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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: Hide the Egg!
By Joanney Uthe
01/07/07


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“Okay, Gregory, hide the egg!” I’d discovered a way to get actual help from my preschoolers when making cookies. Hiding each ingredient meant stirring effectively until you could no longer find the egg, four, etc in the dough. The egg was never hidden by simply scrapping the top with the spoon. Yet this was no ordinary game of hide-and-go-seek. We could never again find the egg and take it out of the cookies. It was now part of the cookie dough, chemically changing it.

When I first started baking as a teenager, I made cookies once without one of the major ingredients. They came out flat, both in looks and in taste. The same is true with our Christian walk. If we neglect Bible Study, or prayer, or fellowship with other believers, our lives become flat. We do not live the type of witness that attracts our non-Christian friends and co-workers to Christ.

Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”(NIV) Just as the kids needed to work at hiding the egg in the cookie dough, we need to be intentional about hiding His Word in our hearts. James warns, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22 NIV) We cannot simply let the spoon of God’s Word touch our ears without allowing it to stir our hearts, to change our lives. We are called to let His Word penetrate our lives so much that the world cannot separate us from the Gospel of Christ.

As I look to the New Year, I ask myself how intentional have I been at hiding His Word in my heart? How well have I allowed His Word to become part of who I am? When others look at me, do they see the old, sin-nature self, or do they see the new creation that I became in Christ Jesus? (“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) It is my New Year’s Prayer and resolution that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will be disciplined in becoming more like Christ, that others will see Him when they look at me.


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cindy yarger01/11/07
I don't think that I will ever stir another egg into a receipe without thinking of hiding God's word in my heart. Well done!
Catrina Bradley 01/13/07
Great entry! I love the use of the topic in this article, and you gave a great lesson with it. Well done.
Donna Emery01/14/07
Love the title and love the very true message in this piece. This was nicely done.
Jan Ackerson 01/15/07
Very lovely devotional.

Just a suggestion--return to the cookies at the end.

This shows great potential.
Sue Stone01/15/07
good use of the twin concepts of baking and hiding. Very nice.
Myrna Noyes01/15/07
I, too, love your title and how it connects with your story and your message! My favorite part is where you encourage us to allow God's Word "to stir our hearts, to change our lives" so "that the world cannot separate us from the Gospel of Christ." I will carry with me the truth that we are to be hidden in Him as completely as the beaten egg is hidden and becomes part of the dough! Thank you for sharing! :)
Joanne Sher 01/16/07
Clever title, and a great job of melding your example with the actual lesson. I like Jan's suggestion of returning to the cookies at the end - would make a neat wrap-up. Thanks for sharing!
Edy T Johnson 01/17/07
Jesus taught in parables, so I am especially fond of devotionals that begin, as you have done here, with a story-object lesson. It makes the message so memorable, as one commenter stated, that every time we find ourselves stirring an egg into the recipe, your devotional will come to mind. You won't be "Beginners" for long. You write very well. Now, I need to go find a cooky to munch while I read, as you made my mouth water! :)
terri tiffany01/18/07
Just what I needed to read today! great devotional writing!! Hope you submit this somewhere too!
Bonnie Derksen01/25/07
Great devotional writing. I loved that you were able to draw the parallel between something so familiar as baking and something as important as memorizing scripture. In such a clear and concise way, too. Very well done.
I agree, you will not be in Beginners for long, and you should definitely source out some of the sites that are looking specifically for writing of this nature.
Thanks and blessings on your pen!
Jacquelyn Horne04/19/07
This is a wonderful devotional. Very good pov. Short and to the point.