Are you a sugar addict? Do you run to the pantry each afternoon, rather than running to Christ to get you through your day? Do you turn to Starbucks for a sweet latte, rather than turning to the satisfying sweetness of God’s Word? Do you eat out of boredom or as a reward? Do you struggle with emotional meltdowns each time your children meltdown?
Join thousands of others who have experienced both physical and spiritual renewal as you fast from sugar and ask the Lord to set you free from strongholds in your life!
Our fifth annual sugar fast will begin January 8, 2019.
JOIN THE 40 DAY SUGAR FAST AND YOU WILL…
Lose weight as you gain faith
Experience increased energy and joy
Know physical, emotional, and relational healing
Receive mental and spiritual clarity
How many days have you missed out on His all-sufficient presence because you’re running to all of the wrong, unsatisfying fluff this world has to offer? Discover that He is enough. The 40 Day Sugar Fast is a 40-day journey back to the promised land, where faith and freedom, health and wholeness are yours! Lay down your sugar, that you might taste the Lord’s satisfying sweetness in your life again.
Fasting is denying yourself something present and ordinary, to experience the presence of Someone extraordinary
“My name is Wendy and I’m a sugar addict.”
Those nine little words changed the trajectory of my life when I posted them online in 2014. Innocently, I invited people to join me for a 40 Day Sugar Fast. I wasn’t simply having a problem with sugar, I told my friends, I was having physical and emotional problems too. Losing my patience with my kids and my husband, grumpy and tired, I came to the sad conclusion that sugar doesn’t make me sweet. Constant neck pain and stomach aches plagued me as well. I didn’t need more conviction, what I needed was transformation. The response was overwhelming. Me too, they cried. Yes, they affirmed! In the comments on Facebook they inserted their own names and agreed to join me. “My name is Melissa… My name is Alexis… My name is John… My name is Jenn… and I’m a sugar addict.”
That was nearly five years ago. This coming January I’ll be hosting our 5th annual 40 Day Sugar Fast! I can’t believe it! Year after year they keep coming back, and bringing their friends.
There’s something about sugar that has a grip on us, and we know it. What we may not realize, however, is that our food problems cause other problems too. Not only do we struggle with our physical health and emotional stability as we ride the sugar rollercoaster each day, we struggle spiritually. We suffer Spiritually each time we reach for a sugar-high rather than the Most-High. Our food fixation stops us from fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hungering for sweet treats gets in the way of our hunger and thirst for Him. And so, while they came by the thousands to the first sugar fast, I believe that it was really Christ they were after. And they found Him, because that’s what happens. When God sets us free from strongholds in our lives… we experience His strong hold.
What would you be willing to give up in order to gain the presence of God in your life?
Today, men and women the world over have traded their freedom and their health for shackles and shame — sugary shackles, and we’re so ashamed. We run to it for our comfort and our reward. We turn to it in boredom, a mindless habit. When life is stressful, temptation is at its worst. We turn to it when we’re depressed: confectionary therapy. And when life is at its best, we celebrate with cake.
Sugar is everywhere, but so is God. God is everywhere, yet we’ve lost sight of Him because food has taken His place as the Master of our days.
SWEET SUCCESS STORIES
“Sick of the scale being the boss of me, I needed a different voice in my head. Then I stumbled on Wendy's 40 Day Sugar Fast. And suddenly the spiritual connection between food, our hearts, and God clicked for me. I started to see food as less of a reward or a temptation and more of a means to align my heart back with God's. Food, like all of His good gifts, should always point us back to the Giver. It shouldn't accuse us or guilt us. It should simply remind us what we need to sustain us. This shift in thinking has taken me 40 days and beyond. And I'm so grateful for the mental overhaul more than any pounds lost. More than anything I want to be able to say with Jesus, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me." John 4:34. And traveling with Wendy and the 40 Day Sugar Fast community was the beginning of that journey for me.”
Lisa-Jo Baker, Bestselling author of Never Unfriended, Surprised by Motherhood, and the Bible Study, We Saved You a Seat.
“We all want freedom. We want to break free from habits that haunt us, voices that taunt us, chains that bind us, and emotions that blind us. Wendy’s on to something huge here! She speaks with depth and authority from the Word of God, and she knows that the emancipation we’re all really longing for is actually a person: Jesus. The 40 Day Sugar Fast helps each participant experience meaningful growth and lasting peace, as it ushers them to a fresh, personal, and satisfying banquet with the One who longs to be their Portion.”
Gwen Smith, author of I Want It All and Broken into Beautiful, and cofounder of Girlfriends in God
“Too many Christian women today feel trapped by sugar cravings and addiction, wondering if they'll ever break free. Through her annual 40-Day Sugar Fast, Wendy has offered thousands of women, me included, the opportunity to taste the sweetness of Jesus and experience His bondage-breaking power in our own lives. Truly, freedom and fullness are found only in Jesus' presence, and Wendy has proven herself a worthy guide year after year.”
Asheritah Ciuciu, author of Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction
“I don't know much about sugar but this is what I do know: if Wendy is leading, I want to follow. This woman is exceptionally wise, with an impressive earnestness for leading people to the feet of Jesus. She is a highly respected mentor and communicator with a passion for pointing people to what matters most. Wendy is much more than a writer who can string a bunch of nice words on the page. Her words bring real results.”
Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol
“I have to share a praise report! I believe that my addiction to sugar is gone for good! I can't believe it's been six months since I last fasted with Wendy and my cravings are not back. God really changed my perspective about sugar and food during those 40 days. I’ve done this fast 3 times now, but this time there was real and lasting change! I’m reminded of how Elijah kept going back and looking for rain and finally he saw a little cloud and then the rain!”
Amy J. Bennett, founder of Abiding Ministries and host of the Feathers podcast
“It's been years since I've gone more than 3 days without chocolate. I knew this fast was something I needed to do. Chocolate made days do-able. Now, I'm learning Jesus makes days do-able. And livable. And abundantly full.”
“I am writing to you from Lusaka, Zambia. I thank God for leading me to this fast. It has been an eye-opening experience, showing me areas where I need to pray, repent, and just seek God's face.”
Bubala, Lusaka, Zambia)
“I admit, I originally wanted to do this 40 Day Sugar Fast to streamline my dieting process. However, I quickly learned God had so much more in store for me. He called me to himself in ways I’ve never experienced before. I get fasting now. I didn't before. I understand why God calls us to it, and asks us to rid ourselves of physical desires so we can turn our hearts to Him."
Megan Spilman, Colorado
“Over these 40 days it has been refreshing to not run to sweets every time something went wrong. Since I didn’t run to sweets first, Bible verses came to mind when I need them - at the most appropriate times like I hadn't experienced before. God faithfully showed me that He has been there waiting for me to simply seek him. I feel like this is just the beginning — I feel that God broke strongholds I’ve lived with for so many years.”
Beth Ibson, California
“I came to this sugar fast specifically as a way to intercede for my family. First, I asked God to heal my two year old son, so that he can live without a feeding tube. Second, I needed God to redeem my marriage. Here's the praise: halfway through this fast, my son was taken of the feeding tube and by the end of the fast he was gaining weight. And my husband and I are in a good place together! My tummy is a little empty, but my heart is so full!”
Whitney Mills, Arkansas
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