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Did you know that June 4th is National Cheese Day? some_kind_of_cheese_198873

I happened to catch that newsy story on one of my favorite food/recipe blogs this morning and just HAD to make a cheesy fritata with spinach and other veggies this morning. Yummy!

Cheese is one of my favorite foods and it always reminds me of pizza. Pizza reminds me of about a zillion stories which involve making pizza with my children when they were younger and now with my grand kids, celebrating birthdays with my youth class, and cheesy recipes I used to enjoy at home when I was growing up.

While this blog isn’t really about food,  it is about stories. Food and stories just naturally go together.  We each have our personal collection of stories  of  weddings, birthdays, births, holidays and graduations which center around food. We mourn with food because it comforts us. We even worship with food afterwards: “yack and snack,” food and fellowship, pot-luck and dinner-on-the-ground. Call it whatever you like. We are food oriented;  each of those food events generates stories which remind us of people and relationships.

Even the aroma of food can trigger childhood memories or stories. When my husband is greeted by the aroma of fresh-baked bread upon entering the house, he always gets a far away look in his eyes and comments about how he used to come home from school to have a warm roll fresh from the oven on his mom’s baking days.

Who can resist popcorn when they go to see a “story” acted out on the silver screen at the movies? Or s’mores and ghost stories around the summer campfire? What about all those Bible stories connected with food? Manna in the wilderness, the little boy with five loaves and two fish, Jesus feeding his disciples on the beach after his resurrection and the Lord’s Supper? In each of my Bible novels there are scenes involving food because the cooking fire, like today’s kitchen table was the scene of family discussions, bonding and story-telling.

I hope you have a Happy National Cheese Day today! Enjoy some cheese and as you munch on it, see what stories and people come to mind. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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“I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.  And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.  Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.”        Ephesians 3:17-19 ERV

Beverly Lewis is my favorite author. Because of my Pennsylvania Mennonite roots, I feel like I  have a little in common with her and I thoroughly enjoy reading her Amish books. I guess you could call her a “book jacket” friend – all I know about her is what’s written in the back cover bios on her books.

Now, I know inspirational romance  author, Delia Latham, personally. We met a few years ago when we wrote for the same e-zine, about the time we were both publishing our first books. We exchanged books, read for each other on subsequent book projects and have conversed over the years via e-mail. I consider Delia to be a good writing friend.

But if I really need some writing  encouragement, prayer for just about anything or just a shoulder to vent or cry on, I go to my inner circle of writing friends, the Sonrise Writers. We first met six years ago while taking a writing course online. But over the years our  connection has grown as we’ve studied the Bible, and shared our hearts through  writing, critiquing and publishing together. Though I’ve never seen any of them face to face, they’ve become an intimate part of my heart.

Do you see a progression here? We all have them – levels of friendship from the people we admire to those we are intimately close to. What we have to examine  is where our relationship with Christ is on that sliding scale.

Is he someone we merely know about  from reading his bio in the Bible or hearing about him from others?

Or is he the BFF of your life?
– One whom you know intimately and can share ANYTHING with
– One whom you pray to when things are rough
– One  you worship and adore
– One who you enjoy hanging out with
– One who sees you as you really are and loves you in spite of  all the warts and wrinkles
– The most important person in your life

If he doesn’t have that BFF status, you’re missing out!
“I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.” 

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