Most of you know I have been participating in Lisa Ryan’s “5 Thank You’s A Day 30 Day Challenge” and hopefully some of you took the challenge too.
Well now that it is over, I wanted to let you know the end result.
The challenge got me to focus more on me and my relationship with God.
I found myself doing the daily challenges in the workbook but also:
- Increasing daily devotional time.
- Listening to one of the Christian music channels on TV.
- Spending more time in prayer thanking God for all the blessings he has bestowed on my life.
Over all I feel calmer, more positive and more centered then at any other time in my life.
Now the challenge is to keep up the work I have been doing plus take on a new challenge.
The 18 Week Challenge
Eighteen weeks from today is November 6th, a.k.a Election Day.
So for the next 18 Tuesdays we will explore the Bible passages Pastor Don used as the basis of his sermon: Romans 12:1-2 and 9-21.
If you thought 5 Thank you’s a day for 30 days was tough – as Bachman Turner Overdrive once said “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!”
The verses from Romans indicate how we are to act every day of every year, it’s just during election times it is even harder and sometimes practically impossible because this country is politically divided.
So if you are up to it, let’s get this party started!
All verses come from the New International Version (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Turn your self completely over to God and do not let the things of this life rule your heart. Instead let God do some remodeling on you this week in preparation for the coming 18 weeks. Pray that he will open your heart to what the scriptures say and give you the courage, strength and fortitude to do what is asked of you. Trust me, you are going to need it as this challenge is only going to get harder. In fact it just might make traveling through a grief journey fun and easy.
I Will Not
I will NOT be taking this time to explain my political views.
So who will join me in this challenge?