With some fear and trembling, I write my 1st post on this new “Fortify My Life” Blog. I have been involved with this “40” project for about 3+ years now. Actually, it probably was born when I turned 40, 7 years ago. I was in a Bible Study at that time, and there was a question about the number 40 in the Bible. I suspect that I was more interested in the question because it happened to be my age. So, I did some extra research and came up with about 10 interesting citations of the number 40. They were interesting and uplifting stories of people overcoming adversity, and getting wonderful breakthrough, starting fresh new lives. My husband turned 40 six months later. His brother turned 40 the next year. When my brother turned 40, he was having an especially hard time. Telling me that he wanted to get his “$#!+” together, he put himself into a situation in which he could make a serious whole-hearted change. All the while, his loving sister wrote him 40 “fortifications” revolving around the use of the number 40 in the Bible. Now, I am sure that put in these terms, the topic sounds sort of dry. But, that couldn’t be farther than the truth.
In the months and years ahead, I don’t plan to share a dissertation on the number 40. Rather, I plan to share some of the secrets that will help us all “fortify our lives”. I hope to publish the collection of 40 letters that I wrote to my brother, now in book form with questions for contemplation at the end of each chapter. I want to share wisdom and insights from the Bible with people who are interested in the Bible. And, I’d like to share tips and speculations with people who want a better life, but are not interested in the Bible. I also want to see how much happier we can be, how much more positive our lives can be starting right now, and improving from here on out. I know that my positive emotional state effects my physical health, and the lives of my loved ones. I want us all to be fortified in Heart & Mind & Body & Spirit.
Last year I played around with a book jacket type of description for the “40 Book”. Even though this may be radically changed, and printed under another name, here is a link to see my playful attempt at designing my own jacket back: 40fy My Life