40 Days of… wait, what?

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Thus, making 40 days of self-examination, repentance, and turning our lives toward loving YHVH and loving each other.

For the past five years, B’ney Yosef North America has distributed a daily devotional guide that we have called the “40 Days of Repentance.”

We continue this year with last year’s emphasis on using the title of our guide as “40 Days of Personal Change”.

The goal of repentance has always been a lasting manifestation of personal change. However, for many, “repentance” suggests only the emotions and actions associated with remorse, regret, and sorrow; not necessarily anything about actually changing one’s direction and patterns of living. So, in that sense, repentance alone does not take one far enough toward “personal change.”

In another historic year of global uncertainties, we feel our emphasis needs to encourage a deeper application of the processes of self-assessment, prayer, repentance, and personal change. Therefore, we are keeping this emphasis on personal change and this again is how we will label our devotional guide.

This year of 2021 is our sixth year of distributing a devotional guide for this 40 Day period.

May you be greatly blessed as you pursue your relationship with YHVH.

Day 40 – Repenting For Nothing

Day 40 – Repenting For Nothing

Job 38, 41, 42; Isaiah 53; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Philippians 2:1-11; Hebrews 5:8-8; Revelation 12   Of all the dreadful beasts prowling about our…

Day 38 – Your Miracle Place

Day 38 – Your Miracle Place

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon (Peter), Put out into the deep [water], and lower your nets for a haul….

Day 35 – The Blood of Atonement

Day 35 – The Blood of Atonement

In V’yikrah/Leviticus 16 we read of the Yom haKippurim protocols to effect an atonement and cleansing for Am Yisrael. The instructions include the taking…

Day 34 – How Much More

Day 34 – How Much More

…how much more will the Father give good things to those who ask Him! ~ Matthew 7:11b Read this full passage for context: …

Day 33 – LIFE

Day 33 – LIFE

Can anyone relate? Never ending ‘to do” lists, laundry, paperwork, counter crumbs, mopping, sweeping, dusting, fingerprints, animals, weeds, a garden, home and auto…

Day 32 – Intentional Incense

Day 32 – Intentional Incense

The high desert altitude of western Utah boasts of some of the purest air in the world. In the last week, however, smoke…

Day 31 – Preferences

Day 31 – Preferences

Philippians 2:2-5   “then complete my joy by having a common purpose and a common love, by being one in heart and mind.  …

Day 30 – A Little Crooked

Day 30 – A Little Crooked

It was a 5 minute task. We were 45 minutes early to meet up with some friends about a 20-minute drive down the…

Day 29 – Expatriate

Day 29 – Expatriate

“This world is not my home. I’m just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me…

Day 25 – Complaining

Day 25 – Complaining

Have you noticed that there is a spirit of contention in our nation right now?   I have been trying hard to not get…

Day 24 – Watch for Falling Rocks

Day 24 – Watch for Falling Rocks

And be careful you don’t become one! I did. Yes, this past year has been unprecedented. Travel has varied between difficult to impossible….

Day 22 – Enthroning the King

Day 22 – Enthroning the King

In the most unexpected places, we have witnessed the awakening and understanding of יהוה (YHVH) precepts. A seed of people is being gathered…

Day 21 – Vision or Sight

Day 21 – Vision or Sight

Proverbs 29:18  “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”. What is the difference…

Day 20 – Fiery Serpent

Day 20 – Fiery Serpent

Numbers 21 begins with the Israelites winning a conclusive victory over the Canaanites located in the Negev. However, as they continue their journey,…

Day 18 – When I Am Confused

Day 18 – When I Am Confused

1 Corinthians 14:33a   For God is not a God of confusion but of peace Yogi Berra, the great legend of baseball was…

Day 17 – Bitterness

Day 17 – Bitterness

Last night we attended a Tent Revival, and the speaker shared about bitterness. I thought to myself, “I don’t think I have bitterness…

Day 16 – A Change of Scenery

Day 16 – A Change of Scenery

Part of the joy in taking a vacation is changing our environment from the mundane usual scenes of our daily lives to something…

Day 13 – Like a Child

Day 13 – Like a Child

Yeshua instructs us to come to Him like a child, to “turn and become like children” in order to enter the Kingdom of…

Day 12 – Flushing Toilets

Day 12 – Flushing Toilets

On occasion, Mark speaks about flushing toilets with our community. Living in a large multigenerational home, one particular room in our home is…

Day 11 – Incense and Prayer

Day 11 – Incense and Prayer

Psalms 141:2   Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!…

Day 10 – Remembering Jerusalem

Day 10 – Remembering Jerusalem

To be honest, my first significant, personal connection with the land of Israel did not come in Jerusalem, but in Caesarea. That was…

Day 9 – Surrounded

Day 9 – Surrounded

Psalms 32:7-8   You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah….

Day 8 – Still Small Voice

Day 8 – Still Small Voice

Recently in my Bible reading, I was led to 1 Kings 19:1-13. I encourage you to read this passage as it talks about…

Day 7 – Obedience

Day 7 – Obedience

The prophet Samuel gave the word of YHVH to King Saul: “Does Adonai delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of Adonai?  Behold, to…

Day 6 – Holy = Kadosh

Day 6 – Holy = Kadosh

Isaiah 57:15   The name Kadosh means one whose realm is set apart from the habitual, the profane, and even the common. It…

Day 4 – Psalm 141

Day 4 – Psalm 141

Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon my head (it is soothing medicine, NLT); Do not…

Day 3 – Psalm 91

Day 3 – Psalm 91

Psalm 91- Let God our Father be real to you. Do not keep him at arm’s length. Embrace the fullness of your Salvation…

Day 1 – 40 Days

Day 1 – 40 Days

In 2 Samuel 12 the prophet Nathan comes to King David with a story about a rich man who possesses great wealth, flocks…