Friday, February 08, 2008

Fasting and other thoughts by Me

In January I participated in a 21 day partial fast. I've never done a fast like this before. I've actually only fasted for one day at a time only once or twice. This 21 day experience for me was AMAZING!!!!
My purpose in the fast was to break strongholds in my life that I have been struggling to get rid of for quite a while. Through learning to rely on God's strenght to withstand temptation for food, I was able to move the knowledge I have about God's love and power from my head to my heart. For the first time in a long time I have been able to truly grasp that God's love for me is all I need. I am a child of God and it doesn't matter what other people think of me. It only matters what God thinks of me! It's so freeing when this finally sinks in!
I have also been reading a couple of books. The first, which I recommend for ALL parents is called "Child Training Tips: What I Wish I Knew When My Children Were Young" by Reb Bradley. It talks a lot abou the goal of parenting is to raise self-controlled, mature adults. Wow, what a challenge! The cool thing about this is how it is pointing out to me how immature and un-self-controlled I am in many areas of my life. It has really inspired me to mature as a person and to strive to be self-controlled as an adult.
The other book is "The Search for Significance" by Robert McGee. This is a book I recommend for ALL Christians. This book has really understand that I get caught up in the performance trap. We all too often think of our self-worth in the following equation: our performance + other's opinions = our self-worth. This is just what satan wants us to believe. Our performance isn't important. Other people's opinions aren't important. The only thing that matters is what God thinks of us. When we accept Christ, we are given Christ's righteousness and God views us through that filter. Does that make us perfect? No. It grieves God when we sin. But he doesn't think any less of us when we sin. He still loves us! Nothing will ever change that. Praise God that we can be free from satan's lies and free of performance anxiety!!!!

On other news, Dr. James Dobson has spoken out against John McCain. Hear his thoughts on McCain that were read on the Laura Ingraham show by clicking this link. He has endorsed Mike Huckabee. Go Mike!!!
Anyway, those are my thoughts for the day! Have a blessed day!


mi*chelle said...

HI Eric~ It's cool to see your growth in God through the fasting and praying and reading. Keep it up! :)

Kendra said...

Did everyone else notice that Eric has a larger picture of Mike Huckabee on his blog than he does of himself? I thought I went to the wrong blog and actually double-checked to make sure.