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The 1% Challenge

15 Minutes a Day - for 30 days - with God's Word 

How You Spend that Time can Change Your Life
1% of Your Day is 14 Minutes and 24 Seconds (Let’s round that up to 15 minutes.)
15 minutes each day spent in God’s presence – reading, reflecting, responding and resting with his Word – adds up to 90 hours in one year.  That is time well spent, and a testimony to how a little at a time turns into something remarkable!
Below are 30 scriptures to help you get started with this challenge.
Another option is to use the gospel from the daily Mass readings.
Use your own bible - highlight/underline the verses you like
Use a Journal to note the words and phrases that stand out and ways you plan to respond 
Steps (more detail HERE)
1. Read
2. Reflect
3. Respond
4. Rest

1. Matthew 16:13-17
Who do you say that I am?
2. Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus walks on water.
3. Matthew 20:20-28
Servant of all
4.Matthew 3:13-17
The baptism of Jesus.
5. Mark 10:17-31
The challenge of Jesus.
6. Matthew 25:31-40
Jesus identifies with the poor.
7. John 4:1-42
Jesus offers living water.
8. Mark 9:30-37
Willing to give at all.
9. John 12:1-8
Worthy of all honor
10. Luke 5:1-11
Put out into the deep.
11. John 10:7-18
The Good Shepherd.
12. John 13:1-17
The call to humble service
13. Mark 1:21-39
A day with Jesus.
14. Luke 10:38-42
You need only one thing.
15. Luke 22:14-20
Body given and blood shed for you.
16. Mark 2:1-12
Jesus forgives and heals.
17. John 11:1-44
Jesus raises the dead.
18. Matthew 26:36-46
Surrendered to the Father’s will
19. Luke 7:36-50
Jesus sees us.
20. John 8:1-11
Jesus doesn’t condemn.
21. Luke 23:33-47
Jesus gives everything for you.
22. Mark 4:35-41
Jesus calms the storm.
23. Mark 10:46-52
What do you want me to do for you?
24. John 20:1-18
Jesus is alive.
25. Mark 5:25-34
Your faith has saved you.
26. Luke 19:1-10
Jesus invites himself over.
27. Luke 24:13-34
Jesus known in the word and bread
28. Mark 6:30-44
Jesus feeds the 5,000.
29. Luke 15:11-32
Jesus’ forgiving father.
30. Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus calls you.

A METHOD FOR LECTIO DIVINA

1. Read: Read the passage slowly, possibly out-loud, listening for a word, phrase, or image that stands out to you, one that the Holy Spirit might be calling to your attention. Repetition is good; re-read the passage 3 or 4 times if you wish, but re-read at least once following a pause after the initial reading.
2. Reflect: Let your mind ponder the passage or the word/phrase/image that stood out to you. Ask Jesus "Why is this word or phrase jumping out at me, what are you trying to reveal to me?
Think about the setting, re-imagine the event, put yourself in the story, consider people’s reactions if the story is a narrative — whatever it takes for the word(s) to become fuller and more meaningful. Ignatius recommends using as many of your senses as you can imagining a scene: feeling, smell, sound, sight. Consider what you hear God speaking to your heart through the word or phrase.
3. Respond: Begin conversing with Jesus. Remember he cares deeply about every aspect of your life. Talk to him as you would a parent, a sibling, or a trusted friend. Ask him to show you how this passage applies to you, and where you need his renewal in your life.
Ask him to confirm any ideas or inspirations that came to you as you reflected. If appropriate, write down a resolution or an application to your life from your meditation. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to live it out. Feel free to entrust your resolution to Mary, a favorite Saint, or your Guardian Angel.
4. Rest: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Contemplative prayer is not something we can achieve on our own. It is a purely divine gift in which the soul receives the gifts God chooses to bestow. We can, however, create a space for the gift of contemplation by spending a few moments of peaceful stillness aware of God’s presence. Allow the meditations and prayers of the day to sink down from your mind to your heart as you linger in the Father’s loving embrace.