|Posted by Valerie Anderson-Stallworth on February 18, 2010 at 11:56 PM|
"How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Psalm 119:103... Many of us live in countries where food is abundant and people are well fed. That's why we may not be familiar with the symptoms of starvation. At the outset, victims have an insatiable craving for nourishment. As time passes, however, the body weakens, the mind is dulled, and the desire for something to eat wanes. In fact, starving people actually reach a point when they don't even want food that is placed before them. Spiritual starvation follows much the same course. If we have been feeding daily on God's Word, it's natural to feel "hungry" when we skip our quiet time. But if we continue to neglect it, we may lose all desire to study the Scriptures. In fact, we may be starving ourselves. How much time do you spend reading the Bible and meditating on its truths? Do you miss the Word when you neglect it? Thomas guthrie wrote, "If you find yourself loving any pleasure better than your prayers, any book better than the Bible, any persons better than Christ, or any indulgence better than the hope of heaven- take alarm." If you've lost your taste for the "bread of life," confess your negligence and ask God to revire your appetite for His Word. Avoid spiritual starvation! Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me, as Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea. Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord; my spirit pants for Thee, O Living Word - Lathbury... I will work day in and day out to study myself approved to the Lord. I will make a committment to myself to combat spiritual starvation. I will work the rest of my life here on earth to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven upon that day. What a day today was. Another blessed day from heaven. The Lord knew just what I needed today. I think 6:45 is coming earlier and earlier each day, or is it the fact that I just returned from a wonderfully relaxing vacation, with this being the first early morning I've had in several days. The ride into the office went smoothly. Spending the morning drive with XM33 Serius XM Praise is such a blessing. I'm not sure if I know of too many people who can carry the spirit with them when they travel too and from. There is nothing better. The work day, of course was busy, busy, busy. I started the work day off with 375 unread e-mails, and boy oh boy did I put a big dent in it... NOT. I left the office today with 337 unread e-mails. I had a teleconference at 11:00, one at 12:00, a quick meeting at 12:50, a teleconference at 1:00, and another at 2:00. With a quick lunch breat at about 2:45, that didn't leave much time for checking and responding to those e-mails. Oh, did I mention we are still working on the "Action Plans". When the initial plans are completed, I plan on having them bronzed. These will be the best AP's in the Florida Division. Errands to run after work provided me with a full enough schedule to keep me from shopping the e-mail blues away. Thanks Chelsea. Happy Birthday Otis! Then off to picking up Sis. Sumes for the Missionary meeting. It's always good to get together with my Sisters in Blue. We met this month at a restaurant on Busch Blvd. Lots of food. After this past weekend, I don't think I can ever visit another "All You Can Eat" dinner place. I just couldn't eat. I don't think my body is going to miss it though. Meeting over, and finally headed home. Got to connect with Willie on the way. It's been such a busy day we haven't really spoken, and with him working evenings, we work hard to at least talk on the phone a couple of times a night. We still have a full house, and you know what? I'm loving it. Sometimes I think about being that stay at home grandma, auntie, live in babysitter. I know you have to be very careful what you ask for... The boys are such a treat. I think Amber and idela are getting used to having the little ones around also. There is never a dull moment. Maurice is having a little bit of a hard time adjusting to his new school, but he will adjust soon. News, call with Willie, Nightline, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Finally quiet in the house. That's the sign of a happy house. Shhhhhhh...... Yes, all finally asleep. I 'm headed there myself. Heavenly Father, how sweet is thy name. Your's is the sweetest name on earth. My heart smiles when I think about our love story, and how I almost lost you. Lord, I am so glad you did not turn your back on me, or give up on the me you wanted me to be. Thank you for your faithfulness, and thank you for your faith in me. Father I ask you tonight to bless Maurice and all of those that have come into his life. Lord, you know what he needs. Give Michelle and Nathan the strength and wisdom to come to you Lord, asking for your presence in their lives, knowing that you are the one to trust, and you Lord are the one to believe in. Without you in our lives Lord, there is no living. Father God, please bless this house and all who are under this roof. Lord lay a gentle hand on Sis. Sumes shoulder. Let her know you are still large and in charge. She is such a warrior for you. Thanks Lord for all of the friends you have allowed me to share time with today, may you shower them with bountiful blessings. And Lord, thank you for working a miracle in mom and dads lives. Keep them safe from harm, and show BJ, Dewayne, and Joey that you are the light, and in you only will they truly live life. Lord, they do not know they are experiencing Spiritual Starvation. Show them the way! Amen!