August 2016 Daniel Fast Testimonies

When my pastor announced in mid-June that we would be doing a church-wide Daniel Fast in early August, I immediately prayed about my response. Of course, I would participate, but I believed God wanted me to do something more. I shared about the fast on my website, inviting others outside James River Church to join us. I had […]

A Late Night Message

It was Lisa Bevere, Sheila Walsh, and me – sitting down together, having a conversation. Only I wasn’t doing any of the talking. I was listening intently, with tears running down my cheeks. That night, I’d gone to bed early because I wasn’t feeling well. An hour after lying down, I woke up with severe […]

August 2016 Daniel Fast

One decision can totally change the course of your life. The person you marry. Where you to go to college. Which career you choose. In August 2009, I chose to participate in the Daniel Fast for the first time. I stepped out in faith, believing God would help me and sustain me. I also anticipated […]

When You’re in a Hard Season

Spring is finally here! Where I live, the weather is getting warmer, and flowers are starting to bloom. Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it means new beginnings and new life. But not all seasons are so pleasant. Sometimes we find ourselves in an extended time of sadness or pain, somewhat like a spiritual winter. […]

The Daniel Fast and Lent 2016

The observance of Lent has been practiced for centuries. But what is Lent, and why is it important? Lent is the season of preparation in the weeks leading up to Easter. The purpose of this special time is reflect on Jesus Christ — his life, death, burial, and resurrection. Although mostly observed by Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians, Lent […]

January 2016 Ultimate Daniel Fast Recap and Testimonies

Nearly 6,000 believers from around the world joined the January 2016 Ultimate Daniel Fast. The annual online fast was held January 3-23, 2016, and our theme was, “FIGHT!,” based up 2 Cor. 10:3-4: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of […]

How to Prepare for the Daniel Fast

The Daniel Fast is a unique type of fast because you can actually eat, unlike a liquid fast where only water or juices are consumed. But just because you can have food doesn’t mean the Daniel Fast is easy. Fasting, in any form, is difficult because you’re doing battle physically and spiritually. However, there are steps you can take to strengthen you […]

Why Christians are Slow to Fast

The Bible doesn’t come right out and say, “Thou shalt fast.” But there are several examples of fasting in both the Old and New Testaments. When Jesus taught his disciples basic principles of godly living in the Sermon on the Mount, He spoke directly on the topic of fasting. He said, “When you fast,” not “If you fast.” […]

January 2016 Ultimate Daniel Fast – FIGHT!

This past year I’ve struggled more with prayer than during any other time in my life. There have been days I haven’t wanted to pray. And I didn’t. There have also been times when I couldn’t pray because the hurt was so deep. My heart has been heavy for family members who continue to reject […]

Your Future Starts NOW

This past weekend I attended the Designed for Life Women’s Conference at JQH Arena in Springfield, MO. It was a power-packed event – not just because of the world-class speakers – Robert Madu, Holly Wagner, and Julia A’Bell – but because God spoke. Each message I heard challenged me, but one in particular stood out […]