Food for Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit

Food for Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit

by Mary Roberson


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Food for Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit mixes together a collection of recipes that come from the kitchens of cooks who shared their creations with their church communities. Added to this bounty are devotions that reflect upon the challenges of daily living and the nourishment the Holy Spirit offers for surviving and thriving in the midst of life’s changes. The author, Mary Roberson, has brought together these two main ingredients—recipes and reflections—to create a guide for one’s eating that takes into account all of the aspects of the human creature: mind, body, soul, and spirit.

In addition to the inspiration served up by the devotions and the invitation to cook enticing food provided by the recipes, the book seasons its offerings with a sprinkling of quips and quotes.

Food for Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit traces its roots to the collaboration of the author and her late husband, Hubert Roberson, who served as the minister of the congregations from which the recipes in this collection arose. Dedicated to his ministry and memory, Food for Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit promises to deliver a healthy and enticing diet of food for all parts of one’s life and to leave the reader with a sense of spiritual and culinary satisfaction.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491781289
Publisher: True Directions
Publication date: 10/29/2015
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Mary Roberson is retired from her work as a secretary. She and her husband, Hubert, shared twenty-seven years of marriage before his death in 2013. In those years, she worked in the church together with her husband, who was a minister. She has one grown daughter, who is a nurse.

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Food for Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit

By Mary Roberson


Copyright © 2015 Mary Roberson
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ISBN: 978-1-4917-8128-9


Recipe for Unleavened Bread for Communion

2½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ pound butter or margarine
¼ cup cream
½ cup milk

1. Mix flour, salt, sugar, and butter, as you would do in making pastry.

2. Add remaining ingredients.

3. Roll out thin on greased baking sheet, and score into squares. Pierce and stripe with fork.

4. Bake in 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Scripture Cake

1 cup Judges 5:25 (last clause)
2 cups Jeremiah 6:20
2 teaspoons Amos 4:5
to taste: 2 Chronicles 9:9
½ cup Judges 4:19 (last clause)
2 cups Nahum 3:12
2 cups 1 Samuel 30:12
2 tablespoons 1 Samuel 14:25
4 cups 1 Kings 4:22
Pinch of Leviticus 2:13
2 cups Numbers 17:8

Cream Judges with Jeremiah. Add 1 Samuel 14:25. Add 1 Kings, Amos, 2 Chronicles, and Leviticus. Alternate with Judges 4. Add Nahum, Numbers, and 1 Samuel 30:12. Bake in tube or loaf pan at 325 degrees for 1. hours.

Recipe by Mary Roberts, Sunset Apartments

Quips and Quotes:

If you haven't got time to do a job right, when will you have time to do it over?

Scripture Cake Ingredients, Deciphered

1 cup sour milk
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda (leavening)
spices (recommended: 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. each cloves,
allspice, and nutmeg)
½ cup milk
2 cups figs or dates
2 cups raisins
2 cups chopped almonds
2 tablespoons honey
4 cups flour
pinch of salt

Recipe by Mary Roberts, Sunset Apartments

Quips and Quotes:

Thanksgiving begins in the heart and not on the table, as some believe.

Piccalilli Makes seven and one-half pints

1 gallon green tomatoes
½ quart green peppers
½ quart green onions
3 stalks celery
1 quart apples
2 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon pickling spice

1. Soak tomatoes, peppers, onions, and celery in ice water with 5 tablespoons salt.

2. Drain, and add apples.

3. Mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, and pickling spice.

4. Pour this mixture over drained vegetables.

5. Grind everything in a food processor until finely ground.

6. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking.

Sue White, Shelbina, Missouri

Quips and Quotes:

Computer chips are small because computers take little bytes.

Walk in My Ways and Keep My Charge Zechariah 3:7

The Lord made Zechariah 3:7 a real part of my life more than thirty years ago. I had spent six years out of the ministry because of my own spiritual and moral flaws in a denomination that had brought me in the ministry and trained me. One day, the Lord renewed my call, not in the original denomination but in another that really needed pastors.

Settled in the new charge (two churches), God caused me to read this passage in Zechariah. What happened to Joshua, the high priest, had happened to me. I stood clothed in a change of raiment. I stood with a "fair miter" on my head. I was given a new insight into ministry and God's plan for my life. God said to Joshua and his brothers, "Hear O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows. If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall also judge my house" (Zechariah 3:7). Since that time, I have pastored many wonderful churches and people, serving as their loving pastor.

Most of all, the Lord brought a revelation to Joshua and his fellows, a revelation of the work of God to come.

Listen: "Hear now, O Joshua, the high priest, thou and thy fellows. They are men wondered at, for behold, I will bring forth my servant, the Branch" (Zechariah 3:8).Here, the Lord predicts a new priesthood to come. It is to be through God's mysterious servant, the Branch, who will remove the iniquity of the land in one day. This could be none other than Jesus of Nazareth, who ushered in a new priesthood and removed all our sins in one day.

