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Dinner for One

The Watered Soul: Dinner for One

Nov 30, 2010

Dinner for One

Today’s post picks up from the previous post entitled, Goodbye White Pages.  

  image: leftovers

I love reading inspirational posts, books, and devotionals but I cannot allow that to be my main source of nourishment. God is baking a fresh supply of His Word for us daily but we have to decide to take a seat at the table and when seated, eat. Jeremiah states he ate God’s word and it was sweet like honey. By all means, I have had periods of eating His Word and finding it bland. I could not make any sense of it and was unable to see how it applied to my life. If you’re in one of those periods, it’s important to not get up from the table. Even in those moments you are receiving vital nutrients.

 

In order to know God for myself, I have to step away from the leftovers others are serving and get alone and read His Word myself. Allowing the Holy Spirit to season my spirit man so that the Word becomes palatable to my daily life. Nothing wrong with leftovers but when we are getting second hand inspiration or revelation from others you only get the portion they are willing to share. It’s impossible to get all they receive. I know that I have a hard time remembering exactly how the Spirit uncovered a thing to me. So when I’m absent from this place and hadn’t stop in at yours, it’s not because I didn’t like what you were serving but I needed extra time with the master chef  Himself.

 

Have you been taking the time to receive nourishment from the Master Chef or have you been eating the crumbs from His servants?

 

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15 Comments:

At November 30, 2010 at 6:52 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

I always look forward to your post and today is no exception. Thanks for a most interesting read.

Yvonne.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

What a powerful reminder. I love the idea of everything else being "crumbs." So thought-provoking.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM , Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes we do need His Word! always a great post
kim

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Wanda, there is so much truth here. There is nothing like one-on-one. I talked to a friend I had not seen in ages last night and at the end of the conversation we planned to meet in person. We realized that though we had kept up with each other through other friends, it was not the same as being in each other's presence. I believe it is the same with God. To be in His presence and to be touched and fed by Him...there is just no other substitute.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 8:37 PM , Blogger MTJ said...

Hi Wanda,

I like the analogy of God's word as a meal. David proclaims, " O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water." (Psalm 63:1, NIV)

We followers of Christ are on a pilgramage in which direction, instruction and nourishment are essential; God's word supplies us with these provisions.

Blessings and peace.

MTJ

 
At November 30, 2010 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

His Word has been a great source of strength for me this year. I love it like never before. And I can honestly say it hasn't always been something I've enjoyed; but it can be if you want it to be, for sure. What a beautiful post Sis. I really enjoyed it. :)

 
At November 30, 2010 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

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At November 30, 2010 at 10:37 PM , Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

Loved this word picture, Wanda.

We NEED the nourishment of the Word. Sometimes it fulfills our need for a snack, or dessert - but we really must take the time to feast on its banquet - relishing and enjoying every course!

I'm receiving nourishment directly from the Master Chef - but I'm also sitting at the table with some of the servants, too -

Thanks for your good word - as always, "FOOD FOR THOUGHT!"

(I just couldn't resist :)

GOD BLESS!

 
At December 1, 2010 at 5:54 AM , Blogger Marta Belas Artes said...

Olá adorei seu blog, está muito bem organizado e interessante. Já sou sua seguidora, se desejar me conhecer também será muito bem vinda. Abraços.

 
At December 1, 2010 at 6:19 AM , Blogger a sojourner said...

QUOTE:If you’re in one of those periods, it’s important to not get up from the table. Even in those moments you are receiving vital nutrients.

well said, sis:)

 
At December 1, 2010 at 2:21 PM , Blogger B. Niles said...

There seems to be a common thread that I've gotten from a couple posts including mine lately where bloggers are seeing the need to take some time to get back to main course. Very interesting and I totally understand.

In order for us to be effective channels or palors of God's cuisine, we have to consult with him daily about the menu.

Love you.

Beverly

 
At December 1, 2010 at 10:20 PM , Blogger Karen said...

Convicted! Yup, I haven't been taking time with the Lover of my soul alone lately. I do desire to be like the spring in the verse from Isaiah. Thank you for reminding me. Love the word picture of God as the Master Chef-meal planning has been a big occupation of mine since I began Weight Watchers last month. Need to receive some meat from His Word, prepared just for me. Thanks for stopping by my blog. blessings, k

 
At December 2, 2010 at 10:33 AM , Blogger lioneagle said...

Hi Wanda -

I returned to blogging Sunday November 28, 2010 after about a three day absence. My first post after my return was, "I REPENT" dated November 28, 2010. That post expressed on the same wavelength as you have expressed here. I had allowed myself to depend on other than GOD...the Lord rebuked me and in His mercy and forgiveness, led me back on course.

I love how you illustrated here those very important points. Yes, there is no substitute for the daily diet of nutrition straight from GOD, our SOURCE. All else is a resource.

Thank you, Wanda, for the meal!

 
At December 4, 2010 at 11:45 PM , Anonymous Carole in the UK said...

Wanda, Amen, what a simply divine way of reminding us that God should be our main source of nourishment. I am going to link back to this poast, I absolutely love it.

As an avid reader of Inspirational Books and devotions, I had a perfect excuse of carrying out research and reviews for the Christian Bookshop, I own. However, earlier this year I realised that I was spending more time in my books and devotionals and watching TV ministries, than I was actually spending time reading God’s Word and getting it first hand.

As my home library is crammed full of many books on every aspect of the Christian journey, sometimes when needing a solution to a problem, I always knew which author and which book; I could turn to for suggestions and answers.
I am sorry to admit, that I did not always turn to the author of the Bible first!

Praise God, with the help of the Holy Spirit, God’s Word is now first and final authority in my life and I am continually feasting on the Bread of Life! The leftovers that you mention in your post, I know see as ‘side salads’.

God Bless you Wanda, you have made my day, it’s wonderful to know that as children of God, we are looking out for each other.

 
At January 31, 2011 at 9:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this wonderful post.Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer..

 

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