Every year at our church we have a “Ladies Tea”. It is an event that everyone looks forward to. Being on the Women’s Ministry Team, it is our duty to come up with a theme for the event. This year I came up with the theme based on “Cupcakes”. I had actually found a website with ideas for Ladies Ministry, and saw the devotional “Lessons From a Cupcake” (http://www.juliabettencourt.com/dev/cupcakedev.html). I loved the idea. In fact, I loved it SO MUCH that I offered to give the devotional. I have never done this in my life!!! Now don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of things that I CAN do… I can decorate with the best of you… I can do graphics… I can stand up and be an MC… In fact, I can even go up in front of the church and do some silly skit, but never, NEVER have I given devotions – let alone volunteer to do it. However, I just felt as though God was asking me to step out of my "comfort zone" and present this devotion.
Anyway, once I started doing some study and research, I decided to go in a different direction than I originally thought. Instead of going with the “ingredients” that go into making cupcakes, I decided to go with how different types of cupcakes represent various types of Christians. I also decided that rather than standing up front and just talking through the devotion, that I wanted to present it as more of a skit, so I asked two other ladies to help me. I set up the front of our Fellowship Hall to look like a Cupcake Shop. I called my “shop” JC’s Divine Cupcakes. (See devotional below to see how I came up with the name.)
(Had to throw in a picture of my dear Mom (on the right)... can you believe she is going to be 92???)
BIG THANKS to my friends Sonja (left) and DeVonda (center) for helping with the devotions. They actually ate all the cupcakes I served them!!! LOL
If you would like to watch the devotional, I have posted it on YouTube. Keep in mind, I have never given a devotional before, so I was nervous and reading a lot of it. :-( Because of the length it is in two parts. Here are the links:
Part 1 of Devotional
Part 2 of Devotional
A CUPCAKE KIND OF WOMN - SKIT
JC’s Divine Cupcakes
- "JC" stands for "Jesus Christ"
- Divine? Well “Webster’s Dictionary” says that there are 2 meanings for “Divine”. One is relating to, or proceeding directly from God… the other is Supremely good or “SUPERB”
- My cupcakes are inspired by the Bible and Jesus Christ, plus they are REALLY GOOD, thus JC’s Divine Cupcakes!
- Did you know that we can learn a lot of different lessons from cupcakes?
- Realize that you are a New Creation and need to live for Christ - The Bible says "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- You need to Spend time with God – Pray, read the bible– 1 Peter 2:1
- As newborn babies, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
- One of the most important things we need to do is to spend time with other Christians – Go to church – Beyond the fact that the children of God are commanded to assemble together, there are so many benefits to faithful attendance:
- We learn more of the word of God
- We can be encouraged and encourage in return
- We can blend our voices together in song to praise God
- Finally, when you become a Christian you need to share your faith Mat.5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world...cannot be hid...let (it) shine before men Acts 18:9b Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace
- Rom.1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ Eph.6:18-20 (Pray)...that I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak
So the lesson from this cupcake is that we need to grow in our walk with the Lord.
- They love to Show Off their Knowledge. Do you know that it is possible to attend Sunday school or a Bible study not only to learn, but to show off the knowledge you already have? Have you ever noticed that some people monopolize the discussion and few others are able to participate?
- There are some who are quick to step in and correct the "errors" others make in their interpretation and application of the Scriptures.
- And there are others that all they do is talk about all the “great things” they do… I do this, I do that. They talk more about themselves than the Lord. These are examples of people who are "puffed up".
- Are you Puffing Up or Building Up? The phrase, "puffs up" in 1 Corinthians 8:2 means that it makes one arrogant. In contrast, the word "edifies" means to build up. Think about how you participate in Bible studies. Does your behavior display your arrogance, or does it rather indicate a heart that seeks to build up and encourage others? For example, let’s say that you were having a ladies tea or something… you need to let them know what a great job they have done and thank them. That would be “building them up”.
