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Topic: STRESSED - Begins January 18 / Ends January 25 (01/18/18)
- TITLE: Folly or Fast?
By Lisa Hudson
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Unfortunately, this is the scenario many mornings in my house. My husband is firm when it comes to his bed time. When the clock strikes a certain hour, he shuts down and goes to bed. That man can fall asleep quicker than anyone I know. I, however, feel a need for some ‘me’ time in the evenings, and end up playing a game on my cell phone or watching a movie. Finally, when I’m ready to go to sleep, I crawl into our bed, only to have my husband, who I lovingly call “Buzz Saw Louie”, snoring loudly in my ear. After I wake him and tell him to roll over, I’m able to fall asleep. Obviously, since I didn’t have enough sleep, I hit the snooze button way too many times. And so begins the events as described in the first paragraph!
Needless to say, starting your day this way leaves very little time to converse with the Father. I can just see him up there shaking his head at me. He waits patiently as I scramble to get us all out the door. Finally, whether I choose to ride the bus into work or drive myself, I have a few moments to be with my thoughts. It’s then I realize how crazy I make my own world. Nobody to blame but myself. On bad days, I like to have a major pity party and go down a list of reasons why life is so hard. I go through my other list of ‘if only’s’… “If only I were single with no young ones to look after…”, “If only I could get away for a vacation far, far away.” On my good days, like today, I say, “Forgive me Father for my selfishness.”
Our church is in the middle of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. Fasting isn’t always about food. This time, I have chosen to ‘fast’ from negative thoughts. If those all too familiar words of the enemy creep into my mind, telling me how worthless I am, I rebuke them and replace them with thoughts that are uplifting. If I find my thoughts are leaning toward being critical of others, I stop them in their tracks. I’m only into the fourth day of my commitment, and I must tell you it has already lifted many heavy burdens from my heart. What can you fast from that might lessen your load? Is there something you can give up that may be hindering your communion with our heavenly Father? Give it a try. I feel so blessed today.
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