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eat with joy

Go eat your food with joy ….
Ecclesiastes 9:7
I found this verse last year, on the last day of my fast.  I wrote it in my journal along with these words: “God wants us to enjoy our food and appreciate it.  Not eating for a while certainly makes you appreciate food!”  I know that sounds simple, but fasting helps put food in its proper place in life — something to be enjoyed in a healthy way.  Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and taking a break from eating (or eating certain foods) causes you to notice how you are caring for your body.
Eating can be very complicated for some people.  I have one dear friend who is struggling with an eating disorder and another one who is trying to lose weight.  For them, food is not a source of joy, as God desires.  Thankfully, there is hope for all who struggle with food issues.  Embracing hope is one of the first steps to discovering how eating can be a joy. 
You still the hunger of those you cherish.  Psalm 17:14
Book recommendation: The Allure of Hope, Jan Meyers
Disclaimer:  I am not recommending that anyone with an eating disorder fast or that fasting be used as a weight loss strategy.  I am only recommending fasting as a spiritual discipline for healthy adults.  

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we feast

We feast on the abundance of your house;
you give us drink from your
river of delights.
Psalm 36:8
~ Gracious God ~
Please show us how to feast on your abundance.
Please give us drinks from your river of delights.
In a time of fasting help us to grow closer to you
and to be more aware of your presence.
Help us to see this time not as a time of self-denial,
but as a time of celebrating you.
In Jesus’ name,
Last year while I was fasting, I read an article by Leslie Royalty from  Christian Healing Ministries.  She introduced me to the idea of viewing a fast as a time to feast on the word of God.
~ Daniel Fast

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