September 15, 2022, 1:00 PM

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09/15/2022

ALL OF ME

My wife has a cottage baking business. She usually handles all the baking herself as she is quite good, an excellent baker and cake designer. However, there are times when she needs a sou chef, and I am always happy to oblige. This usually happens when there is a big order or several big orders on the horizon or on jobs that just require an extra pair of hands. Although we both come from baking families, we each have an area of expertise or comfort. My family celebrated their Norwegian heritage with pressed cookies. Since she has recently had a few orders with that request it has fallen to me to figure out how to make that happen.

I really enjoy the creativity and good tasting opportunities of baking, and using cool tools is also a plus. We purchased a nifty cookie press a while back and it has sat in the cupboard for a while waiting for just this time. A cookie press looks like a fancy caulking gun and works the same. The only exception is that you disassemble the gun and put in the cookie dough which hopefully you have made correctly and cooled just enough to hold its shape and release from the cookie press after pulling the “trigger”. One click of the gun should equal one cookie and it should release perfectly. A perfect release results in a beautifully shaped cookie. I’ll write about how this process needs to be perfected later, for now I want to talk a bit more about the cookie press.

When you take off the nozzle and release/pull out the tamper what you have left is a tube that needs to be filled with dough. A good eye will help you determine how best to fill that container as will a long thin knife to get rid of air pockets. My first few attempts resulted in a large clump of dough sitting at the very top of the tube with a lot of air behind. The more dough in the tube the more cookies on the tray. It is very important, time wise, to fill the tube as full of dough as possible.

Let me draw a comparison to our spiritual life, and this may be quite a stretch for you non bakers. If we as Christians are the empty tube waiting to be filled it is important that we allow ourselves to be filled completely with the Holy Spirit to achieve maximum usefulness to God. Too many times we have other things that fill a portion of our tubes (lives) and we limit the Holy Spirit. What could that be? You ask. Off the top of my head, I can think of fear, doubt, lust, lawlessness, lying tongues, feet that go towards mischief or any of the things that God hates. When we empty ourselves from those things we can be filled with love, joy, peace, kindness, faith, patience, gentleness, self-control etc. We can be filled completely with Christ.

I heard a preacher once that said, “when you become a Christian you get all of God you will ever need, but you spend the rest of your life learning to give your everything to God. Loving the Lord will all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is easy to memorize but takes a lifetime to implement. Jesus said this was the greatest commandment and He showed it by the life He lived.

Mark 12:29-30:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord alone is God. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

 

Another scripture from the Psalms says God made everything and therefore owns everything.

 

God is only asking for what is rightfully his, Psalm 95:5 says, “The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” What God makes is rightfully God’s. And this applies to us.

 

William Higgins in an internet devotion writes: God is only asking from us, what he has already given to us in Jesus – everything. Romans 8:32 says, “God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all.” Thankfully God didn’t hold back with regard to us and leave us hanging. God’s commitment to us is complete. God gave us everything in Jesus. And we should give God everything in return.

 

I don’t know about you, but for me, I want to be useful to God today and as long as He gives me breath. I’m not a perfect vessel. Perfection is not a requirement. Faith is the necessity and so is obedience. But there’ is also great news. When we step out in faith, God is there waiting to do His part, which is greater than you or I could ever imagine.

 

Blessings,

Marty




Comments

09-18-2022 at 10:34 PM
SHARON PETERSON
I love your blog, Marty! The analogy of the cookie dough press is spot on!
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