My church has a fasting and prayer time at various times throughout the year that the congregation is encouraged to take part in (assuming you can medically do so). I don’t do much of the meal fasting because of my own health, but my husband takes part in it most of the time.
Most recently my oldest son asked what fasting means. My husband explained that it’s when you refrain from eating, drinking, or any other activity for a brief period of time. Little did I know that my son would later come up with a 21 day fasting plan (on his own) for him and his sister to follow. You can learn a lot from your kids.
Rather than skipping meals, they refrained from certain foods and/or activities. When the item wasn’t in the house to refrain from they applied it to school and anywhere else outside of the house. They checked the boxes as they completed each day.
Here is the exact 21 day fasting plan they used:
21 Fasting Days
Day & what you are giving up
- Day 1 – Ketchup
- Day 2 – Candy
- Day 3 – Ice cream/cold sweets
- Day 4 – Candy
- Day 5 – High calories
- Day 6 – Animal products
- Day 7 – Computer
- Day 8 – TV
- Day 9 – Salty items
- Day 10 – Tablet/mac n cheese (my kids love mac and cheese!)
- Day 11 – Over serving size
- Day 12 – High calories
- Day 13 – No fruit
- Day 14 – Junk snack
- Day 15 – Over serving size
- Day 16 – No fruit
- Day 17 – Tablet/french fries
- Day 18 – Ice cream/cold sweets
- Day 19 – High calories
- Day 20 – Sweets
- Day 21 – Animal products
- Day 22 – Finally eat anything!
(Repeat every month!)
This plan can be modified and repeated as needed to achieve the same results. You don’t need a complicated plan, either way the message is still clear. You are making a sacrifice of something you love.
Abi Craig says
That’s great! Wonderful testimony of your husbands example living out his faith and the giving the kids a desire to follow in his footsteps. And your son leading his sister and being an example and encouragement to other kids. Such a sweet blessing to a mom’s heart to watch all this play out.
Thank you so much Abi! It truly was fantastic to see them do this.