I’m up early, and can’t sleep, so I’m going to share some philosophical thoughts with you all about *food*…{originally this was a Facebook post for the “Fitness Challenge Group”, but I thought it was good to share with ALL… but a warning, it may not be my most *refined* entry ever!}  I was laying in bed, just thinking about how often for us women food becomes an *enemy*… and a source of bondage maybe? For those who struggle with too much weight, or those who struggle to eat food at all….. how often do we find the freedom to *enjoy* food?? ……… And i was recently convicted of the importance of delighting in food, well, several weeks ago listening to Dr. Dan Allender, he spoke of the earthy, sensual pleasures of food and romance are what the Bible *most often* uses to picture our relationship with God, and are meant to foreshadow for us the joy of eternity in heaven…. He spoke of an opportunity to taste 800$ wine, and he spoke of it with *tears*, like real tears… and said that it was a moment that prepared him for eternity, and it was an experience he will never again have in this lifetime… And then I read a few days ago an article by Douglas Wilson “Go overboard celebrating Christmas”, and he quoted Isaiah 25:6-8, in which Isaiah prophesizes the new covenant, and does so with the image of a glorious feast: “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow… He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces….” …. This *FEAST* is a picture of the Gospel!! And in the NT gospel books, in the parables, the Lord likens the Kingdom of God to a feast, and he invites many people to come, but too many think of themselves as too *important* and their own agenda too *important* to come, and so the Lord goes out into the streets and brings in the homeless and the destitute, for they have *time*, and *desire* and they can see His worth and the worth of the banquet…. So I pray that the Lord would save me from my own importance (even of this diet!!), and make me to be *poor in spirit*… so that I may *come* to HIM, and delight in HIS banquet, and be *enthralled* in His presence….. AND to *symbolize* this by going *overboard* with a great Christmas FEAST!

First of all, I love Jesus. I am a wife to an amazing man, and mother of three: my 5 year old son Jeremiah, 1 year old son Judah, and my daughter, Tirzah, now 3 years, is waiting for me in the gardens of Heaven. I am also a Veterinarian. The goal of my blog: Creating community around an honest journey through the joy and grief of life. Blog Topics: Child loss and grief; Attachment Theory in Parenting; Mental Heatlh; Christian Theology and Ministry; Veterinary Medicine; and Community Stories.

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