Baking and cooking and cleaning seem small things, easily forgotten as the world becomes more and more chaotic. We all grasp onto what we can, but often it seems like the center cannot hold. In the midst of all of the awful news and the prayers and the pleas for peace, it seems like these things at home have no meaning.
I open my Bible and find the only One who can bring peace. He is the center that remains constant, the only Light for our lives.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33
And I get up and do what I can for my family, to bring some measure of pleasure to their day.
When my husband left for a meeting, I decided that I would bake a cake and greet him with some yummy smells. This cake recipe seemed pretty easy, so I set to work in the kitchen.
Here are the minor changes I made when mixing up the cake:
- As I did not have non-stick spray, I just melted a big dab of coconut oil in the pan and spread it around. I did not bother to pour off any excess, which seemed to work just fine with this cake.
- I added chopped pecans for a crunch.
- I did not measure the topping ingredients or the melted butter. (I was generous with both.)
This made a wonderfully moist and simple cake for my husband to enjoy. And the house smelled delightful.
When all we have left are prayers and family and home and Jesus, then maybe that is when we truly find our riches. And maybe our little efforts at home still have meaning. At least I hope so.
Praying for Paris, Beirut, and so many other places…