My baby has grown physically because he eats daily. I remember how he learned to latch properly. In fact we both learned how to latch. He lost a lot of weight before we left the hospital and one of the factors responsible for his weight loss was insufficient food. I didn’t have enough milk, I was in pain and cluelessness. I didn’t want him starting life on formula (just a personal preference). Due to my medical background and research, I wanted him to feed solely on breast milk for at least 4-6 months of life.
The little one eats solid food now (fish, egg, rice, bread, etc) and a lot goes into introducing him to any new food. My Husband and I have to think of the food size, spice level, appropriateness and food’s safety for baby’s age. The point is that we are careful about what we feed our baby, so he can be healthy and grow like he should. It will also put us in a position to better diagnose food problems/allergies and know what baby enjoys eating.
In the same light, I believe God wants us to put as much care into what we feed our spirit, soul and body. My healthy food choices and spiritual habits will most likely be passed on to my children. I have to consciously choose books I read, TV shows I watch, music, who I listen to, friends I allow into my life, and the food I eat. I have to be deliberate in my choices. This will determine my physical, spiritual and emotional health/growth. It is also an important way to guard my heart and keep my body alive for a long time.
Proverbs 4:23 New International Version (NIV)
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.