I have something special I’d like to share with you.
After years of journaling prayers and devotions, He’s told me it’s time we share Soul Food. While it’s probably not the soul food you’re thinking about, the type that makes your mouth salivate and brings warm memories, these are recipes I believe to be essential to living a well-nourished life.
Soul Food is my collection of respectful prayers, devotions, and thoughts on living a healthy life that I’ve been privately writing for the past decade.
You see, the term “healthy life” is tossed around so loosely that sometimes I forget what it even means. Can you relate?
I’ll admit I’ve been striving to “be healthier” since the day I became aware my body was different than others. And this journey in trying to understand why I was different showed me that I was designed by Him and with His purpose, not mine or what society says they want and expect from me.
It’s through God’s strength, grace, love, and forgiveness, I am here to share these words with you.
While I don’t remember what triggered me to know I was “different” in physical shape and size than other girls my age, I do know I was younger than my 7-year-old daughter is today.
Sharing this with you and thinking about the years of wasted energy-focused physical flaws and imperfections, makes me sad and angry.
But it also gives me hope.
Because I know my struggle, the internal battle of self loathe and destruction, the one I fought both privately and with support of others, was not without a reason or purpose.
My journey, which has included meeting you, working with you, learning from you, and listening to you, has shown me just how perfectly, imperfect we are.
And if there is one thing this Louisiana girl knows, is that the perfectly imperfect things are what make the most delicious gumbos & glorious pieces of art.
If you are striving to create a healthier, fuller, more vibrant, and purposeful life, I invite you to join my Soul Food community.
And if you’re thinking, I don’t have time to read one more email, I get it.
Trust me, I’m not bluffing. I’m in a season of life where it’s a little crazy to be adding anything else to my to-do list.
But He keeps asking me.
He’s been asking me to do this for at least 10 years, and I’ve continued to tell Him “I don’t have time” or “When my children are in school full time,” and then I promised, “When I’m 40.” (Because I naively thought this number would bring more time and space.)
Guess what? Spoiler alert, I’m not hiding my age.
And nope, I don’t magically have more time or space.
But I have clarity that His ask of me is real.
I figure I gotta at least give it a try and let Him know I’m trying to listen.
He’s promised He’ll give me the time, energy, and words to keep it going, all I have to do is show up and trust that He’s got this.
He’s got us.
Today I’m inviting you to indulge in a little Soul Food.
While I don’t fully know where this journey will take us, I do know these words will be written to nourish the soul and re-energize the spirit. I do know this won’t be your typical daily devotional, but it will be just what you need as you start the week.