Y’all, I am terrible at holidays.
Decorating makes me hyperventilate.
My gift-selection skills are challenged.
I can’t sing worth a hoot.
My one redeeming quality is that I can make some serious treats. Yes, ma’am.
So a few years ago I got a truffle recipe from a friend. It involves a package of Oreos, cream cheese, and melted chocolate.
Eazy-peazy, I thought.
So I slaved away in the kitchen making my confections, imagining that I would soon get a phone call that went something like this, “What, Martha? Did you say you’d like to have me in the studio tomorrow? Well, I already booked with Rachel. Maybe next year.”
Needless to say, the phone did not ring and it’s a good thing because when I got done…
Those were the ugliest truffles EVER.
Horrified, I determined in my heart that I would sneak them onto the “free food” table at work and no one would be any wiser.
Alone in my shame at my desk the next day, I heard an excited group of ladies talking outside of my area…
I don’t know who made them! We’ve been trying to find out all day!
Yes, they’re amazing. I’ve just got to get the recipe for those truffles.
Turns out my ugly truffles were a hit. I decided to out myself to the shock and delight of my coworkers.
As I sat back down at my desk, it seemed God whispered, “This isn’t just about the truffles.”
And I thought about how I do the same thing with other areas of my life…
When parts of my heart or life don’t measure up to my expectations I tend to hide them. But what if someone would be blessed by what I have to share and they miss out because I hide it?
I’m thinking most of you are Holiday Queens who are far superior to me in making all the seasons of the year bright. But maybe, just maybe, you’ve got a little bit of the “ugly truffle complex” going on somewhere in your life too.
By that I mean there’s some part of you that God has said is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139) but you’re just not quite sure about that yet.
Women seem to be pretty good at agreeing with God unless he’s talking nice about us. Can I get an ‘amen’?
Let’s put all we’ve got on the table for Him and share it with our whole hearts. I may never be hot stuff when it comes to holidays, but with God’s help I hope I can get a little better this year at living in the truth.
What do you think, girls?
* This was first posted on (in)courage. I’m on vacation this week and our series made me think of it again so I wanted to share it with you!
p.s. I know you just kept reading in the hopes of getting that recipe. So let’s all say “thank you” to my friend Jennifer for giving it to me. Her truffles turn out lovely—like the ones in the photo above—but we won’t hold that against her. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SIMPLE OREO TRUFFLES
16 oz package of Oreos
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
16 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Completely crush Oreos and place in a bowl. Add cream cheese. Mix until blended. Roll cookie mixture into 1-inch balls. Dip in chocolate and place on wax paper to cool. Decorate truffles as desired.
Refrigerate until firm, about one hour. Eat them all. Or refrigerate again.
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