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fasting experiences

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fasting is not recommended for the purpose of losing weight, and that's not why I do it. In fact, I find that it's very difficult to do, UNLESS I'm doing it for the purpose of prayer.

For Holy Week, I fasted a different meal each day, then all day on Thursday (except for one piece of fruit, and liquids of course), and yesterday I fasted coffee! It was a great tool just remind me to pray... I so often skim through prayer items each day, without really thinking about them a whole lot. :S My fasting times empowered me to do a lot of praying, which is sure needed for our church these days, and various people from our church.

I was rather surprised at how easy it was to fast coffee yesterday! Because I normally drink about 4 or 5 cups every morning, and other years when I've fasted coffee during Holy Week, I've gotten headaches, extreme tiredness, etc. This tells me a few things:
--there must be quite enough caffeine in Green Tea, when it's left to steep for awhile;
--the headaches, etc. from other years got me to start making the coffee half & half of caffeine and decaffeinated, so it must be working!
--on the other hand, maybe it's just that God was honouring my coffee-fasting, by miraculously taking away the addictive-symptoms; in fact, it's surprising how little I even felt the hunger, for all those various meals I fasted.
--Maybe I should drink less, since I know it's possible? I mean, I barely noticed that I wasn't drinking coffee yesterday!

Speaking of what I should continue doing past Lent... there are some other things as well, from the "multitude" of Lenten disciplines I took on this year. But I think that would be better for a separate post, and a good thing to ruminate about tomorrow!

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