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Feed Your Soul

Updated: Jun 15, 2023


How do we know when our soul is hungry?

We can easily recognize the signs when we are experiencing physical hunger,

and we can learn to recognize the symptoms of spiritual hunger.


Just like a growling stomach means it's time to eat dinner;

when your words begin to growl, it's time to feed your soul with prayers.


Just like an aching empty stomach means it's time to eat a snack;

when your heart feels drained, it's time to feed your soul with holy silence.


Just like a queasy stomach means its time to eat something healthy;

when your mind consumes unhealthy messages, it's time to feed your soul with Scripture.


We feed our bodies,

we feed our minds,

we feed our shopping carts,

we feed our bank accounts......

how often do we feed our soul?


God is love. He created us in His image to be love.

He is the source of all good and He created us to grow the good.

Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.
Genesis 1:26,28

God gave us a physical body and blessed us with an immortal soul

so that we may be with Him for eternity after our earthly body dies.

Until then....how can we be love, grow goodness, and honor God

if we don't Feed our Souls?


Take one week and change your soul diet.

See what a difference it makes!

Feed your soul with manna from Heaven which is available every day in the Eucharist.

Feed your soul with daily "bread" -- what you need today without worry for tomorrow.

Feed your soul with peace and lasting joy which comes from God and not from the world.

Feed your soul with a friend sitting next to you, rather than seeking connection online.

Feed your soul with fresh air in your lungs, sun on your skin, bare feet in the grass.

Feed your soul with encouraging, life-giving books and songs and programs and podcasts.


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This theme of Feed Your Soul kept coming to me lately. I knew it would be the next post. So, throughout the week I wanted to be more aware and purposeful in making choices that would feed my soul each day. Often, it meant going against what I instinctively felt I needed to do with my time.


I fed my soul by setting aside the housework that always piles up -- and starting my day with deep prayer at dawn. I fed my soul by resisting the urge to watch TV or peruse the internet -- and having a wonderful, long phone call catching up with my sister. I fed my soul by going straight from a long day at work -- to recording the 'teaser' episode of a new Encourage Our Faith podcast with my friend. I fed my soul by catching an early morning flight to attend a Birthright Convention -- after getting very little sleep because some good friends and I went to a James Taylor concert the night before.


In each of those moments of decision, my first thought was:

I don't have time to do that because I need to do this!

And, after each of those activities, my conclusion was:

Thank God I did this instead of that!

If we aren't intentional about feeding our souls, we will suffer spiritual starvation.

We can't wait for the perfect time or optimal conditions to feed our souls.

 

Fr. Richard Rohr wrote, "Once we can accept that God is in all circumstances, and that God can and will use even bad situations for good, then everything becomes an occasion for good and an occasion for God. Our task is to find the good, the true, and the beautiful in everything—even, and most especially, in the problematic. The bad is never strong enough to counteract the good."


 

Take one week and change your soul diet.

See what a difference it makes!

Feed your soul by reaching in deep and loving the real you who is deeply loved by God.

Feed your soul by making time to engage in things that are good and true, and bring warmth and joy from the inside out.

Feed your soul by asking the Lord and listening to what He wants for your life, then courageously make your journey along that path.

Feed your soul by contributing beautiful words and actions that make others feel loved and treasured, regardless of what is happening around them.

 

➡️ Share in the Comments some ways you Feed Your Soul!

➡️ Listen to the new "Encourage our Faith" podcasts on Spotify:




➡️ Learn more about Birthright: https://birthright.org/




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Jun 15, 2023
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Yes! If you just stop and listen, He is always there.

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Monica Walton
Jun 30, 2023
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Amen!

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Jun 15, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Very inspiring!

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Monica Walton
Jun 30, 2023
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Thank you! Feel free to share!

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