Today is the first day of February! Today we are starting a new scripture challenge! Check it out!
This month we are going to read through Ruth, Esther, and Song of Songs. Click the picture below to find a printer friendly version!
I've compiled a few questions to help as we read. There is also a PDF version available at the end of this post!
I am excited to read through these books this month! I hope you are too!
Day 1: Ruth 1 - A Decision to Stay
What is an example of a shattered season in which you've seen God's faithfulness? How did you react?
Day 2: Ruth 2 - Field of Hope
What is one thing you've learned to do when facing things that are out of your control?
Day 3: Ruth 3 - The Long Now
What is a season of a long now you've walked through or are walking through? What is an instruction God gave you?
Day 4: Ruth 4:1-12 Redemption
What does it mean that Jesus is your Redeemer?
Day 5: Ruth 4:13-22 - You May Never See It
What is an example of an ending to a story you wrote in your head but when you trusted God with it, it ended up being something completely different?
Day 6: Esther 1 - The Queen's Refusal
Have you ever gone through a difficult time in life when God seemed silent or distance? If so, can you look back now and see How He was faithfully guiding you through directed circumstances?
Day 7: Esther 2 - A Divine Cameo
Where do you see God most at work in Esther's story?
Day 8: Esther 3 - Living Differently
In what ares of your life are you living like a nominal Christian?
Day 9: Esther 4 - Courage in Crisis
Mordecai challenged Esther to take a stand for truth through his example and his words. Who or what challenges you to do the right thing and stay selflessly surrendered to God's purpose for your life?
Day 10: Esther 5:1-8 - Divine Work From Everyday People
Where do you need to step out of your comfort zone and risk something for God?
Day 11: Esther 5:9-14 - Platform of Pride
Is there an area of your life where pride can easily sneak in?
Day 12: Esther 6 - Clothed in Kingly Robes
What does it mean to you that God clothes you in Christ's royal robes?
Day 13: Esther 7 - A Divine Reversal
Can you recall a time when you knew God allowed you to be in the right place at the right time and He gave you the right words to speak?
Day 14: Esther 8 - Two Edicts
Esther had the courage to intercede for those facing certain death. Wh his it that you can intercede for? Who in your life needs the hope of Jesus Christ?
Day 15: Esther 9:1-19 - God's Silent Sovereign Hand
What does God need to deliver you from today? Invite Him to do it and take steps of faith to show that you trust Him.
Day 16: Esther 9:20-32 - It's Time to Party!
Take time today to remember a time when God was faithful in your life, when you experienced Him moving and working in and through your prayers in a mighty way.
Day 17: Esther 10 - Held in Highest Esteem
Who in the story of Esther do you identify with the most? In what way?
Day 18: Song of Songs 1 - The Song of All Songs
Why do you think God made sure this book was included in the Bible?
Day 19: Song of Songs 2 - His Banner Over Me is Love
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus longs to see your face and hear your voice? What are ways you can make that happen?
Day 20: Song of Songs 3 - Waiting in Love
If your relationship with Jesus has grown a bit lukewarm, what are ways that you can renew your passion?
Day 21: Song of Songs 4 - The Secret Garden
Read Genesis 2:18-25. What did God have Adam do after He declared "It is not good for the man to be alone..." but before He created Eve? Why do you think God did that?
Day 22 & 23: Song of Songs 5 - Making Love a Priority
What is one step you can take to keep your love alive?
Day 24: Song of Songs 6 - Commitment makes the Heart Grow Fond
Marriage isn't the only love relationship that requires commitment over time. Other important relationships including parent-child, siblings, in-laws, blended families, friendships and church family relationships all require dedication, support, and love. Can you identify with any of these? Which love relationship has been the hardest to commit to and why?
Day 25 & 26: Song of Songs 7 - Matched Desire
How can you show your spouse that you desire him or her?
Day 27 & 28: Song of Songs 8 - Passion God's Way
What have you learned about love, marriage or purity? Whether you are single or married, what practical steps can you take to help guard your heart, mind and actions against impure passion?
I hope you were able to see God's hand through each of the books. Because He is always at work, even when we can't see it!
Thank you to First 5 for inspiration for the questions and schedule of readings.
Jesus lover, wife, momma, teacher, and hopeful writer.