Week 1 is done and I honestly can’t believe how fast that went.
Physically, I feel great. My body is definitely thanking me for the wholesome, nutritious foods I have been feeding it!
Mentally, I struggled this week. The first few days were great, but I would be lying if I said that the rest of the week was a breeze. Truthfully, it was really challenging. I felt the pain of my struggles and the things God has been revealing to me in my life and I mean I really felt it…
But one thing I was sure to recognize and cling to during the latter of the week was that in our deepest pain is where God does his deepest work.
Refining my heart and spirit, building me up in my strength, courage and faith and finding a place in his grace and mercy whenever I felt weary.
In a time filled with so much uncertainty, I am certain about Him and that he is making a way for me, even when I don’t see it, I have faith in it and that alone gives me so much comfort.
I am officially 2 weeks without a job and this week brought overwhelming feelings of anxiety, stress and worry for the future, but during my devotional I was so graciously reminded of this verse:
No matter what I am going through, no matter how hard, how long or how dark, the Lord is always with me. He will never leave or forsake me. When everything else fails me, he is with me! Guiding me, providing me comfort and strength. In HIM, I have all that I need. I will not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow brings it’s own worries. Instead I will remain thankful for today, for todays blessing of waking up, a day of new life and a new beginning, for his protection and provision for today. I have all that I need for TODAY and it is more than enough.
I am so thankful for all that week 1 has brought me and I am so excited for all that the next 2 weeks will bring.
I will be honest…I don’t have many recipes to share with ya’ll from this week. I am a very simple eater and I don’t particularly enjoy cooking so I have definitely been faced with the challenge of having to cook, but kept my motto of keepings thing simple….which leads to pretty plain, bland foods. But I also think that is the purpose of the fast. You remove the foods that you enjoy and rely heavily on to go to the ONE comforter that will give you more than you need and make you feel full everyday – JESUS!
One thing I am definitely enjoying is my morning glass of lemon water on an empty stomach – it makes me feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day! Oatmeal/Banana (aka super easy) cookies (recipe below), and sautéed kale with basically every dinner dish!
Healthy Oatmeal/Banana Cookies
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup of quick oats – mashed
- handful of crushed walnuts
- handful of crushed raisins
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine mashed bananas and oats in a bowl
- Mix in walnuts (or nut of choice) and raisins
- Spoon onto sprayed cookie sheet
- Bake for 15 min
If you have any delicious Daniel Fast approved recipes, let me know!
Until Next Time on Kelsey’s Chronicles.