I’m in a season where God is drawing my attention ever back to Him. Until I reached this season, I didn’t even realize that my attention had strayed from Him in the first place. After all, I choose Christian music in the car and when I work, attend church on Sunday’s and bible study midweek, start my morning with devotions and spend my days in a constant banter that I call prayer. I go through all the right motions of keeping Christ at the center like a good little follower.
Don’t get me wrong, those things are wonderful and I will continue to do them, but I was forgetting the other half of the equation of making Jesus Lord of my life. I was forgetting the LOVE THEM part…
“He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
When I was first filled with the Holy Spirit 13 years ago, the main characteristic of my walk with Jesus was that everyday there were people in my path that needed Him. Beautiful, hurting people that needed to hear the good news that He loves them, died for them and has a perfect plan for their life. I once had a woman I had never met knock on my door late at night and say, “I used to be a stripper, but I think maybe God is trying to get my attention or something..?’ Seriously, I was minding my own business and He sent her to me, because no matter how late it was or how tired or busy I was, He knew that all I wanted was what HE wanted. Those kind of divine appointments happened almost daily. Then all the sudden-or rather probably gradually, which is why I didn’t notice, the constant flow of people needing Jesus stopped. It had been years, YEARS since I had shared the gospel face to face with a stranger.
My life became about my ‘calling’ as an artist and blogger, and about growing my business ‘for the Kingdom’. Notice how many times in that statement I used the word MY.
The deception was that everything I was doing was Christ based. I wanted to reach millions with my faith based art which sounds like a worthy goal right? But in my pursuit to reach the millions that I had in mind, I had overlooked the hurting ones that God had purposely placed in my little world, the real world where I grocery shopped, ran errands, and passed the hurting everyday on the streets.
I can’t believe it took me this long to see it, and I am so grateful He finally pulled me out of my own God sized dream of reaching millions, and drew me back to His heart which is the homeless person on the local corner who will never read my blog or buy my art, but needs to hear about Jesus right here, right now today.
I’m learning that when Christ is the centerpiece of the feast of life all things fall into place around Him. But when we make our dreams, even our God given ones, the centerpiece, even after we are filled with the fruit of their goodness, we still come up empty. I’m learning anew that the only thing that matters is Jesus and reaching the lost in His name. It’s okay to have my dream for sure. I believe it’s God given and has been continually blessed by Him, but the only thing we should be actively pursuing is His Kingdom. There is nothing in the world that feels as magnificent as going to bed knowing that you heard from God and were used by Him to help someone. That is the only thing worth chasing after.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
For the Spun Maple Sugar Seckel Pears for your edible centerpiece, boil grade B pure maple syrup in a small pan over medium heat until it reaches hard crack stage at 310 degrees. Test by dropping a thread into a bowl of ice water, the maple sugar is ready when it breaks or cracks when bent. Remove from heat and place bottom of pan in ice water to stop the cooking. Let sit to cool and thicken for just a minute or so. Carefully dip dry pears in maple then set on a sheet of parchment paper to set. After pears are dipped, use a fork to make spun sugar threads over pears by dipping the fork into the maple sugar then flicking your wrist back and forth very quickly while maple sugar threads onto pears, refilling your fork as needed. For something extra special, I sprinkled mine with some hickory smoked sea salt-OMY. (Oh my YUM.) Let harden completely and then store at room temp in an airtight container. Best served the day they are made.
To make my Frosted Seckel Pears, whip 1 egg white with a fork until soft peaks form. Using a paint or pastry brush, paint a thin coating of the whipped egg white onto as much of the pear as you want frosted. While wet, coat in fine, standard or coarse sugar. I used William Sonoma Coarse Pearl Sugar which is slightly iridescent and beautiful! Set pears on parchment to harden at room temp. Do not refrigerate. Best eaten the day made!
I used Urban Hillbilly’s Cake & Candle Pedestals and some adorable little Anthropologie plates to make my pears centerpiece worthy.
You know I love my Alphabet. No matter how many times I tell my hubby I don’t need anything he spoils me anyway. Last July for our anniversary he got me an Anthro outfit that didn’t quite fit right. I returned it and picked out these fascinating little plates instead. I like clothes and his taste is spot on, but I just can never have enough kitchen treasures, every time I find a new one to make me swoon I think of which daughter will appreciate it most when I’m gone. Lol