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Spice Up Your Spiritual Thanksgiving Meal

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continued to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 1:2-4)

On Monday, November 23, 2020, I had hands and neck nerve conduction studies; as well as a lengthy conversation with my pain management physician about my excess weight. For the sake of my health, I can no longer ignore his recommendations.

In like manner, God has been instructing us through His Word to lose unnecessary weight that hinders our spiritual growth. For the sake of our soul salvation, we can no longer ignore His commandments to drop everything that weigh us down on our spiritual journey.

We know that sitting around tables eating with family and friends are places of connection, laughter and bonding. Therefore, during the upcoming holidays let us spice up our spiritual menus first with wholesome godly conversations and not inviting Mr. and Mrs. Loquacious and Mr. and Mrs. Gluttony.

Let us then start with appetizers of the fruit of the Spirit to remind us who we are in the Lord when in the company of those who are not Christians. We might be the only Bible they read! (Galatians 5:22-26 & I Corinthians 13:33-34)

Now, the main course of throwing off everything that hinders and the sin that is easily entangles. After carefully portioning and eating our meal to keep the weight off, we will run with perseverance the race marked out four us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

For dessert, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore, I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your Word. Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth and teach me your laws. (Psalm 119:103-108)

There is so much more to say about this subject. However, this is just a reminder to not put the Lord God to test by willfully sinning with Mr. and Mrs. Gluttony, or any of their sinful lustful friends during the holiday seasons. We must control our appetite rather allowing it to control us. (Proverbs 23:20; Proverbs 28:7)

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread along, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4)

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.” (I Thessalonians 5:18-19)

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Christian Blogger, minister's wife, mother of three adult children and grandmother of one granddaughter

45 thoughts on “Spice Up Your Spiritual Thanksgiving Meal

  1. During the holiday seasons we have a tendency to over indulge on all the physical food. What if we try over indulging on God’s word. It will not add any pounds, but it will certainly add much knowledge to our spiritual life. We really cannot get too much.

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  2. Thank you, Tangie! I was well on my way to over indulgence. You have reminded me of what I should be feasting upon—God’s Word.
    I love you, my sister.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

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  4. Mrs. T, wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving! I’m with you on the weight struggles. In September my weight went into the stratosphere triggering health issues. I didn’t feel well, so decided to honor God by making needed lifestyle changes with an adapted anti-inflammatory diet. In the beginning giving up sugar was hard – but two months later, I don’t even want sweets! I’ve lost 11 pounds, but it’s not the weight so much as how much better I feel that matters. Still have many more pounds to go, but feeling better it’s easier to keep at it. Blessings on your journey (and I find it helps to pray in front of the frig before opening it!) Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Virginia and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I like what you said “Honor God by making needed lifestyle changes…”
      and that is exactly the mindset needed to achieve weigh loss and other spiritual goals. I got braces two weeks ago so my diet is limited now. Dr. P., told me no potatoes, sugary cereals, pasta, bread, sodas, junk food, etc., to name a few. His weight dropped 30 pounds in four months by eliminating mentioned foods. Is my understanding correct that you lost 11 pounds in two months just giving up sugar?

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    1. Good morning and thank you so much for reading and sharing your feedback. Philippians 4:6 is an excellent verse and thank you for sharing it. I totally agree with you that “We should always have a spirit of Thanksgiving!” Have a wonderful day and remain safe.

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