21 Day Fast: Week 2 {Refocusing}

For the most part, I did okay this last week on the fast.  I stuck with my plan and carried through the Daniel fast for the better part of the week.  And then I got sick. Zapped of energy and strength I lost sight of my goal and slipped, just a little.  I am a perfectionist when it comes to matters of spirituality.  I’m an “all or nothing-Get it right the first time, because there may not be a second chance-Get your act together, kind of girl!”

This week I will be changing my focus just a little bit.  I decided that a “modified Daniel Fast” wasn’t really a Daniel Fast at all.  To be fair to myself, and those following along, I thought it best to share what I’m not eating, and leave it at that.

Here is what I will be abstaining from this week on my fast, starting tomorrow:

  • Sugar (with the exception of fruit sugar and that found in healthy juices).
  • Beef and pork.  *Chicken or fish will only be consumed after sundown, if at all.
  • Processed foods.  This has not been easy, but I want to eat as whole as possible during this time.
  • White flour (including rice, pastas, breads).
  • Caffeine.  *Beginning this week, I will be drinking decaf coffee only.

One thing I realized last week is that I was focused so much on “what I couldn’t have” that the fasting from became more of a focus than the fasting too.  The whole purpose of a fast is to get closer to God, to be able to hear Him more clearer, and remove anything that may be a hinderance to deeper intimacy. When I become aware of what my body is lacking, I am supposed to lean into His presence and allow Him to fill me.  I am struggling in the “getting closer” part.  Although my reading of His Word has increased,  I am still not where I want to be.  My focus this week is not to focus so much on what I am lacking, but to focus on the only One who can fill my every need.

Food for thought.

After our time in the prayer room tonight, by daughter had such words of wisdom.  She mentioned how often she is aware of her hunger, and how much it makes her think about food.  And although she doesn’t stumble, just the fact that’s she’s thinking about food made her realize how much she’s not thinking about God.  How many of us have become numb or dull to His presence?  When we aren’t feeling Him, are we hungering for more of Him?  Will the hunger pains that arise during seasons of fasting cause us to run to the only One who can fill our void, or will we keep focusing on what we don’t have, yearning after momentary pleasure?

I don’t have any recipes to share with you this week.  I didn’t do a lot of healthy cooking.

How are you doing in your fasting efforts this week, for those of you who are fasting?

And to my weight loss buddies, I am cheering you on!

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16 thoughts on “21 Day Fast: Week 2 {Refocusing}

  1. I love your daughter’s words because they are so true. You know one of my challenges the last part of last year was that I could not feel connected with God, and I did not feel a fire for Him. Advent really helped me with that. And in a different way it made me realize how everything that happened last year really took away from thinking about God and praying. Be blessed my friend.
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    1. Thank you Angie, for stopping by! I did an Advent devotional this year but really want to pour myself more into it in the coming year.

  2. Oh, Barbie, I can’t imagine how difficult this must be and I’d be right there with you……….thinking of what I couldn’t have instead of what I could have. I think that’s human nature for sure. I pray that you will focus on Him and lean on Him during this journey. I so admire you! Blessings my friend!
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  3. Barbie thanks for linking up!!! I think you are right to stop and reevaluate. I’ve been super struggling this time around too. Something I’m trying (and maybe it will help you too)… is to set a super small goal. Rather than a big or multiple thing goal… something very very attainable for the next week. Maybe just pick 1 of the things you listed (though each of those are pretty big). OR maybe choose that between now and next Wednesday your focus will be solely on drinking ____ oz water a day. Just pick one thing you know you can do and set that as the goal. Sometimes we need to set ourselves up for success to get the kickstart we need. Make sense?
    Kim | At Home With Kim recently posted..Weigh~In Wednesday: “Perfect Imperfection”, a Guest Post

    1. I think small goals are key as well. Sometimes I try to take on too much at once. Thank you my friend for your constant encouragement.

  4. I’m sorry last week didnt go as you hoped, but it sounds like you’re on the right track this week. I’m in awe of your daughter’s words. I am not fasting, but I am deliberately eating healthier. It has caused me to recognize how much I concentrate on what’s going wrong instead of the One who is righteous. I am not reading as much as I’d like, but it will come in time.

    Thank you for inspiring me.

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    1. Thank you Sophia, for stopping by and encouraging me. I truly appreciate it. Praying God continues to give you the grace to make healthy choices.

  5. What a huge insight, Barbie, you had..to focus on God, and not on what you can’t have, and how your daughter’s insight was in parallel….Praying today for you that God will fill you with the fullness of His joy and His presence, and the heart knowledge that there is grace in all of our endeavors…hugs to you…So happy that I get to see you later iRL at Jen’s
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  6. I’m not doing it as a spiritual discipline but I am eating a very healthy whole, mostly raw, foods diet right now. The only processed foods that I have allowed myself are blue cheese dressing, greek yogurt, ground flaxmeal, and frozen berries. (Is grinding and freezing considered processing?) I’ve been at it for a couple of weeks and have lost enough weight so I feel a difference in my clothes. But more impressive to me is the fact that my swollen feet and ankles have reduced considerably … and the pain in my back, hips, and knees has decreased! Such a blessing! And while I don’t consider this to be fasting … I am counting on the Lord to enable me to continue to make hard choices because in so many ways my life, my marriage and my testimony are on the line!
    Beth Zimmerman recently posted..Worn

    1. Oh Beth, I am so proud of you for making these choices. I am not sure I could eat like that. But I am sure if God called me to it, He would give me the strength. Blessings to you!

  7. Hi Barbie,
    Great post! I so appreciate your honesty and candor regarding your fast.
    Love your daughter’s words of wisdom too :) Very insightful.
    Have a beautiful weekend :)

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