Dear sisters in Christ,
Greetings! My heart was filled with alot of happiness a couple of weeks ago- the kind of happiness I find when I’m with family and enjoying a good laugh. But, also in my heart I had a sense of peace as I was able to rest in the love of my Lord. He is so good.
I was really blessed a couple of weeks ago by a bread machine and spilt flour. :o) Due to a shortage of bread one day I thought I would make some up. I looked over our cookbooks for just the right type of bread- something easy and fun. I jumped into my project excitedly and put the yeast into some warm water. At that time I realized that I had no butter! I quickly asked Dad if there was a subsitute for butter, of which he answered no. My frustration level jumped up a little bit- supper was on it’s way and my yeast was sitting in water. I thought for a minute of my troubles, but was quickly blessed by the assurance that God could watch over my bread and that I simply had to go get butter…there was no way to avoid it. So off I went.
When I returned home things went along quickly, although I must say something did happen that blessed me. Daddy had been having a headache all day; he even said it may have been one of his worst. Because of this, he told me that he would not want to eat dinner right away and that of course they wanted bread (garlic sticks) so he didn’t mind waiting. This was such a blessing because I didn’t have to rush around. So I merrily continued on in my bread making recipie. In order to get 7 loaves my recipie called for 5 lbs. of flour. That equals one whole bag of flour. (I really had/have never made bread before, but thought it would be easy and was imagining all the use 7 loaves would give me). So as our bread machine labors away I generously add flour. And add, and add, until it spewed up and over the machine, onto the flour, on me, and on the counter. It was quite comical. But at that moment I wanted to cry. Maybe it was me being emotional, but I just felt like nothing was going right. However, Lord was gracious to me by helping me see the funniness of the situation. How often do I get covered in flour and am allowed the great sight of seeing flour fly out of a machine and into a mist of white? Hardly ever. 🙂
Unfortunatly, none of my bread turned out; we think I didn’t let it rise long enough. For my quick and easy bread recipie I got about 4 loaves of very hard practically unusable bread. I write all of this simply to encourage my sisters in Christ to rest in God’s unfailing grace. God was so good in giving me the grace to step away from the sin of throwing a fit and ruining my family’s night. He let me see the funniness of it all and gave me grace to let go of my disapointments. Let us all rest in His control of the situation!! He is so good!!
P.S. If any one would like to leave a bread recipie for me I’ll gladly take it!
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