Therese Marszalek believes many know Jesus Christ as Savior and the Holy Spirit as Counselor, but few know or understand Father God in the role of a loving Father. She draws on Scripture and her own “five-year wilderness journey” that taught her the love of Father God in a life-changing way. An experience she documented in a previous book, From the Wilderness to the Miraculous.
With that experience in mind she put together this devotional journal which can be used alone or with the 40 Days companion devotional she penned. She uses the number forty in the prophetical context since forty represents a “wilderness” time. Such as Israel’s forty year journey to the Promised Land or Jesus’ forty days of testing and temptation in the desert.
She wrote and organized the journal for those who seek deeper intimacy to “pave the way for a deeper relationship with the Father,” writes Therese, a time of intimacy, renewal and transformative change drawn by the Holy Spirit.
Therese begins with suggestions on how to use the journal where she recommends setting aside a span of 40 days to meet with the Lord, free of “interruptions and distractions.” For those with a growing family that might mean rising an hour earlier or going to bed an hour later.
Each day begins with space to record what you are thankful for. Sometimes it might be something as simple as seeing the sun rise, or the bountiful food in your cupboards or for your loving spouse. She suggests reading the following meditation, taking a moment to pause and reflect on its meaning. Sometimes reading the words aloud brings additional clarity because the ear picks up what the eye doesn’t see.
Other portions include Scripture, repentance, confession of sin and agreeing to submit to the Lord’s will and leading. Daily journal entries close with a message from the Father written in first person as if God is speaking directly to you with ample space to record a “personal word from my Father.” 1 Samuel 3:9 “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” from 1 Samuel 3:9 completes each day’s activity.
The nice size journal is easy to handle and lies flat so it’s easy to write in. The extraordinary original sketches featured in the daily readings are by Jan Foland from the exquisite “Father Loveline Greeting Cards.”
If you yearn for deeper intimacy with God and desire a closer walk with the Holy Spirit, Therese’s “40 Day Devotional Journal,” filled with inspiration and encouragement will not disappoint. For more information, click on Therese’s YouTube presentation: 40 Day Devotional Journal
40 Days Devotional Journal, by Therese Marszalek, Word & Spirit Publishing, 2013, 224 Pages, 978-1936314812, $19.99