Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Days in 7

After Friday I felt like a new person, God had spoken to my soul in ways that I had not felt in a long time. I decided to end the fast the next day. I felt that if I continued it would be legalistically-- I would just be doing it because it's "supposed" to be 10 days long. I was at peace... my heart was fixed and I finally understood again.

L E A R N I N G    P R O C E S S:

  1. Total dependance on God because I am weak and powerless
  2. God loves me unconditionally
  3. God is more powerful than any evil force
  4. God has graciously given me a community
  5. Christ is continuously giving me gracious gifts even when I neglect him

H E L P F U L   P O I N T S:

I encourage anyone who is feeling mediocre about life to take part in the Daniel Fast. God hears you crying out and he is so merciful to answer your prayers with his love. If you are going to fast there are some things you may want to do:
  • Put up reminders of why you are doing this everywhere-- It will get hard to not eat the chocolate BUT with a little note in your pocket it will be easy to pass up goodness for something even greater!
  • Watch your protein-- Get quinoa, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and research for other high protein foods. While you should probably be eating less calories, make sure you are getting enough during the duration of the fast since this is a longer time period. 
  • Be Alert-- Every Time you feel hungry allow it to remind you of God. Look for ways he is speaking to you. And also be aware of Satan. From my experience, Satan works "double time" to keep you away from God when you are purposefully trying to grow close to him. Also, if you are aware you will be amazed by Gods perfect timing.
  • Tell one person- Tell someone you are with often so they can keep you countable. Candy looks really good when you haven't had it in a couple days!
  • Keep a journal-- This will help you be aware. Write everything down because you will be able to connect ideas and teachings from God within the period. This will help you realize how great God is even more after everything. Also, you will be able to go back when times are rough and be encouraged by what you previously learned. 


During the fast I was amazed by how God met me and now reflecting back I am even more astonished! Here is a reflection of each day during the fast: 

S U N D A Y 

The day started  with Church and the passage was Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) 5:2-6:3. The sermon was focused on forgiving people and moving on toward growth. This passage is an example of a relationship between God and his children and I felt God was speaking to me through this-- showing me that he will love me even when I am not completely in love with him. He showed me that he uses conflict, or in my case dullness and detachment, for good-- to grow them closer to him. How am I to grow in him if I don't see my need of him?


Monday was busy! Four classes, homework galore, and an hour of volunteering later I was exhausted! I was so distracted I didn't even realize I was distracted. It was only until...

T U E S D A Y 
...morning hit that I realized how little I wondered in Christ on Monday. I felt powerless because even on this fast I couldn't reconcile with Christ. Thankfully this verse was sitting on my desk-- it reads:

" and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority," -- Colossians 2:10

God reminded me, before 7:30 am, that he is more powerful than the devil and my flesh who used good things from the day before to keep me away from my only saving hope. I was refreshed and saw that if I was doing the fast to clean myself up, I was going to fail! No, God came to clean me and hears when I wearily cry out for him.

My devotional that day again reminded me of my perfect God. It was Genesis 50 verses 18-20. God showed me that he loves me unconditionally. Look at Joseph, he was able to love his brothers who sold him! Obviously God was working through Joseph and Joseph in this instance is meant to be a picture of the Loving God. I again praised him and asked for forgiveness for thinking I was powerful enough to help myself and for rejecting his help the day before. 


I came to Exodus 1 in my devotional. God ain showed me that he is more powerful than any evil force. Exodus 1 is about the Egyptian rulers who are trying to kill the Israelite baby boys, but midwives keep saving them. Pharaoh questions them and does not punish them! And these women are then blessed with families of their own. God works in mysterious ways!


God mercifully met me during a worship service. The service was over John 6:41-66 and the speaker noted that this life is like living in a civil war-- between the not yet and the already. Not yet meaning we have not yet been made perfect and clear of sin. We have not yet gone to heaven and are living with Jesus. But the already, where we have been made children of Christ and our records have been wiped clean. God showed me that he has meant for me to live in this civil war and to keep fighting with his power. The speaker then spoke about how God has each given us a community of family and friends to help us live in this inbetween stage. And how "ironic" that this passage was about Jesus being the bread of life.

