Hello Loves! It’s day 20 of My 40 Day Sugar Fast and I am still going strong. When I started this fast I had planned to share daily, but I realized that daily sharing wasn’t realistic. This Bible study has opened my eyes to many things, and I’ve learned so much about myself.
During the past few weeks, I’ve learned so much about myself. One of the things I realized that not proud to say is that I lost sight of why I was keeping my journals. I started journaling long ago before starting my walk with the Lord, but when I started my walk they were being created to document my journey. Over the past few months, I found myself drooling over pretty journals of others, and shopping so I could create them too. I lost sight of my own journals and the journey they represented.
It wasn’t by my own doing did I come to this realization either. One afternoon as I was starring at the new stuff I bought, I glanced up to see one of my already in progress journals. Something made me pick it up. As I turned the pages I saw so much prettiness, love, and many thoughts about my walk with God. This overwhelming happy and sad feeling filled me. That’s when I realized I didn’t need any ‘more’ pretty things – journals, etc. I had pretty ones that were calling my attention right in front of me.
Fasting is about giving up ‘anything’ that keeps you away from giving your attention to God. If I am giving all my love and attention to creating a pretty planner, then not have time to create with my Lord and Savior then I am in the wrong. I am choosing the pretty planner over Him, not cool. My creative passion went from creating in His glory to creating because I liked what someone else had. I found myself loving worldly things over my God.
Day 20 of My 40 Day Sugar Fast – Final Thoughts
1 John 2:15-17 says: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Somewhere along my journey, I got sidetracked, although I was still walking with God I wasn’t giving Him my full attention. I found myself lusting after worldly things that could never fill me with satisfaction as He can. This 40 Day Sugar Fast made me realize that not only did I have an addiction to sugar, but I was also giving my love to worldly things.
I didn’t mention it above but I came to the realization that I was giving attention to worldly things, a day before the Bible study mentioned it. Now if that isn’t God speaking loud and clear to me, then I don’t know what is. And there’s the other thing that I’ve begged for throughout my journey, to be able to discern God’s voice, to hear Him telling me what He wanted me to do. I heard Him loud and clear for the first time the other day.
Fasting is an important part of a Faith walk, I’ve learned this – this time around. This is the first time I’ve been able to continue a fast for longer than a few days, and my gratitude goes to God for giving me the strength, courage, understanding of its importance.
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