Sunday, November 27, 2011


Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
~ Luke 4:1-2

Forty is a fairly significant number in The Bible. Actually, forty is a fairly significant number in life. I recently turned forty and it's fairly significant to me, anyway.

Alece Ronzino promotes the idea of having one word to focus on during a year. It's inspiring, encouraging, challenging.

As I navigate my way through life, I'm continually seeking God's will in transforming me. Less me and more Him is the goal. More Him leads to more others and less me, and that's what I'm striving for. I know, though, it's not good enough to just sit back and wait without making any effort to listen and respond to His will. So, I set my sights on a yearly goal, knowing that I need to make concentrated efforts day to day.

Forty days. It's manageable and it's meaningful, and it's what I've chosen to focus on as I yield to God. There are very specific things getting in the way of my relationship with Him and others. With His strength, I am overcoming those things one step at a time. What's getting in the way of your relationship with Him and others? Are you willing to commit to forty days? And then, another forty days? And then?

With Him, you can do it, I can do it, we can do it.


  1. love your intentionality to finisht he year STRONG!

  2. I remember this year as the season of Lent approached and with my health being poor, I couldn't decide how I would make my 40 day promise to give up something that always seemed so trite in comparison to what was given up for me. I had decided as you had, a year earlier, to make every day more about him and less about me. I didn't know how many days I had left, so I felt I needed to work fast. (Who knows how many days we each have left?)So the 40 days of Lent, I sent a handmade card to one person each day who had helped me grow closer to Christ telling them I was fulfilling a promise to Jesus by honoring them. I had over a hundred people. I wrote 17 poems during Lent on the humanity of Christ. After Easter, I decided that my physical body was unable to physically do much to inspire people, but each day since then I have written a psalm to the Lord in addition to other poems telling the world how I become closer to him each day. Your blog post has inspired me at 1:22 am to keep it up. Thank you.