Today we are focusing on: Contemplation
1. the action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time.
2. deep reflective thought.
How has the #30DayHusbandFast been for you? No really, how have you found the past 28 days?
The art of contemplation, as the nifty definition above states, is all about deep thought and today (and however long you want) I would really love you, to really think really deeply (and I mean
really - deeply) about how you have found the past 28 days. Take myself, have I been perfect with this fast? Heck no, but that's what thinking and reviewing this entire fast is all about.
You see within our faith it's important that we grow, and I have found that taking time (whether that be in silence, with light background music, or when cleaning) to assess how something I have done faith-wise has impacted me, is crucial to helping me grow in faith. Even when it comes to fasting , it was only in
June of this year that I had fasted for more than 1 day by doing this #30DayHusbandFast, I contemplated on it's impact and this time round decided to be more intentional, make some changes and see who would be up for it, as I had found it really impactful spiritually and helpful in the area of desiring a Husband, and wanted to share that with other sisters in Christ :-).
I would be lying if I didn't say, I hope it has been the same for you (because I really do), but maybe it hasn't and that's ok - as this is a day to think of why/why not and all the other variables potentially involved.
Below are a few pointers to help you get into that contemplative phase:
What moments did you enjoy?
What moments did you hate?
Did you struggle with the fast?
Are there any topics that really spoke to you?
Are there any topics that God spoke to you about?
Is there anything you wish you did differently?
Is there anything you found unhelpful with the posts (sorry in advance)?
Is there anything you found helpful with the posts?
How would you describe your relationship/faith-walk with God before the fast?
How would you describe your relationship/faith-walk with God after the fast?
What do you think you learnt about yourself/future Husband during this fast?
Now the big question in relation to all the above - WHY? (Yes I love a good why question as it really helps us break down situations - Wall of Jericho anyone?)
Take a moment (or quite a few) to really answer these questions, make a note of them, make a note of your answers then prayerfully consider your response as tomorrow, the last day, (spoiler) will be about action taking - whoop.
But for today, it really is just taking time to ponder - How has the #30DayHusbandFast been for you?.
Myself, yes I am continuing to fast on this day but whether you choose to fast/or not it's up to you ;-)
Overall just take this time to rest, contemplate and give yourself a Hallelujah hand raise for getting this far.
Reminder: For suggested devotionals and bible chapters for this past week, feel free to check out the Week Three overview here.
Have a contemplative day!