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Saturday, July 17, 2010

So here's a question. Last week, my pastor spoke about the discipline of fasting as a way to get insight into a particular issue into your life--a day of prayer, bible reading, meditation, and of course, not eating. It sounds like a good idea for me right now; for one, I have a personal issue I need to gain some insight on, and two, my daughter will be away at camp for part of the week, so I actually have the time and space to focus on my own stuff.

But I'm a little worried because of my weight loss journey. I've been going up and down with some binging and emotional eating, having about five days per week on track and a couple of days of overeating and feeling bad about it.

Maybe fasting would be a good discipline, but maybe I would get so hungry that it would send me into an eating frenzy (this has happened before with overly strict diets).

Opinions on fasting, anyone?
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    If you want to do a fast but are having emotional issues in regards to food, perhaps a day or two juice fasting might be a compromise for you! You would need to buy a juicer and a lot of fruits and veggies...but it is yummy!
    2894 days ago
    I personally have fasted for answers during great emotional upheaval. But I felt this was God's plan for me at the time. In your situation, I think I wouldn't because of the need to stabilize your own nutrition and health. I would never fast because someone asked me to, not even my pastor. But if I feel deep, deep commitment to the issue (or loved one!), then I may. My best hunch is that you will have many "opportunities" (times of need) later on down the road when you'll feel led to fast and it will come easily because you won't want to eat. You'll just want to pray, read the Word, seek the Lord, while meeting the basic needs of your family. You are blessed though, to have a pastor who teaches fasting. It's certainly scriptural!
    2897 days ago
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