Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho and the Rice Krispie Treats Came Tumbling Down

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I haven’t posted a Taste and See Sunday in awhile. Well, the truth is I haven’t posted much of anything lately. But as the busy season winds down for me, it’s definitely time to pick up the laptop again.

Truth is, I’m a Rice Krispie Treat lover. My friend Kathy’s husband Stan, is not. He swears they taste like cardboard, and if you just mention the words he launches into the most amusing monologue of why these gooey, chewy treats should not be part of anyone’s diet. So I let him rant, thinking all the while, “Oh well, more for me!!”

Today our preschoolers and toddlers got to share in my love for the treats while they were learning about God’s power at work in a man named Joshua. Joshua, you may know was the leader of God’s people after Moses died. He was the commander of God’s army and led them into the Promised Land. There are a few things I’ve often wondered about Joshua, mainly after the whole “Twelve men went to spy on Canaan. Ten were bad and two were good,” thing. Like, what were the next 40 years like for him? I mean, while almost everyone around him was dying off, or waiting to die off, what was doing in the waiting period? The 40 years time out was his punishment, too, and he hadn’t even done anything wrong.

I suppose he and Caleb spent their days learning from God and being prepared for the days of Promise Land taking that were to come. It seems he must have still been a little nervous when the time came to start marching, since God encouraged him at least three times in the first 9 verses of his book.

“I will be with you. Be strong and courageous.”

“Be strong and very courageous.’

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

And strong and courageous he was. The Israelites followed Joshua’s leadership and took Jericho by simply marching around the city as God directed.

Enter Rice Krispie Treats.

Today our preschoolers used Rice Krispie Treats turned Jericho walls as a visual reminder of their story. Teeny tiny pieces of goodness became the stones in the wall and as God’s people marched around them, they tumbled down first onto their plates and then into their bellies!!!

It was a super fun, super tasty reminder of God’s faithfulness to lead, deliver, provide and faithfully keep His promises to His people. Even better, there were some left over!!

Hmmmmm!! Taste and See–the Lord is good!

 

 

 

 

 

Muffin Better—Taste and See Sunday

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I spent a little time baking mini muffins last night, and not just because I love mini muffins (but I do!). But because today at church we were learning about the son who left home, spent his inheritance and wound up with the pigs before he realized he was better off at home and returned to his father. (Luke 15:11-23)

Upon his return, his father prepared a great feast to celebrate his son’s return by slaughtering the fatted calf–not an object lesson we generally encourage doing in the children’s ministry I work with!!

Of course, young children wouldn’t understand going and getting baby Bessie out of the field as a method of celebration anyway, BUT. . . they would understand cupcakes and muffins. So, our celebration included these tasty lil tidbits of God’s goodness. Bonus: They are soooo easy to make.

All you need is a yellow cake mix, melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Once they have baked, brush them with butter and dip in the cinnamon sugar mix. They are seriously melt in your mouth good. Plus. . . it only cost around $2 to make a batch, and no more than about 1/2 hour of your time. All this to help bring home the truth that God loves us and He celebrates the days when we return to Him.

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Remembering to celebrate God’s victories is a simple discipline that we sometimes overlook. Even if you aren’t teaching a lessons on Biblical feasts or celebrations, maybe the next time your family has their latest God thing to celebrate, you too, will find out there’s “muffin better” than these easy snack to help you “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

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One more time, all you need is:
**oven set to 350
**mini muffin pan and paper liners (you can make them big, they still taste good, but for some reason bigger is not necessarily better this time!)
**cake mix (with egg, water and oil or butter)
**melted butter
**cinnamon sugar
**some children to share them with

They’re delicious! Taste and See!