40 days – Pre Fast

We’ve reached that place again. That arbitrary spot in space as our planet makes its trek around the sun. The moment in time that we’ve marked as our “new year.” A date on the calendar where we feel compelled to begin again, begin fresh, begin new, reboot, restart.

Since the Lord’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), we have the same opportunity every day, no matter where we are in space, time, location, season.

And since we’re here right now, now will do.

That all said, my husband and I are using the post holiday time to reclaim our health. Healthy eating. Healthy activity. Healthy mindset. How is it that we so easily get off paths of righteousness (right living) (Provers 12:28)?

A sweet friend from my faith community plans to lead a study starting mid January—The 40 Day Sugar Fast by Wendy Speake. Since we can all use motivation and accountability, I’m in. Sort of. We’ll be traveling when the study starts. But I’ll be there in spirit and purpose. And I’ve already downloaded the book to my kindle and started journaling (because it’s what I do).

The husband and I have used the Whole 30 plan, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, in the past to help reboot our eating habits. It seems to work for us in that we don’t feel hungry because the meals are filling and flavorful. It takes a bit of planning, but it focuses more on what we can have rather than on what we can’t. Attitude plays an important role in success.

In the first chapter of Wendy’s book, she says to tell the Lord all the reasons why we can’t go forty days without sugar. So I did.

  • Inconvenience
  • Hard to plan, shop, prepare meals
  • Sugar crashes
  • Carb fever
  • Traveling
  • Gatherings with food
  • Boredom
  • Frustration, disappointment, problems
  • PMS
  • Just to name a few

Wendy then encourages us to let the Lord show us that with Him, it’s possible (Matthew 19:26) and to intentionally turn to the Lord and consume his living Word. Truly He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and the Living Water (John 4:10,13).

Ready for some physical and spiritual transformation? Come see what the Lord will do.

Grace & Peace


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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