Monday, December 9, 2013

Can Doing Mundane Things Be a Ministry? +Easy Savory Sausage Dip Recipe

Does cooking, studying or doing mundane tasks have anything to do with faith? And I'm not talking about faith to eat some of the things I've cooked, either!

You betcha it does! For the Christian—all of life matters. 

For what really is ministry?

Is it just singing in the choir or teaching a Bible study? By no means! I'm ministering right now by writing this blog to you, but I also was doing ministry when I made my sausage dip recipe this past weekend.

For what is ministry? It's doing whatever God calls you to do—when He calls you to do it—the way a Christian should do it.

Put that way, that covers everything from changing diapers to meeting with the Governor (I've done both!) God was not more interested in my meeting with the Governor than he was in my changing my little ones diapers! It's the attitude of our hearts toward Him that matters.

Ouch. Making a note to self! As I'm writing this, I'm reminding myself of this truth, too.

Scratching my husband's back is ministry. I have a bad habit of cutting it very short. I am resolving right now to not cut it so short. Better yet, I need to ask him if he'd like a back scratch before he asks me to give him one. ☺ Why do I believe the lie that something else is more important?

I love what Oswald Chambers said, and have had this on a yellow sticky note for so long that the penciled words have nearly faded off:

"Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow concerns of life are not ordained of God; 
they are as much of God as the profound."

Doing the mundane while offering it to God can be a gateway to joy.

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might..."
-Ecclesiastes 9:10

By the way, isn't it nice to have some decisions made in advance so you don't have so many decisions to make?

I have a go-to-recipe I make when I need to sign up to take an appetizer to an event. I don't have to even wonder what I'm going to make. I make Sausage Dip with Nachos, and inevitably, someone asks for the recipe every time. It's sooooooo easy, and so good! If you don't have a go-to appetizer—take mine!

It's usually the husbands that ask their wives to get the recipe once they've tasted it. I think  that's because this recipe is a savory, hearty dip at the table amongst the cupcakes and cookies! This time it was Georgia who asked for it for her Bill. Hi Georgia! )

At the beginning of December I stock up on my ingredients and get enough for about 5 batches to take places, and I usually make extra for us because my sons like to have some for a snack.

Here's what you will need:
  • 1 pound of sausage (if you live in Virginia or North Carolina, I always use Neese's Original or Extra Sage. Andrea Neese was my college roommate. Yes, she's the pretty woman you see on their commercials who works so hard at Neese's sausage which was started by her Great-Grandaddy! )
  • 1 can of Rotel Tomatoes with Chilies (I use original)
  • 1 8 oz. package of Cream Cheese

This is Andrea Neese with my daughter, Mary. ☺Hi Andrea!
Here's what you do:

Brown the sausage thoroughly in a large frying pan. Drain the grease. Push the sausage to the perimeter of the pan, and melt the cream cheese in the middle breaking it up with utensil. After it gets warm and all melted, add in the can of Rotel, complete with all its juices. Stir everything thoroughly until heated well through and the tomatoes and cheese are evenly distributed. Simmer for a few minutes and serve with nachos.

When I am taking it to an event, I often will make it the day before, then heat it in a crock pot the day of the event and take it over in a warm crock pot. Depending on the event, I can serve it out of the crock pot with the nachos in a basket beside it, or I can transfer the dip to a nicer dish.

What mundane tasks has God called you to do that you can do for His glory?

“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
-Jim Elliot, martyred for His faith at 28

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
-1 Corinthians 10:31

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  1. I so agree. All of life can be ministry, and our first mission field is at home.

    1. So well said, Dayle! I remember that great Irish missionary to India, Amy Carmichael, once had to send a large check back to the donor because she needed money for diapers for all the orphans she was ministering to, but he felt it wasn't "spiritual work!" He just didn't get it!

  2. This is a wonderful post. So many times we struggle when our ministry doesn't fit the mold, and that's just not right. There is no mold-God is far too creative for that :)

    1. Thank you, Bonnie, for taking your time to read the post, and then to leave your impression. I really appreciate it. I love how you said there is no cookie cutter pattern for ministry with God's creativity!


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