Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Choice

This passage reminds me whose I am, and therefore, how I am to be.   Not one of us is naturally always full of patience, kindness, goodness and love, even to the unlikeable.   Only be the power of our Father can we begin to show this fruit.  But we have to chose to do it every day.

The Choice

by Max Lucado

IT’S QUIET. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.
In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met.

For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love . . .

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy . . .

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical . . . the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an 
 opportunity to see God.

I choose peace . . .

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience . . .

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness . . .

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness . . .

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness . . .

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I choose gentleness . . .

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self-control . . .

I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.
Excerpted from 
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
From When God Whispers Your Name
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1999) Max Lucado

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vegetable Chronicles

In April I decided that we needed to have a vegetable garden.  A bit late in the planting season, I know, but we decided to go for it anyway.  Mind you, neither of us has ever tried anything other than a tomato plant in a pot or a little basil on the windowsill.  Well, the bounty is finally coming in.

So, this is what we started with.  Seeds.

And here is where the garden will go.

It wasn't long before our seedlings where in the ground and sprouting forth.

I did buy one tomato plant and one zuchini plant and the rosemary and lavendar down in front.  I just had to see something green out there!

Fast forward about 4 more weeks, our garden is looking pretty good!  And we finally harvested something that we can eat....

!!!   This little guy was about 3 inches long and quite tasty!  Our project has been a lot of fun.  Steven has let me handle it for the most part, and I think I may have a green thumb after all.  Here's to a bountiful fall!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Our California Vacation 2010

We enjoyed a visit to Huntington Beach, CA this month.  My first time.  Absolutely beautiful and fabulous.  I had the opportunity to get to know Steven's dear friends Scott and Nancy, Kevin and Patty.  And their great "kids"  KiKi and Bob.  They welcomed Steven's new bride (me!) right into the fold.  We also spent time with Pam in Laguna.  A great visit with family and friends.  Now, if we could only figure out how to make it our second home..hmm.