July 2020 – Delight In The Lord

July 2020 – Delight In The Lord

Game – Ice Cream Quiz

  • Which Italian explorer returned to Italy with a recipe that resembled sherbet and is believed by historians to be the recipe that led to ice cream?

Answer—Marco Polo. While in the Far East, Marco Polo received a recipe that resembled sherbet. He brought back this new treat to Italy. It is believed that this recipe is what evolved into ice cream.

  • How many licks does it take to finish an average ice cream cone?

Answer—50

  • We’ve all experienced that feeling when we eat too much ice cream or eat it too fast and get a brain freeze, but what causes the splitting pain?

Answers—When something cold touches the roof of your mouth on a hot day, it triggers a cold headache. The cause is a dilation of blood vessels in your head. The dilation may be caused by a nerve center located above the roof of your mouth. When this nerve center gets cold, it seems to overreact and tries to heat your brain.

  • What is the most popular topping to put on your ice cream?

Answer—Chocolate syrup

  • What is an alternative, yet traditional name, for ice cream?

Answer—Hokey Pokey. I bet you didn’t guess that one! The name hokey pokey originated from early ice cream vendors who peddled their product shouting “ecco un poco,” which translates to try a sample.

Activities

Invite the women to make ice cream in a Ziploc® freezer bag. You will need the following items:

½ cup milk (whole works best)

½ cup cream

½ tsp vanilla (artificial extract is fine)

2 tbs. honey or sugar or sugar substitute

1–quart size Ziploc® Bag

1–gallon size Ziploc® Bag

Ice cubes and salt or Ice Cream Rock Salt (4-6 TBS)

Check the Internet for directions or videos are available on YouTube®.

Refreshment

Once the women have made their ice cream in a Ziploc bag, provide toppings to add to the ice cream. Provide sugar free options of fruit and nuts so there’s something for everyone.

Ice Cream Themed Bingo

Make ice cream flavor Bingo cards. Go to www.myfreebingocards.com. This site allows you to print 30 free bingo cards and does all the work for you. Select as many ice cream flavors as will fit on the bingo card. Once you customize the cards, print and cut them out. You can use pennies or buttons to cover the spaces. The dollar store is a good place to purchase prizes.

Decorations

Check the website: www.Orientaltrading.com for ice cream themed decorations.

Delight In the Lord

Psalm 37:4 is my favorite Scripture verse in the Bible. “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire.” I have loved this verse since I was a child, long before I fully came to understand the true beauty behind it.

My dad used to take my sisters and me to a local ice cream stand called “Dairy Delight.” When I first read and attempted to understand what delighting oneself in the Lord meant, I thought that it had to do with yummy treats and endless ice cream. I thought that if I prayed hard enough Jesus would give me goodies, treats, or whatever my little heart desired at that given moment. Oh, the silly things we think of when we are children.

The word “delight” is defined as “great pleasure,” “happiness,” “joy,” “glee,” or “excitement.” Taking delight in the Lord challenges us to discover complete happiness, pleasure and our fulfillment in Him. There are so many empty things in today’s society that fool us into thinking we are full or satisfied. Only true pleasure and fulfillment can be achieved when we delight and devote ourselves to Christ.

The second part of the verse says “… And He will give you your heart’s desire.” If we aren’t careful, we can misinterpret this portion of the verse. Yes, we can find happiness and satisfaction by following Christ, but that doesn’t mean we will get everything we want or expect, and it doesn’t mean that we will be happy all the time. The journey with Christ, though rewarding, is not always easy.

Your heart’s desire might be to get a new car or the newest or latest “fill in the blank.” Delighting ourselves in the Lord and receiving our hearts’ desire does not guarantee earthly possessions. If we truly delight ourselves in the Lord, our desires will begin to parallel the very desires that Christ has for our lives. Once we begin to do this, we can begin to experience contentment in whatever situation we may find ourselves.

The question to ponder is, “Are your deepest desires of this world, or are they what Christ desires for us?” May you delight yourself in the Lord and obtain fulfillment in the desires and plans that He has for you.

 

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