Wednesday, November 26, 2014

little note


A treasure in my email today...

Hi sister!
I'm in my kitchen making biscuits & corn muffins for tomorrow's dressing.
Missing & loving you so much. 
P < 3

Knowing she is there making the wonderful old recipes in her kitchen while I am here making the very same ones in my kitchen is a blessing. Oh how I would love for us to be in the same place - minus the missing - working together ♥


Happy Thanksgiving Eve, friends!

Friday, November 14, 2014

the blue button

A couple of nights ago, I dreamed I was searching. I was in a country where English was not the first language, and I did not speak the language of the area. As the dream began, I had been searching for quite some time. I walked into a cafe and there, sitting at a table together, were a little boy and girl of around five years old. They had rich brown hair that caught the light (his straight, hers in ringlet curls), and beautiful chocolate eyes. Bright, sad, lonely eyes. I walked over to them and immediately they stood and took my hands. As we left the cafe, the little boy pulled us to a stop. He held up the hand that wasn't holding mine. He was holding something tightly in his fist. Slowly he opened his hand, and there in his palm was a royal blue button. He placed the button in the corner of the cafe floor just inside the door and said, "Until today, this button was the most beautiful thing I have seen. I know that now that you are here, I will see many more beautiful things. I will leave it here for another to hold onto and hope with." And with that, we left the cafe.

How can you miss someone you have never met? This dream, those sweetlings are so real, so close to my heart. So I am lifting up two little ones who are waiting, hoping -- though I do not know their names, where they live, or for what they wait and hope. Will you pray with me? ♥

Monday, November 10, 2014

discipleship

"Unless the worker lives a life hidden with Christ in God, he is apt to become an irritating dictator instead of an indwelling disciple...

Whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an "IF," never with an emphatic assertion -- "You must."

One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to Him than one hundred lives simply awakened by His Spirit." ~OC

The difference, then, is knowing Him, following Him, choosing Him --reflecting His life, His heart, His glory ♥

Saturday, November 8, 2014

cream of broccoli soup

It has been a while since I have shared anything from my kitchen, so here is a favorite! I know the sight of this vegetable sends some screaming from the table and even house for that matter, but trust me on this: this is a scrumptious soup.

I think it makes a marvelous family supper with grilled cheese crusty bread or with a salad. It's also a wonderful girlfriends luncheon or heavy tea addition. 

As for the sweetlings... Meredith has loved it since she was tiny. She has always called it "broccoli stew" (Do you know that Sandra Boynton book? lol) Samuel and Ila are undecided, though they always eat a small portion -- interested, without complaining, but just not ready to commit ^_^

Cream of Broccoli Soup

2 cups broccoli, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 stick of margarine
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk

Steam broccoli until tender. Drain, keep liquid.
Chop into coarse or fine pieces to preference. Set aside.

Melt margarine in a sauce pan over low heat.
Stir in flour, salt, and pepper.
Add milk, stirring constantly.
Add liquid from steamed broccoli; use whisk to blend.
Continue stirring until bubbles appear.

Combine with broccoli and simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve immediately.

Notes: I always use fresh broccoli for this recipe (saving the frozen for casseroles and such). The "continue stirring until bubbles appear" step takes some time. It's totally worth it not to rush the recipe at that stage. This recipe makes a very small amount. Two dinner portions or four appetizer portions. The base is an excellent starter for other "cream of" soups. Enjoy ♥

Friday, November 7, 2014

with amazement

Am I continually saying with amazement to my common sense life
--why do you want to turn me off here?
Don't you know I must me about my Father's business?

Am I simple enough to identify myself with my Lord in this way? Is He getting His wonderful way in me? Is God seeing that His Son is formed in me, or have I carefully put Him to one side?

Oh, the clamor of these days! Everyone is clamoring --for what? For the Son of God to be put to death. Is there no room here for the Son of God just now? No room for quiet, holy, relationship with the Father?

Spending some thoughtful time with Uncle Oswald today ♥

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

there

This evening... I would love to be on our balcony at Yonahlossee all wrapped up and holding hands with Jamie. Having just spent a lovely, quiet day together and a wonderful dinner at the Trout, we would be snuggling there listening to the wind in the trees and looking at the stars. We would be talking a little and just enjoying being. When I sit for a moment and think of us, I see us there.

I love where I am. The Father has done a great work in my heart and life in the area of contentment. He has brought such richness into "home" for me, and I will praise Him for that every day I live.

Tonight, though, I am there. And Jamie is with me. And that is perfect ♥