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Pumpernickel Happens (2 of 2)

I get really excited when I hear from God, it lines up with His Word, and I can see the practical application in the current events of my life. Of course, there are times I’m left scratching my head. One day last week, I’m pretty sure I heard Him say “pumpernickel.” I wasn’t sure for days what that meant, but the word sure is fun to say and it was good for a laugh from my husband when I brought a loaf home (just in case God thought we needed more fiber in our diet).

Interestingly, pumpernickel is a German word, which can be broken down to mean “devil’s fart.” The bread is said to be so named for its’ quality of being hard to digest. Looking back on it, some of the circumstances I faced that day were definitely hard to digest. Devil’s fart, indeed! If you’ve never experienced God’s sense of humor, I encourage you not to limit Him.

Ever feel like you’re being suffocated by a heavy cloud of stench? It’s probably not coincidence. Peter warns us, “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

But… our hilarious, wonderful, amazing Jesus has already defeated him, so there’s nothing to fear. When pumpernickel happens, it’s all part of the calibration process, so you can see it as an opportunity to grow closer to our Standard (see Am I Calibrated Today?). Think of it as adding a little fiber to your being.

Not surprisingly, my kids both hated the pumpernickel loaf I brought home. Maybe I’ll try making some croutons. When life hands you pumpernickel…

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2 thoughts on “Pumpernickel Happens (2 of 2)

  1. Lesa

    Wow Anj. This is completely beautiful. Aesthetic and content. It is total synchronicity for me because the word I got the other day was “devotional.” Maybe not so much in a Christian sense but just overall. I got to thinking about the daily devotionals I used to do with my grandparents and how great it would be if ultimately my blog gave me enough material to write some kind of 365 days of parent devotions. I have been turning over and over in my mind how I am in touch with so little that truly feeds and nurtures me and how important the concept of daily devotional is, how it clarifies and illuminates. And then this! Can’t be a coincidence. I have already shared it and can’t wait to make it part of my routine.

  2. anj Post author

    Lesa, I’ll be looking forward to reading your devotionals. Inspiration and encouragement for parents is definitely a needed thing for those difficult days in the trenches.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    :) anj

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