I like to cook, mostly for the humor of the experience & sometimes for the social element. Recently, RT Kendall came & spoke at our church. The preceding day, he came to our house & we made chili – his special recipe & my green chili. Now all of the chilis turned out great & taste wonderful. The truly great thing, however, was the amount that we made so i could freeze it & use it on a busy day. Lately, i’ve been doing alot of my cooking for the week on Saturdays – mousaka (greek lamb casserole), stuffed peppers, chicken tikka masala (indian), cinnamon rolls, lasagna, marinated flank steak, etc. Doing this on Saturdays helps a whole bunch because then during the busy-ness of the week, i’ve already got dinner made.
Here’s the God component: i think that sometimes we treat God like the weekend meal deal. We go to church, get a meal & think that this “banquet” will last for the week. In reality, God is always cooking something for you – everyday. When i was growing up, we used to sing this song, “Come & Dine for the Master Calleth”. God always has a rich table spread & available for us to feast on His presence & Word. Don’t be spiritually anorexic – come & dine w God everyday. He’s got something good cookin for you!!
We had the SUPER priviliege of hosting RT Kendall this weekend & he is one of God’s gifts to me. God uses him to speak into my life at interesting times in my life. One of the things God has really spoken w me about is in relation to forgiveness. Now the best book i ever read about forgiveness is by RT, “Total Forgiveness”. Its a classic & you should read & possibly re-read it.
Truthfully, i think that unforgiveness could possibly be the biggest enemy to intimacy, full stop. Unforgiveness is brutal – it causes us to separate, isolate & detach. Don’t think for a minute that you can have unforgiveness w a person & still have a snuggly, cuddly God relationship. At the end of Matt 6, Jesus makes it really clear that the forgiveness we rec’v from God is dependent on the forgiveness we extend to others. Forgiveness is one of the key themes you read from Jesus throughout the Gospels & its my suspicion that He does this because we need to get really good at it because we have HEAPS of opprotunities to practice it (from small & microscopic to massive & galactic monstrosities).
If you struggle w forgiving someone, welcome to humanity. Thankfully, we can look to God, His Word & some great resources (like RT’s book) to help us get better. But forgiveness starts w a decision – to be a forgiving person, maybe even to become an expert. 😉
so today, we had tv taping & interviewed a few guests – one of whom is simply a legend: Arthur Blessit. The guy is fantastic: he loves Jesus passionately, loves people sincerely & has a movie & book coming out in the next few months. I’ve hung out w him from time to time & I’m always impressed with his deep love for Jesus . . . . I’m at a pause here because I’m a bit speechless. He’s also good friends w RT Kendall, which for me is the good housekeeping seal of approval, so to speak. If you don’t know these either of these guys, they’re worth a google.
After tv taping, I proceded to put on the mommy hat & attempt to organize the transportation for 20+ kids for a Chess tournie w David’s team from school (I’m the transportation coordinator – yowzer!). That was an adventure, but everyone got there & David & our school team won! Upon coming home, I put a chix in the oven for dinner, did some tv planning work & returned to pick up David & some of his friends to return everyone home. Isabell had her girlscout cookie launch tonight, so she got a ride to the cookie rally w a neighbor (she’s EXTREMELY excited to sell cookies this year) & I did the weekly grocery shopping. The rest of the day has been rather uneventful but busy nonetheless & I’m now tired.
I asked Arthur Blessit about fasting – more on that later. 🙂
Yea for Net Admin – Scott!! They found an excerpt from RT Kendall’s book that you can download & read in prep for the upcoming Tues chapel! Feel free to visit & read the excerpt on your own time. 🙂
Here’s the link: http://www.strangdirect.com/chapters/0558.pdf