So this is day two of the Daniel Fast. I told you yesterday I would explain more today, so here goes. It's a Biblically-based, partial fast, which means you do eat some things. Prayer and fasting are spiritual disciplines that have been around forever. The scriptures for the Daniel Fast are found in Daniel 1 and 10. He ate fruits and vegetables and drank only water. There is also mention of no meat or precious bread or wine for 21 days. Yes, that's right—no coffee, bread or sweeteners for 21 days. Alex and I have got a month of things going on during the weekends, so we are doing this a little differently. We will fast during the week, and while on the road and traveling, we'll try to do as good as we can. It's one of those things that you get out of it what you put into it. If you feel you want to cheat, maybe you shouldn't be doing it, cuz you’re not cheating on anyone but yourself. I personally am seeking clarity and focus in what God is calling me to do. I feel very scattered and unfocused and need a breakthrough.
The Bible teaches us that we are spirit, soul and body. All three of these areas are affected during a fast. The body goes through detoxing of caffeine, chemicals and sugar by rebelling with headaches, leg cramps and fatigue. (My fatigue is rising by the hour!) The soul often referred to as "the flesh" is also impacted during the fast. The soul is the seat of our emotions, intellect, personality and will, and it’s where we experience cravings, frustration, anger and even happiness. Our spirit is that born-again part of us that surrenders to God and then abides with the Father and the Son. Our spirit is filled with the Holy Spirit, and we want him to be in charge of the other two parts of us.
So as you can see there is a lot going on here, and we need to keep focused on prayer, study, meditation and blogging. So last night, I fixed great northern beans with no ham hock, but I did add some potatoes and carrots. Not too bad; it needed salt and pepper. We had a nice salad and roasted garlic. Yes, that's right, there is a fog around the house from beans and garlic. You have been warned. Just so tired and have to go work at the Creek and help ladies. Oh, bother!