I did it! I completed the caffeine fast. And I lived to tell about it.
February 28 marked the end, and the morning of March 1, I bought a soy chai tea latte at the Atlanta airport before boarding my 12-hour delayed flight back to Springfield. The drink was dreamy.
This kingdom fast was a healthy one for me, physically and spiritually. I realized quickly how my body responded to the lack of caffeine in my system. It didn’t feel good. So, resolution #1 upon reintroducing caffeine to my life: Do it in moderation, please. If the desire is for a hot mug in hand while reading, fill it with caffeine-free tea or just water.
Second, my realization that I longed for coffee more than Jesus was like a punch to the gut. I vowed to say out loud “I just want Jesus” at least once every day for the second half of the fast. Which I did. And every time I said it, the response was, “Here I am.” In those moments I found the reality that there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother or sister (Prov. 18:24). It was powerful. Which leads me to resolution #2: Say his name out loud at the start of the day. I need to start my day with his name, and then have my cup of coffee.
March’s Kingdom Fast: Shopping. Stay tuned.