February 1, 2005 

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 
Jn. 15:12-13


Greater Than a Woman’s Love
 By Janice LaQuiere

It's hard not to associate February with love. We are inundated with visual images of hearts, chocolates, and flowers from the middle of January until Valentine's Day, February 14th.

One of the most beautiful love passages in scripture is not from Song of Solomon, but from 2 Samuel 1:26. David is mourning the death of his dear friend Jonathan, and he cries out "Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women."

What does it mean to love someone with a love that surpasses the love of a woman? And more importantly, how can I love that way? In the relationship with Jonathan and David, Jonathan continually proves his sacrifice and devotion to David. Jonathan, a prince, willingly puts his life on the line for a shepherd and the usurper to his crown. Jonathan worked continually for David's best interests. Their souls were knit together, they were one in spirit because they both sought the same thing—the desire to see God's will accomplished, and concern for each other's welfare. Because their love was rooted in God they were able to overcome the feelings of jealousy, envy, strife, division, and the pressures around them.

As Christians we likewise are able to love with a glorious love that surpasses the love of women. Jesus, in John 13:34, commands us "…Love one another as I have loved you…" It’s only because of the Holy Spirit in us that we can love each other with the same depth as Jesus, who willingly sacrificed His life for us. God is love, and if we don't know Him we will never have the strength to love each other.  

My prayer is that you can give to those around you the true gift of love, which 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 so practically spells out for us. And that we put aside our selfishness to love each other, not with a human love, the love of women, but with the love of God.           

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

1 Sam 18:3, 1 Sam 20:17, 2 Sam 1:26, Col 2:2, John 13:34, 1 Cor. 13, 1 John 4:16, 2 Peter 1:7


Chocolate Timeline

  • 1200 A.D. - According to ancient records the Aztecs required deliveries of cocoa from conquered tribes.
  • 1502 - Columbus discovers Cocoa beans when he had an encounter with a trading canoe believed to be from Chontal-Maya speaking Putun. "For their provisions they had such roots and grains as are eaten in Hispanila, and a sort of wine made out of maize which resembled English beer; and man of those almonds which in New Spain are used for money. They seemed to hold these almonds at a great price; for when they were brought on board ship together with their goods, I observed that when any of these almonds fell, they all stopped to pick it up, as if an eye had fallen."
  • 1519 - Hernando Cortez does not particularly like the taste of cocoa. However, he very interested in its value and as a form of payment. During this time the name becomes Chocolatl from the Mayan word for chocolate and the Aztec word for water.
  • 1544 - The first documented Chocolate enters Spain when Dominican friars bring a delegation of Mayans to meet Philip.
  • 1579 - English buccaneers thinking cocoa beans were sheep droppings burn a shipload full.
  • 1585 - The first commercial shipment of beans.
  • 1609 - The first book devoted entirely to chocolate. It was titled "Libro en el cual se trata del chocolate" and appeared in Mexico.
  • 1615 - Cocoa was introduced into France by the marriage of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. A chocolate factory was opened in Bayonne, France.
  • 1753 - The cacao tree was given the technical name Theobroma cacao, meaning 'food of the gods' by the Swedish naturalist and chocolate enthusiast Carolus Linnaeus 
  • 1875 - In Switzerland, milk chocolate was developed in 1875 by Henry Nestle and Daniel Peter. Today, milk chocolate is preferred by 80% of the world's population.

From www.completechocolate.com 

When every thing we receive from Him is received and prized as a fruit and pledge of His covenant-love, then His bounties…awaken us to fresh exercises of gratitude, and furnish us with fresh motives of cheerful obedience every hour. 
~ John Newton~





Chocolate timeline

Janice's Fudge

The Small Print


Janice's Fudge Woohoo
Adapted for the microwave

2/3 cup cream
2 Tbsp butter
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Combine cream, sugar, and butter until sugar is moistened. Microwave in large (8 quart) microwave safe glass dish for 5 minutes, or until mixture reaches 238 degrees. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips. Stir until fudge looses its shiny gloss and starts to thicken.

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