What Were Your Highlights from the 40 Day Spiritual Journey?


On Sunday we wrapped up our Bold 40 day Spiritual Journey. By all accounts, it was an incredible time of growth, stretching and connection for all of us.

One of the things that has sustained people's intimacy with God for hundreds of years is a personal quiet time with God each day. You can read this post for helpful tips and resources on how to keep a personal devotion time each day.

Today, I want to find out what what your highlights were from the Spiritual Journey.

Here are some of mine:

  1. It was great for my family. This is probably my biggest take away. When our kids became teens, we encouraged them to do devotions on their own and that's what we all did. Bold brought formal devotions back to the dinner table for us. It was such a meaningful experience I'm going to keep devotions around the table for a while to come.
  2. I realized how timid I can be. Reading bold story after bold story made me realize how safe I like to be. I'm repenting from that.
  3. My community group's prayer walk was so good. We spent an hour walking through some streets in Orillia praying for Orillia. I particularly found our prayer for Lakehead University to be really moving as we thought about the students inside.
  4. I loved the varied scripture passage selection. Reading bold stories from all over the bible reminded me of how being Bold is an essential part of having faith, and that our boldest moments are our best moments.
  5. Hearing from different writers was great. Many of the devotions were incredible. Hearing how different people respond to different stories amazed me.  We have an incredible group of people who call Connexus home.

How about you? What were some personal highlights from the spiritual journey for you?

How did God use this time to stretch and grow you?



  1. Joanne says, November 20, 2012 at 8:05 am

    It was wonderful to read devotionals from people I knew well or just slightly. I really liked hearing their stories and insights in their journey with God. I found that so powerful.

    The prayer walks were awesome. We prayed for the Canadian Mental Health Association in downtown Barrie and the Barrie Farmer’s Market. Walking the streets silently together and looking at our city and its people with new eyes and a praying heart was very moving. One night as we walked silently by praying, the last one of our group saw a small, hand-made sign in a shop window: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91). It felt like a blessing for Connexus, our city, the people for whom we were praying and for us, as we lived with our own life issues and struggles during this 40 day period.

    In terms of giving, my husband and I had agreed upon an amount, that was a sacrifice for us. Because we were volunteering on Commitment Sunday we went to different services. I was so moved during the service about the importantce of sacrifice and building into God’s kingdom, that I commitment more than we had agreed upon in the 830 service. Then my husband (without us speaking about it since we were in that mad volunteering rush) committed the exact same higher amount in the 10 am service – AND for the same reason – of sacrificing more for God! We both had to say after service, “Sorry honey, but I ended up promising more than we’d agreed upon… Hey, so did I”. LOL!

    Anyways, the whole experience was transformative and brought us closer to God and re-energized our faith!

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, November 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Joanne…that’s such an incredible story. Wow. I love the prayer walk and the agreement you and your husband found. Thanks for sharing!

  2. S says, November 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Once I began praying about what to give… my heart became so soft and open to God stretching me. I can honestly stay I didn’t expect this to be as emotional of a season as it was, but once again, where your treasure is your heart will be also.

    I’m so thankful for this journey. Thank you!

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, November 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      S. Isn’t that amazing? Thanks for sharing.

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