Day 676: God Of The Arcade

We took my boys to a high-end, fine dining establishment tonight that was also complete with an arcade.

Yep. You guessed it… Cici’s Pizza.

Fine dining at its best.

My oldest had asked to go and although I believe that he genuinely does enjoy their macaroni and cheese pizza (which I have never tasted because I need only look at it and I throw up a little in my mouth), I do believe that the main reason that he likes to go is because of the games that he can freely run back and forth through.

I dug through the extra change bin before we left the house and so when we arrived, I gave him four quarters and said that was it. He ran off, played a few games, and very happily returned to the table and ate his “specialty” pizza.

I realized while he was playing that I had counted incorrectly and that I had two more quarters to give him. But I never let on, and (sweet thang) he never asked for more. So, after he’d eaten a few pieces of pizza and was totally not expecting it, I gave him two more quarters.

The look on his face… well, it was truly, truly happy.

And it was so much more fun for him (and for me) than had I given him six all at once.

Of course at that moment, I immediately thought of God. Cause I think God’s love is like that sometimes. God knows that when we find happiness and joy in what He’s given us, the extra and unexpected gifts will mean so much more.

The key is in that we find happiness and joy in what He’s already given us. If we look at what we have right now and we aren’t content, then what kind of “extra” joy or happiness are we going to get with more?

I know that you’re probably thinking that there is no way that I can pull together a post about Cici’s pizza, quarters in an arcade, and God and somehow relate it back to food (or if you are a seasoned reader of mine, you probably actually won’t be surprised at all). But it does tie in.

Say I lose five pounds.

Am I content with where I am? who I am? what I look like?

No.

Cause, keepin it real here people… I. want. to. be. skinny.

But I have learned (and I am learning) that this verse applies here:

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:12-13

Let me change it up a bit for you though to make it work for us specifically here:

I know what it is to wear a size 18 or a size 8. I have learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether it is with a skinny body or an overweight body, with a thigh gap or thighs that rub, with no rolls or lots, with smooth skin or cellulite bumps. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

This is what God desires for us to learn FIRST. He wants us to learn to lean on Him no matter what the circumstance or situation is. Then, when we receive an “extra” gift from Him that is neither asked for nor expected… well, just imagine how much fun that will be for us.

And for Him.

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Day 138: Bible > FB

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The other night I was looking through all of the status updates and checkins on Facebook and I’ll be honest… I straight up got depressed. There I was at home, treating my head with lice shampoo, and all these people were traveling, or hanging out together, or watching movies that I hadn’t seen. I started to feel really, really bad for myself. about myself. about my life.

Then all of a sudden it hit me… I don’t want to look at this. I don’t want to see all of this. If I weren’t on Facebook then I would have no idea that people were even going out. I would have been happy… okay, maybe not happy. I mean, after all, I was treating my head for lice… and that’s just not fun. But I would have been content. And content is really, I think, the best spot to be in emotionally.

I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. Philippians 4:11-12

And I realized that I didn’t want to be depressed. I identified that Facebook was making me depressed. And then I thought, what would make me happy?

The Bible.

I know that sounds hokey and a little “holier than thou” but it was true. I knew that out of everything in my life… and I mean ev.ery.thing… that the Bible was the only thing guaranteed to give me joy. or at least peace. or at least… contentment.

And honestly, I didn’t read anything like earth shattering when I read the Bible. I mean… I’m reading through 2 Chronicles which is like a repeat and there are a lot of lists of names in there, so it’s not the most exciting book of the Bible. Butttttt, I wasn’t having a pity party anymore. I wasn’t standing there worshiping God with tears flowing down my face in contrition nor was I on the polar end and completely avoiding the Bible. I just… read it. And that was that. And then I rinsed out my hair and went to bed…

content.

No need to go binge myself on Oreos. or hummus. or feta cheese. or tortillas. or whatever. I didn’t need to be appeased or soothed. I was just content, and in a way, that is far more filling than any meal. And certainly way better than Facebook.