Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 - The Year of a Fast

I am writing this without understanding anything about what I am about to say...it is all new for me.

I feel (with fear and trembling of failure) in my heart that God is calling me to a "Year of Fast" for 2010. Fasting is not something I have ever been good at....I always had good excuses: "well, I need to eat while I am on medication or I don't want to get sickly or weak while taking care of my children." God only knows all the excuses I can make up.

I am not big on new year's resolutions, either...so I am not going to call this one. I already don't feel good about keeping it, so I don't need to doom it with failure by calling it a 'new year's resolution for 2010'.

God prompted me with this idea...I know it didn't come from me, that is for sure. And that very day on the moody radio was a talk show about fasting...now is anyone saying, "God confirmation".

So I wrote down the author and name of the book and checked to see if I could get it at the Lifeway Christian bookstore near my home. (I know Amazon would have had it, but I am into supporting local businesses...this is another story all together!)

It is on order, or it may even be in...I need to go check. It is not like I don't have 20,000 other books to read and about a hundred making camp around my bed (on my side of course). Just yesterday my oldest told me, "Mom, you can learn too much...."

That happen after I was getting ready to watch a TV show with him and my eyes caught a book shelf I had not seen in a few months and I was totally enthralled with the "new" books in my house. "Oh, I didn't know we had this one. Hmm, this would be a good one. Have you read this?" You get the point. "Mom, come on you get so distracted..."

So back to fasting... I am serious about obeying God and He is trying to get my roaming attention. Maybe He figures a few stomach pains would slow me down to think more toward Him through the day. At least a friend told me that a day or so ago. She told me when she fast, and feels a pain of hunger, she talks with God knowing He went through much more pain for her.

Seriously, though, have you ever had a season of fasting with the Lord. Has He ever called you to a period of fasting? Can you share your experience and its effect?

And later on, I will let you know how it is going...