"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."
For those of you who are new to Meditations of My Heart, you may not be aware that my husband, Danny, is the chief chef here at what we like to call The Orlando Cafe. It's not that I don't or can't cook - I've pitched in plenty of times - but unlike me, Danny absolutely loves to cook. It is as creative a task for him as writing is for me.
Last week, I glance over from my computer to observe Danny intently perusing his own screen. He is so absorbed in what he is viewing, it piques my curiosity.
"What are you looking at, honey?" I ask.
"Recipes," he answers.
"Recipes? But you have a whole notebook full of them," I protest. "Why do you need more?"
"Because I feel like I'm in a rut," Danny confesses. "If I don't try something new, I'm afraid my creative juices will dry up. I need some fresh inspiration. What do you say we go Oriental this week?"
"Sure, that's fine," I say, knowing that in times past, when Danny has attempted an Asian dish, it has never quite turned out in a way that met his high standards. I'm glad he's thrown down the gauntlet and is willing to strengthen his skills in this culinary zone that, thus far, has eluded him.
But the entire week? I have my doubts at first, but there's no stopping Danny. He's on a
P. F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Pan Fried Dumplings
Asian Garlic Noodles
Beef Noodle Stir Fry
And yes, every single meal in this Oriental Express is not only appealing to the eyes, but is bursting with mouth-watering flavors. Danny's determination to change things up and embrace new challenges truly pays off. It has certainly brought out the best in him!
Even in our spiritual lives, we can fall into a rut. Maybe we only read scripture from one Bible instead of trying different versions now and then. Perhaps our prayers have become a perfunctory performance instead of the priceless opportunity to converse with God. Even worse, in our busy, hectic and harried lives, have we pushed the Lord to the back burner, made Him, who should be our first focus, just an afterthought?
The season of Lent begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. This is the perfect time for us to change things up in our Christian walk as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Easter and the celebration of Jesus' glorious resurrection.
I hope you will take a hard, honest look at where you are in your faith journey. If you're feeling stale or uninspired, pray that the Holy Spirit will give you a new perspective, and lead you to challenges that will draw you closer to the Lord.
And bring out the best in you.
Do you observe the season of Lent?
Prayer: Father, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, always and everywhere. Turn our hearts to Yours so that we may worship and praise You in the way You deserve. Refresh our relationship with You and inspire us to do Your will. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.