40 DAY CHALLENGE

Sunday, April 10, 2016

50 Is Not Old | 40 Day ChallengeIn last Sunday’s post I mentioned that my sister bought me a book, Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. I started the book and was so impressed that I turned around and ordered one for my best friends, Sandy and Bertha. Each morning when I get up, I fix myself a cup of coffee, grab my book, my prayer journal, and my iPad. The iPad is because I use the Holy Bible app in the NIV version. I read the day’s message, today I am reading Day 7, then I read the accompanying chapter of the bible. I will say my prayers and then write everything down in my journal.50 Is Not Old | 40 Day Challenge

I have never written in a journal before. I have tried, but I always loose steam and momentum. I think it is very important to write down your thoughts and what you have prayed for in a journal. After I write everything down, I highlight my prayers in yellow so that I can easily scan the pages for my prayers. It has only been a week, but I had already forgotten some of the things I prayed about at the first of the week. How can we give glory to the Lord for answered prayers if we have already forgotten we asked?50 Is Not Old | 40 Day Challenge

I will share with you just a couple answered prayers that I have experienced in the past couple of weeks. Both of these things you have seen on the blog. I wrote about my sleeping issues and about time management, and I have had answers to both of those issues. I can’t tell you the exact time, but I am now sleeping through the night with almost no issues. That is in itself a small miracle. I have gone from waking up 20 or more times a night to maybe 1 or 2. While some of you might not think that is a big deal, believe me when you are sleep deprived, it is HUGE!

Secondly, last Sunday my Draw the Circle book had not arrived, so I picked up a small daily devotional book that I already had called, 3-Minute Devotions for Women. I was flipping through the pages and I asked the Lord to take me where I needed to be. I closed my eyes and continued flipping till I was prompted to stop. I honesty about choked when I looked at the page. The title was Jesus Wristwatch. It was an entire devotional about not making a list or worrying about what you didn’t get accomplished, “Satan wants to consume you with endless lists and meaningless tasks. Concern yourself less with the items you can cross off your to-do list, and more with those things the Lord would have you spend your time and energy on.” The devotional ended with this prayer:

Father, help me to see where You are working and join You there. Let me place my list of tasks aside as I seek Your will for me today. Then give me the ability to show myself grace over the things I do not get done.

 The winner of my 7 Month Giveaway is Angelia, I will be contacting you later today to get your name and address. Congratulations, I hope you enjoy the bracelet as much I have enjoyed mine.

I hope you will join me on my 40 Day Challenge. Buy a copy of the book for your best friend, sister, co-worker, or anybody you care about.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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39 Responses
  • Cheryl
    April 10, 2016

    I just found your blog and just love it, it’s come
    at a time when I really needed encouragement, Thank You

    • Tania
      April 10, 2016

      Thank you Cheryl! The blog has actually been a blessing for me in many ways. Thanks for following along.

  • Renee
    April 10, 2016

    I also bought that book and love it. It teaches you so much about prayer, love the dress .I use to never wear short dresses till I started seeing them on the blogs , I now have one and love, it’s made just like the one you have on.. Have a nice Sunday.

  • Sue Robertson
    April 10, 2016

    What a pretty dress! Blessings.

  • Carina Rönn
    April 10, 2016

    Im Carina from sweden 58year m soo glad that i find your blog

    • Tania
      April 10, 2016

      Welcome Carina. I have always wanted to visit Sweden, I hear it is GORGEOUS!!!

  • Donna Hayslett
    April 10, 2016

    Love how God is using you in this Blog! That is a ministry in itself! We all want to look better on the outside with our clothes etc. But the best thing of all is ” being a beautiful person on the inside”! Giving God our whole heart, and striving to be more like HIm is #1. When we are others centered with God’s leadership on the throne of our lives that makes us more beautiful! Thank you for teaching us Tania. I love reading your blog. And I do
    think your dress and outfit are beautiful today! Happy Lord’s Day.
    Donna
    PS…I am buying the book for 3 friends..and me! 🙂

    • Tania
      April 10, 2016

      Donna, you have made my Sunday! Please let me know how you and your friends like the book. I am just amazed at the love the Lord shows me daily.

  • Amy
    April 10, 2016

    I’ll have to check out that book. Love this dress! Where did you get it? I’m looking for a dress because I always, always wear pants but I love dresses. I just can’t seem to find a dress that I like and is flattering. But this dress looks perfect! Love your blog!

    • Tania
      April 10, 2016

      Tomorrow’s post is going to have a few of the dresses that I have worn on previous Sunday’s.

      • Amy
        April 10, 2016

        Great! Thanks so much!

  • Linda
    April 10, 2016

    You are a beautiful inspiration! Thank you!

  • Audrey
    April 10, 2016

    God is surely using you, your blog and love of fashion to further His work. Love it when I see Him in action!

    The book came yesterday from Amazon and I’m going to start reading it today. As someone who was recently commissioned as a Stephen Minister in our church to help others, I am excited to see how He will use me. Count me in on the challenge.

