11 January 2016

Fast 1.2016

One of the spiritual disciplines of religious people of various traditions is to sanctify a public fast.  Some leaders call for a fast with an emphasis on seeking a spiritual awakening of some sort. Others lead the fast for physical cleansing after two months of wanton holiday gluttony. Still others evoke fasting as spiritual superiority stoked in suffering to show piety alone.  Whichever or another reason, January invariably includes some fast for you or someone you know.

For the next 21 days I am fasting. Sure, there are proponents of true fast that balk at my making a public acknowledgement.  But for me, I share that I am fasting with those closest to me for spiritual covering; and to others for the opportunity to talk about my faith in God. I have no holiday gluttony from which to repent. I speak no petition as a bargaining chip to manifest some favor. I profess no piety other than love.

When I fast I become ever more mindful of God.  Sometimes, this leads me to utter specific prayers for myself or others; but not unlike how I pray usually.  Sometimes, fasting causes me to lose about five pounds; about as much as usual when I just stop indulging on cherry sours and banana chews at any given point during the year. Sometimes, when I fast, I forget and reach for meats or sweets; because I am human.

Fasting to me is joyful worship.  When I fast during a corporate call to fast I am most sensitive to the presence of Spirit.  I feel an unusual surge in discernment and clarity, even if the power is not needed on my behalf.  When I learn of others' intentions and petitions during a season of corporate fast, I join my submission to Spirit with theirs for God to answer.

If you fast:
  • Use common sense. Choose the fast that does not compromise your health and medication schedule. 
  • Drink water. Not sports drinks, sugar laden juices, or caffeinated drinks. Water. 
  • Get rest. Go to bed earlier. Sleep longer. 

Fast as you are lead by Spirit. God is not about legalism. God is love.
  • Daniel Fast: may churches have embarked upon this fast. No sweets or meats or breads.  Drink water and juices. Eat soy or veggie burgers. 
  • Sacrifice Fast:  give up personal indulgences, i.e., aforementioned cherry sours, television, social media, swearing, etc. 
  • Partial Fast:  abstaining from food between sun-up and sun-down. Drink water only during this period.
  • Absolute Fast:  being lead by Holy Spirit and cleared with you physician, abstain from food and drink for a set number of days. 

For the next 21 days I am fasting. Although I do not feign to understand the mystery of giving up meats and sweets correlating with Divine favor, I fast for the joy of participating in corporate worship. May God be pleased with this demonstration of our praise.

01 January 2016

HNY2016 : 7 Things To Do Today

I suspect many will read this blog from the bed luxuriating in having an extended weekend, hungover with one eye open, or wired like a kid with a new bike at Christmas.  I am the latter. Definitely the latter. Holidays and birthdays are synonymous with insomnia for me.  I still just get too excited! I let my inner girl live and relive so many good, great, and awesome holiday experiences.  Alas, I digress.

Let me make this simple for you.  Happy NEW Year.  Today is a good day to:

Today is a good day
to be good to yourself. 

  1. Get a new toothbrush or change the toothbrush spinner head.  Be sure to swish the new one in hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar before using. 
  2. Toss ALL eye make up and brushes.  If you actually invested in high end make-up brushes, today is a good day to toss all eye makeup  and clean your brushes and let them air dry overnight. 
  3. Use a new set of bath towels. The ones you have been saving for company-- those. You are worth it. Besides, January is white sale (ala linens on sale) month and you can replace them with, guess what, new ones for the new year!
  4. Refresh your Fall and Winter outerwear with a cycle of home dry cleaning.  My favorite is by Woolite.  No bags, no mess. Spot clean with the treated sheet. Add to dryer, tumble and hats, scarves, gloves, jackets, shawls, parkas, hoodies, sweaters... everything comes out fresh, refreshed and ready for the next two months of cold. Unless you are in Boston, then expect six months of snow. 
  5. Read and toss the magazines which have piled up.  Skim. Read. Toss. Cancel that tree murdering scheme and upload to your table or smart phone. You will master a clutter free zone in a flick of the wrist and a few key strokes. Ask me how I know.  Just sharing the knowledge people! Thank me later.
  6. Take a nap. In front of the TV. While a marathon is running. And just be. At least for three hours. Reward yourself if you wake at midnight only to tinkle and turn the pillow over to the cool side. You earned it. 
  7. Hydrate. With water. With nothing in the water. Except ice. If you like ice. Hydrate. With water. All day. Sip, refill, and sip some more. 
Today is a good day to just be good to yourself in simple ways that do not require you to get dressed and which will last longer than resolutions. You are worth it. 

Happy New Year. 
Commit to creating the happiest year for you!
I will begin by crocheting these adorable house slippers!
Yes, I do happen to have purple yarn and a J hook on hand !