Good Morning! Tomorrow we Rise and Shine to begin our 30 day Fast! I for one am very excited. Each time I have done a fast, I think I think I want to do this all the time. I feel so revived, loved, more aware of Life, just to name a few things. But, of course that doesn’t happen. However, most of the practices of the fast should be Key components of our daily Lifestyle: Prayer, quality set aside time with God, limited media in our day, time out in the fresh air/in the nature of God’s creation, time with family and friends sharing Love and fun things in Life, Praise/worship music, and healthy good nourishment put in our bodies. I forgot to mention yesterday, Whether you pray, standing, sitting, or prostrating in prayer is your choice. Did you know many faiths prostrate in Prayer such as: Oriental Orthodox, Syrian Christians, Orthodox Jews and more. Jesus taught/demonstrated this method of prayer in Matthew 26:39, in Matthew 26:39 and Mark 14:35, we are told Jesus fell with his head (face) toward the ground and he prayed. Today Jews bow 5 times during prayer (3 times a day). The form of the bow among the vast majority of observant Jews today is not a full bow down onto the ground. It appears that by the medieval era the practice of full bowing began to fall into disuse. The reason why is difficult to ascertain. This site explains benefits of prayer including bowing and prostrating in prayer. https://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/seeking-god-in-prayer/. And did you know Science has proven prostrating in prayer has health benefits both mentally and physically? When a person stands and prostrates several times during prayer his whole body is in an active motion. In this position, the person who offers prayer, is submitting in prayer as he/she rests their forehead on the ground while the hands are placed at the sides. This brings most of the body muscles, if not all, in active motion and gives them some exercise.
Now moving on to the Liquid diet portion of tomorrow’s kick off. There are so many websites and demonstrations on You Tube, Pinterest of liquid Fasts/diets I suggest you take some time tonight to find some of your favs and save them for this next week. Not to mention you could have a V-8. They have both veggie and fruit type drinks. Careful not to do only these they do add more sugar and such in these pre made drinks. Yet, there are some healthy pre made purchases you can make. I love the Rock Church 21 day fasting site: https://www.sdrock.com/stories/liquidfast/. It has juice recipes & smoothies in case you don’t have a juicer. In Our fast it is any form of healthy liquid including chicken broth, Veggie green drinks, and infused water done with fruits. https://www.culinaryhill.com/8-infused-water-recipes/. The infused site has smoothie recipes as well. If you are doing smoothies limit those to Two a day and the remainder of the day stick to water, juice, more Liquid type drinks. Remember I told you I am Not cutting off the coffee drinkers. Smile Just reduce it to ONE teacup size a day or you can try my daughter’s fav smoothie: Banana, almond butter, coffee, milk, dates, and carob powder blended. I personally drink chicory coffee and the chicory has many health benefits. Coffee itself has gotten a bad rap, there are health benefits to coffee but, that’s another post. LOL
I sign off reminding you: We are limited to One hour of Media- negative programming. We are taking the Garbage in Garbage out quick method. Which means before & after that One hour be sure to watch, listen, or read something uplifting, loving, healthy, and/or Faith based. Here are some recommendations: 1. Goggle the power of Positive programming, many interesting sites. 2. Meditations https://www.healthline.com/health/meditation-mindfulness-best-videos-of-the-year#1 3. my fav music in English/Hebrew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6eayAxzYDo&list=RDS6eayAxzYDo&start_radio=1 And of course you can search Netflix, Hulu, PBS, and You Tube and find lots of other great programs, Like Gardening or Home design programs. Just not chaos, backbiting, killing, depression, and disease! Enough! We need to get back to the LOVE of God and the balanced Order in Life His Way guides us to Live. This is the Way, the Cure to Healthy living emotionally and physically. The only way we can fulfill as the Lord’s Prayer says, Earth as it is in Heaven, which was God’s plan at Creation. We DO have all the resources both within and without if we STOP abusing and misusing all of it.
During our Fast and I pray for all our days after we listen to some words from my little book Jesus Calling: “Listen to me continually, I have much to communicate to you. In this I am training you to set your mind on ME more and more, tuning out distractions through the help of my spirit. Let ME control your Mind. The mind is the most restless, unruly part of mankind. Man is the pinnacle of My creation, and the human mind is wondrously complex. I granted you freedom to think for yourself, this is a godlike privilege, forever setting you apart from animals and robots. I made You in My image, use this time to Seek Me, be transformed, and restored to who I created You to BE.”
The Lord is great and greatly to be Praised. Have a Blessed Day!