Fruit of the Spirit- 30 Day Scripture Writing Plans

This month I have posted two scripture writing plans… At the time, I only created black and white downloads of the plans. I went back and added a papyrus design option to the downloads. I thought that maybe some of you would prefer something a little more than the black and white!

Black and white is still available for those who need easy printing. If you want to make the black and white more unique, just print them on the color paper of your choice!

I will continue to add the papyrus design to future posts in this series!

Here are the links to the previous blog posts where you can find the download links:

Fruit of the Spirit: LOVE

Fruit of the Spirit: JOY & PEACE

Fruit of the Spirit LoveFruit of the Spirit JOY-PEACE

Fruit of the Spirit: LOVE (30 Day Scripture Writing Plan)

It has become popular over the last year or so for people to write scripture passages for their daily devotions. My first introduction to this was last November when a friend posted a Thanksgiving 30 day scripture writing plan on Facebook. I really enjoyed the challenge of reading and copying a passage from my Bible each day. I had every intention of finding more 30 day plans (there are plenty of them out in internet land!) but life became hectic and I never followed through. However, I did keep my journal so that I could add to it in the future. A few days ago, I saw someone post a 30 day writing challenge for July. It inspired me to design my own writing plan…

Instead of doing monthly challenges, I decided that I wanted to create themed challenges. The first installment of this series is LOVE! They are still 30 day plans so that they can line up with a calendar if I want them too. My first theme that I am working on is the Fruit of the Spirit. Each 30 day challenge will focus on each of the Fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

PLEASE NOTE: I use the New International Version (NIV). So the passages I have listed are based on my NIV concordance for specific words like love, joy, etc. Other versions may or may not use the same wording. Most of the Fruit of the Spirit words are pretty straight forward and the meaning of the passage will remain the same. If your version does not have a specific word that you expect from whatever plan you are doing, look for a synonym of that word in the passage. Also, I may also use passages that use other words that support the theme… such as the Joy theme using a verse that says “Rejoice.”

I plan to post each segment of the series as I complete them… which could take several weeks or several months depending on how much time I am able to put into them. By posting them as I finish them, it will allow you to choose from any of the topics in any giving time frame you choose.

Suggestions for how to be successful with this challenge:

  • Decide ahead of time where you will be writing down the scripture. You could use a journal, notebook, or print out the lined writing page I have provided to keep in a 3 ring binder.
  • Print a copy of the challenge so that it is easily accessible to you. Keep it in your Bible or in the journal, notebook, or binder you are using.
  • Decide what time of day you will be writing your passage of scripture. Try to stick to a daily routine so that you are consistent. If you get behind, try to catch up later in the day or do two days at a time. The further behind you get, the harder it will be to catch up.
  • Pray that the Lord will speak to you through His Word before reading and writing each passage.
  • Reflect each day on how you can apply the passage of scripture to your life.

Please comment below to let me know that you are doing this challenge! I would love to hear from you!


Papyrus (30 Day Plan): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Black & White (Plan & Lined Paper): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 

 Fruit of the Spirit Love

Fruit of the Spirit LoveFruit of the Spirit Love-Lined

The Painter’s Daughter

This book by Julie Klassen is about the complicated relationships between Sophia Dupont and the Overtree brothers, Stephen and Wesley. Sophie assists her painter father in his studio and pursues her own passion for art. She meets Wesley who, as an accomplished painter himself, uses her as his muse. Their friendship starts out above board but eventually she allows herself to submit to the passion building between them. When he leaves abruptly for Italy with little more than a note, she is left devastated and confused as to how to handle her situation which is sure to bring scandal to her family. Captain Stephen Overtree, meets Sophie while on a quest to locate his brother and learns of his brother’s betrayal and Sophie’s condition. He offers her a proposal of marriage to save her from scandal. Sophie accepts his proposal with little time to think of any consequences because the Captain has to soon return to battle and she could not risk waiting for whenever Wesley decided to return. Stephen and Sophie spend their honeymoon time living a facade since they were married “in name only.” When Stephen returns to battle and Wesley returns, Sophie is torn between her love for Wesley and her commitment to her marriage vows. 

I am never disappointed with Julie Klassen books and this one was no exception! The cover is beautiful! The regency setting is always a favorite of mine. The author does a great job of weaving secrets, scandal, mystery, and romance into a story. Biblical gospel is shared and discussed between some characters but not in a way that is overwhelming or intimidating to someone who is not a Christian. Themes of forgiveness, redemption, and unconditional love are carried through the story line. There are a couple of passionate scenes that were very tastefully written. I read the majority of this book in one sitting (staying awake until 2 am to finish it!) and it left me wanting to read more! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves regency era romantic fiction! 

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Bethany House provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.




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The Painter’s Daughter
By Julie Klassen / Bethany House



Finding The Hero In Your Husband-Intro

I get the marriage podcasts from Focus on the Family. Recently I listened to a series that featured Dr. Juli Slattery speaking on how wives have the power to make their marriages better. If you know me at all, you know that Shane & I have had our share of trials, pain, and bad circumstances throughout our marriage. Last year when we hit rock bottom, it took God to bring us out of our pit. I had to face forgiveness, I have been working on my anger issues, and I have been working on the concepts of respect and submission. I ordered Dr. Slattery’s book and just received it in the mail a couple of days ago. So far, I have only read the introduction and I am excited to read the rest soon! Here is an excerpt from the intro:

“Because women are so unaware of their power to shape their marriages, they often misuse their influence. There are two vital mistakes a woman can make which can result in the destruction of her marriage. The first one is ignoring her power all together. She denies that God has given her any substantial influence with her husband. In fact, she may even believe it is unbiblical to be a strong woman. This critical mistake results in a husband who has neither accountability, nor direction for the use of his leadership.

