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Rejoicing in this wonderful day,

The Leadership Team of First Assembly

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Last Day!

Well, here we are. The last day of our Daniel Fast.

Before I got up for my "chores" for the day, I lay in bed and began thanking my God for all the changes He has made in me during this fast. This is very hard to articulate, but I will try.

I had not realized before the fast, but there were things I was keeping from God. Just those mundane silly things, that for some reason, I wanted to hold on to - like maybe, diet coke and m&ms. Not that there is anything wrong with enjoying diet coke and m&ms, but if you aren't willing to give it up for 21 days to draw closer to God, then something is majorly wrong.

So began my battle on the Daniel Fast. I found that once I allowed God into that area of my heart, He had access to so much more. Am I looking forward to diet coke at the end of the fast? Yes, most definitely. But, I will keep in my heart of hearts, that I will never keep that area from God again. Now, I am almost afraid of what sugar is going to do to my body! But I will approach those eating habits very cautiously. :)

After I finished thanking God for things He has done in my heart, I began interceding on behalf of the needs I wrote down for this fast. One by one, I called out friends' children, needs for healing- for my mom and other friends. I cried out in desperation for my children to ALWAYS serve God passionately. I asked God again for direction for our new church building and for His timing to supersede. I claimed this community for Christ! I prayed for souls to be added to the Kingdom on Easter and during our video series.

These are all things that I know in my heart God will answer! The victory is ours! He has won- because He has all power and has in His hands the keys to death, hell, and the grave!

He is alive! and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for all of our requests that we have brought before Him.

This is the last day of this fast, but the first of many fasts to come!
love and prayers,

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Press On! Just a few more days!

Hi Guys!
Well, here we are. Day 19 of our 21 Day Fast!

I have to honestly admit that this thing gets tougher to closer we get to the finish line! My carnal reasoning kicks in- "It doesn't matter. You've already gone so far, just one little bite won't hurt." But - the truth is- I have come too far to turn back now!

I can do this thing! You can do this thing! WE can do this! Press on! Don't give up. Keep fighting. We have everything to gain.

I don't know about you guys but this has been an amazing trip. Oh, I have not enjoyed the dietary changes, but it hasn't been the end of the world.

So- keep on keeping on. Drink your water and your juice. Eat your fruits and veggies,- and spend time with the Savior!

One of the purposes of this fast was to claim souls for the kingdom of God for our Easter services. Please, join us in prayer for Saturday and Sunday's services! What an awesome opportunity to reach so many for the Kingdom of God. Pray that the lost see Truth and the condition of their souls. Pray that they comprehend that Jesus paid the price for their sin and that He is Alive!

Hang on! Victory is on the Way!

blessings and prayers,

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Okay- so, I had my serious post last night. Here is the "ME" post!

I have REALLY struggled. Hunger wasn't the only issue- having enough protein to balance out my blood sugar levels has been a chore! God and I have been having some serious discussions about this. And- as always, an enemy has had to put his stupid opinion in there.

Thankfully, I believe I have listened to God. I CAN do this! I have found ways to handle the health issue and still stay on the fast.

I have learned that God has a great sense of humor. One day last week I was taking my mom to Memphis. While I was pumping gas I could feel my blood sugar dropping. Not wanting to make a scene and some poor soul calling 9-1-1 for me, I decided I needed to take action quickly.
I went inside to find a high protein something. The highest protein intake I could find was a chocolate protein bar. I cringed on the inside at my dilemma. What was I to do? The answer came as I just about dropped to the floor.

So, I very hesitantly put a bite in my mouth (after paying for it of course). I anticpated the rich flavor of chocolate reaching my mouth. I felt quilty, but knew this was necessary. But God in His creation of humor, must have been ready to "bust a gut" in heaven laughing at me. Because the moment the "rich flavor of chocolate" hit my tongue was a moment of total revulsion and almost "expulsion"!

Someone call Corey B. Trotz! Slap a lawsuit on some company for ginormous false advertising! That was not a chocolate protein bar! That was a protein bar made from elephant droppings! How nasty! How grotesque! How utterly distasteful! Gag! Gag!

