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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Another message from the Universe….

He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

Another message from the Universe….

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Luke 19:38-40 (NIV)

I do not believe in luck.  I do not believe in coincidence.  I do not believe in horoscopes.  I do, however, believe that God speaks with many voices, and if you are present and paying attention, you might very well be surprised by from whence a message comes.  This is my time of rediscovery. I am reborn, refined, re-imagined (these are the things one says when she is in the midst of a major seismic shift or career transition over which she has little, if any control).  
Message from the Universe, originally published 1/31/11

The sacred and the profane co-exist for a very good reason….if the Lord himself declared that the “stones will cry out” if men are silent, and if God put words on the mouth of Balaam’s a~~, then certainly I can hear a Word (or several) on my iPod while walking the dog.  Lord, You are awesome, and I thank You for finding ways to draw me to You.  Continually.  Powerfully. Undeniably.

I must have been a little down this morning and though I didn’t feel much like it, I walked the dog in the icy cold.  I deliberately traced my route, walking on grass to minimize the likelihood of falling.  I was not so deliberate in the programming of music on my iPod, which for me is not the norm. 

A minute into the walk, India.Arie offered me words of comfort…“This Too Shall Pass…”

So I pray for healing in my heart
To be put back together what is torn apart
And I pray for quiet in my head
That I can hear clearly what God says

Then I hear the whisper that this too shall pass
I hear the Angels whisper that this too shall pass
My ancestors whisper that this day will one day be the past
So I walk in faith that this too shall pass

All of sudden I realize
That it only hurts worse to fight it
So I embrace my shadow
And hold on to the morning light

This Too Shall Pass…

I hear the angels whisper
that trouble don't have to last always
I hear the angels whisper
Even the day after tomorrow will one day be yesterday.
I hear my angels whisper.
I hear my angels whisper.
This too shall pass

I can’t point to anything that was particularly discomforting, but I felt better.  Side note…the phrase “This too shall pass” does NOT appear in the bible. When I hear it, I am reminded of Matthew 24:35, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (KJV).  At any rate, the message was NOT lost of me; I was encouraged, and suddenly had a little more pep in my step.  It might be said that I was open to receive my blessing…

I don’t remember what played next, but I was open.  When we turned a corner my happy puppy and me, Prince (talk about the sacred and the profane) sang “Free…”

Don't sleep, 'til sunrise, listen to the falling rain 
Don't worry, 'bout tomorrow, don't worry 'bout your pain 
Don't cry, unless you're happy, don't smile unless you're blue 
Never let that lonely monster take control of you

Be glad that you are free, free to change your mind
Free to go 'most anywhere, anytime
Glad that you are free, there's many a man who's not
Be glad for what you had baby, what you've got 
I was complete.  I was free.  I was unencumbered; open to possibility, faith, and the unanticipated restoration of my joy.  Free, like an open sky. 

So, I say again, Lord, You are awesome.  Thank You for quieting me to listen to the many ways You draw me close.  Continually.  Powerfully. Undeniably. 

And, on an icy, gray morning, I have one more thing….my reminder that God is good.

Today’s feast: Dump cake
Back Story~ I made a dump cake! It’s so not what I do…a little simple, a little pre-fab, but man, was it good.  I’m working on a recipe for homemade “cake mix” because for me the cake was a little sweet, but it’s dessert…sweet is kind of the point.  My godsons loved it, particularly the two year old, and my elitist children ate and enjoyed it as well.  It’s best warm…kind of like a quick cobbler.  Maybe I’ll try it with blueberries?

1 box cake mix
2 cans fruit pie filling (I used cherry and apple, but the possibilities are ENDLESS)
1 stick of butter, cut into cubes (original recipe called for 2 sticks, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it…)

Preheat oven to 350. Dump both cans of fruit filling into the bottom of a baking dish.  Top with a box of cake mix, and dot the top with the butter, spread evenly.  Bake at least an hour until top is completely baked through.  Serve hot, with ice cream (like cobbler).


  1. I would love for you to be a guest poster,
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    1. Renee,
      Thanks for following, commenting, making me smile. I'm still learning this whole blogging thing, but would be honored to contribute in any way.


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