Monday, January 26, 2015

Alert - Blizzard Warning - Be Safe

God Bless You All.   Here are some tips to prepare you for the Blizzard.  

— Freeze plastic bags of ice in the freezer.   Move them to the fridge if you lose power to keep your food cold.
— Ensure you have full tank of gas so that the gas lines don't freeze. It is worth waiting in line at the gas station.
— Buy powdered milk.   Mixed with water you can have mild for children and it won't spoil.
— Be careful walking outside.  The snow will be on top of ice that was formed in previous storms
— If you lose electricity, call Western Mass Electric on your cell phone to get a status and to report an outage.  (413) 785-5871
— If there is a delay in getting your streets plowed (like recently reported for 16 Acres in WGGB 40), call the Springfield DPW (413) 787-6260 or the DPW in your town.
— Keep informed of the weather by downloading the WWLP weather APP.  Search for WWLP WX
David Ewen

Friday, January 2, 2015

Daniel Fast (Complete Information)

Daniel Fast 

Daniel 10:2-3 & 17-19

The Daniel Fast provides a unique opportunity for you to draw near to the Lord through prayer and fasting. May the Lord bless you richly as you hunger for Him!  There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:      Only fruits and vegetables & only water for a beverage

Then in Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline:      No sweeteners and no breads

Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that’s why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

Daniel 10:2-3 & 17-19

Daniel 10:2-3   New King James Version (NKJV)
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Daniel 10:17-19   New King James Version (NKJV)

17 For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.”
18 Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!”
So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

·         All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
·         All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
·         All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
·         All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
·         All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
·         All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
·         Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
·         Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

·         All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
·         All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

·         All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
·         All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
·         All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
·         All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
·         All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
·         Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.