Egyptian Beauties and Taste Bud Tales

Turning the corner in my local supermarket I spotted them, like golden nuggets amid the everyday produce. Everyone else just passed them by, undoubtedly unknowing what greatness they were missing. I felt a tinge of pity for them, and with lightening speed grabbed a bag to fill with…

Sweet Potatoes in Ukraine
You can take the girl out of the south, but you'll never get the south out of the girl!

Sweet Potatoes!!!

A taste of home!!!

I’m telling you those Egyptian imports looked like gifts from Heaven, and I didn’t care what they would cost me.

Now I don’t know how you feel about sweet potatoes, but being a North Carolina girl, which is the top producing state for this amazing food, I hold a special place in my heart and taste buds for them.

For weeks I have been questioning Americans and Ukrainians alike for any sign of sweet potatoes here. There were rumors that they could be found, but not easily and not cheaply. Still, I have been a crazy woman scanning every produce stand I pass with hope of comforting my Southern taste buds.

And so I paid $3 USD for three sweet potatoes. The lady gave me a quizzical look when I put them on the scale but I could have cared less in that moment what she thought of me and my find.

Last night as I tackled my “to do” list after a week of being sick, I was comforted by the warmth of the oven and the aroma emitted from it as it baked my autumn goodness.

And I thought…

What if I approached seeking God and His Kingdom the way I did my pursuit of those sweet potatoes?

  • Always keeping my eyes open for any hint of His presence.
  • Talking to others about Him, fully convinced of His goodness, longing for them to also taste and see.
  • Willing to do anything, to pay any price, even if just for a few moments to be with Him.

I’m certain it would transform every aspect of my life.

“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.

Or, God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.”   Matthew 13:44-46 (MSG)





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