There are times in our lives when we have to step back and take a moment to regroup, re-evaluate and eventually as tough as it may sometimes be…
Life by design is often times just that way. I am thankful for the spaces of times and opportunities to be able to adjust. Yet, there are those times when we are going through a season or circumstance that life does not afford that to us.
When you can, take advantage and make the most out of those opportunities. Don’t beat yourself up when you have to change. Don’t feel condemned or as if you have failed in someway. Just step back, restructure, do what it takes then…
With all your might, Press in.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I had committed to go on the Daniel Fast for the next 21 days. Well, today is somewhat over the half way mark. 9 more days to go!! Because it is midway through I stopped to make an assessment. Actually, my heart was stirring and the correction or re-evaluation came by the spirit of God that I am so trying to be sensitive to.
First, I must say that the time on the fast has been an excellent experience. Spiritual discipline always always always has its rewards. This time is no different. On the beginning of the second week I had certain things come forth to change my intensity in the fast. I had a distracting feeling of being within my comfort zone within the fast. Fasting is something that I have done before and I know the things I had planned to position myself for growth, discipline and time in the presence of God. Yet, there was something that crept up inside that was draining my enthusiasm and energy. It wasn’t the lack of foods I’m use to; It wasn’t the focus of more time in the Word and prayer; It wasn’t the discipline of going to bed at a decent time…finally!
It wound up being the drain of the enemies lies in my ears that what I was doing, gaining and embarking upon was a waste of my time. “What are you doing? Are you really making a difference? You really could put your efforts on other things that need to be accomplished.” Dart after dart came flying in almost undetected. But God intercepted and made what the devil meant for bad into something that now is great. God caused me to realize I needed to…
My level of commitment needed to increase from what I was doing. Again, I needed to go further than what I’ve known my fast to be. I’m not the same person I used to be and I can’t operate where I use to operate. So now several steps I’m taking to change in regards to the fast in order to press in are:
- two meals of day instead of three
- no snacks
- and a one day water fast within the remaining week of the Daniel Fast
The Daniel Fast is already restricting, but I need to increase the intensity of what I do. These were the things that came to me to do. Afflict the body to strengthen the inner man. It hasn’t been easy, but I have developed quite a collection of food combinations, recipes and ways to follow the guidelines and be satisfied. So even with all the adjustments and healthy choices, I had to ask myself “where is the sacrifice?” For me, I had developed a comfort zone that I needed to break out of.
Remember, this is about “My Daniel Fast Journey” and what the Lord has dealt with me about. It doesn’t reflect anyone else. It is a little challenging to even share some of the things. But Praise God I have disciplined myself even in that area and shared from my experience. You can find daily postings on the blog “JournalsWithin.” I gain so much but can only share a little. Due to time, space, your attention span and my willingness to totally expose so many lessons, revelations and corrections from the Lord. It is a very personal time, but hopefully what is shared is inspiring. I know I am truly inspired by what others have shared on their fasting journey. 21 days that will be life altering. Hope you will be able to stop by and read some of the postings on JournalsWithin.
Here are a few of the food items I prepare to give you an idea and maybe even try:
One of my favorites: Sauteed peas, mushrooms, onions and tofu
Another favorite: homemade corn tortillas with stir fried cabbage, onion, carrots and tofu along with salsa and avocado slices. Served with corn
What I call Veggie Tomato Pasta with homemade whole wheat tortillas and green beans. I finally found a recipe for the perfect tortillas not the one in photo above, but the one below!!
Yes, the perfect homemade tortillas. The recipe can be found on day 4 on the blog “JournalsWithin.”
Here is a third recipe attempt at a veggie patty (with homemade pico de gallo on top). I was closer than ever before, but still on the look out for the recipe that works for me. Tasted good, but the patty just didn’t hold together very well. It was made with black beans, sweet potatoes, quinoa and other healthy goodies. We had kale and roasted oven potatoes as sides
Last but not least, my favorite dessert or snack item: fruit bowls with frozen banana sauce, chia seed and ground flax seed sprinkled on top!! Hidden underneath and not seen in the photo are sliced bananas and pineapples
My second favorite snack: apple slices dipped in 100% natural peanut butter sprinkled with sesame seeds
The above photos are pictures of why I was in my comfort zone!! I discovered how to be on the Daniel Fast and be totally content with what I was eating. Not a bad thing because it was all within the guidelines, but my focus was on the food, the meals… It took time to master my favorite items. Researching, testing, shopping, retesting, and preparing, altering. Too much time focused on the food!! Again not bad, but for me at this point having participated in the fast before, I needed to step it up a notch. I needed to…
My family has adopted many of the habits from the fast in our everyday eating habits (also sited on day 4 on the JournalWithin blog) so I feel obligated now to do a little more to intensify my focus. Not my family, but for me personally.
Hope you are blessed by my sharing. Enjoy the blessings of the Lord and may He continue to manifest His presence to you.
Great Peace, Joy and Love, Kulia!!