Soul Food Monday- Chewing on the Word of the Lord like a cow.

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Chewing on the Word of the Lord like a cow.

This post is a follow-up from last Monday’s post. In creating this post, my thoughts went back to when I was a little girl. We raised cows and I loved feeding them, watching and learning about them, they are very fascinating animals.

What I loved the most was watching them eat and then go out in the pasture and re-chew it.
What does that have to do with us reading the Word. Well!!

To meditate on God’s Word is to be like a cow chewing it’s cud. As it lays in the field and as it stands or walks about it chews its cud. The cow savors the grass in its mouth before filling its stomach. Then it sits down in the meadow and quietly regurgitates it, re-working it in its mouth before swallowing it. It sounds gross, but the process transforms grass into rich, creamy milk!
In the same way the Word of God is meant to become pure, sweet milk for us (1 Peter 2:2). When we meditate on God’s Word we take it from our mind down into our heart for prayer.
Cows consume anywhere from 45-90 pounds of food every day and drink between 25-50 gallons of water. That is a lot of consumption! Much of their daily intake is dependent on their weight and also on the moisture content in the forage (food) they are eating.
Not only do cows eat a lot but they spend a lot of time eating, averaging six and a half hours a day. And they take huge bites of food chewing very little before swallowing. In other words they just get it in! They aren’t worried about proper etiquette or anything. They just want the food!
The amount of food intake is largely dependent on the size of the cow (pun intended) and on the moisture in the food. These are two important key points when it comes to Christians eating like cows. The larger we get in our faith walk in Jesus the more we need to eat from Him to maintain and grow larger. This is NOT about works righteousness or about being better than anyone else. This is about seeking God and His truths, His will, His presence, HIM!!!! The more we get of Him the more we want of Him and the more we want of Him the more we get of Him!
Our daily consumption increases the heavier we get in His Word and in His presence. If five minutes of bible reading fills us up today, keep doing it because pretty soon our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits are not satisfied with five minutes a day. We will need and want more! As we increase our time in Him, He increases in us and as He increases in us, we decrease in ourselves. It is a beautiful thing that happens! God gets bigger and we get smaller, yet our appetite increases and we need more!
We must open and read the Scriptures ourselves and then chew on them. Chewing includes pondering and meditating on God’s Word day and night! Psalm 119:148 “My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.”
We need to develop the art of grazing were it creates more of a desire to bask in His presence, bask in His Word, bask in Him! We have the privilege of knowing God – our Savior, Redeemer, Healer, King! He is everything! It is always a sacred and holy time when we meet with the Lord of our lives whether in public assemblies or in our prayer closets! We ought to discover the art of “grazing” in the Church! Sure, we can use the excuse we are not cows and we have work to do. But we best get serious about our faith and eat the Word now before we can’t. Yes, that time may come in the world where it is not as readily available. Will we know how to graze in Him when the world has nothing left to offer us?
Our “big” bites of food consist of sermons, bible studies, books, conferences, worship and praying the Word, and the like. We need to “get these in” our spirits, like cows get food into their first stomach and then comes the next amazing act of eating – re- chewing it!
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Joshua 1:8 NIV
Biblical meditation is kind of like that; it’s thought digestion. God wants us to get every ounce of spiritual nutrition out of his Word. He wants us to chew on it, digest it, and then chew on it some more.
Action steps:
�1. Do you have a place, time, or process for how you spend time with God? How can meditation enhance your quiet time with God?
2. Are you taking 15mins a day to chew on His Word?
Don’t Wait to Start
So kick up your feet. Crack open a Bible. Put your hands behind your head. And make like, well, a contented cow. Ruminate a while.
Chewing on the word of the Lord like a Cow.
This post is a follow-up from last Monday’s post. In creating this post, my thoughts went back to when I was a little girl. We raised cows and I loving feeding them, watching and learning about them, they are very fascinating animals.
What I love the most was watching them eat and then go out in the pasture and re-chew it.
What does that have to do with us reading the word. Well!!
To meditate on God’s Word is to be like a cow chewing it’s cud. As it lays in the field and as it stands or walks about it chews its cud. The cow savors the grass in its mouth before filling its stomach. Then it sits down in the meadow and quietly regurgitates it, re-working it in its mouth before swallowing it. It sounds gross, but the process transforms grass into rich, creamy milk!
In the same way the Word of God is meant to become pure, sweet milk for us (1 Peter 2:2). When we meditate on God’s Word we take it from our mind down into our heart for prayer.
Cows consume anywhere from 45-90 pounds of food every day and drink between 25-50 gallons of water. That is a lot of consumption! Much of their daily intake is dependent on their weight and also on the moisture content in the forage (food) they are eating.
Not only do cows eat a lot but they spend a lot of time eating, averaging six and a half hours a day. And they take huge bites of food chewing very little before swallowing. In other words they just get it in! They aren’t worried about proper etiquette or anything. They just want the food!

