I love food!
Updated: Jan 30, 2019
I never thought I would fast food. EVER. I just love it too much! But I’ve found that the very thing you hold on to is often the thing God will ask you to release; and that’s exactly what he did to me the day before Substance started its 21-day fast: he told me to fast food for financial breakthrough.
Now, both of these things seemed odd to me: God, don’t you know I need food to survive?? (as if other people don’t.) And, I don’t have problems with money. My husband does. (Anyone else point fingers too?? Sheesh). But despite myself, I knew God was speaking directly into these thoughts, so I listened; and he's already shown up in (g)astronomical ways! (The food puns will reign supreme here. #noapologies :))
On Day 1, he showed up at the grocery store. I was buying copious amounts of fruits and veggies for the Daniel Fast, and my total came to $129. You guys, I literally stood there like a frozen turkey.
How could this be, God?!? I haven't spent less than $200 on groceries since becoming a family of five ... AND getting a Costco membership! (for real) But it happened. And here's why this is significant:
Up until that point, I didn't think we had ANY wiggle room in our food budget. Like zero.
I lost my teaching job this semester due to low enrollment; so in one day our monthly budget went from HOORAY! to nay.
But God showed me in that moment exactly how I could create more financial margin ... by eating less meat!
Now, I have no intention of becoming a vegetarian after this fast is over (give me some steak already!), but I know that I CAN do it should I need to. This realization ignited a fire under my belly and caused me to really start analyzing my spending habits; and friends, what I found was a little hard to swallow...
On Day 3 I realized that I had been taking a major backseat to our finances for years! (Scratch that. I hadn't even been in the car. I was down at the Jiffy Mart eating pretzels and cheese instead.)
I had justified this exit a million different ways, of course, saying things like: "My husband likes financial stuff", and, "He's better at it than me." And while, yes, this is true: it is not healthy to let one person carry the burden for any relational issue, be it finances, parenting, or healthy eating.
I felt so convicted by this I choked on it. My ignorance sank deep into my hungry belly (where my pride gnashed it around for a bit), until I finally disposed of it and humbly asked my husband for forgiveness. And once I did that, I felt so free and called to action!
I created a "Jonna budget" -- one where I could solely keep track of the"unfixed" finances (aka FOOD) -- and that's when I had an epiphany: if I could just stick to our food budget, we would have a SURPLUS each month...without my income!!! Hallelujah!
So in three days, God showed me EXACTLY why this fast was so important: self-control.
I didn't see it -- I didn't even think there was a problem -- but God's ways are ALWAYS higher, right? (Isaiah 55:8-9) And I'm telling you friends, if we can just keep listening to him as we release our grip on whatever is "someone-else's-problem," he WILL do a good work in us (Philippians 1:6).
So I hope this encourages you today, friend. I hope that you're fully able to receive the promise that "all things are possible through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:13)...even fasting food!
Now go and cook yo'self some of these tasty Daniel Fast meals! And be blessed.
Jonna Meidal is a mother to 3 girls who seeks to parent them by the fruits of the spirit (and her Quiet Hat). She's been to 20 countries (yay!), loves to write & laugh (a LOT), & can’t get through the day without eating popcorn (duh!). You can read more of what she’s been up to at jonnameidal.com or follow her adventures on Instagram @quiet.hat.adventures.
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