Saturday, January 30, 2016

FEBRUARY 1ST- FASTING For Faith and Healing


You know I have never
had any trouble asking for prayers for others.
However, it is not in my nature to ask
for anything for myself.
I just have a hard time doing that.

A wonderful blogger,
who wanted to remain anonymous
until I put the squeeze on her because
of the great post she wrote about fasting,
Deb-Frugal Little Bungalow
put a call out for a day of fasting on 
behalf of my husband and myself
to take place on Monday - February 1st.
She explained all the different ways to fast.
For some it might be as simple as
skipping one meal that day-
or giving up snacks you would usually have.
You can read the wonderful post
she wrote about fasting here.

Now, those that know me well
know that 
FASTING IS NOT 
part of my vocabulary.
I think fasting is waiting 10 minutes
after my meal
to eat a bowl of ice cream.
Yep- that's me!
However, I am going to join
that wonderful blogger and 
those that have agreed to fast for us, too.

I will fast and pray for my hubby's health 
and continued strength as he fights this battle.

Fasting is different things for different people.
I am going to choose a modified fast-
SUN UP to SUN DOWN
on Monday, February 1st!
So glad for these short winter days-whew!

Because I get up very early
I am going to eat an early breakfast
and drink clear fluids all day-
Clear fluids for me are water,
with or without lemon or lime,
and clear chicken broth.

IF you care to join us - please do so.
If it is not something you are comfortable with-
or you have a medical condition or-
you take food with medications...
just wing a little prayer up for us instead.

Bless all of you.
We are so thankful for those that leave us
comments and well-wishes and 
pray on our behalf
and send us their love.

You all are just
THE BEST!

THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU-

For those of you that choose to fast on Monday-
I'll send you an apple pie Tuesday.
I mighta lied about the pie......
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I will put up a reminder on Sunday sometime.
your photo name

77 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

Let's see...30 days hath September...so that means I've got today and tomorrow to cram down as many Cadbury mini eggs as I can...Seriously, I know that fasting is something I should be familiar with, but I've only fasted once, a long time ago. Count me in. And I'll be waiting for that pie... Blessings on you and John.

Shelia said...

Hi Diana! What a great thing Deb has declared for us to join in. I will do my part and pray for your dear hubby and you too. It's very hard being a caregiver y]too. You have to take care of t]yourself too. Blessings to you, sweet friend.
Shelia

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

My heart goes out to you and your husband. I will do a fast for you on Monday. God Bless you both. Hugs.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I grew up Protestant and fasting was a huge part of my tradition. Like you, I haven't fasted in years but will join you in praying for John to have strength for what God has set before him. You'll be included as well; I know something of what lies ahead.

Jettie said...

I'll do a modified fast, for as long as my sugar holds steady.

Kay G. said...

So much time is taken regarding meals, if we...every now and then...had a fast and had that time in deep prayer, why that just makes sense to me. Joining in with you on Feb. 1st. xx

Anonymous said...

Oh my dearest Sweet D! It would not hurt this plump friend of yours to fast on the first!
w/L

A Quiet Corner said...

Sounds like a plan, Diana and a great idea! You always have my thoughts and prayers...food or no food!...:)JP

Laurie said...

What a great friend... I often pray for you guys and will continue to do so. I hope I don't forget about the fast on Monday. The reminder will be great. Hugs and Prayers!

LV said...

It's the thought that counts. I will take your apple pie anyway I can get it. Hang in. What a great lady, even when the road is rough, you still find a little humor.

Sonny G said...

continued prayers for your sweet Hero.. I will fast for you and him..

camp and cottage living said...

I will be joining in the fast, Diana.
We're praying everyday for your John.
Sending love to you both-Kim

Mimi said...

Isn't Deb the best? :-) I will be joining her, you, and everyone else in prayer and fasting on the first. I plan on putting up a reminder post tomorrow on my blog, too. If we all spread the word, just think of all the prayers we can send up for your sweetie! Hugs and prayers sent your way....

Patty Marker said...

I'll be joining you and always praying!

Shirley said...

Good Morning Diana, A quick note before I head to the funeral home for a graveside service for my daughter's friend's dad. I will be there for you and John with prayers and hugs. I will do fasting for you that day for healing. You can never have to many prayers and other things for you all. Later it's pinewood derby day at the church with my youngest grandson, and then basketball with the middle. Some fun after the sad. Take care. Many hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Ruth Rosenblum said...

Can't do fasting Diana as I'm remission and it would not be good at this time. Saying that I have and will be praying for all of you.

Simply LKJ said...

What a fabulous idea Deb came up with. And yes, fasting can take on so many different meanings for different people. I look forward to joining in.

Adam said...

I had a Muslim co-worker once who had to fast during Ramadan. I believe it means no food or water from sunrise to sundown. She'd eventually become weak enough to get a piece of gum or something.

