Today, my Pastor noted that our congregation would be fasting for the month of January, from sun-up to sundown, during the week. During the fast, only water may be consumed. The fast is a form of sacrifice. When I taught teen Sunday school, I encouraged my class to sacrifice anything that they cherished or valued the most, during the congregation’s time of fasting. Usually, that consisted of telephone, television, or video game usage. As an adult, I will take part in abstaining from food and flavored beverages during the fast. During the month of January, I will post scriptures that I will read throughout the fast, as a form of encouragement and worship.
Happy, Happy Monday morning!! Today’s PGIM post stems from some personal circumstances that I have been dealing with. In an effort to refrain from divulging too much personal information, let’s just say that my patience and self control have been pushed to the extreme! I have been going through something for the past couple of months, and only God knows how much it has taken a toll on my psyche and overall well-being.
I’m here to say that prayer does work! This is by no means the first time I have seen God work in my life or the lives of those around me; however, it is far too easy to overcome a challenge, and then forget how bleak things appear to be when you go through the next one. Through it all, I have been praying, claiming the victory in advance, and asking God for His Will to be done in the situation that I’ve been going through. When I say that it is being resolved before my very eyes, my goodness! I’m so thankful right now and full of joy and peace. So very thankful, indeed!
I would love to get back into daily bible reading, and I want you to join me! I have always felt like my spirit is truly nourished when I not only tap into my memory bank to retrieve scriptures, but I physically go through the act of reading the Bible on a regular basis. I will make weekly posts with a list of suggested chapters and scriptures to read each day. During the week, feel free to make comments regarding what you have read. I will do the same. Prior to each reading session, I like to pray for clarity.
This is what I will read for the week of 10/21-10/27*:
I welcome another week and all of the challenges that come with it. Times are tough and the tides keep rolling, but God always keeps me afloat. I have started using my time in the lactation room at work (I’m a proud, pumping mama) to praise God and pray for others. It really gives me a new lease on life, and I feel so much more at peace with myself, once I’m finished. I just started doing this last week, and I find joy in doing so. It really is easy to get caught up in the dalliances of life and forget where we came from, you know? We hear people mention this with regard to celebrities or wealthy individuals forgetting their pre-wealthy life, but let’s look at it in a spiritual sense. It would be very shallow and imprudent of me to ever walk around and act as if I have acquired any knowledge or worldly treasures through an act of my own. I know the true source of all of the joy, peace, grace, and mercy that has been given to me. I know.
Today’s quote of the day has a scriptural reference. You don’t have to read the bible to apply this scripture to your life, although I welcome you to do so.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I Corinthians 10:13 (King James Version)
The reason why I feel this scripture is significant is because it gives hope where there might not be any, otherwise. So we all know what temptation is. I believe it plagues our society. As the scripture states, you aren’t being tempted by anything but what is common to “man”…basically everyone. We are being told here that God won’t allow us to be tempted to such an extent that we are incapable of getting out of our situation; therefore, we are able to withstand all circumstances that come our way, through God’s grace. Wow. I’m so thankful for that!