An Extraordinary God

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
–Rev 21:5, KJV 

These are exciting times that we are living in.  Our world around us seems to be changing daily.  The changes seem to affect every area of our lives.  I believe that in these times it is good to reflect on all that God has been doing in our lives.

My family became Christians when I was a young teenager.  We had a lot of growing and learning to do.  My uncle who was a pastor would drive an hour each way every week to hold Bible study in our home.

My mom would always prepare a great snack for the study.  Usually she would serve two to three types of sandwiches, dainties and coffee to a group of 25 – 30 people.  The socializing was as great as the study.

My job was to go to the store and pick up the many loaves of bread and meat.  One day the request from my mom was strange:

  1. 1 loaf of bread
  2. 1 pound of bologna. 

Aside from the fact that my mom was too proud to serve bologna to guests, even my young mind knew this would not nearly be enough.  It was less than 1/3 the usual order.

What we discovered later was that the Lord was doing something in my mother that day.  She didn’t know why but believed the Spirit had told her this is all she was to serve to her guests.  She was also told to put the rest of the money she would normally spend on the lunch into a paper bag and give it to my uncle for gas.

My mom began making the sandwiches with anxiety.  While being concerned there would never be enough food, the sandwiches kept coming and coming.  When she finished, the platter of food looked no smaller than it had in other weeks.

She said nothing as she passed the bologna around, but she cringed while she waited for the side comments criticizing her choice of meats.  Instead she was surprised at the comments of how delicious the sandwiches were.  Even more surprised and concerned when they kept asking for more and more.  It appeared the group was hungrier than usual.

Because my mom knew what had happened, she witnessed the miracle as it occurred.  The sandwich tray was drawn from the kitchen over and over.  It was served to our house full of guests but the pile of sandwiches never went down.  Besides that, my sister, my dad, and I all had left over sandwiches for lunch the next day.

When the guests were full, my mom shared with them what had just occurred.  Everyone was shocked and amazed.  We had learned that God is the same yesterday today and forever.  He makes all things new, even the multiplying of the loaves.

In her final step of obedience Mom announced that she was to also pass the paper bag around and take up a collection for my uncle’s gasoline.  We never found out how much my uncle received that night but I wondered just the same.  Was God going to perform the same miracle on that paper bag of money that he had on the sandwiches?

You may think my story is full of bologna, but I assure you I witnessed it with my own eyes.  I encourage you to share my testimony and yours while inviting others to your home for the breaking of bread.

This is an unusual article for Bonnie’s Kitchen.  Like my mom I acted out of obedience to the Holy Spirit by sharing this story.  We are told in Revelation that we will overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  We are in interesting times as the day of the Lord’s return draws even closer.  It is time we start sharing with others what an extraordinary God He is! 

Speaking of extraordinary, I tried a couple great recipes over the holidays that I’d like to share.  Enjoy!

Epicure’s Extraordinary Cheese Dip

8 oz cream cheese, softened 
1/2 cup mayo 
1/2 cup sour cream 
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 rounded tsp “Epicure 3 onion” dip mix 
1 ronded tsp “Epicure lemon dilly” dip mix
1 rounded tsp “Epicure Cheese, Chive, and Bacon” dip mix
1 round loaf of bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together except bread. Cut top off round loaf of bread. Cut out bread from inside the loaf, leaving 1″ thick walls and bottom. Spoon dip into bread bowl. Replace top on bread bowl. Loosely wrap bread with tin foil and bake in oven for 20-30 minutes. Bread removed from inside loaf and the baked top can be served with bread bowl and dip.

Visit Epicure online at: epircueselections.com

Bubble-Up Pizza

1/3 cup choped green pepper
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/3 cup pitted ripe olives, drained and sliced
1 3/4 cups pasta sauce
1 clove garlic pressed
8 oz mozzarella cheese, grated (2 cups)
2 pkg (340g each) refrigerated country biscuits

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Chop pepper and onion. Slice mushrooms and olives.  Combine vegetables and pasta sauce. Press garlic into bowl mix well.
  3. Grate mozzarella cheese.
  4. Cut each biscuit into quarters. Evenly arrange half of the biscuit pieces over bottom of pan. (bottom of pan should not be completely covered). Spread with half the sauce mixture. Sprinkle with half the cheese; repeat layers.
  5. Bake 25-28 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch. Cut into 8 pieces; serve.
Find more recipes like these in Bonnie’s Kitchen. 

2 comments for “An Extraordinary God

  1. January 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Dearest sister Bonnie,

    Not only do these recipes sound DELICIOUS! But WOW, what a testimony! And thank you so much for following the faith of your mother and doing something a bit “differently” as the Lord God led you to do regardless of whether or not it fit into your normal column re: food.

    But really, I think it did b/c your column is about how to best “feed” our bodies which God says is the temple of His Holy Spirit…and today, it wasn’t just the physical food you shared with us, but spiritual food that we all ought to be “chewing” on!

    BTW, I don’t think your story is full of bologna, but full of God’s proof that He truly is the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow. And just a little tidbit…it happened to me too when I was only 20. I had no job, no money for rent (and was already 2 months behind), no money for car payments (which I also was 2 months behind on). God told me to go to the store and buy some rice and a carton of a dozen eggs. I did and that’s what I ate for TWO weeks for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was full with every meal and no matter how much I ate, the plate never got empty until the two weeks were over and the Lord had the IRS send me a LARGE check due to their clerical error for overpaid taxes for the past two years! It was a LARGE amount that not only covered my rent, car payment but also enough to put in savings!

    Anyway, I’m so grateful for your sharing sister as God used it today to help me remember all His wondrous works! Psalm 73:28, Psalm 119:27, Psalm 145:4

    With great gratitude!
    Sunny

  2. January 29, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing that testimony. I really enjoyed hearing it again.
    I’d love to hear more people sharing how God has been performing miracles in their lives.

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