed of us, nor is He worried that we are unworthy.

I wrote a piece on body image and what it has to do with being made in God’s image and you can read it here. It’s something I feel strongly about and something I have struggled with on my own. This verse just reminds me of the great blessing my body is from God and that I need to treat it that way. I need to take care of what God has given me.

My prayer is that I never forget that He chose to make me in His image which means I need to recognize that and treat myself and others with respect. Each one of us has some of Him in us, and I would never purposely disrespect God, so why should I do that to myself or others?

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY NINE

Today was another difficult day. I had no trouble getting up early to make time for meditation, but the meditation itself did not come easy. I had a lot on my mind and could not get focused. At one point, I laid on the ground and just closed my eyes waiting to hear what God had to tell me… and waited, and almost fell asleep waiting.

I heard nothing, or maybe I wasn’t really listening. But, something got me up and writing down how I felt about the verse from Psalm 119: 2; “Those who order their conduct and conversation according to The Word are blessed”

Due to my lack of motivation and direction of where to go with this, I watched the short clip from the Joyce Meyer page for day nine. She explained that we need to press on. Not in a physical- moving on and getting over kind of way like John Mayer might sing about, but in a spiritual sense.

We need to use The Word as a guide and weapon that prepares us for battle, helps us gain victory in battle, and helps us to rest afterward and then prepares us for the next.

So, if I can make my ways according to this, I am promised blessings. And it’s all one big easy step forward into bliss. Just do this one thing and everything will be roses and rainbows and you will never have another difficulty in your life! ( I sound like an infomercial…)

That was a lot of sarcasm, sorry. However, I felt it necessary. I am tempted to think that all of this only takes one step, one change in behavior, one rule to follow and one result in doing these things. It’s not like that though. Nobody promises roses and rainbows this entire ride of life because it simply doesn’t work that way.

Do not let that scare you or make you cynical because that is the last thing I want to come from this. I have learned- and am still learning – that God puts us through trials for a specific purpose, He is always looking to teach us something. He never throws tough challenges our way just because. He is a loving and graceful God but that also means He wants to help us grow. And if you want to grow that means you have to be challenged in some way.

I know, it’s not as simple as it all sounds sometimes, but that is why we need this time with The Word. To prepare us for those battles, to win those battles and to keep marching on to the next until they don’t feel like battles anymore. Then, we can head straight for eternity where The One who won the ultimate battle awaits our glorious arrival.

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY TEN

Today was a full day, and I found it hard to find time for this challenge. I have been busy grieving for a friend that I- and many others I know – lost. I came to this verse ” The word cleanses and purifies us” and I tried to pull some meaning out of it.

The first thought that came to me was that the Bible is a good place to go to know what purity and cleanliness look like. By following it and meditating on it, I can learn to be and look a little bit more like Jesus.

That was all my mind had the capacity for. So, here I sit in the presence of God. And for me right now that’s enough. Sometimes, that’s all we can do. And all the time, that is okay with God. He knows when we have had enough. When we are too weak to stand, too exhausted to think, and too worn out to focus.

So, I have put all the energy I have left into this position on the ground. And for the next 20 minutes, or more, my only goal is to use that energy to sit and be present with Him. And that is ENOUGH for the both of us.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

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DAY ELEVEN:

Psalm 119:11: “The word reduces the capacity to sin. Strengthens us against temptation.”

Man, do I long for the day when I can say I am no longer a sinner. For a day when sin is non-existent and absent from our world. I wonder who I would be and where I would be if I could avoid it completely.

A number of times that I sin each day is more than a handful. A number of times I sin each day that goes unoticed is an even larger number. That is where Scripture comes in. Each day filling my mind and soul with good things, righteous things and words that will help me move forward and live with my sin while also diminishing it.

I cannot wait for the day when I no longer have to ask for forgiveness because there will be no need. But, until then, I am thankful for God’s unending grace, mercy, redemption, and forgiveness. As well as for the scripture that guides me through this messy life.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY TWELVE

“The Word revives and stimulates us.”

As soon as I read this I thought of the shock paddles that can get a heart beating again even after it’s stopped. The word can be like those paddles for us. When we feel dead and empty inside, without breath and life it can revive us and bring us back to God’s love and grace.

These words are those shock paddles helping us to breathe again. Even at my darkest moments, there is something in scripture that can always bring me back to the light. Something that can give me kick start and get me back on my feet again living a life that is honoring to The One who created it.

