40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 5

DAY 5 — Friday, January 10, 2020

This quote from today’s reading: “Don’t think of fasting as a magic trick. Abracadabra, once and done. Fasting may transform your diet, but it is a feasting life that will change your life.”

I’d love to know which scriptures and quotes from today’s reading spoke to your hungry heart?

During our January fast I’m going to be using some of your insights to lead more fasting friends! How would you encourage others from the encouragement that you’ve received from the Lord today?

40 Day Sugar Fast

“Is not this the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of wickedness,

to undo the straps of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to break every yoke?

Isaiah 58:6

Realizing that fasting goes a lot deeper than giving up food or drink for a while has opened my eyes and heart.

It’s not just an obvious practice to lose weight …it’s so much more then that…

it’s an inner transformation, that allows me to confront the sins of my life, which in turn will hopefully, help my escape and be set free of those cords of that yoke.

40 Day Sugar Fast….Day 2

DAY 2 — Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Today’s scripture is one of my favorite verses to meditate on as as we fast from sugar — or anything else holding us back from the One calling us back to Himself.

Did this chapter resonate with you today? How about this passage?

It’s OK if you are feeling lousy today — both physically and emotionally. Let me encourage you to embrace the sadness. Physically, your body is reminding you that you’ve been running to the wrong stuff for far too long. Detoxing feels yucky! (Drinking lots of water will help.) But emotionally you should feel sad too. Allow those feelings to carry you down to your knees and back to Him!

We are literally turning away from sugar and returning to our sweet Savior. It’s good to feel back about having strayed… that’s why we often weep as we return to Him.

Anyone else feeling sad (or sick) today?

40 Day Sugar Fast

I’m quickly realizing how much thoughtless snacking I was doing..whenever I walked into the kitchen I’d grab a handful of chocolate covered coffee beans, or jelly belly’s or whatever leftover Halloween candy I happened to snatch when visiting my grands. Not gonna lie, I’m missing it.

Choosing to read scripture and sip on herbal tea on this rainy damp and chilly second day.

The 40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 1

“Turning to the Most High instead of the next sugar high.”

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:8-10)

New Year, New Decade, New Start. I’ve always started off the new year stating I held the pencil to start writing my new chapters. I’ve come to realize though I may hold the pencil, it’s God who really guides my hand. It’s with this new realization that I embark on this new journey, in the hopes that as I rid myself of toxins and unhealthy habits and things, and instead turn to God, I will free myself from choosing stuff as a means to healing.

This mornings group question was/is: DAY 1 — Monday, January 6th, 2020

Today is day 1 of the 40-day sugar fast!

Did today’s short chapter make you think of your own sweet childhood? When did you learn to love sugar so much? Is it possible that your age-old love for a sweet sugar high has held you back from the Most High?

What’s your story?

My story…

It was never just sugar, but food in general that I’ve had a love/hate relationship my entire life. As a victim of child abuse,my childhood memories are not happy ones and they are very scattered. My first real memories of how food made me feel came in my teen years. As my love for food and drink grew, my weight became an issue. 3 pregnancies and an I don’t care attitude had me topped off at 201 pounds. I’ve spent the better part of 40 years with that said love/hate relationship not only with food, but with my scale and more importantly, myself.

My husbands unexpected death almost 39 months ago now, turned my world around. We were foodies, we loved to eat…to a fault. His death finds me living by myself for the first time in my life. And while I’ve acclimated to life as a widow/single for the most part, the one place I struggle with is eating. I can’t tell you how many times I tell myself I need to eat right and take better care of myself. Yet I find myself doing the same thing…a pot of coffee with my favorite creamer to start my day…then I’ll eat a salad and tell myself good job, only to pour a glass of wine later with a bowl of pretzels and then later on a big bowl of ice cream. That’s become a pretty consistent routine for me, my excuse being I don’t see the point if cooking for one person 😞

I’m a newly baptized Christian, and when this book and journey presented itself to me, I believe it’s an answered prayer that I’ve neglected to really pray for myself. As we enter 2020, I’m ready for transformation in all areas of my life.