Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Kick-Off: Nourishment

Have you ever just craved nourishment?  How do you get it physically, emotionally, spiritually?  Because I have these questions and I want answers, I've asked a series of people to come in and share how they find nourishment.  Will you come along for the journey?  We will meet here every Thursday until the posts  run out.  Have something to share about nourishment?  Contact me and we will set a date!


Meet Shanda.  This is a Godly women how has been all over the world.  She is a writer and a speaker who has such an amazingly tender heart for God and His Word. Here are her words...


You know the feeling when you are at your limit.  You cannot put one foot in front of another and all you want to do is go home to an empty house, take a bath and sleep?  The exhaustion is so physical and mental that it has become spiritual?


It is like mile twenty of a marathon when you hit the wall.  Your body is depleted of all energy and you are at the point of passing out.  All the carbohydrates you consumed the pre-race week have been used up. At that point, it is only your determination that keeps you going. 

How fitting it is that Jen should ask me to begin her series of nourishment when I am at the point of malnourishment.  It didn’t take long to get here.  With missing only a few days of my quiet time with God, the stress of seeing my family off to places around the world and committing to a bit more than normal on my plate, I am starving. I am not craving the corporate worship form attending church tomorrow, but craving time alone with God, away from all personal interaction, to just dwell in his presence; to lie down in green pastures and drink from the streams of living water.

Too often we rely on a good Sunday worship service or our weekly bible study to keep us going. Yet, if we want to flourish, we need to come daily to drink from the streams of living water.  Observing the flow is not enough, we need to partake of it. If we truly hunger and thirst for righteousness we will come daily into his presence.

Just as it only takes a runner about three hours to become depleted of nourishment, so it is with our spiritual lives.  We need a continual source of God and His Word to keep growing in our faith and our walk with God.

Not only do runners hit the wall at times, but they can also suffer from dehydration and this can be dangerous. I have felt my spiritual life seriously dehydrated.

So, to begin the series on nourishment, I speak, to myself as much as anyone else, of the need to daily come before the throne of God and spend time in his presence.  Only then, can we be sufficiently nourished so as to not grow weary or our have leaves wither.

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.  Psalm 1:1-3

Let us do whatever it takes to run the race well and to finish strong.

You can visit Shanda at A Pause on the Path for more inspiring, heartfelt words...
Isn't she beautiful??
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15 comments :

  1. Yes! She is lovely! I think it's so important than we are honest with one another about those times of hitting the wall, and of reminding one another where the only true source of nourishment comes. Love the imagery from the Psalms. A beautiful start to this series!

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  2. She is even more beautiful when you can touch her! I love her heart and her willingness to admit that the lack she was feeling was her own movement away from God. We all do it, and He is always waiting for our return. Great start!

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  3. Jen, this is a great series! And Shanda, your encouragement is perfect! We can't just rely on Sunday's worship to fill us up. Corporate worship is awesome, but we need daily, personal worship to keep us going. God's Word is our DAILY bread. I absolutely know what it feels like to be spiritually malnourished and I know how quickly it happens. That's why we need to partake daily. Great post!

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  4. Hi Shanda - what a great encouragement to get into His word daily. It is something I still find excuses for and then wonder why I fell burnt out. And yes, Jen, she is beautiful
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. Bless you, Shanda, as you lie down in green pastures and drink from the streams of living water. May these coming days revive you. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda Thomas

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  6. What a great series! Nourishment is a wonderful word to ponder and yes you need a steady stream of healthy things, not occasionally. Great illustrations in this post too - ones that will stick with me.

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  7. That was just what I needed this morning to hear and understand. Thank you Shanda!

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  8. Just got in from a run...great reminder....
    Blessings

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  9. We all need regular doses of nourishment from as many sources as possible. Thanks for starting with the most eternal source, Shanda.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  10. you are thoughtful writer. these lines connected with me so much:

    '... daily to drink from the streams of living water. Observing the flow is not enough, we need to partake of it. If we truly hunger and thirst for righteousness we will come daily into his presence.'

    i don't go to weekly service, but i also need to visit the wells from which i drink, as i think of them. i need my alone time with god, too. i seek nourishment, and at my worst i refused the nourishment.

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  11. Thanks! I'am very glad with your posting!

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  12. Wonderful words of wisdom Shanda! He is the vine and we are the branches.. we cannot sustain ourselves, though we foolishly try to at times. I myself become so dry and brittle when I do not go before Him every day. Thank you for this inspiring and encouraging post.

    God bless!

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  13. daily and throughout the day is nourishment needed. For me I just don't do well at all without it and I can sure tell when I don't or I'm just not present while doing it:) I so loved reading this today Shanda! Intentional comes to mind reading your post. It really is intentional to spend time daily with Him and not only just marking it off our spiritual to do list but allow Him to teach me how to spend time with Him so it is more than just reading etc. Love this series Jen:)!

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  14. Absolutely love the running analogy. And THANK YOU for writing with such honesty....
    I too, am feeling strung-out, over-exhausted, malnourished. From a summerful of visitors, trips, adventures. Hungry for consistency & schedule & intentional, daily time with God...which interestingly, is usually on my morning run.
    Thanks so much for this beautiful encouragement to drink deeply from the Source of everything I need, to rest, replenish, & refuel.

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  15. Thanks for reminding me to eat! I definitely need to drink more of the living water on a regular basis.

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