I hope everyone had a successful first week! It was definitely a challenging week for me, as we got back in our daily routine of school with freezing temperatures. We live a little over a block away from 3 railroad tracks on a rather busy commercial railway. On the occasional morning, there is a freight train that parked overnight warming up and getting ready to depart for the morning. The train’s engines first start, and you can hear the engines idling softly for several minutes. As the minutes pass, the engines’ sounds increase to a still rumbling. Finally, around 30 minutes (mind you I’ve never timed this), the train’s horn blows, the rumbling engine turns to a roar and the train slowly crawls forward. For a working mom, who is always on the run, there is nothing more frustrating than sitting at the crossing as this slowly awakening beast begins to roll across the track, when you need to get to work on time. In fact, I am ashamed to admit, but if I pull out of my driveway as that first horn blows, and race down the street, rolling through a stop sign or two, I have a 50:50 chance of beating the train. Unfortunately, returning to school after Christmas break, my kids were much like that train, roaring awake and slowly moving back into their routine. Meanwhile, I was racing down the street, because we do not have any time to idle while our engines warm. It seems that my entire life is rush to beat that train before the railroad lights start and the gates go down. Yet, God says, “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10) How, I long to just be still in His presence, and put all the distractions aside! As a result, I am grateful for this year’s Daniel Fast.
From a fasting standpoint, my husband and I had a pretty good week, much more successful than past years. I will totally admit to eating a cheese stick Friday night. I am an emotional eater, and I hit the wall. What a failure right? However, we had many great meals and I am down to one cup of coffee. Who would of guessed?
As a result, I am excited to share this week’s menu with you!
For breakfast- We are continuing with our nutribullet smoothies. I added an 1/8 cup of oatmeal, with 1/8 cup of almonds, 2 cups of spinach, 1 banana, and 1 cup of frozen mixed berries this morning. My favorite yet!
Lunch- My husband did not eat much for lunch. However, I am sticking with leftovers, or nuts and tortilla chips.
Saturday Night- Black bean burgers and green beans
Sunday Night- Roasted eggplant and zucchini and a side of whole wheat pasta
Monday- Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, and quinoa
Tuesday- Tofu stir-fry
Wednesday- Whole wheat pasta and a light tomato sauce
Thursday- White bean chili
Friday- Spaghetti squash
(I will post a few recipes in the next blog!)
Looking forward! I pray that this brings you encouragement as you start week 2. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego this week. Most know the classic Bible story; King Nebuchadenezzar threw the three in the furnace for not bowing down and worshiping a statue. When the King brought Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before Him, and demanded that they bow down and worship his innate object, the three had the audacity to stand before the king and say,
Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. But even if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18, Message)
They had faith! They trusted in God!
But notice where God met them, “Suddenly King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm and said, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound hand and foot, into the fire?” “That’s right, O king,” they said. “But look!” he said. “I see four men, walking around freely in the fire, completely unharmed! And the fourth man looks like a son of the gods!” (Daniel 3:24-25) God met them right in the middle of what most likely was the worst situation of their life. If, God rescued them before the furnace, I don’t think this story would even make the Bible. I believe that God wants you to know that He is right by your side. Be bold and look your situation in the face, saying “My God is Greater!” God will bring you through your situation, and not a single hair on your head will be singed. This week, look to see God in the midst of it all, even if it’s the hardest situation you have ever faced, knowing that His promises will prevail. Have a blessed week!