But- because I was NOT eating for enjoyment, I was eating it for nutrition and out of dire need, I ate the horrific thing called a protein bar. And - true to its nutritional value, it saved me from being laid on stretcher and sent to an ER. (You do know that I use hyperbole to the max- right?)

So, I have learned to do my best to not let my blood sugar level drop so that I do not have to eat the "chocolate thing".

Something good I just discovered today, however, and FULL of protein is what I call Tofu Scramble!

I took some firm tofu and scrambled it up as I would an egg- adding some red pepper and red onion in a little olive oil. After that was done I set it aside and put some olive oil and took a wheat tortilla. I tore the tortilla into small pieces and stir fried it. Then I mixed everything together and salt and peppered it. Ummm emmm Good!!!

So,- now I take a proactive approach to blood sugar levels and just make sure I get enough protein before I leave the house. Heaven knows I can't be eating chocolatized elephant droppings!!!!!!!

Well, you know what I mean! :)
Have a great day! I sure hope you are keeping up with your journals, because those scriptures are right on each and every day!

love you all,

Monday, March 17, 2008

Home Stretch

Well, guys. We are just about finished with our 21 Day Fast. In one way it seems like it has been forever and in another sense it has gone by quickly. - But I have to admit, the forever part definitely weighs heavier than the quick part.

For me, the hardest part was last week. I REALLY struggled. I became frustrated, not so much with the food choices, but for the lack of convenience to my lifestyle. Through these two weeks of the Daniel Fast I have learned several things.

They are:
  • I had a habit of living to eat, rather than eating to live.
  • I allowed my lifestyle, with its hectic pace, to determine my eating habits and even my food choices.
  • My eating habits were a slave to my lifestyle.
  • I was continuously making bad decisions for me and my family on our food choices and eating habits.
  • I was not as close to God as I thought I was.
  • I had and still have many issues that I need to allow God to clean up.
  • Fasting must become a spiritual discipline for me if I want to continue to grow closer to my Lord.

I must say that I am a changed person. Maybe not so much on the outside, but definitely in my thinking. I need Christ more than ever. I need Him with every breath I take. Too many times I have forged ahead before I heard His whisper.

I haven't totally enjoyed this 21 day fast. There are times I was angry, because I just wanted it to be a little more convenient. Well, that is the truth, even if it is ugly to admit. But I have learned that His strength is what I need. If I can live in discipline to this, I can live in discipline to other areas of my life with the help of the Holy Spirit.

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I hope to do better this week.
Let's keep in an attitude of prayer this week for the upcoming Easter Services! I am excited about what God is going to do in the lives our family and friends!

love and prayers,

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Daniel Fast Post from Laurie

This is from Laurie's blog today. I thought it was fitting to put it on here today.
Thanks Laurie!
Thank you for joining me today as I share my heart. It is my prayer that your heart will be strengthened today!
1 CHRONICLES 22:19 "Now determine in your mind and HEART to seek the Lord your God."
Today is day 12 of the 21-day DANIEL FAST that our family has been doing along with many others from our church. I went to the doctor yesterday and really noticed what eating fruits and vegetables can do for a girl when I stepped onto the scale. Yippee...I lost weight!
Even though losing weight is not the reason for doing this fast, it is definetly a side bonus! As I thought about what I had lost, I was reminded that the hunger that I feel throughout the day has NOT been lost. I still have hunger pains, and I still have cravings and temptations. This week, God has reminded me that there is a DANGER OF BEING HUNGRY, and I need to be watchful as the tempter tempts me and wants me to lose something greater than food cravings.
MATTHEW 4:2-4 "After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. The tempter came to Him and said, 'If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.' Jesus answered, 'It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."
The evil one, the tempter, had a goal to destroy God and anything He loved. Satan saw a perfect opportunity to attack Jesus. He saw Jesus was isolated, there were no friends to warn Him and there were no supplies or food to keep Him strong. For forty days and nights, Jesus fasted. He faced the vulnerabilities of exposure and hunger. The accuser nagged and harassed, but waited until the right time - THE FORTY FIRST DAY - to use his most deceptive tricks.
The tempter sneered. "Ah, you must be starving. If you really are the Son of God, you could make these desert stones into bread. Why don't you?"
Jesus sensed the sham. "God has said, 'Man cannot exist only on bread.' My food is God's truths." Jesus trusted in the goodness of His Father and in the timing of His provision.
Chocolate cravings are one thing, but there are hungers that take such a hold that they leave you exposed. The tempter waited to tempt Jesus at the END of His fast, that is what the enemy does...he looks for opportunities of our greatest vulnerability.
So, when you have reached the limits of your hunger, and find yourself drifting into the arms of compromise, remember Jesus in His wilderness. God had us in mind when He sent Him to face intense conditions and temptations.
There is a DANGER OF BEING HUNGRY, but I am thankful that God has provided us a way of escape.
1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 " You can trust God, who will not permit you to be tempted more than you can stand. But when you are tempted, He will also give you a way to escape so that you will be able to stand it."
That is a piece of my heart today......

