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In the Garden of Eden:

"And God said, 'I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the earth, and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.'" ~Genesis 1:29 NIV

 

Maria's Fasts

Maria by Christmas Tree

"I want to give you some background information about my fasting journey up to this point. When I was in High School and during the Lenten Season I often found myself wanting to give up food. I had read a lot of the Scriptures where it talked about different people fasting and I wanted and felt that deep need to fast. However, the influences of people closest to me looked down upon that, so I didn't. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I stared to remember about that suppressed desire. I came across a book on Fasting and I was ecstatic. I started to read about how fasting could help you grow deeper in the ways of God, bring upon healing, help you answer questions that would be life changing, and how it is part of being a Christian.

In the beginning I wanted to do a 21 day fast, but having never fasted before, I failed on the first day. I decided then that I needed to start off small. My goals from then until recently were a 2 day fast, then 3 days, then 5 days, and then a 7 day fast. I did different types of fasts some with juice, some only water, and a 10 day fast giving up only dairy. There were different types of purposes too: some were out of reverence to God, one was to get understanding about whether I should move or stay home and wait for the possibility of being engaged, and another one was as a result of finding out my major food allergies to gluten/flour, dairy, eggs, beef, garlic, and more. Through all of these challenges I have found peace and understanding because I humbled myself to seek the ways of God.

On March 14th 2010, I felt God calling me to finally do a 21 day fast. I had been preparing myself and my friends for shorter fasts but not a 3 week fast! I knew that this challenge was from God because I didn't think satan wanted me to sacrifice my fleshly desires and spend that much time getting to know my Creator better. So I got some more medical books about fasting and prayed a lot about it. I took the challenge and embarked on a water, partially juice, broth, and tea fast for 21 very long days. The first few days were hard, but after a week it felt good. The remaining days were the hardest. I struggled each day for energy. It was then I learned the importance of depending on God totally and completely. I gave up trying to fast by myself. I told God that if he wanted me to do this he would have to give me His energy in exchange for the little amount that I had. Physically it was challenging, but the joy and peace that I shared with God on a consistence basis was worth the struggles. I ate my meals through reading the Bible and other deeper study books. When my stomach grumbled, I would pray for my cause. God taught me that even though I couldn't eat much, in terms of my food allergies, I could still treat this body he gave me as his temple. He taught me that with him I can do anything, even working hard and not eating for 3 weeks. God gave me strength to witness and speak out about his love to those who didn't understand Him.

Looking back I feel blessed to have gone through all the physical issues that lead me to fasting because they helped me to reach the peace and comfort of knowing my Savior just a little bit deeper and being able to minister to my fellow Christians and friends."

 

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