Beemie said...

Been off school for a week due to historic snowstorm...going to give it a try for the school day, Monday. I know I will be exhausted when I get home, but the least I can do. To be totally truthful, my hips are saying, "Stay away from the baked goods."

Pam Kessler said...

That's a fantastic idea! I'll be joining you! If I do clear liquids then I can still drink beer, right?

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Will join you Monday and have been saying prayers for your hubby. Good things will come your way.

Linda said...

What a wonderful friend she is to do that for you and John. I'm with you.........fasting is waiting a few minutes to eat. Saying prayers for your family.

Dewena said...

God bless all who join this day of fasting and praying for John. There is such power in joint prayer. As a diabetic I no longer fast but on Monday I will read scripture aloud and pray for healing for John as I go about my chores that day and will ask my family to also.

Love to you, Diana,
Dewena

Chatty Crone said...

I will pray more on Monday but I am a diabetic and I don't think I could do that all day - maybe liquids. I do care though.

Blondie's Journal said...

Deb is very sweet. I'll do what you are doing with the clear liquids, I could stand to lose a pound or two! And I'm sending many prayers as always.

Jane

Kim said...

Sending prayers and I will think about Monday...I think I can make it work! :)

Art and Sand said...

I will do my best to remember to join in on this important fast.

Wishing you and hubby well!

Patty Patterson said...

That ice cream sure looks good. Maybe you should leave that picture out of your reminder post. It might make fasting more difficult to see a bowl of delicious ice cream and a pie! LOL And I am considering joining you. Tag me in your reminder if you put it on facebook.

Nonnie said...

I would like to do this on Monday morning. xoxo

Julia said...

I'll fast on Feb 1st and it won't hurt a bit. I fast from carbs and I'll eat fruits and veggies to keep my blood sugar at a comfortable level. Wishing you both a good weekend.
Prayers for healing and courage.
Hugs,
JB

Lucille said...

I will fast as much as I can, Diana. I take medication and I need to eat after. But I can do without treats and things that I like to eat. Still praying for John and for you too, Diana. I feel you also need prayers. I hate fasting. Does anybody like it? I am a glutton, I confess and I do love my treats. Nevertheless, I would like to be part of this as I know that fasting is a powerful form of prayer, one that I need to practice more often. Perhaps this could be the beginning for me. When I was young, we needed to fast before communion. So, if we went to 11:00 o'clock Mass, this meant we had to fast and we did it. We always tried to go to early Mass though because of the fasting. So, it's not like I don't have any practice at it but that was a long time ago. Now we only need to fast for an hour before communion. So, I am out of practice.

Cozy Little House said...

I just love Deb!
Brenda

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Wonderful idea ... Yes many kinds and ways of fasting. Sending up prayers sweet Diana right now,
xoxo

Susie said...

Diana, I will do my best . I will also pray for all of you. So hopefully I'll be able to do both. Blessings and hugs to all of you. xoxo, Susie

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Sounds good, I shall join you.
Louise

Merlesworld said...

I will try but not good at fasting.
Merle.............

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I will fast for your hero and my Dad. We found out he has lung cancer just yesterday... He has more tests next week to find out if it's spread and what stage. Life can change in a second.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I will fast for your hero and my Dad. We found out he has lung cancer just yesterday... He has more tests next week to find out if it's spread and what stage. Life can change in a second.

Nellie said...

Will see what I can do; having a medical appointment myself on Monday! This is a marvelous idea! Hugs, Nellile

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, Yes I will do the portion that I can on this Monday for you and my dear friend Kelley fighting brain cancer! I believe in all that we do to bring others before the Lord He gives His hand and strength in their hearts and at times their bodies! Love, Roxy

Jann Olson said...

Such a wonderful idea! I have seen the power of prayer and fasting. I will be skipping breakfast and luch. We have a game night planned with neighbors Mon. evening and the food will taste extra special after this important fast!
hugs,
Jann

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What a wonderful response so far : as I said in my post...I had just meant to do a blog post in general about fasting for newbies, as I had done, and then at the end I think that our Lord took over / I am so sure that He wants to do something through this virtual prayer meeting! :)

I cracked UP at the ice cream...that is SO ME! :)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diana, great plan of faith to fast and pray for John. Blessings to Deb for thinking of this. Count Larry and I in!! xo

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I will pray on Monday for your hubby. I think something wonderful will happen with all those prayers heading up to heaven for healing.
warmly,
deb

Missy George said...

Anything I can do pie or no pie. Would be nice though ...;)

Tete said...

Count me in.

Anonymous said...

I'll be expecting that pie!!!!
there is nothing I wouldn't do for you and your family,,
well, other than breaking the law, lol,,
I know you too well, I will be expecting a good come back on this one, lol,,,
keeping you all in our prayers, I would love to join the fast!

