Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Soul Food vs.Soul Satisfaction

Tonight is final weigh-in for First Place before we are out for the summer.  Mmmmmh...  I'm dreading it...

How have I done over the past 12 weeks?   Well, I know I haven't made much progress.  I stepped on the scale this morning, and did not like what it said.  The last time that I did a 12 week course in First Place, I lost over 20 pounds.  This time I have mainly juggled two pounds back and forth between weigh-ins.  Sigh...

After the disappointment of stepping on the scale again this morning,  I went downstairs to my "Secret Place" where I meet with God and do my "Bike and Bible" time.  As always, God  was there waiting for me, and had a very appropriate word for me as I opened my Bible.  My eyes immediately fell on Psalm 63:5:

     "My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You."

A satisfied soul - that's what I want.  I think that's what I often try to do with food - satisfy my soul, and food just can't ever fill that void.  It's like it tastes wonderful on my tongue, but the satisfaction doesn't last and my soul is never satisfied. 

So, before I prepared breakfast for myself this morning, I eyed the fudge that was sitting on the counter.  I had made two large batches to send with my sister to take to Egypt next week for my niece to enjoy; one of peanut butter fudge, and the other of chocolate walnut.  I had a few pieces left that didn't fit in the tin, and they appeared to be vying for my attention.  I thought of the verse quoted above, and I silently asked God, "Will you really satisfy my soul right now more than this piece of fudge would?!!"

I didn't eat the fudge, but instead fixed myself a bowl of oats, topping it with some low calorie yogurt, and a few pieces of walnuts. 

This whole weight issue has plagued me for years.  I can't say I had a glorious victory over the fudge today, but at least it is still sitting there untouched.    I guess I still have much to learn from our patient and loving heavenly Father about soul satisfaction!  But I'm not giving up on being totally victorious; some day I will be.  And like the Psalmist said, "I will YET praise Him."


    

10 comments:

Lois said...

oh my, oh my, oh my... I can't concentrate to finish the last few paragraphs of your very Wonderful meditation.... I kinda lost focus when you said something about sending 2 batches of fudge to Egypt.............
:)
But I still would rather have YOU!!!
love you much dear Auntie!

Patti Hanan said...

Congratulations on your victory today over the fudge. We all still have much to learn from our patient and loving heavenly Father about soul satisfaction! I was encouraged by your post.

Angie Battle said...

Wow! Love that verse...and how you shared your heart about what God is showing you about it.

sarah said...

congrats on fighting to win your struggle....one day at a time....something this older man used to tell me all the time...inch by inch it's a cinch...yard by yard it's hard. Stay strong.....and thanks for posting this....you inspire.

Charlotte said...

Good for you. I'm not sure I could have resisted that fudge. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post. It makes me want to be a better "resister". Is that word? It doesn't look right, but you know what I mean.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Pamela said...

Such an inspiring post. I have a pan of chocolate and penuche to make for tomorrow and I've been asking myself if I can stay out of it. I will be asking God to fill the craving with Himself. I'm so happy I read this.

Blessings,
Pamela

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

It is so nice to read this post. What a wonderful scripture you have here today. I have been trying to loose weight since Jan. 22 I have lost 17 pounds,I have more than that to go but I don't look at it as a diet I look at it as a life change. I look forward in planning my meals and what nutritions I will get from that meal. I try to nurture my meals like I try to nurture my spirituality. Thank-you for this post today. I think 1 piece of fudge is fine,it's the second and third that's questionable :)
God Bless,
Ginger

no spring chicken said...

Good for you!! It's the little victories that build upon each other to transform us! I understand...

Esther Joy said...

Thank you all for your comments and encouragement. It's Monday morning, and I'm glad "His mercies are new every morning!" because I kind of had a "Romans 7" weekend!

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Have a blessed day!

In Christ,
Dakota - A Look at Life from a Deerstand