Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Food for the Soul

Google: Scriptures with water

I'm taking some time off from blogging to read, sew, cook,
and to just be still. I haven't decided how long that will be.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Thoughts on the First Day of Spring

Google Images: Springtime in the Rockies

Today I have a guest, my husband, whose pseudonym on this blog is "Beloved." He is giving a devotional thought to our nursing home ministry this morning. Since his focus is on Spring and this is the first day of the new season, I asked if I could share his thoughts with you.

Today is the official first day of spring. It even looks like it outside, being warm and pleasant. So, what do we think about spring?
  • It follows winter, which is a time of dark and cold and short days
  • It transform the winter’s brown landscape into lush green landscape
  • We see plants that appeared to be ill or dead renewed into growth and life
    Most of us today are past the prime of our physical life. We are in the fall or the winter of our lives. Spring reminds us that we would like to be physically renewed. We don’t see that happening in our natural bodies, but the Bible tells us that a physical renewal awaits those who belong to Jesus.
    1 Cor 15:42-44 So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
    We also have this promise in Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. I look forward to that time when my strength is renewed and I can run without growing weary. Then I will live in spring forever.
    We are very much aware that our natural bodies are perishable, are weak, and are not designed to last forever. We have the promise I just read of receiving a spiritual body – imperishable, powerful, designed to last forever if we are believers in Jesus.
    In addition to the physical, we have times of winter in our spirits. We may have regrets about things in the near or far past that drag us down in our spirits today. We have pains that make our spirits into a winter landscape but – spring renewal can come to our spirits, even today.
    In terms of regrets, King David regretted sinful actions in his life and wrote this plea in Psalm 50:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. We can turn our regretful attitude over to God and ask for renewal, just as David did.
    Finally, do we have to wait until we see Jesus to be renewed in our spirits? The Bible says no. We read the following in 2 Cor 4:14-16 We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not loose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
So, as we look to spring today, let us remember that God gives us renewal in our spirit NOW and in our bodies LATER if we are His. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Trying to Play Catch-up!

a slice of birthday cake and a candle
My days have been kinda non-stop with this birthday celebration, and it's not even a "big one," so to speak. Those who are close to me know that my birthday festivities tend to spread out over weeks due to the benevolence of my family and friends, so what I post today is not the last on the subject. 

Today's post is more of a memoir for my benefit -- it may not especially interest my readers. I'm posting a kind of photo scrapbook of memories of the past couple of days. I'll be closing the comments because I, frankly, don't have time right now to reply to everybody, and this post is mostly for my benefit.

My photos, in no particular order:

me and "Sister D" before going to lunch on Tuesday
Some of the gifts received:

Lunch on the special day with Beloved at The Olive Garden:


It's just good to be alive!

I am thankful and grateful for so many dear people who have shown me love and generosity this week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Having My Cake and Eating It, Too

Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

my birthday cake under glass with our traditional
celebratory curly ribbon adoring the party table

With that scripture in mind, today I am "numbering my days," which are quite a lot, thanks to the Lord's mercies. I won't tell you the exact sum of them (ladies don't like to share their age and it's impolite for children to ask), but let's just say  I'm old enough to be retired and still young enough to enjoy it.

my first birthday cake in many years
Yesterday I baked a birthday cake for myself, not a cupcake but an entire cake.  I haven't done that for a very long time. Since I can't eat wheat, dairy, or eggs, dealing with the chemistry required for creating an allergy-free cake has been just too much. I barely passed that science class in school, so I don't tamper with it in my kitchen.

cake and candle
I don't remember why right now, but the other day I poked around on the Internet and found an allergy-free recipe for yellow cake with chocolate frosting and I decided to give it a try. If you're interested, the link for it is here.

I was still a little leery since my kitchen sits at 6,224 feet above sea level (that is well over a mile high). Most bakers around here follow the high altitude instructions on boxed cake mixes. But I just followed the basic directions of the recipe on the link. As you can see, it turned out just fine!

yellow cake with chocolate frosting
on the Charming Barbara china 
I baked and frosted the cake the day before my birthday and then we sliced into it that night.  My reasoning was that I was born in the wee hours of the morning in the Central Time Zone, so if we waited until tonight to have my cake here in the Mountain Time Zone, I'd be many hours past the time of my birth!

the back of the dishes
Also, I was very eager to see what the cake would look like on the china The Cook on Fifth Street gave to me last summer. I grew up with this china on her table and always assumed hoped they would be mine some day. I think they support birthday cake very well, don't you?

We intend to share some of the cake with our neighbors. If you lived nearby, I'd give some to you!

Because of the LORD's great love
we are not consumed, 
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Disclaimer: today Blogger decided to play around with my font choices and sizes. (grumble, grumble) I can't seem to get it fixed, so that's why things look a little crazy in this post.