On this day, in 2001, I had a blue bible.
The Bible, in the form of a notebook, was my way of keeping track of the days I was fasting.
On the first day of my fast, I was at home alone and didn’t have a Bible.
As the days passed, I would find the Bible in my pocket or purse, and then I would put it on my head.
This was the first time I used a blue book to fast.
It was so easy to use it.
The blue Bible also became a point of pride for me.
I am a Christian and I used the Bible every day, so I felt I had the right to use a blue one.
I bought the book from my local bookstore and had it with me at all times.
I would use it to write down the number of the day and to keep track of how long it would take me to finish my fast.
The first time that I had my blue Bible, I didn’t know what to expect.
I thought it was a boring book.
It took me forever to finish the fast.
But the more I read, the more excited I became.
After I completed my fast on January 4, 2002, I became a believer in the Bible and my faith.
I became the first person in my family to fast for the entire month of January.
I still fast for about 10 days per year.
It is a way to honor God.
The other day, I got a call from my brother in law, the pastor of our church.
I don’t know why I called him but I just said, “My brother is dying of cancer.”
I told him I was going to fast the rest of the month and he asked, “What are you going to do?
Is this going to work?”
I said, I don�t know, maybe I could fast for 10 days.
“The pastor replied, “You can’t do that.
God has called you to live.
He has given you the gift of fasting.
“I was ready to give up the Bible but the Bible stayed with me.
Every day I would look at the blue bible and see that God is keeping His promises.
I knew then that I could do it.
That was the beginning of my faith in God.
I was baptized and the Bible was my daily reminder of the promise of Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, God is clear and powerful.
He said to Moses, “Write down the names of the birds of the sky, the animals of the land and the animals on the land.
If any one of them does not say, “I will keep My covenant with You,” He will surely die.
“Moses wrote down the list.
It came to me one day that God promised me, “The Lord will never let me forget my covenant with you.”
It wasn�t until I started fasting that I realized that I was not going to die.
I wanted to live every day to the fullest and to see God�s promises.
Now, after more than 15 years of fasting, I can say that I can never forget my commitment to the Bible.
I have always had faith in the goodness of God and I always will.
I believe the Bible is a very powerful tool in my life and my life in general.
It teaches me about life and helps me live it better.
I pray to the Lord everyday that He will bless my life.
As I prepare for my next fast, God continues to bless me with His blessing and my fast is a reflection of His grace.
I love my Bible and I pray that God will bless it for me each day.
God bless you, Mary Anne, St. Louis, Missouri