Wednesday, February 29, 2012

58: February's Fast

Happy Leap Day, friends!

What are your plans for this day that comes just once every four years? It's an ordinary day around our household today... hubby has left for work, the kids are off to school and I am just about to start my work day.

However, I want to make this Leap Day extraordinary by blogging about 58:'s February fast because today is Fast Day at Live 58:! This month's fast has become even more meaningful to me, I think, because I am in the midst of my own fasting through Lent.
Then Jesus said to his followers, "If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing even to give up their lives to follow me. Those who want to save their lives will give up true life, and those who give up their lives for me will have true life. It is worthless to have the whole world if they lose their souls. They could never pay enough to buy back their souls. The Son of Man will come again with his Father's glory and with his angels. At that time, he will reward them for what they have done."
~ Matthew 16:24-27, NCV
Are you ready for some fast living?
To take the leap on this Leap Day? 
Well, this month's Live 58: fast takes us to Kenya with World Relief!

And, the project? To provide emergency food items such as beans, corn and cooking oil to the most vulnerable and adversely affected people and communities in the remote, drought-stricken areas of Turkana, Kenya. This food is especially essential for those who have lost all their crops and livestock. Most have no stored food or savings to buy the little food that is available in the markets.

Here's a video to help you learn more about the work of World Relief in Turkana, Kenya.
{Please pause the Playlist on the sidebar of this blog as you watch the video.}

CRISIS in Turkana, Kenya from World Relief on Vimeo.

Today...
Instead of lunch, buy some beans.
Instead of a new pair of shoes, buy a few bushels of corn.
Instead of that weekend getaway, buy many gallons of cooking oil.

So, are you inspired to take the leap?
If so, please visit this link to donate via Live 58:.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
~ James 1:27, NIV
During this season of Lent, I have been inspired by the daily videos over at Chris Seay's A Place At The Table. Chris is the one who started the movement called Advent Conspiracy. Check out the short videos... I promise you will be blessed! I am eagerly awaiting my copy of A Place At The Table in print form. I think it's going to be a very good read!

Living the fast of Isaiah 58... it is the religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless! It is The Practice of Fasting that I choose to live out... living out the greatest of commandments...

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10 comments:

  1. Gave our first Kiva loan! So thankful to be able to invest in the 'God is our Strength' cooperative in Nicaragua!

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    1. That's amazing! Kiva is one organization that I've always wanted to learn more about. Your comment here just prompted me to do so. Thanks!!!

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  2. Our youth pastor has been telling us about this. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. It is my pleasure, Monica! Thanks for dropping by today.

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  3. Thanks so much for this post. Great ideas....fasting for someone else to be able to eat. And goodness knows we in "rich" lands can afford to fast often......probably need to fast often.
    Once again....thank you.

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    1. Yes, yes... so true... "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." (Luke 12:48)

      Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement!

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  4. I too love the idea of fasting so that others can eat. Each year our church does a supper that would be considered a meal in a third world country. It's always a real eye opener. Having my whole family fast would not be a good idea -- at least not for the Wee Three, but we could do some beans and rice meals :o).

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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    1. Beans and rice... I should serve some again. It's been a while since we had a "third world meal" in this household!

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