Tomorrow (8th January 2011), my mum and I will be doing something that we have never done before. We will be partnering up to partake in a ‘Daniel fast’ for the next 21 days. This means no meat, no sweets, no bread and only water and fruit juice for liquids. We each have our own individual reasons for fasting but our expectations are the same: we want to see healing, restoration and salvation come to ourselves and to those God has placed in our hearts to petition and pray for. Setting aside time to fast at the beginning of the year will also set the tone for the rest of the year. I believe in putting God first even in this area of my life, we will see prayers answered.
If you want to join in or would like more info on fasting, see: http://www.jentezenfranklin.org/fasting/
I’ve decided to blog each day during the fast to document the thoughts and Scriptures that are brought to mind. So if you are of the praying kind, prayers for my level of self-discipline would be appreciated (meat has always been my weakness!).
[addition 08.01.12] Lol, just read Matthew 6 so I will not be blogging about the fast but prayers still appreciated. I will be back in blogging action after the fast.
Oh Lord, You are so faithful. THANK YOU for healing my heart. THANK YOU for making me whole again, renewing my mind, my soul, my spirit and my hope. THANK YOU for taking away all that was unnecessary and taking away all that was stunting my growth. THANK YOU for the ongoing process you are taking me through, perfecting me and making me more like You. My heart’s cry, dear God is that I may be a beacon of light. That my life may shine of Your love and goodness and lead other to You.
The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in His temple.
– Psalm 27:4 (NLT)
Earlier this year, I thought I would be going to a particular place today. Then a month ago, I thought I would be going to another place. Then today has come and I am going to neither of these places but doing something else. This just goes to show that life is very unpredictable. “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”* In His Sovereignty, He knew where I would be today, this hour, this minute, this moment. He knew the mistakes I would make, the U-turns I would have to take in order to find Him again. And yet, He still loved me and continues to pour out His amazing grace over my life. I find comfort in knowing that He knows my tomorrows and my future and He brings everything to work towards my advantage and good.
Lord, please bless today and all that is to happen today whether it be on the west or the east side of town. May your favour be upon those I had planned to spend the day with but won’t be.
*Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)
Hey darling boy,
Did you know that you’ve got a whole host of people praying for you? You haven’t even met them yet but they are :). I spoke to my Auntie on the phone the other day (she lives with her family in Chicago – we should go visit them one day!) and she asked about you… well to be exact, she asked if I was dating anyone haha (or to be even more blunt, ‘Do you have a boyfriend yet?’). I actually find these conversations quite amusing and I tell her what I’ve always told my relatives, “No, not yet but we’ve been praying for him.” She told me they’ve been praying for you too, for the kind of man you are going to be and as she rattled off the things she’s been praying for, I couldn’t help but feel so blessed to have such wonderful people on my team ^^. I think it’s pretty neat, don’t you? I wonder how many prayers will be said over your life before we meet…? Hehe, I can’t wait to tell you how some 7 year olds ended up praying for you too ;).
Somehow, I feel like we won’t be meeting for a while… there’s just a feeling like there’s so much to be accomplished in the next 2 years that I won’t be able to give you the adequate time, love, energy and devotion that I want to give to you. But we’ll see I guess, it’s all in God’s capable hands and I trust that if there’s a ‘you and me’, it’ll happen in His own perfect time :).
Love always, your girl.