Steak or Tofu?

Going on the Daniel Fast before the 2012 Writing for the Soul writer’s conference was not my best idea. But it was a God idea.

I tried to remember that when they served me tofu, while everyone around me feasted on New York Strip.

I felt deprived.

But only in my meals, not with the substance of the conference. It was meaty. Spirit-filled. Christ-exalting.

And it was an answer to prayer.

When I went on the vegan diet for the fast, I was seeking direction, guidance, and a more intimate relationship with Christ.

After leaving the conference on Sunday, I traveled to Cheyenne WY, where I was scheduled to speak for three hours to a group of women. I worried I’d be exhausted.

Instead, the speakers for the Writing for the Soul conference had challenged me in my walk with Christ and in my divine call as a writer—I felt completely alive!

And that diet? I may have been eating light, but I was well-fed—in body and soul.

Pauline Hylton lives in Clearwater FL. She’s a graduate of the Christian Writers Guild’s Journeyman course. Her articles have appeared in the USA Today magazine, Your Life Guide to Women’s Health and Tallahassee Woman. Visit her online.

Steak image: Suat Eman /

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