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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Welcome, Guest Blogger Author Golden Keyes Parsons!

WELL WORTH THE EFFORT
by Golden Keyes Parsons


Recipe for Coconut Cream pie
Homemade pie is my favorite dessert. You can have your cakes. Give me a homemade pie of any kind, any day. Now I’m not talking about a pie with a frozen, pre-made crust that one purchases at the grocery store, filled with instant pudding and topped with artificial whipped topping. I’m talking the genuine article—homemade flaky crust, filled with made-from-scratch filling flavored with coconut, or cocoa, or lemon, and topped with mile high meringue, or real whipped cream. Or a deep dish crust filled with fresh cut apples or peaches, sweetened with sugar and cinnamon, topped with a lattice work of crust, served hot a la mode. It took work, time, good ingredients and someone who cared enough to do it right. My mouth is watering!

When our twin grandsons were born, I stayed with my daughter for six weeks. One afternoon I declared, “I think I’ll make a chocolate pie.”

She said, “You’ll have to go to the store. I don’t have any chocolate pudding mix.”

“You don’t have to have instant pudding to make chocolate pie.”

“You don’t?”

I served a homemade chocolate for dessert that evening.

“Mom! I had forgotten how good homemade pie tasted. This is worth the effort.” My child had grown so accustomed to a shortcut, pleasant tasting substitute for chocolate pie that she had forgotten what the genuine article tasted like.

Sometimes I fear many of us may have settled for a mildly pleasant, flat tasting substitute, as our diet of faith … bland ten minute devotionals with no genuine communication with the Father. We’ve abandoned our former rich times with the Lord and settled for a more predictable, easier walk, because of the routine and busyness of daily life, and it became simply too hard, too much trouble, or took too much time.

It is hard work, and it does take time, but let’s taste of the Lord, and see that He is good. Maybe we have forgotten how good being in His presence can be. Just like that homemade pie, it’s well worth the effort!

“O taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

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Dare to take God seriously!

Golden Keyes Parsons is a popular retreat and conference speaker, author of historical novels and an ordained pastor. Her book, In The Shadow Of The Sun King, (Thomas Nelson Publishing), first in a four-book series based on her family genealogy, released Fall 2008, and was named a finalist in the ACFW’s Book of the Year Debut Author category. The book chronicles the saga of the Clavell family in 17th century France, where, as French Huguenots, they suffer persecution at the hands of Louis XIV’s Catholic government. The second book, A Prisoner Of Versailles, was a 2010 RWA Daphne inspirational romantic mystery/suspense finalist. Her latest release, Where Hearts are Free, and her other books can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or CBD.

http://www.goldenkeyesparsons.com/.

7 comments:

  1. Beautifully put, Golden. You've made me hungry for both - deeper study and homemade pie. Both are treats but one, in moderation!

    Thanks for visiting with us today!

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  2. I love spiritual parallels like this, Golden. Thanks for stopping by the Inkwell today.

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  3. I like the theme of breaking out of complacency and daring to get up close and personal with God! It carries through to other areas, like pie, as well...

    Thanks, Golden!! Your books sound amazing!

    Gina, thanks for posting!!!

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  4. Wow, you really pulled me into this one. My mouth was watering for Tippins French Silk Pie, and then you turned that into hunger for the Lord.

    Wonderful!

    I agree about some of the devotionals out there. 1 scripture and a story from the writers life. That's definitely not a strong diet of the word. I bought a cool devotional recently based on classic novels. It's great as a way to stay connected to literature, but isn't enough word on it's own.

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  5. Ooohh, that devotional does sound good, Dina. I think this year I'm going to read some of the writings of giants of the faith of the past - Madame Guyon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Fenelon, etc. They challenge me where I need to be challenged.

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  6. I have a book with Guyon, Fenelon and Molinos. I remember liking two out of three. I think Molinos was the one I didn't like.

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