Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Day 2: Daniel Fast

Scripture Reading
You Shall have no other gods before me.
(Exodus 20:3)
Verses for additional study:
Genesis 22:1-18
Exodus 20:4
Psalm 24:3-5
Isaiah 42:8

One day down, twenty to go! The first day of fruits and vegetables was easier than I thought it would be. Maybe it was easy because I was very busy most of the day and had a women's bible study in the evening. I had grapes, a banana, and water for breakfast. I packed a celery snack bag for the hours I was gone during the day and had a fresh salad and hummus for dinner. I mentioned earlier that I got some vegan cookbooks from the library ... they are great! I got The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. It's a great book that really makes me want to continue a vegan diet forever. We'll see how it goes. I still have not grocery shopped for the recipes I want to prepare. I will today and hope to make this soup for dinner tonight.

Black-Eyed Peas and Potato Soup

1 tablespoon EVOO
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water or Vegetable Broth
1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
2 cups cubed russet potatoes, peeled
2 tablespoons dried chives
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery, Cook until vegetables are softened. Stir in garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly so garlic doesn't burn. Add water or broth, black-eyed peas, potatoes, parsley, chives, salt, cayenne pepper, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes:
Instead of black-eyed peas use great northern beans, cannellini beans, or navy beans

I feel more drawn to spend time with God right now. I think I've prepared my heart for this time and have looked forward to it. I made a list of things to be in prayer over and I also asked my mentor to pray with me and for me during the Daniel fast. I Also asked her for things she thought I could be in prayer about.

In the book that I mentioned yesterday, The Ultimate Guide to The Daniel Fast, Kristen Feola (author) reminds us that during the fast there are some things we need to keep in mind:

Focus on the Lord, and make him your top priority over the next three weeks. You may feel tempted to cheat, compromise, or even quit along the way, but don't. God will give you the self-control and perseverance you need to complete your fast. Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Get alone with God every day. Read his Word and pray. This is a must. You cannot neglect time with the Lord and expect your fast to be effective.

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