Menu- grapefruit w/apricot breakfast bar, cashews & raisins, quinoa salad, minestrone soup.
Yes, I decided to try a new dish and I’m so glad I did. Usually, I try something during the Daniel Fast that makes it into my normal eating habits. This salad may be the one this year.
On another note, I woke up at 3:07am to go to the job I talked about in Day 9. It was pretty hard to feel God’s glory at that hour when you have to face someone who is not exactly the most pleasant co-worker. But God has truly been dealing with me about seeing people the way he sees them. I try to put that into practice everywhere I go. Your perspective on someone changes when you begin to see them as God’s creation. You are reminded that God breathed his breath into their body to make them a living soul, just like you. It’s hard to be unkind to someone when you are conscious of God’s spirit in them.
Speaking of being conscious…
A couple years ago, I realized that when I’m fasting, I am much more conscious of things in my life that do not please God. He highlights things in my daily activities and interactions that don’t align with what he wants for my life. It could be misused time or a conversation I should have cut off. It could be something I watched or read that was unnecessary. In these moments, my spirit becomes very unsettled. I am forced to look at my actions, take note and check myself. Basically, I am presented with my shortcoming and a choice. Continue in my sin or repent. And since sin separates us from God and my deepest desire is to be close to him, I choose the latter.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,”Acts 3:19 NIV
I saw this verse and was a little blown away. The King James Version actually says those times of refreshing will “come from the presence of the Lord.” He wants us to be refreshed in his presence. Just being with him is powerful enough to wash away all the things that have bombarded us each day. His presence is loving enough to get past what we feel in the moment and lead us to a place of peace.
Yeah. I’ll take that.