Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nourishment: Crying in my Wheaties

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 Jessica.  I connected with Jessica through Facebook.  She was at She Speaks, but unfortunately, I didn't get to meet her in person.  But through her posts on her blog and her passion for quality products for our kids, I'm getting to know her a little bit better.  So will you after she fills you with this nourishing post.
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It’s been almost 4 years since we broke it off. Everything I did centered on our relationship and I hadn’t even noticed how dependent I’d become.

Four years ago this spring, I kissed wheat goodbye.

That’s no secret codename for a man, it’s the real stuff: wheat was killing me from the inside out. The day the doctor proclaimed that I suffered from extreme gluten sensitivity was one of the best days of my life. He said if I wanted to function and enjoy life, I needed to get rid of the wheat in my diet. After nearly a decade of undiagnosed symptoms, I could finally hold a diagnosis in my hand, a solid reason for why I felt so crummy all the time. I wanted a certificate, or a trophy, or someone to slap an A+ onto my shirt.

I was free.

However, once in my car, I began to feel sorry for myself. I thought about all the ways our lives revolved around food. The social butterfly in me grieved. I was crushed over the thought of my deprivation. In a flash, the joy I had was gone.

My focus became about what I couldn’t eat instead of what I could. Right there in that car, I put food on a throne. I made it my god. I thought about it constantly. I loved it. I hated it. I worshiped it. I thought I was entitled to it.

{The very day the truth set me free was the same exact day I willingly became a slave again}.
From that moment forward, I never ate wheat again. Yet, no matter how we acquire them, food-related-strongholds don’t die easily. If there is one lesson I have learned over these four years it’s simply this:

{If food is on the throne, God cannot be}.

We cannot serve two masters. Yes, we need food to live, but if we can’t live without our favorite comfort foods for one day without crying in our Wheaties, we have a problem on our hands. I know I certainly did! God wants us to be healthy, but we are mind, body, and spirit. If one of those is neglected or abused, then we cannot be balanced. Eating God’s way is not easy, but I’d rather have the abundant life God created for me, than one day with a slice of birthday cake.
“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
{Lord, you made food to give us physical nourishment and we thank you for the abundance of food in our country. Yet, if we have put it on Your throne, forgive us. If food is causing us physical, spiritual, or emotional pain, set us free from its’ grip. Let no weapon formed against us be able to prosper. Show us each day how to correct the mistakes we have made, so that we might live the abundant life Jesus purchased for us on the cross. May we never trade fleeting physical pleasure for doing Your will, and finishing the work you have given us. In Jesus name, amen.} 


Want to learn more about Jessica?  Jessica Kirkland lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, Robb, and five-year-old triplets. She is the Founder of Christian Apps 4 Kids, where she writes and creates interactive book apps that are Christ-centered. Jessica is an author and speaker whose greatest passion in life is to see young families grow deeper in their walk with God. When she isn't writing, playing with her kids, or chasing her rebellious dog through the neighborhood, you can find her blogging on her personal blog Jessie's House found at http://www.jessicakirkland.com. Jessica also helps others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle on her new website: http://www.glutenfreegab.net

4 comments :

  1. AMEN sis-tah! I'd so more but you said it all. Thanks Jessica!

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  2. Wonderful post, Miss Jessica!! So true....."If food is on the throne, God cannot be." Yikes, I think I'd better go check the throne I'm currently looking to, it may have the word diet on it rather the King of Kings. Thanks for your post.

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  3. Food is so "sneaky!" We can justify it. It's leagal after all. We all "need" it...just not so much of it all of the time! I really struggle with the sweet treats. Great reminder that there is only room for ONE ruler in our lives.

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  4. Yes, it's just a struggle. Daily! Thank you ladies for leaving comments and sharing your hearts. Means a lot! praying that you are blessed!

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