Sunday, January 20, 2013

immeasurably more

inspiration: daniel fast in review

i know it's not over yet, i still have 3 days to go, but i wanted to share my Daniel Fast experience because it's been incredible. you can read how i was prompted to do the fast but i will definitely proclaim Ephesians 3:20 on this one!

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

The NIV uses "immeasurably" more...
I just love the idea of something being immeasurable. As humans, we see things in terms of the laws of nature, but to know that God has something that is "immeasurable more" than  our minds can comprehend or understand is mind-blowing.

But i truly believe that God has done just that over these last two-and-a-half weeks.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

blog coming soon.

inspiration: i miss writing on my blog.

so, the last 2+ weeks have been interesting.
definitely want to blog about my daniel fast experience thus far :)

but one quick thing that i've realized in doing all this: fasts change you spiritually and physically.
i'll blog more about my spiritual journey later, but i've realized just how beneficial doing a fast is.

i've had to be much more intentional about my food intake and what i'm eating.
i began this fast in a worrisome state because i didn't know how fasting (without meat, primarily) would affect my training. i worried about getting enough protein and carbs. but now that i've been eating fresher produce, no meat, no carbs, no processed food, no sugar, i'm feeling better, therefore, i'm running better, and because i'm running better, i'm more confident! i ran 2 miles in 18 minutes yesterday! that's 1 minute per mile faster than my average pace!

God has revealed great things to me so far this year and especially through this fast :)
while i do miss meat, dairy, and bread, i believe that after this fast, i will still try to eat as organically and as vegan as i can, knowing that God will give me strength to overcome cravings for sweets and such.

can't wait to unload all of what God has revealed to me so far!
but for now, i must run....literally. four weeks into my half-marathon training!

I can do all things through Christ! :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

starting off 2013 with a ... fast

inspiration: Seacoast's annual Daniel fast

every year, Seacoast kicks off the New Year with a three-week fast.
many do the Daniel Fast, which is a fast where one eats only fruits, vegetables, whole grains (not bread), legumes, nuts, etc. and only drinks water; essentially, no meat, dairy, sugars, processed foods, etc. there are a lot of "what-about-this...", but i'm learning as i go with everything.

this is the first year i'll actually participate and this is the first time i will ever fast anything food-related.
it's going to be an incredibly difficult thing because i love my meat and sugary treats; when the announcement came last week about the kickoff for the daniel fast, i instantly resisted. i rationalized it with "i'm training for a half-marathon. i can't give up meat!" but the other night, i was reading "The Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson and he mentioned praying and fasting like Daniel and i immediately felt the Holy Spirit calling me to make a sacrifice and to participate in the fast.

i immediately began Googling recipes just to feel out how hard it would be.
with every link i clicked on and every "small victory" i came across, i felt the Lord melt my hardened heart.
with every blog i read, i felt the Lord say "Trust me. I will provide"
with every comment and question i read, i felt peace about my decision.

fasting isn't about "checking-a-checkbox" in order to receive God's gifts.
it's an act of worship and an act of surrender to God.
just because i fast won't mean that His plans will fast forward to me.