My Flesh Ain’t Starvin’.

Not like it really should.  Last night, I thought about the old saying, “Feed your spirit, and your flesh will starve.”  It boils down to issues of self-control and discipline.  I do okay a lot of the time.  But, not all of the time.

No, no.  Not all.  What am I supposed to be, a saint? 

Ahem.

I will admit that one of the reasons I listen to Christian music more than any other type of music is because it sets my mind on good things.  I find myself in an attitude of worship during those times.  It not only brings awareness to who God is, but it inspires me to want to be a better person.  It’s not that I don’t like a little of the other every now and again.  I do.  And, I play it.  Heavens, why else does my daughter ask her Aunt Jenny if she has any “Shot to the Heart” in her car?  Well, actually, that’s because of her Nan.  (Thanks, Mom.)

I just know me.  And, I know that certain types of music feed my spirit.  And, others don’t.  Period.

Then, there is the Word.  In preparation for dad’s upcoming series on the bible and such….I read this scripture:

“….People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4

Every word?  EVERY word?  Mercy, Pete.  I just like readin’ my favorite words.  Lord knows, I skip Leviticus every time I see the phrase “animal’s blood” show up.  That’s just gross.

But, this is not my point.

What is my point?

Oh, yeah.  I can quote scripture.  Impressed?  Sure you are.  The SAME scriptures over and over.  I don’t branch out there much. 

But, I am.  Because, y’all, my flesh wants a lot of things.  Like window treatments, a MacBook, a new pair of jeans….

Of course, those things are from the Lord.  Let’s think of better examples. 

My flesh can be envious.  It can be impatient.  I can be downright ugly.  So, I think David may have been onto something when he said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you,” in Psalm 119. 

I’m gonna feed my spirit more.  Except Leviticus….I stand my ground on Leviticus. 

And, starve that flesh of mine.

Whew.

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10 responses to “My Flesh Ain’t Starvin’.

  1. marla

    Hahaaaa…starve it girl!! I too, have to listen to Christian music everyday. I’m the BEST praise and worshipper in my car!! I can really get in the spirit. Embarrassed to say I get a bit shy about it in public settings. Maybe if we could drink a little wine before church I’d be less inhibited! Haha oh and about the new jeans. Ha! If u don’t want to spend a fortune, gap outlet has a new style of premium jeans that look great and are comfy as well. Just tryin’ to help a sista. 😉

    • Dusty Takle

      You see? I told you jeans are from the Lord.

    • Layna

      Marla. You make me laugh out loud. Thanks for that, my fellow second born sista’!

      Dusty–I think we should “Takle” Leviticus next quarter in BS! The whole darn thing! Give it the old Anna Banana approach. Nothing phases that sweet thang!

  2. Love how your heart speaks!
    Consciously trying to read the word more, hide it in my heart. AmAzing how much “other things” interfere or distract? I have to be determined! I love songs that have scriptures in them, easier to hide them, singing them. Really inspiring blog! Thanks!

  3. Gayla

    Girl, you sure have a way with words. Good stuff, again!

  4. I read the title and just knew this was a diet post 😉 And I really didnt want to read that because it would have ruined my mood for my Oreos – but this, girl, I can get behind!!!

    LOVE YOU!!

  5. hoard

    great post once again. great word. needed to hear it. glad ya retweeted it.

  6. I, too, listen to a lot of Christian music. I don’t always like the artistry as much as some secular music, but I trust it. I know it’s good food for my heart and mind. Sometimes when I’m listening to secular music, love songs, I forget that they aren’t singing to Jesus. I’ll think this is the best song and it really expresses how I feel about you Lord and then they call Him “baby” and I realize I’m not listening to the Christian station.

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