Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Taste Test--"O taste and see that the Lord is good...."

Cammie and Marcus presenting me with a birthday cake.

         Every good cook knows that in order to produce delicious food, you have to taste the food as you prepare it.  Every fine chef will tell you this is a cardinal rule. And again, when the dish has been served, the taste test is the moment of truth.  I enjoy preparing meals for my family to enjoy.
Yet often I’ve had to coax a picky eater to “taste” a new dish.  “You can’t say you don’t like it if you haven’t tasted it,” I say.  This Scripture, like an excellent cook, urges you to taste.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good. . . .”  Taste--I could coax you, as I’ve coaxed my children.  Taste--I could challenge you.  Taste—I will attest to His goodness. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”  This Scripture is a challenge with a promise.  If you give the Lord a try, you will experience His goodness, leading you to trust in Him, resulting in blessings for you. Haven’t we all enjoyed the savory delight of a delicious morsel of food?  The goodness of the Lord can not be compared.
When I made the decision in 1977 to make Jesus the Lord of my life, I tasted. Every day I read a little devotional booklet called OurDaily Bread.  Its simple format consisted of a few verses of scripture, followed by a prayer.  I was faithful to this daily exercise to honor my new commitment to make God a part of my life.  I tasted a little each day, not knowing exactly what to expect.  Soon I wanted to know more about God and Jesus Christ; I started reading and praying more.  I became hungry for His Word, the Bread of Life. It’s made all the difference in my life.  I offer you this challenge—taste and see.  I believe that you, too, will attest to the goodness and the blessings of the Lord.
Southern Living Fudge Pecan Ripple Layer Cake--Yep! I made it.

18 comments:

  1. Bake a cake like that and I can guarantee you I'll come to see you!

    But isn't that what God does for us, too? Doesn't He prepare the most delicious feasts for us ... if we will but come into His presence, we can "taste and see that the Lord is good"!

    Thank you for reminding me of this on this fine Wednesday morning.

    Love you, Rose!
    Eva Marie Everson
    www.EvaMarieEversonsSouthernVoice.blogspot.com
    www.EvaMarieEversonAuthor.com

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    1. You know it will be my pleasure to bake you a cake. I am looking forward to it.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  2. I love it, Rose! My only suggestion would be to use an easier-to-read font.

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    1. Thank you. I've changed the font and it's better now. I'm sorry it took me so long to figure out how to change it. The learning curve you know.

      I have to add here that I remember it was you, dear friend, who talked to me in January 1977 about Jesus. Yes, I already knew Him. Why I baptized at eleven! But, He wasn't Lord of my life. We prayed together and I began a closer walk with Him. Thank you for your testimony and your willingness to share from your heart.

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  3. Sweet both the story and picture of the kids and well the cake too!! =))

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    1. Please come back and visit us again.

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  4. Thank you for the encouraging words. I love the way you applied that scripture. A taste everyday does indeed create a hunger for God and the flavor develops into an incredible experience.

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  5. This is very nice Rose, and what a way to start a new blog but to write something so encouraging. Ummmm, yes, I can taste God's goodness. :)

    Keep it up.

    Blessings

    Renee-Ann <><
    www.reneeann.wordpress.com

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  6. Enjoyed your blog, Rose, so very warm and inviting! Especially loved that you reminded me to take my eyes for a moment away from that luscious chocolate cake and to put them on the One who came up with the idea of the cocoa bean in the first place! :0)

    Blessings to you on your new blogging journey and on those of us who will benefit from what you share!

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  7. What a lovely blog, mom! You've done a wonderful job. I am proud of you and anticipate fantastic things for this new endeavor!! : )

    And, by the way, I think it is about time that you baked another one of those cakes .. : )

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  8. Hello Rose! What a beautiful blog! I loved your analogy of "Come and taste--to see that the Lord is good!" The more we taste of His love and mercy and grace, the more we want of Him. God's Word is sweeter than honey, and nourishment to our souls! Rose, it was a blessing to meet you at Wheaton, and I felt as though we had known each other for a very long time. That's because we are forever sisters in Christ. May God pour out His love to the world through your writing! Blessings, Kathleen from Oregon

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  9. I want a piece of that cake! I am excited about this new place! Thank you for reminding me to taste and see. It occurs to me that the same is true for the picky eater...you know the one who is convinced that they won't like it before they try it, and so they don't. Some people just won't be convinced. I guess that's where the Holy Spirit comes in! This is a great beginning Rose!

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  10. I always love hearing things from the Word, thanks for a good bite!

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  11. Bonjour Rose, I remember my grandmother's Our Daily Bread book. She sent me the page for Dec 22nd (my birthday). I enjoyed reading about your growing hunger for the word. IT is the perfect reminder to work on my own appetite! Bonne continuation - keep up the good work.

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  12. HELLO ROSE,

    I am very excited to follow along on your new path - you are actually doing what I have not yet found the courage to step out and honor our wondrous Father and our precious Jesus with a blog. I am so happy that you have come into my life to show me the way. I think it is a miracle that Kristi and I are here at the very beginning of your journey.

    XOXO

    JULES

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  13. You are so kind, Jules. Thank you for your encouraging words. I hope you and Kristi will be a part of this. I have so enjoyed following Kristin's adventures from the start, and I've already met you on her blog. Enchante! Bien sur. God's blessings to you and yours today. All for His glory.

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  14. The "Taste and See" idea is very helpful. God is so gentle! We don't have to understand God's whole big picture before we can have fellowship with him. He will feed us as much as we're ready to receive, even if we begin with only a crumb at a time.

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