I'm moving to Switzerland! Do you know that Swiss eat twenty-four pounds of chocolate a year? (Over twice as much as the eleven pounds average we Americans consume) I've found a few people who don't like chocolate, but I seriously question their sanity. I also have a friend who cannot eat chocolate because of a severe allergy to it -- it makes me sad for her.
God's Word is likened to food:
Milk: Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation (1 Peter 2:2).
Honey: The laws of the Lord are true...they are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb (Psalm 19:9-10).
Bread: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
Meat: But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).
Like the milk and graham crackers I eat before bed, the honey in my granola, hot rolls straight from the oven or a juicy steak from the grill, the Word of God nourishes my soul.
When I read of:
- the story of creation, how God created the giraffe with the long neck, the bunny with the twitchy nose and the elephant with its long trunk, I rejoice in God's creativity -- knowing He also placed creativity in me. The spiritual milk of the Word allows me to dip into its uniqueness daily.
- the widow making her last cake for Elisha, resulting in a continual supply of flour and oil, I rejoice in God's provision -- knowing He will provide for me, too. The honey of the Word sweetens life for me.
- the punishment of Achan and his family for hiding the spoils of war in his tent, I rejoice in God's discipline -- knowing when I stray He will discipline me. The meat of good and evil keeps me from believing the lies of Satan.
- the Sermon on the Mount, complete with the beatitudes, I rejoice in God's instructions to me -- knowing His guidance will help me go deeper in my walk with God. The bread of God's teachings makes me hunger for more.
But where's the chocolate? Sure milk, honey, meat and bread are enjoyable. But sometimes after a meal I just need a little something else. Something decadent. Something chocolate! My mother makes a chocolate cheese cake with a raspberry sauce. My daughter, Melanie, makes peanut butter cookies studded with semi-sweet chocolate chips. As I write this, Emily is making chocolate macaroons. We stayed with a friend in Virginia a couple nights ago, and I found a bag of Russell Stover's sugar-free chocolates on my bed. Just writing about chocolate makes me crave it!
Likewise when I'm reading God's Word I crave a bit of chocolate. I crave the promises. 2 Peter 1:4 tells us, He has given us his very great and precious promises. See, God knew we need some chocolate -- chocolate promises. Someone once said, "I don't drown my problems; I suffocate them with chocolate." I like to drown mine in the promises of God.
God's promises are sprinkled throughout the Bible.
- The promise of comfort: God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
- The promise of courage: He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak (Isaiah 40:29).
- The promise of faithfulness: Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands (Deuteronomy 7:9).
- The promise of guidance:I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8).
- The promise of joy: But I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy (John 16:22).
- The promise of answered prayer: Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear (Isa.65:24).
- The promise of salvation: If we confess our sins, He is Faithful and Just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
- The promise of God's presence: And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age (Matt. 28:20).
How I wish I could list all the promises in the Bible. It's like carefully picking a chocolate out of a box. I go for the chocolate covered cherries first then something with coconut or caramel. When I pick a chocolate out of God's Word I go for the promise I need for the moment.
- When I am facing a difficult decision I choose: To the man who please Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness (Eccl.2:26).
- When life seems a bit frustrating I reach in and select:
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saiah 35: Father, I haven't been faithful to your word. You promised that in my spiritual drought waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. That my scorched land will become a pool, and (my) thirsty ground springs of water. Amen. This promise is like taking a bite of Swiss Chocolate!
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I have a friend who graciously shared some items we needed for the 2011 senior reception. Emily wanted to make her a thank-you. Carisa is an excellent kitchen queen -- and we are always willing participants in the tasting department whether it is fresh jams, melt-in-your-mouth caramels, beautifully decorated cakes or hearty soups. So when I saw this book (pictured below) 70% off at Cracker Barrel it was calling her name. Emily made the Chocolate Macaroons to gift with it.
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups ground almonds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 egg whites
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- Preheat oven to 360 degrees
- Melt chocolate
- Stir in remaining ingredients and beat for 2 minutes
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- Place tablespoons of mixture 3" apart
- Bake for 12-15 minutes
- Cool on wire rack
- Decorate by piping white chocolate on cookies
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