Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sweet Treats!

Our daughter, Lily, has a dream of one day owning her own cake shop. Lately, she has discovered cookbooks and she loves reading recipes for different sweet treats. Yesterday afternoon, as we walked through a home improvement store searching for yard supplies, Lily found a Better Homes and Gardens magazine filled exclusively with cupcake recipes. With a longing gaze, she begged, "Please, please, please Mommy. Can I have this recipe book?" How could I turn her down? She skipped out of the store and spent a great part of the rest of the afternoon looking at pictures and reading about beautiful cupcake creations.

Today, after church, she and I made lemondrop cupcakes from her new magazine. Topped with crushed Lemonhead candies and sugar coated lemon slices, they are just the right amount of sweet in a moist lemon flavored cake. And since the cupcakes were made totally from scratch, with lots of love, they are as tasty as they are beautiful.

Our words are suppose to be sweet like Lily's cupcakes. The Bible tells us "gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones". (Proverbs 16:24 NIV) It's a challenge for us all as we encourage our spouses, inspire our children, and engage the world around us. Today, let your words be sweet. Considerate. Loving. Tender. Thoughtful.

For in doing so, you make the world a sweeter place. One gentle conversation at a time.

Reflection: How can your words be a sweet treat today?

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