40 days with God, Part 3
"Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do" (Romans 12:2 NLT). Every life has sacred worth. You were created to last forever. The average earthly lifespan of 70 years is 25,550 days. Over 630 people, related to our church, committed to set aside 40 days to discovering God's purpose for their lives. Our text book, "The Purpose Driven Life," a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller by Rick Warren, will change your life. It certainly has changed mine. Please read this book. There are 40 chapters, one for each day, which contain over 1,200 verses from the Bible. Why 40 chapters? Why 40 days? The Bible is clear that God considers 40 days a spiritually significant time period. He took 40 days:
Noah's life was transformed by 40 days of rain.
Moses' life was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai.
The spies were transformed by 40 days of viewing the Promised Land.
David's life was transformed by Goliath's 40 days of challenging Israel.
Elijah was transformed when his strength lasted 40 days on God's supernatural meal.
The entire city of Nineveh was transformed when God gave them 40 days to change.
Jesus was empowered for his public ministry of miracles by 40 days in the wilderness.
The disciples were transformed when Jesus spent 40 days with them after His resurrection.
Acts 13:36 tells us that David served God's purpose in his generation. This had a profound influence on Rick Warren's life. It explained why God called David "a man after My own heart" in verse 22. David dedicated his life to fulfilling God's purposes on earth. Paul said, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). God is still looking for people to fulfill the purpose for which they were created. He loves every one of us! I am aware of God all through the day. I talk to Him and thank Him for all that happens. There are no coincidences; just gifts from God: the good night's rest; retrieving the paper just before the rain fell; the parking place right in front of the store entrance; the gap in traffic when I enter the freeway; finding a good bargain when looking for something I need; my car; my home; food and water. God is good every day. I kept a 40-day journal of faith (like a diary) that His blessings would abound daily from October 1 to November 9, 2003. This is a continuation from October 13, last month.
OCT. 14: With all the excitement of having Wanda with me, I forgot to set out the garbage last night. I was awaken at 10:15 by the rumble of trucks on my street. I quickly slung on a robe and rushed out to the garage to get my city garbage can on wheels. My street is one block long. They had passed my side of the street emptying cans. I wheeled across the street for pick up. I waited for the men to make the U-turn and come down the other half of Sleepyvale Lane. I explained to the driver, otherwise my neighbor would have been ticketed for having two cans! Mine was almost overflowing with trash from Bill's repair jobs around my house. "Thank You God for waking me up in time!" I took Wanda to the airport after noon for her return to Florida.
OCT. 15: Bill worked all day, finishing up all the repair items. It feels so good to walk through my house and know everything is fixed and in working condition.
At noon, I left to attend a luncheon at the Pine Forest Country Club. Our Christian Womens Club had their annual craft show/auction. Proceeds from the handmade gifts are given to missionaries in towns too small to support them without help from our organization. The speaker told the story of her four children. The first baby lived one day. The second baby girl had Downs Syndrome. Her pediatrician recommended a doctor whose specialty is Downs Syndrome children, just 40 minutes away. He explained what to expect and said, "Be firm. Treat her like a normal child. Don't coddle." Then she had two sons, sixteen months apart. The daughter is now 35 years of age and is self-supporting. She has been working in the Spring Branch School District for 14 years. Thank God for caring doctors and answered prayers.
OCT. 16: At 1:30 p.m., I put on my robe over my nightgown to go outside to get the paper and mail. I saw the car driven by an elderly lady rounding the corner. She stopped at the end of my driveway. I looked up and saw a very dear friend, Marguerite. I had been in much prayer lately because of her illness. A member of our prayer group, she has not been able to attend meetings this year. I've had a strong desire to visit her--and here she was! She did not plan to stop. She had gone on an errand the next street over. She said, "I couldn't resist driving by your house. I must get home and into bed." However, we talked there in the street for 45 minutes! Wasn't that wonderful of the Lord to time my going outside just as she was driving by? I love You, Jesus!
OCT. 17: I received calls from three people today who requested prayer for critically ill loved ones. Isn't it good that we can pray together over the telephone, and know God is listening in?
OCT. 18: Every Saturday night that I'm home, I listen to Billy Graham Classics on Channel 14 at 9:00 p.m. Tonight, Johnny and June Cash sang "The Old Rugged Cross." I was spellbound…
Chilled to my bones! They are singing in that pearly white city tonight. I felt specially blessed to be living in these times with television to bring Heaven right into my living room.
OCT. 19: I was in bed most of today. This year, I may have been in bed more than out of bed! I have all the side effects of my medications. The doctor said my body will adjust. I wonder. Anyway, I'm thankful there is help for my heart. I listened to TV sermons. Spent time with God in meditation. Researched the World Books for my next story. Counted my blessings.
OCT. 20: My friend Anne asked me to write up some stories for her family tree. I worked on them today. I will use two of them in my monthly "Happenings Along the Way to Heaven." I am way behind in my writing. This story should have been mailed out on the 10th. It is about Anne's grandmother. She had no food for her children. She built a fire in the stove at noon, and walked out the door and down the road, saying "The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want today." The mailman approached on horseback and gave her a letter from one of her older boys. Inside was $20. She returned home with plenty of food! She had FAITH to build the fire when she left, ready for cooking the noonday meal when she returned.
"Lord, help us bring to mind each day past blessings that You've sent our way; and may these blessings from above remind us of Your faithful love" (D. DeHaan) …TO BE CONTINUED…
TILLIE WIER, inspirational writer and employee of Logos Ranch
and Word Holdings, shares her adventures with God to inspire
others to live closer to Him and to see Him in their everyday lives.
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