Monday marks the beginning of this year’s Daniel Fast at our church.
Are you familiar with it? It’s intended to simulate a fast that Daniel did, as mentioned in Daniel, chapter 10: “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
We will be abstaining from all meats and animal products, as well as from sweeteners, baked goods, and leavened breads. Last year, my husband and I personally permitted a nominal amount of honey and pure maple syrup in our fast, but this year we will completely go without. There will be no artificial preservatives, processed foods, deep fried foods, etc. Our diet will consist mostly of fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and nuts. Our only beverage will be water.
There are many helpful, in-depth books on the Daniel Fast if you’re interested in learning more; you can find them here.
Here’s our menu for this week:
- Fresh fruits, natural peanut butter
- Creamy toasted rice porridge with coconut oil, raisins, and almonds
- Oats groats with raisins, nuts, and almond paste
- Leftovers, salad
- Veggie chili
- Southwestern black bean tacos on toasted Ezekiel wraps
- Lentil soup (without the turkey bacon or wine), whole wheat chapatis
- Roasted vegetables over short grain brown rice
- White bean soup with greens, whole wheat chapatis
Curried winter vegetables over long grain brown ric
- Fresh fruits
- Veggies and my easy garlic hummus
- Roasted sweet potato “fries”
The Daniel Fast closely resembles a whole foods cellular cleanse we do each year for health purposes, and we’ve really needed to cleanse after all the holiday treats we’ve enjoyed the last six weeks or so. As difficult as it is, I’m looking forward to this fast! We need it, both physically and spiritually!
It’s a big year, there’s much to do, and grand plans are ahead of us. Through it all, I’ll be praying for you. Some of you really struggled through the past year, and I’m believing this new year will be a year of breakthroughs in your homes, marriages, and families. I want this site to be an oasis of hope, healing, and truth for you, a place where you can find inspiration and encouragement and feel Him stir your soul and tug at your heart.
My heart’s desire is to be in tune and connected with Him throughout this year and every year He graciously gives to me.
I’m so glad you join me here, and desire to be connected with Him, too.
***You can view all of my Daniel Fast posts here.***
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