God’s Table

A Different Kind of Diet

I recently discovered
A different kind of diet.
I hope that when you read about it
You will want to try it.

It nourishes your spirit,
Gives your face a special glow;
It reaches deep into your soul
So peace and joy will grow.

Just set aside ten minutes
On your calendar each day,
For time alone with Jesus
To worship Him and pray.

 Cast all your cares upon Him;
He’ll lighten up your load.
With Him in charge of all you do
You’ll walk a smoother road.

Soon you’ll find you crave more time
Instead of wanting less.
A daily diet of God’s Word
Is guaranteed to bless.


Read Proverbs 3:1-8

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8

My husband, Jim, sets a beautiful table on our back deck. It isn’t the usual table meant for dishes and silverware; this one displays a variety of unusually shaped bird feeders, each filled with a different kind of seed.

New Jersey’s state bird, the goldfinch, frequently visits us for a snack. Red-winged blackbirds, red poles, sparrows, and cardinals occasionally stop for a meal.

It’s fun to watch their tactics. The small birds peck a little at a time; they’re in no hurry. The larger birds swoop in, gobble up the seeds, and quickly fly away.

God sets an even more beautiful table. Throughout the Bible, He offers a splendid variety of spiritual food for our souls—simple truths for beginners who need easily digestible meals, and deeper, meatier selections for more seasoned Christians to savor.

Why do we often neglect God’s offer of spiritual nourishment? Jim and I get excited when birds visit our feeders. Imagine how much more delighted God is when we come to His table.

Your Turn

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What can you do to spend more time at God’s table?

by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: www.francesgregorypasch.com. Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.