Cookie Exchange COOKBOOK

Last month GLOW hosted a Virtual Cookie Exchange. Doesn’t last month seem like a century ago? Maybe it’s just me.

Thanks to all of you, we received many recipes that we believe every woman needs to include in their collection. TODAY, as promised, we are delivering the first ever GLOW Cookie Exchange cookbook! Simply click the download button below from a computer, download to your desktop, print and get to baking!

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I am thinking we should make the virtual exchange an annual tradition – maybe next year we could do cakes…or breads…or favorite holiday treats…or…the possibilities are endless! What do you think?

While today’s post and short and sweet, I wanted to leave you with a nugget of truth. This past weekend I was reading in 1 Peter and I came across these verses:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:8-10 (NIV)

God tells us to LOVE people. The coming of our Savior is near and it is our duty to live out a  life reaching others for Him. Instead of living in a way that stirs up division and discord, may we instead love others, forgiving them for their wrong doings as Christ did for us.

He tells us to offer hospitality without grumbling, without a murmur. The dictionary defines hospitality as “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers”. So often, especially in the church-world, hospitality can feel like such a burden. We go from hosting one Bible study to the next and it becomes a task to check off the to-do list. Instead we should offer hospitality to others out of earnest love. Doing this task without a grumble and without regretting the expense greatly enhances its value.

Many may feel that hospitality is not their “gift.” While it is true that some may be gifted in this way more than others, God tells EVERYONE to offer hospitality. There is not a caveat offering an “out” for those who do not feel this is their calling. I believe we are all called as followers of Christ to do certain things that make us feel uncomfortable. For some, that may be offering hospitality, for others, it may be sharing the Gospel with a stranger. Sometimes, we can be good at using our uncomfortable feelings on an issue as an excuse not to do it. My solution? When I feel nervous about a certain task the Lord has called me to do, I think through all of the uncomfortable things Jesus did to save me from my sins. Then, it doesn’t seem quite so bad.

While we are commanded to be hospitable, we each also have other gifts the Lord has given us. We are commanded to use those gifts, whatever they may be, to serve others as well.

Ultimately, whatever we do, we should do it for the glory of Christ. We are called to love God and love others above all else – to be good stewards of the grace the Lord has shown on us. This should be our hearts cry.