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My mom has never made meal plans, but I have seen lots of articles online that suggest they are great organizational skills.
Having a meal plan: makes shopping easier, helps get nutrients and healthy meals, and can help organize things in general. Efficient, effective, easier.
Well, what do you know, the other day someone suggested to me the idea of a spiritual meal plan.
I for one am not someone who is in the Bible daily. I was drafting something the other day where I said that its so easy for me to forget to pray and so easy for me to flip a calendar more often that I open a Bible. Its a problem :/
I think here are my main issues:
1) Other things get prioritized first. I am rushed in the morning, distracted through the day, and prefer to get a good amount of sleep at night. Really, I need to not put faith on the back burner. A great starting point would be to get rid of some of the pointless, valueless entertainment.
2) Along the same lines, my time management is pathetic. Really I would have tons of time to do things I would like to do (also writing) if I were to make time. This is sort of the same thing as above. Sometimes the meal plan is going to have to come first and our other desires second.
Tip: If it doesnt bring you closer to God, get rid of it. The sooner the better :/
3). I have this embarrassing pride that I already have a good enough familiarity with the Bible. This is bad on so many levels. Once can always read the Bible again and again and learn more. Especially for someone like myself who isnt the best with memorization, being active in the Word of God is a great idea! Being immersed is similarly a great status.
4. The less you read, the less you feel a "hunger pang" for the good stuff. By the Good stuff, I actually mean everything in the Bible, no picking and choosing allowed. We dont always like what the Bible says but we gotta be humble enough to listen and crave to know about God. Gotta get all your nutrients, gotta "eat" healthy
5. Really I generally am too casual about the entire picture. When there is something out of my control, I am more prone to talk about it to others than to God. Our response in crisis should be to pray and listen to God talking through the Bible. Our spiritual health matters, we need to take care of it and keep up the meal plan.
A great spiritual meal plan that I have come across is a 1 year through the Bible plan. You can access it here:
We have this great fear that if we miss out on a day of such a plan that it is over, but it is not. We can pick up our Bible the next day and carry on. There is no need to wait to the next calendar year.
I have been through it once, though not in order, in 26 days by reading like 12-13 boxes a day instead of 1.
This sort of reading does not allow much room for "cotton candy" because you are too full for sugary, worthlessness. Out goes other activities, out goes other influences that are not God honoring.
Two other approaches are to read through the New Testament at least 1x per month or to hit the basics on a schedule of some sort:
Someone very bluntly said when you eat cotton candy too much: "You get fat, lazy and your teeth rot." If youre not in control of what you are being fed spiritually or physically there is a lot of damage (no pun intended) that can be done.
Yet in the moment, it is convenient, and easy going down. There we find the trap of comfort... if you have read the title (hope so!) of this post, you will know that such is not on a healthy meal plan.
The last thing I have for this post is the simple, yet deep, question I came across with a few weeks ago now and which you might say I fell in love with: Are we full of ourselves or full of God?
Kate @ majesticgoldenrose