Fasting Soul Searching

Soul Searching is Triggered by Fasting
Soul searching can start within hours of fasting. Water fasting is a powerful spiritual trigger and the big questions rise to the surface of conscious quickly. With juice fasting, it may be several days or weeks before that dull ache in the soul demands answers.

Soul Searching Questions

  • Who have I become?
  • Where am I going in my life?
  • How am I treating those around me?
  • Am I happy?
  • What will I leave behind?
  • Why do I feel this way?

Signs of Soul Searching

  • There is a dull ache in the heart that demands introspection.
  • Feeling bad about past events where you have acted less than admirable.
  • Wanting to be alone and feeling irritated by anything that distracts your thinking.
  • Feeling a sense of purposeless and hopelessness.

Soul Searching and Enlightenment

Rather than a blast of light from heaven the wisdom and revelations of soul searching are a slow persistent building of harsh truth and painful acceptance. It is not comfortable. In fact, at full intensity, soul-searching feels like your world has crumpled and all the remains is a mirror that painfully reflects a self-centered meaningless life. That understanding is enlightenment and the pain it brings is the reason most people avoid it.

The Impact of Soul Searching

Change is always the end result of soul searching, a change of friends, jobs, or location, and a dedicated effort to change lifestyles. There are break-through points when it comes to soul searching. Many back off from the pain but wisdom pushes forward to become immersed in the pain. It becomes a cleansing fire burning the dross of life leaving behind only what has value to the soul. Love, faith and dedication survive the passage but hollow dreams die. What is shameful is exposed and true destiny becomes a deepening hunger. Many people find soul searching too painful and they seek distraction or end the fast. Soul searching commonly results in profound peace and a deepened connection with God. Soul searching stirs faith, connectivity and renews appreciation of the little things.

Change Through Soul Searching

The deep achy feeling and the insights that come with the soul searching will fade quickly and so will the motivation. Unless you make decisions and plan how to follow the decision the value will be lost.

Personal Note

After being a staunch Bible believer for several years I discovered that the four gospels were originally anonymous and the names Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were added years later including the fake personal intro. With more study it became clear that the books of the Bible were written from 40 to 120 years AD and each version becoming more complex and detailed.  I was in shock to read the note at the bottom of Mark stating the various more elaborate additions of the resurrection story that did not exist in the first publishing and were added at a later date.  The evidence pointed to a highly embellished story centred on a travelling magician that became a central plot for hundreds of versions.  Over one hundred were discovered dated to the period. One had John the Baptist ordering bedbugs out of his bed with the power of God. One statement in the Bible is accurate “the truth shall set you free.”

I had based my belief on a feeling. Believing in God had given me purpose, significance and a plan. I wanted to feel special.  I faced harsh depression when the religion bubble bust and it took me years to get to a basic understanding that I define my purpose and death is not to be feared as there is nothing.

I have continued to help people in fasting and worked in a hospital in the Philippines and with the provincial governments of Papua New Guinea. I believe that one of life’s greatest pleasures is to help people regain health and passion for life.  I have travelled the world for 15 years and presently in Asia. Occasionally, I am joined by a visitor from Fasting.ws and we have fasted together and become good friends.

It takes courage to challenge a religious belief that offers so much.  For me, truth and hash cold reality is better than  the most beautiful intoxicating lie. Soul searching finding meaning purpose and passion is a journey that you define.  There is no map or predefined steps to take, just big questions and the courage to make changes.  I constantly ask myself “what do I want” and “what do I need”.  At this moment I am living in a hotel in Vietnam for $6 a day in the cool mountain air of Dalat, Vietnam. I have more than I need, rich in experience and freedom and uncluttered with possessions and attachments. Yet I never would have made it to this point without the big questions and forcing myself to answer and act. Freedom demands sacrifice to reach it which I am glad I did.


By Tom Coghill of Fasting.ws
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60 Responses to Fasting Soul Searching

  1. shonda wilson says:

    i know i must fast but i feel it is truely hard so i ran from it. but tomorrow i will try again. please pray for me i need to find my place my work for God.

  2. Tom Coghill says:
    Tom Coghill

    Hi Shonda,
    It is so strange. We run toward the things that are bad for us and away from the things that are healthy. I will pray for you for sure.

