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Pre-Fast Confessions

Oh my friends. Are you ready to pray? Because I will certainly need your prayers. LOL Sugar is a problem for me. A real, real problem. In my defense, I get it honestly. It’s in my genes so to speak.

Perfect example – One day over the Christmas holiday my husband, Jonathon and I walked into the family room. We asked my Dad and younger sister if they had eaten dinner. My Dad’s response was classic!

“Ummmm…. good question. I know we had some cake. You know what? I don’t think we had any dinner food.” LOLOLOL

This is literally the story of my family. Growing up we did eat food. I mean, my Mother was a phenomenal cook. but she had a sugar problem herself. So….there were always sugars and sweets in the house.  We went through phases of no sugar added, no sweet treats, no dessert every night, but these were phases.

Anyway, all this to say, I am a bit nervous. I have been thinking about cutting back on my sugar intake ever since my mother was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer. In my understanding, certain cancers feed off sugar. In an effort to reduce my risk, I have thought a lot about reducing my sugar intake. The problem however, is will power and accountability and stress and pure love. LOL I love German chocolate cake and a grande mocha coffee. I love Twix bars and chocolate chip cookies. I love sugary sweet food.

Over the last six months I have been limiting my intake by drinking less coffee and eating only a few cakes or cookies a week. I knew this wasn’t enough. I knew I needed some help. While trolling Instagram one day I came across Wendy Speake’s page. Front and center was a Sugar Fast! I clicked on it. This was an answer to my prayer. Hallelujah!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

Two things however, 1) faith without works is dead and 2) accountability is key. So, I immediately signed up – ACTION. Then, I told my husband, texted my sister, sister in law, cousin, and a best friend – ACCOUNTABILITY.

To take it to the next level I have decided to blog about the experience. I’m doing this for three reasons:

  1. I want as much accountability as possible. This is really important to me.
  2. I want to invite you to do this also. Cutting out refined sugar for 40 days while praying is not just for people trying to reduce the risk of cancer.
  3. I believe God wants me to share this so that other people can take action. Iron sharpens iron. Let’s do this together.

So, here it is. The day before the 40 day sugar fast. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. What is God going to reveal during this time? How will I be tested and tried? How will I grow?

To document God’s work I will be blogging, but I will also be journaling. Head over to the subscription page to grab some handy journal reflection pages. Journaling allows for reflection now, but also reflection later. When we have those times of doubt we can look back at those journal pages and reflect on God’s faithfulness. When we feel like hoping is hopeless, we can look back on other times when God has brought us through. When we just want honor Him, we can look back on the journal pages and reflect on His goodness.

Well, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I think I’m ready. Are you? Who is with me? Comment below.

Thanks for joining me on the journey!

Always Striving,

Joce

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4 thoughts on “Pre-Fast Confessions

  1. I am right there with you in the sugar battle. I am seriously sitting here drinking a frozen coke while eating carmels and conversation hearts. (In my defense I have also been cutting back and I don’t allow myself to have any of those things on weekdays so I’m trying to get it out of my system before Monday. )
    Best wishes on your sugar fast! I KNOW you can do it. I’m not quite ready to take that big step, but I’ll be watching your journey and cheering you on. Your an inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Summer! I am so glad I am not alone in this. LOLOL Your caramels and conversation hearts sound right up my alley. I’m really hoping to gain some new perspective. It’s so easy to just grab whatever, but I’m hoping this will help me see that grabbing less sugary snacks is just as easy as grabbing my bag of Twix. I truly appreciate you support along the way. 🙂

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