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So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” {Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭1-2‬ MSG}
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at three pillars of a healthy spirit, mind and body:
1. Nourishment
2. Exercise
3. Rest
Today let’s take a look at how to best nourish our body, mind and spirit!!
Nourishment: The food or other substance necessary for growth, health, and other good conditions; to nurture.
We all want to be nurtured, don’t we? It is an absolute need for us to be nourished in our spirit, mind, and body. Food, whether spiritual, mental or physical, infuses us with the strength we need. 
So often our body is the focus, because its hunger becomes so strong if not satisfied. No matter how busy we are, we manage to make time for food! But even then, the food we eat may not be what we need. It is so important to nourish our bodies with the right food. And for each of us, it may differ depending on our environment, cellular make-up, level of physical activity… so many factors.
God gives us grace to know about our bodies, so if we are listening and are sensitive to what our body is telling us, we can know how to begin to change its nourishment.
For me, here are a few things I have learned that hopefully will make a difference for us all:
1) Drink water – at least half of your body weight in ounces each day.
2) Include supplements like Omega 3 and Vitamin D3.
3) Take a good probiotic to maintain good gut health.
4) Start your day with hot lemon water to cleanse the liver.
5) Eat organic food as much as possible.
6) Cut out sugar, dairy, and caffeine as they usually cause inflammation.
“But He [Jesus] replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” {Matthew‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬ AMP}
If you only feed your body, your mind and spirit will starve.
We must nourish all three parts to be fully sustained.
When it comes nourishing our mind, will and emotions, what “foods” fuel our mental and emotional well-being? Learn new things that feed your passions and stimulate your mind. Foster creativity and curiosity. Try new (physical) foods, explore new places, meet new people, read new books. Be present. Have heart-to-heart conversations with loved ones around you. All of these things are “soul food.”
Last, but most importantly, nourish your spirit. How do we do that?
Feed on the Word of God daily. This is the purest form of spiritual food you can give your spirit. Other forms of spiritual nourishment include worship, prayer, thanksgiving, going to church, and spending time with other believers.
But solid food is for full-grown [women], for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.” {Hebrews 5:14 AMP}
Keep in mind that just like your physical nutrition changes and varies over time, so should your mental and spiritual food. The milk that nourished you when you were younger doesn’t sustain you after you’ve reached spiritual adulthood. Listen to your mind and spirit to adjust your diet and keep them fully satisfied.
In taking care of the feeding and nourishment of our minds, bodies and spirits, we are walking out the plan of God for our lives. He can fulfill His purpose in us best when these three areas are stable, healthy and nourished.
I love the way this last scripture portrays hungering for God in all three parts of our being. Our flesh longs for God. Our mind is fixed on Him. Our spirit praises Him. And our whole being is satisfied, finding its sustenance in Him. 
 
“O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.” {Psalm 63:1-6 AMP}
 
Allow him to sustain and satisfy you today, dear one.
xo,
Brenda
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