  3. E S says:

    Hello
    I’m 18 years old. I’ve always had the tendency to be a contemplative and spiritual individual, but all my life I have been trying to keep this part of me at bay because it doesn’t fit into the environment I live in. My peers tend to live life for today and give no thought to the overall meaning of life. Two days ago I came to revelation I’ve been cheating myself. I care a lot about those around me, and I have a great ability to empathize. In my empathy for others, I realized I was losing my sense of self. I relied too heavily on the happiness of others for my own happiness. I no longer knew solitude but rather loneliness. I realized the change within me happened last summer: I befriended someone I thought was the same contemplative soul as I. I felt more whole through his companionship, and I seeked his advice on basically everything. In the last few days I came to the painful realization that through my dependancy on his thoughts and actions he has become a negative influence in my life. I did self-destructive things out of reaction for the things he did that hurt me- however indirectly or unintentionally they were. This week-I started saturday night- I will cleanse myself of all poisonous aspects of my life, and I believe I can do this through the physical act of fasting and abstaining from a vice I had picked up a few months ago- smoking. I’m also going to be in solitude; I will only see my mom who lives with me. It will be difficult, but I’m determined. It is of great importance to gain back my sense of self.

  4. E S says:

    I’m starting off with a 10 day fast with mostly water and a glass or two of soy milk a day… what are the effects of drinking soy milk? will it be negative or positive towards detoxification?

  5. Aretha says:

    How do i start fasting? I smoke cigarettes. How do I get through that?

  6. Tom Coghill says:
    Tom Coghill

    Hi Aretha,
    Start the fast and cut down the cigarettes by half each day. Smoke only half. Pray lots. Use deep breaths to relax when the craving hit and have plan diversions when the mind gets obsessed with smoking. The longer you fast the less desire you will have to smoke.

  7. angelabagassien says:

    I am on my second day of fasting.As you recommended a juice fast would be the best for me because it is my first time.Well the first day,i had some green tea,water ,and juice.I must have my tea in the morning ,or i will have a bad feeling for the rest of the day.The second day i had the same.I have no bowel movements as yet, is that normal?
    I felt a bit strange in my body, a little weak,but i am starting to understand who i am.I am starting to see things in a different way.I am reading the book steps to christ by Ellen White and i get even a better view of what the devil wants to impersonate.The closer you gets to jesus the more faulty you will appear in your own eye.

  8. Tom Coghill says:
    Tom Coghill

    Hi Es,
    When I quit drugs many years ago I had to cut all my user friends. So you are on the right path. I made a decision I needed positive people in my life if I wanted to survive. I also had a similar personality in that I was very emotionally connected to my environment and the people in it but it became a chain. Fasting will give you incites.
    Soy milk will clog the sinuses and slow the detox. One glass a day would be ok. Better to use fresh juices from and extractor.

  9. Tom Coghill says:
    Tom Coghill

    Hi angelabagassien,
    Fasting can be a powerful self scouring, painful yet freedom has a price. Go with it.

  10. angelabagassien says:

    i am on my 4th day of fasting.i lost 8lbs.I am feeling great,i am happy, i am not feeling hungry,i spend a lot of time in the word of the lord.I am concerned about one thing ,i have no bowel movement,is this normal

  11. angelabagassien says:

    AFTER MY 4TH DAY OF FASTING,I HAD THE MOST ENERGY,I WAS HAPPY,AND I KNOW WHO I AM.I LOST 8LB AND FELT GREAT.I WAS NOT FASTING FOR WEIGHT LOST ,BUT FOR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH.WELL,I WAS VERY HAPPY I LOST 8LBS BECAUSE I NEEDED TO LOST SOME WEIGHT ALSO.OH FASTING WORKS.I AM IN HIGH SPIRIT AND IS LOOKING TO START MY NEXT FASTING TOMORROW.I AM GOING TO FAST FOR WEIGHT LOST.I WAS LOOSING 2LB A DAY ON MY TEA,WATER AND JUICE FAST.I AM 206LBS
    AND I AM GOING ON A 12 DAY FAST I AM EXCITED ABOUT IT

