Excerpt from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

From May 7:

“If you learn to trust me– really trust me– with your whole being, then nothing can separate you from my peace. Everything you endure can be put in good use by allowing it to train you in trusting me. This is how you foil the works of evil, growing in grace through the very adversity that was meant to harm you. Joseph was a prime example of this divine reversal, declaring to his brothers, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’

“Do not fear what this day, or any day, may bring your way. Consentrate on trusting me and on doing what needs to be done. Relax in my sovereignty, remembering that I go before you, as well as with you, into each day. Fear no evil, for I can bring good out of every situation you will ever encounter.” (From Isaiah 26:4; Genesis 50:20 NASB; Psalm 23:4)❤

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Wisdom of Fasting Book Teaser

God does not suggest fasting. It is not a proposition, it is an order. Jesus said “When you fast…”. He did not say “if” or “when it’s quite convenient”. No, it is an order.

So fasting then is an act of obedience. So, as with any act of n obedience mentioned in the Bible, there are serious blessings when we do it.

It is not an act of comfort.. That is certainly true to the physical call part ofus. But it actually brings great comfort when we do it. God comforts us through the Holy Spirit and provides the means of strength to completenit.

Fasting can be many thinga. It can be obtaining from sex for a specified time to pray. It may mean not eating and having only clear liquids or water during a certain time so you can pray. Fasting can be obtaining from cell phones and tech and anti-social media for a specific time to pray. It may be abstaining from drugs or alcohol or gambling or pornography- hopefully all those are permanent, to pray. You know what is precious to you. The traditional fast is about food, though, and I like this one best.

Here is why fasting from food is my favorite. It drives you to a state of hunger, discomfort, less strength physically, want, need, and as such, when you pray humbly for that needed strength and satisfaction and pray diligently, God of all ability can step in in a meaningful way to draw close to you. He does not hesitate to comfort and fill you and answer prayer tangibly and this is so very precious and beautiful. No experience ever tops this.

When we obey, specifically obey with fasting, and I do so on a weekly basis, you are deepening your humble, building your faith, relying on God, out of comfort, and this combination is a precious gift to God. He loves it, accepts it and gives you a spiritual hug. This is a way to experience God much more intimately, more deeply, more precious and see His glory up close.

And of course, obeying with fasting and prayer is a growth of wisdom each time you partake of this dedicated time with God. There is no doubt you are putting God first. No greater way to put all your attention on God and that is certainly a walk toward wisdom and growth.‘❤

More to come…❤

Book Recommendation from Fellow Blogger Friends

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While I don’t like to annoy people with advertising my own books on my truth and encouragement blog pages, I love to suggest my blogging friend’s books. These are great and worthy of the time and money to purchase and read them. Plus, you help a fellow blogger who has gone through some trouble and learned from it and now wants to help. Love that! Share the positive!❤

Writing Shows the Soul

When one writes well, the words convey the soul of the author.

I love the Bible because it shows me the soul of God.

I love reading books because it connects me with the soul of the writer. Doesn’t matter the physical manifestation of the author, the shell of that person is stripped away to obscurity and the mind and heart and essence (the soul) of the author is conveyed and appreciated. You also see the moral character, for better or worse. And this meeting of souls is beautiful. The story may support this but how it is written is much more important.

Never neglect the written word. Especially the Bible, as God is the most important of souls to connect with.❤

Treasures in the Snow

https://www.amazon.com/Treasures-Snow-Patricia-St-John/dp/0802465757?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0802465757

(I get nothing for promoting this book. I did not write the book and do not know the author except through reafing this book. In fact, I blog for my passion and love of God, truth and the art of writing and not money.)

I am promoting this book because it is a fantastic story with the greatest encouragement I know of through its thrilling story. I am reading it to my daughter right now, not having read it for several years, and again was drawn in to its power and sweetness. And it is making my daughter much more passionate about reading. Thought I would pass it on. ❤