Cycle 5

A Goldfish’s Second Chance: What Concerns You, Concerns God

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Sunday morning we discovered that our son’s goldfish was sick. AJ watched with tears in his eyes as his goldfish clung to life. In that instant I told AJ that we should pray.  After the prayer I checked the filter only to discover that I had neglected to clean both parts of the filter; one section was clogged with debris (now we know why the other fish died last week). I readily cleaned it and then we waited. Continue reading

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The Price of Commitment

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When we commit we agree or pledge to do something in the future. People make commits everyday. They commit to be to work on time, to exercise, to picking up groceries on the way home from work, etc. However, making a verbal commitment is the easy part, following through often creates the challenge.

At the beginning of each fasting cycle Surrender Fasters commit to surrender something specific to God. Some make good on that promise while others never make it to the finish line.

Is there something special about the latter?

Not really.

They were simply willing to pay the price. *But what is the price of commitment? Continue reading

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Powerful Testimonies from Week 5 (Cycle 5)

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The Surrender Fasters are being blessed during their time of surrender. To God be the glory! If you have a praise report please send it to testimony@surrenderfast.com.

Testimony from Monyca:

God is simply amazing. In the last two years I have had to go back for either a diagnostic or a sonogram due to them finding something on my initial annual mammograms. Each time God shows me favor with the 2nd test being negative. Since my mother died from breast cancer it increases my likelihood that I should get cancer too. However, this is not God’s plan for my life now or ever. His plan for me is to continue to raise and protect my son so that he grows to be the man of God that he has destined him to become! Continue reading

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Week 5: Today’s Priorities Bring Me Contentment

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We are at Week 5 of our study Mastering the Art of Contentment. This week on the Morning Prayer Calls we will discuss the importance of prioritizing. In fact, your contentment is tied to your willingness to prioritize.

In a society where being busy is viewed as a badge of honor it’s difficult to not buy into the lie that we can do it ALL. Guess what? You can’t do it all; some things will have to be left undone or left to be done by someone else.

Micheal LeBoef says, “Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.”

I am reading a book by John Maxwell titled, “Today Matters.” He writes, “If you want to be a success focused concentration is the key.” The Bible echoes this truth: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8). Continue reading

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Cycle 5, Week 4: Gratitude Promotes Contentment

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Welcome to Week 4 Surrender Fasters! I pray that you are being blessed by your surrender. Don’t forget to share what God is doing. Either post here or email us at testimony@surrenderfast.com.

This week we are continuing to unpack the theme: Mastering the Art of Contentment. Last week we learned of four Contentment Busters. This week we are focusing on practice that promotes contentment: GRATITUDE.

According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary gratitude is the state of being grateful. Grateful is appreciative of benefits received; expressing gratitude. The synonyms for grateful are appreciative, glad, obliged, thankful. And words related to grateful are pleased, satisfied, contented. Does that come as any surprise?

What can you be grateful for today?

For years Oprah has advocated the power and pleasure of being grateful. In turn, she encourages other’s to keep a gratitude journal. In this journal you write 5 things you are grateful for daily.

I started keeping one today. The two things I wrote in my journal today caused joy to bubble up in my spirit:

1. The sound of my children laughing in the backseat on the way to school.

2. Being able to secure childcare for the week I attend a out-of-the-state training this summer.

Won’t you join me? Find a journal/piece of paper and write the five things you are grateful for each day this week. Please list a few below in the comment section!

Lastly, we will also continue this conversation on the Morning Prayer Calls. Join us!

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

P.S. Surrender Your Personality is the first of three seminars the ministry will host in 2013. You can register Early Bird for just $39 until 3/31. The event is April 20 in Bowie, Maryland.

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I’ve Learned to be Content: Spotlight on 4 Contentment Busters

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Have you learned to be content? That is the focus of Cycle 5 (Surrender Fast 2013). We are praying that God help us master the art of contentment.

This week I will uncover 4 contentment busters. The first is complaining.

Complaining is a habit: the more you do it, the more you want to do it. Some people are better at it than others; they have made an art of complaining. They don’t see the silver lining in anything and if they do say anything remotely positive it’s only after they have exhausted their supply of complaints. But my friend, that should not be so!

Do you know it’s a sin to complain? Well it is. Any time you go against God’s commands it’s a sin. God’s Word clearly instructs us to do all things without murmuring and complaining (Philippians 2:14). Continue reading

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Cycle 5 – Week 2, Contentment vs. Complacency — What’s the difference?

Hello Surrender Fast Family!

So you’ve made it to week 2. For those who are new to fasting, that must feel like a huge feat. Praise God for His staying power. Keep on surrendering, the best is yet to come!

This week we are continuing to unpack this Cycle’s theme: Mastering the Art of Contentment. As we learned last week being contented is feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation. Contented Christians find joy in every situation and circumstance because they have learned that God’s plan is best and if He allowed a situation in his/her life, He has equipped him/her with the tools to go through. As the scripture reminds us, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

I received an excellent question from Dave Dickinson via Facebook. Dave writes,

If you’re not comfortable with your job, should you be content? I am praying to control my anxiety over my work conditions. To me, contentment means just accepting and being happy with what I currently have. I have humbled myself and my lifestyle, but I am not content because I want better for myself. Is there a balancing point between the two or am I missing a lesson? Continue reading

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Cycle 5 Starts Today–Where in the World are the Surrender Fasters?

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Welcome to Cycle 5 of Surrender Fast 2013! Today marks the first day of our 40 days of surrender.

I am excited for what God is doing now and will do for you in the days to come. Expect Him everyday: look for Him around every corner, hear Him speak out of the mouth of babes and strangers,  believe that He wants to do something new in you!

Our theme this cycle is: “Mastering the Art of Contentment.” I am determined in the next six weeks to LEARN to be content. Yes, contentment is a process and something that you learn over time.

Paul spoke about this in Philippians 4:11. He wrote, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” How can he be content in every circumstance? The secret is Christ. For we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Continue reading

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Cycle 5: The Pre-Fast Preparation Begins Today!!!

Hello and Welcome to the Pre-Fast Preparation portion of Cycle 5 of Surrender Fast 2013!!!

To Newcomers, three times per year (New Year’s, Lent, and Early Fall) we fast as a corporate body. Cycle 5 marks the second cycle of fasting for 2013.

To All, thank you for joining us! We are excited about the changes that will take place in your life because of your surrender.

Again, this week we are Pre-Fasting. The Pre-Fast Preparation chapters are found in The 40-Day Surrender Fast Devotional. The first chapter is titled, “Let God Do a New Thing!” 

“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

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