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Although it has been three decades since I nursed my first newborn infant, I’ll never forget what an awesome experience it was.  That squalling little baby came into this world already equipped with an inborn knowledge of what he needed to do in order to survive and grow.  When he was hungry he knew just how to get my attention so I’d put him into the position from which he could nourish himself.  When I held him to my chest, he knew how to turn his head and to search for the necessary food.

Amazingly my newborn son needed only one source of nutrition during his early months.  The milk he slurped from the mommy bar contained all the nutrients he needed to develop and grow.

Just like newborns, older humans also have an innate knowledge of what we need to grow and thrive, not just for now but for forever.  We have a deep sense that there is only one source that will satisfy our needs and our longings.  An ancient book of wisdom calls this being born with eternity in our hearts.  But just like the newborn we need help to get to the source of nourishment.  We need someone who will bridge the gap between where we are and where we long to be in order to get what we need.  That is where Jesus Christ comes in.  When we believe in Him we are letting Him pick us up and place us near God’s heart, the one place where we can latch on and receive all the nourishment we need to grow and thrive..

Unlike a newborn, we never outgrow our need for nourishment from God.  It’s one diet that lasts for a lifetime and beyond.

Like so many other who saw the movie Julie and Julia, I am intrigued by the idea of trying to learn something new and to share the joys and perils of that process with an audience.

Unlike Julie, however, I have no interest in French cooking.

Instead, I share the plight of many women. After many years of raising children, caring for a house and husband and pursuing a career, I seem to have lost my ability to care for myself.

I am finally at a place in life when I can take a little time out for myself—but I’m not sure how to do that, if I ever even knew how.

So, this blog will be a chronicle of my attempts to nurture and nourish myself. I am making my journey public so that the many others who are like me, unpracticed in genuinely caring for oneself, can join with me in dialogue and adventure.

Perhaps together we can nourish ourselves in the ways we often seek to nourish others.

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June 2023