Welcome to Day Six,
I have had some good conversations with folks yesterday and today about their fasts. Everyone is working through it differently. I am always glad to get your comments here as well.
This particular fast is more like a marathon than a sprint. Don’t be concerned with how you feel on a specific day or time. We are wanting a paradigm shift. We are wanting a completely pure/authentic personality and character. This will take a while. In fact, the fast is simply the beginning. However, if you will be faithful through the fast with prayer, Bible reading, and community, you will find yourself in a good position for 2017. Also, remember not to compare yourself to others. This is so tempting. This is between you and God. Trust the process, don’t rush it.
I am actually buckling down a little bit on my fast. Removing some more items from my edible list. I think that is needed for me at this point. I’m not sure if I have mentioned it on here, but I have been reading the Bible in Spanish this year. I typically read 1-3 chapters in Spanish and then a couple chapters in English. I really want to learn better Spanish for our mission trips.
On Friday our offices are closed so I don’t see many people. It is a day to separate from the pace of life and really rest for the weekend. I don’t review anything for Sunday. I do have a wedding rehearsal this afternoon, so I will be heading to that soon. Tomorrow, I will pick the sermon back up and dig deeper into what God has for us. Can’t wait to see you all on Sunday!
I have been praying for you! Last night, I hosted our first live prayer session on Facebook. 262 people logged on for it. Wow! We prayed for many different needs. I am believing God supernaturally met with people in that moment. Those sessions are not planned in advance. I simply feel the urge and go live on Facebook. If you are on and see me, click into the session and help me pray with people.
I met with our men’s prayer group this morning and we had a great time of prayer and sharing. We were honest about what we are seeking from God during our journey in January. If you are not in a group of some sort, please find one. We will be giving you all the group options on Sunday morning. If you want a sneak peak, click here.
I have been eating a lot of veggie soup. Almost tired of it. However, eating in general is a blessing when you are hungry. I never want to take that blessing for granted. So many in the world would fight for some veggie soup right now. My physical body seems to be adjusting to the different diet. I am thankful for that.
How are you doing?
I am so thankful to hear from each of you when you comment on the posts. Please feel free to simply check in with a few brief words if you can. It is encouraging to see others in the movement with you.
How is your scripture reading? What is God saying to you through the text? Have you slowed down enough to give God the space to speak? Sometimes, we are rushing so fast, we do not give Him the attention needed. Let’s slow down. Let’s quit talking so much. Let’s intentionally listen for God to speak. Maybe He is speaking to you non-verbally. What have you seen lately that might be the voice of God?
All for now,
Welcome to Day 3. I want to encourage those of you who missed Sunday’s service or haven’t started a fast and prayer schedule to… JUMP IN with us. It is not too late. You can view the service by clicking on this link.
We are separating ourselves from our normal routine and listening more intently to God’s voice. We are distracted with all the clutter and activity of our normal live. During the next 3 weeks, we want to intentionally focus on God with targeted prayer and fasting. Reading scripture is also crucial to feeding your spirit.
Yesterday and today, my mind has been captivated by the process. I am constantly thinking about my physical needs. What I can eat, what I can’t. What I want to eat, what I can’t. Hunger. Frustration. Pain. The physical is difficult, however, it is not near as difficult as the mental struggle. To me, the psychological struggle is much more difficult than the physical one. This struggle is what it is all about. Don’t be worried if you don’t feel real spiritual yet. That will come. Just fast and pray. God will show up. Don’t doubt it.
This morning, I gathered with the church staff and we prayed for about 40 minutes. Then, we went over our homework sheet from Sunday. It was so good to discuss each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I hope that some of you have filled out the paper and get a chance to discuss with someone this week. It is so good to have that type of transparent conversation. We talked about our 1s, 3s, and 5s. Ouch. The 5s. We also talked about how we think our perspective will change in 3 weeks. We will probably answer the worksheet much differently at the end of this fast. Ironically, I think we will change some of the 1s to 3s. We don’t truly understand how screwed up we are just yet. After, getting closer to God, you realize that some of the areas you thought were ok, were really not so good after all.
Didn’t get the worksheet? Click here for it.
For breakfast today, Erica and I ate Ezekiel 49 Cereal with Almond Milk. Not too bad. For lunch some of us went to Jason’s Deli for soup and salad (no free ice cream today). Drinking more water today! Yay!
All for now,
Today, we kicked off the New You Resolution and I want to add a public blog entry each day.
We had a great time at church in all 3 services in San Marcos. I heard good reports from the Lockhart campus as well.
I will be following the Daniel Fast this year. No meats and sugar. I do eat some grains during a Daniel Fast. Mostly vegetables, fruit, juices, water, smoothies, etc. I will eat beans and rice. Nothing fried. One day a week, I will fast from all food until dinner. This morning I drank a fruit smoothie. I snacked on grapes during church. I ate veggie bowl at Chipotle for lunch. Dinner? I have no idea yet. 🙂
I will continue my daily devotions and add prayer times throughout the day. I am thinking through the 4 Ws. My Worries. My Wrongs. My Wounds. My Wishes.
God what are you telling me?
I simply put this info here to keep myself accountable and help encourage some of you. Please do what you feel is a challenge for you.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to post below.