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Cupcakes and God's Grace

Posted by Jenny Smiley-Nava on

Hebrews 10:24-25 says "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

This verse was wonderfully illustrated by 51 beautiful women and girls in our Family Life Center on a sunny Sunday afternoon in January when we met together to learn how to decorate cupcakes from our own precious Cynthia Avery. Cynthia is the head baker at the Marriott Postal Training Center. Her patience and skill made this experience so much easier for those of us who were more than a bit challenged by trying to create flowers out of icing. Cynthia and her daughter Amanda Rhea patiently demonstrated the techniques and encouraged everyone at each table where mothers sat with their daughters and grandmothers sat with their granddaughters.

This was a truly joyful event with plenty of laughing, talking, encouraging, and licking of frosted fingers. There were plenty of mess-ups and things not going quite how we planned in our minds but isn't that how life is? We learned it was okay if we mess up as we could just scrape the knife over it and start again, with a little assistance from the expert, and isn't that like God's grace He affords us each time we think we really blew it? I brought both of my sweet, but a little reluctant, daughters to this event whom I suspect thought they were "too mature" for such things. I am so glad we did this together because I have loved how they laughed and talked about the event in the days that followed. I made special memories with my girls and 48 other sisters in Christ at this Women's Connection event.

It's important we take time out of our very busy, sometimes crazy schedules to spend time with each other as women encouraging, teaching, laughing and just enjoying one another's company because they are our sisters. Thank you so much Cynthia Avery for sharing your talents and your loving heart with all of us. Thank you Amanda Rhea for all your assistance and encouragement as well.