Satisfy…

Hello!  Another Fix-It Friday is here on Be Very Well Fed!  Scripture verse then scrumptious recipe is the usual order of business here, so let’s dive in!

satisfy

I have to take a moment and soak in our graphic.  I love the verse, and I love the background.  Oh, how I miss the beach…sigh.

Sorry, I digress.  Think for a moment about a great morning.  Everything progressed as it should– no one lost anything that you had to find, no one overslept, lunches were packed efficiently, all were delivered at their appointed spot EARLY (yep, that actually happened once!).  You were free to go to where you needed to be without having the stress of the morning already causing your shoulders to rise up to your ears.  What a glorious morning!  I miss that…

Those moments, those “perfect” moments when calm serenity surrounds you, are glimpses of God’s love.  When I think of being satisfied, I think of feeling full–without the need for anything else.  Take a peek at our verse again.  Our Father’s love can and will fill us up, satisfy our longings.  He is all-sufficient–He’s everything we need.  But we don’t believe that, do we?  So, we look to other things to satiate us–food, work, relationships, projects, social media, alcohol, sex.  Instead of relying on Him, we rely on everything else.

But those other things don’t fill us, do they?  The satisfaction is temporary–we soon find ourselves needing another “fix” to get us through, only to discover that we keep needing and needing and needing.  I have heard it said that we have a “God-shaped hole” in us that only He can fill.  So everything else that we stuff into that hole does nothing but show us that we still have a hole.  It isn’t until we look to Him, and believe that He can and will satisfy us completely, that we begin to stop searching for other “fillings.”

When we allow Him to “satisfy us in the morning with His unfailing love,” our entire lives begin to change.  We no longer look to someone or something to fill our needs.  When we feel sad, we go to Him.  When we feel mad, we go to Him.  When we feel joy, we go to Him.  When we feel anxious, we go to Him.  Sweetheart, our God is enough.  His love is never-ending, never-failing.  He is always there, waiting for us to seek Him.

Notice what the end of the verse says–“that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”  Our Father’s love is good–so good that it makes our hearts sing and our vocal chords vibrate (that is singing too.  I wanted to be fancy…).  The satisfaction that we receive from Him is not temporary–it is also everlasting.  I’m not saying that we will have candy and roses and all things wonderful every day–we live in a fallen world, and that won’t happen here.  But I am saying that we can be fully satisfied, joyous, and glad each day (regardless of circumstance) through the power and strength of God’s love.

So, today I pray that you will fully seek God.  Whether in the morning, noon, or in the quiet of the night.  Allow Him to satisfy those needs within you.  Let your heart sing with joy and gladness because you have the love of the Almighty in your life.  That “perfect morning” that you thought of in the beginning of our time together will dim in comparison to the absolute satisfaction that you will receive from our Savior.

While we shouldn’t turn to food to satisfy the deep longings of our soul, we can allow food to satisfy the physical longings called hunger.  Slow Cooker Taco Soup is delicious.  Serve with a nice green salad and some cornbread, and you’ve got dinner covered.  My suggestion would be to brown the burger the night before, and put all your ingredients on the counter (other than the burger of course–it goes in the fridge).   Then, in the morning, all you would have to do is open cans, put all the stuff in the crock pot and turn it on.  This really wouldn’t throw your perfect morning into a tizzy–and you’d have the main course ready when you came home.  Sounds like a plan…

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

Have an awesome weekend.  May you be satisfied by God’s love today and every day!

 See you back here Tuesday!

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