Day 224: Give God A Chance

Day 21 of my hard-core Daniel Fast! Last day!

So, I think the no food after 7pm… “initiative” is one of my new favorite things. It’s almost like a daily fast in a way!

At first I was a little reluctant to do it because I have really learned the importance of eating when I’m hungry, and agreeing to not-eat after 7pm might keep me from eating when I’m hungry. But, like I said on day 219, there is rarely any purposeful eating after 7pm so I thought I might give it a try. I’m now way more game to try something new that involves restrictions because I have found that in restrictions, there is (ironically)… freedom.

And well, that is exactly what I have found in the no-eating after 7pm rule. I don’t have to fight those urges every night. I don’t have to wonder how much I should eat. I don’t have to rely upon food to help me deal with an emotional eating situation. or to keep me from being bored. or to comfort me in my exhaustion.

By “fasting” after 7pm, I am allowing myself the opportunity and God the chance, to retrain my mind. Cause really, if I ate the right amount at dinner, then I haven’t been hungry between the end of dinner and bedtime. I might have a bit of an emptiness or a yearning every once in a while but really there hasn’t been a day yet where I just reallllly lamented over not being able to eat.

But I think that is the key of a covenant or a fast… it gives God the opportunity to change you. to reveal things to you. to renew you. I think I’m gonna expand on that tomorrow, but… essentially, God has already shown me through the 7pm rule that I had some latent habits in there. Some “hot spots” like I wrote about the other day. And relinquishing “control” and not eating during that time allowed me to see those things.

I’m not saying that I will never eat after 7pm again, but honestly, I obviously need some retraining during that 7-10pm time frame. And well, if it takes “fasting” during that time to rid myself of some overeating and/or mindless eating then I’m okay with that.

Day Sixty-Five: Sleepy Snackies

Sooooo my youngest son (he’ll be two in about two months) is teething… again. And he is just as overdramatic as his mother, but even more so when he is teething. Needless to say, I got very little sleep last night.

And I’m not sure if this is common for others or not, but I get soooooooo snackie when I’m tired. And like I have said before, snacking is not “evil”, but I do think that eating when I’m not hungry isn’t part of God’s design for my body.

Well, actually, maybe it is… because what does my body do when I eat when my body doesn’t need food? It stores it… as fat. It’s kind of brilliant actually. If I’m not going to be able to eat for a long time then I might need to eat to store up for the winter (this is just an example by the way… I don’t live in an environment where I might need to do this). And God designed our bodies to be able to survive like this.

But eating when I’m not hungry and when there is an over abundance of food for today, tomorrow, and the foreseeable future isn’t what He designed.

But I think this response is similar to a hunger pang or craving. My body is searching for energy. Oftentimes I get my energy from food. But when I am “starved” of sleep then I “crave” energy. But what I really need is rest.

It’s just like me craving or needing sugar like from a clementine or a pineapple but eating a Snicker’s bar instead. I crave sleep but eat something instead.

So, what I would like to do is to take those three minutes or however long it would have taken me to get or prepare a snack and spend it resting my mind. Like most people, I can’t stop and take a nap whenever I realize that I’m hungry, but that doesn’t mean that I need to eat either. But I can take three minutes (most of the time) to rest my mind.

And not to alienate anyone who might think this is a hippy kind of thing or of some other religion, but this is a time to meditate. To meditate on God.

Here is a verse that I found to be appropriate to the situation even though it’s not about being awake at night (but being sleepy during the day feels similar). But I like how the first verse about thinking and meditating on God leads right into thoughts about God being our helper…

I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:6-7

But honestly as I looked up verses on meditating, most of them are about meditating on the Law. Although I don’t think of this as bringing peace or energy… David mentions it multiple times. And I tend to be surprised at the way the Word works in my soul, so something to think on… maybe even meditating on the Law could be beneficial during those times.

But, hopefully, the blessing of sleep filled nights will be on all of us!