Recently, I hit "that time" of the month and had the most unbelievable cravings for, you guessed it, CHOCOLATE! No surprises there. That happens pretty regularly, month after month. But for some reason, this month was much, much worse. You know what I mean - where you are looking for last year's Halloween candy, stray M&M's in the bottom of your purse or even considering eating those bars of unsweetened chocolate in your pantry. I mean, they are chocolate - how bad could they be?!? Okay, so it wasn't quite that bad but I did find myself sneaking chocolate chips out of the bag in the pantry and giving in to the boys' pleas for candy as we checked out at the grocery store (just so I wouldn't feel bad about getting a piece myself).
After surviving those rough couple of days and spending some extra time walking the dog to get rid of the extra calories, it struck me - why don't I have those kind of cravings for nourishment from God? How much better off would I be if I craved God not chocolate? Wouldn't I be a better mom, wife, friend, and, most importantly, Child of God?
Ironically, as I write this blog, the verse of the day on my Bible app is this:
"My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness." Isaiah 26:9
How long has it been since I yearned for God, longed for Him? I wish I could say that it was moment by moment, every minute of the day. But, that's not true. I "get busy" chasing kids and trying to stay on top of our busy schedules. I miss moments where I could sit quietly and read and meditate and draw closer to Him.
My prayer today is that God would create this craving in me - make spending time with Him and reading the Bible as irresistible as last year's Halloween candy. That He would create this longing and yearning in me that I would turn to Him first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.
How are your cravings today? Have you craved God lately?
"My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God." Psalm 84:2
(By the way, yes, I am a new blogger and I am so thrilled and humbled to be a part of this blog. And, please bear with me as I figure out this "blogging thing"!! )
Love in Christ,