  12. Rama Chi says:

    Indeed it does. I have never really fasted before this time i am fasting. i have been on a water fast for 4 days. i plan on doing 2 weeks.
    i am having no problem with this at all. my want of food is very small, and some food i would normally enjoy has a foul stench to it. My fasting was not begin in the ‘normal’ way. I started sungazing several days before i started sungazing several days before the fast started, and i think that helped immensly to control the cravings of food. before this i was a food addict. im not a large person, but i have always eaten way more than i needed. it was an emotional need.
    sungazing is not for everyone in my opinion though. it has its roots in ancient cultures all over the world, and is done to connect with god. one must have true faith that the sun will heal you. in the hindu religion it is said that most people will be unable to look at the sun in the kali yuga(age that we are in) due to people being very dense.(not in the dumb sense, in the energy sense) it is simply to bright/light for most.
    i recommend to all fasters to look into the practice of sungazing/solar healing/surya yoga if you fast for spiritual reasons. to me sungazing and fasting go hand and hand.

  13. Tom Coghill says:
    Tom Coghill

    Hi Rama,
    You may have trouble convincing people that the sun will heal considering skin cancer is becoming epidemic among sun bathers. “most people will be unable to look at the sun in the kali yuga(age that we are in” the interpretation may be base on lack of ozone. Please consider that the radiation from the sun is not healthy and the lack of the ozone layer for protection increase the risk. Just look at the skin on top of your arm and under your arm. The comparison in texture on the top of the forearm is cause by sun damage. Your post sure lead to an interesting discussion. I do recommend that you look at the sun at sunset as that will not damage your eyes if the sun is close to the horizon.

  14. Ryan says:

    I found out tonight that a friend of mine was on his 10th day of fasting. I was dumbfounded when he told me he had been living off of water, lemon juice and maple syrup, for detoxing.

    I came home tonight with the fascination of it. I am nearly 30 years old and I have partied a lot the last 9 years. Smoking, drinking, some minor drugs and bad eating habits. I don’t eat much, I usually only eat when a timer goes off and I go ” I think I should eat now” so I don’t get hungry often but I do love fruit and juice.

    I really want to detox as I am sure that I am loaded with toxins and the talk of soul searching seems really good for me as I have been thru several tragedies as well as recently finding out my father is not doing so well.

    I am a slim build at 5’8″ 135lbs and am concerned about losing weight because I am already pretty thin. What would be a good starting plan for me to fast?

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Ryan,
      A juice fast is the best to start. Any juices will work. You will lose weight… dead cells, old fat deposits, and diseased tissues.
      Normal weight returns within about 10 days after fasting for people that are thin or normal weight.

      • Carol says:
        Carol

        If the goal is to achieve permanent weight loss, how does one prevent the weight from returning in 10 days? Is the weight loss achieved during a fast pure fluid or solid fat?

  15. Penelope says:

    Hi, I am a teen who want’s to do a fast for the lent season. I want to be healthy about it and get the nutrican and carbs i need. I am a distance runner in the spring. What kind of fast is right for me.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Penelope,
      Juice fasting with an extractor is safe at any age. Always my recommendation. Water fasting is much harder on the organs and can cause damage during prolonged fasting. It can also be hell do to a wave of toxins being released. The master cleanse of 10 days can be a good tune up. Read study and learn that breaking a fast is the hardest part. And if you are dealing with compulsive issues fasting can increase the problem as you can see by Teetie’s post.

  16. Jimmy says:

    Tom,

    I am wanting to fast for a semi-religious purpose. I recently applied for a new position & I really want the job. I have been raised to believe that without sacrifice there can be no victory, so something inside me said I should fast until I heard the answer to my request.
    I began my fast of my vitamins, water & liquids only on Saturday. I was a little light-headed that evening, but I woke up feeling fine on Sunday morning. My fiancee’ kept pushing me to eat all day as she doesn’t feel fasting is healthy, & I gave into temptation last night. I felt immediate guilt & spent the night asking myself for forgiveness.
    I re-began the fast this morning (Monday) and am determined to follow through.
    I am not writing so much for an answer to a question from you, just sharing my saga in hope to encourage others. And possibly some replies from others on how to encourage their loved ones for support…

  17. Christa says:

    I am 136 5’8 female. How much weight will be lost from a 40 day water and tea fast? Please respond, thank you. I am asking for good imformation. How would a person tone to avoid flad breast, theighs, ect?

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Laura,
      You will lose “all” fat from your body and ribs will show. How much, is a total guess even with the 20 factors that affect weight loss during fasting. To tone the body the best is a combination of juice and water fasting followed by months of exercise. Use an exercise ball and some hand weights. They are amazing can can do almost every muscle group once you know the exercises.

