Day thirteen…there really are only a few days left. My desire to finish strong is ever-present. I am thanking God daily that I have not been tempted in regards to food. This feels like a tremendous breakthrough. There have been other times I have fasted and I focused on what I was missing way too much. Other times that I have fasted, I have given way to weakness and taken a sip, or a bite of something I should not have. Today, and throughout this fast, I am standing on the commitment I made and it feels great to follow through. Please don’t get me wrong or think this is an arrogant statement. We have been faced with several personal challenges during this fast. Food has just not been one of them.
So, if you are fasting and if you are struggling…let me encourage you! You can do this. You are almost there. God is so faithful to carry you through. No matter what challenges you may be facing, God will never grow tired or weary and His strength is more than enough to see you through. Keep seeking Him. Keep surrendering. He will bless you through the process.
God Blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Matthew 5:6
We discussed this scripture in our home today along with others. This one stood out to me. I have been experiencing hunger pangs here and there throughout the fast, and I have asked the Lord to replace those physical pangs, with spiritual hunger pangs for righteousness.
If righteousness is the “state or quality of being righteous,” I must know what it means to be righteous. My children and looked this up in our bible dictionary. Righteous: “acting in accord with divine or moral law; free from guilt or sin; morally right or justifiable.” RIGHTEOUSNESS! I am hungry and thirsty for righteousness – in my life, in my home, in the lives of my children and family, and in every area of life.
We also read through Matthew 4:18-20. This is when Jesus approached Simon Peter and Andrew as they were fishing. Jesus told them to put down there nets and follow Him, and He would make the fishers of men. Without question, they did it. Wow! WILLINGNESS!
Those are the words I am left with today – willingness and righteousness.
God, I pray that my life would reflect a willingness to serve and follow You, and that I would seek righteousness in all I do. Let me always hunger for more of You!
Oh, and our menu today was:
Breakfast: Whole grain cereal with quinoa and oats, sweetened with raisins and a dash of apple juice Lunch: Re-fried beans on brown rice cakes (mini tostadas) Dinner: Green salad, with strawberries, mandarin oranges, and papaya