Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stocking your pantry

Usually, when I have a title like that I'm going to give you a bunch of suggestions or tell you tge deals that are great for stocking up on groceries. Not this time! Today I want to share a mini article written by Patsy Clairmont from Women of Faith. She is a tiny little gal with quite a lot of spunk and personality and I just love her! She is one of my favorite speakersat the conference! :)

Here is what she wrote about stocking our pantry-

The Lord guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. —Psalm 25:9 NIV

Food, what an emotional magnet! It’s a lifetime challenge—well, not for everyone. Some folks actually manage it just fine. Then there’s me. Therapists say eating is one of our earliest nurturing memories, and therefore many of us try to comfort ourselves with food. One remedy is to keep our emotional and spiritual pantries stocked with healthy, nutritious items like these:

Dignity—I have found dignity comes as we embrace our heritage in Christ and as we choose to do what is ours to do.
Discernment—While this is a gift, it also is worked into our hearts as we learn from our mistakes and seek God’s counsel.
Intelligence—This is showcased as we apply God’s Word to our own hearts before we offer it to others and when we think before we speak or react.
Self-control—This means placing balanced boundaries on our choices and our habits.
Preparedness—This means having on hand items such as the wine of God’s spirit, the humble heart of a lamb, and the fruit of righteousness.
Fortitude—This involves internal resolve for whatever arises regardless of the difficulty level.

—Patsy Clairmont

Excerpted from A Grand New Day © 2008 by Thomas Nelson. Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

What do you keep on the shelves in your spiritual pantry?

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