I spend much of my life planning and preparing food. With seven children, one child being on a very specialized diet, and a baby also requiring a special diet, we eat nearly every meal in our home. Meal planning and being creative in the kitchen keeps things delicious and fun, and makes for many hours of preparation and work for this Mama.
Today our family joined our church in a time of prayer and fasting. Our Senior Pastor calls a corporate fast to mark the beginning of each year, and for us as a body to seek the Lord together through prayer and fasting. He has encouraged us to enter into a Daniel Fast. People are free to make their own modifications, as they need to, but the basic definition would be no meats, no sweets, and no dairy.
Although the food portion of fasting can sometimes become more of the focus than the spiritual part, I feel that it is important to keep the food stuff simple so there is more time for prayer, worship, rest and listening to the Holy Spirit. Some planning is necessary, so that we set ourselves up for success.
Here are some things we do in an effort to make time for God, keep the food simple, meet the needs of our large family.
-We turn off the television, and cut out all media entertainment.
-We make a large green salad a couple times a week and keep it in the fridge ready to go for meal times (topped with balsamic, lemon juice and olive oil when served)
-We make a stock pot full of vegetable soup that can be eaten for a couple days
-We cut up a large variety of vegetables and keep them in the fridge. That way they are ready to be eaten raw or sautéed. I change the variety of vegetables and add coconut milk or sea salt and pepper.
-We like to make hummus to have on hand. This serves as a quick snack for the kids with raw veggies.
-We make smoothies in the blender, with added greens
– We add vegetable juices. My favorite is a spicy veggie drink.
I hope this helps some of you considering fasting with your family. It is doable and the kids enjoy it, too!