"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Now that the book is out and being read near and far, the questions are beginning to be asked.
At our book launch party at House of James we entertained questions from the crowd of about the making of the book and our blog.
Someone wanted to know what our biggest challenge was.
Essentially ...how could ten women agree on how to do a cookbook?
As the spokesperson for this group of girls I had to really think about what our biggest challenge really was.
Was it picking the recipes?
Who's bun recipe should we include or who's borscht recipe would be included?
Was our challenge being in harmony one with another?
Did we squabble behind the scenes?
Was there an underlying note of discontent that we kept out of the public arena?
I can say with a smile and a thankful heart that we were blessed by the Lord with unity.
He alone began this work among us and he alone knew from the first post that we would have opportunities to share something worthwhile with our readers and then also with those that are needy.
It was God who gave us a spirit of unity and he gave each girl a heart of graciousness.
It is not that I led so perfectly and at times I did need to ask them to bear with my weaknesses.
They are a wonderful group of girls and God has given me the desire of my heart.
We are ten "sisters" who stand shoulder to shoulder.
We share a common passion of sharing our family recipes, encouraging hospitality and a common goal of making a difference in the lives of those who are hungry.
How does this happen? How is it possible for ten women to set aside their own individual rights with joy?
Besides chatting online everyday, we are bound together by praying for one another, bearing each others burdens and also sharing each others joys.
One of the most special times we had together was when we asked God's blessing on our meal at our Celebration Dinner with our husbands.
Charlotte prayed in both high German and Low German. ..both languages most of us heard in our homes.
Ellen then prayed in Russian . . .the mother tongue of the land our ancestors all came through.
We then stood and sang the Doxology in four part harmony.
It was a beautiful time of giving God praise for what He has done.
God has blessed our friendship and we are so thankful that we can honestly say the biggest challenge was finding enough calendar days to be all together.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!