I think we can all agree there is something spectacular about a new year. It's a time for starting over; a chance to "re-do". For many, a new year translates to New Year's resolutions, whether for healthier eating habits, starting an exercise routine, or setting personal goals.
I don't personally set a list of resolutions for myself, maybe for fear of never following through them. I do however, sit down at least once a year with the Mr. and we set a list of goals for our selves, for both now and in the future. It's always encouraging to look back at the tasks we were able to cross off.
This year is a little bit different. This new year has us embarking on more of a spiritual list than anything else. While we are still making the list of things we want to accomplish we are also setting a list of spiritual goals for ourselves.
The best way we are able to accomplish this is through a fast. We're joining our church for a corporate Daniel Fast for the month of January. On Sunday our Pastor's wife was explaining the spiritual benefits to fasting and prayer. She made a comment that has stuck with me ever since. She said, "fasting together with prayer is like hitting the spiritual reset button on our lives". There's really not a better time for us to do that than right now, at the start of a new year.
If you've never read any material about the Daniel Fast, I highly recommend visiting their website to get more information. We enjoy that it's a biblical fast that allows us to eat food as God intended them. No preservatives, no added sugars, just the good stuff.
Don't get me wrong, at times it's already been difficult not having caffeine or something a little sweet after dinner, but the benefits will far outweigh any of those silly temptations anyway.
The fast requires meal planning and finding recipes that are suitable to eat. I'm going to post recipes that have worked for us as a means to journal what we've done for future fasts. I also want to be able to help others discover recipes that work while on the Daniel Fast.
Have you heard of the Daniel Fast or done it before? I'd love to hear from you!
Disclosure: the Daniel Fast has no idea who I am or that I'm writing about it.
I simply wanted to let you know what we're up to in case you'd be interested to try it for yourself.