Nourish. What a powerful word. Really. Throughout the past couple of weeks I’ve been mulling over the literal meaning of She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family, and talking about food. And, I sincerely appreciate your tolerance of my ramblings. I’ve also been thinking about the word “nourish”. If you look it up according to Merriam Webster, you’ll see that it has two main definitions – (1) to promote the growth of and (2) to furnish or sustain with nutriment. Probably the most common association/use of the word is food-related. In fact, two of my current favorite food blogs – Nourishing Days and Nourished Kitchen, use it in their title (side note: if you haven’t checked these blogs out, they are a must!). Not only are all the recipes I’ve tried super yummy (and the photos gorgeous), but the descriptions and details of the posts are inspiring and challenging; honestly, I must say they have promoted my growth as a thoughtful cook. The past month or so as I have barely dipped my foot into the world of the real food movement, I have felt my excitement and love for cooking intensify (if that was possible?). Really paying attention to how we are fueling our bodies can be such a wake up call. I know it was for me and I still have a long way to go! When we focus on providing proper physical nourishment, we promote the growth of strong, healthy bodies.
But what about spiritual nourishment? Just as each of these verses in the Project Proverbs 31 can be taken literally (or close to literally), they also can be taken figuratively. What I’m suggesting is nothing new, of course. But the juxtaposition of both literal and figurative meanings struck me in particular as I’ve been mulling over “nourish”. As a woman, a wife, a Mom, I have chosen (among other things) to place an importance on providing physical nourishment for myself, my family and my loved ones. But in those same roles, shouldn’t I also place an importance on seeking and providing spiritual nourishment for myself, my family and my loved ones? When we strive for spiritual nourishment, we promote the growth of strong, healthy souls. While I deeply desire to foster my spiritual growth and that of my family and my loved ones, I constantly wonder how best to do it. I find myself questioning each possible approach, each possible conversation.
But surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), I have come to see similarities in providing physical and spiritual nourishment. When I provide physical nourishment, the process may involve following directions or improvising and feeling (tasting) my way through it. And sometimes (actually, most of the time), a bit of both. So too, seeking spiritual nourishment involves a reading of His Word, but in my experience, it often (err, most of the time) also involves searching/muddling/fumbling my way through it. Thank goodness He is the God of grace-when-I-don’t-deserve-it and the God of second chances. Just as I find such joy in providing physical nourishment, my challenge will be to seek the joy that also lies in spiritual nourishment.
Here are a few recent nourishing posts I wanted to share…
Belief on a January Monday by Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky
Cooking for Others by Simple Bites
Practical Gratitude by Nicole at Gidget Goes Home
Homemade Flaugnarde by Jenny at Nourished Kitchen
What your Life is really magnifying by Anne Voskamp at A Holy Experience
Indian Style Chicken Curry by Shannon at Nourishing Days
How do you nourish?