  18. KylieBrook says:

    I am on day 1 of my 10 day water fast which will be followed by a 21 day juice fast… i have a cold going into my fast, so i was wondering if it’s ok for me to begin or should i wait until i am no longer sick? Will fasting speed up my cold?

  19. mike says:

    hello

    I will start my fast Monday tomorrow the 12 of May. I have tried 2-3 times this year and failed after 2nd or 5rd days. I need accountability. I have an eye desease and poor health will only make it worse..anyway, here we go again

  20. André says:

    First time faster (to be) here. I’ve heard of fasts, I’ve known people to do fasts, and now it’s my turn. I plan on fasting for weight-loss purposes. Not sure of how to prepare going in (should i eat solely veggies the days approaching my fast?) Will the fast be more effective with the lemon juice as opposed to straight water? How do I know when to stop? Would you suggest taking it to the 30 days on my first try? Please answer some, if not all of my inquiries… I dont know where else to turn.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Andre
      From my research fasting with lemon juice is more effective than water fasting. Also taught by Arnold Ehret an author and expert on fasting. The science is well documented. Increase the alkalinity of the blood and the plasma membranes become more porous can can eliminate cellular waste faster. The Master Cleanse is cayenne pepper and lemon juice with a small amount of natural sweetener.

  21. cinnamongirl says:

    Is it ok to water fasting uhm once a week?

    ‘Coz I somewhat decide to start fasting once a week and rest of the days of the week… I am all going grains, fruits and veggies so as well water only—I’ll be doing this for the whole month of August, it’s for cleansing the body and mind purpose!

    I want to start a healthy living while young 🙂

  22. cinnamongirl says:

    Hi Tom, thanks a lot for the reply, yeah I did manage my first fasting… for one whole day didn’t eat though uhm I think I consume too much water—still by next week I’ll moderately drink water!

    Though a LOT of temptation and such still… when I woke up… My body felt so weak, still I felt cleanse and somewhat light… uhm though I guess am like so starve I ate a full breakfast!? The next time again I have to note after the day of fasting am gonna go slow in consuming food.

  23. Seeker1 says:
    Seeker1

    Hahaha, yeah i agree about fasting as a way to “trigger” the soul searching process. Ever since my first fast (14 day Master Cleanse)at 16, i’ve never really eaten alot (usually average of 800-1400 cals a day) and i’ve noticed the difference. Just recently (before my current water fast) I started eating meat, junk foods and fast foods again since getting my new job in sales. I noticed the mental sluggishness, it felt like i was sedated, and i started to notice some pretty nasty stomach pains after each meal that had meat in it. Upon my very first day of fasting i realized that my job was crossing some moral/ethical boundries of mine, and now i’m contemplating how i plan to keep myself finnaicially supported without feeling as though i’m comprimising myself. I got so caught up in greed and vanity that i got distracted, lol.
    On another funny note, I’ve been reading this paper from the monastic institutes called “The training of a monk and the 8 deadly sins” by John Cassian. It’s book 5 and it’s entitled “Of the spirit of Gluttony”(The book of fasting and abstinence). here’s the first paragraph,
    “And SO the first conflict we must enter upon is that against gluttony, which we have explained is the “pleasure of the palate”: we are going to speak of the system of fasts, and the quality of food. We must again recur to the traditions and customs of the Essenes, as everybody knows that they contain a more advanced discipline in the master of self control, and perfect method of discrimination”
    It goes on to state that gluttony but be the first to be conquered because it causes a mental stupor that leaves one succeptable to all of the other 8 principle faults (or deadly sins). I don’t know if water fasting is th ONLY method for mental clarity though. I think just eating less and sticking to certain foods (avoiding meat, white sugar, fried foods, cooked starchy foods, etc) is equally as good (i personally found my resricted calorie diet to be as good mentally as fasting and i didn’t get that physical weakness). Also the “warrior diet” (fasting during the day and feasting at night) seems to work as well. Normally we do most of our thinking while we’re conscious and when we eat alot we tend to get sluggish and tired so eating at night seems to make sense. But anyway thats just some of my own experience i thought i’d share.
    _best of luck to you all!

