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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Isn’t Love amazing…

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Psalms 36:7(NKJV)

On this earth
But you loved me
And I really dared to love you too
Perhaps what I mean to say is
Is that it's amazing that your love was mine
Oh Maker, 
 Janelle Monae,
Nathaniel Irvin III, and Charles Joseph II,

photo from Stone Soup Virtual Cookery Schoolhttp://stonesoupvirtualcookeryschool.com 

Have you ever really considered the love of God?  We do nothing to deserve it, we consistently fall short of the mark and yet, He is there, without fail or delay, loving us, blessing us, leading us to Him and showing us favor. 

Although Janelle Monae penned these lyrics as part of a futuristic suite about an android and her love for an unseen Maker, the message resonates. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately…the love of my husband, for example.  In my experience, marriage is cyclical.  There are periods of romantic love when you deeply adore your spouse, other periods of amiable companionship, the “hanging buddy” times, along with periods of struggle where you’re handing in there because that’s what you do.  I remember the first time my husband confessed to having “fallen in love” with me again….it felt like our engagement or our honeymoon years, all hearts and flowers, and I confess, I thought he was a little crazy…until it happened to me. 

Then there is the love of my friends.  The love that makes my girlfriend call me when she hasn’t heard from me, or I’m out of my regular routine and I’m sounding cranky.  The love that makes a girlfriend tell someone else that she just can’t be objective when it comes to me (yeah, thankfully she can when she’s talking to me directly, and I am GRATEFUL for it), but I know what she means.  I gush about her, and she deserves ALL OF IT.

The unconditional love of my mother.  Not the “new born babe in arms” kind, which I think we all get, but the love and friendship we share as women dealing with our lives.  My daughter constantly refers to the relationship I’m forging with her and says, “it’s like you always talked about with Grandma M…” not realizing what high praise she’s offering me, and how humbled I am each time she says it.

Love is amazing.  And the beautiful thing about it is that God is love. 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:7-8 (NKJV)

So, on a beautiful day (I’m firmly of the opinion that any day you get to see is a beautiful day…) I am acknowledging Love.  Thank You Lord, for Your Love, and the numerous ways in which You show us how special we are to You.  Amazing….a sunny day’s evidence that God is good.


Today’s Feast: Pomegranate Raspberry Ice Cream

Backstory~This is recipe #2 for the as yet unscheduled sundae party, courtesy of the Stone Soup Virtual Cooking School, with just a tweak or two. Stand by for pictures and reviews. 

Pomegranate Raspberry Ice Cream
2/3 C pomegranate juice
2/3 C raspberry puree, strained of seeds
2 C plus 4T powdered sugar
2 ½ C whipping cream
2T Chambord (black raspberry liquer)

Combine the fruit juice, fruit puree and powdered sugar in a bowl with the Chambord and set aside.  Whip the cream just to soft peaks.  Gently fold in the fruit mixture, careful not to deflate the cream.  Freeze in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions, then transfer to a resealable container and freeze overnight.  Soften in the refrigerator 5-10 minutes before serving. It’s my understanding from a little research that the Chambord is insurance that the ice cream will be creamy rather than icy, and it augments the raspberry flavor.  Teetotalers may leave it out.  I will report back on its success.  One more ice cream recipe to go, along with waffle cones, for which one of my road dawgs is responsible, except we’re going to have to find the recipe for her, and probably hold her hand whilst she makes them.  Ah, friendship….isn’t love amazing!!

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