Fasting for Spiritual Wellness

I am thrilled that my friend Jill Hoven hosted me as a guest post writer for her blog Follow His Footprints this week.

Do you sacrifice anything for the Lenten season?

I grew up in a tradition of observing Lent as a time of sober contemplation and confession.  Yet I didn’t grow up in a tradition of fasting at any time, Lent included.

This year is the first time I’ve given up something for Lent.  While writing my new book, The Fruitful Life, in February, the Holy Spirit convicted me when I wrote the chapter on self-control.  He showed me my all-out addiction to sweets and how it blocks my spiritual growth.  He encouraged me to give sugar up this Lenten season so I could experience new blessings.

On Ash Wednesday, I began my sugar-free journey.  It’s been a week now as of this writing, and here are five lessons I’ve gained by fasting for spiritual wellness.

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  • Sarah, I am so impressed with your fasting of sugar. I am sending up prayers for continued success. I have fasted before. I love diet coke (ok, I am addicted to it) and I love mission trips. At the time I was taking annual trips to the Dominican Republic and a friend and I decided we would give up what we craved until we set foot back in the DR. It was amazing as those craving came we would pray for the needs of the people we had met in the DR. Great experience. Now I only need to do it again.

  • Melissa

    Self-control is a tough one. May you learn much in your days of fasting.

    • Sarah

      Hi Melissa…thanks for visiting! I am learning much in this journey. What have you learned by fasting?