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Prayer for Divine Healing Today

I want to encourage each of you today to read your Fast Journal - again. Today's verse and thought is concerning healing.

Can you make a list right where you are of people that need a Divine Healing? Sickness is something that we do have to deal with in our every day lives, but there are times when God wants to do the miraculous.

Let us agree together today to break any strongholds of disease and sickness in our church family! That doesn't mean there is sin in those lives. A stronghold is a fortified area of the enemy. I want health and wellness to be a stronghold in our lives - a fortified area of our Savior!

Let us call out together the names of those that a need a touch from the Creator's hand!
In Isaiah 58:8 it says, "Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard."

Read it. Claim it. Speak it. It is His Word for you today!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Prayer Fast Journal

I hope you guys are keeping up with your prayer fast journal.

There are some powerful verses to meditate on and claim during this fast.

Did anybody else just about shout on the verses from Saturday and Sunday? Because of our weekend schedule, I didn't get to journal until today. When I turned to those verses, my spirit was excited!

If you haven't read them or don't remember, they are:

Saturday: Theme: I will trust in God’s Word to give me direction and guidance.
Scripture: Proverbs 6:20-23
My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life.

Sunday: Theme: I am believing God for good things to happen in my family.Scripture: Psalm 112:1-9
1Praise the LORD . Blessed is the man who fears the LORD , who finds great delight in his commands. 2 His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. 5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD . 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. 9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.

Here are some verses to "chew" on and to claim in your prayer time! God promises His direction and He promises if we fear Him and if we delight in His promisies then our children will be mighty in the land!

During our Sectional Council service last night, a fellow minister was praying over me at the altar. I heard the prayer and immediately my heart was consumed with a yearning for more of God. What was the prayer? He prayed that my children would receive a double portion of the Spirit of God that I have. I have heard that before. I heard it last weekend at a Leadership Retreat I attended. I heard it this time and it struck home. Is a double portion enough to see my kids through their generation? I think- I KNOW, I must seek His face more diligently, and more purposefully. I want my kids to inherit a wealth of spiritual blessings from my heavenly Father!

As we are nearing the half way mark of this fast, I find different "temptations" than I did the first week. Instead of just wanting food, I now get a little frustrated at the lack of convenience with the food preparation. The fast has interrupted my busy lifestyle. Hmmmmmm....... Could that be the intention of the Master? Could it be, He desires me, to put everything else on hold, and just seek His face a little more? Have I gotten that busy, and that callous that meal preparations get me out of sorts?

I don't know about each of you but after each day, I think, "Wow, I cleaned up that issue rather nicely. Why don't I just go back to my old diet now?" When - Bam! God opens another door of my heart, and what do I find, but more garbage, more junk that needs to be cleaned out!!!!

There is a verse of scripture that says, "His mercies are new every morning, his compassions are new every day!" I am beginning to see why a loving and just God would have to have new mercies and compassions every day, - because we need them.

He is a great God! Aren't we privileged to know Him?

love you all

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Day 7: Learning to Lean

Just when I thought I could do this, I encounter a huge battle of discipline.

My kids played in the snow today and were famished. They have not "appreciated" the vitamins and protein and natural goodness in this Daniel Fast, therefore, my children have not gotten enough nutrients. My husband and I decided it was time to intervene and get them something they would eat.

So, I walked into the local pizza place to pick up their gourmet lunch. What I was not expecting was the aroma that assailed me while I was standing at the counter.

