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Sweet!

By Lorna Seilstad — September 26, 2016

I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream!

I’m sure you’re familiar with that little saying. There are very few people who don’t have a weakness for the cold and creamy concoction.

That’s why I decided to base a new Bible class event at our church on ice cream. I wanted to call it “Tis so Sweet”, but my son said, “Mom, not catchy enough. Just say, ‘Sweet!'” So, that’s what we named it.

Our Bible class event is four weeks long and has topics like “Life Lessons from an Ice Cream Sandwich.” It’s based on

Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.”

Preparing the lessons has given me a lot of opportunities to mediate on this verse, so if you’ll stick with me for a moment, I promise to get to my¬†point. Yesterday, I brought a container of Kemp’s Pumpkin Pie ice cream. I held it up for the kids and told that I just wasn’t sure I wanted to try something new. What if it didn’t taste good?

Then I pointed out that I was familiar with the brand and I knew they made good ice cream. But did that mean for sure I’d like this ice cream. We looked at the picture on the front and admitted it sure looked good, but did that guarantee I’d like it. Finally, I read the ingredients and told them that they sure sounded delicious.

“But how can I know if it’s good?” I asked.

By then the kids were yelling, “Taste it!”

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My grand nephew Chase tasting the pumpkin ice cream.

I asked them to taste it with me and my niece passed out little cups to each child and then we all tasted it. It was really good, and most of the kids loved it.

Then, I was able to make my point. We can know all about the Lord. We can look in the Word and learn about it, but until we have a relationship with the Lord–have Him in our hearts and lives–we can’t really taste Him.

Of course, the kids don’t completely understand, but hopefully, we are planting a truth in the heart. God invites us to “taste and see” that He is good. Think about it. He wants us to have personal experiences with Him. Over and over, He wants to show us how good He is.

When we understand and experience His goodness, we can’t keep it to our selves. It’s just too exciting. A SWEET message to share about a good God and His SWEET BLESSINGS.

When have you “tasted” God’s goodness lately? What happened? Let’s encourage each other and share.

About Author

Lorna Seilstad brings history back to life using a generous dash of humor. She is the author of the Lake Manawa Summers Series and the Gregory Sisters Series. She and her husband have three children and call Iowa home. Find out more at www.lornaseilstad.com or connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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(4) Readers Comments

  1. September 26, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Love this, Lorna! I so wish I could come sit in on all the classes you teach! You have such a vivid, tangible way of making the scriptures come alive!

    • September 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you, Brenda. I love teaching and who can go wrong with ice cream?

  2. Kav
    September 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Oh, that's brilliant, Lorna, and I may steal it for a group lesson sometime. :-) Okay -- tasting God's goodness....well, I started attending a new church plant in my area in the spring. They are part of a bigger church...what I'd call a mega church, but maybe not by US standards LOL, in the suburbs. Anyway, the mega church has this Women 2 Women program Wednesday mornings Sept - May. it's multi-faith (well, Christian denominations, though anyone is welcome). We meet for Worship service first and then break into classes. Anyway -- my super duper sundae with a cherry on top bite of God's goodness is the library the church has. Over 10,000 items with a fiction section. Be. Still. My. Heart. And they take volunteers! So I'm looking into that. My little library/book loving heart is ecstatic.

  3. September 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, Kav, that is a cherry on top! Bless your book-loving heart, one again. The Bible says to "delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Well, He sure knows your heart's desire, doesn't He?

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