Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nourish The Garden

Today is day three in the 21 day fast I'm participating in with my church. Last night I cooked a large head of cabbage for supper along with some red beans and rice (strange combination, yes, but so delicious). The cabbage was fresh from my grandfather's garden and tasted amazing! Tonight, just when I thought I was going to cave to the junk food temptations, God brought to mind an amazing Greek salad at a local restaurant. It was just an ordinary salad filled with nothing but vegetables, but it hit the spot!

I realized that even though my diet is primarily healthy, it has not always been focused on the most nourishing choices. I couldn't believe how good the vegetables tasted! Along with the great taste, I've already noticed how much better I feel since paying more attention to what I'm eating. Choosing the right foods really makes a difference in how we feel physically and mentally. It's surprising how the distractions of the fast food industry and quick to prepare meals have filled our minds and our kitchen cabinets. We've really been missing out on the best food out there!

 The same is true in the spiritual garden of our heart. Jesus tells us that we can't live by bread alone, we must feed ourselves "on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Spending time in God's Word pours nourishing principles and truths into our heart allowing it to grow and flourish. Ever notice how life seems to move along so much better (maybe not easier, but definitely clearer) when a steady diet of time spent in the Word is followed? When we let the junk food of the world (television, Internet, books, magazines, etc.) fill the hunger in our hearts then we find ourselves spiritually drained and making some pretty poor choices. 

Matthew 12:35 tells us "a good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." We are what we eat physically and spiritually. Join with me in making a positive choice when it comes to nourishing the body and the heart!


  1. Amanda,
    I love this. I could smell the cabbage cooking. Thank you for featuring my blog.

  2. Very good point we do tend to overlook. Our society is all about comfort and convenience. To fast, to eat healthy foods, to filter out the useless junk that screams entertainment, is hard without the mutual support of like minded friends and companions.