If you have been following this blog for some time now, you know I love to cook and love to discover and share the bond between my food and the Bible. If you are new here, I usually refer to the kitchen (it doesn’t even have to be mine) as ‘my happy place’. I love to create delicious food for family, friends, and clients. For the past three years, I have been praying continually (1Thessalonians 5:17) for God to answer the question of how should I merge my love of cooking and my faith together for His glory? I would ask friends, “How do you know when an idea is from God?” Almost every time, the answer was “You just know because it moves you in a way you haven’t experienced before.” There were a couple of ideas along the way, but nothing that ‘felt right’.
Fast forward to this past February, I was awakened in the middle of the night with the answer to my prayer. “Write a book about food and fasting.” I knew it was the Holy Spirit calling me to action. There I was in the dark of night, hearing my friends saying, “You just know it”, let me tell you that is true. This was it, God had opened the door, I just needed to walk through it.
After several months of reading, writing, editing, designing, and testing recipes, Faith & Fasting: Scripture & Plant-Based Recipes to Nourish Your Body & Soul is available for purchase through Amazon!
Here are a couple of things I learned along the way:
Trust in God…He is faithful and will answer prayers on His time if it is His will (Matthew 6:9-10 & Matthew 26:39).
Walk through the door God has opened…For years, I felt like I was standing in the hallway not knowing where God wanted me. It wasn’t until I trusted in Him and walked through the door God opened was when the hard work really began (Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Corinthians 7:17; Philippians 3:12-14).
Don’t stop praying…Once I walked through the door, my prayers didn’t stop. My prayers did change as I asked for God’s blessings over my work every time I sat down to learn and create (Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2).
Know the enemy will attack your work…There were several times throughout writing I needed to call on my prayer warriors because the enemy was hitting me hard. The lies would come in the form of impostor thoughts, comparison to others, or just distractions from the work, I leaned on my family and friends to help me fight the battles. I was reminded each time, that I was doing Godly work and the enemy was trying to prevent me from doing it (Ephesians 6:10-18; Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 27:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Allow the Holy Spirit to work…When I would sit down in front of my computer and try to take control of the words, images, recipes, etc. I would hit a wall and stare at a blank screen. However, when I opened my heart and mind and allowed the Holy Spirit to guide me, the ideas and words flowed (Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 12:2; John 14:26; Galatians 5:25).
Be ready…Recently, I have been studying and praying the prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-11), asking God for blessings, bounty, discernment, and protection. I pray God will continue to answer these prayers through this book and the work I continue to do in His name and for His glory.
There are plenty of other lessons I learned throughout this book, but I want you to remember to never stop praying because you never know when or how God will answer you. I hope (and pray) you enjoy this book and it is a reflection of the blessings and love I poured into it.