I Like to Eat

There is no question, I like food.  I’m sure you do too.  But what is the purpose of the food IImage put in my mouth?  Is it to nourish my body?  Is it to satisfy an unmet need?  Is it my answer to stress?  Why do I open, insert, chew and swallow?

I can rationalize these questions, twist them in various ways and make it sound “okay to do,” but when I opened up my Bible for daily devotions, this scripture caused me to choke!

“But food does not bring us near to God.”  I Corinthians 8:8

I’m busted right there in that Scripture.  Here’s what I mean…

Our bodies need food for nourishment.  Therefore, I should eat what is needed for nourishing my body.  That is the purpose of food.  Food was not design to replace  God. (Take a deep breath if I am pinching you right now…)  The reality is this in my life, when I am stressed, I eat.  There, I said it.  It is out in the open.  When I am angry, I eat.  When I am lonely, I snack.  When I … well, this list could get quite long, so I will move on.

The truth that I am swallowing today and maybe you need to chew on this a bit longer is this:  When I turn to food in my moment of need (stress, anger, sadness, loneliness) I am replacing God with food.  Doesn’t that turn the tables on it and shed light on this verse:

“But food does not bring us near to God,” I Corinthians 8:8

When I emotionally eat, I am putting food first, not God.  Ouch! I need some band-aids over here!  

So, today, I am choosing to ask myself these questions, maybe you will too:

– Am I hungry or do I want to eat because of an emotion?

– Is what I am putting into my mouth going to nourish my body and give it the energy it needs to do all I have to accomplish?

If I answer, “Yes, I am hungry and yes, it will nourish my body,” then I am going to eat it.  However, if I answer, “No, I am not hungry, I am ___________,” then I will choose to not eat it.

The bottom line in life is this:  There are choices.  We control what what we will answer “yes or no” to.

“Choose this day whom you will serve,”  (Joshua 24:15, NIV)

If you want to join me on this new journey of choosing God over emotional eating, leave me a comment.  Let’s do it together, one bite (or not) at a time!

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Even when it feels as though everything is falling apart; he is holding it all together. Lean IN on him…

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Something NEW

Hey, friends and followers!

I just wanted to take a minute and update you on something “NEW” in my life! I am currently working on polishing up my NEW webpage.  I will be doing all the same stuff I was on here, but I will no longer be using this wordpress site for future dialogue.  So – here’s what I need you to do – go to www.michellegeorgiana.com and SUBSCRIBE to my new page in order to have the devotionals, updates and more delivered to your INBOX!  

 

Don’t fret, all the previous blogs, comments, etc have all been exported and are up on my NEW page.  Looking forward to connecting with you there as we continue on this faith journey together.

 

Blessings!

Michelle

Believe.

Believe.

Rejoice.

Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again, ‘Rejoice!”  (Philippians 4:4)rejoice

Ever wake up and feel like not rejoicing?  Ever have a week where you would rather not speak to anyone or utter a sound, let a lone rejoice?  Let me comfort you with these words, “You are not alone.” There have been days, maybe even a season, that I did not feel like rejoicing because I felt the world around me was against me. This thing called life was hard and I just didn’t have the get up and go at ’em attitude.  I would rather have sung the glums and ate chopped liver than to let myself rejoice.  My attitude stunk and I left that odor expel from my pores affecting other’s personal spaces.  So, again, let me comfort you and say, “If you are feeling that way – you are not alone.  Chances are your very own pastor (yes, go ahead and gasp- he or she isn’t perfect), mom, dad, sister, brother, cousin, friend, neighbor, teacher, principal, employer and fellow employees and anyone else that has breath to breathe has felt this same way. Tough stuff happens, enough said.” 

But, God… oh, yes, there are those infamous words, but God!  Two precious words that remind me and help me to push through and find it in me to rejoice!  I may not feel like it and I might not want to – I can even in a thirty something year old body find the inner two year old who wants to stamp her feet, whine, cry and even wail.  That child who can point fingers, blame others and can throw a full fledge tantrum –  I think that child is somewhere in all of us- the Word calls it our flesh.  But the Word never fails, just like God never fails, he is always gently leading us as the good Shepherd.  Yes, us sheep, that seem to stray off the path, he lovingly nudges us to follow.  That desire is in us to follow, we just have to stop and listen to the voice then choose to follow.

