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God led me to The Daniel Fast this year.  Join me for a 3 week journey of making a right sacrifice to God at the beginning of 2011.  I have encouraged women from my church to join me in any way they felt led.  You can join to!  My blog for the next 3 weeks will simplly be about the journey and encouragement along the way! 

Day 1

While channel surfing over the holidays I caught the tail end of a program.  I didn’t even need to watch the whole thing to catch how grueling this event had been for the participants.  I saw it in their faces.  Runner after runner crossed the finish line.  Some literally crawled over it.  Some propelled their wheelchair with one last exhausted push.  But, after that last effort, everyone smiled.  A smile that held unbelievable satisfaction, pride, and accomplishment. 

You see, this was no ordinary race, this was the Ironman Triathalon (2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon =26.2 miles).  And for most the object was not winning – it was finishing.

As the personal interviews rolled at the end, what struck me most was that all the participants talked about how much pain was a part of the race (as this huge smile was plastered to their face.)  They talked about the moments when their body was screaming to give up, to give in to the pain – and then they talked about the moment when their mind would determine to keep going. 

Why would anyone choose to subject themselves to such intensive training?  Why would they train to run a race that would hurt so much? 

Why would they choose pain over comfort?  Because of the prize.

Dear Women of God – whatever you have chosen to give up and add in to your life for this Fast of 21 days will hurt.  It will be inconvenient.  It will threaten to embarrass you should you fail or quit.  But you were not called to this time of discipline for that consequence.  You were called to earn the reward.  Your reward will be far greater than any physical race.  You are exchanging the comforts of this world for the very presence of God.  You are inviting into your life the one person who can change your heart, your thoughts, your actions.  You are inviting into your life the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. 

So run this race expecting greatness.  Run with confidence that God will meet you exactly where you are and bring you leaps ahead.  Run expecting that things that have bound you will fall away.  Run knowing that God has gone before you to prepare the way.  Run knowing that we will all finish this race and that together God will move our personal lives into a deeper walk of faith. 

I am excited!  Like a runner at the start line I have been preparing for this journey and now I just want to get going!  Somebody start the race!

Run for the Prize!

Ecclesiates 9:11, 1 Corinthians 9:24, 2 Timothy 4:7, Hebrews 12:1

© Cheryl Meakins