I pray that I always know that these words are here to help me get back on track and to stay there. Sometimes I may wander but even when I might think I’m gone for good, or too far away, it and God can always bring me back.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY THIRTEEN

I finally have the time and energy to get up in the morning to do my challenge! The mornings are always my favorite time to do this because I feel like I can take everything with me throughout the day.

“God’s word is filled with promises to give us mercy and grace.” Psalm 118

Today’s scripture reminds me that when I -for whatever reason- miss my time with God or don’t spend a certain amount of time with Him doesn’t make God mad at me. Every single day His mercy and grace are new. 

This is something I have struggled with the last year or so. I get upset at myself and start to feel guilty if I don’t spend a fixed amount of time with God doing the “right” things in order to be a “good” Christian or to please Him. However, this only makes it part of a routine, not something I enjoy doing just because I want to. It becomes something to check off the list.

That is the last thing I want this to be. So, this morning I am grateful for the reminder that God’s grace and mercy outweigh all those ugly feelings of regret and guilt that really have no place in my life. God loves every second of my time with Him. Whether that’s talking to Him in the car, reading a Devo, talking about Him with others, going to church, loving on others or simply just resting in His presence.

Lord, thank you for your Mercy, Grace and unconditional love. Remind me each day, each moment that you do not have high, unreachable expectations for me. You only give me what I can handle and even when I don’t handle that the way you might suggest, you still love me the same.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY FOURTEEN

Two weeks strong!! Congrats on your determination and perseverance! I know every day isn’t easy, and sometimes this is the last thing on your to-do list but I- and especially God- are very proud of you!

Today’s scripture comes from Hebrews 4:12…”For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

First off, alive and active were two words that pulled me in. To me that says that just because it was written some 2000 years ago, doesn’t mean it is dead and irrelevant or unrelatable. It is just as alive now as it was 1,999 years ago,  500 hundred years ago and yesterday.

God and His word are moving in people’s lives as much as they did that long ago. I used to think of the Bible as only a story, but it is so much more than that. It has lessons that pertain to me everywhere. Even when I think I can never relate or be like the characters in the Bible I know deep down that is untrue. We actually have a lot in common if I read into scripture and can truly understand what each author is saying.

Also, “it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” caught me. Mainly because it was a good reminder that God knows ALL. He doesn’t just see us outwardly, he sees our inward self as well. Our thoughts, ideas, attitudes, lies, negativity etc. that never even leave the space of our mind… and there’s no doubt He sees it when it escapes that space as well. So, pure and kind thoughts are extremely important for myself, and my relationship with God. Something I need to work on.

Those are my thoughts for today. Once again, congrats!! Keep up the good work!

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

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DAY FIFTEEN

“God’s word gives us good judgment, wise and right discernment and knowledge.” PSALM 119:66

One thing that Joyce points out is that to have these things we must first know God. All the time I tell God I want to know Him more but I never know where to start. I suppose this answers that; get into the Word.

Today, I felt God calling me to meet with Him and take some time to be alone. I asked Him why He can’t just come down and sit with me for a while. You know, like how you get to know anybody else. I simply asked Him to come meet with me. But, he said He was already doing that right now.

The only difference in my idea of meeting and His is the seeing part. I want so badly to just see Him. To know His face and hold his hand, accept His hugs and rest against His shoulder. But, He tells me I can do that anytime.

I guess He is right, but my faith is small, and I desire to see it to believe it. Something I am not proud of and something I know I need to work on. However, I will never stop imagining what it will be like when I do finally get to see Him. Oh, what a day that will be.

Until then, my plan is to get to know Him through His Word and meetings with him each day. Holding on to that image of sitting beside Him as my head rests easily on His mighty shoulder.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY SIXTEEN

“God’s word is better than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Psalm 119:72

Money Money Money… it’s a rich man’s world… (If you don’t get that reference please go watch Mama Mia). I bet if I changed my definition of rich it would turn my world upside down, in a good way. So maybe right side up?

I have no doubt that once you really get into the Word and really get to know Jesus, that gold and silver have little value to you. I wish I could say I was in that place. Money is hard for me. Because in this world it is a means to an end, you need it to physically survive. But then I am contradicted with the idea that God will provide everything for me. So I wonder if I need money at all?

