Grace For Your Grocery List

Have you felt like a failure for not having a WAP-approved grocery list and menu plan? Do you love “real foods”, but don’t think you live up to the standards of other “real foodies”? Have you read a real food blog and felt like you were spiritually or morally guilty because you don’t soak your grains or you put sugar in your oatmeal? DON’T!

Please don’t get me wrong, I love the nutrition and flavor in our homemade, unprocessed foods. I love how we feel when we eat healthy meals. I love knowing that I’m making healthy decisions for my girls. I also love s’mores. Nope, not made-from-scratch marshmallows and graham crackers. The cheap ones from wal-mart. We do splurge on gourmet dark chocolate, but only because we like the flavor, not because it’s healthier. And you know what? I’m not a bad person for it. I’m not a bad Christian, either. My s’mores aren’t immoral or un-spiritual.

I have seen many blogs (Christian and secular) that talk about real food as though it is the only decent choice and those of us who don’t eat 100% according to their standards are somehow horrible people (and parents) because of it. Believers are the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and we shouldn’t abuse our bodies. That doesn’t mean that eating 80% real food and 20% processed food is unbiblical.”Everything is permissible” for believers. There is no condemnation. BUT…

Does this mean we should all just give up and live on Twinkies and Sprite? NO! “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial” (1 Corinthians 10:23). Just because we can eat whatever we want doesn’t mean that we should. Eating mostly healthy foods won’t guarantee health, but in general our bodies function better if we give them the nutrients they need. Everybody agrees that being healthy is better than being sick. We all want to have energy and feel good. It is wise and it is good stewardship to take decent care of our bodies.

I have seen Christians who have made an idol out of junk food and I have seen others make an idol out of “real” food. God gave us freedom to eat whatever we want, so why do we condemn each other?  Rather than condemning each other, why don’t we all just encourage each other to do the best we can and to allow grace to cover the rest.

“If I partake with thankfulness, why am I blamed for the food that I give thanks for? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:30-31


11 thoughts on “Grace For Your Grocery List

  1. Gray says:

    Thank you so much for this post. Food is often that nebulous thing in my life. It is the thing I sometimes turn to for comfort instead of God. And it also is this thing I turn to when I am trying to shape up and get my life back in order. An illusion of control and over elevating what really just boils down to a basic physical need, not a pressing spiritual matter that I need to focus so much of my attention on. Not something that needs to be worshipped. I confess that food often gets more of my focus than my hubby! Like anything else in life, God desires for us to find balance, which can only be found when we put him first which will help us naturally order our other priorities.

    • Isn’t it amazing how difficult it can be to keep a balanced perspective on food?! Eating too much, not eating enough, eating junk food, eating health food… I find that I tend to swing to different extremes during different times in my life, and you’re completely right. It can all balance out if we can put God first. Thanks so much for the comment, Gray! 🙂

    • I got sucked into trying to have the “perfect” real foods diet, when we got started. A reality check smacked me right between the eyes when I got pregnant and the morning sickness forced me to just eat whatever I could keep down. I felt so guilty for awhile, but then I realized that I needed to just do the best I could and quit stressing about the rest. You were the first person I knew of to come to the same conclusion, which really encouraged me. 🙂 Thanks, Stacy! Love ya, too!

    • Thanks, Christy! My hubby and I are very adventurous when it comes to food. We both enjoy trying creative recipes and ethnic foods, but trying to eat “perfectly” was stealing the joy from one of our favorite activities. Now, we’re eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods (deliciously prepared!) and we’re enjoying our “treats”, guilt-free! I’m so thankful that you, Stacy and the other two ladies thought to get the word out to other women who may be needing to have some grace extended to them, too. 🙂

  2. Our family meal plan is based on Leviticus 11. It does not get more “real” food than this. The process is simple. And I am not masquerading as a quasi-Jew nor plundering Jewish customs and traditions, but to honor what our Lord has instituted.

    • That’s great, Hetty! We’re considering occasionally celebrating some Old Testament holidays in the same way. We know that in the New Testament, we are given freedom to celebrate one day as more holy than another, if we want, and we thought it would be a good way to honor God and get to know Him better. It’s the same with food. We are free to eat and drink as we choose, and we are told not to judge each others choices as being “evil”. God does offer us wisdom in our choices, and it sounds to me like you are making wise food choices. 🙂

    • Yes, obedience does bring blessing, but believers in Jesus are not required by God to keep the Old Testament law (commandments, yes, law, no). We are no longer under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14). Being under grace doesn’t excuse sin, but not eating according to the Old Testament law is not sin. In Acts 10:9-16 it is very clear that God has declared “unclean” foods to be “clean”. Check out Romans 14 for clarification. Especially verse 14 “I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean.” So, by all means, if you consider any foods to be unclean, don’t eat them. 🙂

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