Hey Mama, what are your thoughts on fasting?
I am a big advocate for intermittent fasting and fasting for great health benefits...but I can’t say I’ve done any significant fasts for spiritual reasons.
In January of this year, I was called to do a 21 day fast and I’m letting you in on all the raw details.
This is PART 1 on this topic so get ready for Part 2 coming soon! There are some incredible truths I’m going to share in the next episode that I just don’t have time to talk about today.
This 21 day fast was a spiritual fast, not focused on health, so I’m speaking about it from that perspective.
Fasting is amazing for health but if I was doing this just for physical benefits...I wouldn’t have?! I wouldn’t have had the strength to complete it because I don’t think I care enough or love myself enough to keep that kind of commitment to myself.
In today’s episode, I’m going to share my story, my reasons WHY I chose to fast and let the Lord speak to you in the process.
I can’t wait for you to open your mind and get empowered in new ways, for the glory of God!
P.S. Check out these short videos to listen to some FAQ on Fasting and to connect with a book I highly recommend. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL39XSG-J9nGSvx0qcZq5LJDopYFszfKlO
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Full Episode Transcription:
Welcome back to The Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast, where we get encouraged and empowered as we pursue our greatest potential within the walls of our home. Hey Mama, my name is Michelle Hiatt, and I'm so thankful you're here. Do you feel like your life is good, but something in you feels unfulfilled? Do you feel stuck in the trenches of motherhood, exhausted and working so hard, but feeling like you're getting nowhere? Do you have big dreams you hold in your heart, but you've been living small? Are you motivated for more, but don't have the clarity or the courage to do anything about it? Do you want to discover God's best and see if it's really possible to be an excellent wife, an intentional mother, and be successful in business, all for the glory of God? As a wife of 16 years, a homeschooling mom of five, and an entrepreneur, I know exactly how you feel. Every bit of it. I truly believe that the most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home and that there is purpose in every season. If you are a fellow business-minded mama, with a heart for home and a love for Jesus, let's process this journey and grow together.
Today I want to talk about fasting. This is something we don't talk enough about, especially as Christians and I just want to open up the conversation, plant some seeds in your heart and encourage you to seek God on this matter. Fasting is not only an act of obedience and surrender, but it is a weapon for warfare. And I can confidently speak for myself and for you and saying that our lives do not black battles. Isn't that the truth? Moments where we need to just be full of God's power and to make it out okay.
In the last few months, I've referred back many times to the 21 day fast that I did back in January, not because I cherish it with a sense of pride or have any desire to make you think more highly of me. That's not it at all has nothing to do with me saying hey guys, look what I did. But I share this only because I know that my experience my testimony can and will bring glory to God. My husband literally just said this morning. "Wow. It's amazing what that fast can do or what fasting can do" when he was reflecting back on his fast that he did in January and as he gears up for another extended one. We are learning to appreciate and value this sacred act the deeper we go on our faith journey and I want you to do the same. God has more for you. And I know you're listening because your heart yearns for that more to I wouldn't be the best friend that I could be to you through this podcast by keeping this part of my journey covered up and for whatever reason it just hasn't felt right to share until now. So today I want to let you in on my experience with fasting. Because I had never done anything like this before and in the process.
I pray that the Lord open up your ears to hear whatever it is that he wants to speak to you. It was new to me, not that I didn't know about it but actually committing to actually doing an extended fast like it was new to me and it may be new to you too. But I do think it should be the norm in our lives as believers. In the end, I'll tell you why I believe you, yes, you should consider fasting as part of your lifestyle, especially as Kingdom entrepreneurs who wake up every day with the audacity to do the hard things in pursuing your greatest potential as a wife, as a mom and in business or whatever other endeavors you're involved with. Our faith is the foundation of all that we do and for that reason alone, fasting is important. So I don't know where you're at right now. But I'm just going to imagine that you are sitting in my living room with me right now and I'm confiding in you one of my most personal, beautiful and hardest experiences of my year, really.