The purpose of this is to make my relationship with Him a little stronger, more real and definitely more in tune.

I learned to lean a little bit more on my Savior.

Later I had to go to the store for some things. I passed the candy aisle. I wasn't in there for candy of course, but I mistakenly walked down that aisle. It was like a symphony of chocolate smells surrounded me.

I learned to lean a little bit more on my Savior.

I have specific things I have asked God for during this fast. I wrote them down yesterday. And then I realized -again- that Isaiah 58 is more than just about receiving what I think God wants, even if it is for bondages to be broken in others lives. Isaiah 58 says that a true fast is about things being done God's way.

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness F125 will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

So, as I lean more on my Savior, I see more of His heart. The more I see of His heart, the more I understand how far away from Him I am. The more I see of His holiness, the more I realize how unholy I am.

I am learning to lean on my Savior- again.

We must seek His face. We must learn to lean on the Savior.


Friday, March 7, 2008

Lunch with Dorinda

Fridays are my day to do whatever I need to catch up. This morning I spent catching up on Bible reading and just spendin' time with Jesus.

At noon, I decided I better get a bite to eat. I went to my redecorated pantry-(I have so many more colors in there now!) and then the veggie refrigerator. I picked a soy based creamy broccoli soup. Hmmmmm. That's new. Rusty walks in with some replinishments for our disappearing juices. He is grinning and I inquire the reason for his smirk. He holds up one of his finds- Pomegranate/Blueberry Juice. The label says it boosts your brain power! Whew! Do I need that!

My "creamy" broccoli soup beeps in the microwave. I pour it in my bowl, grab my vegetable soy crackers, and a glass of my new brain food, pomegranate juice! What a tastey lunch! A month ago if someone told me I would have that for a lunch, I would have laughed my head off. Today, I am quite satisfied. My heart is full and my belly is full.

I find that I am eating to live and not living to eat. I found a book yesterday called The Detox Diet. It was written by some medical doctors concerning the digestinal tract and its health. I have read half of the first chapter and already, I see that God's dietary regulations are right on track. Of course, they would be, he designed and created our bodies!

I don't know about you guys, but I feel better. Even my children are less cranky! (Me thinks we had waaaaay too much sugar in our diet.)

Well, I just wanted to share my lunch with you and see how you were doing today. By the way, for you diet coke lovers out there, you just "gotta" try the pomegranate/berry juice! After 5 days and no diet coke - This stuff ROCKS! - oops!!

I guess it is okay to enjoy natural stuff?

okay - gotta go! Schools out and it is snowing!!!!
love you all!


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Day 5: We are Gonna Make It!

After a couple of hard days, deep soul searching, and spirit empowered discipline, we have made it!

I don't know about you, but I feel like I can make it. I have these moments when I actually crave water and fruit and then I see a candy bar or want to go through the drive-thru for a big ol' diet coke. It is those times when I lean, not on my own self-discipline, but on the strength of my Savior. It is times like that when I can somewhat understand what an addict must go through- except mine is a craving of my mind.

I feel like my body is getting clean from the inside out- in my body, soul, and spirit. I definitely feel better and I definitely feel closer to my Lord. - But it hasn't come easy- and this is just the first week.

How about you guys? What are your thoughts of the first week of the Daniel Fast? For me it has been a discipline just to not allow our new diet requirements consume me. The dietary changes have presented some challenges - shopping time, prep time, and even bathroom time. (yes, I wrote it in a whisper.) But I know you have all had to adjust in each of these areas- it is part of it.

After four days, I have finally found some things our family can eat and suprisingly enjoy!

Last night (and tonight) we had stir fried (not really fried - just sauteed) fresh veggies in olive oil. [Red peppers, green peppers, onion, squash, zucchini, and tofu]. I prepared brown rice according to package directions, and then stir fried the brown rice.

My biggest concern has been that we all get a sufficient amount of protein, along with the ample supply of healthy vitamins. Another protein "trick" I have used, is soy milk in fruit smoothies- Strawberries and bananas in the blender with a little soy milk.

Again, I don't want to elaborate on the replacements, but I do know I want my children to be healthy while they draw closer to God. It is different for 2 adults to know what they need to eat, whether they like or not, than for children struggling with lots of new green things.

