The other day I vowed to cut back on chocolate and immediately, it was all I could think about.  You know, how rich and yummy it is.  I love chocolate, in any form,

chocolate fudge,

chocolate caramel,

chocolate brownies with walnuts,

and chocolate pie with meringue.

Oh my—my taste buds are literally tingling with anticipation.

I really like that quip, “chocolate is a vegetable.”

Why isn’t it?  I could indulge every day without any traces of guilt.

Instead, I have to refrain from destroying my health and packing on the pounds with rich chocolate desserts.  Woe is me, I can only feed my whim now and then!

What do I do when I get a chocolate attack?  I need discipline!

But I do know of a richness that I can indulge in, one that is good for me.  One that I’ve already tasted.  It consists of something far richer than chocolate and that ingredient is Your love in all its forms.


I savor the richness of Your grace and mercy.  You gave Your Son and He shed His Blood so that I might live eternally.  Father, for Your grace and mercy, I give Thee thanks.  (Eph. 1:7-8 and Eph. 2:4)

I have tasted and continually partake of the richness of Your patience and goodness.  You do not treat me as I deserve, but patiently wait for me to grow and learn, to repent and confess my sins.  For Your goodness, unconditional love and patience, I give Thee thanks. (Romans 2: 4, 9:22-24)

I dine upon Your wisdom and knowledge.  Your Word tells me that Your ways are far above mine; that the depth of the richness of your wisdom and knowledge is beyond comprehension–all I have to do is ask for it.   Father, for Your wisdom and knowledge, I give Thee thanks.  (Romans 11:33)

Tenderly, You open the eyes of my heart, giving me more and more understanding of Your truth.  You have blessed me with power through Your Spirit in my inner being; it is the same power that raised Christ from the dead.  Christ dwells in my heart through faith.  Oh, the blessings You have given to me when I believed—blessings for today and a home in eternity.  What richness!  For the glory and blessings of my inheritance, I give Thee Thanks.( Eph. 1:18, 3:16)

Father, increase my spiritual appetite that I may feast upon the richness of Your love in all of its facets.  May I always remember that in Your “Box of Richness,” every nougat satisfies my soul.  Thank You for reminding me that life is much more than a box of chocolate!  Amen and Amen!




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