The second big mistake that a woman can make is to abuse her power. Even while a wife is convinced that she is a victim, she may be using her influence to destroy or discourage her husband. Whether through subtle or overt measures, it is easy for a woman to shatter her husband’s confidence, trust in her and leadership ability through the misuse of her power in marriage.”

I think this book will be a great addition to my marriage series. Let’s explore how to find the hero in our husbands!

“The wise woman builds her house,

but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1


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Finding the Hero in Your Husband: Surrendering the Way God Intended – revised ed.

By Dr. Julianna Slattery / FaithWords


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Love & Respect: The Simple Secret To A Better Marriage (Ch.1)

In Part One of Love & Respect, Dr Eggerichs describes The Crazy Cycle:

Without love from him, she reacts without respect;

without respect from her, he reacts without love.

In our society we are raised to believe that men are to love their wives unconditionally–which is true according to the Bible. But what we are not taught is that women should respect their husbands unconditionally. What does the Bible say about that?

“…Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself,

and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33

Dr. Eggerich says:

“5 out of 10 marriages are ending in divorce because love alone is not enough. Love is vital for the wife, but what we have missed is the husband’s need for respect. “Love & Respect” is all about how the wife can fulfill her need to be loved by giving her husband what he needs: respect.”

After reading this book I agree but I admit that it is hard for me to put into practice because I rarely see someone who is respectful to their husband all the time. I often feel that Shane doesn’t deserve respect because I don’t always feel valued by him. The Crazy Cycle is a frequent occurrence in our house.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:28:

“…Those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.”

I never expected a perfect marriage. I grew up around too many broken marriages to know that perfection is not realistic. I did expect to have a good marriage which for the most part has not been the case. Dr. Eggerich says, “all married couples take a spin on the Crazy Cycle from time to time.” Fortunately, Shane and I have a God who has brought us through our trials and has keep us together. Especially in the past year, he has helped us move toward a better marriage.

In the book, Dr Eggerichs talks about a situation where he responds to his wife’s criticisms by saying “Sarah, you can be right but wrong all at the top of your voice.” Since Shane and I are yellers (more so me), I can definitely relate. Even if I am right about what we are talking about, I become wrong as soon as I let my anger take control of the conversation. When I yell, it causes Shane to become angry and yell back, which causes me to get even more out of control–and the Crazy Cycle continues.

In our marriage, when the positive turns negative, we tend to stay negative for a long time. I generally keep going until I break down and cry. He keeps going until he starts swearing. I don’t think either of us feels loved or respected during those times. Paul clearly wants me to be respectful all the time even when I feel like Shane doesn’t deserve it. I am always disrespectful–sometimes intentionally and sometimes without realizing it. It is a bad habit that I need to break (with God’s help) and I need to start good habits so that I can learn to respect unconditionally.

I respect Shane when I encourage him when he is down about something or when I support him when he is excited about something. More recently I have tried to show my respect by letting him make more decisions without causing a huge argument over it (I have not been very successful). This is hard for me because I usually look at the bigger picture and he usually sees the immediate.

Dr Eggerichs and his wife have made a “life-changing decision.” It is explained in the Love & Respect Workbook:

“He has decided to believe that no matter what Sarah says or does, she does not have evil intentions. She might have a nasty or peevish moment but deep in her heart she intends to do good. She may come across in a way that seems disrespectful to Emerson, but that is not her real purpose. And Sarah has decided to believe that, no matter what Emerson says or does, he does not intend, deep in his heart, ill will toward her. He may come across in an angry way, and give her a cold stare that seems unloving, but his real purpose is not to be uncaring.”

I really want to continually look at Shane this way. I know that he doesn’t intentionally try to hurt me but in the heat of the moment I get defensive anyway. Unfortunately, I usually am the one who keeps the Crazy Cycle going because of my anger.

Homework: Start to think and pray about a woman’s deep need for love and a man’s deep need for respect. Consider how the “life-changing decision” (described above) applies to you.


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Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs

By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs / Thomas Nelson


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Enough Faith To Follow

Today, our church women gathered for a  several hour workshop with the theme,

“God’s Raining Love”

and theme verse:

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.” Hosea 10:12

We studied about God’s love and our faith and obedience. The speaker gave several definitions of faith including:

  1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
  2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.
  3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance

The second definition is what stands out to me. I believe that there is a lot of evidence (in several fields of study) that supports the Bible, Christianity, and the fact that there is a God (to read recent debates on this subject; see the comment sections of my blogs here and here). But the reality is; we are not supposed to know all of the answers to all of life’s questions. If we did; that would mean that God would not big enough to be our God. To be completely honest; the fact that I don’t know everything is comforting. Instead, I can rest in the arms of Christ and trust that He has the answers and will guide me along the right path.

I will talk more about the workshop on another day; but for now I am going to share a poem that I wrote today during our quiet prayer time with God.


I have sometimes questioned what I believe.

I have been a doubting Thomas who wished to see.

I have searched for answers, facts, and clues;

When searching for the truth.

The evidence for You is sometimes hard to find.

But other times I would have to be blind;

If I did not acknowledge what

Confirms by faith the Truth.

Here am I Lord; ready to do your will.

I may not understand.

I may not comprehend.

But your will for me is made complete;

Through the love You have given me.