Listening for God
But little by little, I’m getting better at stopping. At resting. And at accepting the grace just to do what I can and know that only God is perfect. Sabbath-keeping [Fasting] is a journey, a process. I’m learning as I go along. Just taking time to wonder why I have to work at resting [fasting] is a huge step. Kent, Keri Wyatt. Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity (Kindle Locations 118-120). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (emphasis mine)
In yesterday’s blog, I “had a little talk with Jesus.” I was working so hard to get this Fast right that my connection to God was disconnected. This morning I saw this quote during my devotion time. I felt like God heard me and during my quiet time reminded me to be still and listen more; work less.
When I am feeling rushed–listen. When I think I need to be perfect–just listen. In the silence I will know that God is offering me peace and grace; not perfection.
This morning I woke up with more energy. I believe the smoothies during the day are making a difference. I will follow the Daniel Fast all day rather than liquids from 6am to 6pm. I remembered that I am not perfect and I must care for this temple that God has given me.
I have eaten lentils and rice for a week in the evenings. I know, who eats lentils and rice for a week? Someone who cooked a huge pot and lives alone and has to eat it all by herself!!
Frances, who first inspired me to create a Daniel Fast community, cooked a minestrone soup and loved it. I believe I can eat that for a week. (I don’t get bored easily!!) It has lots of vegetables and beans. She showed me a picture. It looked delicious and fairly easy. So, that may be my meal for the next week. If you have a suggestion for a big pot of something that you like, please let me know. I need four new recipes that I can eat for a week. Okay–don’t judge 🙂
Finally, I am more calm this week. If you have been irritable, like me, its normal when our bodies are adjusting to a different diet. I believe we will begin to relax and enjoy this journey. We may make it a lifestyle change. I’m just saying!!! We might become vegetarians 🙂
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT
http://www.wheeleravebc.org/Daniel-Fast/Daniel-Fast-2014.pdf Wheeler Avenue Baptist has tips for the Daniel Fast as well as recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night–even Snacks
http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/easy-minestrone-soup/ They have a minestrone soup. The parmesan cheese is optional–we can’t eat it anyway.
http://www.ultimatedanielfast.com/delicious-daniel-fast-snack-or-dessert/ If you are missing something sweet and want to stay on the Fast, this Frozen Banana Bar may get you past your craving. I think I’ll just wait until Sunday 🙂 There are other recipes on this site for salads, soups, and main dishes.
http://www.pinterest.com/kristenfeola/daniel-fast-desserts/ More desserts.