  24. angelabagassien says:

    hi, this is the second time i am going on a juice,water,and tea fast.The first fast was for soul searching.I did got answers to the questions i had.This fast is for victory.I want to thank god for what he had done in my life.
    for breakfast i had a cup of tea
    for lunch i had a glass of guava juice and,
    for dinner a cup of tea
    i started to feel a bitter taste in my mouth ,so i had a glass of water.I am 2o4lbs,33%body fat,IBM 28
    I am thinking of using KOMBUCHA while fasting. is this okay?

  25. angelabagassien says:

    Today is my second day of fasting.I had a very restless night.my stomach was bubbling all night.I had a bowl movement in the afternoon.for breakfast i had a cup of tea,a glass of kombucha,for lunch a glass of guava juice,and for dinner a cup of tea.I had water inbetween.I am down to 200lbs.lost 4lbs.

  26. angelabagassien says:

    hi,i just completed my 6days of fasting.i wish i could make it to 10 days but my body keep calling for food.i lost 10lbs .i am going to have light food for 2days,and then,i am going to start a 7 days fasting.

  27. keith101 says:

    Hi Angelabagassien
    I wondered where you went to LOL
    We are all on fasting progress reports, hey that is great loosing 10 lbs in 6 days.
    Regards Keith.

  28. angelabagassien says:

    hello every one,i am back,i miss you all
    i started a 10days fast on wednesday17.i am fasting so that hate wont be a part of me.this is the most difficult fast i ever experiment.on the second night of my fast i wanted to give it up.my body was hurting,i could not sleep ,i was so restless.any ways,i am on the 7th day .i lost 10lbs so far.i am having fruit juice water and tea.i am beginning to get angry at any thing quickly i have no patience .i get vex fast
    at this point i am very observant ,even if a pin drop in a noisy area i can hear it,my whole body is saying something to me.i am wondering what stage i am in this fast.it really frightens me.i need to make it to 10 days.

  29. keith101 says:

    Hi Angelabagassien
    Welcome back, i never forget a name on here lol.
    Well done on day 7 and well done on the 10 lbs lost so far, are you under stress that you get angry?, you need to be at peace with yourself whilst fasting, try reading some books, maby you can try meditating?..
    Glad to have you back with us.
    Blessings Keith.

  30. angelabagassien says:

    hi keith101,
    i am under stress there is a situation that is bothering me
    and i am fasting also for that situation.anyways i made it to 9days,i feel sad and depress.i feel like i am carrying a heavy load should i continue that fast?i lost 14lbs so far i am trying to make it to 10days.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi angelabagassien
      This would be a good time to do some juicing and rebuild your thought life.
      But if you are in prayer pressing through the darkest days and the deepest pain of a spiritual fast bring the biggest breakthroughs.

    • keith101 says:

      Hi Angelabagassien
      I was in tears some days of my water fast, this is normal, i too was hurting and in pain, but i can assure you if you battle on, Spiritual” peace will shine on you, believe me. I won’t ask why you are feeling depressed but i have been there.
      All i can say is stay strong and battle on, it will make you a better person.
      My prayers and thoughts are with you.
      Blessings Keith.

  31. greatjassy84 says:
    Jas

    I NEED PRAYERS PLEASE. I AM SO BROKEN! I have long been disowned by my father who does nothing but rain curses at me. I am a daughter, a wife, a sister..but falling out with my family after my marriage has been terribly difficult. I feel so alone. My in-laws have not been really accepting either. But my husband has been great. I got accepted this year into the university for the registered nursing program. I need this with all my heart. I will be able to have a career and little financial difficulty. I have been through so much and I fear to fail as a wife, student or as a person. Please, pray for me someone. I am weeping uncontrollably as I write this I need prayer so bad. I need God so bad. I feel I have been called to fast and pray, but again I am so weak.I dont know how to begin…I don’t know when to start. I feel I will know when to stop because the ringing I get in my heart to fast and pray will stop and I may feel peace. I am so weak and I am afraid to fail. Please pray for me somebody!