Let me back up for just a minute and share what led up to this 21 day fast for me. If you have been following me or walking with me since the beginning of this podcast, you'll know a little bit about my story. But for me 2020 was very much a working season. It was kind of like the pinnacle of a maybe two, three, year really three year intense working season for me. It seemed like when COVID hit there were to party. Some people life really slowed down. They felt a little bit lost or things just kind of they were just slower than normal, right? And then there was the other camp that life just sped up faster than ever while I was on the side where life went faster than ever I went 100 miles per hour last year. And what ended up happening was as entrepreneurs and business owners when COVID hit we kind of everything came to a screeching halt and our minds were like oh my goodness, this is this is significant. This is not a two week quarantine situation. This has major long term effects and what are we going to do about it? And at the time, we were looking at our financial situation and it wasn't looking all that great.
So I ended up starting another business right then and there you know I believe that in every situation, there are opportunities to grow if you are looking forward and so we were in a situation I was like What can I do to support my family more what can I do to create another stream of income from home where is the opportunity in this situation? How can I meet the needs of others so in that process started another business so I was actively juggling two businesses now during the heat of COVID. And I found myself by the end of 2020 actually juggling all three of my businesses. Everything was up and running and it was just crazy. And I was feeling very burnt out. What's so cool is that when we see God he tasks give us clarity. And I remember one day I was walking on the treadmill and I was just praying about what it was going to look like for the next year. What was 2021 going to look like and he gave me back in the summer my word for 2021 So I knew it was going to look different. I knew that I was in a season a working season. It wasn't going to be like this forever. I didn't want to live like that forever. It was just too much to be honest with you. But I was able to stay the course and towards the end of the year I began making the adjustments in the shifts to kind of release one of the businesses sell it off to somebody else and then kind of go through and get everything ready for a time to rest because I was tired at the end of the year.
So I knew early on that January, January was going to be the time for me to slow down to set everything down to unplug off of social media to just refresh to renew to rest it was just going to be some very very necessary meantime, I was just ready I was just I was done. And what happened was January came and I remember my husband telling me "Oh babe, I'm going to do a fast" and I was just kind of like "Okay, good for you." I wasn't interested at all in that. And I know that in many churches around the first year they corporately do fasting together. And so our church is one of them. They do that together and I hadn't thought about it. I really didn't have any intentions to but my husband felt called to do an extended fasts and so I was like that's awesome babe. I'll be here to support you. Rock on. But I was like well, I should really pray about this. So I did and I prayed about it. I was like well what is something that would be significant that I would really miss and notice and so I was like well, I'm going to fast dairy I'm gonna do just fast dairy. So I love my cheese. I love my butter. So I was like I've never done that. Before and it just felt like the right thing. So the first week of January I fasted dairy, my husband was into his fast and I was just doing so many amazing things and um, I just remember that first week of January feeling honestly feeling jealous.
I was just running completely on fumes and I'm looking at my husband and I'm seeing how God is using this fast and his life and what he's doing already just a week into it. And I was so exhausted and tapped out and spent and trying so hard to get to my resting place. I could see what God was doing. And I wanted some of it I ended up that weekend I got to a point where I could shut it all down. And I was so exhausted. This is not typical for our family. But I remember it was a Sunday morning and Tyler went to church with the kids by himself and I just stayed in bed. I was like I can't deal I just need to sleep. I need to rest I am just so, I've got nothing. I got nothing here. So I stayed home that day. And I remember that Sunday. I took that day to fast. I just was like God I'm desperate for you. I need more of you. I'm hungry for more of you here I am like meet me where I'm at gives me that deep soul refreshing that I'm so yearning for.
So I fasted on Sunday I stayed home from church that day. I just slept and prayed and worshiped in bed and just kind of took it easy that day. And that night I woke up in the middle of the night and I felt the Lord clearly clearly clearly say "You are to join your husband in his fast." And I was like, okay, so I gave God my Yes. And he made it very clear that this was not a time, this was not my time. Me Time. Like I thought this was actually his time. He's like this is my time. And I want to consecrate you during this time and do something significant in your life. So I joined my husband and I felt called to finish his fast with him. That looked like a 21 day fast for me. And I went for it. And it wasn't in my plans. And honestly I don't think I could have done it if it was for myself because this is a thing like it was a spiritual fast and when my eyes were on him, I was walking in obedience. It was okay like I was strong. I was able to. I had the resolve to do that. But if it was just for me for health reasons for other things, I honestly don't think I could have stuck with it because I don't think that I would commit that well or love myself enough to stay the course.
