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The Right Ingredients

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“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 KJV)

Years ago I got a frantic call from my little sister. She was making cookies and something went wrong. She explained that she had followed the recipe, but the dough was “soupy.” So I advised her to add more flour. She said she did and it didn’t change the consistency. I told her to add more, the same outcome… still soupy. I started asking more questions about the ingredients. We finally came to the conclusion that she had used powdered sugar rather than flour! No matter how much more powdered sugar she added the dough would not form.

When I think of the scripture “all things work together,” I am reminded of this story. When we truly seek God’s kingdom, He will be the master of our life’s ingredients. If we ask God for only the “sweet” things in life, we may never be what He intended us to be for His kingdom.

While I am not an expert baker by any means, I have followed a few recipes. Never have I encountered a recipe with only sweet things. What would 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar make? Nothing edible. In life we sometimes forget this principle. We go through a trial or a bitter time in life and we plead for God to let it pass. All the while knowing that in the natural it takes the sweet and the bitter to create some masterpieces. Baking soda, although very unpleasant to eat, is a necessary ingredient in baking. Flour, although bland, is often a key ingredient. Even butter, which makes so many desserts decadent and flavorful cannot be eaten on its own. So, when baking we diligently mix these ingredients, knowing that all the ingredients will work together.

Prayer:  Lord, the baking soda bitter moments in my life are not pleasant, but I will trust You. I will trust You have a plan and that all things will work out for good when I seek You. Give me patience and perseverance while I go through theses times. Remind me of Your plan, and if You throw a couple of chocolate chips in my day I wouldn’t mind.  Amen.

Bethany Peters was born and raised in Pierre, South Dakota. She is married to her perfect opposite and together they are raising two adventurous boys, Levi and Isaac. Baking, thrift stores and coffee are a few of her most favorite things. She currently serves as South Dakota’s Ladies Ministries President.

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