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The Recipe for JOY

When I’m hungry for a certain food, I add it to our weekly menu. It helps me to get my “fix.” In a similar way, when a topic is on my heart, I write about it. I write what I need to read, and this post is no different. Right now, I’m craving joy. I want a great big bowl of it. Joy, by definition, is “a feeling of great pleasure, and happiness.” Its synonyms include delight, jubilation, and triumph. (Yummo- right?!) Now don’t get me wrong, my life is good. I’m blessed with wonderful family, dear friends, health, and great comfort. I have more than I need. Given my abundant blessings, why am I still hungry for joy? Why are we all hungry for joy? Isn’t joy what we’re seeking when we strive for the big promotion, watch the funny cat video, eat the extra slice of pizza,…

The Mustard Seed

This past Saturday morning, I set out on a run, but didn’t even make it a block before I had to stop.  I had a giant boulder in one of my shoes (or so I thought.)  When I stopped to shake out my shoe however, all that I could see was a teensy, weensy, itty-bitty, little grain of dirt.  The “boulder” that I was certain I had in my shoe, wasn’t even big enough to be categorized as a pebble!  As I shook out my shoe, I marveled at the ability of this tiny speck.  Despite it’s demure size, it had the strength to stop me dead in my tracks.  The grain of dirt in my shoe immediately reminded me of the mighty mustard seed.  “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this…

Just in Case

“Just in Case” was written by my dear husband, Ryan Miller.  He shared this with me on our 23rd Valentine’s Day together, and it warmed my heart in a way that flowers or candy never will.   I hope you enjoy his sweet message, too.  – God Bless, Mimi Just in Case I used to attend church when it was convenient for me.  I attended when I felt I needed to go, just in case this “God thing” was real.  I didn’t care about other people’s place with God.  I didn’t want to hear about others problems.  I just went to church in case the God thing was real, and I needed a ticket to Heaven.  I never really reflected on that until now.  I’ve shared my “Root Beer Barrel” testimony, and if you haven’t read it,  you can read it here, but I’ve had a history of wavering in my…

An Unlikely Friend

I haven’t always had a lot of friends.  For a long time, I only had a lot of “acquaintances.”  Matthew 5:47 helped me to recognize the difference. “If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? Ouch.  I was (and still sometimes am) guilty of only engaging would-be friends with superficial small talk.  Afraid to open up for fear of rejection, I dance around deeper subjects, missing the opportunity to fully engage with God’s fellow children.  When I make this mistake, I am missing out on experiencing one of our Father’s greatest gifts: friendship.  We can be certain that God intended us to have friends on this earth;  Scripture is full of friendship references, and the word “friend” appears approximately 107 times (depending on the version of the Word.) Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:     whoever finds one has found…

God Loves Math

I’ve never been a “math” person.  I struggled with it in school, spending many evenings crying at the kitchen table while my Dad tried to explain the principles of Algebra and Geometry.  In college, my best friend (now husband) tutored me throughout my  Calculus, Accounting,  and Economics classes.  Today, I rely upon my handy calculator on my phone to complete simple math problems.  So to say I’m not a “math” person, might actually be an understatement.  What I’ve recently noticed though is, GOD LOVES MATH! This concept that God Loves Math really dawned on me when having lunch with a new friend a few weeks ago.  She kept using the word, “discipleship” to describe how she and her husband complete their work as campus missionaries for Cru (also known as Campus Crusade for Christ.)  In their work, they seek out others to “disciple” with the hope and intention that they too…

Nancy’s Favorite Show

Early last week we had a  vibrant storm with thunder, lightning, and pouring rain.  It made me smile.  I smiled because I knew this storm would bring joy to my friend, Nancy. You see, Nancy lives in a nursing home,.  She’s been there for years, has no family to speak of, and she will most likely live in this nursing home for the rest of her life.  I’ve been blessed to get to know Nancy through Church ministry.  As a Christoper, I am one of many members of our Church taking turns visiting and distributing Holy Communion to those that are institutionalized or  home bound.    Nancy is just one of many special souls that I’ve been blessed to meet through this service, but she holds a special place in my heart. Nancy lays in a bed day after day, and night after night.  She is unable to walk or…

A Recipe for the Saturday Before Easter

A few years ago I came across this recipe and made it with my boys on the Saturday before Easter.  It was a great activity not only because we got to make cookies together (which they loved doing) but it was a great way to talk to them about the true meaning of Easter.  The cookie preparation is simple, and each step has a Bible verse that coincides with the ingredients and the Easter story.  The best part is the anticipation and  joy of cracking open the cookies on Easter morning to find them empty inside.  The cookies bring the focus of Easter morning back to Jesus and away from the egg hunts and chocolate bunnies.  If you have small children or grandchildren, consider making these cookies (and these memories) this Easter weekend! Resurrection Cookie Recipe Prep these cookies the Saturday before Easter (or whenever you want to share the…

God and Google

Today we have the answers to millions and millions of questions available on demand.  We can “google” from our computers, tablets, and smart phones.  We can ask “Siri” and “Alexa” a question.   We can ask a group of friends and family to weigh in via Social Media or a quick text.  With all these avenues to find answers, it’s easy to forget that the answers to our most important questions are always available to us:  no wi-fi needed. When seeking answers, truth, and guidance, we need only turn to God.  At anytime and anywhere, we can close our eyes, open our hearts, and turn to Him. He is always listening.  He is always available.  He always cares. Far more powerful than Google, God can offer us the guidance that we are truly seeking.  Through meditation, prayer, and the Bible, God provides the path to all that we desire.    When…

Look for the Cross

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  – Jeremiah 29:13  Have you ever played “I Spy”  the children’s game? In this game, one player selects an object by color, and the opponent has to locate the colored object the other has spied.  During the course of the game, both players take a keen look at their surroundings, and identify objects of this color that they had previously overlooked.   It’s only when they “seek” the color selected, that they begin to notice and see that which was there all along.  The same is true of the Cross.  This visual reminder of our Savior, Jesus Christ, surrounds us every day.  It can be seen in nature, in architecture,  and in many other unexpected places.  Seeking the Cross, the symbol of our salvation, is a simple and easy way to remind ourselves of Jesus’…

Food for Thought

As we prepare for Thanksgiving day tomorrow, I find myself reflecting on the numerous times throughout the Bible, when food and fellowship are woven into the story’s centerpiece.   It makes me look at Thanksgiving as more than just an opportunity to enjoy delicious food and time with family.  It’s an opportunity to honor God, and an opportunity to worship with one another. Throughout the Bible, Jesus used occasions involving food to share His ministry, so why shouldn’t we?   Why, even Jesus’ first miracle occurred at an event involving  food.  Surrounded by His friends and family (and prompted by His Mother) Jesus turned water into wine.  “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”  John 2:11 Still later in the Bible, Jesus uses food to share His Father’s goodness to the masses by feeding…