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 13

DAY 13 — Saturday, January 18, 2020

If one verse could sum up the way we are crowding out sugar, it’s this one here: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

When we fix our eyes on Christ (and His righteousness) it’s miserably hard to fixate on foods.

Please take a moment to give me a big, juicy update. What is the Lord teaching you these days as you fast and pray? How has the Lord encouraged you? Share it below so that you might encourage others!

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Wow! This Chapter was just WOW. I’ve pretty much dieted on and off it seems like my whole life. I’ve been extremely heavy and I’ve been thin and everywhere in-between. When I hit the thin stage my thought was nothing feels better then skinny feels. I was treated differently thin..people made it a point to acknowledge me….when I was heavy, they did not. Thing was, even at my thinnest, I wasn’t fully happy or content. There was always something missing……………my journey has taken me up and down and all around, and because He is a loving and patient Father, He never gave up on me.

1 Samuel 16:7 really speaks to me…”The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

While I’m making progress in spending more time in Gods Word and prayer instead of reaching for the chocolate, wine and ice cream, I have to admit I’m still reaching for something to help me get through the nights. I’m making better choices in what I’m reaching for, but I’m still reaching.

Dear God I come to you for strength—strength of body, strength of mind and strength of soul. I feel the infilling of your Spirit. I feel the assurance of your upholding presence. Thank you, God, for strength.

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 10

DAY 10 — Wednesday, January 15, 2020

 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ( Matthew 6:16-18)

This chapter is one of my favorites because God is my favorite. His nearness is my favorite. And as I fast (emptying myself of false fillers) He goes nearer, deeper, making Himself more intimately available to my hungry-heart than ever before.

What did you learn today about fasting, praying, and giving?

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Knowing He never gave up on me, knowing He wanted a relationship with me is so humbling. Making time with Him each day is a priority I need in my daily life.

This morning’s little read 🙏❤️