Sunday, October 03, 2010

40 Days and Counting

Today marks the beginning of my yearly 40 day birthday celebration, and I have to tell you—I'm really looking forward to it this year. It's a special time for me. A time of seeking God's face for the upcoming year.

This year I'm studying the book of 1 Samuel, and because I'm so anxious for this time, and because the study I'm using (Kay Arthur's Desiring God's Own Heart) is longer than 40 days, I began a few days early. =] I just could not wait, and I am sooo glad! I needed Hannah's story this weekend. As I read it and studied it, these verses kept running through my mind:
My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold: I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O peoples; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. ~Psalm 64:5-8 NAS
Hannah expressed this and lived this in such detail for us in the first two chapters of 1 Samuel. She poured out her heart to God, and when she left the house of the Lord, “her face was no longer sad.” (1 Samuel 1:18) She trusted God to take care of her brokenness, and just look at all He did in and through her life. And look at the beauty of her life—even after all these years.

I cannot wait to see what these 40 days hold for me. ...for my hope is from Him.

Curious about why I celebrate like this for 40 days? Here's why. This is something I cannot recommend highly enough. It's changed my life.

4 comments:

  1. Excited about this for you, sweetie! I REALLY need to do something like this for me next time. Gotta go figure out when my 40 days will start. Can't wait to hear what you learn, and how God leads you!

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  2. Be blessed, Patty, not just during this time, but always. Enjoy!

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  3. I love your enthusiasm, Peej! Happy early birthday. Praying God shows up BIG TIME these 40 days to bless you and prepare you for what your next steps are in this life:)

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  4. Love your forty day plan!!

    Opening your arms wide before God and seeking His will for your life!!
    I look froward to hearing about the powerful revelations your receive during this time!!

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