By Stephanie Parker
A friend asked me the other day, how I manage to read my Bible every day. She said she has a hard time getting into it or understanding it. How do you "fall in love" with God's Word and grow your affections for reading something that, well, doesn't seem that interesting sometimes? I was thinking about this and realized that broccoli and the Bible have something in common!
Did you know that when you crave chocolate, it's usually due to a magnesium deficiency...which is found in broccoli or avocados? So you are never REALLY satisfied with the chocolate because that's not what your body really needs. That's why eating chocolate or sugar always leads you to wanting and needing more...because its not really scratching the itch you have. I feel like that with God's Word. Sometimes I try feeding my Spirit with chocolate (shopping, Facebook, validation from friends and loved ones, or even good sermons or Christian books) but nothing will really satisfy my craving like broccoli (God's Word) will. But broccoli isn't always fun to eat...that's why it has to be a choice!
Over the years, I've learned that turning my affections towards God and His Word is not a feeling or desire...its an intentional choice...like choosing broccoli instead of brownies when you are on a diet. It starts as a choice and eventually turns into an affection. It becomes an affection when you begin to live what you read and see the change that takes place and the freedom and peace that results from it....and then, reading God's Word becomes a necessity to survive the day! Now, when I don't spend time with God and His Word, I can feel the malnutrition and the spiritual lethargy that results.
I've also learned that if I don't study my Bible first thing when I wake up, it often doesn't happen the rest of the day, and having a structured Bible study really keeps me accountable.
So today, when you are tempted by the chocolate of this world, choose broccoli instead, and feed your soul with something that will truly satisfy!
"How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." -Psalm 119:9-11
Stephanie Parker has three main loves: God, her husband, Brett and her kids! When Stephanie created the Zipadee-Zip in an effort to solve her daughter, Charlotte's, sleep issues, she never imagined that it would become a business. She is incredibly grateful to God for how Sleepingbaby.com has grown and how it has enabled other families to get the restful sleep they need. Stephanie's husband, Brett Parker assumed the role of CEO which has allowed Stephanie to focus on what she loves which is the creative side of the company, like product and print development. After the Zipadee-Zip was featured on Shark Tank, Stephanie went on to create the book Shepherd's Treasure. In her free time, Stephanie loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include acting, singing, painting, learning and speaking foreign languages and going on adventures with her family! You will find her all summer waterskiing, fishing and laughing with her family on the weekends.