Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bread for the Journey


"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."

Romans 15:5


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!!

19 comments:

  1. Your post gave me chills. I love Bread For the Journey. I use it as my Bible studies and my inspiration. I love this site because it's a good exapmle for us all to model in friendships and faith. I wish I could go to church with any of you. We are struggling with a church home and praying for direction. Please keep posting the Bread for the Journey. It feeds my soul.
    Gob bless you all and have a wonderful Sunday.

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  2. What a blessing and example your lives are to me. Thank you all.

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  3. One gets the sense that when God is in it, little things get ironed out without too many troubles. Loved reading this "behind the scenes" story. I've heard about your gathering, which simply delights me. The prayers, the music, the love that God shed over you and that you feel for Him and for each other. May God use the cookbook to extend this same love far and wide.

    (How did you choose the dark blue cover? I lose the book all the time! :D It now has a place of high honor, set above my other cookbooks with only a few companions so that I can find it easily.)

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  4. Well said Lovella..it is a wonderful journey of friendship. I always look forward to Bread for the Journey..the inspiration and encouragement offered up for my daily walk with the Lord.
    We appreciate the comments which are wonderful and encouraging.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I too have a group of friends who are like'sisters' to me! What a priviledge God has given us to be so rich in heritage and faith. May God continue to bless you richly!

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  6. Isn't it just awesome. May God's blessings continue to flow on this cookbook journey.

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  7. each Sunday is a privilege to add your post to my normal daily prayers for friends, family and a needy world, but I must add hope that we all have that God-inspired common denominator of the joy of Christ in the center of our every thought, word and action = thank you for sharing...

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  8. How beautitful you all are!!! And this post.... GREAT!!

    I'm going few (really few) days in USA next Summer, where could I buy your book??? Thanks and hugs, Flavia

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  9. Very beautifully said. I think it is awesome that you guys share such unity. I can imagine it was beautiful as you sang the Doxology. May the Lord bless you guys and keep you in HIS hands! Thanks for your recipes. I am really enjoying them.

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  10. I think it is wonderful how you all put Heavenly Father into it and the blessings poured out. I love Bread for the Journey, as well as the other daily things I find on this site. What a wonderful blessing of love and friendship you have all found!

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  11. I always read you page and I've had the happiness of discovering new recipes like "paska" here, where can I buy the book on the internet? I'd adore to have it in my hands! May Lord bless you all today and always
    Mary...

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  12. There's no words left to say except GOD BLESS ALL TEN OF YOU GIRLS. MAY GOD KEEP HIS ARMS AROUND YOU AND KEEP YOU ALL SAFE IN YOUR JOURNEY.

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  13. Amen indeed! I thank the Lord too for this is my heritage also. What a priviledge in Christ!! Katherine (after both my godly grand-mothers)

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  14. Thank you all for your kind comments today. We are so privileged to have such a supportive group of friends who read our blog daily. Thank you to each one of you. This cookbook really came about because you all take the time to read, use and comment on our blog.
    For those who want to know where to get a cookbook - please click on the cookbook image on the sidebar of this blog and you will find all the retail stores listed that carry it and online ordering information there.

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  15. So excited for all of you. I can't wait to get my copy. I love your recipes, and your blog. I love your hearts, your faith and your talent. I am stunned about the High German, Low German, Russian and four part harmony. I think you could sprinkle in some Mennonite history amongst your recipes in your next book =)

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  16. What an joy to read about the harmony you ladies share. I would love to have heard the prayers and singing, what a wonderful time it must have been.
    I got your cookbook, it is lovely - Thanks!

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  17. What a wonderful testimony! I am enjoying the book so much!

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