This week begins a two week fast for your family. The term “fast” brings with it a lot of images of starving yourself for a lot of people. It once did for me. However, now I understand it to simply mean that you are depriving your flesh of something it likes. Not just food. Tony and I have found that one of the best ways to keep our family on track is to fasst together as a family. It has been awhile since we had a family fast. Due to that, we have seen a lot of fruit we are not really liking. Such as ungratefulness, unthankfulness, pride, and the list goes on. Of course it is not just the kids. None of us have “arrived.” So, we like to just cut right to the heart of the matter. When we fast and deny the flesh what it likes- like NCIS, XBOX, caffine, sweets, etc.- it curcifies the flesh. In just a matter of days, all the ugly fruit can be removed ande replaced with good fruit. Without the fast, it would take many moons to get rid of the bad fruit otherwise. All though I do not relish the idea of what the fast will require, I do look forward to the results. It won’t be pretty. The mess made crucifing the flesh can be something. Mouths will engage, pride will rear its ugly head but in the end the Spirit will win. God is very good to give us such tools to stay close to Him. I wish more people understood what it is to fast and would do it.

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