Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Misphah and Shen. He named it Ebenezar, saying , "Thus far the Lord has helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Tuesdays: Food and the Ladies

Our Tuesday morning Bible study is amazing.
Not necessarily because of the content of the study- although it's really good and not necessarily the wonderful conversations we have. I wouldn't say it's the time in prayer or even the wonderful food we eat- no, I'd say it's a combination of all of those things; add in the Holy Spirit's presence and I'd say Tuesday mornings are the most wonderful mornings of the week.
Actually let me take that back, I am the most irritated, frustrated and upset on Tuesday mornings; seems like the spiritual battle heightens before a period of time that falls into direct obedience with God's will and instruction. Plus our group meets from 11-1 so it's more of the best mid-day day of the week :)

I will tell you that I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to do a Bible study again where we don't cook together.
Of course that works out great for me, one who likes to eat yummy food but doesn't necessarily like to cook it.

For those of you wanting to give this a try here's how it works:
First we choose a menu for the following week, it usually consists of a main dish and a dessert. We photocopy that menu and after a read over of all the ingredients we begin to divvy up the items. Someone will yell out "I'll bring the tomatoes" or "I have lots of peanut butter I'll bring that!" After everyone has spoken up and all items are taken we do one last read over to be clear, after all we are talking about some yummy stuff.

The first hour we spend cooking together. Have one person, for our group it's usually me, who takes the lead in reading and instructing the others on what steps need to be done and when. We also use this time to talk about our homework, our week in general or whatever else comes up.

The next hour we spend eating, discussing or watching our video if it's a video based study.
That's' it.

How do we get our recipes?
The first go around we did the study of Ruth by Kelly Minter and the study has recipes for each week right in it! So I think that's a great way to start.
This time around we are doing Beth Moore's Psalms of the Ascent study and so we've come up with our own recipes.

The first week I was unprepared and so I purchased all the ingredients for a simple Pampered Chef recipe from 1997. Lol!!! Yes that was right- 1997! Then this week we made a meal we missed during our Ruth study. Next week we are making a fancy mac-n-cheese with peanut butter brownies and the following... well you'll have to wait and see.

I will post links to all the recipes in the coming weeks so you can either enjoy them with your family or maybe invite a group of friends over and cook it with them.

Either way I encourage you to take the time to fellowship with friends over food- it's just plain ol' simple- fun!!


Brandi said...

Love this idea Michelle. I'm going to pass it on to my girlfriends and maybe we can put a group like this together. Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to the recipes!!

Aleatha said...

oh how I miss you ladies!!

Bev said...

Very cool, I happen to know you and the Holy Spirit are making quite an impression on one young lady in your group. I and God thank you for being obedient tour Lord.

neil said...

I think this is a very creative idea, and would love to find one that works with a working gals schedule. I am going to have to do some digging around, as this would be alot of fun!!! I so loved the meal that we made at your house a few years back with a whole bunch of ladies, that was such a fun time!!!

Kelly Bonds said...

Oops, the above comment, I must have been logged into hubbies account, it is from me :)


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