Then, I get sucked into today’s society and desire it and its security, safety, reliability, advantages, etc. I know I need to find a balance somehow and I’m sure it is right in the Bible if I would only look and see it and then actually take it into consideration.

Once again, scripture is telling me something I need to work on. I have to remind myself to take it one step at a time and know that God is by my side through all of it. Proving even in that, that he is better than silver and gold.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY SEVENTEEN

 

“God’s word makes me wiser than my enemies.” Psalm 119:98

Wiser than my enemies huh? That’s a good skill to have in battle. And it makes sense why I don’t always feel wiser than my enemies. Sometimes it feels like they outsmart me. And the answer as to why is right here.

Maybe the Bible is like a big game plan. It gives you X’s and O’s and helps you see your options. Some plays leave a wide open path for you to jog right into a touchdown. Other’s get you tackled to the ground… this most likely being the plays you make up yourself, without the help of God.

However, it always warns you of those harmful plays, and it gives plenty of film on others before you who have gone those ways and failed. And even of those who prevailed. Yet, time and time again we will see the enemy win because we do not pay attention. Or we decide our play is better than God’s… the man announcing each play and seeing it from above. He can see everything happening and whether or not it will be a smart move according to every other position out there.

Everybody is just trying to win, but without the help and guidance of God and His word, we will never gain real victory.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

 

DAY EIGHTEEN

The word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Psalm 119:105

The image that comes to mind is walking through a forest but each step of the way my feet light up the path ahead and a few steps behind as I go. My feet ignite the ground with a small flame of light to guide me. A light only God can offer.

And in my hand, I hold a book that glows from the inside out. The light that streams from it helps to direct me and allows me to see all the beautiful details of the woods. Not the darkness, or the scary things in it, but all the wonderful creations I am meant to admire and experience.

God creates such beautiful imagery in His words. I hope that I can remember these visuals and the meaning that comes with them. God is here to guide us, with the light that only He can bring.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

DAY NINETEEN

“When we are afflicted, God’s word quickens us and gives us life.” Psalm 119:107

I have noticed that when it comes down to it, the Word is always my go to. Maybe not at the beginning of every crisis or problem, but there always comes a point when I finally understand it is the only thing that can help me.

I turn to everything else sometimes, to find that it is not satisfying or that it has its limits. But scripture, that is one thing I can always rely on to comfort me. Sometimes my stubborn self-says “no,  I can get through it myself” But every single time I end up running to it.

That can mean everything from reading 8 chapters of a book, reading a simple verse that stands out to me, or simply laying next to my Bible staring at a page and asking God what to do next.

Each time I go back to it, no matter how long it takes, it truly does give me strength and life. It makes me take a step back and allows me to breathe and set my mind on what is really important.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

DAY TWENTY

Can you believe we only have TEN days left of the challenge?? It’s crazy!! Has it been something simple and easy to get into for you or has it been a struggle? Maybe a little of both? Would you do it again? If you’re just now interested in doing it it’s never too late! Scroll up and click on the link to begin and you can always follow along here.

Today’s scripture comes from Psalm 119:114 “God’s word gives us hope.”

The first thing that comes to mind is Holly LeBlanc. If any of you knew her and were able to go to her celebration of life, you all know where this is going. If not, her story is one to look into. (I’m going to make this short which will be extremely difficult, but I think she can tell her story better than I can. Click the link at the bottom for more.)

9234A872-8F0A-4DB7-A370-BF306057BDC2.jpgHer motto for life was “IT TAKES HOPE”. When she was a teenager, she was diagnosed with FA a rare disease that affected her body in so many ways. She struggled through years of trials and challenges that I am convinced I would never make through myself. However, she pressed on despite day after day of pain.

The thing is, she was the happiest, funniest, most loving soul I had ever met. Growing up around her was an obvious blessing and even just watching and listening to her journey the last few years has been beyond inspiring. Her energy and desire to keep on loving God despite everything that seemed against her is something I admire more than she knew.

She had hope beyond hope. She taught us all the significance of never giving up and simply having hope in Jesus as well as in the way he is carrying us through our own individual journies.

All I can say is she gave me a new, improved and much-needed definition and example of what hope is. And it’s not something you can find without the constant guidance of God and His Word.

Thank you, Holly… I bet if I listen I can hear your laughter from here!

Want to hear more of her story? Want to see a little bit of what Jesus looks like? Start here. 

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

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DAY TWENTY-TWO

F87B09F4-6539-4C22-8409-0C322FC0D0C8.jpg“The entrance of God’s word brings light and dispels darkness.” Psalm 119.

