Fasting: Week One
On January 2nd I started a 21 day fasting time with our church. The point of it all was to focus on specific prayer priorities, and the fasting was meant to be a constant reminder to seek the Lord.
Our church did the “Daniel Fast”. It involves cutting all animal products, and sugar out of the diet.
Matt and I both felt like we wanted to participate, but didn’t feel comfortable with this version. We chose to fast, but instead we chose to eat only vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats. We cut all grains, sugar, legumes, dairy, etc… It’s more popularly known as the Paleo diet these days. We felt like it was the right choice for us since grains are a particular weakness for us. 🙂
This will be a slightly longer post, but here it is… Week ONE of the fast…
Day 1 & Day 2: Cutting out things that I normally eat without thinking about is hard. I found myself calling friends to talk to during my “craving hour” between 2-3 in the afternoon. I became more aware of how often I soothed myself with a quick (unhealthy) snack. Starting to find new things that I can lean on as my “go-to” when needed. Trying to focus on my times with God as being my refreshment. Have to admit that these days were difficult. My mind was constantly going to thoughts of foods I couldn’t have.
Day 3: Woke up with a pounding headache. Matt did too. Today was hard, but the time I spent with the Lord in the morning, and then with friends in discipleship helped focus me on this difficult day. Almond butter is my new BFF. Dried strawberries taste a lot like the Clif Kids fruit twists, only without the added sugar.
Day 4: Listened to a song today for the first time that really expressed my desires to be closer to God. Here’s the link. Made marinated shrimp wrapped in bacon over a bed of red chard. Red chard?? Who would have ever thought my Matt would eat red chard?? But, he did, and it wasn’t even that bad… 😉
Day 5: Watched my kids eat hot, ooey-gooey cheese pizza today. I admit, I wanted to stuff that cheesy goodness into my mouth. But, I didn’t. 🙂 On a brighter note, I LOVE this song! It’s my new favorite running tune (even if it has been around for a while…)
Day 6: There are no cravings today, except for good things I can eat! Had butternut squash soup for lunch and it was DE-LISH! The old me would have much rather stopped for fast food somewhere. Spiritually speaking, also a great day. Had an amazing time studying in Romans this morning, followed by watching the sermon from yesterday (I missed due to sick kids). Praying for God to show himself in amazing ways this year… one in particular that I can’t mention now. 🙂
Day 7: Such a great time with the Lord this morning. Studied in Isaiah, and really loved the message God had for me as I waited on him.
Isaiah 42:8 – “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.”
Isaiah 46:10 – “… I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”
The promise here is just amazing! I LOVE reading that God’s purposes will stand, and that he will do all that he pleases! I know for some who may not be in a place where you see God as a loving Father, this may be intimidating, or scary, or be a cause for rebellion in your heart. But, for me, a person who loves Jesus with my whole heart… it’s the best thing ever. I KNOW that his plan will come to fruition. Why do I know it? Because God can’t lie. Not “God doesn’t lie”. God CAN’T Lie. It’s against his nature. WE put words in his mouth, or accuse him, but he never accuses us. That job is reserved for his Enemy.
Week One Assessment: Once I got past the first few days, and disciplined my body to not eat particular foods (which I would not have been able to do without knowing I can lean on God!), I have felt so much closer to the Lord. Someone in my Life Group said last night that “discipline leads to desire”. And in this case, that has been true for me. I did come into the fast with a desire to grow closer to God, but I could have never imagined how much he would honor my tiny bit of desire in the way he has.
I am excited for the next 2 weeks.