Hello to all my friends, family, and fans!  I have completed just over a week of my fast.  Normally, I wouldn’t announce a fast online like this, but I thought this might be a good way of keeping myself accountable.  I have wanted to stop short of my goal of 21 days many times already, but knowing there are people aware of what I’m up to helps me to stay the course.  Now that my caffeine addiction has been broken, I am feeling much better overall.  I’ve even dropped a few pounds.  So, by the grace of God, I will see it all the way through!

Instead of sitting at my desk all day at work, I have been breaking at lunch to spend some time talking with God about my life and the future.  This time has happened to take place in a cemetery near my job.  I know you might be thinking, ‘that’s a weird place to go”, but actually, it was the closest quiet place that I could find near my office!

The first time I went out there, even before this fast, I parked at a seemingly random spot and walked down an aisle of tombstones.  I found a little bench near the middle of the row and sat down.  As I began to pray, I look over at the inscription on the tomb right in front of me.  It was Phillippians 1:21, that says, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  What a powerful moment that was! 

This verse has been to me what some people would call a “life verse.”  I knew this is where God wanted me.  I felt impressed that certain things in my life would begin to change because I had made the effort to come to this place in my life at this time.

The scriptures tells us that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (see James 4:8).  Just like in any relationship, the more time we spend with someone sharing our hearts, the closer we get to them.  I know that I am not where I want to be in my relationship with Him, (our lives are a constant pursuit in many ways), but my desire is to always make time to “draw near”.   

Side Note: *A huge thanks to all of you have taken the time to give towards and pray for our upcoming trip to Thailand.  If we have not had the opportunity to meet in person, drop us a comment here and let us know that you stopped by.  May God richly bless you and make all grace abound toward to you so that in every way you may prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers.

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