Fasting is not one of my favorite things. I can honestly say most Fast Sundays I think I just go without food and don't really Fast. I think this is mainly because I don't really Fast with a purpose. I will have some generic thing in mind as I say my prayers on Fast Sundays but I can't really claim a real true fast. There have been times in my life where I felt the need to Fast to really show Heavenly Father that I am willing to sacrifice for a certain purpose. But most months Fast Sunday comes and goes with me skipping my meals and my kids being grumpy (me too I am sure!) but if I really looked at my heart I didn't really Fast. I was lacking a purpose for my Fast.
I have had her in my thoughts and prayers the last few days and especially today as I Fasted. Even with my kids being grumpy and afternoon church I was able to make it through the 24 hours without really thinking about hunger or food. It is amazing what Fasting with a purpose will do.
This isn't the first time I have fasted with a specific objective or desire. I know how powerful Fasting can be when done with a reason and especially when a group Fasts together. I just need to be reminded sometimes to not just go through the motions.
I will keep this friend in my thoughts and prayers over the days, weeks and months ahead. I can't do much more for her. I will do a better job of keeping up with her and being her friend if to do nothing more than listen.