The Daniel Fast is about depriving ourselves of things we like in order to lean more on our Lord and Savior. It is about putting our spirit man back in control - because our spirit man listens to the Savior's whisper.

Let us hear from you! This fast is having a wonderful unifying effect on our church family!

Love you all!


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Help! I Don't Think I Can Do This!

Rusty hit the nail on the head about our Daniel Fast today. I think everyone is having a rough time today. But I encourage you.... We can make it! If we make it today, we can make it! Hang in there and keep on keeping on!

If this fast was just about doing without it would be called a diet. But this fast is about denying our self things we like and enjoy in order to draw closer to God. There is a reason behind this self-denial.

In our staff meeting this morning, Pastor Clayton made a comment that Rusty said he wanted everyone to hear. So, I will try to remember it word for word. "This fast is not just about denying our selves one thing in order to replace it with another. It is about denying our selves the comfort of food in order to remind ourselves we need more of God." Every time we feel a hunger pain, we should talk to God. Ask Him to reveal Himself to us. Ask Him to show us what needs to be cleaned out in our lives.

God is a very Holy God. He loves us, but cannot tolerate our sin. There are so many things that need to be changed in our lives. I don't want to miss out on what God has for me because I didn't take the time to pray during this fast.

I have to admit, this is tough. It is only day 3 and I'm thinking, "I can't do this!!!!" But I want to do this, because I want to crucify my flesh in a way I never have. I want to experience God in a whole new way! I want to seek Him as I never have before!

I left a little while ago to pick my kids up from school. I wanted so bad to go through the drive-thru and get just one small diet coke. It practically consumed my thoughts. But I pushed through, and began praying - praying for you guys, my family, our church, and what God wants to do through this fast. It wasn't long until that sense of "urgency" for a diet coke disappeared.

So, I'm thinking, whenever I have those "urgencies", I will just press through in prayer. I don't know about you, but I sure am learning to lean more on Jesus in even the smallest of things!

Love you guys! Hang in there! YOU CAN DO IT!

Day 3: Press On!

March 4, 2008 (Tuesday)
As I sit here this morning, once again watching the squirrels out of my window, my mind drifts to our 21-day Daniel Fast. It probably drifted there because of a sharp hunger pain. I have made it my goal that each time I feel a hunger pain or have a craving for something, to use that as a nudge to pray. As I try to keep that goal, I am breathing prayers throughout the day. We begin DAY THREE on our fast…how are you doing? Have you slipped up some? If so, that’s ok, just do better today. Remember that we are in this thing together, fighting together as a huge family and at the same time army. There are things that we desperately want to hear from God on, and I know it my heart that God will honor our commitment to this fast. Please remember, to keep your focus on God and not on the food that you can or can’t eat. Also, not to allow a COMPLAINING SPIRIT to overtake you. Strive to begin and end the day with THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE. Push on my friends…we can accomplish this goal. It is WELL WORTH THE FIGHT.
I would like to share something with you today that I read from Rick Renner’s “Sparkling Gems from the Greek” book concerning slothfulness. I have always thought that laziness and slothfulness were the same thing, but they are not. When I read warnings in the Bible about slothfulness, I have always moved right along because I have always been a hard worker. However, this morning as I was reading Rick’s study about slothfulness, I quickly turned my meditation to what I am writing on this morning. Since DAY THREE of a fast is kind of like DAY THREE after a surgery…the most painful, I want to issue a challenge about not allowing ourselves to become SLOTHFUL during this fast commitment. Let’s look at it together.
Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Slothful comes from the Greek word nothros and describes something that is dull, monotonous, or unexciting; something that is slow and sluggish; or something that has lost its speed or momentum. This "something" is still moving, but it isn't moving with the same velocity and aggressiveness it once had. It has lost the drive, thrust, impetus, pace, and speed it once possessed. This word therefore presents the idea of someone who was once zealous about something but whose zeal has now dissipated, replaced instead by neutrality.

Please check out the remainder of todays blog by CLICKING HERE.

I love you guys, and hope that you have an awesome day in the Lord. I hope to see you in our revival service tonight at 7 pm. Blessings!