      • Jasmine says:
        Jas

        Thank you Tom. I read through the whole thing and I couldn’t believe how true that it! I felt it was talking to me directly because even if I hadn’t mentioned it, growing up as a child I have been physically abused by my father and as a teenager I looked outside for friends to feel that void of loneliness,rejection and love and a friend ..an older friend, sexually abused me . I did believed it was my fault and I did something to deserve it all. I turned to food for safety after I got married,because I felt even more alone and low..despite my dear husband trying to make me feel better, and I gained 60 pounds. Thank you for that document..I am about to perform the exercises give. Reading through that brought back so much memories and made me cry ..but it’s part of healing right?! I am so glad I am able to talk about this. I do have a question though…will God still hear me if I juice fast before water fast. I was wondering if God only hears if I fast with water only. Thanks in advance for your answer.

        Jassy

        • Tom Coghill says:
          Tom Coghill

          Hi Jasmine
          Crying anger and strong emotions are part of the healing. Just push through. God love you and wants to heal you. He hears you every second. It is not what you do but the state of your heart.

          Yes juicing and prayer works.

    • aisha410 says:

      You are in my prayers Jasmine. May God comfort you in his arms and free your heart and soul. May he give you the will to get up everyday and achieve your goal. I am embraking on a spiritual journey and your story is very similar to mine. I am 33 years old and I just wasn’t happy with my progression in life. For a lot of years I avoided responsibilty. I drink and smoke a lot to mask the pain I felt. I was having difficulty at home and I ran. I always wanted to go away to college but when I went it was an outlet from my home situation and all I did was party. Didn’t focus on the opportunity and basically left my second year and came home pregnant. When I found out I was pregnant I became extremely focused on my child and I was a great mother but I used my daughter to mask my pain instead of taking it to Jesus. Long story short….I have no career and a lot of failed jobs and this is not what I expected my life to end up like. I was blessed even though I’ve had family problems, I’ve been more fortunate and had more opportunities then most. Now I am married and have three children. I have been laid -off once again and my husband is a basketcase. He is dealing with so many demons. I can visiblely see the struggle over his soul. I gained weight too. Food was definitely my comfort but for some reason turning 33 was like a cornerstone. I was determine not to have the same issues that had been plaguing me and continued to rule my existence. I AM A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH. At the beginning of the year I joined Weight Watchers and set a goal. I was not going to say another time I was losing weight by next summer. I got a job which put a strain between my husband and I because I was tried of always beening the breadwinner. Plus my days and nights since we’ve been married were spent trying to figure out why we were not happy. Doing everything in my power to have a great story book marriage. At this point, I was tired. So, I’m feeling good losing weight, paying my bills and enjoying life. Then God threw me a curve ball because in all my glory I didn’t recognize him for answering my prayers nor did I bring him alone for the ride. I had a really bad car accident and then I lost my job. Usually, I would get depressed and spiral out of control. I admit there was some minor depression but I have never been the one to wallow in sarrow forever. I have children to raise and I don’t have that luxury. My husband is the one who gets a set back and goes into deep depression. Then the problems keep escalating. Finances were horrible and we were on the verge of being evicted. There were multiple deaths that surrounded me but I just stood up and faught. We are still two months behind on rent but I went to a non-profit for assistance so I’ve put it in God’s hands. I got all my utilities paid and food in my fridge so my family is feed. I have serious pending issues right now but all I can do is put it in God’s hands! I’ve been wanting to enter a nursing program for years and finally started school August 30. I am using every resourse at school to help me along the journey. I haven’t been excepted in the program but I’m working to reach my goal. I’m also in therapy on campus. I am writing to tell you to keep the faith! I had a revelation recently that changed my life and I hope I can give you the same peace that this man brought to me. I am a firm beliver that God brings people your way for a reason. I was getting a shirt made for my daughter and the man who was making it just had this overwhelming joy about him. Everything was about Jesus…..he was alive because of Jesus….he was successful because of Jesus….he was full because of Jesus. So I asked him what church he attended and if they had a men’s ministry because I’m always trying to find someone to help my husband. I asked what made him start going to church and he replied it was seeing the joy his wife had. He told me that his wife always asked him to attend church with him and he would never go, which is exactly like my situation. He told me her asking would bring upon fights and he would say no just because she wanted him too. Oh…did I know this story to well that him telling me this brought tears to my eyes. I would try to go to church and my kids wanted to go but we would always fill my husband’s void and I would stop going. I also stopped going becuase I felt if I truly embraked on that journey I would forever leave him behind. I expressed this to the shop owner and he told me to never stop my journey to my father. He said he could tell from my eyes that I was just as depressed as my husband. He said my problem was I was too concetrated on my circumstance and not on Jesus. He said these are all circumstances (including my husband) that I had to let go and give them to Jesus. I mean declare out loud ” Lord, I can not fix this situation and I’m handing over to you” Take away in me what displeases you and like me follow your will and live like the virtuouse woman you want me to be”. Thy will be done……And like that let it go. Don’t continue to harp on you circumstances and miss your blessings that God has placed before you! You may not see what he has in store for you because you are going through your storm but I can see you are highly favored and blessed by the most high. You are in a great marriage and working towards a career. Just pray for your father and sweetie let go of any hate you have towards him or anyone.Forgiveness is freedom and you are only torching your soul more and blocking your pass to freedom in paradise.

