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The Pain You Don’t See

I stood at the base of Commodus, a popular, 5.10a sport climbing route at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch near Jasper, AR. It was a sunny September day, and the weather was perfect. Climbers from all over the country had gathered at Horseshoe for a full day of climbing. Since Commodus is a classic route, several people wanted to get on it, including Justin and me. So when it was finally our turn, I was ready to go. Justin had already led the route, which means he had attached our rope to the fixed … [Read More...]

A Late Night Message

A Late Night Message

It was Lisa Bevere, Sheila Walsh, and me – sitting down together, having a conversation. Only I wasn’t doing any of the talking. I was listening intently, with tears running down my cheeks. That night, I’d gone to bed early because I wasn’t feeling well. An hour after lying down, I woke up with severe stomach pain. I took a dose of Pepto Bismol, hoping it would help. Since I couldn’t sleep, I went into the living room. I should pray, I thought. Or read my Bible. But I didn’t. Instead, I … [Read More...]

August 2016 Daniel Fast

August 2016 Daniel Fast Testimonies

When my pastor announced in mid-June that we would be doing a church-wide Daniel Fast in early August, I immediately prayed about my response. Of course, I would participate, but I believed God wanted me to do something more. I shared about the fast on my website, inviting others outside James River Church to join us. I had no idea how many people would respond. After all, August is not typically a popular time to do the fast. Families are often on vacation. … [Read More...]

How to Prepare for the Daniel Fast

How to Prepare for the Daniel Fast

The Daniel Fast is a unique type of fast because you can actually eat, unlike a liquid fast where only water or juices are consumed. But just because you can have food doesn't mean the Daniel Fast is easy. Fasting, in any form, is difficult because you're doing battle physically and spiritually. However, there are steps you can take to strengthen you for the fight. Following are ways you can prepare your heart, mind, and body for your 21-day Daniel Fast … {Read More}