Here's the deal--I've been struggling with my spiritual life lately ... and I hate it. I'm not sure what's really going on but my prayer life and Word life have just been, well, non-existent really.
I sort of need a "shock" wake-up so Matt and I have decided to do the Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast is based on two scriptures and is a vegan diet (with more restrictions). No yeast, no leaven, no sweeteners (including natural sweeteners). YIKES!
I really haven't fasted much before but I do believe in the power of fasting to encourage one to study, pray, and focus like crazy.
I am doing this fast to help these areas (click here):
My Body--No, I am not unhealthy but I do believe there are areas of my health that can be improved. I eat too much sugar and processed junk. This fast will help detox my body.
My Flesh--Right now my emotions are pretty shut-up (I tend to close down when stressed). Fasting will put pressure on me and may make me want to: give up, shut down, rebel ... I think seeing these "things" in my flesh and contrasting them with the fruit of the spirit will help me develop good thought patterns.
My Soul--Spending quality time in meditation, The Word, and prayer will help my soul take my flesh captive!
Mostly, I am doing this 3 week fast to draw nearer to Christ!
But I'm nervous. I'm anxious that "flesh" desires for tea with creamer or chocolate ice cream will win. So please, pray for me.
And for my sake, if you have any good vegan recipes, send them my way!