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!