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10 Day Journey … Tina’s Fasting Blog

February 13, 2016 by  
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DAY ONE…We do not fast in order to acquire God’s favor; we fast to make us hungry. “Holy Spirit, cause my spiritual hunger to far exceed my physical hunger. In the Name of Jesus. Amen!”

DAY TWO…For me, fasting puts my spirit into a place of expectancy. A place of believing. A place of waiting. On this, our second day, I’m asking the Holy Spirit to guide my spirit to expect what He has for me, to believe for only what He can do, and to wait upon Him. Sometimes (ok, a lot of times), I have a difficult time waiting. I have a tendency to get in the middle of my situations and work “to make it happen.” I know everyone is thinking, “no way, not Pastor Tina, she wouldn’t do that!” Heehee… But, that is manipulation, and we know what God’s Word says about manipulation — witchcraft. So, for this our second day, as you practice waiting, ask the Holy Spirit to conform your expectancy, your desires, and what you are believing for, to line up with the blessings and plans He has for you. That’s the cry of my heart this morning. “Lord, help me sit still and be quiet as I guide my heart. In Jesus name. Amen!”

DAY THREE….one aspect of fasting is changing what we drink. Can you spell H2O? “Water, water everywhere.” (Extra credit to those who know the source of that quote. Hint, not scripture.) Our bodies require liquid. More specifically, and more intentionally (God’s intention), they require water. And yet, if you’re like many people, we drink so many other liquids. Desperate to quench our thirst. As I carried — ok, lugged — my water supply into the office yesterday, someone said, “you thirsty?” “Well, as a matter of fact, I am. And, I suspect I’m about to become even more thirsty.” Now that’s dancing ground! As I cut off my favorite drink of choice — diet coke — I found myself THIRSTY! And, as I woke this morning, I had the woman at the well on my mind…so desperate for a drink that she would go to the local well in the very heat of the day. Amidst stares and snickers. As she put aside those things that did not satisfy her thirst and went in pursuit of water, she encountered The Living Water. He promised her a Source of Water, of Living Water, that will never run dry and will always satisfy her thirst. Yes, Lord, I’m hungry for Your presence, but I’m desperate for the Water, Living Water, that will never run dry. I find myself breaking into song, (yes…I’m all alone!), “fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord, come and quench this thirsting of my soul…” (Go ahead…sing along)

DAY FOUR…yesterday I discovered how physically thirsty I am when I focus on drinking what my body needs. Water. Check out Isaiah 44. I am reminded that God says, “I (He who chose me and formed me. I am His. He will care for my needs.) will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon dry grounds: (what will that look like?) I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thy offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the coures.” HALLELUJAH, God! That’s dancing ground. When I am thirsty and I seek and find Living Water — My spirit is satisfied. I feel refreshed. I feel renewed. Revived. Ready to get up and go. So, when is it that I feel as if that Living Water is like a flood? Extending beyond the boundaries of my life and overflowing? What satisfies a mother’s heart more than watching the blessing and favor of God upon her family? When I see and sense Living Water flowing over, through and in the lives of my children and my grandchildren, I am refreshed in a way that cannot be described in any other way than to say, “To God be the Glory!” And, when His spirit and blessing is poured upon my children, they will grow into their destiny. “Today…as I continue to acknowledge my thirst for You, Lord, I know You are true to Your Word, so I thank You for pouring Your spirit upon my children and my grandchildren, thank You for blessing them, cause them to recognize Your presence and blessings and favor. And, thank You that You have a plan, a destiny, for their lives. Holy Spirit, direct them that they will be planted where You have planned and that they will grow as a testimony of who You are. In Jesus Name. Amen!”

DAY FIVE….as people around me learn I am fasting, there is usually a discussion about the health benefits. And, trust me, they are real. And they are important. A disciplined lifestyle permeates every aspect of our life. (Probably a topic of a later post.) Look what God says He does for us: “I will restore health unto you, and I will heal your wounds, says the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion (go ahead, insert your name here), whom no man seekers after.” Jeremiah 30:17. What part of my life requires/needs healing? He is My Healer. What wounds do I continue to nurse. We (ok, maybe just me) like to show other people our wounds. We talk about them. We self-medicate them. We fret about them. God is willing and able to heal them. Look at Who is speaking…LORD. All caps — Our Covenant-Making, Covenant-Keeping God. What wounds are you nursing? During this season, decide…let Jesus, Jehovah Rapha, heal them. What has caused so many of these wounds? What other people have labeled us. What labels do I carry around? What labels do you carry around? God wants us to wear the labels that He has for us — REDEEMED, FORGIVEN, OVERCOMER, RIGHTEOUS, POWERFUL, CHOSEN, and so many more. They are part of the Promises of God’s Word. And here is the great part…while those (sometimes ourselves) who labeled us, Called us names, Wounded us, May not pursue us. May not desire to be with us. God does. He chases after us. He rejoices over us with singing when we enter His presence. Go ahead, on this day…DARE TO BELIEVE, this Word is for you. I know this…it’s for me.

Check back tomorrow for day 6-10!

 

Tina Richardson, an ordained Assemblies of God minister, is a mother, pastor’s wife, grandmother, attorney, and teacher whose passion is to see every lady become the woman God desires her to be.  It is her desire for every lady to truly take God at His Word.– 

In addition to ministry, Tina serves as a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office, where she serves as the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Western District of Texas.  During her legal career, she has served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney, as well as having had a successful private practice.  Prior to her employment by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Tina was the Executive Director of the Family Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas, a multi-disciplinary agency serving the needs of victims of domestic violence. 

An anointed minister of the Word, Tina has ministered internationally and throughout the United States, serving as the keynote speaker at women’s conferences, conventions, and retreats, as well as in local pulpits.  Tina is a former Women’s Ministries Director for South Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God, has served on the National Task Force for Women in Ministry, and has been a board member for Teen Challenge of Texas.  Additionally, Tina is a member of the Board of Regents for Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Tina married her high school sweetheart, Terry, in 1980.  They have raised two beautiful and godly daughters, Tiffany and Tara, and have two grandchildren.  Tina and Terry have been in full-time ministry for over 30 years and currently serve as senior pastors of Life Church of the Assemblies of God in San Antonio, Texas.  You can reach Tina at:  pastortina@satx.rr.com.

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