      I have recently gone back to church…..I am trying to spend time with my creator everyday and I have this peace that I have never had before! On Sunday as we were letting out of church the deacon said stay prayful and fast and that stuck out with me so I google fasting and this website came up. God is so good….you really touched me! Tom, Ron, you and everyone embarking on their personal journey has truly inspired me. So I will pray for you all and I hope you do the same for me.

      Thank you for sharing you story Miss Jasmine……God is Love……Aisha

      P.S.I hope this reaches you and I hope we can stay in touch and I welcome all spiritual guidance and help with nursing!

  32. Ron says:
    Ron

    Hi gj84,

    OK! You have my whole family praying for YOU! Now your part is to BELIEVE the Lord loves you, and will carry you through everything!!

    Concentrate on your POSITIVES! You have a chance at a nursing career! Your husband is supporting you! You have been led to a great site for fasting!

    Fasting is a wonderful way to get closer to our Lord! And it doesn’t have to be a 40 day water fast either. Start by digging deeper into this site. Read about people who have gone through many difficulties. And in some cases much worse than yours.

    When you’ve read some testimonies, and some of the mechanics of fasting you will be prepared to attempt one. I suggest a few short fasts of one to 3 days of juice to start. This will get your feet wet. After a few short fasts and prayers the Lord will lead you in the right direction!

    As a long time faster please believe me, that the Lord WILL BLESS YOU and answer your prayers during a fast! If not what you want…what you NEED!! Or the strength to cope with whatever comes your way.

    Remember to BELIEVE the Lord will help you!!! HE NEEDS YOUR FAITH!! WE WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU!! God Bless, Ron & Family

    • Jasmine says:
      Jas

      May God bless you and your family abundantly Ron for praying for me. I will never forget your act of kindness and encouraging advice. Please continue to pray for me. I will juice fast for three days or more then water fast as I pray.I will follow Gods will and see where he leads me. Thank you so much for responding.

  33. Ron says:
    Ron

    Hi Jasmine, Thank you for your blessings! God always listens to our prayers. It’s us that has trouble listening to Him.

    Fasting, like a diamond, has many facets. YOU are the controller. Whether it be a day or a month…The Lord does NOT count. He LOVES!!

    The Lord appreciates and rewards our “efforts”. That’s because our successes are few. The bible says the Lord answers our faithfulness through “patience and prayer”. Sometimes it takes a little fanagling to perform miracles! God is the master fanagler!! LOL

    When fasting, prayer has a special meaning to our Lord. I’ve seen many. MANY miracles and even simple things…like opening a parking space for me in a busy city street! We have to let Him work in every aspect of our lives!!

    Believe me, I’m no angel, or saint!! I have to get up every morning and remind myself of these things!! But bringing the Lord along in EVERYTHING is like having a powerful
    friend that can answer, and guide you in ANY situation that comes along! We just need to TRUST HIM!!

    Below is a wonderful story I happened on! I hope you enjoy it!! God Bless, Ron
    ——————————————-

    The Road of Life

    At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die.
    He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized his picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him.

    But later on, when I met Christ, it seemed as though my life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back, helping me pedal.

    I don’t know when it was that He suggested that we change places, but life has not been the same since. When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. . .It was the shortest distance between two points.
    But when he took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal.”

    I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer… and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I’d say, “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lords and mine.
    And we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

    I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bent to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.
    And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion Jesus Christ.

