Here are a few tips to follow today as this is the first day of the fast. This tips come from Chabad.org, a site that focuses on Jewish living:
1. Avoid wearing clothing that will make you perspire as this will cause your body to lose water.
2. Try [and it is difficult!] not to talk or think about the food you’ll eat after the fast, as this will cause your body to begin preparing itself for a meal.
3. Take an afternoon nap between prayer services. This will pass some time and some people also experience a feeling of fullness after a short nap.
4. Some people find that sniffing spices helps ease the hunger.
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Albert D. Belden. He said: "If the life is not one of self-denial—of fasting—that is, letting the world go; of prayer—that is, laying hold of God then prayer is neither spiritual or profitable."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST" (PART 19) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
As you plan for your fast, I do encourage you to define a time when you can be with God. Don't think about developing a habit that will last for the rest of your life. Instead, mull over what you can do during this period of fasting. Set yourself up for success! If an hour seems impossible for you right now, then have a little meeting with yourself and consider what could work for you. Can you start with 30 minutes? Do mornings feel impossible for you? Perhaps evenings are better for you and your lifestyle. The key is to define a time and place where you can be alone with God on a consistent and daily basis.
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