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What Happens If You Don’t Read The Recipe

Last week during my quiet time, I read a devotional that pricked my heart.

It was about finishing well.

A few projects immediately popped into my mind.

  • The book I’m writing.
  • The closets I’m cleaning out.
  • The paperless class I’m in.

What does all of that have to do with my title – reading the recipe?

  • Most of you know that I’m recovering from breast cancer.
  • I’m dealing with a lot of fatigue, so nothing happens quickly around here.
  • Dan has offered to help me with one small cleaning project a day.
  • There have been days when I just didn’t feel like I could do anything.

Now we get to the recipe.

  • We know that not reading the recipe before we begin can mean we won’t have everything we need.
  • It can also mean we make something the wrong way.

Recipes = Quiet times with the Lord

  • When I skip my time with the Lord, I’m never sure what I’m supposed to do.
  • Sometimes I accomplish nothing.

When I go to the Lord, he gives me my recipe for the day.

  • He never gives me more than I can handle.
  • He directs my thoughts to things I might not have thought of – Like taking time to rest so I would be fresh when our kids came over.
  • Asking for help.
  • Calling a friend.

When I follow the Lord’s recipe for my day, I always have what I need for what I’m supposed to do.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Phl 4:19 NIV

And I’m never alone.

“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deu 31:8 ESV

Have you stopped to get your recipe for today?

Some tips I’ve learned recently as I clean closets, etc.

  • Mark bottom of spice bottles – if your label falls off you will still know what’s in that bottle.
  • Peanut jars – We’ve saved the square ones you get with mixed nuts for years. I knew we would find a use for them. They are perfect for
    • storing the smaller packages of food items that we get now that we are only 3.
  • Vinegar fridge dispenser We have very hard water, and my water dispenser always gets a white spot. I’ve tried everything. That is until
    • I read about vinegar. Plain old vinegar removes it easily.
  • Nail Polish remover – Different jars use different glue on the labels. One thing I found that works well is nail polish remover.

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