    And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says…”Pedal”

    Author Unknown

    • Jasmine says:
      Jas

      This message you share with me made me smile. Thank you again Ron.You are so kind. I am really grateful!!! 🙂

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      You are such a cool guy RON.
      Here in Papua New Guinea is an explosion of energy can change. The is going to be a total national reform in the legislation.
      In 3 days I have been shooting for TV 3 hours radio time and the main newspaper. They want more and more.
      The created a health section.
      The govern is in all the way. So it looks like all systems go for a national health reform.
      All expenses paid and living in luxury and getting ready for workshops for the government.
      I may even get my researchers for the cancer protocol.
      And this place has poor and lots of rich people.
      Sponsorship may be easy here.

  34. Ron says:
    Ron

    Thanks Tom! I have to say the feeling is mutual! In the past 18 months I have gotten closer to our Lord, and YOU are one of the main reasons! Fasting makes the path clearer to our Lord. The whisper in our hearts grows to a song that fills our whole being! God will bless you for helping me, and our brothers and sisters.

    The Holy Spirit is here! And I want to be part of this wonderful good! One day I hope to journey to be with you! Who knows what great things can happen through our faith in the Lord? Until then, I will help any way I can. Just name it friend!

    I, and my family will be praying for you and your work. God Bless, Ron

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Tom Update:
      Papua New Guinea just gets bigger and bigger. Today we met with the owners of a new tv station and they said you can have as much air time as you like including the internet TV with 2 mg per sec download, and the are now fasting. LOL But I do miss Sagada and my amazing wife and daughter which means more to me than all the success on earth. Heading home in 4 days for a while. We may be flying in all my staff, which would be great as they are very talented. It is a beautiful country with much civil unrest and corrupt politics. So far zero resistance but I suspect the big companies like Coke Cola, might get a little peeved with the campain when sales drop to zero. LOL Having fun working hard and the rest is in His hands.

  35. Ron says:
    Ron

    Hi Carol, Thats an easy one! You stop the weight from coming back. Fasting is a wonderful, healthful way to get yourself set in the right direction. But, your lifestyle needs to change, or you will reverse the effects that fasting has had.

    And that’s where the spiritual side of fasting will help you. Once that happens, there is no turning back! You won’t want to. Ron

  36. Carol says:
    Carol

    You’re Awesome Ron. That’s what I thought. This is a LIFELONG process not a quick fix scheme. It is truly God’s way.

  37. Edu Reis says:

    Hello Tom! I am a Christian and now I have managed to do a fast 3
    days, but I can not go beyond, on the morning of the third day I feel bad then my
    dim views and I must eat. But my greatest desire is to fast for several days
    and some day reach 40 days with only water. I wonder what I can do to
    break the barrier of the third day of fasting and juices before I can help
    organism to overcome the barrier of the third day?

  38. Ron says:
    Ron

    Hi Edu, Tom our editor in chief is on an important mission in New Guinea. He is inoculating malaria victims in the jungles there. Please keep him in your prayers.

    I fasted one day per week for years! It took me about 20 years before I was able to fast over 3 days!! I just left it in the Lords hands. I knew that if I gave my fasts to him he would bless me. And he has abundantly. Just give it to him, and one day you will be called like I was.

    Now, fasting is a lifestyle for me! I fast one day per week, one week per month, and at least one month per year! This way, I am always close to my next fast. And if I change the days and dates that is fine. Because my next fast is always near!

    Remember Jesus’ words “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”

    You will get to your goal Edu. Be happy and satisfied you are able to fast. Some people can’t fast for one meal. God bless, and welcome to our site. Ron

  39. Ron says:
    Ron

    Hi Edu, You are very welcome! I am glad to be of assistance.

    Juice fasting will fuel your body to cleanse itself. Water fasting for longer than a few days should only be attempted after you’ve detoxified your body with 20-30 days or more of juice fasting. Juice provides nurtients, vitamins and enzymes that will heal your body. Water fasting provides a deeper cleaning because there is nothing to feed on in your system. But, if you have not detoxed, it won’t be a good experience because your system will be flooded with toxins that have built up stores for years. Water fasting for any length of time is very hard even for a veteran. But it brings you to a place spiritually, mentally and physically that is very rewarding, and worthy of the efforts and pain. And giving it to our Lord intensifies the reward and satisfaction! He really listens and answers our prayers during a fast!! Any fast!!

    I have over-simplified the fasting process. There is more technical information on this site. Just search on the first page of fasting.ws. And please ask any questions you may have! Ron

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