We have all done it. Power walking up and down the grocery aisles, hungry, throwing everything in the cart but what we intended.
Unfortunately for me, the items frequently tossed into the basket tend to be the ones that taste really good but are of no benefit to the body.
I start out with good intentions, but because I am ravenous, I become easily tempted and distracted, thus grabbing quick and easy things that I believe will satisfy me.
Recently I was having one of those grocery runs and each item that I tossed into the cart seemed to mock me.
You are what you eat.
Then I was reminded of how things had been during the month of March, when I fasted.
I would go to the grocery store, juice in hand, and with a very controlled approach, peruse the aisles. I was very precise about my selections, picking only choice fruits and vegetables. I wasn’t starving because I had been sipping on my fruit juice along the way.
Just ripe Bananas.
All excellent, beneficial things went into my basket. And I was satisfied and content.
I couldn’t help but notice the difference in the two occasions when I stopped to consider how I am feeding my spirit woman.
Is my spirit woman starving because of the lack of time I spend with the Lord, and am I haphazardly tossing things into my “basket” that are detrimental to my spiritual growth?
Copious amounts of alcohol to dull a pain.
Unhealthy friendships to lessen the loneliness.
Ungodly relationships to improve self-worth.
Ladies, we are what we eat.
Our spirit bodies are not different from our physical bodies.
If we want a healthy relationship with the Lord, we must eat of the bread of Heaven by spending time in His Word. It is there that we learn to overcome pain.
If we want to produce the fruits of the spirit, we must tap into the organic fruit of the vine of Christ through prayer. It is in the relationship we have in Christ that we find our worth.
If we want to quench our thirst, we must drink from the living water, the Spirit of God who is always with us.
Moms, this means that we need to stop waiting until we are starving thus falling for what is easy and tastes good but only satisfies us temporarily.
Today, I challenge you to listen closely to your spirit woman, and instead of running carelessly through the grocery aisle, throwing unintended, unbeneficial things into the “basket”, lets look to our Father to sustain us. Allow the Lover of your soul to feed you what you so desperately crave: His presence, His attention, and His love as you fill your soul with Him through prayer and His Word.
Word of the Day:
“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35
Lord, thank you for the Spirit who makes me aware of my desperate need for your presence. Help me to learn to seek you during the day, instead of waiting until I am spiritually starving. Help me to crave you so I am not easily distracted by things that are detrimental to my relationship with you, in Jesus name, amen.