Bible Study, Blog, Daily Devotional

An Acquired Taste – Pt. 2

Good morning, peeps!

Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday.  I ended the blog talking about the Daniel Fast and all of the things one cannot eat while on it.  Allow me to refresh your memory:

  • Iodized salt
  • Sweeteners
  • Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Breads, pasta, flour, crackers (unless made from sprouted ancient grains)
  • Cookies and other baked goods
  • Oils
  • Juices
  • Coffee
  • Energy drinks
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Candy

Like I said before: joy.  You are not to consume joy during this fast.   Salt.  Dairy.  Coffee.  Cookies.  Things that once had a pulse.  Oh, but you can eat pulse. Mmmhmm.   So, basically, whomever came up with this doesn’t like me.   Why dontcha just string “do not enter” tape across the doorway of my kitchen?!  All of my favorites are on that list.  I personally think that gum and mints should get a pass because those are essential…for eh-ver-ree-body.  Let me count the items.  There are 1, 2, 3…13.  Thirteen things on this list that I cannot eat if I want to do the Daniel Fast.   It may not seem like a lot, but it is to me…because they are my favorites.


By the way, I don’t know if I can do a scheduled bible study / devotional series thing.  I’ll just talk to y’all every day and you can call that day’s blog whatever you want: a bible study or a devotional.  It doesn’t matter to me.  You all will get it as it comes.  We good?  Good.


As I sulked over the intentional, unprovoked, and vicious attack on the things I love, nothing inside of me thought, “Well, what do you get to eat?”  Nope.  All I saw was the food that was being taken away from me. And let me make something clear while I’m fussing: God is not telling me to do this fast.  Uhn-uh.  He is probably looking at me and wondering, “What is this girl’s problem??  She’s getting all upset like I’ve actually told her to do this.”  I really am perturbed.  Somewhere in my holiest of holys – my pride – I am offended.  Why can’t we boycott sauerkraut? Huh??  So, here is the list of common foods you can consume while on this fast:

Vegetables (preferably organic and fresh or frozen)

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Yams
  • Zucchini

Fruits (preferably organic and fresh or frozen)

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Coconuts
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon

Legumes (preferably organic)

  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Mung beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Split peas

Nuts & Seeds (preferably organic, raw, unsalted and soaked/sprouted)

Whole Grains (preferable organic)

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Oats (groats soaked)

Liquids

That list is like a Dead Sea scroll, isn’t it? I’m not even going to bother counting those items.  And the site I went to listed the benefits of fasting as well (this is straight copy/paste, by the way):

Spiritual Benefits of Fasting

Spiritual benefits are a top reason for fasting and may 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

Mental & Emotional Benefits of Fasting

Fasting benefits are different from person to person, but the following have been known to occur: 

  • 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 decreases brain fog
  • Fasting helps increase your ability to trust God
  • Fasting clears out toxins that can make you feel sluggish or depressed

Physical Benefits of Fasting

Some benefits to the physical body have been known to include: (9)

  • 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
  • Fasting supports healthy inflammation response and promotes joint comfort
  • Fasting promotes healthy hormonal balance

As soon as I reached to turn off my alarm clock (aka, my raggedy phone) this morning, God spoke to me, “You are so focused on the little bit you can’t have that you don’t even see the abundance you still have or what you’ve gained.”

OH.  MY.  GOSH.

DO I REALLY NEED TO SAY MORE??

Y’all.  Just so you know, there was a 2-minute pause between that last sentence and this one because I am still over here like, wow.  Oh my goodness.  I’m sitting here stuck.  Whenever you take a stand for God, you will lose.  I can guarantee it.  There’s no maybe – you will.  And that is what keeps most people from standing.  They think about the possible loss of money, family, friends or – and this is the most common – the loss of the approval of others.  So we stay seated.  Or we only stand on one foot. That is going to be a devotional all by itself.  OR, we do take a stand…but then we mourn and pine over what we’ve lost.  That has been my state of mind for the past month.  I had not been able to shake it for nothing.  I’ve prayed and I even fasted, but nothing has helped me more than God’s words this morning.

“You are so focused on the little bit you can’t have that you don’t even see the abundance you still have or what you’ve gained.”

This is how the enemy of our souls gets us to balk at taking a stand or change our mind once we do.  He gets us to concentrate on the wrong thing.   I promise you, this little stuff we lose for the sake of the Kingdom ain’t nothing.  Oh, I feel like preaching this morning!!  Hebrews 12:2 reads, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Jesus lost his life, y’all.  I’d say that was something.  It was, but it was nothing – WHEW! – compared to what HE/we gained because of it.  For the joy….he endured…and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Loss compared to gain?  I’d say Jesus had a come-up.

Y’all just don’t know!!  This monkey of shame and regret has been riding my back for a month now.  I took a stand.  It was a stand I hesitated to take.  It was a stand I had to take.  For myself and for the Kingdom.  And God’s words to me this morning have just sent that monkey running back to the zoo of hell that it came from.  I could run through this house right now!  Let me encourage you this morning, peeps: stand.  If God is telling you to take a stand, STAND.  It may be for the Kingdom and then again, it may just be for you.  He does want you to stand up for yourself, you know.  Be real with yourself before you do and admit that, yes, you will lose something, but it will be nothing – and I mean nothing – compared to what you gain.  Or the abundance you have left.  Stand strong and be encouraged.  Find friends that encourage you.  And if it’s a stance you had to take by yourself, look to Scripture.  Flood your mind with verses that fortify your decision to stand.  I know God telling you to do something is actually enough, but sometimes you need to see a couple of Post-It notes stuck to your walls with verses on them.  Even if you have to edit Hebrew 12:2 and put your situation/name in it to encourage yourself, do it.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of MY faith, I, for the joy that was set before ME endured _____________, despising the shame (because I am NOT ashamed of the stand I took), WILL stand before the right hand of the throne of God…and I will hear ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant’.” – De-brew 1:1

–d.

 

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