Time for an Awakening!

This weekend, Pastor Matt announced that our annual “Awakening:  21 Days of Prayer and Fasting” is starting next week on January 10.  I want to encourage you to begin praying about participating in this 21 days of fasting with us!  Throughout the fast, Matt will be posting daily devotionals on his blog, www.mattfry.com and I will have recipes, grocery lists, and notes of encouragement on my blog.

Upcoming Dates:

January 10 – Fast Begins

January 12 – Vision Night at 7pm

January 19 – Awakening Night with Pastor Stovall Weems

January 26 – Awakening Night:  Night of Prayer & Worship

January 30 – Fast Ends

Fasting is a spiritual discipline designed to better connect us with God.  As a church, we are fasting to prepare our hearts for what God is going to do, and to stretch our faith to believe Him for big miracles in 2011.  The best way to do this is to redirect our food source by substituting our regular food intake with Bible reading, prayer, and journaling. The overall goal is to experience an genuine hunger for spending time with God and to grow our faith in what God can do!

Normally, fasting means to abstain from food and/or drink for a certain period of time as a religious practice.  However, it may extend to anything that may be a source of pleasure or satisfaction like Facebook, Twitter, television, etc.

One of the most common types of fast is the Daniel’s Fast.  This is considered a partial fast because there are lots of foods that you can still eat, which are listed below.  This is a great way to fast over the 21 days.  All the recipes I include on my blog throughout the fast will be Daniel’s Fast recipes.

Foods to Eat:

Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley

Legumes: Dried beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas

Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon

Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger, Root, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini

Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts

Liquids: Water (as much as possible), Unsweetened Soy Milk, Herbal Tea, Natural Fruit Juice (no added sugar), Honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Foods to Avoid:

Meat, Poultry, Fish

White Rice

Fried Foods

Carbonated Beverages

Caffeine, Coffee, Tea (even decaf)

Foods containing preservatives or additives

Refined sugar, Sugar Substitutes

White Flour

All Breads

Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products

Dairy (milk, butter, cheese, yogurt)

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