What is crazier than trying to achieve a dream in 30 days? Fasting while you do. Since issuing my 30 day “Dare to Dream” challenge, a lot has happened. I wonder if it has for you, too.
Seeing how my dream (a devotional on God’s heart) is holy ground, I decided to approach it with an extra measure of consecration. And since I couldn’t remove my shoes to honor this holy ground, (remember I’m wearing a medical boot, compliments of my pernicious pug), I began a fast.
Since the first day of this journey, I’ve been fasting from all “artificial stimulants.” That means no energy drinks, supplements, or caffeine, which means no coffee. Coffee! You’d have to know me to realize what a killer that is. Nevertheless, God called me to this fast so He alone could fuel the “energy” to complete this project. To further push my mettle, He called me to wake up early to meet with Him for an extended time, as well. Now, for this insomniac, still recovering from a three year stint with some serious health issues, that’s a real challenge. It’s almost too much.
But God . . .
While the first couple weeks were, I admit, pretty rough with caffeine withdrawal triggered migraines and challenging circumstances, I have to say God’s been faithful to hold up His part of the bargain. Each day, He’s provided the “fuel” I’ve needed to swing my legs out of bed at O-Dark-Thirty and string together caffeine free thoughts–articulate ones. And He even keeps me alert and good humored–ish–for my family responsibilities.
But it isn’t easy to stick with a dream is it? In fact, for me it’s been a knock-down-drag-out at times. Like trying to focus with a family of Flickers hammering on all sides of our house every waking moment. Add a complication from my injured foot that requires wrapping and unwrapping it every time I get up or down–a huge time sucker. Or like trying to write with my foot wrapped, iced, and propped up, papers and books strewn on the floor about me–translation: writing on my back, open Bible balanced on one leg, laptop on the other, the battery inevitably going dead the moment I get situated. Or like when the Flickers descend in a round-house assault, just as I gain momentum . . .
I’d swear the stars in their courses are striving against a single sliver of peace and quiet to slip into the “zone” so I can write fast and reach my goal.
Does any of this sound familiar? Have you ever reached for a dream and gotten your fingers chewed off in the process?
Well, no one said it would be easy. But oh, how it will be worth it!
So here we are, knee deep in our 30 day challenge to fulfill a dream. As for me, I’m going to fight to finish strong–despite a slow start and a passel of challenges pulling me down like gravity boots. I know it’s going to take a lot work to finish before the midnight bell tolls on November 30. But I’m committed to forge ahead fueled by God’s power and God’s promises.
I’m not going to ditch my dream.
How about you?
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