At church, we are going through some of Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline. It's a great book, I've read it a couple of time, sometimes straight through but most of the time chapters here and there. Last week we talked about fasting and we were given the challenge to either have a food fast fast for 24 hours before class or a 48 hour media fast. Since I'm taking medication that makes it difficult to have a food fast, I took the media route. I ended up staying away from all forms of written word other than the Bible and recipes. I found out that I read a lot! I read Facebook, Twitter, blogs, numerous books at one time, magazines, subtitles. I do a lot of reading. I really like reading, but a writer that reads too much becomes lazy at their craft. And I think that's one of the things that God has been pointing out with this whole fasting thing for me. The purpose of fasting is to feast on the Word of God and to be loosed from the bonds that hinder us. I must say that I feel quite a bit of freedom from not having to read. It's nice. I love doing book reviews, but I think after this next blitz of books (I have five titles in the review queue) I will definitely lay off for a while and take the titles a little slower.
But I think it also means that I will be experiencing more creativity in my life. I've already seen an increase of it in dinner preparation and look forward to seeing what will happen with the continued edits of the House of Eight Nates. And I also look forward to how less reading will increase my time here, on HoHa!
Have you ever fasted? Did you have anything revealed to you by God? And here's a selfish question, do you read House of Eight Nates and are you enjoying it if you do?