Well-Nourished—by the Word

file000667247480Do you take a multivitamin or use a dietary supplement? I have, and now I keep some Ester-C and echineacha tea on hand to help me fight off colds. But day to day, I’m trying to nourish my body with a whole-foods, plant-based diet.

It’s a challenge to view vegetable and fruits, nuts and seeds as staples when they’ve been sides for so many years.

But it’s getting easier. And I feel better when I eat this way.

Why am I telling you this?

Because just as nourishing myself with physical food can be a struggle (do I want to chop up all these vegetables to roast for dinner, or could we just go out for pizza? . . .), choosing to “feed” on God’s Word can be a battle too.

Each Sunday I’ve been posting a schedule for reading through the Bible in a year, from my book A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year. Reading the entire Bible and discussing it weekly with a women’s group impacted my life in so many wonderful ways. It also proved the value of the practice of reading the Bible daily.

Probably because, as someone has said, “The Bible is the only book whose Author is present with you when you read it.”

But this year I’ve been struggling. Not just to read God’s Word, but to want to. Ugh.

Too much going on? Health issues in the way? Seemingly unending cold winter days devoid of sunlight? All of the above.

A sermon here, a few chapters there, an online search of verses related to a writing project . . . I’m in the Word, right?

But I’m starving.

Last night and this morning, I picked up a Bible in a different translation than I normally read. I checked the reading schedule and jumped back in. I asked the Holy Spirit to give me insight.

I read slowly, as if enjoying a health-giving meal that I didn’t want to end too soon.

If I want to make God’s wonders known to the next generation—and I do—I need the life-giving nourishment and power He spreads out for me every day. To see consistent time in His Word as the daily staple of my life, not a side.

How about you? (You don’t have to read through the Bible in a year. But pick a Bible book to read slowly several times, or a Bible study you’ve been wanting to explore. Listen to an audio Bible as you drive or run. Ask a friend to read with you and check in with each other during the week.)

We have an enemy who wants us weak and hungry.

But we have a Father who makes us strong and full.

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– Diane

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