Building A Strong Relationship with Christ

Day 2 – More Faith in this Season January 8, 2019

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This is the day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it!

This is day #2 of our seven (7) day committed fast and I am so proud of you for making a commitment to pray and fast at the beginning of this new year!

Our focus today as we seek the Lord for direction, instruction and guidance is to ask the Lord to increase our faith.  In this new season, your faith in what God has already spoken and/or shown you will be the key to your seeing more.  If God said it believe it for He is not man that he should lie. (Numbers 23:19)


DAILY CHALLENGE:  Read the daily Proverb; Read Psalms 5; Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13;

Words of Faith:

21  Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.  Matthew 21:21-22

And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.  Mark 9:24

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.  Luke 17:5

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

For without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17









7 Day Committed Fast – Day 1: More Prayer in this Season January 7, 2019

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Begin:  Monday, 1/7 @ 12:00am      End:  Monday, 1/14 @12:00am

Good morning. We’re off and running with the Committed Fast!  This is truly a new season for all!  God is doing a new thing is His people this year and look for more to be seen in 2019!  My question to you during this fast is what more will you do this year to draw closer to God?  Will you attend Bible study more, read the word more, pray more, Fast more, Love more — what is your more that you will do?

As we begin our 2019 seven (7) day Committed Fruit and Vegetable Fast I encourage you to commit to fast for all seven days.  I know you can do it!  Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.   On this first day let’s focus on seeking God first in this new year.

I am so excited about this new year!

TODAY’S QUOTE:  “Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.”



DAILY CHALLENGE:  Drink three glasses of bottles of water today!

DAY 1:  MORE PRAYER to Seek the Direction, Instruction and Guidance of the Lord – Read and Meditate on the below scriptures:

  •  2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
  • 2Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord; and he proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
  • 2Ch 20:4  And Judah gathered themselves together, to seek help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.
  •  Jer 29:12 And ye shall call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
  • Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
  • Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
  • Matthew 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
  • Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way that thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.





FOOD for the 7 day fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters, 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice

FOODS TO AVOID during the Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.






Day 7 – Praise and Thanksgiving January 14, 2018

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WOW Day 7 already!  The most worthy way to end this fast is taking time out to focus on praising and thanking God for His Love, His goodness, His mercy,  and His grace!  Hallelujah!      “I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU LORD FOR BEING SO GOOD TO ME”


Personalize each scripture in your prayer time so that the Word becomes a part of you!

Psalms 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

  • I will give thanks to the Lord, for he is good to me

Psalm 118:24  This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

  • This is the day that you have made Lord and I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Psalm 92:1   It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:  2  To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, 3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.  For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

  • It is a good thing for me to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praise unto His name for He is the Most High.  He shows me His love in the morning and His faithfulness every night.  Lord you have made me happy and I will get the victory by the works of your hands.

Psalm 138:8  The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

  • Thank you Lord for perfecting the things that concern me. 

John 11:40  Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?  41  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

  • Lord today I say “I believe”.  I lift up my eyes right now to say thank you!

1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Thank you God, for giving me the victory in every area of my life through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

  • Today, I will give you thanks in every thing because this is your will for me in Christ.

Psalms 150:6  Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

  • I will praise the Lord

Have a great, praise filled day!  Praying that for your faithfulness and obedience God will bless you according to I Cor. 2:9 Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 

You have set the stage to be blessed in 2018 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteous; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Pastor/Teacher Diane E. Owens

Loving in Demonstration







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Questions to Ponder as you close out today’s fast:

  1. How was today’s time of prayer and fasting?
  2. This is day #6, has the Lord given you direction, instructions and guidance in any area of your life?
  3. Did you pray and fast regarding the four areas: Spiritual (your relationship with God), Physical(taking care of your health, etc.), Emotional(your mindset and outlook on life); Financial(your finances)
  4. Do you have a book/journal to write down your thoughts?
  5. Did you cover the areas LISTED below that pertain to you in prayer today?





Day #6 – Your Personal Concerns/Need January 13, 2018

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Sharing another one of my favorite songs with you from the past!


Yesterday’s focus was interceding on behalf of others, today we will focus on praying for your personal concerns and  need.  As you pray and seek God today focus on these four specific areas of need: spiritual, physical emotional and financial.  Write down a least one thing in each area and pray over it three times today.   Pray not being fearful to talk to God about what you desire Him to do in your life.  Believe me, God wants to bless you and give you the desires of your heart.  As God was for Abram so is He for you  – Jehovah-jireh, your Provider!  God Knows It All!

Psalms 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread. 

Mat 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

Mat 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 

Philippians 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:



Day 5 – Intercession for Others January 12, 2018

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Day 4 – Prayer and Fasting Focus:  Intercession for Others 

Intercession:  A prayer to God on behalf of another;

Today we are focusing on praying for others.  As the Lord brings people (family, friends, even your enemies) into your thoughts “pray for them”.  Also take time today to pray for our President and our Nation.

Numbers_21:7  Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

Job 42:10- And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Matthew 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 

 Ephesians 6:18- Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

I Timothy 2:1– I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  2: For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty; 3: For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

I Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.


As you pray for others today – I am praying for you!


Day 4 – Reflections

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As I  reflect on this day I say  “Wow”  GOD IS SO AWESOME -He knows what I need, when I need it and as long as I am willing to seize the opportunity, blessings flow.

Obedience is better than sacrifice……