Daniel Fast ~ Day Two

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

You shall have no other gods before me.  ~ Exodus 20:3

Yesterday was a little rough.  Not as bad as I thought... but just a little, um... different.  No coffee, no tea, no milk, no meat.... And I tried to really focus on the yummy food that we COULD have, but it was hard.  My husband and I have never fasted before, so this is a new road we are taking together.  We did not have students at school yesterday, and we do not have students at school today - so that made today a little easier.  What was hard was trying to explain to my coworkers why I was choosing to fast.  More on that here.  Today, I still had somewhat of a headache most of the day. 

Our devotion today started out with this sentence:  "I'm being stalked by a guy named Abraham."  And the author talks about how God is trying to get her attention, using the story of Abraham to do it.  The devotion focused on not having any idols - and how Abraham loved Isaac a little toooo much.  I got the point right away... I surely think that some food and drink *coughs*chocolate and coffee*coughs* were becoming a little too high on my priority list.  Especially finding out how hard it is for me to go without them! 

But that's not what stuck with me.  The first line stuck with me.  Because I surely as I live an breathe feel like I am being stalked by the word "sift".  I know.  Call me crazy.  I can't get away from it.  I see this word and feel a deep resonance inside of me.  I see it in other devotionals, I feel God telling me to prepare to BE sifted.  I feel God telling me that this is my word for the moment, and that he wants to use this fast and other things in my life to sift some things out that maybe I have been placing as idols that I have not even realized.  I'm not sure what is in store, but I'm hanging on!! 

Here are the meals we had today:

Breakfast:  Oatmeal with blueberries (I can see this getting old really quick!)
Lunch:  Brown rice and quinoa with zucchini and yellow squash.
Dinner:  Sante Fe stuffed bell peppers (these were AMAZING!) and sweet potatoes.


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