Thankful Thursday 9-21-2023
Thankful Thursday finds gratitude in our ability to adapt. Recently, in preparation to make some cookies for a large group of people, the chocolate chips for the recipe found themselves in a warm car on a sunny day for several hours. When we went to begin making the cookies, we found a soft to mushy bag in our ownership. Luckily enough other chocolate chips were on hand plus some extra M&Ms to make the cookies.
So the question was “What do we do with the melted chocolate chips now turning into a giant chocolate bar?” Well, plan involves a bunch of crock pots and breaking that big bar back up into little pieces again to melt it all. The goal: create a chocolate fondue experience for the same large group of people to enjoy together at a meal.
Sometimes we might finds ourselves like the chocolate chips. Our plans to be a part of making something sweet, but on our way toward that plan things heat up and life melts down into what we think is a big mess! As time passes, life cools off in a new form. Pieces of this new form begin coming off sometimes intentionally and sometimes not. This breaking can hurt. And then the heat of life pumps back up and the messy melting begins again this time in the safer confines with a new intention of all that meltedness to be the coating and layer of goodness around a delicious center.
God is always working in our lives. Sometimes He is working on us and sometimes He is working situations for us. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.” So stay in close union with Jesus. Read the Bible. Listen to the Holy Spirit in your life so you can know when (daily) God is working on you needing you to adapt and where He is working on places, people, & perspectives for you.
Thankful Thursday 9-21-2023 Experience Opportunities:
All are invited to Worship both online and in person. Worship services occur at 8:00 am*, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am*. (*8:00 & 10:30 AM worship services are livestreamed on our YouTube channel: @GravelHillUMC. Subscribe & click the bell to be notified when streaming starts.) Christian Education occurs at 9:10 am. To learn more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.
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