Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sharing Bread



And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7

Welcome to our tiny 2-acre spread. Most folks would call it a yard, but lots of things happen here to help us be as self-sustaining as possible. We grow lots of organic fruits and vegetables. We eat what we can and can what we can't. We also raise a few chickens for eggs and just for pleasure. We try to buy our meat from local farmers and anything we can't grow ourselves, from the farmers' market.

I’m sort of renaming our blog because of all the wonderful things God does for us and through us here on our two acres. This is still My Father's World but I want to share Graces from God's Two Acres. Grace is an undeserved gift. Every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above. So allow me to share the underserved gifts, the good gifts and the perfect gifts God has bestowed upon us.

Today is bread-making day. Just like the woman in Jesus' parable (Matthew 13:33), I kneaded yeast into the Prairie Gold whole wheat flour (a local store grinds the grain as it is purchased). It's not an easy task to knead bread. I fold, push, turn over and over until the dough is stretchy. I let it rest and do it all again.

 Then the dough rests until it doubles in size. Next I roll it out, pushing out all the air bubbles. I roll it up and tuck in the ends, then gently place each loaf in a greased loaf pan.


 The dough has to rise to double again before I place it in the oven to bake. Then o-o-o-h the smell of fresh bread baking!

In scripture leaven or yeast is most often associated with sin but in this particular parable I don't think that is what Jesus intended. The kingdom of heaven or kingdom of God is within us. If something happens to the church building, the church is still there. It is the people. The church started with a small group of disciples but they were commanded to take the gospel into all the world. It takes work. It takes time. It takes patience. But o-o-o-h the sweet blessings when a soul is saved, families grow in the Lord and churches grow strong working together bringing the gospel to the whole world. Jesus said pray, Thy kingdom come. May our prayers be a sweet smelling savor to the Lord for the kingdom.

Making bread is a joy and so is winning souls.

Blessings for your week,

Gail

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