As I was praying about the theme for the Delight in the Word Challenge for this month, the phrase “Joyful Expectation” kept coming up. So I did some research on that and discovered that “joyful expectation” is actually the definition of the word that is often translated as “hope” in many Scriptures.
You can see that clearly in 1 Corinthians 13:13 in the Amplified Classic Version:
And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I believe God is challenging me to walk daily in joyful expectation. If I am not, it is because I am imagining my future without God. Because, as you will clearly see as you read and meditate on the daily Scriptures this month, we have SO MANY reasons to be “hopeful!”
Therefore, the theme for the Delight in the Word Challenge this month is…
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You will notice that I have chosen a specific Bible version for each daily Scripture. I encourage you to look up each Scripture in the version I suggest, and also in your favorite version. I find that often times, reading a verse in a different version, and comparing translations, will give me a whole new revelation of very familiar Bible verses.
You don’t have to possess a phyisical copy of each translation of the Bible. You can simply look up a specific verse online. Here are some of my favorite apps and websites:
If you are new to the Delight in the Word Challenges, here is a little more about them…
Use the daily Scriptures as a starting point to delight in the Word.
Then get creative using writing, lettering, doodling, Bible journaling, painting, coloring, etc.
—whatever will help you hide it in your heart and meditate on it the entire week.
Finally, take a pic and post it in my Delight in the Word Facebook group and on social media using #DITWchallenge.
Participating in the monthly DITW challenge will give you:
- a starting point, to eliminate overwhelm and decision fatigue
- motivation and inspiration
- a reason to do it NOW
- opportunity to fellowship with kindred spirits
- JOY! 🙂
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