“And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.” – Luke 12:19
I have a co-worker that had a birthday recently. This co-worker knows how much I love sweets, so anytime we work together she will bring in muffins, cakes, or cookies to share. She loves to bake; however, she is on a diet and rarely will treat herself to one of her own famous concoctions.
Many people believe that, “Let them eat cake,” was a famous line from Marie Antoinette. It was in fact Marie-Therese, the wife of Louis XIV who quoted this fabulous saying.
Did you know that God also wants us to have our cake, and eat it too! Life can be so labor-some at times that we forget to put down our to do lists and simply enjoy it.
We must work to eat; however, we must also take time to enjoy what God has given us. (2 Thessalonians 3:10) Some people live to work, but God commands us to also take time to rest and enjoy the reward of our hard work. (Luke 12:19) It’s good to be healthy as well, but every now and then it’s good to treat yourself. (Proverbs 17:22)
“His lord said unto him, ‘well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew 25:21
To be successful in life man cannot live on bread alone, but by every word of God. (Matthew 4:4) His word gives us tips on how to lead a successful life, how to find joy in life, and it also gives us a list of super foods! (Deuteronomy 8:8) It’s a guidebook for life.
“A land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey;” -Deuteronomy 8:8
We must also learn to lead balanced lives, and take time out for ourselves. If we work all the time with no play or rest it can cause a lot of health problems early on. The most common regret I hear from my elders is, “I wish I didn’t work so much, and took time out for my family.” God worked for six days and rested on the seventh. Even the Lord took time out to rest and look upon his creation. (Genesis 2:2; Exodus 20:11)
Food is meant to nourish us, cause contentment, cause growth,and heal us. The word of God has the ability to do all of these things as well. God wants to transform us in every way; since he cares about every tiny detail. (Matthew 10:30)
So with that said, I will leave you with a cake recipe I found on www.allrecipes.com. There is a scripture associated with each ingredient; so you can read and meditate while you wait. Meditation is so good for the soul. (Psalm 1:2) There are different ways to make this, but this is just one that I found.
Scripture Cake Recipe:
- 1/2 cup butter (Judges 5:25)
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar (Jeremiah 6:20)
- 3 eggs (Isaiah 10:14)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (1 Kings 4:22)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder ( Luke 13:21)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (1 Kings 10:10 )
- 1 teaspoon ground mace (1 Kings 10:10)
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves (1 Kings 10:10 )
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (Leviticus 2:13)
- 1/2 cup water (Genesis 43:24)
- 1 tablespoon honey (Proverbs 24:13)
- 1 cup figs(1 Samuel 30:11)
- 1 cup raisins(1 Samuel 30:11)
- 1/2 cup almonds (Genesis 43:11)
- Blend butter, sugar, spices and salt. Beat egg yolks and add. Sift in baking powder and flour, then add water and honey.
- Put fruit and nuts through food processor and flour well. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into a 13 x 9-inch pan and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for one hour. (Some reviews say one hour is too long to bake this cake, so just keep an eye on the cake and use a knife to check the inner part of the cake to ensure it’s cooked.) Then Enjoy!