Friends Like Family
I have fond memories of long Saturday bike rides with friends in the fall and gathering afterwards at my house to make homemade soup. This biking trail in Olympia is beautiful this time of year (or anytime really). Sheep, apples that crunch when you take a bite, oh, the sea, the sea!
Not So Trendy, Always in Style
There’s a grocery store where we live now that offers samples of their homemade soups. I’ve noticed a change in the weather, sunny but chilly mornings…the leaves are changing from pea green to gold and crimson. Fall is in the air and there are crowds in the “soup line.” Thank goodness I never hear them say “No soup for you!”
I think this Chicken Soup recipe by Paula Deen may become one of your favorites!
On the Nightstand
I’ve just started reading the novel “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate. I can’t seem to put it down. The story takes place in 1930s America and focuses on the unraveling of the lives of children who were taken from their families to be adopted by wealthy Americans.
The unusual verbs and delicious adjectives are powerful, “I swallow another swell of emotion.” Haven’t you done that? Can you relate? “Her thick gray hair is braided and twisted around her head, and that, combined with the colorless dress, makes her almost ghostlike, a remnant of some long forgotten past.” Tell me the words form a picture in your mind!
“Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9 NLV
Recently we hiked with friends at Blue Lake near Mt. Saint Helens. Blue Lake was affected very little by the 1980 eruption. However, the absence of the great trees that once graced the mountain slopes has resulted in yearly debris that silts up the lake. Muddy waters have continued since the original blast. New life sprouts green but mature trees can’t get a foot hold there.
I thought of the muddy waters of my own life and repeated struggling that kept me from receiving the help God longed to give me.
In the Bible, the writer of Hebrews wrote about Noah’s trust in God, “By faith, Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” Hebrews 11:7 NLV
In the rising, muddy waters of today’s culture, do you fear for the next generation? Noah made a choice to trust God. God saw Noah’s character and He told Noah what he must do to save his family. Noah believed in things he could not see. This Bible promise gives me hope.
God has a plan for those who want to walk through life with Him. It is isn’t based on what we’ve done but who we trust and believe in. When I turned to God, He showed me which way to go. It’s as simple as talking to Him and asking for His help.
Are you stuck in muddy waters? Has it “rained” in your life without evidence of a rainbow, far too long? Where will you look for answers? God sees you and wants to make a covenant with you.
“Pay attention to the thing that brings a tear to your eye or a lump in your throat. They are signs the Holy is drawing near.” Frederick Buechner, author, theologian, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.