Month: June 2018

3. GET Studying

Challenge 7


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The challenge is to …

Visit a number of nature spots in your surrounding area, and write down or audio/video record something about God’s creation.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • A list or map of nature spots to visit in your local area.
  • A notebook to write down your thoughts on God’s creation, or an audio or video recorder of some sorts if you intend to document your thoughts that way.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Perhaps spend a few hours during the week in a couple or more nature spots.

How difficult is this challenge?

No real difficulty at all – in fact, it will be a blessing for you to get out and about in nature. Everyone can write something. It doesn’t have to be a novel. It can be a quick sentence or paragraph, a short poem, or even a couple of ‘trigger’ words that will help you remember how you were feeling about God’s creation at that particular time. Later on then you can expand on your thoughts, and perhaps turn them into a Bible study with your family or a sermon message.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Try to visit places you have never been to before.
  • Only visit places that are truly natural, i.e. that have NOT been changed/altered by man in any way.
  • If you are going out by yourself, keep safe and alert, and make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
  • Make sure you have your mobile phone with you, but keep it on silent when you are looking at God’s creation and documenting your thoughts.
  • Go out in the daytime while it is still light, and head back home before it gets too dark. It’s such a shame that we have to be like this, but we must be wise in how we live and act in these last days.
  • Wear appropriate clothing so that you don’t get too warm or too cold. You don’t want anything to spoil your time whilst you are out. And you certainly don’t want to catch a cold either!
  • Use the time outside to pray to the Lord; to glorify Him; to praise Him; to thank Him; to just talk to Him about your life – the wonderful things about it and the not so wonderful things. Open your heart to Him, and allow Him to refresh your soul.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

3. GET Studying

Challenge 6


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The challenge is to …

Do NOT watch, listen to, or read the mainstream secular news for the whole 2 weeks. Instead, use the extra time to do something else or to learn something new each day.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • A list of ideas of other things you can do besides checking the news, e.g. visit places that you have been putting off for while, read a good Christian biography, do some more drawing, write some poems or short stories, spend more time with the family, study a specific topic in the word, listen to a preaching series, watch a good Christian film, learn a new ‘hobby’, and so on.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

As much time as you can in order to keep your mind focussed on new things to do.

How difficult is this challenge?

If you are use to checking the news everyday, then this challenge will be very difficult for you. Your flesh will want to know everything that’s happening in the world, and without knowing you will perhaps start feeling ‘vulnerable’ or ‘you are missing out’ or ‘you are behind everyone else’, etc. Do your best to resist this fleshly urge; it WILL become easier the longer you are away from the news headlines.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Stay focussed on the things of the Lord and His word.
  • Keep praying for the Lord to remove the urge to check the secular news.
  • Take note of how you feel physically throughout this challenge – are you calmer for not checking the news? are you more stressed? are you eating better or worst? are you spending your time more wisely? and so on.
  • If you buy newspapers, simply DON’T buy them. Do something else with the money you will save!
  • If you check the news online, put a block or filter on the news sites so that you need to enter a password in order to view them – this will take away the simplicity of checking the news, and the password box will be a reminder NOT to check!
  • If you listen to the secular radio during the week, turn the volume down on the hour, every hour, so that you can avoid listening to the news, but still enjoy listening to the songs (hopefully they are Christ-honouring hymns, or wonderful classical music!).
  • News can appear all over the Internet, so watch out for news ‘plug-ins’ or ‘tickers’ on the non-news websites you visit. If any appear, then just block them out by reducing the window size to cover the news part, or just don’t visit the site.
  • In a age of constant information bombardment, this will not be as easy as it sounds. So stay close to the Lord in prayer, and really give it your best shot.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.