21 Days…

15 06 2011

“I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth…”  Daniel 10:2

One of my summer goals is to SIMPLIFY things.  God has been opening my eyes to how much STUFF we ( all of us) have.  In our homes, in our lives, in our bellies. Cloggin and distracting us from what matters.  Causing our greedy hearts to THRIVE!!    My friend posted this comment on FB this morning : “…Amazing to think that 138 million people in USA attend churches and collectively have 2.5 trillion dollars per year. The USA church would be the 7th richest country in the word..”  Another new friend  works for http://www.visiontrust.org and spoke this weekend at church on the poverty of other countries.  I’ve known it, I’ve seen the missions pictures before, but not until recently has God really MOVED me about it.

…I combine these thoughts with some personal realizations I’ve been having and dealing with lately.  For instance, I am an emotional eater.  I have a food vice for everything.  I also have a rebellious streak and food issues from being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 9 years old.   I still remember sitting in the hospital and listening to my doctor tell me all the things ” You’re not allowed to eat”.  SO I would eat “it”, whenever I could get it… chocolate, cakes, cookies. Now that I’m an adult I still carry the feeling that I have to sneak and defend everything I eat cause someone is going to scold me.   I could go on and on with my reasoning. but I will stop here and just say this is going to be interesting.

Today my husband and I started the “Daniel” fast.  I am making some minor modifications because of my T1 diabetes, but sticking to it as much as possible.  We will be eating a basic vegan diet for the next 21 days.  http://daniel-fast.com/about.html with some extra “rules”.  No processed foods ( technically, pop tarts are vegan…. really.  go look it up)  This also means no Coffee or Wine for me ( YIKES! start praying now!)

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,  so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:16 – 18

Soooo… why am I talking about it?  Well #1 Prayed about it and feel I got the go ahead from God to share my journey and #2… do I need another reason?  Obviously I have personal and spiritual reasons for doing this ( which will remain private) I feel that the emotional side of this (for me) will be worth sharing.

As I post this Day 1 is over.  I had fruit, peanut butter and soy milk for breakfast, various snacks throughout the day, a big yummy salad for lunch and roasted potatoes and carrots with spinach and white beans for dinner.  Bowl of fruit for dessert.  Honestly the roughest time I’ve has all day is…now.  When I’m usually catching up on blogs and facebook with a glass of wine, which has been replaced by a glass of soy milk…. but God makes it all worthwhile.

Till next time…

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3 responses

15 06 2011
Tammy Skipper

I love that you challenge me and help me grow. Praying alongside you as you take this journey. Praying the diabetes does not interfere with your ability to focus on Him, hear what He has for you and the future. Hugs my friend.

20 06 2011
Shannon

          The 21 Day Daniel Fast

~By week one I felt like this might be one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life..
~By week two I continued to feel like I did in week one but clarity set in ” This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.
~But continuing to read the book of Daniel and also taking in all of what God had to deposit in me.
~So  it’s okay to feel blaahh, but this to shall pass. : )
~Always  remember ” You can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. Phil 4:13″

20 06 2011
Shannon

~ By week three I was Empowered!!!!!!!

God Bless

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