Day 1: Get Ready

Today’s Reading:
Day 1 / Get Ready (pages 15-20)

Note: If you didn’t read the Introduction, I would encourage you to do this. It explains a bit of background about the prayer challenge.

My ah-ha from today’s reading:
If we pray to God regularly, our lives will be beyond amazing. Many people know this, few people actually do it with consistency. It’s hard. It doesn’t come easy. Brian always tells me this, “If it were easy, everyone would do it.” That’s so very true, amen? I believe Mark is absolutely correct in saying that if we hit our knees, God will take us places we never imagined.

I’m starting this 40 day challenge again because I need the consistency. I need the accountability. Getting up and spending dedicated time on my knees is one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do in my life. And I’ve failed over and over.

This time, I’ve created my “war room” and this is where you’ll find me each day.

the daily starr I made a war room 4

I’ve got notes and scriptures taped to the wall to remind me of what I’m praying for and about.

the daily starr I made a war room 2

This is my spot and my appointments will be to pray in my war room in the mornings – usually sometime around 7am on weekdays, later on weekends.

I’m specifically praying circles around my job/calling/career during the next 40 days. I’m struggling in this space right now. I work with my husband, but I have dreams of writing a book and owning my own business. I feel God is moving me to jump off cliffs in this area. And I’m terribly nervous. I need God to show me the correct paths and to release me from things I tend to be a control freak about in our business. I’m an emotional basket case when it comes to this topic. I need to know that I am good enough – good enough to be a writer that gets a book published. Good enough to figure out my own business and help build encouragement in others through whatever that business is.

How about you? What were your ah-ha moments from today’s reading? What are you praying about? Do you have a specific spot and time for your daily appointment with God during the next 40 days? Comment below and share to encourage others in the challenge. 

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6 thoughts on “Day 1: Get Ready

  1. The last page was my aha ha moment today. Don’t take things into your own hands it can actually delay God’s plan.
    “Don’t try to manufacture your own miracles. Don’t try to answer your own prayers. Don’t try to do God’s job for him. Stay humble stay patient. Stay focused .keep circling.”

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    1. Girl, those words have been in my mind all day. I don’t want to do God’s job. I’ve done that enough and messed up big time. Thank you for commenting!!


  2. My ah ha moment is from the intorduction….”If you press into God’s presence like never before, you will experience God like never before.” I want to feel God like never before.

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  3. I’m a couple of days late…didn’t read correctly!! I was reading The Circle Marker, NOT Draw the Circle…getting old is crappy!! Anyway…I’m now on track. Loved going back to Draw the Circle. The first time through made me realize the dynamic effect prayer can have on your life. How “constantly” being in prayer is possible. But back to what I started to say jumped out at me from the introduction..p. 10…Don’t try to do God’s job for Him. Whew, that hits home…’cause I’m kinda (maybe a bit MORE than kinda) a control freak! If I want it done right, I just do it myself. NOT possible with’s HIS way. I pray that through this challenge, I will let God be the driver…I don’t want to make the same mistake as Moses and slow down His work.

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    1. No worries on being behind! Glad you’re on the right book now hahah!! Control freak, really?!?!? Is that where I get it from?!?? Love you, Aunt Deb! Glad you’re coming along with us!


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