For the last few months I have been tweaking our food choices. This has come about in response to some current and upcoming life pressures. The main impetus has been my ongoing battle to live life yielded to the sovereignty of my Creator. He already holds it in His hands, but I continually live as though I have some sort of control (ridiculous, I know). In essence, my husband and I say that X, Y and Z are important to us, but the actual choices we make don’t back up our talk.
For instance, we keep saying that we desire to:
- spend more time reading/studying the Word on the weekends,
- eat healthier, and
- increase how much we put into our savings.
However, when the weekend would arrive, we were both tired and just want to “relax”. So although I love to cook healthy meals that we can eat now and then use the leftovers for lunches throughout the week, on the weekends were eating out A LOT. We would head out for a short errand then end up squandering the day then eating out at least once, but usually more (and ice cream to top it off). At the end of the day, we had, most likely, not taken the time to be in the Word before leaving out, ate foods that were contained much more sodium, fats and carbs than any person really needs in a day and spent more money than we intended between stopping at various stores and eating out. In effect, we lived-out the exact opposite life that we said was important to us.
As you read on, keep in mind that I love to cook (it’s my happy place), but this post is not about what you should or shouldn’t be doing in your kitchen or what foods you should or shouldn’t be eating. For those interested in reading more about the where I’ve gotten products and recipes, some links are included at the bottom. Regardless, we all need to remember that living a God-honoring life doesn’t come from the food that we eat, but rather the life that flows forth from what is in our hearts (Matthew 15:10-20).
In an effort to correct our misalignment in this area, I began reading up on ways to start making some store-bought items at home (ex: bread, yogurt, quick oatmeal packets, etc.). Beginning last spring, we joined a local CSA (community supported agriculture) where we pick up our ‘share’ of the crop each week. There is another local farmer who raises various animals. We have been able to order a weekly “shipment” of 1/2 gallon of raw milk, a dozen eggs, 3 lbs. of meat (random) and a bakery item for a very reasonable price.
Having these fresh foods in my home each week has forced me to cook with what is on-hand before buying from the grocery store. I’ve been able to can items that I normally would have bought just so that I could use up the veggies before they went bad. Additionally, I’ve attempted to make homemade yogurt, sourdough bread, kombucha and various fermented fruits and vegetables. My kombucha has been turning out good, but I’m still working on the others. This won’t surprise most, but one of the biggest impacts on our habitual eating out has been to put something in the slow cooker before leaving for church. It is very hard to reason out why you should go out when there is a fully cooked meal waiting at home.
Again, this is our family’s story, not yours. My hope is that you will take a look at what you and your family say is important, but aren’t really living. Please do not compare yourself to anything or anyone but the Word and Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:12). We are to walk in this life preparing for eternity, my goal is to exhort you to have your walk reflect your talk (Ephesians 4:1-3, Colossians 1:10).
Related Links (these are not paid affiliates):
- Cultures for Health – starters for kombucha, yogurt, sourdough, fermented foods, etc.
- Millsap Farm – local CSA farmer
- Nourished Kitchen – real food blog
- Real Farm Foods – Rockin H Ranch (local farmer where I get my wonderful weekly milk, meat and eggs)