After being widowed for eleven-years, I no longer mourned for my husband. But, when my mom recently passed away leaving me orphaned, I found my grief returned in full force.

My appetite waned, and a feeling of lethargy overwhelmed me. My thinking processes slowed because I had difficulty focusing and my decision making became unstable. I found that I got rid of too many things too soon.

Food lost its appeal, and cooking wasn’t important.

To turn this around, I made sure things in my cupboards and freezers weren’t outdated. I also decided to make some hearty soup and freeze it in sizes that I would eat, and did the same with cornbread and biscuits. They serve as a quick meal when I am tired, feeling down, sick, or in a hurry.

I find when I grocery shop that if I buy smaller sizes of foods that I enjoy so that I finish them before they spoil, it’s better than having a variety of foods on hand that I don’t care for.

Widows, can you agree with that? I am sure each of you have been through the same process if you are living alone.

I want my strength renewed, so I need to rest, eat right, and to feed my soul.

Psalm 103:5 encourages me. “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things: so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Lord, thank you for giving me your Word to feast on and good things to eat that I enjoy. Thank you for your love, and for my life. I want to give it back to You, so please give me daily strength to do so.