So, recently, I was pleasantly surprised to discover another perspective - a list of behavioral habits that could be subject to fasting. But best of all, the list presented the opposite behavior as something to FEAST ON. For those of us who prefer positive action rather than avoiding a negative, this idea struck me like a lightning bolt, and I feel compelled to share it, together with various photos from the last 12 months. I hope you find something in it that can inspire you through the 40 days of our journey toward a blessed Easter!
|Imagine ... Peace and Unity|
Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of life.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from worry; feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
|Mid-term care packages for #1 Son and his girlfriend|
Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
|Grand Cayman Sunset, March 2017|
With my Mom at the
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
in Glacier National Park; you'll hear my
voice and that of my Mom)
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Scott Kelly spent a year aboard the International Space
Station: "There is a lesson here ... about risk and
resilience, about endurance and trying again."
Streep and Hanks do it again in this
poignant story about women in
leadership roles and the importance
of the free press in our society
Fast from discouragements; feast on hope.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Snow shoeing Montana style - with temps ranging from -3F to 8F -
'cause that's just what Montanans do on Sunday afternoons!
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
|View of Glacier National Park from summit of Big Mountain|
(During Lent, I am working on patience and hope, while embracing meals free of meat and fish.)
...patience is a tough one for me.ReplyDelete
Some great thoughts here, and love the photos of Grand Cayman sunset and Big Mountain sky!!ReplyDelete
Good things to focus on. Love that photo of you and your mom at the Huckleberry Festival. I'm trying to dig deeper into God's Truth in Jesus and the Bible for Lent. Beautiful photos throughout.ReplyDelete
We all could work on the fasting and feasting. Lord knows there are so many facts that could depress. Worry and divine order are proving hard for me right now. Purposeful silence is where I feel I need to be for so many reasons.ReplyDelete
Oops! Forgot to say how cute the squirrel video is. Such a brave little fella.ReplyDelete
Wonderful thoughts and ideas! I like this version of fasting. I will take all your ideas and use them. :) Lots of snow down here. I am loving it! KitReplyDelete
Hello, wonderful ides for fasting and feasting. The ground squirrel is cute. The sunset is gorgeous! I love the view of Glacier NP. Great post and I enjoyed the photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks so much for your comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!ReplyDelete
the worry/divine order isn't clear. I worry because so much has befallen me, and I pray for healing to no avail so that one seems beyond me too. I love the idea of this but am not sure how to implement it. I am worried about so much that isn't working out but how do you pretend it's all good? Your post gave me a lot to think about and that's a great thing, and I thank you. I love your blog, and get posts by email tho I don't always comment from my inbox I'm reading. LeeAnnaReplyDelete
Lots for us to consider in your post! I need to make amends this season and do more for others! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, DianeReplyDelete
I enjoyed this post and the positive refocus on Lent.ReplyDelete
I also enjoyed the little squirrel but wouldn't want to feel a bite from it either.
Enjoy your week.
What great ideas for fasting and feasting. Lent isn't observed in our church, but I have many friends who do.ReplyDelete
That is a breathtaking photo at Grand Cayman. The sailboat was in the right spot at the right time and so were you.Delete
Amazing sky shots and critters too!ReplyDelete
Happy Week a head to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Beautiful photos! What a great idea to do something like this for lent. Patience is something I need to work on and it's a tough one.ReplyDelete
I love what this author wrote. Striving to change behaviors for the positive is, I think, something greater for ourselves and society. Your photos reinforce the message. Thank you for your post!ReplyDelete
Striving for virtues like patience is a great way to practice Lent - absolutely adore your photos illustrating the post.ReplyDelete
Beautiful pics for your great idea. Each pic is so special!ReplyDelete
such a beautiful series of photosReplyDelete
I saw thisinspiring meditation on quite a few posts on facebook and it was attributed to the a few different people including the Pope, so it was good to see who really wrote it. I like to do positive things for Lent over giving up something. The world especially needs more acts of kindness and compassion after this week's tragic events.
That little squirrel was trying hard to see if he could take a piece of your leg....lol...glad he did not hurt you!
What a great way to brighten up your little corner of the world. We could all use some fasting from negative and detrimental things. Great post.ReplyDelete
my favorites are the gorgeous flowers and the glacier overlook :)ReplyDelete
Some lovely pictures there Angie. I do like the snow scenes, even if I don't like snow - just other people's. How interesting that you have PG Tips over there, a global brand now i guess.ReplyDelete
If everyone did these things - think of how different the world would be. Fasting from judgement, words that pollute, self involvement.... I can’t help but think we would live in a more harmonious society!ReplyDelete
What gorgeous photos! Grand Cayman and the view of glacier are stunning!Such a cute ground squirrel!
Happy Monday to you.
i love the outdoors and so appreciated all of your images!!ReplyDelete
if everyone followed your lead, (what great thoughts) what a wonderful world it would be....
Great inspiration post for Lent! It is good to fast on the things that you have mentioned e.g. judging, negative thoughts, etc.ReplyDelete
What an uplifting and inspiring post! Thank you! I especially like "Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds" thought they all spoke to me! Thank you so very much!ReplyDelete
Powerful and inspiring post. Wonderful! I am trying to remove one thing from my closet or around the house every day of Lent. Then I will have a full bag or box (or both) to donate. I'm so bad at decluttering, I hope this will get me started. Happy Monday!ReplyDelete
Happy mosaic MondayReplyDelete
Much love ...
Can see my comment from yesterday did not come through:( Good I checked. I have never seen a fast as something "witholding" (although my stomach is protesting), but as my effort to have a better relationship with God. Thank you for sharing your experiences with Lent for All Seasons:) Have a great Lent week!ReplyDelete
I really like the emphasis on the positive! Brilliant. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Great and nice photos!ReplyDelete
Very good reminders, though very difficult to follow.ReplyDelete
There is much to ponder on in your post. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Thank you for this. Life would be heaven on earth if humanity could only adhere to all the wonderful words of “fasting” you’ve listed. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for this, Angie. I had seen it on Facebook, but read it again now, with your beautiful photos interspersed among the words. Lots to think about.ReplyDelete
National Park wintry shot is awesome!ReplyDelete
Happy Week to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Such a positive message, and so beautifully illustrated!ReplyDelete
Excellent post! I love the positivity.ReplyDelete
What an uplifting read and your photos of Montana are glorious!ReplyDelete
Oh I love this and I am going to put some of them into practice this season.ReplyDelete
Wonderful life lessons, not just for Lent! Gorgeous photo of Grand CaymanReplyDelete
Hope you have a great weekend!
If I could fast from worry, I'd do that year round :-)ReplyDelete
This is just wonderful and I hope that you don't mind that I looked up your poem that you shared and I am thinking about posting it on my Facebook page. I can learn from this and many others as well. Just to even select a few of the thoughts would be beneficial. Thank you so much for sharing and your images that you posted along with the poem is wonderful~ReplyDelete