I don’t love to cook. I also don’t see myself as a good cook.
This can be a challenge
when I am asked to provide meals for people in need.
I want to, I am just nervous to.
The last time I cooked a meal for a family, I decided to do so just with LOVE, not uncertainty.
So as I cooked I just sent all the love I had for this family into the food I was preparing.
(BTW, this is not a picture of what I cooked)
When it didn’t look pretty or yummy when it was done, I put God’s love into it too. Praying a prayer over it and sending His love into it.
I made this with Love
I brought it confidently to the family and said, “I made this with love.” And I knew that was true.
Later they told me it was delicious.
I am pretty sure that was because it was infused with love, not because of my cooking skills. 😉
My friend Lani recently wrote a blog post about Obsessive Eating Vs Sacramental Eating.
There were so many things I loved about it. Here is one quote from her post.
And finally I listened. It took (and still takes) a great deal of effort, but I try not to obsess about what I’m eating. Of course God wants us to take care of our body temples. But I wasn’t taking care of my body temple. It was like the Word of Wisdom on steroids. And it was detrimental to me. I wasn’t preparing anything with “withsingleness of heart” (D&C 59:13). I prepared every meal with double-mindedness… doubt, fear, knowing I needed to eat, but afraid that what I was preparing to eat was going to hurt me. For someone else, double-mindedness might look like:
My cooking isn’t good enough. That is my double-mindedness.
Love overcame that! 🙂
I actually do have a note card on my fridge that says, “I prepare Dinner with Love.” None of my kids have commented on the food tasting better, but I do enjoy cooking just a tiny bit more now.