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Join the Book-a-Week Bible Challenge!

Happy 2014, ladies! I hope the new year is starting off great for each of you.

Girls, as I was browsing the comments about what you’d like to see on Project Inspired this year, I noticed more than a few were about wanting to see more goals and challenges on the site.

I feel like God is telling me that 2014 will be full of challenges for many people. I don’t think challenges themselves are necessarily good or bad. Challenges help us learn and grow, and the results can be very exciting!

I want to start off the year encouraging all of us to make more time for the Word of God in our lives, so I’ve developed a challenge for each of us to read one book of the Bible each week for the next six weeks.

Here’s the order.

Week 1: Philemon

Week 2: Ruth

Week 3: Ephesians

Week 4: Ezra

Week 5: Ecclesiastes

Week 6: Gospel of Mark

Girls, you may notice that while the books on the list aren’t super long, they do get a little longer each week. That’s so we can be challenged to spend a little more time in God’s Word as we go.

If you’re a fast reader, then at the beginning of the challenge when the books are really short, try reading through them more than once during the week. This is a great way to really put the Word of God in your heart!

I’ll be joining you in this challenge to get more of God’s Word each week. I’m really excited to share this journey with you and to hear your thoughts on the books we’ll be reading!

“I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.” —Psalm 119:15-16

How about it, girls—will you join me in the Book-a-Week Bible Challenge?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by sprinkles on March 14, 2014 at 04:17

    That sounds like a lot of fun! I’m going to start too.

  2. Jesusandcupcakes

    Posted by Jesusandcupcakes on January 22, 2014 at 04:58

    I am definitely going to start today!! This will definitely help me reach my goal of reading the bible more and all the way through! Great idea!!

  3. Auntie470

    Posted by Auntie470 on January 12, 2014 at 16:20

    I can’t wait I’m starting tonite 🙂

  4. Posted by JennArman on January 11, 2014 at 08:15

    Girls, I’m super excited to see how many of you have said that you’re planning to do this!

    Many of you thought it would be a cool idea to set up a topic about this in the Girl Talk Forums, so I did! You can find the Book-a-Week Bible Challenge topic in the Girl Talk Forum in “Christian Life” under “Bible Study”.

    You can post questions there and I’ll do my best to answer them. Let’s talk about what we’re learning from each book so that we can be an encouragement to each other! 😀

  5. blindlessgirl

    Posted by blindlessgirl on January 11, 2014 at 08:03

    I’m up for the challenge! I’ll join and start reading now. 🙂 Thank you for this thing. I know it’ll help a lot for reading the Bible this year. 😀

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dalaney12 on January 10, 2014 at 17:34

    I’m barely joining project inspired, so I am barely reading about this. But I am totally in on this!!! Let’s do this 🙂

    • Posted by JennArman on January 11, 2014 at 08:17

      Dalaney – that’s no problem! The challenge just posted on Tuesday so we’re all still in the first week. The best thing about this kind of challenge is that you can start whenever!

  7. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 8, 2014 at 21:32

    I will do it! One of my goals this year is to read the bible on my own more,not just at bible study or church.

  8. Megan_Acosta

    Posted by Megan_Acosta on January 8, 2014 at 14:00

    I want the Acteens at my church to do this and every time we meet on Wednesday , discuss what we have learned and what God is trying to say to is through his word, and also how to apply it to our daily lives 🙂

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by KaylaHansa on January 7, 2014 at 22:54

    I just feel I should say this:

    Girls never ever question the importance of reading God’s Word! It is such a blessing to do so. Even if you don’t always feel like it, just read anyway! God can change your heart and life in amazing ways through Hid Word! I’ve grown into loving His Word, reading the Bible has changed me in so many ways! There ks always something new tondiscover. You will draw do much nearer to your Savior! Before you read ask God to guide you with the Holy Spirit and tell you what you need to hear through His word and afterwards pray again and earnestly ask God to help you apply what you have read to your life.

    • Posted by JennArman on January 11, 2014 at 08:21

      Thank you for helping me to encourage the other girls in reading the Bible, Kayla. I really appreciate your emphasis on the importance of studying as well as simply reading. It’s important that we learn to do both – read the bible regularly (building a habit) and study the bible in depth. 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by KaylaHansa on January 8, 2014 at 22:02

      I suggest you read this article about the NASB:

      http://hissheep.org/kjv/a_comparison_of_the_kjv_nasb.html

      The Bible says Satan is transformed as an angel of light so it makes sense for him to do his work through bibles. Be very careful of what you read, hear, and believe.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by KaylaHansa on January 7, 2014 at 22:56

      By the way I suggest you do research on the KJV version… It is said to be the most accurate. Make sure you are reading God’s true Word, not a perverted translation!

  10. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on January 7, 2014 at 22:54

    I`ll be joining! Great idea!:-)

  11. MereMere

    Posted by MereMere on January 7, 2014 at 19:24

    Thank you so much for starting this!! I really feel this desire to know more and grow closer to God by reason his word and I’ve been praying he help me know where to start! God listens, I am soo excited to join this n since it’s for the week I will totally b able to manage between school work and reading!

  12. sunshyne

    Posted by sunshyne on January 7, 2014 at 19:19

    OKAY!!! I am in!!!

  13. deshante

    Posted by deshante on January 7, 2014 at 18:42

    i will try this

  14. jainamills

    Posted by jainamills on January 7, 2014 at 17:17

    I looooove this! I definitely think we should have a forum to talk about the books each week. I know I have questions, and I’d love to see what other girls are getting from the readings!

  15. ChristianGirlForever

    Posted by ChristianGirlForever on January 7, 2014 at 16:45

    I love this!! Thank you so much!! I want to see more of this 😀

  16. TrustingThroughTrials

    Posted by TrustingThroughTrials on January 7, 2014 at 14:12

    I am working on a chronological plan right now but I would love to do this too:) And maybe we can start discussion forums for each book during its week!:)

  17. PolkaDot

    Posted by PolkaDot on January 7, 2014 at 13:52

    I will definitely be doing this with all of ya’ll! I have been needing motivation for getting into my bible more, so now I have it. 😉

  18. his98child

    Posted by his98child on January 7, 2014 at 13:35

    I like the idea of this challenge and encouraging us to read our Bibles, but I don’t think that’s how the Bible ought to be read. I think it was written with the intention that we not just read it, but urge ourselves to seek to understand it.

    These books might be short, but some of them are really, REALLY hard to understand! I’ve read some of them several times and I still don’t understand them completely.

    I’m not trying to be offensive — I just wanted to say that part of reading God’s Word is understanding it, and while I love the idea, I don’t think a week is long enough to absorb all of what God is trying to say to us.

    Good luck to all you girls who are joining the challenge! This is an awesome idea to get into God’s Word.

  19. Yanka

    Posted by Yanka on January 7, 2014 at 13:17

    I will also try to read all of it:) Can’t wait!.

  20. lotr1997

    Posted by lotr1997 on January 7, 2014 at 12:20

    I will definitely be joining in! 😀 Can’t wait to get started!