But God in his Word tells us to Rejoice!  And then it is repeated in the same sentence, “…I will say it again, ‘Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).   I am not a theologian and I do not pretend to be, I am just a chick that is in love with a God who loves me more.  I am enthralled by his Words and they light up my life.. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love to hear, “You are the apple of my eye,” (Zechariah 2:8).   In my fascination and delight of knowing that God loves me despite me, that  his love is neverending – how can I not find it in me to rejoice?  I must rejoice despite trials, hard times, sad times, lonely times, desperate times and even depressed times.  Even when I do all right and everything goes wrong, I must find it in me to rejoice!  I will say it again…. REJOICE!

Paul in the Book of Philippians is giving his final exhortation, he begins by saying: “Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and my crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends,” (Philippians 4:1).  What are we standing firm in?  Paul is telling us to stand firm despite our present struggles.  Stand firm and hold on, set your minds on heavenly things.   And there in the black and white text of my NIV Bible I get it – as though the letters dance along the page and leap only to swirl through my brain and waltz in my heart – the connection that I and maybe you need, is an answer.  How do I rejoice in my present struggle when I don’t feel like, when my world seems like it is falling apart and the days seem long and the time seems slow and I feel like I’m the only one?

 I set my mind on heavenly things…..   (Philppians 3:20-21)

When I set my mind on things that are temporary, a sense of defeat, deflate and discouragement creep in sucking life, energy and joy.  But when I turn upward and look past the clouds and search into the heavenly realms, my heart and mind tango with this beautiful song that there is more and I can rejoice.

If I am to rejoice, how does it come about?  The answer comes from Philippians 4:5-7.  I am going to list them in order which they appear in the Bible.

  • Let your gentleness be evident to all.   

Show those around you, whomever they are, your gentleness.  May people think, “I cannot believe her gentleness despite her heartache or cicrumstance (or whatever has you chained to be downcast).”

  • The Lord is near.

 Remember you are not alone.  The Lord is with you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you, you are the apple of his eye!

  • Do not be anxious  about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.

Let the worries flow from you up to heaven in the form of prayer and petitions – asking God for help.  When we can stop and let go of our natural tendency to control the unknowns, we make room for peace to flood our hearts and take up the vacancy.  When we can stop and be thankful we can let joy return to the void places that held brokenness and rejuvenate the heart.  We can rest assured that when we present our prayers and petitions, our requests, to God they do not go unheard.  He hears every one of them and has seen every tear.  He feels your heartache and the weight of your disappointments.  Yet, he says, “Rejoice!”  and the Holy Spirit echoes, “Rejoice!” and our inner spiritual man says, “Rejoice!”  

“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, ‘Rejoice!”  Philippians 4:4

Rejoicing keeps my mind focus on heaven, my eternal future, not on things that are temporal and that one day will pass away with this Earth.  It keeps me moving forward, pressing forward and I keep in the forefront of my mind that all that I have  gives me reason to rejoice and I let God move in those areas where I hurt, I let go of what keeps me back from seeing Him wholeheartedly.

Paul gives us a filter to help us do exactly what he is preaching to those he loves, “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things….. And the peace of God will be with you.”  (Philippians 4:8-9)  What is Paul telling me?  That if I filter my thoughts, emotions, words, attitudes through this purifier of a scripture and stand firm focusing on what is yet to come I will receive peace.  

To rejoice welcomes peace.   The connection of one to the other, the dots connecting from one to two leads us somewhere a final picture of finding peace through the process of rejoicing.

May the God of peace be with you, in you and expel from you as your rejoice in him despite your present struggles.

Blessings.

Michelle Blog info

But I’m Mad…

Ever have those moments when you are just downright plain mad?  Maybe it is justified, maybe it’s not, but despite its justification it does not change the way you feel – you are just mad.  And I am not talking about mad as in crazy and lost your mind nor am I talking about a cow disease, I am specifically talking about the emotion that can drive us off a cliff, help us ignite fires or cause us to close up and hide in our turtle shells.  Just plain, downright mad at someone or something.

