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Destiny Image Books by Dr. Cindy Trimm

The 40 Day Soul Fast

40 Days to Discovering the Real You

40 Day Soul Fast Curriculum

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“place of departure.”1 i picture it like the source or headwa-
ters of a spring that flows into a stream and then into a mighty
river. From it come waters that, though they start small, have
the capacity to grow to sustain and nurture life in plateaus and
valleys for miles on end. our souls are the “the source of true life”
(Prov. 4:23 ceV).

The soul is the seat of ideas and inventions, any one of which
can light the world, transform a generation, or free a conti-
nent. While it is the center of our being, it is also what keeps us
centered, balanced between physical and spiritual needs and
desires—between cold intellectual calculations, strength of will,
and compassionate justice. it is the cradle of prosperity and
health, the womb of inspiration and aspiration, and the lathe of
policy and programs. it is the conduit through which all good
things come into the world.

But if our souls are not free to be their best, none of this
comes about. Some exercise their physical freedom only to find
they do things that enslave their souls to substances, behaviors,
or relationships that eat away at their very core and are incred-
ibly difficult to escape. They exercise a “freedom” that inhibits
their own success—developing habits that hold them back and
keep them from their own promotion, prosperity, and fulfill-
ment in life because they quench the true life that pours out
from their hearts.

They think discipline is the opposite of freedom—that eth-
ics and morals are meant to inhibit their pleasure and enjoy-
ment rather than enhance them. They resist letting others tell
them what to do only to be placed in bondage to laziness, sen-
suality, or addiction. They seek comfort at the expense of their
own achievement and growth. They seek reward in trying to
obtain a certain lifestyle while diminishing every life they touch.
They end up in a prison that is of their own making, whether
it is figurative or literal. They live a life that sounds like an old
country song:

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you load sixteen tons, what do you get?
another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause i can’t go
i owe my soul to the company store.
—merle Travis (“Sixteen Tons”)

The harder you work, the further you get behind. little
compromises you make every day are like trading little bits of
your self away, selling your soul for nickels and dimes until you
feel like you don’t own your own life anymore. all your hopes
and dreams have been given to someone or something else—
you’ve sold your soul for a flimsy “success” that is of significantly
less value than advertised.

What’s got you locked up in its grip? What is keeping you
from being the person deep down you know you are supposed
to be? are you free—really free? or are you trapped in some-
thing you feel you can never escape? What is it you have traded
your soul for? and is there a way to get it back? Just what would
you give to get back your soul?

The human soul is God’s treasury, out of which He coins
unspeakable riches. —Henry Ward Beecher

christ asks for a home in your soul, where he can be at
rest with you, where he can talk easily to you, where you
and he, alone together, can laugh and be silent and be
delighted with one another. —caryll Houselander

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called God. or a squashy substance, like a piece of clay
or dental mold, which collected the sum of a person’s
experiences—a million indentations of happiness, des-
peration, fear, all the small piercings of beauty we’ve
ever known. —Sue monk Kidd

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