My friend Clare had a vision she was going to die young. Three weeks ago, she went suddenly to be with Jesus. It was time to face it. I was standing on the High Street of my former hometown in Engl…
Worth the long read. Wow.
This is a really touching and beautiful read.
Breaking a fast, it seems to me, requires greater discipline than fasting.
When fasting, we turn-off the spigot
and just don’t let-in the forsaken element of our diet.
(incidentally, I found this easier for the total fast, than the limited fast.)
Just don’t eat (Insert item here).
Don’t eat food…
Don’t eat chocolate…
The ever popular: ‘Don’t eat brussle sprouts’
Don’t eat meat, or sweet things or coffee….whatever
But then the fasting comes to an end;
and It’s like the pent-up demand, for all the accrued calories,
just reared-up like a bear on it’s hind legs and demanded my complicity.
A week later and there is not a biscuit safe from this ravenous mouth.
I resolve here to fast regularly. A regular spiritual discipline.
To continue to practice saying “no” the this beast my soul rides.
This ship has a captain.
The wayward currents won’t drag me out to the sea
of unbridled lust for that Oreo;
That siren song that calls me to the rocks of indiscipline.
I know my redeemer lives and I resolve to practice discipline, in order to be familiar with denying other base desires that vie for my complicity.
And I know it isn’t me who is strong,
but I recognize that it is me who yields to God or self,
God, help me to exercise listening to you, and denying myself.
Fasting never impressed God, but it showed me the clear line
between desire and commitment to any decision.
And I pray in response, asking that God help me to answer for this;
this awakening to how easy it actually is to resist (or give into) sin.
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I watched as they gathered around, tea in hand and all wrapped up in blankets, comfy on the couches. Chit chat happened and I felt welcomed, it was very lovely. And then it was time to leave and I witnessed as honest responses were exchanged in return to concerned questions. Rawness, that’s what I loved about it. This was community and I felt so blessed to have been a part of it, even if it were only one night. I asked her, how often do you do this? A few times each week was the response.
I want this, a community of people who want to gather, who want to spend every other night with each other. Who don’t just want to meet up once a month because they see it more important than that. I’ve been wanting this for so long, a community of people who care, because we are called as brothers and sisters in Christ. A community of people who will just exchange texts on a daily basis, asking for prayer, requesting prayer points, sharing encouraging stories and small joys.
I find my non christian friends more willing to meet up, more willing to give up time. But it’s not the same. I found myself struggling with this all of last year, and it has continued this year -
I want to pray for this.
Will you pray with me?
This. all of this. Praying for this.
Perfect <3 and I prayed for this for myself, a while ago. It’s real in my life now :)
Chelsea Moon - Be Thou My Vision
What would life be like if we truly believed (were fully persuaded of and absolutely convinced of) the following?
- Everything is possible with God (Matt 19:26)
- Nothing is impossible for them that believe (Matt 17:20)
- Nothing can separate us from the Love of God (Rom 8:38-39)
- If God is for us who can be against us (Rom 8:31)
- Nothing can by any means harm us (Luke 10:19)
- God works everything out for our good (Rom 8:29)
I dare you to ask God to help your unbelief on these things.
The sky really isn’t the limit.
Limits don’t exist.
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This morning I had coffee with my sweet friend Leah, who showed me this passage from Jeremiah 17 to encourage me about personal stuff that’s going on at the moment:
For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV)
Through everything I know that God is still God and He can use any situation for His glory! I will come out stronger on the other side. He will use my trials to sanctify me and He can handle my anger and questions and doubts.
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- Reblogged from everlastingjesus