Cupcakes vs. Muffins

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I love cupcakes, well I like muffins too, but I think of muffins as breakfast food and a cupcake is a yummy dessert.  There is a lovely little cupcake shop in Cannon Beach, Oregon, Simply Cakes by Jae.

simply cakes by Jae

Jae has purchased some of my artful creations in the past and there have been times I requested she pay me in cupcakes!  They are that yummy.  My favorites are her lemon curd filled and german chocolate.

I collect phrases and I really like this one “Be a Beautiful Cupcake in a World of Muffins.”  The message I get out of that phrase is be the best you can be, be excellent! It takes extra energy and effort and focus to excel.

The best example of a “Beautiful Cupcake” is the woman described in Proverbs 31.  She is SOME woman!  She is described as trustworthy, strong, hardworking, kind and caring, and she serves the Lord.

I like to read the Bible online at BibleHub because I can easily search what a word means or find commentary about the verses I am reading.  I learned something today that I didn’t know about Proverbs 31.  It acknowledges King Lemuel as the writer, and most commentators say “Lemuel” was a pet name that Solomon’s mother Bathsheba gave him. Proverbs 31 is Solomon quoting his mother’s advice on the qualities that he should be looking for in a woman and he called himself King Lemuel out of affection for Bathsheba.

Bathsheba had quite a laundry list:

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” -vs. 10

“Her husband can trust her,and she will greatly enrich his life.” -vs. 11

“She brings him good, not harm,all the days of her life.” -vs. 12

“She is energetic and strong a hard worker.” -vs. 17

“She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.” -vs. 18

“Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.” -vs. 19

“She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.” -vs. 20

“She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.” -vs. 21

“She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.” -vs. 22

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” -vs. 25

“When she speaks, her words are wise and she gives instructions with kindness.” -vs. 26

“She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.” -vs. 27

“Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her.” -vs. 28

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” vs 30

I often remember a song I learned in children’s church as a kid.  Jesus and Other’s and YOU, what a wonderful way to spell J-O-Y. J is for Jesus for He has first place, O is for others who run in God’s race, Y is for you and whatever you do, put J in first place and spell J_O_Y.

I really believe the Proverbs 31 woman put the Lord first, others second and her own desires in last place. That formula is how we become Beautiful Cupcakes in a world of Muffins.

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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