Sunday, January 18, 2009

Every Good and Perfect Gift . . .

"A friend is a present you give yourself." This quote by Robert Louis Stevenson is neatly written in a journal that I kept in high school, along with several poems I wrote, a few favorite quotes and other little snippets of writing that I admired.

I now believe that Stevenson's quote is a little lacking, because I've discovered that a true friend is actually a gift from God. We've moved quite a bit through the years, and God has given me precious friends in every city that I've lived! That is something I never could have given myself.

Last week, I reconnected with a friend whom I knew about a decade ago, when we both lived in Valdosta. She found me through Facebook! This shows me that God even uses modern technology to further friendships!

Unbelievably, Karen's life journey had brought her to Albany a few years previously, and then she moved on. Thus, we discovered we had a mutual friend here! Not only that, but I learned that Karen was going to be in town over the weekend, and we made plans to meet for lunch.

The result of all this was a lovely lunch where I enjoyed fellowship with my old friend -- Karen, a new friend -- Heather, and my current good friend -- Martha! What I've found is that when you all enjoy fellowship with the same Father, you enjoy a special bond right from the start. Thus, we were able to not just have fun together, but to join our hearts in prayer over a special need shared. And, that is truly a Gift from God!!

Martha and Karen sharing a laugh

Heather and her sweet baby

Friends -- reunited

While baking some cookies this afternoon, I started thinking about how a favorite recipe is a lot like a good friend. It is comfortable, tried and true, trustworthy and faithful.

I'm going to share with you our most favorite and most trusted cookie recipe. This one always turns out well and it's probably because it came from my sister, Rebecca, who is an excellent cook. It is definitely an old friend around here, probably one we've spent a little too much time with!!!! ;)

Rebecca's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 sticks butter

1 cup peanut butter

2 cups white sugar

2 cups brown sugar

4 eggs

4 teaspoons vanilla

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 bags swirled peanut butter/milk chocolate chips (or 1 bag chocolate chips and 1 bag peanut butter chips, which is what I had on hand this time.)

Cream together butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla, beating after addition of each egg.
Add flour, salt and baking soda, mixing well. Dough will be stiff.
Stir in chocolate/peanut butter chips.
Using a medium size cookie scoop, drop onto greased baking sheets.
Bake what's left after "tasting the dough" at 350 degrees for about ten minutes, longer if you like a crunchy cookie, but we like a chewy cookie!


1 comment:

pinkcamojeep said...

Elizabeth, what a special visit, indeed. Thanks for carving out part of your busy day so that we could all get together and visit. It was SO nice to visit with you again! And, what a nice picture of Martha and me!! I'll keep you in my prayers and continue to keep in touch through our blogs. I look forward to another visit in the future. Blessings, -|<@ren

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