Restoring the details

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“Oh, no. Now what?” I mumble to myself, my arm tiring from creaming together the ingredients that I thought were right. Except glancing at the recipe on my Ipad screen, I see I was to add in 1 cup of coconut sugar, not the 1 cup of coconut flour I was trying to blend. Worse yet, reading further, the recipe only calls for 1/3 cup coconut flour.

Interrupting the expletives piercing my thoughts, I come up with the only solution that may redeem these gluten-free snacks I am making for my daughter’s family.

Triple all the ingredients. And hope for the best.

As I search my pantry, praying I have enough of the necessary ingredients times three, I chastise myself for not reading the recipe closer in the first place. See, it is not the first time I’ve made these treats. So I guess I figured I already knew how.

So didn’t pay attention to the details.

And messed up.

I think about Jesus, how He always was in the moment, and paying attention. There was the time when He healed the bleeding woman. Although swarmed by the crowd, touched by many, He was still so present, knowing someone had been healed by faith in Him.

 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you. But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Luke 8:45-46

And the woman? She must have been paying attention to the current events to know of this man, Jesus, coming through town, healing and performing miracles. This knowing of these details led her to be at the perfect place, and at the perfect time, to be restored.

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. Luke 43

And, I wonder, as I make balls from the dough that is not quite right, did the woman anticipate what would happen when she was healed? The bible only tells her story to when her bleeding stopped, but I can imagine that her life was restored beyond anything she could have imagined!

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The biblical meaning of the word “restoration” is to receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition. The main point is that someone or something is improved beyond measureSource

As I take a bite of a treat from the first batch of three, I can taste an unexpected sweetness within me that is beyond the raisins and brown sugar. This sweetness is simultaneously gentle and breathtaking.

And I hear the whisper: It’s a brand new day. My mercy is new every morning. 

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. Peter 5:10 The Message

May you rest in this brand new day with the hope and knowing that He can restore beyond measure!

And gives you all the correct ingredients to make any messes sweet again.

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Restoring the details

  1. Thanks Lynn for sharing. Your message gives such hope and eternal perspective. May the love of our Lord continue to be your source of life. ❤ -Corleen

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  2. Lynn,
    I loved reading about this baking adventure! Baking always provides opportunities to adjust and recalibrate the mess we inadvertently create, doesn’t it? I loved how you connected the woman who was healed and imagined the mess her illness had made out of her life, with so much suffering and so little hope, but an encounter with Jesus changes everything. May we encounter him in new ways this year! Happy 2017! xoxo

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    1. Hi Valerie, I like how you connected the mess of the kitchen with the mess that the woman was encountering with the illness in her life! So often I’ll write and not even realize the connections that are occurring. That is the fun part of writing for me. It’s always a bit of a surprise what God is stirring up through my words to show me! May you see Jesus’ refreshments in all moments of your day!

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  3. The Biblical meaning of restoration really captures my heart, Lynn. I will now look at this word in a new way. It puts a new depth to the woman’s healing, too. And many Bible verses and stories. I love how God makes our messes turn into sweetness. 🙂 Have a beautiful year of restoration! Love and hugs!

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  4. How lovely your words and full of truth! Thank you!! I can so identify with making a recipe that I think I know well only to discover I have made a glitch on something. Somehow it helped me to know I am not the only one! Blessings on you day!!

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  5. You know, I haven’t had that experience where I flubbed a recipe like that yet, mostly because I’m so paranoid about making it perfect (being married to a quasi-chef). Of course, there are other places in life where we all fall short, so thank goodness for a Savior and His ability to bridge the gap.

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    1. The good thing about being paranoid of making it perfect is that you pay attention to the details and do your absolute best! Thanks for dropping by Crystal. I know you have a very thriving blog that makes me smile and you have a busy writing schedule! Have a wonderful, continual prosperous 2017!

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  6. Ah… I love this SO much Lynn. First of all, I seriously JUST baked some GF recipe that I TOTALLY messed up, because of course I really didn’t pay attention to the recipe closely enough. I DID THE SAME THING! LOL

    It turned out to be a gooey mess, btw. But I still ate it and froze the other half, seeing as I couldn’t actually serve it to anyone else. I just took the rest out of the freezer the other day and I’m spoon feeding it this week… it’s pretty yummy- goop and all. 🙂

    And thank you for this message. I needed it. Oh to be present- utterly aware of where God is moving in my life and how often His presence is just what I need to be restored (I love that definition). I want to be so aware that when someone whispers “I need”- I will hear it and heed the call. Thank you, friend. This was truly inspiring.

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    1. Thanks for telling me your baking story Christine! Great to know I’m not the only one who can get ahead of self, and mess up. And I like how you have tuned into hearing the whispers of “I need” by others. That is inspiring!

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  7. Lynn, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s mucked up a familiar recipe. 😉 I’m glad you were able to redeem it.

    I haven’t heard that definition of restore before. I LOVE it. Isn’t that what God does for us? I also thought of Naaman, who was restored in the Old Testament. His skin was made to be like baby skin. Our God is amazing. When He restores us, He makes us better than before. Wow. Just Wow. Thanks for giving me this thought to ponder as I head off to bed soon.

    And, I LOVE your photos, especially the photo of the flower with the sun coming through it. Stunning!

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    1. And I shall be looking Naaman when I head off to bed soon, Jeanne! Part of restoration is moving back to a childlike faith, so I can see how Naaman’s story of his skin ‘made to be baby skin’ demonstrates the biblical meaning of restoration. Have a wonderful restful and restoring weekend!

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  8. Hi Lynn! What a champ you are to make those treats for your family! I love the effort, and I’m glad they all worked out.
    You show us all how important attention to detail is, and I know I’ve fallen short plenty on that score. How wonderful to be so quiet and joyful, that you hear the words of the Lord so clearly! God bless your journey, and may the new year be a joy and a wonder…and full of photos that show that too 🙂
    Ceil

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    1. I often blame my ‘head in the clouds’ for missing the details, but know I have the chose to choose what I’m focusing on! God does speak to us in the every day matters, if I let Him into them. Looking forward to our year and reading what God is up to with you too, Ceil!

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  9. I like this! And I can relate, totally, as I’ve botched quite a few recipes over the years. Not to mention other directions and things. But you’re right, somehow Jesus works in us to restore and renew, and I’m so grateful for that. Looking ahead to restoration and good things this year. Thanks for sharing, Lynn! 🙂

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  10. Very well written!! And I can totally relate to your little baking mistake! I have done the same many, many times!! And you are absolutely right – it’s a new day. His mercies are new each morning.

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  11. Lovely analogy! I’m hoping the gluten free treat turned out okay.

    God is in the restoration business and can take our messes and make them beautiful again and again. You have given me wonderful thoughts to ponder this evening.

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