A Bit of Blue Ribbon
Numbers 15:38; Mark 5:27

And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, "Speak unto the children of Israel and bid them that they make fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations and that they put upon their fringe of their garments a ribband of blue." — Numbers 15:37–38

Tradition maintains that the tassels were of white to symbolize righteousness, but there was a conspicuous blue binding or thread as a part of the lower outer garment. The arrangement of the thread and the tassels was very important because they symbolized that the commandments were of heavenly origin, and the wearer of the garment was a servant and follower of Jehovah God. The enlargement of the phylacteries and the pride they expressed drew a comment from Jesus in Matthew 25:35 — "They enlarged the borders of their garments to be seen of men." Jesus wore a simple homespun outer garment, and on the day when the woman came, who had the issue of blood, and she pressed through the crowd to his side, she said, "If I can but touch the krispon [or bloom] on his garment, I will be healed!" It was an astonishing expression of faith in God's promise in Numbers 15:38. In that instant, she was healed, and Jesus cried, "Who touched in me?"

Angels Ascending and Descending

One of the patriarchs, Jacob, came to a certain place in his journeys when he fell asleep with a stone for a pillow. As he dreamed, he saw a ladder and the angels ascending and descending upon it. How indeed could Jacob — the liar, the stealer of birthrights and blessings — become Israel, the prince of God? Jacob built an altar there and poured out a drink offering upon it, saying, "I will call this place Bethel because this is the door to God's house." Again and again, the people returned to Bethel.

Is there a way to get to God, to even get a message to him? Yes — oh, yes, there is indeed! Nathaniel first met Jesus when his brother Phillip invited him to meet the Messiah. Nathaniel was reluctant to believe or even to go to meet him. While he was some distance away, Jesus called to him, saying, "Behold an Israelite indeed in whom is no guile!"

"How do you know me, Lord?" Nathaniel asked.

"I knew you before Phillip even called thee. Even when you were under the fig tree I knew thee." Tradition tells of the time when Herod slaughtered all the children and that he and his mother hid under the roots of a spreading fig tree. It was supposed to be a closely guarded secret. Herod was still killing possible heirs! Jesus said this: "From now on you will see angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

Apple Crumb Pie

4 large cooking apples
1 recipe for plain pie crust or prepared pie crust
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

1. Pare apples and slice into 9-inch pastry-lined pie pan.

2. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and sprinkle over apples.


½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1. Mix sugar and flour; cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. (I usually mix with my fingers.)

2. Sprinkle topping over apples.

3. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 40–50 minutes.

Quips and Quotes:

Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.

Bean Soup (15 Bean)

1 package dry beans (15 bean soup or less available in bean
section of the store)
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped onion
garlic to taste
1 can tomatoes
salt (I use Jane's Crazy Mixed-Up Salt, or you can use regular
salt and seasoning of choice.)

1. Clean and soak beans overnight.

2. Bring to a boil. Add celery, onion, garlic, and seasoning

3. Cook for one hour. Add tomatoes and simmer until done.

4. Serve with cornbread or bread of choice.

Quips and Quotes:

Even the lowly mosquito gets a pat on the back when he's working.

Angels Before and Behind, Part 1

After wrestling all night with the angel and prevailing in his quest for God's blessing, Jacob limped on. There was a great fear in Jacob's heart because he knew if given the chance, Esau would kill him on sight. Since Jacob had cheated Esau out of his birthright and their father's blessing, which carried the lion's share of any inheritance, would he not be justified in doing so? Jacob, now Israel, arranged his caravan like a general deploys his troops; he had one company in front and one behind. Listen: "Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people that were with him and the flocks and the herds into two bands saying,'If Esau come to the one company and smite it,then the other company which is left will escape.'"

As Israel continued on his way to meet Esau, his brother, the angels of God came down, and when Israel saw them, he said, "This is God's hosts ..." He called the name of the place Mahanaim, which means Two Hosts. There were angels before and behind, affording divine protection coming and going. If Esau had any thoughts of attacking his brother and his entourage, he quickly gave them up when he saw the angels.

A number of years ago, the Israelis went on a secret rescue mission to Entebbe in central Africa, where Idi Amin's forces held over a hundred Jewish nationals hostage at the airport. They returned successfully, singing this national folk song, "Mahanaim."

Angels Before and Behind, Part 2

"Let me leave some of my people with thee, or let us journey along together, brother." These were the words of Esau, but Jacob demurred. Jacob feared a trap. "We have journeyed far and are footsore and weary. Besides, we have the care of all the cattle that will be bearing young."

For a moment there, it sounds like the old Jacob! It was either wisdom or intuition, for the whole scene would have changed without the angels present. A new spirit had entered into the heart of Jacob, for the old man would not have shared half of what he had acquired in the house of Laban, his father-in-law, from whom he had gained two wives, over Esau's protests — "I have enough my brother, Jacob gave him half of all he possessed."

The Jews have a stirring song, "Mahanaim, Mahanaim. Angels watching over me!" That is similar to the African American spiritual "Angels Watchin' Over Me, My Lord." That is the great promise of scripture: "He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou should dash thy foot against a stone."

