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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Four

How was Day Three? Stay Strong.

One of the most rewarding disciplines you can have in life is a habit of consistent journaling. Some people do it via a blog. Some keep a journal on their Ipad or computer. Some have these colorful pads with multi-colored paper inside. Still others use a regular spiral notebook. It doesn’t matter. What makes the difference is the journaling or writing of your life’s journey.
Many times I’ll look through the past years of my journal and realize how much I’ve forgotten. I didn’t remember the time when God brought a financial miracle into my life. I’d forgotten about the time when this happened or that.
It can be so encouraging.

You can see David kept something like a journal through his song writing.
World changers like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan all kept consistent journals or diaries.

In its most simple form, journaling is writing out your time on Earth. You’re spelling out your legacy. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. Sometimes just a sentence will do like, “Nothing happened today.” The important thing is keeping up the habit so when life does become challenging and you need a place to vent, you pick up your pen instead of railing at the first person you see.

A journey you definitely want to remember is this one, your fasting journey. It’s great to write in it every day and watch your progress. While you’re praying, write down anything that comes to your mind as God speaks to your spirit. Write down a key verse while doing your daily Bible reading. It will cause you to look back on this time with great memories.

The journal I have chosen is called Day One Journal. This journal syncs with all my tech devices so I can write wherever I am. It doesn’t matter whether you find something online or write it out by hand. You owe it to your future self to write out the blessings and struggles you face today. It was mean more than you will ever know.

Below is an article from one of the architects of the modern journaling movement. His name is Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. He pastors an amazing church in Hawaii and leads them every year through reading their Bible and journaling every day.

Why Should I Journal?

by: Pastor Wayne Cordeiro

Some people say, “Wayne, I read the Bible, but I don’t journal. Should I journal?”
“Yes.”
“Why?”
Well, partly because in the book of Deuteronomy, God required Israel’s kings to write out all of His Word in their own handwriting, then read, every day, what they had written. He mandated this practice, He says, so that the hearts of the kings might not be lifted up above their fellowman and would not become prideful.

If God made this a daily requirement of Israel’s kings, then I think it’s not too much to ask of the King’s kids. Regular, prayerful time in the Bible keeps our hearts from straying.

How about other reasons? For one thing, journaling will help you when the tests come—and they will.

Also, as a communicator, I counsel people to journal because I know that the more you learn to write, the better your communication will be. You become better able to take tangled thoughts and articulate them. You develop the ability to compose your feelings and ideas in an effective and powerful way. When you’re called upon to stand and speak, you’ll be able to communicate more effectively because you’ve learned to write.

Sir Francis Bacon once said, “Reading maketh a full man; conference maketh a ready man; and writing maketh an exact man.” Today, we’d say that writing makes us more precise thinkers.

As you write, you become a wordsmith: “Hmm, this adjective doesn’t work; this adverb is better; this turn of a phrase is better.” Writing teaches you to do it on the fly. One practical serendipity is that one day, when you begin to speak extemporaneously, you’ll also start to wordsmith on the fly. You’ll say in your head, This phrase works better than that, and this is better than the other. In nanoseconds, you’re wordsmithing. The regular practice of journaling will be a tremendous help in developing your communication skills.

ACTION STEPS:

  • Check online for online journals
  • or Grab a notebook
  • Commit to writing down your journal entry everyday for the remainder of your fast

OTHER RESOURCES:

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Why did God create other planets?

Why did God create the other planets(Mars, Mercury, etc.)? Also, if stars
are meant to give us “light” what about other stellar phenomena such as
nebulae and black holes?

In the final analysis I cannot speak for God about why he did what he did.
However there seems to be a perfectly natural explanation for why God
created the planets, stars, galaxies, quasars, black holes and so forth.

A careful study of nature reveals that God has set up the universe in such
a way that the physical universe follows certain invariant laws. These
would include the laws of motion of objects (discovered by Newton), the
laws of conservation of mass and energy (discovered by Einstein), and the
laws of thermodynamics. There is a movement amongst physicists to explain
the laws of nature on the premise that the size of the gravity constant,
the electrical force, nuclear force and so forth were specifically
designed to allow for complex life forms such as humans to exist. These
universal constants have values which are amazingly fine-tuned to the
perfect value to allow life to exist. For more on this, I suggest you go
to the article section in the web site, click on “God” and look at some of
the articles under the heading “Articles on Design.”

Based on this information, I conclude that when God created the universe,
he created it with a sufficient amount and variety of the elements to
cause the inevitable formation of galaxies and stars. As stars form out of
swirling and spinning interstellar media, they inevitably produce planets.
Very recent evidence has shown conclusively that the existence of planets
on stars in not unique to our sun at all, but is rather the norm.
Therefore, when God created the universe, he created the conditions which
ultimately produced Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and so forth. In
fact, it has been shown by good evidence that the large planets such as
Jupiter and Saturn provide gravitational protection for the smaller and
more vulnerable inner planets against impacts of large objects such as
asteroids. If it were not for Jupiter and Saturn, there probably would be
no advanced life forms on the earth, at least according to scientific
discovery. You also ask about black holes. According to the laws of
physics, the existence of black holes are an inevitable consequence of the
formation of certain types of very massive stars. It is now believed that
the formation of galaxies depends on the presence of super massive black
holes at the center of these swirling galaxies. If it were not for black
holes, concentrations of stars with heavier elements (necessary to form
life) would not have been created. God did a great job when he created the
laws of nature. Good job God.

John Oakes, PhD

To read article in original form, click here.

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Why is This Happening to Me #todaysdevotion

“But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the LORD about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked. And the LORD told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.””‭‭Genesis‬ ‭25:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/gen.25.22-23.nlt

Rebecca had an issue and asked God, “Why is this happening to me?” God’s answer shares with us three things. 

1. There’s always a reason. Many times we can feel like everything is falling apart and for no reason. Never let that evil imagination lie to you. There’s always a reason. God doesn’t waste anything. 

2. You may not like the answer. The problem with asking direct questions is sometimes you get direct answers. Realize that God loves you like a loving Father. However, like a loving Father He doesn’t always give us what we want but always what we need. The better question isn’t why but will we trust God even when we do not understand. 

3. God’s purpose is greater than the moment. The answer she received possibly left her more confused than when she started. We know the rest of the story but she didn’t. This Word from God may not have made sense in the moment. That’s a great lesson for us. Many times we go through seasons and situations and wonder why God doesn’t take us out in a moment. We are left asking, “Why are you taking so long?” “Why do you seem distant?” “Why did this happen?” We must remember God doesn’t waste a single hurt in our lives and there is always a purpose in our pain. 

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