Fasting is common in religious practice. It is the practice of removing food and possibly water from your day for some period of time. We are promised blessings from removing that from our lives for a small moment in a effort to focus on the spiritual. This time of focus is suggested to bring a topic or need that you are looking to strengthen or work on. If we are not fasting with a purpose, we are just going hungry.
The beauty of the fast is we are able to choose what we need help with. Is the some internal struggle you are dealing with? Is there something you are trying to figure out? Wanting to tell someone about your Adult Baby or Little side? Fast for it! No topic or trouble is too big or small to make it part of your fast. This small sacrifice helps us hone in on our needs and find answers through study and prayer or meditation.
In our Church we are asked, if possible, to give a generous Fast Offering. A fast offering is a monetary donation that is used to feed other people that are without. Aside from this monetary donation there are also other ways we can give back. Service in many forms helps us give a small part of our self. This is another opportunity to sacrifice a small part of our self for the betterment of something else. “Lose yourself and you will find yourself. It is through service of others that we truly find ourselves and our truest desires of our heart.”
Fasting intensifies our prayers, hones in our thought processes. This can bring clarity to our own thoughts and meditations. While looking for answers, you will be led and guided to answers to the questions of your hearts. Fasting helps me re-center myself. It is a good reset button. We practice a congregational fast once per month, and it helps begin the month on the right foot. Fasting coupled with a calendaring or scheduling meeting helps me find time and space for the things that’s my family has to accomplish in the days and weeks to come.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Religious or not, dedicating time and effort into our own needs is so important. Studies find more and more that we are not multi-taskers. We must slow down, simplify, and take the time to work on ourselves when we need it. Search, Ponder, & Pray, as the Children’s Song states. Learn, Act, and Share. We retain almost everything of what we share with others. When you search for something for yourself and find that answer, share it with others. Be it Twitter, a blog, or in-person conversations find ways to share what you have learned.