I'm wading through new notebooks, prayerfully deciding on a new Bible Study and praying for new opportunities. Proverbs 3:5,6 is an excellent guideline and reminder to seek the Lord FIRST! "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
Another powerful spiritual practice is fasting. God's Word talks much about fasting and prayer. One of my favorite verses is found in Isaiah:
Isaiah 58 - "Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?"
All through the New and Old Testament are examples of godly saints fasting. Fasting may be defined as sacrificing or going without something to pursue the things of the Lord. Often times, meals are skipped and that time spent in prayer instead of eating. Fasting is a form of denying self to diligently seek after the things of the Lord. There are many ways to fast - fast meals, specific items (soda, sweets, etc.) a Daniel fast which is strictly vegetables and water etc.
I am participating in a local churchwide 21 day fast and was pondering what to give up for 21 days. Coffee, sweets, eat only pure foods? Nothing clicked in my spirit. Today was the beginning and I prayed that the Lord would show me what I needed to let go some. Guess what soft word was spoken into my heart? The blog. My blog???? This is 'my ministry', I argued within myself. I enjoy meeting so many people, and my blog seems to be doing well...if I take three weeks off, nobody will come back and read it....my blog is an extension of me. "ME< ME>ME" All my arguments were about "ME". Isn't the purpose of fasting to deny self and follow HIM? Although I've never heard of 'blog fasting', I know this is an area I need to let go and give to the Lord and use the time spent each day in front of the computer to seek the things of true importance.
So, as I sit one last evening at the computer, with the dog curled up asleep in my lap to let you know I'll be absent from here for at least three weeks! Your prayers would be appreciated as I seek to follow the leading of the Lord, deny myself and choose His will and open doors. Many blessings to you all!