Referring to the grid above, the first week is ‘Love’. The seven characters of Love are examined for seven days. Week Two is ‘Strength’, in the same manner, the seven characters of Strength are examined for seven days. So on, and so forth.
D1 always starts on a Monday. Monday is the Love aspect of Love, then, Tuesday is the Strength aspect of Love, then, Wednesday is the Beauty aspect of Love, and so on and so forth, as illustrated in the grid above until the entire grid has been exhausted. The following week starts over with Strength as the focus.
Each of the 49 days are designed to evaluate 49 specific characters.
You can use a wall calendar to chart your map. That was the best tool for me the first time. Since this is now full time, I rely on a pocket notebook. Whatever works best for you, I say go with that. If it’s a daily link that’s fine too.
You can start whenever you want. You are not held to the current challenge. It’s up to you. If you miss a day, don’t go back, just keep going. It’ll come back around.
Here’s what to expect:
The blog portion will not include scriptures. Please think me not heretical – there are enough daily devotions out there already.
The daily videos DO HAVE scripture references that can be applied to that day’s introspection. I shoot the videos as current as possible. I stay as brief as I can, only taking few opportunities to elaborate when needed. The videos are only to set a tone, but that’s also where I cheer for you ‘face to face’. I do not preach, or teach really. I prod and challenge, not exempting myself.
This method does not discriminate. It is not a measuring rod for sin, it introspectively evaluates personal character weaknesses and allows your strengths to be reinforced by yourself, not me. I merely give an insight, a challenge and sometimes find myself in a real life event that has me employ the very things I’m challenging you in.
My method is based on a Jewish observance, “The Count to the Omer”, but not associated with any one religion, doctrine, or belief system other than straight up bible truths. I encourage the reading of the book of Ruth found in the Old Testament on the 50th day. It’s the closest spiritual perspective of what God can do in ANY one’s life if they leave false ideologies behind and simply trust and believe He is real.
It’s not lifestyles that harm our relationships with God, it is our disconnection from God that damage our ties to Him. When we do bond to God, our lifestyles reflect spiritual wholeness and we become new and then renewed daily, just like the bible says.
Referenced in His Word, the things that actually harm us are: Idolatry (replacing His sovereignty with ours), fears and doubts, reckless emotions and grudges, bitterness mingled with disdain for self and/or fellow humans… those are things that separate our spirits from God. Also, anything that causes us to panic or have paranoia causes a loose connection to Him.
If you pursue the videos: With an open mind, please consider the spiritual statements given within the daily video reflection. Without God, healing is not possible.
It is only because of God that I am able to bring daily challenges that foster spiritual growth. Spiritual growth heals underdeveloped coping skills, causing irrational thoughts to become organized and solution oriented.
Over the course of 49 days, you’re able to discover the same conclusion I found, we are indeed all made in God’s image, in spite of us, we are all still made in His likeness, clear minded and full of spiritual power. It is the connection and bonding to that one fact that changes everything!
At the end of 49 days… I simply start over. I’ll take a week or two off sometimes, but I return to day 1 as quick as possible. It’s not mundane, it’s bible study on steroids because I am living the bible, not just reading it.
With that – I close with this:
May God take you to places you’ve never been before!!!!
Warmest regards, – W