Art @ Home said...

I will try my best to do it!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hello Diana, I'll be praying for you and your husband...make sure you are taking care of yourself too!

Janet said...

This is a wonderful thing to do. In my church we have a regular monthly fast. The first Sunday of each month. Fasting with prayer and a purpose is always a good thing. It is also a time when one can draw nearer to God and feel the Spirit.

You are both in my prayers daily. Take care of yourself.
Janet W oxox

Katie Mansfield said...

I will be praying for you guys. What a sweet, kind friend.

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

I have never been good at fasting but my mom is an amazing woman and she will fast for special blessings. I pray for a special peace to be with you and your hubby at this trying time. Much love and hugs to you! xoxo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am so glad our sweet Deb thought of this! I can't fast any more (for health reasons) but I will spend extra time in prayer for your precious husband on Monday. And I'll pray for those that are dedicating themselves to fast. It's wonderful to see everyone coming together when we are in need. Lots of hugs to you both my friend, Diane PS My husband and I are both praying for you both.

Sarah said...

You and your hero are continually in my thoughts and prayers.

Jackie said...

What sweet blogging friends we have!
You know that I continue to pray for your husband....and I am so thankful for all of our friends who pray for one another.
Love,
Jackie

Rose L said...

I do not need to fast as I have an eating disorder ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder) and I am lucky if I eat 2 meals a day! I am so trying to get up to the 5-6 small meals the doctor wants me to have. It plays heck with my health!

Gypsy Heart said...

Thanks so much for letting us know!! I'll be happy to participate...similar to what you're planning to do. Prayers continue for both of you!

xoxo
Pat

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Count me in, Diana. Always..Judy

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I will be happy to do this from sun rise to sun set. Prayers to you both xx

a writing place said...

This is lovely... But don't forget. You are the Care-Giver. Who is already devoting your life, to this project. It seems a bit of over-kill, to have you fast too.

Yes, a big over-kill, to have YOU fast too.

You of all people, need to maintain your health and stamina and fight off germs, at this time!

Please! Please! Please!

Let those, who feel good, about doing this fast, do it.

But not you...

Not a good idea to deprive your body, of nutrients, at this time.

Gentle hugs...

Yes! -waving hand- Not only do you have to contend with private email "advice," you have to contend with it here too. -grinnnnnnn- "No place is safe" ,-)))

Feral Turtle said...

What a wonderful bloggy friend she is!! You can count me in for sure!

Amy said...

I would be honored to join you in your fast tomorrow. Prayer in numbers do great things! As Roxy has posted before me, I'll be praying for your hubby and for our dear friend Kelly who is fighting brain cancer and now for Gert.
Thanks for being strong and brave Diana! I'll gladly pray beside you any day. :0)
Much Love and Hugs, Amy

Amy said...

I would be honored to join you in your fast tomorrow. Prayer in numbers do great things! As Roxy has posted before me, I'll be praying for your hubby and for our dear friend Kelly who is fighting brain cancer and now for Gert.
Thanks for being strong and brave Diana! I'll gladly pray beside you any day. :0)
Much Love and Hugs, Amy

Carla from The River said...

Hello Friend,
I will do! And for Gert too!!
Sending a HUG!
Carla

joanne said...

with a wing and a prayer, I will do what I can but always with prayers in mind for your healing.

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

Oh boy, I'll do my best to come up with a fast I can do today. In the meantime I am praying for your hero. xo Laura

Martha Diener said...

Lifting you up in prayer. One day at a time sweet jesus thats all that we are asking from you!you are on a cancer journey IT IS HARD so we will continue to lift you up in prayer!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Sending prayers for health and strength for you both. I'll be thinking of you today. I'm off to check out that post about fasting now. xoxo

September Violets said...

Sending a prayer for you and your husband today Diana. Heard through Judith/Lavender Cottage of today's call for prayer for you both.
Wendy

Elizabeth said...

Blogging friends are the best! Prayers for you and your husband!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I am late for the fast, but will fast from dessert and send up prayers for you and your dear husband. Oh my, wish I could make a pie that looked like that.

Linda said...

It's Monday afternoon as I read this so I am not fasting but I am promising to pray!!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I don't do well with fasting so sending prayers up for you! I love getting the Caring Bridge emails too, to keep in touch and know how you all are doing!

Candy S said...

Diana, You have my prayers and my thoughts on this first day of February.

Wanda said...

Diane I was out of town and didn't see your blog until just now, and it's already Monday evening. I do belive in prayer and fasting, and will pick a day this week to do the same for you and your dearest. I plan to go read post now. Love and Hugs.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You and your husband are in my prayers! God bless

Karen Ann said...

Sending prayer and healing thoughts your way - hoping you and your husband find strength and healing and know that you are clearly loved -