Ready or Not

As the clock struck 7:00pm and the fast began I had this thought “I can’t have any coffee!!, I can’t have any sweets, I can’t have any meat….” Ugh! Then I had to remind myself this is a spiritual thing. Fasting brings us into a deeper, closer, and more powerful relationship with the Lord. When we eliminate food from our diet for a number of days, our spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world, and we become sensitive to the things of God.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks
So my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“‘Where is your God?’”
-King David [Psalm 42:1-3 NKJV]

On your first day of fasting, remember:
1. Drink lots of water – like 8 – 10 plus glasses. I know some of you don’t drink one glass a day. Just go for it!!!
2. Keep your focus and avoid temptation.
3. Remember your fast and its purpose.
4. Have a friend or connect group that can encourage you!

Physical Effects to Expect:
Hunger pangs and cravings

Today’s Quote:

“Jesus, while being a very public figure, was actually a very private person. You do not see Him praying in public nearly as much as you see Him praying in private. In fact, our Savior was so committed to prayer that He would often pray for hours on end, even all through the night. He seemed to crave intimate moments alone with His father in heaven.” Jentezen Franklin

Keep a journal as you go through this experience. Every day I will provide you with a few questions to guide you with your thought process. Here are a few questions to help get you started…

Thoughts for your Journal:
1. What are your own personal reasons for fasting?
2. Do you desire to hear the voice of our Lord?
3. Are you willing to do whatever He tells you to do?

Today’s Recipes:

Portabello Steaks

6 portabello mushroom caps
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Pure Maple syrup
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon marjoram

Wash mushrooms and place in a gallon size plastic sealable bag. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Add to the mushrooms and marinate for a few hours. Grill indoors or out until cooked through.

Serve with baked sweet potatoes and grilled squash and asparagus.

Grilled Vegetables
Toss yellow squash, zucchini, and asparagus with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Salt and Pepper to taste. Grill indoors or out until tender.

Baked Sweet Potatoes
Wash sweet potatoes, prick with a fork several times and place in a 400 degree oven for an hour and a half. Less time may be needed if potatoes are small.

So I’m off to eat some lettuce and drink some carrot juice. Hugs!

  • Dan

    Oh that sounds so yummy.

  • Erin

    Now I know what to do with the mushrooms I bought:-) You’re awesome! Thanks for the journal idea, hadn’t thought of that. I’ll let you know about the Polenta…thanks Patience for the idea!

  • chelsea

    thank you for the encouragement everyday! i can’t wait to see what awesome things GOD has in store for all of us. not even one whole day without coffee and i want to fall out! if pastor matt can do it, i hope i can too!! 😉 you guys are so awesome, love you!

  • Beverley Webber

    Great Mushroom recipe, thanks
    You can put the sweet potatos on the grill too, just wrap them in some tin foil, they are SO good done over charcoal!!
    And your not using electricity either!!
    Have a great 21 days!

  • Melissa

    Well, I got started one day late. For some reason I was not paying attention. I love the recipes, I was thinking I was going to just eat plain fruit and veggies with juice for 21 days. WOW, the chilli sounds great. I need extra prayer so stay off my Diet Mt. Dew. It is my coffee and I work nights. It will be a struggle but with your encouragement on this blog and strength from God I can do it.