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How to Nourish Your Soul on a Daily Basis

By: Bethany Baird

Last summer my older sister (and fellow GirlDefined blogger), Kristen, purchased beautiful flowers to hang in baskets in front of her house. The flowers were vibrant colors and really added a beautiful touch.

As the weeks went by when I looked at the flowers, I noticed their color was fading.

The leaves withered and the petals looked sickly. I pointed the problem out to Kristen and she said, “Uh, I know. I keep forgetting to water them.”

A few weeks later the flowers officially died. (R.I.P pretty petals.)

It seems the water never quite made it to their baskets.

The next time time I saw Kristen, she half-jokingly said, “I feel sorry for any plants that end up in my house. I just can’t seem to keep them alive.”

I remember thinking, It’s not that hard to keep a plant alive. You just need to take a few minutes every day to water them.

And then conviction hit me between the eyes.

I thought Kristen was silly for neglecting to nourish her flowers, yet how often do I neglect to nourish my very own life. How often do I rush through my day and forget to water the garden of my soul, never stopping to read the “living and active” Word of God.

I realized in a very practical way that my life, just like those flowers, will not thrive without the nourishment that only comes from time in God’s Word. Unless I take the time every day to nourish my soul, I’ll end up exactly like those withered flowers.

I want you to take a second to imagine that you are a beautiful basket of flowers.

In order to maintain your beauty and live up to your fullest potential, what would you need? You’d need nourishment! Without it, you would die. In the same way that God designed flowers to require water to live, He designed you and me to require His Word to live life to the fullest.

How often do you nourish your soul by reading God’s Word?

Maybe this mental picture will help get you started:

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (Ps. 1:1–3).

The person who delights in the Word and meditates on it day and night is strong and full of life, like a tree (or flower) that does not wither. That is exactly what I want for my life, don’t you?

Let’s make time in our busy schedule for God’s Word every day, knowing we will wilt without it.

What can you do to prioritize the Bible and make it a part of your day? What needs to change in your schedule to make that happen?

For more tips on how to study your Bible, check out this post. 

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  • First Amendment

    This is not related to the blog post, but I thought that posting on the most recent entry would garner the most views. I have a few questions for everyone, just out of curiosity. First of all, do you believe God is male, female, or genderless? And second of all, why?

    I personally don’t believe God has a gender, as much of what we understand about the topic was created by man. I describe the use of the pronoun “He” in reference to God as cultural context, and the fact that the authors of the Bible were male. What does everyone else think?

    • Leanne

      It’s something theological that God is referenced as “He.” Look up sources from seminary and stuff. If you asked a fundamentalist pastor, they would also be able to help you. I’m in stress mode studying for an exam now and I can’t fully explain it, but that is the short answer.

      • Jasmine Luna

        First Ammendment,
        As the Eternal Spirit, you’re right, He has no gender. [The angels also have no gender.] (Mark 12:24-25) But when the Word became flesh (John 1:14), He came to this world as a male. In Isaiah 9:6, there are many masculine references: “son…everlasting Father…Prince…” He is also the “Bridegroom” and the “Husband” of the Church. (Matthew 25 {the parable of the Ten Virgins}, and Isaiah 54:5)

        Lastly, read 1 Timothy 3:16.

        • First Amendment

          I don’t know why my original comment was deleted. I know that male pronouns are used in reference to God, but I always just thought that was because people tried to understand God by making him more human. Does that make sense?

  • thehappygirl

    Great post Bethany! I read my Bible every morning before I start my day. I had to start getting up 30 minutes earlier to make sure I had time to really focus on the Scripture, but it has been worth it!! I used to try reading my Bible at night, but it usually never happened. I’m looking forward to begin using the study method Kristen posted about this weekend!!

  • Grace

    Bethany and/or Kristen:
    Why are you deleting all of my comments?

    • Grace

      This is First Amendment. I changed the username to see if the website was just clocking the name.


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