Traditionally, when people say they are fasting, it is from some form of nurishment. I think these traditional fasts are highly effective and are Biblically supported. I have done food fasts, and seen good results and answered prayer.
I have found that in my personal life, however, that God really speaks LOUDLY to me when I remove the biggest distractions in my life. Last year, those distractions were my cell phone and television. That fast was one of the hardest things I’ve gotten through, but the implication and results are still with me. I no longer waist money on a cable bill and I have really found myself cherishing personal time with God, instead of always looking to my phone for entertainment.
This year, I find myself relying on other vices. Twitter, for one, is something I abuse! Instead of going to God with my thoughts and issues, I often go to the web and tell the virtual world. This isn’t healthy. Also, I am on facebook WAY too much. I have probably lost precious hours of my life looking at people’s wedding pictures, reading posts, and checking out status updates when I could have probably read the entire Bible by now. But, let’s get serious, Leviticus and Number have got nothing on crazy photo albums from old high school friends. (Sorry Moses). I want to learn to find a better balance, though. I want to learn more discipline when it comes to how I spend my “free” time. I want be closer to God…and further from my computer screen. Finally, I spend way too much money eating out. Getting my finances in order is a major priority for me, so I need to start at the root of the issue: waisted money.
So, no more facebook until January 31st (a 21 day fast) and I am continuing my fast from Twitter and eating out (37 day fast) until February 6th. In 10 days God has already revealed BIG things to me, so I am trusting that by eliminating another distraction, He will be able to show me that much more. I can’t wait to gain understanding of the vision He has for my life! I can’t wait to meet and marry my husband. I can’t wait to be the woman God wants me to be, but let’s me honest, I AM enjoying the process. In short, I can’t wait!
Blessings to you all! Please keep reading if you want to follow my fast and continued journey with God!