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  • Sarah Beth Dippel



I have a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Patisserie and Baking. Most people ignore the last part and assume I'm a cook. I'm a baker. Baking requires following a recipe, a set of rules that, if not followed, will create a mess instead of a beautiful French pastry. It takes a particular type of person to have the patience and discipline to be a baker; some people are more comfortable as cooks, a little of this, a bit of that.

Recipes are guides that tell us what ingredients to put in at what stage in the process. Recipes are comforting to me. If I follow the formula, the end product will be what I expect.

When he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. John 16:13

Life is not as simple as following a recipe, but the Lord gives us a guide. The Holy Spirit is our guide to a life of truth and ultimately heavenly life with the Father. The Holy Spirit knows each ingredient of our life and when to add it.

When I was in culinary school, the chef would start each class with a demo, showing us the proper technique to apply to that day's formulas. Most of us, myself included, think we have to figure it all out for ourselves. The Lord has come before us, demoing a life of selflessness, sacrifice, love, and mercy. If we follow His example with our own lives, we will have the recipe for eternal life. When we aren't sure of the process, the Lord tells us we only have to ask the Spirit, and He will guide us and show us the next steps to take.

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