Before you start reading, would you just stop and ask the Lord for an open heart. This is one of the most important posts I have ever writtten. Please stick with me to the end.
The entire bloggy world is a fascinating thing. It enables us to connect with like-minded friends who can share our joys, burdens, trials, sorrows and life-changing experiences. I cannot help but think that the Lord has allowed this whole bloggy thing for far much more than meets the eye. Could it be that it could be used for something far bigger than we could ever dream? I think so.
First off though, I know you all love me and my family. I know many of you have called me your mentor or "big sister". I have hundreds of emails from many of you that have encouraged my heart. You have shared with me how A Place Called Simplicity has ministered to you. I am humbled by your words.
Never in my wildest, craziest dreams would I have guessed that God would take the very broken, battered and abused little girl that I was and use my love for writing as a ministry to so many. Never! But God! Someday I intend to write a post about my childhood and you, too, will stand in awe of what only God could do.
But suffice it to say that one of the resounding things I hear in your emails is that you long to hear from God. To have Him speak to you. Personally. Up close. Some think I have a secret connection to the Lord. Not true!! We each have the same access to the throne room!
I am convinced that my walk with God would not be what it is today if I had not walked through the very real trials I have walked in my 50 years AND if I had not fasted so often. Yes, you read that right.
I know I have mentioned fasting from time to time. Friends, it's huge. There is something about our faith being built as we fast for God to move mountains. There is something about giving up something we love dearly (like food) to say, "God I am giving up the thing that I love to do (eat) to hear you speak. Tell me what you want me to change. Show me how I can be more like you. Speak to me!!"
I have heard from many of you that you have never fasted before. Infact, when I asked for a group fast, the comments were largely silent. In the church we pastor, many have whispered to me, "I've never fasted before. I couldn't do it! I love to eat too much."
Wouldn't it make sense that the enemy of our souls wants us NOT to grow deeper with God? Wouldn't it make sense that the enemy of our souls wants us to think that we cannot live without food for a meal? Two meals? Or even an entire day? Wouldn't he love you to think that fasting isn't that important?
So you are reading this and thinking, "Okay, Linny, I hear you. But what's your point?"
Hang on, I'm getting to it.
In the bloggy world we have opportunity to "visit" with lots of people from the privacy of our own home with just a click of a button. We can even visit with someone new without them even knowing it and decide if we ever want to visit with them again. One click and we can say, "buh-bye". No doubt we have all done that.
But every now and then you know how it is.....you "meet" someone and say, "wow, I want to linger here. They are so genuine. They make me want to come back and visit with them again." It might be their family size or their whit or their writing or their love for Jesus or their struggles, but there is just something that makes you say, "Wow, I must come visit with them again."
For me that happened right after our home burned. A woman started leaving comments on my blog. She was always so sincere. So kind. So genuine. So wise. So tender-hearted. So gentle. So God-filled. I decided I had to "meet" this woman. So I went to her profile and found her blogspot and found out some things that I had not expected.
She has 10 children! (Just like me.)
She loves Jesus immensely (Just like me.)
She has adopted most of her kids. (Just like me.)
She has many little children. (Just like me.)
She has cancer.
Whoooa! Back up! She has CANCER?
I gasped (for real) when I saw that she had been battling cancer for about 2-1/2 years. I could not believe it. How could a mom of 10 kids, many of whom are little, have cancer? We were living in the hotel and I remember just shaking my head: Lord what is going on ??
If you have never been to her site, you must go and meet her. But hang on with me first. Because this is important.
Over the course of the last few months my friend has learned that her cancer has spread. Seriously. It is not looking good from a human perspective. Not good at all.
So I have been praying and talking to the Lord about my friend. I said, "Lord I live across the country. I have ten (almost!) children. What can I do from here? And then it came to me. What if we used this whole bloggy thing for a God-sized move? What if we banned together as one body and asked Almighty God to heal this precious woman? What if we prayed together on one specific day? What if we fasted for her healing? She needs a MIRACLE now!!
Now, it could be said, "If you want to fast Linn, do it privately."
My response? The Lord must really like Numbers because He named an entire book of the Bible Numbers. And if the numbers of people fasting didn't matter, Queen Esther in the book of Esther would have fasted alone and watched God move. But instead she implored the Hebrew nation to join her in a THREE day fast to see God move in a huge way and spare the entire nation of Isreal. (Which, as you all know, He did hear their prayers while they fasted and He spared the precious Jewish people.)
Most of the time I do fast privately and no one knows, except maybe my family cause they want me to come and eat and instead I disappear into our bedroom to pray while they eat.
BUT this is different.
It is something bursting in me. So here are some of the thoughts I have:
Some might say, "Well there are children with cancer or serious heart issues whose blogs I read."
My response: I know!!!?! What would happen if we started fasting for their healing too? What would happen?? I have not ever heard of a group fast for anyone who is sick on the blogs. Maybe I missed it, but I definitely have not heard of it.
Could it be that Almighty God is waiting for group of woman (yes, I know there are some bloggy follower men out there, forgive me - and please K-man, Clayton, James, Justin, Kevin, Chris, Tony & all others, please join with us and fast!)....banned together with reckless abandon saying, "God we want to see your power and your might and your healing touch! We are united and joined together and we are fasting to see you move this mountain! We will not give up! We will stand together!"
Now just incase your final thought is this: Well I don't really know this lady.
Then my response is: But you do know me! You know that I am not given to asking things like this unless I really feel the Lord wants me to.
And my other comment would be: Suppose you had 10 kids and you had terminal cancer? Suppose it appeared your time was limited? What would you want a group of people, who didn't even know you, to do for you?
If it was me, sweet friends, I would be secretly praying that God would move on your hearts to fast for me. I know you would pray. But I would want you to fast for my healing.
On that note: I am asking if you would join me in a blog fast for my sweet friend. That God would heal her of her cancer. That He would move mountains. That He would touch her body and every single cancer cell and remove them. We will also ask God to minister to her husband, Howard. Ask God to minister to her children. Ask God to do above all we could ask or think. And we will humbly ask Him to do it Now.
I refuse to sit idly by and not do anything. I refuse to stop knocking on heaven's door. I remind the Lord of Luke 18 and the persistent widow. She kept coming and coming and coming.....knowing that the unrighteous judge would eventually hear her. How much more the Heavenly Father loves us!!
Would you join me/us?
The Fast: Monday, July 27th
Fast: Breakfast or Lunch or Dinner or All Three
Please, please, please ask your blog friends to join together with us. Please ask your prayer chains, your Bible studies....your prayer groups....your family......all of them....and let's see what God will do!
And please meet my friend and your new friend, Cindy, at Faithful Promises.
She is a treasure and you will just love her - Promise!! xo