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Month: December 2018

Observing a Daniel Fast

Daniel was a prophet of God during the 6th century B.C.  I once heard it preached that Daniel is the only man, other than Christ, that the Bible has nothing bad to say about.  I have enjoyed any and all of the studies I’ve done in the book of Daniel.

He was among some Israelite children who were taken captive by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar during a siege of Jerusalem. Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, were among a select group who were chosen based on:

Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.  Daniel 1:3-4

Based on how they did things, the king fed them delicacies and wine and gave them intense training for 3 years, after which they would be able to serve the king.  The problem with the food was that the Babylonians did not follow a Levitical diet, and they offered their food to their idols before they consumed it.  Despite their circumstances and the fact that this could have resulted in severe punishment for them, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, refused to eat the food and to drink the wine.  The eunuch in charge of them said:

“I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”   Daniel 1:10

Daniel offered a challenge to him.

“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.  Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”  Daniel 1:13-14

So, the eunuch consented and at the end of ten days, Daniel and his friends looked healthier and stronger than the other captives who partook of the delicacies and wine of the king.  So they were allowed to continue with their diet for the three years training time.

Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.  Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abed-Nego); therefore they served before the king.  And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.  Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus. Daniel 1:18-21

That is the first time such a diet is mentioned in the book of Daniel.  The next time is in Daniel 10.

In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks.  I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.  Daniel 10:2-3

Daniel had received a message from God, and he fasted for 21 days so that he would fully understand this vision.  At the end of his fast, he was able to interpret the vision from God (which is understood to have been a vision of the risen Christ) and give a prophecy about his vision.

So, there are two instances in the book of Daniel where he fasts from anything but vegetables (and according to everything I’ve studied, the term for vegetables includes fruits and seeds) and water.  Once was to make his body healthy, to improve his appearance, to “buff up” so to speak.  Another time was to strengthen himself spiritually for God to speak to him.

Starting January 2, my husband and I will begin a 21-day observance of “The Daniel Fast”.  I want to detox my body and focus on God.  I’m using the fast to strengthen both my body and my spirit.

If you Google Daniel Fast, you will get a wealth of resources that do all sorts of talking and explaining about the fast.  Some allow tofu, some explain away drinking herbal tea, some spend page after page trying to explain just how to do it.  I’m going to keep it simple.

In observing the diet we will eat only vegetables, fruits, and unleavened bread that does not contain any ingredient that is not made directly from a vegetable or fruit.  For instance, I am going to make tortillas out of fresh ground flour and olive oil (instead of shortening or beef tallow).  When I make a salad, I’ll flavor it with olive oil (cold pressed) and lemon juice.  We will eat only whole grains (brown rice vs. white rice). We will only drink water.  We call it “vegan extreme”.

We aren’t looking for shortcuts. We’re not going to consume a “to-furkey” because it’s a vegan turkey. We’re just looking to simply eat straightup fruits and veggies and drink only water.

We do this fast annually, and it is so rejuvenating to both my body and spirit that I start looking forward to it weeks in advance. This year, I feel led to share with you my menus for the fast as well as recipes, hints, tricks, and insights I receive as I fast and pray.  I will be posting daily in my Hallee the Homemaker facebook group about it. If you want to join in, check back on this blog through the Daniel Fast tag at this link, or join that group (I promise I won’t try to sell you anything.)

Other than that specific group, I’ll also be on a social media fast. So, that’s about the only place you’ll be able to find me other than this website.

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Did You Get An Ereader for Christmas?

ebook-reader-wrappedMerry Christmas! The first books of all of my series are free in ebook form. Just click the “read more” on each description below, and it will take you to that book’s page and you can choose your vendor. It doesn’t matter if you have a Kindle, Nook, Android, iPad — you can find these books at every retailer.

Enjoy your new ebook reader and enjoy these free reads from me!

SONG OF SUSPENSE SERIES


cover-front_9781939603074_640A Melody for James

Melody and James lead separate lives of discord until an unexpected meeting brings them to a sinister realization. Unbeknownst to them, dark forces have directed their lives from the shadows, orchestrating movements that keep them in disharmony. Fire, loss, and bloodshed can’t shake their faith in God to see them through as they face a percussive climax that will leave lives forever changed. (read more…)


THE JEWEL SERIES


Sapphire Ice:
The men in Robin’s life have never been anything but pushers and users. Tony’s intrusion into her exhausted world both infuriates her and intrigues her. Does Tony have a chance to break through the wall of ice Robin built around her heart? (read more …)


Christmas Diamond:

Inspired by the Jewel Series and Virtues and Valor series
Written and published as a Christmas gift to Hallee’s readers and fans, this book is a novella that picks up where the Jewels ends. Christmas is a time of miracles. Faith Green and TJ Viscolli share the common bond of a love of history and romance blossoms. But an accident during the Christmas Eve air show threatens their hope of a life spent together. Will God provide a Christmas miracle, or will the future look cold and dark like a winter night? (Read more…)

 


VIRTUES AND VALOR SERIES


temperancePart 1 TEMPERANCE’S TRIAL:

MARIE GILBERT, code-named is recruited into an experimental all female cohort dubbed the Virtues, a collection of seven extraordinary women with highly specialized skills. Back in her home country of France, Marie clandestinely communicates vital intelligence directly back to Headquarters with a wireless radio, playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Nazis. (Read more…)

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Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 12!

Welcome to the 12th and final day of my 12-Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Today I’m giving away a brand-new Crockpot Classic 7-Quart Slowcooker:

 

And an autographed copy of Hallee Crockpotter and the Chamber of Sacred Ingredients:

Here’s how you can enter to win:
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This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. The giveaway for all 12 days will end on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. As the 12 days progress, these links will be live:

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Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 11!

Welcome to day 10 of my Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway! Today, is for the writers among us.

I’m giving away Susan May Warren’s My Brilliant Writing Planner (a planner that speaks to my planner junkie soul) (a $60 value):

And a paperback of the book, Writing from the Trenches, a project for which I was so very proud to be a part!

YOU … and an Army of Ten!

TEN-HUT! Gear up for your writing with tried-and-true tips from the trenches. Ten award-winning authors share invaluable tips and secrets they’ve gleaned the hard way, offering a broad range of insights and opinions on the best way to tackle many subjects as they pertain to writing and publishing!

Here’s how you can enter to win:
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This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. The giveaway for all 12 days will end on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. As the 12 days progress, these links will be live:

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Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 10!

Welcome to day 10 of my Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway!

Today, I’m giving away this beautiful Australian raw 22K gold pendant (chain not included) from my friends at Raw Gold Nuggets and Jewelry with a value of $200 American.

Here’s how you can enter to win:
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This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. The giveaway for all 12 days will end on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. As the 12 days progress, these links will be live:

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Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 9!

Welcome to day 9 of my Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway!

Today, I’m giving away a cast-iron skillet:

A set of bamboo cooking utensils

And an autographed copy of Iron Skillet Man, The Starke Truth About Pepper and Pots

Here’s how you can enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. The giveaway for all 12 days will end on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. As the 12 days progress, these links will be live:

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