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Monday, July 20, 2015

"But, I Don’t Really Like This Kind of Cereal”

Please Welcome and say hello to Guest Blogger Melanie Redd. I really appreciate Melanie as she was very gracious about accepting to Guest Blog. She is very encouraging, motivational, and has been a blessing to me.

Melanie Redd

We have always liked cold cereal in our home. 

When in high school, my daughter enjoyed a big bowl of cold cereal almost every morning.

However, there was one morning when she didn't like the choices of cereals that we had in our pantry.

They were too healthy, too boring, or just not her favorite type of cereal.

Each morning over the course of the week she got up, scanned the cereal boxes, and came to me letting me know she would say,
I Don’t Really Like This Kind of Cereal!”

It wasn't that I didn't care about her or hear her request, I was just saving money and making sure we finished off some of the food we already had in the pantry.

During the course of that week, she was at least willing to try a few of the unloved cereals in the pantry.

And, finally, on Saturday, I went to the grocery and made a special stop on the cereal aisle.

I picked up 2 very large boxes of her favorite cereals, and tossed them into the shopping cart. Then, I brought them home and put them in a very visible place so that she would see them when she first arrived home.

She was thrilled to see the new cereals... exceedingly pleased with her mom! I had no idea that 2 boxes of cereal could make a teenager so happy!!

Melanie's Daughter

That night, I thought about the crazy cereal week...

  • I wasn’t trying to ignore my daughter’s pleas for a different cereal.

  • I was just saving money and making sure we finished off some of the food we already had in the pantry.

  • I heard her every single time she came to me and complained.

  • However, I was waiting for the perfect time to grant her request.

My cereal incident reminded me of a verse in Isaiah 30:18:

"[God Is Gracious and Just] Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him." (NASB)

God knows exactly when you and I need that new box of "cereal"!

He can and will graciously give it to us in the exact moment and on the perfect day.

~ Maybe He's waiting, as I did with my daughter, for the precise moment to surprise us!

I know I certainly liked my daughter's excitement and gratitude. I'm sure God likes that from you and me as well.

This week, I'm praying that I'll eat whatever "cereal" He provides for me, even if I'd rather have another flavor, brand, or kind!

And, when He does send me the "cereal" that I love, may I let Him know how excited and grateful I am.

How about you?

How are you doing with the various “cereals” God has chosen for your life?

Blessings to you,


  • Married to Randy for 25 years.
  • Mom to 2 college students – Riley and Emily
  • My passion is to offer HOPE!
  • As a blogger, teacher, women's ministry coach, speaker and author, I love to encourage other people!


  1. This is a great analogy - one my heart needs to be reminded of frequently of late. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing a spiritual lesson from such a mundane life event as buying cereal. Have a great week!

  3. Betty,

    Thanks for sharing my guest post today!

    I really appreciate the invitation, and I pray that your readers and friends will be encouraged.

    Thanks for being a friend and a blessing to my life.

    I look forward to having you share on my site soon~

  4. I had no idea where you were going with this post at first lol. What a great analogy!

    1. Something Sew Beautiful I agree this is a great analogy by Melanie.

  5. Your welcome Steph. Melanie did an awesome job.

  6. You are most welcome Melanie. Just let me know when you would like me to share at your site.

  7. I love how God can teach us things as we go about our days. There is always a spiritual side to every situation! I am thankful for when God didn't give me what I wanted in my time. His timing has always been the best and I have learned so much through waiting! Linking up with you at waiting...on Wednesday;)

  8. What a wonderful post and I like that analogy you presented. Maybe like you God waits for the perfect moment to answer our prayers and because He is God He will always have the right timing. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  9. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

  10. This is just the insipring and thoughtful post I needed to read today! Thank you so much for sharing "But, I Don’t Really Like This Kind of Cereal” at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.