Wednesday, December 14, 2011

God's Recipes

Mama’s Double Crust Lemon Pie

1 ¼ c. sugar
2 T. flour
1/8 t. salt
¼ c. soft butter
3 eggs (well beaten)
juice from 1 ½ lemons
2 unbaked pie crusts
A sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar

Combine sugar, flour, and salt.
Blend in butter and mix thoroughly.
Add well-beaten eggs and blend until smooth.
Add lemon juice and blend well.
Pour into uncooked bottom crust.
Cover with uncooked top crust.
Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and sugar

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake additional 40 to 45 minutes.

God’s Recipes

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Eph. 2:10 NASB

            The truth that the Most High God preordained specific assignments for each of His believers is quite daunting, especially when those assignments are consistently beyond our own talents and abilities.

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1 Thess. 5:24 NASB
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13 NASB

            On the other hand, it is quite empowering to know that in every work God calls us to do, He always enables us to do it.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6 NASB

            What assignment has God given you recently? Do NOT fret, worry, or be dismayed! Pastor Steve Blair recently said, “God’s got it! All you have to do is follow His recipe!” Beloved, obey His instructions, find His ingredients, wait on His timing and you will create a work of excellence; a “Master’s piece”!

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout…so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isa. 55:10-11 NASB

God’s Recipe for Me

            In 1955, my grandmother wrote a letter telling the story of her adventures as a young schoolteacher in 1916 in the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains. A note scribbled in the margin suggested rewriting the letter as a short story and submitting it for publication.

His instruction:
Early one morning last September His gentle voice said, “Jill, it’s time to write her story.”

His ingredients:
1 really old story
1 very green author
1 gracious publisher
3 patient editors
1 extremely talented illustrator
1 high tech printer

His timing:
Carefully combine all the ingredients and wait.
When well done, add a ga-zillion readers (hopefully) J

Coming soon:
The Schoolhouse, a beautiful true tale of faith, determination, danger, servitude, and love in storybook form: the Master's piece.

2 Spout:

Miss Jill,
Sarah told me of your exciting news. I would love to have an autographed copy of your book! :)

I am a little discouraged today, and came to visit you at just the right time. That was His recipe for me today. Constantly loving and good is He. Perhaps the thing that discouraged me today is actually evidence of His working in me. When I am weak, He is strong! Thanks for posting.

I just now discovered your kind comment! I'm so sorry you were discouraged on Dec. 14th. I pray our loving Father has lifted your head and sweet heart.

Merry Christmas!

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