18 August 2012

Welcoming in the New

The LORD is my light and my salvation...
Psalm 27:1a
Yesterday just before the sun set in the west,
my husband helped me light two new candles:
symbols of the light of God that dispels the darkness;
symbols of our prayers reaching heavenward-
towards the Creator of all.
Every evening during this new month
 (and for 10 days thereafter)
they will be lit for a few moments -
to set apart this time as a time of reflection and renewal.
Wishing you a blessed Elul,
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17 August 2012

When Your Soul Feels Parched

You caused abundant rain to fall, O God.
When Your inheritance was weary You revived it.
Psalm 68:9 LEB

Outside many of our plants are showing signs of stress;
wilting, browning, loss of fruit--
visible indicators  that it has been very hot as of late
and that the plants did not get enough water when it was needed.
Our grass (no way can I call it a lawn) is brown except in a few places;
it will bounce back when the autumn rains begin.
This evening at sunset begins my spiritual retreat--
a time I set aside yearly to examine where I am at spiritually;
a time of renewal.
As the hours tick by today,
I find myself so in need of this year's retreat;
I feel totally parched-
I know the causes of my soul's drought
(there are many)
I know the only cure.
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for You, O God.
I thirst for God,
the living God,
When can I go and stand before Him?
Psalm 42:1-2 NLT

Blessings this day,

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15 August 2012

Little Lost Soul

A little more then two years ago,
a smile of a little soul flashed across my television's screen
and touched my heart.
It was the smile of 7 year old Kyron Horman
standing proudly by his school science project -
a project on tree frogs.
Shortly after that photo was taken at Kyron's school--
Skyline Elementary in Portland, Oregon
this sweet boy,
with the infectious grin
went missing;
sadly he still is.

So on this 15th day of August,
I invite you,
as fellow grandparents,
uncles and aunts
to take a good look at the banner above,
to visit the Missing Kyron page where you will find
more information and many more photos
(including some with age progression);
to keep an eye out for this little lad
 to say a prayer that this lost soul will SOON be brought home.
I know I have.


Banner used with permission of this facebook page.

13 August 2012

Summer Snow

When I was younger my grandma would make us snow cones.
She would create them by placing ice cubes in a dish towel
and then
crushing the ice with a hammer.
It actually worked really well!
She would then put the crushed ice in a glass
and top it
with that orange flavored powder that NASA brought into space:)
It was good,
especially on hot summer days!

A few days ago,
I had one of these in a park we stopped at  
and even though it wasn't my grandma's snow cone...
 it was excellent!

In fact, it was so good,
I am craving another right now.

So I ask you...
are you a shaved ice fan or do you prefer snow cones?
Do you have a favorite combo?
I like peach and strawberry
but I think I will try to make a lingonberry snow cone later this week.
Sounds perfect!

Stay COOL.

Update (8/14):
I've been thinking about my grandma's process and I decided to clarify it a bit.
First, I am sure this is obvious but I will be cleaning our hammer first before using it because it has seen much time in less than clean conditions. Secondly, I am going to try enclosing the ice cubes in a plastic zipper type food storage bag first before placing that in a dish towel. My thinking is that this will keep the crushed ice cleaner (no cloth fibers) and more contained.
My target date is this Thursday.
Meanwhile I have some pomegranate juice popscicles freezing in the freezer...
Mmmm, summertime frozen treats!
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