Challenge Day 1

Welcome to August and the Writing Life Challenge! This challenge is designed to be a community of people dedicated to encouraging each other daily and challenging each other to grow in our faith in Jesus. Are you ready to jump in?

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Community does not exist without communication, and as Christians one of the things God asks of us is to communicate with him through prayer. So while we spend a few days building a community within the challenge, we’ll also focus on communicating with the Lord using Colossians 4:2 as our guide:

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV)

Today’s challenge focuses on that little word thankful.

Read one of the Psalms of personal thanks: 21, 30, 34, 40, 66, 92, 108, 116, 138. Use it as inspiration to take a few minutes to thank God for something he has done recently in your own life.

Small wood crate with the words “Be Thankful” on the side. Photo Text: Challenge Day 1, Thankfulness & Prayer. #writinglifeaugustchallenge

Post what you read in the comments below, and then either tell us what part of the Psalm spoke to you or tell us one thing you’re thankful for. Or if you’d like, head on over to Instagram and post a photo of something you’re thankful for and give us the info in your caption. Be sure to use the #writinglifeaugustchallenge hashtag!

11 thoughts on “Challenge Day 1

  1. I’ll try to DO the challenges as well as create them—and I’m praying that I’m not the only one doing them! I’ll start off the responses by telling you that I read Psalm 30, and the verse that called to me was verse 5, especially this last part: “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” That verse has a literal calming effect on my body and mind—rejoicing comes in the morning. What I am most thankful for today is that God offers us this restoration and that we know the hard, sad, or discouraging moments will pass. God grants his JOY to those who will trust in him to do so. What a wonderful blessing.

  2. Hi Rhonda! I read them all and it was hard but Psalm 66 spoke to me tonight. Especially verses 1-2 “Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.” I’ve been practicing all our songs and motions for our churches VBS program coming up and can’t wait to share Gods love with His children. I’m am beyond grateful for my munchkins that God has blessed me with. Here and in heaven. It is an honor that God has entrusted me to be their mother. I pray God continues to give me the guidance and strength I need daily.

    • Hi Connie! I love that you were able to connect the verses to your own ministry and that you are able to serve your own and others’ children. For me, the fact that other people will put so much of their time and effort into teaching my children about the Lord is one of the most precious gifts God has given us—I am so thankful for you, and people like you! You’re right; children are precious blessings. Thank you for calling the children to Jesus just as he did (Luke 18:16), and I thank God for you and people who serve in this capacity. I will pray with you for continued guidance and strength.
      I also have to say it: WOW! You read ALL of the Psalms of personal thanks? Great way to challenge yourself!

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