Day 19 and I am amazed at how well I am doing. It seems that my attitude is making all the difference this time. The first time I did a 40 day fast I was a little freaked out about all the changes taking place and all the concerns of how I would make it. This time I know that I won’t die from an extended fast and I also know that God has called me to do this. I haven’t had any earth shattering experiences but God is speaking.
I am down 27 pounds which is a faster weight loss than the first time, this is likely due to the fact that I am walking almost every day. I walked 2 miles today for a total of 20 miles for 19 days. I feel great. I admit that I get pretty tired and ready for bed earlier than normal. I could actually go to be easily at 8pm every evening but that just doesn’t happen when the kids are not on a schedule.
A couple of days ago I remembered that someone had suggested years ago when I was fasting to take a spoonful of honey and I tried it, it was amazing the energy it gave me to get through the rest of the afternoon. I am now taking a spoonful every day and feeling even better. Amazing what a spoonful of honey can do. I have heard it said that honey is one of God’s miracle foods and I believe it.
It dawned on yesterday as I was working with one of our college students on some scripture references that a fast is a way of saying, “Here I am God, I’m Listening.” I am listening and I am more attuned to what the Spirit is saying these days. The Bible teaches us over and over that if we want our voice to be heard on high, we need to combine fasting with prayer. I am not saying that God doesn’t hear our prayers without fasting, but I am saying that when we get desperate enough we will resort to desperate measures.
I want to hear from God.