Taste of Chocolate for the Soul –
it All Started
how the Word is very much like chocolate.
Read and learn how negative, sad events were
transformed into a successful women’s ministry
all started one bleak, dreary September morning,
on my back porch, while I huddled in my tiny
corner surrounded by the warmth of my little white
lights. I was feeling sad because I received
the news that many close friends and church family
members had just been let go, fired, or down-sized
from their jobs.
been downsized so many times in school systems
that I should be a size one! I jest now, but
at the time it was devastating to my family and
me. I had over 20 years with the local
school system, and after the initial sadness of a
job loss, I would always be hired in a position
that was a better fit for me. I eventually learned
to redirect my thoughts to a positive place,
knowing that God would open a window of
prayed for guidance so I could assist my friends
and church family. I continued to rise early and
read my scripture in the morning, on the back
porch, still surrounded by my warm white lights.
As I prayed for guidance and wisdom I received a
‘God-Whisper’ that kept repeating itself: “Carol,
have learned that when I get a nudge, whisper or
even a smack between the eyes as I am in prayer
and the Word, that it is not coincidence but
rather is intentional from the Holy Spirit.
I say, “Okay, step up. Step up to what?”
I keep reading and writing. I know full well
that within the next few days, I will somehow
receive an affirmation as to what the whisper
next day, Sunday, I was approached by two ladies,
looking and feeling very sad from the insecurities
of job loss. They questioned me about our
women’s ministry. “Remember you were
going to get the women’s ministry started last
year? Whatever happened to it?” A
second lady commented: “I sure wish you
would start something to cheer us up.”
I am thinking, a women’s ministry? I
next morning in the same chair, with the same
grey, dark atmosphere, lit by my tiny white
lights, I heard another God-whisper:
“Carol, step up”
is a summary of my God and Carol exchange:
Carol, you need to step up. Don’t be so sad
Well, God it is sad that so many people have lost
jobs. People are scared, and want to know what’s
Well, stop worrying. I’ve got it, but you need
to step up
Okay, step up to what?
A women’s ministry. This is an opportunity for
you to use your skills
Whoa, women’s ministry! Oh my, I’ve done that
before and well, it is a lot of work, and it takes
an awful lot of time and energy. I don’t
think I can do it.
No, you can’t do it all by yourself, but you
Well God, in case you forgot, I’ve done this
before and it seems it works for a while and the
women get nagging each other, and make each other
angry and they get jealous and
Stop, I can assure you it won’t happen this
How do I know that? You know how women are when
you get more than two together . . .
Yes, I think I know how it can be, but it
doesn’t have to be that way
Okay. How’s that going to work?
Put me first
Okay, that sounds logical to me. It is hard
to implement though
Yes, but you can do it, if you step up. Use
this as an opportunity to keep me in the focus and
bring them together.
Okay. God is first, then . . .
Oh my, now I know I must not be hearing
this right. I’m supposed to check this out
with the Bible to be sure I didn’t just use that
word for my own selfish gain.
Here’s how it will be: Holy Spirit first,
then Chocolate, then you and the other ladies
Okay, I will certainly pray on that to make it a
I ran the idea by several key ladies that I knew
had a heart for women’s ministry and loved to
serve the Lord. I still wasn’t sure about
the chocolate idea. However the more I
thought about it, the more I realized the benefits
of chocolate. Dark chocolate is desired by
women; it tastes great; it has health benefits and
would be a draw to get women together on any day
of the week. We were studying the parables
of Jesus in our Women’s Bible Study - how Jesus
used objects like mustard seeds, water, wine,
bread, soil and dirt to teach the Scripture.
Jesus had been known to state on several occasions
that some of the people were slow to learn so he
used common place objects to relate the Word and
That’s it! Chocolate would be the popular,
everyday object ladies could relate to for fun,
fellowship and blessings! I realized that, yes,
chocolate was parallel to the Word in so many
ways, and I was about to have the time of my life
sharing this modern-day parable with as many women
next morning in my prayer time I finally admitted
to God, “I got it.” Chocolate would serve as
the object in this parable to teach His word.
I felt him smiling down on me. The next step
was to call a meeting, and then see if anyone
showed up. I told God that if no one showed
up, I could not do the ministry by myself.
seemed to be saying “Don’t worry. The
ladies will be there and you will have lots of
following Tuesday I advertised for the first
meeting. To my delight, twelve women showed
up, smiling, ready to go with pens, paper and
chocolate in hand.
you God,” I thought, “you did it again.”
opened the meeting with my God whisper moments
that had brought me to this point and my vision
for the ministry. The formula for success
was: HOLY SPIRIT+CHOCOLATE+YOU=SUCCESS.
formula was our prayer, our constant reminder for
the ministry’s success. Whenever I sensed
toes were being stepped on, or individual agendas
were pressed to the forefront, I issued the
reminder. My promise was: I would stick with
this ministry as long as we followed this formula.
We each had the responsibility to stay on that
wave length if this ministry was going to be a
success and minister to the ladies.
was right again, of course. So now this
modern-day parable is a viable women’s ministry.
Thankfully, I listened to the God-whisper, acted
on it, and let the Holy Spirit work.
there times when things went wrong? Yes! Did
Satan try to stop us? Yes! Did the ladies
attempt to be selfish and step on toes? Once in a
while. Were we derailed? No. Did we
lose momentum? No. Why not?
Because I made sure we kept our original promise.
Stick to the formula ladies, think on it, pray
on it, and talk to me tomorrow, if there was still
a problem. And there never was.
There were only apologies because one person lost
focus occasionally. That loss was only
temporary. Then we got right back on focus.
the following pages you will see for yourself how
the Word of God has sweetened a situation, calmed
a relationship or just seemed deliciously
appropriate: much like a piece of dark
chocolate in the afternoon!
gives me the strength and energy to get through
tough situations, sickness, and troublesome
relationships. Scripture lends balance to my
life and directs me in situations. As you
read the stories I hope you can see and taste the
sweetness of God’s Word. May it become
desirable, that you will want to taste Scripture
20121 by Dr. Carol S. Kennedy