Possible Outcome

Possible Outcome

As we prepare to start the Daniel Fast on Friday, November 30, 2018, I wanted to share a little of my story as well as answer some questions I have received. I answered these questions privately but thought it may be helpful to address some of those here. We are going to break from our traditional format today and Wednesday leading up to the fast. I encourage you to join the Facebook Group Growing Our Given Purpose   

There are several possible outcomes in completing this Fast and at the top of the list is a closer relationship with God. God’s focus is our hearts. King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” Jeremiah 17:10 “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.

What does it mean to fast?

The definition of Fast is to abstain from food, or to restrict oneself to a meager diet; either as a religious observance or as a ceremonial expression of grief; to go without food.

While the food list will help us edit what we consume the self-control we will exercise because of it will help with our inner self.  {Mark 9:29 “He replied, ”This kind can only come out by prayer.” ] What needs to come out of us? What demons are we entertaining that have taken up residence in our hearts (minds)? This fast is not about impressing each other with the ease we may be able to handle walking away from the cheesecakes, bacon, or curly fries, and it will not impress God. What we do internally will reflect externally and it is something that will become continuous. We can make a commitment to God, ourselves, and others to walk righteously and become good influences of a Christian community.

There are numerous ways to fast as there are ways to pray. This fast can be modified as God leads you closer to Him. Our purpose is to give some guidelines to follow. We know everyone is not identical because we are made uniquely in the image of God. The picture of health also changes from person to person. I define health as one who is slow to anger, makes wise choices with words and actions, leads a balanced life knowing God is in control while working cooperatively with our Creator. This is the balance I strive to strike each day and seek His grace when I fall short. My very first fast was in May of 2014. I continued to have abdominal pain that the various tests and doctors visits I underwent could not explain. Relief came when I decided to “do” something about it. I began to research holistic and herbal remedies that could ease the pain. I fasted for 3 days. What I discovered was my body was not breaking down the red meat I was ingesting. YAY…but wait what did that mean? It meant that my whole life was about to change and how I used food.

I was and still struggle with being an emotional eater. I am constantly finding better ways to lean into God instead of my own understanding and am grateful that he abides within me. Making healthier choices is not always easy but what I have found is that more I study God’s word and get to know Him, the fewer cravings I have and more importantly I desire to follow in His will for my health plan. The one thing I as a woman struggle with is feeling like no one else can do what I do. Therefore I must be the one who does it. Now that can come at the expense of my health and often neglecting or ignoring the warnings my body is signaling to me. God opened my eyes to this and while I am not 100% cured I resting when my body says I need to.

These are the demons we wrestle with. We feel inadequate because we aren’t being superhumans or we feel we need to measure up in someone else’s eyes. I realized is that life and would move on without me even from a hospital bed. Two years ago after being completely stubborn and digging my heels into my own understanding, I spent 3 days in the hospital. On day two I was to be released but suddenly my fever spiked rendering me useless, undergoing another round of tests… and night at the hospital. Looking back on it I realized it was my attitude that was not ready to be released. God had me where he wanted me and He had my full attention. I knew the work God started in me was not complete but I had strayed away from His path and ignored His prompting to do what He asked of me. That was the turn around I needed and I began praying and fasting seasonally and whenever the spirit prompted me to do so. However without those 3 days in the hospital and God softening my heart I’m not sure what my life would be like right now. I heeded his call and God shook me to my core…gently. With each round of fasting, I receive new insight as well as connecting with another believer. Instead of being so focused on what everyone else was doing I began to focus on God and what He wanted me to do. I became his servant and opened up like never before.

I pray this will be a new beginning for you and it causes you to pause and ask yourself


Journal Prompts

  1. Am I growing spiritual?
  2. How is God using me?
  3. Am I paying attention to the warnings my body gives?
  4. Who will I burden if my health fails?

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