Building a satisfying life
is like preparing a recipe.
Adding one ingredient at a time.
Making sure to follow the plan.
Checking from time to time to see if it is going well.
I find that shining moments from the past
oftentimes shed light on today.
It did again this Christmas.
From the time I was a very young girl
I used to help my mother in the kitchen.
We work together side by side for hours
preparing the most delicious shoofly pies,
So when the holidays come
I open the wooden recipe box and pull out the old familiar cards
and gather the ingrdients.
Like days of long ago when my mom and I would laugh and talk
today my daughters and I
for hours as we bake together.
Shining moments all around.
This year was no exception.
Early in the morning
the day before Christmas
we gathered together to make the filling.
An old Pennsylvania Dutch recipe.
Slightly wet the bread,
pass it down to the next person
and break it into pieces.
Add some turkey broth,
and keep stirring.
My girls and I laughed
making more precious memories
that I will treasure for years to come.
Do you continue some traditions from the past?
Are you adding some new ones?
As I watch my girls
now growing into beautiful young women
I realize how precious this time is.
In just a little while they will have families of their own
and maybe passing on their own good times.
Gifts from the Father’s hand
always to be cherished.
One day at a time
one activity at a time
building lives of love and life and laughter.
Building lives secure in the Father’s forever love.
Generation after generation
following in His steps.
and those around you.