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 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 🙏❤️

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.

Happy New Years Eve 2019

The hands of time

Tick tocking the moments away.

Soon,

The final chapter

Of this book will be written,

The last period put in place.

And the book will be closed.

Reflection will follow.

There were stormy seas

That pounded and tried to break me.

There were times of peaceful calm,

When all seemed right.

What I have found

On this journey,

Is that my life

Is/was somewhere in the middle.

The rough seas help make me stronger.

The calm revitalizes.

In the middle, I find a cohesiveness

That makes my life’s journey

Explicitly my own.

The book is closed now.

A new one ready to be written.

While I hold the pencil ( I like to have the ability to erase)

God will guide my hand

and help me turn the page,

Let the journey continue.

©linda_december

Happy New Years Eve Folks!! This gal is under the weather, so I’ll be snuggling in with meds, tissues and Philip 😻

There’s gonna be a whole lot of reflection going on, a decades worth 😳 as I say bye bye 2019 and hello 2020. It boggles my mind to think that 2020 will be the fourth full year that Jim isn’t here. So much change, growth, transformation has occurred in my life. The me-myself and I, I am today, is unrecognizable of who I was at the end of 2016. I know he’s proud if me. I’m proud of me.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)