We’re in a time of prayer and fasting as a church.
We’re not even 1 week in, and already God is showing me things.
I love it!
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned so far:
- Fasting helps us think about each other more. Because our family is all fasting different things, we have lots of chances to think of each other. •I have been so blessed by the boys’ responses to different foods I’m fasting! (It really has been sweet!) They either put foods away quickly if they’re a temptation to me, or they try to tell me how “yucky” the food is that they’re eating! •During Family Fun Night we all agreed to play a game instead of watch a movie because some of the boys are fasting electronics. •We also didn’t do dessert (a F.F.N. ritual!) because some were fasting sweets. I love how this time is knitting us together as a family.
- I need to refresh myself spiritually throughout the day. For some reason I’ve allowed myself to think that a morning quiet time is sufficient for the entire day. My boys have picked up on that. If they get in trouble after having their God Time, the usual response is, “See, it doesn’t work.” – like it’s one stop shopping or something. During this fast I’ve been drinking water often to help curb the pangs. The other day God gently reminded me that I need to drink of His Living Water often throughout the day – not try to gulp it all down in the morning. No one-stop shopping. 🙂
- “I’m caught in the rhythms of grace”– that’s a line from one of the worship songs we sing at church. The beat of the song is 3/4 (for you musicians out there) – the waltz beat – the one that makes you want to sway back and forth. I’m learning that this life is a dance, and my partner is God. He’s the lead. It’s beautiful when I let Him! I want to be caught in the rhythms of grace so that my life spills out His grace on others. My words fail – the song says it all!
This time of fasting has been joyful so far, and I’m thankful.
Yes, it’s been hard.
But God is showing me how much of ME is in my life.
I need to die to ME so HE can live in me.
I’m looking forward to sharing more lessons.
I pray that I’ll remember them long after the actual fast is over.
Thanks for praying for me!