Family Recipe

There is something I gave to my girls, nieces and nephews a number of Christmases ago.

Their nana had passed that September, and I had the opportunity to gather some of the prayers she had written in her journal for each of her grandchildren. I compiled the various handwritten copies of her words, in separate notebooks for each, with the hope that they would know they were loved, and prayed over consistently.

This notebook also contained some of Nana’s recipes. Gingersnap and chocolate chip cookies that she made, often with helpers, as well as some treats that were made for holidays and family gatherings. Some of these were also in her own handwriting. (I think there is a bigger connection when you see someone’s handwriting.)

Here is some additional text that I wrote, and placed in the front of each notebook:

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Before time began, you were written into history.

You are part of a story.

As you became part of this family, you were brought into traditions, conversations, and hearts. You have been part of many family dinners, and holiday happenings. You have been woven into the memory of others, and have made memories of your own.

You also became an answered prayer. Within this notebook are the words spoken in prayer for you between Nana and God. They are surely only a small fraction of the many conversations she had with Him about you. These conversations are here for you to read, remember, and to carry on.

Know you are loved. Know you were chosen to be part of this family. Know that you were prayed for.

Your heritage and your story have begun, but you continue to write it, breath by breath, word by word. 

Remember that words are powerful. Choose wisely.

You continue to write paragraphs, pages, and chapters as you live out each day.

What are the words you choose to write? Your story could help, teach, encourage, and strengthen others.

Seek wisdom.

Do justly.

Love mercy

Be kind.

Love.

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