Okay, food first. Cravings are definitely stronger at this time. I am praying through them, and feeling strengthened…but it sure would be easier if this would end. Our Pastor read something about this in church this morning. That there is a resurgence of cravings at this point of the fast, however it will die off again, so be strong and press in! Whew!
As I have been fasting a praying for healing in my own life and the lives of those I love. I have also prayed for marriages and families. I have been feeling impressed that I would love to have a group of women to meet with and just focus on praying for our husbands and children. That would be it! A prayer circle of women from different stages of life who come together in the power of agreement, and pray over our families. I have wanted this for a while now. And it seems that during this fast I am sensing this desire even more. Trouble is….when? How? Where would the keiki be? So, for now I will just keep praying and in the meantime I will continue to pray for my husband and children, and any other families that I am inspired to pray for as they are brought to my mind and heart.
Youth discipleship dinner was in our home this evening. It is a wonderful time for us all. I generally love to nurture people by cooking for them. Well, tonight’s dinner was different…I still loved cooking for everyone, it’s just that for the youth I would generally serve something besides a vegan menu. And, everyone responded so well. The menu? Our main dish was sautéed veggies which included: onion, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, celery, and zucchini (greens). I added a block of locally produced, non-GMO tofu which was cubed (protein). Side dishes included brown rice (whole grain), a platter of sliced carrots (orange), and another of sliced oranges (orange, again). For a beverage I served an all fruit smoothie (purple). Everyone enjoyed. I limited myself to a very small portion of the vegetable saute as well as a smoothie. Satisfying and simple.
My personal menu for the earlier hours of the day:
Breakfast: a banana with 1 tsp peanut butter…and an apple a little later. Lunch: vegetable soup made with carrots and yam, celery, and onion. Blended together to make a creamy soup. Topped with fresh cilantro. Dinner: See above
Remembering today that obedience is better than sacrifice.
Help me Lord to be true to You and to the commitments I made for this fast. Help me not to be distracted, or become discouraged. As I feel weary at times, I pray that I would turn that weariness into worshiping You. Thank you Lord for answering my prayers.