Monday, January 22, 2018

Daniel Fast Complete!

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You have complete your 21 day Daniel Fast! I am pleased that you followed daily and hope that you found strength and encouragement. But most of all I pray you found  "Just a Closer Walk" with Jesus!

If you find yourself in need of prayer, encouragement or just a kind Word from the Lord don't hesitate to email me!

I pray that you have a wonderful blessed new year and may you find God at every turn!

Many Blessings!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Day 19 - Afternoon Report

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Wow, talk about dropping the ball. By the end of the day my brain took a vacation. I completely forgot to post. I am sorry.

If you have been fasting or just following along for encouragement I hope that you have been blessed. As of sundown tomorrow that 21 days of the Daniel fast will come to a conclusion. As for today if you are still hanging in there you have one more full day! Keep your eyes focused on Jesus!

If you have heard from the Lord and have received and answer we would love to be encouraged by your results! Please share if it is right that you should do so.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Day 18 - Evening Report

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We have both been very busy with ministry things today so haven't had much time think about anything but that. Keeping your thoughts on other things makes a difference. This is why focusing of God is the most important thing! After all it's why we are fasting.

We are really getting tired of the bland food. I think Mark me than me because he is not a big fruit eater Ive had to make him other things like veggie wraps and they are getting old. We long for cheese pizzas and steak! Three days and counting! DON'T GIVE UP...KEEP GOING!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Day 17 - Evening Report

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Today the snow began to melt, the sun came out and it was a little warmer. We enjoyed running errands together and getting things done. We have been going to Walmart kind of regularly for fresh things like vegetables and fruit. Soon that will stop at least all the trips back and forth.

We were talking today and I want you all to know that I am not immune to thoughts of discontinuing this fast. Fortunately,  Mark is committed and was able to encourage me. We have only 4 days left and I have a new commitment. If you are wavering let me encourage you! Hang in there!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 16 - Evening Report

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We are getting down to the end and the tendency may be to cut it short but I guarantee that if you press in you will not regret it. Up until know we have been eating fairly well. Our food intake has been health maybe a little tasteless but definitely edible. When Daniel fasted he knew that he would be in better condition than the others that were eating the kings food. Sure enough he was right.

Daniels fast wasn't just about being healthy it was about being obedient. You see the king was sending food from his royal stash but David was resolved and convinced his guard to sneak him and his three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego nothing but vegetables and water. He did this 10 day and then later in chapter 10 we see he fasted again for 21 days.

You and I are no different than Daniel...he was human and he wanted only to honor his God. I and hopefully you are fasting for the same reason. We have almost completed it and it is my prayer that you do not waver.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Day 15 - Evening Report

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Today has been a white day...that is to say snow! For those who live around us you will know how pretty snow can be. Its nice to look at it with our eyes; we see a beautiful blanket of white fluffy precipitation from the heavens. It conjures pictures of peaceful serenity (at least for me). I love snow and I find it the most beautiful when I'm looking at it from warmth of the inside of my home.  Snow is nice. The rub is that the reality of snow is that it's cold, wet and uncomfortable when you become knee deep in it. It seems no matter how many layers of clothing I have on...its still cold, wet and uncomfortable.

So how does my view of snow mean anything. Well, from a distance it looks good. It requires nothing from us nor does it require any action. We take in what it has to offer, smile, sometimes shiver, then walk away without further thought until we walk in front of that window again. Some look at God's Word like they look at snow while others choose to play in it; to get knee deep in it, to be uncomfortable at times but genuinely love it all the same and they carry that love in their hearts constantly.

As Believers sometimes we will be uncomfortable where God's takes us. This is not bad because it forces us to rely on the One greater than ourselves. Because we love Him we should be using this time to press in. We must realize that we cannot just look at the Word of God and not be affected. We must get knee deep in it and experience all that it has offer. Play like a child in the Word of God, meditate on it and then grow in it.

Below is a great Vegetarian Bean Chili!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Day 14 - Evening Report

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Tonight I did something different. I talk to a girl friend earlier today and we decided to meet at her church and visit, there was some kind of meeting and she wanted to introduce me to someone that is very special to her so I went. Turns out it was an AA meeting and the speaker was the person who was her sponsor and the one she wanted me to meet.

He was a very nice older man who told his story and shared that he had now been sober since the late 80's.  As he told his story I couldn't help but think about mine. Yes, I too have story as do we all. Mine was similar but the crutch was different. We all have or have had a crutch; a thing that caused us to be far away from God.

There comes a time in the life of a Believer that we must lay aside all those things that hinder our relationship with God. Some struggle with alcohol, others with drugs still others with sexual addictions, and some even with food. The bible says in Exodus 20:3, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me". Anything that we do that does not glorify God or contradicts  is Word is an idol. We must see these things for what they are and ask God to help us put them away...not aside where they can be picked back up but away where they have no more hold.

Be encouraged today because the Word says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". This fast is no different. In this last week we can become weak and fail but pray and focus on Jesus and He will help you through.

Today I had a smoothie for breakfast, a bean and onion burrito for lunch, and water for dinner.


P.S. I had a really good time at the AA meeting with my friend. :)