Collecting Recipes and Wisdom

“Wow, that looks good.”

It’s usually the photo that catches my attention.

Then I read over the recipe and decide, I’ve got to write this down.

I grab some paper or at times write out my new-found treasure in the back pages of my journal all the while thinking, I can’t wait to make this.

I usually write out the recipe instead of tearing out the page from the magazine because I want to keep the magazine intact to give away or it’s in someone else’s magazine—at a doctor’s office or other location.

I’ve done this repeatedly over the years.

There is just one problem with this habit of excitedly writing down recipes.

I rarely make or bake the recipes I collect. They are in various locations in my kitchen. Right now I have a bunch of them in a large clip attached to a magnet on my refridgerator figuring if I leave them there I will more likely do something with them. Those have been there for several years.

Others are stuck in my cookbooks or crammed in a folder in the cupboard with the cookbooks.

Sometimes I look through the recipes and once again I say, “Oh, that would taste so good.” But still I do nothing to bring those words to life.

One of my latest recipes is for zuchinni soup It’s in my journal, but soon this journal will be full, and I’ll put it on the shelf in my office and start a new one. Who knows when I will get that journal out again. I could copy it on the copy machine and put it with that collection on the fridge…

My passion for collecting recipes reminds me of how I am with wisdom from the Lord. How I love to write things down in my journal in Bible studies or during the sermon at church. The problem is that too often it ends up just stuck in my journal, and I forget about it shortly after writing it.

Sometimes my wisdom comes in prayer time, and it’s the Lord speaking to me. But too often I treat lightly the powerful words He’s laying on my heart. Recently this is what He spoke

LIVE IN THE PRESENT, ELAINE. THE PAST WILL TRY TO TAUNT YOU. THE FUTURE WILL TRY TO TERRIFY YOU. I AM IN THE PRESENT. THAT’S WHERE MY PEACE, JOY, AND HOPE RESIDE. IF YOU SENSE YOU ARE LOSING ONE OR ALL OF THESE IT’S BECAUSE YOU’VE MOVED IN YOUR MIND FROM THE PRESENT TO THE PAST OR FUTURE.

But this time I insisted I wanted to go beyond the collecting of words. I longed to live it out in my life. First I passed the wisdom on to others in person, and hey I’m doing it here too. That’s what I like about a blog. You can share an insight from the Lord right away.

I’m also asking God how to make what He said to me bring about a difference in my life instead of being just something I talk about like telling my friends what great recipes I’ve collected. How much better to bring them a piece of the cake I baked or truly learn to live in the present with them, so that we can really enjoy our time together instead of anxiously rehashing what happened in the past and worrying out loud to them about the future.

I want this time to be different.

Give me grace, Lord, so that I can obey this verse:

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22 NIV).

Before bed tonight I’m going to assess the thoughts running through my mind and see which ones are about the future, which ones are about the past, and which ones are concentrated on the present. Then I’m going to pray God will show me how to live more in the present as I repent over how much time I’ve wasted getting stuck in feeling guilty and angry about the past and having dread about the future.

And then tomorrow I may make some zucchini soup.

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About elainecreasman

I am a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. Since 1986 I have led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group.
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