    Your outfit is exactly what I need! Can you tell us about it? I’m going to try and find something like it. Have a blessed Sunday!

  • Alison
    April 10, 2016

    Absolutely love your dress! Having experienced snow yesterday, seeing those beautiful spring colors reminded me it really is April! I’m curious how big your closet is, and how it’s (or is not!) organized having so many clothes and accessories.

  • Janet
    April 10, 2016

    Wow
    Hv to comment…praise God
    Reading scripture daily , prayer and journaling help me to weather storms of life! That way I can trace where I hv been and God at work!
    Let’s sidetrack the enemy who would like us to be discouraged and not pray!
    Going out to hunt book after church!
    Love good new devotional!
    Have great Sunday!Wonderful platform for
    Glorifying god!

  • Skeeter
    April 10, 2016

    I’m doing “Purpose driven life” it’s a 40 day journey also. I have enjoy it several other times, but I felt lead to do it again;) I pray your journey leads you to GODS will. Please pray for me too. TIA;)

  • Mary
    April 10, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your progress with your prayer challenge. After your post last Sunday, I’ve been making more time for prayer but haven’t done anything structured. I will be ordering Sraw the Circle, it sounds like just what I need.

    Glad to hear how your prayers are being answered! Poor sleep is miserable. I went through horrible insomnia a few years ago too and it’s amazing how much of our lives are affected by the lack of good sleep.

    LOVE your dress! Those colors suit you so well.

    Thanks again for sharing a bit of yourself with us. I so enjoy this blog.

  • Mary
    April 10, 2016

    I mean Draw the Circle”!! Autocorrect can drive me bonkers😀

  • Susy Shelton
    April 10, 2016

    Love your dress this morning! I ordered the book also 😀

  • Debbi
    April 10, 2016

    Thanks for the great post. I looked at the book on Amazon but didn’t order it. I start off strong with these kind of things and then I get lax and something that is supposed to take me 40 days will end up taking me me 80 days. UGH! BUT you are such an encourager and you reminded us how Satan likes to get involved in our business. Therefore, I accept the challenge and I am ordering the book today. Wish me luck.

  • Debbi
    April 10, 2016

    P.S. You look gorgeous today. Love the shoes .:-)

  • Karen H.
    April 10, 2016

    Tanya, your post is inspiring me to get the book. I have been slacking in my prayer time, so I am encouraged with your testimony. Praise God for healing your sleep issue. We girls need sleep! Have a blessed Sunday.

  • Martha
    April 10, 2016

    I just recently started reading your blog and I am inspired each day. My life is all about God, Family, Friends and Shopping. ” I try to keep them in that order but some days I get off track a little. Lol. I am ordering this book today. Thank you for the all the inspiration of things that are so important to me.

  • Carmen
    April 10, 2016

    Beautiful dress! I am ordering the book today, thanks for sharing!

    • Carol Mott
      April 10, 2016

      Tania; say a little prayer for.me today! I have a sinus infection ; and I had to miss Church which I hate doing!

      • Tania
        April 10, 2016

        Will do Carol. My sinuses have been trying to act up also. It is that time of the year. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

  • Betty
    April 10, 2016

    Pretty dress, and those shoes would look so cute with your stripped linen pants seen on prev post. I must check out the prayer book! I do journal at times of stress, and find it comforting, but lists are and always have been beyond me. lol – Have a blessed Sunday.

  • Lisa Bowers
    April 10, 2016

    Thank you! A very timely post!!

  • Sheree Ozier
    April 10, 2016

    Praise the Lord! for answered prayers!!! He’s awesome! Your blog is just such a blessing to me, in my life right now! Thanks Tania!

  • Christi Haraway
    April 10, 2016

    Im not 50 but I love your style and the things you write!!! Have a blessed Day.!

  • Brandye
    April 10, 2016

    Love this dress!!!

    God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good. Blessings, Brandye

  • Bettie
    April 10, 2016

    This post was on time for me. I am praying for time management as well as focusing on one thing at a time. I am looking forward to the 40 day challenge when I receive my book. Love the outfits you wear. God bless you in your ministry

  • Angelia
    April 10, 2016

    Thank you for these Sunday posts. You’re a blessing to follow. Thank you for sharing the books you have been reading. A great reminder to start our day with some time with the Lord.

  • Rose
    April 10, 2016

    I love your post today Tania. Can you tell us about your dress–it’s lovely? Thanks

    • Tania
      April 10, 2016

      I have it, and several others on tomorrow’s post.😃

  • Kristine Newberg
    April 12, 2016

    Thanks so much for the update on the book! I just ordered it!!

  • Renee
    April 13, 2016

    How does the sizing run in this brand? True to size? It is darling!

    • Tania
      April 13, 2016

      I think it runs true to size.

  • Kathy
    May 14, 2017

    I love your clothes, where do you shop ?

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