I slept great through the night and woke up this morning at a weight of 204.2, this is a 12 pound weight loss already. (and it feels good) I am not doing this fast for weight loss but it is sure a great side benefit and a good way to restore my health to a better running weight. My best running weight was when I was between 173 and 185. It is amazing how much easier it is to run 40 pounds lighter.
I got up early to travel to White Pine Tennessee for a Ministry Team Meeting and was there most of the day. During lunch I took my mile walk and prayed for the Hispanic ministries of Holston Conference. Several years ago something happened where I could smell anointing oil and it represented to me The Holy Spirit. It is a long story that I will share sometime. Through the past several years there have been times when I will out of nowhere smell the oil and I smelled it today while I was sitting in the meeting. It is amazing.
There is no denying when people in the Bible fasted and prayed that God responded and I believe this is still true today. If I didn’t believe this I would not be on a 40 day fast. I said after my first 40 day fast in 2009 I said I would never do it again unless I felt called. I’m not going to kid you, this is difficult. I’m also wise enough to know that it is most difficult because of the habits we have been raised in. We are taught to eat 3 times a day with snacks, we plan meetings around food, and we constantly have something to munch on just to stave off boredom.
I feel absolutely great, my body tells me this is good for me. The weight loss feels great and the overall feeling of health is awesome. I am more easily tired, I feel a great need to take a nap in the afternoon but that hasn’t happened yet. I have read a lot on the topic of fasting through the years and I learn something new every time. I have read several times on this fast that it is good to walk and I never knew that, even-though I did a little of that on the last 40 day fast. (but no running)
God is speaking through scripture, today I read the Didache, which is something I have wanted to read for a long time and it is very short. It is called the teaching of the Twelve Apostles. In their teaching it was said to “Fast for those who persecute you.” I also finished reading “Embraced by the Spirit” by Chuck Swindoll and wow, what a great read. I believe that fasting is a step in the right direction of living Spirit Filled.
There is a thick coating on my tongue which is normal at this point, there are lots of toxins that are working their way out of the body. Other than this and the exhaustion I am feeling from the long drive today, everything is normal.