So specifically what I did was I ended up doing 16 days of just water and electrolytes and then the last five days I added in bone broth so that was specifically what I did. And I began this fast not having read books and not feeling prepared but just out of obedience because success is obedience to God. And through our obedience, we can see and know Him more. This is our greatest reward. He is always worth the sacrifice. And you know me enough to know that I believe that every part of our life should be pursued with intention and during my fast I had a list of things I was specifically asking God for wasn't why I started my fast but once I started it, I was like alright God, what do you want to do? What what are the desires that you have for me? What are the desires in my heart? What are the things I want to be specifically praying for and believing for? It was a list of things that I was just laying beforehand with expectation, not with the idea that I'm going to fast and in return I get what I want. Like it's some kind of business transaction. No, not not that at all.
Fasting is really sowing good seed into the kingdom. And appealing to God's throne room to let him do whatever he's going to do. The Bible talks about on earth as it is in heaven. So everything that we do here on earth has spiritual significance whether we realize it or not. I wasn't going to try to, quote do things right or really do anything other than just rest and make myself available to him. Honestly had nothing to give. I was just like, Here I am, Lord, do whatever you're gonna do. I wanted to create more room for him to work in my heart letting him know that I'm here and I'm available. And like I said, just God you do what you want to do work in my heart work in my spirit, just fill me in new ways out of this void this physical fleshly void through fasting. I was tired and I refuse to strive in My spirit. I'm wired to be a doer. Naturally I'd be like alright God like let's do this fast. Here are the things I'm praying for. What do we got to do? I want more of your presence. I want this even with good intentions like alright God, what do I have to do for more of you? How can I get there? What what's the process? And you know what? It's not like that.
God just wants us He wants all of us. He wants our heart and he doesn't want us to strive for him. We can't strive for his presence. Really surrender is the key and I've talked about this a lot through different episodes but surrender is something I just want to keep saying over and over because I am walking without pressing into this idea into this practice into this walk of obedience. And I just want to encourage you to keep doing the same as well. And I think my biggest fear was I would come out of this fast unchanged and be just as I was before, I did not want to go back to being the same. I wanted God to do a new thing in me however, I knew that I can't manipulate or rush the process. So just like anything new that we do, we should always know our why. Why why is this important? Because New things are hard and sacrifice is not easy. It's our why that keeps us rooted and focused, to stay the course and this is true for all things that we do in life. So if you are new to this topic or you want to dig in a little bit more, go back to Episode 21 for all about the importance of knowing our why and actually how to how to go about that.
I don't know about you but I've been a Christian almost my entire life. I went to a Christian school from kindergarten to 12th grade. I was always involved with youth groups, Bible studies church every Sunday mission trips, you name it, the full gamut of Christian experience. I've heard sermon after sermon, but the only time fasting was really prioritize that I really remember was sometimes around the first of January. I never thought that much about it. And I certainly didn't understand the importance of it to us as believers. I actually remember in high school. I remember being intrigued by fasting and feeling called to it but had never had the courage to do anything about it. I didn't have anybody doing it with me. Nobody was teaching me and I remember ordering a whole bunch of books by Jensen Franklin Have you know about him, but he's got a lot of great fasting resources and materials and I read it and I was so encouraged and pumped up but I just didn't have the courage to do anything about it. Because I was just kind of alone in that. And I'm still I am still barely scratching the surface in my understanding and I absolutely share all of this everything that I share on this topic, with so much humility, not in any way as an authority on this topic. I am learning and I want to bring you along with me to build you up as the body of believers and to push you deeper towards the heart of God.
There are tons of amazing fasting resources available if you want to study and learn more about this topic and if I have some things I will put them in the show notes here so that you can directly link to some specific things that I recommend and I'll look into that.
But again, I'm coming from this not at a place from I've read all these books and I studied all this. There's so much out there trust me. That's not what I'm going into today. If God is calling you to fast, that's what matters your obedience to his call. is all that matters. There's no wrong way. So I'm just going to tell you to go for it. This what I'm sharing today with you is straight from my personal journal. Like here are my reasons why I was fasting in January. And what I was specifically praying for I would struggle I would feel lost. These are the reasons that would keep me grounded. And I want to share them with you because maybe some of these reasons will be the very reasons that you need to inspire unifies in your own life. Just ask God about it and do whatever he's asking you to do. But let this conversation