Monday, October 29, 2012

Fasting on my plate

There are many things I must do this week...the usual routine along with some extras as I prepare to leave the country next Monday. The expression, "I have a lot on my plate" comes to mind. Somehow in our vernacular this phrase has come to mean too much, but in my world a lot on your plate is a good Thanksgiving Dinner...but I digress. Here are the things on my plate right now. Good thing I'm hungry! 1. The elders are in the final stages of interviewing two potential elders to join our team. This means we will likely meet this week...a culmination of several months of prayer, questions, reflection and paying attention to the Holy Spirit. 2. Final preparations for baptism Sunday are being made. Blessed to work with a team who will do most of the organizational work for the day. 3. Finalize some lessons for the Holy Land video teachings J.K. and I will be doing in Israel next week. Our theme will be "KING" as we tour this land of both earthly and heavenly kings. 4. Pack...for most not a problem, but I always overpack because I want to have the right clothes in case it's hot, it's cold, it's rainy, it's dinner, I'm get the picture. There's more but I won't bore you further...the most interesting thing on my plate is fasting. Kind of a double negative - fasting on my plate. I will be joining a thousand people from Eastview in a day of prayer and fasting this Thursday, and I'm already getting my mind and soul ready for it. I already looking over and beginning to pray over the list of 20 prayer concerns our church will pray together. This will set in my soul a desire to hear from God. I've already begun planning my eating before and after the fast. What will my last meal be? How will I break the fast. I'm also preparing to lead others in prayer & fasting...I want to be ready to lead by example. So, much conversation with God concerning Thursday at 6:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. I will be there all three times, setting up our time of prayer together. Of all the other things on your plate, I hope fasting is on yours too this week. Phrases that didn't make the cut in this blog: *I'm hungry for fasting *Fasting...I'm eating it up *Slowing down to fast *Fasting it's what's not for dinner *Stop eating and start praying

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