For those of you who just completed our 2nd Annual 40 Day Sugar Fast... HIP-HIP-HOORAY! We've been more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Looking back over these 40 days I see many recurring themes, and all of them straight from the Bible.
- We talked a lot about letting our hunger pangs drive us to the only One who can ever satisfy our soul's great hunger. (Psalm 90:14)
- We recognized that when we "hunger and thirst for anything else, we hunger and thirst in vain." (Matt. 5:6)
- We confessed our tendency to emotionally binge rather than bring our emotions to the Lord. (Ps. 139:23)
- We collective heard Him say, "Thanks for the sugar, but what I really want is all of you." (Mark 12:30)
- Likewise, we admitted that once God shook this shackle free He immediately convicted us about other idols in our lives. (Leviticus 26:1)
- And finally, we've heard women joyfully confess, "I'm finally satisfied." (Psalm 107:9)
More than anything else was the call to be in God's Word throughout the fast. Instead of running to the pantry (for chocolate chips to get us through) we ran to Him, His Word, His Holy Spirit power! We encouraged Bible study and Bible memory, and reminded each other that nothing else is sweeter. (Psalm 119:103) It was a liberating and life-giving 40 days! And none of us are eager to turn back to captivity. We want to keep walking in freedom and pursuing the One who set us free indeed. And so we are going from fasting to feasting...
We have developed a holy hunger to "taste and see" that the Lord, indeed, is good. (Psalm 34:8) Are you ready to go from FAST to FEAST? Beginning this coming Monday, May 16th, 2016, we're diving into the Psalms as a Spiritually starving group of women. We'll keep our private Facebook group alive and use it to "break bread" together, metaphorically.
If you have been one of the courageous women who went without sugar during this fast, it is my prayer that you've experienced the Lord's abiding nearness like never before. And I hope you'll join us on this next leg of our journey towards intimacy with Christ. But if you didn't fast with us this spring, but are hungry for time spent with the satisfying bread of life, you are welcome too!
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)
What do you say we taste and see for ourselves? Here's the challenge, brave ones: simply read one Psalm a day, Monday - Friday. Saturdays and Sundays can be used for catch up and reflection. Perhaps you'll choose to journal some of your thoughts and prayers, along with your favorite verses. Some of you may choose to copy some of these Psalms in their entirety. Maybe a handful of you will will even do a little creative Bible journaling with colored pens and watercolored paints. Whether you will read first thing in the morning, or dive in once your little people are down for naps, it's up to you and the Holy Spirit's lead. The how and when and posture of your Bible Study is between you and the Him, but we invite you to share what you are learning each day on our private Facebook page. Each Monday - Friday one of the Fast2Feast admins will write the date and the Psalm number, followed by her personal reflection and an invitation for you to share yours. Sweet and simple.
Would you like a lovely little reminder? One of the ladies who joined our fast is a jewelry designer who has offered to create a series of bangles to remind us to fix our hunger upon the One who promises to satisfy every need, both now and forever more!
"Bind them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck (or your wrists.)
When you walk about, they will guide you;
When you sleep, they will watch over you;
And when you awake, they will talk to you."
(Proverbs 6:21-22, parenthesis added)
Order one, or order all three! Choose your favorite metal and our resident jeweler Jennifer, from The Finest Kind co. will ship it to you ASAP! Use the code: WENDY for 25% off - created especially for us!
I'll see y'all tomorrow as we dive into Psalm 1.