Wednesday, 5 March 2014

What happened to the ribs? - A Dose of Encouragement 10

The other day we got some lovely ribs and I decided to make our easy ribs recipe which I shared on this blog last year.
  Click on the pic below to see the recipe.

Fred helped me prepare the vegetables so that was done quicker than if I was just doing it myself and as I put them in at different stages I just went back and forward between the kitchen and the study (internet!) where I had been before we started.

Everything was going great (in the study) and I presumed all was great in the kitchen because gradually I could smell the cooking as it progressed.

When it came time to eat I thought it didn't quite smell like the ribs were completely done but they had been in long enough and we were hungry so I got the plates and drinks ready and took the roasting dish out of the oven, took off the tin foil and proceeded to scoop the ribs and veg unto the plates.

All I heard was Fred say

"Sandra, Did you put the BBQ sauce on the ribs?"

Well you've guessed it, that was the reason why it hadn't smelt just right.  I was so disappointed because Fred really likes BBQ sauce and I knew I had spoilt the ribs for him.  I like BBQ sauce but don't like it as strong as he does so I knew that the ribs would be fine for me if we just brushed them with some sauce now and put back in the oven for 10 mins.  The flavour of the meat and vegetables already in the juice around the ribs would be good enough for me but Fred would really miss the flavour he was expecting throughout the meal.

So 10 mins later I dished out the dinner to a very hungry Fred. He didn't complain but I knew that he didn't get the meal he had been looking forward to.

Why had that happened?

Simply this:
  1. I didn't check the recipe  -  why would I when I had made it up myself and had made it several times?
  2. I didn't do it in the normal way  -  usually by myself and so not chatting to someone else
  3. I didn't check the oven closer to the end of the cooking.
  4. I didn't check it out as soon as things didn't smell just right.
My mind was on something else, I was not paying enough attention to what I was doing.

Sometimes we think it is just a small thing to not pay proper attention or to forget about something for a while but what about the results of that?

It might seem a small thing to us but it could make a big difference to someone else.

In this case I almost really spoilt my husband's meal but in other cases of not paying enough attention someone could have felt a lot of hurt which can lead to bitterness and a rift in a relationship.

Even in a conversation with someone we can let our minds wander and not pay attention to exactly what they are saying and so not really know how they are feeling.


We can even act like this towards God in our prayer life or our bible reading.


Are you ever guilty of not paying enough attention to others?


I am thankful that God still pays attention to us and still wants to talk to us even when our minds are always wandering.


Do you know what God is trying to say to you each day or are you not paying close enough attention to Him either?


Linking up with  COFFEE FOR YOUR HEART

31 comments:

  1. Very thought provoking! Sounds like something that would happen between my husband and me (the ribs!). Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. glad you had a lovely meal from God's good hand & that in itself is a gift of thanksgiving..
    glad for that ! enjoy your weekending !

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    1. Hi there, thank you for dropping in.

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  3. I am so guilty of not always paying attention, I just sometimes try to do too many things at once and sad to say I don't always listen as I should to others as well as God. It is a good discipline to train one's mind to focus and listen intently. Very thought-provoking Sandra, thank you.

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    1. Hi Amanda, I'll make the ribs for you some day and try not to make any mistakes or forget anything

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  4. All too often I am guilty of letting my mind wander when I should be focusing on God's word and what he wants for me. Thank you for this reminder.

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    1. We always need a little reminder, thanks for dropping in.

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  5. What a beautiful reminder to be a little more cautious. I could totally relate to this story. I love to cook, but I do believe I can be pretty clumsy in the kitchen.
    Stopping by from #tellhisstory. Lovely to have met you! xo

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    1. Good to meet you too Amanda, thanks for dropping in and for the encouragement.

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  6. Staying completely focused on the task at hand when it comes to following God is hard... And I admit, sometimes my quiet time turns out those ribs. Unflavored and a disappointment. But it certainly isn't God's fault-- it's mind. Continuing to seek Him in my distracted moments!

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    1. Exactly and we are only human. Thanks for dropping in.

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  7. Entering a "Guilty" plea here! Often too easily distracted!

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Esther, yes guilty but thankfully He's so loving to us.

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  8. Oh yes, been there done that! We get distracted when doing too many things at once. I have sat at my computer and burnt up a kettle only a few feet away, because I wasn't paying attention. What a great reminder you have given us! I am happy your hubby ate his ribs without complaint! Real nice guy!
    Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

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    1. Hi again Hazel, yes he is a real nice guy.

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  9. I agree that we often stumble upon being to distracted. Thanks for the encouragement and linking at Pintastic Pinteresting Party!

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    1. Hi Jill, I'm so easily distracted, thank goodness He isn't.

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  10. Such a great parallel between the ribs, cooking and life! Oh how many times I wished I would have checked up it, when things just didn't smell right! Blessings from UNITE, Jen

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  11. Thank you for sharing at the Anything Goes Bacon Time weekly linky. I am always struggling to give each and everyone of my family members the time they deserve. It's a balancing act. Yes sometimes the littlest things make a big difference. Have a blessed day.

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  12. Yes, a hundred times yes. I have my mind somewhere else all the time. To be there, paying attention is priceless. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Thank you for dropping in Helene, it is lovely to meet you and I just added you to my circles.

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  13. I think we're all guilty of inattention at times. Thankfully, I have always found grace with those I've failed. Thanks for sharing at the #partyontheporch. Blessings, D

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  14. Hi Sandra, I'm a first time visitor from The Weekend Brew Linkup. Your post really spoke to me as I struggle with adult ADD. If I try to do too many things at once, which happens often, at least one of them ends up lacking. Too often I don't connect that to my relationships, but you are right. Thanks for giving me some additional insight. Blessings. I would love it if you would link you post over at Blessing Counters Linkup. :-)

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    1. lovely to meet you Deb, I hopped over to your blog and linked up there and added you to my circles so I'll see you later too. And thanks for the encouragement.

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  15. It gets so hard when you are juggling a million and one things! Great reminder on being present! Thank you for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey!

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  16. Loved the way you used to story of the ribs to share a common truth that many struggle with. It is a great reminder to be more sensitive in general, more focused and better listeners. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day. found at the home to 4 kiddos linky.

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    1. Hi Rachel & Kathy thanks for dropping in.

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  17. I wouldn't miss the sauce either. Everybody has the right to forget something. You didn't do it on purpose !

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  18. We all do something like that ~ fun post for R ~ 'laugh at yourself and cry for others' (quote I read this morning ~ happy week to you!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  19. Great post. Really causes you to think.

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