Daniel Fast 2012 – Day One

Making more time for God. That is where I want my focus to be. More of God. Less food, no television or entertainment that would distract me from hearing Him – more of Him and less of me.

Today being the first day of our fast, I noticed that my children spent a good portion of the morning discussing the things they will be missing over the next 21 days. There were complaints about food, and about missing media. One child will have his birthday during the fast and he wonders how on earth he could celebrate without some of his favorite things. Concerns over what kind of vegetables would be served was a topic as well, and as each child spoke of their dislikes, I felt prompted by this teachable moment.

What about the blessing? During a fast, we should not spend our time focused on what we think we will miss out on, or the things we feel negative about. We should be thanking God that we have food, thanking Him for a family that loves Him and serves Him. And even more so, we need to realize that we are making a sacrifice of time, food, and entertainment so that we have more time to spend with God. Spending time with Him, reading the Word, praying more, journaling, having discussions about Him, and asking Him what He wants to do in our lives – WOW! What an opportunity!

So we made time to encourage ourselves by reviewing the Bible and praying. We looked back at the Book of Daniel as we have before. We read scriptures from Daniel chapter 1, to remind ourselves that God blessed the young men who fasted rather than taking part of the King’s delicacies. He blessed them in their health and He blessed them in their knowledge! God strengthened them in their bodies, minds and spirits. Not only did these young people not complain about their fast, they pleaded for permission to fast – and they were given incredible favor! Okay that was encouraging! We read on about pressing in during the fast and reminded ourselves about what happened to Daniel when he was visited by the angel Gabriel in chapter 10. The angel told Daniel that he was precious to God, and his prayers were heard! God loves us and He hears us. Daniel had continued to pray even when there was no answer in sight, and the angel further explained what took him so long in getting there to minister to Daniel.

Feeling completely encouraged we were able to move into a time of discussion and journaling. The children each took time to pray and journal and ask God about what He wants to do in their lives. They were ready. One of my daughters shared with me that she felt like God was showing her that He wanted her to work on being less selfish. She further shared with me that she took the time to look up scriptures about selfishness. She was concerned with what she found because she recognized that God takes selfishness seriously. She expressed that she has seen some areas in her life that need some work (I assured her that I have plenty of those areas myself – we all do!). The scriptures she found referred to selfishness as evil or demonic. She had never realized that before. She journaled and prayed and felt greatly stirred to be more giving – especially of her time. It was beautiful to see her allow the Holy Spirit bring something to mind. It was not anything any of us said to her, it was simply God sharing with one of His chosen children. As a mom I was so blessed that she was open to allow God to reveal something so specific to her, and immediately she acted on it by studying the Word, and asking Him to help her.

This is one of the many blessings that comes out of fasting together as a family and making time for discussion and prayer together. God is already making us more aware of His presence on this first day! I look forward to more encounters and sharing this process with my husband and children.

Today’s Menu:

Each Day our Menu’s are a bit different. I chose to have only water until the afternoon. My husband juiced his breakfast and dinner and joined us for lunch. The children ate the following: Breakfast – Oatmeal; Lunch – Vegan Chili (so simple); Dinner: Smoothie, brown rice cake and nut butter

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness. Help us to continue to press in and pray throughout each day seeking your wisdom in our lives! Amen 

Proverbs 3:13-18 (NLT)

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

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About jaw123456

I am a forty-something year old woman with a thousand interests. I am married to an incredible man who holds my heart. Living wholesome lives and training our children to lead lives that are worthy of the calling that God has for them is our hearts desire. Some of my interests include faith, family, adoption, homeschooling, whole and wholesome foods, cooking, sewing and living simply.
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4 Responses to Daniel Fast 2012 – Day One

  1. Leanne says:

    Hey my beautiful friend! So enjoying living vicariously through your posts on your Daniel fast again. I know you’re limiting media, so I’ll understand if you’re not able to respond for a few weeks. A couple of questions for you: 1.) Would you mind posting the vegan chili recipe? and 2.) I would love your thoughts and tips, and maybe others would as well, on taking your family from a “normal” American diet to more wholesome eating. My attempts have been met with resistance (from young and old in the house) and I find myself overwhelmed at all of the changes that need to be made in order to do this, in our cupboards and in our hearts, and am wondering how I can do this successfully, once and for all. Miss you!

    • jaw123456 says:

      Great to hear from you Leanne! I have so many thoughts about how to transition our families from the traditional American diet to a more whole foods, nutritional approach…where to begin, you ask?

      Well one simple way to start is to pick up a cookbook… my favorite cookbook is called Feeding the Whole Family written by Cynthia Lair. That cookbook is truly for the whole family and reading through the introduction will give you more than enough information on making great choices for your family and why… The book is broken up into sections, such as breakfast, lunch, suppers, desserts, soups and salads. I have made many of the recipes in this book for my family and they have really enjoyed them all… But one 🙂 I hope that helps… More to come!

      • jaw123456 says:

        Leanne, Another thought is to make a list of your family’s favorite recipes and tweak them to become whole foods recipes. For instance if you love oatmeal for breakfast, but lets say you usually use quick oats sweetened with brown sugar, then you may want try making steel cut oats and remove the refined sugar by adding sweet dreid fruits (like chopped dates or prunes). Add a small amount of brown rice syrup or real maple syrup until you find a taste that is pallatable for your family. Slowly, over time, begin to reduce the syrup used for sweetening. Hope that gives you another idea 🙂

  2. Leanne says:

    Thank you, Jessica! Great ideas! It looks like I can get a good deal on the book on Amazon. Definitely sounds like a great book to have. Love keeping up with you through your blog!

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