July 30, 2012

Outside the Boundaries Within

Five Minute Friday


There’s this place you strive to get to that never seems to be there once you arrive. There’s no hint of the target anywhere in sight. But it’s not a place. Not really. It’s more a sense of awareness that you really are where you need to be even though you are so undone and incomplete, and you might not even like this place very much.

You spend so much time looking for something up ahead and down the road and all along the way, – something so beyond yourself -- that you stifle the beautiful well of His delight bubbling deep within.

Stop looking and reaching and striving and seeking. Look to Him and discover so much more beyond the boundaries of your limited understanding. Right here, the Master Creator God who lives within you and all around you, can’t wait to show you His wonders and goodness.

Here. Not somewhere else. Here in this place absent the distractions; absent the bindings and trappings of your own design, and free of self-imposed inhibitions that squelch His creativity -- tap into the potential you’ve yet to discover. The potential He designed within you. The potential that lies a dormant slave to fear of the not-quite-there-yet voice that says…  play it safe – you’re not ready – it’s not my time.

Reach beyond the limits of the you that you are comfortable with. Reach to the limits of all that He is and who you are IN HIM… and for a few untethered minutes… just color outside the lines.


How about it friends? What have you done to unlock the creative YOU lately?



I’m late getting this posted from last Friday’s “Five Minute Friday” free-writing-no-editing-let-it-flow-exercise for the word: Beyond. Click the Five Minute Friday button at the top to find the rules and to enjoy postings by other participants. Plus… if you want to give it a try, join in on the fun.

July 20, 2012


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When is enough... enough? When can I look at my life and feel satiated? Through human eyes and with human desires flooding my soul, the concept of reaching the point of completion or fullness is always just a little further than the here and now.

But this morning I paused. I stepped back and looked enough in the face even if just for a brief moment. It’s the awareness that my everything is found in something so much greater than I will ever be on my own. It’s in taking joy in the pleasure of the moment and savoring the memories and joys of the blessings of now.

Yes. The nowness. That word I self-invented for my 2012 year. The word almost forgotten in the busy rush of life that trips us up and dries our bones. Now, lost in the presence of the only One that matters, that’s where I find enough.

Enough to satisfy. Enough to quench the drive and silence the ever-nagging urgency to seek and search for anything more because all that I need is right here surrounding me with His presence. Filling my heart with all the joy and peace that makes the imperfections of living and being the me I don’t always like to see vanish in the greater goodness of who He is. And He is more than enough!
And then, when I turn to pick up that fussy little one, and I see his red-rimmed eyes and that clumsy little pudge-paw rubbing awkwardly at the sleepiness, my heart is ready to sit down in a rocking chair, to cuddle him close and let him enter the place of rest.

He settles against the front side of my squishy old arm, after a brief struggle, and buries his forehead against my chest in his five-month-old way. As security and safety overwhelm him, he is satiated with the contentment of being in the presence of one who comforts and soothes.

My time in Your presence is much like my sleepy Little One. That place where emptying myself in the fullness of You is more than enough.


Blessings to you, my friends. May your day be filled with the blessing of wholeness found in Christ.
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Five Minute Friday

July 6, 2012

Refreshing Summer Memories

I ran across an old recipe card scrawled in my grandmother’s handwriting. Each unique stroke of her pen painted a vivid portrait as I turned the pages of time...

I could hear her chuckle and smell every delicious scent of her kitchen. Standing there beside me at that old farmhouse sink with the windows open and the fresh farm breezes ruffling the curtains, we laughed about some story she told that compared me at my age then to her and her mama what-seemed-to-me-eternities before. 
My grandma, a woman who wore Jesus as naturally as her everyday cotton print. Her work-worn hands etched with years of love perfected in the comforting and the toil of providing that flows from a godly mama heart. 
There in her apron-covered house dress, and me in my summer shift and ribbon-tied blonde braids, captured in a memory now instantly unlocked by a faded old recipe card.

I also remember how much I LOVED this refreshing summer salad! I don’t know the origins of the recipe, but you can Google “vintage Lemon Jell-O Salad” and get similar recipes. I remember enjoying it in the late-1960’s and early 70’s when Grandma took this salad to our annual community smorgasbord fundraiser, or to church fellowship dinners. Remember those?
Hazels Jello SaladHazels Jello Salad p2

She simply called it, “Hazels Jello Salad” – for the great aunt who passed the recipe on to her. This way of tagging recipes may have failed to give proper credit to the originator, but it sure had a way of making a memoir out of a recipe box!

Their voices light and happy, sharing life and hearts and new recipes as they caught up on distant family news while working away in that big ol' summer-time kitchen on the farm ...

What treasures are tucked away in your recipe box? 


[Recipe below typed from Grandma’s card]

Lemon Jell-O Salad with Pudding Topping
  • In 9x13 dish – dissolve 2 boxes lemon Jell-O in 2 cups hot water.
  • Add 2 cups ice water
  • Cool
  • 4 large bananas, sliced thin.
  • 1 – #2 can crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Refrigerate to set gelatin
Cook until bubbly & thickened
  • 1 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 4 Tbsp. butter or oleo (margarine)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs – well beaten
Set aside to cool completely.
  • Prepare 2 pkgs Dream Whip according to pkg. instructions.
When topping is cold, add the prepared Dream Whip and blend well. Spread pudding mixture on top of set Jell-O salad and sprinkle with finely grated mild cheddar cheese.


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