Thursday, January 24, 2013

Good to the Last Yummy Drop...From the archives

Greetings! I have missed you my friends. I hope your new year has started well. Ours has started out a bit rough, but God has amazing plans and sometimes they require us to go through the valley for a bit. 

We are however, being careful to not stop off at the "pits of despair" , but trudge on with God leading the way. (Did you catch that Princess Bride fans?;) I am sorry I could not resist.

Anyways, I was making some jam the other day and it reminded me of my very first post. It's a good reminder in hard times and in great times. God's love never fails and never runs out on us.

I hope this encourages you today.


Finger licking good.

Have you ever had this moment?

I was watching my son drink his hot cocoa and trying very hard to not giggle and call attention to him, but he was so intent. We were having a special treat and had ordered some yummy peppermint hot cocoas at a coffee shop. 

He was definitely having a "good to the last drop" moment... 

And we can add "finger licking good" to it as well. 

He had drained every drop from his cup, but upon noticing the reticent creamy foam and peppermint pieces stuck to the edges of the inside of his cup, he proceeded to stick his finger into the cup gliding it around and then licking the delicious remnants from it. 

 He was one sticky happy mess. (I mean it... There was a whole lot of mess stuck to his happy face.)

Now, mind you, this is not proper behavior at home or in public, but my goodness he was so intent. I just smiled and watched him enjoy his moment of cocoa glee. 

It's good to have those moments as a parent.

Today just a few days later, I found myself scraping the bottom of a pan with great fervor. I had made a batch of four berry jam and it tasted so good that it was frustrating me when so much was still stuck to the sides of the pan. I am telling you friends, I was a woman on a mission. 

I did not want one bit to go to waste.

And then it hit me.

How would my relationship with the Lord be different if each day I approached Him like the peppermint cocoa or this batch of four berry jam?

I know my Lord is the most wonderful person in my life. His love is sweet. He is my only source of strength and life with Him has been the best I could have ever imagined. 

Before Him my life was full of empty pursuits. Depression, loneliness, and disappointments plagued me. 

It was empty. 

No matter what I tried I could never fill it or keep it full of joy or peace.

Now I am full. My life is full. “He completes me.” Yes, I just used the cheesy Jerry McGuire movie quote, but it’s true.

Knowing all of this. Why is it that I have times in my life where I do not pursue Him with the same fervor, of “Good to the last drop” ?

Why am I not scraping each day for every extra moments of praise or prayer time like I did with that jam pan?

Or digging into my Bible to glean every new morsel from the Lord that I can like my son did with his cup of hot cocoa?

You see the deeper I dig into His word and the further I experience and learn about who He is, I find Him all the more sweet. He is absolutely amazing! 

More full of depth, more satisfying, and never ending in His supply to my needs. 

Just a quick read of Psalm 103 and we all should be in awe of everything that He does and is to us. 

Would you take some time today friends and read Psalm 103

Grab some paper and a pen and write down every action He takes for us and the different character traits listed about Him. 

Won't you taste and see that He truly is "Good to the last drop"? 

The best part is... His supply of love, power, and grace for us never runs out. 

By the way...Love this song! Give it a play while you read Psalm 103.

And if you feel led, share in the comments the character trait or action that you see God working in your life right now. 
Let's encourage each other friends.
God Bless

1 comment:

  1. Amen. God is definitely teaching me how to receive Him:) I smiled big when I saw that you posted!