(what you can expect.)
Each day of the Transformed Challenge is broken down into 5 different sections (adapted from the super-fancy-termed Lectio Divina model of study): reading, reflecting, praying, practicing, remembering, and gathering.
Every day begins with a specific Bible passage from the book of Romans. It doesn’t matter what version you use to read it, but we’re going to look up the passages, so we get used to where things are and how to access them in our Bible or on our phones. There are lots of different versions--some versions like the NKJ sound like Shakespeare, which is cool if that’s your jam; but I recommend the NIV, NLT, GNT or MSG translations. (If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry, the YouVersion APP will. You can download that HERE. Or here’s a Study Bible that’s great on Amazon, just click HERE if you want to purchase one.)
Also, don’t be afraid to be active in your reading: highlight, underline, and circle stuff. If you don’t understand something, put a big question mark by it and come back to it later; if you think something is awesome, draw a bunch of stars or hearts or arrows--or whatever makes you happy. Be engaged. Take it slow. We won’t cover everything, but that’s OK; we have the rest of our lives to keep discovering all the amazing truths in there. Soak it in.
This exercise is designed to help us think through and discover a little more about the passage we read. Hopefully, it will draw us out and point us back to a way we can practically apply the passage we read to our daily lives.
This is an opportunity for us to spend some time being still and available to just have a conversation with God. No fancy words. No fluff. No large adjectives required. Some days there will be a prayer we can read, while on other days we’ll be encouraged to write our own. If you want, you can even get a journal to keep your prayers and thoughts in during the challenge.
You get good at what you practice. How do we learn an instrument? Learn a new sport? Learn how to cook? (No, really, how does one learn how to cook? Asking for a friend...) We learn by practicing; we get good at the things we do over and over and over. This is an opportunity for us to get good at some of the good things we want to become.
Every week we’ll have the opportunity to either commit to memory (or commit to remembering) a specific scripture from the passage we read together. So, grab some post-it notes for your mirror, put a notecard in your purse, write it on your hand...whatever works for you to keep chewing on the same verse all week long.
The last day of each week will have some questions designed for you to process what you’re learning with some OTHER people!
This is a vital part to the process of growth.
It helps us learn by listening and by loving. So, if you haven’t already, grab a few people and ask them to take this challenge with you. Set up a weekly time to meet and come prepared to grow alongside one another.
I know this challenge is called Transformed, but really, it should be called Transforming because we are never finished growing, becoming, changing; it’s all a beautiful process of progress - not perfection - that takes a lifetime.
But, transformed kind of works too because it’s exactly how God sees you. He sees you as already transformed into the woman you are going to become. In his eyes, you are already enough, already complete, already changed--whole, new and free. He sees you as pure and beautiful and strong and light.
My prayer for each of us as we jump in is that we would begin to see ourselves as He does, and it really would change us from the inside out. Enjoy! Have fun! And let’s get started!