Saturday, April 30, 2011
Garden of Growth
Something very similar occurred in my heart over the past several weeks as well. The 21 day Daniel fast ended last week and I've been allowed to have practically any food that I want for the last several days. Granted on Easter I ate my fill of wonderful strawberry cake, carrot cake, and cookies, but other than that the sweets are limited and the junk food is remaining off limits. A treat every now and again maybe, but surprisingly I don't miss it! What I do miss are the quiet mornings of devotion time with God when I took extra time to meditate and think over the purpose of the fast and the opportunity to grow closer to Him. It wasn't anything new. I've always started the morning with a quiet time, but the last three weeks there was a clear focus and an open heart. Not a major change, but definitely some growth going on in the garden of my heart. Sadly, when the fast was over it was like everyday life just fell into my lap and I've been trudging on ever since.
It's not always easy, but the growth and leaps forward down His path are definitely worth it. So here we go to another 21 days and more of leaving the burdens and problems with God, taking extra time to literally stop and smell the beauty of creation, and enjoy times of prayer and devotion with the Father!