Soul Food: An Invitation to 31 Days in the Parables



Ever have one of those days where you are well into the afternoon and realize you haven’t eaten yet that day? That the day has gotten ahead of you and you have forgotten to feed yourself?

As a homeschooling mom of five and missionary with a busy maternal health care ministry in my home, this happens to me more often than it should. Sometimes I go most of the day making sure others are fed without remembering to feed myself.
I bet I am not the only mom or woman who has that tendency either.

As embarrassed as I am to admit how often I do that with real food, I blush brighter when I realize how often I do it with soul food–with prayer and time in God’s Word.

I start my day with every intention to feed my soul, but things start happening faster than I am ready. I slip out of the habit of feeding my soul in the Word and into the frantic pace of the day instead. It doesn’t deal me a deadly blow necessarily, not the first few days or even week.

But over time, if I neglect the habit of nourishing my soul, I find myself chronically grumpy, on edge, exhausted just trying to be pleasant and find joy in my home. My perspective gets fuzzy; I can’t see the gifts, the tender mercies tucked into each day. Instead, everything feels loud and raucous and chaotic, and I feel like I am drowning in it all.
If this at all sounds familiar to you, I would like to invite you to make a fresh start with me at feeding your own soul so that you can feed the others in your life well.

Let’s join together and remind ourselves to feed our souls daily with the Word of God.

In October on my blog, we’ll spend 31 days in the parables, feeding ourselves with the Word of God and renewing our commitment to a healthy prayer life.

31 Days. 6 Parables. 5 Steps.

  • Read
  • Meditate
  • Pray
  • Reflect
  • Journal

I do hope you will join me for a month of rich, nourishing soul food. The easiest way to make sure you get the posts is to subscribe to my blog by e-mail . If you do so before the challenge begins on October 1, you’ll get a free .pdf download of six postcards with quotes from the Scriptures we will be savoring, great for marking your Bible and getting ready ahead of time. And that way, posts will arrive quietly in your inbox and you can sit and savor their goodness without all the noise when it’s best for you.
So, are you in? Want to come sit down at the table each day and make sure you are well-nourished from within so you can rise up and serve others? Please come gather with us. And don’t forget to invite a friend. Food is so much better when it is shared.

Copyright 2014 Colleen Mitchell


About Author

Colleen Mitchell is a Catholic wife and mom to five sons here on earth, one little saint she held for a brief three months, and four she has yet to meet. After the death of their sixth son, Bryce, she had her husband founded St. Bryce Missions, seeking a way to use their experience of grief, loss and the tender mercy of God in the midst of it to bring glory to God and serve His Church. She currently serves a foreign missionary to the Cabecar peoples in the rural Chirripo mountains of Costa Rica and hopes soon to be bringing Christ's love to the Church in Tanzania, Africa as well. She is passionate about loving the poor, living the call of the Gospel radically, living with the Eucharist as the source and summit of all her endeavors and becoming a saint. Not wanting to be a lonely saint, she hopes her written words will encourage others to join her on the journey. Colleen blogs Blessed Are The Feet


  1. This sounds great, Colleen! Are you doing the 31 Days through The Nester? I wanted to do it, but I chickened out! I will definitely follow yours, though! Maybe next year, I will be more courageous! God bless!

  2. Yes, Sarah! It was a big commitment but I really wanted to do a bible study series anyway to test the format for a book proposal I have in the works, so this seemed like a good time to be brave and commit! I hope you’ll follow and enjoy!

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