Are You Satisfied?

Little glances over your shoulder and there they are. You reach for a pack of peanut M&M’s and there they are. Everywhere we look there they are—the chiseled, barely clothed, airbrushed bodies covering weight loss magazines. Are they there to make curvy girls feel abnormal? Are they there to pass judgment on the chocolate chip cookie dough moving across the scanner?

Can’t a sister just pull her cartoon-shaped buggy up to the grocery counter, throw down her not-so-good-for-her treats, and drive away guilt-free? Ahem and Amen?

I tell myself I don’t care. I roll my eyes and think, “I’m eating the cookie dough anyway.” But honestly, I walk away feeling less than satisfied–Less than satisfied with myself; and less than satisfied with the cookie dough (I’m about to unroll and eat in my car).

People can’t satisfy us. Food can’t satisfy us. Possessions can’t satisfy us. Body image will never satisfy us.

God is the only one who can bring satisfaction to an unsatisfied soul.

Dr. John Piper’s motto is “God is MOST glorified in us when we are MOST satisfied in Him.”

Are you satisfied in Him, just Him, and only Him?

All the weight loss gurus explain that when we eat, we should stop before feeling too full. We eat just enough to be somewhat satisfied. This is difficult when temptation-on-a-stick is starring at us from the plate below.

With God, there is no holding back. There is no pacing ourselves. We can indulge in Him all we want to. We can gorge our unsatisfied stomachs with the decadence of God’s Holy Word until we are full, full, full. Then and only then, will we be satisfied.

Let’s say it together, girls…“I WILL be satisfied with Your presence,” ~Psalm 17:15 (HCSB, emphasis added).

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This post was written in response to WFW at Internet Cafe Devotions




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30 Responses

01.19.11

Yes…so true only God's love can give us all the satisfaction in life, nothing more, nothing less.Happy WFW.

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01.19.11

How true only God alone will truly satisfy our souls.

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Thank you for sharing..Happy WFW!

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01.19.11

Kelli, this was a wonderful devotion. I'm saying it with you..I will be satisfied with His presence. Happy WFW!

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01.19.11

That was a good word to one who has just been listening to someone berating me about just those issues…..out of love of course…..but it appears sometimes that to not fit the mold makes us so unacceptable even as we are told we are loved…just try again……….
I have lived long enough with the highs of loss and the despairs of normality again to know that our only satisfaction is in Him. a great reminder.

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01.19.11

Amen sister, I will be satisfied with God…still working on this but we keep pushing through!

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01.19.11

Reminds me of the book I'm reading "Made to Crave"
We so need to remember to be satisfied in HIM.
Amen!
happy WFW!

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01.19.11

Kelli, Kelli, Kelli!
Soooo good! So true!
Thank you for this one today!
peace on the journey!
lori

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01.19.11

Everything else besides Christ are temporary fixes and will leave us somewhat empty and unsatisfied. He alone satisfies us!
Lovely post.

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01.19.11

When we try to fill our desires with any other than God, we are left feeling empty. Only God can truly satisfy our hearts. Thanks for posting this today!

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01.19.11

Beautiful post! Amen sister! Thanks for the reminder that we can never be truly satisfied apart from Christ!

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Thank you for sharing this! Needed this today!

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01.19.11

I want to be filled up with God! I want to crave Him and Him alone. Thanks for this post.

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01.19.11

Beautiful! Love it.

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Amen, Sister!!!! So true! I love the way you shed light on something I'm sure we all feel at one time or another.
Thank you for this post – God Bless!

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Wonderful post, thank you for sharing it…I think we can gouge ourselves with the The Lord but there is always more room ;-)..

Blessings!!

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I'm obviously not one of the girls Kelli, but I certainly do appreciate this post! 🙂

I love the statement you made : "God is the only one who can bring satisfaction to an unsatisfied soul." This is so true! May we all look for our true satisfaction in the only place we can actually find it.

Have a Blessed Day!

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01.19.11

I loved this. So at the heart of it all. Thanks for sharing with me your website…i love it:)

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01.19.11

So glad that I can be satisfied in Him…He is guilt-free, sugar-free, and fat-free all rolled into one 🙂

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01.19.11

So true! Great post today!

Blessings,
Mel
Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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01.19.11

This is so true… "God is the only one who can bring satisfaction to an unsatisfied soul." We have to be cleansed of all the lies we've believed that people, food, things will fulfill us. The fact is these things we take stock in have proved time and time again that they won't give us what we need and God has proved that HE will.

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01.19.11

May I add my amen?! Great reminders in your post…

So nice to meet you…I lived near Powder Springs for nearly 20 years…moved a few hours north about 12 years ago…hope to visit your blog again soon…thanks for the kind comment on mine….

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Amen, Sister! Well said.

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01.19.11

As someone that is recovered from an eating disorder (praise God!) this verse and post really hit a spot in my heart!

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Oh great illustration and post.
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Sherry

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Lovely words you've shared and love the photo – it made me crave for chocolate chip cookie 🙂

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To be satisfied in Him alone is a wonderful gift. Those sweet temptations (and other things) call my name when I am looking for satisfaction. I need to listen to Him calling my name and respond.

Blessings,
Janis

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Wonderful post and great reminder to be satisfied in Him alone and be satisfied in what He is giving us. Thank you for sharing this.

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Thank you so much for this post Kelli. I have been struggling (inwardly) and have been asking myself the question, "What is my joy in?" I needed the exhortation!

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01.19.11

Amen!! Great picture and scripture to go with it.

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