Following a word prompt. Because right now, that’s how I roll.
We embarked on a 40 day Daniel fast last week. We fasted this time last year too. Read about it here. The Nativity Fast happens this time of year, otherwise known as St. Philip’s fast, so we join others in our pursuit of less of me.
On the Daniel Fast we eat anything that grows from the ground and drink only water.
Vegan gone large. Simple really…
Phil and I enjoyed lunch, a bowl of spinach, nuts and fruit.
We left the Chopped Leaf feeling all healthy and vegetarian and walked along the path, Phil stopped and began to salivate, his carb and sugar starved body drawn to brightly colored bakes.
‘Mmmmm. Christmas cookies.’ he said.
I encourage Phil to be strong and step away from the window, offering him more raisins.
Then we look up….
And laugh and then laugh some more.
As we realise we are looking in through the pet food store window.
Isn’t laughter great?
And while this Friday word prompt is over ‘Thanksgiving week’.
It could be any Friday, whatever the colour.
Or any day.
Or even better – everyday.
Thank you. It’s an everyday word.
Life is dark, an occasional spark. Shout thanks.
Heart is dull, words null. Mouth thanks.
Commotion crashes, peace merely flashes. Cry thanks.
In this and every other place, this sacred space. Live thanks.
Thanksgiving is an attitude. ‘The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.’
It is not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them. Living thankfully, showing, not telling, is a true measure of our thanksgiving.
Drop by next week, I’m going to share stories from the Hope Centre. One of my fave places on.the.planet. Seriously.
As ever thankful for you, your love, and your stories.
Stay in touch.
Love, Michelle xoxo
On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.
Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
Psalm 100 MSG
4 thoughts on “Thank you”
I have never heard of this fast, but what a lovely idea for the season. I’m visiting from 5 minute Friday.
Thanks for visiting Anna. It certainly creates a different focus in the crazy Christmas prep.
I’m so intrigued by this sacrifice. To know that you are doing the fast of your own choosing and not as a organized or designated observance for your church or congregation. Very inspiring.
Thanks for your comments Phyllis. Look forward to reading your posts.