Thoughts on Growing

A few weeks ago in Sunday School, some verses resonated with me. Sometimes, a different translation brings things into a different perspective.

You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are-no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.   Matthew 5:5-6 the Message

Both of these verses, from the Beautitudes…I’ve read the Beautitudes a hundred times but never in the Message translation.

Contentment…something God has been speaking to me and working on in my heart.

This blog…the name of it….faithhopelovefood….I began this blog as a way to share my journey of the food sensitivity issues I struggle with . I wanted a spiritual component to it because I knew God was using my food issues to teach me things He wanted me to learn and discern, but my initial focus was a blog about faith in God, hope that things will get better, love of God and others who support me and love me, and of course, food. I visualized more of a food blog with recipes…that kind of thing.

God had other ideas.

Food blogs are great….I have tried countless recipes off of wonderful food blogs, but when a friend challenged me to go deeper in my writing on my blog, it opened me eyes to reflect. Why was I blogging in the first place?

I quit blogging for a while…for a few months actually as I tried to figure out if I still wanted to write. And if so, what did faith, hope, love, and food really mean for me and to me? If I wasn’t going to write a food blog, did the title of my blog even make sense anymore?

I realized that my original purpose of my blog was shifting a bit…less about food and me and more about God’s hand in my life. I rested in John 6:35…Jesus is the bread of life…whoever seeks Him will not be hungry or thirsty.

These verses in the Message translation from the Beautitudes resonate with me. I blog to connect with others. I blog to share my heart and thoughts. I blog to share my story, my journey, my love of Christ in hopes that it might encourage someone, inspire someone, bring a smile to someone, or simply help someone to realize they are not alone in their journey either.

So, as I grow, as I journey through the mountains and valleys of my life…I know I am working up a good appetite for God. He is the center of my faith. He is my hope. He is the love of my life. He is the food and drink in the best meal I will ever eat.

Although my originial intent of my blog has changed and my focus is on blogging my thoughts and my journey in my faith, I am learning and growing in this faith journey. God has a plan and a purpose for everything in our lives….to use the challenges to grow us, to help open our eyes to our worth in Him…to help us grow towards being content with just who we are…flaws and imperfections and scars…all beautiful to Him.

God can and will use anything in our lives to grow us.  Keep the faith. Always have hope. Surround yourself with love. And keep a healthy appetite for God….He truly is the food and drink in the best meal you will ever eat!

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