Thursday, October 1, 2015

Jesus Loves Me, Cookies Tell Me So

  G-d has shown up in so many loving, personal ways today, from blogposts to Shepherd’s pie. 
         A caring friend called and we chatted for quite a while.   In the course of our conversation she mentioned the same Christian counselor whose name has been recommended to me recently , numerous times, in random situations, from dear friends and from people I barely know.   

 So I called.   
   I began a word document of women’s retreat information for our meeting tonight and as I was almost done, feeling a bit overwhelmed, I opened my email to find this:  

Which reminded me of two very important things.
#1 – PRAY - Have we really prayed about having this retreat?
#2 – ACT – if G-d is in it,  the speaker, facility, attendees, every detail down to the ice breakers will all fall into place whether we have 14 months or four months to plan. 

I had minor surgery last week and if you haven’t learned this life lesson let me enlighten you.  Church friends feed you well!  All weekend sitting on the sofa like a slug, my foot looking like the return of the mummy, I longed for a chocolate chip cookie but I couldn’t ask.  That would be so selfish.   So G-d asked for me, delivering them to my door in the arms of a precious friend who, let me tell you, knows how to pamper a girl!   After that another awesome friend showed up with my favorite comfort food in the whole wide world…. Shepherd’s Pie!   This is not one of my family’s favorites so I don’t make it often but today G-d knew... I needed to feel the LOVE!  

Back to the computer to open another email sent from my Heavenly Father, (ok, G-d doesn’t really have an email address but today I was starting to wonder).

Today’s email brought a request to man the book table for a well-known speaker at a women’s conference.  The funny thing is when I first received the flyer about this conference I glared at my husband and commented on the fact that I know many of these speakers personally, have attended training conferences with them in the past few years.   How come my name isn’t on here?  The reality is that there are a lot of reasons for that, the primary one being that G-d doesn’t want my name there… yet.  And today I was thrilled to be asked to come alongside one of these speakers and hold up her arms.  

How personal is your G-d?  Do you believe He cares about the little things?  I know Christians who pray for parking spots and I know others who believe G-d’s parenting style is a bit more hands off.   Either way time in the trenches has taught me that G-d is there, when I need Him and when I think I don't.

And I love that He gives me Shepherd’s pie and chocolate chip cookies!


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Linda B. said...

That was good Jane. It was like you and I were talking on the phone. It is cool that God provided for your needs as well as you wants. Looking forward to your next post, now that you have some time on your hands because you're off your feet ;)

Kathie Davis said...

I loved reading this Jane. I wish we lived closer so we could visit over a cup of coffee. Kathie Davis

Jane Rattray said...

I wish we were closer too, Kathie. I love seeing pictures of you and your family on FaceBook. You have a beautiful family and I know we could chat for hours.

Jane Rattray said...

Thank you, Linda. We'll get your blog up and running soon!