Hope To The End ...................... POEMS

FASTING FROM SELF----FEASTING ON JESUS

Fast from worry, and feast on trusting in God (read the Psalms)
Fast from complaining, and feast on gratitude.

 Fast from criticism, and feast on seeing the good in all things.
Fast from rushing , and slow down.

 Fast from hostility, and turn it over to God.
Fast from bitterness, and let it go (praying for them).

Fast from self-concern, and get busy helping others.
Fast from shadows of sorrow, and feast on the sunlight of serenity.

 Fast from idle gossip, and feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from judging others, using discernment instead.

 Fast from darkness, and feast on the light of God's Word (read the Bible daily).
Fast from alcohol (uppers, downers), and face your fears, relying on the Holy Ghost.

Fast from poor health habits, and feast on applying the healing power of God
 Fast from words of sarcasm, and feast on words that edify.

 Fast from discontent, and feast on contentment.
Fast from anger, and feast on forthrightness instead.

 Fast from little white lies , and feast on constant truth and reality.
Fast from over-eating, and practice moderation instead.

Fast from discouragement, and feast on hope.
Fast from the trivia of this world, and feast on Jesus (His Word).

Fast from trying to control, manipulate and dominate;
and be Holy Spirit-led instead

Fast from lethargy, and feast on enthusiasm.
Starve your doubts and feed your Faith.

Fast from always wanting and buying things,
And feast on satisfaction.

Fast from self-importance and vindication,
and feast on meekness and God's will.

 Fast from problems that overwhelm,
and feast on prayer that undergirds.

Author Unknown

This is an adaptation of
http://www.udayton.edu/~campmin/lent/

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"Is not this the FAST that I have chosen ?
To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens,
and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house
[ of worship, by tithing to those who shelter the poor ]
When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him
( give alms readily; give clothing away to those who distribute to the poor)
and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh
(help those of your own household first...Charity begins at home).
Isaiah 58: 6,7
Editor's comments in green


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