Give us this day our daily bread

Friday, October 23, 2009

I was reminded this morning of the message that was taught at church on Sunday about how we are a world that lives with abundance. We do have more than we need or know what to do with. Let's face it, we rent buildings to store the stuff that no longer fits in our houses!! Now, of course, this was aimed at material things. But this does convey over to how we eat.

We are taught at an early age how to pray to God. I can remember learning the Lord's Prayer when I was little. It was one of our first big memorization projects. What I am focusing on today is this part, "Give us this day our daily bread." God gives us what we need daily to survive. We just need to pray and trust that the food that we have is ENOUGH to get us through the day. ENOUGH to nourish us to that we can move, think, do.

When God led his people out into the wilderness, God provided food for them in such abundance that they had food left over everyday. And the food was good. It helped them to walk and walk and walk in that wilderness - for YEARS!

So, my point is why do I feel that I need to sit down and eat a huge meal every meal? I wonder why I feel secure and content only when I am so miserably full that I cannot move or breathe sometimes?

I am sure that there are many emotional reasons attached to this eating habit that I have. What really strikes me here is that I believe I am living in sin by eating like this. Am I showing God that I don't trust him to provide for me in this way?

Can I learn to be content to eat to sustain and nourish my body and not to meet some emotional need?

I could cut down on my grocery bill and give that money to help someone in need. To someone that does not have enough food for the day. To Compassion International, or the local Salvation Army. I could give to the local abuse shelter. That money could be use for so much good!

I believe I can. I believe that this very thing was revealed to me so that I can make this change with God's help. God doesn't want me to be a slave to food. He doesn't want me to be a slave to any earthly thing.

Heavenly Father, I thank you so much for showing me your love. I thank you for helping me adjust my focus so that I can learn to live the way you want me to live. I thank you for allowing me to know that you are here to help me with my new lifestyle change. Lord, I want to do this in a way that honors you. I commit this to you and pray that you will guide me along the way. I thank you for giving the vision of SparkPeople and for the many, many SP friends that I am meeting. I pray a special blessing to all of my SP friends today! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen!

I must remember that God is a God of abundance and He will take care of me!
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  • SAL1512
    Thank you for your thoughts. Your journey will take you to the right place!
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    3135 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/19/2009 1:32:07 PM
    Yes, He will take care of you. Thank you for sharing this. Becky
    3161 days ago
    Thank you for your thoughts. I too am trying to view food differently. For some reason I think this will be the last time I ever get to eat this food and so I had better eat all I can. I have to keep reminding myself that even though I love it, there will be other opportunities to have it - I don't have to pig out on it now. There are also many other good foods to eat. I want to view each days meals in a healthful way. If this meal or that meal is not my favorite, so what. As long as it is healthy and my body can use it to sustain life than it is good. There will be other times when I get the things I really enjoy. I have also discovered that being able to eat all I can eat of something I like doesn't make me enjoy it any better. In fact, I ususally end up feeling sick of it. It is the fact that there is just a small amount that makes it seem so good. IMO anyway.

    Keep up the good work. We are all in this together.
    3161 days ago
    That was a great blog.......a real "food for thought" Thanks for sharing!

    3162 days ago
    Your post reminded me of something I learned a long time ago in a Bible Study I did...That gluttony is a sin. That sure opened my eyes. I love your blogs because they are so truthful and insightful. I learn something new each time I read them. It is amazing that even when God provided daily manna the people complained that was all they ever got and grew tired of it! And yet we do the same thing today. I'm glad God doesn't grow tired of us!
    3162 days ago
  • GATORLADY02347
    This really got to me! Thank you so much for posting this. I am so horrible at snacking. What I have learned is this, while I am sitting here snacking my brains out, a child is living in poverty not eating for weeks and months at a time. If I would stop stuffing my face with unhealthy foods, and trust in God, that he will help me get through this time in my life, then maybe I can trust that this is something he put to me to go through so I can help other people out. If that makes sense. I feel like God wanted me to struggle with my weight so hard, so that way I can help other people out. I feel guilty when I snack and snack and snack and snack and SNACK, and other people in the world are starving. It just amazes me at how we have to have our stomach triple the size it should be to make us feel full! Good luck on your weight loss journey, and all of us SparkPeople members are going to help each other out to finally end this constant struggle with our weights! And waists :o)
    3162 days ago
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