Train Them Up: The Importance of “Spirit Food”

by Dorie Pyron

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Family Eating Meal Together In Kitchen


“Good food and a warm kitchen are what make a house a home.”  – Rachel Ray

Doesn’t that put such a lovely picture in your mind? If you’re imagining it right now, I bet you can see every one of the happy faces sitting around the table. Perhaps you can also see the delicious food and smell the yummy smells. As moms, we do a lot of hard work to keep our families fed and together, and a scene like this stirs up a cozy sense of fulfillment in us.

The simple fact is, food is a huge part of life and a huge part of our role as moms.

Food fills us. It fills our bodies with nutrition, our minds with memories, and our hearts with contentment. These things make us stronger, happier, more capable, and more intentional. Life looks and feels so much better after a fun snack or a good meal.

Food also connects us. Regardless of any imaginable difference, when it comes to food, people are driven by the need or desire to avoid hunger and loneliness and seem to naturally come together to “feast and fellowship.” A shared experience involving food often becomes a very happy memory.

Food is just that important. In order to live and live well our families have to eat and eat well. And because the responsibility of all of that often falls on us moms, we stay plenty busy researching, planning, shopping, couponing, prepping, ordering, serving, and cleaning for meal after meal after meal.

But now consider this…

JESUS says, “Man must not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God,” Matthew 4:4.

Let that simmer a bit and see the shift in perspective. Evidently, as wonderful and important as physical food is, it’s not enough for us! Evidently, we need something more! Evidently that something more is God’s Word – “spirit food” for our souls!

If this is true, we can assume that no matter how healthy and yummy the meals are, if all we feed our children each day is breakfast, lunch, and dinner, our precious little ones will still be starving when we tuck them in at night. Perhaps we’ve spent the time and done the work to lovingly and conscientiously fill their bellies, but if we have not also spent the time and done the work to “feed” them God’s Word, we’ve neglected their souls. And that’s the part of them that will live forever…somewhere.

The simple fact is God’s Word IS life, and God expects us to share it with our children every day.

God’s Word fills us!

When we feast on God’s Word daily, He meets every need we have, leaving us full to overflowing and needing nothing more than Him. This makes us a sweeter reflection of who He is and a more generous example of His goodness.

God’s Word connects us!

When we feast on God’s Word daily, He pours out His Spirit on us. His Spirit sorts through our humanity and changes us, making us more like Him. Being more like Him knits us together more closely with Him and also strengthens our relationships with others.

God’s Word is more than just important; it’s imperative!

Each and every one of us has been created in God’s own image to LIVE, not just exist. We are designed to reflect Him on purpose and with intention. We are meant to rise above the sassy, sneaky, sleazy pull of our natural desires and live a life that is excellent and unselfish. When we feast on God’s Word daily, He grows us into a person who maintains an eternal perspective among earthly circumstances.

Now consider Deuteronomy 6:6-7:

“These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

And Psalm 78:4,7:

“We must tell a future generation the praises of the LORD, His might, and the wonderful works He has performed…so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God’s works, but keep His commands.”

It is abundantly clear in these verses, and throughout the rest of the Bible, that parents are the ones!

Parents are to be serving up God’s Word to their children every day.

All of who God is and what He does is in the Bible. Who He’s made us to be and how He wants us to live is in the Bible. How much He loves us is in the Bible. And God intended from the beginning of time that parents would take these words into their hearts and keep them there, then, as normal ordinary life was being lived, share them continuously and generously with their children.

It all boils down to this…

Our children’s earthly lives depend on how well we feed them physical food.

Our children’s eternal lives depend on how well we feed them God’s Word.

So Momma, let me ask you…what’s on the menu for today? Your growing children will be hungry again soon. What will you feed them?

Dorie Pyron

 

*In what ways are you depositing God’s word into your children’s hearts? We hope you’ve been encouraged during this “Summer Series” to intentionally disciple your children, training them to know the God of the Bible. Please feel free to comment below with your thoughts and ideas! We love hearing from you!

5 comments

  1. Tricia Wiginton says:

    That was a very simple but eloquent lesson for each parent. We MUST meet all our children’s worldly needs as well as spiritually if we do not. They will not grow in the admonition of Christ.

  2. Kay Horton says:

    Always enjoy reading your notes from anywhere. Glad God brought you into our lives (even though I’m past the young parenting stage). Love you.

  3. Melissa Bean says:

    Hey lady! I just read this… and I love it! Thanks for the encouraging Word today. We do indeed focus on health, and we also need to teach our kids, especially at the table, about their spiritual health! Thanks! XOXO

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