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Monday, October 26, 2009

My Monday Morning Mantra

Someone puh-leeze tell me that I am not the only one who woke up this morning and said, "Ok. This is it. Today is really gonna be the day. I will do better this week."

It seems to be my Monday Morning Mantra.

To be honest, if I may, I looooove food. Love it. I love cooking and I really love eating. Partaking of great food for me is like an alcoholic enjoying their beverage of choice. It satisfies. It fulfills. It just makes me feel all warm and cozy on the inside.

So, again, I woke up this morning. Said those same too familiar words. And in the back of my mind wondered, "Can I really do this? Will I really do this?"

Is anyone feelin' me?

This battle for me is nothing new. I actually conquered it in 2000 when I lost 60 pounds. But, BUT it has not been a battle I have fought... won... and never had to fight again. It's my stronghold.

A stronghold is anything that has a 'strong hold' on your life. For you it may be something different. But whatever it is, it is holding us back from concentrating on other, more fruitful things in our Christian life.

I read this scripture recently and in light of my daily battle it so struck me. It is found in John 4. This is where we find Jesus and His disciples leaving Judea and returning to Galilee. On the way Jesus stops at a well and has an encounter with a women from Samaria, better known as The Woman at the Well.

While Jesus is ending His conversation with her the disciples return from buying food in the nearby town and this is the dialog they have with Jesus:

Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, "Rabbi, eat something." But Jesus replied, "I have a kind of food you know nothing about."

"Did someone bring him food while we were gone?" the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work." John 4:31-34

What satisfied Him, fulfilled Him and made Him feel all warm and cozy on the inside was doing the will of His father and completing His work. It was His stronghold.

Wow, and mine is food?

So today, my prayer is this...


Let my satisfaction come only from doing all you have called me to do. Let my thoughts be on your will for me, not the next meal for me. I pray that you would fulfill me like no parcel of food ever could. Your are the bread of life. So let my hunger pangs be only for you today.

I am so thankful for all the responses to Friday's post. I loved all your favorite things. Some were very close to my heart too.

And the winner of the $20 Olive Garden Gift Card is Penny!!!

Penny and her husband Steve are heading overseas to be missionaries to Hungray. Funny. Seeing as my post was about food. Oh, and their website? "RUHungray.com" I'm laughing right now because the coincidences are just so uncanny. Anyway, I would love for you to check out their ministry. Click here to learn all about them and the amazing burden God has placed in their heart for this country.

1 comment:

Melanie Wolfe said...

Great message Tina! There is "meat" in that word hahaha! I too struggle with this and think I will try reading the word when I feel like snacking and see what happens! Have a great week!