Sunday, March 22, 2009

Blog of the Week and Some News

When I was in the third grade, I wrote my first poem. I called it Secrets and Friends.


"Secrets are secrets. Friends are friends. Friends don't tell secrets that other friends tell them."


I no longer write poetry. I am not surprised that you are not surprised.


But I do still have friends. With a few select friends, I'll share some secrets. But to be honest, I do not have many secrets. But I do have lots of dreams, hopes, fears, struggles, triumphs, and prayers that I share with many friends. One such friend is Karen Hossink and she writes the wonderful blog Surviving Motherhood. She and I have never met in real life. I read her blog and she reads mine. But what makes me consider her my friend is not the fact that she knows some personal details about me. I consider her a friend because she is someone who has taken time to encourage me, pray for me, laugh with me, and offer me moral support. She is someone who cares about me...and other moms. In fact, in her words, she blogs to "encourage and uplift women in their roles as mom and daughter of the King." She also adds with a grin, "And sometimes to blow off steam."


If you do not already know her, then I encourage you to visit her blog and read her books. Here is a review I wrote a few months ago about her first book, Confessions of an Irritable Mother.


I would also like to use this post to bring up something a tad personal. It does contain a prayer request.


For the next 21 days I will be doing a fast modled from the book of Daniel. I may share more about that as time continues...and I may not...I write that, because I do not want this to become a pride issue. I want to keep my motives pure. I am fasting as a spiritual discipline and as a time to grow closer to Christ. So prayers that my heart will be guarded would be so appreciated.


In addition to adhering to a diet of mostly fruits, vegetables, and a few types of whole grains and oats (and very small portions), I will be fasting from the time I sped social networking. I am only going to allow myself one hour a day for this luxury. For me that includes Twitter, Facebook, and Blog Reading/Commenting. I will still write and post my devotional style peices, as the time I spend writing those posts is a time of fellowship between me and God.


Blessings to you for a beautiful Sabbath.





30 comments:

Momma Snail said...

I will be praying for you as you fast. Thanks for the inspiration! You are a great example to us all.

Denise said...

You will be in my prayers sweetie.

Jenn said...

I will pray;)

Muthering Heights said...

I think you will enjoy the Daniel fast - I was a vegan (essentially doing a Daniel fast) for a year, and it was quite refreshing.

I will pray for you! :)

Carol said...

I did the Daniel fast last year. It was powerful to say the least. I'll be praying for you.

He And Me + 3 said...

I will go check out the new blog, and be praying for you as you go on this fast.

Irritable Mother said...

Thanks, Angela!

Know that I am praying for you as you fast. Trusting God will work wonderful things in you!

Courtney said...

You will be in my prayers. You are very strong and God will lead you where he wants you to go.

Darlene said...

just prayed! taking a break is SO essential as we turn our hearts toward the Only Thing Worth Walking Toward! He is enough.

May your fast be full....

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Angela,

I pray that God will renew your heart and reveal many things to you as you go into this time of fasting.

Praying for you and appreciating you!

Vixbil said...

I will pray, you are an inspiration
xx

Jennifer said...

Are you doing the Beth Moore Daniel study? I am at a very slow pace working on it and Beth taught about Daniel's fast. I will keep you in prayer.
Be brave...you were made for this!
Jennifer

Chatty Kelly said...

I love Karen's blog (and yours!) So excited about your fasting adventure. The social networking will be the toughtest, I would think.

Best wishes. Keep your eye on the prize - God!

beloved Mama said...

It's so good to have dear friends we can confide in! I'll definitely check out her post :O)

Kimberly said...

I will be praying for you! I know that this will be a precious time between you and the Lord!

Blessings, sweet friend!

God's girl said...

I love Karen too:)

Blessings as you embrace everything God will show you through this fast. God shows up when we seek Him:)

Heaven

Edie said...

God bless you Angela. I will pray for you.

elizabeth embracing life said...

Praying for your time of fasting.

Tales From the Eurovan said...

It's a blessing to call you friend and to pray for you.
Take care,
Julie

Mrs. Sidney said...

Keep up the good work!!

Amanda said...

I LOVE Karen's blog and as a matter of fact, I LOVE Karen! lol So neat of you to showcase her!

I will be praying for you!

Many blessings-
Amanda

Gretchen said...

Blessings on your fast.

I liked the poem. :)

lisasmith said...

Praying for Him to draw nearer than ever before as you draw near to Him. Praying anything between you would be moved. Angela, may God bless you and may He rise in your heart. I'll be waiting to hear your revelations.

Happyhome said...

Close friends are one of life's biggest blessings. I have heard of the Daniel fast, but am interested to know more.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I admire you so much!

Steph

Sarah Eliza said...

I prayed for you just now, that God will use this time to teach and bless you! :)

On a veeery secular note lol, when you commented on my blog about Lost you were saying you didn't remember the Adam and Eve reference -- it was the pair of skeletons they found in the cave in like the second or third episode. Someone reminded me though that Rose and Bernard should have a whole bunch of others with them, the rest of the secondary Losties who chose to stay with Locke, so I'm not sure what that does to my theory. :P

Take care!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Blessings on you as you obey what God has called you to do.

runningtherace said...

I have also looked into a Daniel inspired fast. I'm encouraged by your willingness to be obedient to the Lord through fasting. Thank you for watching yourself to make sure it is not an issue of pride, but also thank you for sharing so that others, like myself, can be reminded that this is a discipline we should persue ourselves. May your time with the Lord be sweet! God bless.

Wifey said...

As always your so inspiring. Good luck and be safe.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

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