Our Daniel/Media Fast Journey

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Days leading up to our fast: Research, deciding length of our fast, mind and body preparation, communication with those partaking in the fast (parents and 3 oldest children), choosing to add a partial media fast, too (1 hour/day), menu planning, grocery shopping, and much prayer.
Day One:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with applesauce, cinnamon, and vanilla
Lunch: Beans and rice
Supper:  Stuffed peppers (thanks to a very dear friend) and salad and veggies with a homemade olive oil dressing
Snacks:  Cashews
Drinks:  Water
Side effects felt by most: Headache (I got mine around 4pm and it lasted until the next evening.  I think it was a combination of the change in foods and the weather getting ready to change – I normally get headaches during weather changes anyway.)

Day Two: 
Breakfast: Oatmeal with applesauce
Lunch:  Beans and salad
Supper:  Casserole – Corn tortillas, beans, homemade pico, a very small portion of topping made from soy milk (trying to resemble cheese, but I didn't have enough cornstarch to make much)
Snacks: Cashews
Drinks: Water
Side effects felt by most: Headache and some fatigue

Day Three:
Breakfast: Juice
Lunch:  Salad
Supper:  Veggie soup and corn tortillas
Snacks:  Almonds
Drinks:  Water and very little juice
Side effects felt by most:  Not many.  Had a great day!  The Lord answered some prayers almost immediately after we prayed for them.  He also blessed me with some inspiration that I have not felt for a very long time.  Hopefully I can share it with you all soon.

The evening got rough and one of us wanted to throw in the towel, but with much prayer has decided to go on the whole 10 days.

Day Four:
Breakfast: Juice (for me) Corn tortillas for kids :/ (their choice)
Lunch:  Refried beans, homemade pico, brown rice on whole wheat tortillas
Supper: Grilled veggie shish kabobs – squash, zucchini, potatoes, bell pepper, radishes, onions, etc. and whole wheat noodles and tomatoes with italian seasonings
Snacks:  Almonds
Drinks: Water
Side effects felt by most:  Still some headaches off and on, some fatigue, and upset stomach with two of us.  I was only able to eat a few bites of supper.

I didn’t want to bore you with needless details, but a lot is going into play this week.  Not only are we doing a partial Daniel Fast (10 days) as a family, we added a Partial Media Fast.  The whole family (including “youngers”) are partaking in this.  If it is considered candy for the brain, we may have one hour of it a day. Therefore, Face Book, Netflix, For Journey’s Sake, Reading on Kindle, Video Games, DS Games, etc. are considered “candy for the brain”.

Also, we started back to home school and a stricter schedule this week.  Earlier bed times, earlier wake up times, definite chore time, etc.  We have done fairly well on the home school goals and okay on the schedule.  There is always room for improvement. :)

I know some of you who are familiar with the Daniel Fast are concerned that we are only going 10 days instead of the traditional 21 days.  

In Daniel 1:12-15 it says, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.  Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”  So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.  At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 

I understand one can look at this differently, but the decision we made for our family was to participate in the Daniel Fast according to www.daniel-fast.com to the best of our ability for 10 days.

Daniel 10:2-3 says, At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks.  I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.  

This is where it is decided to eat no breads or use any sweeteners.  There is a food guidelines list here.

It looks like Daniel did not take a bath, put on cologne, or wear deodorant either, but …pretty sure we aren't taking it that far!

I’d like to log more of this journey the Lord is taking us on.  You may read Part Two here.  If you have any tips, suggestions, or menu ideas, I would love to read your comments!

Blessings on your journey today,
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Jills Home Remedies said...

It's ironic that you write about this now - I was just reading about this yesterday! I'll be keeping up with your journey! :)

Niki French said...

Thanks, Jill! I wanted to keep a log, but still be discreet about it since typically one doesn't broadcast that they are fasting. So I decided to only blog every few days and not share it with face book, etc. We are seeing God do some amazing things!