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 🙏❤️

40 Day Sugar Fast….Day 8

DAY 8 — Monday, January 13, 2020

What have you turned to in your stress over the years? If it is anything other than Christ, it wasn’t created to carry you through this life — let alone into the eternal-life prepared for us? You may have known that at the start of this fast (that it’s not sugar’s job) but what are you learning about Christ’s desire and ability to carry you through?

Isn’t He faithful? Isn’t He strong? Isn’t He wonderful?

Tell me if you’re finding Him true to His Word: “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” (Psalm 54:4)

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This first week has opened my eyes to how I mindlessly reached for something sugary and sweet just because….whether it was my grief, boredom, stress or anxiety or watching Netflix, I always had something within reach to snack on……but now, I’m turning to reading Scripture, praying, even coloring while listening to instrumental music when urges really hit.

Just a little while ago, while going through some totes, my thoughts, on this unseasonably warm day in January, went to my late husband. Tears started to fall as I remember how much he loved this kind of weather, excited to put on a pair of shorts and grill something on his Weber. Suddenly it hit me that tomorrow will be 39 months since he died. Truth be told, I wanted to pour myself a glass of wine and break off a big ole piece of dark chocolate for lunch..instead I sipped herbal tea while reading Day 8 and writing this…….and I remember a late summer day in August of ‘17, 10 months after my husband died, and I wanted nothing more then to be with him..so much so I had written goodbye notes to my children. I sat down on the floor and for the first time in my life I really Really turned to God, telling Him I couldn’t do this alone anymore, I didn’t want to do it alone, and I needed Him. My life forever changed that day. There is no doubt He is truly the upholder of my life 🙏

Not long after that, Psalm 94:4 found its way to me…it’s become my life verse.

He shall cover you with His feathers,

And under His wings you shall take refuge; ( Psalm 94:4)

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?

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“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 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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