Monday, February 22, 2010

Banana Pudding

We hope this Bloom reader's story inspires you as much as it inspired us!

Dear Angie and Jessica,

I’m sure I’m no different than the many women that read this book and felt called to service. I always felt like I was doing my part relatively well. I brought cookies to church for our prison ministry, taught Sunday school, went on almost all of the teen groups outings ( much to the dismay of my 16 year old daughter) and we also sponsor a child in Indonesia. But after reading this book and another awesome book titled “The Hole In Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns the president of World Vision, I have truly felt that the Lord was using that quiet, still voice of his to push me to real service. Something more than writing a check or jumping on the church van with the teens. I searched my brain for that “talent” that I know in my heart I have but couldn’t really think of anything. Until yesterday at work I heard that a group of teens was going to have a bake sale to raise money to send to Haiti. I remembered the last time these kids had a bake sale and the fact that they had done all the baking themselves and just didn’t have much merchandise to sell. So I volunteered to bake some cupcakes to donate and several of my co-workers said they would pay a pretty price for some of my cupcakes, ( I have a pretty good reputation for my goodies I bring to work). Then it hit me, I am a pretty amazing baker, if I do say so myself. That’s my talent. Now what can I do with it. So I called the local mission and asked if it would be ok to bring dessert maybe one night a month. The director was so nice and said that would be a wonderful thing that everyone would enjoy. So I had 4 days to find a good recipe and make dessert for 125 people. So I asked God to help me find a quick, easy recipe and so I Googled “dessert recipes for crowds” and there was banana pudding. Perfect, I have a pretty awesome banana pudding recipe! So off I went to the grocery store yesterday after work with my calculator to buy enough food to make 12 batches of pudding. So this Friday night I’m going to take my pudding and help serve at our mission. And then every second Friday of the month I’ll provide the dessert for the evening meal. I’m so excited! Praise God, I knew I had a talent that I could use I just needed to wait for God to tell me what it was! (I’m a little slow like that sometimes)!

Thank you guys for helping to inspire me to get up and do something, I just pray that this will bring glory to our Lord.

Serving a Mighty God,


  1. What a beautiful story! If we were all great preachers, singers, teachers, or writers, where would be find the cupcakes? :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tammy that is awesome! I think we all struggle to know what our gift is if it isn't something like teaching, singing, drawing or playing an instrument.

    Your story inspired me to continue accept the things I think are small about myself and know that they are a gift!

  3. Awesome!! I am loving reading these stories. Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is so inspiring, Tammy! What a great idea... I might just steal it! :)
    God bless your efforts,
    Suzanne :)