Story Time/Burned Eggs In Brazil

June and July of 2015 were my best summer ever. I spent most of those months in Rio do Sul a small city in Santa Cantarina Brazil teaching English in a university.

For most of my time there, I stayed solo in the apartment of some missionary friends who were traveling elsewhere in Brazil. I took care of my breakfast and the university took care of my lunch and dinner. Most mornings I ate fresh fruit with yogurt, but one morning I decided I wanted some eggs.

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I started cooking the eggs and then checked my Facebook. I had a message from a friend who was applying to Medical School. She wanted me to look over her essay for the application. There was only one small grammar mistake. Her essay was excellent. The process took about 45 minutes. When we finished, I remembered something- THE EGGS.

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The pan I was cooking in was a non-stick pan with a white coating inside. But if you burn eggs for 45 minutes, the non-stick part doesn’t work so well. I soaked the pan several times and scrubbed it. I went to a few stores to try to find another pan.just like it to no avail. Finally, after scrubbing it several times, I got it cleaned.

When I talked with the missionaries about my adventure with the pan, the wife told me she bought it at a garage sale in the U.S. for a few dollars. We had a good laugh.

We needlessly worry at times. Sometimes it is because we try to do things on our own not knowing fully what to do. Sometimes it is because we do not want to look bad or be a failure. There can be many reasons we worry.

Worry is different than having an anxiety disorder. I want to make that clear. People who have anxiety disorders have anxiety because of a physiological cause. It is important to seek help.

Worry is really trying to keep control over something fearing possible outcomes. We worry needlessly many times. Jesus talked about worry in Matthew 6:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

We are more valuable to God than anything else in all of creation. If we worry, we are basically not trusting in God’s love for us, his ability, or his desire to help us.

God loves us so much that Jesus came to die for us, so we can have eternal life. As the bible says in 1 John 4:

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love”

Love is what can drive our fear and calm our worry. If we struggle with worry, what we need is to spend time in the presence of Jesus basking in his love for us.

Think about it. Jesus already knows all of our mistakes, sins, failures, problems, and loves us. He invites us to come to him. We don’t need to hide anything from him and we can’t anyway. He knows it all, loves us, and invites us to come to him for help.

Now I wonder who wants me to come cook for them after they read my story time today? Vote in the comments from these candidates 🙂

Dawn of

Jenny of

deandra of Imago Dei at

Sherita of

Rene of

Herry of

Beverly of

Thank you for reading. God Bless

40 thoughts on “Story Time/Burned Eggs In Brazil

  1. I enjoyed your story time. Now I understand why you use the popcorn setting on your microwave for everything. I liked your comment that to control worry we need to spend time in the presence of Jesus, basking in His love for us. I know to let go and let God, but sometimes it is a struggle.

  2. I love this! I love how you clearly distinguished between worry and anxiety disorder. God bless you big brother and thank you for reminding me of how much we are loved.

  3. Thanks for this reminder not to worry big brother. Remembering God’s faithfulness to take care of us is vital. Can’t wait to see who wins. 😂😂

  4. This story is so timely! The text used…oh wow!
    I love how the Lord weaves life lessons through your experiences, big brother. My take away apart from not being anxious….trust God with everything, especially when it comes to a mistake made or what may be possibly a disappointment or offense to someone. Here, you forgot about the eggs for 45 mins (no idea how you missed the burn smell but that’s another story) and feverishly tried to clean and or replace the pot. You confessed what happened and turns out, the cost of the pot wasn’t “all that”. God took care of all the details and everything in between. Oh how I love Jesus 🙌🏽❤️

  5. Now we know why you don’t cook 🔥! Cooking is hazardous to your health!😂Worrying isn’t good for our health, either! Worry about nothing! Pray about everything!

  6. 😂😂😂I love the way you always start with a story before the delving into the nitty gritty 😂😂 it really beginning to sound like you really, really can’t cook 👨‍🍳 love this post because it is something I have to remind myself of; trust God or worry. I can’t do both

  7. Great distinction between worry and anxiety, and great scripture. I just now saw this, and Deb’s comment cracks me up 😂. I’m sure you’re a great cook most of the time. I feel like you would almost have to be with Celiac’s?

    1. Thank you. I am actually a terrible cook. I eat mostly fruit, veggies, meat, and gluten free food from an organic deli. Popcorn is a staple for me. I am good at microwaving food others give me 🙂

  8. I am a little late in my reply, but definitely I would love for you to visit the warm caribbean and give you the kitchen to cook. When you are in the caribbean, you automatically knows how to cook.🙂. I like that you differentiate between worry and anxiety disorder. Worring can also lead to stomach ailments. Once again, I enjoyed your storytime and I am looking forward for more. Have a great weekend.

  9. Lol. I read through the comments too. 😂
    Thank God it was only the eggs that got the best of the fry. 🙈

    Absolutely – “no fear in our love walk with God”.

    About the cooking, yes, if it is microwave cooking though. 🤗

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