I am half-way through the 40 days (40 chapters) of Rick Warren's book which asks the question, "What on earth am I here for?" This is a brief summary of the first 20 days (159 pages--each containing multiple Bible references). It is about living for God--not yourself. It's not "What do I want to do?" but "What does God want me to do?" He created you for a reason. Without God, life has no purpose; and without purpose, life has no meaning. You were created to last forever. Eternity offers only two choices: heaven or hell. This life is preparation for the next. Life is a test; a trust; a temporary assignment. At death, you won't leave home--you'll go home. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God. He will give you what you need if you will just make the choice to live for Him. Worship isn't for our benefit--but for God's. We worship to bring pleasure to God-- not ourselves. God longs for you to know Him and spend time with Him. It happens when you give yourself completely to Him. Nothing is more powerful than a surrendered life in the hands of the Lord.

God wants to be included in every activity, conversation, problem, thought. You are as close to God as you choose to be. Jesus' life (our example) was summed up in two words: "Lived obediently"! He could have saved himself--but then He could not have saved you. He said our love for each other is our greatest witness to the world. The "church" is a body, a visible congregation--not a building. God commands us to love the church (spiritual family). Life was meant to be shared. We need people in our lives and to learn how to love and relate to one another. Relationships are always worth restoring.

…..Continuing my journal, 40 days with God…..

OCT. 21: I do most of my Christmas shopping in October. By Thanksgiving, all gifts have been purchased and wrapped, leaving me free to enjoy all the splendor of December and the birth of Jesus. For several days, I've had a perplexing problem: how to wrap three gifts--men's umbrellas! These do not fold up to fit in briefcases! They are long, BIG, with intricately carved handles…like the one my husband had. It was his pleasure to escort our company safely to their cars in the rain. Where do you find an umbrella box? I began driving to my office. I had driven 2-1/2 blocks, when I stopped my car in absolute amazement. My neighbors (the Montgomerys) had a roadside stack of tree limbs taller than my five-feet-one. On the very top, was a cardboard box which had held some kind of folding screen partition. It was 7 feet long, 2 feet wide and 6 inches deep. Perfect! I could cut it in half, and then half each half to make 4 umbrella boxes! I could barely jump up to push the box until it tumbled forward enough for me to pull it off this trash pile. I placed it in front of the back seat of my car. I couldn't shut the door…but I only had 2-1/2 blocks to drive back home with that back door wide open! I stacked this "treasure" against a tool cabinet until I could return to make it into 3 perfect gift boxes. Isn't God super wonderful? The Scripture promise I claim most of the time is Psalm 37:4--"Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart".

OCT. 22: I worked at my office yesterday and today getting the books caught up--perfect trial balances and profit and loss statements. Thank you, God! At 4:30, I visited my son who lives near Hobby Airport where I picked up Wanda at 8:30 after her flight from Florida. I took care of the "clock and time difference" problems! I don't look through ALL my junk mail magazines. Last week, one came from "Sharper Image," a store I'd never heard of in Memorial City Shopping Mall. I just kinda flipped through it--not page by page. I stopped at a page showing a travel alarm clock with faces of two clocks! Eureka! One for Texas and one for Florida. A perfect gift for Wanda for Christmas.

OCT. 23: Wanda and I dined in a neighborhood café tonight. The owner's wife and Wanda recognized that they went to high school together! Small world! God is good.

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