Devotions and Recipes

1 Nov 2014    Pieces and Parts; Pull Apart Pizza Bread

 

PIECES AND PARTS

 

I guide you in the way of wisdom, along straight paths. Proverbs 4:11 NIV

 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 ESV

    

     With 45 years of accumulation of “stuff”, moving is a daunting task for anyone. For me, it was  a trip down memory lane, an opportunity to give things away and most definitely an opportunity to downsize and purge contents that are no longer needed for my life season.

     Cleaning the garage with my daughter Kate was one of my most challenging parts of moving. There were items I could readily identify--fishing gear, cleaning supplies, garden equipment--but some of my late husband’s tools posed a dilemma.
     Holding up a package I asked, “What do you think this is?”  

     “I have no idea,” Kate answered as she briefly looked up and kept working. She was determined to finish that day and wasn’t about to read the label or attempt to figure out what it might belong to.

     “Well,” I said in resignation. “It’s a part to something. To what, I have no idea, but I may come across the connection as we sort through things.”

     “You’re saving it?” she questioned in exasperation.

     “Yes,” I may discover it’s something I need, when I find what it belongs to.”

     I saved it and still don’t know what it’s a part of, but it got me thinking.

     Parts of something. “Pieces and parts” as my friend Judy often says.

     We face parts and pieces daily.

     One of my friends is waiting for a house to sell. It’s been on the market for over a year and she has had one showing in the past six months. She can’t understand the delay.

     A conversation with another friend is layered with tones of disappointment and discouragement. Her unmet expectations trouble her.

     In another case, I listened to the lament of a marriage that wasn’t reconciled.

    A dear friend has moved to another state hasn’t made friends, and is lonely.

    A glance at my news feed on Facebook reveals job loss, an engagement, a new baby, serious health issues, an annoying noisy neighbor, a car accident.      

     All are parts and pieces of something bigger. Often we don’t see the big picture, only our small piece. Ourpart may appear to be random, puzzling, hurtful or even wrong, but God has a purpose in it. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”(Romans 8:28 ESV)

     We long for an answer or a solution and neither comes or it is opposite of what we desire. Yet, God is working our piece and part together for good. We see crooked paths and wrong turns. He wants us to know that part of the “good” is for us to know His presence, His love and His faithfulness no matter what.    

     Yes, I’m holding on to that “part” and my “parts”.  It’s something I need. It fits with His grand design.

 

 

 

I came across this recipe on Facebook and thought it was appropriate for our thoughts on “parts”. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks yummyand might be a fun activity with children.

 

EASY PULL APART PIZZA BREAD

http://sweetandsimpleliving.com/easy-pull-apart-pizza-bread/

Prep time:  10 minutes

Cook time:  30 minutes

Total time:  40 minutes

Serves: 8

 

  • 2 Cans of Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning or parsley flakes
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 - 8 oz package of pepperoni
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: Add a ½ teaspoon of fresh garlic or garlic powder

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Cut pizza dough into quarters

Cut the pepperoni into smaller pieces

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and toss so that the oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough.

Place in a bundt pan. (You can use a 9x13 pan if desired.)

Bake for about 30 minutes (or until the top is brown and the center is thoroughly cooked) TIP: Be sure to check it in the middle before you pull it out. If the middle is still not cooked thoroughly be sure to leave it in another 5 minutes at a time until it's done.

Flip over on to a plate while it's still hot.

Serve with a side sauce and enjoy!

 
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