Today we are writing about something that is happening in our lives that to us, is both unique and special. No, its not about the adoption of our boys, although that certainly qualifies as unique and special to us. This is a very unique experience in which Karen, Julie, (our 22 yr old) Jeffrey (our 10 year old) and I have been participating for the last 10 days. Its called a Daniel Fast. Fasting is not new to us we have long used the practice of fasting to discern the times and seasons, as well as, provide valuable direction for living. Its something Karen and I do when we need to calm our mind, emotions, body and spirit down when things in life are whirling too fast. However, Fasting as a family and the Daniel Fast in particular is new to us.
Daniel, as you know, fasted all pleasurable foods and ate basically fruits and veggies or anything coming from a seed for 21 days. The results were extremely powerful for Daniel and actually changed the course of a nation. We weren't necessarily trying to change a nation, but we did feel some struggles needing a little extra to resolve. So beginning April 19th, we began this journey. Eating only fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and drinking water. Basically, fasting meats and sweets. What a journey it has been.
We are now on Day 11 of our Daniel Fast. It has been a huge blessing for us. We feel better physically, mentally and spiritually. There have been times when we wanted to take the easy way out and just order pizza, but Karen has diligently prepared foods each day that were consistent with our fast. There is an excitement about what we're doing and more importantly, what God is doing in our lives that permeates our home. We can sense that something special is happening and we look forward to completing the next 10 days strong, as our physical health is strengthened, our mental functions made sharper, and our spirits being fine tuned to Heaven's frequency!