Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fasting, Rambling, and Maya Angelou

Today started the first day of my TV diet. I have chosen to follow God's prompting and fast for 40 days. I have chosen to fast T.V. and Facebook . . . I am addicted to both. The T.V. fast I have decided to not be as strict . . . Facebook is cold turkey, no Facebook for 40 days . . . period. To resist temptation I made sure I will not be notified if anyone leaves anything on my wall or emails me. I left my last message yesterday.

My TV fast is a little more lenient but will have a big impact. I'm not going cold turkey but I have decided I will only watch TV if it has a purpose. Another words no PASSIVE boob tube watching. For example if my kids want to watch a movie I will be happy to join in on the family time. Another example is Monday nights. This is the night I usually spend time with my bestest Sarah. When we are together we usually watch TV. Other then that I will not turn on the TV but instead spend time with God, my kids, or bettering myself.

Here is a quote I got off of a website that discussed fasting, it pretty much sums up why I am fasting:
"When you are fasting, you need to be praying at the same time. The point of a fast is to grow closer to God and get in touch with the Holy Spirit. It is a time to listen and pray. Every time you turn to do whatever it is you have given up, you remind yourself to spend time in prayer and focus on the Lord. It is important that your times away from whatever you gave up are focused on God. Otherwise, you are just going through period of deprivation, not a spiritual discipline."

So I know your all wondering what I did with my time tonight! I arrived home at 8pm, I helped Autumn with her school work, straightened up the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Folded 3 loads of laundry, and blogged. It is now only 10:57pm and I'm ready to go to bed. Usually none of this would have been done and I would be falling asleep on the couch to a stupid TV show. OHHHH I almost forgot the most important thing!!!!!!!!! When I was folding the 3 loads of laundry I did not have the tv on and you know what I did? I talked to God!!!! Yep I used my time to connect to Him. We had a pretty normal conversation and if felt good to connect, over the next 40 days I'm going to work on listening to Him. I kind of rambled on tonight and didn't let Him get in a word!

Why did I get home so late tonight? Maya Angelou!!!I still can't believe it, I got to go see Maya Angelou speak! She was fantastic, she spoke for a little over an hour and she was so inspiring! She is 80 years old now and soooo funny. I didn't realize how funny she is! When I got home I researched her life a little more and was amazed at her life. I definitely need to read her autobiography!

Wow what a great night! Fasting, rambling, and Maya Angelou!


prettybyrdie said...

Ooooh, I like the new header! I actually just sort of got a job offer! It's $12 an hour for 34 hours a week, but it's more than anyone else is getting offered, and it's for a Professor who has really good tax connections. The only interviews people are getting are for unpaid internships. I'll prolly take classes too.

A facebook diet sounds like a good idea, but I don't know if I can handle my two hour lectures with no facebook break! More power to you!

Larissa said...

She rocks and so do you. Way to go with your fast...I will be praying for you sister!