Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cookies for Breakfast

"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days."  Psalm 90:14 (NIV)

A couple of weeks ago, all of my girls gathered for a traditional Christmas cookie baking day.  For hours we laughed, reminisced, quoted family favorite movies, measured, mixed, rolled, iced, sprinkled, dipped, and nibbled!  We filled canisters with white chocolate covered pretzels, Ritz bitz, and Oreos for each of our homes...and some to share.  We loaded one baking sheet after another with Toll House cookies...definitely unable to resist eating a few hot ones.  We iced sugar cookie stars, candy canes, gingerbread shaped boys and girls, in a rainbow of colors.  Mmmmm...sweet treats and sweet memories.

Ever since then, I think that I have had cookies for breakfast everyday...usually chocolate chip, occasionally sugar cookies.  They are just the perfect match for a good cup of coffee.  This is a little ironic, as I'm the mom and teacher that frequently quotes, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."   Uh, yes, I feel a little convicted.

This morning as I ate my chocolate chip cookie, as He so often does, God whispered a little something in my spiritual ear.  I was challenged to ponder how much more important...even than a good breakfast...is proper nourishment from His Word to get my day off to the right start.  We surely need to satisfy that spiritual hunger to help us be the vessels He needs for us to be each day.  And believe it or not, that's way better than chocolate chip cookies...and way better for us!!!  Psalm 119:103 reminds us, "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth."  And Proverbs 24:14 informs us that not only does His Word bring us pleasure, but it has tangible benefits, as we "Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off."  Where does wisdom come from?  It comes from the Lord...revealed in His Word.

Proverbs 2:1-10 (NIV) offers great counsel!  We read "My [daughter] if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.  For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding....For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul."

Oh, I want to get my day off to the right start...physically (mmmm, well after the cookies are finished up)...and definitely spiritually so that I'm equipped to handle whatever the day may bring.  Is your soul rumbling with hunger.  Fill it with pleasure and delight in His Word.

Lord, we yearn for satisfaction...for our hunger to be filled...physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Nourish us with Your Word...Your love...Your grace.  Help us to be mindful during this busy time of year to spend time with You...remembering that Your lavish love is the reason we celebrate.  Thank you for Jesus.

2 comments:

Jean said...

Thank you, Jesus. Fill us with your love. Satisfy our hunger with more of yourself.

Jean

WordWrangler said...

YEs and YES!!!

(and a big Amen to what Jean said, too!)