It’s 9:38 pm and I made it through Day 2 of this Daniel Fast. I went back to work today. I followed the pastor’s advice and proclaimed my fast so now I have approximately 41 accountability partners since all of my coworkers delight in reminding me of my journey. I’m good with it though. Surprisingly I wasn’t hungry and Praise God! my headache was gone when I awoke this morning. I’m not a big morning eater so I decided to juice the first portion of the day and eat solid the afternoon and evening. This morning I alternated between juice and water until about noon. I then ate more of the chipotle chili from last night. I finished the rest of my day with water.
Physically my throat is a little sore and I’ve been eliminating a lot but otherwise I’m in good shape. Oh, I’ve been unusually tired but I know it is from the detox effect of the fast not from lack of nourishment. Spiritually, Ive been reading the book of Daniel in the bible along with the devotionals included in Kristen Feola’s book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. It includes a daily reading with additional scriptural references. It helps me to formulate my prayers. In the meanwhile I’m wandering around my Kindle library and realize at some point in the recent past I acquired a book that serves as sort of a commentary on the life of Daniel. It is fascinating that I’d find it at this time and I’ve been filling some of my time with that. It is called The Book of Daniel (Prophecy for Today from Daniel, David, and Haggai) by Russell Stendal. Finally, at the end of each day I check the church website for the daily devotional. I’m about to do that now. I just wanted to get this down first.
I made 3 juices for tomorrow and I’ll take some more chili for lunch. After work I stopped at the local market and picked up produce for a Spinach-Zucchini casserole. I will definitely make that tomorrow with some quinoa to go on the side. As the the juice I made an all green juice with kale, romaine hearts, spinach, parsley, celery, ginger and lemon. I made an apple, beet, and carrot juice that included ginger but nothing green except one of the apples. And I made a surprisingly tasty beet-orange juice. It looks like blood but tastes like desert. I enjoy the juices better at room temperature but unfortunately I can’t store them that way. So, tomorrow I’ll see how they taste cold.
Anyway, that’s all for now. I’m going to finish this last exercise before I head to sleep for the night. Happy New Year.
I decided to participate in the Daniel Fast practiced by my church. This year 2013 I’m focusing on getting closer to God so I can hear his direction. I’ve been truly blessed and increased in 2012. I’m going through a transition and I see evidence daily that this is where I should be. So, in celebration of finally finding my place I’m giving this 21 days to Him! Today is Day 1.
So far, I’ve abstained from all the forbidden foods. I have a raging headache yet I haven’t taken any sort of pain killer. I think that would defeat the purpose. I know it is a withdrawal from caffeine. So instead I’ve used my brand new juicer to create juices from various fruits and vegetables. I’ve also made a chipotle chili for dinner. I’m looking forward to trying that. I got the recipe in the Ultimate Daniel Fast book I’ve been reading. It has some devotionals and some recipes. I’ve completed Day 1 which is the confession portion. Now I’m just hoping to make it through the night. My head is splitting.
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I just got off the phone with one of my employees. She is self destructing before my eyes and she doesn’t even see it. I have a very low tolerance for trash and tonight along with the past couple of weeks she has tested all of it. I give everyone the opportunity to be themselves but we still have a job to do. The holidays are supposed to be a time to rejoice. Instead I’m left with a long line of people that must be replaced in order to make the transition. To make matters worst I have to replace them to justify my own existence. I tell my people, “Everyday, we have to show our employer that we should be welcomed back the following day.”
It’s hard being a leader. But a leader I must be. I set the tone and the example because literally that is my shop. I’m shaking my head because I’ve been where a lot of these young people have been. But I’ve been told a fool can only learn from their own mistakes. They don’t learn from the mistakes of others. So, while I was trying my best to get through Christmas without firing anyone it looks like I’m about to make that happen this very week. Firing 2 and demoting another. Wow. Praise God for integrity.
Now that I look at this the title simply doesn’t fit. I love what I do. Even self employed there is a good chance I’d be going through this on my own. At least I have a strong support system. Time to sound the alarm.
Ok, so I’m on my ipad scanning the day’s events. Preparing for the day so to speak and I come across a bunch of videos showing how to do what I’m desperate to learn how to do. And the videos make it all look simple. Why don’t I find these things when I’m actually looking for them? Always when I just want to kick back and relax do I find the answer to many of my questions. Then that reminds me that I’m not actually doing anything at that particular moment even though I have a TON of things I could be doing. smh.
My point before I took that last tangent is that I’m actually getting motivated. This evening before sitting down to write this I actually took the time to update some software and to review what I’m working on. I have a lot of projects in various stages. This weekend I took a break from EVERYTHING. I had not done that in a good while. But, I’m getting motivated again. Enough to actually possibly do something this time. You know, set an intention and make it happen. Yes, I can do it this time. But not today, lol. Good night.