crave: deciding what our souls are really longing for

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It’s hard to be neutral these days, immune to the constant bombardment and urgent invitation to spend. Consumerism feeds our every desire—including those we didn’t even know we had before—as it makes  most of us, especially weak-willed people, crave far more than we can afford.

As a woman of faith, my desires also reflect the holy work going on within, mirroring the way God is slowly changing my thoughts and altering them to be more in line with following Him.

A craving sounds like such a desperate thing. It makes me wonder if my heart is truly craving what it needs. Am I yearning for God, desiring to know Him better above all things? I hope so. Some days seem to be more about gritting our teeth and getting on with it, more about survival than sweet surrender, don’t they?

But my hope and prayer for you and me is to be able to sift the grace glimmers from the glitter and glitz, the eternal, lasting treasure from the way the world measures things, the Hope we have in Jesus from the urge to buy what pleases.

Because we soon discover that no thing in itself, no person can completely satiate our deepest soul longing, the God-shaped vacuum only He can fill.

Such thoughts helped shape my five-minute-friday poem below…

What do I crave?

What do I crave? The TV ads suggest

myriad things from saucepans to rings

They believe my life is bereft without

the great benefit of their products

 

But is it really? Can Christmas be bought? Can love

be a commodity like everything else on the shelf?

I think not, because here’s what I crave most of all

in a free-flow, no-particular-order kind of way…

 

I crave rest and healing, a greater God-revealing

Hope for the future on bleaker days and a

deeper appreciation of the gift of grace

Hands holding me steady, lifted in prayer

Friends to support, encourage, be here

 

I crave strength for today, solace for sadness

Calm patience to cope with all of life’s madness

A growing faith and trust in God’s ways, as

I yield and surrender my will every day

 

I crave peace and quiet, solitude and silence

as I listen, contemplate all that life means

Inspiration to write, create and give

Energy enough to love well and live

©JoyLenton2016

How do you differentiate between true soul needs and general desires?

What are you craving most in this season of busyness and excess?

Blessed as always to have words coming today in response to the #FMF prompt: ‘crave’ and to join fellow writing friends gathering at our gracious host Kate Motaung’s site to share their thoughts. Do come over and see the great posts on offer here. 

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28 thoughts on “crave: deciding what our souls are really longing for

    • Hi Alice, how sweet of you to stop by my site! I share your longings, my friend. And even if other things intrude sometimes, God still knows the secret longings of our hearts, our great desire for Him. Bless you for being here. You are very welcome to drop by again. 🙂

  1. Joy, You have beautiful words! Some days do feel more like ‘survival than sweet surrender’. In the rush to get life done, I can push God to the end of my list, when I know He needs to remain at the top and be my first. Thank you for sharing! Your poem is lovely ❤
    Your friend here at fmf 🙂

  2. “I crave rest and healing, a greater God-revealing.” Oh how you have read my mind. I am slowly but surely carving more and more “stuff” that robs my time and gives little in return, in order to rest. In who God has created me to be, and in who He is helping me become.
    Peace.
    Patricia (FMF#37)

    • Oh this, Patricia: “I am slowly but surely carving more and more “stuff” that robs my time and gives little in return, in order to rest. In who God has created me to be, and in who He is helping me become” is just what I need too. I think you must have been reading my mind as well! It’s good to share these goals with you. Bless you for stopping by, friend. 🙂

  3. I love your poem, Joy! So true that the media tries to throw all kinds of other things at us that claim to satisfy our cravings. It’s important to remember that our deepest longings can only be fulfilled in God.

    • Thank you, Lesley! I’m glad you can relate to the poem’s sentiments. And yes and amen to this: “It’s important to remember that our deepest longings can only be fulfilled in God.” Bless you, friend. x

  4. Dear Joy,
    I’m so glad to hear your words from the FMF prompt again! I missed hearing your take on it all! (Even though I have yet to join in, I love to read my favorite bloggers joining in 🙂 ) And, this falls so true in my heart: “Hope for the future on bleaker days and a deeper appreciation of the gift of grace” Just what I needed to hear today, my friend! Oh, and I love your snowflakes falling along with your graphic across the page! What a treat today! Hugs to you!! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, I never quite know if I will join in with FMF or not. Sometimes neither the right words or energy are available together. But when God suggests yes to me, it isn’t long before I tend to pen the poetic and am able to participate as I want to. These one word prompts are a great writing and faith exercise combined. I’m sure you would love it if and when you decide to join in. It gets the adrenaline going as well as priming the pump of creativity. I can’t type fast at all and can only write quickish (largely indecipherable) scribble with my painful hand joints, so I always allow for going over time a bit! The falling snowflakes were set up a couple of years ago and they caught me by surprise when I previewed my post, because I’d forgotten they would arrive again! To have words to share that encourage your heart and snowflakes to make you smile is a beautiful gift of grace I am thankful for. Blessings and hugs to you! xoxo

  5. So good! So much THIS: “As a woman of faith, my desires also reflect the holy work going on within, mirroring the way God is slowly changing my thoughts and altering them to be more in line with following Him.”

    • Tara, it warms my heart whenever you stop by, because I love your perceptive eye that always finds something good to take away from your visits here. Have a blessed weekend, dear friend! xo

  6. Joy, I always enjoy reading your words and can usually identify in some way with them. I have yet to write a post for Five Minute Friday this week. When I visited another blog today I found a weekly haiku challenge, so I couldn’t resist it. Maybe you would enjoy it, too. He gives two words as prompts on Mondays and gives until the following Sunday to write your haiku. My latest post has links that give more details if you’re interested. http://www.gaylswright.com/2016/12/02/sunset-beauty-something-sing/

    • Gayl, I enjoy reading your words as well, and I LOVED the haiku you wrote yesterday! I took a look at the haiku challenge link you shared on your blog, hoping I might become inspired to participate in it. Though haiku writing for me is usually a quick, spur of the moment responsive thing and I’m a little rusty in writing them! But I will try to take part if possible. Have a blessed weekend, my friend. xo

    • Andrew, it’s a JOY to see you here, my friend! Thank you so much for your kind and gracious words. Your thoughts here are both inspiring and challenging: “I find that as my health declines, I appreciate life’s small graces more, and I’m happier than I was when I was healthy.” Wow, that’s a marvellous and profound thing to say! After battling chronic illness for 25 years, I still struggle to see life quite like this sometimes, though I am truly thankful to have developed deeper dependence on God, to have time to read, write and pray, to be able to engage with more beautiful online friends than I ever knew were out there (you included, of course!), and to have been given a mission without ever leaving my home. How cool is that? Life can suck at times but God is always good, as are His (often unfathomable) plans for us. Keep on counting it all joy as you battle far more agony than we can know. You’re such an inspiration to me and all who have “met” you via your blog. Blessings and gentle hugs to you! ❤

  7. I feel so at heart with what you are sharing Joy! Beautifully expressed and your poem lends itself to a time of grateful contemplation

    “I think not, because here’s what I crave most of all
    in a free-flow, no-particular-order kind of way…”

    I have been feeling so led this year, not to be in the rat race, but to celebrate the presence of Jesus. And your words bring us to the truth of that, thank you!

    • Jenneth, I love your tender, receptive heart and the way it craves the best that God can give you as you earnestly seek after Him. May you find great joy and peace in this season as you “celebrate the presence of Jesus”, because there is no better thing for us to do. God bless you, my friend! xo

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