Tag Archives: Fasting

Freedom in Fasting

A fast that God approves

Many churches and individuals begin the New Year with a 21-day Daniel Fast. My church has done it for the past several years and I have participated in many of them. Last year I did not because I dreaded facing weeks of preparation reading labels, spending extra money on appropriate food items, looking for recipes that were Daniel-fast approved, etc. etc. etc.

(In 2016 I wrote a post about why this approach to fasting was troubling to me—see the link below to read that post). Continue reading

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The Daniel Fast–Are we really denying ourselves?

A fast that God approves

A fast that God approves

In January 2016,  many individuals, as well as churches, enter into the popular 21-day Daniel Fast to begin a new year. While fasting is a great way to begin the year, I want to examine our motives for selecting the Daniel Fast.

A couple of years ago I joined in our church-wide 21-day Daniel Fast. When I looked online I was surprised to see many Daniel Fast Cookbooks (some even offered approved “dessert” recipes.)  I ordered a cookbook and began to prepare for the fast by selecting recipes I would use.  Then I began shopping, prepared to read every single food label on the ingredient list to make sure I didn’t transgress the “no additives” rule of fasting. In the end, I  spent way too much time and money at a health food supermarket. Continue reading