Feed Your Soul ~ And a Giveaway!


Be sure to read to the end of the post for the giveaway details. You don’t want to miss entering for a chance to win!


Those persons who know the deep peace of God,
the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding,
are always men and women of much prayer.” R.A. Torrey

Their house was an extension of home. A peace-filled place where I could easily slip in to their predictable everyday like I belonged. Because they made sure I did.

Routines often brought them to their matching rosewood rockers. Her work-softened hands were always busy, even while sitting. And she would rock in tune to what my Great-Grandpa was singing/humming across the way. If I leaned in close, I could hear her harmonizing hum. Even if Grandpa didn’t say it out loud, I could see by the kind lines on his face, she was the highlight to his day.

Grandma V would grace that rocker with intention. It’s been decades and I can still see the items always within reach: Her black KJV Bible, Yarn and needles, and the radio (she loved baseball). And you could always tell which one was used the most.

When I was young, I would secretly quiz her. Sitting near her feet while she clicked away on crochet, I would crack open her Bible and read a phrase out loud. And wait…more times than not, she would quote the words following. Then look up startled and ask me where that was found. Friends, I don’t think she knew she had it memorized…the familiar simply percolated up from within.

You see, she would fill herself up with His words each day. Every day. No matter the day. There was always time for her Bible. And it showed in everything else she did.

Grandma V brought her Savior up in any conversation. Crazy how it always felt appropriate. Comfortable.

While off at Bible college, I came back and stayed with her a weekend. And I was so excited to share what I was learning in my Bible classes. She smiled wide, just like I had expected, and yet, her reply made me re-think all I had perceived.

“I’m so glad, Nikki. I love seeing His Word come alive, but tell me…” She tugged on the white yarn resting in her lap. “How’s your prayer life? I love reading His letters, but it’s talking to Him that gets me through my day. It’s our conversation that fills me up.” And she quoted a verse word-for-word, then said, “I think that’s in Philippians.”

Looking back, I see it now. When she walked to work, she prayed the whole 2+ miles. And I heard her often–these brief utterances made to Him like He was standing right next to her. Friends, she talked to Him while crocheting, cleaning, cooking…. She spent time with her Savior. And she lived like He was always in the room. Because to her, He was.

No wonder He always felt appropriate.

My Grandma V may be known for many things. Her sticky buns. Crustless pumpkin pies. Her mad organ playing skills…

But anyone that knew her would tell you: She loved Jesus.
For He’s what filled her soul.
And I’d love to be just like her.
It’s a good thing she gave me her ultimate recipe:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. (Philippians 4:6)

The giveaway:

We are so excited to offer this beautiful “Feed Your Soul” necklace from Lisa Leonard.

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How to enter:

Leave a comment on this post, sharing how you feed your soul. (MANDATORY ENTRY)

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  3. Tweet about the giveaway!

This giveaway will remain open until 9PM (Central Time) on Wednesday, May 15th. A winner will be chosen using Random.org. All winners for all giveaways in this series will be notified by email and announced at 5 Minutes for Faith on Friday, May 17th. Please make sure your email address appears in the comments. (U.S. & Canada entries only.)

39 Responses to Feed Your Soul ~ And a Giveaway!
  1. Chelle
    April 28, 2013 | 6:45 am

    I found community online, something I never imagined possible, and it feeds my soul. It has poured off the screen and into my life in ways that confirm it as coming only from God. So much of this story resonated with me..walking in prayer, memories of my own grandmothers, one still with us…
    Peace and good to you, in Jesus name.

    • Nikki
      April 28, 2013 | 9:29 pm

      Chelle, I love that you shared that here. I’ve been filled by community online and off and couldn’t agree with you more. God uses us, after all, to reach others. And I see Him in new ways when I spend time with another one of His children. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Melissa P.
    April 28, 2013 | 9:40 am

    I feed my soul through family and fellowship. Through hearing and reading the word of God. Through loving others and receiving love back.

    • Nikki
      April 28, 2013 | 9:30 pm

      Love that, Melissa. We do get full when we extend to others, don’t we. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Melissa P.
    April 28, 2013 | 9:40 am

    I love the “this is love necklace”. So many beautiful pieces. : )

  4. Melissa P.
    April 28, 2013 | 9:40 am

    I am an email subscriber.

  5. Melissa P.
    April 28, 2013 | 9:41 am
  6. Jada Smith
    April 28, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    Through daily devotionals and time with God! Also, time in fellowship with other believers and family! 🙂

    • Nikki
      April 28, 2013 | 9:30 pm

      I’m so thrilled to hear “daily”, Jada! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Chaina
    April 28, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    Love this Nikki! How do I feed my soul? By sharing whatever talent He gave me and sharing how wonderful our God is in every little chance I could do it.

    • Nikki
      April 28, 2013 | 9:31 pm

      Sharing…YES! what a beautiful example of how He fills us. Thank you, Charina! {HUGS}

  8. Kristin Smith
    April 28, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    Getting to know this community here online has filled a void I have had for community!

    • Nikki
      April 28, 2013 | 9:31 pm

      Isn’t it amazing how God can use these backlit screens, Kristin? Thank you for sharing!

