Oops, I also love my husband, so let me start over...
Um, this is embarrassing. So sorry babe, I meant to say:
My husband volunteers full time at a ministry where their mission is to help the homeless- and by help, I mean show them the love of Jesus, and when they are ready, give them a home to live in, food, clothing, and a chance to seek work, and get back into society. They felt led to fast for 3 days and be in prayer over some major things.
I just went almost 4 whole days without eating any candy, and I didn't think about it once. I used to think about it more than a guy thinks about nookie throughout a 24 hour period, and that's a lot. Like, every 7 seconds or something along those lines. Wait- I'm sorry, but if that research is accurate, and men really do think about sex every 7 seconds, HOW in the heck can they get anything else done?
Can you imagine your husband as the POTUS (President of the United States) preparing for a speech... it may go something like this: My fellow Americans. Today we embark on- "Ooo look, I can see her boobies", er, excuse me. Ahem, as I was saying, today we embark on a new beginning- "Yeah, baby... I like the red one- Whoo-hoo..." oops, sorry about that. Now, where was I? Oh, yes- the bedroom or the kitchen table... Oh My Gosh- I'm sorry, but the Vice President is going to have to finish my speech, I am not feeling well and (WOW- look at that toosh, Mmmmm lady buns....) (POTUS runs from room screaming and jumps into cold shower fully clothed), while the (female) VP steps in and makes an amazing and historic speech. (Because she can go more than 7 seconds before thinking about what men supposedly think about 12,343 times in one 24 hour period).
See what I mean? If I thought about something that many times in one day, I'd go insane. There must be some sort of Teflon in the brain of all men to keep them from going insane thinking about nookie over 12,000 times per day, so I am starting to think the research is faulty. Either that or men CAN really multi-task and have snookered us into believing that they can't so we do more work around the house and they get to watch 18 hours of non-stop sports on TV, AND control the remote. Pretty sneaky men... I'm onto you. It's either that or you're all closet Super-hero's and are hiding your powers from us. Regardless, I've got your number! HA!
Okay, so back to my fast. I fasted to support my hubby and also for deliverance from my candy cravings. I'd like complete deliverance from sugar all together, but I'm not giving up lemon bars OR Sweet Tea, so candy will have to take the fall.
Fasting wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. I didn't think about food all that much, and my stomach only bothered me a few times, and I told it to quiet down, or I'd add another day to the Fast, and it obeyed. Wish I could use Jedi mind tricks like that on my banker... "This is the account with $500,000.00 in it!" "You must have a computer glitch!"... but, I digress.
I was concerned I wouldn't be able to fast because of my hormone and insulin conditions, but then I had a revelation. I have IBS, so I unknowingly, and unintentionally fasted almost all the time. There were times when the only thing I could keep down for a week at a time was Gatorade and/or chicken broth, so if I could live off that during times of terrible digestive distress, then not eating on purpose for 3 days should be a piece of cake, right? Right! I didn't have dinner Monday night, nor did I snack before bed, so that's why I say I went 3.5 days.
I believe that God honored my desire to be free from the bondage of gummi bears from Germany, and lemon heads and milk duds, junior mints, Willy Wonka taffy... when I stepped out in faith to support John, and also prayed with him to be delivered from candy. That excites me. Now I'm going to Fast in the next couple of weeks over where I am supposed to go next- as in for school and a job. More on that next month, or later this month.
So, my husband and two of his co-workers were meeting this morning at 6:00 am for breakfast at Perkins- to break the fast. John had to leave a little before 5:30 in order to meet Dave and Pete for their pancake, sausage, bacon, egg, hash browns, toast and coffee extravaganza. Since Honor rarely sleeps more than 6 hours a night, he was up and ready for play at 5:00 am.
I decided once John left to break out the THICK cut, No Name Bacon- my honey buckwheat pancake mix, and some eggs... If I timed it just right, I'd be eating before those boys were sipping on their coffee, and long before Flo the waitress was delivering their plates of greasy Perkins food. See, this fast did not happen without lots of teasing about "cheeseburgers", etc- nothing like torturing your fellow brother or sister in Christ, by talking about food during a fast...but I digress.
So here is what I sent those boys as they were sitting in their booth, waiting for their food to come out-
Yes, friends, you see BACON! My first love, I mean my second- um, THIRD- yes, my third love. Bacon...extra limp. The way my Austrian Grandfather likes it, and he's passed it down to me. Ya just knock the oink out of it, and it's heaven on a plate.
I don't like eggs, but felt I should have some additional protein, so it was hard to eat the eggs, but I make halfway decent eggs, so I washed it down with the two honey buckwheat pancakes and they were so good.
It's amazing how good food tasted this morning. I've gone longer without food because of illness, or episodes of digestive tyranny against my body but food never tasted this good when I was finally able to eat again. However, this morning I think it was quite possibly the best bacon, pancakes and eggs I've ever had. :)
If you have never fasted, I suggest it. Not because it makes bacon taste better than it already does, but because it's amazing how peaceful and calm I was during that time. It was also cool that I didn't think about candy, and knew that God was working in me during that time and the Spirit was upon me, keeping me calm, safe and at peace. If there is something in your life that you "love" more than you should, like me with candy- pray about it, and fast for a few days, you don't have to do a food fast, you could fast from the thing you are addicted to- like TV, the computer, your cell phone... Or just fast from food regarding those things.
It is pretty cool how something I was so afraid to do, and didn't think I could do- wasn't all that hard. Especially when I realized that with my stomach issues, I was probably fasting every 6 weeks or so and didn't even realize it.
This entry is a little all over the place, with no real point to it, but I am tired, and even though I did have an amazing breakfast, I think I'm still a little brain foggy at the present time. So, enjoy my random, semi-meaningless, unorganized babble, and festive collection of clip art and Science Fiction movie references. And Praise God with me that I am not craving a bag of mini Snickers! :)
Love ya all!