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Fasting & The Discipline of Self-Control

Before I get into today’s blog post, I want to clarify I am not an expert on fasting and anyone who is attempting to do a fast should contact a medical professional. The purpose of this blog is not to promote a method of weight loss but rather a look at a spiritual discipline.

Last year, I decided to do a 3-day no-food fast. What prompted it was not for what would appear on the scale or a way to cut back on spending but rather exercising a spiritual discipline that has been overlooked for some time now in today’s culture. While my reasons for doing it will remain personal, I do believe being more in tune with God’s word and prayer during the 3 days provided clarity. While I won’t be making a no-food fast a regular thing,  I am hoping to fast/intermittent fast once a week. While the medical professional world debates its effects, I do think it allows for someone like myself who goes from 0 to 100 to take a look at what “self-control” actually means. With technology and the pace of the modern world, it is so easy to fall into instant gratification habits, quick reactions, or impulsive behavior. Self-Discipline is a great way to help us work through growing our patience as well. Also, what was a fast for me, going without food for days on an end was actually a way of life for so many people throughout the world in ancient times. I definitely came out of it feeling more grateful for what I have and every meal that I get to enjoy.

Below are some links to great articles on fasting or intermittent fasting in case you would like to explore this topic more.

8 Incredible Benefits of Fasting

Intermittent Fasting 101

6 Popular Ways to Do Intermittent Fasting

Galatians 5: 22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

Do you fast or have intermittent fasting as a part of your health routine? Leave a comment below and let us know your experience!

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