A New Thing
The Daniel Fast is something new for me this year. It is one new thing I have taken on for Lent. I feel that the Daniel Fast is more of a “taking on” rather than a “giving up” because I learn something new about myself everyday. I am learning to reach deeper to get clear on what my relationship with God means. Part of the going deeper led me to also take on the practice of sitting in stillness for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night–just sitting silently listening for God. In other posts I will talk about silent listening or meditation or also called contemplative prayer.
Frances is also taking on something new this Lenten season. She is enjoying a new relationship with food. In her own words:
I am trying not to eat processed food so I am doing a lot of cooking. I am enjoying my creative side as well as new foods. I eat from 6 to 6 but it’s fruit or vegetable. I am avoiding my favorites such as cakes and pies and sugary drinks (water actually has replaced sugary drinks long ago). I am limiting meat so I can be more authentic. I feel I can eat those things after 6 but I think about Jesus in the wilderness and I know he didn’t indulge like that. The knowledge gives me strength. Right now I am eating meat in very limited amounts.
What would it mean for you to think about your fast as taking on something new? How would that make a difference in your relationship with food and those things you think you are giving up? Excuse me, I am thinking out loud. I’m not talking about you–I’m really asking myself these questions. But, let me hear from you. You can help me as I go deeper in my relationship with God. Just as Frances challenges me to connect to Jesus’ wilderness experience, you may also offer your own reflections on your fast that “makes a way” for you in this wilderness experience.
Prayer for Day 10-–Dear Lord, you spent 40 days in the wilderness and resisted many temptations so you could hear the voice of God and be obedient. Strengthen me in my wilderness experience so I may be willing to do a new thing in my life that will deepen my relationship with you. Amen.
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://danielfast.elevationchurch.org Provides suggestions on the Daniel Fast as well as scripture.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/daniel-diet-straight-bible/story?id=21029387 Quick news story on Daniel Fast and why Rick Warren started it with his congregation
http://www.lynwoodbc.org/Websites/lynwood/images/The_Dawning/Daniel_Fast_Info.pdf Connects the body-mind-soul in Daniel Fast. Also offers suggestions on how to create a plan