Last year, I heard Stovall Weems of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL share about fasting. His church partners with other churches all over the world each year for a 21-day Daniel Fast. It is called Awakening. I felt God was calling me to participate. I did and had a wonderful (albeit hungry) experience. There was a book to read (in addition to the Bible) and encouraging videos to watch 3 times a day. I used The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola as a menu guide. A quote from her book: “Participating in a Daniel Fast requires eliminating commonly enjoyed foods for twenty-one days as an act of worship and of consecrating oneself to God.” There is a list of allowed foods and foods to avoid. There is definitely a “fasting zone” you want to get into, and if you cheat, it is really hard to get back there.

Daniel 10:2-3 ESV In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.

Well, I am going to do it again this year. This time Bill is going to do it with me. Which is really saying a lot, as he is not a bean person. Or a tofu person. He is very much a meat person. Any kind of meat will do, and fry it twice or make it bloody. Stovall’s church started their fast on Sunday. We were out of town, so we are starting tomorrow. We will probably use Kristen Feola’s devotional from her book this time. Kristen’s recipes are wonderful. After my body detoxed last year, I really did not miss meat/sugar/etc. She also has a great website and adds new recipes all the time. Tomorrow we are having Banana-Fig Oatmeal with Almond Butter, Confetti Hummus, Blackberry-Avocado-Mango Salad, and Black & White Chili. Sounds yummy, huh?

Shortly after my fast last year, we agreed to at least open up our adoption options to boys or girls 0-3 years old with or without special needs. Well you know what happened with that… Wonder what God has in store for us this year? I have some issues that I need true guidance in, so hopefully this fast will yield clarity and wisdom in those areas.

I said we went out of town. Here are a few pics from our trip!





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