Happy end of November! Earlier this fall my friend Kimberly Campbell at kcreatives, and I had a fun conversation. It turns out that Kim and I have the same love language—food! Now before you think this is a food podcast, (I know my last podcast was on food, as well.) it’s not. Anchored Souls is a podcast about weathering the storms of life. But let’s face it, one of the basic needs for any human is … FOOD! And I happen to really enjoy it.
So, what will you hear in this podcast between two friends? You’ll hear a bit about our favorite foods. You’ll hear us talk a little about gratitude and the fact that God has gifted us with so many varieties of foods and given us the joy of eating and enjoying conversation with friends around the table. You’ll also hear us get gut honest about how we sometimes turn to food for satisfaction and comfort rather than our true source, God. Oh, and we also chat a little about the picky eaters in our homes.
I’ve posted a couple of links about some things we discussed below—a cookbook where you can find that amazing three-layer chocolate cake recipe we talked about, and my momma’s easy roast beef and brown gravy recipe.
So, you may be asking, how does a chat about food help me weather the storms of life? Well, first of all, I believe that laughter is a good medicine, and you’ll find humor in this light-hearted conversation between friends. I believe focusing on things other than our problems—that is the storms we face—helps us find perspective. And last of all, I believe there is some real truth we all need to hear about finding satisfaction and comfort in our true Anchor, Jesus.
When we choose to turn to anything—food, shopping, TV, Netflix, drugs, alcohol, sex, you name it to be filled or comforted, that my friend is called idolatry. I know that sounds harsh, but idolatry happens when something becomes a substitute for God. When I turn to Double Stuffed Oreos or when I binge-watch Netflix to de-stress from my day before turning to God and asking Him to help me process through my emotions, idolatry has crept into my life.
How do I prevent that? I must take all those stressors, all of my emotions and have a conversation with God about them first. I choose to ask Him His opinion. I ask Him to quiet my mind and calm my emotions.
Now please do not hear me say that I can never enjoy Double Stuffed Oreos or Netflix. That is not what I mean at all. But what I must do is ask myself what the motivation behind those things is for me. Am I enjoying the gifts God has given me (i.e. the Oreos and Netflix) or am I using those in place of Him? There is a subtle difference but an oh so important one.
I hope you enjoy listening.
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Blessings to you!
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