Again, like every other year, my church has decided to do 21 days of prayer and fasting to start off the new year. If you aren't familiar with this idea, it is pretty self-explanatory. There are so many ways you can take part in this, as it is something personal, between you and God. The basic guideline for my church is:
Week 1- Food Fast
Week 2- Media
Week 3- Something you think you can't live without
I know it sounds scary, and honestly, it can be. It's hard to stay fully committed to whatever it is that you decide to commit yourself to each week. I've chosen to do no meats (except fish) for my first week which is tough being that I am so used to eating it every day of my life. So far, it has been hard for me. I have resorted to eating fish instead of chicken and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been my lunch for the past two days. So, I'm hoping to get creative in the next few days!
Not only has this been physically challenging for me, but spiritually. It's all about telling your flesh no, and keeping your focus on God and saying yes to what He has for you. I have been slacking on my spiritual game in regard to keeping up with my daily devotionals that I have started and staying in contact with God every day on a consistent basis. I've been pushing myself harder these past few days and have already had a couple "a-ha!" moments. God wants to have a close relationship with us, and all we have to do is answer to Him and be open to what He has to say. My prayer for myself has been to have a new sensitivity to Him in all things and to see the way that He does.
Although this post was probably more for myself than anything else, I hope that you enjoyed it and maybe even got something out of it. I think that prayer and fasting is so important to clear your mind from all of the distractions we have and to focus in on something greater than ourselves. During our first chapel service at my school this morning, the speaker, Bryan Rouanzoin, stated "spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others." I LOVED this definition of spiritual formation that he used and was an encouraging word for me as I am at the beginning of my 21 days.
I hope that you are all having a great 2017 so far and I will try to stick to my Wednesday posts on here!
Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to the obligatory "New Year" blog post. I just wanted to get on here to wish you all a lovely 2017 and share with you a few goals that I have for myself currently. I'm not usually one to set New Year's resolutions at the end of December to follow through with throughout the entirety of the new year, but I usually try to set new goals for myself constantly; sometimes monthly, weekly, or even daily. Because, let's face it, most of us are far from perfect, and for me personally, it is nearly impossible to stick with something for 365 days in a row. Although I am so thankful for a new year to start clean, on a day-to-day basis, I often do something that I regret, or there is something that I wish I could have done. Some of these things are big, others small. Nonetheless, I am constantly seeing aspects of my life that I need to improve. Unfortunately. Haha
#1: Have a Consistent Blog Schedule
Blogging is such a fun hobby to me and I want to do everything that I commit myself to with the best effort I possibly can. I apologize for my sporadic blog posts this past year. I really want to try and set out a schedule for myself to blog, most likely 1-2x a week, since I am still a student simultaneously. This requires me to set aside not so important things, so that I can do the things that I enjoy and make me feel relaxed, like blogging. :) My goal is to be consistent with decent quality content, even if it's simple.
#2: Stress Less
I may have mentioned this before in a previous blog post, but I tend to stress over the most insignificant things, that won't even matter a month from now. My goal is to simply let those small things go and give it all up to God. & as for the bigger stress factors that try flooding in...I know what triggers stress in my life, and instead of allowing it to happen and act as if it was inevitable, I want to be more in control of the things that I have control over. For example, procrastination, rehearsing, preparation. etc. I want to make sure I am doing my best so that if anything else comes my way, I can know that it isn't in my control, but only in God's. In that case, I still have 0 stresses, because I can trust and rest in Him.
#3: Put My Phone Down Once in a While
I'm going to be completely honest and say that this can be hard for me at times. It all comes down to balance. It 's so easy to feel like you need to prove yourself to followers, friends, family, etc. I just want to be able to enjoy my experiences and not feel obligated all the time to "be connected" and in the know of everyone else's constantly.
I am simply a young woman learning and loving life, trying my best in all that I do to keep Jesus at the center of it all. Follow me on my social media accounts linked on the top of the page to stay up to date!