Pastor Rusty

Monday, March 3, 2008

Protein Source

okay - It is day 2 and to be perfectly honest, I am tired. I am not sleepy, but tired. I guess that is showing me how much my body usually is operating on artificial stimulants like caffeine and sugar.

The food I am eating is not pleasant and tastey like I would like- but that's what this is all about isn't it? Every time that I eat something when I would rather be eating chocolate, I pray, "Jesus, draw me closer to you!" Every time I sip my water and wish it was a diet coke, I pray, "Lord, I want more of you more than I want a diet coke!"

One of the things I have had to be careful about in the short 24+ hours on the Daniel Fast is my protein intake. I have a tendency to have low blood sugar- probably because I eat so much junk food. Since yesterday I have consumed a lot of fruit juices that are naturally sweetend - no sugar added. But because they do have natural sugars, I have had to make sure that I eat enough protein. I stumbled upon an excellent source of protein!

I bought some soy nuts last night at the store. I bought them because they have 3 x more protein than other nuts. The ones I purchased are roasted. So, I can eat a cup of those and instantly have as much protein as I would in a huge steak.

What about you guys? Are you doing okay? Do you have any recipes or information to share?

Remember, whenever you crave something, that is a reminder to spend time with the Lord. Don't let this time of self-denial be about that only. If you only deny yourself your favorite foods with out more time in prayer and the Word, then these 21 days become a diet rather than a spiritual fast.

Let us hear from you!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Day 1: The Whisper of God

Wow! You made it!

I don't know about you, but I know that on March 23rd, we are going to have some victories to share!

Our services today were wonderful. As the evengelist ministered in tonight's service, I just kept thinking, I want to be close enough to God to hear His whisper. His text was from 1 Kings 19, with the last point in verse 12. After the wind, the earthquake, and the fire, came the gentle whisper of God.

My little girl likes to whisper things in my ear. In order for me to hear her, I have to be very close to her. I feel the breath of her words as she whispers in my ear. Don't you want that from God? Oh, my! I do!

Today was a challenging day as our family is learning what we can tolerate and not on this fast. Surprisingly, I wakened this morning very thirsty and was craving water! Before lunch I had some REAL hunger pains. Something very foreign to me!

But at the end of this day, we are preparing for bed, and we have made it! We have said "no" to chocolate and sodas and bread.... and a bunch of good stuff. But- we have said "yes" to a closer walk with our Savior!

I want my spirit man to be in control of all of me. This whole fast is about denying ourselves "delicasies" in order to draw closer to God. As we submit the cravings of our flesh to our spirit man, our spirit man is able then to communicate with God on a more intimate level. When our spirit man is in control, things happen in the heavenlies! When my spirit man is in control, I will be able to hear the whisper of God in my heart!

I know I have rambled, but I just wanted to journal my thoughts tonight. Our Fasting Journal topic today was "The Power of God is Working in my Life". Our prayer is that we began to see and feel His power working in our lives. The power of the Creator of the universe is at work within you! Let Him be God and submit every area of your life to him. Listen for His whisper as He works His power through you!

Let us hear from you and what God is doing in your life! This staff loves you and we are praying for you!


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Twas the Night before the Daniel Fast.....

Twas the night before the Daniel fast,

and all through my heart

all my senses were cringing

as my soul and spirit were soon to part...... (Hebrews 4:12)

Well, here we are- about to embark on a church and community changing journey!

Where first I shuddered and bemoaned, I now anticipate and await. I can't wait for the closeness of my Savior! I can't wait for the nearness of His presence. I long for the beauty of His Holiness!

We will go to sleep tonight and drink a diet coke and nibble on an m&m or two. We will wake up in the morning and deny ourselves culinary items we have so accustomed ourselves to- all to seek His Face and know His Truth.

Please don't forget to share your journey also! I emphasize again, the link to the professional Daniel Fast Blog is well worth your visit and the cook book for $8.95 is wonderful! From what I have read, Susan Gregory's teaching on spiritual disciplines are right on.

Remember, this is not just about doing without. This Daniel Fast is about drawing closer to God. Seeking Him. Finding Him. Knowing Him. Enjoying His Presence. Listening to His Spirit. Allowing Him to change us and mold us. Ending 21 days later a completely different person than we are right now. Don't forget to spend time at His feet and in His Word!