Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Russell's learn to cook

    This past week I was to have the Women's Ministry Team to my house for supper. The only thing in my freezer big enough for the group was a brisket. I only had one problem I didn't know how to cook a brisket. Well, the night before Tim and I are laying in bed and I say, "Do you know how to cook a brisket?"  Tim replies, "no but I know you put tinfoil on it." The next thing I know the room is a glow.  Tim has pulled out his cell phone and googles how to cook a brisket in a crock pot. He tells me several different recipes. Each one sounded like everyone just dumped what they had in the kitchen in the pot. The next morning I got up and sliced a onion and put it on the bottom then the meat and then I just started dumping. I add salt, pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, Liquid Smoke and then I topped it off by adding a can of diet root beer.(I'm not sure why I add the root beer it just sounded right) It looked OK but Tim had said it should be covered in tinfoil so I covered the top of the pot with foil and put the lid on for ten hours. I was asked what are you going to do if it doesn't work? I informed my loving husband that is what KFC is for. The tenth hour arrived and the lid was removed to find a tender and juicy brisket. And I have to say; it tasted great!!
     This week think about the way we just throw things into the pot called our lives. You know a little family, a little entertainment, a little work, maybe a little God.  Then we hope and pray that it will all turn out for the best. If it doesn't, we keep a log of back-up plans. You know maybe a new job, new family, new morning devotional. We miss the whole point of this life if we look at it this way. We need to remember it is the process of the heat and amount of time cooked that makes the meat good.  I believe sometimes God allows us to face the heat, and at times let us simmer for a while, so we will become what He desires us to be.

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ {right up to the time of His return},developing {that good work} and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.  Philippians 1:6 

(He keeps my pot hot all the time)

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