Today While Cooking…

I was battling with my mind! I was battling the fact that I had extra mouths to feed this morning…my growing nephews! It was so cute at first; you know when they were 4 and 5 years old eating only one pancake, 1 piece of bacon and 1 egg. I loved the fact that they wanted to come over my house… Auntie’s house. Mostly because they could play with their cousins. They never wanted to leave either and that is still the case! They would cry and be sad. I would threaten them with, “If you cry, you can’t come back over.” I loved it. I was baffled also because I am on them like white on rice.

When you first come in my house, you better speak to me and give me a hug!

If you open it, close it!
If you turn it on, turn it off!
If you dirty it, clean it!
If you spill it, wipe it up!
If you come in from outside, you wash your hands before you touch anything in my kitchen!
If you play outside all day, you take a bath before you sit on my couch!

They still want to come over!
I guess they see through that part and love me for what I do and provide for them.

I am, that “mean but love you to death Auntie”.
That “Will fight an eight-year old for you Auntie.”
That “Will come up to the school and get you straight Auntie.”
That “Will talk to you about anything Auntie.”
That “Will pray for and with you Auntie.”

But today!

Today, I was that “mad because you all eat too much and are killing my grocery budget Auntie!” 🤣😂

Today, I was that “I have to double my recipe to feed you hungry bears Auntie!”

2.5 cups of flour turned to 5 cups of flour!
2.5 cups of buttermilk turned to 5 cups of buttermilk!
8 eggs turned to 16 eggs!

These boys are expensive! And they now eat quadruple the amount they ate before!! Often coming back for seconds!!!

It’s not cute any more! 🤣😂

What started out as fun and enjoyable has turned into a lot more work, time, and cost.

It has you wanting to send people home prematurely because your mind is overwhelmed with how much you will have to cook over the weekend for these teenagers!

And if I don’t guard my heart and mind about the legacy being made, the love being shown, and the relationships being built, it can become drudgery.

But Galatians 6:9 came to mind, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

What have you been doing that is good but you now grow weary from doing?

What is that good thing you are doing that now is costing you more of something like time, work, or money?

What is that good thing where the devil is trying to make you see the cost instead of the reward?

Let me encourage you to focus on the reward at the end and not on how much it cost or how much time is used or how much work has to be expended.

I love these young men! They are four of my heartbeats!

Anything or ANYONE worth investing in will cost..Time. Work. Money.

In the end, if you faint not, you shall receive a reward!


…while I get these boys in here to clean the kitchen!