Lately I’ve had an EXTREME appetite. I eat breakfast before going in to work, a snack after getting to work, lunch, a snack when I get home, then dinner. I used to eat once maybe twice a day, not because I was trying not to eat, but because I just did not have an appetite. I saw the results of not eating regularly in my energy level, physical appearance, not to mention my weight. Several months ago, I made a decision to improve my overall health and part of that improvement plan was eating consistently.
In the beginning it was a real struggle. I would literally force myself to eat. While the effort was tedious, I knew it was necessary in order to improve my overall health and well-being. Day by day my appetite increased until now it is EXTREME. As a matter of fact, I’m munching on grapes as I type this EmpowerMoment.
As I reflect on the growth of my physical appetite, I cannot help but think about the growth of my spiritual appetite as well. I used to only “eat” on Sunday. I wasn’t choosing not to, I just did not have an “appetite”. If I read my Bible it was to find something specific and then I was done. The result of this was:
1) Low energy level – I couldn’t handle ANYTHING. I would give in to depression at the slightest disappointment, fall into sin at the simplest temptation, and drop my destiny at the least point of opposition.
2) Lackluster Appearance – I was living a somewhat frayed lifestyle, and it SHOWED!! Yes I was still cute on the outside but, “…the Lord does not look at the things man looks at, man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart…” (1 Samuel 16:7b NIV) and my heart was jacked up! I had an attitude, a temper and it was all about what I wanted to do.
As God began to deal with me I began to realize that my issues would get worse if I didn’t start EATING. “Blessed is the [wo]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 [her] delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law [s]he meditates day and night. [She] is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever [she] does prospers…” (Psalms 1:1-3 NIV)
I made the decision to begin eating spiritual food (reading my Bible) everyday from that point on. This was not easy; there were some days when I had to again force myself to eat. It seemed like right when I started reading my Bible I would get so sleepy, or there was ALWAYS something else I needed to be doing instead. However, as I continued my commitment to improve my overall spiritual well-being, my appetite for the Word of God steadily increased. My appetite for the Word is not at the level of my appetite for food yet, but I’m working on it!
Thank You for increasing my desire to learn more about You. Sharpen my understanding of Your word and take me to another level. I ask that You reveal Yourself to me like never before. I decree and declare that I will receive a fresh word, EVERY time I study and spend time with You. I thank You and praise You for all these things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to EAT! God wants you to partake of spiritual food EVERYDAY, not just on Sunday. I promise not only will it be a nourishing meal, it will give you the strength to handle EVERYTHING that you must deal with through the week AND your appearance (your heart) will be much healthier.
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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”