Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fast to Feast-30 Day Challenge

We are on Day 2 of our Negativity Fast and Gratitude Feast. Notice it is not just a fast, but also a feast. We want to saturate our lives with gratitude and starve the negativity in our lives. Sometimes you have to fast in order to feast. Abstaining from negative thoughts, words, attitudes or actions in order to initiate a feast of gracious things that will produce fruit in your life. In Colossians 3:1-17 the principle is explained as "putting off" and "putting on". By the power of God we have been given the ability to put off ungodly actions and put on gracious actions. Here are three ways to make this 30 day experience enjoyable:

1) Do it with friends, family, coworkers, or your church. That way you have built in accountability and encouragement.
2) Get an encouragement jar and some poker chips. Red are for negative things you do. White are for things you do to express gratitude. Someone else has to put a chip in the jar for you. Check at the end of a week how colorful your jar is.
3) Establish some consistent way to get in the word of God. Truly the only way you can make a heart change is by allowing the God of your heart access to uproot negativity and to plant gratitude.

My wife and I are going through a resource by Nancy Leigh Demoss called Growing in Gratitude. It's a free download and is pointing us to the word of God as our source for living a negative free life. 

Read previous post: Fifteen Reasons to join us in this challenge.

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