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31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 40 Days of Fasting From Excess (Day 13)

Welcome to December’s series on 31 Days of Giving on a Budget. In this series, I’ll be sharing inspiring stories from my readers and posts with practical ways to give — even on a limited income.

If you have a Giving on a Budget story to share of a way you or your family has given to others this year or this holiday season, please . I’d love to hear it and possibly share it during this series!

We had the incredible opportunity of getting to have and his cameraman come to our home for a short visit earlier this year. Chris is a pastor, author, and a man with an amazing heart for the poor. I was so blessed and inspired to meet him and get to hear a little of his heart.

Chris has . He’s seen suffering beyond what most of us could even begin to fathom (some of the stories he shared just blew my mind!). But he’s not just witnessed the poverty, he is actively seeking to live a life of walking with the poor–sacrificing his own comforts and wants in order to reach out to those in desperate need.

In his book, , Chris issues a challenge for us to not just talk about the dire needs and poverty around the globe, but for us to actually walk with the poor. His book challenges readers to consider a 40-day fast from excess.

In the short video below, I share about two books that have impacted me recently when it comes to giving and living a simple life and Chris shares more about his heart for the poor:

For more video clips from my interviews with Chris, be sure to check out the following links:

What a 40-Day Fast From Excess Might Look Like For Your Family

Can My Small Efforts Really Make a Difference?

How to Encourage Your Children to Be Givers

Other posts in the 31 Days of Giving on a Budget series

  1. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Turn a Ladies' Night Out into an Opportunity to Give Back
  2. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Volunteering in Your Community (Day 2)
  3. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Teaching Our Children to Be Givers (Day 3)
  4. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Teaching Our Children To Be Gracious Receivers (Day 4)
  5. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Charity Begins at Home (Day 5)
  6. 31 Days of Giving: The Healing Power of Giving (Day 6)
  7. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Random Acts of Kindness (Day 7)
  8. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 6 Creative Gift-Giving Ideas for a Limited Budget (Day 8)
  9. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: "Give, and it shall be given to you..." (Day 9)
  10. 31 Days of Giving: Hospitality on a Budget (Day 10)
  11. 31 Days of Giving: What Our Children Are Teaching Us About Being Givers (Day 11)
  12. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Blessings in a Backpack (Day 12)
  13. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 40 Days of Fasting From Excess (Day 13)
  14. 31 Days of Giving: Giving Away as Much as We Save (Day 14)
  15. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 7 Ways to Give Generously (Day 15)
  16. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Freezer Cooking for the Elderly (Day 16)
  17. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: The Joy of Giving Anonymously (Day 17)
  18. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 3 Fun Ways for Children to Give (Day 18)
  19. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: The Hunger Site (Day 19)
  20. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Using Frugality to Splurge on Others (Day 20)
  21. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 5 Inexpensive Ways to Give (Day 21)
  22. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Teaching Our Children to be Givers By Setting Examples in Our Everyday Life (Day 22)
  23. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Blessing Bags (Day 23)
  24. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Giving... Even In Helpless Situations (Day 24)
  25. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Finding Joy in Helping Others (Day 25)
  26. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 5 Ways to Give Generously Through Couponing (Day 26)
  27. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 3 Ways to Give Gratitude to Those in the Military (Day 27)
  28. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Teaching Children the Spirit of Giving (Day 28)
  29. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 4 Ways to Give on a Limited Income
  30. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Why We "Gave Christmas Away"
  31. 31 Days of Giving on a Budget: The More We Save, The More We Have to Give

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7 Comments

  • says:

    Fasting (from anything, be it food or “luxuries”) seems like such a powerful way to examine your current life and habits with an editor’s eye. I’m planning to do a fast from excess in the month of March (since I’m paid bi-weekly and there happens to be three paychecks coming in March). With the extra income, I’m focusing on concentrating my efforts to help local food banks in the area. At least in my area, there’s such an abundance of giving around the holidays (which is a great thing) but many local food pantries here see gifts decline as people settle into the routine of the new year and the media attention around donations decreases as compared to the holidays.

    Can’t wait to read!

  • Ashley says:

    Looking forward to watching these videos once my children are asleep! I’m going to see if our library has that book tomorrow too! We are already very frugal but there are so many ways we could probably cut out excess!

  • Karen Bruce says:

    What a wonderful interview. I love to see God working in individual lives to care for His children! There is often so much white noise in our lives that we can miss His soft voice calling us to be His hands & feet. God bless you and your effort to bring the least of these to the forefront of our minds.

  • Anna K. says:

    This is awesome, thanks so much for sharing. I and many other members of my faith (Mormon) participate in a monthly fast on the first Sunday of each month where we skip two meals and donate at least the value of those meals to a fund that serves the poor in our own communities and all around the world. It is consistently one of the most spiritual things I do all month, and as a result I am always overwhelmed with gratitude for what I have (though some would consider me poor!) and inspired to rededicate myself to the service of the “least of these”.

    I will definitely be reading Chris Seay’s book and I’m excited to see how I could possibly extend this practice/concept to other facets of my life besides food. Thank you again for sharing!

  • Sarah T. says:

    Seven is an AMAZING book! Completely challenges you in so many ways. I love the way Jen Hatmaker writes, too. A definite read! Going to have to check out A Place at the Table.

  • says:

    This was a fabulous book!!! I loved reading it during lent this year.

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