BY: MaryBeth Layhew
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John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
1 John 3:18 – Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: My name is MaryBeth Layhew, and I am a foodie. I love to cook, I love to watch shows about cooking, I love purchasing new kitchen gadgets, I adore cookbooks, and the size of my cookbook collection is embarrassing. They cover my entire home. Not only do I love to try new foods, reading about food, studying about food, more than anything I love to cook for people. I truly believe that there are not just 5 love languages (sorry, Gary Chapman), but 6, because I always say my love language is cooking for others. About a month ago, a very dear friend of mine lost a loved one and I was so excited to cook for them and prepare a meal… but then it hit me… WHY do we WAIT to show kindness to others until they are sick or suffered a loss? So I came up with the idea of writing a blog. Each week for a year, 52 entries, I will be cooking a snack/meal/dessert for someone who God has placed on my heart and I will pray for them while I prepare it and I am going to write about it! I’m super excited about it and I believe it IS a ministry. Sometimes people just need to know someone is thinking of them.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Do you have a God-given talent that you could use to bless God and others? Whatever we do for others we ultimately do for Him! Maybe you can write music, maybe you can sing, maybe you have a green thumb, maybe you like to send Hallmark cards for no reason? And let’s never ever forget the importance of prayer. When someone pops into your head pray for them and let them know! DON’T FORGET, DON’T LET THAT OPPORTUNITY GO PAST YOU! It can mean the world when someone randomly tells you they are thinking of you and praying for you. More times than not, you’ll hear back from them that God knew they needed it. A Bible story I have always loved is in Exodus 17 where as long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites would continue to win the war against the Amalekites. When his hands were so heavy his friends held his hands up, one on either side, so that his hands remained steady till sunset and they overcame the Amalekite army. What can YOU do to keep your loved ones get through their battles till their victory? Pray while you cook them a peanut butter cookie? Maybe….
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I love you. Show me how to love others as you would want me to. Bring to my attention how I can bless others; I pray that another opportunity never passes me by. Let me be a light for others. I bless your sweet name. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MaryBeth Layhew has been a citizen of Life Assembly for over 7 years. Her passions in life are Jesus, music, The Beatles, traveling (especially cruises), and movies. She also loves to spend time with her husband Josh and their daughter Ellie Kate.