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Sprinkles on chocolate frosting

If you read my blog titled Sprinkles, you already know why this is special.

My sweet husband had to go to the store for parts last Saturday and asked if I wanted anything while he was there.

“I don’t know where you would get one, but it’s time I had a donut.”

His eyes twinkling, “With chocolate frosting and sprinkles.”

“Right!”

Bless him, he found a little trailer which happens to sell fresh donuts.

As I enjoyed every bit of that sweet with my tea, I praised God.

Because the donut is more than a rare dessert.

For me, it’s an opportunity to remember all the incredible ways God is good.

Especially, in my own life.

How He has loved me, provided for me, carried me, and is so faithful to me and my family.

Yes, I certainly can and do praise God regularly, not just when eating a donut.

But on that day, I wanted to do something special.

It was the end of a really trying week.

The previous one hadn’t been easy either.

And I knew the following weeks held a great deal of uncertainty.

So, in a way, I was building a monument.

In the midst of struggle and uncertainty is the most important time to remember Who God is and what He has done.

This remembering is a choice to love and trust God, because He is worthy.

And that truth is sweeter than any man made thing, including a donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 NKJV — I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.

Waiting to walk in the gift

Anne made all the desserts for the shower.

I didn’t get to try all of them and most of them were not leftover, but I enjoyed what I did eat.

But there was something much more valuable behind these sweets for me.

It was the blessing of our girl doing something she enjoys.

She has been learning more and more about cooking and baking.

It is wonderful to see her find joy in something she’s good at.

There’s a sweetness for me beyond the sugar in the recipe.

For years, I’ve been praying for our Anne to find and be able to walk in her giftings.

The Bible makes it clear, each of us is created by God and He gives different gifts.

No two are identical and He blesses all uniquely.

So, as her older sisters have found and walked in some of their giftings, I’ve been praying and waiting to see what Anne’s would be.

And it hasn’t been easy for her.

She’s so very different from both her sisters and as much as she loves and supports them in their gifts, I’ve been very aware of her desire to walk in her own.

Which is as it should be.

Our hearts should desire to walk in God’s calling.

Nope, I didn’t say occupation.

Both my life and my husband’s has taught us to see past what we think is God’s occupation for each of us.

Instead, we have learned to walk in His calling no matter where we work.

For our Anne to walk in her gifting is so much more than what job she does or does not do.

So she has been baking more.

(Jase has really enjoyed it too!)

And it has not always been easy.

She will have failures, but it’s part of how we learn.

Walking in a gift of God doesn’t mean everything is easy or always goes perfectly.

Instead it means taking steps, one after another, pausing, taking in where we have been and where God is leading, and the taking the next step.

When walking with the Lord, our lives are to be centered upon His will for our every moment.

It’s not always easy.

It can require waiting.

But the joy is sweet.

Well worth waiting for.