Tomorrow is our local show and I have been wanting to put baking entries in for a couple of years, but it has never worked out, No 1 daughter has done it and did quite well.  Now it’s my turn.

So after breakfast this morning I got started with my first entry – a sponge cake.  Now I never have any trouble with making a sponge they turn out light and fluffy.

So guess what, this one didn’t.  It was light I suppose and fluffy but it wasn’t quite right.  I turned it out of the tin and wrapped it in my linen tea towel and left it too cool.  When I came back to it the middle had sunk a bit – oh well it’ll be alright!!!

Then I started on my chocolate cake, this is the same recipe my daughter used and you can see it here.

This is such an easy recipe, just mix dry, add wet and stir, and it never fails, but I had forgotten that it does tend to split on top, which it did.

By this stage I was getting quite stressed about the whole thing, I wanted to do well – who wouldn’t.

Now I could blame my oven, the door doesn’t quite shut properly, I could blame my ingredients, I am sure they are plenty of things I could blame.

Maybe I was trying too hard to impress the local judges and get that little card that said “First Place”.

So by the time I had taken the chocolate cake out of the oven I decided that I didn’t need the stress and I wasn’t going to enter anything.

I decided that I didn’t want to be judged by my naked entries (they can’t be iced to hide any cracks), I suppose I just don’t want to be judged at all, especially in our local small (500 people) town.

No 2 daughter who is 9 1/2 is making some things for the under 12 section.  Her chocolate muffins are in the oven, then there will be scones and maybe a fruit cake.  I am noticing in her also that she is getting slightly stressed at them being perfect.

I am telling her that its okay, they look great, just do your best and I am trying to not stress her out.

This makes me think about our eternal judgement day when we stand before our Lord and account for all that we have done and been.

We won’t have any icing over us to cover up our cracks then either, they will be open for all to see.  Boy if I think hard about that I get really stressed out, that is far bigger an event than the baking section at our local show.

2 Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Romans 2:16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

But hang on, I am saved by Grace through the Faith that I have in God.  Jesus died on the cross that I might be saved and live with him forever.  He was the last sacrifice, now God sees me through Jesus, he has iced over all my cracks, phew, what a relief.

This doesn’t mean that I can be a wild child and do what I want, but because of what Jesus has done for me I want to do for Him all that I can.


No 2 daughter entered 3 sections and came first in all 3. She was thrilled and so were her father and me.


God has really blessed us.

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9 thoughts on “DO I NEED THE STRESS”

  1. It’s so hard to put ourselves in positions where we are exposed, isn’t it. Where we can’t cover our cracks or make ourselves more “presentable” … I’m grateful for a Father who sees through it anyway and loves me nonetheless. Thank you for linking at Unforced Rhythms.

  2. What a great thought about Jesus filling in all our cracks and making us look presentable! We are blessed. I also while reading it was thinking of you as such a loving mother trying to encourage your daughter saying it’s ok,they look great, try your best. I think isn’t that what God our father is saying to us so often with his grace and mercy it’s ok, your doing great, try your best 🙂

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