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40-days Devotional Guide for February 25, 2012

Saturday:  (The sixth of seven Communions)

1 Corinthians 11:26 (NKJV)

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

  • Tomorrow will complete our 2012 40-days season.  It has been a wonderful but perhaps long 40-days season for you.   Good new!  Just like Jesus’ return – Day 40 will occur.
  • As far as Jesus’ return we are not sure exactly when it will occur, but we do have the privilege of knowing when the seventh and final Communion of this season will occur – tomorrow!

    Ella Grace is thinking: "I can't wait until Papa declares the fast over and we can eat!"

  • Before you come to the Lord’s Table in the morning why not take this day and reflect on the last 39 days and use tonight’s Communion to settle all accounts with God.  Let tomorrow’s Communion be a part of a final celebration.  Don’t bring any old baggage into Day 40; laid it all on the altar tonight and be prepared for a new dawn and a new day come Sunday.
  • I’ll look forward to seeing you this evening…at the Lord’s Table, dlkemp

One thought on “40-days Devotional Guide for February 25, 2012

  1. Pastor Kemp,
    I was going through my e-mail drafts and realized that I forgot to send this to you. I had typed it Jan. 9th and I just wanted to go ahead and send it to share another awesome testimony of what God did during last year’s 40 days of prayer and fasting.

    January 9, 2012
    Last year (2011) was my first 40 days of prayer and fasting (we had just started visiting FMCOG) but it wasn’t until a few months ago that God revealed to me the exact impact it had on my life.

    I still have my prayer card from last year and I consistently prayed for God to provide a way for me to not have to work 50-60 hours per week and to spend more time with my family. I was tired of never seeing my kids and never being home to help my son with his homework.

    After the 40 days of prayer and fasting God aligned the following events in my life:

    – One Sunday in January last year, you preached on family and asked this question, “how long has it been since you sat in the floor and played with your kids?” At the time, our youngest, which is the same age as David Lee, was 18 months old and I honestly couldn’t answer your question – I had no idea when the last time I had sat in the floor and played with my child at such a critical age of learning and growing. That was a huge wake up call for me!

    – Then at the joy conference last year Brandi Kennington preached on the Jordan river out of the book of Joshua and asked us what was our Jordan river – what is it that God is calling us to do that we are so scared to do that we won’t take the step of faith and watch HIM part the seas (or provide the way). What is it that we know God wants us to do but we just can’t trust him enough to do it?

    – A few weeks later I visited our old church and the SS lesson was on the same exact thing Brandi had preached on…. At that point I was finally realizing that God was trying to really teach me something through this. But I never dreamed it would be what it turned out to be.

    – I had been the bread winner in our family for 12+ yrs and although we always put our money together it never seemed to bother either of us but I think deep down, I was a little prideful about it. We were making almost six digits together and yet somehow found ourselves wondering how we were going to pay $1200 a month in daycare for the summer.

    – We had our taxes filled out in the spring of last year and were told something was wrong with our taxes and b/c we were entitled to the adoption tax credit (both of our boys are adopted). Then we were told we were getting back SEVEN times the amount we thought we were getting back. I was still in disbelief and had three CPA’s double check and it was right!

    – We took the tax money and paid off enough debt that I was able to land the job of my dreams, to work at an adoption law firm, where I pray daily for God to use me, in big and small ways to help create families through adoption and the best part is God not only provided the job of my dreams, but it is a PART-TIME JOB!! I’m able to drop my kids off and pick them up from school everyday and I even get to play in the floor with our toddler and help our older son with his homework!

    I give God the credit for this blessing but like I said earlier, God just revealed to me that this all started by me being obedient and praying for His will for our lives by the 40 days of prayer and fasting last year.

    This life changing event has change my outlook and view about money, my family and best of all, it has given me a new found love and appreciation for my husband because he is becoming the man and provider of our home that God always intended him to be. I’d been trying and praying and seeking for a long time (7 years) for me to go part-time but I can see now that it wasn’t God’s timing before because we were not where we needed to be spiritually or financially and my husband wasn’t on board but now that we are where we need to be and he is on board, it makes life so much smoother for our household.

    It was a huge step of faith and we do struggle sometimes but we’ve NEVER gone without what we need!!

    We pray that we will soon be debt free and that we can give to missions and others as God leads us too. That is our prayer, as a family, for this year’s (2012) 40 days! So, I say to our church family to take this seriously! God may not answer right away and his answer may not be the one we want but in due timing, we will se HIS Plan unfold and that is far better than anything we can imagine!!

    Thank you for being obedient and for leading God’s people on this 40 day journey.

    Blessings always,
    -Samantha Brindle


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