Monday, April 30, 2012

lifted up.

The rain has gone, the sunshine has returned and I feel lifted up in so many ways! I've felt so blessed by the kind & encouraging words from many of you, and thank you for your comments! The common word that seemed to be expressed was your dependence on God's amazing GRACE. I can relate to the message of this song , and that sometimes in my despair I forget what God has done for me & who He has made me! Praise His name for His redeeming love that lifts us up! 

So now your wondering what a picture of Salsa has to do with being "lifted up".... 

The answer is nothing. :) Except that in some small way it does lift my spirits every time I make it! It usually means it's summer, and I eagerly gather all the ingredients from my garden! The aroma of each component as I chopped & dice soothes my woes whatever they may be! 

Today, I picked a few sprigs of cilantro for the first time this summer and my onions are just a few weeks away from harvest...but I plucked one up anyway. The plump red tomatoes were a sight for sore eyes at the local Farmer's Market last weekend...and they we're the means to an end to my craving! 

So since it's too good to keep a secret, here's the magic...

2-3  nice big ripe tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, chopped (i used white, but red is yummy too)
1 ripe avocado, diced
juice from a 1/2 of a lime.
1/8 tsp.of red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. of salt
dash of pepper
Cilantro: as much or as little as you like.

Dice the tomatoes, and eliminate the juicy seeded part as much as possible. Add the diced onion, lime juice, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper. Stir & let sit for 15 minutes to let the flavor infuse! Add the cilantro & Avocado last. 

{more simple really than magic, but that's what makes it so good!}

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

blah blah blog

I've lost all blog inspiration this month, if you haven't noticed. It's not that there hasn't been anything exciting happening around this nest, but it just that I'm in a frump where if the sun is shining, I can't bring myself to sit in front of the computer for any length of time! Fortunately for you, my faithful's raining today! :)

Actually, I can credit a dear friend with whom I had a lovely phone conversation with earlier today, who prompted me with her comment..." I keep checking your blog for an update"....! Truth is, as I was sharing with her, I try to blog from the heart so I can someday look back & remember these precious days...but whats been on my heart lately is difficult for me to put into words.

The best way that I can think to explain it is, I feel like a lot of my days lately have been "one step forward, and two steps back." Where I've tried to teach kindness, I'm dealing with hurt. Where I've tried to teach sharing, I'm dealing with selfish-ness. When I've administered discipline, I'm faced with anger...and that's just the beginning.

I know that these principles aren't taught in a day, and it's "line upon line, precept upon precept"...but in between those lines, dealing with the ugliness of the human nature has left me with my hands thrown up & weeping from the hurt!

What hurts worse though, is examining my own heart in all this, and finding some of the same sins that I'm trying so diligently to point out in my children's hearts. I'm guilty of needing the same lessons taught to me over and over. Someone just recently said to me that children can be "holy sandpaper". I've felt like I've just been given a good work over with some 50 grit. (which Wikipedia describes as: for removal of material.)
I know it doesn't stop there though. I know that once God strips away or removes any ugliness from us, He doesn't leave us with a rough and uneven surface.

He continues to fine tune us and perfect the imperfections. I'm sure I still have some 100 grit (Wikipedia:used for preparation of finishing.)  to withstand. This process surely takes years, right? 

I cling to this promise: My GRACE is sufficient for thee: for my STRENGTH is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the POWER of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9)

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