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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. Sarah Mae,
    Reading your post, I am convicted of the fact that often I long more for the pleasure than I long for Him (especially true about food). What a lesson in love God gave you…what an awakening to truly seeing the lengths God goes to in order to delight us. What a great perspective to start my day, and yes, my coffee does taste richer this morning. Thanking God for that gift!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • It is SO easy to put pleasure before Him…I didn’t realized just how much I did that. He is so kind to give us pleasure. I am so glad your coffee was richer today!

  2. That must have been such a hard experience, especially the sentimental smells like your childrens’ hair! This post resonates with me because I lost a significant amount of my eyesight suddenly this fall. It lasted for about 3 months, and I felt such grief. But God is good, even in hard times, and you’re right that he still shows his goodness to us in new ways in those moments.

    • I could stand not having smell or taste with food, but losing my children’s smell, I don’t know, that would be the hardest. I’m so glad your eyesight is back, that’s crazy!

  3. I miss the smell of my girls’ heads. Empty nester here. Enjoy every day while they are young. I will remember your post when I enjoy my banana today and read His word.

  4. Interestingly I have a doctors appointment later this morning for a sudden loss of sensation and strength in my dominant right hand and arm. This is definitely tempting me to be discouraged and fearful since I am the pianist/pastor’s wife for our small church, as well as an artsy-crafty kind of gal. As I read this post is morning, I was especially encouraged and reminded that all I am and All I have is given for His glory and pleasure. He is certainly able to restore my body, but even if He doesn’t, I will not bow down to the idol of discouragement or fear. In fact, I can keep my eyes on Him (instead of my feeble hand) and rejoice in the good plan He has ahead. It looks different than I expected at this moment, but He is always good and will bring good from this situation. Praising Him now with open hands, when I am weak…He is strong! Thank you for this timely message to my soul!

    • I am so glad it was timely for you! And remember, He is glorified when we enjoy pleasure. CRAZY. And beautiful and wonderful.

  5. This is so good Sarah and something I really needed to read today as I struggle to eat in the very restricted way my doctor has asked me to for now. Thanks for sharing your story

  6. Sarah did you ever find out why?? I’ve been feeling like i’ve lost my sense of taste since my last baby was born (4 months).. Not sure what would cause that?

  7. I never thought of this before but you are so right. God created taste and smell for our pleasure. He wants us to feel pleasure. I’ll be meditating on this thought.

  8. Sarah,

    As I began reading what immediately came to mind was Phil 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. While He gives us the ability to experience pleasure, He is also at work in us for his pleasure. You’ve given wise counsel in encouraging us to slow down, embrace THIS moment, taste and savor. Indeed He is good!

  9. Great perspective! Often times I take my senses for granted. Thinking about all the wonderful aromas, & colors God provides for us. He does delight in us and we should acknowledge Him! I won’t think of food or see mountains, colors, etc. without thinking of Him!
    Blessings 🙂

  10. I have a friend who has lost her sens of smell, and through that most of her taste (did you know that our taste buds can actually only taste sweet, salty, sour, but no flavors ! our sens of smell is what gives flavor to our taste !). She has some pretty serious nose/ears/sinus issues and has had multiple surgeries to no avail. She never complains about it though, but I feel bad for her… it truly is a handicap (she cannot tell for example, when food is rotten, cannot smell smoke…). So yes, being able to taste and smell truly is a gift, not only for our pleasure, but also for our safety.

  11. You said “I realized that food is not a gift.” It seems you never experienced hunger and maybe you didn’t expect any of your readers to have experienced it. For people not knowing where their next meal will come from, food is really a gift, whatever taste it will have and the pleasure will always come first from having their belly full. With every thanksgiving, may we remember those people in need.