Tonight I made scones and fresh squeezed rosemary-infused peach lemonade in anticipation for Sunday's celebration. The table is set with roses straight from the garden. Tomorrow I'll prepare the lemon bars and spice cake. Plastic Easter eggs are filled with jelly beans and chocolates, ready to be hidden in the yard and joyfully discovered; and there's a dish of my husband's favorite treats on the coffee table. There's going to be lots of sugar this weekend! However, I have to tell you, that I am so incredibly excited about my 2nd Annual 40 Day Sugar Fast in a little over a week. I've chosen the dates intentionally, so that you might enjoy your traditional holiday sweets, and then join me for this special season. Last spring hundreds of ladies from the "No More Angry MOB" Facebook group discovered that when we cut refined sugars from our diets we're less likely to experience sugar-induced, emotional ups-and-downs during our long parenting days. We see our children reel from sugar themselves, melting-down and throwing fits... but rarely stop to see the correlation between that handful of chocolate chips, stolen from the back of the pantry, with our own late afternoon crash.
But this isn't just a physical fast. This is a true spiritual fast! Together, we will spend 40 days crying out to the Lord - who is all we need to get us through our stress-filled mothering moments. No brownie is as sweet, no caffeinated beverage as bolstering, as His Holy Spirit in our needy lives.
"Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning."
I will be writing a weekly post here at WendySpeake.com to encourage you in the journey. Sign up here to have them delivered directly to your email inbox. We also have a private "40 Day Sugar Fast" Facebook group, for accountability and fellowship.
I am not a nutritionist, I have no detailed program for you to follow, and I'm not selling any weightless suppliants. The only thing I am offering is my friendship as we sojourn together - Let us return to Him with all our hearts.
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Join me, April 4 - May 13, 2016
To read about last year's fast, click here.