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Fast Lessons
4/11/2015 7:37:50 PM by: Susan Lyttek

No, this post isn’t about what to learn quickly.

In the ten days just before Easter, our pastor asked us to fast and pray.

I’ve gone on various fasts before, some for spiritual reasons and some for physical. Since the Daniel Fast had no real restrictions on when or how often you ate, just what you could and could not consume, I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal. I did plan for some things ahead of time to help me adapt easier. For instance, it said no caffeine, so I began to wean myself off coffee and tea a week prior to avoid the headaches. Fortunately, that did help and I didn’t have to deal with that complication to the process.

But I had no clue how much I would miss the taste of coffee. And tea. More than any food, that’s what I looked forward to.

Oddly enough, the focus during the time wasn’t the food so much. I bought a lot of foods to eat during those ten days that are still in their wrappers. (I did consume a lot of raw nuts and dried fruit.) Instead, the time seemed about purging and nurturing.

So other than all the questions of what to eat and what not to eat, what did I learn from this particular type of fasting.

  1. Eating only clean foods makes your mind feel better. I wrote most of eleven poems for a project during this time because I had clarity. Since they focused on Bible verses, the spiritual aspect of the fast affected them favorably, too.
  2. I sleep a lot more without caffeine in my system. No brainer, right?
  3. Hunger is not a bad thing in moderation. Waiting for food past when I would normally eat actually felt freeing. My stomach and taste buds did not control every waking moment.
  4. Fresh, stove-top popcorn tastes 1000% better than any microwaved package. And the time it takes to cook means you have to really know you want it!
  5. A lot of busy things lost importance. My e-mail piled up because it just didn’t matter as much.
  6. Praying to live a contagious life changed me more than I thought it would. I found myself talking about what I loved about church, Easter and the Lord with more people—even total strangers. As a total introvert, that amazed me.

Would I do it again?

Yes. Because what is gained in prayer is a lot more than what is given up.

But I’ll still miss the taste of coffee!

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