40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 14

DAY 14 — Sunday, January 19, 2020

Today’s reading is packed with great quotes! Which words leapt off the page as you read today?

Also, I’d love to know, what are some of the other misplaced cravings you are having to lay down on the altar beside your sugar?

I can’t wait to hear how the Lord is kindly convicting you and giving you the courage to GIVE UP MORE, that you might EXPERIENCE MORE OF HIM!

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What jumped out at me was “what you live to fill, Christ died to fill!”

I’m good during the day. Making healthy meal choices and spending time in God’s Word, Bible Study, Prayer Journaling as well as quiet time to Just Be with God……But as I said yesterday, though I replaced the not good stuff I was reaching for while I Netflixed and Facebooked in the evening with healthier options…..that’s not exactly what this fast is all about now is it?! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I’ve still got some major work to do.

“GOD Has the power to turn our hollow places into a hallowed place.”

40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 12

DAY 12 — Friday, January 17, 2020

Have you been able to pin-point some of your gnarliest food triggers? I love how Asheritah Ciuciu says it in her book, Full.

“It’s useful for us to determine what our particular triggers are, and when faced with that trigger, we can make the intentional choice of whether to go to God or go to food.”

Share a bit about your most stubborn food triggers and what God is teaching you. I can’t wait to read what you’re learning!

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There is no doubt that my main trigger(s) were/are feelings…loneliness, grief (sadness) mindless boredom. My husbands unexpected death in ‘16 found me at the age of 53 alone for the first time in my entire life. That first year, I lived on coffee …. grapes (aka wine)…the good ole cacao bean (aka dark chocolate in any form) and ice cream, with the occasional salad thrown in for good measure. 3 + years later, I still struggle. I struggle with cooking for one, wondering what’s the sense in it. It’s easier to pour a glass of wine ( I always cut mine with club soda to make it a bit more justifiable to myself 🤦🏻‍♀️) and snack on said chocolate or cheese and crackers or pretzels or whatever. It’s the nights though, when I’m settled in…whatever show I may be watching on Netflix, I need to have my hand busy feeding myself…..cue the big bowls of ice cream…or just a jar of peanut butter and a spoon.

Knowing all this and making the changes needed is slowly happening. I know I have to eat. I can’t fast in the sense that I not eat, that’s just not an option. What I’m learning here is that I can make better choices for myself and know that when I feel the urge to reach for something I don’t need, I can turn to my Bible, I can turn to my prayer journal, I can turn to silent communion with God, and feast.

40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 11

DAY 11 — Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sweet friends, it’s time to shine!

Today’s scripture is one of my favorite passages of all time!

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14–16)

Who is desperate to shine? I’ve been able to see a direct correlation between what I’m putting in me and what is coming out of me. When I’m not nourishing my spirit or my body… both my spirit and my body struggle.

Here’s the hope:

“As you go without sugar, without chocolate-covered almonds and soda, as you rid your body of all those temporary feel-good fillers, invite God to fill you up with Himself. As He does, you’ll shine a bright light in the darkness. Once full of sugar, suddenly light-bright and brilliant. You’ll be a light vessel once again—His light vessel.”

Take a moment to share below. How did today’s scripture and message encourage and inspire you?

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When I saw that today, Day 11’s chapter, was titled Shine, I couldn’t help but smile. Today, marks one year since a beautiful light in my life went home. Claudia’s light shone and touched many lives. It was she who held my hand and helped me those first few weeks after my husband died. She made sure my own inner light never went out. She always called me her little ray of sunshine, but the truth was, she was mine.

As I continue forward on this fast/journey, I’m beginning to feel lighter, not as foggy, seeing things with brighter eyes…my inner spark is being fanned by His Word, not dulled by food and drink.

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.

(Luke 11:34-35)

40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 4

DAY 4 — Thursday, January 9, 2020

2020 SUGAR-FAST PLAYLIST

Every time we fast and pray as a community we make a playlist of our favorite worship songs. These become our battle hymns! Like yesterday’s horn-blowing shouts of faith.

Today’s message about King Jehoshaphat and the way God rerouted his enemies as the worship leaders fasted and sang songs together… there’s nothing I’d rather do with you today than make a play-list of songs to carry us through all 40 days (and beyond.)

Simply link us to a youtube video in the comment thread below.

There’s always someone who throws a couple of funny songs into the mix. (“Sugar… oh honey honey…”) But for the most part these are faith-inspired and faith-inspiring songs that increase our courage as we stand back and see the deliverance of the Lord!

I’ll start things off with my recent favorite:

I’ll Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel

I LOVE THESE LYRICS:

I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies

I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief

I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody

I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me

OK, you’re turn! Add your favorite battle-hymns to the comment thread below!

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So far, so good. No real bad side effects going on. What I’m finding the hardest is just wanting to grab that handful of something to snack on while reading/writing……hopefully as I continue those feelings will abate.

In the meantime, a new hair color and some chilly vitamin C is just what the dr. Ordered for today 😊

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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?

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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.