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My 9 year old daughter: “Mom, I asked all the kids in my class what they are fasting and no one else is fasting!”

Me: Face palm.

The beauty of raising our children with our friends/family at Cultivate Church is the fact that our kiddo’s have the same built in community that we have.  (Side note: Can I tell you what a joy it has been to see so many of our friends fasting together, praying for one another, and encouraging each other.) While it’s not a deal breaker by any means to fast on your own- there is so much life when doing it together.

This morning in my quiet time I started reading in Matthew 5. The famous ‘Beatitudes’ simply meaning “supremely blessed” (ummm yes, please!)

3“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,[a]
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b]

    for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

When I think back to my daughter’s thoughts about feeling alone (and if I’m being honest, a little salty) in a season of personal sacrifice, I was reminded today that Jesus turns the table on what we call “blessed” and He sets a new standard. Jesus reminds us that the truly blessed are spiritually poor, the humble, those who mourn, those who hunger for God, the pure, the peacemakers, and the persecuted.
If you find yourself alone in a thought process or feeling different than the people around you.. don’t be discouraged- reread verses 3-12 and shift your thought process to His ways.

13 You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

Be the right kind of salty and watch what God does with it!

-Danielle Doss

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