Food for the soul

So I haven't exactly kept up with my once a week blogging, as it had been over a month since my last post.  But I'm back and hopefully I'll stay on top of it. I'll try to post a update about the last month soon. 

Last Thursday Mike and I went out to a restaurant that we've wanted to try for a while, but just never made it there. It's called Fred's Southern Kitchen.  We weren't really sure what to expect (other than traditional southern food, obviously).  So we get seated (on our way to our seats I noticed them playing Keep Changing the World by Mike's Chair) and the waitress asks if we'd like the buffet.  (I didn't know they had one, but Mike was all about it, so I figured, what better way to find out what's good)

So we of course try to be good and both start with a small salad, but then proceed to take a little of everything (well not everything, but you get the idea) and our plates looked something like this:

This picture unfortunately does not show the DE-LICIOUS sweet potato souffle.  I have never enjoyed sweet potatoes, but in an effort to always try new things, I tried some.  Holy cow!  It was like a dessert. It tasted like brown sugared baked pecans.  I'm now in search of a recipe for this.  :)

I noticed that throughout the meal there were only Christian artists playing.  And then on our way out I saw a booklet on their newsstand that said "Breakfast for the soul."  So I picked it up to check it out and it was a journal to record your reflections on certain Bible passages every day.  The inside cover said this:

"Like most everyone, you've probably missed a meal at some point.  Remember how you felt as the day wore on?  It starts with that empty feeling in your stomach, with the hunger pangs reminding you more and more of your need for food.  And as that hunger grows, you find your energy beginning to drain away.  
When believers miss a day in God's Word, they experience the same effect spiritually.  God's Work is designed to nourish our minds and spirit, and without it, we're left feeling empty, and our 'spiritual energy' drains away.  Hebrews 5:14 says '...solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.'
Many believers feel attending weekly worship provides more than enough time in the Word.  But just as your body can't thrive on one meal a week, your spirit will never flourish on just one day a week in His Word.  And, just as a healthy adult should be able to feel himself, a believer should be taking in the Word by more than just hearing it.  Taking the time to read God's Word allows God Himself to speak directly to you.  In James 1:22 it says: 'But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers...'.
Are you hungry?  Jesus himself said: Luke 6:21 'Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.'  I promise you, by taking time to be in His Word daily, your life will be transformed.  Make a commitment to stay with the reading plan for 30 days and see what takes place in your life.  You won't be disappointed.  
2Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

I've heard that basic comparison made before, but not in such detail.  I thought the visualization was on point.  

So I've never been to Fred's or any of the associated restaurants, but I can definitely say, 
I'll be back. :)


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Southern Food buffets!! I really miss those...and that stuff looked good!

Hope you're doing well!!

-Mike Palmieri