Making more time for God. That is where I want my focus to be. More of God. Less food, no television or entertainment that would distract me from hearing Him – more of Him and less of me.
Today being the first day of our fast, I noticed that my children spent a good portion of the morning discussing the things they will be missing over the next 21 days. There were complaints about food, and about missing media. One child will have his birthday during the fast and he wonders how on earth he could celebrate without some of his favorite things. Concerns over what kind of vegetables would be served was a topic as well, and as each child spoke of their dislikes, I felt prompted by this teachable moment.
What about the blessing? During a fast, we should not spend our time focused on what we think we will miss out on, or the things we feel negative about. We should be thanking God that we have food, thanking Him for a family that loves Him and serves Him. And even more so, we need to realize that we are making a sacrifice of time, food, and entertainment so that we have more time to spend with God. Spending time with Him, reading the Word, praying more, journaling, having discussions about Him, and asking Him what He wants to do in our lives – WOW! What an opportunity!
So we made time to encourage ourselves by reviewing the Bible and praying. We looked back at the Book of Daniel as we have before. We read scriptures from Daniel chapter 1, to remind ourselves that God blessed the young men who fasted rather than taking part of the King’s delicacies. He blessed them in their health and He blessed them in their knowledge! God strengthened them in their bodies, minds and spirits. Not only did these young people not complain about their fast, they pleaded for permission to fast – and they were given incredible favor! Okay that was encouraging! We read on about pressing in during the fast and reminded ourselves about what happened to Daniel when he was visited by the angel Gabriel in chapter 10. The angel told Daniel that he was precious to God, and his prayers were heard! God loves us and He hears us. Daniel had continued to pray even when there was no answer in sight, and the angel further explained what took him so long in getting there to minister to Daniel.
Feeling completely encouraged we were able to move into a time of discussion and journaling. The children each took time to pray and journal and ask God about what He wants to do in their lives. They were ready. One of my daughters shared with me that she felt like God was showing her that He wanted her to work on being less selfish. She further shared with me that she took the time to look up scriptures about selfishness. She was concerned with what she found because she recognized that God takes selfishness seriously. She expressed that she has seen some areas in her life that need some work (I assured her that I have plenty of those areas myself – we all do!). The scriptures she found referred to selfishness as evil or demonic. She had never realized that before. She journaled and prayed and felt greatly stirred to be more giving – especially of her time. It was beautiful to see her allow the Holy Spirit bring something to mind. It was not anything any of us said to her, it was simply God sharing with one of His chosen children. As a mom I was so blessed that she was open to allow God to reveal something so specific to her, and immediately she acted on it by studying the Word, and asking Him to help her.
This is one of the many blessings that comes out of fasting together as a family and making time for discussion and prayer together. God is already making us more aware of His presence on this first day! I look forward to more encounters and sharing this process with my husband and children.
Each Day our Menu’s are a bit different. I chose to have only water until the afternoon. My husband juiced his breakfast and dinner and joined us for lunch. The children ate the following: Breakfast – Oatmeal; Lunch – Vegan Chili (so simple); Dinner: Smoothie, brown rice cake and nut butter
Thank you Lord for your faithfulness. Help us to continue to press in and pray throughout each day seeking your wisdom in our lives! Amen
Proverbs 3:13-18 (NLT)
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.