A Private Discipline

All who want a cup of coffee raise your hand! (I have both hands raised)

We have made it through the first day…only 20 more to go! I want to reassure you that the first few days are the hardest. It will get easier.

Like Matt pointed out in his blog, Daniel purposed in his heart not to eat of the King’s food. The first step is many times the hardest step, but as you walk through this journey, you will find that God is there to meet you at every critical point along the way.

On your second day of fasting, remember:
1. Drink lots of water
2. Rest to conserve your energy
3. Pray…The second and third days are the hardest

Physical Effects:
1. Tongue begins to coat
2. Hunger pangs increase
3. Cravings are intense at times
4. Headaches can begin
5. Your body starts burning fat for energy, this is called ketosis

Today’s Quote:
“Out of those private and profound times alone with His Father came an enormous outpouring of public demonstration where God’s power would be poured forth in healings, raising the dead, abundance and more. Victories are not won in public, but in private. That is why fasting, whether corporately or individually, is a private discipline.”

Thoughts for your Journal:
1. Do you need a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
2. Do you need a fresh encounter with God?

Today’s Recipe:

White chili

4 (1lb) cans great Northern Beans, drained
3 cans vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 1/4 c. onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (4oz) can chopped green chiliew
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1/4 tsp ground cloves

1. Place all ingredients in large (5 quart) heavy pot.
2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer at least 30 min.


Put all ingredients in a crock pot and cook.

Hang in there and don’t give up!

I’m pulling for you,

  • Cheryl Stephenson

    I feel like a new person this morning. Last night was very difficult for me and I almost gave in to Diet Dr. Pepper. I instead stood strong by praying and focusing. I am seeing a change in myself already!

  • Gloria Otero

    I look forward to reading your blog everyday.I have been reading Pastor Matt’s for along time, and was excited to see you had started one. You are such an insperation. I have been working and have not been able to try your recipes yet but look forward to making them this weekend. My family and I love C3 and can’t wait to see all the awesome things God is going to do for us all. Thanks for the great words of encouragement I look forward to them everyday!

  • Beverley Webber

    Hey there
    Doing well in our house! was kinda hungry today my fat bottom isn’t used to eating a grapefruit for breakfast!!! BUT we are focused, tonight will be a challenge, monthly dinner with my girlfriends, no coffee, and no shared dessert!!! but I will eat my salad and be thankful!
    have a great 21 days!

  • Amy Alford

    Enjoying your blog! Thanks for the recipes and the encouragement!

  • Betsy Otero

    Wow! I have never been so blessed with an awesome church like c3. It’s my first time doing this fast, it has not been easy but the Lord has been by my side. My headaches have been the hardest, but my prayer times are awesome, our God is a Great God. God is doing something new and awesome in our midst. God bless you and your family.

  • Melanie Tiner

    Martha, I’ve been starving, tired and with a headache and couldn’t find anything to eat for lunch. I found your recipes and they sound good. I know this isn’t spiritual, but they were just what I needed at that time. I can’t wait to get cooking. Thanks

  • Angela J

    I have BOTH hands raised too. I’m dying without my coffee but it’s going to be a great 21 days. BTW I started first thing Wednesday morning so EXCITED to get going and now what was I thinking. I must be crazy.

  • Mike Kelly

    I had headaches and hunger pains the first night….I guess Rangers really DO Lead The Way…I wish bacon was a vegetable