Reflection: 40 Days – twice!

 

This month, I am re-reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of my reflections.

According to Rick Warren, 40 days represents a significant spiritual period in biblical history.

Now if you are familiar with the Bible then you are probably aware of the accounts of Moses, who spent two back-to-back periods of 40-days with God upon a mountain top, resulting in him developing such an intimate relationship with God that the great “I AM” later referred to Moses as his friend.

But what really impresses me about these 40-day stints of Moses, is that having spent this amount of time in God’s presence, his face so shone with the light of God that he had to put a veil over his face whenever he had occasion to speak to, or deal with the Children of Israel.

As a young babe in Christ, after reading about the impact of Moses’ encounter with God, I coveted this quality of relationship, this tangible evidence of intimacy with and closeness to God.

However, as an older Christian, I have to admit I’ve not achieved anywhere near this effect so far. In fact, I’d even forgotten about this secret desire!

Which leads me to wonder: are there any aspects of my life which clearly shine forth in strong declaration of my relationship with God? At this present time – nothing particular springs to mind!

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever, what about you? Have you ever followed through with something for 40 consecutive days? What was the result?

 

Do please share with us in the comment box below. I’d love to hear from you.

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 featured image comes courtesy of Simon Steinberger at Pixabay.com

 

 

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Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 6

 

Hi dear friends and followers,

I hope you are enjoying my creative challenge posts.

Have they sparked any ideas of your own?

Today I’d like to share another aspect of what I see, when I use  the following image as a visualisation tool with a view to motivating myself to achieve my dreams and pursue my goals.

 

 

I note that this woman is forward-looking. This brings to mind the following scripture:

…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV)

 

I see this woman as someone whose eyes are firmly fixed upon Jesus, who is the author and finisher of her faith.

As this woman strides towards her destiny, towards the fulfilment of her dreams and the achievement of her goals, the image of the shining sun reminds her that the Lord God is her sun and shield. In other words, He is her means of personal growth, development and well-being. He is her divine protector. He will grant her the necessary grace to endure, to overcome and to triumph. Furthermore, she’s aware that the Lord God will withhold no good thing from her as she conducts her life in an upright manner (Psalm 84:11).

Can you see the large bag that this woman is carrying in her hand? Recently as I considered what this could mean, the  saying: “it’s in the bag” immediately sprang to mind. To me the bag signifies this woman’s complete confidence that whatever she is pursuing she will achieve. In fact, she already sees her desires, her goals as an accomplished fact.

In conclusion, my belief that this woman is future-focussed, is brought to mind once again. A clue to this is in what I do not see in the picture, rather than what I can see.  I note that this woman  is not depicted wearing a rucksack upon her back – praise God!

And so what? (I hear you ask).

Well, this serves as a reminder to me that we should not be carrying around baggage from our past and my observation brings us full circle to the scripture quoted at the beginning of this post from Philippians 3: 13-14.

Now how neat is that?!

 

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?
  • Are you future-focussed, or past-obsessed?

 

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Dear reader, if you are familiar with the ethos of this blog then you know that my heart’s desire is to encourage readers to be dream-achievers and purpose-driven believers (as per Rick Warren‘s best-selling book).

Are you enjoying these posts? Would you let me know your response in a comment box below? Better still, why not take part in this challenge? All you have to do is write a post sharing your creative reading of the challenge image above and link back to this post. I’d love to hear from you!

Before you go, may I ask you a favour? Would you tell others about this? My creative challenge closes on 30 September 2018 so there are still a few days left in which you can join in. Many thanks!

CREDIT: the above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com