Nap time is chocolate time. At least it is for this lady, who at one point in her life never liked chocolate. It's true, you know. I only began liking chocolate during my second pregnancy.
Yeah, I'm not sure how that came about. All I can say is it was probably the surplus of hormones. Now, almost everyday after I put my girls down for a nap, I'm making my way to the chocolate stash in the pantry.
A few morsels of dark chocolate chips always hits the spot. I find myself decompressing from my frazzled, frenzied day of chasing my two girls around. Depending on the day, I usually consume a small handful or contemplate the day, one morsel at a time.
There are days, though, when the chocolate begins to consume me.
These are the moments when the day has left me more than wearied and my soul wanting more. I am empty and in need of something. I want something to satisfy my deepest longings. It's a struggle, you know?
At one point or another we may all attempt to fill ourselves with things not meant to satisfy. Even as Christians, the struggle is constant. The Holy Spirit is alive in us, but I believe we forget who we are. Instead of turning to the One who fills us with joy and gives us rest, we most often turn to other things.
So, what should we do when we are in a moment of weakness and longing for more?
Pray (even when we don't feel like it)
Know Scripture (so we can be prepared to fight the spiritual battle)
This week we will journey through Scripture to study what God wants us to know in our moments of weakness. Click here for the reading guide. Let's begin in Isaiah 58:11.
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
As you meditate on this verse, consider these questions:
When does your life seem like a “sun-scorched land”?
What are 3 promises God makes in this verse?
What is the significance of God comparing us to a garden?
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