It has been 25 days of juice feasting. Over the last 3 weeks something has been lacking. As I look back I know God was telling me over and over again what it was that was that was missing. However, I have been deaf and blind to it until last night.
I started my juice fast with the goal of getting my house in order, cleaning up my body and feeling healthy again. I did NOT start my fast with any spiritual direction or focus. This fast has been covered in problems of the flesh and has been riddled with disappointment from not being able to have the self-control I am used to having in the past. I kept asking MYSELF why this was. It wasn’t until I FINALLY took the problem to God that my answer came and it was here all along. She is a woman I have gotten to know over the last 3 weeks or more. We talk often of my fast and fasting in general. She always emphasized fasting with spiritual growth. Something I could relate to from my past 21 day cleanse earlier this year.
Spiritual purpose has completely lacked in this juice fast. I did not set out with any goals spiritually this time and have felt it every day. When I realized this today I see now why this fast has been riddled with problems of the flesh. So last night I set out to define what this fast is to me spiritually and welcome the Ruach back into EVERY aspect of my life! Praise Abba for dropping the scales from my eyes and allowing me to see His purpose for my fast.
I am currently reading The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory. This book has helped me gain further spiritual insight into fasting with purpose.
I have put together a fasting covenant detailing my spiritual goals, prayer focus, and diet for the rest of my 60 day fast.
Outside my window another tree is being cut down. After the wet snow last fall, many large trees are being cut down. This tree next door needed to be, the fear of it falling on the house and killing someone is a definite possibility.
I am thinking how my day will unfold. Bowling or library? Park or pool?
I am thankful for double add Wednesday at Sprouts! No better way to shop for organic produce!
In the kitchen lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Plenty of healthy goodness for a while! Bless Abba!
I am wearing only what is comfy and modest. So much skin out there now that it is summer 😦
I am creating garden space
I am going to get coffee, I think. And will probably take the kiddos bowling. We have free passes, we better use em!
I am wondering is this really possible? And can I do it in my kitchen?
I am reading Should Christians be Torah Observant
by Carmen Welker
I am hoping for motivation. The playroom doesn’t seem to clean itself. Unfortunately it is more my stuff than the kids 😦
I am looking forward to compost bins!
I am learning to let go
Around the house a garden project
A favorite quote for today
One of my favorite things
A few plans for the rest of the week swimming, cleaning, organizing, get garage sale ready…
A peek into last week Cousins!
The kind of person on whom I look with favor is one with a poor and humble spirit, who trembles at my word.
For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will continue in my presence,’ says ADONAI, ‘so will your descendants and your name continue. 23 ‘Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,’ says ADONAI. 24 ‘As they leave, they will look on the corpses of the people who rebelled against me. For their worm will never die, and their fire will never be quenched; but they will be abhorrent to all humanity.’ [‘Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,’ says ADONAI.
Isaiah 58:13 a future Shabbat
If you hold back your foot on Shabbat from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call Shabbat a delight, ADONAI’s holy day, worth honoring; then honor it by not doing your usual things or pursuing your interests or speaking about them. 14 If you do, you will find delight in ADONAI – I will make you ride on the heights of the land and feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Ya’akov, for the mouth of ADONAI has spoken.
The below commentary if from: Remember the Sabbath Day by Richard Rives
So what can we definitely say about the Sabbath?
The Sabbath is to be a sign between God and his people so that they will know that he is the god that sanctifies them.
The fourth commandment has absolutely nothing to do with religious activity on any certain day. In fact, it is just the opposite, it is a day of rest, prescribed by God. We should worship God every day.
The Sabbath was established at the time of the creation of the world. It is not the Jewish Sabbath or the Christian Sabbath; it is God’s Sabbath.
The seventh day Sabbath was reconfirmed in the Ten Commandments, written in stone by the finger of God.
The penalty that was set for non observance is death.
Even after the crucifixion, the followers of Jesus observed the Sabbath. The very people who walked and talked with Jesus “rested the sabbath day according to the commandment”
No where in the Bible are we told that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday.
In Isaiah 66:22-23 we find that the Sabbath is not just a thing of the past and that in the new heavens and the new earth the sabbath will be recognized.
And in Revelation 14:12, again referring to future events, we are given a description of saints: “…they that keep the commandments of God, and have the faith of Jesus.”
Yes, Saints will remember the sabbath day to keep it holy for it is one of Gods commandments and the faith of Jesus establishes it.
