You know the feeling when your toes wiggle while eating a plate of food because it’s so good?
Or how about when you fall asleep immediately afterwards, and you wake up not knowing if it’s still the same day?
I hope by now you imagined what kind of food would give you these same feelings of fullness and satisfaction. For me, it’s soul food.
Candy yams, turkey wings (with the extra gravy that goes on top of the rice), cornbread, cabbage, black eyed peas, and please do not forget about my sweat tea with no lemon.
But we’re not talking about this soul food.
Lately, my plate, has been lacking on the portion sizes. Just like when you’re over someone else’s house for Thanksgiving, and you just take a SMALL sample of everything not to be rude.
In other words, I haven’t had a feeling of fullness. Sometimes, I actually feel a little empty.
So, where’s the SOUL food?
I knew I needed something, but I just didn’t know what. As a writer, it felt like my pen was running out of ink, and my anxiety was rewriting all of the pages of my life that were supposed to be filled with peace, joy, abundance and more.
So here began my “soul searching” journey. I thought about all these new things I needed to try to get to my soul nourishment. Maybe something spontaneous? Maybe picking up a new hobby?
In the middle of this journey, I picked up coloring. Yes, coloring. But not you average Disney Princess tea party! Adult coloring books with shapes and patterns that helped my mind focus and relaxed my thoughts.
Still, coloring definitely wasn’t enough to feed my soul.
I didn’t want to get too caught up in finding a million and one ways to find my soul food because not everything goes as planned. Things change and fail. My coloring book app could be deleted tomorrow by its developers, and what would I do then? Find the next app, or start my “soul searching journey 2.0”?
Ironically, Divinely, I went to church when I still had this heaving feeling of emptiness. Basically, the message talked about how just because there’s silence in our lives at the moment, doesn’t mean that Jesus is working behind the scenes for us on our behalf.
So, I learned that during this season of silence and my empty feelings, it was a chance for me to increase my prayer life. I may not have gotten the answers when I wanted them to come, but I was on my way to being full again.
“God’s word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto to my soul.”
I didn’t know this scripture until I experienced that period of silence. I was creating a list of all these things that were unreliable and fickle when I could have relied on God’s word for the fullness I desired.
Although, I love my coloring book app, and I love taking the time to practice some of my favorite hobbies, there is still no other activity could compare to the feeling of God’s word.
Now, that’s soul food.
Even if I completed everything on my “soul searching” list that I thought would make me more whole,I still wouldn’t get the same feeling of fullness and satisfaction that I would have by being reassured that God is still working on me.
So, here are 7 bible verses that help me when I need a reminder of the promises God makes to us, daily encouragement, or just some soul food.
1.) Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
2.) II Corinthians 4:16 (NKJV) “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward main is perishing, yet the inward mas is being renewed day by day.”
3.) John 14:27 (NKJV) “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
4. Psalms 19:7 (GW) “The teachings of the Lord are perfect. They renew the soul. The testimony of the Lord is dependable. It makes gullible people wise.”
5.) Psalms 139:14 (NKJV) “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows very well.”
6.) Psalms 62:1-2 (NKJV) “Truly my souls silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. He is only my rock and my salvation; He is my defense. I shall not be greatly moved.”
7.) Proverbs 16:23 (NKJV) “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”