You, Me, and Cookie Dough

This past weekend I had the wonderful privilege of participating in an Inner Princess conference in Centerville, Texas.

As the conference began to draw closer last week, I started to focus more on a session I was doing called You, Me, and Cookie Dough, which was about how God doesn’t make cookie cutter Christians.

I taught this same session almost a year ago at another Inner Princess, but for some reason, I felt like God was changing its direction.

As I prayed, God once again proved Himself strong by sharing with me a fun and practical analogy of how baking cookies is a lot like the process God takes us through in our own lives. Here’s a quick look at the session notes that went along with my sugar cookie making demonstration:

Mixing Up the Ingredients

Ingredients
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As you start mixing up your cookie dough, you’ll find that you need to use lots of different ingredients. God takes bits and pieces from family traits, combines them all and creates YOU. For example, you might have your father’s eyes, your mom’s love for math, or your grandmother’s red hair. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” Psalm 139:14-15

A Lump of Dough

Cookie Dough
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Now — you COULD eat the dough just like it is, but it’s not what it was designed for . . . because even after cookies are mixed, there’s still more steps. In the same way, even though we might be alive and here on earth, God’s not done with us yet. Some days, we might think that we’ll never be finished and just be doomed to being a lump of useless dough in society, but God has a special promise for us in Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Rolling Out Your Dough

Rolling Out Dough
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So now that we’ve decided to keep going with our cookie baking, instead of quitting, the next step requires some PRESSURE! In the same way, God has to mold and stretch us out too. This time of stretching and pulling is painful, but God does it to make us stronger.

Cutting Out Your Cookies

Cookie Cutters
photo credit: SarahInDisguise

So now that we’ve got the dough all rolled out, it’s time to cut it out. You know in our lives, God has to cut sin out so that we can prepared for His use. Often, this time when God corrects us and shows us sin in our lives is painful, but He only does it cause He loves us. “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Hebrews 12:5-6

Decorating Your Cookies

Decorating Cookies
photo credit: OakleyOriginals

Okay, now that we have our cookies all decorated, it’s time to have fun and decorate them!

Did you know that God decorates us too? You see, after He’s done cutting out the sin, He fills up all the empty space with beautiful things! How many of you have heard of the Fruits of the Spirit? Can anyone name a few?

God wants to add things to our lives, things that will make us beautiful. There’s nothing more beautiful than a gal who is full of Christ and His gifts, like LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, AND SELF-CONTROL.

Baking the Cookies

Cookies in the Oven
photo credit: OakleyOriginals

What’s the last step in cookie making? The OVEN! You have to turn up the heat to get the cookie to turn out just right.

Guess what — in our lives, even when we’re tempted to think that God’s almost finished, we still have to go through the fire. God never promised that the Christian life would be easy, but He did promise to stay with us through the rough times. As you go through fiery trials of life, never ever forget that God is with you.

Baked Cookies
photo credit: E. E. Piphanies

Once you come through the fires, you’ll discover that like the sprinkles, God’s fruit in your life (the Fruits of the Spirit) didn’t even melt. Job 23:10 says “But he (God) knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

As you can see from the cookies, this whole experience takes time — and it takes PATIENCE. I want to encourage each of you girls to keep your eyes on God through the trials of life and allow Him to mold and design you into the person He has called you to be.

You’ll never ever regret letting God make you into His perfect image, and we will be able to say like David in Psalm 17:15 that I shall be satisfied when I awake with THY likeness.

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