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December 3, 2011

A Nice Devotional (thanks Clyde)

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:34 am
When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing… Never made a face nor uttered a word about it!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.”
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Mom ma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides – a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”
As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults – and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that’s my prayer for you today… That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker!
We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket – keep it in your own.”
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.
“Life without God is like an un sharpened pencil – it has no point.
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Comments:
  1. This brought back a lot of memories I remember from visiting with my grand parents in the 1930′s. It is a shame we have destroyed the true family life that existed when I grew up.Comment by cb75948 — December 3, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  2. Wow! Thank you. What an incredible way to start the day. My husband of 28 years and I have learned the lesson of appreciating each others differences. It took a long time though. Now we are working on
    eating those burned biscuits everyday. I only hope the Lord will let us live long enough to get over the heartburn and learn to eat them with smiles on our faces. He’s a wonderful teacher and He has a way of
    exposing us to things that round out the rough edges, so I’m sure we will be successful as long as we stick close to Him. Thanks for the inspiration and pass the butter please.Comment by Becky Lannon — December 3, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    1. Not long after Stephen and I got married, I decided to make fried chicken and mashed potatoes (just like my momma’s). Stephen had hit the jackpot – he married a chick that could cook!!! (he thought) I battered the chicken and in a few (short) minutes of frying I had it looking a nice, golden brown. I made the mashed potatoes (those took a little longer). Stephen still tells the story… “it was the best ‘crust’ and mashed potatoes he’s ever had!” because the chicken was beyond raw! Now, 17+ years later, I do a great job making that meal. It definitely took some time to learn. He never fussed… just praised me for trying!

      Comment by cat — December 7, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

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  1. Not long after Stephen and I got married, I decided to make fried chicken and mashed potatoes (just like my momma’s). Stephen had hit the jackpot – he married a chick that could cook!!! (he thought) I battered the chicken and in a few (short) minutes of frying I had it looking a nice, golden brown. I made the mashed potatoes (those took a little longer). Stephen still tells the story… “it was the best ‘crust’ and mashed potatoes he’s ever had!” because the chicken was beyond raw! Now, 17+ years later, I do a great job making that meal. It definitely took some time to learn. He never fussed… just praised me for trying!

    Comment by cat — December 7, 2011 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  2. This brought back a lot of memories I remember from visiting with my grand parents in the 1930’s. It is a shame we have destroyed the true family life that existed when I grew up.

    Comment by cb75948 — December 3, 2011 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  3. Wow! Thank you. What an incredible way to start the day. My husband of 28 years and I have learned the lesson of appreciating each others differences. It took a long time though. Now we are working on
    eating those burned biscuits everyday. I only hope the Lord will let us live long enough to get over the heartburn and learn to eat them with smiles on our faces. He’s a wonderful teacher and He has a way of
    exposing us to things that round out the rough edges, so I’m sure we will be successful as long as we stick close to Him. Thanks for the inspiration and pass the butter please.

    Comment by Becky Lannon — December 3, 2011 @ 9:06 am | Reply


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