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Bread for the Journey

Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.  
Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered.  
It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.   
Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.   
Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 
 Love never fails!
~ 1 Corinthians 3:4-8 CEV  

One year ago, as we launched the Celebrations cookbook, Julie presented each of us (the ten MGCC 'girls') with a special handmade gift.  She embroidered ten hot-pads...each with a different scripture.  The verses were those from the list illustrated above 'Ten ways to Love'....practical, Biblical ways to show love.

My piece of artwork was...

...Answer Without Arguing.  Proverbs 17:1

Now that seems like good advice...and since it was 'the lot I drew'...I was sure there was a good message in it for me.  After all...who am I to argue?  I framed it and hung it in my office.  I have thought of those words often this past year.  Should I say something...or should I bite my tongue?  I have decided that in most cases it is better just to listen.  To try to understand rather than give my point of view.  To respond in a way that is encouraging rather than discouraging.

Answer without arguing.  It is a good way to show love!  They all are. 



  1. Wonderful! Where did she come up with the idea? I love it. Good for me, too. I love your Bread for the Journey.

  2. So true Judy - so often we feel we have to defend ourselves or prove that we are right when the right thing to do is to just listen. Good advice from the Good Book.

  3. Mine is "Trust Without Wavering". Thanks for putting them all together in this post, Judy!

  4. All of these biblical commands are great reminders for me! Thank you for sharing them:) They are especially meaningful for me today as we celebrate our wedding anniversary. Many years of marriage have passed and I still have so much room for improvement. This is so encouraging! Thank you:)

  5. A very timely reminder for me, and I need regular reminding, even though I am 58 years old! Specifically, I am thinking of adult children. Mine don't want advice, just a listening ear and encouragement in their decisions, and that is SO hard for me. Thank you for the lovely post.

  6. Good morning! Judy...I wonder if you can help. "Once upon a time" you posted about a dinner you had enjoyed in the States; it included a rhubarb sauce that had jello in the recipe. Two years ago, I canned rhubarb and added jello based on the recipe you shared. Last year, I canned rhubarb "plain" but decided I like it better with the inclusion of jello. Problem is...I can't find my notes. Could you help with this? Thanks very much!

    1. I'm guessing you are looking for this rhubarb sauce recipe... Enjoy!

    2. Thank you, Judy - I found it! Well, I'm off to the rhubarb field...and then back to my kitchen! Thanks for the quick response, and hope you have a lovely week!


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