It’s Here! My First eBook: The Daniel Fast Devotional!

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Friends, it is with much excitement that I unveil my first ebook! I have been working feverishly for a long, long time to bring about this first work, something dear to my heart. The Daniel Fast

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The Daniel Fast is widely popular the month of January. Many churches do it corporately now and hundreds of thousands of people all over the world embark on this spiritual journey to draw closer to God. It is a good thing!

This past January, I began blogging about fasting in general and then about The Daniel Fast. The response was so overwhelming that I continued to blog every day that month to help those on the fast.

Without fail, the Lord gave me an example in the Bible of others who fasted, most with the right motive, some who did it for selfish reasons, but with His help, each devotional was related to our lives today.

All year long those devotions have continued to encourage so many. I have been amazed at the journey.

I decided several months ago to bring this to book form. The printed version will be out soon but with the popularity of the Kindle, Nook and e-readers, the eBook is an inexpensive and easy alternative to the paperback. You can access it so easily on your smartphone or tablets!

This eBook will help make your fasting experience so beneficial! Whether you choose The Daniel Fast or not, it is a great day-by-day devotional for ANY fast. There are three Preparation Days before the fast that explain the purpose of fasting, why The Daniel Fast, and the rewards and benefits of fasting, physically and spiritually. The next 21 days bring a devotion and recipes for the duration of the fast.

I would love for you to take a look at the book. It is available on Amazon.com right now and I would appreciate it if you left reviews to help get it established. (It will be coming to the NOOK in hours!) You can click on the book and see inside for a close-up! There are many books available on this subject but very few with daily devotions to help you every step of the way.

Tell your friends and help share this post to get the word out. We only have a few weeks of FEASTING before our spirits draw us to reflection, renewal and revival.

Remember, fasting goes hand in hand with prayer.

Bless you for helping me debut this work from the Lord. I pray it strengthens you and gives you a greater desire to make fasting and prayer a regular part of your walk with God. Feedback is so welcome!

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Did you notice me?

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Excited to be back for #FiveMinuteFriday where we write for the love of writing! Join others at Kate’s place and see where the took the word prompt, NOTICE.

“God does not exist to make much of us. We exist to make much of Him.” ~ John Piper

The message of Jesus in Matthew 23 was not just condemning the scribes and the Pharisees. What He had to say is just as relevant to us today. “The greatest among you must be a servant.” Matthew 23:12. Selfishness is rampant in our society and in the Church. We are so busy focusing on our needs and wants that the importance of servanthood seems to take a back seat. We weren’t put here on this earth for our ultimate happiness. We were put here to worship and recreate, and that means spreading the Good News and making disciples. “Go ye therefore…” Matthew 28:19.

Did you notice me?

“Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18.

Noticing HIM changes US! 

If I am focusing on Him first, if HE is at the center, then it isn’t so much about ME. If I brag about the things I have done then I get the credit. But when I boast about what Christ is doing in my brokenness then I slip into the shadows and He is noticed.

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“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

We trade that mirror (quit looking at ME) for a window and start looking OUT at the world around us by focusing on the needs of others. When we realize we aren’t here just for our own happiness, it changes our heart and our mind. Jesus summed up the Law in two sentences:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” And number two? “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31.

Did you notice me?

When it comes down to it, He was sent here because He loved. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

Guess what we were sent here to do? You got it, to love. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34.

Lord, help us to put away the mirrors and start looking out our windows so others will notice YOU instead of me.

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Put your sword back in its sheath!

“And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, ‘Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.’”Acts 16:27, 28.

Have you heard the story of Paul and Silas in the prison? They were the two apostles, called by Jesus to spread the Gospel, but along the way they got into a bit of trouble and were arrested. The Romans were pretty upset that these Jews were ruffling feathers by preaching in the Name of Jesus, and not observing the customs of the Romans.

Particularly, they had just cast a demon spirit out of a slave girl who had the power of divination, or fortune telling. She had been following Paul and Silas for days, continually bothering and mocking them and, being weary of it, they finally told the spirit to come out of her. This made those that owned her very upset because they no longer had an income. So they took hold of the two apostles and put them into prison, made sure they were beaten with rods many times and then securely put their feet in stocks.

Now the cool thing about this story is the escape. Paul and Silas were not planning one!

But they were praying, maybe for their safety, maybe because they were in pain, maybe just because they couldn’t sleep. Whatever the reason, the Bible says the other prisoners were listening to them when they prayed. It doesn’t just say they heard them, it says they were listening to them!

They were intrigued by the spirit of these two men who had just been beaten within an inch of their lives and were now praying and singing hymns to their God. Why? What could they possibly have to sing about? They were bruised, battered and bleeding. But they kept singing and praying.

Then at about midnight something changed. “Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.” Acts 16:26,27 NKJV.

This jailer knew the responsibility that was upon his shoulders. If these prisoners escaped he would immediately be executed, so he was prepared to take his own life. He was jumping to conclusions before he even knew what was happening around him.

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Paul steps in. “But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, ‘Do yourself no harm, for we are all here. Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’’ Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.” Acts 16:28-33 NKJV.

Paul literally saves this man’s life and then proceeds to give him life eternal!

Jumping to conclusions almost cost him everything. He was too quick to think that all was lost and he was sure he was going to come out the loser.

Aren’t we all a little like this jailer? Do we think tragedy lurks behind every corner? Are we waiting for the BIG ONE to strike? And when it does, are we ready to cave? Are we going to throw in the towel before we even find out if we can make it through the difficulty?

We let our imaginations run away with us, worrying over every little and big thing in our lives. But Jesus told us specifically, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34 NLT.

Let Him take care of it!

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3 NKJV.

He can, and will, take your worries away. Worry can be a sin because we let it consume us! We are saying we do not trust our God enough to take care of our lives, our problems, our families. But when we start handing things that are out of our control to Him, we will find rest, comfort, and peace of mind. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” Jeremiah 17:7.

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