Saturday, February 10 2018
I spent 3 weeks in January on the Daniel Fast. I loved it. The spiritual closeness to the Father was precious. I was not looking forward to stopping. I wanted to walk forward but wanted to remain in the "fasting" mindset. What happens to many of us, we lose the focus we intended to keep. So I find myself, 2 weeks out, letting stuff, a lot of stuff, crowd my spirit. Distractions taking up my time and the snooze button is being pushed. This is not how I want to walk with Jesus.
In my prayer time, I have been asking for insight on how to move forward. What I feel the Holy Spirit has shared with me is excitingly simple. Powerful in revelation. He has led me to "half".
What will my day be like if I get up a half hour early to pray? Spend the first 30 seconds of my day thanking God for all of His blessings? Spend half of my drive time in conversation with Him? Take 30 seconds every afternoon thanking Him for all He has done today? Watch only half of my normal tv lineup and spend the other reading His word? Go to bed a half hour early and spent half of that in communication with God?
The Holy Spirit took it farther and asked "What if I cut my eating out in half?" "Cut my impulse spending in half?" "My phone in half?" What time would be given back to me? What finances would be freed up?
I believe I am only seeing the surface of all the blessings He has in store to come from "Half". The depth of longing for Jesus that comes through prayer and fasting is sealed in my soul. I cannot get enough. I am eager to begin this journey of "Half".
Ps 63: 6-8 When I remember You on my bed,
Ps 71:8 My mouth is filled with Your praise
Ps 86:11-13 Teach me Your way, O Lord;
Wednesday, February 07 2018
The past few mornings have made me feel as if I live in a snow globe. Big snowflakes ,gently falling, makes the world seem so peaceful. Just enough snow to cover up all traces of yesterday. Just enough to make snow angels, to push it off the deck with a broom. Just enough so you still think it's beautiful.
A winter storm warning has been issued. Over the course of the next 2 days, more than enough snow is expected. Snow that requires your driveway to be plowed, sidewalks to be shoveled, road crews to work overtime, schools cancelled and the drive to work.
What was beautiful and managable one day will become a burden the next. My beautiful snow globe bubble will burst!
In life, just as Michigan in winter, there is always a storm ahead.
I have jokingly told my son that he needs to be a meterologist because I want to better understand the weather. The patterns, predictablility and storms. He has not followed my hints and I still don't understand weather. I guess that's why I have an app on my phone to fill me in.
Much in life is the same way. We flirt a little, spend a bit too much, drink one too many and eat a second helping. Then one day we are caught in the "more than enough". We are surprised by the surprise of it all. We didn't hear or maybe didn't want to hear the warning of the storm ahead.
We need to listen to the warnings. In life, some storms cannot be avoided, they are outside of our control. Some are absolutely a product of our choices.
I cannot do a thing about how much snow is coming. I can do something about my health, my relationship with my husband and my financial choices before there is a storm warning. By preparing ahead of time, if there is a storm that comes, I will be better prepared to weather it.