  9. Kristin Smith
    April 28, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    I love her new laundry line necklace

  10. Kristin Smith
    April 28, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    I like you on FB!

  11. Shannon
    April 28, 2013 | 5:27 pm

    Love it! What an amazing example of meaningful relationship with someone who adored HIM. I find that prayer and resting in His word feed me deeply Aswell!

    • Debbie
      April 28, 2013 | 5:45 pm

      Love your post Nikki!!! I miss Gma so much. You describe her so well. She was so close to HIM, even in her everyday living. Turning on the water faucet was worth a “Praise the Lord” from her. Thank you for sharing about her.

      • Nikki
        April 28, 2013 | 9:33 pm

        Thanks, mom! Hope you know I’ve learned a lot from you, too. I guess I just miss Gma, too:) {HUGS} Thank you for sharing with me!

    • Nikki
      April 28, 2013 | 9:32 pm

      Ah…resting in His Word…yes. It’s all about just coming to Him, isn’t it, Shannon. Thank you for sharing, friend!

  12. Vicki
    April 29, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    Being in His Word and in prayer are the best way for me to feed my soul, but it also happens when talking with friends about what He is doing in our lives.

    I love the picture you paint of your grandmother. So precious and what a reminder to be thankful! It is how I long to be, thankful in every moment!

    • Nikki
      April 30, 2013 | 12:59 pm

      Talking about Him –yes! that’s rich soul-protein right there;)
      Thank you, Vicki, for sharing with me. {HUGS}

  13. Vicki
    April 29, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    I LOVE the Mama necklace! <3

    Ps….Phil 4:6 is one of my very favorite verses. A sweet reminder that He is always there for us.

  14. Vicki
    April 29, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    Subscribed by email. 🙂

    • Vicki
      April 29, 2013 | 2:06 pm

      forgot to include my email

      vickimichelle74 at yahoo dot com

  15. Jessica Hoover
    April 29, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    Love your words and this giveaway. As a woman who lost her mama at a young age I love to see women celebrating the women in their lives. The women that have fed their souls.

  16. Missy
    April 29, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    How lovely you are; and clearly, you are descended from loveliness. Your grandmother sounds a lot like my husband’s. Mad organ skills included! 😉 My times of devotion often happen as I’m slipping off to sleep, whispering tired sweet nothings to the Savior of my heart. He always, always answers back, even if it’s just lull me to sleep with the promise of His love. But mostly, it will be with a nugget from His Word. And that leaves me feeling fat, fed, and happy.

    • Nikki
      April 30, 2013 | 1:00 pm

      Oh how I adore you, Missy– you and all your lovliness:)
      Love how He whispers to you, too. {HUGS}
      Thank you for sharing with me!

  17. Dolly
    April 29, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    What a godly and beautiful heritage you had, Nikki, and you are following in your Great-grandma V’s footsteps…love it!

    Spending time with God in prayer and His Word feeds my soul well, and spending time with friends also nurtures my soul.

    • Nikki
      April 30, 2013 | 1:03 pm

      Thank you, friend. So blessed by you! {HUGS}

  18. Dolly
    April 29, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    Tweeted about it 🙂 The necklace makes me think of Soul Care…

  19. Amy Pederson
    April 29, 2013 | 8:50 pm

    Thank you so much Nikki for sharing about your sweet grandma. What a wonderful example she was to you in word and in prayer. Stories like that make me want to leave a rich legacy for my children and grandchildren as well.

    I feed my soul by listening to worship music loud in the car, attending church service every weekend I am able, praying, reading scripture, blogging, and reading Christian blogs on a daily basis.

    • Nikki
      April 30, 2013 | 1:04 pm

      I love how you don’t limit to how your soul is fed, Amy! and yes…worship music deserves to be loud:)
      Love and hugs to you!

  20. Amy Pederson
    April 29, 2013 | 8:57 pm

    Love that laundry line necklace over at Lisa Leonard! So sweet.

  21. Susan C
    May 2, 2013 | 7:56 am

    Spending time with friends, family and my dogs! Worship, devotions, fellowship all feed my soul as well.

    • Nikki
      May 3, 2013 | 9:52 am

      Love that you include the animals in your life, Susan! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Dawn St Amand Paoletta
    May 4, 2013 | 11:50 am

    What a beautiful , sweet post. Oh, I long to be filled the way you were filled with that love legacy . And God has in so many rich, satisfying ways for me. Just not exactly that way. Thank you for sharing these memories. I feed my soul by acknowledging His presence throughout every moment. Which means lots of confession…but also praise, thanksgivings…on ongoing communication and whispering to Him words spoken and unspoken, quiet communion and listening for correction, wisdom, guidance and His faithful but quiet whisper back. Love these lovely Mother’s Day posts! Love Lisa’s work.

  23. jessica
    May 12, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    I feed my soul by connecting with believing friends.

  24. jessica
    May 12, 2013 | 5:59 pm

    I love the mama necklace by lisa leonard

  25. jessica
    May 12, 2013 | 6:01 pm

    not sure if it’s considered subscribing, but it’s on my blogroll on the sidebar of my blog. I check in each day. plentytopraise blogspot