Yesterday was interesting and I learned quite a bit. It was my second trip to the new Walmart---:0 Yes, the hunt was on. It was kind of fun and exhausting at the same time.
The fun thing about that? (add a slight ting of sarcasm here) I love learning new things. :)
And since this was the first time I really had things I had to find.....it was time to learn the new location of all the things I had to have.
I was on a mission to get all the ingredients for making my lasagna.
Nothing was where I thought it should be, BUT 2 hours later I walked out
with all the necessary stuff. Or so hope the people I am cooking for. ;)
We began our small group (associated with our church) a few weeks ago
and not it is my turn to make the entree. We eat lunch together after church every other week.
I am just a tad limited with cooking equipment and food storage.... so my brother has offered to let me use his kitchen. \o/
I am always a little nervous preparing food for people for the first time. I was not that way in the restaurant business...maybe because I could not see their faces when they took that first bite? :)
I don't use a set recipe (this is my favorite way to cook)....thus it is easy to get to the end and remember you left something essential out.
Not something you want to do when you feed someone for the first time.
Noodles? It was supposed to have noodles?
The last time I made the dish I remember thinking...hmmm, not what I remember-- I wonder what I left out. If it is not over cooked or under cooked you know you left something out. Or I guess you could have used sugar instead of salt.....gross!....sweet lasagna.
Before I purchased things yesterday I stopped to think back to when it was just right- walking through the stages in my mind so that I could make sure I had everything. I do realize that I started making shortcuts. Money would be a little tight and maybe I would not put in as much cheese and meat. Or I would be in a hurry and forget to add the herbs or garlic to the layers .....not a good idea because no one wants to eat bland lasagna.
And you can be sure that when I get ready to put it together this time--- I will walk through all the stages again to make sure everything goes in and at the right proportions.
I want our new friends to thoroughly enjoy their first taste of my cooking.
Now you know me-- I thought this was a great example of what can happen
with our spiritual walk.
Haven't we all had times when we felt like we we just floating along in our relationship with God?
Sublime would be a word used to describe our walk.
Everything is falling together the way it should. You can't wait to get to your time with Him....the Spirit is speaking. Time spent with God hit us all in the right places. It is just good. You feel like you could stand on the mountain top and scream....TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT!
And then all of a sudden...it seems,
(but you know really it does not happen over night)
you feel that things are just not right. Maybe it is that empty, lost feeling.
Maybe it is just that you are not lingering in your time with God. It seems you have "lost that lovin feelin". Life is busy and so you figure at some point you will just sit down and figure it all out. It will be good again you tell yourself. And then times goes by and you drift further.
You hear a Sister all pumped about what is going on in her relationship with God and you have a hard time breaking a grin of understanding. In your mind you think.......I remember when.
And if you are not too far gone you think that one day you will return to spiritual zone.
Now is the most important time to sit down and reevaluate things--before you get to the point where you just don't care anymore.
Recently I had to do that.
Where had things gone wrong? What was I missing?
Was it not enough time in the word? Not enough time in prayer?
I guess these questions would be for anyone.....but each will have questions of their own.
And before I close I do want to mention the obvious.......our walk
is something that we "serve up" daily to the public.
We are supposed to taste and see that the Lord is good........when others touch our lives
do they leave with a good taste in their mouth?
Well that is it for now......just some thoughts floating around in this brain of mine. ;)
Question of the day........What ya cookin?