I'm a wee bit reticent to open up this dialogue but since I was the one with the brain wave to have a cooking blog titled Mennonite Girls Can Cook, I feel like a bit of explanation is warranted. Last week when I posted my new iron. . I was amused by the anonymous comment stating that I had just put the women's lib movement back forty years.
Then on top of that I have the audacity to suggest that I and others of my "religious persuasion". . .can cook. Shoot. I've had a few emails and enquiries of what MGCC really means. Yes, Lovella, what does that really mean? If it was my idea. . . the least I can do is come up with a plausible response .. .right? I thought I might take the easy way out and direct you all to the wonderful Wikepedia explanation of what a Mennonite is. . and indeed I read it through and though I'm not at all trained in theology .. the article seemed to be true. I'm not entirely sure that this source should be what I offer you but since it is widely accepted as a reliable source. . you can read the article if it interests you. According to the article our family would have attended a church that would have been within the Moderate Mennonite classification.
Still, I haven't answered your question on what is a Mennonite Girl that can Cook. . .(I"m hoping that my list of contributors on the MGCC blog won't vanish after today.) I'm not suggesting that all the contributors are Mennonite nor was it necessary that they be Mennonite in order to contribute. I will not suggest either that they will agree with what I share with you today.
When I mention on the welcome of that blog that some of the girls that started the blog were of Mennonite heritage .. that was true. There is a rich heritage of food that has come from the Mennonite Community from various parts of the world. The recipe section that bears the name of Mennonite Food could be lost if not recorded for future generations. Perhaps we won't be making those recipes fifty or one hundred years from now. . but if blogger still exists ..at least someone will know that there was a community of people that enjoyed these foods.
Mennonite Cooks were known for their ability to cook and bake using what ever they had available which was often very little. At this moment I have a pot of Summer Borscht on my stove which I am hoping will heighten my Mennonite Woman creativity. Simple ingredients like a ham bone, beet greens, and a few other common ingredients and our dinner will be ready.importance of attending church regularly with other Christians to Worship God together and to be encouraged and taught from the Bible.
What I want to say though to you is this. . .
I could have just as easily been born into another family with another church background and my salvation still would only be dependent on one thing. While I believe that there are many believers from different congregations from different churches that will spend eternity together. . .it is the common belief in Jesus who is the son of God that binds us together. It is not the founder of the Mennonite Church nor the founder of any other church that gives me assurance of faith.
My assurance comes from the Bible telling me that if I believe that Jesus is the son of God and if I believe that he died because he loved me to save me from my sins .. .and then further believe that he rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and will someday come back to get me. . and others that believe in him. Though we live in a world that seems to be out of control I believe that God loves us so much that he has provided a way for us to spend not only the short time here on earth living. . but all of eternity. I can't begin to wrap my mind around that time frame but I choose to believe what the Bible says about it.
I always love the way Billy Graham says in answer to sometimes prickly questions. . .He says. .
"The Bible says. . ." and then he goes on to quote what God says in his word. Either you know some of those scriptures off by heart or you have never heard one of them and if you do wonder about those verses. . email me. . I'd be delighted to share those parts of the Bible with you.
Now this is the thing, that even though I have admitted that I have do wrong things and have asked God to forgive me, . .. and I am absolutely certain that I will not face eternity separated from God, . . . there is still the nasty business of ongoing naughtiness on my part.
There are days when I feel that I have no business blogging on and on about my life. Who am I after all to show my best side to all of you when some might see it as a hypocritical and biased view. Truly, I do not report to you when I have been unkind or ungracious. etc.
That's it. . I've been found out. I am not perfect. Is that an resounding echo I hear coming through the valley? I can well imagine that family and friends are smirking right now and could give you a detailed list of my short comings. There are days when I feel like a fraud simply because aside from a few very kind people that actually know me. . .the commenter's in blog land are those that haven't had to deal with my real personality and thereby think I am "sweet". The people who really know me. . .read what I say. . .and except for a few, I have no idea, what they think.
As I was spending time talking to God about this post. . .I again mentioned to Him that I so desire to be more "nice" and more "kind" and more "gracious" and . . .well the list went on a bit. You might want to come back and hear my thoughts on friendship and relationships.
So who am I then?
I am a Mennonite Woman.
I am the daughter of Aron and Helen.
I am the wife of Terry and the mother to his children.
I am a grammie who loves those five little children more than I love myself.
I am a sister, an aunt, a niece a cousin and a friend.
I am a woman who enjoys gifting others with hospitality.
I am a child of the Most High. . God of the universe.
I am a believer in Jesus Christ.
If I really believe all of these things, I will with the help of God. .
strive to be consistent in all that I say and do .. .
whether it be here in my blog. . .
or in the grocery store. . .
or with my family ..
or friends ..
If I really believe all of this .. I will set aside my own selfishness,
in order that I not keep any of you from finding faith.
I cannot say that I will be this for here and that for there.
My faith and my life are indivisible.
So, there are my thoughts on being a Mennonite Woman. .
As always, I do hope you have a wonderful day my friends .. . .