Eat that!

I love to eat.  No really…

There’s something about the satisfying taste of food that brings me a sense of comfort.  For many of you who know my story , you know it was this love, no obsession, for food that caused many of my problems. 

Eating numbed my pain.  It was my escape.  It was my reward.  But as God grew me, I learned a lot about the little word: EAT

Eating simply means: to consume completely.  It is the assimilation of energy.  When you eat something it becomes a part of you.  It is fuel for your body.  

After realizing I had put food above God He taught me the same definition for food should be applied to Him.  He should be the one who numbs my pain.  He should be my escape.  He is my reward. 

I can “eat” of God by spending time with Him, reading His word, and allowing Him to renew my mind.  It is the assimilation of His energy, making Him a part of me that fuels my body, mind and soul. 

Jesus says: I am the Bread of Life.  Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 

Have you ever struggled with eating?  Do you see the connection to our relationship with Christ?  What is your favorite food?

13 Responses to “Eat that!”

  • Esther says:

    Gosh. any and all food, and I still struggle with overeating. Most recently, I went on a binge a couple days ago and couldn’t stop. It’s probably been a ten-year battle for me, but God is showing me, teaching me, and being patient with me…

  • Princessjes says:

    definitely been on both sides of the fence–overeating, not eating–all because food was my comfort, my control, my…
    Good analogy, good thoughts!
    My favorite food–oh lots–I love fruit, chicken, cheese and chocolate!

  • Theresa says:

    I love FRENCH FRIES!!!! Terrible I know.

  • Brad says:

    It is amazing that anyone can have to much of any besides God.

  • You know…I notice fixing myself a cup of coffee or a latte for my afternoon “reward”…..not sure what I’m rewarding, but I do enjoy it.

    I made a pretty good stroganoff last night—one of my favorites. My VERY favorite would have to be anything Mexican!

    OK – off to EAT some of God’s Word…..love your analogy—love you!

  • oh yeah… I’ve decided to only eat two meals a day during the week (M-F) from now on. It’s significant.

  • Anna says:

    Patrick–it’s amazing what a little sacrifice like fast one meal will do! I know what you mean…
    Robin–did I mention coffee is next to Godliness? It’s aloud! 😉
    Brad–You’re right…
    Theresa–I had french fries the other day for the first time in 4 years! Wow.
    jess–You have grown so much!
    Heather–I’m there with ya, girl!

  • nikkie says:

    Ok, this struck a chord. Big chapter of my life. Both ends of the spectrum. Only by God’s grace on a daily basis. Good thing His mercies are new every morning…..sometimes I need it every hour. Can you relate? Love you girl.

  • Sarah says:

    Chocolate almonds and popcorn!!!!! The perfect combination!!!!

  • Christie says:

    Whoa. God and I had this very same conversation over a piece of pizza and a coke today…I was FURIOUS with our dog for chewing up a Bible given to us as a wedding gift. And the coke I decided was the best way to remove myself from the situation. Hmmm…may have to let Him deal with this one soon. :) You know, when ya know its just time to deal with something?

    Thanks for sharing so openly! You’re such a blessing!

  • Abbi Zeliff says:

    When I was younger (and through college, and sometimes even now), eating was to cope with boredom, stress, or to please others (my parents were big on not being wasteful, so I was “forced” into the Clean Plate Club; grandma always offered us cookies or pie and I hated to ‘hurt her’ by saying no, etc.)

    I’ve recently made a big mind shift, and in turn a behavior shift by thinking of food as fuel and REALLY listening to my body for hunger and satisfaction cues rather than just going by what time it is or how much is on my plate. A lot of that has come from 1 Corinthians 6:19 thinking. I’m a TEMPLE, people! So are all of us! :)

    Though I have to say, anything sweet or loaded with carbs (soft pretzels, MMM!) or BOTH (ha!) is still a guilty pleasure for me every now and then.

  • Shanna Crawford says:

    my problem for years was not eating. So focusing on food still…just on the opposite end. I am so glad He finally brought balance. I have to keep our frig and cabinets stocked with healthy stuff because I have no self-control :) It makes cookies and anything else with sugar more delightful when I am at a bible study or fellowship that has snacks.

    My favorite foods are sushi and starbucks!

    I LOVE this analagy. My reward and escape is the computer…UGH! No other God’s before Him, right?

    So when is our coffee date? :) I am beginning to wonder if we aren’t long lost sisters. With as many siblings as you have…what’s one more…your mom won’t oticeif I sneak in your family will she? :)

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