It’s A New Day

Was yesterday a hard day for you? It seemed to be for me and a lot of my friends. I don’t know if it was because we are about half way through or because of the weather or what. I was talking to someone who said I didn’t realize how much I used food as a “go to” for comfort. But we know God is the only one who can comfort us, no matter what we are going through.

So, if your feel yourself becoming overwhelmed with thinking about what you can’t have, go and open your Bible and begin to Praise God and let him be your comfort. Let Him be the one you run to and not food. God is breaking some strongholds in our lives!!

Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God. King David said, “I humble myself through fasting.” Ezra 8:21

On your eleventh day of fasting, remember:
1. Drink water or juice throughout the day
2. Rest and relax
3. Go to your prayer time and prayer place
4. Write your experience in your prayer journal
5. Continue to meditate and listen to God
6. Share with others how you are doing and what your struggles are.

Thoughts for your Journal:
Humility is a discipline and not something that just comes naturally. Fasting places us truly in the hands of God, dependent upon Him for spiritual nourishment in the absence of physical nourishment. Journal how this experience has humbled you and made you trust God more.

Enjoy the sunshine today,
Martha

Today’s Recipe:

Warm Black bean and corn Salad

2 Tbls. Extra virgin olive oil
1 med. onion chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 tsp. – 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lime
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
1 10oz. box frozen corn kernels, defrosted
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2-3 Tbls. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
6 cups baby spinach

Preheat a mediium skillet over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of the Extra-virgin olive oil. Add the onions,garlic, red pepper flakes, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add to the cooked onions, bell peppers and corn kernels and cook for 1 minute. Add the vegetable stock and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Add the black beans and cook until the beans are just heated through. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the juice of the second lime, the cilantro, and spinach. Toss to wilt the spinach.

  • audrey

    God is going to continue to do great things during this fast. I am so glad that I have a God who gives me strength! I used to go to C3 but now I live in Florida. So the other day I was on my way to small group really hungry, but thought hey no problem Ill be in the Word so I said a prayer for Christ’s strength. Yeah then I get a phone call…”Can you get a bag of flour?” Sure no problem, I get to small group and surprise we are doing something different tonight we get to bake 10 dozen cookies and bring them to other small groups! No, I didn’t break, didn’t even try a little… although chocolate chip are my favorite. Praise God…. I think I had my miracle.
    Be blessed my C3 friends!

  • Darren & Terri Masier

    Matt & Martha:
    In an effort to be creative with the fast, we went to this place called ZPizza in Cary (you should google it). We ordered a large pizza with whole wheat crust, sweet basil pesto sauce, and soy cheese. We added mushrooms and spiced veggie burger, and you’ll never guess what it tasted like… PIZZA! And it was all legal stuff! Check it out, or we would meet you and your family out if you’re dyin’ for some really good, but legal pizza.
    Terri, Darren, and Noah Masier