It was so good! Of course, with six kids, four adults and guests, I had to guard the last couple pans with my life to get them to last until this morning. I like it when people enjoy my food, but sometimes it feels so fleeting - what takes me an hour or more to create, is gone in a matter of seconds. (Unless you count the calories that go straight to the hips - those stay around forever.)
Boy, if the banana bread hadn't turned out well, the after-taste would have lingered for hours...not to mention the teasing I'd have gotten for my culinary disaster.
But isn't that always the way? What we enjoy only seems to stick around for a short time. When we have a mess-up it seems to never go away.
So just imagine, when we get to heaven, only the good stuff will still be there. Eternally, the best things last. Because that's how God intended our reality to be.
So if you see the bad things lingering here, just remember that God has eternity in mind, and He knows the truly good things last forever.
Free book time!
The first is This Time Forever, by Rachel Ann Nunes. Mickelle Hansen never realized marriage could be so challenging. Her husband's epilepsy has caused him to become cynical and verbally abusive, but with love in her heart and strength from her Heavenly Father, Mickelle is determined to make her marriage work. Then the worst happens. Can she ever pick up the shattered pieces of her life?
Meanwhile, Rebekka Massoni arrives in America to work for handsome widower Damon Wolfe, leaving all her hopes and dreams back in her beloved France. She has loved and idolized Marc Perrault since she was five years old, but he can offer only her friendship in return.
Can Rebekka forget Marc and learn to love another man? Both Damon and Samuel Bjornenburg, successful CEO of Corban International, hope to win a place in her heart, but Damon's daughter doesn't like Rebekka, and Samuel doesn't share her faith. To make matters worse, Rebekka's heart is still breaking over Marc. Suddenly she must make the most important decision of her entire life. Will it be the right one?
Second is The Candle Star, a Civil War era historical, by Michelle Isenhoff.
Emily Preston has plans for her life; plans in direct oppostion to her parents' wishes. After a moment of high spirits - a tantrum her mother called it - she is shipped off to stay with her Uncle Isaac. But his Detroit hotel is nothing like the beautiful plantation she has always known.
In Detroit, Emily meets Malachi, a son of freed slaves who has grand schemes of his own. Their abrasive relationship gradually challenges many of the ideas Emily has grown up believing. But when she stumbles upon two run-aways hidden in her uncle’s barn, Emily must make up her own mind. Should she turn them in to the slave catchers staying in the hotel? Or help Malachi escort them to freedom?
Next is a short allegory of the Christian life called Rescued, written by Tracy Higley. In an adventure reminiscent of the Christian life, one girl struggles to find her way out of the dungeon, beyond the perils of the journey, to the Kingdom that awaits.
Each of the six chapters includes questions for reflection, suitable for individual use, or for discussion in a book club, Bible study or small group setting.
And last is a nonfiction by Andrew Murray, called Lord, Teach Us To Pray.