Welcome to the new year

Here we are at the beginning of a new year and it is probably the biggest year of my life!

Not only will I be getting married in 6 months, but I am also transitioning to a new role at Cerner and I am teaching a class at the community college. And in the Fall, to kind of join ranks with Jess, I will be starting an educational journey to get my Master’s in Public Health.

And you thought moving back to Ohio and getting engaged last year was a big deal?

Near the end of December I decided that I wanted to spend January preparing myself for the coming year and getting back in touch with God by doing a Daniel Fast. After extending the invite to Jess we decided to start our fast this past Monday and go for 21 days.

What we do is called a Daniel Fast because it is based on the fasting that Daniel did in the Old Testament. By refusing food blessed for false gods and eating only fruits and vegetables. Essentially, we eat vegan with more restrictions. No sweeteners, no leaven breads, only water to drink, nothing processed. If you can get it from a garden or produce section you can have it. (One exception I make is coffee. My caffeine addiction gives me a wicked headache when I don’t get it so I have to have a cup a day to stave that off!)

Now you might be scratching your head, asking yourself why we would do something so crazy. The truth of the matter is it forces us to focus on our relationship with God.

I am happy in making the sacrifice of forgoing a quick meal to honor Him. I make the conscious effort to make food that is wholesome and pure. I get to spend the mornings (that we both wake up in time) reading a devotional with Jess and grow closer to her and God.

I also find it to be the best way to get myself healthy fast. After all the holiday feasting, it’s like a month long detox to get me started on one of my New Year’s/Wedding resolutions. Even if I don’t lose any weight, I do feel far better just eliminating the processed crap.

This is the second time we have gone through The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory and it is a great book. If you have any interest in feeling better, eating better, and growing closer to God I recommend picking it up.

So thanks for reading and I hope you stick around for a lot more in the coming year!

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