What are the things in your life that make you feel completely satisfied? Maybe a career, or family, or children, a nice stock portfolio or a hefty bank account. Maybe its what bring fun in your life, like a hobby or sport. Maybe its when you get a chance to get away for awhile and just rest and relax. We can find satisfaction in many was, but all of these ways are temporal. In our careers, we all find a bad day here or there or the company could go bankrupt and that satisfying career could be instantly gone. Friends, family, children are all just as imperfectly human as we are and they can let us down, disappoint us, and hurt us. Financial satisfaction can be gone instantly with a stock market crash or a major medical issue. Hobbies are great but they can also be frustrating when the fish don’t bite or the new crochet stitch doesn’t look just like the one on the YouTube video. Sports are just as fickle as everything else. Your team did great last year and went to the play offs and this year they play like elementary kids learning the sport or maybe it’s just the bad calls of the referees. Rest and relaxation is vital to our mental health and physical health, but it must come to an end and we have to join the “real world” again. Is it possible to have true, full satisfaction in this life? Yes!
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” To fully understand what Jesus was saying, you’d have to know a little bit about the culture of that day. Bread was one of the main staples in the people’s diet. It was what would “fill them up.” The things in this world that bring temporary satisfaction is like bread that we eat – it fills us up for a time, but we get hungry again. Jesus is what brings us eternal satisfaction so that we are never spiritually hungry again. Sometimes, we chase after one thing and then another, looking for what brings us satisfaction, but we will never find it, except in a relationships with Jesus. But as long as Satan can make us think that we’ll find it in something in this life, we won’t be chasing after Jesus.
The things in this world that bring temporary satisfaction is like bread we eat-it fills us up for a time, but we get hungry again. Jesus is brings us eternal satisfaction so we are never spiritually hungry again. — click to tweet
Just as physical hunger tells us that we need food, spiritual hunger tells us we need the bread of life. When we experience times of spiritual hunger, God is calling us to His table to “fill up” on spiritual truths found in His Word. Bible study and prayer is the way that we “fill up” spiritually. We all have certain foods that we crave. For my daughter, it’s chocolate. For me – well, it depends on my mood. Sometimes its something salty and sometimes its something sweet. But pizza is one of my favorite foods. I have known people who crave bread. What if we craved the bread of life like we crave our favorite food?
When we experience times of spiritual hunger, God is calling us to His table to “fill up” on spiritual truths found in His Word. What if we craved the Bread of Life like we crave our favorite food? — click to tweet
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.