40 seems to be quite a significant number in the Bible, for many things…. It flooded 40 days & 40 nights…Noah waited another 40 days after it had rained before opening a window in the Ark. Embalming (an Egyptian custom) required 40 days and Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days (TWICE). Moses’ face shone after the 40 days on the mountain. It took the spies 40 days to search out the Promised Land and bring back fruit. The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, one year for each day they explored the Promised Land. Goliath came for forty days before being killed by David. Elijah strengthened by one angelic meal went forty days to Mount Horeb where the Lord passed by and he heard the voice of God. Jonah warned the City of Nineveh they had 40 days until God would overthrow the city. The people repented in those 40 days and God spared the city. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness. Jesus was seen in the earth 40 days after His crucifixion.
Not only that, many say that it takes 40 days to break a bad habit and hopefully you will then be replacing it with a good one. So, that is what I have decided to do. In the house I’m living in with 6 other girls, we have decided to do a month of no junk food or takeaways. But looking at the above examples – I think 40 days should do it.
Personally though, I’m having a 40 day festival. I’ll be taking on 40 days of change in more than one area of my life.
I am committing to 40 days of:
– Love & a changed attitude & positivity (applying the “Love Dare” book to all my relationships)
– Healthier eating & drinking – NO takeaways or junk & lots of water to drink (for every cup of tea or fizzy drink or alcohol beverage – 2 glasses of water)
– Exercise & getting myself into shape – we just got a punching bag, so all of us girls are going to take out our frustrations on it & get into shape
– Hard work (academics & so on)
Let’s do this! Whoop!