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Fried pie is good...

Who doesn't like a big ol' slice of apple pie? Apple pie is delicious, filled with sugar, spices, and love. And if apple pie doesn't hit the spot, that's ok because there are thousands of different flavors and ways of cooking a pie.

Even something called a fried pie. I'd never had a fried pie until this week. On a little getaway trip, we found this little fried pie stand in Alma, Ks. This place had apple, cherry, chocolate, coconut, strawberry, and many more. Needless to say, my family was in heaven. I think we tried them all! We promised to make a special trip in the future to experience those special little pockets of joy again.

Fried pie is good!

It's easy to look at another's life and see all the good things God has done for them. So often, we see what we would consider a finished product. A person has reached retirement, achieved an educational goal, received a job promotion, or even spiritual maturity. When we compare our lives with theirs, we find ourselves coming up short.

Here's a great reminder from the Word of God:

God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won't stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.

Philippians 1:6 (CEV)

Life is like pie. It's a process. To make a pie, you've got to build the crust, roll it out, fill it, and bake it in the oven. It takes preparation and time to create something good. The same is true for us; God is working on us daily. Sometimes we feel the pressure of being rolled out, filled, or the oven's heat. But, we must remember that in those times, God is refining us to reflect the image of His Son Jesus.

It's easy to fall into the trap of looking at the lives of others and wishing we have what they have. Instead, we should take joy in the testimony of God's faithfulness in the lives of others because we know that He is working towards specific blessings in our lives too!

We should allow God to continue the good work He's started in us. He's not finished with us, and His mercy can open doors we think are shut. Our responsibility is to walk in faith, stepping confidently because He is faithful.

God's work will not be complete in us while we are on this earth; it will only be finished on the day Jesus returns for the church. That gives us hope because it means we aren't expected to live perfectly. God accepts us just as we are! He is actively working in us as we seek His face.


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