Recipes for ife
by Emily Wickham
Food for the Body (Recipe from Helen Wickham, original source unknown) Something Delicious Melt two sticks butter or margarine in a 9x13 pan. Be sure pan is well greased; pour off butter and reserve. Put one can sliced peaches, juice and all, in pan. Add one small can crushed pineapple. Pour one box yellow cake mix over this. Sprinkle one can coconut on top and one small package chopped pecans over this. Pour reserved butter over all. Bake on 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
A Prayer for God’s Blessing Father in Heaven, You are good and loving throughout every season of life. I confess my momentary complaints when I’m selfishly dissatisfied with Your faithful provisions. Thank You for steadfastly keeping Your promises and continually caring for me! I delight in You. Please sensitize me to your wonderful touches in every part of my existence, for I long to be increasingly aware of Your workings. In the exquisite name of Jesus, Your Son, Amen.
Food for the Soul With sparkling blue eyes and a zest for life, my husband’s paternal grandmother quickly won my heart. Meeting over 25 years ago, I didn’t realize then how special she’d become to me. Often Mark and I would visit her—before and after we married. Gladly Gramma shared her simple belongings as she extended every effort to make us comfortable and happy. Fondly I remember playing games with her, walking together, jointly worshipping the Lord, and enjoying meals in her apartment. On one such visit, she proudly shared her recipe for “Something Delicious.” I’m so glad she did. Gramma Wickham now rejoices in Jesus’ very presence. Reflecting on her life, I’m struck with thoughts of her daily dependence on the Lord— her loving trust in Him. Widowed around age 60, she never remarried. I recall one particular time when she spoke of God’s faithful care. He met her needs. He comforted and guided her. He answered her prayers. God maintains a tenderness for widows because He understands the loneliness and uncertainty they frequently face. In the Old Testament book of Ruth, we learn about Naomi and Ruth, two widows forced to
provide for themselves. Surely they periodically felt overwhelmed and frightened, yet God personally cared for them. They didn’t starve or find themselves homeless. Rather, the LORD granted work, then a loving husband to Ruth. Picturing the Lord Jesus Christ, Boaz displayed a thoughtful, kind, and generous love. Not only did he graciously, protectively allow Ruth to glean in his fields, he also accepted her marriage proposal and met her mother-in-law Naomi’s needs: “Her mother-in-law then said to her, ‘Where did you glean today and where did you work? May he who took notice of you be blessed.’ So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, ‘The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.’ … Then he said, ‘May you be blessed of the LORD, my daughter. You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask….’ … And when she came to her mother-in-law she said, ‘How did it go, my daughter?’ And she told her all that the man had done for her. And she said, ‘These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law emptyhanded.’” Ruth 2:19, 3:10-11, 16-17, NASB Because God provided Boaz, Naomi and Ruth’s circumstances vastly improved. Likewise, our lives drastically change for the better on account of Christ. In Him, our perspectives alter and hope permanently resides within our hearts. Hardships don’t cease, nor do difficulties disappear. Yet trusting Christ and completely relying on Him everyday grants us peace and rest. Truly there’s no one like Him, the one true God. Personal, protective, and powerful, Christ tenderly loves us. Perhaps you’re a widow or a woman alone. Maybe you feel abandoned and fearful about the future. Please gain comfort knowing that with Christ as your Savior and God as your Father, you lack nothing. He WILL provide. “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Ps. 23:1 “The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.” Ps. 34:10 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Ps. 84:11 Just as God proved faithful to Naomi, Ruth, and my husband’s beloved grandmother, He remains faithful to us. Until next time, that’s a Recipe for Life…
Emily Wickham gently reaches women’s hearts as she teaches God’s ! Wickham gently reaches women’s hearts as she teaches God’s Emily Word. Through various writing endeavors, she encourages readers into close relationship with God. Additionally she hosts and speaks at the Connecting with Christ Conference. Visit www.proclaiminghimtowomen.com to read Emily’s blog. Connect with her via social media: www.facebook.com/emilywickham.author www.twitter.com/emilywickhamPH Emily, grateful to God for His blessings, enjoys life with her loving husband and children in western NC.
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