These summer days take me back to the time when I was kid. We would be outside all day playing with friends in the neighborhood, then come home at lunchtime expecting Mom to have prepared a grand buffet full of our favorite foods. And yes, this happened on occasion, but there was also a very common response Mom gave, especially as we got older and the busier she got. Her response, which I might add was very mean and cruel was, “FEED YOURSELF!” This was code for the secret recipe that she had created and taught all of us for such times as these.

Here’s the recipe for all who are interested: Take one uncooked hot-dog (frozen or not), place it in a microwave and punch in the appropriate time setting. Once the hot-dog was cooked to your liking, then place on a piece of bread (sometimes we were lucky enough to find a hot-dog bun somewhere).  Find your favorite condiment (ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.) and place on the hot-dog.  WALAH! You have lunch!

What my Mom was trying to teach me in taking responsibility for myself also applies to each one of us in our spiritual journey. Last Sunday, I reminded everyone…

“An infant being fed is still a baby. It’s when the baby learns how to feed themselves is when maturity and growth begins to take place.”

One of the signs of spiritual maturity is the recognition that we need to take the responsibility to “FEED OURSELVES” spiritually on a regular basis. One of the key ingredients is to read God’s Word on a regular basis. It’s in God’s Word that we discover what God is trying to say to us as well as providing direction for our lives and so much more.

If you don’t know where to begin to read in your Bible and you feel stuck, in the spirit of my Mom, I want to give you a tool that has helped me tremendously and keeps it as simple as possible.

#1 Go to http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/

#2 Go today’s month and day.

#3 Read the Bible reading plan for that day.

(For those who use their smartphones, go to https://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/60-the-one-year-bible.)

Folks, this recipe is as easy as “Pie” (Get it!) It’s about time we stop depending on other’s to feed us and instead, FEED OURSELVES!”

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