And before I begin, no, I am not referring to the TV show. 🙂
Saturday morning, I woke up with a “Good Morning, Lord” and was immediately told to fast. It had not entered my mind to do it prior to this on this particular day. And in case you are wondering, it was not an audible Voice. It was the Voice of the Spirit speaking to my heart. I’m learning to listen to this Voice, even as still and small as it may be. I’m always eager to hear the Father speak to me. Whether through His Word, a song, another believer or that inner whisper that you know can only be from Him.
I have fasted a few times in the past few months but this time was different. I felt the Spirit leading me and I wanted to hear what God had to say to me. I had some issues that I had been wrestling with internally and I figured that today was as good a day as any to clear my mind and focus on Him for the day and search the Word.
Issue #1: I only lost 5 pounds last month. Yes, it was a loss but I am still struggling with it because I still have 70 more to lose, even after losing 91. That’s a lot of weight to lose. So I am wondering: What did I do wrong? What do I need to change? What have I changed in my diet that I need to revert back to the start? Is it slowing down? Lord, please say no to that last question!
I purchased the book “Foundations for Healing” by Dr. Richard Becker. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he’s a Christian doctor (D.O.) who battled Hodgkins Lymphoma with holistic medicine and natural food and won. He now has a TV show (“Your Health” with Dr Richard Becker and Cindy Becker) and tries to help as many people as he can with healing their bodies naturally, which, takes time. I’ve learned a lot watching him but I was determined Saturday to read his book.
I learned a lot reading it. His “healing diet” is basically a “no-grain” diet. I originally started my weight loss with no grains and had gradually incorporated them back in. I’m not at my goal weight yet, so I need to go back to basics. I realized a couple of weeks back that I had stopped drinking as much water as before. Not because I didn’t want to drink it, but because I was so busy at work, I didn’t think about it. That’s not a good thing.
His book also teaches how much of the supplements to take. How much vitamin D we need for each issue in our body or the types of antioxidants to take as well. Lots of really good information.
I had no idea that Stevia had additives in it….IF you purchase the wrong one. Something always steered me away from Truvia and Purevia but I didn’t know why until I saw, within the last 3 days, several resources (Dr. Becker, Dr. Mercola and Livestrong) telling of the additives in those products that are potentially dangerous for our bodies.
So I’m going back to as much water as I can stand and eliminating the grains for a while. Those were answers to prayer.
Issue #2: I am trying to focus on getting pain-free as well from this sciatic nerve that has wreaked havoc in my life since last summer. One of Dr Becker’s shows was on therapeutic healing and forcing yourself to move, even if in pain, may be counter intuitive but it is the only way to keep your body from “locking up.”
So, I will be “moving” more and trying to strengthen parts of my body that I have lost muscle capacity due to this pain and asking for His continued help.
I did ask how long He wanted me to fast and it was only a 24 hour period but constant prayer got me through it. That is what fasting is all about, right? Clear the mind, the body and free yourself to focus on nothing but Him.
I really enjoyed my day. 🙂