God and your bod, Life experiences, outdoors, rivers

PRAYER VACTION PART 1 – (HIKE)

Have you ever had a prayer vacation? That’s right, “A Prayer Vacation.” It is really a personal prayer retreat. Several years ago I began the discipline of scheduling regular (and irregular) times of refreshing and prayer.

I love the Southwest Airlines media campaign that ask the question; “wanna getta away?”

This past weekend I had the opportunity to get away for a minnie prayer vacation.

I packed everything I needed to get to a river for three days of camping, hiking and biking and headed 7 hours north into Utah’s Zion National Park.

Just wanted to post a few pics of the amazing enlightening adventure on my blog.

Springdale is a small village that sits on the Virgin river just outside the park.

No photo can begin to capture the beauty…but at least we try.

The Virgin river is an amazing water way that cuts through the red rock canyon for miles.

To me Zion National Park would be compared to Sedona on Steroids with no housing developments along the creek

water falls part 1

Water falls part 2

water falls part 3

It was really great to be able to get away for the weekend and reflect, restore and pray.

I encourage you to do a prayer vacation if at all possible.

“Come apart by yourselves into a desert place, and rest a while:” – Mark 6:31

Steve Lummer

Lead pastor Prescott First Assembly

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FASTING

SIMPLE MENU GUIDLINES FOR OUR 21 DAY FAST

I am writing this blog from Zion National Park tonight so forgive me if I sound a little “out there”. haha.

The 21 day Daniel fast will begin Sunday night @ mid-night March 14th and go through Easter Sunday Breakfast at 9:00 AM.

I was checking my facebook page and many have ask me for a “shopping” list or “menu” for a resource.

So I will do my best from here to update us on our informal shopping  guidelines.

The concept of a Daniel fast comes from Daniel 1:8-14, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, ‘I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.’

Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, ‘Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.’ So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.”

Here are some menu helps for the 21 day Daniel fast.

GUIDELINES FOR DANIEL FAST
(Foods We May Eat)
Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley
Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas
Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantelope, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Rasberries, Strawberries, Tangeloes, Tangerines, Watermelon

Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts

Liquids: Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices

(Foods to Avoid)

Meat (what  ??? >:()
White Rice
Fried Foods
Caffeine (are you kidding me?) 😡
Carbonated Beverages
Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives
Refined Sugar
Sugar Substitutes
White Flour and All Products Using It
Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products

Please do not risk your health to go on this fast. Consult your doctor with specific question regarding an extended fast.

Brenda and I have been amazed to see what God has done in our lives over the years through fasting and prayer. We can only imagine what He has in store for us over the next few weeks and the year ahead, not only for our family, but for your family and our church.

I am really looking forward to this years 21 days of fasting for a change .

Let me know if you are joining us this year.

Fasting for a change

Steve Lummer

Lead Pastor Prescott First Assembly

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family

ICE CREAM IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL

I still love it when my dad takes us out for ice cream.

He would take our family out for ice cream after church, after work or after mowing the lawn in Iowa.

Our favorite hangouts were; Tastee Freeze on Rockingham road in Davenport, Baskin Robbins 31 flavors at Duck Creek Plaza in Bettendorf  and

The old A&W behind the church on Rockingham road.

That was then…this is now. For five decades the ice cream as been on dad and this past weekend he did it again.

All these years I thought it was us that was getting the treats….but for some reason I think dad likes ice cream too.

Thanks pops – Ice cream is truly good for the soul of a family.

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Australia, Hillsong

DESERT SONG

My daughter gave me a copy of this song tonight.

The lyrics really resonate with where I am right now.

Thanks go to Hillsong for being a voice for this season.

The Desert Song (Lyrics)

Verse 1:
This is my prayer in the desert
And all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides

Verse 2:
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames

Chorus:
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon forged against me shall remain

I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Verse 3:
And this is my prayer in the battle
And triumph is still on it’s way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I’ll stand

Bridge:
All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

Verse 4: (Verse 4 is amazing)
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be empited again
The seed I’ve recieved I will sow

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family

REALLY GLAD FOR A RAD DAD :)

This past weekend we finally were able to get our family together to celebrate my dad’s 75th birthday.

Just wanted to post a few pics of  our fun family and brag on my amazing dad.

We gathered in beautiful Sedona for the entire day and had such a great time just being together with our children and thier spouses as well as mom and dad.

Dad turning 75 has kind of crept up on us. He is such a gift to Gary and I and the entire family. In a world of so many absent fathers I am amazingly blessed to have a dad who has always given us his best.

Max Lucado writes: “Today’s my first [Father’s Day] without a father. For 31 years I had one of the best, but now he’s…buried under an oak tree in a west Texas cemetery. Strange he isn’t here…because he was always available. His words were nothing novel; his achievements, though admirable, were nothing extraordinary. But his presence was. Because he was there, life went smoothly…the future was secure…and my growing up was what God intended. He taught me how to shave and how to pray. Helped me memorize verses for Sunday school, taught me that wrong should be punished…and that rightness has its own reward. He modeled…the elusive balance between ambition and self-acceptance. I knew if I ever needed him he’d be there. Like a warm fireplace. Maybe that’s why this Father’s Day’s a bit chilly. The fire’s gone out. The winds of age swallowed his splendid flame leaving only golden embers. But there’s a strange thing about those embers, stir them…and the flame will dance…and knock just enough chill out of the air to remind me that he’s still…present.”

Compare that to an interview with actor Gene Hackman who recalls: “I was just 13, but that Saturday morning is still vivid. I was playing down the street…when I saw my father drive by and give me a light wave. Somehow I knew that gesture meant he was going away forever. To this day the memory’s a ghost that never seems to fade.” Solomon said, “The righteous man walks in integrity…blessed are his children after him.” Proverbs 20:7 (amp)

What a great day of making family memories …can’t wait for the next gathering .

Thanks dad for always being there and thanks for getting us together in Sedona for a great day.

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Just sayin', rapture

THE END IS NEAR

I saw this guy the other day and just had to post this Sven and Ole humor.

Reverend Ole is the pastor of the local Norwegian Lutheran  Church , and Pastor Sven is the minister of the Swedish Covenant   Church across the road.

One day they were seen pounding a sign into the ground, that said:

DA END ISS NEAR!  TURN YERSELF AROUND NOW BAFOR IT’S TOO LATE!

As a car sped past them, the driver leaned out his window and yelled,  “Leave me alone, you Skandihoovian religious nuts!”

From the curve they heard screeching tires and a big splash…

Rev. Ole turns to Pastor Sven and asks, “Do ya tink maybe da sign should yust say,  “Bridge  Out?”

got to love it.

Steve Lummer

lead pastor PFA north

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FASTING, God and your bod

FASTING FOR A CHANGE

21 days of Fasting for a change
Starting Sunday mid-night March 14th I would like to invite you join Brenda and I for our 21 day fast.
We are fasting for a change until Easter Sunday.

21 days dedicated to turn way and turn aside to give some intentional attention to God .

I love this time of the year because its fresh and our church family joins together for a collective 21 day fast.

We will be following again this year the Daniel fast found in the Old Testament book of Daniel.
We as a church collectively will be fasting and praying for a specific direction this year.
Our prayer is that God will lead us and help us navigate the coming changes ahead of us as a congregation.

I will be posting a menu in the next couple of days for your shopping plans and meals.

Steve Lummer

Lead Pastor Prescott First Assembly

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