“Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily” Isaiah 58:8
7. I’ve been doing this study by Jen Hatmaker with a group of gals for a few weeks now. It’s all about “staging your own mutiny against excess” as she says. It’s full of scripture, commentary, thought provoking questions and making sacrifices through fasting. We’ve fasted from food, clothes, possessions + starting tomorrow the dreaded media fast. It’s been a very eye opening few weeks to say the least. God is using this study & these fasts to reveal the clutter that surrounds my heart. I’ve been praying against legalism + rule following and praying instead that God would really work in my life during this season. And basically what He’s shown me, is through fasting and sacrifice he will heal me. He will show me the darkness of my heart (that most of the time I think is light) and he will heal it. Isaiah 58 is a great chapter that talks a lot about fasting and it ends with the verse I stated at the beginning of this post: “Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily” Isaiah 58:8 THAT my friends is what I’m praying for + why I’m fasting. I am praying that my light will break forth & my healing will spring up speedily. I am praying that He will make my bones strong (vs 11) and that my ancient ruins shall be rebuilt (vs 12). I am also praying that he will give me ears to hear and eyes to see (Isaiah 43:8). This is intense stuff yall, and it’s messy. There is all sorts of funkiness in me that I didn’t know was there. and I’m honestly glad I know. I am glad that it can be cleansed and healed. Things that have been in the dark can be brought to light & there will be freedom and healing.
These past few weeks (or really a few months?) I have had so many thoughts swirling around in my head. Thoughts I can’t get down on paper, and I think the enemy has been distracting me to make me less effective. so while I am scared straight of the media fast, I am also excited. Looking forward to having some time away from this blog, facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, tv (ouch) and making more time to sit still. to listen. to write. to clear my head. yall, it’s my birthday Saturday and I’m sorta sad that media week fell on this and I can’t get on facebook to see the beloved birthday messages [just being honest], but again – Gods timing is perfect and I’m trusting in Him. I don’t NEED [although I want] to feel loved and special by random facebook friends on my birthday, so I’m going to take the opportunity to be thankful for the friends I can spend time with in person, or have a conversation with on the phone instead. So…if you are looking for me the next 7+ days, you’ll know where to find me. I will still have a phone, even if it doesn’t have any of my social media apps on it…tear…..
I will be coming back on for a few minutes Wednesday after midnight to announce my fair trade/hand made giveaway WINNER! If you haven’t entered, you still have some precious time to do that! I would greatly appreciate your support for our man up mission trip to Uganda + Ethiopia in June! Find the giveaway HERE:: http://theelderadventurers.com/2013/04/fair-tradehand-made-blog-giveaway-mission-trip-fundraiser/