I think the trick to making it in this world is to believe in a Higher Power. (however you want to perceive it) And, know, wholeheartedly, that with grace, hard work and prayer, we’ve got this! Ain’t nobody or no thang gonna hold us down. Oh, no. We’ve got to keep on mo vin’! 😉
However, sometimes we are ‘movin”so fast that the signs that are our “Director” is pointing out to us are being ignored. Makes sense. It’s easy to do. The day in, day out hustle and bustle routiney weanies get us acting nutso because we are not. made. to be. robots! But, we have to be take responsibility ;), so, we do. Perhaps, however, we can s l o w down the speed in which our responsibilities are still taken of care.
For example! It just may be o.k. to have a picnic dinner and end a little later, getting off schedule a bit, maybe prolonging dishwashing, since the laughter, the conversations, the cuddles, the MEMORIES make it all worthwhile. We live one life. At the end of the day, everyone’s needs will have been met and everyone will have gotten the amount of rest needed. Point is, getting slightly off schedule and switching it up a bit usually turns out to be a blessing and worth every minute of uncomfortableness. Sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zones in order to really connect with the Universe (love).
And, then there those times in our lives when it requires a lot more strength and courage to keep our faith. Our world sometimes feels like it’s crumbling…nothing is working out…it’s one thing after another…It’s easy to lose hope.
It’s much harder to “stay adrift” despite all of the “series of unfortunate events”.
But, we’re better than that! And, MUCH MORE CAPABLE. We have our “homework assignments”, for sure!…actually LISTENING to Papa and actually DOING the hard work that is required to reach our goals. It’s pure silliness to expect miracles to happen if we stay sitting on our couch, only pray and, DO NOTHING. Eckh!
If it’s a peaceful home and a productive life that we desire and/or hope to maintain, keeping our eyes on the light, combined with determination, resilience and perseverance, we’ll reap gobs and gobs of rewards. It will be a win-win for everyone…YOU’LL SEE! 🙂
Promise me that we’ll stay adrift, despite…
“God, thank You for the beautiful promise of a home. Please bring peace to our world, and provide for the needs of all of Your children.”
Micah 4:1 – 5 Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid.
This is a tried and true yummy soup. 🙂 The Rosemary Oil and farro make this soup in particular extra special. Do try! 🙂
Yield: 6 servings
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 medium stalks celery
1 large onion 5 tbsp Rosemary Oil, divided
4 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
4 cups coarsely chopped fresh kale leaves
3 cups vegetable stock
3 cups water
2 cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup uncooked farro
1 can no-salt-added kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
Kale has large, dark green leaves and a mild cabbage flavor. Before cooking remove the leaves from the tough center stalk.
Farro is a type of wheat with a firm, chewy texture when cooked. It can be found in the ethnic section of grocery stores.
If desired, quick-cooking barley can be substituted for the farro.
Does this sound good, or what? That’s what we said. And, we. were. right! 🙂
Your friend, Lisa
The Pampered Chef. “Farro Fagioli Minestrone.” The Vegetarian Table. 2011. 43. Print.
On our knees, in the shower or the car, or somewhere in between, we’re certainly supposed to seek out a Higher Power when our lives represent ‘storms’, perhaps, the ‘perfect storm’. And, we really ought to seek His guidance when we think it’s the perfect storm because with that, even, comes fear. How can it be true? Could it really be a fairytale? What if the unknown turns out differently than what we believe?
This, I believe, is when we really need to be on our “A Game”…when we really ought to pour out our hearts to all things that light up our lives and, if they reciprocate the warmth, joy and acceptance, then, these are the relationships that need to stay “well-oiled”.
With obedience comes responsibility and, with obedience, comes paying attention to Papa…because He will respond…He will continuously present signs…to show us that we’re on the right track…or not. Papa wants us on his “boat”, for sure. He yearns for our presence, our humbleness, our persistence…despite the “storms”.
We have a choice to make, don’t we? Do we take on these “storms” as if they are challenges? Challenges that require us to get out of our comfort zone? Challenges that make us feel uneasy? Perhaps, insecure? OR! Do we take on the feeling of defeat and hopelessness?
Let’s not do the latter! We’re stronger cookies than this!
‘God’s comforting presence’ provides us with safety and protection.
So, even when life isn’t going our way, we have on our “armor”…just maintain a good relationship with God, the Universe (however you want to call it), because this crazy energy is magical and, gosh darn ESSENTIAL (that is, if you seek clarity, strength, healing, …, …, …, …)
‘When fear causes hope to fade, flee to God, the refuge you can reach on your knees.’
“Father God, help me trust that You are bigger than any fear I have.”
‘Psalm 91 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.’
Life gets tricky sometimes, doesn’t it?! When our ideal plans are “tweeked” because He knows what’s best…I guess being flexible and accepting changes of plans is the key to sustaining happiness…do you think?
As much time as I would like to commit to www.lisasdailyjoy.com, the place I am in my present-day life makes it hard to do just that…most of the time. (xo)
Rest assured. I’m in this for the long haul, with hopes to take “our community” with me on my lifelong journey of joy.
There WILL forever be www.lisasdailyjoy.com and, in the future, my store and travel experiences. It’s just a matter of timing! ;P
I love you.
Constantly wishing you well wishes,
Two recipes coming your way really soon! Maybe tomorrow!