The amount of food intake is largely dependent on the size of the cow (pun intended) and on the moisture in the food. These are two important key points when it comes to Christians eating like cows. The larger we get in our faith walk in Jesus the more we need to eat from Him to maintain and grow larger. This is NOT about works, righteousness, or about being better than anyone else. This is about seeking God and His truths, His will, His presence, HIM!!!! The more we get of Him the more we want of Him and the more we want of Him the more we get of Him!

Our daily consumption increases the heavier we get in His Word and in His presence. If five minutes of bible reading fills us up today, keep doing it because pretty soon our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits are not satisfied with five minutes a day. We will need and want more! As we increase our time in Him, He increases in us and as He increases in us, we decrease in ourselves. It is a beautiful thing that happens! God gets bigger and we get smaller, yet our appetite increases and we need more!
We must open and read the Scriptures ourselves and then chew on them. Chewing includes pondering and meditating on God’s Word day and night!

Psalm 119:148 “My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.”

We need to develop the art of grazing were it creates more of a desire to bask in His presence, bask in His Word, bask in Him! We have the privilege of knowing God – our Savior, Redeemer, Healer, King! He is everything! It is always a sacred and holy time when we meet with the Lord of our lives whether in public assemblies or in our prayer closets! We ought to discover the art of “grazing” in the Church! Sure, we can use the excuse we are not cows and we have work to do. But we best get serious about our faith and eat the Word now before we can’t. Yes, that time may come in the world where it is not as readily available. Will we know how to graze in Him when the world has nothing left to offer us?
Our “big” bites of food consist of sermons, bible studies, books, conferences, worship and praying the Word, and the like. We need to “get these in” our spirits, like cows get food into their first stomachs and then comes the next amazing act of eating – re- chewing it!

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Joshua 1:8 NIV

Biblical meditation is kind of like that; it’s thought digestion. God wants us to get every ounce of spiritual nutrition out of his Word. He wants us to chew on it, digest it, and then chew on it some more.

Action steps:
1. Do you have a place, time, or process for how you spend time with God? How can meditation enhance your quiet time with God?

2. Are you taking 15mintues a day to chew on His Word?

Don’t Wait to Start
So kick up your feet. Crack open a Bible. Put your hands behind your head. And make like, well, a contented cow. Ruminate a while.

Unshakeable Faith, No Matter What!

image1As I looked at His word and meditate on His promises, it came to me in a different way: “no matter…what!?!”

It’s easy to say that phrase in connection to our relationship with God as long as everything is going well. When finances are fine, relationships are thriving, no one is sick and life seems easy, we say, “yes, no matter what.”

But, what about days of distress? What about those days you can barely see pass your hand? You ask where do my help come from? What do we say when every day seems to bring a new burden, bad news and unexpected trouble? How do we live when we’re in a position like Paul?

He was beaten, thrown in prison, separated from everyone he loved, facing persecution and on trial for his faith. Our situations seem light and incomparable to this, but they’re still real. We still have the same decision to make. We can succumb to our circumstances, being tossed to and fro, or we can choose to stand with Paul and say, “no matter what!”

No matter what happens, where I’m sent, what He asks or what I face, I will choose Him. I will trust Him. I will continue to believe He’s always in control.

Set yourself to be steadfast. Press into the grace of God through the help of the Holy Spirit and choose to follow hard after Him—no matter what!

From Sorrow and Pain to Grace and Glory

From Sorrow and Pain to Grace and Glory!

Have you ever wondered about the things that happened in your life? Maybe you have even questioned God or compared His love for you with someone else life.

Or how many times have we in our fleshly, unrighteously, unbeknowingly, complained about what is going on in our lives. As the Word says, we have to experience these trials to make us stronger and depend on Him.

