Tomorrow is day 1 of 21.
21 days of fasting.
And self-deprivation? Is so not something I do well. Just ask my husband.
But this is different. Because our church is calling the congregation to fast. And because, for one of the first times ever, I’m feeling led to fast.
We were given a booklet at church, with ideas on all the different ways to fast. Asher decided that he wanted to participate, so I asked him to choose the way we – Chris, Asher and myself – would participate.
And he thought about it for a while.
He said he wanted to be challenged.
And I was afraid.
He decided he wanted to do the Daniel Fast. Daniel was a man of God and in the Bible he said, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” (Daniel 10:2-3)
So why am I posting a picture of a jar?
Because it represents how scared I am. Scared of giving up all that this fast requires. Scared of not being able to do it.
This jar? Is where my coffee used to be. My beloved Starbucks Espresso Roast coffee. The first thing I look for every morning, once I’ve wiped the sleep out of my eyes.
I cleaned it out and put it up after I drank my last cup of coffee this morning. And I felt sad. Already.
Then I wanted to kick myself in my own rear for being so silly. And selfish. And worldly.
For the next 21 days I’ll be following the following food ‘rules’…
No sweeteners of any kind.
No preservatives of any kind.
No drink other than water.
Pretty much nuts, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, whole grain pasta and fruit.
Oh, and Triscuits are okay, and so is natural peanut butter. Just can’t have any other ‘stuff’ in it.
Part of me is terrified. I don’t want to fail. I also don’t want to be miserable.
But another part of me is excited. Chris and I have so much to pray over during this time of drawing closer to the Lord. So very much. And we are taking this step to fast and to be purposeful in seeking Him more over the next 21 days in faith that He will be faithful and reveal to us, in His timing, His perfect will for our family.
Here are a few sites with more information about the Daniel Fast.
So why am I sharing this here, with y’all? Because I thought maybe some of you might like to join me. Sorry – short notice I know – but you can do this! And I know I’d really love to have you along for support and encouragement. I really think this is going to be a journey for me – in more ways than one! If you’d like to participate, just let me know and we can be accountability partners, okay?
And if you’ve done this already, and have any tips, recipes or suggestions, I’d be so very grateful.
Trusting that He’ll be there for me (and you!) every step of the way.
P.S. I appreciate the help and tips y’all gave me on FB! Mwah!