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Snack Between Meals Nutritionists advise people to eat every few hours to maintain steady blood sugar levels. While the Sabbath gives us ample time to digest a large amount of Bible study, church instruction and “iron sharpening iron” discussion with fellow Church members, the pace of life and its many distractions do not often allow for large chunks of time to devote to spiritual pursuits during the week. That’s when small “snacks” on God’s Word can keep us spiritually energized and hold us over until those bigger meals of study time. Many people have suggested tips and tricks about how to work in small bits of spiritual boosts throughout the day—putting scriptures that pop up as reminders in their Outlook calendars at work, plasing Post-it notes on the fridge or bathroom mirror to focus on a particular scripture or issue to meditate on, or reading a particular Proverb or short verse and meditating on it during a commute or trip to the grocery store. These small reminders keep us focused on the Kingdom of God instead of getting mired in the details of this life. Pick Whole Foods Nutritionists now recommend more whole foods (fruits, veggies and whole-grain, less-processed breads and pastas) and fewer refined grains and sugary/salty foods. Whole foods keep us fuller for longer periods of time and even out blood sugar, which improves mood. Similarly, although there are many “easy” forms of Bible study out there—articles, Web videos, etc.—the best source of filling and energizing spiritual nutrition is always the Bible. It is packed with so much depth that even a lifetime solely devoted to its study will continually provide new discoveries! Other Bible study outlets have their place in our spiritual diets, but the best source of sustained spiritual energy will always be God’s Word. Use Healthy Seasonings Some think that following a healthy diet involves eating lots of bland, boring foods. But there are plenty of seasonings out there that keep taste buds interested. Likewise, we have concordances and commentaries and many other Bible study helps that add flavor to our personal study. I’ve always read through the Bible in the New King James Version, but this round I’m going through scriptures with a New Living Translation chronological Bible, which gives me a slightly different perspective. Drink Your Water Our bodies are 55 percent to 78 percent water, so we need a lot of water during the day just to maintain natural functions. We would die quickly if we were deprived of water for more than a few days. Our spiritual lives, too, will shrivel and shrink quickly if we don’t maintain daily contact with God and ask for His Holy Spirit in prayer (John 4:13-14 John 4:13-14 [13] Jesus answered and said to her, Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: [14] But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
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; Psalms 55:17 Psalms 55:17Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
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). Water also aids digestion, and God’s Holy Spirit helps us understand our Bible study and focus our meditation. Share Meals With Family and Friends Finally, one of the joys in eating a meal is sharing it with one’s family and friends. The early Church did this (Acts 2:46-47 Acts 2:46-47 [46] And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, [47] Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
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). Families today are encouraged to eat nutritious meals together at home as a way to share and connect with each other. At church services each Sabbath we share spiritual meals (and sometimes physical ones too with potlucks) that help bond us together as God’s spiritual family. We can encourage each other to continue in our healthy spiritual nutrition plans. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalms 34:8 Psalms 34:8O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.
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