30 Day Life Challenge Day 1

 

30 DAY LIFE CHALLENGE (2)Many people want a better life but they don’t know how to achieve it. They’ll make New Year’s resolutions and try to change everything at once, but when it becomes overwhelming, they let those resolutions drop and go back to their default setting.

new-years-resolutionBut it doesn’t have to be that way. During the month of January, I’ve decided to write a series on steps you can take to transform your life for the better. Each day will consist of only one step that will take 30 minutes or less to do, and I’ll be taking these steps with you.

The important thing to remember is a series of small steps consistently followed over time will create large changes in improving our lives. Consistency is more important than making those big resolutions than won’t last until February.

So let’s get started. Week 1 is all about God. We’ll do the most important step first.

Resolve to read the Bible this year, and start today.

Psalm 199:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

God’s Word guides is a light that guides our path through life, yet many have never read it all the way through. We need to understand what the entire Bible says before we can apply it to our lives.

There are many Bible reading plans out there. Some are better than others. If you’re familiar with the Bible, I suggest you don’t use a plan where you read the Old Testament, New Testament, Proverbs, and Psalms each day. This interrupts the flow and will frustrate you to the point where you might stop by the third month. Instead you could do a plan where you read three chapters of the Old Testament and one chapter of the New Testament or Psalms each day. Or you could go through the Old Testament and then the New Testament. There are also plans where you can go through the Bible chronologically.

If you have never read the Bible, starting at the beginning and going to the end may become confusing and overwhelming. This would be a good plan to use this year:

Bible Reading Plan for Beginners

If you read the Bible offline, here are a few plans you can print out:

If you like to read online, I recommend these YouVersion Plans:

6 Steps to Make Bible Reading Easier:

1. Choose an easy to read version that you don’t normally read. Sometimes we get so familiar with a passage that reading it from another version brings new understanding to the verse.

My Most Favorite and Least Favorite Bible Versions

2. Schedule a time each day to read the Bible.

3. If you miss a few days, don’t worry about it. Start where you left off. There’s no rule you have to finish in one year. Read more than one day’s reading if you want to catch up, but don’t overwhelm yourself.

4. Guard your Bible reading time. Turn off your phone. Go in the other room and close the door. Do whatever you have to in order to keep interruptions down.

5. Expect things to pop up to try to keep you from God’s Word. Satan doesn’t want you to read the Bible, so don’t get discouraged by these distractions.

6. Don’t give up no matter what happens. Reading God’s Word some days is better than not reading God’s Word.

30 day ministry challenge logoIf you are in ministry, you might also want to participate in the 30 Day Ministry Challenge.

30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 1

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

4 thoughts on “30 Day Life Challenge Day 1

  1. Our church reads through the Bible every year. We do about 3 chapters a day, starting in Genesis and working through.

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