True Satisfaction

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti

I really enjoy uninterrupted mealtimes. It gives me time to savor the food and enjoy it. The first couple of months of being a mom taught me the art of gobbling my food down. Getting full was the priority, enjoying the food was an after thought. There is a difference between eating to get full and eating to be satisfied, you know, enjoy the meal and lick your plate clean with a sated sigh.

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Dining and living are not very different from each other. The way that you can eat just to quiet the hunger pangs is the same way you can go about your days just for the sake of living, without true satisfaction. The bible gives us more insight on this.

In John 4, Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman as the disciples went to get food. When they got back, they were surprised that Jesus wasn’t eating the food they had brought.

31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”

33 “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.

34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”

Verse 34 is so profound. True satisfaction and nourishment come from doing God’s will, because we live for an audience of ONE and finishing it. In the journey of life, I have found myself starting projects that I know fall under ‘doing God’s will’ but I fail to finish them and move onto other things. Then I wonder why I am not truly satisfied.

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Do you find yourself bouncing from one project to another but still feel dissatisfied with life?

What is it that God has called you to do?

Go against the grain {no pun intended} (: ,do the will of God, and let Him satisfy you.

Have a blessed weekend,

Bibi2be

Keeping Anxiety At Bay

Our bodies are pretty amazing. They have coping mechanisms for overwhelming emotions that we feel. It is possible to be so engrossed in the day to day activities of life that we forget to question the little but significant changes in our bodies. For instance: increased appetite, insomnia, nausea, increased drowsiness, cravings for fine foods etc.

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From time to time, I find myself dealing with a bout of anxiety. I tend to put two and two together a few days later. The subtle symptoms are the munchies. When I seem to be inhaling all the food I find lying around I know there is something more to it. The truth is, food never cured anxiety. Whether full or hungry, anxiety sucks.

A couple of years ago, I used to get horrible panic attacks. That is when I knew just how horrible and uncontrollable an anxiety attack can feel.
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Over the last couple of months, i’ve figured out ways to keep anxiety at bay.

*Identify your coping mechanisms

Reflect on the last time that you felt anxious. How did you cope with the situation? What were you more vulnerable to do? Once you know your anxiety coping mechanisms, you will be able to deal with it before it blows up.

*Know your triggers

Write down what causes you to feel anxious and try to avoid situations that promote anxiety.

If you can’t avoid these situations, create a back up plan. My back up plan is to seek help.

*Seek help

It is one thing to feel anxious and another to stay anxious. The earlier you identify anxiety, the sooner you are able to deal with it.

I acknowledge that I do not have all the answers and when I feel anxious I seek help from above, because that is where my help comes from.Psalm 121:1

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I learned earlier on that even though I do not feel like praying, I should pray. As I speak God’s truth into my situation and being, my feelings will catch up. So over and over, I repeat God’s promises as I keep reminding myself that God is enough for me. He is bigger than any situation and nothing is too difficult for Him.

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For everyone who is going through a bout of anxiety, I pray that the Lord will calm your heart and take the anxiety away. Nothing is too difficult for Him. In Him we find perfect peace; peace that surpasses all understanding.

Blessings,

Bibi2be