Hello, dear Five Minute Friday friends!
It’s such a delight to have you here for this final edition of FMF for October 2016!
If you’ve been participating in Write 31 Days or 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, the end is in sight! And well done! That’s a HUGE accomplishment.
This week, it’s my great privilege to welcome Asheritah Ciuciu from OneThingAlone.com as a special guest!
Asheritah is part of the Five Minute Friday family, and her first book is releasing on January 3, 2017! How fun is that?!
It’s called Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction. Sounds amazing, right? And don’t you just love the cover? Pre-order now and get the lowest price guarantee from Amazon! (affiliate link)
I’ve had the privilege of meeting Asheritah in person not once but twice, and she always sends me the sweetest voice messages at the most timely moments. I’m so thankful for her friendship!
Since her book is about food, I thought Asheritah would be the perfect person to guest post for us, since this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:
Without further ado, here’s Asheritah with a five minute free write for us to enjoy:
“Sometimes I forget to eat,” she confessed, unpacking a box of food her parents had mailed to her. On our dorm room floor, she stacked boxes of mac & cheese, squares of ramen noodles, and cans of condensed soup like she was building a little city.
I stared at her like she was from another planet. How exactly does one forget to eat? Not only did I make my way to the cafeteria for every meal, I often grazed between meals, and even found myself day-dreaming about the next lovely concoction that would find itself into my stomach.
Growing up, food wasn’t just something you ate—it was something you enjoyed. Something that brought people from diverse backgrounds together. Something that united us in our appreciation for our taste buds and the feast before us. Something that brought comfort and joy on the hardest days.
So the fact that I developed a food fixation is no surprise. Between my mom’s excellent home cooking and our family’s influx of guests at our table, I was bound to get caught up in the pleasures of eating.
I realized that my love for eating became a problem when I inhaled my one-year-old’s chocolate birthday cake, almost by myself. It was then, at my lowest point, that Jesus met me and whispered to me, “Come to Me; come and eat. Why do you eat what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare” (see Isaiah 55:1-2).
That day and in the months to follow, Jesus took me on a journey to discover satisfaction in Him that far outlasted my next meal, a fullness of joy that started deep in my soul and worked its way out into my life, my thoughts, and even my way of eating.
Why would we seek satisfaction in what doesn’t satisfy? Well, because for some of us, it’s all we’ve ever known. But when we turn to Jesus, we taste and see that He is good. So good, in fact, we realize He’s better even than chocolate cake.
Asheritah is a writer, speaker, and the author of the upcoming book Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction. Her passion is leading women deeper with Jesus through daily devotions and spiritual disciplines on her website www.OneThingAlone.com. Sign up for her free 6-week eCourse Quiet Time for Busy Women to become more consistent in your daily devotions today.
Thank you, Asheritah, for being here and for being such a blessing to so many!
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