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31 Oct Posted by in Inspiration | 2 comments

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”  Psalm 42: 1-2

Cravings~ we all have them from time to time: Hot fudge sundaes, chocolate chip cookies, coffee, popcorn, shopping…new shoes!  Then there are these cravings: to be heard, to be right, to be loved, to be thin.  Or the cravings for: change, status quo, forgiveness, fulfillment, peace.


We crave or desire things that are comforting when we are distressed or unhappy or feel an empty spot inside; we seek to fill it sometimes subconsciously, sometimes acutely aware that it is there.  We fill it with whatever seems to satisfy it at the moment.  Needing mom to kiss it and make it better?  Mom’s mashed potatoes and fried chicken –either at home or at a nearby restaurant –can call out to any lonely or sad Southern gal!

But  instead of chocolate chip cookies or chicken pot pie is there  something more lasting for our emotional empty spot?  The holidays are coming and they often affect us in the aftermath, don’t they?    All the busy-ness of the season with its social events, gatherings, and giving of gifts last for a short time, coming to an abrupt, screeching halt.  Often a week or two later, we have a feeling of “need”—loneliness, or sadness—and we can’t quite put our finger on what is wrong.   Let’s stay ahead of the game this year!  You know all those “resolutions” we always talk about for a week or so?  Here are some terrific thoughts about how to fill ourselves with a fullness that is impossible to beat!

1)      “Honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.  Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you and your hope will not be cut off.”  Proverbs 24:13-14

2)      “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7

3)      “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.  On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.  Because you are my Help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63: 5-8

4)      “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”  Psalm 63:1

5)      “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”  Psalm 42: 1-2

We crave a relationship with our God, a lasting filled-up relationship with the only One who can satisfy our every longing.  It isn’t really chocolate or new shoes we need—it is simply and profoundly – a close and intimate, heart relationship with the one who craves to have one with us!  Seek Him diligently and He will be found…”I have come that they may have Life—and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Let’s block those inappropriate cravings this year, and go right to the Real Thing!!


  1. Sheila Covey11-05-11

    Amen! And wonderful post–thanks Pamela 🙂

  2. Pamela Stephens11-09-11

    Thanks so much Sheila!

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