Hello Loves! Welcome to Day 2 of My 40 Day Sugar Fast. I am filled with determination and know that With Him all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26. As I stated in my previous 40 day Sugar Fast articles I will be using Matthew 19:26 throughout this journey alongside the daily scripture that’s provided. Today’s theme was Return To Me.
As I mentioned early today’s theme is Return to Me, this statement comes directly from Joel 2:12 which says: Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, fasting and weeping and mourning. So far the scriptures being used for this study are spot on. I’m fasting from sugar and feasting on God instead but there’s always more.
For me, this is what I believe God is teaching me. I didn’t wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll eat sugar all day” it was a process, that led me away from God. Now that I’ve admitted to my sugar addiction it’s time to return to Him. I know that God loves me with ever-lasting love, but He’s still expecting me to realize my wrong, and return to Him with my whole heart. He expects me to come back to Him through fasting, weeping, and mourning.
But why fasting, weeping, and mourning? Fasting is a spiritual link to Him, fasting is intentionally giving up worldly things to be filled spiritually. Basically, it’s a No to me and a Yes to God. Weeping means to cry and when we cry it reflects our brokenness. Our brokenness shows we need God and only He can fix it. Mourning means to be sad, no God doesn’t want us to live in sadness. But He does want us to feel the sadness of being so far from Him. The sadness we brought onto ourselves when we wandered away from Him.
Day 2 of My 40 Day Sugar Fast
other points from today
Wendy (she’s the author of this study) I will refer to her a lot throughout the next 40 days. Always shares a little story to help us get the point she’s trying to help us see. Today she walked down memory lane to when her sugar addiction might have started. This was great and helpful for me. I did this as well and wrote it all in my journal.
If you haven’t pinpointed when your addiction started please do. For me, I realized that it wasn’t early childhood (I had always for some reason believed that it was) it was actually my teens years. It was also when I started stress eating as well as it was when I was going through a lot of stuff.
Wendy also mentioned that she expected joy to fill her as soon as she started fasting. This is what most of us probably expect, but being honest I didn’t – I don’t expect God to just give me my big and bold this soon. One thing that I’ve learned over the few years I’ve grown in my faith is, God loves me but He’s all about me seeing my wrongs. I’ve learned probably the hard way (that’s the way I do everything) but God won’t just hand me a chocolate cake with chocolate icing if it doesn’t somehow glorify Him.
I am the one that wandered toward cake and cookies, God was always there. The free will He gave us all is why we wander. It’s all on me and it’s up to me to start the process of fixing it. How? Well, Return to Him, through fasting, weeping, mourning, and prayers lots of prayers. Once I’ve returned to Him, He’ll start doing His thing, in His time. So we can’t expect God to just “fix it” it takes our participation.
Day 2 of My 40 Day Sugar Fast
Sugar withdrawals and Final thoughts
Just like with anything you are trying to quit, there will be some withdrawals. Some of the things you might feel from a sugar withdrawal are headaches, grumpiness, sadness, straight-up madness. But remember the closer you grow to God, the less you’ll feel those things.
Final Thoughts for Day 2 of My 40 Day Sugar Fast – I am blunt and real when it comes to most things. But I am not rude or nasty when I try to get my point across. The same goes for God, He loves us and wants to give us our heart’s desire. But, what we need to remember is that He won’t just hand over whatever we want when we want it. Nor will He give us something that doesn’t align with His plans. Then there’s the fact that if it’s not Glorifying His name, guess what you better fix it so it does.
Our God is an awesome loving, faithful God. But when we do wrong, we need to see our wrong, fix our wrong, seek Him with our whole hearts, admitting our wrong, fast, weep, and mourn the sadness we brought on ourselves for the wrong we did. And then Let it Go. As we do He’ll do what He will fill us with Him.
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Please note that I am not a Bible scholar. Everything you read here on my blog, are bits of what I feel or take away from a Bible Study. To help me better understand and know if what I am thinking aligns with the Bible, I take time to look things up. Ex: weeping I immediately thought of crying, but I questioned if that’s what it meant in the Bible. So I looked it up. I am a work in progress and I’ve asked God to guide me when I am sharing my thoughts.