Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Upcoming Daniel Fast...

Once again the Daniel Fast is approaching so quickly! I can hardly believe a year has gone by since we last did this Spiritual Discipline. It was 3 years ago when I first heard about the DF (as we lovingly refer to it as). That first year of 21 days of eating nothing but Veggies, beans, lentils and fruit was rough to say the least. Jared and I had only been married a few months, and figuring out what to make for the two of us was increasingly difficult. Embarrassingly enough there were several dinner-time meals where I simply heated up a bag of frozen veggies. But we made it through.

Year 2, we knew much more of what we were getting ourselves into, and found many different options that tasted so delicious. We also ate most of our meals with the Crydo family which seemed to make everything more exciting.

Last year (which would be the 3rd if you're keeping track), 3 weeks did not seem quite long enough, so I added on another week, making it 4 weeks total of the DF.

So here we are entering the 4th year of the DF world. I'm really not concerned about what we will eat during the next 5 weeks. I seem to have a good handle on things that work and are very fulfilling (which can be challenging when you consider no meat, dairy, sugar, flour, pasta, caffine), but this year, I am feeling really challenged to break away from the food focus and to move onto the focus of the Holy Spirit in my soul. I do not want to be concerned about impressing anyone with my sacrifice of this food substituting-and I'm not even concerned with impressing God (have i ever really thought that was possible?? ugh...) Maybe this year as I empty myself of some things, the Lord can fill me up more then I thought possible. And not because I'm doing anything great, but hopefully just because I'll make more room, more space, more permission for free reign...that would be an awesome result and a successful DF for the year.
~Angela M.