I am on my 10th week of furlough. Summer is here. And I’m taking some time to be thankful for lots of little things! While I find myself not always with enough to do (productively at least), I’m finding myself enjoying the slow pace of living and the ability to rest. Today I’m listening to birds sing outside. I’m mowing the yard. And I’m watering flowers. Ahh — summer! I love it! (Although I admit I like the look of a freshly mowed yard — the actual work of mowing is hard! My husband normally does this task, and I’m grateful he does!)
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! (Ps. 34:8) Yesterday my mom and I shared flower pictures. It’s fun to watch our plantings fill in and grow. It’s fun to see perennials come up year after year, just because that is how God made them! We mentioned that they make our yards look pretty, and bring joy! Oh, see that the Lord is good! Look around at the beauty of creation! My husband and I have taken several walks along a lake in the last couple of weeks. We sometimes just stop and sit and watch out the on water for awhile. It’s refreshing! Look at the gift of colors and variety as seen in flowers!
Oh taste that the Lord is good! As a kid we had several rhubarb plants. As a kid I didn’t appreciate rhubarb to the full extent! Now, I miss rhubarb! I have been craving it this season, as it seems to be a seasonal treat for the most part. The other week my husband and I were going to make a run to Bakers Square, just to satisfy my craving of rhubarb — a piece of their pie should do! However, due to the riots in our city they were closing extra early, and when I called to ask about picking up some pie they let me know their modified hours for the day, and we couldn’t make it there in time. Oh well! I did not want to buy rhubarb (why is it so expensive for something most growers give away with abandon!), and mom is too far away (I think she still has a plant!). But then later when I was at my sister-in-law’s she had some to share! I came home and the following day went to pick up some juicy strawberries, and the next day –pie! Isn’t God gracious and good to give taste-buds and flavors in so many varieties! Since my husband is not a fan of rhubarb, and since I do not want to tempt my lack of self control with a whole pie, I cut the recipe and used these cute little pie plates we got for our wedding! (Please don’t feel bad my husband won’t get any! I already am planning another dessert that he does like! Plus, I’m the one who craves baked goods. He doesn’t tend to!) I heard a lady say the other day, “I don’t know why but it gives me great joy that it is cute!” I agree! For some reason I really like these cute pie plates! It is just another gift from a good God — little cute things that bring enjoyment!
Oh ladies, God is so good to us! Little blessings abound! Color, taste, pleasures, and so many more! May you take some time to delight in little gifts — in the normal mundane of each day where we take so much for granted. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! (Ps. 150:6) (And if you want this classic summer pie recipe – here it is from one of my favorite cooking blogs!)