Rayburn’s ‘From My Apron Pocket’ speaks to the heart
by BETTIE MARLOWE Banner Staff Writer
Jan 30, 2013 | 618 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In her book, “From My Apron Pocket,” Joyce Lane Rayburn gives 31 daily devotionals, especially written from a woman’s viewpoint.

Memories of the early years of her life, she wrote, “include some special ladies that made a difference in my kitchen moments down through the years. She mentions her mother, Anna Cole and her Aunt Fannie, who always got herself ready for the day with an apron. Then there was her great-aunt Fan, remembering when she and “Grandma Cole would go to find greens, such as ones to make “Poke Salad.”

Rayburn uses the simple things — a mirror, a tea bag, or a coin — to illustrate an encouraging word. The book title is inspired by the memory of her grandmother in her crisp white apron, who always had the big pocket filled with goodies for her grandchildren.

When Rayburn married at age 18, she looked for recipes and loved fixing meals for her family. Since she occasionally worked at restaurants during those first years, where she wore little aprons, she said she became comfortable in her kitchen with an apron on. It was during those “apron times” in her kitchen, Rayburn said, she would find herself working things out as she talked to God about the different situations — “I needed to get out of my pocket, and put in His hands,” she said. Thus the title of the book was born. She said, “We can leave things in our pocket and not do what we need to with them. Or, we can take them out and let God speak to us through them.”

A Scripture verse grounds each devotional reading and includes such subjects as “The Watch,” “The Eraser,” “The Candy Heart,” “The Pink Lady Apple” and “The Baby’s Shoe.”

“The Old Recipe” is a tribute to her mother and refers to Matthew 6:33: “See ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Rayburn begins the daily devotion with “The color of the paper has turned yellow from age. However, the writing on the pages, by the hand of my Mother, is still very plain. The recipe is for apple stack cake and lemon pie. These are two very old recipes.”

She said her mom’s kitchen was always a favorite place to be when the family came to her little house. “At this time in her life, she often forgets to wear an apron and is rarely in the kitchen. However, the apron hangs on the rack and the memories linger on. When I sit at that little table today, nothing could ever describe the wonderful feeling I get when seeing Mom here in her comfortable surroundings.”

Rayburn continues, “God’s Word is filled with recipes for life. It is so much better to follow after Him and His plan for each of us, then it is to just do a little of this and that, regretting later we did not seek His guidance.” And she ends by asking the reader to write out a favorite recipe and pass it along to someone who would like to receive it.