"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." -- John 6:36


This is when I started seeing the connection between events from the past couple days between what God was putting before me and my life. My roommate is literally the best. So we decided to have a bible study together and both of us were struggling with doubting Gods plans for our lives and patience when life seems mediocre. Together we read and discussed Psalm 27. I suggest reading it, it is so beautiful and has so many implications. Within the first three verses we saw that all of our worries were foolish and that we can have confidence in a God that is powerful and loving! Verses 7-9 were such a mirror of the purpose of our fast-- begging God to look at us and answer. The only thing was that going into the fast I was expecting sure answers about who I would fall in love with, what my career would be, and a guide on how to be happy. I may not have admitted this, but I really did not go into it wanting to grow in a relationship with Christ. Yet God heard my cries and had mercy. He knew that the only way for my soul to be happy was to have a relationship with him. It no longer mattered that I still did not have a boyfriend or was on the fence about my classes, all that mattered was that I had the Lord as my Savior, Friend, King, Lover, and Father. 

I saw that I am constantly going to him for his gifts and not for him and yet all I really need is him. Thankfully he gave me himself even though I was not asking. 

And as I am typing this Chris Tomlin's song "I Will Rise" is playing and oh how it matches what my soul is singing!: 

"There's a peace I've come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "It is well"

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead"
Chris Tomlin "I Will Rise"

That Daniel Fast?

I had been struggling with feeling content for sometime so I decided to be proactive about it. I knew the truths of Christ:  he came to save me of my sins and died to take my punishment. I knew that God is in control of everything and was with me during every step. But I just wasn't feeling it so me and my best friend decided to start the Daniel Fast.

"What is the Daniel Fast?" Glad you asked!
The Daniel Fast comes from Daniel chapter 1. Daniel is brought to King Nebuchadnezzar to work in his service. The king wanted him to indulge in meat, however this went against the mosaic law because it was sacrificed to gods. The guards were skeptical because they wanted Daniel and his friends to be strong for the king so Daniel asked to be tested for ten days and see which men looked better-- the ones eating meat or the him and his  friends. The conclusion of the ten days was impressive-- Daniel and his friends look better than the fatties eating meat.

The restrictions to the fast are:

  • No meat
  • No beverages (except water)
  • No added sugar
  • No preservatives
  • No dairy
  • No butter
  • No gum or Coffee :(

Freedoms are:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole Grain Rice
  • Whole Grain Rice Cakes
  • Popcorn 
  • Natural oils
  • Seasonings
  • Nuts 
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"Why the Daniel Fast?" Wow I am loving your questions! 
Being a college student I didn't think a) I would have enough time in one day to do a complete no eating fast to resolve my issues and b) it would be smart to not eat when I have classes and homework.

Here is a poster I made to put on my wall to remind me of why I am fasting!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Little Sass Sunday

{Dress: Target; Blazer: Forever 21; Heels: Target; Necklace: Walmart}

I had to wear something that matched this beautiful day so I picked out this amazing teal lace dress and added some layers with a loose black blazer. Chilly weather gave me a great excuse to wear black tights, which I have missed oh so dearly! The look is finished off with pointed red heels that bring some sass to the girly lace and a gorgeous pearl necklace topped it all off. Plus you will never guess where I got the necklace-- Wal-Mart! And for only $7 I think it beats Tiffany's Ziegfeld Pearl Tassel Necklace look alike that is nearly $1,300.

{ It got a little windy!}

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Storage, Homework Desk, Vanity

Being in a small dorm I have had to come up with creative ways to get full use of space, functionality, and aesthetics. First off was getting around not being able to put nails in the wall. This was fixed with a wonderful old barn door, an old rake head, and two vintage bicycle baskets. As you could guess, I am completely jealous if you live on an old farm. I bought everything from "junk" stores and antique shops and every piece was under $30 (with the whole project totaling around $70) Next problem was storage so I grabbed my side table, which added a chic aspect to my vintage style. And lastly was taking this space from universal to personal-- I added pictures, jewelry, and a big "J" for Jorgi or Jesus :).