Fasting and Blueberry Bread

What the Fast & Blueberry Bread

2 Chronicles 2:20 (erv)

Jehoshaphat became afraid, and he decided to ask the Lord what to do. He announced a time of fasting for everyone in Judah.

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Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah when he learned that they were going to be attacked. And that scared him. Obviously, right? Who wouldn’t be scared when they learned that they were under attack? The answer might be surprising; it’s you and I. While we’re all queens (YASSS QUEEN!), we’re not like the royal ones that have nations to protect. But we are constantly being attacked spiritually; it’s part of the whole sin problem we’re facing.

And if we’re constantly under attack, shouldn’t we follow in the footsteps of Jehoshaphat and seek God in the face of fear? God certainly doesn’t want us to live in fear – in 1 John 4:18 we learn that “perfect love drives out fear.” But we need be aware of the things that should cause us fear without the help of God. That includes being under attack.

What I love about this passage is that Jehoshaphat didn’t appear to spend anytime at all dwelling on the negativity of his situation, and he didn’t spring into action by implementing a new military training or calling all the men to start building new weapons out of anything they could find. He realized he was facing something he couldn’t handle on his own, and he immediately went to the Lord and asked Him what he should do. And then he fasted, and he asked his community to fast as well.

I’ll be honest, the idea of fasting has always confused me. I don’t know about you, but the feeling of hangry is a very real thing for me. I’ve never been able to imagine focusing on anything but food if I give up food. I’m sure there’s growth and faith to experience through it, but for now, I’ll share this; fasting doesn’t have to be about food. Traditionally in the Bible, fasting does refer to giving up eating, but I personally feel that fasting can be taking our mind off of something that typically consumes it in order to focus more or more intentionally on God.

For many of us, this can be a social media fast. Or a TV fast. It’s less about what we’re giving up and more about what (Who) we’re replacing it with; God. God doesn’t desire for us to suffer, or quite literally feel like we’re starving to death – He wants to be first in our lives. He wants our trust and our obedience. For some, that means fasting from food. For others, it means fasting from entertainment. It might even be fasting from shopping or volunteering. The time is meant to be “sacrificed” in order to spend more time seeking God and His wisdom through prayer, reading the Word, and spending time with Him.

And just like Jehoshaphat, we often reach the edge of ourselves and have no idea what to do. That’s when it’s extra important to seek God. Not only will He lead us the right way, but He’ll also give us peace and comfort through the process. But springing into fix-it mode won’t always be the solution to our problems. And neither will avoiding them.

When you’re afraid and don’t know what to do, there’s One who’s always ready and waiting to lead. All we have to do is seek Him intentionally.

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Have you ever fasted in a time or fear, during a big decision, or in response to a big event? How did fasting better help you connect with God? What was the outcome of your fast?

What’s something that you might consider fasting from for a set period of time in order to turn your focus toward God?

Pray

For God’s comfort and peace to fill your heart during times of fear and uncertainty.

Blueberry Bread

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 12 Slices of Bread

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup syrup or raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup blueberries, divided in half
  • non-stick spray
  • Glaze
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients except for half of the blueberries and blend until smooth
  4. Once blended, gently stir in the remaining blueberries
  5. Pour batter into bread pans and cook separately (if making full recipe) for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  6. Glaze
  7. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth
  8. Pour glaze over bread and cut into slices
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