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Growth spurt

When are you quiet? I am quiet during a growth. Its strange, I must say.. to be so quiet then all of a sudden have so much to say so I am going to start with fasting.... gulp.....

Now I am only going to be talking about my experience so far with fasting..Please feel free to let me know other things about fasting that I have not written here or your experiences... I only know what the Lord has taught me so far so I myself have much learning to do.... I enjoy being a student thought it does get ruff sometimes lol.

Main Entry: 3fast
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fæstan
1 : to abstain from food
2 : to eat sparingly or abstain from some foods

that above is from merriam webster dictionary online.

G2068; not eating, that is, abstinent from food (religiously): - fasting.

That I got from strongs.

Well anyhow mostly people think of food when the word fasting is mentioned.I also felt this way until I realised the Lord was telling me something else. When you want to grow and spend time with God many things need to be put in the right order and a way to find that order is through fasting...

I gave up the tv a while back and well people thought I was plumb crazy( which I think I am crazy... crazy for Christ! ) Fasting is not about tv people had said to me its about lacking food.. Well let me tell you that when I stopped watching that tv and spending the time in prayer and reading the bible I never had felt so with God. I was doing what He has said and I was drawing near to Him by leaving that tv alone and spending the time with my Father I was building a relationship with Him.

I must tell you that I had a complete tv issue I spent way to much time watching it and well the programming I chose was very damaging to me... with that time with God in prayer and reading God was able to break the chains of that addiction.. He delivered me from it. Yes I firmly believe tv can be a addiction. I watch tv now but the choices I make are much better and well the time I spend in front of it has really changed.

So that was my first experience with fasting and now I want to tell you about my next. I knew it was to be a food fast for 40 days. ( thats how long the tv one was for also). Now I never fasting food before was kinda like "umm.. God I really think that is to long and well the food restriction is alot and according to people I could get sick from what I hear" the Lord really made it clear to me what I was to do and to trust Him not what others say . ( that is a good point to always remember worry about what God thinks not man..)

Okay well let me tell you it was nothing like quitting tv. The first day I was so miserable with headaches and just feeling really sick. I thought if this how bad I fell imagine what it will be like in a week. Well satan tried almost every trick it was from a severe cold to things breaking and huge huge bills that I didn't think where going to happen. ( we split a cow every year with my parents and my cow gained 100 pounds in 1 month so the price went up alot to buy it... but hey my freezer is now full) . To friends fighting and my family having a brawl... I knew what was happening and maybe from the outside looking in someone may have seen I was under attack... but I looked at as a time to grow. HALLELUJAH ..

Thats what I did grow and grow and grow some more... Now with all this growing in a short amount of time made it kinda hard.. I mean here I am with all this new understanding.. it not fully straight in my head wanting to share it with others.. Now I am still learning and growing I will for the rest of my life so should you.

While i didnt list everything that happened during this fast alot did happen.. One of the best things is that in the middle of the friend argument a verse came to me . I had to look it up because I didn't know if the chapter and verse was there.. I had to read it I had to read what it said and let me give it to you...

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you: 1Pe 4:13 but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy.

How awesome is that ???? In the middle of this fasting chaos the Lord gives me this verse!!!

Well I am sure I rambled on long enough. I just wanted to share about what is happening and why I have been so quiet.. Just know that I am here.

Also I suggest if the Lord places it on your heart to fast please do it there is always a reason.

For I know that I went thru these trials recently not on my own but with God holding firmly on to me and instructing me where to go and when to stay when to speak and when to be quiet .. I am thankful for this time I spent fasting it was a valuable lesson and quality time with Abba Daddy!

Joyfully ~ Jlu