“The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the sabbath.”
Outside my window … it was awesome to open my shades this morning to sunshine. I know it is so cold out there right now, I am grateful for shelter and warmth.
I am thinking about all the tasks ahead of me today. I thing at a time.
I am thankful to a dear friend for taking Joshua to Purim practice last night. I stayed home and was able to get so much done making the long list of tasks that much easier with a clean house.
In the kitchen I will juice some beets this morning with carrots apples ginger and mint.
I am wearing a pony tail… so sick of pony tails.
I am creating excitement for homeschool 2013 with all the books on our classroom floor arriving from USPS every day. 🙂
I am going to fellowship this evening for the Feast of Purim. Pics will come soon!
I am reading
I am looking forward to organizing these school books for next year. Scott was able to get 3 or 4 more 3ft shelves they were throwing away at work. They are perfect for our reading books. I will be able to utilize every one of the shelves!
I am learning photoshop. I will be “learning” for a while.
Around the house specificly in the kitchen, I can’t wait to get the floor finished. We ripped out the carpet a few months ago and have been waiting to get enough money to lay down some new floor of some sort. Cheap fix but still needed to save for it.
I am pondering some verses I read from Scripture this morning… I was reading 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
14 What is more, their minds were made stonelike; for to this day the same veil remains over them when they read the Old Covenant; it has not been unveiled, because only by the Messiah is the veil taken away. 15 Yes, till today, whenever Moshe is read, a veil lies over their heart. 16 “But,” says the Torah, “whenever someone turns to ADONAI, the veil is taken away.”a 17 Now, “ADONAI” in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of ADONAI is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by ADONAI the Spirit.
A favorite quote for today in honor of Purim…
One of my favorite things early mornings. The earlier the better! I love waking up before everyone else!
A few plans for the rest of the week Purim feast tonight. Bible study Friday morning. Shabbat fellowship Saturday.
Outside my window it is hard not to be disappointed with such little snow. A few flakes fell last night, just enough to get me hoping for a blizzard.
I am thinking about my day, what will be the priority, and what will have to wait for a better time.
I am thankful for Pastor Matt Miller at my children’s Taekwondo instruction. He is so encourageing and has a huge heart for children. I am glad my boys are under his instruction for this particular discipline.
In the kitchen the fridge is overflowing with veggies, the counters are overflowing with lemons and bananas, I am thankful for Abba’s provision for our family through the hard work of my husband.
I am wearing my full closet again! I have lost the weight from pregnancy, and have my full wardrobe back. I am only mentioning this because I will not buy new clothes for the sake of weight gain.
I am creating lots of boards on Pinterest. It is just what I need for organizing all that the internet has to offer. /smile
I am going Today, it is more about where I am not going. I usually attend a Bible study this morning. DH’s truck is in the shop with a mess of issues. I am not liking that vehicle at the moment. DH took my car to work this morning. Tho I have to admit I am kinda glad. The windshield bothers him bad, maybe I am closer to getting a new one?
I am wondering what is the official dictionary definition of “wonder?”
I am reading Our Father Abraham
I am hoping the kids sleep just a bit longer than usual. I am really enjoying my time alone right now.
I am looking forward to a long weekend with my DH and children.
I am learning so much right now! I have been changing the way our family looks at health and nutrition. Everything I learn I am passing along to my children, so they will not make the same mistakes. Also, and more importantly, for the last 6 months I have been studying Scripture differently and feel so on fire for what Hashem is showing to me each day!
Around the house I just can’t get enough organizing and cleaning done. I clean and organize, then look at it again in a week or so and am just not happy with it…
I am pondering
During my Bible time this morning, I was learning about Yeshua in Torah. Our Torah portion for this week talks extensively on the human element of the dwelling place of YHWH. It has left me in awe (in wonder!) of Hashem. The connection to the book of Hebrews and ultimately to our High Priest, Yeshua! Amen! I will be “pondering” this for a while!
A favorite quote for today
One of my favorite things is my computer. I have been without it for several months. It is nice to see a full screen again. My nook is awesome, but this is easier to multi-task. Which is all a computer is good for anyway. Heh.
A few plans for the rest of the week include a restful, reflective Shabbat. My favorite part of the week by far!
A peek into my day … Memere has joined her husband of 58 years. I think of them together again and smile, smile, smile!