Sunday, December 31, 2017

"Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress" Isaiah 33:2.



Once again, I want to make clear this and all following posts are discussing the biblical Daniel Fast, done for biblical reasons, for biblical results, seeking the biblical One true God. That said, I want to talk further about two things; why people don’t fast and why people feel they fail in their fast. First,  why people don’t fast, and this can apply to Believers and nonbelievers alike; fear and lack of information. The fear of failure is often time the overwhelming factor, but lack of information or bad information can be just as damaging. Let’s begin with the later, you can “google” anything and find an abundance of information on any and everything including fasting. I have looked at most of it and found there are only small differences. But if you are doing a Daniel Fast it’s pretty straight forward: fruits, vegetables, water and prayer for 21 days. Note the last, prayer, for without prayer and a plan you will not achieve the desired results. I have provided a list of the foods in previous posts all of which can be eaten as much and as often as needed but in this fast need really becomes a relative term. Just because we want to eat doesn't mean we should...you must be resolved to this.


We learn three things from Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:4-10...
When
"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watching, in FASTING;

How
By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the Armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;...

and Why

As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

"I can do all things through CHRIST who gives me strength" (Philippians 6:13) should and will take on new meaning for all of us endeavoring to seek the Lord for among other things, His favor. Our weakness is imperative to reveal in His strength! Again, I say our weakness is imperative to reveal in His strength!

Power Drink! (Mix all until smooth)
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More tomorrow! Be blessed!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Three days and counting!

 "...because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world" 1 John 4:4


First I'm sorry I missed yesterday, it is the flu season and it seems I am not immune. That said...
I am determined not be distracted.  It is time to start preparing your refrigerator and cabinets and below are some of the recipes I have found that sound interesting and I am excited to make them apart of our fast!
 
Breakfast - Snack recipe!

Granola
1 cup crushed almonds
1 cup oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:
*Mix all together and spread out on a non-stick cookie sheet.
*Bake 20 minutes in a 250-degree preheated oven.
*Stir and continue to bake another 20 minutes, stirring periodically to prevent burning. The granola should be lightly browned. The honey will be runny til cooled so don't let that put you off!
*Remove from oven and serve warm or cool thoroughly and store in tightly sealed container or plastic bags.

Option: After the granola is cooled, add raisins or other organic, unsulphured dehydrated fruit.

For breakfast...since oats is an acceptable food we plan to prepare rolled oats with water (instead of milk), honey, and the granola!
For snack...we will eat it freely.Organic Granola Cereal
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Since we love salad and want to incorporate more vegetables and fruit in to our daily foods...
Lunch recipes!

Salad
Romaine
Red Leaf
Green Leaf
Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
Cucumbers (sliced)
Radishes (sliced)
Dried Cranberry's
Fresh Orange (sliced)
Sunflower Seeds

Dressing
3/4 cup olive oil.
1/2 cup white wine vinegar.
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice.
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice.
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

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Dinner!

Vegetable Soup
1 - 16 oz bag dried Navy Beans (soaked over night)
6 Cups Vegetable Stock
1 Bay Leaf
1 Medium Onion (chopped)
2 Stalks Celery (chopped)
1 Large Carrot (chopped)
1 large Tomatoes (half to roast then dice)
1 Clove of Garlic


Directions
*Rinse soaked beans with cold water add to your stock. Add bay leaf and whole garlic clove (both to be removed after cooking). Cook until beans are tender.
*Roasting your veggies will enhance the flavor since salt is not acceptable. Roasting is simple and well worth the effort. To a sheet pan place halved onion, chopped celery, carrots. Drizzle (sparingly) with olive oil, and mix to coat then place them in a preheated 470 degree oven for approx 30 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to 400 and cut tomato in half, place cut side up, drizzle with olive oil and roast about 20 minutes. When tomato has cooled give it a good dice.
*After beans are done add all of your roasted vegetable. Stir and warm through. Yum!

More recipes to follow! Have a good evening!




Thursday, December 28, 2017

"Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary"


If you have never fasted before and are wondering what all the talk is about I have listed some of those benefits below. Even though the Daniel Fast is a Biblical fast with an emphasis on a closer walk with God there are a number of benefits I like to call "byproducts" and they can include:

Fasting brings you closer to God
Fasting makes you more sensitive to God’s voice
Fasting helps break bad habits or even addictions
Fasting shows us our weakness and allows us to rely on God’s strength
Fasting can benefit us both mentally and emotionally
Fasting relieves anxiety and nervousness
Fasting can increase peace and shalom
Fasting clears your mind of negative thoughts and feelings
Fasting can help heal relationships in your life that have been stressful
Fasting helps increase your ability to trust God
Fasting clears out toxins that can make you feel sluggish or depressed
Fasting helps break addictions to sugar
Fasting supports the body’s detoxification
Fasting promotes healthy weight loss
Fasting promoted healthy energy levels
Fasting improves skin health
Fasting promotes healthy digestion and elimination

The Daniel Fast a one of fruits, vegetables, and water

Vegetables:
consume in moderation 1–3 servings daily.  May be fresh or frozen and cooked but not canned
Fruits:
consume in moderation 1–3 servings daily.May be Fresh or frozen and cooked but not canned
Ideally low glycemic index fruits like stone fruits, apples, berries, cherries and citrus fruits
May be dried but should not contains sulfites, added oils or sweeteners.
Legumes/Beans:

Dried, cooked in water or canned with no salt or additives.

Nuts & Seeds:
Raw, sprouted or dry roasted with no salt added
Whole Grains:
Brown rice, oats quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, barley cooked in water. 
 

Since this is a Fast intended to be in accordance with scripture and to honor God it’s important that you avoid  ALL other foods include salt, sweeteners, breads, pasta, energy drinks, dairy products, all candy, coffee, meat and oils.
 
Begin to prepare your grocery list now. If you have recipe ideas feel free to post them in the comments or on the Facebook page. We are traveling today so later today and/or tomorrow I will post a recipe or two.