Day 6

Have you heard of the verse that says, “Pride comes before a fall”? I experienced that this week.

On Monday I was telling somebody how I really wasn’t craving meats and was feeling pretty good. Then came dinner Monday night. Two of our three kids did the fast with food through the weekend. On Monday night we were having Portobello mushroom steaks and I knew there was no way they were going to eat those, so I grilled meat for them. Can I just tell you I was struggling? The enemy was telling me, “one bite…nobody will know” and I found myself leaning in. The Holy Spirit had to remind me all things are possible with God, and I don’t have to give in to my cravings. Through God’s strength I did not give in. Instead, I fixed a baked potato and put salsa on it and it tasted amazing! (I think I was just tired of beans)

Sometimes we need renewal in our spiritual lives. Fasting is one of the ways that you can cleanse your body and aid the process of communicating with the Father. I have sensed God doing a new thing in my life. It is very exciting!

On your sixth day of fasting, remember:
1. Drink lots of water
2. Utilize your personal prayer time and prayer place.
3. Journal your experience.
4. Concentrate on prolonged times of meditation and listening.

Today’s Quote:

“Our forefathers knew, it seems, how to communicate with the Almighty…but do we? We must learn anew to think deeply, to worship meaningfully, to meditate unhurriedly.”

Charles Swindoll
Intimacy with the Almighty

Thoughts for your Journal:
1. How is experiencing fasting as a private discipline bringing you closer to God?
2. Has God revealed anything to you since the Fast has begun?

Tomorrow the staff is going to spend some time praying, and I will be praying for you. I may not know the name of everyone reading the blog, but God does, and I will be lifting you up before the Father.

Today’s Recipe:

Vegetable Barley Soup

Choose your vegetables. Really, anything can work depending upon your taste.

My picks:
3 cups chopped celery
2cups chopped white onion
3 cups chopped carrots
3 cups chopped green/yellow/red pepper
3 cups thin sliced mushrooms
2 cups chopped roma tomatoes (peeled and seeded)
2 32oz. boxes vegetable broth

Use your favorite spices. I choose 2 cloves garlic, sea salt to taste, 2 teaspoons marjoram flakes, 2 teaspoons oregano flakes, 1 bay leaf and 1 teaspoon parsley. Pour ¼ cup vegetable broth in a soup pot. Add all of the vegetables and saute them until tender. Add the spices and stir to mix. Add the remaining vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and add 1 cup Natural Whole Grain Barley. Boil for 15-20 minutes until the barley is tender.

Serves 6

For thicker soup, just blend 1/2 of the vegetable mixture (prior to putting in the barley) in a blender. Add it back to the soup pot and then add the barley.

Its going to be a great day! Hugs to you!
Martha

  • Dana

    Yummy sounding soup. My children, 2 and 4 are not doing the fast, although they love fruits and veggies, and will eat them willingly. They would have loved the mushrooms, they eat them up. They would not understand giving up PB&J, ha ha. So glad you found your strength. I too had a meat craving, after smelling the steaks cooking at Logans, never noticed them before. Still struggeling with the Starbucks, but doing pretty good. Good luck, and God Bless you and your family.
    Dana

  • Dana

    Here is a chili recipe that may appeal to the men doing the fast, especially during the football games.
    Lentil Chili
    Cook 1 lb. dried red lentils according to package directions. Once tender, stir in 2 tbs. olive oil, a 1 1/4 oz. packet chili seasoning mix, two 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes and 1/2 tsp of salt; simmer for 10 mins. Serve topped with chopped green onions, if you like, some baked totilla chips on the side.

  • Dan and Torey

    Martha,
    Its been an amazing time thus far on the fast. God is up to something big in Johnston County. Keep on bringing the receipes.