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How To Know When Your Soul Is Hangry {Nourish Your Soul Day 2}

I get out of bed early five days a week. Because my oldest has to be ready for the bus before the crack of dawn. Or 7:12. Same thing.

It’s a new thing for me — this getting out of bed earlier than the last possible minute. I am no morning person.

But the last few days have been more difficult for some reason. Today especially. In fact, I made myself a deal this morning that I’d return to that beloved warm place between the mattress and the covers before lunchtime. That’s what finally got me up.

I am tired, and I need more rest before I interact with people, and my not-nice side shows up and ruins my persona. I have learned to listen to my body when it needs things like rest. Food. Water.

The truth is, I’m pretty good at recognizing the signs. My stomach growls. I yawn a lot. I get grumpy, thirsty, hangry. So when I feel it coming on, I know I need to take care of it before things get ugly. (Because they will get ugly — just ask my husband. Or my kids. Or my parents. Or anyone who has really ever interacted with me at such a time.)

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It has taken more time, however, for me to recognize the symptoms of my soul’s nourishment needs. I wonder if it’s the same for you?

When my soul is hangry, I don’t like people. I lack the desire to be around, well, anyone, and I desperately seek alone time every minute of every day until I get it. And then all I can think about is when I can get it again.

When my soul is hangry, I tend to look to things like TV, Bejeweled Blitz, Diet Coke, shopping for nothing but a good deal, to satisfy me. Like sugary soul-snacks, somehow I forget what my soul really needs and try to fill it with things that make me happy for like two seconds before leaving me still wanting.

Maybe it looks different for you. I don’t know.

I do know, though, that if we don’t nourish our souls, we will end up like that dried up mum on my porch that can’t do anything but look horribly thirsty. It can’t be the beautiful God created it to be because it doesn’t have the nourishment it needs to do it.

Same goes for us.

That’s why we’re looking to nourish our souls this month. Because we want to be the beautiful that God designed us to be. And we can’t do that unless our souls get real food, real water and real rest — the forever kind that satisfies deeply and only come from God Himself — the One Who designed us for a purpose.

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So — how do you know when your soul gets hungry?  What does it look like for you? Let’s talk about it in the comments. (You can click that word, and it will take you right there.) I’m curious to know how different it looks for each of us.

14 Thoughts on “How To Know When Your Soul Is Hangry {Nourish Your Soul Day 2}

  1. Jackie on October 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm said:

    Oh boy, when my soul is hungry I get very impatient! And, pack a hefty a-t-t-i-t-u-d-e! ~ with the eye rolls, chip on my shoulder, and head bobbing ~ the completed attitude package! When that starts to creep up I know it’s time to pull back and get my attitude re-configured! And, the ONLY cure is Jesus time! But, I’m nearly 50 years old for goodness sake…..why do I have to keep learning this lesson over and over again?! oy! So glad our God has a forgiving heart! I sometimes picture Him looking down shaking His head while wondering “will she ever learn”!

  2. I’d say that you described me to a “T” right now with your hangry soul description – desperately seeking any alone time and looking to satisfy my soul with junk.

  3. Shipping for nothing but. A good deal and not wanting anyone near me. Yes! You nailed it for me.

    • And it’s so not good for my marriage. One time I was checking out at Kohls, and the clerk asked if I found what I was looking for. I told her all I was looking for was a good deal, so yep I found it. 😉

  4. I have this very empty feeling – emotionally as well as physically. Of course, this then affects my attitude! Attitude adjustment, here I come!

  5. Another ditto…attitude, searching for something and looking in all the wrong places. Veggie out is what I choose…TV, solitaire, whatever I can find to do that only leaves me empty and actually physically tired.
    So, I am thinking why do I continue to go through this cycle?? Thanks for making me wonder and look at myself…

  6. Oh, Bria. This is good stuff! I get irritated. And I can’t let things go. And then I feel awful, because I responded when I should have just kept my mouth shut. (You know, “Be still and know that I am God!”).
    Thanks for this focus. I need it!

  7. I think the biggest sign I get is when all I want to do is sleep. This could be the genetic chemical imbalance of depression that I so lovingly get to live with, but my life has proven that because I know what happens, I know how to treat it. Sleep is always something that I look forward to. When I wake up, i am always tired and the first thing I think about is “when am i gonna get my nap!?!”
    It’s definitely no way to live, and no way God wants me to live but I know that I need a Holy rest and a physical rest…balancing the two or even differentiating the two for a more real principle is what is hardest for me.
    I just have to fight the “Just go to sleep, be alone” notion that my mind is set on and actually just rest in Jesus any way I know how (which tends to be writing =D )

  8. Love this Bria! So glad you decided to follow up with this on your blog! 🙂

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