Day 2 Devotional: How's Your Heart
So tell me, how’s your heart doing?
That might seem like a health question since I focus on helping families create healthy meals for their kids. But in this case, it’s more of a biblical question.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 Common English Bible (CEB)
And, no, I didn’t make that translation up, it’s really called that. When I want a quick word that’s easy to understand, then the CEB version is my go to.
But sometimes when I want to get a little more detail, then I’ll switch to the Amplified version. That one reads:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.” - Matthew 6:21
What does this have to do with food again? 🤔
Well, a lot.
Since I first started doing this challenge, the top question I get is:
So...what can I eat?
People want to know what is “allowed” and “not allowed”.
Depending upon which version of Daniel 10:2-3 you read it says that he didn’t eat meat or rich foods. It also says that he didn’t anoint himself/put on lotion/bathe.
(I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be showering at least once a day in the next three weeks.)
My point is that you can get caught up in focusing so much on the food and trying to follow things to a T that you miss God. He's more interested in your heart, intention, and follow through.
My job is to make sure you have options that will keep you physically fed to help you focus on being spiritually fed.
Still, at some point during the next few weeks, you’re probably going to end up faced with something you’re not sure if it’s “ok” to eat.
When that happens, just remember Matthew 6:21. And ask yourself:
- Will eating this store up a treasure here on earth or in heaven through my sacrifice?
- Does this honor my sacrifice to God and push me towards strengthening my faith?
If you can answer yes, then gladly enjoy it.
If it’s a no for you, then, sis, put it down and walk away. Easier said than done I know, but by resisting, you are standing in agreement that your relationship with God is truly far more important than any food on earth.
When we’re obedient and reverent, He honors our needs and even our wants. So take time to honor Him today and thank Him for the opportunity to grow closer to Him.
And if you’re really unsure about if something is approved:
- Check out the What Can I Eat? Pinterest board.
- Stick with the recipes & meal plans
- Ask these questions:
- Did it come from an animal?
- Does it have added sugar or chemicals I can’t pronounce on the label?
- Was it deep fried or heavily processed?
- If it’s a yes, then it’s a no for you.
When you get tempted by a food, write in your journal about what your thoughts and feelings are in that moment.