Oh my goodness this chapter was on clothing! To be honest when we first started I really didn't think I had a problem with clothes or would have any trouble giving up and fasting from some portion of my clothes.
I mean come on I have four kids and I hardly have time to shop for groceries let alone clothes. LOL! Not to mention having extra cash after diapers, kids clothes and all the other demands of having a family of four on one income. But even in this I was shocked!
...the Lord had something great to show me through this!
In this chapter Jen Hatmaker give some ideas of how to fast from clothes. After praying on it I decided to go with one of her suggestions... I was going to choose seven pieces of clothing,not including undergarments, from my wardrobe that I would wear for a week. In addition to this I was going to choose to wear no earrings because as some of you may now I love me some earrings.
I thought this would be so easy! I'm a stay-at-home mom and really it won't be that hard to use the same seven pieces of clothes for a week. I don't know what I was thinking! God is definitely humbling me! Here are a few things that He opened my eyes to:
There was a surprising freedom in the fact that I knew what I was going to wear and I didn't have to spend extra time choosing my outfit of the day. It made getting dressed and preparing for the day much easier and it also gave me more time to focus on my children, time with the Lord, and other joys.
The Lord revealed how very blessed I am to have more than three outfits to wear. Washing the same seven pieces of clothing did become a hassle (because if I didn't wash I would have to wear dirty), so I had to be onto of keeping my 7 little pieces of clothing clean. I never realized that I would have to make sure those seven pieces of clothes are washed daily.
It's not about what ya wear:
Because I had forgot the clothes fast would land on a sweet friends engagement party that we were going to attend I nearly panicked when I had already wore four of the seven pieces of clothing I had options for this week. Wow! Being a stay-at-home mom and making this fast easy quickly went out the window! After I figured out that it would be okay and I would have to attend the party in the same thing that I would wear on Sunday to church I got over myself. Well, not really because then I was so sad that I cannot wear earrings to think easement party. Really Jewels? Doesn't matter that much? Was my identity really in earrings?
Then I realized that each time I get dressed the last thing I put on is my earrings. It was kind of like the completion of my outfit. Or, they kind of solidified, in my mind, that I was done, prepared, and ready to go.
As I was getting dressed the night for the party I heard the voice of the Lord speak this to me. In His still small voice He said, "Those earrings do not complete you... I did do."
Wow! What a loving, gentle, affirming,reassuring, confident building, word that was from above.
That word was something I will hold onto and teach my girls for many years to come! And it all came through fasting from something that was not, and is not a sin in and of itself, but the fasting open my eyes to the importance of placing everything before God with an open hand so that it might not have a place in my heart that it should not!
He is so good! I am so humbled that He would teach me so gently!
HE IS GOOD!
HE IS GOOD!