I really like to bake. Cheesecakes, cookies, pies, layer cakes, and ooey gooey brownies made with my secret ingredient are my specialties. Years ago, I made a to-die-for chocolate cheesecake and brought some to work (cause although I love to bake, I loved to share even more, and I couldn’t afford all of those calories!), and one of the new guys in the office had a piece. (He was totally GORGEOUS, by the way!) He said he would take it home for later, which he did. The next day he came in and I asked him how he liked it. He said, let me put it this way: if you have a clone, I’d like to meet her! O-M-GEEEE!!!! Three years later, I married that man! ❤
I still bake for him, but of course, not in the same way. We have become more educated on ingredients, so now I use organic eggs instead of regular, almond milk instead of cow’s milk, and unsweetened applesauce or pureed mangos instead of oil in his favorite banana bread recipe. Those kinds of substitutions are easy to make. Other kinds are trickier, like using agave nectar instead of sugar. If you don’t measure it right, you could ruin the whole batch. So I’m very careful about what I can and cannot exchange in my recipes, cause we want to keep the hunky hubby happy, you know!
Thoughts are kind of like that. You might be having a great day, and then something happens that seemingly ruins the rest of it. Last week, we were asked to be on a Mental Diet, and if a negative thought came into our head, we were to substitute it with a constructive thought. I struggled with it last week because I was so nervous about leading worship as the Worship Leader (not as my normal backup role) at my church, and I didn’t feel prepared and kept imagining the worse. We didn’t have a lead musician, and I’m a singer, not a musician, and we were only able to rehearse once, and it was a really rough practice since I could not communicate how I wanted the musicians to play the songs I chose. We didn’t have time to get it right, and one negative thought turned into an avalanche of negativity. Panic, panic, panic!
My Sensei (mentor) told me that God would not let me fail if I left it up to Him to guide the team. So I used the Law of Substitution and focused on the vision of my team doing a perfect worship set that would bring honor to Him and bless the congregation instead of my self-centered worried thoughts. I imagined us in perfect harmony and time for every song. I “heard” my own voice in perfect pitch and full of emotion. I “saw” the congregation lost in the worship and not focused on me at all.
I prayerfully sang my little heart out at a Women’s Conference on Saturday and 2 worship services on Sunday. My Sensei was right. God took over and so many people came up to me after each performance and said they were totally blessed by our songs. I was so humbled. The Master Key says that it is the Law which makes the Universe one grand paean of Harmony. Totally agree.