August 8th, 2011 Was the first day of my “so called” fast. I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know if God would speak to me and reveal all of life’s many secrets or if it was all in vain. Deep down I knew I would get something out of this time, but just wasn’t sure what it would be.
Now the Saturday before I thought I heard God’s voice ask me “If you can’t rest when you have the time to rest, how will you rest when you are busy?” I was pretty sure that was Him which helped me be obedient when I heard His voice again.
At 6:45am that Monday, God told me with the same voice, to get up to do my devotions. I resisted and said,’When am I going to get enough rest?’ He said, “I am your rest.” So reluctantly, but being obedient and open, I got up and went outside. I felt His presence with me and He continued to talk to me.
I also read from my Jesus Calling devotional and wrote in my journal everything that stood out to me from that day’s entry such as…”I speak to you from deepest heaven. You hear Me in the depths of your being. Deep calls unto deep. You are blessed to hear Me so directly. Never take this privilege for granted. The best response is a heart overflowing with gratitude. I am training you to cultivate a thankful mindset. This is like building your house on a firm rock, where life’s storms cannot shake you. As you learn these lessons, you are to teach them to others. I will open up the way before you, one step at a time.” (inspired by Psalm 42:7; Psalm 95:1-2; Matthew 7:24-25 in the bible)
What is interesting is that in the days to come I referred back to this again and again, underlining that which was speaking directly to me through God’s Spirit. I hold this Jesus Calling entry very dear to my heart.