More Joy

Are you fasting for or from anything this 40 days for special focus on God?

I asked God what He wanted me to “fast” for this 40 days and He said to start each day with 20 minutes of praise. I loved the idea, and thought it would be easy. But not long before that our pastor had talked about the difference between thanksgiving and praise, saying thanksgiving is mostly about us–what we are grateful for, praise is about God. That made it more of a challenge.

The first week went well, but after that, it became hard. I never realized before just how much my head is all about me! I was surprised, and not a little disconcerted. Am I really that self-centered? Don’t misunderstand, a healthy self-image is a good thing. But I saw how really, we are our own reference point.

So I’d like to invite you to consider, how much do you know about God? Do you know enough to spend twenty minutes thanking Him (Them–if you see them as I do–one God in three persons, Father, Son, Spirit) for who They are? Try it.

One thing I have found, it’s hard to keep your focus there for 20 minutes–even if you believe Spirit is right there with you! Another thing I have found is that it is a great start for your day. It puts you  in such a joyful place. I so often wake up negative, so this is really important for me. And of course, meeting God in your living room (or wherever) is very special.

We don’t think much about what an awesome privilege They set up for us to have Almighty God with us constantly. To be able to make that appointment to focus time sitting in the presence of the Creator of the Universe in your own house! Isn’t that awesome!!! And percentage-wise I doubt many people take advantage of that gift.

It brings more joy. Could you use more of that? More gratitude too.

 

 

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