May29FriMay 29, 2020
Since we have moved to Exhibition Street in Guelph, we have discovered the most amazing place to get bread, Polestar Hearth, a bakery just around the corner. I have to admit that with all the social distancing requirements, waiting in line has taught me to appreciate it even more. They make incredible sour dough bread and our favorite is Super Seed! It is starting to become a Saturday morning ritual for us. There is an incredible sense of satisfaction that you experience when you know you are eating good bread!
I am also discovering new things as I learn to be still in the presence of Jesus. In John 6:28, He is described as the bread of life. I know that as good as the bread that fills my belly, I desperately need to be in His presence to sustain me and that time for me is carved out in the morning before I start my day.
Jesus in John 6:28 was trying to teach His followers a “new normal”…the very thing we keep hearing today. In that day He was getting them to go beyond just getting their daily needs met or rushing after another miracle. He was offering them so much more and He wanted to completely fill the hunger of their soul.
What matters most in the Christian’s life is “who is Jesus to you?”… not what Jesus has done for you.
Holly Furtick in a powerful message she gave on Mother’s Day shared about identifying the things that are first not bread in your life.
- Gossip is not good bread. Proverbs 26;22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
- Good bread is not trying to find all my needs met in my spouse or my children or material things.
She also made a really good point that bread is meant for right now. The Word that God gives you is a word for the season and more importantly for this moment. Don’t let it grow stale
Jeremiah 15:16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
His bread is normal, God is not limited to sermons and worship songs. Expect God to speak to you through every mundane moment. Holly Furtick
Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good
His Bread sustains us, but it is also placed in front of us to declare It’s powerful and life changing promises too!
I also have recently I have been reminded once again about the power of praying Scriptural declarations over my family. I take time to insert their names into some of the most profound prayers written in the Bible, for example, I will take my children’s names and insert them into the following prayers for example:
Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give Rylan the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that he may know him better. 18 I pray that Rylan’s eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that he may know the hope to which God has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
I will take turns and then insert Jordan and Katelyn, Phil and Brynley and Addi as well.
I also pray verses like Galatians 2:20 and the prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21 and there are soooo many great ones packed in Philippians, Colossians as well.
As we take time to listen, to journal, to pray these powerful declarations, I believe the atmosphere changes in our hearts and in our homes.
When everything starts to open us and the pull comes to go in every direction and chase after everything, remember to stay, to listen, to be grounded in His truth, His Word, His life-giving bread. Then, go out there and let the new normal be revealed in you, a new appetite, new desires…not willing to settle for the cheap stuff that never satisfies.
I close with a story about Addi. She has just started a new job working for a landscaping company. She has been very diligent about her health, especially her “gut health” after dealing with some parasites after being on cross cultural missions. I watched in amazement as she meal prepped 5 identical healthy lunches on Sunday evening. I asked her to give me her lunch break down and here it is!
Quinoa bowl with roasted carrots, beets, brussel sprouts, black beans, corn, grape tomatoes and arugula with hummus or greek yogurt as a dressing, some sort of vegetable like small bell peppers, carrots and hummus, unsalted nuts and some sort of fruit!! like cherries, watermelon, or peaches
Well, the other workers are noticing when they show up with their white bread sandwiches and go for fast food runs. One guy in particular is noticing so much so they he is actually asking Addi now to prepare lunches for him! I believe the same is true when we are sustained spiritually from Jesus’ presence. I believe other’s will notice the contentment, the transcendent peace, the joy, the goodness that He fills our lives with and it will be contagious in a really good way!