Day 17 of the 21-day fast: We’re meetin’ and then we’re ballin’

The things I see during my morning walks listening to Christian music and sermons. You see the bee?

It was the same routine for me today. I woke up for the morning prayer and because I once again was so tired, I went right back to sleep afterward. The morning prayer has still been really good to me but even when I try to get at least seven hours of sleep, sometimes it isn’t easy. I toss and turn during the night and so I lose some time there. By the morning, I just don’t have the energy. It’s too cold and I just want to stay warm.

However, the day did start off pretty well when I eventually awoke. I did spend some of my time completing my OSL tasks for the week. We didn’t meet today but I did complete all of my tasks except for inviting someone to church and inviting someone to OSL. That’s not easy, especially since I have to explain what OSL is.

Anyway, I did spend most of my morning Google image searching for my writing project. I like to be a creative writer and I already have written to fake Rolling Stone stories. Today I found more photos of my new muse and did some photoshopping just to see what I was working with. It actually was a good time waster for me. I felt like I was challenging my creativity and I did some more in the afternoon, writing and photoshopping. I really am excited about this story that I am working on and it may be the hardest one for me.

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Day 16 of the 21-day fast: I’m just here for the BBQ which they ran out of

Running through the rain.

Because I didn’t get home until late last night, I was running on very little energy when I woke up for morning prayer. But I toughed it out and it actually was a really good time of just praying for one another. These morning prayers are great and in fact if it continued past the 21-day fast, I’d still join in every morning. Nothing beats starting off my morning with God and in prayer.

But I was so exhausted I went right back to sleep afterward. When I woke up, I decided I still need to go out for my routine walk. The trek is about an hour around my neighborhood. But when I was almost halfway there, it started to rain. I knew that was a possibility since I checked the weather update. But I chanced it and it started to rain. So I kind of tried to run back home. It didn’t pour too much but it still was a good amount of rain.

By the time I was halfway back home to get out of the rain, I decided to take one photo of the rain. That’s what you see above.

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Day 15 of the 21-day fast: Because I didn’t have time to write a blog entry yesterday

This entry was posted in the morning of 3/2/15 but I back tracked the time stamp.
OK so I didn’t write a blog entry for Sunday and for good reason. I was away from home for pretty much all day and didn’t get back home until almost 1 am. I was near a computer all day but it was strictly for work and I actually forgot to blog because I was doing so much I never got a chance to remind myself.

But still, Sunday was a great day. The message was on prayer and how important it is for me to remind myself about prayer. Prayer remains as the essential theme of my fasting period and how great for the church’s new sermon series to touch on prayer and its importance. In fact, the entire month the church will be focusing solely on the Lord’s Prayer and how to pray it. It is amazing to learn the history of every line of it and what we can do to use it as a guide for our lives.

The most important thing for me this Sunday actually came at the very end of the day. After a night of board games (in which I almost won the first go around of Ticket to Ride but won the second time for sure), it was a night good legit deep conversations. I brought my laptop along for work so I had to work and play the games at the same time. Not hard, but it occupied my mind a lot.

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Day 14 of the 21-day fast: The encouragement of Angel Tree

This morning for the morning prayer, I knew that I would be on the phone for about an hour since we’re combining two prayer meetings into one. So what I did was actually get into my car and drive out to a place to pray. This was strategic because I can turn on my car and use the heater in it to get warm in the short few minutes I am driving. I located myself to the local park where there is plenty of parking and essentially nobody around at 6am. Well, there was one guy, but he left shortly thereafter. I stayed in the car and was completely undisturbed and unrestricted by the volume of my voice.

What a wonderful time still to pray and how encouraging it is to have new people join.

The highlight of my day actually was the Angel Tree luncheon for all the volunteers. Angel Tree is an organization that partners with mothers and fathers who are in prison. During Christmas, they want to send a gift to their child. But because of their circumstance, they have no options.┬áThis is where Angel Tree comes in. Through Angel Tree, the parents tell the different churches who participate what they think their child might want or what they want to give to their child. In return, and this is all by the congregation’s own donation, the churches will buy the gifts, host a party for the children and their caretakers, and give them the gift on behalf of their parents.

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Day 13 of the 21-day fast: Breaking Bread

I felt creative, so I did a little photoshopping based on a tongue and cheek suggestion last night from my pastor to call the new direction of the group ‘Breaking Bread.’

Last night might have been a breakthrough for my Life Group. After detailing about my concerns of the group the other day, I was apprehensive about how the group would move forward during a time in which I felt there was a lull. Instead, God answered our prayers and we had a miracle breakthrough session.

I won’t go into too much detail about what transpired, but I can say that this group is running on God fuel. I think what we happened was that we just dove right into our deepest feelings and just expressed what we wanted from our group and what we envisioned for it. And thanks to scripture, particularly Acts 2:42, we were reminded what a true fellowship was about.

We had to devote ourselves to the teachings of the Lord. We had to dedicate to each other in fellowship. We had to enjoy one another’s company and eat together. We also have to dedicate to prayer. These are the essentials. The early disciples following the resurrection did all this daily and God added to their numbers the same. It’s amazing how something so simple as loving one another as God loved us could produce so much good fruit. But it’s no surprise. Nothing from God should ever surprise us.

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Day 12 of the 21-day fast: Eating a can of soup with a ‘best by’ date from 3 years ago

This morning I didn’t go to my car and pray. I didn’t want to be out in the cold car again, so this time I stayed in my room with the heater on. I was afraid that I might be too loud and wake everyone up. But it didn’t happen and it was a good time of prayer. Even though I have been trying my best to get enough sleep, I still went back to sleep for another hour afterward.

Now because I am off social media and I can’t Netflix or whatever, I have so much more time on my hands. It’s during these times I just think that prayer is the best solution to pass the time. It’s starting to be on my heart to pray more. The problem is that praying by myself is still a hurdle for me. Maybe it’s because I know I can still get distracted easily and my focus on prayer isn’t always there at times.

But I realized that during this fast, there are a lot more prayer requests out there and things that I could be praying for. Or even things that I should be praising. But here I am today and I realized that I am praying for the littlest of things. And maybe that is a good thing.

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Day 11 of the 21-day fast: Pleading with God for deliverance

A bumper sticker I saw today.

Since yesterday’s OSL meeting and really digging into some of the lessons from the plan today, I started to wonder about the direction that I am going in. I know that I have a lot on my plate, but I still don’t know if I am THAT occupied that I can’t give more to God. Could I still be making excuses of why I don’t want to do something or reasons why I might not be qualified for something.

One of the things that came across to me was that Jesus gave up so much for me. Yet here I am not even giving 50% of my all for Him. How selfish am I?

So this is where I am right now. I feel that my efforts and my time should be focused on two things and these two things I already am involved with: Prayer team and Life Group.

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