Dawn here. Welcome to the annual SUM Rosh Hashanah fast.
Many of you may remember last year’s fast. I am honored and thrilled to be leading it again this year. It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed. I can’t wait to share the amazing things that God has been up to in my life and hear the amazing things He’s been up to in yours. I am excited to spend this week lifting each other up in prayer and encouraging each other as we spend this special time fasting together.
What is Rosh Hashanah? I’m going to share straight from Google because I don’t want to butcher this. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement.
I don’t about you, but the “Days of Awe” gets me so excited. I love that it represents a new year. I, for one, am all for fresh beginnings.
So for these "days of awe," what awe inspiring things are you praying for this week?
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
What desires has God placed in your heart? The ones that He just won’t let you shake. That, my friends, is what this week is all about.
Let’s start this fast with gusto – praying and fasting for the promises, the miracles, the desires of our hearts.
Who’s with me? Remember, you can fast in many ways. Pray about the best fast for you this week. I will be fasting from dinner each night and snacking between meals until sundown on Friday.
As a reminder to myself, because I always struggle with this - fasting is not about strong-arming God. It's about standing in faith against impossible situations. It's about walking in victory and claiming God's plans and promises for you and your family - no matter how long they take. It's about breaking strongholds that have kept you captive for way too long. Let this be your motivation when hunger pangs strike and temptation sets in.
Love you all and again – so excited to share this journey with you.