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Still on a tiny Eat, Pray Love kick, although not as extensive as my Julia Child phase, I thought we’d eat, pray, and love this week and look at ways each can relate to our faith.

First up?  Eating.  My favorite.

When Bernie and I had been dating six months, we knew we wanted to celebrate.  I’d never dated someone for six months before, so it was kind of a big deal.  Bernie thought about going to this fancy all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse, so he asked some of his coworkers about it.  Their response was, “it’s good, but pricey, so don’t take a ‘salad girl’.  Only take a girl if she can keep up.” 

Bernie’s response?  “She’s a great eater, definitely a carnivore.  That won’t be a problem.”

The dinner was incredible.  I mean all-you-can-eat meat?  Yes please!  Bernie discovered early on that the way to my heart was to keep me well fed.

There are few things in life I love and appreciate more than food.  I like to eat it, cook it, watch it, and even read about it.  Eating is a way that we nourish, satisfy, and sustain ourselves.

Eating can also be a familiar comfort.   I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to eat my feelings a time or two…why does a bloomin’ onion, a pint of ice cream, or a jumbo size bag of Twizzlers, seem to make life feel a little bit better?

 Yet, as fabulous as eating is, and believe me, Eating. Is. Fabulous.  We can’t forget what ultimately nourishes, satisfies, sustains, and comforts. 
 A verse I referenced last week says,

“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
         Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”
Psalm 37:3

Don’t you love the imagery feeding on the faithfulness of the Lord?  Throughout the past two months, I have held tightly to this verse and made a conscious effort to “feed on His faithfulness” throughout the day.  Whether it was meditating on a certain Bible verse, reminding myself of God’s love and faithfulness, or even praying, “Lord, I know you’re here.  Help me to rely on your faithfulness to get through this day,” I’ve seen God strengthen me, equip me, and carry me along in surprising and unexpected ways.  
God’s words and promises nourish and sustain us in unbelievable ways.  Nothing else comes close to comparing to how God so perfectly supports and satisfies.  

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”
Jeremiah 15:16

“He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Psalm 107:8-9 
Lord, thank you for how rich your words and your promises are.  Thank you that only in you is our hunger and thirst quenched.  I pray that today, I will rely on your truths and feed on your faithfulness.  Your words are the joy and delight of my heart.