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Journaling Challenge: Is it 40 days yet!

40 days in desert

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A friend of mine asked me that yesterday.  I told him that we are more than half way there (today is day 22).   But we also talked about falling into the trap of journaling out of obligation.  We both shared that we have a sense of relief once we have something written down.  I told him that when I persevered and continued in quiet time and journaling, not out of obligation (I had met my obligation) but on my own – God rewarded me with insights I wouldn’t have received otherwise.  He quickly responded, ‘Don’t try to make me feel guilty now!’.   We both smiled.

If you are going through this journey with us – fantastic!   My hope is not that you will become a person that journals daily, necessarily, but that you will realize the value of spending time with God and listening for His word.  I pray that you gain a greater hunger for more of Him.

Why did we choose 40 days anyway!?

The period of 40 days is significant in the Bible and used multiple times.  This included the 40 days and nights that it rained on Noah and the ark, the time Moses spent on the mountain, the numbers of days Goliath came out against the Israelites before David killed him, and especially the time Jesus fasted in the wilderness.  This time is always a period of testing and trial, and it ends with a period of restoration, revival, or renewal.

May these 40 days, through December 21st, end with a period of restoration that makes the true meaning of Christmas that much more pronounced this year.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” – James 4:8a

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