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
“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?
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.
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!