“Give thanks to God—He is good and His love never quits.” –1 Chronicles 16:34
We are currently in the middle of my favorite time of the year. I love cold weather, snow, Thanksgiving, Christmas, skiing, etc. But, by far, my most favorite part of this season is the food. I don’t think I will get tired of the Thanksgiving leftovers that are in my fridge. One of my favorite food traditions of the holiday season is to bake Christmas cookies. I love curling up on my couch, football playing in the background and cookies in the oven. I normally never need to use candles the month of December, because my house always smells like cookies.
This year, France is doing everything possible to ruin my holiday traditions. I have already overcome the no brown sugar obstacle (Thank you God for molasses), but currently France is in the middle of a butter shortage crisis. #BeurreGate has been trending on Twitter in France. All of my friends have started stockpiling butter in their freezers (freezer space in France is precious, as freezers are the size of an ice cube). The other night I went to my grocery store and there was no butter. None. Not even off-brand-salted-I-wouldn’t-serve-this-to-my-enemies-butter. Just margarine. My favorite ginger snap cookies with margarine? Ce marche pas.
As I stood in the lonely, empty aisle of my grocery store that night, staring at the shelves that were once lined with countless brands and varieties of beautiful butter, I began to reflect on #BeurreGate and instantly Young Life Forward was brought into my mind. This year Young Life launched the “Forward Initiative”. The four pillars of this movement are; Deeper in Christ, Together, Innovation and Growth (younglife.org/forward). Life in France (#BeurreGate being the example that currently hits closest to home) has forced me to be more innovative.
This Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for people who are willing to be innovative alongside me. I am so thankful for each one of you, without your prayers and support nothing I do would be possible. I am thankful for my friends who send me butter-less dessert recipes. I am thankful for my Thanksgiving celebration that was full of innovative food substitutes that made classic Thanksgiving favorites possible with French ingredients.
This time last year, I wrote about grace. I found myself needing to give so much grace for everything that France did differently. This year, I am excited to find innovative ways to live, not only in my cooking, but also in the way we share the gospel with high school and middle school students in Grenoble. THANK YOU for being a part of this innovating journey. I could not do any of this without you.
P.S. PLEASE send me your favorite butter-less recipes
P.P.S. Did you know today is Giving Tuesday? The perfect day to give to your favorite non-profits!! If you would like to make a donation to Young Life Grenoble, please let me know, it would mean the world to me!!!!!!! (You can also clink the link here!)