God knitted us together, we can read about it in Psalm 139.  Everything that was knitted into our DNA was created by our good creator.  Nothing was a mistake.  He wove us together in the secret place (Psalm 139:15).  From that thought I derive this one:  Our emotions were created by God and knitted into the DNA he wove together to form you and me.

Therefore our God is an emotional God.  In the Bible, you can find many times where he expresses his emotions.

  • We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19, NIV)
  • Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14, NIV)
  • Jesus was angry as he looked at the people, and he felt very sad because they were stubborn. (Mark 3:5, CEV) 
  • The Lord is pleased with those who respect him, with those who trust his love. (Psalm 147:11, CEV)

So what’s the deal with being mad?  Being mad is okay, it is what we do with our anger that gets ourselves into trouble.  When we forget to think before we speak, pray before we act, we can find ourselves standing in the midst of trouble.  Anger boils and spills over splashing on people around you, even those that are innocent like your children, spouse, friends, co-workers and well, even God.

I am sure you have heard this before, “I’m mad at God. He let “this” happen and he had the power to stop it.  Why would he let this happen?”  That answer is a whole blog in and of itself for a later date, but I do want to add this thought about being mad at God.

Let’s compare it to football since next week is the Super Bowl.  When you hit the field on Super Bowl Sunday or any game day, as the coach, do you want your best players on the field or your third string?  Let’s be honest, it seems like a silly question, and the answer of course is — you want your best players.  If you are the coach, you are in it to win it, right?  You would start the number one quarterback, all the men who make up the best defense and offense for your team.  Yet, when we take the playing field everyday in this thing called life, many of us go out on the field alone.  We don’t call on God to come with us, because, well, we are mad at him and don’t think he can be of help because he allowed something to happen in our lives that caused us grief or pain.  It is like taking the MVP off the field and benching him because you didn’t agree with something he did off the field.

(Did the light bulb go off in your brain?)

We may not love our situation, we can be frustrated in our situation, we may not like the turn of events in our circumstances, but it does negate or change the fact that God is God and we are not – he is our best asset, our number one player.  Do you want to take the field daily in life without him on the line of scrimmage with you?  I’m not sure about you, but leaving God on the bench while I try to run special teams and figure out how to maneuver through my days doesn’t seem like the best game plan.

Being mad at God does not make him ineffective, useless or untrustworthy. Your anger does not change who God is.   He is still God and quite frankly, you are not.  He knows all things, he is omniscient.  He sees all things, because he is omnipresent and he is omnipotent, the all powerful one.  It seems to me that I need all those things in order to do this thing called life and he possesses them all making him my number one asset. We must remember that God makes beauty from ashes, man from dust and he created the world by simply speaking it into existence.  Our God breathed stars (Psalm 33:6), he breathed life into man (Genesis 2:7) and he can breathe whatever you need into your life, but we have to rely on him and take him off the bench and put our number one advocate, the number one team player back on the playing field.  He is for you, not against you!  He has plans to prosper you and to give you a hope and future (Jeremiah 29:11).  When we believe this, we can then call on him, pray to him and know that he is listening (Jeremiah 29:12).

Father in Heaven, hallowed be they name, Lord we come before you as the broken vessels we are and ask first for your forgiveness in any way that we have responded that has displeased you in our day to day life.  We ask forgiveness towards any anger that we hold towards others and even you.  Lord cleanse our hearts and make them new, renew a right spirit in us.  Lord we realize we cannot do this thing called life alone.  We need you to be on the playing field with us – you are our number one advocate.  I would rather do life with you than without you.  You are sovereign.  Sometimes I cannot understand why things happen, but I know that I can trust that you have your best for me and one day I will understand.  Lord today I am choosing to trust your plans, your thoughts and your paths and ask you to join me on my turf today.  May all that I say or do please you as I lean not on my own understanding, but in all ways, in all things, acknowledge you.  Lead me and guide, may I follow the Shepherd from this day forward.  In Jesus blessed name, Amen.