Fasting: It’s Not a Diet!

Here is a little joke that was sent my way…seems appropriate now that all the Holiday food is out of the house and we are starting our resolutions!

'Twas the month after
Christmas, and all through the house Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd
nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the
scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than
a lumber).

I'd remember the
marvellous meals I'd prepared; The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum
balls, the bread and the cheese And the way I'd never said, 'No thank you,

As I dressed myself in
my husband's old shirt And prepared once again to do battle with dirt –

I said to myself, as I
only can 'You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!'

So – away with the
last of the sour cream dip, Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food
that I like must be banished 'Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie
– not even a lick.

 I'll want only to
chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot
biscuits, or corn bread, or pie, I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm
lonesome, and life is a bore But isn't that what January is for?

Unable to
giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

If you were at C3 this weekend, you know that we are inviting all of the C3 family to join Matt, myself, and the staff for 21 days of praying and fasting, beginning January 11 through January 31.  We can't think of a better way to kick off 2009 than putting God first and seeking His plans for our lives and for C3 this year.

Sometimes we can hear 'fast' and think diet.  Let me explain that the purpose of a fast is not to diet or lose weight!  The purpose is to deny ourselves of certain foods in order to seek God more clearly.  

As we get closer to the fast, I will begin posting recipes, tips, and encouragement.  Until then, begin praying and asking God what He would have you do the 21 days.  If you missed this weekend, I strongly encourage you to check out the service on the Live Feed.

Welcome to 2009!
  • Cindy Stewart

    I have just found this website, my church also started the Daniel fast last week. We are first timers w/a a fast. It really hasn’t been all that hard for me or my daughter, but my husband, now thats a differant story. He could not cut out the coffee, but, he is doing well w/everything else.
    Good luck to everyone during this fast. Seek God, & you shall find him. Cindy

  • Janet Kleinert

    I enjoyed the fast. I feel great and will continue to eat this way. But I don’t think I could have did it without the recipes. About the peanut butter. I just make a little at a time as I need it. I put the peanuts in a very small food processor and it creams together to make peanut butter in just a minute. I have started running on my treadmill. Does anyone have any suggestions on how a beginner should start?