Fill Your Heart, Not Just Your Cart.

It’s that time again. Time to race off to the store and stock up before the predicted storm arrives. Whether we have a family tradition on snow days to start with “Snow Biscuits” or end the day with a bowl of chili, we WILL make sure we feed ourselves and our families by being prepared! So out we go, slogging through long lines at the checkout in time to be back home, tucked securely under our well stocked roof. Heaven forbid that we go 24 hours without the exact food we want to indulge our bellies during this next winter storm!

It’s true — we never forget to feed our rumbling stomachs. But we sometimes go days without significant spiritual sustenance. The result is a feebler, weaker, near starved faith that will not make a difference in our lives when we most need it to. We may look fine on the outside, having been seen at church or Bible Study or Moms In Prayer, but inside our hearts are full of fear, full of worry, full of the world’s distractions — full of ourselves.

Let’s take the same care to feed our faith as we do our bodies. Here are a few possible “heart healthy” menu items you may want to sample while snow is on the way or piling up outside your window — then make regular staples to your spiritual pantry. This type of food is good year round:

Appetizers

http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/

(A popular women’s daily devotional)

http://utmost.org/

(A classic daily devotional by Oswald Chambers)

http://www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Devotions.html

(devotions by Charles Spurgeon, Elisabeth Elliot, Warren Weirsbe and others)

Entrees

https://www.bible.com/

http://www.biblegateway.com/

(both useful for doing your daily CBS lesson — hint hint — or exploring subjects of interest)

http://www.mcleanbible.org/sermons

(Online sermons from our McLean CBS Host Church)

http://billygraham.org/videos/cat/billy-graham-sermons/

(Online sermons by Billy Graham)

Sides

http://www.familylife.com/

(A wonderful resource with articles and radio program audio files addressing issues of faith and family)

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/

(A popular online magazine full of inspiring articles)

Desserts

http://www.godvine.com/items/top/

(A website that features touching or humorous short story videos)

“…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

(1 Samuel 16:7b)