He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life
Choose to shine…
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."Joshua 24:15
Last week, two friends suffered great loss. One mourned with a girlfriend from college the unfathomable loss of a daughter; as another shared via Facebook the sad story of a father welcoming twins while bidding farewell to the wife who birthed them four short hours after delivery. I know its Christmas, but sometimes it’s hard to shine.
When I heard the first story, I immediately chose to comfort my friend, as a mother empathizing another mother’s loss. Life can be hard, harsh, more than we believe we can bear, but we are never alone. The second story prompted me to act--posting reminders that love and life are precious, and we should honor them as such. Life gives us many choices, including whom we will serve, not just when things are good, but more importantly when things go wrong.
Life can be hard, but it isn’t always. Kahlil Gibran wrote “the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.” Last week another friend of mine fell back in love. It’s new, and fragile, but love is a precious gift. Shine on, girl. We are thankful for the joy she feels right now. I choose to think the best for them both, and offer a prayer that what they feel will last a lifetime.
We are the lights of the world, and though lights dim, while we live, they burn. Choose. Burn bright. Choose. Do good. Be thankful that in your struggling, there is the comfort of a Perfect God, who doesn’t expect us to be (perfect)…Last week’s sadness reminded me to choose and appreciate joy, and to shine anyway. To be thankful for all that I am, and all that is within my world, not because of those who suffered lost, but to ensure that those whom I love know it, NOW. I choose to shine brightly, just in case my joy blesses the one person who really needs it. A random kindness might just save a life. Isn’t that something you’d choose to participate in doing?
Choose laughter anyway. Choose love anyhow. Shine, particularly when it’s hard. It’s what we’re meant to do…and choosing is just another thing for which I am grateful. Just another reminder that God is Good.
Today’s feast: Homemade Taco Seasoning
Back story~Lately, I’m choosing to make versus buying things that are cheaper and better. I have neither maltodextrin nor MGS in my spice cabinet, and have never missed either in my cooking. Once you realize that it doesn’t take that much more time or effort to do it from scratch, you’d be surprised what can come out of your kitchen (I make tortilla and potato chips regularly, and even kettle corn when I take a notion)
For one lb of ground meat (we use turkey…)
2 t chili powder
½ t paprika
1 t onion powder
½ t unrefined sea salt
½ t garlic powder
½ t ground cumin
½ t oregano
ground cayenne pepper and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Whip up a large batch and store it in an airtight container. You save
at least $1 every time you make tacos by doing it yourself.