Once again, The Word is represented by light. A light in the darkness. Were you ever afraid of the dark as a kid? I know I was. Sometimes I had to leave my closet light on just to fall asleep. I would start out telling myself I could do it, but I let my mind wander and get the best of me and before I knew it I was stumbling across my messy room to find the switch to safety.

I know even now, once in a while I’ll get that old yet familiar feeling that something is off and that I need some light. I pray to God for protection and safety and still I find myself reaching over for my lamp. What is it about the darkness that terrifies us so much?

For me, it’s one too many scary movies. Oh, and maybe the uncertainty of the unknown, not knowing what’s out there. The dark limits us and often can put us in an uncomfortable place. We can no longer rely on our eyes and we lose a little bit of the control.

There it is. That control issue again. I find myself wondering if God is offended when I switch my light on. Here I am saying I trust Him- in this case, he’s my eyes- and then I turn around and find a way to handle the situation myself. Causing me to take back the control, putting my trust in something else that is tangible, and probably raising the rate of the electricity bill… sorry dad.

My goal is to reach a place where I am so at peace with God and my trust in Him is so strong that all I have to do is chat with Him to avoid that switch. And that when I ask for protection and safety, I also believe that He is capable of both of those things and so much more.

Why are you afraid of the dark?

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY TWENTY-THREE

“God’s word brings direction and shows us what to do.” Psalm 119:130

Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to read His Word to know what to do. I wish I could just give Him a call, send Him a text or invite Him over. Actually, I’d probably invite myself over, I’m sure He would have a pretty awesome place.

I guess in a way it works like that. I can call on Him and talk with Him. But, it is different from seeing him. However, if I could do that I don’t think there would be much need for faith.

For now, I have scripture to go to, to see Him in a way I cannot see anything else in this world: through words from others who had the privilege of living in His presence.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY TWENTY-FOUR

ONE WEEK LEFT. Are you eager to be at day 30 already or are you going to miss this? I have both of those feelings. I am ready to see what’s next as far as my time with God goes but I also know I will miss sharing with you all each day!

Today’s verse: “Jesus is the word” John 1:1 is so straight forward. A fact. Four simple words. Truth. He is the reason for this book. Page after page are words that represent Him and give us glimpses into who He is with every word we read and study.

Without Him, there would be no need to write such a magnificent book. Can you imagine the world without these words? These pieces of scripture are the only things we have of God. At least things we can physically grasp. But, the fact that He gave us something to learn from is actually pretty amazing.

I am reminded today of the honor and privilege I have to read such a piece as well as simply having it in the first place.

 

One week left, finish strong! We can do this!

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

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DAY TWENTY- FIVE

“The Word melts hardness in our hearts” Psalm 147:18

So, if this is the case, I need to do a lot more reading. I wish I could just wave the Bible over me and things would be different. I wish it were that easy to soften a heart. But, it’s not that simple of course.

I need a lot of melting, I’m like a frozen ice sculpture that needs to sit in the desert for a few minutes. I feel the conviction now. God’s at work and the gears in my mind are turning… more so than usual, that is. I’m pretty sure in my mind there is overtime, no holidays and absolutely no vacations for those poor gears.

He’s telling me I have a hard heart when it comes to some things. And I believe Him. It’s so easy to lose the softness of a heart, to be stubborn, apathetic, graceless, merciless, uncompassionate and so on. I’m over here waving the white flag realizing that I am very guilty of this.

So, how does the Word change that? In my understanding, the more I read it the better example I have on how to live my life like Jesus. And we all know he had the opposite of a hard heart, despite countless enemies who did. He was kind and gentle, compassionate and loving toward everyone. No ifs ands or buts.

I want to live like that. And I guarantee it will cause more joy, love, and grace to flood into my life. I just have to get up and do it. Dive into the Word and learn how to live a little more like Jesus did.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY TWENTY- SIX

“God’s word strengthens us” Psalm 119:28

God gave me a humorous visual with this verse today. I pictured a bulky man with two Bibles on the end of a bar, doing his usual routine of bench press. Gaining muscle and strength as he did so.

I am convinced that God really does have a sense of humor. This was fun, to see the light side of this all. However, there is so much truth here as well. AS I have explained in many of the challenges, the Word really does give us strength. Strength to fight the good fight and win the battle with God on our side.

