Happily, Healthily Full

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. – Psalm 34:8
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6

As my family and I have learned more about healthy eating in recent months, we have gained a new understanding of nutrition.

At first, all this information was a bit overwhelming, but most of it can be summed up within these two ideas:

  • Don’t eat refined carbohydrates or processed foods.
  • Do eat whole, organic foods, including healthy fats, meats, and vegetables.

For me, finding that I could eat these foods and be more than satisfied was a wonderful discovery! For example, a recent lunch was a Mexican salad of sorts, loaded with avocado, cheese, greens, veggies, pepitas, and sliced pork – and my hunger was happily satisfied for the rest of the day.

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In her book Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World, author Joanna Weaver makes the interesting point that spiritual hunger works in the opposite way that physical hunger does.

While physical hunger happens regularly all on its own (unfortunately), spiritual hunger often needs to be induced with regular meals of prayer and Bible reading.

To me, that idea makes complete sense! And the Psalmist obviously understood this concept as well (see Psalm 34:8, above).

The Lord invites us to taste of what he has to offer, and when we realize how good he is, we’ll be hungry for more…and more.

The more we partake of his Word, the more we will develop an appetite for the things of God. Thankfully, we can never be too full, spiritually speaking. We will always have room for more of our Heavenly Father.

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! – Psalm 119:103

In my life, and in the lives of my children, I have seen this to be true. Where once we determined to create a habit of prayer and Bible reading because we knew it would be good for us, we now delight in our time with God.

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In turn, that devotional time has effected a desire to listen to sermons, enjoy Christian music, and read the wisdom of great Christians.

It shames me to admit it now, but just a few years ago, that sort of spiritual diet would have seemed a bit dry and unpalatable. But today, I feel fortunate that we accepted the Lord’s invitation to “taste, and see.”

He is good indeed!


For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. – Psalm 107:9
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. – John 6:35

What are your nutritional goals, spiritually and physically? I appreciate your comments.

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9 thoughts on “Happily, Healthily Full”

  1. The spiritual food analogy is a fun way of looking at life! Following that, I know that in 2019 I depended too much on “drive-through fast food,” getting a quick spiritual bite in the car on the way, mentally, to the next thing that Had To Be Done. I was fed, but that kind of food and pace catches up with someone after a time.

    How much more satisfying it is to spiritually stop the car, sit down at a nice dining area, and slowly enjoy a well-prepared spiritual meal, savoring the taste and meaning of every single bite!

    And therein lies the only new year’s resolution I picked up: to do better at being still and knowing He is God, and enjoying the meal. — Mike

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  2. Nutritionally speaking, I would like to get off (and stay off) the weight gain/loss cycle I have been on most of my adult life.
    Spiritually, I believe the Lord has finally brought me to the place where I can truly desire His help with the above. Psalm 37:4 tells us to delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (NIV).
    As I pray and meditate on this truth, I find that when I simply take the time to delight in all of God’s goodness to and around me, the fleshly battle with food subsides.
    Thank you for sharing on this, it helped me greatly,
    Pastor Chuck

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  3. I love this! It’s true the more we are in His presence the more we seek it. I agree this is why people struggle with devotional reading, Bible reading, sermons, etc. We have to actively seek them because we seek Him. These things could appear dry or something we do not want because we do not know of the richness. We don’t have an appetite yet for it.

    But we could and we should.

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