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Minis Make Things Excellent!

IMG_0264Okay, I bet you’re thinking, by the title, that this is a recipe post. It is. But there is more too it than that.

It has become clear to me that our God is in the detail business. Minis are important to Him. I’ve heard the concept disregarded and set aside most of my life, but He’s shown me in so many ways that He doesn’t do coincidence. He uses every opportunity to train and encourage His children.

Think about this last week. Did you meet someone you needed to meet? Did timing work out perfectly for you to participate in something to your best? Did you happen to see something you didn’t expect, but it impacted you or helped you serve others?

In my last week, I happened to have a first-time meeting with someone who needed to speak to me. I had the unique position to help her. Then, a few days later, I was reintroduced to someone I’d known years ago. Her spirit of joy and delight in the Lord made a huge impact on me. Finally, I happened to see a few of the children that I work with outside of our children’s choir environment. They were shocked, but excited, and it gave me the chance to get to know their parents and connect stronger with the kids.

a-snail-on-my-finger-2-1406466 (1)Little things. I can look back on a little thing like texts exchanged between my daughter and a friend of hers. She challenged him to learn more about Christ and speak to their youth minister. Not only did the young man accept Jesus as his Savior, but he shared his salvation with another friend of his who then shared it with his brother and cousin. Four new souls for Christ traced back to a simple text.

Being at the right place at the right time, and being willing to act when the Spirit urges is our response to the way God prepares the minis in our lives. Not only does God use every opportunity for our good and His glory, He—through the apostle Paul—encourages us to make the “most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15) We don’t know how long we’re here or how many opportunities we have to make a difference.

So be grateful for the details in which our Father is involved and be ready when they work out to give you opportunity to glorify Him!

Now for the recipe. Okay, not such a huge recipe—I cheat—but my cheesecake ball is a GREAT hit at all of our family gatherings. I even brought it to the launch party earlier this month for WARM MULLED KISSES.

Ingredients:

  • Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling (Told you I cheated!)
  • Nestle Chocolate Chip Minis
  • Something to use as dippers: Nilla Wafers, Teddy Grahams, or for a sweet and salty combo try Fritos

That’s it. Simple. Easy. A nice blessing for maker and receiver! Woohoo!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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