- Finally, Be Humble in Pursuit of Knowledge. It would be good to remember the words of Paul, "if anyone thinks he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know." This verse makes it clear that we should always be humble in our pursuit of knowledge, with the realization that regardless of how much we learn, the treasures found in Scripture are so vast, we will never be able to do more than scratch the surface of the unfathomable riches of the Word of God.
The lesson from this cupcake? Are you going to be a puffed up Christian, or are you going to build up others?
- It’s easy to condemn ourselves for all we’re not and to feel inferior and less than worthy--the devil works hard to make sure we feel all that and more. It’s easy to develop lofty ideals of what a Christian is supposed to be. But the simple truth is there are no factory-made Christians. Not made by God.
- No, He’s a hands-on, very individual-oriented, God. Before we were even born, He fashioned us. He gave us strengths and weaknesses, dreams and desires and skills and the potential for skills that would ensure our ability to accomplish and achieve our purpose. He invested, took special care to blend our physical and emotional and spiritual selves so that we were both unique and universal. In other words, he made each of us using the human being mold and then broke the mold and hand-worked us infusing us with our unique qualities. We’re a work of art that is not replicated. His work of art. We’re His: So whatever measuring stick you use (either for or against yourself), it’s important to remember that we are not factory-made copies, not reprints or knock-offs, but certified original works of art. No two of us are exactly the same, and we all have little imperfections that make us unique.
- We might wonder what He was doing, stinting us on patience or making us short or heavy or whatever, but He knew exactly what He was doing. And we know His motives--while we might not understand them or even grasp them--are always, without fail, for our greater good.
- We are imperfect. Flawed to the core. But we are justified. By blood, by the Cross, by Grace.
This lesson? Remember, you are God’s handy work!
- Hypocrite: "A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. (Proverbs 26:24)
- How many times have we heard about hypocrites in the church? How many times has it kept unbelievers from entering the doors of a church? How many times have people LEFT a church, or even abandoned their faith because of hypocrites?
- Having but a form of godliness. 2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
- Seeking only outward purity. Luke 11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of deceipt and wickedness.
- Professing but not practising. Ezekiel 33:31-32 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth evil.
- Using but lip-worship. Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me.
- God knows and detects. Matthew 23:27-28 (NIV)27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
THOUGHT: What about you? Do you leave a dirty taste in the mouth of others? Do you try to “look” like one thing on the outside, but yet inside you are hardened to the image that you are actually portraying? If we don't live our lives like Christians, how can the world ever tell the difference between us and those that don't know Christ?
Services the elderly can provide:
- Taking time to fellowship with shut-ins
- Baking or cooking for others
- Mentoring the younger women
- Communication (letters/Phone Calls etc)
- Whatever your mind and body allows - Just do it.
Prayer Luke 2: 37 37and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
- 1 Samuel 16:7b The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
- Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (NIV)
- 1 Peter 3:3-4 “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” (NKJV)
THOUGHT: How about you? Do you have a heart for God? Do you have any surprise fillings that you are hiding? Are you using the talents and gifts that God has blessed you with? ? Are you bearing that fruit that we are to show in our Christian lives? As Christians, we are expected to be sweet too. Sweetness shouldn't be something we are lacking in. We are to show Christ's love to the world and we do that by how we act and what we say. Words and actions should be sweet and further the cause of Christ.
- Are you going to be a “baby cupcake” for the rest of your life, or are you going to grow in your walk with the Lord?
- Are you going to be a “puffed up cupcake” that knows everything, or are you going to be humble in your pursuit of knowledge?
- Are you going to be a “factory-made” cupcake, or are you going to realize that you are a work of art that is not replicated?
- Are you going to be “a cupcake that is beautiful on the outside”, but a hypocrite on the inside?
- Are you going to be an “old, smashed up cupcake”, ready to be pushed to the back of the shelf, or will you let God continue to use you for His purpose?
- Or are you going to be just “a plain cupcake” – nothing fancy on the outside, but with a heart for God on the inside?
- And finally, are you willing to be part of a bigger effort – to pool your talents with others to form something bigger and better – all for the glory of God?
Just what kind of cupcake do you want to be???