I’ve grown to love this blog so much because it’s such a fun way to write about the things I’m thinking about and dealing with. I feel like I can’t be the only one on the struggle bus at times, and it’s fun to be able to pay it forward when I figure something out! 😉
With that being said, I’m really excited to be sharing a new series with you! Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to find joy in the sometimes mundane and routine tasks. You know, the ones we do daily that, if we’re not careful, can really suck the life out of us. For me, those things are grocery shopping and cooking, cleaning, and keeping up with all the household errands, appointments, and odds and ends. I love being a help to my family with these things, but on top of everything else in life, sometimes these things get overwhelming.
For the next three weeks, we’re going to talk about how to beat the overwhelm and even find joy in the routine tasks. We’re going to use scripture to show us the way and encourage us in these areas, and I really hope that you will find your joy by the end of it!
You in? I thought so! 😉 First up…grocery shopping and cooking!
“She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is still yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.” -Proverbs 31:14-15
So why do you think it is that you don’t like these things? Why is it overwhelming to you? Maybe, it’s because you work rotating shift work like me or you have a demanding job on your feet all day. Maybe you just feel at a loss when you’re faced with all the choices at the grocery store or you don’t feel confident in the kitchen. Whatever the reasoning, I can assure you that providing for your family in this way is extremely rewarding, and it’s my goal here that you come away from this post with the encouragement to jump for joy in this area of your life!
***I want to make sure to say something. I know that not everyone is at the same place in our lives. If you are not in a position to be able to grocery shop or cook for your family, that is okay! This is not to say that this is the only want to serve your family! I just want to provide some encouragement for those of us who are able, but not always willing to get cooking in the kitchen ;)***
So why should you be excited and joyful about grocery shopping and cooking??
Food is a gift from God
Genesis 1:29 says, “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the Earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.'”
God gave food to us! It says so right there in the beginning of the bible! I mean, we could almost stop the blog post there, right? 😉
Our Lord knows our every need before we even speak it or think it, and food is no different. Isn’t it amazing that he gave us such a wonderful gift…and in some countries, all you have to do is take a trip to the grocery store to receive it. Let’s not waste this precious gift with complaining or negative thoughts about the time that it takes to plan the meals, go to the store, unpack the groceries, clean the food, and cook it. Let’s do so with gladness and giving thanks for the gift that we were given!
It’s a way to protect your family
I don’t know about you, but I’m not very physically strong. When it comes to things involving strength, I usually leave it to my husband! 😉 It’s the same way when it comes to protecting my family. I would like to think that I would be able to wrestle someone to the ground if they tried to harm my husband or precious fur-babies, but I’m not completely confident that I would be super great at that.
One thing that I KNOW I can do is protect their health. I may not be fending off an attacker when I step into the grocery store, but I can set the tone for health in my home by choosing fresh, nutrient-dense food. The same goes for cooking! Having a yummy and nutritious meal ready at home, means that my husband is less likely to stop and pick up fast food on the way home from work. (Although, pizza is soooooo delicious. Ha!)
Thinking of grocery shopping and cooking as a way of protection may seem a little bit odd to you, but give it a try! It gives me such a good feeling inside when I think of it like this, and I think it might do the same for you! When I start to feel discouraged about the hassle of finding the healthiest food and cooking it up for dinner, I just remember all the illnesses I am helping to prevent and how I am increasing the longevity of my beloved family.
Grocery Shopping/Cooking is a way to Serve Others
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:45
If you’re anything like me, I bet that it slips your mind a lot that what you do in the house is a way to serve your family. Most of the time, I’m too busy grumbling about how many trips it will take me to get the groceries inside from the car, and I forget to actually stop and think about the good that I am doing for those that I love. Supplying food to have stored in the home for your family to eat is a wonderful way to serve them!
I think a lot of times, we get caught up worrying about the size of the service. We think that things like groceries and cooking aren’t big enough. Check out the verse below, and see what the bible has to say about that!
Matthew 25:23 says, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'”
You see, it’s not the size of the service, but the heart and soul that you put into it. When we go about the grocery shopping and cooking JOYFULLY, we are being a good and faithful servant. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeding thousands of people or just 1. Go about your daily duties with a servant’s heart, and lean on the word of God to give you that joyful spirit.
It’s a way to give Glory to God
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31
I think that this point and the one above go hand in hand. Providing food for your family in the form of grocery shopping and cooking is a way to serve others AND give glory to God. Here’s the thing, lovely…It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, big or small, as long as you do the best that you can for the Lord. Are the everyday things stressing you out? Give them to God, and start working for his glory!
I know that if I’m having a rough day and I don’t want to do anything else, I think of this point right here. I remember that the smallest details, if done for his glory, are so pleasing to him. The same goes for this routine task, girlfriend. The next time that you start to feel overwhelmed by what you have in front of you, think of all that God has already done for you! When you do that, it makes it easy to put your full effort into picking the perfect ingredients at the store and spending your time making a delicious dinner for your family!
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
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