In Biblical times, disciples of Christ gave themselves over to "much fasting and prayer." In our time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which we believe is Christ's original church restored) preaches the same thing.
The first Sunday of every month is fast Sunday. We refrain from eating and drinking for 24 hours - praying and studying the whole time. ("Fasting without prayer is just a diet.") We fast with purpose - some for more faith, some for an answer to a prayer, some for strength and some for miracles. It is a personal and sacred experience. Money that would have been used for those meals is donated to the church's fund for the needy.
I have not been able to do a "real fast" in a long time. For obvious reasons, pregnant and nursing mothers cannot go 24 hours without eating. And I've been pregnant or nursing for ... well, five years. (HOLY. CRAP.)
Instead, I choose to refrain from other things - usually sugar or books. (Those are both really, really hard for me.) I generally go longer than 24 hours to really feel the sacrifice.
This time I will be fasting from blogging - starting right now til Monday. It will be hard, since I'm rawther addicted. Ahem.
But I need the Lord's help to make a very important decision for our family's future. I need the extra strength, and every time I get the urge to click the enticing "blogger.com," I will kneel down and plead for direction. (I'll probably get that urge often. It'll be a good reminder.)
Any prayers would be appreciated.
See ya Monday -