40 Days: A Journey of Prayer and Fasting

This Monday begins my 40 day journey to Easter.

I have sacrificed things for Lent in the past. A few years back I “gave up” chocolate.

I know that sounds frivolous considering what God has sacrificed for me. However,  I do love my chocolate and God did use it for His glory. He’s amazing like that.

Our family was on a road-trip with friends. We were passing around snacks and I accepted an offer of a chocolate malted milk ball. The instant it hit my mouth I realized what I had done. I refuse to swallow and before I knew it, melted chocolate was dribbling down my chin. No napkins. No tissues. I had to swallow. The friends of our girls asked why I couldn’t eat the chocolate leading the way to a discussion of Lent, Sacrifice, and Easter.

This year, 2014, I feel the Holy Spirit drawing me closer to Him.

I have begun disciplines obeying the Word that have resulted in great blessings already. I will share those another time. For now, I find myself drawn to a time of fasting. With a genuine heart. I have fasted in the past. In all honesty, I was more concerned with losing weight than my prayer life. I would fast by reading my Bible during a mealtime with one eye on the clock. Is it time for a mid-day snack yet? God still would use those times to speak to me, but now I am ready to go deeper. I want to know Him more intimately.

I want His blessings on my family!

I found this book by Marilyn Hickey.

Marilyn, along with her daughter Sarah, have a television ministry.

I have only just begun reading this book filled with pearls of wisdom!

The Power of Prayer and Fasting, 21 Days That Can Change Your Life.

 

Marilyn suggests keeping a daily journal during your fast.  A place to record what God is placing on your heart and convicting in your mind. The graphic below shows what I will be recording in my Prayer Journal based on Marilyn’s book.

40 Days: A Journey of Prayer and Fasting ~ Back To Family.net

Join me on this journey!

Grab a notebook and pen and your favorite Bible or use Bible Gateway.

Beginning Monday, I will be choosing a meal per day to refrain from. I will spend that time with God in His Word.

Marilyn writes of how she fasts for 7 meals per week, not necessarily one per day. Choose to fast the way you feel comfortable with.

Perhaps you want to give up sweets or snacktime. That’s a good start. You can give up a TV show. In that time period, open your Bible instead.

Blessings to you as we begin this 40 Day Journey!

How to French Braid Hair- a picture tutorial

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To Homeschool or Not To Homeschool

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“Whether called homeschooling, home schooling, home-based education, home education, home-schooling, unschooling, deschooling, or a form of alternative education, the movement is growing and the National Home Education Research Institute is tracking and analyzing it, internationally.” ~NHERI

I never thought of homeschooling as a controversial subject.

That is… until I began to consider it seriously for our family. I NEVER came across anything exceptionally rude or mean. I want to make that clear right away.


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