And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very
hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So
Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a
mustard seed, you will say to this mountain,
ʻMove from here to there,ʼ and it will move; and
nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and
fasting. - Matthew 17:18-21, NKJV
This is definately one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible. I have always been curious of the POWER that Jesus had to be able to maintain such a graceful composure. To utter the words in Matthew 17: verse 17 ...."O Faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me."
Jesus was approcahed with a child who suffered from epilepsy and was possessed by a demon. Now, Im not sure if during that era maybe the crowd saw the disease of epilepsy as demonic. But, let's focus on the calmness of Christ. He utters the word "Bring him here to me." And speaks HEALING over the child. In amazement the disciples questions why they were not able to have that power. Jesus breaks it all down to 'BELIEF'.
Amazing how simple, and graceful life can be when answers are given. But, being in the midst of maybe a choice, or trial there is much confusion and chaos. You may even physically feel heavy with the burden.
Im starting to see the difference of being caught up in the every day chores of life and really taking the moment to inhale and take in the essence that you are surrounded by. It's a sense of RELIEF.
It's the third day of the fast, and Im just now seeing the POWER of grace. I'm still craving that piece of chocolate. Instead of it dancing in my head; it stares at me in a game daring me. But, I empower myself by walking away from the confrontation with Mr. Chocolate -because I know that God is in control. I BELIEVE that I am capable of walking on this journey with him. After all, I've literally packed my bags and I have my ticket. I've boarded the plane and I'm already buckled in. I'm not going anywhere until I get to my destination! I have gotten rid of the 'unbelief' that was trying to distract my focus. The importance of the process is really to find a connection to God that will take you to the path you are destined to be in.
"...Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Luke 2: 10 The most important phrase... 'FEAR NOT'
In preparing for this fast; I kept asking myself- 'WHAT ARE YOU WORTH?' While fear and unbelief may try to pull for my attention. I know that what goes into my body should be nutritious and sustaining. Prior to this fast, I wanted to grab a hold of my 'WANTS', chocolate, cookies etc...
I would tell myself, 'you deserve it. enjoy'. That's fine, but, when you overindulge and you start to regret the choice of that 'want' and then you begin to ask, "WAS IT WORTH IT?"
I don't know about you but, I still feel like 'Why not?' There is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself - just as long as you are not being greedy. Understanding the repercussion of your choices makes a difference in the final outcome. I have made a choice to say NO to my 'WANTS' so that I can quiet myself to listen to my actual 'NEED'. I've placed myself on paused during the fast. My body felt sluggish and heavy prior. Now, although, a bit cranky; I don't have any feeling of heaviness. I wonder if we stop and ask ourselves - WHAT ARE WE WORTH? How many would take the challenge to actually INVEST in their body to remove the heaviness. We are only given ONE life. Make the best of it! Until tomorrow- Enjoy!
Day 2 Meals
Breakfast- Bowl of mixed fresh strawberries, blueberries, 2 veggie sausages-
Snack- apple, veggie chips & corn tortilla chip mixed
Lunch- leftover cornmeal with cabbage and pepper stir fry
Snack- whole cashews, dried cranberries, sesame seed trail mix
Dinner- whole wheat linguine, fresh pasta sauce with diced tomatoes and fresh garlic
with a spinach, romaine salad mixed w/ pears, dried cranberries, carrots, cucumbers topped with a tsp of olive oil and vinegar.
Light Snack- veggie chips and water