[CF Devotionals] 2019-02-13 - Iffy

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To relax, I often enjoy some sort of cooking. Lately, there has been some experimenting, since spending more time watching a favorite baking show. Today, I was trying what is known as a wedding cookie, and there are apparently a variety of different takes on it: Danish, Italian and Mexican are the top three I noticed, while reading more variations, following the first recipe failing. As I combined that first group of ingredients I had carefully prepared, and triple-checked the taste and consistency of it, it seemed a little iffy to me, yet I figured it was just that I had not made them before. So I forged ahead. Sadly, my taste test of one of them, after baking, left me with the sensation of sawdust in my mouth - and so I began reading more recipes, to see what I had done wrong. I usually do so prior to beginning anything new, and wished I had, afterward, as I read the other versions of the same type of delicate delight. What I found was the ratio of butter to flour in the one I had used was one of the few with a much higher amount of flour to butter, and with very little other liquid or sugar, it left no possibility of a balanced flavor. And no amount of powdered sugar, added after baking them, was going to make up for it, either. I was relieved; my instincts were right about the recipe being iffy.

There have been several instances in my life when my spiritual radar went off, hinting there was something iffy in a situation I was in or had gotten myself into. Sometimes I picked up on it right away, and other times I had to stumble and fall before learning what God was trying to teach me. Often, I would find myself searching in God’rsquo;s word for encouragement first, and then guidance as well as prayer at one or all stages. Because just like any good recipe, the ingredients need to be properly put together for the best outcome. And I am grateful for being able to learn new things, as well as rely on what was and is always true: God loves me and wants to be here for me all the time. Nothing iffy about it.

“Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,” (Romans 2:6-8)

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.” (Psalm 9:9-11)

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)


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