To some, it doesn’t make a  lot of sense especially when you live in the Valley of Humiliation. However, when you trust in Him with every part of our lives; your trails start to make sense.  So take a  look back over  your life, and you can see that (unbeknowingly) these events have been choreographed and are pointed towards the source. What we think to be failures and bad mistakes, are actually composed to assemble us into the person we were meant to be. Let’s look at it from God’s eyes or from the Word of God, we were created, specifically for a certain task- all those failures and mistakes made us the perfect candidates. It has not been through our own strength that has orchestrated the events in our lives, it has been through God, who has made a perfect plan for us.

Our lives are like a tree: events that happen, like leaves, are all connected by branches, which are yet again linked to more branches, although the leaves are separate. The branches are connected to the trunk and roots which cement the tree in the ground. God is like the roots of our lives, supplying us with water and minerals and keeping us where we need to be. Yet growing, weaving between the soil, stones and other roots to provide the best nutrients for us.

We can only truly understand this if we are  drinking water from the living stream of life and  we have to make sure our roots are planted in the good soil ( the Word of God)

God has coordinated the events in our lives so that they link together, like leaves on a tree, but are separate in their own right . The leaves bring vital experience to us and endow us with what we need to grow as a person.

The truth is we wouldn’t be here, if it wasn’t for God. And I know that without Him, we would have no future.

Let me encourage you today my friend, to trust in the One that made you and me, to be our guard, our defender and our redeemer and to be our best friend.

Heavenly Father, Teach us to have joy in every situation we are in. May we never complain when discontentment comes knocking at our front door but that we deny it food to survive. HOWEVER, we must understand to go to the high places we have to go in the valley first. He is working it out for our good, so He can use us.

The Importance of Cheefulness

2Corinthains 13:11(NKJV)11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love sand peace will be with you.

2 Corinthians 13:11 (NASB)11 Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Paul now ends his 2nd letter to the church of Corinth with an exhortation on how to live. They are to rejoice! And Paul doesn’t say “When things are good”-but rather just “Rejoice!” Paul also states that they are to be made “complete” or “mature”. They are to be growing and maturing in their faith. They are also to be comforted, or to “take comfort” that they are living in joy and maturing spiritually. Paul also says that they are to be like-minded, which can only take place when believers fix their hearts upon the Lord. The end result of being like-minded produces peace between man and God and among men. Paul says they were to live in peace. Literally they were to dwell in the state of peace which can only come from God via His methods – as Paul states within this verse. The fruit of the Spirit is made manifest when believers obey God’s Word. God’s love and peace is with all who live in obedience.

My life:

Today I must rejoice in all things, through all things and in spite of many things. My job is not to ‘right the world’, because only God can do that and only in His time. My focus today is to be given to joy, grow in my faith, be content in Christ, abide in fellowship with like-minded believers and chose to live in peace! As I choose to this and obey God, HIs love and peace will abound upon my life today! Focus on these things and my life will be made complete!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Today, I choose to love You and obey You in all things. I choose to ignore all that the world has to offer that would lure me away from Your love and Your peace and would lure me away from total devotion to You. You alone are my Lord, my God and my satisfaction. May I take joy in serving You. May my day be so blessed as a result of following You! Thank You for the plans You have for me! By faith I receive Your blessings upon my life!!! Amen.

Walking on a Tightrope

image2It’s like walking on a tightrope. However, I know God is Faithful. I trust Him in getting me to the other side.

1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV) tells us “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Have you ever had a moment where you’ve thought about a truth in the Word of God so strongly that you feel God whisper to your heart? Recently, I had that happen to me as I was contemplating faith.

It’s so easy to have faith in God when everything is going well. Unfortunately though, we live in a fallen world and things aren’t always going to go like we want them to {or like we plan for them to go}.

As I was contemplating God’s faithfulness recently during a financial trial, my mind recollected all the times past that we had experienced God’s faithfulness in this same area.I can testify to God’s faithfulness. My family has experienced it over and over again in various areas of our lives. Being a one-income family brings with it certain sacrifices, and definitely tight spots every now and again. But this I know – God is faithful!

As those times of the faithfulness of God flooded my mind, this is what I heard God whisper to my heart during this current situation we were facing…

Yes…this is how I want to live! My God is faithful and I choose to stand on that faithfulness when times of trial come my way. Actually, I see these times as opportunities to TRUST God. This is my prayer for you as well, dear friend!

“God is faithful”