Daniel Fast Day 17: Losing Focus?

It’s been a while since I posted on the Daniel Fast.  In the first week, enthusiasm was high, and it was easy to talk and write about the fast and to stay contemplative on its purpose.  Then, in week two, food preparation became more routine, the everyday responsibilities of life crept back in, and the spiritual focus of the fast slipped into the background.

One week into the fast, I shared an encouragement at our church leadership meeting that talked about purpose.  I said that the point of the Daniel Fast was not to become obsessed with the difficulties of preparing new kinds of food, but to slow down and begin moving with purpose.  Just as each of the foods we eat on the fast are nourishing, we can look at the rest of our lives and evaluate whether we are moving with purpose in our daily activities.

At this point in the fast, that idea is fading into the back of my mind.  Perhaps you’ve found the same thing.  Maybe the fast has melded into your routine, or maybe you’re still so confused about what to eat that you’re unable to get back to the heart of the fast.  Today, I’d like to encourage you to take some time to get back in step.  Try a fresh devotional for a few days, put on some worship music, or spend a few extra minutes in prayer or meditative worship.  Ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh focus as you finish the last leg of the fast.

Our senior pastor encouraged us at the same meeting to take a cue from the Lord’s Prayer.  When Jesus set the example, he started with a focus on God’s kingdom.
Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
    on earth as it is in heaven.”   Matthew 6:9-10
So, today, as you pause to refocus, ask God to help you to experience just a little more of His kingdom here.  Remember that you’re a part of His plan to reveal His kingdom to the world around you.  Walk in the kingdom today.


Today, I found a meditative worship video that I thought some of you might appreciate, as well.  There’s a little bit of verses and visuals for those of us who are visual learners, but it’s a complement rather than a distraction.  Here it is:


Of course, this blog wouldn’t be complete without a recipe link, so I’m going to treat you to the absolute best new recipe that our family has tried during this fast.  Enjoy!


Lentil and Carrot Soup:
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2089/spiced-carrot-and-lentil-soup

Notes:
Substitute coconut milk for the milk in this recipe.

A little curry is a great addition.

I didn’t have curry seeds or red pepper flakes, so I substituted ground curry and ground red chile pepper.  It loses a little bit of the sharpness from sauteing the seeds & flakes first, but I still got a rich flavor.

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