Hold The Salt!
As most of my readers know I was tagged with another title three weeks ago. Heart patient! I went to the hospital on August 21 and on August 22 I was told I had congestive heart failure. Shocked? Yes, I was. My hospital stay involved several firsts! A CATscan. An Echocardiogram. An ambulance ride (they transferred me to the big hospital in Greenville). A heart cath. Blood Pressure meds. And, I came home with a 24-7 “life vest” .
To say life changed is an understatement!
Reduce the Sodium
I heard these words at every turn. Now, do I like salt? I have never liked too much salt. We use pink Himalayan salt only and NEVER Morton salt – ever! I’m not one of those who likes food with their salt – I’m a moderate salt user. Now, my husband, the grocery shopper, comes home with NO SALT ADDED items. One may as well eat cardboard! Disgusting!
I have always been an ‘everything in moderation’ kind of person. Let’s face it – if you consume too much of anything you will have consequences.
The Bible says…
You are the SALT of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing…Matthew 5.13
Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” Mark 9.50
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4.6
Can flavorless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? Job 6.6
I love the scripture above from Job. I mean, have you ever tried to eat an egg without salt? Yuk!
I don’t know about you but I do not want to be a bland follower of Jesus. I want to be a little salty – I do not want to be “good for nothing.”
I want to be well-seasoned in The Word.
I want my beliefs to be flavorful and I want to live in peace!
I want my words to be gracious, well-seasoned and I always want to be able to answer as to the source of my Hope!
And, I definitely don’t want to eat eggs without salt (like Job).
How about you? Are you salty?
Glenda Summers says
Well, Susan, my husband was one of those who liked a little food with his salt, but I’d rarely season anything while it was cooking ’cause I didn’t care for much salt at all. He’d always put salt on his food, even if I had already salted it, so one time, he put that extra salt on something that was already salty enough, and he couldn’t even eat it! I laughed a little when that happened! But, when it comes to walking with the Lord, there’s no such thing as too much salt. We need to have that “edge” that salt gives to our food so that people will notice that there’s something different about believers, and the difference should be a GOOD difference. The word “peculiar” can mean strange or special, and I think most of us want to be special, and that’s what our salt will do for us. Thank you for reminding us that we need to be salty for the Lord. Oh, and the one food that is the most miserable without salt is mashed potatoes – YUCK!! I did find a good salt substitute after Allen was told to reduce his salt; he couldn’t tell the difference. I think it was No Salt, but I’m not sure if I’m remembering that just right. Anyway, I hope you continue to feel better and better! Love you!
I love the story, Glenda. I agree, potatoes must have salt!
Kathy Yvonne Walters says
I am pretty salty. LOL And so are you my precious friend. Love this piece. Love YOU!
Yes, you don’t “hold the salt!”
Joanne Viola says
Susan, I am so grateful you are doing better and are getting stronger. I am not one to use much salt, if any. With food consumption, less is best. Spiritually we are called to be salt, enough to be ingested, but not so much to be offensive and spit out. May the Lord give us wisdom to know the difference so that our lives maintain their saltiness and honor the Lord.
I still eat my eggs without salt as our mom never permitted us to salt them growing up 🙂
Too much of anything can be offensive! No salt on eggs? Mom!!!!!!!
So glad you are feeling better! Yes, you are definately salty and the older I get, the saltier I’m becoming! So thankful for your words of wisdom and encouragement through the years. I know you have much more salt to sprinkle! Thank you Jesus.
I do believe this saltiness has a lot to do with growing wiser and older!!!
Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your recent health scare, but rejoicing that you are doing better! I love your lesson on salt here, and regularly seek to be salty for the Lord! I think however, as Joanne mentioned I tend toward over salting my words even though I rarely over salt my food! May God grant us all the courage to be salty for Him and the wisdom to do it well.
…the wisdom to do it well.
I’ve gotten a little heavy on the salt lately. I know when I’ve been on a health kick for a while, you realize how much salt is in everything and it comes off way to strong. Less can be more!
YES. And, there are plenty of other seasonings!!! xo
Hey honey, so thankful that you are doing so much better, I really need to cut my salt down more , you know how I love salt, but I’ve been trying especially Now! But oh how I want to be salt for Our Lord but not too much to scare others away
Exactly. I thought of you and your love of salt while I wrote this!!!
Sorry to hear about your health concerns. It is definitely difficult to cook without salt!
But spiritually speaking, I want to be salty so that a person will become thirsty and want Living Water.
Amen…I’m addressing living water next week!
Theresa Boedeker says
Eggs without salt are pretty gross. So glad you are getting treatment and are home again. Yes, I want to be salty for God, giving others a glimpse of who he is.
And, potatoes are pretty boring without salt!
Sorry to hear about the health scare, but so glad that you are doing better! I add very little salt to food myself, but eggs and potatoes certainly need some. (although I’m one of those people who put ketchup on my eggs, and that almost negates the need for salt) You shared a valuable life lesson from Scripture here too – we should be salty enough to add flavor and savor, and maybe to make those around us a bit thirstier for the Lord. But too much salt turns people off. May we be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so we get the seasoning right!
Paula Short says
Ugh— I have to say, I like a little food with my salt. But, because of high blood pressure have to moderate. I usually salt without tasting first. Sigh… Thank you for this blessed message today. I’m happy to hear you are on the mend ❤️ I have been thinking about you and sending prayers your way my friend. Blessings.
Selah…indeed! xo (I’m glad both of us are writing again – I missed you.)
Michele Morin says
Salt AND pepper, please.
So good to see you stringing words together again!
Just stringin’ along…singing a song, side by side!!!!