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Feeding My Soul

Feed Your Soul is the topic for this week's Faith Barista Jam.

I view my soul as my mind, will and emotions.  That is the part of ME that all too often gets in the way of my spiritual growth.  But I cannot stuff it or neglect it.  I must deal with it.

This past week, I think I made an effort to embrace and feed my soul.

You see, I was running out of my sweet smelling and favorite Philosophy skin cream called Pure Grace.

I love reading, music, walking, fresh smells and ...family.

I got a good dose of all of that during my fall break.  I fed my soul.

  • I cannot remember the last time I was able to sit and read ...for hours.

This photo dates back to the mid 1980's when Greg and I frequently visited CA.
But that's what happens when you're stuck on an airplane for hours and have a three and a half hour layover in Las Vegas.  Thank goodness for my Kindle!

I was furiously taking notes in my journal.  I smiled when I opened it up and read the kind note from the parents of one of our students from school.  It was a gift at the end of last year.  Her mom wrote this beautiful message:

Dear Ms. Debbie
Many thanks for your patience and hard work.  I have seen how the kids admire you for the effective role you play as their good friend and mentor.
Best regards,

Underneath the note her now four year old daughter had signed her name; Anoushka.  Oh how that warmed my heart and yes ...my soul.

  • I love to hear the sound of the waves, the birds squawking, and the smell of the salt air at the beach.

  • I love to listen to music.
I packed my iPod shuffle and listened to so many songs I had previously downloaded.  I just never took the time to listen.  I laughed at the wide assortment of genres included.  Christian music, Michael Buble, the Carpenters, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood and many others.

  • I love to walk for exercise.
I took the time to go for long walks while visiting my family.  One day it was just drizzling and I thought nothing of it.  A little bit of rain wasn't about to stop me.  But in the midst of the walk, it POURED.  I returned to my brother's house soaking wet and ...loving it.

After all, we don't get much rain in Phoenix!

And guess what happened when I returned to Phoenix?

My husband Greg surprised me and ordered a new container of Pure Grace by Philosophy! I love that clean smelling fragrance.

How good is that for feeding my soul?


Blessings and love,
Debbie Petras
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  1. Oh, Debbie. My soul was fed just reading your words and looking at your pictures. And that lotion actually called "Pure Grace"? How good is God to us???

    Blessings, sweet friend.
    Love you!

  2. What an awesome husband! A beautiful little joy for you in your day. I loved reading this. I smiled the whole time.

  3. This post feed my soul!!! I know all of this and yet it seems like I will put all that knowledge on the back burner until I am so burned-out that my soul is screaming.

    Thanks for the reminder...thanks for sharing and I am applauding God giving you the time to feed your soul...what a precious time

  4. I'm so happy you had this wonderful trip Debbie. I know how it blessed you.

    Had to chuckle about your Philosphy lotion,"Pure Grace". When they first started their line, Joe laughed out loud that the face cream was called "Hope in a Jar"... :) we got such a kick out of the names. The sad thing is I think it's about time for me to buy some "Hope in a Jar"... :)


  5. Hi Debbie,
    This was Fall Break for me as well. I loved hearing how you spent the break doing all the things we never get a chance to do. You on the East Coast, me on the West Coast.
    Your pictures and words took me on your relaxing journey. Thank you for the refreshment that fed my soul as well.
    And, by the way, I'm hooked on fragrances as well. I usually wind up at Bath and Body~their candles fill my home with delightful fragrances. But that pure grace sounds awesome:)

  6. I love your eclectic taste in music, mine is similar:)

  7. Hi Debbie,

    Water and beaches are one of the best of God's blessings! I am currently in Southern California for an extended week of work, however I am making the time to enjoy the warm and sunny weather and ocean in all my spare time (I don't get near enough of that in Boise!). :)

    Love your choice of music and variety. Hummm; I will have to try Pure Grace; it just sounds wonderful!

    Blessings and hugs!

  8. What a fabulous meal!

    Isn't it wonderful how little it takes to feed one's soul. Sights & sounds, memories, scents ...

    Precious stuff, Debbie.

  9. A wonderful list of soul-fed treasures. So glad you took the time to share.

    Blessings and love across the screen,

  10. Love the old-school pic of you reading! So great that you got your lotion refilled. Yay for time to relax and reflect.


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