Thursday Thoughts: Fasting and Following

I just discovered that it has been a month since I last posted on a Thursday morning regarding my one word for 2012 – Follow.

Did not think it had been that long!

For those who are unfamiliar with the One Word campaign, this is my share to the One Word 365 emphasis that is found at

This Lenten season I approached fasting from an entirely different perspective.  And in keeping with the spirit of Matthew 6:16 “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting.,” I am simply going to say that this new approach and what I am fasting from has given me a clearer focus and some  profound spiritual experiences and for that I am grateful.

Scot McKnight’s book on Fasting,  simply called Fasting and published by Thomas Nelson, has been a great help here and his definition of fasting as a response to a “grievous sacred moment” and it is part of the perspective shift that I have had this Lenten season. Thanks Scot!

What this means regarding my one word of “follow” is that I have discovered that in following the Lord there are moments when the best response to something that has occurred is to fast. Wow. Amazing.

these are my Thursday thoughts


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