A Peanut Butter and Jelly Existence

A Guest Post by Sheri Johnson

When my kids were little they ate a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.  I would carefully craft this midday meal with soft bread, a little more peanut butter than jelly and always made sure the crusts were cut off.   I served them their crust-less sandwiches with a kiss and prayer and would promptly start to clean up the kitchen.  Returning the jar of peanut butter to the pantry and the jelly and bread back into the fridge, I would then get a fresh cloth and wipe up the surface of the counter as I popped the crusts of the sandwiches into my mouth.   After the dishes were washed I would sit down with my kids.  Sometimes we were silly, making each other laugh, other times we would read a story or I would teach them about table manners.  It was a quality time of the day with my little ones.


In the afternoon, my kids would go down for their naps and I would settle in with my own tasks.  When my body was stationary I would realize that I had an incredible hunger.  I wondered why I was so hungry.  Didn’t I just eat lunch a while ago?  Then it would occur to me, I prepared and served lunch to my kids, but only had a few crusts of bread for myself.  This is what I call a “peanut butter and jelly existence”.


As women in ministry, we can also have a “peanut butter and jelly existence”.  God has called us to lead the women that He has put into our care.  We lovingly prepare Bible studies.  We spend time with women one-on-one, listening to their questions and digging in the Word for the answers.  We spend hours sharing the good news of the Gospel with non-believers on campus.  It is our pleasure to show others how to spend alone time with God. 


Our Bibles are out; the pages are turning.  The truth is extracted and shared with hungry women on college campuses.  We are providing spiritual nourishment for others, but are we still hungry ourselves?


Reflection questions:

1)  What are the signs that you are spiritually hungry?  Do you ever “eat” on the run or skip “meals”? 

2)  Do you have a time each day to feed yourself?  Are you able to focus on God’s Word for you without thinking of how it will benefit others?

3)     When living out your week, do you safeguard your own time with God?

4)   Is there an extended time each month that you spend a day with God?


Sheri Johnson grew up in Colorado, attended the University of Wyoming and has been on staff with Campus Ventures (CV) since 1992.   Sheri and her husband (Cody) have served on campus staff at Northwest College and the University of Wyoming.  In 2014, she stepped into the role of Women's Coordinator for Campus Ventures to train, resource and shepherd the women on staff throughout Wyoming and South Dakota.