Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Journey to the Cross - The Plan

This is what my family and I will be doing for our Journey to the Cross over the next 40 days.  All the details you wanted to know!
I hope you will join me through this time - even if only a part of it, I pray you will be enriched, blessed, broken, renewed.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

Part One: The FAST
Because this is a year of "Healthy Living" as one of our family goals. We have decided that we would participate in a "diet" or food fast -  The Daniel Fast (with modifications).  Our desire in doing this is to focus our minds around God's Word and the direction He has for our family -- by eliminating things that our palates so desperately desire way too much, those rich foods that our bodies don't really need.  

The Bible teaches us that we are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. The Daniel Fast affects all three parts of us as we enter into a period of time for focused prayer and fasting.

Our Modifications will be :  the kids will still eat eggs and fish. We will still eat fish on occassion. Otherwise it will be mainly a vegan diet and LOTS of water! 

Part Two:  The FILL

As we fast from the rich foods, our plan is to fill those desires with God's Word.  As prayer and journaling will be a major part of this time -- our plan is also to read and pray through the Psalms.

Prayer does not equip us
for greater works—
Prayer is the greater work.
-Oswald Chambers-

Here was a good reading plan for reading through the Psalms and Proverbs.  You could look at Bible Gateway site and find reading plans there too.  And, I am sure google always helps too!

 This is our family's first 2 weeks of reading and praying the Psalms:

Feb. 22 - God’s Law - Psalm 1
Feb. 23 - God’s Only Begotten Son - Psalm 2
Feb. 24  - God is Mindful of Man - Psalm 8
Feb. 25 -Dwelling on God’s Holy Hill - Psalm 15
Feb. 26 - Resurrection - Psalm 16
Feb. 27 - The Works and Word of God - Psalm 19
Feb. 28 - The Sufferings of Messiah - Psalm 22
Feb. 29 - The Lord’s My Shepherd - Psalm 23
Mar. 1 - The Voice of the Lord - Psalm 29
Mar. 2 - Surrounded by God’s Steadfast Love - Psalm 32
Mar. 3 - The Nation - Psalm 33
Mar. 4 - Hope in God - Psalm 42
Mar. 5 - God Our Fortress - Psalm 46
Mar. 6 - God is Sovereign - Psalm 47

What are your plans? Share?
How we can pray and support one another through this journey?

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