Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

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I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Junk Food Junkie

Ned and I love junk food--really love it. If you looked in our cabinets right this moment, you would find several kinds of chips, Dr Pepper and Coke and moon pies (I am after all married to a Southern boy). You would also find three gallons of Blue Bell Ice Cream in our freezer. You will not find snickers bars, or pistachios, or nacho cheese dip or candy corn, because we already ate them! Our friend once told us that we should keep a food diary, writing down everything we ate, good food or junk food. I did it for a couple of days but it hurt my feelings and so I stopped. :) We are junk food junkies!
Funny thing about eating junkfood. It causes weight gain. Our clothes no longer fit us well. We have less stamina and energy than we should. There are so many things we should be doing, but we are just plain too tired, so they go undone, at least by us. The junk food also causes an increase in our appetites. And with junk food, the more you eat---the more you want. The small amount of junk food that used to satisfy us, no longer does. We eat more and more all the time.
It also decreases our desire for good foods. Our stomachs are so full of junk that we have no room for veggies and proteins. We have also found ourselves becoming masters at justifying our consumption. We convince ourselves we are being sociable. We don't want to offend the lovely Christian sisters at potluck so we must eat some of every dessert offered. We convince ourselves we need to eat it so we can start our diets without the temptation of junk food in the house. Like I said, masters of justification. We get sick more frequently, we don't sleep as well, we don't think as well, and we don't handle stress as well. Junk food is destroying our lives.
I think it is the same with psychological and spiritual junkfood. We know that we are to fill our hearts and minds with the Word, the Living Water, the Bread of Life, and with "whatsoever things are good, whatsoever things are pure. . ." We know this, and yet we read People magazine, we watch gossip television and violent movies and we listen to music that is less than good and pure and wholesome. I wonder what a Psychological Food Diary would look like? How many lines would we fill up with mental junk food? Would the good food lines pale in comparison? Do you wonder what would happen if we fed our minds and our souls better? Would we have more energy? Would we be able to do more things for God that we leave up to others now? Would our Christian Armor fit us better--would it be able to cover and protect all the vulnerable spots? Would it still be an ordeal to put it on? Would a decrease in junk food cause an increase in appetite for the Word? Would we recover more easily from injury and hurt? Would we be more resistant to spiritual illness? Would we be more able to handle and manage stress? Perhaps we all need to break our addiction to junk food. Perhaps we need to guard our heart, knowing it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23) Perhaps the Lord's church would thrive if its members were all healthy and well---or at least doing their part to become healthy and well. I know we cannot attain perfection but we can attempt spiritual healthiness. Perhaps we truly are what we eat, read, see, hear, listen to, watch, do . . .

Neva

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok woman! what happens in the kitchen stayes in the kitchen!

and on my middle....(hands of the moon pie)

Mr Neva

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a food journal of what kind of junk food I put in my brain might very well scare me to death and hurt my feelings.

Good post, sis

Dan

11:20 AM  
Anonymous lisa leichner said...

Ha! Ned is so funny! Good post. And good reminder to only let good thoughts, good jokes, good talk, good shows, etc. to enter our brain. Nice analogy of junk food and spiritual junk food.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good reminder--love the analogies of real life to spiritual life.
Good thoughts.
Pat

1:08 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

You are absolutely right. I hate doing food journals as well but they really reveal the truth that I need to face at times. They like a spiritual journal are a good help in getting back on a healthy track.
Kathy

1:36 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

Neva,
You know this is lent season (not the stuff in your button Ned). This is very appropriate to the thought of the times. But it is on my mind alot lately. Ask Kathy I think she is tired of hearing me talk about what is not healthy on t.v.
Maybe I am weak but I find little healthy. It is a struggle. I read books including my Bible. They feed, but I hate to admit I walk away from some of it still a little hungry. Mostly it is a lack of seeing what I read. I am not trying to point out the speck and ignore the plank. I just know that genuine life is not always seen. Which leads me to eat junk I don't need to. Maybe it is not as fattening as a moon pie but more on the order of iceberg lettuce which is not really good for you but some people eat calling it salad. I need that healthy diet but like all good dieter I get discouraged when I don't see results.

James

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Monalea said...

Mr. Neva - Wonderful comment. I had to take time out to read the artical and your comments to Daryl. We had a good laugh!

If anything ever happens to Daryl, will ya'll adopt me? I love junk food!

On a serious note, it is so hard to remember to feed the soul. I think satan does everything in his power to keep the junk food for the soul out in the open. Thank you for the reminder.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very true.

Jean

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva
Did you check your email? I sent you an apology for the last comment I made--I was dinking around with the identity deal. Go ahead and delete it.
Anyway I said we should all try to nourish our souls so we can be strong--sounded better the first time, sorry
Karli

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its crazy how much "junk" we put in out hearts---nothing but fillers and valueless stuff. good post

Lyndsay

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ned is very funny--dont touch those moonpies--what is a moonpie?
Is it anything like a mudpie or a cowpie? :)


Rachel

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know how they say what you eat goes right to your hips? What if the junk we put in our minds and hearts left marks on us so everyone could see the junk just by looking at us. Wouldm't that be scary?

Great post--loved Mr Neva comment. I know what a moonpie is---yummy!

9:57 PM  
Blogger TREY MORGAN said...

I like Mr. Neva. I like junk food. If I knew the Lord was coming back next week, I'd live off of whole milk and Krispy Kreme donuts till he came. Yum

Loved the post today.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Mommysmart said...

Neva,

What a great post! Garbage in garbage out, right. I know a lot of christians that justify the "junk" (me included). This will stay with me.

Monica

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, I miss you two! Great post Neva. You always know how to reach me. Thanks. I'm praying for you, Ned, Nathan, Chad and the rest of your family.

If you would, please pray for Joe and I. Karsyn is 14 now and we are struggling in today's fast pace world to keep up with her. I'm afraid, to be honest. I miss you, Neva.

Love,
Tammy

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are not careful what we put in our minds and hearts. God expects us to more careful with His things--we are not our own, but bought with a price. We should take better care of God's stuff. Don't you think?

Good post
Carol

9:51 AM  
Blogger Neva said...

Tammy,
I am praying right now, sister. You and yours are on our prayer list on a regular basis. We miss you, too.
Love
Neva

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgiving is very hard.
We all need help and prayers to be able to do this.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all need a diet makeover. The thinking on these things scripture is really hard to swallow, no pun intended. We just need to keep on trying.

Good blog today
Carlos

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thoughts, Neva

Eileen

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been gone and am playing catchup on blog reading. This is a good one, Neva.

Yvonne

3:10 PM  

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