Keep the sap flowing

When I think of faith, the opening words of Hebrews 11 come predictably to mind, Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see… or in an older translation …faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… and along with…

What hot days are good for…

Summer isn’t quite willing to let go yet, so I’ve been listing why I can be grateful for these temperatures above 90°… Hot weather is definitely good for: drying clothes on the line growing tomatoes and peppers and eggplant drinking lemonade making hay enjoying the air conditioner napping in the shade anticipating winter

Cool and Delicious: Curried chicken salad

Summer is on its way out, but there are still some hot, humid days left around here, so as much as I’m looking forward to real cooking and baking again, I’m trying not to generate too much heat in the kitchen yet. This recipe was inspired by the Curried Chicken Salad recipe in Food to…

Thoughts on a Friday

Accepting no substitutes for what we really want leads to simplicity of life. ~Brennan Manning

A step towards forgiveness…

Dealing with difficult people is difficult, there’s no two ways about it. Praying for those difficult folks in my life at the moment helps me a bit. It tends to take me awhile to get around to this stage, though.  First, I’m praying for the problem to just go away, for them to disappear or…

Counting the multitudes of gifts…

thunder challenging work a letter with good news cool evenings and mornings summer suppers on the porch the new computer that arrives the day the old one won’t start the old computer that finally starts one last time so the files can be moved to the new computer Linking up to list some of the…

Loving and leaving

When you live in a place that everyone loves to leave, you are regularly reminded that so many things in a life are temporary, fragile, and more than a bit precarious… And when one bit moves, doesn’t the whole stack shift some? And you think heavily about rebuilding connections… the effort… the time… the uncertainty……

Thoughts on a Friday

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill  

On Forgiving

And now today for one of the most difficult, and most necessary things we’re called to do… “…forgive us…as we forgive…” In writing on the Lord’s prayer, Dallas Willard says, It is not psychologically possible for us really to know God’s pity for us and at the same time be hardhearted toward others.  So we…

Cool and Delicious: Grandma’s Cucumber Salad

I’m sure this is a familiar recipe to many of you. It’s a cool cucumber salad that I remember from summer at Grandma’s. Ingredients: 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced 1 medium onion, thinly sliced or finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons sugar 1/3 cup white vinegar Directions: Place the cucumber and onion in…

Thoughts on a Friday

Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire