wanted to share this from the Touchpoint Bible:
Our bodies originated in the soil of Eden. It should not surprise us that they are sustained by food that grows from the soil. Every source of food ultimately finds its nourishment in the soil, and that nourishment sustains our bodies.
Likewise, our souls were created by the breath of God in Eden; it should not surprise us that the Word of God, which is inspired, or "God breathed," sustains our souls. If we plan to eat food each day to keep our body alive, shouldn't we also plan to feast on God's Word each day to sustain our soul?
From the TouchPoint Bible (Tyndale House), p 649
I pray for God to give me such a thirst for His Word....
I also pray that He helps me recognize nourishment from Him throughout the day which isn't directly from me sitting & meditating & abiding in His Word. That He gives me wisdom & discernment to know what is from Him and to thank Him for it...
His nourishment does come in so many forms *thank you minnow for this reminder*....
But however you say it.... turning to Him and praising Him for the nourishment is what I desire. Not to turn to food, works, temporary pleasures or other self-dependent 'retreats' but turning to Him and asking Him for nourishment... then praising & thanking Him for it as He gives me sustaining refreshment & rejuvenation.
P.S. and to make it even more confusing... I also believe that sometimes God will nourish me through a 'retreat' that could be seen as a self-dependent retreat.... but the difference is in my heart. It's not so much the action.... but that I ran to Him and recognized I needed Him.... asked Him for it... spent time with Him as He gave it to me..... and then thanked & praised Him for it :)