Bread Pudding

1 quart bread cubes (4 cups)
4 eggs
4 cups (1 quart) milk, scalded
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Grease 9x13 baking pan or dish. Put bread cubes in bottom of dish.

2. Beat eggs well. Add scalded milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla to eggs. Pour into pan over bread.

3. Dot with butter and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Lemon Sauce:

1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/3 cups water
3 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons lemon juice (I use bottled lemon juice.)

1. Combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually mix with water.

2. Bring to boil; then boil for 1 minute.

3. Remove from heat and stir in margarine and lemon juice until well blended.

Quips and Quotes:

Teacher: When the Eskimos trade, they use fish instead of money.

Student: They must have a hard time getting candy out of a candy machine.

Blueberry French Toast

16 slices of bread, divided
1 package 8 ounces Neufchatel cheese
1 pint blueberries
3 eggs
1/3 cup maple syrup,
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups sugar, divided
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter

1. Butter a 3-quart baking dish.

2. Cut 10 slices of bread into .-inch cubes.

3. Spread cheese on each of the 6 remaining slices. Arrange cheese side up in dish.

4. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup blueberries; top with bread cubes.

5. Combine next 4 ingredients plus . cup sugar. Pour over bread.

6. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place dish in oven, still covered, and bake 20 minutes.

8. Remove foil, and bake 30 minutes more, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

9. Let stand for 5 minutes.

10. In small sauce pan mix cornstarch, 1 cup cold water, and 1 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat until thickened.

11. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and blueberries. Pour this syrup over each serving.

Recipe from Peggy, Bed and Breakfast, Baltimore, Maryland Given by Lorene Heil's daughter, Mendon, Illinois

Quips and Quotes:

Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.

A Brand Plucked from the Fire Zechariah 3:1–5

Zechariah the prophet caught a glimpse of the dimensions of a moral and spiritual struggle in which the focus was against the Jewish priesthood and ancient Israel. Listen: "And an angel of the Lord came unto me and he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Lord in filthy garments and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him."

Satan is our accuser and our enemy. Fortunately, the Lord fights for us, and he said, "The Lord rebuke thee O Satan, even the Lord of Hosts that has chosen Israel, rebuke thee." Joshua would have been surprised at the way the Lord saw him, for he was dressed in the resplendent garments of the priesthood. Because of the failures of Israel and the priestly ministry, these garments were soiled.

The Lord said to the angel, "Take away his filthy garments from him ..." Now, you will note that Zechariah was allowed to say, "Put a fair miter upon his head." Joshua needed to be a lot smarter in serving God, as do we all.

God said to Joshua, "Behold,I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee and I will clothe thee with a change of raiment." God always does two things in plucking us out of the fires of failure and loss: He changes our moral and spiritual life, and, just like the prodigal, he puts a fine garment upon us. Here, he puts a new cap upon the priest's head. God will do everything in his power to bring forth the ministry of the priest he calls "my servant, the Branch." This is Jesus, our high priest.

Anoint Your Eyes Revelation 3:18

"I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire that mayest be rich and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed and the shame of thy nakedness do not appear and anoint thine eyes with eye salve that thou mayest see."

Like a triage physician prioritizes the needs of patients who are desperately ill, so Jesus outlines the way to healing for the church in the last days. We need to know up front that Jesus gives a special way of seeing to the last-day church and that he does not allow those who want to be blind for one reason or another to see.

Read John 9:39. "For judgment am I come into this world that they who see not might see and they which see might be made blind ..."

Many were made angry by these words, but these words became true in history. Some standing by said, "Are we blind also?" Jesus said, "If you were blind you would not have sin, but now you say we see, therefore your sin remained."

In Laodicea, here is a church filled with riches and self-importance, a church that has everything! But Jesus declares her bankrupt and wretched, useless to him and his kingdom. They may trade their rags for riches now, their blindness for sight, and their wretchedness and misery for riches and glory. This is all without money and without price. But the first thing that must be done in this rags-to-riches story is that the church must anoint their eyes with eye salve that they may see.

Poori (Fried Bread of India)

1 egg
2 cups of whole-wheat flour
salt to taste
1 cup of milk
2 cups frying oil

1. Beat egg.

2. Put whole-wheat flour in mixing bowl, add salt, and then pour milk slowly as you mix ingredients.

3. Add beaten egg.

4. Knead the flour in such a way that it becomes a lump. Add milk, if needed, to bring it to a proper consistency. Knead until smooth, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.

5. Let set for half an hour; then make small balls of dough about 1½ inches in diameter.

6. Roll balls in dry flour; use rolling pin to flatten balls of dough to about four or five inches in diameter.

7. Heat frying oil in skillet, and when hot, put rolled-out bread in skillet and fry for a minute or two. When it puffs up, turn to other side and fry for half a minute or so. Remove and cool.

This recipe was provided by Rev. Ivy Silas, originally from Hyderabad, India.

Quips and Quotes:

Give your child plenty of rope, but be sure you hold on to the end.


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