At just 4 1/2 months old, Joel baked his first batch of cookies. They were flourless chocolate chip peanut butter cookies – mmm, delicious! How did Joel manage this culinary task at such a young age? Well, he had a little help from his Mommy to whom he was strapped. Chewing on the spare wooden spoon was Joel’s favorite part. Mommy told Joel each ingredient as she dumped it into the bowl. Certainly this is the first of Joel’s many cooking experiences. Someday he’ll bake a batch of cookies for his Mommy all by himself, just as his older siblings do. I will be so pleased.
Seeing a child learn and discover new things each day is such a joy. I have to be intentional about teaching my baby and letting him “taste” these experiences. So it is with my faith in Jesus. I must give Joel activities that point him to Jesus, so he can “taste and see that the Lord is good.” I read Joel stories about Jesus. We say grace at meals, prayers at bedtime, and talk to God throughout the day with mini-prayers like, “Please bring Daddy home safely,” and “Thank you, Jesus, for baby Joel.” When we are outside we find flowers and butterflies that God made. One day Joel will be like his older siblings and help us say our graces and meal-time prayers. One day he will claim Jesus as his Savior. That will be more precious to me than all his cookies, of course.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Is there a child in your life to whom you can pass on your faith in Jesus? Perhaps your church Sunday School needs story readers, or your local Awana Club needs volunteers to hear children recite Bible verses. Or, your very own child or grandchild would like to hear about Jesus as you whip up a batch of cookies together.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
Joel’s Flourless Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
2 cups peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop cookie dough with a cookie scoop onto paper. Flatten each cookie with a fork, moistened in water. For extra decoration, you can press an M&M into the center of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen. Enjoy!
(Joel helped his Mommy make these for his family. He wasn’t eating solid food at the time. He would like to find a cookie recipe that incorporates rice cereal and bananas just for babies.)