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THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
“New Year All Year”
by Kristen Feola
Recently, I shared the blog, “Why You Should Do the Daniel Fast.” and I listed five reasons why the fast is beneficial, but I could have included many more. In this blog, I’m focusing on how fasting will prepare you for ministry.
When I decided to participate in my first Daniel Fast in August 2009, I thought I was simply responding to an invitation from my pastor. He and our church leadership team were planning on doing the fast and asked our congregation to join them.
I woke up early on Day 1 of the Daniel Fast– very early, like 3:00am early – excited to begin my 21-day adventure with the Lord. As I read the Bible and prayed, I sensed a prompting to start a blog about my journey. Since I’d never entertained the thought of a blog before that morning, I knew it had to be from God! So I started posting Daniel Fast recipes and devotions almost daily. People in the church found out about my blog, and it soon became popular locally.
After the fast ended, I thought about putting some of the recipes and devotions from my blog into a book. I went to a Christian writer’s conference in November with a proposal and met briefly with a literary agent. The agent liked my idea and said it had potential. For the next few months, I worked on revising and expanding my proposal. By March, I had a contract with Zondervan, one of the largest Christian publishers in the world. In December 2010, my first book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, was released. Over time, my blog was transformed into a website ultimatedanielfast.com and is now a worldwide resource for the Daniel Fast.
When I participated in my first Daniel Fast, I had no one way of knowing how the Lord would use it to prepare me for a new season of ministry. What if I hadn’t joined our church’s corporate fast in 2009? What if I had decided the fast was too difficult? I would have missed out on countless blessings and opportunities that the Lord wanted to give me.
God has great plans for you in 2018 – specific things He wants to accomplish in and through your life. One of the best ways to prepare for these good works is through prayer and fasting. I challenge you to consider doing the Daniel Fast. You still have time to join me, the staff at Compassion That Compels, and thousands of other believers who are participating in the January 2018 Daniel Fast. But if you miss the January event, you can do the Daniel Fast anytime. Decide now get ready for all God has for you in the New Year and all year!
Kristen Feola is passionate about helping people become more spiritually and physically fit. She is the author of the bestselling book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. Her Daniel Fast website inspires thousands of people around the world, and her writing appears in a variety of Christian and health-related publications. Kristen has worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutritional consultant. She lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and two daughters. Visit her author website, KristenFeola.com for more information.