What has 2020 looked like for you? For many of us, these past six months have been confusing and disheartening—marked by division, pain, and loss.
If the uncertainty of this year has left you feeling distant from God, it’s not too late to refocus on Him. We may not know what the rest of this year holds, but we can hold onto these truths: that God goes with us, and He will always draw near to us when we seek Him.
That’s why we do the Mid-Year Challenge: to help us refocus our minds on what matters most—God and His Word.
How to Start the Mid-Year Challenge
Get the 2020 Mid-Year Challenge Badge by completing at least one day of a Plan for 7 days in a row during the month of July.
To get the most out of your Challenge, invite a few trusted friends to join you. And, make sure you don’t miss any days by setting up daily reminders in your Plan settings.
That’s it! Ready to get started? Pick your Plan now:
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Alex was lost. He and his wife had made some bad decisions, and they felt purposeless. But then someone invited Alex to join a YouVersion Bible Plan. Because of this invitation, Alex discovered the power of God’s Word, and he gave his life to Jesus. One year later, his wife did the same thing.
“Now, I am the leader of a YouVersion Bible Plan group, my wife and I read His Word together every day, and I am still in the same YouVersion Plan group… but they are now my brothers in Christ and dear friends.”
When you invite someone to complete a Bible Plan with you, you’re inviting them to experience the life-changing power of God’s Word.
Today, start a Plan with Friends and see what God does through your faith-filled decision to pursue Him while making disciples.
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Make God the one thing you pursue above anything else.
As a new season begins, here are 5 spiritual disciplines you can practice to make time with God a daily habit.
“We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.” – Psalms 75:1
Have you experienced healing? Answered prayers? Breakthrough in the life of someone you love? Salvation? As you seek God’s heart for this new season, take a moment to thank Him for what He’s already done.
Spend 5 minutes in silence
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” – John 15:4
Abiding in Jesus starts with stillness. Pause, take a deep breath, and give anything concerning you over to God. Spend 5 minutes centering your heart on the One who matters most.
Remember Whose you are
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
God loves you. (Let that sink in.) The price He paid for you cost Him everything. Remind yourself of Whose you are, and then confidently dream big with God for this new season.
Meditate on God’s Word
“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” – Psalms 119:97
How does Jesus want you to live? One of the best ways to find out is to spend time in Scripture. As you do, ask God to speak to you through His Words about what your next right step should be. (Not sure how to start studying God’s Word? Read this.)
Focus on what is excellent
“…If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8
You have been given the mind of Christ. If you’re not sure of what you should do in your next season, try asking yourself: What is praiseworthy? What decisions would honor God?
Make a list of whatever comes to mind, and intentionally pursue those things.
By practicing these 5 steps every day, you can actively create keystone habits: acquired patterns of behavior that form the basis of your daily routines.
Imagine what good, personal habits you might be cultivating a year from now because you purposefully chose to pursue intimacy with God today!
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Think about all the father figures who have spoken into your life. Shared some timely wisdom. Offered you encouragement. Protected you from harm. Looked out for your interests. Shown up right when you needed them.
This Father’s Day, let the special men in your life know how much they mean to you. It only takes a moment to show them honor and say thanks. Share this encouraging Father’s Day Verse Image from your Bible App. (A text or a phone call would be nice too.)
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Can a conversation change your life?
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
In a world filled with hurt and heartache, it’s never been more important to show empathy and compassion. But as we talked about last week, if we want to see healing and restoration, then empathy and compassion have to involve action. And one of the ways we can put compassion into action is by creating a safe space for meaningful discussions.
That’s why we created Plans with Friends, to help facilitate those conversations. Simply pick a Plan and select “With Friends” to invite others to join you. Our prayer is that these grace-filled conversations will enrich your life and help change our world.
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