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awake21.org – a fast experience – day one

  • January 18, 2012 7:11 pm

 

Sunday 1.15.12

Today starts a 21-day fast lasting through February 4. There are churches (including mine) and ministries all around the world participating.  You can find more information at awake21.org.  This is a big deal.  Let me be very clear – I am not a faster.  I decided to blog about my experience.

I rarely fast but have been thinking lately about making it a regular habit. I have been thinking and praying for the last few days about what to fast.  What would be the most spiritually significant thing for me to give up for 21 days?  I’m going to fast TV (which is my go-to fast), but that’s not enough this time.  I’m not that big on Facebook, so that’s out.  I don’t have a lot of hobbies I could give up.  Hmmm… I am a lover of all things food, so for me something significant would be… I guess… food.  Darn.

I’m late in making my decision – it is evening of the first day of the fast – but better late than never.  I have eaten pretty normally today, so I guess I’m starting tomorrow.  I am going to eat some; I have food in my refrigerator that I don’t want to spoil.  Money is super tight for me, so I really try not to waste.  I tend to get really bad headaches if I don’t eat, and I went through treatment for breast cancer in the last year and am still recovering.  I have also started an exercise routine, so I need my protein.

On that note, here’s my plan:  protein drink for breakfast, salad for lunch, and a protein drink for dinner.  I will allow healthy snacks – fruits, nuts, veggies.  The main goal is to eat very specifically, and not eat as much as I normally would.

I’m going to increase my quiet time also.  Instead of hitting the snooze button, I’ll get up when my alarm goes off at 5:30 each morning (okay maybe not Saturday).  Evenings will be spent reading, journaling, etc.

There is something different about this fast, this time, this me. There is something special going on. I can feel it. I think God has been preparing me for a couple weeks, but I was unaware until now. I know something is coming, a stretching of sorts, but I don’t know what. This is the start.  I believe this stretching will involve a few different areas of my life, and yet be confined to one area of me.  Be gentle, God! 🙂


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