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Fresh: recently made or obtained; not canned, frozen, or otherwise preserved; newly; recently.

I love bread, like, a lot. 

If you were to spy on my daily routine, you’d see me eating a savory bagel with my morning coffee. Later, you’d see me eating a sandwich with fresh bakery bread, or a soup with a piece of a baguette. And whenever possible, I’m adding some type of bread to my dinner meals.

But personally, I don’t like bread when it’s gone stale. 

You know bread is bad when it starts to mold and smell. But typically, before it does this, it just gets hard and stale.

When it gets this way, it’s technically still edible. But I for one don’t like it like this. When it becomes hard and stale, I know it’s going bad and I no longer want it. 

With this in mind, let’s apply this same concept to our faith and relationship with God. If we stop pursuing Him, we begin to grow hard and stale. Lukewarm if you will. And what does the Bible say about those who are lukewarm? Revelation 3:16 says God will spit them out of His mouth.

If we stop moving forward, stop pursuing Him, we begin to become hard and stale. In this state, God will spit us out of His mouth. 

So today, decide whether you’d like to be fresh again, or whether you’ll let yourself grow hard and stale. The choice is yours.

I encourage you to put in the effort in keeping things fresh. It’s so worth it!

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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