The Not So Perfect Ingredient

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

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A few weekends ago I went on a much needed getaway with a few friends to the beach. One morning while just hanging out in the room getting ready for the day- one of my favorite topics came up: Chocolate Chip Cookies!

One of the young ladies who was with us loves to bake. So me being me, I asked her if she knew how to make them. Being a true baker, she did, and she started telling me about a recent batch she made. Surprisingly, while baking, she added what she thought was the wrong ingredient, but it actually turned out to be one of the best she had cranked out in a while. She even got a request from the recipient for more later. I should’ve put my order in! 🙂

The moment she said it, I immediately thought about Romans 8:28:

 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good…”

Everything? Even the bad? Even the stuff that I didn’t think I needed?

That’s right my loves. Everything.

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The Good Father

“….a Father to the fatherless…” Psalm 68:5

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Most of us are probably familiar with or have heard the ever popular Lord’s Prayer. The beginning verses in Matthew 6 start with:

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.

 I realized at one point in reading this passage, that though my mouth was verbally saying the words, my heart was having a hard time connecting with it.

God? My Father?

Leading up to this weekend I have been reflecting on what fatherhood has meant to my life, and how it had impacted me over the years.

You see unfortunately, I was abandoned by my earthly father. He was faintly in and out of my life during my early years, and I haven’t seen him since. So while it was easy for me to connect with  God in the wonder of His holiness, His power, and His grace – during the beginning stages of my Christian walk,  relating to him as my Father was difficult because my concept of a father was skewed.

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