That is all I have for today. I am thankful for God’s Word and the ability that I have to read it and become stronger from it.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY TWENTY- SEVEN

 

FOUR DAYS LEFT!

Today’s scripture seems discouraging at first. Persecution has a very negative connotation. So, why is in the Bible and why is it here on today’s challenge?

This is something I have struggled with because it’s a hard concept to understand. I remember talking about it with a friend and what God showed us through that conversation was this:

-No persecution means we’re not fighting for anything

-Persecution is something that happened 2000 years ago and it’s not new

-We should be honored to live and fight for Jesus

Now, there’s much more to it and a lot of it that I still can’t comprehend. I’m still a little terrified of the idea, and the horror of what can happen. To be honest, sometimes I get very confused with God on this subject. How can He allow people to be treated so harshly?

However, He always reminds me that there’s a bigger picture to it all. That He is guiding each one of us in different ways. I can only pray that I can live and honor God and step up to whatever challenges he allows me to face.

What are your thoughts on this verse?

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

 

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DAY TWENTY- EIGHT

“The word transforms (changes) us into God’s image” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Remember day one of the challenge 27 days ago? Look back to your notes or thoughts from that day. And look at them now. God has worked in all the way through until today. Even on day one, He was guiding you to make small, important changes to be a better you.

So, if you’re looking for an example of this scripture, look at yourself! He is transforming each of us as we go through this challenge and throughout life. Sometimes, like on day one, we can’t see it. Even a week or two in we may not realize it. Sometimes it’s even longer. But,  you can always look back and recognize the progress if you put the energy into doing so.

This is why I always encourage you to take notes, doodle, journal etc. so that you can always go back and look. This can be helpful when you’re stuck and feel like nothing is happening and you are not getting anywhere. You can always look back and be reminded of God’s faithfulness and the transformation that is underway.

Two more days!! Can you believe it?

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

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DAY TWENTY- NINE

“God’s word is a weapon against the devil and armor that protects us in warfare.” Ephesians 6:17

I remember each day before school when we were younger my mom would say to my brother- and me half asleep in the back-  to put on the breast plate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation the sword of truth and so on.

Little did I know it was really a prayer of protection each day. A way of reminding us and teaching us that then these things may have just been armor to us, but now we can recognize they symbolize so much more.

Each day we said that I’m sure the enemy was taking the hit from the power of those words. And I am sure he hated it. And he still can’t stand it when we stand on God’s side and use His words to fight off anything that attempts to stand against us.

Looking back, I am so thankful for these words and pieces of armor my mother showed us we had right in our grasp. Something that we can always go back to and use time and time again in each and every battle we face.

Tomorrow is the last day of the challenge! How are you feeling? What’s next for you??

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

DAY THIRTY!!

CONGRATS! You made it through the 3030 challenge! How do you feel about these last thirty days? I want to repeat something that Joyce Meyer says about not quitting here. Don’t just check it off the list and be done with it.

You can always change it up, but sticking with God and having a daily routine that involves Him is so important and I think we have all learned that. So, whatever form it may be in, take time to be with Jesus today and every day.

Now, for the last verse: “God’s word renews our mind” Romans 12:2 

It is pretty self-explanatory but I want to focus on how He has renewed my mind and yours as well through this last month.

To be honest, it was hard for me some days. I just didn’t want to get on here and write about the verse. Sometimes I had little to say only because God explained that is enough. I don’t have to have 600 words every time. Sometimes He just gave me a picture in my mind that helped me make sense of what He was telling me.

However, He taught me the most important lesson I needed to learn in this time. To persevere. To keep going despite every feeling that told me to quit. Even when I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it, He showed me the real power of His words and how they relate to my life each day.

While I cannot see all of the results of this challenge right now, I know that I always have this to look back to and learn from, recall from, reminisce on and get a glimpse of what Jesus was doing in me over the course of these weeks. He was renewing my mind, showing me the possibilities and the benefits of His Word and guidance EVERY DAY.

I hope and pray that I stick to spending quality time with Him and you do too. One challenge overcome and another to face tomorrow! What are you going to do to spend time with God? Email me or comment your thoughts!

Email me or comment how you felt about this challenge as well as the blog posts. Was it helpful? Could something have been done better? How do you feel about it being over? I would love to hear all of your thoughts! Thanks for sticking it out with me!

congrats!!

 

“God’s word renews our mind” Romans 12:2