What an awesome weekend at C3!
If you missed the services, you need to go to the podcast and listen to Matt preaching on the story of Naaman. (I think you should go listen to it even if you were at church)
I think one of the best aspects of the story is Naaman’s friends. He surrounded himself with friends who would speak the truth. It doesn’t say if it was in love or not. My guess would be it wasn’t said in love because these are military guys and they are always yelling at each other in the movies. They probably yelled, “SIR, IF THE PROPHET HAD TOLD YOU TO DO SOME GREAT THING, WOULDN’T YOU HAVE DONE IT? SO YOU SHOULD CERTAINLY OBEY HIM WHEN HE SAYS SIMPLY TO GO AND WASH AND BE CURED!! SIR!!! Can’t you hear them?
My question to you is do you have friends who will speak the truth in love or at least yell the truth to you? An even more important question is will you receive and hear what your godly christian friends are saying?
You need some friends to help you get through this fast. And even if you have given in and eaten something not on the “eat list”, that’s OK. Jump back in if this is what God wants you to do. I have some great friends who help me laugh about everything I can’t have, but they help keep me strong. (they pulled a cup of coffee out of my hand this morning and replaced it with a banana – just kidding) LOL!
On your fifth day of fasting, remember:
1. Utilize your Prayer Journal
2. Concentrate on your own personal prayer time and prayer place.
Our heavenly Father wants us to know that we are His precious little ones – his children- and that when we come to Him as such, we show faith in Him which releases Him to care for us.
Thoughts for your Journal:
1. Why do you think fasting is important in order to achieve your greatest breakthroughs?
2. Jesus fasted, and He intimately related to His Father in heaven. How has this experience so far helped you to relate to your Heavenly Father?
I know the fun is over and the fast is real – but hang in there! With God’s strength you can make it!
You guys are awesome,
3 TBSP Olive Oil
1 C. onion (finely chopped)
½ c. chopped zucchini
½ c. frozen green beans
¼ c. minced celery (about ½ stalk)
4 tsp. minced garlic
4 c. vegetable broth
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans red kidney beans (drained)
2 (15 oz) cans white kidney beans (drained)
½ c. carrots chopped
3 c. hot water
2 TBSP parsley
1 ½ tsp oregano
3 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp basil
¼ tsp thyme
4 c. fresh baby spinach
In a large soup pot, sauté onion, zucchini, green beans, celery, and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes.
Add broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, water, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, basil, and thyme.
Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add baby spinach and cook an additional 20 minutes.
Thanks to Tami Poland for the recipe!